New England Ski Resort Digital Pins

I'm very much a winter sports enthusiast, and skiing is one of my favorites. I've been skiing since my early years, when my parents, whom were both ski instructors, decided it was time for my brother and I to gear up with some sticks. From day one, I was hooked. I fell in love with hucking myself down a hill or off the tiniest jump (always sure to pull a spread eagle, regardless of height off the ground), it was liberating!

One of my fondest memories growing up in New England during the winter months, was playing hooky from school with my dad and heading up to Pat's Peak or Ragged for a week-day filled with few tourists and clean turns. That couple with our weekend trips, what seemed like every weekend, made for an active winter.

And from an early age I began a collection of pins from my visits to the area resorts...with hopes of getting one for each mountain, and more. Just about every season they changed or introduced a new pin, some were quite basic, others had flashy details..either way, I loved making my way into the ski shop at the end of the day, and buying myself a $5 pin. It was life.

I still have the pins somewhere, tucked away in a desk at my parents house in New Hampshire..and probably something I'll never throw away.

I'm quite nostalgic. When it comes to design, I sometimes have an affinity towards retro or vintage. I am obsessed with old type, and the art that went into hand-painted and drawn signs. So it comes as no surprise, at least not to me, that I would have the desire to begin a digital "pin" design project for New England's ski resorts. A touch of the old mixed with the new. Here's a start on this, more will come over the next few weeks, months or whenever I find time...

The Maine Way

Oftentimes when I find a lull in my work schedule, I do what most normal people do, such as go for a long run, take a much needed R&R day, or heck, maybe even get my nails done. Yeah right. Since I'm off-par when it comes to what I consider "normal" free-time-filling activities, I'm usually making more work for me, a "lull" means designing something random, cooking up & photographing a recipe, or doing some much needed t.e.l.l. work.

All things aside, that's what keeps me happy. Over the years, I've become the kind of person who feels unaccomplished if they're not working towards something greater...even if it's just photographing caramel apples in the is for a greater cause. Inevitably I have those days/nights where a lull turns into becoming one with the couch and doing absolutely nothing, but those days don't happen often. In between those occurrences I love to keep busy with whatever random project I'm looking to start (or finish) at the moment.

Enter the "Maine" sweatshirt I just designed. Since our wedding in July, which took place in York, Maine, I've been on a real Maine kick. I love the state, and don't get to spend enough time there. Until I do, I'll design random things to show my love.  Here's a sample of some of the fun I've had with Maine.

The Maine Way Sweatshirt
Coming to an online shop in the near future!

A custom York, ME tote created for our wedding welcome bags,
Maine postcards and Maine-themed custom wrapping paper for bridesmaid gifts.