Entries from September 2011

A busy bee.

September 21, 2011



A bee is never as busy as it seems; it’s just that it can’t buzz any slower.
– Kin Hubbard

Most times, I feel empowered by the fact that I can choose the life I want to live. I imagine a fantastic story in my mind and see it through to fruition. Other times, I frustrate myself with my inability to be still – but like a honeybee – I just can’t seem to buzz any slower. If my nature is to buzz forward at all times the important question becomes “What am I moving towards?”

Here is what I’m working for. Here is what I want:
• To see and experience the world through travel. It makes me feel connected on a greater level.
• To spend more time outside. It inspires me.
• To fill my house with music, delicious food, the smell of spice and lots of light and love.
• To become a better photographer and storyteller.
• To help lots of authentic companies and genuine individuals through Braid.
• To be open to giving and receiving.
• Strength and health.
• Friendship and family.
• To recognize the beauty in everything. From the big picture to the tiny details.
• To capture, document, shape and share all of it.

What do you guys want? What are you working for? Please do tell – I really want to know.

Peaches and Cream.

September 20, 2011




I have to have a piece of dark chocolate (like… 85% dark) every single night. In fact, my nickname may or may not be “Chocoslut” around this time of the evening. I pair a few squares with a glass of red wine and feel all sophisticated – like I could be hanging with Gwyneth Paltrow. Except for the fact that I’m singing a made up song about being a “chocoslut” while Jeremy and Mister Boots choreograph a little booty dance to match. But whatever.

So the other night we’re out of chocolate and I had a sweet tooth to be dealt with. So I took stock of what we had on hand – peaches and coconut milk. My friend Mel showed me a recipe for whipped “cream” using coconut milk that she concocted for her Paleo cookbook (that I happen to be designing) when I was down in Austin. I thought I’d try it out. I fried up some peaches and whipped some coconut milk into a cream. The peaches were a little hot and melted the “cream” – but you guys – it was delicious. However, “peachslut” just doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.

Am I the only one that needs a little bite of something sweet every day?

Tiny Tower: A Photo Essay

September 19, 2011





First it was Angry Birds. Then it was Words With Friends. Now it’s Tiny Tower. It was a quiet Sunday afternoon when Jeremy starting whooping about finally having enough money to upgrade his elevator. I don’t really know what that means and I’m still unsure whether that money was real or not.

Week / End

September 16, 2011



This week:
• I ate nothing but fruit on Monday
• I worked on a logo / signage for Kendi’s new store
• Oh, and Sana’s store too
• And in between Braid proposals I worked on Mel’s cookbook
• I reassured all of my clients that I’m not going to fire them. I promise.
• I put together 27 boards for a showing of my work at a local university
• I wrote some posts on Pinterest at the Braid blog
• In between all that I fit in some workouts and forced myself to work on push-ups
• I drank lots of tea
• I opened the windows and let some cool air in

This weekend:
• Family time!
• One of my nephews is turning 8!
• We’re cooking veggie lasagna for Jeremy’s family
• Sleeping in (past 6:45 AM)
• Jeremy’s going to work on homework (did I mention he’s taking a class for his masters degree in electrical engineering? He is. I’m proud.)
• I’m looking forward to some quality time with my new camera (Mister Scooty Boots has
clearly had enough with modeling)
• Maybe I can convince Jeremy to go rock climbing
• Grocery shopping – I always look forward to stocking my fridge with veggies every week

How has your week been? What are you looking forward to this weekend?

I want to make babies with Pinterest.

September 15, 2011


I thought I’d share a recent Braid Creative project with you all, if you’re interested. It’s a How To Pinterest video. Now, I know probably 100% of my blog readers are already beyond first base and onto making babies with Pinterest but some of our Braid customers and customers-to-be aren’t early-adopters / Pinterest sluts like all of you (and me too). So we thought this video would help them get to know Pinterest a little better.

I wanted to tell you a little bit about the process of creating this How To:
1. I wrote a basic script. And from there edited it down as much as possible so we were only sharing essential information.
2. From there I brainstormed imagery that could accompany the script.
3. We took stills and shot video with the iPhone. We’re all about lo-fi tools.
4. I gathered screen shots and designed our imagery.
5. Tara edited these assets together in iMovie. We’re thinking about upgrading soon to Adobe Premier or Final Cut – thoughts?
6. We used music written by Jeremy and our friend Colin! It’s actually a work-in-progress – but just right as-is for this project.
7. I then did a voice-over – we trimmed the script on the spot and adjusted the length of certain clips as needed. I learned a lot here.


P.S. I’m pinning almost exclusively to my Braid Pinterest boards now. Follow me here.

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