Entries in Dallas (5)

Thursday
Jul102014

Steel City Pops / Dallas

This summer is really starting to get... well... hot. With heat in the hundreds everyday this week we are running out of ways to stay cool. And I am totally starting to lose my marbles. We took the boys to Steel City Pops on lower Greenville this week to get a cold, sweet treat. Henry loved it and got it everywhere. Of course. Best way to eat a popsicle. Unless, you order chocolate and are wearing white shorts... then it kinda just looks like you had a terrible accident. As was the case with me. Blueberry Basil, Lemonade, and Cherry Sour Cream are my favorite flavors so far. 

Anyway, we are trying our best to enjoy the sun while it is blazing. I am not a big fan of cold and winter so I try not to complain when it gets hot. No matter how hot it gets. Popsicles, swimming pools, big floppy hats and more popsicles. That is my plan for getting through the summer while retaining at least a couple of my remaining marbles. And just in case you are worried that I give my kids too much sugar, I will also let you know that I also let them watch a movie (or 2) in the afternoon (everyday) while the sun is at it's worst. That's how we do. That's how we get by. Summa time! and the living is easy... yeah.  

Sunday
Apr272014

The Farm

It seemed like a lot of things didn't work out the way I expected them to this month... Mostly just as far as work goes. Please, nobody get me wrong here! I LOVE LOVE LOVE my job and I am so grateful to all of the people that I am able to work with, the last thing I could even think to complain about is my job! ... but sometimes being a designer can suck the life out of you. A good designer knows you just can't let that happen. But sometimes it can. After designing for other people for so long you can't remember what your own style is anymore. You aren't making things just for fun, you are making things to make a client happy... and that's when you get stuck in a rut and you just gotta break away. it's nice to just go do something you are passionate about and let it inspire you. Not to make money. Not to help someone else make money. Not for a grade or a job or a friend or any other reason. You just have to leave your desk, find something out in the world that makes you happy and be inspired by it. Make something just for the sake of making something. It's a guaranteed rut obliterater. 

Conor built a Mid Century inspired chicken coop last week for our 4 chickens. This week I just had to get away and do something different. We told Henry to put his cowboy boots on because we were heading to the farm. We drove about an hour outside of the city and picked up 2 new silkies. I have been dying to get my hands on some silky chickens. On the way home (while the chickens wrestled each other in an emptied diaper box) I planned a photo shoot and a catalogue and a packaging design for our eggs... I let my imagination run wild. What would it be like to design for a chicken? I lined our girls up in the backyard on white foam core board and snapped photo after photo, trying to get their personality just right. Call me absolutely insane for all of my chicken shenanigans but damn, it felt good to do something creative just for creativity's sake. 

Maybe I'll share the final catalogue in my portfolio someday... maybe you'll see a pretend magazine spread of our "coop tour" ... who knows... For now I am rejuvinated. For now I feel ready to jump back in to designing for other people again. I seriously can't wait to get rolling on May's projects! I have some pretty interesting clients lined up! Wahoo! 

Saturday
Apr052014

Winter Water Factory + Giveaway

The boys and I just got back from our 2 week vacation to Portland. I grew in a small town just outside of Portland so I consider the North West my stomping grounds. We go back often to visit family and friends. I love it there. I love it there so much I often wonder why we don't live there!? The first week we were there it was absolutely beautiful! After living in Dallas for the past year I am always surprised at how the beauty of a place can really take my breath away. Literally, it will catch me so off guard that I feel like I might cry. (Dear Dallas, you are so good to us but you aren't the prettiest place we have ever lived. Sorry. I love you for other reasons.) Then, the second week we were there it rained. Constantly. And then I remembered why I don't live there. I love the sun. I often think of myself as someone who follows the sun wherever it goes. I am drawn to it, hence the move to Hawaii the minute I graduated from high school. (and Dallas, that is why I like you most, you are nothing if not sunny!)

I love that in Dallas I can take my kids to the park everyday. Or play in the back yard while our funny little chickens cluck around us. Yesterday we stayed at the park all afternoon. I just let Henry run around with his little friends while I lay on a blanket with some other mommy friends talking about our day. When we got home I put Wayne in his crib and got Henry a few books to look at while I made dinner. The sun shining in their window was perfect so I decided to snap a few pictures.  I want to remember days like this forever. I spend a lot of time wondering why I am in the place I am - physically, emotionally, spiritually. How did I get here? What am I supposed to learn from this? But yesterday afternoon I didn't wonder at all. The warm sun beaming in the window, the grass stains on Henry's little gray pants and the smell of my warm baby content in his crib reassured me I was exactly where I was supposed to be.

The boys are wearing Winter Water Factory clothing in these photos. Have you heard of them? Their cute little spring line is out and has the cutest prints and patterns for girls and boys. To celebrate their new line we are giving away a $100 gift card to their store. To enter the giveaway like their Facebook page or their Instagram feed and then leave a comment here letting me know which item (or item(s)) you would buy with the gift card! Only one entry per person. The winner will be chosen at random and announced here on Friday the 11th by the end of the day.

Friday
Jan172014

Chicken Scratch // Eating Dallas

One of our favorite places to eat in Dallas is Chicken Scratch. We like to take any visitors we get there to try their amazing chicken and waffles. It is always a nice place to go with kids too because it has a little outdoor play area where kids can climb on tires, and hang on monkey bars and throw gravel at each other. The play area isn't terribly big but it is enough space to let your kid act like a kid and not worry too much about them getting hurt or getting in anyone's way. Right next door is The Foundry where you can get strong drinks. The Foundry and Chicken Scratch open up to the same seating area with large couches, a stage, and huge picnic tables. In the summer they have large fans blowing and big umbrellas up to keep you cool, in the winter - wear a coat. This is a place I highly recommend trying if you are ever in Dallas. Happy Friday!

Sunday
Dec162012

Eating Dallas

I started a new feed on Instagram called #eatingdallas. If you are in the Metroplex and you happen to be eating something really tasty share it with the rest of us! I've said it before and I'll say it again - I am here for the food. "Here" being pretty much wherever I am. I love eating out and trying new restaurants! So, let me know where and what is the best in Dallas! I plan on periodically doing some instagram mash ups of people's photos as they start to tag them.

Also - I just can't not say anything on my blog about this last Friday's tragedy. It's got me in a real funk. I know I need to continue to look for the beauty in the world and not give in to despair but that really made my heart hurt. Something that I learned from my best friend after she lost her baby to Cystic Fibrosis is that you cannot compare grief. While this situation is definitely very horrible and more visible than a lot of other situations - everyone is fighting a hard battle and we need to remember to be kind to others. Love. Love and forgive as much as we can. That is where the beauty is. And that is how we can do our small part to help in the healing process after such sadness. That is what I will be working on this week. More than I'd like to admit I need to forgive and forget and let the tiny beautiful things that life has to offer shine. And just love.