+ We got married in our home.
+ We went to Taos, NM for a honeymoon.
+ Jeremy had his appendix taken out. During our honeymoon. (I'll stop talking about it in twenty-ten.
+ I went to the HOW design conference with Liz and came home with a large ampersand tattooed on my ribs.
+ We set up a slip 'n' slide in Edgemere park using an outdoor board vinyl.
+ We ran into freezing Lake Superior.
+ We went on a New England cruise.
+ We went fishing with my dad.
+ We learned (and love) how to climb rocks.
+ We took a mini-vacation to Robber's Cave.
+ We got snowed in at my parent's and celebrated the best Christmas ever.
+ I turned 27. Jeremy 31.
+ I went from black to blonde.
+ I baked some bread.
+ I designed some invitations.
+ I made lots of new blog friends.
+ I became obsessed with Everest.
+ I finally fell in love with my cats.
Goodbye, Oh-Nine. You were a good one.
Thank you to every single one of you that shared my year of oh-nine with me. In real life, and through this blog. xoxo!
Taxidermy Wall Art, apx. 20" x 30"
Another amazing gift from my sister, who appreciates my love for dead things.
There you go. I baked my first loaf of bread using this recipe. I just enjoyed a slice with butter and honey.
It was a little time consuming and I have a burn on my wrist but it was completely worth it.
Note to self: Grab a cast iron pan at the farmer's market.
I recently designed this Air Mail inspired wedding invitation for a client but we decided to go in a different direction. But I loved the whimsy and playful nature of this invitation so I kept going with it just to see what the final product could look like.
I designed it with a destination wedding in mind. And I love the way a cream paper would act as a nice contrast to the bold, graphic nature of the piece and kind of tones down the red and blue.
If you would like for me to customize/update this invitation for your wedding holler at me for details: firstname.lastname@example.org
The weather in Oklahoma is extreme. We get tornadoes. And we get ice.
Jeremy was sent home from work about 1.5 hours after arriving. We packed up the car and headed down to my parent's place. They live about 25 miles South of us in Norman and it took us right at an hour to make it there. We lost control about a mile from their home and almost slid into a ditch. We finally arrived and I got excited as we were running from our car to the safety of my parent's home by pretending I was on Mount Everest.
We had an amazing Christmas Eve slumber party and an even more amazing Christmas morning. And when we finally decided to try and drive back home we passed dozens of abandoned cars - one had even caught fire! It felt very post-apocalyptic.
I hope everyone had a very merry holiday!
Our office was shut down this morning - SNOW DAY!
But what you see here isn't actually snow. It's tiny little balls of sleet that sting when they hit your face.Jeremy is headed home from work early - and as soon as he gets here we're heading down to my parent's home for a Christmas Eve sleepover! I'm beyond excited about this.
Happy Holidays everyone! I'll be back next week with loot and a new wedding invitation design.
Do you all have any holiday plans? How's the weather? What's new?
P.S. Did you notice my new invitation side bar? I'm trying to make this place look a little nicer for you all.
I've been craving homemade pizza ever since we made it on our mini-vacation. I made up a big batch of dough on Sunday (the dough takes at least 24 hours to make and can last up to 3 days).
Topped with olive oil and garlic sauce, fresh mozzarella, spinach, tomato, onion and goat cheese
Every Wednesday night Jeremy and I make dinner for our friends and we watch Dexter (did any one see the season finale!?). This Wednesday I decided on homemade build-your-own pizzas but had to do a trial run last night. Just to make sure everything tasted alright. Because I made the dough on Sunday it ended up being a quick and easy dinner.
What I love most about this recipe is that the dough is so thin and crispy. And while it's not the healthiest meal ever, you have complete control over all of the ingredients - so nothing artificial winds up in your dough and you can at least try to use lots of veggies and not so much cheese. It's a good alternative to ordering out.
Every day after work I go to the gym - pretty much to think about dinner the entire time.
I knew that we had a butternut squash to use up and I've only cooked it once before. So I was fully prepared to come home and make the worst meal of my life. I started chopping and roasting and seasoning - I took my time and considered everything available. I visualized what the perfect plate would look like. I wound up making the best meal ever!
Roasted Butternut Squash with Green Beans, Spinach and Goat Cheese
1 butternut squash
A bunch of green beans
A couple handfuls of spinach
A few macadamia nuts
2 oz. Goat Cheese
Preheat oven to 400F.
Cut the squash lengthwise in half. Then cut halves in to .375" sections. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and arrange squash on pan. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Bake in oven for 20 minutes. (During this time I took a shower and visualized the rest of the meal).
After 20 minutes turn the squash to get the other side. Squash roasts for a total of 40 minutes.
Steam your green beans (I used the microwave - 3 or 4 minutes).
Toast your macadamia nuts (I burned the first round - it only takes 1 or 2 minutes).
Put a handful of spinach in a bottom of a bowl. Top with squash, green beans and a few crumbles of goat cheese. I also included a few slivers of a fancy cheese I had in the fridge. I covered with macadamia nuts and drizzled with an olive oil/balsamic vinegar mixture.
liz got me this for christmas. i love, love, love it.
I will begin my novel on Monday. Typed with my index fingers only. One letter at a time.
Thank you, Liz.
This weekend Jeremy and I are going to my company Christmas party and hosting a party of our own - so I felt the need to decorate for the holidays a little more than usual.
I love the way these metallic ornaments and little bulb lights blend in with the look and feel of the rest of the house.
And I love these little metallic trees.
I really love seeing how everyone else is decorating for the holidays. My favorite so far is Merry Mishap's minimal mantle.
I was feeling a little reserved about our guest bedroom creeping into the shabby chic territory until I saw this post featuring shabby chic queen, rachel ashwell, at sfgirlbybay. It gave me confidence that I can rock a little bit of quaintness in my mostly mid-century modern aesthetic.
I repurposed some wedding decorations to hang above the bed. Let me tell you - it really took my college degree in art/design to make this cluster look good from all angles.
I wanted to get an antique lamp for this room. My mom gave me this one - which used to belong to her parents. We've had this lamp for as long as I can remember. I also wanted to get a little bit of life into this room - I thought the plant was a nice touch.
So that's it for now. I promise I won't do any more guest bedroom posts until the other side is done - which will be any day now!
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)
- ► 2011 (257)
- ► 2010 (387)
- Goodbye, Oh-Nine
- Taxidermy Art
- Bread: Baked
- Baking Bread
- Wedding Invitation: AIR MAIL
- When It Snows, It Blizzards
- Snow Day!
- The Best Pizza Ever
- Did I Ever Mention That We're Models?
- Roasted Butternut Squash, Green Beans and Spinach
- Black and White Christmas
- Christmas Christmas
- Guest Bedroom: Almost done!
- Window Shopping - Map Tapestry
- Liz's First Home: Vignettes
- When I was a kid...
- And the winner is...
- Robbers Cave Getaway
- Guest Bedroom: Still A Work In Progress
- More Holiday Decorating
- Evolution of a Christmas Tree
- Vase Giveaway!
- The Fall Cure / The Green Cure
- Second Coat!
- Around OKC: Location Scouting
- Old Bones
- ▼ December (29)
- 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