Born and raised in Oklahoma City with an unfortunate haircut, I survived high school to attend Pepperdine University where I was introduced to graphic design. Before it was called blogging, I started my own site where I wrote about my daily life in California for all my family at home in OKC and fell in love with the daily routine of writing and designing. After returning home to attend the University of Oklahoma’s visual communications program, I proudly graduated in 2004 with a BFA in visual communications. During the summers, I studied with various programs in France such as Parsons Paris, La Sorbonne, and the Paris American Academy. In 2005, Simon and I were married and I figured it was as good a time as any to launch my freelance studio. Baby Jude was born in 2007, and Pencil Shavings as it is today was born in 2008. In all my free time, I love dragging Simon and Jude to J.Crew to stalk the sale section.
press & collaborations
PSS has been named one of Better Homes & Gardens’ top 5 decorating blogs, and was featured in Design Mom’s Living with Kids tours. Better Homes and Gardens also featured our home in an online tour in 2013. Named as one of TLC’s 5 Can’t miss Mom Style blogs, the shop was included in the Top 8 Etsy Shops About to Blow up by Complex. I’ve been thrilled to be interviewed at Smart Creative Women along with an inspiring group of creatives. You can also see features on several interior design DIYs, parties, and projects at Domaine, Apartment Therapy, Ohdeedoh, Sara’s Party Perfect, and CafeMom.
In the four years of running the shop, my highlights include collaborating with national retailer The Limited on a special capsule collection of iPhone cases in summer of 2012 as well as a special line of lucite trays for Jess LC that fall. Late in 2012, Nordstrom released a selection of Pencil Shavings Studio designs for iPhone as well that coincided ever-so-fortuitously with the launch of the iPhone 5. Early adopters everywhere rejoiced.
Ulcerative Colitis & Me
Maybe you’re here because you have ulcerative colitis and you’d like to learn more about my experience with UC and subsequent J-pouch surgery at the Mayo Clinic. I’ve had the privilege of connecting with lots of other UC patients and built friendships with girls all across the country who are considering surgery. . Click here to see my page on UC. Got questions? I’d love to hear from you!