Tuesday, December 30, 2008

I kid you not

I stumbled across Josh Goleman's blog and was absolutely captivated by the following image. Upon closer inspection I realized that it was my friend Lydia's older brother, and his new fiancé Halli...who lives a couple houses down from me.


What a beautiful photograph.

We Feel Fine

Nice article on Jonathan Harris.

Another Jon Harris project
I want you to want me


Monday, December 29, 2008


My friend Talitha is going to be a missionary in Prague. She'll be ministering mostly to expatriates and artists in the czech republic. You can read her story here. She also has to raise her own support, and is inching towards her goal. You can sponsor her directly through world harvest mission.

Talitha in action:

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas Eve

A little Sufjan.

This is my favorite hymn, mostly because I like the word ebenezer. Not only is it an amazing word to say, but I like what it means, a commemoration of divine assistance. It's a stone Samuel erected after the defeat of the philistines to commemorate what God had done. It's great in this season to reflect on how God has provided and how he's moving, and to look forward to the new year with anticipation and hope for what he's going to do in the future.

Come thou fount of every blessing
Tune my heart to sing thy grace
Streams of mercy never ceasing
Call for songs of loudest praise
Teach me some melodious sonnet
Sung by flaming tongues above
I'll praise the mount I'm fixed upon it
Mount of thy redeeming love

Here I raise my Ebenezer
Hither by thy help I come
And I hope by thy good pleasure
Safely to arrive at home
Jesus sought me when a stranger
Wondering from the fold of God
He, to rescue me from danger
Interposed His precious blood

O to grace how great a debtor daily I'm constrained to be!
Let thy goodness like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to thee
Prone to wander Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I love
Here's my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Best Friends

I have some of the best friends in the whole entire world, two of which have entered my life since I've started my adventure in philly and have captivated my heart with their awesomeness. I exchanged gifts with Sarah and Lana tonight. Sarah walked in and handed me an awesome glass lid with wooden base to make a terrarium and an amazing hand bound journal that I'm going to fill with lists.

Later Lana surprised me with bees from heifer international. I love bees. They will be sent to a village in uganda where they can sell the honey to make money for their village.

I am the luckiest.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

No Seriously

We built the comcast center complete with window washer for Andrea's 24th birthday bonanza.

Advanced Style

This Blog makes me so happy.
From Laura

Friday, December 12, 2008


Last night at my company christmas party I won a weekend trip to a rustic cabin in woodstock, ny.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Wendy and Lucy

Kind of like the female Into the Wild.
I want to see it.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008


I was going to make another micro loan through kiva.org today. Kiva is a nonprofit that allows you to loan small business owners around the world a little money to help fund their business.

I was suprised when I went to check out that two of my loans had been fully repaid so I didn't have to spend any new money to help two more small business owners.

So with $75 I have helped to fund:
Grace Mutunga from Kenya who makes textiles
Anna Zhuravleva from the Ukraine and sells fish
Matagiaila Elu from Samoa who dyes fabric
3 vegetable growers from cambodia
and a group of weavers from cambodia

It's so much fun!
Find someone you want to help

More on Kiva

Advent Conspiracy

Listen to the full sermon.
Stolen from Lana and imago dei

Monday, December 08, 2008

Christmas in NYC

In front of the big tree
with Jason
in NYC

photo credit goes to Greg Coleman

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Nick Drake

Northern Sky
Lovely song for december.

"I feel like a thumbprint on the skyscraper of life"

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Sunday, November 30, 2008

All Time Low

Zack from the band All Time Low was awesome enough to wear one of my shirts the other night at their show at the electric factory.

You can help send me to Peru by buying one too! I only have L, XL, and XXL in the brown and I have some smaller girls sizes in blue. You can see them here.

Contact Me if you want to donate.

Friday, November 28, 2008

This song

I can't stop listening to it.
Ray Lamontagne:Empty


My favorite part of thanksgiving was Uncle Tony jumping rope with Laney.
This is the poor picture I got, but it's still priceless.

Art as business

Great article by the New York Times on making money as an artist in a digital age.
Check it.

Maybe one day I'll be that brave.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Give Tom's shoes for Christmas, and they give a pair of shoes to someone in need.
Check out the video.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Monday, November 24, 2008

Johnny Cupcakes

Johnny Cupcakes came to visit Lana for the weekend. I think he's the funniest, most encouraging person I've ever met.


Sunday, November 23, 2008


Today at church instead of a sermon Steve opened up the mic to anyone who wanted to come up and say what they were thankful for. It was really beautiful to hear people talking about what God is doing in their lives and all the wonderful things they get to reflect on. I got to get up and talk about moving to Philadelphia, and meeting Lana and finally having a church and community to call home. It made me recall all of the amazing things I've been blessed with this past year.

I have a lot to reflect on, and a lot to be thankful for.

PS go here and type the password moustachio

Friday, November 21, 2008

Sunday, November 16, 2008

I love

1. freshly laundered sheets
2. thanksgiving dinner
3. pushing daisies
4. honey
5. getting caught in the rain

Friday, November 14, 2008

Why I love Lana

Ive missed you so much
and today we went to a cheese factory, and so i totally thought of you all day

She knows me soooooo well. I can't wait until she gets home from switzerland tomorrow.

Thursday, November 13, 2008


It's a rainy Beirut kind of day.

Old Ad

I love this old ad for garage doors that I found while cleaning up my desk today.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Iron & Wine and Kat Heyes Day

With all the nonsense going on around me it's nice to escape through my headphones to some Iron & Wine, and through the photographs of Kat Heyes.

All these men that you've made
How we wither in the shade
Of your trees, on your wings
We are carried to the sea

God, give us love in the time that we have

-Iron and Wine

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Monday, November 10, 2008

Sad Day

The library down the street from my house is being affected by the city's budget cuts. They have to close it. I am so sad. ANNNND they won't be opening the ice skating rink down the street either. Lame lame lame.

Sunday, November 09, 2008


Today I walked past a little girl sitting on the sidewalk gluing leaves to a piece of paper, as I strolled passed her she started humming Vanilla Ice. I think we would be best friends.

Soft Serve

I'm loving this guys paintings.

Friday, November 07, 2008

RIP Atlas

My fish died for real today.
Farewell Atlas the lovely Beta fish.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Design Sponge

Hey look I'm famous.

New Posters

I found these old blue prints in my aunt's attic and thought that they were too amazing to be stuck up there. I ended up screen printing over them to make some sweet posters. You can buy them on my etsy store. Each one is original, and it turns out they were plans to my great uncles house.

Check out the store.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008


I got a letter from Abbey Smith today. It made my day infinitely more glorious.
Thanks Abizzle Smizzle.



Tuesday, November 04, 2008

New Shoes

I've been looking for shoes that I can wear socks with for the winter that aren't sneakers and aren't boots. With a little help from Lana I found them from this cool cruelty free company called Keep.

I love the sweet Navajo print.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Punkin' Chunkin

This weekend me and my Philly friends got to experience Sussex county Delaware at its finest at the annual Punkin' Chunkin' competition. We squinted our eyes to try and catch a glimpse of pumpkins being shot out of giant air compressed canons.

Here are some photos from the day.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Creative Thursday

My friend Jenna and I go to our studio every Thursday for a practice of creative discipline. It doesn't matter what you make as long as you go and make something. Usually we end up screen printing random stuff. Last night I drew some little polaroid sketches for a project I'm rolling around in my head.

I love Thursdays.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


I love this city.

Want to see something crazy?

Haley Smith circa 2003

We were having this talk about senior portraits on the way to work the other day, so I figured I'd post mine. This one's for Bryana.

I wish my hair still looked like that.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Missing Bike Wheel

Today someone at the grocery store stole my bike wheel. There was a security guard no more than 10 feet away.

Luckily some fishtown residence gave me and my bike a ride home.

Sad day.

Friday, October 24, 2008


I found the coolest boots in the whole entire world last night at the thrift store while looking for a PeeWee Herman costume for my friend Bryana.

Just look at them in all their $5.95 fur lined gloriousness. Plus they remind me a little of what I liked about these.

I don't know what "Steel Shank" means, but I like it.

This blog has been a great influence for me lately.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Deb Talan

Have I mentioned my love for cheesey empowering songs.
I really love them.
Really, a lot.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Peru T-shirts

I have decided what to do with the now infamous Howies shirts. My church is running a short term service missions trip to Peru in January, and I really want to go and work at an orphanage. Time will be spent doing whatever they need from us, from crafting with the kids to doing odd jobs for the facility. So for a donation of atleast $25 you get a little love from Philadelphia in the form of a t-shirt and get to help send me to Peru. The shirts are organic cotton and if you think $25 is expensive they sell for 20 pounds which is almost $40 on the howies website.

Any extra money I make will be donated directly to the orphanage.

Contact Me if you want to donate.

Sizes are limited and there aren't any small left, they've been donated to the kids.

You have the choice between brown and blue.