The Top 3 Muscle Cars Ever Designed (In My Opinion)

America is well known for producing some of the most beautiful muscle cars throughout many years, especially in the 70’s which seems to be the height of the muscle car designs. In this article, I am going to give you 3 different muscle cars that stand out in the pack of a long list of muscle cars that shine all on their own, each and every one of them.

The Pontiac GTO may be one of the most recognizable of the cars that are on this list.

The Pontiac GTO rose to prominence in 1964 and was produced since that time until 1974. This car is regarded by many as the single automobile that started the muscle car trend across all the major car manufacturers in America. Thanks to this car you started to see other automobiles started to take its lead.

The GTO didn’t start out as it’s own vehicle when it came into production, but was actually an option of the Pontiac Tempest. The GTO, later became its own car in 1966 until 1977.

The Plymouth Superbird is not one that you might see generally on television shows or even among car collectors, so much as the most popular car in their arsenal, but this car exudes style and class when it comes to muscle cars.

The Plymouth Superbird is a car that Richard Petty used to win quite a few races in Nascar and created exactly for this reason.

While the Torino may have been and still is a more popular and well-known car of that year, this car cannot be denied with its bullet-like design and super long fin on the back of the vehicle. This car will make you do a double take if you were to see it in person.

The final car on this list is the Plymouth Barracuda which many people may consider to be the number 1 muscle car in their list of top cars that they own or would want to own.

The Plymouth Barracuda was in production from 1964 until 1974 as a competitor to the Pontiac GTO mentioned above.

This car changed designs considerably throughout its production run in which you could get multiple different styles of the Barracuda including a hardtop design or a convertible. Later models of this car were more based on the Dodge Charger in its design compared to when the car was originally released in 1964.

All 3 of these cars are absolute winners when it comes to a muscle car that anyone that sees it is going to be in awe of when they see you in it on the road or in a showroom showing off any one of these cars.

If you are looking into buying one of these cars, then be prepared to lay down a pretty penny because all of these cars are highly valued among automobile enthusiasts who know the value of these cars and aren’t going to let any of them go for anything cheap in today’s market. Or, just put some racing seats in your car and pretend you’re driving a classic hot rod!

Make A Foosball Table A Focal Point Of Your Game Room

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If you have a game or recreational room in your home that seems to be missing that one piece that makes the place a truly fun place to be, consider adding a foosball table as a focal point within the area. While you still want a large table with copious seating for card and board games, and possibly even a pool table to one side, finding room for a foosball table adds a dimension of fun the other pieces don’t bring.

Card games, board games, and even a game of pool can take time. Pool also is usually best suited for just two players. A foosball table on the other hand is instant gratification for two people playing one on one or even four people playing two on two. The cool thing is that if someone is particularly good, they can play by themselves against a pair of opponents, so that a group of three can get a game going for some fun.

Foosball is very simple to play, as a ball is dropped in and players maneuver lines of stick figures on rolling bars, pulling and pushing them back and forth and flipping or tilting them to move the ball across the field, trying to score soccer goals against their opponent.

Games are usually to 10 points, but opponents can set their own score goals, or just get in a few quick points before having to go out, while waiting on dinner, or just while the real game of the night is set up. It is quick simple fun that teenagers and tall enough kids love, while parents might be more likely to hang out at the game table or pool table.

Foosball tables are not overly expensive, and are relatively light to move around, so it is something that can be easily set aside to make room for large parties or groups of people. Having said that, it’s also easy to put up two or more of them and have a foosball tournament of sorts if you invite enough people over to your home.

Check your local recreational store for what models they might have. You can also order online, but keep an eye on shipping and handling given the size of the item in question. Also keep an eye out on local ads, as downsizing households whose kids have moved on occasionally have them for sale.

Finding Time To Work With A New Baby

You might have noticed that things have gone quiet around here lately. Well, it is not because I am lacking for things to say! Just ask my husband 🙂 No, the real reason that I have been gone for a while is that I was pregnant and now have a new baby at home!

It is definitely an exciting time at our house, especially with the new little one coming just in time for the holidays. My family was truly blessed this holiday season, and I hope that yours was too. Before giving birth, I was expecting there to be a lot of changes once little Annie arrived.

I’d read all the horror stories online about the babies who didn’t want to sleep pretty much at all during the night. About the babies who seemed to stay sick for most of the first year of their life. And pretty much anything else that you can think about like that, I’d read about it and was prepared for it.

What I was not prepared for is how I never want to leave her side. Even when she is sleeping and I can have some time to myself or to get things done, I still cannot tear myself away from that nursery! It is almost like an addiction. I can’t help but think – what if something happens? what if she needs me? what if she wakes up and I’m not here, will she be scared?

I suppose that these are your typical new parent thoughts, but they have been really bad for me since I work out of the home doing graphic design for clients. I just cannot leave her sleeping in the nursery and go to work in my home office.

I was talking to my mother about this irrational set of fears that I’d developed in regards to leaving her alone and she told me that I needed a good video baby monitor like these. I did not know that they made them video video cameras, so I started reading up on them. I opted to get one of the setups with two cameras instead of one so that I get more angles of the room.

After these arrived at our home, I was finally able to leave her alone and get back to getting some work done! I was able to keep an eye on her just like we were in the same room. This is something that I definitely recommend to new parents who have the same feelings that I do or who want to be able to do other things while keeping an eye on the little one.

Make your own moss graffiti

After learning about how cool moss graffiti is, I decided to learn how to do it on my own. So, here is what I have learned and I want to share it here.

Instead of using toxic paints and chemicals to paint graffiti on your outer wall, why not try moss? Moss graffiti is a form of wall painting that uses living moss to create an eco-friendly design.

First, plan your project.

First you need to plan your project. Select a wall to paint on that’s somewhat porous where you have permission to do your graffiti. Surfaces that are painted or sealed can sometimes work, although they’re less than ideal. It’s harder to get the moss to grow on these sealed surfaces, and when it does grow it will often damage the paint.

Second, gather your moss.

Moss comes in a variety of species and types. Moss that grows on ground may not always grow well on stone and walls, so find moss that grows on rocks and stones. Once you about a handful, rinse it under cool water to remove as much of the dirt and mud as you can.

Make your “Moss Milkshake”.

In your blender, combine the moss with two cups of buttermilk or unflavored yogurt. Add 2 cups water and ½ tbsp. white sugar. Blend it until it’s completely smooth. If it’s a little too runny, you may want to add a tablespoon or two of white corn syrup to thicken it up.

Paint the Wall!

Some people will simply use a paintbrush and freehand their design on a wall. If you’re looking for something a bit more formal, you can use stencils, but sometimes it takes several applications of moss milk before it really takes off. Depending on the surface you’re using, you might trace your stencil with a ballpoint pen before you begin applying the moss; that should last through at least two applications of moss milk.

Making it Grow

At least once a week, you’ll want to check on your moss graffiti. Spray it with a water bottle to get it growing well. The first few times, you may want to add an extra layer of moss milk to help it thicken up.

For Best Results

Slugs love moss, so moss graffiti works best on surfaces that aren’t on the ground or near the ground. If the slugs start eating at ground level, they’ll climb up to get to the good stuff! For best results, plant your graffiti in the spring or fall in a moist atmosphere with partial sunlight. If you mess up or need to “erase” something, lemon juice or lime juice can be used to kill moss.

As with any forms of graffiti art, you’ll need to make sure you have permission from the property owner before you begin. If you’re concerned about the environmental impact of moss graffiti, it might be best to purchase moss from a nursery or plant store rather than taking it from its wild, natural environment.

Creating The Perfect Work Environment At Home

If you are like me, then you are a freelance designer who does all of their work at home. Personally, I love it and would not have it any other way. You get a whole different type of freedom when you are doing your own thing from home versus having to go into an office where you have a cubicle out like everyone else.

Of course, as great as being a freelance designer from home might be, it is not always great. There are some challenges that come with working from home that you do not experience when you are working for a company in an office with lots of other employees.

Staying motivated is one of the things that is really difficult for me on some days. I think it is because there are a lot of things at home that are distracting that you do not have in a regular office. For instance, if you have any video games at home then you might be tempted to play those instead of getting your work done.

That is why it is important to set up a dedicated place for you to do your work. And it is important that you only do work in this space. Otherwise, you will really mess up your productivity since your brain will think that you can play instead of work when you are sitting at the work space.

Another thing that you have to deal with at home versus working out of a regular office building is other family members who might interrupt you. This is especially common with children. If there are young kids in the home, then you really have to try to teach them that when you are in your work space that you are not to be bothered. It can be challenging to get this point across to them when they are young, so it takes a little bit of extra work. Know that if you stop to play with them once, it will create a pattern in their brains and really mess with your work time.

Noise from family members at home can also be a problem. You will have to ask them to keep the television volume down as well as any other noises. You may even discover that you need to replace some loud appliances that are used regularly so that you do not get interrupted by every day activities, this includes things like looking for things like quiet coffee grinders and cleaning equipment.

And most importantly, choose a work space that has a door. This is the single best way to block out all the outside noises and distractions so that you can stay focused and get all of your design work done. Plus, it is an easy way to prevent the kids from coming up to you while you are trying to work on a project.

Moss Graffiti Is The Coolest Thing Ever!

I know that I might be a bit behind the times here, but I totally just learned about moss graffiti. Have you heard about or see this sort of thing before? It is pretty much the coolest thing that I have ever seen. Really. It is super rad and it has me wanting to get started on my own right away. Of course, I rent an apartment so I am not really sure on how I will make that happen, but I am so going to figure it out.

Meanwhile, if you are completely new to this awesome new (to me) way to be creative, then let me share some of the sweet photos of it that I have managed to find on the web. I hope that you think it is as cool as I do! Cause it is seriously all that I have been looking at and reading about for a couple of days now. I guess you could say that it is my newest artsy obsession.

Anyways, here’s some of those photos…

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zebra moss graffiti
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My Favorite Design Accounts on Twitter

One of my favorite ways to waste time is by hanging out on Twitter. Not only do I use the site to keep up on current events and chat with friends, but I also use it to check out cool designs and designers. Today, I want to share some of my favorite Twitter accounts that are related to graphic design. Keep in mind that these are just my current favorites and this time two months from now, I might be digging something completely different.

So, here are some of my favorites for now…


This one is probably my top favorite right now. Lots of great tweets on design, art and just visual culture in general. One of my recent favorite shares of theirs is below.

My Modern Metropolis

A great option for all art enthusiasts out there. They do tweets on all different types of art from photograhpy to drawings and everything in between. A recent tweet of theirs that caught my eye is below.

So, those are really my top picks right now. If you are still looking for some additional accounts to follow on Twitter, I suggest checking out this list of individual designers. It is a little outdated so you will miss anyone who is new and cool, but it is still a pretty decent resource for people looking to add a few designers to their follow list. So, give that a read and I’ll try to update this post in the future as I come across new and cool designer accounts on Twitter.

Success Tips For Designers On Fiverr

fiverrIf you have decided that it is time for you to start making a little bit of extra cash on the side, then you might consider looking to Fiverr for your source of side income. It does not take too much time looking around the site to see that there are a lot of designers out there getting a lot of work from the online marketplace. You can do everything from logos to website design all on the same site. Basically – anything and everything that you can think of using your graphic design skills for, there is a place for it on Fiverr and probably people looking to pay you for it.

That is the great thing about using the site to earn some extra money.

The bad thing is that with a base level account, you can only charge the $5 for your service and they take a 20% cut of what you earn. So that $5 job turns into to just $4 for you.

Fortunately, that is only for level one sellers and as you gain feedback in the form of reviews, you have the ability to move up in account levels. When you do this, you are then able to add on services that people can pay extra for, which means that the $5 job could turn into a $25 job and losing 20% of $25 gives you more in pocket money than if it were 20% of just $5 for the work. A good example of how you can upcharge once you get your account level raised is something like $5 for delivery in 24 hours – this is a common one that you will see sellers offering.

In order to know what you can offer for sale on the site, it is a good idea to first check out the gigs that are currently being offered to see how you can compete. You can also see how many jobs people have pending and how much feedback they have – this lets you know how many hungry buyers are out there waiting to give you their money.

Over time, you will build up a good profile with lots of reviews, which will allow you to make more and more money from the site. As you will see, this is a great way to make a little extra money doing something that you actually enjoy. Best of luck to you!

Tips To Teach Yourself Graphic Design

The art of graphic design is everywhere. Graphic design is used in marketing, image branding, signs and everything from product packaging to online electronic media. This specific design niche is both creative and practical. A graphic designer creates print and computerized visual concepts while assisting with overall layout and organization in advertisements, magazines and other media. Learning graphic design can be a lucrative career option that is as fun as it is prestigious.

Tips for learning graphic design on your own

Graphic designers specifically create their art as a communication tool that can be universally understood and interpreted consistently, regardless of audience. They differ from fine-art artists who leave interpretation up to each individual. Becoming a graphic designer can be self-taught by:

• Collaborating with other creative professionals on projects

• Accepting entry-level assignments and industry experience whenever possible

• Research graphic design projects and become familiar with styles you favor

• Begin the design concept in your mind rather than getting down to business on a computer; and

• Know when to recognize a final-quality design without spending excessive time in production mode

Additionally, while being a creative individual is requisite for this career, personal drawing talent for example, is not as critical. Actual drawing skills in graphic design aren’t necessary since the designer only needs to imagine a rough idea to successfully create a graphic design concept. Teaching yourself to be a great graphic designer is as convenient as reviewing books, visualizing the end product and absorbing online resources.

Making a portfolio

A graphic design resume can be presented to prospective clients as a collection of examples neatly bound together portfolio style. Showing clients the quality of the work that you are able to produce will entice them to allow you opportunities and work with you on their campaigns.

Design-software literacy

It is vital to know how to utilize design software well. Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign are three of the most prevalent graphic design software systems available. Being able to edit images and create web design attractively is where graphic designers become successful at their trade. Specializing in one area of graphic design is also an important consideration. Since the industry of graphic design is so vast, knowing how to perform a specific task such as typography for example, at expert level, will become invaluable.

Teaching yourself graphic design can be an endeavor that results in a highly valuable, enjoyable career. Moreover, becoming a graphic designer doesn’t have to stop there. Graphic design has a broad range of specialties and positions such as:

• Content Developer

• Web Designer

• Illustrator

• Interface or Logo Designer

• Visual Journalist

• Brand Identity Developer; and

• Package Designer

The more experience you gain as a graphic designer, the more responsibility you can take on including titles like, Art Production Manager, Art Director and even VP Executive titles.

Graphic designers perform a multitude of tasks and there are a myriad of professional possibilities. From free-lancing to corporate positions, the job security is limitless. Since image based design has the ability to powerfully communicate through pictures and images while other aspects of graphic design use symbols, logos, and image type to represent a message, graphic designers have the luxury of learning a little bit of many styles and determining which one works best for them when exploring self-taught graphic art concepts.

Tips On Teaching Yourself Web Design

In today’s every growing fast-paced internet world, the growing need to be able to run your own website, and to create enticing content, is key to a successful online business or charity. It can be used for anything from your local book club meetings or key events in local neighborhood watch programs. There are so many services online to order yourself a nice professional with the skills to not only create a beautiful layout but also with the skills to rob your wallet of money you want to keep. Therefore, instead of shelling out those hard earned dollars, teach yourself the basics and beyond of web design.

An individual can learn today’s web design on their own time and at their own pace but must realize that the process will never be fully over as it is an ever changing field that grows with time. New technologies and programs become available at an alarming rate which must be kept up with consistently. Formal education is advised if you want a business in web design but is not necessary to get started as long as you can produce a portfolio of your work to potential clients. Show not tell.

There are several key tips to begin learning web design. There are extensive books and hundreds of web pages to read out there, but just a few things need to be understood to begin:


Without learning the very basics of HTML code, you will find yourself floundering in the water very quickly. There are amateurs in the design world that use WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editors and think they know how to do it all. This is so far from reality. It is a cheat sheet only. You can write very nice websites with it but you won’t be able to cater to real clients that have more extensive demands without this knowledge. You need to be able to write the coded language to make your page do what you want and how you want it. You want to be able to stand out above the average person using editors. In the beginning, it is an invaluable resource to look at the source code of a favorite website layout. This is done in various ways through different browsers but is a good way to look through and see how the designer arranged the code to make an element work.


CSS is short for Cascading Style Sheets. This is to be learned after the HTML is mastered to a level where you are comfortable writing language code to create a basic web page. CSS is used to give the designer much more control over how exactly a web page is displayed. When performing the code within your web page it is important to test out your creation using different browsers such as Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer to make sure that the code works good on all.


Hardly any professional looking website that are out there are all text based. To be visually appealing, graphics and pictures will make the page look appealing , welcoming and certainly more user-friendly. A good way to be able to incorporate the best photos and images into your website is to invest time in learning one of the popular graphic software programs out there. Two of the best known ones are Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro. When you start out on these programs, it is fun to take a few family photos to practice on with wonderful results that make your family albums stand out whilst learning the new skills needed for your projects in web design.


Getting up and running with proficiency in the early stages of learning the skills for designing requires trial and error and is very much hands-on with different techniques. There are a lot of resources out there for free and tutorials with examples on many different sites catering to learning it. The most important thing is to begin by having fun with it (and wowing a family member or two), understand ing that there are many steps to becoming an expert. Practice different codes for different effects, copy some code from the sites you love and see how they work by tweaking it to your own desired outcomes. It can be fun and exciting learning the new skills.