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Soooooo . . . it's another one of those times. I get super busy being booked up on styling gigs for weeks straight and I end up abandoning you, my loyal readers. Thanks to those currently sending me friendly fire e-mails about bailin' on ya'll and pressuring me to get back to posting because you have no lunch break reading material.

But, I have not forgotten about you. I'm just busy (in the most unglamorous way possible because being busy just isn't . . . glamorous?) I would love to be all Oprah-esque right now and let you see "inside my home" to make me seem like a real person that's approachable and "just like you" (blah, blah blah)—but if I showed you what my space looks like right now, bad things might happen. Really bad things. Like . . . you might think I'm a hoarder. Of paperwork. And empty drinking glasses on my nightstand. And trinkets. And receipts. Receipts are friggin' EVERYWHERE.

Speaking of receipts . . . it's 9:44p.m. on April 15th and I still need to file a tax extension. Shhh. Don't tell my pops. He would be truly dissapointed in me.

So off I go, to try and beat the deadline. I've got some great things lined up for next week. See you then. Please?



It's Friday! To be more specific, it's the third Friday of the month, which (for all of you Clevelanders) means 78th Street Studios will be open to the public tonight. Amongst many other artists in the buidling, photographer Peter Larson and painter Frank Oriti have been busy prepping their studio today to host you this evening (see polaroids above courtesy of PL).

Happy weekend!


+So, um . . . this bench. Talk about stainless steel sex appeal.

+I don't have records, but if I did, this might just be the stand I'd purchase to house them. Pricey, but a girl can dream.

+ The students at SCAD are always blowin' my mind. Check out what they're up to now.

+ I could totally get down with a pair of these transparent loafers.

+ An effective and original use of color in this old timber worker's cottage.

+ Shame spiraling about the fact that I simply can't resist sharing a buzz feed post. The 5(ish) stellar ones on this list make wasting your time on the remaining ones worth it.

+ Sharkpig designed a new studio that's weird/great. Read more about it here.

+ Want!

+ A few fun tips for photographing dogs for all my pup lovers out here!




Sunshine and pineapple—would like to see more of these two things in my life at the moment.

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So, I'm pretty bad at Twitter, but every once in a while I check in to see if I've gained any new followers and will peruse the latest tweets. I recently discoverd that Novel, a design based studio in Denver, had started following JASPR. Upon further internet digging, I realized the man behind Novel is Jared Rippy, also the co-founder of Postscript, which I've done a post on before.

Anywho, that's kind of a long, boring explanation leading up to what this post is really about: 1. Jared Rippy is a badass and 2. How awesome are his bear illustrations?

Apparently I missed out on Rippy's 2013 project "Don't Be A Bear," during which he created an original bear illustration every day of that year. A few of my favorites are featured in this post, but please be sure to fall victim to distraction and check the rest of them out. Your productivity is expected to be sub par on Fridays, so it's 100% acceptable.




Cleveland, Cleveland, Clevelannnnnd. I write to you as a former Pittsburgher. Gasp, I know.

But, I love you, Cleveland. I root for you! I am one with the 216. Instead of taking my talents to South Beach, I've brought them here, to YOU, like so many others have.

But, there's something we need to talk about.

And this time it's you. Not me.

There is a new video out—it portrays you in a positive light, something I'm always in support of. But, Cleveland . . . why did you cheat on all of your creatives and outsource elements of your new campaign to a Kansas City firm? These are the moments and projects your loyal, devoted and (at times) desperate creatives wait for and you ripped it right from our crippled mouse clenching hands.

The two-minute promo from the KC firm is "good," I guess. Safe, but good.

I'll never quite understand why this city continues to build campaigns around the idea that the entire world thinks Cleveland is a piss on city and that we're in a constant struggle for someone to pay attention to us. 

I know, I know you say—but, in the video it reads: "While they were talking, we weren't listening." Obviously we were, because we continue to address the horror stories and bad jokes, and desperately attempt to defend ourselves . . . over and over and over.

I'm waiting for the campaign that finally manages to let go of past perceptions of you, Cleveland. I want a campaign that loses the persona of the "comeback city" and just starts fresh from day one with an entirely new identity of what Cleveland IS. Not what you were as a city in the past. Not what you will be as a city in the future. TODAY is what I'm interested in.

And, Cleveland—please let that Kansas City firm know that we have talent right here in the Greater Cleveland Area to produce something better than 2 minutes of what is kind of, sort of, generic stock footage of this city.

I would be happy to provide a list of our own homegrown creatives if they are looking for a graphic designer or photographer. Maybe they're in need of a set/prop stylist like myself, or a talented food stylist? Also, if they need any additional tunes from a local band for future videos, I know a great one in addition to the Welshly Arms.

Oh! I almost forgot. Maybe they'd need a painter? One who's from here, has been featured in the New York Times and has chosen to keep his studio in Cleveland, the city that he loves.

Forever rooting for you,


PS | If you could also tell the KC firm that the creatives linked to above are just the tip of the iceberg, it would be appreciated. Thanks!




Styled by Kelley Shaffer / Photo by Peter Larson

I. Love. Thrifting.

There's something about the hunt I just can't get enough of. One of my most frequent stops is Unique Thrift on Lorain in Cleveland, OH. Nothing like some slow jamz and R&B while perusing the aisles for one man's trash/my treasure—if you've been there, I'd assume you know exactly what I'm talking about. But, it's not only tracks like R.Kelly's 'Bump N' Grind' that keep me coming back to Unique. I have found some of my all-time favorite possessions there—like the vessel photographed above.

She was originally listed at $4.99, but it was a Monday, and you know what Monnndayyyy means—or maybe you don't? Fitty percent off EVERYTHING! Do the math and you'll find that I paid under 3 bones for this beaut. She stands at apprx. 15 inches tall with her lid on and she's a show stopper.

PS | Those "florals" were purchased at Urban Orchid, Clevelanders.

Anyone up for some Takeout?


+ I can't believe IT IS butter.

+ Tips on finding modern styles for your space on eBay.

+ Guilty. 

Seriously crying. Grow up, I know—but, I just can't help myself.

+ Most beautiful baby girl jumper.

+ Have always loved this Gray Malin image.

+ This series of quick Q&A's by a group of women (who have undoubtedly done something right) was 100% worth the read. 

+ Bri Emery of designlovefest recently went to Thailand with her man and put together a mini travel guide for her readers. Pretttty nice of her, don't ya think? Be sure to check out Parts I & II. And on that note, who wants to go?

+ Lessons learned from a real life renovation.

+ Hey Clevelanders! Whaddya think about the living room of this home in your neck of the woods? I like what I see!



Isn't there some sort of cliche phrase along the lines of "you're only as good as the people you surround yourself with?"

If that sentiment reigns true, I must be pretty damn great.

Sounds self boasting, right? Well, it's not meant to be.

I guess what I'm actually trying to articulate is that after my birthday celebrations this weekend, I've come to realize that the people who surround me are not only good people, they are irreplacable people. I suppose it's something I've known, but memories like the ones my friends and family made for me this weekend are the kind that draw your unwavering appreciation and gratitude to the very forefront of your mind.

It truly is the small things in life that can seemingly make your heart explode. Sure, I received the kindest of cards and the most gracious of gifts, but the mere presence of those that I love brings an unmatched happiness to my days.

As much as "being happy" is a choice only you can make (as ol' Abe mentioned above), those that bring joy to your world are an essential factor in life's equation. And if you haven't already accepted that fact, I'd cozy up to the idea quickly as your days, which we only have so many of, will be infinitely brighter.

Thanks to everyone who made my birthday what it was. Twenty-seven is going to be a good great year. I can feel it in my bones.




 Today, I'm excited to share another Art Majig Q&A from Erica McKeehen with you. For those of you that are new to Erica's column, be sure to check out her other entries here. Enjoy!


One of my homemaking goals (yes, I have those) of 2014 is to better address the somewhat sad and sparse state of the walls in my apartment. By sad and sparse I mean lacking in general decor and, well, artwork.

I'm not sure how much longer I'll be living in this particular space, but since I moved in over a year ago I have felt compelled to fill up all the empty places. The problem is that my space isn't really that small (that is, for one human and one cat) and my budget is. I'm still working on collecting all the essential pieces of furniture, envisioning the perfect curtains, and deciding on the correct placement of my bed in my bedroom, but those are all seem secondary to filling the almost literal blank slate of walls surrounding me.

Thus enters Etsy, Pinterest, and all the rest -- I'm sure you're all aware of the bounty of gorgeous, one-of-a-kind art (and much much more, of course) that you can find on these sites. I'm a bit of a late bloomer in this discovery, but better late than never.

And so, I encountered the work of Clare Elsaesser via Pinterest. From there it was on to peruse her Etsy shop, blog, website, etc. I became an instant fan of Clare and her dreamy and deliberate paintings, and I reached out to her on behalf of JASPR to do a small (but delightful!) Q&A. I am elated to share her work on the blog and hope that you can connect with the quiet beauty of it in the way that I have.



Q: What did you want to be growing up?:

A: When I was really little, I wanted to be a supermodel. I have no idea why! I guess no one wanted to crush my dreams and tell me I would not grow up to be tall or beautiful. Luckily, in junior high I started taking art classes and my ambitions were redirected.


Q: How does your current environment influence your work?:

A: I live and work in a really gorgeous place surrounded by trees, hills, and water, and though nature doesn't come into play too predominantly in my work, it definitely inspires me in the time I spend staring out the window and daydreaming.

Q: Name five things in your refrigerator right now:

A: My husband Kai (also an artist) is a fantastic chef! Right now we have homemade kimchi, chicken parmesan, and sous vide steak (I was a vegetarian for sixteen years before he turned me) in addition to whatever else is keeping that thing jammed full. Oh, and we keep a bottle of champagne on hand for the next time we have something to celebrate (sometimes this ends up being Friday night).

Watching Trees

Q: When I first discovered your paintings, I was enamored with your series of women embracing bouquets of flowers, concealing their faces. What is this series about to you?:

A: I think of the flowers as something pretty between the women and their identities, and sometimes the flowers are taking over or even enveloping the women. I don't know if other people see anything more than women with flowers when they look at these paintings, but when I work I generally have a slightly darker agenda.

Grew Into

So Much

Q: What's your superpower, or what's your spirit animal?:

A: Kai calls me "Critical Clare." I'm not sure if this is in any way a superpower, but being overly critical of just about everything is definitely a dominant personality trait. If I could just embrace (literally and figuratively) my spirit animal (probably a dog or baby goat) I might be able to overcome my "super" power and become a cheerier person.

Q: Is there an artist or a particular body of creative work that you continually cycle back to for inspiration?:

A: I have been obsessively looking at the work of Swedish artist Mamma Andersson for some time now, but it's only recently that her influence has begun creeping into my work, and I hope I don't take that influence too far!

 Married to the Sea

Q: Who plays you in the cinematic biography of your life?:

A: I would request Andy Samberg, but he would need some serious make-up, and he would have to tone down the funny... to, like, zero. So, maybe Casey Affleck would be more appropriate -- plus we both have weird voices.


A huge thank you to Erica for asking questions and to Clare for answering them.


Erica McKeehen is the general manager of a busy downtown Chicago eatery and an aimless photographer who tries to take one day at a time while perpetually catching up on sleep and compulsively cleaning/organizing/furnishing her apartment