• Confidence,  Fun

    Power Pose

    Want an instant boost of confidence and power (like before an interview or public speaking)? Stand a super hero in the above pose for 5 minutes. There’s science behind this that you can read about here. But really, when I’m getting ready to write pitches, I do my best Wonder Woman impersonation…on really important days I wear the costume.

  • Fun

    Stay-cation

    The past 10 days have been jam packed with activities. We had two waves of house guests as well as logging in a good amount of hours with friends. Due to the schedules that Adam and I both keep these days, it was a bit outside of our norm and made it feel as though we were the ones on vacation! This also explains my absence from blogging for the past week…when I did get into the studio it was pretty quick and focused on getting orders out the door. I spent more time doing laundry (so many sheets, blankets and towels!) than I did in the studio last week, ha! I oddly took…

  • Submerged
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    Current Inspiration

    I often find that in gathering images that inspire me, the obvious theme is not apparent right away. This happened with a collection of images that are hauntingly beautiful that I came to call “Submerged“. They are as you may imagine, photographs of bodies submerged underwater. All are of women, sometimes in gowns, sometimes with their heads not visible and above the water line and range from standing to floating to diving. I love everyone of them and would pet them on the head each night before I went to bed if it were possible.

  • Umbrellas in Italy
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    Current Inspiration

    I’ve been obsessing over umbrellas recently. I’m not too picky about the kind, in the ground or the the carry around variety are both equally impressive. I prefer them without people though. It’s the patterns for sure, but they tend to be on beautiful beaches and the rain, both of which tickle my fancy. I enjoy them so much that I have an entire board devoted to them! What are you feeling inspired by this week?

  • The Manatee, Dinosaur and Pig In Between Days Necklaces back in limited edition!
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    Manic Monday

    There’s a lot of news from Manic Trout land this week, so I figured I should round it all up and share it with you here so you’re in the know. 1. I recently came across a large box of jewelry that was filled with extinct designs. As this happened right about the time I usually hold the annual summer sale, and they were already all packaged and ready to go, I decided to make a few mega deals along with dropping the sale prices. While quantities last (and I already sold out of many of the tiny charms) the Do You Know Me Necklaces are 2 for $20, the Young and Beautiful Earring are 3…

  • Fun

    Current Inspiration

    I’ll have to admit that the only thing that my current favorite inspiration images are inspiring me to do, is enjoy everyone’s favorite summer treat…ice cream. Although the beauty of mu current obsession is that it is not restricted to the dairy delight, but to all frozen treats, including this fantastic idea of making watermelon pops! Looking to expand your frozen intake this summer, check out my Frozen Bliss pinterest board and see what inspires you!

  • Fun

    Playing hooky

    We’re in the last few days of June, summer is officially here and it’s hot in Texas. It’s also about to be my slowest month of the year with Manic Trout. So when Adam begged that at 4pm today, I take a break for a few hours and go to Twin Falls, which part of the Green Belt here in Austin, I didn’t have to think that hard about it. It’s been rare that he has had a sunny day off with all the rain we’ve been having, so we both jumped at the chance to go for a swim with friends.  I’m so happy we did as it was a…

  • Fun

    Current Inspiration Obsession

    One of my favorite things about Pinterest is that it encourages you to obsess over specific types of images to your hearts content. I have gathered hundreds of images of life’s minutiae such as doors, icebergs, water and skirts. All in the name of inspiration. You never know from what your next great idea will come. My current favorite board is all about Docks. Well, docks, boardwalks, diving boards, piers and rafts to be exact. I’m only up to 43 images so far, but I’m pretty sure that by next week…it will double. What are you currently obsessed with?

  • Manic Trout Studio
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    Recently at Manic Trout

    Since I’ve moved the Manic Trout Blog away from this one, I’ve missed sharing the photos here. Many of these are also posted on Facebook or Instagram, but its fun to see my favorites all gathered in one place. So here you go…a glimps at the last two weeks! I didn’t actually eat a donut on National Donut Day, but I did have cake. And my donut stickers arrived, so yay! Rings being made for the FW15 photo shoot which is happening this week. I am so excited to see the photos from it!! I am not excited that I won’t be sharing them until the very end of August. I’ll…

  • Fun

    X Games Austin 2015 AKA: Where to find all the hot skater boys

    Thinking back on all the biggest crushes of my life, I would have to say that most of them have been skate board proficient. My first crush, my first kiss, my first boyfriend (you know, when it consists of holding hand and sharing a soda), my first love…all wonderfully glorious skater boys. I later branched out to jocks in general, but those hot little trouble makers still caught my eye like no other. I really think it was no small coincidence that the great love of my life happens to be an ex pro snow boarder and excellent skate boarder. Life came full circle and I knew it was meant to be, ha! Last…