getting back into the swing of designing 
just in time to stop again when baby #2 comes in february!

wish me luck because i have a feeling i won't be creating much of
anything but a tiny human, naptimes and breastmilk for a many, many months.

until then i'll relish in the projects i've enjoyed!
hope you like them too...

first off, back in may my dear friend CK had her 30th birthday 
and we threw a RAD party for her in the reading pagoda
of course, the invite had to be amazing, right?! yes. 
so, going on her love of the GD and her scarlet begonia theme 
i came up with a poster-style invite that i sent via mail chimp
man, that mail chimp is super cool. 
if you don't know, know you know.

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next, my nephew's stepdad asked me to help him create 

i had a great time with this and got to finally use squarespace for the first time 
(which is also incredibly cool if you haven't tried it out already). 

sheesh. glad i'm not a small web shop or i'd be super bummed.
 you really can make an amazing site so easily and inexpensively these days.
no excuses people. 
i'm telling myself this for my next website re-do. 
(once i know my next direction! ... give me 3 years...)

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i also took the product shots for the website 
which i had really enjoyed.

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and lastly, i had the pleasure of creating the logo for the new 
i'm delighted to be a part of this and see the logo used throughout the farm!
i'll post back when their website is up and running...

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well, that about wraps up my fun.
i'll hopefully have a few more projects before complete hibernation.
until then, happy design inspirations!

hey friends!
here's a little update from around these parts...

all day. err day.
not really– but at least twice a day for months now 
lubeedu loves to play with her beans.
and wow, what fun we can have with some simple beans!
scooping, pouring, cooking, hiding letters and uncovering them, filling anything nearby with scoopfuls, making them into a turtle habitat, "spilling" them down the inside of your shirt, etc.
a $4 bag o' beans has been beyond thrilling to say the least.

 (and yes, that's my girl in her NOZONE swimsuiteczema hates sunscreen so she lives in those duds)

and fun time for mommy?
i've really craved a quick creative outlet and finally it's the plant season!
terrariums and little planters are the best thing for the busy mom. 
my reasons: 
1) it takes literally minutes to do.
2) you can do it while drinking wine. optional.
3) it's instantly gratifying and brings happiness to your eyeballs and rooms.
4) the kicker – negligence is actually welcomed after they're complete!
ever get a head of steam on a project only to let it fall 
by the way side minutes later from a crying kid or timer ding? um yeah.

even better, i only paid for floral foam and moss! 
all the plants are clippings from my plants around the house or yard. 
so nice. take a little walk, find what you like and end with something new and beautiful. 
ah yes, thank you.

so, the old milk glass got some life.

thingy that had pinecones now has plants!

in this one below i took floral foam and clippings 
from the yard and made a little oasis. 
popped some sedum and other succulents, maiden hair fern stems, 
a giant hosta flower and other planter clippings in there 
and instantly felt soothed by the process.

 another idea i've been brewing is creating willow water planters. 
i clipped willow branches and let them sit in water for weeks. 
(great step since i don't get back to very many things for weeks). 
i've planted some in pots but i'm really digging leaving them with the roots in water...

and so does mermelda the beta.

keeping busy and feeding the monster/heart is what we all must do, right?
wishing you the best on you and yours –

hey–o! just starting to dip my feet into the design world again and
i'm pretty excited about the new logo package i've created for 
(website to come)

 {some of my favs from jenna's holiday shots of 2013}

{super adorable, right?}

jenna is a lovely girl. 
smart, graceful and great at what she does. 
so of course, she wanted a very clean and simple logo 
to kickstart her photography website for 2014.

she really wanted to keep it light.
sometimes that can be the biggest challenge!
 i wanted to keep it simple 
and still give her some great patterns to use 
along with a color story 
and a nice button-style logo that will always look classic 
but still have impact and a modern feel.

so, here's the package:

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next, a set of patterns to use within the website 
or for the backs of biz cards 
or whatever else she can dream up...

below, a simple button logo for Facebook and watermarking photos...

both set-ups are great options for watermarks on photos
and hold their own in plain black and white...

really, who doesn't want their very own poppy inspired illustration?

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so pretty and delicate – just like jenna!
hooray for branding from the inside out.
hope i did her right and so very proud 
to be a part of good peeps doing good things.


our funny little easter miracle...

we found this interesting hole in our ivy bramble by the house.
kinda reminded me of andy goldsworthy's work.

so we approached and found dominique emerging!

funny lady laid an easter egg in there for Lu to find!

she screamed EGG!
she was well practiced at finding eggs 
thanks to her grandma sue.

she reached her whole arm in...

and came out with her first real find of the season.

amazing how nature is all you really need in this world.


hope everyone had a wonderful valentine's day!
crazy how much fun we had with some heart stickers on string and paper.
little Lu is getting more and more awesome by the day.
we can't even say how much LOVE we have in our hearts this year!
wishing you the same...
{my screen shot of just some of the bento box art image search}

ok, so what? i like to play with my food.

i'm realizing how very driven i can be by the visual presentation
of the food i like to make and eat 
so obviously the whole bento box trend has really been stirring my imagination lately ...

if you haven't seen the great world of bento box love seen above
please click here and be amazed... i'll wait...

like wow, right!?
so, feeding my little one is top priority in life right now 
(my how priorities have changed?) 
and what better way to have fun doing it than to incorporate 
making it into art? 

i've purchased this book to jump start my creative juices 
and have a bento box waiting in my amazon wish list 
for the next gift giving session.

can't wait to post pics of the fun we have!
even though Lu can't eat egg –i see that as a challenge.
stay tuned for food art mania...