February 05, 2013
"Bigger Than Love," a song off the new album from Ben Gibbard (of Death Cab for Cutie, The Postal Service), has been stuck in my head! With the words to the song on repeat in my head, I decided to practice my hand-lettering skills with the lyrics.
January 16, 2013
January 09, 2013
One of the biggest challenges as both a creative professional and a small business owner is figuring out how to balance my time and get things done. I've slowly created a system that works for me and central to it is the idea of "planning for your day." I used to sit down each morning and quickly pull together a to-do list of what I thought I needed to accomplish. This would inevitably lead to me remembering things I left off the list throughout the day and to trying to prioritize what I needed to conquer first.
January 01, 2013
Happy 2013! This week's doodle is coming to you one day early.
The photo in the background was taken at Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend National Park. I traveled there over the holidays and it is simply breathtaking!
2012 was a huge year for Happy Cactus Designs and the company grew by leaps and bounds. I'm very excited about what 2013 has in store and can't wait to dive into new projects in 2013!
December 12, 2012
This week's Christmas song inspired doodle comes from one of my favorite holiday tunes - Walking in a Winter Wonderland. This doodle is best viewed while listening to the Bing Crosby version!
December 05, 2012
Practicing my hand lettering to some favorite Christmas songs!
November 28, 2012
Apologies for the silence on the blog...Happy Cactus has been very busy fulfilling holiday orders and getting ready for the Dallas Flea, held this Saturday (December 1) at the South Side on Lamar in downtown Dallas! I'm planning holiday doodles for the month of December. Here's the first in the series!
November 14, 2012
I'm getting back to my roots with this week's doodle - big, bold blooms. I was reminded of Mexican tissue paper flowers when I started creating this design - oversized flowers in bright colors. To me, it's nothing but cheerful! Happy Wednesday!
October 24, 2012
This week's doodle - an exercise in hand-lettering - was inspired by a quote from Tina Seelig, who serves as Executive Director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program. I just finished Seelig's book, What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20: A Crash Course on Making Your Place in the World and boy, was it chock full of amazing insight and advice about tackling creative challenges, achieving success, and coping with failure. This particular quote resonated well with me as there is so much uncertainty when you start your own venture and you have a choice to embrace the uncertainty and see it as an opportunity or to run from it. I can't wait to start her latest book, inGenius.