What is it about cows?

I LOVE cows. I don’t know what it is about cows, but they are so adorable! It is my dream to have a thickly painted cow portrait on canvas hanging in my living room. Luckily, Michael’s okay with that.

Just look at their faces, don’t they just melt your heart?

Watercolor paintings by Lee O’Connor

I also LOVE LOVE LOVE owls. And, I’m kind of embarrassed to admit that because owls are so trendy right now with the emos. My love for them actually comes from my dad’s mother. I have taken over a few pieces from her collection of owls that she gathered over the years.

Here are a few owls I would like to add to my collection:

Modern Owl Trio from Studio By The Forest

Adorable tear drop owl necklace by Brittany Chavers

Check out this mini felted owl by Alisha Harms So cute I could die!

And…after that cuteness I came across this and was mortified.

But, this photo of unbearable cuteness makes me happy again:


B-Day Recouping & Inspiration

I am 25 years and 1 day today. My birthday yesterday was all that I could have hoped for! One of my co-workers treated me to a little DeBrand Pumpkin Gelato (amazing, even if I am biased), one of my employees surprised with me a bouquet of roses, and my wonderful husband bought me the Vera Bradley purse I’ve been coveting forever.

My purse is the Baroque pattern, my favorite! And if you love Vera Bradley like I do, you’ll be excited to know that you can sign up with them and receive a $20 coupon on your birthday. Sign up here.

Receiving surprises from loved ones reminds me how important it is to surprise those around us, even if it isn’t their birthday. I feel inspired to think of cute gifts or notes for my co-workers, friends, and family. Just the littlest thing can turn someone’s day around.

In the spirit of lifting people’s moods, here is a Thinking of You card I created recently. Download it here and share it with someone you love!

Now check out these awesome paper sculptures by Anna-Wili Highfield a Sydney based artist currently making nature-inspired sculptures from torn paper and copper pipe.

I’m back!

After a long hiatis, I’ve decided I need to start blogging again. We’ll see how long it lasts, right? So much has happened since my last post and I wish that it would have been documented. I guess I have plenty to write about.

First things first: remember that list I made for myself in my last post? Well, even though I wasn’t blogging I did pull myself out of my rut and was able to get some stuff done.

– Clean/organize my art closet. Check! Although we’ve moved since then and I no longer have an art closet and it is sad.
– Paint Michael’s music closet. Done! (Right before we moved I really cleaned it up and was very proud of the transformation.)
– Get rid of clothes I hate. Donated! I got rid of clothes that didn’t fit so I wasn’t reminded that I couldn’t fit into them anymore.
– Paint an abstract painting. Not yet, I’ve been distracted by so many other crafts…more details to come in future posts.
– Create an Autumn decoration. I wouldn’t call it an Autumn decoration, but I did create a leaf-like sculpture for our new apartment. You use cut up paper towel rolls, it is so easy!

– Clean out junk drawers. This HAD to happen when we moved. Now we only have one junk drawer and I need to admit to myself that it’s a little out of control, but out of sight out of mind…
– Sweep patio. Done…right before we moved, haha!
– Paint bookcases to match Painted and they look great. We got both shelves for free and now they’re stacked in our bedroom with all of our favorite books and board games.

I’m in a rut.

Now that I’ve slowly given in to adult life, I feel uncreative. And not just uncreative…unproductive.

I keep finding crafts or fun inspiration, but they only end up in organized folders on my desktop (or they end up on my desktop, yet to be organized). Blah! That’s how I feel, BLAH. I need something to inspire me enough to get me off my butt and begin creating again. I need goals, but I’m too scared to set them because I am 80% sure I won’t meet them.

OKAY! I need to stop complaining and give myself an ultimatum. I will give myself 1 week to accomplish something. Anything. Not even a whole week…I give myself until Friday to do something. It doesn’t even have to be creative, I just need to accomplish something.

Here is the list that has been swimming around in my head for weeks:
– Clean/organize my art closet.
– Paint Michael’s music closet.
– Get rid of clothes I hate.
– Paint an abstract painting.
– Create an Autumn decoration.
– Clean out junk drawers.
– Sweep patio.
– Paint bookcases to match…


I will officially be graduating and receiving my diploma May 1st. Tonight, I decided I needed cute graduation announcements to send out to close family and friends – both because I’m bored at the hotel and I am hoping some relatives may send money. HA!

Okay that last part sounds bad – but can you blame me? It’s my last chance to brag a little until I have a kid. I guess I have moving announcements to be excited for – that is when we decide to buy a house. But, graduating from college is pretty awesome I think.

Here’s what I’m going with so far. I’ve become a bit obsessed with post cards (and this color blue) – so that is what I did.

P.S. I think my next project will be to make a sweet calendar like this one for my new office:

Guess What?!

The last few days have been so crazy and exciting at the same time. Here is my run down (it’s a little lenthy, but well worth it):

1: I hear from a source (hehe) that there is a graphic design position open in Fort Wayne at Debrand Fine Chocolates.

2: I email Alan Nauts (my former professor) for advice.

3: He emails me not 10 minutes later saying, “You would be perfect for the job!” And then he gave me the contact information for the owner, Tim, telling me to email them my website link and cover letter/resume/references.

4: Alan emails me around 9pm saying that I need to hurry because Tim is waiting for my email – they would like to hire someone by Friday and he is allowing me to sneak my resume in for review.

1: Alan calls around 8:30am (unfortunately my phone was on silent) telling me to go online and fill out a generic application at the Debrand website (and by the way, it is very weird that Alan is so involved at this point).

2: Michael wakes me up at 9:45am, “Honey! Alan sent you an email!” (yes, he was so excited he checked my email)

3: I fill out a generic application and anticipate a call (crossing my fingers they will consider me, even though the hiring process is almost over)

4: The DeBrand secretary, Michelle, calls around 10:30am asking if I could come in at 2pm that day for an interview.

5: I go through an initial interview at 2pm. The owners tell me they would like to have me do a second interview in about 45 minutes. Could I leave and come back? Haha – I said, “Of course!”

6: I come back at 4:00pm (even though I was scheduled to work at the hotel at 3pm that day) and go through the rigorous 2nd interview.

7: Cathy and Tim (the owners) gather me in their office to talk with me about how I feel about the entire day – even though they’ve thrown a lot at me. I said, “I’m overwhelmed, but in an excited way.”

8: We say goodbye, they tell me I will hear from them the next day. Michael (who has been waiting in the car for hours) and I go to Wendy’s for food (finally!) and we drive home. I made it to work around 7:45pm – over 4 hours late.

1. I’m on my way to work and Cathy calls me 15 minutes into the drive, “Can you talk?”

2. We talk for a while, she eventually offers me the job!!!!!!! She tells me I was the only recent graduate they seriously considered and that everyone thought I would be the right fit for DeBrand (not to mention that Alan had wonderful things to say).

3. I end the call with Cathy as I’m pulling into the parking lot at the hotel and call Michael right before I have to clock in. Then, of course, I have to wait hours until my boss finally leaves so I can sneak phone calls to my family telling them the good news.

(You say) Wait, what does this all mean, again? Well, I am the official graphic designer at Debrand Fine Chocolates.

Here is where my office will be:

Here is an interior shot of one of the chocolate shops:

And some of their chocolates (YUM!):

I can’t wait until Fall for these amazing caramel apples:

So, that’s it. It has been an emotional roller coaster, but a total blessing from God. I truly believe this is where I am supposed to be and so happy to have been given this opportunity. Trust in God and know that He has a plan for you.

Sunshine & Book Reading

Today was so gorgeous! It made me feel much better about getting up early for our trip to Fort Wayne today. First we stopped at Chik-fil-A for some lunch, Saint Francis to drop off my senior project (yay!) and then we went to Kohl’s to use our 30% coupon. It was actually Michael’s idea to go shopping today – he’s off for Taylor’s spring break so we had a nice morning/afternoon together before I went to work.

Lately, I’ve been guilting myself into reading books that I’ve bought, yet neglected to read. Currently, I am reading through (and almost finished with) Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

I admit that when I bought this book a few years ago, I was sucked in by the cover design and then convinced by the synopsis. It really is a good read – I recommend buying it or at least getting it from the library.

I am also listening to a Sue Grafton’s U is for Undertow on CD in the car. It’s about 30 minutes to work, so it’s a good way for me to pass the time.

I’ve read all of Sue Grafton’s Alphabet Series so far, my freshman English teacher in high school actually got me started. They are really good mysteries (my favorite!) and it’s a little different listening to the story instead of reading it this time, but I’m enjoying it all the same.

Hopefully you have a book you’re reading too. If you have any good suggestions, leave me a comment. Happy Reading!