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5 Things Friday

5 Things Friday

1. The boy (fiancé!) and I had a walkthrough at our wedding venue with their coordinator yesterday, and picked out which areas of the Villa we’re going to use for our ceremony and reception. Verdict: outdoor ceremony on the Lakeview Terrace, indoor reception in the Chapel (it’s called that but is not actually churchlike, thank goodness). Plus she walked us through the timeline for the day and little details we need to think about as far as who’s in charge… Read the rest ⇒

Taking Stock

This is where we're getting married. !!!!!!

Taking a page from Pip’s book and using this list to do a life snapshot.   Making: plans. And spreadsheets. Wedding planning is no cakewalk, people (ba-dum-ching). Cooking: nothing lately. We’ve been living on frozen meals and take-out. Drinking: french vanilla cappucino. Reading: nothing at the moment. Between work and wedding planning, I haven’t had the mental energy for books. Sad but true. Wanting: to be done with this one project/client. She doesn’t know what she wants, but won’t listen… Read the rest ⇒

2015 Shop Charities

2015 shop charities

Last year, one of the things I decided to do with my shops was donate a portion of proceeds to a different charity or cause each month. Over the course of 2014, between the shop proceeds and my own contributions, I donated around $400 to worthy causes. However, dividing that up between so many different groups meant each group didn’t really get that much. This year I’m changing it up. I’ll still be donating a portion of shop sales, but… Read the rest ⇒

The Canyon & the Ring

Grand Canyon and my new ring

This Christmas, we went to visit the boy’s family in Arizona, and got to do a little side trip to see the Grand Canyon at the same time. It was my first time seeing it, and the experience did not disappoint! It was just Ian and me for the side trip. The canyon is about a 4 hour drive from where his parents live. The first afternoon we got there was around 50 degrees, nice and sunny but super windy…. Read the rest ⇒

Being Thankful

Being Thankful

Don’t worry, this isn’t going to be one of those long, sappy, quoting from a greeting card type of posts. I thought about it. I thought about doing a big list of all of the things and people that I’m thankful for. But if you know me at all, you know that’s not my style. Not that I’m not thankful for those things, I’m just not one to gush in public. My style is more straightforward, though just as sincere…. Read the rest ⇒

ATX Artisans Holiday Market

ATX Artisans Holiday Market

Just a reminder for you local folk: this weekend, aside from Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, also features Shop Local Sunday. And you can do just that at the ATX Artisans Holiday Market. ATX Artisans is an Etsy team of **all local** artists and makers dedicated to creating handmade, quality goods. This is our 2nd annual holiday market and one of the very few all-volunteer, artist-run markets in Austin. We’ve got roughly 50 different vendors who make all sorts… Read the rest ⇒

Right Now

Right Now

Right now, I am… watching Ian trim the tree over the driveway. He has the week off and is apparently in yard work mode. He already tackled hunting out new fire ant mounds. fighting off what feels like the beginning of a cold. Yes, right after a craft show. Again. This is becoming a pattern I don’t like. Do show, don’t sell much, get sick. Not a fan. I’ve got one more show this year, let’s hope it breaks the… Read the rest ⇒

Shop News

Holiday Bazaar Postcard 2014

First and foremost, don’t forget you can find me this Saturday at the Rockin’ Around the Holiday Bazaar in Round Rock, TX. More details here, and you can RSVP/share the even here. I’d love to meet some of my blog readers and shop fans in person! You can print off this postcard and hand it in at the entrance to be entered for a door prize: Secondly, Annie’s Artist Lookbook did a wonderful surprise write-up on me and my shop,… Read the rest ⇒

November Shop Charity


In case you missed it at the start of the year, one of the things I’ve decided to do with my shops this year is donate a portion of all sales to charities or causes that I support. Regular blog readers are probably aware of this, but I am a huge bookworm. Curling up and reading a new book is one of my favorite things to do. I love writing, too, and have even attempted November’s NaNoWriMo a few times…. Read the rest ⇒

31 Before 31

31 Before 31 Goals List

As promised yesterday, here is my new list of goals to (hopefully) accomplish before my next birthday. Take a vacation with just Ian (I’ve pretty much decided this will go on the list every year). Get to see my little sister. Create a lookbook for the screen printing shop. Query 6 local shops about stocking my work (breaking into wholesale!). Pay off my credit card debt. Open a retirement account. Make this blog responsive. Reach 200 sales in the screen… Read the rest ⇒