• Organizing

    June 2016

    Yesterday I was organizing the piles on my desk since moving in last week and almost fell over when I realized it was already July 13th. Then I looked at my last blog post and I was even more shocked that June seemed to have not existed at all, woah. As I’m sure you assumed, the busier real life is, the less on is on the internet. June was for sure one of those times. It’s all pretty much a blur but there was a week in NY with my family, finding and closing on a house and a week of really intense packing. I may have missed the boat…

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    Fun

    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…

  • Book Reviews,  Deep Thoughts

    Biblio-files for July 2013

    Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks -Dr Seuss While “in the moment”, I felt I was hardly getting any reading done in July, what with the packing up and moving and unpacking business in the middle weeks of it. I basically was collapsing, exhausted into bed each night, only able to read for tiny amount of time before I succumbed to sleep. So I was pretty shocked when I realized that I had still kept up with my book a week normal amount…well, sorta. There was that one weekend once the boxes were all unpacked and I was able to take…

  • Organizing

    Surfacing from the depths of moving

    Whew…it’s been quite the month! Exactly one month ago, we made the decision to move and here I sit today, in my new studio in the new house, finally finding time to write a blog post. After the furniture was delivered on Sunday night, I worked like a mad woman getting us settled. I still have yet to hang art on the walls, the laundry room has become a catch all of kitchen stuff I’m not sure where to put and the garage needs to be organized but we are all moved in!  Enjoy the poor mans version of a panoramic of the living room below… There are a few cords…

  • Goals

    Let the moving adventures begin

    We made the tough decision a few weeks ago to adjust our lifestyle as Adam changed careers and with that decision comes moving. The upside is that last year we moved into a house in a neighborhood we loved but was more than we want to spend on a rental. It’s a wonderful neighborhood, but one of the most expensive in Austin, mostly due to proximity to downtown and that almost all of the houses are over 100 years old and well cared for. However, as charming as the huge live oaks and quirky homes are, there were downsides that were getting to me and I was pretty glad for…

  • Deep Thoughts

    Pursuing dreams and all that crap

    I’ve come to the conclusion that I have watched reruns of Friends too many times. I’ll even go as far to admit that I have the entire series on DVD and have watched it a minimum of 6 times all the way through. As you can imagine, I therefore have the ability to almost always draw a parallel to something on the show with what is going on in my current life and quote it. I do this in my own head most of the time as I seem to not know many people who watched the show as much as I have in the last 5 years. Perhaps some…

  • Organizing

    House progress…

    I’ve been running a mad dash for the past week trying to get the house pulled together before the chaos of the holidays, and I think it’s going pretty well so far.  As there are only 5 weeks (5 weeks!!) of ship time left for the season at Manic Trout and a show every weekend until Christmas, it’s time to chain myself to my studio.  So not to leave you out of the loop, below are some pics from the house as it is now.  Adam bought us both olloclips and the fish eye is perfect for capturing an entire room, so I have been snapping the progress on my phone.…

  • Organizing

    Moving kicked my ass…but I’m winning in the end

    Wow, it feels like I have been in a timeless void for the past week…sheesh!  Moving officially mopped the floor with me, I’ll admin it.  I spent almost all of my time over the past two weeks packing and unpacking, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!!!  A month ago, I wisely planned hosting a little soiree at my new home for the Austin Craft Riot this Thursday night and I was right that it has been awesome motivation to get everything pulled together.  Most of the rooms are unpacked, except for the books and dvds, and the “essence” pieces as I love to call…

  • wave lull
    Deep Thoughts

    5 Things you will need as soon as they are buried in a stack of boxes

    1. Flip flops for a pedicure 2. A specific pair of pliers for jewelry making 3. A dvd, because Netflix stopped working one night 4. 3-qt pyrex pan 5. A bandaid I’m in a packing state right now similar to a wave…not everything is packed, but the stack of boxes has been growing higher each day.  The “sort of essentials” are going into boxes now and I suddenly seem to need them all (although I have resisted the urge to get them).  I have a pretty busy week ahead of me, so I am trying to pack as much as I can tonight and tomorrow.  We pack the moving trucks…

  • Fun

    Sum it up

    WORKING ON:  Not enough of anything.  Trying to get it all done. Failing.  Yesterday managed to buy a new bed frame, mattress, kitchen table, couch pillows and the awesome guy above.  It felt amazing to tick so much off my list at once. THINKING ABOUT: The holidays, the spring line, packing, decorating the new house and so many tasks that are involved with it all. ANTICIPATING: Moving into the new house (renting) in 12 days…woo hoo!! LISTENING TO: Wild Belle.  Saw them at ACL last week and fell in love. EATING: Have fallen off the candy wagon…hard.  Trying to get back on, but sugar is a bitch of a mistress.…