Thursday, May 26, 2011

Sandy Ala Mode!

did you here? I'm giving away $20 to my shop over on Sandy's blog!
GO enter! :)

in other news, how many times a week do you have ice cream? be honest here, this is an ice cream judgment free space.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


some recent work i've been creating for some delightful people.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

she grows..

and she kicks.
and she makes me hungry.
and i love it.

my parents requested a bump pic, so i figured I would indulge you as well.
enjoy :)

Friday, May 20, 2011

for hire

while we await the arrival of our little girl, there are some decisions that need to be made. approximately 100,000 decisions and counting. one being, will i stay at my 9-5 job? we haven't made any firm decisions on any of that yet, but we'd like to think that instead of returning to work,i have the chance to let designing be my #1 job instead of my 3rd or 4th. So when people ask me what I do for work I can assuredly say, "I am a graphic designer."

it's been hard working until 5pm, only to come home with 3 clients waiting to see some proofs, all the while i am on the verge of deep, deep sleep :) its doable, but not ideal. and believe me, I know that having a miniature version of nate and i around won't be any easier, but I'd like to think that I would feel more grounded.

so this is where you come in. in order to take this leap in the next few months, I need more jobs. i know that i've worked for many of you in the past, and i'm extremely grateful. i just ask that the next time you hear a friend say, "dang I really need custom illustustration of a kitten holding a cup of tea," please think of me :)

love to you all, spread the word, i'm available for hire...
* if you are interested in viewing my portfolio please visit my site:

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Edgar Mueller

i am completely blown away by edgar mueller's 3D street paintings.
he takes an ordinary street and turns it into something out of a sci-fi flick.
way too awesome..

Monday, May 16, 2011

magic monday

Just a new little card design that i have been working on.
Poof! happy birthday to anyone who is celebrating today!

Friday, May 13, 2011

baby making, then waiting..

I think there must be something very brilliant about how God designed us women to bring new life into this world. the waiting period is so long. for me, i feel like i've been pregnant a life time, which is just a joke to some of my fellow preggos who are hitting their 35th week.

i can't imagine how incredibly bad i'm going to want to take a look at this baby's face when I am nearing the end. i tried to do an illustration of what i would like my posture during this time to look like, unfortunately.. it looks nothing like this :)

Thursday, May 12, 2011

4 years ya'll

Can't believe that on this day 4 years ago, we were hitched. I spent some time this morning just thanking God that he would give me someone so caring to share my life with. marriage can be hard, for sure, but the blessings within it are endless and bring so much joy.

and i think our baby is pretty stoked about today too, she's been doing somersaults in there, i do believe. i mean, i'd be pretty excited if i were a fetus and my parents were celebrating marriage :)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


in a little while, nate and i will be moving to a home that has a first floor entrance instead of having to hike up 36 stairs everyday....with a baby.
in preparation for the move we began cleaning out the basement last night. box after box of memories were down there, and when my eyes fell upon this little beauty, i nearly lit UP.

i know, i know.. barbie is bad and horrible and all that stuff that I could read on NPR. But regardless, she was a HUGE part of my childhood, how could I not give her props? She contributed to the development of some of the imagination i hold today.

not sure if little miss nelson will play barbies someday (there will probably be robot barbie by then). But I do know that i will most certainly be keeping this little relic for a while :)

do you let your kids play barbies?

Monday, May 9, 2011

island style

its hard to believe it, especially when i look to the wet, grey world outside my window now, but last week at this time, I was in Hawaii. what. a. blessing. it really is amazing how stepping outside of your regular day-to-day can really change your posture towards life.

we snorkeled, we dodged lightning storms, we ate well, we also ate burger king :)
more than anything else, I cherish the time we had together to just "be".

if you haven't had a break in a while, WHY NOT?
start planning now. you deserve it.
it doesn't have to be hawaii either, but just get away, life is more than work..
be with the ones you love.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

mom's day

here's to a special lady who, although we never met, i'm sure her life will still play a critical part in the relationship that i will have with my daughter come this August, my mom.

thankful to God for giving me the little miss inside of me, and the opportunity to explore that oh so mysterious concept to me that is the "mother-daughter" relationship.

here's to all of you mommies out there, and the mommies that you all have. may we all create memories of love with the warmth that we have in our hearts.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

baby stuff

when nate and i were engaged, we were told that we needed to "register" so that people could buy us gifts for our wedding. at first, it seemed like an awesome idea...but then quickly turned sour as we strolled through the aisels of target feeling weird about pointing a gun at anything and everything we "needed" for our "new life". i mean, do we really NEED a swan salt & pepper shaker?

we left with approximately 7 things on our list... fail.
and as we started out our life together, we realized there was a reason for these registries. people you love, want to get you started off on the right foot, and by looking at our broken shelves and cracked plates, i now understand.

SO that being said, when the registry topic came up this time around for baby nelson. we figured, it's a good idea. i mean we have no idea what we are getting ourselves into. what is a boppy anyways? I have a feeling that there are some people that can help us out in this department.

so I was delighted when i heard about
basically, it means that i can surf the web and anytime i see something that makes my heart melt, or seems too practical to be true, i can click "add to my registry". brilliant!

for anyone who is curious, here's what I picked out so far.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Exile Poster Project

it's been a whirlwind so I didn't get to mention this last week when we had our opening. But the church that I work for has a poster project art show up right now in downtown PDX. I think over 300 people came, although my count could have been off do to my pure exhaustion :)

The idea behind it being that the posters would each represent the child sex trafficking industry that is so prevalent in our nation and beyond. These posters would then speak to people, these people would buy prints of the posters (which all proceeds go towards an advocacy group against the trafficking) and with each purchase the hope is that cultural consciousness would change, people would acknowledge the issue.

anyways, i do a bad job explaining it. but you can check out more here, and also buy a print if you'd like:

if you're in PDX, there is a first thursday viewing at our gallery space.

Sunday, May 1, 2011


my designs are now available on minted for purchase! the first is a bridal shower invitation (which can be changed into a wedding invite,) the next two are baby shower invites!
Please take a look at the designs.
and here