Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The latest....sort of

Sometimes you put a lot of thought and effort into a design and for some unforeseen reason, the public may never get to see it. Well, that could very well be the case with this little web design I did for a bar and grill/showhall....and because I really liked the way it turned out, I thought I would share it with you anyway.
It was going to be a cool site....

To build a community bowl or not to build a community bowl

Hot topic in my little town. Decide for yourself at the YP Power Hour in a few weeks. Here's the flyer I designed for the event.

Monday, April 21, 2008

You wanna make a memory?

I was feeling pretty lousy this weekend, but we had Bon Jovi and Daughtry tickets and I was bound and determined to go and have a good time, despite my cold. On the way down to Fargo, I kept wondering if I should be going, but in the true spirit of Bon Jovi, "I'll sleep when I'm dead." That just had to be my mantra for the weekend.

Little did we know that the man himself would sing the song, "You want to make a memory" and "Bed of Roses" just a few feet in front of us on a side stage.

Well, the concert was unbelievable. And just as awesome was the time I got to spend with my cousin. You can't take away those moments....and this was one that will last a lifetime.
We truly did make a memory.

Friday, April 18, 2008

The latest

Here's my latest web design

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Re-re-re-re decorating

I found yet another magazine that I want to order. It's called Wonder time. While browsing through it yesterday in a waiting room, I also found an awesome rug that I wish I could buy for my son's room. For those of you that know me well, I have an obsession with decorating which may or may not get me into trouble. (buying new things to re-decorate every few years) I call it my Grandma Gwen syndrome. (my relies understand the term) But I also do it on a very tight budget as my eyes are definitely bigger then my wallet. I suppose I should just stick to re-designing in my head...much cheaper that way! Another great trick I use it to move things from one room to another to make it feel 're-done'. This has worked well for me. Little things can always make a difference. This weekend, I removed my son's rug, added different bedding and threw a red gingham sheet over his rocking chair to make his room a little more big boy-ish and not so much like a nursery. Some small ideas, but they changed the look quite a bit.

Anywho.......considering his rug that I just had to have from Crate and Barrel is only a few years old, I am sure I won't actually purchase another one, but it is a good find that I had to share.
Check out the rug and other items on this cool site.

A fun font game

If you can stand how slow it is, here is a fun font game. I think I only got 24 out of 34. :-( I wonder if I would have done better if I worked on a mac?

(thanks, Thorenson)

Monday, April 14, 2008

I'm going green....sort of

In an effort to stay true to this blog and post all things that I find aesthetically pleasing, I'm bringing to your attention the 2008 Masters champion, Trevor Immelman.

Makes me want to watch more golf....
image snagged from The Masters

WE DREAM event

Some friends of mine started WE DREAM and are now joining up with StudioX for a performance on May 16th and 17th. Catch it if you can. Should be a great event....

Friday, April 11, 2008

Photoshop blog

Just found this blog thanks to Just Add Wine.

Good stuff


Just curious

Does anyone ever read this?

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

The Optimist Creed

Promise Yourself-
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

Monday, April 7, 2008

My favorite new thing!

Nursery tours!

Thanks to ohdeedoh, you can take a tour of nurseries submitted by parents. Design and decorating and babies.....oh I love it!
(Image snagged from ohdeedoh reader Sara)

Found on Etsy...very cool!

I ran across John Golden's stuff on Etsy. I am now a fan! I also saw his stuff in the Parents magazine which featured a nursery design that really caught my eye, too! Great stuff!

His stuff on Etsy

Friday, April 4, 2008

Of days gone by

I have a fascination with old photography. I don't know what it is about it, but it simply captivates me. I love those greeting cards that they are making now with old black and white images from the 60s. But even better, is looking through the same photos of my very own family...my mom and dad, grandparents, etc. Perhaps it is the simplicity of it all that intrigues me. Or maybe it is fun to see my heritage and what my parents looked like as children. I look at photos of my mother-in-law as a child and I can see my son in her eyes. It's amazing.

Recently, we lost a very special person to cancer. We loved him very much. His life was an inspiration to us all. I'm still in awe of everything that he did in his lifetime. He was an entrepreneur, an adventurer, and a successful business-man. He lived life to the fullest. But most of all, he was one of the most caring and generous men I have ever met. He had this purity to him and was genuinely interested in the lives of others around him.

I had the honor to look through some of the photos from his life. Some of the imagery is so sweet. I thought I would share it with you.

Thursday, April 3, 2008


Here's my new Uppercase Living embellishment in my bathroom! This comes as a horizontal piece, but I used it vertically. (chocolate brown)

If you would like to see this or any other Uppercase Living, you can view the catalog online using my Demonstrator info: Simply visit http://www.uppercaseliving.com/ and click on Customer Login on the bottom right corner. Enter my info before you register....

Demonstrator ID: 211004

Registration Token: Brekke


Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Tiny Tantrums

Well, the day has come. My sweet little boy is starting to show his anger in the form of a tantrum. On the floor, kicking and screaming, crying tantrums. So, I was asking my girlfriend today what I should do. This is new territory for me, after all. We discussed how to handle the situation with a little one that doesn't know how to communicate yet. Time-outs? Ignore it? Try to talk calmly?

My solution yesterday was to leave and go to the next room. After realizing that I wasn't there to witness his behavior, he picked himself up, followed me into the next room and layed right back down and continued on his rant. It was just like, "No, mom, you need to sit and watch me freak out." This little process lasted from the kitchen to the living room to the bedroom until he finally realized it was too much work to keep up!

As a mom, you always second guess if you are doing the right thing or handling the situation in the best manner. But today I just happened to get an email with this great information from other moms going through the same thing!

Check it out at parent center

If there are other moms (or dads) out there with advice, I'd welcome your comments!!