Introducing Design Lively

Lately I’ve decided that I need a bit of a change around here. That change will come in the form of a new name – Design Lively.

Maybe you’ll be sad to see “Withywindle” go – I am too! Maybe you’re relieved because you still haven’t figured out how to pronounce it – in which case, you aren’t the only one! 🙂

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On to 2012!

Happy New Year! I hope everyone rung in the New Year with confetti and glitter and far too much food. 😀

My resolutions for 2012 are:

1. Less house. More play.

2. Eat more fresh produce – join our CSA in the spring!

3. Get to know my sewing machine and camera better.

But before we move on to the new year, let’s look back at my 2011 most popular project posts:

3 Little Ladies and a Sugar Jar

DIY Project: Cupcake Flags

An Inspired Dining Room (And Beadboard Wallpaper Returns!)

DIY Felt Autumn Wreath

DIY: Shake your PomPom

Recessed Refrigerator Progress

Paint like a Saint

DIY Chalkboard and a Blue Kitchen

DIY Necklace Rack

Weathered Wood Block Artwork

 

2011 was a great year! I went skiing for the first time in Colorado, we packed up our apartment by the beach to buy our first home, I’ve been to Home Depot more times this year than I’d ever have imagined, used more tools I’ve never seen before, celebrated out first anniversary in Cape Cod and lived through the Halloween “ThunderSnow”.

It was a good year. Here’s to 2012!

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Happy Birthday.


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Happy Birthday to me and Happy Birthday to Withywindle.

I just so happened to start Withywindle on my birthday last year.

You see, I’ve always been a writer.


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I wrote short stories as a kid. I didn’t want to be a princess. I didn’t want to be a ballerina, or a marine biologist or a movie star. I wanted to write and illustrate books. In kindergarten we had to draw a picture of what we wanted to be when we grew up. I drew a lady holding a book with the word “authir” next to it.

(Although, a year later, according to the first grade yearbook, I had changed my mind and wanted to become a Mary Kay.)

I was the Features Editor of my high school newspaper and the Editor-in-Chief of my college newspaper. I have a degree in writing. My first job was at a magazine. And, as you may know, I read like a fiend. The concept of Word is inescapable to me.


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After I graduated from college, I followed my passion for graphic design and that is where my professional life has taken me.

A little over a year ago I ran into an old newspaper friend at the library (the social scene for logophiles).

“What are you writing these days?” he asked. Surprised at myself, I had to tell him I was writing nothing. In fact, I couldn’t remember writing anything notable in the two years since my senior thesis paper.

He shook his head. “That’s not good,” he said, “You have to keep with your writing.” I agreed.

That night I went home and started Withywindle. Something I never really intended to do, but I can’t journal consistently. I’ll journal every day for three months and then I won’t pick it up again for a year.

I published my first post on my 25th birthday. Since then I’ve been so blessed with support, encouragement and readers. If you are reading this – thank you!

Now if only it were socially acceptable for me to dress like this on my birthday….


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Happy Birthday Withywindle. And Happy Birthday to me.