Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Friday, May 28, 2010

May your weekend be filled with loved ones, food, laughter, and remembrance of those that died in military service.
True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost. - Arthur Ashe

My Second Office

Thursday, May 27, 2010

I am at my second office today, Starbucks, as my car is sick and in the shop. I walked over a mile to get to my "office" today, in the heat, with backpack on. I am feeling quite accomplished. I love being around people, so being alone in the house, working, just wasn't cutting it. It's funny though because while I love the atmosphere, sounds, and smells of this wonderful coffee establishment, I am not a coffee drinker. I drink tea. Black iced tea to be exact, sweetened. Every time. Sometimes I'll throw in a Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake. For my fellow sweet tooth.

Isn't this guy's art just fantastic? It's coffee on paper.

Judging a Person By Their Bookshelf

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

This creative gal paints portraits of people's book collections because she says, "you can learn a lot by their grouped covers." I would have to agree with that statement. I'm not a fiction reader, so my shelf is currently filled with books about factual stuff that deals with things on a relational, social or spiritual level and that's what interests me most.

What does your book collection look like?

Destination: Relaxation

Sun, cloudless skies, slight breeze, favorite drink in hand, delightful reading material, a take-your-breath-away view like this or this, no worries, and one of the following by Anthro and I'm feeling alright ;)

Are You Kidding Me?

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

"Why aren’t we ranking higher on Google? Our name starts with A, and this other company only starts with H!"

Designer: ”I will create a login box on your website. Once someone registers and logs in, the website will recognize who the user is and provide relevant content.”

Client: ”That sounds great. However, instead of a login box I’d like to use biometrics to identify the user.”

Designer: ”Not sure what you mean.”

Client: ”When someone visits the website, I want them to be able to put their hand on the monitor. The monitor will then scan their hand to confirm who they are. I think that would be a lot more engaging. How much extra would that functionality cost?”

Designer: ”Several hundred million dollars.”

Client: Why are you being a wiseass? Can you do it or not?

Designer: ”No. Sorry. That’s a little too advanced.”

Client: ”Fine. I’ll try another web designer.”

"Lime Green instead of regular. As ninja turtle bright as possible."

Client: ”So I just wrote my first post on the blog you made for us. Can you publish it to all RSS feeds?”

Designer: ”Do you mean publish it to your RSS feed? Because that happens automatically.”

Client: ”No, I mean ALL RSS feeds. Like every one on the internet.”

Designer: ”That’s not possible.”

Client: ”Yes it is, I read an article about how RSS is the equivalent of newspapers on the internet, so if I post something everyone on the internet should see it, just like everyone reading a newspaper would see the front page.”

Designer: ”Er… that’s not really true, that’s not how RSS works.”

Client: ”Well then this whole “blog” thing isn’t what I paid you to do, then, is it?”

[Yep, these are actual conversations between designers and their clients. Want more?]

A Glimpse at Summer!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Need some ideas for a fresh summer look? Check out Etsy Finds : Summer Shopping Guide. Great list!

Here's a few of my faves...
Teal Leather Should Bag by Paulina Carcach
White Luminary Candle Holders by Fine Art Stoneware
Bollilo Bowls - Wobbly Plates by atelierBB
Four Little Pig Napkins by Katherine J Lee (sale going on!)

Sock Crazy

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The past fella in my life used to make silly fun of me because I insisted (and still do) on having a "sock" for the accessories in my purse. That includes a phone sock, sunglasses sock, business card/gift card sock, and on some occasions, a jewelry sock. So I like to keep my things protected... and organized... not a big deal.

And so I present to you a unique "sock" that caught my eye today. I think it's cute! What do you think?

I {heart} Bokeh

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

"the blur or the aesthetic quality of the blur"
"to become blurred or fuzzy"

Live It Forward

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

This print was submitted into the Positive Poster Competition. This quote comes from the famed Danish philosopher & theologian, Søren Kierkegaard. This statement truly grasps the idea of living radically in the present. Our goal must not be to dwell in the past, but to learn from it, and move forward gaining a better sense of self in the process that leads to a brighter future.

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”

Retro Chic

Monday, May 17, 2010

Images from the Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement (1970s)

Wrist Candy

Friday, May 14, 2010

LOVE. And the fact that the new line is called Tahitian Jelly Bean, makes it even sweeter.

A Day at the Beach

Laura Trevey of Bright, Bold, and Beautiful knows how to create truly magnificent watercolor paintings that really get me in the mood for a vacation at the beach! I'll take the following + this and this and I'll be good to go! Who's with me? ;)

Barcoding in Style

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Designer barcodes! What will they think of next?
*And here's another fun posting on barcodes from Japanese designers (I couldn't quite translate their website, so I am leading you to the original English source.)

I Believe

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.
{C.S. Lewis}

Pancake Art

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I spotted this amazing site via a posting on Twitter... gosh, I love social media! And I LOVE me some pancakes!!! Oh yes, Bisquick mix is the best with Aunt Jemima Butter Lite Syrup... yum! When I was little... ok, well into my teens, my family had the tradition of making pancakes every Saturday morning. I haven't quite made the time to do that for myself now that I'm living away from home, but my craving still stands strong. However, my skills only consist of creating round pancakes. My dad would create fun ones with hearts, letters, etc, but this guy, Jim, takes it to a whole other level. I. am. amazed.

My Guitar Hero ;)

Monday, May 10, 2010

This is my 11-year-old brother and his guitar skills! He's taking lessons, as well as in piano and drums... he's going to be quite the charmer ;)

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Here's a peek at "4125" (the place that I live with my interior designer sister)... I will post more images once I get 'em all jazzed up for you ;)

Note: my lil sis truly dislikes butterflies so this is me rubbing it in :)

[credit goes to my two sisters for all these cutsy images; the last one is just for funsies as it's really from my lil sister's place... i really like it!]

Un Morceau Français d'art

Friday, May 7, 2010

Simply love this poster by Forever is Today. The English translation is "What is your way of life." Originally found this via seesaw's site. Both blogs are a must see! FiT's can be found here. Inspirational? Oui!

Three Little Birds

"Don't worry about a thing,
'Cause every little thing gonna be all right.
Singin': "Don't worry about a thing,
'Cause every little thing gonna be all right!"

Rise up this mornin',
Smiled with the risin' sun,
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singin' sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true,
Sayin', ("This is my message to you-ou-ou:")

Singin': "Don't worry 'bout a thing,
'Cause every little thing gonna be all right."
Singin': "Don't worry (don't worry) 'bout a thing,
'Cause every little thing gonna be all right!"

Rise up this mornin',
Smiled with the risin' sun,
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singin' sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true,
Sayin', "This is my message to you-ou-ou:"

Singin': "Don't worry about a thing, worry about a thing, oh!
Every little thing gonna be all right. Don't worry!"
Singin': "Don't worry about a thing" - I won't worry!
"'Cause every little thing gonna be all right."

[source: veronikanagy]

High Heeled Love

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Couple notes to make on this post: If I...
a) wore heels this tall (w/o fear of tripping or walking awkwardly)
b) had a $1,000 to spare
c) had the perfect outfit to wear with them (pretty sure I could come up with something though, right?)


I would totally get these!

Clutch This!


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Wanna cheap-chic way to decorate your walls... or ceilings? Well, then check out these lovely fabric enhanced embroidery hoops and the clever way each one is displayed. Definitely something I might attempt to do one of these days! Which is your favorite display?

Spring Bash

Monday, May 3, 2010

I checked out the Etsy Dallas Spring Bash this weekend with some girlfriends and found pretty cute and creative stuff. No purchases were made due to budgeting, BUT I wanted to share with you my top favorites from the bash:
Bee Things Art Prints
Jane Joss the Fabric Florist

Color Box Design Art Prints and Stationery