Favorite Quote

This quote has long big a favorite of mine.  Written here in white ink on neon pink card stock.  2013-05-10_0011.jpg

“Let us then be up and doing with a heart for any fate; still achieving, still pursuing learn to labor and to wait.”  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

PS.  I’m pretty sure the ink was still wet when I hung this up and snapped the picture.  It was just a doodle I did for myself.



While working on the t-shirt project for the Mighty Oakes Heart Foundation I also sent my sister a file that says “be mighty” which she turned into a temporary tattoo! I love it. ‘Be Mighty’ is the battle cry of the Mighty Oakes Heart Foundation.


It never hurts to have a little reminder close by!


Here is one of my favorite girls in the world (who just happens to be the daughter of one of my favorite girls in the world!)  She just so happens to be a huge supporter of Mighty Oakes!


If you want custom tattoos contact Jim at Sticky Puppy http://store.sickpuppystore.com.

Remember to BE MIGHTY today!



MIGHTY T-shirts!

One of my favorite things since I started working on all these projects has been seeing the big reveal.  These days I’ve sent off a lot of digital files that are to be used in various forms that I don’t always get to see in person.  One of my favorite projects has been ongoing…and I hope I always get to work on it…

My sister established a foundation in the name of her son who was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect.  He past away just over a year ago, but lived a very mighty life while he was with us.  His foundation, Might Oakes Heart Foundation, has grown steadily since its inception,  feel free to contribute to the cause!

Every month on the 10th (Oakes’ Birthday) my sister and members of the foundation visit the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit to shower the nurses with love.  They were such a huge part of my nephews life and the foundation does its part to make sure they are reminded of how important they are to the families in the unit!  Several months before Oakes’s 2nd birthday my sister reached out to me to work on some phrases for her.  Some would be for a tshirt others would be for extra products.

Here are Oakes’s Grandma, Cousin, Sister, and parents carting in loads of cargo!  They brought tons of treats for the CICU nurses, patient, and families to celebrate his 2nd birthday!


It warmed my heart so much to think of our “mighty” Oakes and the nurses who shared his life with him.  (He spent all but 15 days of his life in the hospital).   Here are a few shots of the process and the end product!


The design before I cleaned it up:

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And here is the final product:



Here I am prepping for a 5k race with another huge fan of the Mighty Oakes Heart Foundation.  Its weird wearing your own work…but when MOHF is involved its worth it!photo-1

Since then, I’ve seen those shirts in photos on facebook, in a docu series about life at Children’s Hospital (WHICH IS AMAZING!), and of course in personal pics sent my way!  One more picture for you including Oakes’s sister and best friend.  Perfectly styled with a ring pop and puppy friend!

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I moved to Oklahoma in 5th grade.  I lived in a suburb north of Oklahoma City and then went to College at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, America.  During those years I was eager to get out.  Now that I’ve left, however, I love that state and the amazing memories and friendships she gave me.

I’m very far away from her now…and when I heard news of the tornados that hit the Moore area my stomach dropped.  I had seen the destruction of the May 5, 1999 storms personally and it broke my heart to imagine how all those families were dealing with the aftermath.  So, while trying to focus on other projects, I found myself scribbling out the words to the song Oklahoma.  It is one of those things that I find myself singing while I clean or am just walking down the street!  Its a song we sing at football games at Oklahoma State and choir performances in schools the state over.  Two of these are hanging in my dining room right now.  I just can’t believe anyone could ever get those lyrics so right!

I’m always holding my friends and family and old state in my heart and missing them all so much!





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Little frames


I’ve recently been working on a series of custom items about 5×7 for a very old friend of mine with different quotes.  These are sweet gifts she is giving out to people she loves. I particularly love this quote she requested in gold ink. I love this picture because even though the lighting is weird you can see that the ink is raised… one of my favorite features of using paint!

At the same time the quote is certainly a good thought to keep in your head while you branch out on a new course!  Who couldn’t use that reminder?

Quote by ~ Calice Becker

Custom work commissioned for a client and not available for reproduction.

The Beginning

Just one year ago I got married in Washington, DC. During the 9 months that let up to that I was busy planning the details to the wedding. When it came to stationary I was so conflicted… Paper/Stationary has always been something I loved… so how could I decide what I wanted from all the amazing options out there!

At the end of the day I decided to add my own personal touch to the occasion by making them myself. I picked up a calligraphy pen and started to practice…before I knew it I was spending all my free time testing new nibs, mixing custom ink colors, and coming up with different font styles. I was hooked. Since then I have had the chance to dedicate myself to this full time and I am loving every minute of it. These photos are courtesy of the lovely Laura Gordon who captured them during our engagement session!  I owe Laura a huge ‘Thank You’ for always being so encouraging and supportive!  If you need a photographer for any reason I strongly suggest you reach out!  Professional, delightful and her eye for photography is AMAZING!


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The Beginning