I have a shop… again

Several years ago I started an online vintage store. It was an excuse to vintage treasure hunt and allowed me a to buy the most ridiculous, awesome stuff I found. Though it slowed some when I started working at the university, I closed up shop completely in early 2013 when we started looking for a house. Unfortunately, that left me with 20+ containers of neatly packaged and labeled vintage items. I considered selling off the entire collection, but that’s obviously the easiest solution so I didn’t do it. Instead, … Read more…

Frida Kahlo Outfit?

I was just asked if I am wearing my Frida Kahlo outfit. Apparently I am, though totally by accident. If I’d have realized I could have filled in my brows. The image below makes me look like I picked out my outfit with the Pinata Approach, just blindfolded myself and hit my closet with a stick until something fell out. This is not the case (or at least I hope it doesn’t look that way) but since my arms aren’t long enough to take … Read more…

Etsy vs. eBay?

As I’m sure it’s listed somewhere on this site, I have a vintage resale shop powered through eBay named Pink Laurel Vintage. I started it when I was working from home as a way to suplement my income as a freelance designer. It actually started taking up as much or more of my time so it’s safe to say I’ve dedicated some very long hours to this shop.   Recently I realized just how many more hours by getting a new job that … Read more…

New (job and) terrarium

I found myself an exciting new job at my university. I’m now working with my College of Architecture spinning many plates. Mostly PR, e-community management, event planning, web and print graphic design and probably a whole host of other things I’ll run into on the way. Anyhow, sometime toward the end of last year I picked up this little terrarium. It was cheap, probably only a few quarters, and there was good reason. Whoever got a hold of it before me did a really, really, stupendously terrible … Read more…

Photoshopping work peeps

Over my 21-month employment here at the university, I’ve done some amazing things when it comes to design. I’ve created crisp new logos, I’ve designed pieces with only a whisper of direction from my superiors, I’ve been recognized by others on campus for my contributions to our college communications…. but somehow the one thing that always gets the best reaction is my ability to use Photoshop… (Click the images to see them larger.) These are just for fun and thankfully everyone is … Read more…

Paper bouquet just in time for Spring!

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When it comes to keeping the attention of coworkers during boring monthly meetings, I’m not above bribing them with candy and bright colors. These quick homemade promotional flowers with our blog and Facebook addresses turned out even better than I imagined! They are a great use of your less desirable or stockpiled cardstock, plus they’re surprisingly simple! If you can make snowflakes,  you can make these! You will need: Time and/or helpers Scissors Cardstock of all colors (for the 3- to 4-inch flowers shown, … Read more…

Cupcakes for Kelly

Kelly's Cupcakes

A coworker is leaving today. To wish him the best I made cupcakes and told everyone that they can have one but they have go to his office and say a kind farewell to get one… The photos are “outakes” from a quick photoshoot for the college’s website. The resident PR Director and photographer said, “Oh! I just knew those pictures would come in handy!” And how!! So you’re welcome, Kelly Collyar. I know you’ll do well in your new position… I mean, … Read more…

I’m a guest blogger!

Laura's closet

As you may know, I am employed at the OU in the College of Liberal Studies. Our focus is mostly older, “nontraditional” students with full time jobs and families and generally more going on than an average 19-year-old. So many students are either far away or just too busy to be part of a traditional college experience and it can sometimes be a real challenge to keep them motivated and feel involved in a community they may not physically ever be a … Read more…