• Ideas…

    Ideas…

    Do you ever have so many ideas that you lay in bed at night, trying not to think, but that only makes you think more?

    I had that last night. It was not the first night, nor will it be the last, I’m afraid. Maybe I should stop reading magazines before I go to bed? But, I ended up laying wide awake in bed from 12:00 AM to 2:30 AM…

    …thinking.

    I’ve got lots to think about, I guess. My Etsy shop is coming along nicely! I’ve got some ideas of new products to design, photograph and post this weekend. And, I’ve got some house projects that I’m itching to get done – they involve sewing & upholstery, another favorite hobby. More on that later…

    But I feel sometimes that ideas get in the way. I have so many ideas, the trick is to put those ideas into action. My mom once told me that as you get older, it gets easier to just do things. I’m generally finding this is true. I’m getting better at getting an idea, figuring out how to do it, and then doing it. It feels good.

    **2013 GOALS UPDATE**

    Just finished with my 4th book of the year. So far I’ve read:

    — Mockingjay – 3rd book in the Hunger Games series, I enjoyed it.
    — Catch Me If You Can – loved it!
    — Atonement – it was so-so, predictable.
    — Killing Floor, the first Jack Reacher Novel – an entertaining read, but very gory in the details department.

    Been running on the treadmill too. Last week I went 4.5 miles. I also cranked up my speed a little which feels good. 13 miles seems like so far still…

  • Weekly Patterns – #001

    Weekly Patterns – #001

    Patterns are fun. I think just about everyone can agree with that statement. And I’m no exception.

    As a graphic designer, patterns are challenging to me – especially making ones that can repeat indefinitely. So, I’m challenging myself to design one pattern a week. I’d like to explore different color palettes as well as geometric and more organic forms of pattern-making. We’ll just have to see how it goes!

    This pattern for Week #1 features a broken chevon design in varying shades of a wonderful navy blue (one of my favorite colors, if you haven’t guessed that already). Enjoy!

  • Friday Favorites – Winter Blues

    Friday Favorites – Winter Blues

    This time of year – I always start yearning for more color, as I know everyone does. But the bright, punchy colors of spring feel too garish yet. So, I tend to go with a more muted color palette. These wintry blue items keep things calm, yet are just colorful enough to brighten up my day.

    01 – Mint Vegan Clutch by Milk and Honey Handbags

    02 – Spring Pastel Bird Beads by Kylie Parry

    03 – Aquamarine Ombre Gemstone Bracelet by Clementine

    04 – Taos Feathers Watercolor Print by River Luna

     

  • Life.

    Life.

    Yesterday, I was reminded of how Life has a way of slipping by, and we don’t notice until it’s gone.

    A dear client passed away after a 3-year battle with breast cancer, leaving behind a husband and 6-year old son. The memorial service was beautiful, and something I’m sure she would have been proud of.

    So, here’s to enjoying Life. Making it count. And trying to not let the everyday get in the way of living that Life to the fullest.

    Aud

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  • Some Holiday Cheer

    Some Holiday Cheer

    Here’s an invitation I designed for my dad this past holiday season. He is a district manager for Rural Mutual Insurance Company in Southwestern Wisconsin and he holds an annual dinner for his agents.

     

  • 5 Goals for 2013

    5 Goals for 2013

    Here’s something you should know about me: I like lists.

    Making a list is therapeutic for me. Somehow the act of writing down things that I either have to, or want to, accomplish cements them in my brain. I used to make huge long lists of every possible little thing that I wanted to do, and following through with that huge to-do list was almost never successful. I have notebooks full of lists, stacks of papers on my desk full of lists, post-it notes stuck to all kinds of surfaces with lists on them.

    This year, apart from making a list of goals for myself, the “taming of the list” itself is a goal.  So, I’m narrowing my ambitions down to 5 items. 5 goals that I want to work on throughout the year. I’m sure there will inevitably be lists of weekly to-do’s and daily to-do’s, but if I can hold myself to these 5 goals this year, I’ll hopefully feel pretty good once 2014 rolls around.

    #1: START A CREATIVE BUSINESS

    I’ve had this goal for years now. I’ve run the gamut of possibilities for what type of business it should be, what I should make, what I can be successful at, what other would like to buy…. but, I have to yet to DO anything about it. This year I want to get something started. Then we’ll see where it goes from there.

    #2: INVEST IN “ME”

    My boyfriend has told me multiple times that I’m “not very good at being a girl”. And, while this may sound weird, it’s very true. I spend almost no time on myself. Little things like shaving my legs, painting my toenails, putting on makeup properly – I very rarely do these things. So this year, I want to invest more time in myself. I’m also including exercising in this goal as well. I’ve been pretty good the last couple of months at working out regularly, but I want to continue this.

    And, by investing, I also mean in a monetary sense as well – as in buying quality clothes, quality makeup, and paying someone to cut my hair more than once a year. I’ve gone too long buying cheap clothes that lose their shape after one wash. My makeup is junk from Walgreens. This year, if I buy something new, it’s going to be good quality, fit me well, and I’m going to take care of it so it lasts.

    #3: RUN A HALF MARATHON

    This falls into the “exercise” category, but I want to run a half marathon. I have a couple of options that I’m looking at, so stay tuned.

    #4: READ MORE

    Thanks to the awesome kindle I got for Christmas (thanks A!) this goal is looking easier and easier to accomplish. I’ve already read 2 whole books since getting it, and am well on my way to finishing Atonement. I used to never enjoy reading as a kid. My eyes would get tired and I hated having to read books for classes. My sisters were both regular book worms and I envied their abilities to fly through books. We have shelves and shelves of books at my parent’s house that everyone but me has read – time to change that.

    #5: KEEP IN TOUCH

    I suck at keeping in touch. I’ve never been one for phone talks – I get bored too easily. So this year I’m determined to find some other ways to keep in touch with people. I’d like to try keeping my facebook profile updated (we’ll see how well that goes). I’d also like to start sending some little goodies in the mail. I love to design little greeting cards, so I’m planning on putting those to good use this year. That reminds me, I’ve got to stock up on stamps!

    Alright, so there you have it – 5 goals for 2013. Think I can do it?