Monday, September 27, 2010

Burrito baby

This boy makes me laugh.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Curry and burnt sienna

As Jason and I were mixing up some curry chicken salad the other night, life became a little more vivid for me. Chicken, mayonnaise, grapes, apples, celery, onion, pepper, curry... and some more curry (yum)... I became very aware of the adding, the combining, the mixing. It really is an art form. Just like a painter picks a red from his palette and spreads it on the page, then adds a little burnt sienna, steps back, adds a little more.

Thankfully, a wise friend helped me connect the two. One day, when I was speaking with my teacher about my information graphic, he likened design to cooking. We really don't know how it's going to turn out until it's all done, so we keep working and layering, being sure to taste along the way. He has such a lovely appreciation for life and I wish you could all meet him.

I'm learning to appreciate design more for the entire experience, rather than just the end result. Really, isn't this how life is? Sometimes I become so focused on the prize that I'm not enjoying the journey. This is one reason I love my design program so much. We learn not just how to make a great final product, but more importantly, to accept and cherish the process. A good design doesn't come immediately; rather, from exploration and experimentation. Some experiments taste good, some don't. It's all part of the process.

Note: Forgive the bad picture, but I snapped this after I began thinking about the layering. Someday I will have a beautiful camera that will take beautiful pictures, but for now, this is what I have. And I'm okay with it.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


I don't miss really any of the wedding environment; too much stress if you ask me. But my dress... I long for it. I still get sad to think that I only got to wear it for mere hours. Something that pretty shouldn't be hanging in a bag in my closet forever, right?

Is it weird that I want to send this picture to my seamstress? She did such an amazing job and I feel like I can't thank her enough.


The sweet lady who made the flowers clips for my bridesmaids is having a giveaway - oooooh yeah! And you can win cute stuff like this!

To find out more, go here.

Saturday, September 11, 2010


How do I fit who I am... what I represent, what I posses, what I care about, what makes me me...

on a 3.5" by 2" piece of heavyweight paper?

A business card seems so simple... if only that were the case. It's funny, this project has made me feel as though I still have a lot figuring out to do about myself. I need to know myself first, before I can put myself on paper.

I'm learning. One step at a time.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Lucky ducky

I truly have some of the nicest teachers around.

Here's an email reply I received today.

Hi Emily,

You made my day!
Wonderful and beautiful work.

I fully understand your concerns and I agree with your grouping and correlating.

I believe we are at a place where we can take a calculated risk and lay the entire data sets into visual sets.
Please remember to work with multiple layers.
That will allow us the freedom to make corrections easily.

I look forward to next iterations!

Take care and enjoy the long weekend.

On another note. I picked up my first roll of developed pictures from my Holga. I wasn't expecting much, which was a good thing. All of the pictures were pretty blurry, and I still have a lot to learn. Here's some of the better of the group.

Life is a funny thing

Now that I'm married and living with my husband, I still miss him just as much as I did when we were dating and living in different cities.

Life is a funny thing.

Only now, I miss him all day but get to see him every night, guaranteed.

Thursday, September 2, 2010


I was listening to Florence and the Machine last night and thinking about my evolving tastes in music. I used to hate female singers... which is funny to me now since it's the complete opposite. So just in case you're curious...

The Line-up of my faves:

Florence and the Machine - Newest addition. She is fantastic.
Feist - I check her website weekly to see if she is ever coming out with a new cd. She hasn't even updated her website since April. I'm pathetically obsessed but she is soooo good.
Imogen Heap - Need I say more?
Regina Spektor - Fidelity is the number 1 played song on my iTunes list.
Ingrid Michaelson - Her songs are so fun and sweet! And I love the hint of smokiness in voive.
A Fine Frenzy - I want her red hair.
Camera Obscura - It's like riding a bicycle while cuddling your teddy bear and sucking on a lollipop.
The Bird and the Bee - I don't listen to them as much but when I am in the mood, they are perfect.
La Roux - Can't help thinking of Kellie and roommate days when I listen to La Roux.
Paramore - If I need to get out some rage.
Eisley - Oldie but goody. Also, the only female vocalists I've seen in concert.
Corinne Bailey Rae - Great for when I'm cleaning the house.

I could listen to these ladies all day everyday and be perfectly content.

Oh yeah, and my first fave...

Shania Twain

Her cd was one of the first I ever owned. I would come home from school and sit in front of the entertainment center with my headphones plugged into the stereo, singing along with Shania even when my family made fun of me.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

View from my bookcase

I feel as though they are my neglected children...

L to R:
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Forgotten God by Francis Chan
Creative, Inc. by Meg Mateo Ilasco & Joy Deangdeelert Cho

I'm sorry dears, I will get to you as soon as I possibly can. Even though "possibly can" might be December.