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re-arranging the kitchen shelves

Memorial Day, 2015. A day filled with no plans. A house that felt cluttered and busy. What’s a girl to do? Re-arrange the kitchen shelves. I haven’t changed the shelves around in over a year, so it was time. Things don’t get too dusty – I try to wipe things off fairly regularly – but […]

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Caught My Eye (kid things edition)

These are the things around the internet that have recently caught my eye: Clubhouse Makeover by House Tweaking This camp-y clubhouse is a post from last year, but it’s just so good. Simple, outdoor style by the super talented Dana of House Tweaking. What kid wouldn’t love spending their summer hiding out in this M*A*S*H […]

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18 ways to use Adobe Illustrator in your everyday

Registration is open for my Simplified Graphic Design class where I teach you all the basics of Adobe Illustrator – the premier software used by graphic designers. If you’re not familiar with Illustrator, you may think (based on it’s name, alone) that it is used primarily for illustrating.  And maybe to the professional user, that […]

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free Seaside clipart and how to use it

Can one ever have enough clipart? I think not. Especially of the hand-drawn variety. Add a little drawing to a gift tag or invitation, use one in your logo or in an ad – nothing overboard (ha!), but just enough to make a visual impact. Fun, fun, fun. I’ve got summer on my brain and […]

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graphic design class summer session begins now!

Have you been itching to learn how to make your own artwork, design your family’s holiday cards, create a personalized invitation, customize your blog with one-of-a-kind graphics or brand your small business? Learning to use Adobe Illustrator will open up all of those doors for you. As a self-taught graphic designer, I understand the hesitancy to […]

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house tour / summer edition

Sweet, sweet summertime. I’m so happy this new season is upon us. We’re up here in the Pacific Northwest where summer doesn’t officially start until the kids get out of school mid-June, but we are just about mentally there. My kids (four of them ages 11, 9, 7 + 5) have stayed up much past […]

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celebrating summertime

So, my friends, we’re almost six months into 2015. Didn’t that go fast?!! Summer has officially begun for many around the country and even though our kids here in the Pacific Northwest don’t get out of school until mid-June, there is just an excitement in the air. The popsicle man keeps making his rounds in […]

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closet confessions

Today I’m over at my blog-friend Sheaffer’s place sharing my closet confessions. She asked fun questions like what’s the most embarrassing thing in your closet? and what are your go-to style staples?  My closet is way too dark and un-photogenic, so I borrowed this diy clothing rack and brought in a bunch of clothes to photograph […]

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caught my eye

These are the things around the internet that have recently caught my eye: Dreamy bedroom by Vintage Whites Don’t all those textures make you want to curl up on that bed with a good book?! The rest of the room is so pretty, too. Tory Burch Fitbit leather wrap bracelet A bunch of friends and family wear fitbits […]

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Oh, how she’s grown.

Just the other morning, Audrey crawled up onto my lap as I was at my desk doing a little work. She sat there, as she has since she was a baby, only this time, I could barely see over her head. My baby is no longer a baby. This little lady has been my sidekick from […]

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diy stamped leather keychain

Getting mail is one of the best parts of my day. What is it about opening the mailbox and being surprised by what’s inside?! It’s often filled with junk mail or bills, but every once in a while a magazine comes or a note from my sister (she’s so good at sending cards!) and it […]

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what to wear: swim + beachwear

So, we’re headed to the beach. The beautiful, gorgeous hawaiian island sands of Maui. I can’t wait. We took a trip to Maui three years ago with our group of friends and somehow we’ve all convinced our parents and friends to watch our many small children again so we can get away for round two. In […]

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The Blog Class is BACK!

Three years ago, Ryan and I created a class we were so proud to offer called The Blog Class. We helped over 450 students start, design, use and grow their blogs before closing down registration to make some updates. Well, nearly 1 1/2 years later, The Blog Class is back! We’ve completely updated the whole course, […]

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simply embellished copper tags

We celebrated my mom’s birthday this weekend. She is many wonderful things, but perhaps one of her best qualities is her completely authentic excitement over opening gifts. Every one is the best gift ever! which makes you feel pretty great as the gift-giver. Receiving gifts is not my love language, so I have to work a little […]

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inspired by lilacs

It’s springtime in the Pacific Northwest which means the weather changes daily between bright and sunny and sudden downpour. It also means the hills are covered with every possible shade of green, leaves are popping and LILACS ARE IN BLOOM! The older I get, the more obsessed I become with flowers. They’re all my favorite. But […]

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