Mondays are just not fun. Not many happy things happen on Mondays. It’s the day you have to reply to 1,393,293 emails and do the to-do list that you didn’t do on Friday afternoon. It was pouring rain outside this morning. Weezie and Frodo (my roommate’s sweet cat) were both curled up in my bed. Needless to say, I did not want to start my day. And I did have the 1,000+ things to do at my job today. But I did get to go out and take pictures at Fresh-Way Produce (family owned local produce shop in Jackson). I just couldn’t stop looking at all of the colors of the corn, pumpkins, and gourds. A-mazing. If this doesn’t make you happy looking at these photos I took, then I just don’t know what to say. It is incredible to look at all of these colors. Hope it brightens your Monday. I know it did mine.
I am writing this post on my iPad in the car in the way to renegade craft fair in chicago. Dave is driving and I’m in between those uncomfortable car naps that wear we all love and hate. I realize I have not posted anything on my site in several weeks. That is because I have been very busy finally to Jackson and preparing for renegade. Weezie and I moved into a house with my very talented and all around awesome friend Kristen ley and her dog willow and cat frodo who I have adopted as my own. Weezie LOVES frodo but verdict is still out on willow. Right now willow is scared to death of weezie!!! Bless her.
The past month I had been focused on moving that I have not had as much time for little things studio. But moving into this house has been wonderful. I have a huge room just for my studio! I had been living for eight months in my bedroom at my parent’s which is not the best to spread out and make big pieces. I used most of my bed as a workspace. It was difficult. Butmy parents were incredibly supportive and patient. They know I couldn’t be doing this without them.
I have unpacked all my favorite books that were in a sad storage room. I missed my dishes and home Knicks knacks. I finally feel settled and I’m so very thankful. I have really big goals and now I actually have space to try to make them happen.
To end on a happy note, I will be posting my 2012 calendars in my etsy shop!!! So be on the lookout! I’ve taken a big risk by getting them professionally printed. Yikes! And since Dave has returned home from Canada, littlethingsstudio.com version 2.0 is very close to being released!
I am not calling my iPad a “little thing” because it is kind of pricey, but definitely worth every penny for me. I have had it for two weeks now and I can’t remember what I did without it! Isn’t that sad! But seriously, this is such a fun and useful gadget. I use it for email, checking etsy, twitter, facebook, whatever. BUT the app I love most is Flipboard. I don’t know how to pull screen shots yet from my iPad, so I’m just going to tell you about it. It allows you to customize your page to feed in your favorite sites. Mine include facebook & twitter of course. BUT I also know know the latest on all of my favorite blogs that I’m just usually too lazy to visit. design*sponge, Swiss Miss, HOW Magazine, Print Magazine, etc. But my favorite discovery is Quipsologies that the amazing Under Consideration run. I LOVE the stuff they post on here! They are posting cool new things that no one else! I love it!!!! Allow me to get on a soapbox for a moment - I’m just going to say it. If you are a graphic designer, you just should know who they are. You just should.
I also am addicted to Font Shop’s amazing app! Oh my word it’s just everything. The first night I opened it, I played on it for over two hours. And the only reason I put it down is because it was 2 in the morning and I had to be up for work the next day! AND best of all – the color palette is black, white and YELLOW!!!
Of course I bought Apple’s smart cover they made for the ipad. It’s brilliant. I bought the cream leather cover. I couldn’t resist.
BUT then I bought the cutest iPad cover from Rogue Theory on etsy for $36. It just made me happy
But I think you could probably guess what’s my favorite thing about my iPad. The video so I can record Weezie. I mean, who doesn’t want to watch my cat go crazy on a piece of French paper!
Weezie loves paper from kate thomas on Vimeo.
Today has been an awesome day because I went to the Apple Store to buy an ipad! Grace blogged about me at Design*Sponge on the same day I flew to Chicago and I was left with just an ipod touch to communicate to people. My mother was left trying to answer all the emails that I received. It was NUTS. I knew I needed some way to connect to the internet if I was going to keep traveling. I decided upon an ipad. It is perfect for me, because I can pay just $20 a month to AT&T for internet anywhere! It’s much less expensive than an iphone and I didn’t need a laptop. So this made the most sense. AND I can now get Weezie on video. So here she is y’all. She doesn’t do any cool tricks, jump in boxes or roll over and bark. She just sits there basking in her cuteness.
Weezie, the cutest thing ever! from kate thomas on Vimeo.
AND the cat app that Weezie likes is Games for Cats!
There have been some terrible storms over the past month that have destroyed areas of the South. Hundreds have died, and many families have lost their homes. A lot of my friend’s hometowns have been ruined. This time last year my hometown Yazoo City was a trending topic on Twitter and on the front page of the New York Times because of a massive tornado.
I don’t know why the weather has been so bad. I don’t understand why this has been happening. It is haunting to see video footage of some of these tornados, like the one in Tuscaloosa. It has really made me appreciate it when the weather is nice outside. I don’t know about you, but I take it for granted far too often when the sun is shining and there is a light breeze blowing.
My prayers and thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones and their homes in these storms. I am personally not a fan of giving out links to big non-profits (after seeing ineffective use of money during Hurricane Katrina). But I will say to contact your friends who live in these areas. Ask what you can do for them. Find one of the local churches and mail a check directly to help, to be used however they see fit. I know that First United Methodist in Yazoo City used every cent they were given with responsibility and care to go directly to those who needed it.
These are some photos I’ve taken out at Noxubee Refuge outside of Starkville.