Design for Fort Benton Chamber of Commerce

Last summer I worked on a new identity for our Fort Benton Chamber of Commerce. What started as a new website design turned into a logo and new brochure design as well. It's always fun to work on a project you are personally connected to and passionate about! 

You can visit the website here.  Fort Benton has a lot to offer our visitors! As the first major trading post in Montana, our little town is chalk full of Native American and early white settler history. Not to mention, the mighty Missouri provides some of the best recreational opportunities around. I highly recommend a river float from Fort Benton down through the White Cliffs, covering virgin territory once traveled by Lewis and Clark. Enjoy a high-class dinner at the historic Grand Union hotel and join in on our Summer Celebration before you embark. 

a new business venture

I've had a little something up my sleeve for awhile now, and I'm excited—and a little nervous—to finally shout it from the rooftops. 

Since our move from Utah 3 years ago I have really enjoyed taking a break from working and focusing instead on settling in to our new life on the farm, staying home to raise our little Eva, and working on our home remodeling project. 

Though our house projects are nowhere near complete, now that Eva is going to preschool it seems like a great time to ease back into the workforce. (Not that staying at home is any less work—I've definitely learned that! Cheers to the hard-working-stay-at-home-mom workforce!) In any case, I have missed designing and am anxious to take on a few projects for others.

Although I will always love doing Graphic Design and intend to keep doing so, this time I am really excited to add interior design to my repertoire, and maybe even some photography! (I am not a professional photographer—I've worked with enough amazing photographers to know my limitations, but I do enjoy doing creative photography projects and can hold my own.)

From a young age I have had a huge passion for interiors. It was only because our in-state colleges had dropped their Interior Design programs that I decided to branch out into Graphic Design instead. I have no regrets, and I believe my Graphic Design training was great for both disciplines. Since I have moved back to Montana it has been the Interior Design opportunities that have fallen into to my lap, so I am just embracing the chance to do what I have always loved! 

My portfolio mostly consists of projects in my house at this time, as well as few display rooms I designed while working at Stampin' Up! I hope that will soon change, however, as I have been hired by my first client to help remodel her entire house. We have been working on this project for several months and I hope to be able to show you more as we near completion by the end of the year!

I hope you will take the time to check out my website, and recommend me to your friends!

Kids are awesome (Part II)

We got Abby a FLIP video camera for Christmas. BEST. GIFT. EVER. There are several videos like this one and they are all highly entertaining. By the way, Abby would KI-ILL me (yes, that is a 2 syllable kill) if she found out I posted this, so let's just keep it between you and me, okay?

(Actually, I couldn't betray her trust like that so I begged for her permission to post it. Good girl for not being to proud or embarrassed. She even said she would make me more videos! I love that.)

P.S. This is not tornado country. Whew.

Halloween window painting

Halloween window painting has been a tradition in our small town at least since my dad was a kid. (50 years or more?) Anyway, the highlight of our week was watching Abby paint her window. They are pre assigned a window, and hers was at the H-O Parts Store. This is significant because it drove her theme idea:


Get it? It reads {SALE TODAY, Jack-o-lantern parts. "H-O"ppy "H-O"lloween}

The best part of the whole thing was the "meeting" Abby called the night before to come up with her idea. She set up chairs and her new easel (Thanks, Paula!) and we all contributed ideas, and voted on them. I thought she was pretty clever.

I'm not sure when/if they will announce the winners. Maybe in next week's River Press.