Tuesday, August 5, 2014


I love my white iPhone 5C: It's clean, simple, powerful, and beautiful. The only problem is that the case Apple sells as a companion to this sophisticated piece of technology looks like a preschooler's toy. Yikes. I've kept my eyes open over the past few months of owning the phone for a case that would be equally clean and simple, and if not powerful, at least functional. No dice.

Sunday, December 15, 2013


I've had such amazing feedback for the Neon & Natural Baskets I thought I'd try my hand at another Neon & Natural combination for the home: Pot Holders! 
 Now, I don't know about you, but my kitchen is incredibly tiny (a common affliction for New York City residences) and the things I keep in my home have to be really special, otherwise they are basically clutter, and ain't nobody got room for that. When moving in with my lovely boyfriend about a year ago, we scrambled to outfit our kitchen (and apartment in general) grabbing the first utensils that functioned and didn't completely offend our aesthetic sensibilities.

Overall, I'm pretty happy with the things we picked, but there are a handful of items that I'm slowly replacing with prettier versions.
A couple of new potholders are a big ol' check off that list. The one we had originally bought functioned just fine, in that they prevented us from scorching our hands or coutertops, but it was a weird fuchsia color (not my taste) and collected dirt with it's grippy underbelly. It just always looked grimy, even after a fresh wash. So a remedy! What looks cooler and more clean that a splash of neon?

Sunday, December 1, 2013



This isn't really a big deal, but I'm sure you have run into the same problem I have: it's harder to find cool stationery than a new friend as an adult (there should be a single friend site ... OKcoolfriend? I'll work on the name). Everything I have been able to find in the stores has been either too cutesy (flowers are great and all, but do they have to grace the cover of every card??) or too business-like (from the desk of Sir Jillington the Third). Can't a girl get a simple and fun way to say "thank you" or "hey, how are ya?" or "you have 2 days to release the next season of Game of Thrones OR ELSE"??

I decided to take matters into my own hands ... at least for the stationery bit. I saw a bunch of tutorials on how to make your own stamps on Pinterest, and I thought "how fun! But I don't scrapbook" (ain't nobody got time for that) "and I haven't needed to stamp things since kindergarten ... I should get some ice cream".

Ignore that last bit. I have no willpower.

So here's what I did: I got some ice cream. Only joking. No, I'm not.

I took an eraser, sketched a design of a paper airplane in pencil (or rather dictated and critiqued my boyfriend as he sketched the design. Artist boyfriend not included), cut away everything that wasn't the design with an Xacto blade, and stamped it on some folded card stock.

The whole project took about 30 minutes start to finish and cost 6 dollars ($.79 for the eraser, $4.99 for the ink-pad).

All in all, less time than me searching for my keys, accusing my boyfriend of hiding them, finding them right where I left them, putting on my shoes, and running to the stationery store. Plus, less money than buying 6 cards worth of a bad design.

As always, I'd love to hear what you think, how you would use this technique, and/or whether you also have a hard time meeting new friends without the aid of school/playdates.

Sunday, October 13, 2013


So this week I took on THE SCARIEST DIY project in the history of the world. Ever. The end.  

I kept seeing tutorials on how to cut glass on Pinterest with string, nail polish remover, fire, and cold water. So I thought to myself "Self, you have all those things. How cool would it be to turn old wine bottles (not that I have many of those lying around ... ok maybe a couple) into new tumblers?" To which I answered "The coolest. It would be the coolest."

The only problem is, you are literally playing with fire. And broken glass. And highly flammable liquids. It's scary.

Good thing I'm super tough.

So here it goes. Here's how to make your own. And some suggestions on how to make it slightly less scary.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013


I mentioned in my last post that I was working on a few big projects. I don't mean big as in they take up a lot of space, but big as in they take up a lot of my time, and if I'm perfectly honest, a lot more of my sanity. None more so than this most recent project (can I still call it "recent" if its taken 6 months to make?). I present to you ...

**DUN-DUN-DUN-DUUUUUUU** (that was supposed to sound like a horn ... go with me on this, people)

A professionally bound representation of my life's work!! I mean, no big. It's just everything that I've toiled over for the past 4 YEARS. My blood, sweat, and tears. Quite literally. Grad school is no joke, friends.

But look! Marvel at the clean white cover with the beautiful jewel toned geometry (look slightly familiar?)! Gasp at the print quality of the hairline diagrams! Pour over the nearly 50 pages of pure graphic gratification! And the way the cover image wraps the edges! I should sit down.

Sigh ...

Thursday, September 26, 2013


Can I just start this off by saying I can't believe I've let over a month go by since my last post? First off, I must check my apartment for wormholes and/or rips in the space/time continuum, as I am certain it was still the middle of summer a hot second ago. Time, man. Crazy stuff. I don't want to give the wrong impression: the month of August wasn't me sippin' mojitos by the pool (note to self: that sounds awesome. Find pool. Acquire mojitos). It's just that I took on a handful of long-term projects, two of which have FINALLY wrapped. WOOT. The first is a print version of my portfolio, professionally bound (SQUEEE) and in transit to me AS WE SPEAK (I'll post on that soon ... should be arriving in a mere two days!). The second is a project that is a bit ... atypical for me.

I feel like I should give some background on why this is.


Just kidding. I have always been awesome. Just ask my mom. Totally cool. However, I've never really been the type that wanted to settle down (at least not immediately). But being from the midwest, this was not always so very common. I've been out of high school for a decade now (Seriously. Not cool, time.) and almost everyone I know from those days have long since married, many now with families and mortgages and all the other adult things that adults have. Adults. 

So while I've spent my twenties pulling caffeine-fueled all-nighters to crank out that last drawing that will totally make my super important presentation that I have IN LESS THAN 12 HOURS - OH GOD, TIME, YOU DEMON-MONSTER, my peers were making tiny humans. And it's not that I don't want a family. I do. It's just that babies are a lot of work. And messy. And loud. And scary. I guess I've just never been that close to kids.


When my sister told me that she was expecting, I was so excited for her. I knew that she really wanted to start a family, and I was curious what this whole baby thing was all about (some reason, there aren't that many of them in grad school ... must be the lack of nap-time). I couldn't have imagined how enamored I would be with that little girl. She's sweetness and sass, as only a 2 year old can be. But she's also quirky, and oddly tidy, and bossy (just like her momma). She's curious but also a total scaredy cat. She's funny, and silly, and the pickiest human of any size I have ever encountered.

And it's her birthday. What on earth do you get a picky, sassy, silly, angelic little girl who doesn't need anything?

How about a stuffed Jackalope doll with bendy antlers and a fluffy tail? I must say. I nailed it.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013


So this past Christmas I got a nifty new cover for my Kindle Fire from the 'rents. First off: Pops, I think the jacket is awesome. It keeps my kindle safe, has a removable blue-tooth keyboard, and it's very own kickstand. All super handy and very useful.  The only thing is ... Well ... I don't ... not ... dislike how it looks.

Whew! Feels good to get that off my chest.

And fear not! A bit of leftover fabric paint, a roll of masking tape, and a Saturday afternoon later and I have a kindle case to crave.

The only tricky bit about this project is how to get a series of triangles to touch point to point. It requires a 4-step tape-paint-
dry-repeat process. Don't worry, I'll walk you through it.