Category Archives: creativity

the little things

In some ways our wedding feels like it was forever ago but it’s actually been less than a year. I’ve been wanting to share a few of my favorite details here (better late than never!) because I really enjoyed working on them. In particular I loved designing our programs and crossword puzzle menus. I’d like to be doing more of these types of projects and a big goal for me this year is to just do it – just throw myself into projects that explore that creative side that I know I’ve got.

When it came to the look and feel for our wedding, we didn’t have any lofty goals for elegance or pizzazz but we wanted to make the day fun and full of real love. I like to think that we managed to capture some of that sparkle through the little things. My skilled sister helped me with signage, my sis-in-law made a photo collage,  I designed our menu/crossword puzzles and programs and I painted our cake toppers (Sounders scarf and all).



The buffet menu and crossword was something we wanted to include as an ice breaker for our guests. It was fun coming up with the questions and really easy to use an online puzzle generator to create the grid. The rest of it came together in Illustrator.


Mmm looking at that menu makes me want to go back and relive the whole thing.

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after action report – creative30

I started writing this post by talking about how I’ve failed my creative30 challenge. And in some ways, I have… I didn’t consciously set aside time every single day to work on something specific. My list of projects that I had hoped to accomplish isn’t looking any shorter. BUT I do think that I’ve brought creativity into my life in other ways this month. Through my day job, through little things like doodles in my planner and through some special side projects that I’ve been working on (including planning our wedding!). I’m calling it a success – yep, success through just making an effort. I’ve been thinking more creatively this month and although I don’t have a long list of crossed out projects to show for it at least I’ve gained the right mindset and the spark of more creative things to come.

Here is a snapshot of some of my projects as well as just life in general…it’s been a blast planning our wedding but also incredibly exhausting and time consuming – hence my lack of posting.

xfittees blue sky pho snow swatch tux wine

top to bottom: a fun custom crossfit tee project // gorgeous blue sky day (it does exist!!) // pho makings (to help soothe a pesky cold) // a powder filled (and really windy!) birthday trip to the pass // bridesmaid dress fabric swatches // tux shopping // blind wine tasting prep

creative30 week one

I’ve been doing an okay job of keeping up with my creative30 challenge. I think I’ve already missed a few days due to some stressful stuff going on with the day job as well as a quick trip to Portland last weekend. At least I’m making a lot more space for creativity than I had in the past so I’m counting it as a win. Here are a few things that I’ve been working on in the past week.

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top to bottom: new tee shirt ideas //doodles to plan my workouts this week //  new tees – rocket! heart! giraffe! // housewarming gift tag

a new focus: creativity

I’ve been meaning to share my March challenge here but got carried away with my weekend which included helping a friend move,  a football match, too much beer (whoops!) and wedding planning.

I’m dubbing my next challenge my “creative30”. My goal will be to do something that requires creative thinking every day for the next 30 26 days. I’ve always felt this pull inside of me towards art and inventive endeavors but my day job has led me in a very different direction which is part of why I’ve chosen this for my third challenge of 2013. I want to make time for the backlog of creative projects and ideas that have been piling up. Below are some of the types of projects that I hope to work on this month. I’ll try to post my projects here as I go. Some will be really tiny and quick and some will be much larger efforts but they all require a little imagination and creativity.


Play with some fun hand drawn arrows.

Fake a chalkboard effect.

Master a letterpress font effect.

Get fancy with a scallop brush.

Learn more about brushes.

Make myself a pretty landscape wallpaper.


I should probably start now.


Yep, I’m totally counting this. I know I won’t have time every day for an involved project but I can at least take 10 minutes to sketch.


A year or so ago I started making tee shirts and onesies for gifts and have always wanted to open up an Etsy store front. I’m hoping I’ll be able to take some time this month to put towards making that happen.

I plan to keep this quote in mind over the next month. Love it.