fly away with me

hot air balloons photographed by Andie Jael
I have a thing for hot air balloons. My coworkers laugh at me because I have been attempting to sell a hot air balloon design for about a year now ... to no avail. My interest in them started while I was having a breakfast picnic on top of the Castle Rock with my family and a balloon passed by so closely that we had a little chat with the passengers. I checked "See the inside of a hot air balloon" off of my Life To Do List, read the Newberry Medal winner, "The Twenty-One Balloons" by William Pene du Bois, and started dreaming of hot air balloon designs. Using the title "Rising Above {insert disease state name}", I've tried to sell the idea to about half the project managers in my office. Well ... until I succeed, I'll just have fun looking at them!

"The Twenty-One Balloons" by William Pene du Bois book covers
(I HIGHLY recommend!)

Travel dessert table by Sweets Indeed via Amy Atlas

cute cards by seesaw

Last night my sisters and I listened to Owl City perform my personal favorite at Red Rocks Amphitheater.

Hot Air Balloon by Owl City

a few of my favorite things ...

a little behind the scenes shot of Vanessa at work
... all in one photo-shoot! Vanessa Kruse of Flourish Studio is a friend-of-a-friend who takes breathtaking photography! You'll see what I mean if you take a look at her blog. She and her friend, Audrey Hannah took these photographs locally. I love the hanging books, lace, old pages, and grass in this set. The old trunk full of plants and flowers is great too. Beautiful job Vanessa and Audrey!

Go see more images on The Wedding Chicks!


I recognize an Anthropologie cup I've wanted for a while in this beautiful photograph! I love the polka-dot cups below, too.

"life is weird"

by Meredith Winn via Design Mom
This picture made me smile. :)

Yesterday was one of those days when anything I touched broke and anything I needed to remember I forgot. It felt like I left a wake of destruction behind me and, at the end of the day, when I thought I was safe from myself, I propped my design portfolio case up against my xterra's tire and backed out over it (I think everything is fine!). At that point I just had to laugh!

I was also thankful for the words of this hymn that played right as I got my tire-marked portfolio case back into my car. :)
Come home, come home;
ye who are weary come home;
earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling,
calling, O sinner, come home!
—Will L. Thompson

currently working on ...

... designs that make me want to get away to a tropical island!

recipes you'll follow

What a perfect intersection between two things that I love:
food and drawing!
Illustrations from They Draw & Cook!

back to school

school supplies photographed by Johnny Miller
I have officially changed my ring-tone to "We're Going to be Friends" by Jack Johnson which means it's back to school for me. One more class and 118 days until graduation!

Fall is here, hear the yell
Back to school, ring the bell
Brand new shoes, walking blues
Climb the fence, books and pens
I can tell that we are going to be friends
—Jack Johnson

friday flowers

wild flowers back-dropped by the rocky Oregon coast and a gray Pacific ocean


Getting ready to make this Sopapilla Cheesecake Pie reminds me of this summer fiesta!
amazing use of tissue paper!

a few things ...

I received my first non-family-member-or-friend blog comment from Kate at La Petite Choue! Very fun!
little guy from my sketchbook

La Petite Choue, I discovered these Out of Print t-shirts. My editor sister, Anna, will love them!

I'll join everyone else is saying how much I love this wedding video!

custom wedding invitations by Rifle Paper Co.

photography by Our Labor of Love

I love these flag necklaces and would love to learn how to make one myself!

hand made by Scout-holiday

meeting "mrs design*spong" (i.e. grace bonney)

A few weeks ago I mentioned the design*sponge (d*s) meet & greet I planned to attend while I was in Portland. I was a tad nervous as to what it would entail and what I was dragging my sweet friend, Bethany, along to. It turns out that my nerves were unneeded because it was a fun, relaxing, and inspiring event that felt a lot like stepping right into a blog. Fun! After dodging the paparazzi and waiting in line, I had the privilege of meeting and chatting with Grace Bonney—creator of d*s! (or "Mrs. Design Sponge"—as she is called at home) In Bethany's words, "She was so down-to-earth!" Having a casual designer-to-editor chat reminded me that she is just another gal inspired by communicating through beautiful and interesting things. (Later on we were reminded by another attendee that, "She is pretty much a BIG DEAL." That made us feel like celebrity stalkers again.) The event took place at Alder & Co. which is basically a blog with a storefront. The owner was kind enough to let me snap some shots and here is a little taste of the evening.

All in all, I was re-inspired to design what I love and try new ideas because that is exactly what Grace did when her husband suggested she start a design blog. Six years later, d*s is considered the number one blog for up-and-coming design. I guess that's why it's "...pretty much a BIG DEAL."


Thanks for the encouragement, Grace!

Thank you for hanging in there with your designer friend, Bethany!
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