Odds and Ends

Man, it's been a doozie around here. I promise to return to my standard programming in the next couple of days.

This week was my last for teaching private lessons, and as much as I love working with the kids I think we're all ready for summer break. At least it's mutual. Summer for me has grown to mean 6 weeks in Maine, away from all cell phone service and regular internet connections, but we've got different plans this year. It means I'll be working quite a bit more than usual, for better or worse, but there will still be a change of pace from my usual routine. I think I've learned that I find balance like a pendulum finds center. I'm always way over to one side or the other, and just skimming past center on my way to a different extreme. Right now that tiny speck of centered-ness on the horizon is looking awfully nice.

So give me a couple of days, and I'll be right back with you. Trust me, I'm looking forward to it.


One of those days

I had a lovely morning, and then my afternoon kind of took a turn for the worse. Can it be summer yet? I'm putting up these pictures from my morning to try and end on a good note. And here's to a better tomorrow.





Marathon Training



Save the Dates

Save the Dates

We just got the first bunch of these out in the mail. 5 months left!

Save the Dates


Travel Themed Invitations

I've been away from this space for longer than I'd like, so let me show you a bit of what I've been up to!

Peter and Jamie's Wedding Invitations

Our friends, Peter and Jamie, are getting married in a couple of months and they trusted me and my gocco-ing skills enough to let me make their wedding invitations. Peter is one of my favorite horn players, and Jamie works in research with autistic children. They're really pretty fantastic. They met in Germany while Peter was studying there for a year and Jamie was working as an au pair. The two love to travel (they're going to Tanzania for their honeymoon!!) so that's becoming the theme of their wedding. And after a lot of brainstorming this is what we came up with for their invites.

Peter and Jamie's Wedding Invitations

As you can see, they're luggage tags! The cover page is cut from vintage map wrapping paper that we found at the Paper Source and had cut down to size. A friend of theirs drew the great silhouette of the two birds in flight. I gocco-ed the heck out of the whole bunch, and all four of us sat down one night to trim corners and punch holes.

Peter and Jamie's Wedding Invitations

I love all the invitations I've made with the gocco so far, but I think these are my favorites. I like how the travel theme carries through to each page without being campy. They're classy and elegant, while still looking modern and personal and unique at the same time. So congrats to Peter and Jamie, and I'm glad these turned out so well!