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11 09 16
Give a Nice Note / Give a Love Note

I was on a road trip, listening to The Cranberries song, Linger. The lyrics ‘you know I’m such a fool for you’ stood out to me enough to write them down. That turned into writing lists and lists of short expressions of love and gratitude.

These notes are intended to delight! For the person who sees the flyer and for the person receiving the note.

My hope is that it helps us all be a little kinder to one another day-to-day. I was at LAX and AUS airports yesterday and was sure to post up some up there—travellers (including me) need a little reminder to be more patient and nice.

I’m going to continue to post these up in Austin and cities I visit, and if you want to print off your own, I would greatly appreciate it! Now, more than ever, we need to spread love and good cheer.

Click the links below to download the flyers and if you want tips on printing, those instructions are below as well.

Download Nice Notes Front
Download Nice Notes Back

Download Love Notes Front
Download Love Notes Back

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If you print off some notes, post an image on Instagram and use the hashtag #giveanicenote so we can see it!
 
 
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INSTRUCTIONS TO PRINT AT HOME
 
+ The easiest option is to print on your home printer, any lightweight paper you’d like. Print the front, then feed the printed front through to print the back

+ Use scissors or an exact-o knife and ruler to cut along the dashed lines on the back of the flyer.
 
 
INSTRUCTIONS TO PRINT AT FEDEX OFFICE
 
+ I printed my flyers at FedEx Office. Find your nearest FedEx, call them and ask for their store email address to send your prints and instructions to.

+ Here are the exact instructions I sent to FedEx. You can paste these into your email and don’t forget to attach the files you want to print. And if you only printing one design, delete the text below relating to the one your omitting.

+ I chose Orchid and Ivory paper colors but they have so many fun ones! Go into FedEx and ask for their swatch book. I recommend any of the text weight (light weight) papers.

+ Use scissors or an exact-o knife and ruler to cut along the dashed lines on the back of the flyer.
 
 
EMAIL DRAFT TO FEDEX OFFICE:
 
Hello!
 
Attached are the files I’d like to print.
 
Here are the specs:
 
1 — ‘LoveNotes_Front.pdf’ and ‘LoveNotes_Back.pdf’ are the front and back of first design.
 
2 — ‘NiceNotes_Front.pdf’ and N’iceNotes_Back.pdf’ are the front and back of the second design.
 
3 — Print all files in B/W.
 
4 — Quantity: 40 Nice Notes, 40 Love Notes, 80 prints total.
 
5 — Print the 40 Nice Notes on Ivory Text Weight. Print the 40 Love Notes on Orchid Text Weight.
 
6 — Front and Back Printing on all.
 
7 — Perforate right down the middle of each sheet, top to bottom.
 
8 — Please try and match up the front design and back design as perfectly as possible. I know there can be a little shift while printing.
 
9 — Note, there aren’t any cuts needed on the designs.
 
 
Please call me at XXX-XXX-XXXX when the order is ready for pick up.
 
Thank you so much!

09 23 16
New Mexico Itinerary

In case you’re planning a New Mexico getaway of your own, here’s my itinerary from last month’s trip to the Santa Fe area. I hope it’s helpful!
 
WHERE I STAYED —

This airbnb private back house, 10 minutes from Santa Fe. Can’t recommend this place enough. 10 minutes north of Santa Fe, in the mountains, the perfect retreat from the city. Good for 1 or 2 people.

Here’s my Santa Fe Wishlist on airbnb if you need more space or want to be in town.

AROUND SANTA FE —

+ Vinaigrette, Shake Foundation, and Modern General are all owned by the same person. I ate at both places on different days. The food is really good. Shake foundation is known for their green chile burger. Modern General is a hip little grocery with a nice collection of tools/home goods.

+ 10,000 Waves — About 15 minutes up the hill from the Plaza. I got the Nose to Toes treatment and stayed for half the day, soaking in the community pools and sauna.

+ Meow Wolf — Really bizarre, fun art gallery. Indoor, interactive… trippy is a good word to describe it. Worth the visit.

New Mexico Travel Guide

New Mexico Travel Guide

Airbnb mentioned above. I spent most of my time on the porch. So peaceful!
 
 
IN THE SANTA FE PLAZA —

+ Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Incredible! I went the day before traveling to Abiquiu and fun to see some of the canyons and rivers in her paintings from the museum.

+ Shiprock. Art gallery, Native American art and jewelry, Inspiring space.

+ Seret and Sons. Huge collection of dhurrie rugs, pillows, mud cloth.

+ Santa Fe Vintage Outpost. The owner has a really good eye for vintage things. He has a small store in the plaza but if you want to see more, you can call him and set up an appt. to go see his showroom with tons of clothing and other treasures. Old Levi’s, Wranglers, etc. That was fun!

+ Find a lot or garage, then you can easily walk to all of these places.
 
 
New Mexico Travel Guide

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Taken at Ojo Caliente
 
 
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New Mexico Travel Guide

Drive from Ojo to Abiquiu and the original cabin O’Keeffe temporarily lived in after buying Ghost Ranch.
 
 
DAY TRIP NORTH OF SANTA FE —

+ Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs — Lots of different hot spring fed pools. Access to sauna and steam room. Hammocks. A cool spot to go to for a couple hours before or after your tour.

+ Ghost Ranch — This is where Georgia’s second home is. You can’t see if from any of the roads. I think there’s a trail to it but you can’t walk up to it? It’s worth the drive up the road to the visitor center, just to see the canyons she painted. Not much in the visitor center unless you want to hike on the property, then there’s a fee to hang on the property.

+ 151 Dirt Road — There’s a 15-mile drive I really enjoyed that’s just north of Ghost Ranch. Such a fun drive and views and it leads to this active monastery you can walk through. I didn’t make it to the monastery.

+ Places to eat in Abiquiu — Bode’s General Store and Abiquiu Inn.

+ Tour of O’Keeffe’s Abiquiu Home and Studio — One of my favorite memories from my trip. Her home is a beautiful, pristine time capsule. You’ll need to buy your ticket in advance. I would recommend doing this as soon as you plan your trip!

I went to these places all in one day while I was up for my Georgia house tour. You’ve gotta drive 20 minutes north of Abiquiu. It’s where the area gets REALLY beautiful with orange and red canyons and what inspired O’Keeffe to move to NM!
 
 
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From O’Keeffe’s home tour in Abiquiu.
 
 
ALBUQUERQUE —

I drove and spent my last night at Los Poblanos Farm in Albuquerque. If it’s not too late to tack on 1 or 2 nights here, I would highly recommend it! A total dream. A lap pool, bikes, flower gardens, lavender field, huge cottonwood trees, delicious food. If you go, you need a reservation for dinner. If you can’t snag one, you can sit in their lounge/bar and have small plates and drinks. This place is too good!

I hope to see more of ABQ on my next trip to New Mexico.
 
 
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Taken at Los Poblanos Farm. Patrick the peacock enjoyed having his picture taken!

09 08 16
Grandmas Turns 90!

09 07 16
New Work — Anniversary Cards

The company my husband works for, FSG, hired me to design a set of anniversary cards for their employees. FSG has a cool start-up story… two guys selling lightbulbs door-to-door in 1982 has become a nationwide lighting and electric company with 2,000 employees.

The hustle paid off!

There are seven cards in all, the most prestigious being the 35-year card. Only a few employees have been there since the beginning! Each card is letterpressed on Crane’s Lettra 220 lb. and has a different color envelope.

I love that FSG celebrates their employees’ milestones and was honored to be apart of this project to celebrate them.

FSG Anniversary Cards / Go Forth Creative

FSG Anniversary Cards / Go Forth Creative

FSG Anniversary Cards / Go Forth Creative

FSG Anniversary Cards / Go Forth Creative

09 01 16
New Mexico Wanderlust

I was soaking in the tub last month when I came across an article about Georgia O’Keeffe. I was familiar with her work, but this was the first time I learned about her life. I quickly became obsessed with this woman’s story and work and began planning a road trip to New Mexico to tour her house and land. Within a couple of weeks, airbnb’s and rental car were booked.

Turns out, Georgia and I have a lot in common. We both seek out adventure, love big skies and the open road, perfectionists to a fault, appreciate minimalism, and love alone time.

I had never been on a solo out-of-state trip and was excited to see if I liked it. Happy to report YES I DO LIKE IT. Especially with an intention to make art, get inspired, and soak up the magic that is New Mexico. (btw, I also love traveling with people)

The area about 20 miles north of Abiquiu is what brought O’keeffe to NM. She fell in love with the sky, the clouds, the deep red canyons. No words, photograph, video or painting will ever capture the feeling of standing in the middle of this place. I felt her spirit and I understood why she packed up and moved there permanently in the 1930’s.

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More nature. Be present. Feel the dirt. Sit still. Feel the wind. Close your eyes. Slow down. Soak it in. All things I repeated to myself on the trip.

Disconnecting myself from the internet more often is a habit I’m trying to instill. Social media and email, specifically. Big surprise, it’s a challenge. Social media is fun but it’s also addictive and I’m taken back by the negative feelings that can come from it. My friend David once compared it to eating too much popcorn and feeling sick to your stomach. A perfect analogy, right?
 
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With this in mind, I took a lot less photos on my phone than I usually would and instead used a Canon T90 35mm, a Fuji instax, my notebook and colored pencils. I’ve always loved journaling on trips and got really into in New Mexico.

This vacation was so good to me. You know that feeling when you’re on a trip and everything seems to be in your favor and you’re just overwhelmed with gratitude that you get to experience it. PURE FEEL-IT-IN-YOUR-BONES JOY.

New Mexico, I love you, and I’ll be back again. Next time with Cameron.
 
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