Monday Goodness: Picked Up.

I was so caught up with panels and learning and meeting people Friday at Alt that my Happy Weekend post 100% slipped my mind! But I still wanted to share some of my favorite posts from last week, so here are am few tasty links to help ease you into your Monday…

Calligraphy + tattooing = this beauty

A few great roundups of beautiful valentines – parts 1 + 2

DIY Valentine’s Day goody bags for all of your sweet treats

Be sure and get a valentine! Join the 2010 Valentine Swap.

I’m on the lookout for a reason to make some of these fun confetti containers

Dying to try my hand at this Mondrian Pound Cake!


Alt Summit (Cont.).

Day 2, 10:45 am MWT

Alt is turning out even better than I imagined, if that’s even possible

The early bird panel yesterday – How to Find the Best Design Sites – with Nicole Balch of Making it Lovely, Allison Czarnecki of Petit Elefant, Jaime Derringer of Design Milk and Karey Mackin of Mackin Ink was wonderful. And hanging out with all of these women (and a few guys, too!) that are my own personal design crushes has been nothing short of empowering.

This morning I had my own moment of celebrity awe while listening to the keynote breakfast – Why Design? – with Heather Armstrong of Dooce, Jean Aw of NotCot, Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge and Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan of Apartment Therapy. I even got to sit about 2.5 feet away from Heather’s husband, the infamous Jon.

My own panel – Designer vs. Design Blogger – was during the first breakout session. I got to speak with an amazing group of women, too. Joy Cho of Oh Joy!, Jaime Derringer of Design Milk and Rachel Jones of Black Eiffel. It was thrilling to hear about how the others balance their lives and how design impacts both areas of their lives. And as a surprise to even myself, I wasn’t even a bit nervous.

Next I’ll be hitting up Build Your Brand and Your Business with Emily Goligoski of The SanFranista, Victoria Smith of SFGirlbyBay, Gayla Trail of You Grow Girl and Sarah Jane Wright of Sarah Jane Designs to hear about how they started out and turned a nothing business into a big something. After that is the Keynote Lunch with artists Erik Natzke and DJ Earworm. Then the last breakout session (I’m still undecided), the closing session and the Blurb Meetup and Happy Hour. Whew.

They have us running non-stop, but I wouldn’t change it for a thing. If you weren’t able to make it out to Salt Lake City this year plan on signing up for Alt 2011 for sure!


Salt Lake City : Alt Summit.

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Day 1, 10:35 am MWT

I must really, really love design because I’ve been up since 3:45 this morning. My journey to Alt began in Oklahoma City at 6:30 and after a swift connection in Denver, I arrived in beautiful Salt Lake City around 10:30.

As I wait in the SLC airport’s Starbucks for Greedy Girl to arrive (the silly thing booked a different connecting flight out of Denver than me) I’ve made a few observations:

  • There’s an oddly disproportionate number of attractive people here.
  • This is the best music I’ve ever heard played at an airport Starbucks, and I’ve been to my share. It sounds like they’re sharing my iTunes.
  • I haven’t seen any celebrities making their way to Sundance. Yet. But I have seen a few too many people trying too hard to look like a celebrity.
  • I should have packed more shoes. I forgot the ones I wanted to wear Saturday night.

So as you can see, so far so good! After checking into the hotel I’m off to the early bird lecture, How to Find the Best Design Sites. Then tonight it’s off to Speed Networking and the Hollywood Opening Social. If you’re not already, follow me on Twitter for more updates throughout the day!


Off to the Alt Summit.

Bright and early tomorrow morning I’ll be off on my way to the Alt Summit in cold and snowy Salt Lake City! Three days of being around fellow design bloggers and trailing after my own design crushes is in store, along with some great panels, networking and (of course) celebrity watching. (Sundance is going on right now, after all…) I swear I feel like I’m gearing up for a trip to sleepaway camp! If you’re headed to SLC as well, you can catch me speaking on the Design vs. Design Blogger panel taking place Friday morning at 9:45. If you’re not, check back here for sporadic updates of all things Alt!


Hawaiian Martini.

{cocktail recipe and photo via chaos in the kitchen}

I looove this kind of cocktail. One where there’s fruit, but it hardly counts because it’s so saturated with alcohol. It’s not even noon and I’m drooling over this Hawaiian Martini!

Hawaiian Martinis

(makes 2500 ml, prep 10 minutes, allow to infuse about 1 week)

• 1500 ml (2 750 ml bottles) vodka
• 500 ml vanilla vodka
• 500 ml coconut rum (like Malibu)
• 2 fresh pineapples, cut into 1 inch wedges

In a large (6 quart) container with a spigot-such as a lemonade, ice tea, or a punch dispenser-layer pineapple. Pour alcohol over pineapple making sure to completely cover the pineapple. Allow to infuse at least a week, will stay good much longer as long as the pineapple slices remain submerged. To serve (makes 2 drinks), measure out 4-6 oz liquid. Add along with ice to a martini shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into two martini glasses, garnish with a wedge of marinated pineapple.


Help Haiti Rise.

There’s so much generosity going on in the wake of the earthquake in Haiti last week, it helps to renew my hope in the human race. Pre-order this super-soft Help Haiti Rise tee from artist Mike Fretto and feel good knowing that 100% of all proceeds go directly to Partners in Health and their medical work in this ravaged country.