Thursday, January 29, 2009

A wonderful photographer, Jill Ferry



I absolutely love texture and botanicals, so when I stumbled across this photographer on Flickr, I had to share some of my favorites. If you have a few moments, go explore her sets. I'm particularly fond of the Seeds and Weeds set. Just lovely.

images Jill Ferry via Flickr. She has a few items for sale at Red Bubble.
I think she has just inspired me to pick up a paint brush again. Not a camera, but a paintbrush. Hey, I'll take inspiration wherever/whenever I can!




Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Featured site: Humble

Check out this great site. And check out their Demo Reel for spots they've produced. Good stuff.
Thanks to my sr. creative director for the share.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Billy Chuck


I'm featuring this work by Billy Chuck because it illustrates how I feel today. Not literally. But how else can I express ^&)(#$%@#$*%#(#$^!@#$@!#&^%&(^&

Friday, January 23, 2009

I think I have a new hero



If you're a designer, you must take time to watch this presentation by Paula Scher. Absolutely brilliant.

Serious vs. solemn

From her typography style, to incorporating type into interiors (um, HELLO), to the fact that she needed to find an outlet for all the solemness through painting and then even that lost its appeal once it became a "job"..... I'm soooo relating to you, sister!

Love, love, love.

Fun in North Dakota

A picture from a friend....I thought it was hilarious. This makes for a good "Comment Your Caption"

So, go ahead. Comment your caption. This should provide you with some good material.


A new day in stem cell research

I'm currently listening to the segment on the Ed Schultz's Show on stem cell research. Is this the first of many new changes under the new administration? According to some stories online, Obama's adminstration had "nothing to do with the U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration's granting permission for the new study". Regardless, progress is happening, as human stem cell research is moving forward.

This new research, from what I understand, is geared toward paraplegics. But what this means for many others could be a new sign of hope, specifically for those with juvenile diabetes. My friend has two daughters that suffer from juvenile diabetes and I've personally seen the effects of this terrible disease. I believe that the go-ahead with ss research will make them very excited today. So, whether it was because of the change in adminstration or not, it's a new day in America...and it's exciting!

Read an article on this development here.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Of course she's #1


The lovely Lab came in as America's number one breed again this year, with the Golden Retriever coming in at a close 4th. Our baby is the perfect combination of both! Of course, she's always been #1 in our book.

To check out the rest of the top ten, go here.

#1: Labrador Retriever
The gentle, intelligent and family-friendly Labrador retriever is the most popular breed in the United States for the 18th consecutive year, according to American Kennel Club registration statistics.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Come On Get Higher



I've loved this song ever since I first heard Sugarland's version.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

May the light shine on our 44th

image from the inauguration video coverage on MSNBC.com

Uppercase Living Growth Chart


I had to share my most favorite new item in the 2009 catalog. It's the Cornstalk Growth Chart! How adorable for all those little farmers out there. Of course we are going to order it for our little Nebraska Cornhusker fan. Ha!
[ pg. 64 of catalog ] "Have you ever watched a cornfield in the summer? The stalks seem to get taller overnight. It's the same with kids. As you watch them grow, prepare to be amazed. "


Friday, January 16, 2009

Facebook: like e-mail and antiperspirant

There's a great article on Slate about those that have yet to join Facebook. I admit I was one of them about a year or so ago. At first I thought it was creepy, too complicated, and too time consuming. I had the same reasoning that many in this article have. Recently, I've had many conversations about privacy, business applications, how much is too much, "friend" dilemmas, and seen photos that I'm sure have scarred me for life. (TMI!)

So, why did I change my mind? I remember seeing our CEO on Facebook and thinking that if he's on Facebook, then it must be ok. ;-) And now I'm one of millions that make Facebook as much a part of my life as a daily cup of coffee. I am still learning the ins and outs of this amazingly powerful application. I feel bad for my poor little MySpace page that has been tossed aside and forgotten about.

For those of you that have yet to jump on the bandwagon, I enjoyed some of this author's analogies...
The site has crossed a threshold—it is now so widely trafficked that it's fast becoming a routine aide to social interaction, like e-mail and antiperspirant. It's only the most recent of many new technologies that have crossed over this stage. For a long while from about the late '80s to the late-middle '90s, Wall Street to Jerry Maguire-carrying a mobile phone seemed like a haughty affectation. But as more people got phones, they became more useful for everyone—and then one day enough people had cell phones that everyone began to assume that you did, too. Your friends stopped prearranging where they would meet up on Saturday night because it was assumed that everyone would call from wherever they were to find out what was going on. From that moment on, it became an affectation not to carry a mobile phone; they'd grown so deeply entwined with modern life that the only reason to be without one was to make a statement by abstaining. Facebook is now at that same point—whether or not you intend it, you're saying something by staying away.


Read the full article from Farhad Manjoo here.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Always learning

I'm currently working on feeding my blog posts to my Facebook page...

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Bob goes bonkers on the Biggest Loser



I have to admit, there aren't many shows that I watch regularly anymore. Two-year-olds don't allow for much TV time, unless it's the Wiggles or Thomas the Train. But, I do try and catch The Biggest Loser. I've watched every season. And yes, each time I watch I feel like I should be on the treadmill rather then sitting on butt watching TV. Oh well.

If you don't watch it and don't know Bob, he is one of the two personal trainers. His personality is pretty awesome and he's known as the calm, zen-like trainer, while Jillian is the hard-ass. Bob has always reminded me of my hubby's personality in a way and I imagine they probably train the same way.

Anyway, on last night's episode, Bob lost it and WENT OFF on one of the contestants. I think I would have, too, with all the jabbering she does. It was halarious! And I know this is a TV show and pretty much everything is surely scripted, but I still thought his rant and frustration seemed genuine...

I'm going to run for 30 seconds now. A full 30 seconds. I'll do it for you, Bob!

Monday, January 12, 2009

A laugh or two

I received these in an email today and thought they were funny. Laugh out loud today!






Friday, January 9, 2009

Uppercase Living Keepsake Kit available for a limited time


They're only little once, and while they're so small, you'll want to capture each moment and make it a memory. That's why I'm pleased to offer the Little Hands Keepsake Kit, exclusively through Uppercase Living. This charming pack contains everything you need to create a memorable off-the-wall project. And now for a limited time, you can purchase this kit (a $50 value) for just $25 when you purchase $50 or more in product. Please contact me for more information.

Perfect for: New Moms, Grandmother/Grandparent, Yourself, Birthday, Mother's Day, Valentine's Day, Baby Shower, Just Because...

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Tops in Tourism

The North Dakota Toursim site I designed was recently recognized by another design blog.

Two college students studying at the University of Hartford recently analyzed each state's government-run tourism websites. In their recent posting to their blog, "Build Internet.com," they named the top 22 "finest of the bunch." North Dakota Tourism's website, an iNet creation, was ranked #12. Check out the blog posting for this and other well designed tourism sites.

About Build Internet:Build Internet is a blog centered around web design, development, and business.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

New 2009 Uppercase Living catalog is here!


The new Uppercase Living catalog is here and it's awesome!! There are a bunch of new expressions, including a whole Professional (salon/spa/teachers, etc,) section. You may now order any expression in an "etched glass" glass look. The new catalog also offers more accessories and a few new colors. You can check it all out on my personal UL website.