Entries from July 2010

House Guests

July 27, 2010


Custom bookplates for Henry by Sara Jensen

When Sara Jensen (crazy talented designer and blogger) asked me over Twitter for good places to stay in Oklahoma City (in a cool area, with a pool and/or close to a park) I came up with nothing but crickets chirping in my ear. So I offered up our place. We’re the kind of people to let touring bands crash on our couch. Why not a cute family on a cross-country road trip? And we’ve got a barely used guest bedroom begging for visitors.

Sara, her husband Thor, and their adorable kid, Henry, stayed with us for a couple days. This creative family defines cool and were an inspiration across the board. They work together, play together and are driving across the country without killing each other.

Farewell to our new friends! I hope we made you feel at home.

Adventures in Babysitting

July 26, 2010



I can count the amount of times, on one hand, I’ve babysat in my life. I’ve always been the youngest child – the one needing to be watched. But I’m getting to the age where I might need a little practice taking care of kids – so when my sister-in-law was looking for a babysitter for her kids (2 boys, ages 5 and 6; 1 girl, age 11) I was up for the challenge.

I learned that my chalkboard wall is a lot more novel than an xBox. I learned that peanut butter with peanuts in it is just gross. And when the youngest needed help wiping his butt some sort of instinct kicked in and I knew what had to be done – without being scared or grossed out.

I don’t think I’m ready for this gig full-time quite yet but I had fun with those kids. Even when it meant getting my hands a little dirty.

Wedding Invitation: Sweet and Rustic Bundle

July 23, 2010






When Kathleen and Christopher spotted my invitation designs on Oh So Beautiful Paper they emailed me to ask about having custom invitations designed for their upcoming wedding.

Kathleen wanted a rustic and vintage wedding invitation but a little more traditional and sweet than my typical design aesthetic. She wanted to use earthy colors with a little pop of color here and there.

This couple was on a budget so we decided to use digital printing to save them a little money – but we still wanted the invitations to have a unique flair so we bundled the package with twine and a sweet little tag. We used kraft envelopes to complement the twine and give the invitation suite that rustic look and feel Kathleen and Christopher were going for.

Anatomy of an Outfit: The Boyfriend Jean

July 22, 2010





I’ve been wearing Jeremy’s jeans for a while now – my boyfriend jeans are actually my boyfriend’s jeans. I’ve tried on a few pairs of other “boyfriend” jeans made for ladies – but I always come back to the real deal. I like to girly them up with dainty gold jewelry and heels but still honor the boyness of them with an athletic racer back tank.

Jeans: Gap 1969 button-fly boot cut (mens)
Tank: American Apparel tri-blend racerback
Belt: Braided gold belt ($1 estate sale find)
Shoes: Tortoise shell mary-janes with leather soles ($1 garage sale find)
Jewelry: Heirloom diamond ring on a necklace; costume gold chain with pearls

Reading: Memoirs

July 21, 2010


I find myself only reading memoirs lately. I suppose I like hearing compelling stories about real life, or real point-of-views, from real people.

Most recently I’ve read:

Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
This book was intense. I’ve been a vegetarian for 13 years because it never felt natural, to me, to eat meat. I couldn’t really care less about what people around me were eating. After reading this book, I started to care and asked Jeremy to read it too. Here is a nice summary of key take-aways from the book, if you’re interested.

I’m Down a memoir by Mishna Wolff
This book was a much-needed comic relief after reading Eating Animals. From Publishers Weekly: Wolff details her childhood growing up in an all-black Seattle neighborhood with a white father who wanted to be black in this amusing memoir. Wolff never quite fit in with the neighborhood kids, despite her father’s urgings that she make friends with the sisters on the block. Her father was raised in a similar neighborhood and—after a brief stint as a hippie in Vermont—returned to Seattle and settled into life as a self-proclaimed black man. Wolff and her younger, more outgoing sister, Anora, are taught to embrace all things black, just like their father and his string of black girlfriends.

A super enjoyable read. I’d highly recommend it to anyone.

Seven Summits by Dick Bass, Frank Wells and Rick Ridgeway
When one of my spinning instructors at the YMCA caught wind of me and Jeremy’s Everest trek he insisted I borrow his copy of Seven Summits. A story of two men that make it their goal to be the first to summit the highest peaks on each continent. I’m in the middle of this book – the narrative isn’t as well-written as Eating Animals or I’m Down, but so far it’s a good story about a subject I’m obsessed with.

Do you have any memoirs you would recommend I add to my reading list?

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