Friday, January 20, 2012

Something Soothing for Friday

Every now and then, music can really shift my attitude. Or my state of mind. Or my perception of reality. These are two songs that have wooed me to a state of calm productivity during some of my more discouraging work days.

Called Out In The Dark by Snow Patrol ---hilarious video

After Tonight by Justin Nozuka -- super talented kid

This week's recap :

Someone is 28! Boom.

Interview from Home in Style Magazine

Tweeting and pink hair.

Everyone have a soothing weekend!


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Tweeting in Cincinnati

Did 28-year-olds miss the Twitter boat by a few years? Very few of my friends are on Twitter, but my (younger) sisters and their friends are. Is it regional? Everyone in LA tweets. It appears that my geographic contemporaries don't really care about tweeting. However.

Now I'm on Twitter, and I rejoice. My account with host updates for L-Hop Designs, The Up-Cycled Pillow, MHHM, and other goofy things. #getstoked

Haha, just practicing.


Just for the sake visual interest in this post, check my pink tips from my birthday night. I used Kevin Murphey's Color Bug (it's like washable chair chalk).

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Chevron Interview

Before the turn of the year, I was interviewed by a media outlet in regards to the Chevron pattern. Several publications picked up the story and published it. Unfortunately, they call me Lisa Lagenhop, but I swear it is me!

Check out the article and let me know what you think. I love Chevron, as evidenced by my Bonus Chevron Guide post.

Home In Style Magazine (p 4-5) : 

Home Style in The Gettysburg Times

Trend Watch in The Florida Times Union



Monday, January 16, 2012

28 in 2012

Happy Birthday Martin Luther King, Jr.! As I'm about to go into ramblings about something more personal, I don't want to forgo today's national celebration. I really think MLKJ was one of the greatest American heroes.

No, it's not because his national holiday often falls on my own birthday. 

Today I am 28! I love my January birthday because I can almost exclusively associate each year of my life with an entire calendar year. I will 28 for all but 15 days of 2012. It segments my life into nice, yearly chunks.

Last year my birthday was a little difficult to swallow; something seemed intimidating about 27...At 27 I was leaving my middle 20s. Young adult really didn't apply anymore. HOWEVER, I am all about it for 28! Maturity no longer sounds boring, but more like a tool for the way I actually want to live.

Suck on that for a while (mature people can still say stuff like that, right? :)

Here are my goals for 2012/my time being 28 years old:
  • Be a woman, not a girl.
  • Raise and give money to the Tree of Giving Orphanage we discovered in Haiti on our last trip. (More to come on this later).
  • Be in shape enough to outrun or fight off any sort of bad guy (more to come on this one too.)
  • Expand my freelancing business. (Again more to come. Wholly goodness you are getting a lot of teasers today.)
  • Use the Bible to form my perspectives and priorities.
  • Handle these goals appropriately. 

Happy 2012 everyone, a little belated, but in my backwards head, this year is just beginning!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Something Happy for Friday | My New Desktop

I am so pleased to be back and rolling with the blog. Finally a week with more than zero posts. :)

Today, let me introduce you to the work of Jing Wei. Jing Wei is a new addition to my favorite illustrators list. This image is actually even my new desktop. I can't help but feel happy and giggly with it. It's the perfect vision of summer to get through the current state of winter drabness. See more of Jing Wei's work.

The week's recap :
  1. I've been eating biscotti all week thanks to this experiment.
  2. Thanks to all the people and blogs that have shared my projects this month.
  3. Oopse! I finally posted the winner of The Up-Cycled Pillow Giveaway!

Have a happy weekend!

Oh, and here are a few more awesome pieces from Jing Wei :


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Up-Cycled Pillow Give Away Contest Winner!

**Critical Blogger's error! I wrote this about two weeks ago and failed to publish it. This post has just been sitting around waiting for me to notice it, which I finally did thanks to Kelley. Thanks Kelley!

It's time to announce the winner of The Up-Cycled Pillow Giveaway! Thanks to everyone who entered.

The winner is Ashely Pitkin Clark! Yeah Ashley! Ashley shoot me an email at to claim your prize. 

Insider tip : I have about 15 pillows sewn awaiting photography before they go up...maybe this weekend. Watch for new stuff!

Monday, January 9, 2012

A Shout Out for My Shout Outs

Back in December I posted here about the new Hunger Games shirts I opened up to Etsy. Since then so many people have been awesome to feature the item on their blogs, so I just wanted to share the love and point you in their direction.

Thank you The Stir at CafeMom!
15 Ways to Wear 'Hunger Games' Fashions without Looking Crazy

Thank you! (This blog is great! It's my new source for YA literary updates.)
A FYA Christmas and Holiday Give Guide

Thank you! (This entry is me at least :)
Cute Team Peeta Shirt on Etsy

Thank you!
Gift Guide to the Hunger Games

My friend Sara made me her featured designer this week! I feel so honored! Be sure to check out her sweet family blog, Our Bloomin' Lives:
Featured Designer

Again, thanks to everyone!

I just want to throw out there how much literary fun the Hunger Games has implanted in my life. Instead of my girlfriends and I discussing literature (which is awesome), now our man friends are in on the action too (including Husband! I found him like this the other day.).


Friday, January 6, 2012

Bring Back Biscotti

For years I have scoffed at biscotti. Why would you bake or buy a cookie so hard that the only way to even taste it is by dipping it into even more calories? If you try to scarf biscotti you will break your teeth. Aren't cookies innately for scarfing?!

And here in comes my change of mind. Maybe....some cookies are for savoring, not scarfing. I found myself so curious, after the breaking of this new consideration, to experiment. Biscotti is a cookie created for eating slowly, for mingling flavors, and for interactive eating. What a mature cookie!

For those of you, like me, who are bad with recipes but good with food spontaneity, it is easy to get stuck in a food rut. I start to use only ingredients and cooking skills that I already know. So, though I'm not really comfortable doing it, I make myself use a recipe every now and again. This time, biscotti was the goal.

I made two recipes from this page on NPR : Not All Biscotti Are Created Equal. The page also outlines some tips and cookie history. (Side note I halved each of these recipes and used really strong coffee instead of the coffee extract.)

Maple Walnut Biscotti with Maple Icing

 Chocolate Dipped Espresso Biscotti with Kahlua Icing

And I love them. The flavors mix a little differently every time to dip it. Use coffee or milk!

They are so good, I've made grand plans for them:

1. Coffee bar for girls small group gathering.
2. Boozy coffee night with girl friends.
3. New Years gifts to neighbors.

I'm not sure, but I think it's time to bring biscotti back. The cookie of the mature pallet :)

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