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Weekend Links!

So all day I’ve been neglecting this blog…but I haven’t really been neglecting this blog because I’ve spent my entire day working on a redesign. I upgraded my hosting account that I have my design website on and I bought my domain, so soon I’ll be switching over! I’ll make the announcement when it happens, but if you follow me on Bloglovin’ or through some other non-WordPress means, you’ll need to resubscribe when I make the switch. If you follow through WordPress, you should be good, as I’ll have those followers transferred over. You’re also safe if you’re an Instagram or Facebook follower. Here are some links to enjoy this weekend:

A great, comprehensive list of helpful articles for bloggers.

7 Types of Music Festival Folks – fun illustrations! What type do you match most?

A collection of beautiful retail typography. I think typography is hugely impactful, and great typography can really make a business or brand stand out and come across as top-notch. Excellence in presentation suggests excellence in every other matter.

Type in a location and this website will generate a stylized map for you. Creative Commons means you’re free to dress up your computer, website, or walls as you please, as long as you attribute the creators.

I want a swing in my house. Now.

Swimsuit myths and shopping tips from Real Simple Magazine. Yup, I’m excited for some warmer weather.

This is a really cool hair tutorial…if only I had the length to do it.

This made me giggle.

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Another Blog?

So I looked at my blog schedule today and realized I had left a few days with no planned posts…intending to go back and fill them in. Whoops.

Instead, you can head over to my OTHER blog. It primarily focuses on design, but there’s still some stuff there that may be interesting to you even if you’re not interested in graphic design, for instance, I wrote about my birthday wish list earlier this week.

Also check out my archives here. There’s a handy dandy category menu over in the right sidebar so you can view specific kinds of posts.

Outfit coming tomorrow! 🙂

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(Early) Weekend Links!

I looked out the window and discovered it was raining, so I’m switching it up – weekend links today and outfit tomorrow.

Download some lovely free Valentines wallpapers for your computer here and here.

Elsie at A Beautiful Mess shared her flea market shopping tips, but they’re great for any sort of thrift shopping, really.

Give this cute, super easy to make origami Valentines Day decoration a try.

These DIY necklaces are adorable!

Macro photos of butterfly wings. Amazing!

Real Simple Magazine offers 10 ideas to make-over some of your old clothing.

How has your week been so far? Fantastic I hope! As for mine, it’s been pretty good. I got a couple of inquiries about about some new freelance design projects, which is great timing because I ‘m finishing up a few and in need of some more. I also recently applied for a job in the Pacific NW (I really only want to be a freelancer on the side, at least at this point in my life). I really (really really) want the job and I think it’s a great fit for me, so I’ve been on the edge of my seat all week hoping for a phone call or email. I love my mom and dad and am thankful that they’re letting me live at home with dinner prepared for me every night and a low monthly rent as I work on figuring out my future, but I’m really ready to…go.

ANYWAY, have a fantastic Thursday evening/Friday, and I’ll see you tomorrow evening with an outfit (unless it rains all day again, in which case I’ll aim for Saturday).

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What’s up?

I follow a few bloggers that do an end of the month recap on their blog. I always enjoy – it’s interesting to see what they’re up to, what they’re reading, watching, etc. It makes them a bit more real, I guess, and it’s a great way for me to find out about other blogs, good books, etc. So…here it goes. Just a once-a-month spin on weekend links. 🙂

But first, Have you taken this quick poll yet? Do it (please)!



  1. I made a blog schedule for January and stuck to it! February is now printed and ready.
  2. I bought the Lord of the Rings trilogy two years ago intending to read it, but the craziness of school, internships, and projects kept me away from it. I’m finally into it. I’ve read the first book and I’m part way through the second. Now I hate to put it down!
  3. I love my Doctor Who mug my friend gave me for Christmas! I drink tea or coffee from it on a daily basis.
  4. New hat! Got it on Ebay.
  5. Design, design, design! My time is normally occupied with web design and development, but I do posters, ads, logos, etc., too. This month I started working on some designs to help promote my services to the resale industry! That venture is still a work in progress, but I’m excited about it.
  6. More design! These are for a really cool website I’m working on (I love implementing hand-drawn elements into my designs).
  7. We finally got some snow! It didn’t stick around for long, but it was still pretty.
  8. Snow turned to sleet and freezing rain. My friend who lives about 30 minutes out of the city stayed the night with me so she wouldn’t have to drive home on black ice. We played scrabble and watched Doctor Who. A fun, much need night with my best friend.
  9. My mom makes THE BEST homemade granola. No, really, it’s the best. I won’t buy granola anymore.


READING: Lord of the Rings, A List Apart series for web designers, I Break for Yard Sales, and still waiting on the arrival of Blog, Inc. – Amazon notified me 2 weeks after purchase that it’s not in stock, and the Ebay seller I bought it from after that has disappeared off the planet.

WATCHING: Downton Abbey! That’s about it until Doctor Who starts back up…apart from travel shows on the local PBS station (my weakness! I have an enduring case of the travel bug). I also have a HGTV weakness – Property Brothers, Color Splash, Flea Market Flip, Extreme Homes). Oh, and American Pickers. But I really don’t watch that much TV, I promise.

NEW BLOG FINDS: Frolic, Life, etc., Raspberry and Red, So Lead Us There, Day to Day, Virginie’s Cinema, The Caffeinated Closet

LUSTING: Madewell colorful spring sneakers, awesome water bottle, fun camera lens, a neat DIY book (with a beautifully illustrated cover), and always and forever, a letterpress.

OH, OH OH, and check this out. My mom found this blog where I was featured as a good source of design inspiration (see #4)! WHAT? Cool!

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Weekend Links!

photo taken at Catawba Falls Trail, Old Fort, NC

Occasionally, I remember I wrote this several years ago and it makes me happy.

Seating makeover! I painted and reupholstered this stool (except mine was white with with an ugly faded black pleather seat) to make this lovely. I just spray painted it copper and stapled some new fabric to the seat.

Completely random, but Ebay got a little makeover.It’s not major, but I’m a graphic designer so I immediately noticed.

I often wish I could just transplant a Madewell store into my closet. Check out their fall style tips.

Have you seen this Bad Lip Reading video of the presidential debate? Such ridiculousness. Also check out BLR’s other videos if you never have – the Twilight one is funny, and the Micheal Bublé one…well, you’ll just have to see for yourself.

Pretty pictures! And a good source of fashion inspiration.

I think I need to read this article…but I don’t have time. 😛