Friday, December 21, 2007

Holidays 2007

You would think the holiday break would leave me with more time to type out some snappy posts. I have discovered it is also a great time for a break from the computer. Mark and I have great plans for new Tealtown designs, but I think they can wait until after the first of the year.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Picking up the pizza

"Do you think that's Parker Comics, as in Peter Parker?"

"Maybe. Or it is Parker Comics, as in the guy who owns it is named Parker."

"Yeah. Or maybe it is Parker Comics, as in Peter Parker."

Monday, December 17, 2007

Road Trip Conversations

"If you loved me you wouldn't punch me in the face."

"Well if you loved me you wouldn't make me feel bad about myself."

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Thursday, December 13, 2007

I do

Last night I fell asleep on the sofa while I was reading. When I woke up Mark had left me a love note on top of my book.

He is my Mr. Darcey, Fox Mulder, and Price Charming all rolled up in to one.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Flickr love

If I remember correctly Cormac Phelan was the first person to add me as a contact on flick way back when I got my pro account and started taking it seriously. Lately I have slipped, but that is only because this semester was strictly film and I knew if I carried both my D80 and film camera around I would only take pictures with the D80. But now the semester if over and I am free to use whatever I want. There should be steady updates to my flickr account coming soon.

Anyway, back to Mr. Phelan. He has been doing some amazing things with his Lomo camera lately. I too have a Lomo L-CA, unfortunately it never worked. It was used and a gamble when I bought it, now it is just a nice display for my vintage camera shelf in the kitchen. The images are making me think about trying to get it fixed.

This is how I want my dreams to look

And it turns out that he lives in Dublin. He even has a whole set of Dublin pictures. Mark and I maybe headed there next summer and I really don't know anything about the city or the country. These pictures help.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Hard Ass

This is another thing I had a thing for this semester in Photography. Michael and I would go out to random places, he would jump like a bastard and I would take pictures of it. This was the first thing that I have ever gone back to more than once. Usually when I have an idea I go out shoot it once and then be done with it. This time my professor encouraged me to stick with it through the semester. These images compared to the first ones I took of Mike jumping around don't even look like the same person took them. I think this is going to be something I am going to continue with, probably not with Mike. But messing with what photography can do, experimenting with stopping time in weird places. If there are any freestyle walkers in the Cincinnati area that would like some photos for your portfolio, or just for fun I will do it for freezies.


I kinda had this thing with this huge Christmas decoration for a while. I shot about a roll and a half of me around town in this ball for my photography final. I wish the stupid thing to hang it up with wasn't on there. I love the way the way it distorts lines. And I guess a big part of it goes back to my deep interest in what is going on behind the camera. What is happening all around the picture, or how the artist works in their studio. I didn't really like how the actual photos turned out, but I liked the idea.

Monday, December 10, 2007

After dinner conversation

"Did you just call me booger?"

"No. But I am going to from now on."

Saturday, December 8, 2007

More Holiday Traditions

Fall semester is so close to being over. I am going to have time to do things like watch movies again. There are a couple movies that I have to watch every Christmas and lately I will stop whatever I am doing and have a longing deep within my soul to be snuggled in with Mark enjoying them.

My all time favorite is The Muppet Christmas Carol. The older I get the more I realize how much I love the Christmas Carol story, and a little Kermit makes everything better.

Love Actually. For some reason everyone seems to love the scene where Keira Knightly answerers the door to the guy with a series of signs professing his love for her. Eh. My favorite is when Colin Firth dives in the lake with the maid and neither one can understand the other.

Elf. I watch this movie for one line.

"Buddy the Elf. Whats your favorite color?"

The Family Stone. This one is a brand new one. Mark has been with me since this tradition started so this one is special in a different way. I guess a more grown up way.

Surf, Sun, and Paint

I have always envied the surfer lifestyle. Who wouldn't? I absolutely love Andy Davis' art. It gives me the rare opportunity to be pulled in to the surfer way of life, even I only get it for a little bit I love the sensation.

He even has a clothing line. Very cool.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

We are now eligible fo win free lunches!

I finally got around to making some buisness cards for our little shop yesterday. We are both pretty excited about them, and I think they turned out way better than I thought they would. I made one single sided one, and another with two sides.



Crimson tow'rs against the sky

It started snowing last night while we were in the architecture studio trying to get our bridge together so we all could go home and get some sleep. The campus looked so peaceful and settled as we walked back to our car at 2:30am. I think it was my first moment of true pride because I was am a Miami Student. The snow kept falling until about noon today.

Here is Mark groggily waiting for the bus.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Etsy Love

Check it out! Our first ever spotlight! QuirkynBerkeley has posted a little sumin, somethin' over at her blog about our little Etsy shop!

I am seriously considering getting this awesome "Teeny Tin Christmas Envelopes" from her shop. I think they are awesome and oh so cute!

UPDATE: Bought em!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Yay for Photography Majors!

11 hours of lab time
(that I can remember)
A little over 6 and a half hours shooting
(At an average of 40 minutes per one roll of film)
The hours and hours of creative thinking it takes to come up with an idea.

= Final Project done

Saturday, December 1, 2007


Tonight was my side of the families annual decorating the tree night. Some years ago my Mom and Dad decided they wanted to make a tradition out of making a huge deal out of decorating the tree. The day includes picking out the tree, getting it home, a feast and then the decorating of the tree. The menu always includes Roast Beef, Crab Legs or Lobster and baby Cokes. This year Mom, because she knew how much Mark loves them, added in cheesy potatoes. It was truly wonderful. We did have a little mishap at the beginning of the meal where Dad knocked over his coke in to my cheesy potatoes with the basket of Crab Legs. I saw it coming and could do nothing but make a stupid face as the holy trinity of our Christmas tree decorating night collided together in to my plate. Dad rescued his coke and I mopped it out of my potatoes and all was well again.
We did have to drive back to school tonight because of the huge amount of work we both have to get done, but having a break to enjoy family and good food helped. Plus! When I got home there was a message in my in box congratulating me that someone had bought a Teal Town original Silhouette Scarf! Every sale we make is exciting, but for me this was completly my own creation. I told Mark what I wanted to do and he made the screen for me, but it was my idea from step one to the end. Everything else on the site I have only helped him create.

This scarf was all me and someone liked it enough to buy it! Today turned out pretty good if you ask me.

Friday, November 30, 2007


Moving On

Another November has passed us by, this shall be my last post in honor of NaBloPoMo. I'm bummed I didn't know about it until half way through the month, but I did post everyday from when I joined. I didn't think I could do it. Next year I know about it in time to celebrate the whole month.

It is also time for the our harvesty Etsy banner to come down.

December is here and I now will commence in getting ready for Christmas. I put up a happy little holiday banner to get things started.

Thursday, November 29, 2007


When we started our little shop over on Etsy I wanted just a handful of hearts. We now have 94 hearts, but what is so cool about it is how talented the people are who are giving us all of their hearts. Knowing that people like Nickolya who can create something as awesome as this like the stuff that Mark and I are doing is a very big complement.

I have loved Lauren Alane's little owls forever. They make me wish for money so I can perch them on the top of my computer to keep me company when I am sure that all of this is not worth it and I should just forget about college. Pointless endeavor anyway. I am very flattered she likes what we are doing enough to give us a heart. Very cool.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

I need a good trashy romance novel

Mark and I had a pretty bad day yesterday. The kind of day that spills over and ruins the rest of your week. There is no way I could have come up with this idea unless I was feeling truly crappy. Thank God for Mac's with their one plug, and wireless internet. I don't care what anyone says I love Steve Jobs.

We missed last weeks Grey's Anatomy so when I got home from my night class we snuggled down in to bed with our Taco Bell dinner and watched last weeks Grey's on my computer. If we lived in a sitcom this episode would have ended with us snugled in with eachother and our Taco Bell and Daniel Powter drowning out all of the noises in our world only to fade out into the credits.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


Teal Town has made another sale! Thanks LisaJean! Hope you enjoy your shirt!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Holiday Outfits

Over the weekend Kendra showed all of us how to elf ourselves.

If you would like to see us in action you can watch it here, or you can create your own here. It never gets old no matter how many times you watch it. Trust me.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Thanksgiving Stories 2007

Mark waiting for search and rescue to show up.

On the way to Grandmother's house for a delicous meal this Thanksgiving our car broke down. It has been acting weird for a while and finally tuckered out 40 minutes outside of town. I would like to point out there was only 40 minutes until Thanksgiving lunch was scheduled to commence. WE WERE PERFECTLY ON TIME! I am never on time. Dad drove out to pick us up. He got in and it immediately started up. We switched cars and he was able to get it about ten minutes out side of town before he decided he didn't want to deal with it. We left it sitting on the side of the road and headed for turkey, stuffing, and a bathroom.
The next morning Mom went with Dad to check it out. She credits herself for fixing it because she is the one who insisted they put gas in it and see what would happen. It started right up. Well I could have fixed that problem if the gas gage had told me THERE WAS NO GAS LEFT! Oh well. It will be a nice story to tell our children about our first Thanksgiving we had as married people.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Welcome to Teal Town Ink

It is time once again to set up the Teal Town studio.

New designs coming soon!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Oh my Deery

The day after Thanksgiving, and so starts the Christmas madness. Mark and I have absolutely no Christmas decorations. In fact its our first Christmas being married and we're not going to even bother with a tree. Honestly, most of December will probably be spent back in our home town with our parents. A tree would only be enjoyed for the couple weeks between now and finals, and then it would be a nuisance to come back to after Christmas break is done and over with.

My Mother-it-law decorates with small collections. A bunch of little golden owls, sparkling Texas themed ornaments. It makes everything look all pulled together and homey. If I were to start my Christmas decorations purchasing this year I think I would have to go with these Deery Lou and Friends ornaments. How cute would that Christmas tree be!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Honey Do

I didn't get half of the things I had planned to get done to day done. I did have a fantastic nap. Mark and I did get half of the leaves from the yard on to the street so the city can suck them up with their leaf vacuum. I just put the last load of laundry in the washer. The house is clean with the exeption of the floors which I started to work on before dinner, but just couldn't find it in me to finish the job after I had a belly full of bagel sandwich. After that the only thing left to do was pass out on the sofa.

That Time of Year Again

My internal clock is a month behind. I don't feel like tomorrow is Thanksgiving. I am ready for Halloween. In the on going struggle to split our time fairly between families Mark and I are headed to my Grandmothers tomorrow for the big feast. Then to Mark's parents on Friday to celebrate their birthdays with them over the weekend.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

I'm it

Well I have been tagged twice. Thanks Sanctimony and Semba08.

1. Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 random and or weird things about yourself
3. Tag 7random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.
4. Let each person know that htey have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Weird things about me:

1. My husband and I started dating when he was 14 and I was 16 (the big scandal of the neighborhood at the time). We have been together for five years and seven months. This July we were married.
That us on the right at a Bush rally in 2003. The cute couple to the left is Adam and Kendra my brother and sister-in-law.

2. I have a freckle on my lip. It is very faint and every once in a while I will think I have a smudge of chocolate on my top lip and try and wipe it off.

3. I have lived in a town called Defiance and after that I lived in a place called Erie.

4. I still listen to the N'Sync Christmas CD every Christmas.

5. I can read lips exceptionally well.

6. When I was in elementary school I had a cat that said my name. His name was Sparkle.

7. I have two different thumbs and I refuse to let anyone look at my them so they can realize just how different they are.

And here are my seven random blogs:

le pen quoidien, achilles heals, writer vixen explains it all, the architectural dance society, jenny on the spot, add humor and faith .... mix well, musing from myopia

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Number Sixty Three

I always forget about this picture, but for some reason Mark really likes it and every once in a while reminds me of it. I am not sure it helps to look back on the sunny days of summer or just makes the gray days of November seem even more unbearable.

It was the sixty third picture I ever took on my D80.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Wheres Abe

I don't know why I find this so interesting but dang. I was going to post a picture, but my computer is being dumb.

UPDATE: Computer is no longer being dumb.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

The Art of Words

Oh Joy! Guided me to Jeff Canham's site. I love his typography art.
He even put pictures on his site of how he works. I love when artist let us get a glimpse inside of their studio. Many times I find myself much more interested in how the artiest works and what they choose to have around them while they are creating.

Stumbled over

The Brady Bunch has merged with Calendars over at

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Consumerism and Kikus

Andy Warhol, "Kiku"

I have never really thought much about Andy Warhol's art. I like the idea behind it, but none of his things have ever made me want to look at them forever. Tonight I was catching up with Claudia over at The Paris Apartment and found her post about Kiku the Japanese's Chrysanthemum. I know the names of flowers but other than roses and Calla Lilies I can't tell you which one is which. A Chrysanthemum is almost as strange and mysterious as its name so I did an image search for more. Turns our Andy Warhol had a thing for Kikues. This may be the beginning of a Warhol phase for me.

Beer + Ice Cream = Successful Grocery Trip

With the very real possibility that Mark and I might be living in Dublin Ireland for six weeks next summer I have found myself buying things that I would never normally buy.I usually go for Blue Moon when I want a beer. However, Guinness seems to be a way of life in Ireland. I figured we better start immersing ourselves with the culture anyway we can.
O.K. I probably would have bought this before, but I wouldn't have been nearly as excited about it as I was.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007


Halogen Lamp $10 at Ace. Lovely Flowers $3.99 at Kroger.
Having a husband that will buy you a Halogen lamp and lovely flowers because you have an idea... priceless.

Pure Genius

I found Ross McBrides Anamorphic Series last night and immediately wanted one. Unfortunately no one sells them over here in America. Very depressing. I don't think I would be able to drink out of it if I had one. I would feel the need to display it as a piece of art.