For All the MD-Lovin’ Mamas

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Spring has finally sprung here in Baltimore, and we are excited to celebrate one of our favorite holidays. This year, Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10th, and we can’t wait—we love celebrating our favorite ladies in our lives with brunch, some fresh flowers, and maybe a mimosa or two.

Below, we wanted to introduce you to some of the best “moms” in the lives of the Tomahawk team. Then, keep reading to learn about how we want to help you celebrate the Mom in your life this year!

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The Best Friend Mama

“My mom is one of my best friends! There is nothing better than being able to vent over a glass of wine with your mama and know that no matter what—through the many ups and downs of life—she will always be there for you.”

– Jill

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New Mamas

“I’m lucky enough to know a number of close friends and family that have recently become (or are about to become!) new mamas! Nothing is sweeter than seeing a new baby loving on their mama – and getting to love on them, too!”

– Raquel

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Pet Mama

“Shout out to the little guy that made me a Mom – a pet Mom, that is. Raising Ace has been a great reminder to thank my Mom for all she did for me – feeding me, making sure I had water, and cleaning up after me – all great aspects of motherhood (it’s all the same in puppy-motherhood, but with fewer “Thank you”’s and more (very) wet kisses!).”

– Allison

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Long Distance Mama

“Despite re-locating to North Carolina about 8 years ago, my Mom remains a tried and true Marylander! Berger cookies, Orioles, Ravens, Black-Eyed Susans, Old Bay….they are all a few of her very favorite things.”

– Tara

We want to see the moms in your life, and to help you celebrate them on May 10th! Join in our contest to win a Maryland-themed gift for your MD-Loving-Mama.

It’s as easy as 1-2-3 (literally):

1. Follow us on Instagram @tomahawkdesignco

2. Tag us in a photo of you and your favorite MD-loving Mom (or if you are a mother and you love Maryland, share that, too!)

3. Tell  us why your Mom loves Maryland, and use the hashtag #momsloveMD

The winner will be announced on May 2nd and we will contact them to make sure the basket of goodies (shown below!) makes its way to you by the Big Day.

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A Mallet Whackin’ Good Time

No matter where you live in this great country (unless you’re in Southern California!), it’s pretty much a given that you’ve been experiencing the same cold snap that we have here in Charm City.  While we’re all about cuddling up next to the fire with a blanket and a glass of wine (or two), we’ve mostly been spending our days dreaming of the coming warmth.

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Here in MD, there’s no better way to celebrate summer than with a classic Chesapeake Crab Feast! We’ve come up with a list for the perfect feast with friends and family – here’s what you’ll need:

1. Set the date – Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Father’s Day, Independence Day…Any day is a good crab feast day!

2. Guest list – Invite your crustacean loving friends

3. Crab paper – You’ll want to protect your picnic table from the delicious mess – we may be biased, but think that our new paper is perfect!

4. Old Bay (We never leave home without it!)

5. Crab mallets

6. Serrated knives

7. Paper towels

8. Side dishes – Might we suggest burgers, potato salad or corn on the cob?

9. Maryland Blue Crabs (estimate 6 per person)

10. Ice-cold beer – We’ll leave this selection up to you!

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We recommend making this a full-day event – start around 2 and enjoy the festivities late into that long summer night—everyone loves wrapping up cool evenings with a bonfire. Now get to pickin’ and enjoy!

Cheers!
– J

P.S. Don’t forget to check back in our shop next month to order your crab paper, mallets and more for your feast this summer: just add crabs (and beer).

 

Food Type: Maryland Style Crabcakes

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If there’s one thing Marylanders know, it’s crustaceans. Maryland-style crabcakes populate menus across the country, yet never quite live up to their hometown flair anywhere other than the Old Line State. From the Old Bay to the jumbo lump meat, these crabcakes always leave your mouth watering for more—not to mention, a cold Natty Boh.

This week’s Food Type is the beginning of an upcoming collection that will bring to life homespun recipes from each of the 50 states. As we’re working our way from Maine lobster rolls all the way over to California fish tacos, these handlettered pieces will unfold into the Calligraphy Kitchen’s “Americana Appetite” series. Stay tuned and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to help out with your state’s recipe decision! Cheers, J.

Open for Business

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Happy fall, all! I’ve been crazy busy these past few weeks getting The Calligraphy Kitchen up and running. I’m happy to announce that we are now OPEN FOR BUSINESS! Be sure to check out the shop at www.etsy.com/shop/calligraphykitchen for some great prints and more. Here’s some highlights…

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Be sure to check in, we’ll be adding some exciting new things to the shop in the next few weeks.

Cheers!
J.

The Calligraphy Kitchen

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Hello, world! I know, I know, it’s been quite awhile. It’s been a crazy summer here at TDco., with me trying to wear too many hats and accomplish everything I’m hoping for. Now that I own my own business I’m realizing how much creative freedom I really do have; I get so many great ideas and want to execute all of them! But there are only so many hours in the day, unfortunately, and I have too many “visions” to do it all at once…which, I do believe, is quite a good problem to have.

Anywho, all of these recent ideas have basically stemmed from my newfound love of hand lettering. At fist I didn’t think I was very good at it—and believe me, compared to some hand letterers out there I am sufficiently mediocre, if that. However, I think the joy of creating a hand-drawn piece lies in the fact that it isn’t so much about how perfect your letterforms are, but the time and patience and calligraphic love that goes into it; and the touch of humanism that can be seen no matter what.

So I’ve gathered all of these recent brain-children and come up with the umbrella brand of “The Calligraphy Kitchen.” I’m happy to say that I will soon be opening an Etsy shop to house these little guys and more! Stay tuned for the announcement of my shop opening and in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek of some things I’ve been working on recently…

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Who doesn’t love a good quirky saying? We’ll be visualizing some #overheard rants to turn them into beautiful imagery—no matter the connotation.

Wine, Wine, WinebelieveGuacYou may have seen some of my Food Type on the blog before; it truly was the inspiration for the name “The Calligraphy Kitchen.” I’ll be creating these fantastic hand-lettered editions of family recipes as keepsakes. We all know how important family truly is, and I think these recipes that are oftentimes passed down through many generations, are a wonderful way to artistically remember those that mean the most.

MD shapeMD SilkscreenAhh the joys of being a true Marylander—we are a state that is filled with so much pride. This project started as a going-away gift for a friend that moved to California. After seeing how well-received the piece was, I decided to make another version. The MD in Type project has turned into more than I ever imagined it could be, creating wooden works of art as well as silkscreen prints that will be coming soon! I’m so excited to get started on printing and should have some in-progress photos to share next week.

crab paperStemming from the MD in Type project, I branched out to focus on one of the top things Maryland loves…picking crabs. Using elements from the first project and combining them with crustacean-focused quips, the final result will be fun and quirky newsprint sheets that can be used to cover your table and also create a lighthearted environment for family and friends.

Merry-Land BohmanThe holidays are well on their way…scary, I know. After weeks of mulling over how I can make holiday collateral that is somehow different than everything that has already been done, I again pulled from my slowly forming MD cache and decided to take that route for the holiday season as well. The shop will have a Maryland wrapping paper listing, as well as cards, tags, prints and more! B•More proud of your hometown this Christmas, would ya?

Well, that’s all for now, folks! Stay tuned for the shop opening and Happy Fall!

Cheers,
J.

 

Wagner Honey: Part Two

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The Wagner Honey story continues! We love building brands here at TDco., and this was a prime opportunity to do just that. With an approved logo and plenty of room to build, Beloved Bees was primed for some “buzzworthy” expansion (pun intended, obviously).

There is much to be said about a solid logo; it sets the scene for anything and everything forthcoming in your brand. Marketing collateral? Check. Packaging? Check. Website…working on it. One of my favorite things about being a designer is watching a brand blossom before me. The excitement of the client is nothing compared to the excitement a designer experiences when they see their “baby” unleashed into the wild world of commercialism; feeling as though you’ve created something strong enough to push itself through as the weak are weeded out is an incomparable high in the graphics realm.

This particular couple started Beloved Bees with the simple goal of making a satisfying product for family and friends. Just because your client has milestones that may seem easily reachable, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go above and beyond to exercise your creative potential—I take any and all opportunities to build out a brand.

We started with the mark…

Wagner-05-05Continued with a brochure that not only introduces the Wagners, but also describes both their beekeeping tactics and the farming history…

wagnerborchure…and finished off with a label that accentuates both the custom illustrated bee and the natural aspects of the company through the use of burlap and twine around the lids. Also, might I mention (randomly) that I tested out this honey pot and dipper after shooting for the project and was very impressed with how handy it was for my tea!

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I’m sure there is still plenty to come with this fun and comprehensive brand. But for now, the Wagner’s are set to sell some honey and tend to their hives. We wish them the best of luck in the expansion of their business!

Cheers,
J.

 

Food Type: Birroteca

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Live in Baltimore? Visiting soon? Be sure to check out Birroteca, a modern take on delicious Italian cuisine. Not only is the food fantastic, but the atmosphere is spot-on for a laid-back meal in its quaint Hampden locale. I’ll be heading back soon to dabble in some brussel sprouts and get my fix of the olive oil and sea salt ice cream—sound weird? You won’t be disappointed, I promise.

Cheers!
J.

Food Type: Bluegrass Tavern

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Located in charming Federal Hill, Bluegrass Tavern is a home away from home for southern folk with a sophisticated palette. From their classic, airy atmosphere to the whiskey and wine selection, there is nothing to rival the uniqueness of this Baltimore gem.

Stop by in the warmer months and enjoy a weekend brunch at one of their outdoor patio tables, or enjoy a romantic dinner in their intimate dining room. No matter what the occasion, you won’t be disappointed!

Cheers,
J.

 

The Fifty United Plates

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I’ve had my designer-y eye on The Fifty United Plates for quite some time now. After taking just one ceramics class in college I’ve developed an eternal itch for getting my hands back into some clay. This particular envy-inducing project began on Kickstarter and has gained what I would consider to be mind-blowing success over the past year.

Ryan and Kaitlyn Lawless started The Fifty United Plates as a way for us great Americans to pay tribute to where we’re from. “We’re all locals somewhere,” a perfect statement by the creators that sums up the passion behind their project.

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When put together, all of the plates interlock perfectly with each other to compile the entire nation. Personally, I’m a little upset that Maryland isn’t bigger-boned…I need more room for crab dip; but I guess it could be worse, at least we aren’t Rhode Island.

The company has also recently expanded their collection to include plates in Robin’s Egg Blue, Mint Green and Canary Yellow as representation of the colors used in vintage maps. Considering I love adding color to anything and everything, I certainly approve, especially when there’s such fantastic reasoning behind it.

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I’m also quite in love with their porcelain Denizen Mugs (denizen: an inhabitant or occupant of a particular place), which makes me wish the Kickstarter project was still open so I could provide a pledge and get my paws on one.

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By the time I finished exploring the work from Corbe Company, I was bursting with hometown pride. Be sure to hop over to their website and request notification for when your state becomes available, as their incredible success has put many of the pieces on backorder throughout the upcoming months—which is, I think safe to say, a good problem to have. You can also check out their Kickstarter video for a peek at the dynamic duo’s process and the passion behind the porcelain (a little alliteration for your Thursday—and an unintended tongue twister).

Cheers from a Marylander,
J.