A new contributor to Kitchn.com

June 18, 2013

Tickled is an understatement when I tell you that today I have my first by-line on Apartment Therapy‘s Kitchn.com blog. Little ‘ole me? Well, yes ‘mam.

Turns out your best friends (and husbands who know all about technology and absolutely nothing about shelter blogs) are quite fine cheerleaders if you let them be. After my awesome friend Melissa (have you seen From Scratch magazine? This girl is a homestead superstar.) tipped me off to this post on TheKitchn.com mentioning the search for new contributors, I promptly filed the idea into the “that would be cool” file. I did give it some thought but didn’t take much action. Days before that deadline, and with a few hours notice, my now famous, skinny cook friend opened her kitchen and family up for me to take a big leap and send off a submission.

Thanks to all the awesome cheerleaders that made this happen. I’m thrilled to show off the south and the overflowing wealth of fine folks and even finer cookin’ we have in our region.

Check out my first post on Bo and Lindsey’s kitchen here (bonus: a cute baby!) : my first post on TheKitchn.com!

I’ll be continuing to do tours of kitchens in our region. Send me a note of you have or know of a great kitchen to share.


Our new love

February 20, 2012


What a joy! This project is especially dear to my heart. As a keepsake for my son, but also a testament to my design work, this piece had to be nothing short of perfectly wonderful. Sure, I have high standards. Completing it with a newborn in tow meant working in bits and pieces. I’m thrilled with how it all came together and was overjoyed to have this sweet surprise to arrive in mailboxes just in time for Valentine’s Day!

We shared a very special Valentine’s Day dinner with my parents and grandparents. It was a true celebration of love spanning four generations. It’s an evening I will never forget. Each guest received a special valentine from Thomas; a framed picture to enjoy at home. My grandaddy passed away just days later, but the memory of his smiles as we read aloud valentine cards is with me forever.


Oh, Baby!

February 20, 2012


With a little one growing inside me, I was delighted to spy a new children’s boutique opening next door to my favorite (and often-visited) grocery store. However, I was floored to discover just how perfectly-adorable everything inside was and all this new shop had to offer. No time was wasted creating a registry.

To help owner Stephanie Moseley get the word out around town, I worked with her existing promotional images to create a small card to pepper around town at various locations (and for excited new customers like me to share with friends!). Modeled after a postcard, the piece included basic store information as well as a friendly note from Stephanie inviting new customers to visit and be introduced to many brands new to our area.

Mr. Gator now lives in the window seat of our nursery (as well as many stunning pillows and blankets from Born). He arrived in a white bag adorned with a colorful raffia bow in Born’s rainbow of signature colors. If you aren’t familiar with the adorable knitted legs featured below, get over to BlaBla kids immediately and check them out. Their adventures are too much fun!

p.s. I love that Stephanie keeps a big jar of suckers ready to treat her miniature guests.


A work of art

February 15, 2012


For two years I’ve been part of a committee to collect auction items in support of one our state and community treasures, The Alabama Shakespeare Festival. (Haven’t been? You’re missing a fine time, folks.) A special fundraiser to celebrate the theatre’s twenty-fifth anniversary presented me with the amazing opportunity to create a piece from start to finish to help raise over $50,000 for the theatre. Working with the theatre’s development team, I photographed over thirty pieces of original artwork and went to work organizing them into a special catalog for the live and silent auctions.

This was a challenge! It’s a project I poured ALL of my skills into. No pressure, huh? In two short weeks we went from start to press just in time for the artworks to begin their tour around the state to be admired and bid on by many.

A Southern engagement

February 5, 2012

Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love with girl. Boy marries girl.

A typical story of sorts, but something I couldn’t pass up in celebrating in style. I was approached with various hometown and southern-inspired options to invite loved ones to celebrate these friends’ engagement. I couldn’t shake the feeling that this traditional couple needed something classic that also pushed them just outside the box of a script font on ecru stock.

The custom silhouettes were commissioned from an artsy on Etsy. The digital format allowed them to be used on the invitation as well as cocktail napkins. Guests were delighted to pick a team/side/favorite upon receiving drinks. The hosts even presented the couple with matching canvases of the silhouettes to adorn their home.

What a pleasure.

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