• Organizing

    I have a painting studio again!!

    For those of you that have know me for years and years, can you imagine coming into my home and not seeing a painting studio somewhere? Ever since I had my first apartment out of college (and away from campus studio space), I have a had a huge easel set up and a room to paint in. Well not always it’s own room, in one apartment, I made my kitchen the studio. But as I painted way more than I cooked at that time, it made sense. But when I moved to Texas 6 years ago, I had to use a shipping pod to move my stuff so that everything…

  • pool noodle art

    Pool Noodles

    I’m a big fan of pool noodles. They allow lots of lounging in water without exerting yourself. I however have not before seen pool noodle art! “Hundreds of pool noodles invaded an abandoned alley in Quebec City, Canada as part of Delirious Frites, an architectural art installation created by Les Astronautes.” I’ve always loved a good installation. This one is for sure on my list of ones I want to experience in person! What was the last great installation you saw?

  • Little Miss Bossy
    Deep Thoughts

    Top 5 reasons bossy women make awesome friends

    Over the past year, thanks largely to Sheryl Sandberg, Tiny Fey, Sophia Amoruso and Amy Poehler the term bossy has become a hot topic. Mainly for being called out for being a derogatory and sexist term. Movements like Ban Bossy state sad truths such as: When a little boy asserts himself, he’s called a “leader.” Yet when a little girl does the same, she risks being branded “bossy.” About a year ago I was called bossy by a woman whom I have know for many, many years and had not seen in at least a decade. It felt like I had been slapped in the face when she said it, especially…

  • sharpies in the manic trout studio

    Material inspiration

    I was staring adoringly into the cup of sharpies on my desk yesterday when I started thinking about how much the materials used to make art inspire so much creativity themselves. I can’t even begin to count the amount of times that I have over come a lapse in creativity simply by looking at a box of colorful gemstones. Its the easiest way to set myself off on a design binge, cover my desk in materials and bam! I’m off and running.  When I moved to Austin a few years ago, I had to go through a major possession purge so that I could fit all of my belongings into a pod and moving it…

  • Deep Thoughts

    Being a starving artist vs running a successful business

    A few weeks ago I was watching a new show where the guy from Cake Boss goes into failing bakeries and helps them succeed…similar to Restaurant Impossible and Hotel Impossible (both of which I love). Anyway Buddy looked at the guy who refused to sell cupcakes in his “Authentic Italian Bakery” and explained that cupcakes were the not only the number one baked good seller in the country, but that his customers wanted them. He then asked the guy  “Do you want to be a starving artist or do you want to be a successful business owner?”. The baker thought it over and declared that he wanted to run a…

  • Jewelry Deconstructed: Learn To Fly Necklace from Manic Trout

    Jewelry Deconstructed

    One day I was playing around with the materials for a bracelet and realized how pretty everything looked when I laid it out in the style of Things Organized Neatly. I pulled out a piece of black velvet, put it all together, snapped a photo on my phone and put it on instagram. I liked it so much that I have done two more since then and suddenly, a new series was born. I’d like to have little books printed and make one for each collectionI design. I love how easy it is to do something like that…make a book of something. Isn’t technology grand? The pieces are often as…

  • Peeks at a few of my favorite installations (see details in Pinterest)
    Deep Thoughts

    Art that makes you question if its art

    I have always had a love for art that makes you look at it and wonder if it’s art or not. I’m not talking about street art type things, but more of the wrapped trees variety above. How gorgeous are these trees? I know that to see them in person would be such a different experience then a small photo on a blog, but I love it none the less. Installations have always been high on my list of favorite types of art, and I swear the fact that Magda Sayeg, the founder of Knitta Please was based out of Austin is what made me first want to live here…

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    A love affair with floor plans

    When I was about 10, my childhood bff and I used to draw floor plans as a hobby and paint them with water colors. I had an entire binder of these plans and they included awesome details such as diving boards off of 2nd floor balconies into massive pools below. Years later when I was in Architecture school I was introduced to the reality of what a floor plan really involved and no longer thought they were so fun (cross sections of oak trees can suck it!). And then I saw the work of Iñaki Aliste Lizarralde . He creates intricate and beautiful drawings of the dwellings of tv show characters. From…

  • Greetings from Austin Mural

    Playing tourist in your own city

    A few weeks ago, a friend of mine was preparing to  move away and it was decided that to celebrate her leaving, we wanted to snap a few shots in front of the most photographed back drops in Austin to remember both the group of us and this awesome city by. As we wanted to do this on our way to dinner we didn’t want to take forever, so we decided to keep it to two locations. The Greetings from Austin mural off of S 1st and the I Love You So much graffiti on the side of Jo’s Coffee on South Congress. The mural was a no brainer…how could…