I just got this clever screensaver from Veer. It'll help me stay organized and looking cool at the same time!
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This weekend Jeremy and I went indoor rock climbing with our friends Ashley and Colin.
Rocktown has made it's home in a cluster of old concrete silos located in Downtown OKC.
We went through a quick training course and moved on to the climbing. We started out on a beginner's course.
While one person is climbing the other is at the bottom taking up slack in the rope and responsible for taking action if the person climbing falls.
When I made it to the top I felt like such a badass.
Jeremy moved on to a more difficult course.
The harnesses were quite flattering.
We had such a good time! We'll definitely be going back (like this week).
And the guys working at Rocktown were so nice - making it a lot less intimidating than I had expected.
VIEW "FROM EDGEMERE PARK, OKLAHOMA CITY" PHOTO BY LESLIE H. BUTTS, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK. 1960. Oklahoma Historical Society.*
The weather is so nice. It would be so lovely to have a picnic in the park. I'll have to try and recreate the shot from above.
Aside from hanging out with family we are going to go indoor rock climbing with some friends. I'm so excited! I have no upper body strength so we'll see how it goes. Then we're going to spend some quality time at various pubs.
What's everyone up to this weekend?
*Special thanks to Judie for linking me to the Oklahoma Historical Society page. There are all sorts of goodies I'll be posting from this source down the road.
When I get asked "what would you save in the event of a fire" I always respond that I would save my garage sale art (because kitties and photos are a little obvious).
I found this collage on wood at a garage sale about 7 years ago. It was priced at $50 and I was a broke college student. But it was lust at first sight. I mean, I wanted to make out with it but I wasn't sure if I wanted to BUY it. For $50. So my sister convinced me to ask the couple selling it (they were moving to Europe, how chic) if they would take $30.
They looked in pain when I asked. I could tell they didn't want to part with it at all. The husband had created it with his highschool graduating class of 1970. They came back with $35 and I said "sold!"
Since then lust at first sight has transitioned into a deep and solid love.
Everytime I look at it I can find something new. It cost me $35 but now it's priceless.
Yes. Once again. The shelves.
Let me refresh your memory.
A couple of weeks ago I updated about rearranging my shelves and only showed you one set. Well, I FINALLY got the other side to an acceptable (still not perfect) state.
I had to live with it and feel it out for a couple of weeks but now I'm satisfied enough to share with you all.
My favorite vignettes from this batch:
White on white on white - includes cupcake crane toppers, ceramic vintage New York milk bottles (wedding gift from Liz), and an artichoke votive candle holder.
Holga, honeymoon polaroids, toy Datsun 280z's (from Jeremy when we first started dating - placeholders until I get the real deal), photos of Jeremy's side of the family including his grandma looking sassy in a bathing suit.
So while the other shelves hold more colorful books and are a little more visually appealing to me, these shelves hold memories - so I can't help but love them.
Remember when I posted about this house being remodeled in a neighboring hood?
I've been fantasizing about saving an old, decrepit mansion in this area lately - though I'm sure the reality of it would be exhausting, emotionally and financially.
Earlier this year I designed wedding invitations for the loveliest bride, Bianca.
Well, Bianca just emailed some photos of the wedding and I could not resist sharing these with you guys.
Congrats, Bianca and Travis! I am so honored to have designed the invitations for such a gorgeous wedding.
Photography by Amy Nave. See more here.
You guys might be familiar with the Murder Mystery party concept. Jeremy hosted one for my birthday in May where we transformed our home into a 1920s speakeasy.
Well, for a mid-year retreat my office decided to have a 1985 Highschool Reunion murder mystery party. (I was 3 in 1985, by-the-way).
I was the punk rocker. Just there to do my job - security for the class president. As part of my costume I even shoved a safety-pin through my nose (I have an old septum piercing that never closed up).
Coworkers, Amanda (reporter) and Jentry (gossip).
Me, Hallie (cheerleader) and Liz (drama queen).
The party was so much fun. Reason #382 why I love my job.
Yesterday, while hanging out with my family all day, Jeremy found a praying mantis. This insect hung out with us for hours: jumping on my nephews face, crawling on my leg as I lounged in the hammock with my sister, hanging on the deck with us as we ate brownies and banana bread.
It was fascinating how responsive this bug was to us. It seemed almost cat-like.
After a few hours of hanging out with this bug Jeremy decided to place it on a half-eaten brownie that was attracting flies - to see if it could catch one.
It caught not only one but TWO flies and ate them whole - but only after striking a pose for this photo.
I kind of fell in love with this bug.
photo from our honeymoon in taos, nm. jeremy's appendix was rotting in his body as this photo was taken. i never told you guys that it burst* while we were doing the do. sorry, mom.
So what's everyone up to this weekend?
So far we've watched Frost Nixon and a really cute documentary. Other than family and friend time we don't have any big adventures planned. But here's to a happy weekend.
*Okay, it never actually burst but that's when it started getting pissed off.
A coworker's girlfriend, the very talented Megan Raley, made him this watch for an 80's Murder Mystery party we're having tomorrow.
I love it!
As you might know, I LOVE designing annual reports. Almost more than wedding invitations.
Here's one I did for the Noble Foundation located in Ardmore. They have an incredibly talented marketing team and photographer that make my job so easy. Oh and they also let me use whatever paper I want, metallic inks, spot varnishes and embosses... It makes me tingly, like Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap.
I used a suede paper in two colors for the cover and wrap. I should note that the subtle cream on white was inspired a LOT by my interior design sensibilities at the time (when I was painting my entire house creme with white woodwork).
It embosses beautifully.
I think the wrap intimidates most people but I don't mind tearing into it - like opening a present.
I used this same image on the envelope. Because I design their covers to be very refined and understated I like to have photography on the envelope. I think it's unexpected and just rad. The right-read has a 10% flood of metallic ink across the page with a white border. Again, subtle and beautiful. My printer wanted to kill me for including a hairline border 1/8th of an inch in on every page - but they handled it like champs!
And my favorite: the financials.
This year the Noble Foundation let me use a different paper for the financial section. To mirror the cover and wrap I used a cream stock - a very slight contrast to the white in the rest of the book.
See how that metallic ink (far right bar) just sits on the page? Sexy.
Edit - my printer just informed me that we won an award for this report:
Premier Print Awards
Award of Recognition
Category: Business & Annual Reports,
(4 or more colors throughout, printers with 51-100 employees)
We also got an ADDY for this one as well. It feels good to be blinged out with medals.
I've been noticing more and more modern new-builds in OKC. I stumbled across this home (at least I think it's residential) about 5 years ago and felt like I had just seen a leprachaun I was so excited.
It seems as if more and more non-traditional, boxy, modern homes are popping up in in ungentrified, urban areas of town. I like it.
J & K started this blog project to document the remodel of their 1929 historical home in the heart of Oklahoma City. It has now turned into a documentation of life, food, fashion, freelance, inspiration, design, adventures and details around the J & K house.
Kathleen works as an award-winning brand consultant and designer specializing in small business branding at Braid Creative & Consulting. Jeremy is a software engineer and is the left-brain to Kathleen’s right.
You can contact Kathleen at
jeremyandkathleen (at) gmail (dot) com.
All photos and graphics by Kathleen unless otherwise stated. Feel free to use them with permission or credit.
Anatomy of an Outfit
Sometimes I like to get dressed and take pictures of myself. For all of my outfit posts click here.
Freelance Matters: A series about how I tackle freelance issues such as estimating, billing, to-do lists and how to fire a client.
Trekking to Everest
In October 2010 Jeremy and I trekked through the Himalayas to Mt. Everest Base Camp. It completely changed my life. Read about the entire adventure, day-by-day, here.
Braid is a creative & consulting business I own with my sister. We do branding and business visioning for creative entrepreneurs. On the Braid blog I share branding adventures, how-to articles and advice on the creative process. If you need a little brand therapy of your own visit Braid or subscribe to the Braid blog RSS feed here.
What We Eat
We like to eat really good food - at least 3 times a day. Sometimes I blog about it - click here for recipes and yummy ideas.
J & K: Blog Archive
- ► 2012 (182)
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- Praying Mantis
- Garage Sale Art
- The Shelves
- Around OKC: Heritage Hills Remodel
- Around OKC: 23rd and Dewey
- Bianca + Travis Wedding
- 1985 Murder Mystery
- Sweet Tooth
- Happy Weekend
- A Clever Watch
- Clever Clock
- Rainy day.
- Annual Report Design
- Around OKC: Modern Homes
- Sunday: Garden Spider and Ratatouille
- Sandra Juto Print
- Dr. Bronner's Magical Soap
- Liz's First Home: Kitchen Inspiration
- Liz's First Home: Already Rearranged
- Parking Meter Typography
- Shelves: Rearranged
- Zucchini Ricotta Cheesecake
- Why Grocery Checkers Love Us
- The Grass is Greener
- Weekly Window Shopping: Studded Boots
- The Commercial I Made.
- Liz's First Home: New Furniture
- Window Shopping - Rugs
- 10 Things
- Uninvited Invitation
- Around OKC: Farmer's Market
- ▼ August (39)
- Eva Black | Spaces
- Emma Dime
- Life as an Artistpreneur
- Jane Reaction
- Ink & Letters
- Meg Biram | The Edit
- Sarah Von Bargen's Small Biz Blog
- Design Crush
- The Equals Record
- Emmarie Designs
- Rory Gordon
- Yellow Brick Home
- The Creatives Project
- Silly Grrl
- Photographers Skeen
- The Clothes Make the Girl
- Bringing Design Home
- Pip & Estella
- A Practical Wedding
- Kind of a Sideshow
- Sandra Juto
- Old Sweet Song
- Rambling Renovators
- Brooklyn Bride
- Design Crush
- Experiment in Poverty
- The Jealous Curator
- Making it Lovely
- Dressing on the Side
- The Oklahoman
- Young House Love
- Oh So Beautiful Paper
- A Cup of Jo
- Brooklyn Limestone
- Glamour Weddings