General Me-ness


I’ve been neglecting _____smith blogging as of late since change is in the air. I’ve been super busy working on some freelance projects, plus juggling my associate editing work with Moonshine Ink and taking on a quasi full-time job with Tahoe Mountain Sports in Kings Beach.

I’m handling all their web copywriting (penning compelling product descriptions, like Elaine from Seinfeld did for J. Petterman) and social media, which means I’m now blogging, and on Twitter and Facebook, as the voice of Tahoe Mountain Sports. I’ll still keep _____smith updated with my crafting and latest published work, but don’t hold your breath for super-fresh content. If you miss me too much, follow me through Tahoe Mountain Sports!

A new commission came my way last week, and *poof* I’m all jazzed up on block printing again. Here’s a shot of a piece I did a bit back for Chris and Mayumi at Moonshine Ink. Their logo was just crying to be inked! Stay tuned for the revealed commission (3 wedding gifts) as well as a new Tahoe stamp I’ve been working on…

Grandma Daisy turns 90 today! How lucky I am to have such an amazing person in my life… I can’t begin to list all the things I’ve learned from her. She is truly the best! Her love of nature trumps all, and I have the best memories of digging and poking around in the dirt with her. She can name every plant in her yard, is a voracious reader and has the sweetest heart. Here’s to another 10 years in the garden grandma!

My birthday gift to her this year is this mountain goat block print since my mom told me Daisy had started referring to herself as a mountain goat. he he!

It was a good day: cross-country skiing along Tahoe’s shore, then snowshoeing on the same route later in the day cause it was so beautiful. And what did I find as I retraced my tracks but a smiley face that jumped off the underside of my shoes. A good omen I think.

With my family en route tomorrow, the cutest Christmas tree ever (its trunk is so small it fits in a carafe) and another stellar gift-wrapping performance by Chris, I’m considering myself lucky this year! Happy Holidays!

a ray from my figurine collection (he's even traveled to mexico with me) and a smile i encountered on a boat

It rains gratitude around Thanksgiving, and rightly so. There’s just so much to give thanks to. My personal list is so long it would surely send you into a trypophane-like sleep.

Thus, for the purposes of being concise (and the ModCloth Thanksgiving Thank-a-Thon blog contest), I’m going to pick one thing today: quirk. You know those tidbits of uniqueness that make you smile? The oddities, the weirdness, the unexplainable attributes that make someone or something appealing, or perhaps appalling at the same time.

With out little quirks, what would we laugh about at home? What would our loved ones appreciate us for? What would we obsessively collect, or look at online? Cute Overload would cease to exist. Etsy’s wierdness category would be forever lost. Certainly, ModCloth’s items (like this Fresh Prints of Bel Air shirt) would be without their pop culture–inspired names.

I stumbled upon Spontaneous Smiley a few days ago and was amazed at the dorky simplicity of finding smiley faces in everyday items: bread, cookies, machinery, nature. Knowing that others also embark on silly adventures makes me happy. So thank you to all the strange things I do and collect, and to everyone else in the world who goes above and beyond normal!