Spring in Minnesota is such a special time. Everyone comes out from hibernation, wearing shorts before it makes sense and busying the city lakes once again. We’ve been lucky to have some great (okay, and not so great) weather this April, and the past few weekends have been no exception. Michael and I took Walter to a nearby beach (where he proceeded to get hella dirty), ate outside at Lucia’s, grilled beer brats at home, and attended a few of my brother’s tennis matches. It’s been glorious. :)
We also tried out Cheeky Monkey this past weekend for brunch ($3 mimosas!!). It was great, but I now have my eye on The French Hen accross the street for next time. Because, #FOOD. Plus, I spotted a cute bike in the window over at Omnium Bike Shop in St. Paul that I may or may not be thinking about getting. Michael is BIG into biking and has been trying to get me on board for years. I think he was pretty excited that I actually went inside a bike shop for once, despite my hesitation since taking a bad spill awhile back. We shall see …
What else? Well, I previously wrote about Walter having a hard time with other dogs during his walks, but I’m happy to report that he’s been consistently getting better! We have a training collar that he wears, and the frequency of our walking time has increased as well, so he must be getting used to it. Other than that, I’ve been spending a lot of time finishing up some current design projects (and getting Be Free, Lance ready for registration on May 4th) before I head out on a girls trip to Rome & Prague in 26 days!! I’m so excited and can’t wait to share more from our travels. If you have any recs about things to see, do, or eat in either city, we’d love to hear about them. I’m also on a personal hunt for out of this world “Cacio e Pepe” in Rome, so if you know where I should go, do tell! CAN’T. WAIT.
Some of you may have noticed that Rowan Made has been looking a little different as of late (on social media, too!). For the past few months, I’ve been quietly pushing out a few minor updates, but last week, the NEW website went live as well! With Google implementing an updated algorithm that favors responsive website design + development, I figured it was the perfect time to get my act together and make Rowan Made mobile friendly. I taught myself how to code over 10 years ago and have done an okay job at keeping up with the times, but learning how to code responsive definitely upped the ante. It took me forever and a day (and a lot of wine) to figure out, but it finally works. Phew. :)
The other big change is Rowan Made’s identity. Well, kind of. I wasn’t ever truly satisfied with the original mark I had created, and have been playing around with alternative ideas for what felt like a whole year. And then, just like that, this simple idea came into play. It reflects the “organized rule breaking” I absolutely in design. Simplicity meets je ne said quoi.
Other changes? New website copy (why do bio’s take forever to write?), a minty blue hue, and a more frequently updated Instagram account. Other than that, I’ve been fortunate to continue working with awesome + creative clients that I can’t wait to share with you. One of my favorites right now includes a local food truck (#DreamClient) that’s opening up a retail space in Minneapolis this summer. So excited!! More soon. ;)
Remember when I used to share playlists all the time?? Yeah, that was a long time ago. But lately, I’ve been putting songs that I really enjoy right not into a little folder on Spotify. I noticed this morning that it was “long enough” to share, so I thought why not. If you’re interested, feel free to listen ♫ right here. And behind the fold, you’ll find a list of all the songs. :) PS. Do you follow any awesome playlists on Spotify? I want to hear about it!