(photo: Easton Place Designs)
There are many people who I consider friends, yet we have never actually met. This is all because the wonderful internet. Patti of Easton Place Designs is one of these amazing people I call a friend. She is one of the sweetest ladies out there and beyond talented. I absolutely love her work.I got connected with Patti through a mutual friend (another one I met online and have yet to meet!), Marnely of Cooking With Books.
Since starting Creative Cooking Gluten Free six years ago I have wanted a logo and over the years have tried to “design” them myself or asked Bryan for help and no matter what we came up with it didn’t feel right. I knew at some point I would have to hire someone to do it for me, I just couldn’t bring myself to do it (or afford it). Sometimes you just have to do what needs to be done. So I did. I have told Patti over and over that when I was ready I would let her know and sure enough I did. She sent me a questionnaire to fill out and we went from there. She sent me the first draft of logos and they were beautiful, but they didn’t feel like mine. In one of my e-mails to her I wrote the following “For some reason those style fonts remind me of those logos that use a “coffee ring” or “wine ring” around them. Kind of that homemade, I’m not perfect, I make a mess style…how people should feel instead of pretending to be perfect (especially in the kitchen). Does that make any sense? ha ha” and with that she came up with the logo you now see on Creative Cooking Gluten Free. It is beyond perfect – beautiful imperfection actually.
This is how I view myself and what I do. I do not claim to be anything I am not. I am honest (sometimes a bit too much), I speak when I feel the need to and quite when I don’t. I make a mess in life and in the kitchen. I am not a master chef, I am rustic, down to earth, realistic, a student, a daughter, a sister, a girlfriend, a volunteer, a lover of all things green, and most importantly I am me – perfectly imperfect. I cook what I cook because I love it. I love food and I just so happen to have celiac disease and everything is gluten-free. If a recipe fits another dietary restriction that that is awesome and I get excited, but I do not always go out of my way to create such things. Bryan has his own food issues as I have mentioned before so my recipes also reflect that. I do not have a team of people working with me, it is just me, my creative mind, and my two hands that develop these recipes, taste them, and photograph them. I try to please as many as I can but I can only do so much. If there is something you are looking for and can’t find it here, I am happy to help you find it elsewhere.
And with all that Patti created for me the most beautiful logo that I could ever have imagined. She captured me and my vision of Creative Cooking Gluten Free so well and put it in print form. She is amazing, wonderful, professional, timely, responsive, and going to her was the best choice I could have made.
Thank you Patti for all that you have done and I hope all of you readers go and check her out. She does so much more than logos!
If you are interested in the following head on over to her site and see what she has for you: