Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The best Christmas gift I never got

In honor of the holiday season, I thought I would share with you the best Christmas present I never received. Don't get me wrong, all of our Christmas's were wonderful growing up and for the most part, Santa seemed to get me those things I wished for on my list each year; Strawberry Shortcake, Cabbage Patch Dolls, Rainbow Bright, etc, etc. But this particular year I remember being just a little ticked off at poor old Santa Claus, for I was in love with Bo and Luke Duke and nothing made me more happy than some good ol' Dukes paraphernalia. You could imagine my disappointment as my brother opened his gift. A brand spankin' new General Lee! WHAT?!?!? How did HE get the General Lee? No one showed more luv to the Duke boys than I did!

Anyway, I remember bawling my eyes out, when finally my mom tried to appease me by letting me HOLD the General Lee for a picture. I guess it seemed to work, as I look pretty darn happy to be doing so.

My revenge came 30 years later, by the way. I bought a General Lee car last year for mysel....I mean, my son.

May you enjoy making holiday memories with family and friends. From my home to yours, YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEHAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

Friday, December 18, 2009

The Latest

The latest web design

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Mommy thoughts

So, I'm just wondering...why do we always refer to pregnancy in terms of 9 months? Who thought of that? I've always been curious about that. For those of us that are well aware, a normal pregnancy is 40 weeks. 4 weeks in a month x 10 months = 40 weeks. 10 months!

(ok, ok, I understand "full term" is technically earlier, I understand LMP and all that jazz....I'm just saying.)

This very random thought brought to you by a 32 week pregnant lady, who's not complaining; I consider being pregnant the most amazing and blessed thing in the world...but, I'm just saying....

10 months.

Photo snagged from LeeDaniels on iStock.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A classic

Aw, Aunt Bethany. I love you as much as cousin Eddie.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Merry Photography Exhibit

In a much more merry tone than my last post, I'm proud to share that my girl Tami is having her Senior Show this month, featuring her dynamic photography. As all fellow designers know, your Senior Exhibit is a very important time in your life, as it showcases your work from the past 4...or 5....or 6 years of your college career. Blood, sweat, tears and RELIEF!

Congrats Tami as you start your full-time design career! May all your hard work pay off as you enter the transition from student to professional!!

If you're looking for something to do this holiday season, stop by 62 Doors Gallery and take a look at the exhibit.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

A Wednesday Web Rant

It's never fun when a client decides to leave and take their businesses to another provider, but it happens. My philosophy is that I hope we did all we can do to help them and provide a remarkable product for them, but in the end, if they choose to go elsewhere that is their prerogative and I wish them well.

But, there is one thing that DOES bother me in those cases and I don't blame it on the client per se. I blame it on the next developer. And usually I blame it on the 'non-designer' developer because I would hope that a fellow designer would have enough sense and respect to know better. Don't get me wrong. Each of us have our place in web world. I completely respect and admire developers and programmers. I love it even more when we all work together to produce a fantastic end product. But there are waaaaay too many one-stop-shops in web world today. And as the lines get blurred, the quality does too.

As a designer, we make choices for reasons. Each graphic, each photo, each font choice is specifically chosen to cohesively fit the overall brand and the overall design. Everything works together for a reason. When a new developer takes over and pieces together a 'redesigned' site, using some of the same graphic elements that you had originally designed, well, it annoys me. Seriously, if you are going to redesign it, come up with your own. Don't half-ass play off what has already been done. Each element loses its aesthetic value when it is bastardized and incorporated into another design. Not to mention, when you take the already compressed JPG and stretch it and re-save it and re-compress it, you lose quality.

It's such a tough case. There are so many web companies who can claim their worth in developing a website. But unfortunately, they don't have a lick of design background. They are developers, programmers, etc. Consumers sometimes don't know the difference and they definitely don't respect the difference.

For those of you that don't....I will never be able to explain it to you. But you'll know when you see it. You won't know why it speaks to you differently, but it will. That site, my friends, has been touched by a designer and more thought than you'll ever realize has been put into it. And to the next developer, don't recycle it either.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Talented Friend

Today's featured friend is Mr. Sean Thorenson and his recently launched blog, Inklings. His amazing sketches, along with quirky insights to daily occurrences, makes for a fun daily read! I'm not sure why I haven't featured Sean before as he has RIDICULOUS talent.

Check out his blog here and his site here.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

My Kooky Christmas Decor

Thought I would share my latest holiday creation. It's a little goofy, but it works. Go to Hobby Lobby, buy some stuff, throw it in a vase and Wha La!
Ps. This was inspired by my mom, who did a similar, but more traditional version at her house. She's really finding a creative side lately! You go, Lynnie!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

My Quotable Kid

I keep telling myself that I need to write down all the funny and imaginative things my three year old has been saying lately and now I've found the perfect place to do so! I can't wait to receive it and try to catch up on all the things he's said so far. The kid just cracks me up sometimes. His personality is so awesome.

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