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Tuesday, December 22, 2009, 8:42 pm
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I decided not to go as overboard as I did last year in terms of gift wrapping for Christmas; however, I did go slightly nuts. Just not as labor-intensive. I used both kraft and white paper as my base and then used this decorative packaging tape as a faux ribbon (it also makes it that much more challenging to actually open the gift). Then, playing off the garland I did on my tree (Starbucks-inspired) I made little ornament gift tags out of the same felt. I did some freehand embellishments on a couple of the gifts just for fun and I’m okay with the fact that it looks a bit kid-like. That’s the point of this season, isn’t it?

I’ll be checking in here and there over the next couple of weeks but not all that much as I’ll be home relaxing with friends and family. Happy holidays!

Monday, December 7, 2009, 11:20 pm
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Yesterday was deck the halls day here and compared to last year, it took considerably less time. Perhaps because my new Christmas tree is miniature (Joann’s idea of 4′ and my idea of 4′ are apparently very different). I tossed around the idea of buying a real tree to replace my now pitiful artificial one but in the interest of time and overall laziness I decided to opt for this white pre-lit fakey. I thought it would be fun and would go well with my living room color scheme. Oh, and please don’t make fun of my disproportionate star topper. I may swap it out for something else but it works for now.

It’s much easier to control my illness of feeling like I need to hand-make EVERYTHING when it’s on a smaller scale like this. Alongside some standard white ornaments, I also made some little fabric lollipops based on these instructions from design sponge.

Inspired by Starbucks’ holiday decor this year, I made some garland out of red firm crafting felt. I drew some random pattern down one side and then mirrored it down the other, cut out some shapes in the middle and voila! Kinda time consuming but I love the result. I had some extra fabric and floral supplies leftover, so I decided to fill a glass bottle with some extra lollies. (That’s some decorative packing tape wrapped around the middle.)

I found this adorable bird fabric at Joanns yesterday but had no idea what to do with it. So I just finished off the edges on my sewing machine and slapped it on my table for a mini tablecloth.

A few weeks back I bought this sweet rudolph wrapping paper at On Paper and knew that it was too pretty to be put on a present, ripped off, and thrown out. So I decided to wrap up my infamous wall tiles to make it look like a present (This was NOT easy to get back up on the wall. See here.) I took some of the same craft felt and made a fake ribbon to go on top. Stuck it up there with double-sided tape and presto change-o!

It felt great to get all this done in one day. Now the small detail of those Christmas presents I have yet to start on.

Sunday, November 8, 2009, 8:49 pm
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This weekend I finally bit the bullet and tackled the new home office I’ve been wanting to set up in my bedroom. I had all the pieces and parts sitting in my kitchen collecting dust and I was finding I could not focus on anything until I knocked it out. It was a major speed bump in me becoming serious about going out on my own.

Using some old salvaged wood (compliments of my dad) as a counter top (woodwork and assembly advice compliments of my brother) plus two storage cabinets on sale at Target ($19.99 each) I was able to streamline my work space on a budget. I’m pretty pleased with how it came out. All I need is a keyboard tray to attach to the underside.


Because the counter top is much shallower than my old beast of a desk, it makes my small bedroom look much bigger.


Yes, I realize that Beck’s bed is not tres chic. And it’s enormous. But he’s my co-pilot so he gets his own corner (although I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to have carpet squares leading up to it for him to even consider hanging out there).


Dear Container Store:
Please stop selling such cute storage solutions at ridiculously inflated prices. I am a sucker and cannot resist. Thanks!


It’s great to have the extra surface area and to hide a ton of stuff that used to be on open shelving (which translated to way too much dusting of little odds and ends). It feels good to check another thing off the list and finally have a space that is both functional and inspiring.

Thursday, October 29, 2009, 9:20 pm
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I am so giddy right now. Lauryn just emailed me some preview photos of the letterpressed cards for our collaboration I mentioned a couple weeks ago. They came out GREAT!!! Eva at Sycamore Street Press did an awesome job (also props to her for these photos). I couldn’t be happier with how the design translated to letterpress. I want to eat them up and that’s just from seeing these pictures. I can’t wait to run my hands over them. Down, girl.


Lauryn still has holiday sessions available for booking so be sure to contact her to set something up (she’s awesome at what she does, trust me). You can also purchase the cards alone and put an existing 4×6 print on them. Again, contact Lauryn and she can fill you in on pricing, etc.

Woo hoo!!! I’m so excited.

Friday, October 16, 2009, 9:48 am
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I’m excited to share a recent collaboration with my friend and colleague, photographer Lauryn Byrdy. Lauryn is currently booking holiday sessions and included in each package is a set of letterpress cards, which she asked me to design. We are in the middle of getting them ordered but here is a rendering of what they will look like.


I think all those JOYs are going to look amazing letterpressed! We are using Sycamore Street Press based in Utah (formerly Columbus) for the printing. The photo can be removed for framing and you still get a fun card to display throughout the holiday season.


View more of Lauryn’s work here. She is truly talented.

Monday, October 12, 2009, 9:51 pm
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My friend Regan recently hired me to do some custom work for her awesome condo. I installed everything today and I am so happy with how it all came out (exhale). Let’s just say this girl has some amazing taste and my heart was skipping a few beats as I was tearing the original trim off of her Anthropologie lamp shade and cutting into the Amy Butler fabric. There was no room for error here cuz she went top notch all the way. It was totally worth it as the pictures speak for themselves.

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Knowing that I had never before recovered a lamp shade nor made a Roman shade in my life, I adopted the philosophy patented by my mother of “Ehhh, I’ll figure it out.” If it hadn’t been for the interwebs, that lamp shade probably would have come out quite different. (“Regan, it’s ABSTRACT.”)

I did figure out the Roman shades on my own, doing some close investigation of the IKEA ones I have in my bedroom. I will post a step-by-step tutorial on that soon. In the mean time, if you need a good visual tutorial for the lamp shade, this is what I used. Word of advice: do not attempt to use spray adhesive on a lightweight piece of fabric outside on one of the windiest days of the season.

Fabrics used:
Amy Butler’s Floating Buds in Grey
Alexander Henry’s Birdsong in Multi
Joel Dewberry’s Bloom in Sand

Friday, September 4, 2009, 12:13 pm
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I had an amateur photoshoot at my apartment yesterday for my “headshot” to include in my online portfolio. Thanks to my dear friend’s mini tripod (you know, for those impromptu portraits that pop up here and there), I was able to pull off a decent shot. Beck was not pleased about sitting in that chair but that’s a long, neurotic story for another day. There are plenty of outtakes with him leaving the “set” but all I needed was one good one.

This is it.


Sunday, June 21, 2009, 12:21 pm
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My front porch has been looking pretty pathetic lately with last year’s dried out plants still in their pots, fall leaves stuck in the corners, and a swing that’s functioning but not comfortable to sit on for more than 5 minutes. Since I want to start spending more time out there I decided to spruce it up this week.

porchmakeover_1I swept up the mess, got some new plants, made some cushions for the swing, and put down a utility mat so Beck can lay out there with me (yes, he is the neurotic dog that won’t lie down on cement). Unfortunately, the cushions have already been broken in with the torrential downpour of thunderstorms we had the other night. They got pretty wet but looks like they can take a beating.

porchmakeover_2It’s probably the fastest I’ve ever completed a project. Sewing the cushions has gotten me back into the groove and I’m going to get back to my chairs today.

Monday, May 18, 2009, 8:54 pm
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Thought I would share some additions to my kitchen that I put up yesterday. The first is a painting my friends brought back for me from their vacation in the Dominican Republic as a thank you for watching their cat. The colors go perfectly with my yellow cabinet and other brightly colored decor and I love the local flavor of the piece.



The second piece isn’t necessarily art. It’s actually an abandoned canvas that has been taking up space in the corner of my kitchen.


The story: years ago I thought it would be cool to do some random decoupaging on a big canvas as a project. I did it, it was just ehhh, and later decided to peel all of the decoupaged material off so I could reuse it. The big idea still hasn’t come (yes, years later) and in the meantime, it’s been gathering dust. Christina suggested I hang it up because it looks kinda cool the way it is. I agreed it was cool looking but didn’t know if it could pass as wall art. Yesterday since I already had my hammer and nails out, I threw it up on the wall above my kitchen table. Not bad. I realize it’s not amazing or anything but it fills the space nicely and will do for now. It’s a better storage spot than on the floor and when that brilliant idea does come to me, I can just swap it out.

What do you think?

Monday, May 4, 2009, 9:56 pm
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I’m very excited to tell you all about a new monthly feature coming to Creative Envy beginning at the end of May. Although I should apologize since this is literally just the announcement. You’ll have to wait for a full rundown on 5/31. The idea here is that if I introduce it here today, you know, IN WRITING then I’ll actually follow through on the delivery. I’m psyched to get started on it, so please stay tuned.