Friday, March 30, 2007

more recalls

The vet called dad tonight and said they just recalled the diet cat food our 20 lb. cat eats. It is the only dry cat food from Science Diet that is recalled. Dad can't quite decide if the cat is consuming more water than normal because he has a total water obsession. I of course, want to run him to the vet right now. Dad of couse, is more calm and will talk to the vet when he buys more food tomorrow. I think he should be tested. For now I guess I will just be patient!

Recall link...

i (heart) bubble wrap!

Ok, so I guess i am posting happy today. I am going through some old emails from my extra cool friend Eric. I am trying to find this cool website design so I can use it for inspiration. But instead I found this email from him. Click the link and you too can pop the bubble wrap! Brilliant! I love bubble wrap. Mike especially hates me when I am in bubble wrap popping mode. I love how all my online purchases come in bubble wrap. Some day I am going to incorporate it into a cool design...
stay away...

Now that I am done with round 1 of jewelry making and its currently at Archival Elements. I have been planning round 2. Why do I always have to be planning? I placed an order @ this morning. Wow I need to stay away from that site. :)

Wednesday, March 28, 2007


Why is it when you have a million things to do and very little time to do them in you think about all the places you would rather be? Today reminded me of Northern Minnesota. My last trip there was in the fall and it was cool and damp. The above photo was taken there. Betty's Pies in Two Harbors, MN is one of the coolest places. I had the best piece of 5 layer chocolate pie. Yum :) ( I should buy that recipe book...oh, I should be working. (Client meeting tomorrow at 10:30 am).

Anyway its getting late and I should really be working. I guess i will quit thinking of all the places I would rather be right now...

Monday, March 26, 2007

my project...

Above shows my insanity. Below are images of my finished product. (Sorry these photos do not include the necklaces. It was really windy outside and I gave up shooting 58 pieces of jewelry :)

the glamorous life of an art director...

These photos are from a tv shoot last Thursday. Its true that all you need is a cute kid and a puppy. Lucky for us we had both!

i won!

This is the ebay item I won today. I actually had forgotten I was bidding on it. What a nice surprise! It is a 5" x 5" college from one of my favorite artists. :)

The crane watching was postponed. The weather was kind of yuck most of the weekend and dad had a pretty bad cold. He also had to teach a fertilizer class to his employees on Sunday night. So I had the weekend to complete my jewelry. I completed 58 pieces, they include charms, bracelets, necklaces and earrings. I hope people like them. I am going to take them to Archival Elements tomorrow. The new store opens April 15th. I am both excited and scared. I am going to take photos tonight. I will post some tomorrow. :)

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

almost done...

Here are the up-to-date photos of the remodeling. There are just a few things left and we are done!!!! There is a big client meeting here today. I bet they will hire us just because we look cool. (E: notice the projector screen :)

Monday, March 19, 2007

an adventure...
You know how you remodel part of your house and then everything else starts to look not so good? Well that is how it is at the office. Mike and I spent part of Saturday working on the breakroom, now that the conference room is looking so cool.

Dad arrived about 3 pm. We really didn't have any real plans. We went to Lawn & Garden show. (Total waste of money, I want my $5.00 back!) Then we went to Sportsman Warehouse. This is where the Tree Hugger part 2 comes in. So in front of the store they had some canoes and kayaks displayed. The canoe was on sale. Regular price...$560.00. Sale price...$250.00. So dad has been looking for a canoe for awhile now. He was over the moon to see this canoe at under half price. So we get inside the store and find the canoe guy. They have 4 canoes instock and all 4 have been sold. (Apparently we are not the only people who think $250.00 is a good deal).

Of course the fact that all 4 are sold does not deter my father. He starts asking the guy about other locations. The Sportsman Warehouse guy starts calling and finding canoes. The closest one is in Woodbury, MN. Woodbury is a little east of St. Paul. So we purchase the canoe over the phone and make plans to pick it up.

Sunday morning we left bright and early for Minnesota. I was able to get a lot of knitting done on my baby blanket for Grover. We arrived @ Sportsman Warehouse #2 around noon, loaded up the canoe, ate lunch at Applebees and headed or home.

I found my mothership...The Russel Stovers Outlet Store. It is by the Medford outlets. When you walk into the store the best chocolate smell ever hits you. I wanted to stay all day. We purchased a 3 pound box of imperfect chocolate. It all tastes great, its just not perfect enough to make it into the fancy boxes. I love this place!!!

Over all Sunday was a day of 3 pounds of chocolate, a $250.00 canoe and about 8 hours in the car. Someday I am going to write a book about our adventures.

Thursday, March 15, 2007


Our little advertising agency is getting a makeover. Its kind of like our own What not to Wear. We are looking much spiffier. Currently the carpeting is going in right now! By Monday/Tuesday they should be pretty much done. I will post final pictures. Below are photos of the front desk and the conference room. This is so exciting!!!!!!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Tree Hugger

So, my dad is kind of a tree hugger. All our family vacations consist of hiking, biking, camping or some kind of an outdoor adverture. The weekend of March 24 & 25 Dad and I are heading to Grand Island, Nebraska. Why?? The Sandhill Cranes are migrating through Nebraska right now. This is actually our second annual Crane watching trip. The Cranes spend the day in the farmers fields eating grains (which I am sure they love) and by night they land by the thousands on the Platte River. The National Geographic website actually has a live Crane Cam ( You can watch them from the comfort of your own home. Which if you don't have a tree hugger father, I would think this would be the perfered method. Anyway here is the science lesson portion of my post. They are expecting between 50,000 & 500,000 Cranes. This is their peak season they are usually in NE for 6 weeks. They will all have migrated by the first week of April. Last year we went the first week of March and we were a little early. Best viewing times are: Mornings: 6 am to 7:30 am; Evenings: 6 pm to 7:30 pm. It actually is pretty cool to see 500,000 come in and land in the river. It kind of looks like you are being invated. They also make a weird warbly sound. Oddly enough people from around the world come to Nebraska for this event. Hotels are full (we had to make a reservation) and the country side is crawling with people watching the birds. Last year there was even a couple from Australia there. This is definately not a vacation for people who like to spend their time lounging on a beach. Early morning rising is a must. You have to steak out a location along the river or pay to join a tour group which usually leaves around 5 am. So this is my life being the daughter of a tree hugger. Check out the crane cam during the hours listed above. Strangely enough I know all about this. Hmmmm.

Side Note: YEAH FireFox! I just downloaded and changed browsers and now I can post pictures. Happy Day!

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

wearing cockroaches
Ok, I have to admit I am not a big phone talker. I especially hate calling people I don't know. But everytime I see people with their wireless phones I think of cockroaches. It looks like they have a big bug attached to their ear, sometimes I think it is going to crawl right into their brain. I have a hard time understanding why that would feel good much less look good. Don't you think the phone makers could make these look fashionable and less bug like? Since people feel the need to wear them.

Just my thought for the day...

Friday, March 02, 2007

The hardest thing for a designer to do is design something for themselves. I have been working on logos for my Silverware Jewelry. This is one of the options. I am sure I will change it six more times. But here is a start...

the dangers of being an art director
Today was a snow day at work. Mike picked me up in the morning and I think there was a total of 5 people here all day. Mike was being his usual trimmer boy this morning and the ruler slipped and the muscle boy almost cut his finger off. All the way to the bone. Of couse he would not let any of us take him to the emergency room, he had to drive himself. We are just happy he went.

2 hours and a bracelet
I spent last night attaching all the charms to a bracelet. It sounded so simple when I started. Two hours later and a lot of frustration it is done. It is kind of loud, which my co-workers hate. I think the jingling when I use my mouse hand is distracting. :)

Thursday, March 01, 2007

happy snow day...the charms are here!!!!!!!!
Above is a photo of the charms from the charm swap. I am so excited. I am headed home now, so I can put them on a bracelet. Stay tuned for the bracelet...

This is so exciting :)