Archive for February, 2011

Portland – Day 2

February 28, 2011

Day 2: Exploring and the best present ever….ever.

{exploring Hawthorne Street and House of Vintage}

{My beautiful niece was born!!  I cannot wait to see the little babe. Isn’t she perfect?  This is Annalise.  My dad was sending me pics and updates the entire time.  I even chatted with my sister on the phone before she went into delivery.  Technology is so great!!}


Portland – Day 1

February 27, 2011

New friends:: I finally met the adorable Chelsea from

{Chelsea’s pretty shoes and tattos//taken with my iPhone}

So much more happened today but I’ve only got time to share one photo. I’ll share a pic a day while I’m here. Right now? I’ve got a concert to get to.

I love this place.

Hello & Goodbye

February 25, 2011

{we heart it}

I’m leaving on plane bound for Portland, OR in 10 hours. Woot!  I’ll be gone until March 7.  Yes, another marathon trip taking me far from Dallas, TX.  That’s alright by me!  I won’t be blogging too much but I will be uploading a Portland pic every day while I’m there.  That way you can come on the trip with me…sort of.  Farewell, kitty cats!! Enjoy your nights and days.

//Spring Time

February 22, 2011

Spring is just around the corner.
-bike rides
-pretty shoes
-lovely dresses


{some of my favorite shoes & one pretty little dress/taken with my iPhone}

{my most favorite necklace of all time/taken with my iPhone}

Photo Walk = New Friends

February 21, 2011

{taken with my iPhone}

I’m not sure if you’ve heard of the latest social media craze that is Instagram…but it’s awesome.  Basically, it’s like twitter but with photographs and no restrictions on how many characters you can use.  I’ve been using it since Thanksgiving and have met some of the neatest people, including Carli and many others.  Lately there have been photo walks/meet ups happening all over the world with IG users living near each other.  Yesterday, I went with a friend to the Dallas IG meet up.  It was an afternoon spent with fellow picture takers and a chance to finally meet people face-to-face who I’ve been following for a while. 

**Yes, it’s safe.  Yes, we met in a public place. Yes, I took a friend with me.  No need to worry.  Always be super careful and don’t be silly in these situations.  Now, that’s enough about that.**

You would think that an afternoon spent with people who share a love of their iPhones would have looked  like this…

{the guys – taken with my iPhone//I asked them to pretend they were all on their phones instead of talking to each other.  It made me laugh.}

But it turned out to be a wonderful time taking pictures and swapping stories with eight new friends.  We met at Starbucks then headed to Dolly Python, my favorite vintage store in Dallas. 

{you know…your typical iPhone mirror shot, with a unicorn}

{my  new friend, Heather}

{ok, so maybe I was on my phone just a wee bit}

We ended the evening at Elbow Room, sharing pizza and learning more about who we were as people…not just those who had the same iPhone app.  I’m learning that humans are generally better in real life.  It was a pleasant surprise.  New friends and a story.  I liked it.

Like A Child

February 20, 2011

I made my own Valentines this year for the first time since 4th grade.

{taken with my iPhone}

I used my typewriter, some vintage buttons, doilys (what a silly word), glue sticks, a bicycle stamp and a few hours I didn’t have.  There’s something to this art therapy thing, I believe.

{my Valentine}

As much joy as I got making pretty Valentines for my friends and family, I think I got more from the act of creating something with my hands.  You see, when I was a child I constantly created.  I made all sorts of crafty things and never stopped to critically observe each piece, wondering if they were pretty enough or if this was something I was good at.  I just made….to bring something into existence that wasn’t there before.  That’s the only reason, because it made me happy. 

But somewhere down the line I stopped making things.  I started believing the lie in my head that said I wasn’t creative enough and would never be ‘one of those people’….you know, the super amazingly wonderful artsy types that we all aspire to be like {someday}. 

Where did this believe originate from?  I have absolutely no idea.  Maybe when it became ‘cooler’ to play with makeup rather than make homemade Valentine’s cards or when ‘popular’ was based on the brand of clothes you wore and not original creations made in your bedroom, with a glue gun and popsicle sticks. 

Wherever the lie started, it’s finally being removed from my thoughts.  This makes me wonder.  What else did we love as a child and then suddenly, before we even realized, that love became replaced with the idea that it was a silly thing to love in the first place and we weren’t really good enough at it anyway to care?  It’s quite silly and I’m over it.  I’m going to go make something now.  Have a great Sunday!

{little me}

The pursuit of truth  and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.

boot {crush}

February 18, 2011

Oh, hey everybody!  I’ve been absent just a teensy weensy bit.  But I’m back now!! At least until I head off to Portland, OR in 8 days! Oh man…I cannot wait!!

So on to what this post is about….BOOTS!  I’ve been quite smitten with pretty boots for as long as I can remember.  Nope, it’s not because I’m a Texan it’s because they’re awesome and look cute with everything.  Seriously.  Plus, I’m not a dressy high heels kind of girl so boots are perfect dress up/dress down material and they’re so comfortable. 

Here’s a little photo of my newest pair from UO.  I’m in love with them and in love with my employee discount.  Tired of hearing about it yet?  Nope?  Well then….awesome.

{my pretty fantastic boots – taken with my iPhone by my friend Richard. I was the shoe model standing on top of the desk.  Hehe!}

I took a trip through etsy land and found some other boots that would look pretty on any foot.

size 7.5 brown ankle boots made in Italy{found here}

Adorable 1980s Vintage Red Suede Elf Boot Sz 5{found here}

Vintage Zodiac FRINGE Black Suede Cowboys Boots Size 7.5{found here}

I can’t get enough. 

{boot love}

I’ll be back later! Sometime….not sure when exactly but it will be SOON!  Happy weekend to you!

Nashville, TN

February 7, 2011

I’ll be headed to Nashville, TN tomorrow for a week long work trip.  It certainly is a fun city and some of my most favorite people live there!! My work schedule is going to be pretty hectic but I’m hoping to sneak in a coffee date or two.  Texas, I’ll see you again on Sunday.

{We Heart It}

Why The Snow Was My Fault…

February 6, 2011

{the arctic blast of 2011}

Every once in a while, like everybody else, I start to wonder how on earth I’m going to accomplish everything that’s happening in my life.  I don’t just want to accomplish things but I want to enjoy them and do them well…110%.  However, there are seasons where I panic just a little and get overwhelmed with being pulled in 75 million different directions.  I like it, don’t misunderstand me, I just panic at the thought of no time to myself and no time to be home in my cozy little apartment, doing nothing but reading a good book and listening to pretty music. 

Two weeks ago, I was at the panic point.  I prayed a quick little prayer asking the Lord to help me fit everything in but also not completely lose my mind.  Then on Monday night the snow and ice began to fall and I, along with thousands of other people, found myself snowed in for an entire week. 

{went for a walk in the snow…i told my shadow that i wanted to be alone but she didn’t listen…she never does}

What did I do all week long?  I worked from home but besides that I did absolutely  nothing.  I did nothing because I didn’t have a choice!  Well I did a few things…stayed in my pajamas all week long, made french press coffee every morning with time to enjoy it, read good books, caught up with some friends over email and phone calls, cleaned everything then cleaned everything again, went on walks by myself, spent a lot of time with Chrissy (she lives next door to me but I still don’t have as much time with her as I’d like), read good books, listened to lovely tunes, baked, took photos, watched movies, started making homemade Valentines, listened to podcasts from my church….etc, etc, etc.

{walking behind my apartment….so cold but so perfect}

Of course, I’m not saying that God allowed it to snow just so I would  have some alone time to gather my thoughts and rest but I am saying it was exactly what I needed.  Not only did I get time to myself but I also got snow….and that is wonderful.  I {love} snow.  It transforms the everyday into a fairytale. 

Prayer is a request.  The essence of a request, as distinct from compulsion, is that it may or may not be granted.  And if an infinitely wise Being listens to the requests of finite and foolish creatures, of course He will sometimes grant and sometimes refuse them.  Invariable “success” in prayer would not prove the Christian doctrine at all.  It would prove something much more like magic – a power in certain human beings to control, or compel, the course of nature.
–CS Lewis

So…the snow is melting now.  It was perfect while it lasted but I am going a bit stir crazy. I think one more day without much human interaction and I would have completely lost it.  Hehe.  See?  I was on the brink.

{cray cray cabin fever}

Tomorrow I’m back at work, then on Tuesday I’m flying out to Nashville for an entire week for a work trip.  Hooray!! Ok….I’m going to finish my Valentines and make cupcakes now.  I’m taking advantage of my last ‘snow day’.  Real life begins again tomorrow and I’m all prepared.  God is good.  He takes care of us…always…and in the best of ways, so that we can’t take any of the credit. 

Sorry about the snow, guys.  Maybe next time I’ll pray that it would rain cupcakes.  *wink

Snail Mail On A Cold Day

February 3, 2011

Day 3:
Still snowed in.

Do you know what this does to a people person?  Makes you a bit crazy when you go this long with little to no human contact.  I got all dressed up just to drop my rent check off at the office.  It was closed.  I skated there in rain boots.  Seriously.  There are sheets of ice covering my entire apartment complex. 

Don’t get me wrong….I’m beyond capable of entertaining myself but after a while you start talking to your faithful coffee mug.  Anyways, after I dropped off my rent check I skated past my mailbox and found this inside….

{a thoughtful card from my sweet friend, Carli}

It made my entire day all warm and fuzzy while I was standing in 20 degrees on sheets of ice.  Funny how friendship does that.  So…when is the last time you wrote a letter just because?  It’s the simplest act but can change a person’s entire week.  You should write one….right now….to anybody…just because.  It’s so very fun.  Life is made memorable by simple pleasures – like letter writing and getting lost on purpose. 

Thanks again, Carli.  Once again you made my day. 

What a lot we lost when we stopped writing letters.  You can’t
reread a phone call.
–L. Carpenter