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The Dutch have a special word to describe “cosiness”, “comfort”, but it’s also something that goes a little beyond that. “Gezellig”. Pronounced correctly, it kinda sounds like you’re clearing your throat, but this blog explores its meaning by documenting experiences that make life richer and deeper; through food, family, and the making of a home.

2016: a lookback

by amanda on January 10, 2017

Hmmm , I never do this. I’m more of a “don’t think about the past; what matters is the future” kind of gal. But maybe it’s a good time to reflect on what happened in the past year to see if I can’t tease out something, I don’t know, profound?!

The year started with an awesome, awesome project via Glassroots. It was a great opportunity to put my valuable thrift-shopping-skills to work, and to help design a commercial space, as well as create the branding. Dare I say, it was so much fun, I would do it again in a heartbeat 🙂

With that under my belt, it was a sincere pleasure to do some branding for other local food establishments. I think my love of food and love of design have found a very happy intersection:
Bake Shop Studio LogoThat Crepe Place and Bakery LogoSalt & Pepper Meals Logo

I have also had the distinct pleasure of working with Communicarium, a full-service marketing agency in Ottawa and it’s owner, Heidi Lasi. We seem to think along exactly the same sort of wavelength, at the same time playing off each other’s strengths and weaknesses. The collaboration has led to some really great work:

Then there was that time we went to Boston as a family. Definitely saw enough to know that I want to go back!

The end of the year brought some new projects, which are still ongoing, but will be released soon! All in all, a great year. And what did I learn about me? That I definitely love working on projects related to the food and interior design industries; that creating a restaurant interior on a shoestring is super challenging but fun; and that I still love my job! Looking forward though, I’m thinking I’m going to need some help on the bigger projects; ideally hiring a junior web developer and/or junior graphic designer might be in the cards…

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