Friday, August 19, 2011

welcome the weekend with this.

this is not by any stretch new information, but this song/band/video happens to be absolutely perfect. and beautiful. in every way. enjoy and welcome the weekend.

be well, pretties.

//local natives : who knows who cares

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


as the days get long and arduous. okay, that might have been a teensie bit dramatic...let's try again. as i stare at a computer all day and remember how much i dislike excel, it's the little things that surprise me and keep me going. like this!

completely unsolicited excitement. makes my heart skip a beat.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

livin' the dream.

i am taking a break from more editing of more pages in the
same-documents-i-have-been-working-on-f o r e v e r.

the drama in that statement was both entirely necessary and intentional. over the weekend i stumbled across this article and it got me thinking. well, personally it got me reflecting and then turning my perspective towards others, and how they may be processing similar situations.

i will give you a brief synopsis of the article, on the off chance you don't feel like clicking the perfect hyperlink and reading the entire article.

in this time of economic hardship where jobs are scarce and professionals who, once touted high salaries partnered with respectable titles and positions, are finding themselves without, many people are turning to 'plan b' or 'their dream job.' this all sounds fantastic, right? well, for those mentioned in the article, this turned into more anguish than help as their hours increased form 40/week to 60+ and they realized that they ran the entire show, with little to no outside help. suddenly their dream has quickly turned into a nightmare, and often an expensive one, at that.

what surprises me most about this is that each individual mentioned was of a different demographic both professionally as well as in age. i think this is important to note, simply as i think our society tends to lean towards the younger generation as having an unrealistic set of ideals towards 'doing whatever it is you put your mind to.' please hear me say, i don't have it all figured out and i am not pretending that i do. i mean, i spend way too many hours doing and re-doing tasks that, if i were more knowledgeable in certain areas or possessed the skill-sets of a small army, would be done much more efficiently.

i feel very fortunate that i have had mentors and encouragement on this path towards vintage heart. i am also, to a fault at times, absurdly rational. i have mentioned before that i have to walk the aisle of the paint department or flip through magazines to remind myself of the pretty that will be included in vintage heart. my lean towards rationality has often led me to momentarily forget the why behind my big dream, as opposed to merely the what and how.

i am also thankful that i prepared myself mentally to work while in the process of setting up shop. i work close to 60 hours/week nannying small children, while squeezing in meetings and phone calls during 'quiet times' and pulling all nighters to stay on top of my work load and keep the launch date 'on schedule.' again, this isn't to tout my planning skills and wave my finger at them in a, 'um you should have known' manner, but merely to express that it is a challenge to venture off down a new and unpaved path. it does take time. it is taxing.

but it's worth it. knowing that one day i will hand you a perfect drink, makes it worth it. looking forward to the conversations and the stories shared, makes it worth it.

so what are your thoughts? what's your big dream? do tell.

also, happy monday!

Friday, August 12, 2011

it's luke's birthday. and other interesting tidbits.

welcome, friday. it has been a long, hot week and i am glad you have come to usher in the weekend.

how are all of you today? i have little 'new news' for you all, so how about a hodgepodge of a post? good.

i feel like i haven't been nearly as diligent as i would like to be here on this humble little blogspace. i promise to work on that. what would you like to see more of? would you like more information on the people that will be partnered with vintage heart? do you want to know more about the vision or design elements? what about the menu? or the process? let me know. i hate to bore you all with sporadic, haphazard entries that leave you wishing you have those three minutes let me know what YOU would find interesting.

i was over at third coast this week and luke //who's birthday is today so you should call (512. 444.7820) the shop incessantly, ask for him, then sing obnoxiously// recommended i check out a little product called,


so i went home, curled up onto the comfy chair in our house (which, i have never sat in until recently, when we moved it into the dining room so we could clean the living room carpets. i kind of like it located here in the middle of the room..maybe i can convince the roommate to keep it?.. i digress.) and went right on over to

besides being a designer's perfect dream, we have an index card sized book that not only encourages you to test your pallet, but let's you document it in the furthest extent of nerddom. i see no wrong with this.

inside the book they offer a flavor wheel allowing you to really investigate specific flavors you taste and subtle hints you may pick up on. it has room to document brew method, bean origin, price, roaster, and how you rate it. i mean, if i were to get geeked out about something printed on 100% recycled and or post-consumer used paper, this would most certianly be it.

if you also enjoy beer and wine, they have 33books for that as well. you can find them here and and here.

so i will leave you with that. go forth and drink good coffee, then support the happy people at 33coffees and write it down.

Monday, August 8, 2011

a weekend away.

happy monday, pretties. i hope this finds you well.

i took a tiny road trip north to the ozarks for the weekend. for any of you who know me personally, you know that i was planning an adventure of quite some measure and decided to postpone it for a later day. this week i am off of work (yes, no screaming children for 13 hour days. i know, a miracle.) and decided that, rather than taking off into the expanse of highways our pretty country offers, i would stay in town and plan meeting after meeting, property walk-through after walk-through and enjoy the freedom to work on this humble little home for you.

i am fortunate that the people who surround me generally understand that i am a work-a-holic and my sweet friend/momma 'becca created a weekend of sheer relaxation and peace. no schedule. no alarm clocks. lots of vintage shops. lots and lots. oh, and a tour of wal-mart.

here is a small peek at my weekend and hopefully something pretty to look at as your work week starts.

i'll be more diligent this week in keeping you all in the loop of the most recent happenings. promise. happy monday, all.

Friday, August 5, 2011

an early weekend.

I am currently tucked away in the ozarks escaping the everyday routine (but not the heat). while I share coffee and conversation with an old friend, I wish for you all a weekend of rest and good company.

a little snippet of what I like to call 'business research'

more of substance next week. be well, loves.