happy spring

Easter Egg Tree

Newly-vaccinated, my parents came for a visit after more than a year of no travel. They had planned to visit Boulder for spring break last year, but cancelled due to a new virus sweeping across the world. My folks flew in amid a brewing storm, arriving just in time for giant flakes to start falling, coating the flatirons in a dusting of white. March is the wettest month in Boulder, and this year broke no rules. Heavy, wet snow sat on tree limbs, leaving scattered and broken branches around the neighborhood.

My mom is always up for a craft. We decided to make a little Easter installation, an ode to spring. We ventured out in the cold afternoon and collected broken limbs to hang decorated eggs from. I love a bare, gray branch, stoic and waiting for its time to bloom. And the sparkly, colorful eggs contrast brightly against the bare twigs. (See the how-to on Glitter Easter Eggs here.)

Spring equals excitement and anticipation. I want to get out and clean the yard, but I have to wait until the snow has melted and the ground firms up. It’s so ugly, all brown and soggy. But the idea of the color and joy that will come gives me goosebumps. I have to make do growing things indoors. Soon I will be able to go outside and tidy the yard. Until then, I’ll admire the shiny Easter eggs and dream of renewal.

tough times

I’ve shed a lot of tears this past week. Texts and calls from friends reaching out to see if my family and I are okay after the shooting in Boulder open me up, but I welcome them. People ask if I knew anyone who died in the shooting that left 10 families one short. It’s {READ MORE}

making time (and floral party crowns)

Well hello there! It’s been a while… it took some time for the cycle of creativity to swing into my psyche again. I’m glad it did! I’ve been making things with my hands and even painting again for the first time in 20 years. I have my creative mojo back (for now). As my girls {READ MORE}

Nasty Women March on Washington

Political happenings in the last few days made me sad. Today is a good day to reflect on the experience my family and I had at the Women’s March in Washington and remember the powerful show of support for human rights in America. And the signs!

Making the White House Gold (Again)

Melania and Donald will be moving into the White House soon. Let that sink in for a moment… We all know Trump loves gold, both figuratively and literally. (When you really think about it, who doesn’t?) Here are a few pics from Melania and Donald’s Manhattan penthouse: The White House does have some bling to it too: But {READ MORE}

Hugs and stuff

A lot of post-election commentary has been written dissecting “what went wrong” with the 2016 presidential election. I don’t think any thing went wrong. I think liberals didn’t understand the extent of the racism, sexism, fear and disillusionment in this country. Among full- and part-time workers in the U.S., blacks earn just 75% as much as whites in median {READ MORE}

unplugged

I recently returned from a trip back to New York. We arrived in Queens, amid the usual insane driving and traffic, loud noises and … well, it’s New York. I had just completed a big design project and needed some down time. But I couldn’t relax. I took work calls and dealt with client issues. I {READ MORE}

Buying a new home is hard and other luxury problems

I’ve played the hermit crab this spring, retreating to my shell… mostly because I’ve been convalescing (read: sleeping 9+ hours a night) after a compression fracture of my L1 vertebra during some Xtreme sledding in early winter. (Sledding is now off the approved activities list btw.) Throughout my recovery, I have been keeping busy, though—looking for a {READ MORE}

(gift)wrapped up

Each holiday season I brainstorm ideas for Christmas gift wrapping. A few years ago I wrapped gifts using kraft paper and stamps, which was tactile and festive. This year, I’m not sure yet what I’ll do. I’ve been collecting pine cones and evergreen twigs… maybe something will materialize out of them. I’ve seen many cool and beautiful wrapping ideas {READ MORE}

Nawlins

I recently returned from a graphic design conference in New Orleans. What a gritty, smelly, inspiring, beautiful city! And people are super friendly. I’m so glad I got a chance to go there. Old meets new in New Orleans—in architecture, tourism and music. My favorite places were the Little Flea Nola, Magazine Street, the cemeteries, Cochon Restaurant and Mardi {READ MORE}