“I haven’t been everywhere…”

Susan Sontag I haven't been everywhere but it's on my list quote travel adventure

Have you ever heard this quote by Susan Sontag? It’s one of my absolute favorite and one that I think about all the time. There are so many places to see in the world and one day, I hope to have a long, long list of where I’ve traveled.


P.S. The image is a picture I took from my iPhone in Pacifica, California.

Instagram ♡: An afternoon in the city.

Yesterday I had a lovely afternoon in San Francisco to celebrate my mom’s 60th birthday and I got a little Clever work done in an 60s music icon’s old apartment.

A sunny day in San Francisco
Clockwise starting at top left:

an extra cake pop for my coworker Nuala (I made a bunch for my mom and her coworkers for her bday)  //  the view from Nuala’s living room window, also where Jimi Hendrix once lived, and right across the street from where Janis Joplin resided too. Oh if those walls could talk!  //  a beautiful old building on the corner nearby, so San Franciscan  //  an adorable, colorful, magical driveway that I had to capture with Instagram

Alt Design Summit: A Mecca For The Creative – Part I

The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah for Alt Design Summit(The Grand America Hotel, where Alt Design Summit was held)

I’m still recovering from my silly sinus cold. I am also still digging through the piles of business cards and searching for pictures from the conference. However I must say, the Alt Design Summit was the best conference I’ve ever been to. Ever. The setting couldn’t any be better — snowy Utah in January was just beautiful. The snow on the mountains made a perfect backdrop and the Grand America Hotel had plenty of outlets and fairly reliable internet – a must for us social media folk.

Everyone at the conference had their own unique style and really shinned as individuals. I was lucky enough to go on behalf of Clever Girls and not only meet new bloggers, but also grow personally and professionally. I had several goals going into the conference and I met them all. For the last few months I haven’t felt very inspired. Maybe it’s just the holiday season can be so overwhelming and busy that looking for inspiration was last on my list. Attending Alt was the spark to my creative engine. Inspiration found me.

I’m back to pinning future DIY projects, thinking about topics to blog and vlog about, and gathering ideas of what to paint next. One of my closest friends gave me an easel for Christmas and sitting on it is a half-started painting of Santa Barbara’s West Beach. It’s been collecting dust for over three weeks and before Alt, I had no desire to finish it anytime soon. I do now.

Surrounding yourself with creative people is so important and I think I forgot that. I love my non-creatives but I forget there needs to be balance. I thrive on other people’s energy and am really thankful I met so man  awesome people at Alt. The outfits alone were inspiring! Gosh, even the business cards were inspiring (see below). Alt is truly a mecca for the creative.

Looking for inspiration? Follow the attendees on Twitter (subscribe to all the Alt 2012 attendees lists created by these gals: @amandagenther, @CrowandCanary, @Lesliedf, @pmaelee, @melaniebiehle, @the818, @CompartmentLife, @Mom101, and @DesertRavenArt). Read their blogs. Check out their Etsy sites. Follow their pins. These people are the cream of the crop.

 Creative business cards from Alt Design Summit 2012

(Some very creative business cards and gifts from Alt Design Summit 2012 attendees)
Row 1:
Brianna, Collected Blog
Kal, artist and Link With Love
Alison, The Alison Show

Kelly, Biblio-Files.com
Row 2:
Chelsey, The Paper Mama
Jenean, JeneanMorrison.com
Susan, Freshly Picked
Row 3:
Ginny, Ginny Branch Styling and Designs
Alma & Mike, almaloveland.com and mikeloveland.com
Michelle, MichelleEdgemont.com
Row 4:
Taylor, Totally Tay
Amanda, AmandaGenther.com


Photos from Wednesday Night’s Dinner With:

Bay Leaf Bar and Grub in Salt Lake City, Utah
(Wednesday Night Dinner With… at Bayleaf Bar & Grub)
Bayleaf Bar & Grub in Salt Lake City, Utah
(Pool tables = my kind of place)

Alt Summit Wednesday Dinner dining with Mica May of MayBooks.com

(Sat next to Mica May of May Books. Her books were featured on Good Morning America!)
Gift from Design Mom, Smock Paper goodies(A set of adorable cards from Smock, a gift from Gabrielle Blair of Design Mom, our dinner host — and one of the founders of Alt Summit and Kirtsy!!!)

Alt Design Summit 2012 RobinWithAnI The Paper Mama IROCKSOWHAT

(My beautiful roomies, Jess from IROCKSOWHAT and Chelsey from The Paper Mama at Squatters for drinks after our dinners)

More pictures and stories coming this week. Happy Humpday!