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out with ’08 – in with ’09 December 29, 2008

Filed under: artists,I'm jazzed,inspiration — Beth D @ 5:35 pm

The end of a year and the beginning of a new one always brings out the reflective side of me. I guess it does for a lot of people.

Perhaps more-so, this year, for me.

For Christmas, I asked for and received this book.

Besides being beautifully designed and amazing, it’s chocked full of wisdom by someone in my field of work – maxims that began in the author’s personal diary that he turned into graphic work over the years. Personal truths like “Complaining is silly. Either act or forget” and “Over time I get used to everything and start taking it for granted.”

While these actualizations about life are useful to designers in daily work life, they’re useful for everyone else as well. They’re good mantras to live by.

I’ve been thinking a lot since receiving this book about what have I learned in my life so far?

Here’s three*:
– A $2 purchase gives me as much of a thrill as a $200 purchase
– It costs nothing to be kind
– A valuable lesson can be learned from every person I encounter

My 2009 New Years Resolution is a very simple one – to figure out what I’ve learned so far, and put those lessons into practice. Well, actually, maybe that’s not so simple, but I’m a work in progress.

Happy 2009!


*feel free to post the truths you’ve learned in life below in the comments


2008 – My Favorite Things December 20, 2008

Filed under: FREE,I'm jazzed — Beth D @ 7:33 pm
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Oprah does this list every year, but who can afford that stuff? Here’s my list of favorite things for 2008:

1. White V Neck Hanes t-shirts
I live in these things. Three to a pack at Target for like $9. And when they get dingy, I cut them up and use them for dust rags.

2. Consignment stores
I didn’t just get thrifty when the economy tanked. I’ve been thrifty for years. I got a pair of BeBe jeans (normally $200) for $10 a few years ago. And yesterday got a pair of Abercrombie and Fitch jeans for $6. I also got a rad pair of pants for $3. Merry Christmas to me. There is absolutely no reason to buy name brand clothes at name brand prices

3. Heated afghan
Ok, it’s really not an afghan. It’s a mini electric blanket type thing. My house is old and drafty and I freeze. I got one of these as a gift from my Mom a few months back. She works in a nursing home and these are a staple with elderly people, as they are generally cold natured as they age. Most nights you can find me on the sofa under mine, with it cranked up to at least medium.

4. Pabst Blue Ribbon
$7.50 a half case. Need I say more?

5. Scarves
In addition to providing warmth, they’re a great way to dress up my uniform of white v-neck t-shirts with jeans. I got one at Steinmart for $6 and another one for $4 at Platos Closet, a local store that sells pre-loved clothing. I love them!

6. The One Dish meal
Cooking for one person can be a buzzkill. I’m a big fan of cooking a big pot of something and eating on it for a day or three. I found this website recently and it’s got tons of options. I”m also a big fan of casseroles, so this is like a goldmine for food ideas. One dish meals are also very economical as well.

7. Mad Men
If you haven’t seen this series on AMC, set in the 1960’s world of advertising, you’re missing out. I don’t have cable, so I had to Netflix it. But it’s worth the wait.

8. Book – “The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight” by Thom Hartman
I was lent this book by a friend and am halfway through it, but wow, what an eyeopener. I encourage everyone to give this one a read.

9. Seed/Plant Swapping
There is no reason really to buy plants for your yard. I planted a lot of great things last year in my flowerbeds and all the plants were free. I planted hollyhock, cannas, wildflowers, red sunflowers, and a few mole plants last year – all were given to me by friends or neighbors. Check in with people you know that have plants that you like – most are willing to either give you cuttings or seeds.


FGF – Darlene Love “Christmas, Baby Please Come Home” December 19, 2008

Filed under: HA!,I'm jazzed,time waster — Beth D @ 5:15 pm
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This is my absolute favorite Christmas song. And it’s best sung when Darlene Love visits Letterman where she “blows the roof off the dump”

With that I bid you happy holidays!


Communication Breakdown & Other Fun Stuff… December 17, 2008

I’ve had a bad project experience that stems from a lack of communication with a client. And I was going to write a post about this sort of thing, but it turns out, someone else already has

A designer is only as good as the communication being put forth from the client. As much as it would ease our minds and make our work easier, we aren’t mind readers.


FGF – Old Habits Die Hard December 12, 2008

Forgive me — I’m just marinating in a bit of melancholy from ghosts of boys past – but this soundtrack is amazing.

I love Mick Jaggar too… (and Mr Dave Stewart)


FGF — “…but bill jr, he was a DAREDEVIL, just like his old man…” December 5, 2008

Filed under: FREE,HA!,I'm jazzed,time waster — Beth D @ 7:02 am
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This song makes me laugh uncontrollably… and I’m becoming partial to these homemade videos from YouTube


The 2008 Lockeland Springs Christmas Tour of Homes December 4, 2008


I’m a big fan of East Nashville, although I’m no longer a resident there. For the past 3 years or so, I’ve designed the Lockeland Springs Neighborhood Newsletter as well as the book that accompanies their annual Tour Of Homes.

The 2008 Lockeland Springs Christmas Tour of Homes is Saturday December 6th (5-9 pm) and Sunday December 7th (1-5 pm).

Advance tour tickets are only $10 and can be purchased at and at Sweet 16th Bakery and Alegria (both at 16th St & Ordway) and East Garden (at 16th & Russell). Tickets purchased during tour hours will be $12 and will be available at Alegria and Pied Piper (114 S 11th St).

In addition, the Lockeland Springs Christmas Tour Party will be Friday December 5th at the Top O’ Woodland (1603 Woodland). The party is open to all neighbors and tour goers from 7:30-10:30 pm and includes food, wine & beer. Party tickets are $30 and include food and all beverages at the party & admission to the entire weekend’s Tour of Homes. Tickets for the party are available for purchase at all advance ticket sales locations and at the door starting at 7:30 pm Friday evening (cash or check).

* The Tour Poster was designed by Bryce McCloud of Isle of Printing. These can be purchased at Alegria.