What was intended as a several-day process—maybe several weeks tops—ballooned into almost six months of work on this site. I had originally planned to primarily revamp the blog, while also integrating a nicer portfolio section. But over the summer, I thought about the future of the site, and what I would feel most engaged with. What would help my career, and my development as an artist, while still being interesting to look at and to read?

I’m a compulsively fascinated person—everything is interesting to me, and I want to learn how to do it all. This is a fun way to live, but does make it difficult to choose what one wants to do when one “grows up.” I’ve never been able to set career goals because I’ve never been clear on what it was I wanted to do. After working for Inside Columbia for nearly a year, I’ve discovered that what really makes me happy—the type of assignment that gets me excited to get out of bed and into the office in the mornings—is illustration. I love the creative problem-solving process, I love the complete freedom of color and texture and line. And so, with this established, I’ve been steadily working to reorient myself.

I decided that the greater focus of my online presence needed to be on my work. The only way to snag clients is to be seen, and by hiding my portfolio behind a blog, I wasn’t giving it the spotlight it needed. My hope is that the new site design puts more of the focus on what I do rather than what I think or say—while still giving a platform to those things, too. You’re still going to see DIY projects and recipes because those things still matter to me. But you’ll also see new work I’m proud of, things I’m inspired by, and all manner of other things that contribute to the process of illustration. If you’re viewing this on a computer, rather than a phone or tablet, you’ll see a couple of sidebar widgets. The first is the latest thumbnails from my daily doodle project, and you can always click through to go see them. I won’t cross-post all of them here, only the ones I’m most proud of.

You’ll also notice, if you look at my Instagram feed, that our household has changed a little since the last time I posted. 2013 has been a very mixed bag, I’m afraid. We had to say goodbye to both Helvetica (who died in February of heart failure) and Arial (who died just two weeks ago from a recurrence of her kidney cancer), as well as Mitzy (who died in May after struggling with mast cell tumors for several years). All of these losses were heartbreaking, and not a day goes by that I don’t miss my darling furry friends. On the bright side, in June we brought home a new family member, Luna, who will get her own proper introduction post shortly. If you’re desperate for details in the meantime, though, may I recommend her tumblr?

If you’re still here and reading this—thanks so much for sticking with me. I’m feeling totally inspired with the new layout and looking forward to filling up this space with an endless amount of scribbling and rambling. If you have any feedback on the new design, I’d love to hear it!

Tall, somewhat-awkward twentysomething design addict exhibits magpie-like hoarding tendencies and an uncanny ability to say precisely the wrong thing in uncomfortable situations. Enjoys laziness, food, animals that aren’t food, rearranging furniture while husband is out of the house/sleeping, attempting to garden for about 6 weeks at the beginning of every summer, purchasing own weight in design magazines, revamping Goodwill clothes/furniture, the French word for “grapefruit,” appallingly bad movies, indie music, CB2, spelling n’ grammar, books where people fall in love and then something terrible happens and it looks like they won’t ever see each other again but then wait! everything turns out okay, Pepsi One, watching other people play interesting video games, Scrabble, midnight baking, fall, canceled television shows (see: Arrested Development, Pushing Daisies), DIY blogs, Harry Potter, rainy days in the summer, trenchcoats, every color except Pepto-Bismol pink, vintage chairs, Wikipedia-hopping.

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  1. Hello,
    I’m so sorry about your rats. I just found your blog tonight whilst searching for home-made rat cages. Your IKEA alteration is amazing and your rats most fortunate to have been in your care. If it wouldn’t make you feel too sad, could you comment on how the cage held up over time? I am thinking of getting two pet rats for my daughter and the cages I’ve seen at pet shops have been expensive, yet not of impressive quality. Thank you…

    1. Hi Diane! So sorry it’s taken me so long to reply. The cage has held up beautifully. If I were to get more rats, I would replace the Contact paper I put down on each shelf, as little claws have torn it up over time; other than that, it’s done very well. It will help if the rats are trained to use a litter box, as you’ll have less to clean up. We used white vinegar diluted with water and it removed any odor—just be sure it’s nice and aired out before you put the rats back in :) Have fun with your rats! They really are the best, sweetest little animals. I can’t praise them enough.

  2. Thanks so much! We adopted two baby rats, just five weeks old, from a local shelter. My daughter named them Linda (white with black spots and a black head) and Morrigan (black with dumbo ears.) They are siblings and still rather shy with us, although they are getting better since they are about two months old now. They are much friendlier with my daughter, who takes care of them and has them in her room with her. I find them alarming still, and kind of nippy, but I think they are quite pretty and adorable, too. We are trying to litter box train them, but they don’t seem to be cooperating too much. I hope to be able to try an Expedit cage soon. Apart from being quite roomy and stylish, it looks MUCH easier to access for clean-up than the large cage we purchased.

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