Friday, September 30, 2011

Fired Up Friday

Sadly I do not have time to post a Fired Up Friday post today as I'm up to my eyeballs in Austin Teen Book Festival things (which is TOMORROW!). However, I don't want to leave you empty handed, so I'll leave you with a video of one of my favorite Adele songs. Enjoy!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Austin Teen Book Festival- reminder

Just wanted to take a quick minute and remind everyone about the Austin Teen Book Festival happening this Saturday from 10AM-5PM at the Palmer Events Center downtown.

 The theme for this year's festival is... steampunk! How awesome is that? Feel free to dress up! Get out your goggles and monocles and hit the town. Or books. Just don't hit the authors, please.

The festival will have five panels, and you'll be able to choose three of the five to attend throughout the day.

PEN FATALE features Gabrielle Zevin (All These Things I've Done), Mary Pearson (The Fox Inheritance), Jessica Brody (My Life Undecided), Alyson Noel (Everlasting), and Alexandra Adornetto (Hades); moderated by Margo Rabb (Cures for Heartbreak).

ALTERNAWORLDS (fantasy) features Scott Westerfeld (Goliath), Maureen Johnson (Name of the Star), Jonathan Maberry (Dust & Decay), and Brian Yansky (Alien Invasion); moderated by Rosemary Clement-Moore (The Splendor Falls).

REAL LIFE IS MESSY (edgy fiction) features John Corey Whaley (Where Things Come Back), David Levithan (Every You, Every Me), Melissa Walker (Small Town Sinners), Coe Booth (Bronxwood), and Geoff Herbach (Stupid Fast); moderated by Varian Johnson (Saving Maddie).

I HEART LOVE STORIES (realistic/romance fiction) features Simone Elkeles (Perfect Chemistry), Stephanie Perkins (Lola & the Boy Next Door), Jenny Han (We’ll Always Have Summer), Jennifer Zeigler (Sass & Sensibility), and Christina Mandelski (The Sweetest Thing); moderated by Cristina Garcia (Dreams of Significant Girls).

SUPERNATURAL SUSPENSE (fantasy) features Heather Brewer (Vladimir Tod), Jackson Pearce (Sweetly), Tera Lynn Childs (Sweet Venom), Sophie Jordan (Vanish), and Andrea Cremer (Wolfsbane); moderated by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Blessed).

The event is free, but remember it's $7 to park on-site, so bring cash! Also remember to bring cash for lunch (and for books too of course.) Here is a list of what will be available to eat and the price. You can also bring lunch and eat it outside! It should be a beautiful day.

Concessions Menu:

Hot Dog – $3
Cheese Nachos – $3
Sandwiches (turkey & ham) – $3
Whole Fruit – $2
Muffins & Pastries – $3
Garden Salad – $5.25
Bottled Soda, Water, & Juice – $3.50

There is also a list of books that will be available for purchase (with prices!) on Saturday on the ATBF website.

Want to volunteer? We still need you! Click here to to learn more and to sign up. If you have any questions regarding volunteering please email

Some of us bloggers are meeting up Friday night for a bit. Everyone is welcome! Email me ( for details. We promise we'll be done in plenty of time for the Nick and Norah showing at the Alamo. If you have any other questions about anything feel free to ask me! I'll be there all day Saturday, if you see me stop me and say hello! :) Hope to see y'all there!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Fired Up Friday

Hey guys! It's Friday, so you know that means it's time for my weekly Fired Up Friday post where I tell you things that have inspired me this week.

I found this picture of a desk on Tumblr and I'm obsessed. It's in an office in a CLOSET! So when you're done working for the day you can close the doors and be done. Not to mention it's also adorable.

I love the idea of using vintage luggage as a coffee table. We're still coffee talbe-less and I think this is a fantastic idea. So much so that I bought a piece of vintage luggage today at Goodwill for $8.

My new piece of luggage! It's a bit smaller than I'd like, so I may have to use it for something else. Or maybe I'll use it as the top part of the "table." Who knows, but for $8 I couldn't pass it up!

Earlier this week I found this picture while looking at fashion blogs. I love how she wears socks with her heels, she looks adorable. When a friend gave me some clothes the other day there was a dress in the stack and I knew I'd wear socks and Mary Janes with it. I probably look like I'm twelve years old, but I don't care, I think it's the cutest thing ever.

I think that about wraps it up for me, what's been your inspiration this week? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Dress sale that benefits a charity? YES PLEASE.

Live in the Austin area? Love vintage dresses? Love donating to charities? Love buying vintage dresses knowing that the proceeds go to charity? Then this is the post for you, my friend.

My dear friend Andrea is involved with a project called 499 dresses. 499 dresses is a project that raises money for the creation of The Winding Road Recovery, a film about disabled returned veterans who have turned to cycling as a means to overcome their injuries and kickstart their own recovery. Be sure to 'like' 499 Dresses on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

499 Dresses will be having a sale this Thursday September 22 at 2nd and Colorado in downtown Austin from 3PM-8PM. If you have a spare few minutes and you're in the area, I urge you to stop by. There will be some fabulous dresses there, and you can leave with a lighter pocketbook knowing that your money is helping out a fantastic cause.  (If you can't make it but would still like to donate, click here.) The best part? All dresses are $15 and under!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Fired Up Friday

I'll be honest, I had a hard time feeling inspired this week. I've got quite a few things going on and I feel a bit over committed. It's my own fault, really. I always tell myself I need to learn to say no, but I rarely ever do. It's always hard lesson to learn. It's started to affect my writing quite a bit, too. Since editing this manuscript is the biggest, most frustrating thing on my daily to-do list, I often find myself just not doing it. It's easier to do the smaller (and usually less important) things done for the sake of instant gratification. Does anyone else do this? Yesterday I decided enough was enough so I've reorganized a bit and am trying to get back in the writing/editing groove. Again, another hard lesson to learn. Anyway, with all that being said, I do have a few things to share with you all that inspired me this week. Hope you enjoy, and be sure to tell me what's inspired you in the comments. 

Y'all know I've been thrifting quite a bit lately and this is my favorite find this week. They're vintage cups from the '70s and I knew they'd be perfect for a shelf I have in my bathroom. Originally I was going to put a small plant in each up (lavender or something), but I realized I'd probably forget to water it and have dead plants in my bathroom. So I put a pine cone in each. 

Here is another one of my new crafting ventures. I think it turned out quite well! Only problem is I've found out I'm allergic to old books. I've been feeling gross for a few days and fooling with the books is the only real thing that's changed. I did some research and mold spores can live in the pages. :( So not sure how much more book crafting I'll be able to do. If you know of any other crafting things I could try (that would get my eyes away from a computer screen) let me know! 

I was lucky enough to win tickets to a Coldplay ACL taping last night and it was an amazing show. It will air on PBS on New Year's Eve, so we all had to pretend it was New Year's with a countdown and everything. This is one of my favorite Coldplay songs and I was so excited that they played it last night. I'll have pictures and video of the show up soon hopefully.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Happy Birthday, Calli! (plus a giveaway!)

I'd like to wish a lovely Happy Birthday to Calli by Jessica Lee Anderson! Welcome to the world, Calli! Jessica is a dear friend of mine, and I'm so excited for this book to be out in the world. To help mark this momentous occasion my friend PJ Hoover made this hilarious video, which I have a brief cameo in. If you're up to date on your Austin area authors, you'll see quite a few familiar faces.

Want to make Jessica's book birthday better? Comment on the video! Congratulate her on Facebook or Twitter!

A few months back Jessica was kind enough to sign a few postcards for me, so I'm passing them on to you! To enter, all you need to do is comment on this post wishing Calli and Jessica a Happy Birthday!

*International giveaway
*You must include your email in the comment
*Contest will end Friday September 16th at midnight CST
*You do NOT have to be a follower to enter
Contest closed! Thanks for all who entered!

Good luck! And I'm so happy for you, Jessica. You are such a lovely friend to me, and I wish you all the luck in the world with Calli.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Fired Up Friday

Happy Friday to you all! It's time for Fired Up Friday again, the day where I share things that have inspired me over the past week. Let's get to it!

I love trees so much!

This week I thrifted these awesome shoes and a vintage leather handbag. Love them! Which leads me to...

My first "official" Fall outfit! Temperatures this past week have been a little cooler (highs in the 90s now! Woo hoo!) so I decided it was time to break out a sweater.

I've been doing a lot of paper crafts this week for a Top Secret Project and I made this little guy out of the pages of a vintage book. It's the first one I've made, but I thought he turned out quite well!

And lastly, the fires here in Central Texas. You may ask why such a horrible disaster can inspire me, but let me explain. It's not so much the fire that inspires me, but how people come together after a disaster like this. People are so willing to donate their time and effort to others after a disaster. It's one of the few times I can actually say I'm proud of our human race. Does that make sense? (If you'd like to help out, please click here to read my previous post.)

Well that wraps it up for me this week. What's inspired you lately? Please tell me in the comments!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Central Texas Fires

Home burning in the Steiner Ranch community of Austin (photo via The Statesman)

Fire in Bastrop, Texas. Gut-wrenching. (Photo found via Facebook)

Hurricanes I can handle. Tornadoes I can handle. Any rain in general, really, I can deal with. But fire? I've never lived in an area dry enough for fire to spread, so this is all new to me and I'm not really sure how to deal with it if fire were to come our way. I've been staying on top of things by following the Texas Storm Chasers. (Click here for their Facebook page and here for their Twitter feed.) They seem to be updating things a lot faster than local newspaper and news stations. I also have a new appreciation for my Mom and Dad who are both volunteer firefighters. I know they'd be out here helping in a heartbeat if they could.

My dear friend Jen and her family had to evacuate yesterday due to fire and it breaks my heart for them. They think they may be able to go back home tomorrow, but no official word yet, I don't think. Please keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

I know it's a holiday, but if you're in central Texas, remember not to grill today. Also if I see you throwing cigarette butts/ash on the ground I WILL call you an idiot to your face and probably call the police. Just a warning. ;)

Ways you can help:
*Austin Christian Fellowship is running a shelter and asking for both volunteers and donations of bottled water, toiletries, gloves, garbage bags, sn, etc.

*Donate directly to the Central Texas Chapter of the American Red Cross. (I signed up yesterday to be a volunteer for the ARC and have my volunteer orientation on Friday. If anyone is interested in joining me, please email me ( and I'll give you details. If you know of any other ways to help please let me know in the comments and I'll edit this post to include them.)

*The Capital Area Food Bank is asking for food donations

*Firefighters that are fighting the Steiner Ranch blaze are apparently asking for oranges and ripe bananas.

Edited 9.7.11

(This list was taken from the 365 Austin Page)

What To Donate:

canned food
bottled waters
Tylenol/Advil/pain relievers
baby food
trash cans/trash bags
laundry detergent

Where To Donate:


BookPeople: 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 78701
Church of Resurrection: 2200 Justin Lane 78757
Gilda Grace Collections: 1818 W. 35th Street 78703
Austin Diocese: 6225 Highway 290 East – 78723
UT Campus Gregory Plaza: 11am-2pm daily
Sugar Hill Spa: 3027 N. Lamar #100 – 78705
Baker Street Pub: 3003 S. Lamar Blvd. 78704
Amy’s Ice Cream – Super South: 3100 South Congress Ave. 78704
Malaga Tapas & Bar: 440 W 2nd Street 78701
St. Vincent de Paul: 1327 South Congress Ave. 78704
Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar: 1120 South Lamar 78704 September 7 6:30-9p.m.


Peacock Salon: 1519 East Cesar Chavez 78702
Elgin Elementary School: 1005 W. 2nd Street Elgin 78621
Old Wind’s/Dollar General Store: 210 Main Street Smithville 78957
Zion Church: 151 Shiloh Road Bastrop
Rundell Business Park: 704 W Highway 71 Bastrop 78602 call: 512-332-8661
Foundation Christian Ministries in Cedar Creek: 177 Union Chapel Road Bastrop 78602


Celebration Church: 1202 Rabbit Hill Trail Georgetown
McDonald’s: 608 W. Hwy 79 Hutto
Unity Church of The Hills: 9905 Anderson Mill Road – 78750 -not taking clothes
Trashy Roots Salon & Spa: 117 Louis Henna Blvd. #150 Round Rock 78664
St. Vincent de Paul Church: 9500 Neenah Ave. 78717
Faith Family Services: 206 W. Live Oak Hutto 78634
Rowe Valley Events Center 155 CR 366 Spur, Taylor 512-639-1224 after 5: 512-297-8666
Click Computers of Georgetown 1102 S. Austin Ave #109 Georgetown
Paul Mitchell The School: 15635 Vision Drive #107 Pflugerville
Brigade Skate 511 Lake Road #105 Belton, Texas 76513
Lambs Tire and Automotive: 10740 Research Blvd. #115
Lambs Tire and Automotive: 11675 Jollyville Road


The Capital Area Food Bank: 8201 South Congress Ave. 78745
Fellowship SW Church in Buda: 3870 FM 967
Dart’s Aloha Tattoo: 160 West Slaughter Lane 78748
Salt Lick BBQ: 18300 FM 1826 Driftwood 78619
Lambs Tire and Automotive: 2204 Slaughter Lane


Austin Ridge Bible Church: 9300 Bee Caves Road -78733 Drop off in Building “C”
Austin Christian Fellowship: 6401 River Place Blvd. 78730
Hill Country Bible Church: 12124 Ranch Road 620 North Austin 78750
Oasis on Lake Travis: 6550 Comanche Trail 78732

Also, drop off water, Gatorade, snacks to your local fire department for the fire fighters.

Pet/Animal Help:

What to donate:

dog food
cat food
cat litter

Where to donate:
Austin Pets Alive: 2807 Manchaca Road 78704
Austin Pets Alive is also helping with displaced pets email: or call 512-961-6433

All Dirty Dog Locations:
Downtown: 710 W. 5th Street 78701
Guadalupe: 3016 Guadalupe 78705
South Lamar: 2300 S. Lamar 78704
William Cannon: 1901 William Cannon Suite 152 78745
Mesa Drive: 8108 Mesa Drive 78759

Friday, September 2, 2011

Fired Up Friday

Happy Friday to all of you, dear readers! It's time once again for my weekly Fired Up Friday post where I talk about the things that have inspired me over the past week. Let's hop to it!

I mean really, who doesn't want a Muppet cupcake?

Dark nail polish

This week I went thrifting with my friend Andrea and came across this shirt for $2. I love it!

I have a few spare copies of Harry Potter that are falling apart. I was trying to think of different ways I could use them and I thought about making stationary out of the pages. I think it turned out pretty well! The ribbon was an afterthought and just something random I had laying around, but I think it adds just the extra touch it needed. Maybe I'll eventually make some stationary and sell on Etsy. I will say, it was much harder than I thought! Maybe I just need to practice.

So that's it for me this week! What about you? What's inspired you? Share with me in the comments! Happy weekend, everyone!