3D-printed Fingernails for Brides and Bridesmaids

I believe the future of weddings is 3D printing. Not just jewelry or the occasional cake topper, but everything from food to florals will be influenced by 3D printing. The Laser Girls are offering their 3D-printed nail designs via Shapeways, the cafepress of 3D...

Art As Inspiration | Rewarding the Careful Observer

Jerry Uelsmann, Untitled, 1969 In a previous life (not that long ago), I worked in an art museum. One of the greatest joys of that time (aside from working in a space filled with such inspiration), was meeting many of the fine artists whose work we exhibited. Many of...

A project for artists

Chris Guillebeau (I've never been able to figure out how to pronounce it) was the first example I encountered of email marketing  done right. I'm impressed with this guy. And I'm really excited about this project he's doing with Jen + Omar of These Are Things. This...

Music Mondays | Sing That Son of a Gun

Music Mondays: because life’s better with a soundtrack. Note: No, I'm not unaware of the GRAMMYs having happened last night. I just happen to think they're not all that relevant. Particularly for any music deeper than the hit parade. That's not to say I wouldn't...

Unique Wedding Cake? Try Severed Heads (NSFW)

Leave it to Austin to be home to one of the most interesting cake makers I've seen. And how in the world did I miss this when it first made the rounds? Sideserf Cake Studio's owner, Natalie, first gained some visibility for the Willie Nelson cake she made. Well, now...

video | music matters

Many thanks to Alison Howard and James Victore for the inspiration, I'm making videos for your pleasure again. Hopefully these look a little nicer and will be of value to you. Today's lesson: Music...

Letterpress Craft Beer Labels Celebrate My City

Have I mentioned how much I love my town? Of all the coolness my friends are doing and making, one of the ones that makes this 100,000-person town feel even bigger* is the amazing city magazine that launched barely a year ago. Recently, I was asked to participate in...

Rilke – Widening Circles

There are a couple poets I love - most of whom I was exposed to during high school. I've got a thing for Pablo Neruda and Langston Hughes. And I've got an enduring love for Rainer Maria Rilke. Rilke's poetry is transcendental, but it was his Letters to a Young Poet...

Music Mondays | August and Everything After

I don't recall how it came to me, but I'm glad it did. It was possibly my favorite piece of music journalism ever and it taught me something about myself. It's something I'm still trying to figure out, but an important lesson is unfolding. I don't know @Steven_Hyden...

Broken is Better

I've always had a fascination with well-loved objects, even if I don't know the people who originally did the loving. I attribute this to having grown up in an entirely disposable culture. It's the same thing that draws me to fountain pens and straight razors and a...

Finding a Wedding Venue May Have Just Gotten Easier

If you just got engaged and are looking for a venue, The Hitch might be your new best friend. The Hitch is a website that allows couples to browse venues from a single place. As to be expected , this new digital offering (it's available as a website and an iOS app) is...

inspiration everywhere | Speick

I find inspiration in a lot of places. My medicine cabinet is one of them. Shaving supplies - those used for wet shaving (with a double-edge, single-edge or straight razor) -  run the range of styles from old-world classic to modern-chic to downright ugly. Somewhere...

James Victore’s Reading List

If you're not watching James Victore's Burning Questions videos every Tuesday, you're missing something great! James is a man who does life by his own rules and is an inspiration. Today, James shared what will be my reading list for 2014. I'm familiar with a few of...

a visit from David Lawrence

I've got to think it's been more than a year since I met David Lawrence. It was at John and Lee Anne's house; he was visiting from Seattle. David and his wife Dawn are now our neighbors for a season - a sojourn of sorts - and David stopped by the print shop while I...

Confidence | On Writing What You Know

I'm not a confident person, though you'd be forgiven for thinking that untrue. I'm outgoing, sure, but confidence isn't something I find naturally. I fancy myself a lot of things. A storyteller. An artist. A writer. A musician. But I harbor plenty of doubt as to...

Be Moved

I often choose not to post on US holidays. I don't want to crowd your stream of information and certainly don't want to use a holiday with deep meaning as a ploy for easy clicks. Please rest assured this is no such thing. While military life has not been a part of my...

It’s a coin toss…

I can't remember where I first heard the following quote: “When faced with two choices, simply toss a coin. It works not because it settles the question for you, but because, in that brief moment with the coin is in the air, you suddenly know what you're hoping for.”...

in memoriam

It's fitting that, in celebration of his life, many outlets have honored Jim Henson in his death this week. My grandmother passed away just a few short days ago. And in doing so, as is often the case, she has left behind many people who are now reflecting on their own...

ART AS INSPIRATION | paper skulls

I love paper and I sure as deuce love art. That means, by default, that I love Li Hongbo. I'm a little bummed I have no travel plans to Sydney any time soon. I would love to see this installation. That paper skull is absolutely...

we’ll dance on blades and pianos

The name is a play on one of my favorite tunes by Have Gun Will Travel. This is a pretty incredible project and looks like it will make for one wild...

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