‘It doesn’t have to be an extraordinary day to be memorable.’ Photograph: David Nevala/Twentytwentyagency.com

I stumbled upon the Experience section of The Guardian last night. It’s a series of first person narratives where people tell about their unique experiences: “I was swallowed by a hippo,” “my cat saved my life,” “I was the daughter of a mafia boss.” …just to name a few.  If you’re ever feeling down or ungrateful for what you have, read these stories.  They’ll give you perspective.


About an hour ago I found myself in a horribly foul mood. After cussing (sorry small children), I gave myself a moment to cool down. Then I came home and wrote a few thank you notes. I’m finding that the best way to feel better about yourself is to remember how much you do have by thanking those who have given it to you.

I’m writing this post because a year ago I wouldn’t have done this. I would have cussed, cried, called by sister… the whole nine yards. I would have worried and beat myself up… but why? For what? For something that tomorrow I’ll laugh about?

So there. The cards aren’t perfect, but they’re done and I feel better. I don’t usually get too personal here, but I guess I just wanted to put it out there and announce that I’m growing up and I’m damn proud of it. And I’m thankful. That too.

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saractall in South Dakota

My recent road trip to South Dakota called for eight hours in the car each way.  Phew! Luckily I found out about Lianne La Havas via NPR’s All Songs Considered. She’s pretty much the love child of Adele and John Legend. Have a listen…

Lianne La Havas | Lost & Found | Official Music Video from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

Face doodles using Penultimate by saractall

I downloaded Penultimate for my iPad and have been doing some figure doodles.  It’s a very simple drawing/sketching program, but it syncs with Evernote like a charm!

Face doodles using Penultimate by saractall

I’m waiting for my stylist to come in the mail.  I think it’ll give me a bit more control than my finger.Face doodles using Penultimate by saractallIn other news, I’ve added some new work to my portfolio. Feel free to mosey over to Carbonmade and check it out!

Cloud Pattern by saractall

Cloud Pattern

KnotPattern by saractall

Knot Pattern

TrianglePattern by saractallTriangle Pattern

I’ve been stuck in a creative rut all day, so made a few patterns in Adobe Illustrator. @fifthandhazel and @almaloveland  are creating a new pattern every day this year.  There stuff is amazing. Check out the details here. Maybe I’ll join them next year?

Here Fishy, Fishy, Fishy!Here fishy, fishy, fishy!

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Chuck Bass Screensaver by saractallA desktop background for all you Gossip Girl fans.  Did you know he’s actually English?  Nuts!

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I finally got my shit together and put some of my design work online!

View my online portfolio at saractall.carbonmade.com

Click to view my online portfolio at saractall.carbonmade.com

I decided to go with Carbonmade for my first online portfolio because of its simple/easy-to-use interface.  Their logo isn’t intrusive and you get 5 projects and 35 image for FREE.  Their yearly cost is only $120 which isn’t horrible.  Maybe I’ll look into it when my current portfolio gets me a decent job.

This is my Teepee Doodle

Last week I doodled a teepee. Or tepee.  Or tipi. You choose.

Labrador Cookies

These cookies got their name from that scene in 101 Dalmatians where the dalmatian puppies roll around in the soot to disguise themselves as labradors and escape Cruella de Vil and the Baduns.  These are chocolate chip cookies with cocoa powder and white chocolate chips… they’re disguised chocolate chip cookies.  Get it?

saractall's Labrador Cookies

Anyway, they were actually dubbed “Crack Cookies” by my college roommate because they’re that gosh darn good and addicting- but I felt like with that name I couldn’t give them to kids.

Enough with the build-up, here’s the recipe or download this nifty recipe card:

Labrador Cookies

(adapted from a Martha Stewart recipe)

Temp: 350°
Bake time: 8-10 min
Makes: 4 dozen-ish

2 cups of flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup of cocoa powder
1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed light-brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs at room temperature
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips

Parchment paper
Baking sheets

1. ) Leave the butter out for hours. This stuff needs to be room temperature, dude.
2.) Leave the eggs out for about half that time.
3.) Beat the eggs + sugars until fluffy
4.) Whisk flour + baking soda + salt + cocoa powder
5.) Add each egg to the butter until just combined
6.) Add vanilla to the egg mixture
7.) Add flour mixture in three batches
8.) Mix in all those chips!
9.) Spoon heaping teaspoonfuls onto parchmented baking sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes. Probably lean towards 8.
10.) Be fat and eat them all. Or share. Yum.

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Nom nom nom!  Happy Friday!

saractall's Labrador Cookies