March 2013 Archive

Europe Must Haves 01


This is my first post on a few Europe must haves. I’ve got lots more to say on this subject but above are a few things I want to start with.

01: Camera

For Christmas we got ourselves a Canon Rebel T3i. We’ve loved it so far and it was definitely a must have for our big trip. We didn’t have to get something quite this nice but we plan on using it for years for all different reasons.

02: Kelly Moore crossover bag

I’ve been eyeing these Kelly Moore bags for years. I’m a huge fan of her work and she photographed several of my friend’s weddings. Such a talent! When the 2 Sues Bag came out I knew this was the bag for me. I could totally see myself with this crossover bag on and whipping out my camera as we adventure around Europe.

03: Rick Steves books

Matt and I are huge Rick Steves fans. Like for real… we watch his show every Saturday morning. When we really started planning this trip it was a no brainer for us, we were going to get his books. We have Rick Steves’ Italy, Paris and London 2013 books. They have been SO helpful and they’ve already paid for themselves. I’ve mentioned his books in all my hotel bookings and most of my hotels have given me 10% off. I highly recommend his shows and books to anyone traveling overseas.

04: New luggage

I got a luggage set as a college graduation present. It was a great present at the time because I didn’t even realize I didn’t have a luggage set and that was just one less thing I had to think about as I was planning a wedding. After our honeymoon and few more trips we started to see the wear on our luggage. Well over 4 years later our luggage is barely hanging on SO the mission is on for new luggage. Unlike everything I’ve mentioned above we have not settled on the luggage we want. Pictured above is a set Matt really likes. I totally get why he likes it but I’m not a huge fan. Weight is a big issue since we only have 50 lbs a bag. Anything under 10 lbs is doable. Stay tuned on this one!

05: 220v Straightener

When I studied in Paris in college I quickly learned about the straightener issue. The first day I plugged my Chi in it burnt out immediately. Then I found out a few of my other friend’s straighteners had the same fate. For most girls this is a livable issue, but for me it’s a disaster. Seriously, my hair gets huge if I don’t straighten it or blow it out carefully. So I was not going to let this happen to me again. I’ve been searching ebay for different 220v straighteners. Right now I’m leaning towards this one but I haven’t purchased it.

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WOW! Today my business cards were featured on Oh So Beautiful Paper. I mean hello bucket list item!


This really is a dream of mine come true! With so many changes happening in the next few months and so many unknowns I’m very grateful for the extra pep in my step.

Thank you Oh So Beautiful Paper!

New Camera

This past Christmas my sweet husband heard me out on all the reasons why we needed a “good” camera. Things like “we need it for our Europe trip someday,” “I’ll be able to take pictures of my finished work” and “we’ll take pictures of our kids someday with it.” But truthfully we really did need it for all those reasons so that’s what we got ourselves for Christmas.

It’s turned out to be a bit more to me than just those reasons listed above. While I have taken pictures of my work with it, I’ve really developed a much deeper appreciation of what my photography friends do. As an art director I always knew what I’d like the photo to look like as I’m standing there talking with the photographer but how they get that shot has always been beyond me! But now that I’ve played around with my own camera I have a tiny bit more of an understanding of what it takes to get that shot.

The specs:

After questioning several photography friends and what would best meet our needs we landed on the Canon Rebel T3i and a 50mm lens. I’ve LOVED it! Since I was getting it for Christmas my plan was teach myself as much as I could over the break. Well if that was my plan I was in luck because this happen…


We were snowed in for several days and my poor parents, aunt and uncle and grandma lost power for days! And they certainly weren’t the only the ones in central Arkansas.

Check out some of my favorites below from my-new-camera-snowmageddon-adventure…










I can’t WAIT to take pictures with this camera in Europe but I’ve already been warned by my husband that we aren’t going to obsess over pictures but enjoy and experience our time there. Wise words husband, I’ll do my best!

So has my DSLR camera helped make me a better designer? I think so. It’s sharpened my eye even more to see I’m trying to achieve.

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Thank you family and friends for all your support with the launch of this new website. I forgot how vulnerable it can feel to put yourself and your work out there for all the world to see. As graphic designers we don’t sign our name at the bottom of a painting or put watermarks on our photos like some of our other creative friends so it’s a little easier to hid behind your work. Sure I love to hear praise from my husband, my parents and co-workers but from the world wide web?! Yikes! I didn’t realize the insecurities I would have leading up to my launch. But with every word of encouragement those insecurities started to fade. Thank you! You, friends, have helped this girl to dream a little bigger. Launching this website was just the push I needed to see where God is directing me next. It’s scary, it’s exciting but I’m happy to say I’m ready to see what the next chapter holds.


Above: My sweet and so supportive husband took me out this weekend for my big launch. Love him!

Europe Here We Come!

Yes, this is happening! I could not be more excited. For years Matt and I have talked about taking a “big trip” before kids and post masters graduation. Of course, that was a dream and God could have certainly had another plan but as of right now this dream is turning into a reality. AHH! (yes, I’m doing a jump and down motion as a write this)


This is not our first trip over the big pond or even second for either of us but it will be our first trip together. I’ve been dreaming about this for probably a decade… seriously. Matt graduates from SWBTS with his Masters of Divinity May 10 and we fly out two days later for almost two weeks. London, Paris, Venice, Florence and Rome… So. Excited.

For the next 2 months leading up to the trip I’m going to post about trip planning tips and some trip must haves! Oh and when we get back there will be LOTS of photos!


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