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Have a look around and feel free to share anything that inspires you. Or CONTACT ME if you’re ready to start collaborating on your next creative project.

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  • Makers
  • The Nouveau Romantics

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07 07 16
Make Your Own — Vacation Video

This past March Cam and I drove to New Mexico for a few days and I decided to document it in motion instead of stills. My buddy Emma inspired me to compile the clips into a vacation video… she’s made several over the years and they really capture the trip in ways a photograph can’t.

Have a look at my first attempt below! We travelled from Austin to Ruidoso and day tripped to a Pistachio Farm and White Sands National Park. Cameron skiied for the first time at Ski Apache and we ended the trip at my Mom and B/F’s ranch.

I’m excited to keep making videos and hopefully improve my editing skills over time. It’s not easy!

A few tips if you want to make your own vacation video —

1) I use the free app Hyperlapse to take all of my video (thanks bubba). Before hitting save (the green checkmark) in Hyperlapse, slow the speed down to 1x speed. This makes for a more still video.

2) Document as much as you can without driving your friends and family crazy! Get lots of different perspectives. Keep your camera still for most of your shots and let the subject move in front of you.

3) I imported all my video straight into iMovie on my iMac.

4) Choose a song first. Slower songs are supposedly easier to edit to (thanks wade).

5) I speed up a lot of my clips by 2x to 4x but keep some at normal speed. It’s fun to speed up people walking, traffic, animals… anything moving along a path.

6) Aim for 1 to 2 minutes long!

Song — Oh Yoko! By John Lennon

05 20 15
Madewell x Spotify Party!

If you know me, you know Madewell is my favorite. I tell myself to go other places to shop but without fail, I end up at Madewell. I’ve given in—I’m a walking billboard.

When I got an email asking if I’d host a in-store event this week, I saw stars! My answer was YES, absolutely I will.

Tomorrow from 6 ’til 8, every Madewell store will be throwing their first-ever listening party with Spotify.

There’ll be free totes for the first 30, free Spotify memberships plus, delicious local snacks and drinks.

I’ll be at the Austin store from 6–8 so come say hi if you’re free. I’d love to see you! [map it]

*One more thing—listen to Madewell’s new Spotify mixes here. I love the Cali Vibes mix!

Blue dress scootin'
Get this look: Dress, Hat, Shoes

03 19 15
Introducing Hands-On!

I’ve got some exciting news, Go Forth friends.

Emma Brooks (of Emmadime) and I are creating something big and beautiful for savvy small business owners. It’s called Hands-On, an online course unlike any other. It’s going to be chock-full of case studies, videos, templates and more—all the things you need to create and manage a successful brand!

Emma and I met over 3 years ago in sunny Palm Springs and had an instant friend connection. Since then, we’ve been dreaming of ways to collaborate on something special.

While celebrating New Year’s Eve in Austin this past December, the genius idea of Hands-On was conceived.

With our combined knowledge of running successful design businesses, we’re ready to share our successes and failures. And in a way that’s completely unique to any other online course.

Be prepared for Hands-On to delight you in ways you didn’t think learning could.

Co-Hustlers of Hands-On
Until we launch, head over to handsoneveryday.com to join our mailing list and be the first to know when the course outline and start date are released. We’ll also be sharing an inside look at our identity process for Hands-On!

You’ll be hearing a lot more about Hands-On this year so I’ll close by saying, I can hardly contain my *excitement* for this new venture and Emma and I are thrilled at the thought of helping you and your business!

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Website and mailing list / handsoneveryday.com
Instagram / @handsoneveryday
 
handsoneveryday.com
 

12 19 14
Make Your Own Face and Linen Spray

I got the crafty bug this holiday and made a set of sprays for friends and family.

No. 1 Spray is a rose water face mist to help you wake up in the morning. I keep this at my desk and spray multiple times a day for a burst of energy.

No. 2 Spray is a lavender linen spray to help you slow down at night before bed. There’s nothing better than getting a whiff of lavender in the middle of the night.

Here’s how to make your own if you’re looking for a DIY over the break. Happy holidays to you!

Make Your Own Face and Linen Sprays

Make Your Own Face and Linen Spray
 

SUPPLIES

4 oz. amber boston round bottles
Black string or yarn
Hole Punch
Exacto Knife
Ruler
Paper Cutting Board
White Cover Weight Cardstock
1–2 oz. bottle of Lavender Oil
1–2 oz. bottle of Rose Water Concentrate
 

Step 1

Download the two templates below:

NUMBER LABEL TEMPLATE [DOWNLOAD PDF] TAG TEMPLATE [DOWNLOAD PDF]  

Step 2

Send the number label template to a local vinyl printer. I used Compusigns in Austin or google “vinyl sign printer + your city” to find one near you. Tell them your desired quantity, that you want the graphics printed on white vinyl, and to print with adhesive on the back of the numbers.
 

Step 3

Order 4 ounce amber bottles from The Essential Oil Company.
 

Step 4

Print off the tag template on your home printer or at FedEx Office on a white cardstock. I used this cardstock on my home printer.
 
 
Make Your Own Face and Linen Sprays
 

Step 5

Cut out the tags with an exacto knife, ruler and paper cutting board. Punch a hole on the left side of each tag.
 

Step 6

Fill your bottles with filtered or bottled water. Add 30 drops of rose water concentrate into your No. 1 bottle and 30 drops of lavender oil into your No. 2 bottle. Shake them up.
 

Step 7

Tie your tags onto the bottles with black string.
 
 
Make Your Own Face and Linen Sprays

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12 09 14
Two to Watch Right Now / Alyson Fox and Nelson Project

My head nearly exploded when I saw that two of my favorite makers had both released new clothing lines this winter. Alyson Fox and Nelson Project are doing incredible things with textiles and am proud they call Austin home.

Here are some of the gorgeous stills from each collection plus, the promo videos are not to be missed. So good!

 

1 — Alyson Fox

Alyson just released a lot of new treasures to wear and for the home. The clothing line [worn by dearest Kate LeSueur] is unique in that each item can be worn together or apart, inside or out, forward or backward. Click here to shop.

Video and photos by Alyson Fox
 

 
Alyson Fox

Alyson Fox

Alyson Fox

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Alyson Fox
 
 

2 — Nelson Project

Sisters, Trilby and Hilary Nelson have teamed up to create a small line of casual frocks. I can’t get enough of this duo and the video makes me want to get up and dance. Click here to shop.

Video and photos by Philip Rabalais
 

 
Nelson Project

Nelson Project

Nelson Project

Nelson Project

Nelson Project

You might recognize both of these ladies from my Makers and their Craft photography page.