INTRODUCING…

… my new friend.

This Christmas, Chris surprised me with a totally awesome gift: a Wacom Bamboo Tablet. I’ve been having tons of fun using it, drawing pictures on my screen, and getting the hang of this crazy digital pen and paper. Isn’t it swanky?

I’m excited to have the ability to expand my territory a bit – now I can create my own images rather than having to depend on the internet to provide them for me all the time. I’ll have to brush up on my drawing skills a bit (it’s been a while), but that will be good for me. My inner “doodler” is calling…

Here’s a little sneak peak at some wings I drew up the other day for a logo/t-shirt design I am working on right now for a local biz.

In other news, I got my Employee ID (Tax ID) number today… we are making progress, people. I have been trying to be productive to take care of all the tedious “business-y” things that sometimes overwhelm me. Pretty soon, I’ll have an online shop with various paper goods for sale and the ability to take orders online.

Oh, and I started posting on Twitter. I thought the day would never come when I actually said “Follow me on Twitter,” but seriously… follow me on Twitter (@rebekahdisch). I suppose this will be a good “marketing” tool for business. And I have to say, I love those little pound sign tags. They really are hilarious. #seriouslywhattheheck #somuchfornonconformity

HEY GIRL.

I can’t get enough of this hilarious image of Ryan Gosling that is streaming all over the internet… I seriously almost died when I saw this. Even better, I showed this to Chris and he laughed OUT LOUD. I knew he would totally identify with this.

Speaking of unfinished projects, here’s what I have going on today.

I had the sudden urge again (this is becoming lethal, people) to redecorate, paint, hang, rearrange SOMETHING. Thankfully, before I went crazy, I spotted a blue frame on my mantle that was in dire need of a fresh coat of white paint. Well, that started a frenzy, because after that was finished I went on a rampage through my whole house to see what else I could paint white. I’m telling you, it’s taking over me.

At least Ryan would understand.

FEATURED ARTIST: DANA TANAMACHI

Today’s featured artist has closed her computer screen and picked up a box of chalk… old school style. You’ve probably seen graphic designer Dana Tanamachi’s beautiful chalk art pop up all over design and wedding blogs, in catalogs, on wine bottles, and in retail stores. I am so proud of this girl. Not only is she insanely gifted, but for as long as I’ve known her (all the way back to high school choir!), she has been an example of humility and integrity in all she does. The design industry has gained a GEM, and she is making her mark… literally.

Dana and Oprah in front of her most recent project:

A time-lapse video of Dana doin’ her thang:

Had to see it for myself – Dana’s art that dominated West Elm stores all over the country during the holidays:

Couldn’t you just get lost in these drawings? The symmetry, balance, mix of typefaces, and her obvious steady hand and attention to detail is just incredible.

Now go, all of you, and get to work on that chalkboard wall in your kitchen that you’ve been dreaming about! (And pick up a copy of O Magazine while you’re at it.)

Sources for images and video (except the last image)

DIY CHICKEN WIRE PENDANT LAMP

Want to see what happens when I have a couple of spare hours, a garage full of gardening materials, an old throw-away lamp shade, and a constant urge to play interior decorator? Goodness, somebody STOP me.

You may have seen these types of lamps floating around the internet lately:

Sources: left image and right image

I am really loving the industrial style of these lights and think they make a great statement in a room. Well, last weekend, I thought I’d give a shot at my own version when I came across a package of chicken wire in the garage that is supposedly for a gardening project my husband is working on… “But honey, you have it all wrong… making a lamp shade out of netting used for chicken coops is PERFECTLY normal. PERFECTLY. NORMAL.” 

Well then, let’s get to it, shall we? Here are some basic instructions that are, well, more like guidelines

Supplies you will need: chicken wire, an old lampshade, scissors or wire cutters, a lamp kit, and a light bulb (I have yet to find the right bulb for exposed lighting… but I know they’re out there.)

So what’s the verdict? Not the fairest lamp shade of them all. It could definitely use some more attention AND some type of burlap or twine wrapped around the white cord; however, it’s still a fun little afternoon project if you have the supplies and the time. Here are a couple examples of DIY pendants using a wire basket instead of the chicken wire – a much simpler and prettier approach:

Ashley Ann Photography DIY Pendant Light

The Virginia House DIY Pendant Light

Any thoughts or suggestions? I’d love to hear you bright ideas.

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GOOD EATS: SALMON CAKES RECIPE

I love to cook, and I have to say there is something artistic about putting together a beautiful and tasty dish, don’t you think? Today my friends, we will be spending a little time in the kitchen, so grab a recipe card and a pen, and read on.

Chris and I are on the Paleo bandwagon, and if you don’t know what that is, it’s a glorified term for eating real, clean, unprocessed food. There are a lot of different views on the Paleo Diet (a.k.a. primal blueprint, caveman diet, etc.), but we like to just stick to the basic principles of what we can eat (meat, veggies, some fruit, lots of good fat, nuts and seeds, raw dairy, and little starch) and remembering what is bad for our bodies (grains, flour, sugar, lots of starches, legumes, and anything processed). BUT I’d hate to get on a soapbox and scaaaaare you away, so let’s just stick to this Paleo-friendly dish.

The other day, I modified a delish recipe from this blog and am excited to share it with you. It’s great for dinner over a bed of chopped purple cabbage OR for breakfast with an over-medium egg on top. I’ve tried it both ways and HELLO it was good.

Thanks to Mr. Disch for hand-modeling (Why he laughs at me for photographing my food is beyond me!). But really, who could argue how perfect this morning light is for photographing my breakfast??

INGREDIENTS:

14-oz. can of wild-caught salmon
1 Tbs. fat (coconut oil is my preferred choice)
1 Tbs. dijon mustard
1 Tbs. tangy hot sauce
1/3 cup chopped celery
1/3 cup diced onions
1/2 cup shredded sweet potatoes
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
2 eggs

DIRECTIONS:

1. Mix all ingredients together in a mixing bowl, and set aside.
2. Heat skillet to medium heat, and add fat.
3. With your hands, press mixture into patties about 1/2-inch thick.
4. Cook on skillet for about 4 minutes on each side.
5. Top with a few cilantro leaves, a squeeze of lime, and some hot sauce, and serve (for lunch/dinner on a bed of chopped cabbage or (for breakfast) with an over-medium egg on top.

Makes 5 large cakes.

** And for the record, we just picked up a package of Nestle break-and-bake cookies that we will DEVOUR tonight while vegging in front of a movie… Call me a walking contradiction, but hey, the Disches gotta LIVE IT UP sometimes!!!

SHOPPING LOCAL: “MY AUNT AND ME”

I just can’t get enough of this local treasure I’m about to share with you. I love it when creative people collaborate and produce something fabulous, like this new endeavor here in town called “My Aunt and Me.” These two talented ladies (one of them being whom I designed this rehearsal dinner invite for) rent space at a local shop on the square and have set up a booth full of flea market finds, knick-knacks, re-furbished furniture, and tons of other crafty interior decor. Their eye for design blows me away, and if I’m not in there purchasing something awesome, then I’m soaking in all the inspiration they have to offer.

Here are some snapshots I took on my phone upon my first visit here. This town could definitely use more of this…

I love pretty things and I love reasonable prices. Here are a few little darlings I bought for Christmas gifts: a wall hook ($6), 2 graphic canvases ($6 each), and a wine cork ($4.50)… steals I tell ya.

Share the love! I’d love to hear about some lovely local finds near you. Just share in the comment section below.

Happy Thrifting!

DESIGNING MY LIFE AWAY

Wood floors, touches of lace, big beautiful chandeliers… this was the inspiration for this country chic rehearsal dinner invite. When I heard the description of the venue, I instantly knew the direction I wanted to take with this design. What do you think?

And how about a couple more designs for ya… hope you enjoy.

The above invite was made for a stinkin’ cute little boy that melts my heart. His mom, a friend of mine, said he said he’s into two things: camouflage and BB guns… just what little boys are made of.

The Christmas card below was made for a family in Big D, and I used some family pictures they sent me, taken by the talented Robin Gansle of Denton, Texas.

Stay tuned for more updates on the biz. I’m hoping to finalize some tedious but necessary details soon which will enable you to purchase products and order custom designs from the comfort of your own home… right here online.

WINDING DOWN TWENTY ELEVEN

Hello friends, I hope you had a joyful and celebratory Christmas holiday and are ready to start a fresh new year because, well, it’s here!

I know it has been weeks since my last blog post, and you know what that means… I’ve been busy as 2011 has come to a close. However, I want to share just a tidbit of what we’ve been up to until I can put together some more fun design-y blog posts in the next week or so.

After our usual Texas Christmas tour seeing all of our families this past week, Chris and I spent the last 2 days of the year on a little getaway – just the two of us – in the country. Some dear friends of ours let us borrow their lake house for the weekend just outside of town near one of the biggest and most beautiful lakes in the Texas hill country. We had a blast not doing anything productive but just being together away from all the demands of life. We stayed up late, watched movies, read, slept in (no alarm clocks!), hiked some trails, biked through the neighborhood, ate good food, and laughed a lot. This was just what we needed.

There’s nothing more inspiring and refreshing than being in the country with my man. And I am thankful for the Creator who lets us enjoy such immense and incomprehensible beauty.