Archive for February, 2011

A thing of beauty. A thing of devastation.
February 28, 2011

Yes, that’s right, I’m talking about you computer that I’m working on…keyboard that I’m typing on…and mouse that, well, you’re just sitting there right now, but I will be using you to finalize the publishing of this post. I took you in this weekend…for the 2nd time in the last 2 months. You looked so beautiful sitting there at the Genius Bar. So much larger, so much brighter than the others. I was so proud. You are mine. You allow me to explore my creativity. You provide an infinite source of inspiration. You keep me company during my sleepless nights of bursting creativity. Those nights that I can’t help but toss and turn until finally, I pull myself out of the toasty covers. IĀ  give in to the realization that there’s no hope in sleeping until I click File Save. But, best friend of mine, while your beautiful sleekness shines above all else, I must warn you, if you ever give me the spinning beach ball of death again, or start pogo-sticking my programs until I am forced to Force Quit because they are not responding, then that day may be your last. I do not wish to replace you. You are my baby. I love you. And I need you. I need you to let me explore my inspirations and develop my creative spirit. You inspire me every day. I am not ready to share that with someone else. But if you do not start behaving I will be forced to exchange you for a new, bright and shiny friend.

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Finally at home…
February 27, 2011

What a fantastic evening. Along with going out for some drinks and creole food with my husband and my brother…I finally found my place. It’s been a little difficult here at times, since we left our local hangouts in the GRrrr, but finally, after 2 months of being in the area…I found my place to go when I have a bad day…or I need a glass a wine…or some phenomenal food…a place where every-o-n-e knows your name. Okay, a little far, but I’m telln’ya…The Bayou in Salt Lake City is most definitely my new local hangout. The service was exceptional, the food was to-die-for, and the drink menu…well, let’s just say that they made a point to note that ‘these beers aren’t 3.5% alcohol’. Don’t get me wrong, if you’re looking for a Bud Light, well, they got em’, but if you’re from Michigan and you’re looking for a beer that you can chew through, well, they have those too. I think the thing that got me the most though was the service…and the patrons. I’ve never talked to so many strangers at a bar in my life. Now, maybe it was the booze, but really, I’d like to think that’s it’s just the difference in social atmosphere than that in Michigan. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED our local hangouts in Grand Rapids…and I would give anything to be back at Graydon’s for food, and Reserve for drinks, and 616 for, well anything…but really, overall, the people out here have been a lot more open to conversation and personable with strangers. It’s been a pleasure to open up to new people out here. And I look forward to all the opportunities to come. Bayou here I come.

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Slowly but surely…
February 26, 2011

Well, I’ve definitely had my days where things just seem to be going backwards. One step forward…two steps back. But, today was not one of those days. I’m slowly making progress on my personal endeavors and while I’m not at the finish line yet, I’m enjoying the race. I recently was accepted to sell some work on an up-and-coming Stationary site called Matilda Plum. It has adorable baby announcements and photo cards…and of course, my work! šŸ™‚ I’m still in the process of developing pieces, but I’ll keep you updated on how it goes. Check the site out…Matilda Plum…especially if you’re in need of some cute announcements.

On a side note…how lucky am I to have such a beautiful niece to photograph…I’m not sure if it’s my work or her cute little face that will sell these šŸ™‚

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Exclusively at Matilda Plum

Exclusively at Matilda Plum

Exclusively at Matilda Plum

Exclusively at Matilda Plum

Exclusively on Matilda Plum

The infamous battle between the right and the left…
February 25, 2011

Ahhh, to be right brained or left brained…I find it similar to the question ‘Do blonds really have more fun?’ It seems just as arbitrary at times. Take me for example…

I AM a creative…which defines me as right brained. I AM emotional, I AM passionate, I AM a dreamer, I AM anything I imagine…and my imagination is endless.

B-U-T…dun, dun, dun…then I look at the left brain. I AM a planner, I AM a list maker, I AM practical, I AM in search of control and order.

So, what am I? Am I blond? Do I really have more fun?

I AM me.

A special thanks to my RockStar brother-in-law for sending me this amazing illustration. To be able to let your mind wander like that…amazing!

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Ahhh typography…how I love thee.
February 24, 2011

I’m in the process of designing a Baby Shower for my sister-in-law and I came across this fun typography that I thought would be perfect. I’m doing a spin off on April Showers bring May flowers, since my new little nephew is expected to make an appearance in May. I’ve already begun the paper flowers…I’ll make sure to post some images when I finally finish…so expect them sometime next year. I’ve also been trying to come up with something clever to make umbrellas a little more decorative. While searching for some inspiration for my post tonight…I came across this…A Spoon Full of Sugar. How perfect!Ā  I’m thinking I might pull some of the elements from her invite and stencil them onto some umbrellas. I’ll post some pics…assuming it works out šŸ™‚

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I’m amazed what the power of one voice can do…
February 23, 2011

I was having one of those days today…going through the motions, but not connecting with things. This move has been so fantastic and completely terrifying at the same time…and some days I find myself resorting back to the ‘old’ frightened me…the one that’s so completely terrified of failing that she doesn’t bother trying. This, of course, is completely ridiculous, but these last few months of self evaluation have lead me to realize that I’ve lived a large portion of my life with this philosophy. The move out here however, was the first step to taking back this power. And while I realize that some days may still be bumpy (apparently I can’t get away from the hazardous Michigan roads)…one day of potholes does not even come close to a lifetime of unrealized moments. I am here and I am strong and I am ready.

Part of my realization today was inspired by this video my husband sent me. This is a childhood friend of his. I’m amazed at the wisdom and eloquence of his lecture. Check it out!

Mike Rios – Dong Chim the Quarter-Life Crisis!

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I fell in LOVE today…
February 22, 2011

A friend of mine has asked for my input on some colors she’s chosen to redo their living room. While searching for inspiration I came across this site…Design-Seeds
Good god…it’s amazing! Anyone who dreams in color and breathes it through their soul, this site will send your colorful life in a tizzy. If you have not experienced all that is wonderful about color…please check it out.
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+Here are a few that inspired me+