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New Portfolio Site, Yo

Hey kids! Welcome to Tuesday-and the first official day of Winter! So why is it 80 degrees in DFW today? Seriously. (Thank goodness its a short week. And we get to eat pie soon. Lots of pie. And see our family. And play games. Man, I love Christmas!) The thought of an impending holiday is enough to get me through the rest of the week. We spent a long weekend with Geoff's parents in town- running around, eating a ton and doing some shopping. The hubs' mom can do some serious shopping! She is hardcore. Love it.

Also, I would like to introduce you guys to my new portfolio website. My day job is as an Art Director for a small design firm in Dallas, and I finally reached my goal of building a site dedicated to my design work.
Please pop by and take a peek if you would like. I am also working on my Etsy invitation shop and hope to have that puppy open in the spring. Lots going on here!

And, OK, I was hoping you wouldn't notice, but I am still finishing the 30 for 30 remix challenge. I am almost done! Sooo Close.... ( I will have the final 4 posted soon!)



7 Things (& 30 for 30 Day 22, 23, & 24)

Happy Happy Monday to you all! How was your weekend? I have to say, Friday was one of the best days ever- everyone seemed to be in the Holiday spirit. I took a little trip over to Northpark to pick up a few things & I swear people were smiling and chatty and happy left and right. And I got about 12 compliments on my fave turquoise shoes. And a compliment on your shoes always slaps a smile on your face, right? Right. 

Also, I have been tagged!! In my couple of years of blogging I have never been tagged by another blogger on anything. And now I've been tagged by 2! Thank you to lovely Jen over at Pretty in PDX and Jo at Daily Haiku for asking me to share. Here are 7 things about moi:

1. I have had 7 car wrecks- all of them my fault. And I smashed up a Vespa while studying abroad in Sicily.

2. When I was in 4th grade I took sewing classes and made my own clothes for fun. See photo evidence below. Yeah, I made that.


3. Hope this next one isn't odd to share, but I don't think it should be embarrassing as lots of people deal with the same thing everyday. I have had terrible skin for most of my life. And I tried everything to get rid of my acne. Finally, this past year, I had a series of 10 painful laser treatments and now I have perfect clear skin! Uncomfortable? Yes. But so worth it.

4. My husband is my best friend. (Ok, so this may not be crazy or weird or unexpected, but its true. And awesome.)

5. I have a terrible sense of smell. Most of the time, I can't really smell anything. I think its related to my allergies and what the Hubs refers to as my "Alien Nose Polyps."

6. I'm addicted to Audiobooks. My Audible subscription is one of my most favorite things ever. Its the only thing that keeps me from getting road rage (see #1.) Fave Audible listens: Life of Pi, The Forgotten Garden, The Girl Series & Her Fearful Symmetry.  

7. My hands-down, all-time favorite food is cereal. Actually, I am eating it for dinner right now. 

Ok, I have to say, I am a remix slacker. I blame the cold/strep/sinusitus I've had for a month. Nobody wants to see some lady in her sweats. But now I'm back in full force & ready to do this thing! Check out Days 22, 23 & 24...


And because sometimes you forget to charge your camera: Number 24.



Dear Husband... (& 30 for 30 Day 18)


Winter Wishlist 2010

This is a good place to start for Christmas.

That is all.


Oh yeah, I think you're hot. 

And here's what I wore today. I love these tights.


30 for 30 Day 18



MOvember: Moustaches for a good cause

(The beginnings of my cutie pie hubby's sweet 'stache!)

Good morning! Happy rainy Wednesday to you all! 
You may or may not know that the male population (including my husband and brother in law) is celebrating MOvember this month. You are probably wondering if I misspelled November or what I am talking about- here's what it is:
(from http://us.movember.com/about)

"The Mo, slang for moustache, and November come together each year for Movember.  
Movember challenges men to change their appearance and the face of men’s health by growing a moustache. The rules are simple, start Movember 1st  clean-shaven and then grow a moustache for the entire month. The moustache becomes the ribbon for men’s health, the means by which awareness and funds are raised for cancers that affect men.  Much like the commitment to run or walk for charity, the men of Movember commit to growing a moustache for 30 days.  
The idea for Movember was sparked in 2003 over a few beers in Melbourne, Australia.  The plan was simple – to bring the moustache back as a bit of a joke and do something for men’s health. No money was raised in 2003, but the guys behind the Mo realized the potential a moustache had in generating conversations about men’s health.  Inspired by the women around them and all they had done for breast cancer, the Mo Bros set themselves on a course to create a global men’s health movement.  

In 2004 the campaign evolved and focused on raising awareness and funds for the number one cancer affecting men – prostate cancer. 432 Mo Bros joined the movement that year, raising $55,000 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia - representing the single largest donation they had ever received.
The Movember moustache has continued to grow year after year, expanding to the US, UK, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Spain, South Africa, the Netherlands and Finland.  
In 2009, global participation of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas climbed to 255,755, with over one million donors raising $42 Million US equivalent dollars for Movember’s global beneficiary partners." 

Pretty good cause right? I am so proud of Geoff and Andy for being involved and I can't wait to see their scary facial hair grown in. Right now Geoff is working on a handlebar style...sexy!

Check out Geoff and Andy's pages here and here and donate to Movember!



Calendar Girl

Good morning! How is everyone this lovely Tuesday? I am thrilled that it is chilly and rainy in Big D today! Fall is FINALLY here! And I can't believe its November already. Time to start making Holiday plans, sending Chritmas cards soon, and making lists of all the gifts I want to get my peeps. As long as I have been able to write I have loved keeping lists and calendars. Books and notebooks and sketch pads FULL of lists, little sketches, ideas for designs, outfits, new ways to arrange my furniture, meals for the week...you name it, I have a list for it. I alwyas get excited when the end of the year comes because I get to get some new Moleskine Notbooks for my lists and a shiny new calendar. Here are some I'm considering...

How do you stay organized?


1. Cavallini 2011 Daily Planner, Colorful Bonded Leather via Kate's Paperie
2. Romantic Silhouettes Calendar by Le Papier Studio on Etsy
3. Mini Calendar with Easel by Kitty Rogers on Etsy
4. 2011 French Bulldog Calendar via Paper Source
5. 2011 Kate Spade Desk Top Spiral Calendar via Kate's Paperie
6. 2011 Persimmon Date Book via Paper Source