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Peace.

December 14, 2012

I really can’t express the sadness I feel for the families of the children lost in the Connecticut shooting today. Sending peaceful thoughts to everyone touched by this tragedy, and taking some time to hug my babies and be grateful for every moment we have with them.

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it – always.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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2013 CALENDARS

November 26, 2012

They are here! I’m getting my proofs today for my 3 new calendar designs. I’ve been contemplating making prints for a while, but I was inspired by the Design Crush calendar swap to create my own version of the one year calendar. Each calendar is 13″ x 19″ and printed on 100# archival quality paper and will sell for $20. Each print is signed & numbered by yours truly and at the end of the year you can snip off your calendar and frame the 12″ x 12″ print.

I created these limited edition calendars to sell at my two big events this year, the Mayfair Heights Merry Market (1 December – details here)  & Deluxe Oklahoma City ( 8 December – details here). If you’d like to purchase one of these calendars, please visit one  (or both) of these fantastic local events. I have waffled on offering these online simply because of my hectic event schedule, and also because I want to be sure that I can find a cost effective & easy solution for shipping that doesn’t involve rolling them. I’m still trying to work that out. I’ll keep you posted.

 

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HIS & HERS Tucker’s Onion Burgers

November 23, 2012

Since Tim & I work from home running our creative studio, CooperHouse, we like to sneak out for lunch dates whenever we can. We almost always end up at Classen Curve because it’s so close to home, and I imagine we will end up there even more now that the new location of Tucker’s Onion Burgers is open. I have a soft spot for the Good Egg Dining Group. They haven’t opened a restaurant yet that I haven’t loved, so when Engage OKC asked if I wanted to try the new location & write about it, I jumped at the chance.

The layout is similar to the original location on 23rd and the atmosphere is that same clean, cool & welcoming vibe with a hit of old school pharmacy.

Tim looks like he’s contemplating his big decision, but he knew going in that he was going to get drastic with his choice.

I’ve had the beef onion burger before, but I wanted to try the lighter turkey burger. I kept my toppings simple… I think onions & cheese with a dash of mustard is really all this burger needs. Tim, of course, disagreed and ordered a pile of JALAPENOS on his beef & cheese onion burger. Boys are so crazy.

He’s too busy enjoying his lunch to pose for a picture, but trust me… he’s loving this. I think I can see smoke coming out of his ears…

My burger was really delicious. I honestly couldn’t really tell a huge difference between the beef & turkey burger. They are both flavorful & juicy, so I think anyone who might like a little bit lighter fare (which of course is relative) would love the turkey version of the fabulous Tucker’s onion burger.

You’ll be sad if you don’t try the fries too while you’re there. Fries are one of my greatest weaknesses, and these really are some of the best.

I left a little note since we went on Thanksgiving Eve. :) A fine kick-off to the holiday weekend if you ask me. I loved my turkey burger and I’m thankful to have a brand new Tucker’s right in my back yard.

This is a sponsored post; Tucker’s  provided our meal as member of Engage OKC, but all words and opinions are my own.

Find them here:  Tucker’s Onion Burgers
5740 N. Classen Blvd in Classen Curve and 324 NW 23rd Street, Oklahoma City
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Shop With Me!

November 16, 2012

I’m excited to share that I’ve got two awesome events coming up in the first two weeks of December where I will have a selection of paintings & prints for sale. I’m also unveiling my first art print calendar which I’ll have priced at $20. It’s not quite “done” yet, but I’ll be sure to post an image as soon as I get my samples back.

So, event #1 is one that I’m helping plan. My neighborhood association is hosting a free holiday bazaar on December 1st, from 10am – 2 pm, in the Mayfair Village (the old Interior Fabrics storefront for locals in the know). You can find out all about this event and the other vendors who’ll be there at mayfairheights.com

Event #2 is Deluxe Oklahoma City, December 8th from 11 am – 5 pm. Deluxe is an Indie Craft bazaar held annually at the fairgrounds here in OKC. It’s also free to enter and has a HUGE selection of carefully curated artists. You can read all about it at deluxeok.net

There are lots of amazing shops that depend on the holidays to make it through the rest of the year, so keep it local!

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If I’m being honest…

November 13, 2012

I’ve been struggling. I’m telling you about it because I want people to know that this job is HARD. My success as a designer has largely been a result of (I humbly submit) my talents, and decisive action based on years of experience. This is good, this is bad, we should place things here, this is the best solution. Lately I’ve had some projects where the client, asks for my opinion and then insists on doing the opposite. I treat every project with a great deal of care and effort, and I’m starting to realize that no matter how much I listen and try to find the perfect solution for people, I can’t always expect that the end product is going to be best product. I’m also learning more and more that I need to turn projects down that don’t seem to be a good fit. It seems counter intuitive, but I’m just finished with trying to convince people to make good choices.

I’m also having professional growing pains. I’m doing new things and trying new things every day. The pipeline is getting fuller all the time, and I’ve been working on trying to share the load, but also struggling with letting go of total control over the end product. I’ve got 14 projects going at the moment (which as you know, is about 2 more than I really ought to be working on) and I think 8 of them are going great, and the other 6 are…well… a little like pushing a boulder up a hill.

Normally, my glass is half full, but I’m just in a bit of a funk right now.  When I get overwhelmed in life, I just try to remember to keep my eyes on the horizon, and put one foot in front of the other. Surely things will look better tomorrow.

 

 

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