Spot On

June 27th, 2013

Meet Spot On! This 2 or 3 year old Chihuahua Terrier mix is currently up for adoption through Small Dog Rescue of Minnesota. Despite being the sweetest dog ever, Spot On was a little camera shy. My general routine for taking photos with pups typically involves a nice leisurely walk to get them acquainted with me and the camera. It took a miracle (and some 300 photo attempts) to get the images you see below. All he wanted to do was be near me which made it difficult to get a good, in-focus picture. At one point he even cuddled up under my legs which, although quite adorable, did not help for taking photos. At the same time, he was almost always looking in the other direction, despite me and all my innovative and bizarre attempts to get his attention. If you had been an onlooker in the park, you would have definitely thought I was crazy. Nevertheless, this pup’s a sweetheart and I definitely learned that in our short time together.






If you’d like to know more about how to help Spot On, view Spot On’s story and share it with others!

Where I Work

June 12th, 2013

Welcome to PUNY! (The Minneapolis Edition) Located in the Warehouse District of downtown Minneapolis, this is the lovely place in which I work!


PUNY is an interactive entertainment studio based out of Minneapolis and LA made up of producers, directors, designers, animators, illustrators, developers, and idea-ers. Small but mighty, we are the people behind the scenes contributing to some of the websites you visit, advertisements you come across, games you play, television shows you watch and movies you enjoy.

Here are a few quick links to some fun things from PUNY:

Fruitsnackia Snackulator

Super Feature Film Titles

Rubberband Jam iPad App

Tallie! Peer Counselor Animated Short

Mystery Jingle


Now for the tour! Here are some of pictures I took for our post in the Minneapolis Egotist:

Enter the space and the first thing you might see is this fabulous wall mural—which could only be the brain child of PUNY co-founder Vincent Stall.

Nervous in the entry waiting space? A buddy like Buddy may greet you and make you feel better or chase you away and bite at your butt if you are trying to rob the place. I’m serious. Robbers beware.

The MLPS team hard at work…except for the pup…he’s on break.

Scared to come visit? The view from outside a window is still nice!



Our resident pups, Clementine and Buddy Frankenstein.


Animation Director Mike Owens and Design Director Tousue Vang

Last but not least, an ominous sky creates an oddly beautiful backdrop for the PUNY space and sign. To learn more about PUNY and what we are up to day to day, check out zee PUNY blog.


June 5th, 2013

Introducing Pinky, the newest arrival at Small Dog Rescue of Minnesota! Pinky’s a 3 year old Scottish Terrier looking for someone to love. She has a versatile personality…so basically whatever you’re doing she’d love to join. A couple of weekends ago, we got to hang out and take photos. Together, we leisurely strolled through the park and spent time basking in beautiful spring-like weather. All I can say is what a great pup. Whoever adopts her will not regret it. Please help share her story and get this girl a home! Pinky’s Story







Check out Pinky and all the other pups in need of homes by clicking here!

Jellyfish Lanterns

May 31st, 2013

Hosting an under-the-sea fiesta? Decorating for Ariel’s quinceañera? By golly, then these jellyfish lanterns are for you! I found a few different variations of these while scouring the internets for Dakota’s birthday party, but ended up doing something unique based on these pretty ombre lanterns I found at Target.


• Paper Lanterns (1 per jelly) —These ones are by Spritz from Target
• Crepe Streamers —1 200ft roll was enough for 3 jellies
• Small Paring Knife
• Scissors


Step 1: After setting up your lantern, decide where you want your tentacles (crepe streamers) to hang. I decided to start from about 2/5 up from the bottom of the lantern. With your paring knife, cut through the paper where it’s not attached to the wire underneath. Stop cutting where the paper overlaps. Proceed to cut towards the bottom of the lantern following the line where the paper overlaps, but don’t cut the wires that hold the lantern together.

Step 2: Remove the paper that you have cut out by carefully peeling it off from the wire where it’s attached.



Repeat Steps 1 & 2 until you have gone around the whole lantern.


Step 3: Using a technique I found on the Glittered Nest, pink and twist the crepe streamers every inch or so. Cut or tear the streamer when it gets to the desired length of your tentacle.

Step 4: Tie a streamer to a newly exposed wire on your lantern. It helps to roll the end of the streamer so it’s more durable for tying. When you are done, cut off the excess end with your scissors.




Repeat steps 3 & 4 until you are satisfied and your jelly is complete!


And if these paper lantern jellyfish aren’t jelly enough for you, take a look at this other great jellyfish lantern tutorial over at Paper & Ink!

Family Gallery Wall

May 17th, 2013

I found some really great ideas around the internet for family photo galleries and wanted to pass along my favorite: Tatertots & Jello’s Family Gallery Wall. Not only is this tutorial super thorough, Jen is really good at answering any lingering questions you might have: Your questions answered. I loved her design so much, I copied it completely:





I did a couple things different:

1. I painted the frames with Benjamin Moore’s Subtle to match the baseboards of the room and skipped the part about inking the edges. (Frankly, I didn’t trust myself to not ruin the newly painted frames.)

2. Instead of using canvas as Jen did for the initial piece, I bought a shadow box on clearance at Michael’s, painted the frame, covered the glass with the fabric and gorilla glued the “T” on top. The fabric behind the initial was found on FabricsBoutique’s Etsy page which fortunately sells fabric in fat quarters, so you don’t have to buy a lot more fabric than you need.


If you like how mine turned out, be sure to visit the original idea and tutorial at Tatertots & Jello! Thanks Jen for inspiring me and sharing your amazing and unique idea with us all!