the almost start of something new

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

I recently worked on a project that I was unable to finish for a number of reasons, but I thought that it might be  interesting to share for people to see how a design project goes or at least where it starts.

The client gave me a few words and brands as examples to start off with (which I'm not sure I can share...), then I came up with two mood boards that gave the idea of what kinds of patterns would we were after. Here are the boards:

{images mostly from Pinterest}

One "bright" idea and a "light" idea. I really liked the direction these were headed, so I was bummed not to be able to follow it through to the end, but that's life. Now if only I could show you the designs! Sadly, the backup drive they were on crashed and I'm trying to have the files recovered. I was/am horrified, but hopeful everything will be able to be saved. Wish me luck. I'll share the designs when/if I can! 


A lot has been going on- An update on life.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

***So, this post was written awhile ago and I just never hit publish (who knows why...), but I never mentioned the move, etc, so here it is, just to catch you up. 

I haven't really had the time to keep up with all that's been going on, the past few months have been a whirlwind! Moving! Working! Toddler! Home Buying! New Baby- coming soon! Whew. 

Goodbye San Francisco. We loved you for the almost 5 years we lived there, but it was time to go.  

And we moved to Tacoma, Washington! We've been here about 6 weeks so far and we love it. The Pacific Northwest is beautiful!! 

It's so green and there is so much water! Also, Mt. Rainer is so close, it shocks us everytime we see it and I'm just kind of in awe.


Beautiful downtown Tacoma, lots of cool old buildings.

I don't have photos of any of the new friends or people we have met yet, but I must mention them-people here are so friendly and welcoming!

Can we talk about the flowers?! We moved in May, and there were SO many flowers everywhere, I was in heaven. Now there aren't so many, but still its very green and lush. 

Apartment living. 

One month until the new baby is due! This pregnancy has flown by and I am excited and also am curious to see how life will go with two little ones. I'm trying not to have too many expectations and go with the flow. I think seeing Violet and her brother together may make my heart explode! Do all parents of more than one child feel that way?

Basically, we love it here. Being born and raised in California, I will always love it, but I am so happy to be living in Washington!

Ps. Baby River James York was born on August 10th! 

Land of Nod!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

It's finally here! My designs for The Land of Nod fall collection are for sale. I've been so excited about this project, ever since they first approached me for a collaboration. It was such a pinch me moment, and that has carried through until today! Really, so excited to see these designs come to life on these adorable products. Now I just need to decide what to order for myself!! 


Mexico! Again!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

I really love Mexico. We've been a few times over the past few years to visit my sister and this time we were going for a very special reason, my sister's wedding! It was actually kind of a stressful decision as I'm pregnant and there is a little thing called Zika Virus that is apparently all over Latin and Central America. The worst. However, I couldn't not go to my sister's wedding, and it didn't seem like there was any Zika cases near where we were going, in the high elevation, desert-y area of San Miguel de Allende, and so we went. And I didn't get any bites (and doused myself in natural insect repellent), so I think we're all okay.

San Miguel de Allende is a really beautiful old town. The downtown is a Unesco world heritage site, so everything has retained it's old character. Even the Starbucks (of course there's a Starbucks.) is in a cool old building. 

Violet loves Mexico too! Although, this trip she had a kind of hard time on the airplane home, but I think that was our fault with booking weird-ie:early flights.

The courtyards were glorious.

And the wedding! It was so lovely, and we were so happy to be there for it.

Can you tell I was a little obsessed with all the doors?! 

I had one afternoon that I walked around by myself (not a common occurrence) and strolled through this lovely park.

and then I got a double scoop of ice cream, because I could. and because, I love ice cream.

The art school in San Miguel is really beautiful. 

No trip to Mexico is complete for Michael until he gets his corn on the cob from a street vendor.

I'm always inspired by the colors, the art, the architecture, the people, just the different pace of life. This time was no different and I look forward to the next time! Hasta luego! 

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