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Lincoln started working at Tripwire when I was 8 months pregnant with Jackson. We’ve been really lucky to meet so many wonderful people through his work. Not only did Lincoln get a wonderful job, but we also got fabulous friends too. John is Lincoln’s co-worker. He happens to live two blocks from my parents house. Did I also mention that his roommate is also dating my cousin? I know, it gets complicated! Most importantly, there’s Laura. She is John’s girlfriend fiance.

I got the pleasure of being a part of the elaborate plot to surprise Laura. John contacted me and had a whole plan. He told Laura that he was planning on taking her to Bend this coming weekend. She had already purchased her wedding ring. Wait, her Grandma, technically bought it when they were vacationing in Palm Desert. Hey, when a girl sees something she wants, you better buy it, right? So, the ring was no longer a surprise. They already selected their wedding date. No surprise there. She is a total planner just like me. You wouldn’t want anyone else to take it. Did I mention they are not getting married until next summer???

Laura picked out a beautiful venue for their wedding and reception. It has one of the largest green houses on the estate. It is fully landscaped and amazing! She also knew that John had already asked her Dad for her hand in marriage. How cute is that? But, again, not a surprise!

When it came to the engagement, Laura thought she had it all figured out. Well guess what Laura? We got you!!!! This is how it all went down. Laura thought we were all meeting at Portland City Grill tonight for Happy Hour. I had called her a few weeks ago (per John’s surprise plot) and told her that Tripwire was going public and that they were having an event at 7 pm. Laura has a pretty busy social schedule and John wanted to make sure the date was reserved!

We always do happy hour or dinner somewhere before Tripwire events, so I know Laura thought nothing of it. John even arranged to have our brother-in-law, Ryan, photograph the whole event. I am dying to know more details!!! As I am writing this, he is proposing to her. I hope she isn’t mad at me for lying to her. It was all in good fun! I’ll give you an update before I actually publish this blog on all the exciting details!

I had already ordered custom edible icing decals from Hello Frosting. I needed to give them a gift to congratulate them! I know John and Laura always appreciate my baked goods. I also stumbled upon edible diamonds. I thought they made a perfect addition. Here are the cookies I made for them! I took a ton of photos so just bear with me!

Laura is planning on doing green and yellow for their wedding colors. She also talked about decorating with green apples!

**Update** Laura was totally shocked. I can’t wait to see the photos that Ryan too! She walked into a private room at Portland City Grill. She saw Ryan in the background and realized something was going on. There was flower, rose petals, champagne and wine (why have just one when you can have both), and then there was John. He recited some sweet nothings to her about not wanting to live his life without her and then got down on his knee and proposed. I think she was still in a bit of shock when I went over to drop off the cookies.

Wanna see the ring? I know I did. Here it is in all its glory!

Here are John and Laura. John looks a little under dressed right? Well, he was all dressed up, but before we could take some pics in his nice digs he changed. I guess you’ve got to be quicker.

I love John’s face. He looks so proud! Here they are with their cookies!

Here are a few more photos in case you haven’t seen enough!

Congratulations John & Laura! We are all so happy for you! I’m so excited to be a part of your special day (Laura asked me to be in the wedding! Can you see me jumping for joy right now?). Enjoy each other and your engagement (and the ring too)! Hope you liked your cookies!

So, I just got a very exciting phone call from my sister Kellie! She just picked up her project. If you didn’t already check it out click here to see her final art project. She was seeking the very elusive, hard to find, but very in vogue A+. To my delight, Kellie just report she got. . . can I get a drum roll please. . . .

Congratulations Kellie!!! Her teacher made some very kind remarks and told her that we needed to go into the t-shirt business. My next business? Umm. . . not any time soon!

Way to go sista!!!!

From a proud older sister,


P.S. Sorry for bragging so much, but A+s of any kind deserve to be celebrated!

I’ve been a busy girl this week. Not only have I had three sick kids, but I’ve had a ton of projects. Kristin was a referral from my dear friend Julie. Can I just say that Kristin is absolutely adorable? She really is. Okay, that being said, that girl is making me work. She has enough projects to keep me busy for 24 hours a day. Keep the projects coming Krisin. Mama need some new shoes!

Kristin’s son Carson is having a birthday next month and they decided on a Pirate themed birthday party. Being a Mom of three boys, that was right up my alley! It’s really hard to do a birthday that hasn’t already been done when I have three boys to work with. So far, we haven’t done a pirate theme, but I see one coming in our future. Not this year, because I already have all the boys party themes planned!

I ended up designing invitations, thank you cards, and goodie bag labels. I just wanted to show you a quick teaser of the front of his invite.

What do you think? We had these printed on linen cardstock. I can’t wait to see them. . . .

Thanks Krisitn for all of your projects. I am really enjoying them and I’m going to miss emailing you 100 times a day! I’m sure your inbox will appreciate the break!

Good night all!


This past weekend my sister, Kellie came to town to celebrate my Mom’s birthday! She is currently in her second year of college and lives in Eugene! We miss her a ton when she is gone. When she comes home, she always stays with me and is like another one of my children. I adore her and it’s so fun to have her around. Kellie is the type of person that always has to be doing something. She comes home so we can entertain her. Sometime this is a challenging task, but normally my boys keep her plenty busy!

I’m trying to recruit Kellie to come to work with me. She doesn’t have the personality or the attention span to sit at a desk from 9-5. Selfishly, I suggested she go to school for graphic design. I could get so much more done if I had someone else to help me design. She just started taking her art classes and to my excitement, she is really enjoying them. Yay!

She called me to see if I could help her with her art project when she was home. Of course, I was excited to help! Apparently, her assignment was to pick a designer that she had learned about in class and create something that the designer would have created. The piece was suppose to encompass the design style of the designer.

Kellie had picked David Carson. I had never heard of him. Have you? Check out David Carson Designs to get a feel for his design style!

Thankfully, Kellie already had an idea of what she wanted to do and it was just a matter of me using my photoshop magic to make it happen! She has been getting A- on all of her work and was really going for the A+. If her teacher doesn’t give her an A+, then I am going to drive down there and bribe her with some cupcakes! That should work, right?

Here is her completed project!

What do you think? We did a T-shirt both front and back, a skateboard deck, and a skate helmet.

Here is the T-shirt

Did I mention we thought the shirt was so cool that we actually printed out iron on decals and created the shirt! It was super cute, but the pink color wasn’t as HOT as we wanted. We are currently on the hunt for a screen printed version. Do you have any resources for a low run screen print shop? I really want one of these shirts too.

Here is the skate deck. I don’t skate, but after designing this I think I might start!

Lastly, here is the skate helmet. I think it’s really cute too. I want to wear this helmet. Though helmets are not very becoming, this one is definitely super cute. Who cares if you have helmet hair afterwards?

Looking back, I really wish I had gotten a graphic design degree. There is so much that I don’t know. I know my business degree is definitely an asset, but if I could go back to school and do it all over again, I think I would get a degree in graphic design. Since there is no magic rewind button, I am only left with moving ahead. Thankfully, I can live vicariously through my sister and try to piggy back on her education and learn everything I can. Who needs to go back when you have a younger sisters that can help you move forward?

Thanks Kellie for including me on this assignment! I’m anxiously awaiting your grade on this project. I really enjoyed our time together and you are going to be an amazing designer and I can’t wait to watch you grow and change as a designer!

Love you sister!