last week in iphone pix: 2

Little miss Tilly on my afghan and on tissue paper as I was trying to wrap up an order. My coworker and I playing around with a giant foam cutout that turned out to look like a was a total accident, but turned out pretty neat! Left: New summer sandles and a brightly colored spring pedicure. Right: A giant stack of yarn at Yarns to Ewe. (Side not, the yarn I have been using in my afghan has been discontinued, so I spend Saturday searching for it. Ending buying more on-line...) Left: No matter how old I get, I still think driving through a car wash is a blast. Right: Yummy Japanese candy from my coworker. Don't forget that 50% of my etsy sales from now until the end of the month will be donated here.

for japan, with love

The devastation of the earthquake is Japan is heartbreaking and unfathomable. And as many other bloggers, I want to do something to help and have decided to participate in Bloggers Day of Silence tomorrow. The ladies of Ever Ours and Utterly Engaged have started For Japan with Love, a disaster relief to provide shelter and lifesaving supplies via Shelterbox. I urge everyone to visit the site and make a small donation if you are able. Besides participating in the bloggers day of silence, I will donate 50% of all etsy sales made between now and the end of the month to Japan with Love. All items now have free shipping as well. Please spread the word about this wonderful cause.

last week in iphone pix

I feel like everything in my life is moving at a million miles a minute and all of my time is spent doing something. (I've explained this before in the old blog.) Anyways, because of my ever growing, super busy schedule I am severely slacking on my new fabulous blog. Honestly, I can't imagine that changing any time soon. I wish it was not the case and I will still try my best to attend to this site, but other priorities are coming first. Including some below... And so, if nothing else, I want to try to take more silly documentation photos of the goings on in my life. Enjoy. Left: Celebratory free beer and pizza at Rice in honor of my coworker (he just got into his first choice grad school!) Right: AIGA Q&A with Steven Thomson. My parents got a new puppy! We still have no idea what she is, but she is small and has a brindle coat and is adorable! (When she's not chewing on your arm/finger/shirt/shoe/face.) Left: Cricket's for brunch. Yes, my brunch consisted of a Root Beer float. Don't judge. Right: St. Paddy's Day parade in Galveston. I put down all of my work and went to the beach for the day. I NEEDED a vacation and that was the best I could do.

rock-n-roll illustrations

While organizing some files on my computer, I found these illustrations that I did a couple of years ago for my dad. That Christmas was the first year that I gave my paper doll calendars for gifts and even though I'm sure my dad would have hung that calendar proudly, I couldn't do that to him. So, I made a special calendar just for him (and also gave it to my super cool, rockin' aunt and uncle.) It's funny how I forgot about designing these and then ended up doing more illustrations of the same subject! I wonder what to do with them now? I hate for them to just sit on my computer, but I have no use to frame them or to try and sell them (they sure don't mesh with emilee rose!) For now, I'll just share them all with you! The Beatles:   Dylan and The Kinks:   The King:   Rod-the-bod Stewart:

hello granny: second to last update

I promise this will be the last update. After this, I will only post the final afghan. I'm still sort of in shock at how far I've come and in such short amount of time. From what I can remember, my last afghan took about a year to complete. Two months in and I'm half way there! There is still one more row that will go all the way around this. I ran out of yarn very quickly and had to find some other brands that would have to do. In the store they all seemed to work. It wasn't until I started putting all of the squares together that I realized that the gray yarn was MUCH darker than the original one! Can you tell? I don't think it's that big of a deal...but more of an "oops" moment. It folds up nice and fluffy. I can't wait to snuggle up with my finished blanket!

it could be time. a new portfolio site.

Some days I visit other websites of young professional only to drool over their work and daydream about having my own site that looks just as fabulous... In the back of my head, I know that I need to create a new site. Mostly because my current site has just become an embarrassment. I thought it was the coolest thing I'd ever created up until that point, but I've learned and have grown so much while working at PH. (I would link to my old flash site, and realized that maybe I should have taken a screen shot before it went away, but's now just another boring WordPress Theme.) I'm really interested in learning how to theme a blog (as stated a million times on this blog!) and so now is my chance to take the plunge. My brother told me about Firebug, which allows users to look and edit HTML and CSS in real time. It's pretty neat. It's also helpful for newby's because I can go to other sites and get clues on coding! Yay for me! These are some portfolio sites that I really admire. Most are very clean and simple and direct. Everything that a portfolio should be (in my opinion.) Sarah Mick This site is my favorite. I like the white background. I'm toying with whether or not I want a white background, a pattern or a color. Who really knows. But I love her color pallet and use of typography. The only thing I DO know is that my color pallet with be full of yellows and grays (surprise surprise!). I also like the scrolling feature...might have to figure that one out. .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . Jessica Hische Not only is all of her work...AMAZING...but I also really dig the design of the site. The navigation is very clean and legible. Each design project is listed separately and you can hit a "next" button to keep going through all of the projects. .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . Strange Native This site has the same formatting principles, but applies a completely different look with color. And makes me go back to my question of a background. This site also uses one image at a time that you have to scroll through. I like the idea of seeing all images at once, but know that sometimes the scrolling back up is more than our little fingers are down for. Hopefully in the next few months and I can start teaching myself some of this stuff to create a portfolio that is perfect just for me.

renegade austin: where to stay

Remember this post about my last trip to Austin? And more importantly, do you remember this fabulous place? Well, I am excited to say that Lora and I will probably be staying there during Renegade Craft this May! I was looking into hotels and trying to find a decent priced one that was somewhat close to town or not right by an airport and then I remembered the Austin Motel. The rooms are super kitchy and their pool looks totally bad ass. It's really close to the show and close to lots of fun things in Austin. The best part, the price is actually extremely affordable! Take a look at some of these great pads: You know you are dying to stay there! I'm planning on calling this week to make sure that we get a good room as I would imagine that it could get full with so many crafters right around the corner. If we stay there, I'll make sure to take lots of pics of the room and grounds! Top photo by me, bottom photos courtesy of UPDATE: This hotel is booked that weekend and so is the San Jose. Any other recommendations for where to stay in Austin would be greatly appreciated.

etsy finds: put a bird on it!

Have you been watching Portlandia? Well, you should because it is the funniest show at the current moment. Well, perhaps it's only funny for people that understand the hipster culture or went to art school or actually live in Portland, but I think it's pretty dang hillarious. After their sketch "Put a Bird on it" aired, I was sent a link to watch it by a couple of people. Were they trying to tell me something? Do I put birds all over things or would I just appreciate the humor? Either way, my bathroom is full of birds, so I suppose that is it. In case you are unfamiliar with this growing phenomenon: My bathroom is the one neglected place of decor. I've thrown up a birdy shower curtain and have matching towels...but the walls are so BORING. So, this week's etsy finds is inspired by Portlandia and by the need to put something on my walls! 1. Blue Jays from Bee Things (I actually already own this print and LOVE it...I suppose I should move it to its appropriate room!) 2. Icy Bird Pin from Moloco (I'd put this on a shelf so that every time I saw it, I would say "Aww! So cute!") 3. Love Bird Necklace from Spunk and Sass (Ok, so I don't need this for my bathroom, but it's cute and they are local!) 4. Love Birds Ring Holder from Darrielle's Clay Art (I would actually use this as an earing catchall.) 5. Little Bird Print from One Sweet Orange. (Love the colors in this!) All images courtesy of the artist's etsy shops.

in the kitchen: cheesy, butternut squash quinoa bake

Have you ever visited Spark Recipes? It's my new favorite recipe site. Every recipe comes with nutritional information and you can easily search with diet restrictions (vegan, gluten free, sugar free, etc.) It think it's pretty great. I stumbled upon a recipe for Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese. Though, desperate to find a recipe to try out quinoa, I adjusted this slightly to make a delicious cheesy, butternut squash quinoa bake. Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups diced butternut squash (I used 3 very small squashes, you could probably get this out of one big one) 1  cup veggie broth 1 1/2 cups milk (I used plain soy milk, since that is what I keep on hand) 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (plus a little extra for topping) 1/2 cup low fat ricotta cheese 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg 2 cooked cups quinoa Directions: 1. Cook quinoa according to directions 2. Put squash, broth and milk in a pot. Bring to a boil and let cook until squash is tender. ( I really don't remember how long this took, but just keep poking the squash with a fork to check.) 3. Pour out most liquid into separate dish. Puree squash and about 1/4 cup of liquid until desired consistency. You can also just mash up the squash if you like chunkier textures. 4. Mix all ingredients together (Quinoa, squash puree, remaining liquid, cheese and spices) 5. Pour into medium sized casserole dish and top with extra cheese (I used extra cheddar and a little Parmesan.) 6. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes and enjoy!

renegade craft, here we come!

I was beyond excited last week when I received word that emilee rose was excepted as a vendor at Renegade Austin in May! I feel like Renegade is the equivalent of going to the National Stationery Show or something. It is THE craft show to participate in and I get to go! I'm sharing a booth with my favorite boothmate, Lora from b bags. Having someone to share a booth with is the best way to go...booth fees are cut in half, you have someone to talk to during the slow times (unless it's that great of a show that you are talking to customers non-stop!) and you have someone to watch your booth while you visit the restroom or other booths. Even though the show is not until May, I'm getting ready now! I'll be going to New York the week before for the Stationery Show, so I want all of my ducks to be in a row so that I'm not all frantic in May. Let's face it, I get crabby when I'm stressed! So, what will be new for this show? I want to make a slew of original paintings on wood. I haven't decided how many to make. 15? 25? Who knows! I think once I come up with my final designs, it will be easier to determine how many final paintings to bring. Digital coloring versions of my paper dolls. I LOVE my dolls, but I get a lot of "I don't know any kids" or "My daughter is too young/too old for paper dolls." It is a very small niche to get into and I just can't use my dolls as my main "thing." So, I've come up with the idea of using my illustrations as coloring sheets. And rather than me spending the money/time/effort printing out a million and ten sheets, I'll put them on a CD (adorably packaged, of course!) so that the mommy/daddy/kiddo/whoever can print out as many coloring sheets as they would like. Good idea, no? And perhaps some new paper goodies...recipe cards? bookmarks? book plates? new thank you notes? I'll be sure to keep you posted on new products! In the mean time...back to work!
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