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Creative Endeavor

Over the past few months, my friend and I have worked hard to design our tshirt line KewiTees. From building the site, to designing our shirts, to conducing our own photoshoot, this has been a homemade labor of love.

We design for women, men, and even the little ones! All of our products are American made and printed in California.

Here are a few of my favorite designs we carry.

No Squares tank $23
Monterey Bay Cartographic Raglan $44 
Mama Bear Raglan $25
Alphabet Onesie $23

Triangle Tee $22

“The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.” -Geoffrey Chaucer


Mama's Been Busy

Sooo, it's been months since I last wrote, and although I am constantly thinking about new things to share, I just haven't dedicated enough time to do so. What can I say? Motherhood, working, and earning my graduate degree simultaneously has certainly proved time consuming. Still, just because I'm busy doesn't mean I'm not just as obsessed with design as I've always been.

For a while now, I've been wanting to start a new photography project in which I photograph local homes, interior or exterior, that represent great design. If you live in the Bay Area and think that you or a friend lives in a great space, I would love to hear from you!
“You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” -Jack London


Emerging from the Den

After a two month hiatus, I'm happy to say that like a hibernating bear, I am finally emerging from my den as the proud parent of a beautiful baby girl. While my pregnancy certainly had its challenges, I now understand what other mothers mean when they say that you forget all about these struggles once you hold your child in your arms for the first time (spoiler alert: it's awesome).

Motherhood introduces a whole new set of joys and fears, many which I did not anticipate and still do not know are in store, but I look forward to navigating this new role with as much grace as I can muster. That being said, while I plan to continue writing this blog, I realize that it will inevitably evolve into something different than before. While I'm not necessarily sure what that may be (less posts? different topics? new format?), I look forward to continuing to use this platform as a means of exploring the beauty of the world around us- starting with a pic of this little cutie below.
"The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new." -Rajneesh


Foto Friday: 3.21.14

As some of you may have noticed, I have been less consistent with my postings the past few weeks. Fatigue combined with extreme swelling in my hands that keeps me up during the night has made it rather difficult to do anything more than my daily work (and believe me, that's a struggle in itself). Luckily, today is my last day before my maternity leave, and my hands are rejoicing. 

Now that I'm nine months pregnant, I'm feel like a ticking bomb. Am I nervous? Yes. Do I feel prepared for everything that's about to happen any day now? No. Regardless of the fear of the unknown, I feel a calmness too, knowing that whatever happens, everything will be right in the world once I get to see my little lady's face. Until then, at least there are cupcakes to distract me.
"Life is always a rich and steady time when you are waiting for something to happen or to hatch."
-E.B. White, Charlotte's Web


Design Crush: Emily Henderson

I'm not sure if it's because she is an amazing designer who is also a new mother that I'm currently  obsessed with Emily Henderson or what, but regardless, I've been stalking her the past few weeks (not literally- I can hardly get off the couch at this point thanks to my ginormous belly) and have come to really appreciate her approach to design- fresh, modern, and chic with an eclectic vibe.

"Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn." -Gore Vidal


Foto Friday: 2.28.14

Today marks the last day of February, our shortest month, but for many, one that seems to drag on forever (those with the winter blues know what I'm talking about). And although March is ready and waiting to take it's place (much to the delight of these said people), I am reminded of at least a few friends whose birthdays exist somewhere in between 11:59 and midnight, the black hole where the 29th of February gets lost every three out of four years. To any and all Leap Year babies, although your day may not be recognized, I hope you find a moment to celebrate!
“Time is an illusion.” -Albert Einstein


My Favorite Things: February

I always forget that February is two or three days shorter than all other months and when March rolls around, I'm always shocked. This year, the passing of months comes as even more as a shock because it means I only have a few, very short weeks before our family of two gains an additional person. Time, you merciless madman- give us a break! (No, the baby's room is not ready. Neither is the kitchen.)

Regardless of how busy I am with work, renovations, creating life, etc., I always have time to appreciate the little things that inspire me in my daily life. Take this pretty, pink and red credenza, these adorable owl-painted rocks (definitely a future DIY task), a happy green plant in front of a window, and an insanely delicious looking carrot cake cookie sandwich, for example- how I long to include all of them in my life, especially the cookie (hey, I'm pregnant). It's these simple things that make my day a little more interesting and encourage me to pursue an inspired existence.
Modern Credenza / Owl Rocks / Big House Plant / Carrot Cookie
“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” -Kurt Vonnegut


Storage Solution

I know that it's ill-advised to share your New Year's resolution for fear that it won't come true, but since I'm not entirely traditional in the first place, I'll forgo this custom and share mine: to become more organized! I realize this goal isn't the most shocking of New Year's resolutions, but if you know me at all, you understand that this is nonetheless a huge undertaking. And since we live in a 740 sq foot home, it is imperative that Dustin and I learn this skill to prevent ourselves from going absolutely insane with clutter.

Unfortunately, we don't have the storage space to house the annoying things to make a house messy, like paperwork, electronic gadgets, and linens. What we do have is unused vertical space. This past weekend, I began brainstorming about how to could implement more storage space without compromising design and floor space. While my mind's churning with various ideas, I do like this wall mounted credenza Ikea hack from the blog Almost Makes Perfect. I imagine placing it high on a wall with two long wall cabinets flanking it to serve as a house for our sofa. Perfect!
“For every evil under the sun, There is a remedy, or there is none. If there be one, try and find it; If there be none, never mind it.” -Mother Goose Rhymes