Monday, March 13, 2017

Random Catching Up: Nederland, CO 2/19/17

It was a Sunday. I needed to get out of the house. I'd been having trouble doing that since I broke my ankle in October. Mostly, I just couldn't walk for a while. Then it just turned into a bad habit. I thrive on being outside, but sometimes I forget how refreshing it is.

My initial idea was to go to The Train Cars Coffee Shop and do a little remote working. I did manage to find it, wandered through.

The outside of the train cafe

Inside: the menu and staff. They were very friendly and I will take some time there my next trip out that way. I love the sign: "I just want to sip coffee and pet my dog." I'm surprised that wasn't enough to entice me to stay there.

Seating inside the train cafe

I didn't stay there though, finding myself rather indecisive. So Kobi and I wandered down to a park, a short distance away, where we found a little winter wonderland.

I loved the iced-over pond and cross-over bridge. The temperature was moderate and there really wasn't that much snow. Just the remnants here ... at least where I was. I didn't explore much more that day.

Another bridge ... a cross-over from some of the town homes to the park.

Looking out over Barker Reservoir in the distance. I wasn't up for going too far on the snow-covered path. I was still pretty skittish about slipping.

My favorite sound comes from streams and creeks.

After our little wander, I went to another coffee shop I'd passed, New Moon Bakery and Cafe and landed there for a short time. The staff explained several dishes they liked, but I stuck with tried and true, coffee and cake. But I was restless as Kobi waited in the car. I didn't manage to get more than 15 minutes of work done.

In addition, I'm too connected. I got a text while I snacked that my new external drive was waiting on my doorstep. So, I headed home. I didn't want something that valuable sitting out in the open for too long.

I need a road trip. Something I can get my head wrapped around. Something I can get excited about.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Where's Lissa?

It's been far too long since I have posted here on my blog. Almost a year, that is. Kobi is just as baffled as you are ... and as I am.

I've started several times and just not finished a post. So here we are hoping to get on with things.

I have a lot of catching up to do. Many things have been posted to FB as it seemed easier, but this did not serve the same story telling function, so I think I'm going to try to post the highlights from 2016, then move forward.

Kobi just as baffled

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Shaping the physical world with SketchUp

I've been having fun learning a new software--SketchUp. It brings together my analytical mind as well as my creative mind. A couple weeks ago I created the floor plan to my house and conjured up a 3D building with road, sidewalk, landscaping, cars, and a delivery truck.

This would be a fun way to envision a tiny house or small house. Maybe one of these will be my dream house.

I saw a cool video, Designing a Tiny House. It started with the foundation, framing, and finishing. It even had a slider to make for more stationary living space.

I love learning new software. It's all a playground for me.

House floor plan

1691 House | Main Floor

1691 House | Upper Floor

3D Model - Business on the Corner


Thursday, January 14, 2016

Latest client project: Shirley Wilsey

Let me introduce you to Shirley Wilsey, author of All You Can Do, a book of poems. She is a writer, singer, tap dancer, harpist--a woman of many talents. With much prodding from many friends, Shirley finally comes out of the shadows with her debute book covering a wide range of topics from youth to aging, spirituality, nature, contemplation, and the like.

All You Can Do, Poems by Shirley Wilsey

All You Can Do is a client project available soon online. Visit Writing Woman Press to see more about the book and the author, Shirley Wilsey.

I designed the book cover, blog site, and business card. She was pleased to have me walk her through some of the not-so-obvious parts of self-publishing, such as ISBN and barcode, LCCN (Library of Congress Control Number), PCN (Preassigned Control Number), Library of Congress registration, pricing, and more.

In addition, I designed a business card for her to tie into the branding of her book cover and blog site.

All You Can Do, Poems by Shirley Wilsey

“If you have a great book or collection of photos and would like to publish them, but haven’t a clue how to begin, Lissa is your trusty guide through the labyrinth of book-making and self- publishing. She will not only go the extra mile, she will run the marathon with you. From page layout to designing the best possible cover to getting your ISBN number and setting up your author page on FaceBook, she can help with it all. She will share your enthusiasm and be patient with your anxiety. You’ll learn a lot and end up with a terrific book.  I highly recommend her.”
~ Shirley Wilsey

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Holiday Greeting Cards & 2016 Calendar | Yellowstone Deadline 11/16

It’s that time of year ... When the bells jingle, dreidels are spun, houses are decorated, and families gather.

If you haven’t chosen your holiday cards this year or would like my new calendar (all photos are mine from my trip this summer), here’s an opportunity. I'm taking orders now, so make your purchase by Monday, 11/16 noon MST and I’ll have them ready to ship Priority Mail by 11/20. Feel free to mix and match the card designs (instructions below).

Order information:

NEW! 2016 Calendar | Yellowstone
13 month 11" x 8.5" format

Price: $20.00

Holiday Greeting Cards

12 designs:

1 It’s a holly jolly Christmas
2 Hanging Christmas balls
3 Icicle
4 Jingle bells
5 'Tis the Season
6 Joy Candles
7 Clear Creek, Golden, CO – B/W
8 The gift of a snowy day
9 Kobi – Peace
10 Snowy rose
11 Red berries
12 White berries

Dimensions are 4.875 square with a 5 x 5 white envelope, printed on a high quality paper. Cards will be package in a ziploc bag.

REMINDER: square format takes additional postage, .65 (1st class + .20) 

  1. Select card images you like (yes, you can mix and match)
  2. Contact me through my contact page with your quantities and image numbers 
  3. Pay with the PayPal link below; choose quantities of 12, 24, 36

Greeting Cards
click the drop down menu for additional quantities.

Thanks so much. I look forward to hearing from you!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Saying Goodbye to Fall

Yesterday, I went to walk on a familiar Boulder path. Before I even got there, I traveled through the parking lot to my starting point. I had to stop and capture the golden leaves as I knew they wouldn't last much longer. Even the tree in my front yard has gone from golden to burnt red to almost bare. Fall came and has almost gone very quickly this year.

We know what's coming once the leaves fall. Colder temps. And that white fluffy stuff. We've had some pretty mild years here in Colorado. I wonder what this year will bring.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Shifting Gears and Re-directing

OK, I've decided that it doesn't make much sense to duplicate my efforts on two blogs, and since I have to have the Wordprss site to interact with Wordpress Daily Prompts, from today forward I will only be posting 365 Days of Writing at laf Writes.

I really should have named that url laf Writes, but I can't change it now. If you'd like to follow my writing for the sake of writing journey, please hop on over to laf Writes. and click the Follow button in the right navigation bar. Thanks for understanding and I hope you enjoy my stories.

I will continue to post more art related things here. For example, I want to tell the story behind "a rose is not a rose ...." So watch for that!

Until next time ...