Winifred Bean Weekly Wedding Looks

posted by on 07.26.2012, under DIY, Fashion, Weddings

I love the weekly wedding looks from the Winifred Bean girls.  Every week they invite someone to pull together a look for their gorgeous wedding dress line and this week they’ve featured my look!

I styled the Vintage Inspired Winifred Bean Dress, which is actually the Audrey Blouse and Descending Silk Skirt (I love that it’s a skirt.)

It’s so elegant and chic and I didn’t think it needed much accessorizing.  The shoes are a glitter DIY from Could I Have That and I adore that tiny Catbird ring.

Here are some more of my favorite weekly wedding looks from Winifred Bean:

Look by Catbird


Look by The English Department

Look by Plum Tree Wedding




Winifred Bean + Oatmeal Lace Clutch Giveaway!

posted by on 07.11.2012, under Weddings

I SCOURED the internet looking for a handmade clutch for my wedding.  I’d spend hours looking every week, never finding the perfect one.

Well you brides of today are in luck because our friends over at Winifred Bean are having a custom handmade clutch giveaway sponsored by Oatmeal Lace!

This lovely clutch is one of a kind – look how pretty.  AND it’s designed by Winifred Bean!

Click here to find out how to enter.

Have fun and good luck!



before midnight

posted by on 06.27.2012, under Art, Independent, Sketchbook


i’m doing it again — signing up for another city to city project. i feel delighted, and also there’s a twinge of guilt. i’ve accepted that i’ll wait until the last minute to work on my book. the shame.

but good things happen from this!






old sketchbooks inspire me. a couple of our past themes will be in animation pre-production this year! like caterpillars, they become butterflies.

so i’m signing up for the 2013 sketchbook project before midnight. i want that little free sleeping bag.



4 years ago

posted by on 05.24.2012, under Love

4 years ago Pat proposed to me right here!  Today, I have a cold, so after he made me some tea and toast, I crawled out of bed and we hugged in this spot to reminisce.

Back then, we were building our house and this fireplace was just a pile of stones.  We were holding hands as we imagined what our first house was going to be like when he got down on one knee.

We were engaged for about 10 minutes when we took this picture.  Then we ran out to buy our first champagne glasses.

(I accidentally deleted my entire photo library in 2009, so this picture of a picture will have to do.)



happy mother’s day

posted by on 05.13.2012, under Holiday wishes, Love

dear mom,

wow, you look like you had your hands full!

thank you for your patience, having to do everything twice and doing it with such love and grace.

happy mother’s day!


noey + joy

A girl needs a gun

posted by on 05.04.2012, under Girls With Guns

{via urbanalchemyart }

transforming life into gold.

have a weekend,

xx ~joy

Joy and James

posted by on 04.24.2012, under Love, Weddings

It’s been about a week and I’m sure most of you have heard by now, but I wanted to congratulate my sister Joy and her fiancé James on their engagement with this funny picture I took upstate last week.  This adorable poem reminded me of them.

Love you guys!  So excited for you!



Avocado Anything

posted by on 04.03.2012, under Random, You're Welcome., Yum Yum

I recently saw this post on The Kitchn called 10 ways to eat an avocado for breakfast.

Obviously, it got me thinking.

I made a variation of the Avocado Toast, doing my best to capture the yumminess of the moment with my iPhone.

Avocado Toast

1 – 2 slices of multi-grain bread (toasted or not)
1/4 avocado
1/2 cucumber cut into rounds (with or without skin)
handful cherry tomatoes cut into small rounds and sautéed in 1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp light cream cheese for toast (optional)
drizzle with olive oil
a pinch kosher salt
freshly ground pepper

I added scrambled eggs for some extra protein.

Scrambled Eggs

2 eggs scrambled
sprinkle with dill (optional)
a pinch kosher salt
freshly ground pepper

I topped it off with a coffee and a fancy champagne flute of orange juice.  It was a nice way to start the day.



project: door-table

posted by on 04.02.2012, under Apt/Home, Home

For the past few months I’ve had this dream to replace my tiny computer desk and even tinier drawing desk with one large farmhouse table.  Switching back and forth between the two disrupted my workflow and made me very cranky.  So a few weeks ago, my dear friend Beth and I went on a craigslist-find adventure to get this door-table!

It was in pretty rough shape when we got it home.  I got some supplies and spent a nice little Saturday giving it a bath and sanding it down.

I have no idea how old this door is, but there were so many layers of paint that I probably could have sanded it forever and still uncovered new colors; mint green, pink, blue and the natural wood make the prettiest combinations.

The seller also threw in a piece of custom-cut glass so I can enjoy all of these colors without my computer things wobbling on the uneven surface of the door.

Total cost of the door-table, sanding and cleaning supplies – under $120.  I love craigslist.

Thanks for helping me out, Beth!  Working is now a dream.



The Sugar Twins

posted by on 03.20.2012, under Art

This is a great “everyday” card by one of my favorite illustrators, Carrie Gifford, founder of Red Cap Cards.  She’s inspired by her childhood memories, her chihuahua, Bartleby, and her dad’s mustache.

More Carrie Gifford cards here!  She is also a children’s book illustrator at Writer’s House.

Some favorites.

I’m finding these very inspirational at the moment as Joy and I go on to illustrate our first children’s book with writer Rhoda Ostashever.  But that’s another story for another day, little ones.



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