Crafting from the Collection – This Thursday

This Thursday, November 1, I will be conducting a free letterpress class/demonstration at the Amon Carter Museum of Art’s Crafting from the Collection series. It’s completely free, you’ll learn all about letterpress printing on a Kelsey 5 x 8 press, and you’ll get to print your own museum-inspired cards! I’d love to see y’all there. 6-8:00 pm.

Love and Loss

I’ve been avoiding writing this post as I knew it was going to be really difficult – and I’ve been proven correct as I’m in tears just looking at this photo. Nearly two weeks ago (I can’t believe it has already been that long) we lost the newest addition to our family, Ethel. You’ll remember I wrote about her not too long ago – with such excitement, hope, and possibility for our family. Ethel proved to be exactly everything we hoped for when we rescued another dog. While timid and shy in the beginning, she opened up to Olive almost immediately and I gained her trust quickly after. I called the three of us the sisterhood. We spent every day together – and I found absolute joy in watching Olive and Ethel together. They were the perfect pair. They played, they cuddled – and above all, provided me with such love and happiness. My heart was so full.

This image of Olive and Ethel together was the very last picture I took of little Eth. It was the day she got out. What’s so strange is that I remember just staring at her throughout the day thinking about how much I loved her and how cute she was. At least I can say that on our last day together – and our two months together – I loved her with my entire being. I hope I gave her the best part of her life she knew.

Italian Greyhounds are accustomed to bolting – and while with my parents Ethel got out – and was missing for three nights and two days. We searched night and day for her – these were easily the hardest moments of my life so far. You see, our dogs are like our children – and the thought of her slim frame being out alone was more than I could bare. The first day she was gone we hired a pet detective to track her scent and help locate her. Her suggestion was to put sheets with my scent down with food and water in an area where we were tracking her scent. The next morning, one of the sheets was covered in little black hair – I was certain she had been there. She knew I was looking for her. So Olive and I set up camp in this greenbelt in a Dallas neighborhood and watched that spot for 21 hours. We didn’t move. We stayed out over night. There was nothing.

It was that next morning that I received the phone call from the kindest man who had the bad news. He had found her on Wednesday morning in the road. Out of the kindness of his heart, he stopped traffic to pick her up and take her home. Her collar had fallen off, so he had no one to call. He buried her in his yard. Friday he finally saw our signs we had posted and was able to call me and identify her. While this ended the way I would never have wanted, I am so grateful to this man that took the time to respect my little Eth and give her a proper burial – so that ultimately we could take her home. My dad did the hardest thing – he went and got her – it was indeed her – and we will be able to have her remains now (she was cremated).

Sometimes I feel so silly over my sadness – thinking “she’s just a dog.” But the thing is – she wasn’t just a dog – she was my little girl. She was perfect for us. But those two short months we had her were the best two months, and I am so grateful to have had those. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Travis and I know this had to have happened for a reason, we trust it’s part of the plan from the Big Man upstairs. And we keep focusing on that. Love is a powerful thing and comes in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and beings. Love came to us in Ethel, and I’m so thankful for that.

Tie the Knot Save the Date

My dear friend Lauren just sent out her Save the Dates that I worked on with her. We opted to go the DIY route and rubber stamped the Save the Date and return address – leaving all the more room to spring on custom postage which really completed the look. We used Zazzle which is really an easy, user-friendly process and were really pleased with the end result. Aren’t Lauren and her fiancĂ©, Clint, the cutest little kids? Can’t wait for their wedding!

Friends :: Stir Crazy Baked Goods

Well, my first two “Friends of Blue Eye Brown Eye” posts have been bakeries – it seems I only like to befriend those that concoct delicious, sugary delights. Not such a bad thing, huh? I met Robbie from Stir Crazy Baked Goods last October at the Fall 2011 Arts Goggle and it’s amazing to see how far Stir Crazy Baked Goods has come since then. From selling her amazing Adam Bombs and more at markets around town, to opening her very own bakery this year only to be voted Best Bakery in the Fort Worth Weekly, Robbie is making it happen and I couldn’t be more happy for her success! She helped me out at The Swoon earlier this year and made some really beautiful (and tastey) treats for my booth. Remember that ombre cake? Amazing.

So the next time you’re over off of South Main, stop in to Stir Crazy Baked Goods and grab yourself a treat. You deserve it!

Monogram Sale

I’m moving out of my studio, re-organizing my home office, and basically re-aligning my life. As a result, I need to make room for things! I’ve got lots of these monogram sets left over from last year, so I’m putting them on super sale for a limited time – only $12 for 10 letterpress cards. I don’t have all letters left, but those that I do you can find over at my etsy shop. With the holidays coming up, they could be great gifts!