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August 4, 2011

I’m sensing more wedding invitation designing in the near future…

Congrats to my little bro and his lovely bride-to-be!




July 27, 2011

Since I make it no secret that some of my favorite people are actually edible items (okay, that’s not quite true, since I really love people – but I really love food, too…alot), it seems fitting that today’s inspiration came from a photo of delicious happiness in the form of tuna tartar (a lovely, well-designed tuna tartar, I might add – as pleasing to the eye as to the palate).

On a side note: do I use too many words? Are my sentences too long? I think so. Sometimes. I do so love parentheses…


The photo in question was snapped on the oh-SO-lovely patio/porch/balcony of Lockkeepers in Valley View.  Aunt Connie and I were meeting up with the hubby later for what would be quite a long night, and sound nourishment was in order.

My lemon fresco (house-made Limoncello, citron vodka, soda, fresh lemon) was ridiculously refreshing, her basil peach margarita (fresh white peach, silver tequila, basil) was ridiculously AMAZING.

And although there were other dishes enjoyed and “oh MY”ed over, the tuna tartaro, lovingly divided for our shared enjoyment, was the most beautiful in all aspects…

The evening’s verdict – from a design standpoint, as well as a foodie’s standpoint – came with a definitive stamp of approval.


July 25, 2011

A quick peek at some of my most recent endeavors – invitations, reception cards, and programs for my sister’s wedding…


July 21, 2011

A little diagram highlighting some of the differences between Seattle and Tampa Bay – two places I recently visited within a span of a week and a half.  A work meeting took me to the west coast, and after squeezing in as much local flavor as possible, I met up with my sweetie in Florida, who was there on military duty for a few weeks.

While Seattle was hands-down my favorite of the two (and frankly at the top of my list of fave US cities), my time in Tampa was quite enjoyable for different reasons…and thus, said diagram:


1.  Lole Soul cardigan for 50º evenings and rainy afternoons

2. COFFEE!  Seattle Coffee Works had the best cup of french press (best enjoyed with a mini donut – or ten – from The Daily Dozen at Pike’s Place Market)

3. Softshell crab – local, organic, free-trade, grass-fed, gluten-free, free-range, raised by caring humans who likely petted it and sung You Are My Sunshine to it every day, etc. etc.


4. Mossimo bathing suit with detachable halter strap – invaluable in helping me obtain the appropriate (i.e., sans tan lines) tan for the strapless bridesmaid’s dress I’d be wearing within the week

5. Fish tacos – lovely, unpretentious, delicious with a cold beer and a squeeze of lime…

6. Frozen banana colada enjoyed poolside with my bestest person


July 12, 2011

What can I say? My little sister is a movie star.


May 12, 2011

I really love designing invites – in fact, I wish I had time to do more of them (my apologies, Yvette!). But one thing I always cringe at is the way a design looks when I’m just beginning. Fonts aren’t quite right, colors haven’t settled in yet, the “placeholder” images just aren’t quite cutting it – and it’s usually at this point that I’m thinking “oh, MAN, if anyone saw this right now…”

BUT! For the sake of “process” – and for the simple reason that these things take time and trial and error, so why make it seem effortless when it’s not? – I give you two examples of recent designs, along with their respective first drafts.

You may not be as repulsed by the firsts (or as happy with the finals) as I, but here they are nonetheless!



April 29, 2011

Did I mention my sister’s getting married?  And that I offered to address all the envelopes since she’s so busy with nursing school and work and wedding plans….?  No?  Well, I’m too busy to talk about it…