Posts Tagged ‘kelly’

Behind the Infusion

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

Remember how we all used to watch the Behind the Music documentaries? There’s something fascinating about learning what happened behind the polished result. Well consider this a blog version, where we go behind the scenes of a liqueur.

My good friend Kelly, decided she wanted to make limoncello and give it away as gifts for Christmas. Fortunately for her, she decided this about three months before Christmas because that’s how long it took to infuse lemon zest into alcohol. After a lot of work and even more time, Kelly filtered and bottled half of the batch and was ready for the holidays.

With so many steps and so much planning going into these homemade gifts, I couldn’t resist making a chart of the process.

Each bottle had 312 hours in it. That’s almost an hour per ounce. And in case your BS radar is going off, yes only half the batch was filtered and bottled, so assuming it takes another eight hours to filter the rest, and another hour to bottle, that would bring down the average per bottle to 157 hours. That’s still a lot of time!

In addition to helping Kelly make her limoncello by scrubbing the lemons and filtering the rum through my Brita, I gave it a name and designed the labels. The name Four Goldens Limoncello came from the fact that Kelly has four golden retrievers—Gatsby, whose favorite toy is a green bone; Mike, the laid back chow mix; Maddie, the happiest girl in the world; and then there’s Lawrence, he sort of defies explanation.

I made four little lemon-head dog cartoons, each one representing one of the goldens. Gatsby has his trademark green bone.

Below are three label ideas at an early stage. I showed these to Kelly and she picked the one she liked the most. She saw right away that her dogs were on the label. It made her happy, which made me happy.

I developed the design into a full label, making it look as professional as I could, even including details such as how many milliliters and ounces the bottle held. Kelly wanted to have a little joke on the label, so I wrote some unnecessary instructions, “It’s liquor. Drink it.”

Now for a little behind-the-scenes of the behind-the-scenes. As you see, I have a very fancy photo studio, and a highly-trained assistant…I know it looks like a piece of poster board and kitty cat.

He’s so helpful.

Expanding creative network

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

One of the intoxicating aspects of creativity is the art of collaboration.

A couple of weeks ago my friend Kelly told me she and her friend Kat were going to start a 365 photography project and post their photos on a shared blog, Two Eclipse Seasons. Each photographer has a focus, but they share a weekly theme. At the time, I didn’t necessarily think I’d be getting involved. But I’ve helped with several of Kelly’s photo shoots. Sometimes I’m just pushing the shutter button, discussing ideas or other times, getting really involved.

It’s been a fun project, and there are about 351 days to go. After helping out with a few things I realized, hey this is collaboration at it’s best; friends helping each other, creating something bigger and better than an individual would.

When they decided on a WordPress theme that had two areas for logos, I just couldn’t let my friends have a blog with placeholder images. So I whipped up a couple of images for them.

Simple stuff: the title image and the double K image. That double K image reminds me of the moon and it’s a subtle little tribute to the blog’s authors. I also created a “take the poll” image that can be updated and used when a post doesn’t have a photograph associated with it. In all the items, I didn’t want them to be distracting from the main point of the site; the photographs. I matched the colors to the theme and kept the typography light and clean. The authors are very happy with it, and so am I!