Archive for October, 2011

“Ich liebe dich” is German for I Love You.
If you have been to Oktoberfest or have seen any of the traditional goods from the festivities, these fun cookies are everywhere! They come in all sizes and usually are worn around the neck. Our friends said usually you buy your lady or wife a cookie to show you care. My fiance got me one, but in small form made of felt. Yes felt! It lasts a lot longer, decorated in puff paint and is a cute necklace that I wore while there. It is very fun and a great thing to have to remember the ridiculous that is Oktoberfest and how much he loves me.


Whoaaa! I am finally getting caught up with life. There is so much going since I have returned vacation. Not only is there a lot going on at work, but now a lot going on with life too…

I got engaged while on vacation in Lake Como, Italy! Our whole vacation we spent most of our time in lovely Bavaria aka southern Germany. Big rolling grassy hills, very tasty beer, even tastier food and great friends. We took a little break from the festivities in Bavaria and ventured to Austria, Switzerland and Italy. There is lots to tell about the trip and I am going to share some of it through Wandering Poste. So sit back, check back regularly and enjoy my trip via postcards!

I wanted to start with something that I couldn’t stop talking about leading up to the trip and the whole time while in Germany… PRETZELS! I am absolutely obsessed with  the soft, warm, and chewy pretzels the size of your head. I drew them much smaller, but note these aren’t your American hard baked pretzels in a bag. I just drew them small to show how many I ate and how much I love them. I probably didn’t eat as many as I have drawn here, but damn near close. Enjoy and I encourage you to get yourself one of these salty tasty goodies!

I am back, well rested, but very very busy with work and life! I’ll catch you up on the life part tomorrow and work is work. 

I was going to start my first day back in action with some vacation inspired postcards, but yesterday something happened. Sadly, Apple announced that Steve Jobs had passed away. Don’t think I’m being a band wagoner on this one, because I am not. I worked in Apple Retail for 4 years and I truly cherish my time there, (even more so now) which was all possible because of Steve Jobs. I never met him person, but did pass by him a few times while visiting “The Mothership” for training.  Even though I never met him, in many ways he got me where I am. My experience with Apple products, due to being an employee there helped me to  get a few of my first jobs. It also helped me grow as a person. I became more comfortable teaching technology and programs during OneToOne appointments. Most of all my personality flourished, making lots of new friends, being comfortable talking to almost anyone and enjoying sharing my knowledge/experience with others.  I became the ultimate promoter and part of the Apple family. The biggest take away, which was pointed out by a close friend yesterday was that I wouldn’t have many of my friends if it weren’t for Apple and Steve. When you work for Apple you become part of the Apple family in my case the Santa Rosa Plaza and Higuera Street family. I have many close friends that I never would have met if it wasn’t for my time working there. I may not see them everyday or talk often, but we have a bond like no other from working together. I have so many good memories for my time with everyone. Lots of funny ones too, as well as crazy ones like working insane black Friday’s and working till midnight on Christmas Eve one year.

Getting today’s postcard… It reads, “Stay hungry. Stay foolish.” – Steve Jobs.
It is one of my favorite quotes and I acutally thought about it when I started this project back in June. I wanted something that kept my mind working and inspiration flowing, but I wanted something fun to share with everyone. I will always love this quote and embrace it’s meaning to help me strive for great things, but still to have fun! I kept it clean and simple. I hope you enjoy and sorry to be a little sappy today.


Today is the last Guest Artist!

I am sad to see the Guest Artist postcards come to a close, but it ends with one of my favorites! I might have a slightly a biased opinion, but I had a big smile on my face when I got Varick Rosete’s addition to the project. Throughout the whole project everyone’s postcards have surprised me, but I think my boyfriend was the most surprised when he got the mail and found this. He called me immediately to aske if I have met Varick in person. I responded no and then was asked, “How does he know what you look like?!?!” I could only laugh and couldn’t wait to get home to see the card.

It is true I haven’t met Varick. The lovely Thy Doan hooked me up with him (another AIGA connection and hopefully new friend) when I had told her about the project. I am so glad that like Thy, Varick was up for drawing a postcard. I have no confirmation that the illustration really is me, but if you check out my twitter picture and compare…. seems pretty similar to me! Thanks so much Varick and I hope to run into you next week at AIGA’s PIVOT in Phoenix, AZ.

Guest Artist: Varick Rosete
Designed and Mailed from: Atlantic Beach, FL
Follow: @varick

Ring, ring…. it’s Danny!
Danny is one of my really good friends. I met him while at Cal Poly. We have very similar taste in design and became instant friends and I am pretty sure it will last forever! I giggled a little when I got Danny’s postcard, because we rarely talk on the phone. Which is what came to mind first. We used to live together and see each other regularly before that, but now that I live in Truckee and he Pleasanton until a move to San Francisco, we are chat a lot via text message and iChat. It’s the modern way. It may seem like an impersonal form of communication to some, but I always know just how it would sound if I were really talking with him in person. Anyways, hope you enjoy Danny’s postcard check it out below!

Guest Artist: Daniel Triassi
Designed and Mailed from: Pleasanton, CA
Follow: @dannytree

Words from Danny:

“You can’t frame a phone call,” may seem like a silly phrase. 

Recently, I was watching an episode of Mad Men which was the inspiration behind my postcard. In the scene, two copy writers, Peggy and Paul, are pitching ideas to their creative director, Don Draper, for a telegram campaign. They talk to Don about the impersonal and fleeting nature of a telephone call compared to a telegram. Phone calls happen everyday. When your friend or family member gets married, a new apartment, a new job or any number of events happen it is common course to just give them a call (or in todays age an email). You call someone, you hang up, and it’s gone. Poof! It’s different with a telegram because written correspondence is permanent. And to me that is what makes mail special, because it can last forever, captured in time like a family photo or souvenir. In my opinion, this is the basis of Amanda’s Wandering Poste project: creating lasting memories with a personal touch. Ultimately, you can frame a postcard, but you can’t frame a phone call. Take the extra effort to make it memorable.