Weekend Festivitieeeeeeeeees

I’ve worked in a restaurant for over seven years of my life where I never would get weekends off unless I requested it and it had to be for a reason that my bosses considered important enough to allow me to have the weekend off. Now, I work in an office that is closed every Saturday and Sunday. It was a little strange at first, getting used to not working on weekends, but it didn’t stay “strange” for long. Now I TREASURE these weekends. Husband and I try to make the days last as long as possible and we make every effort to spend some quality time with each other. So, here’s a glimpse of yesterday’s festivities… 🙂


Of course, we all know it is St. Patrick’s Day weekend. We headed downtown (which is one of my FAVORITE places to go) and planned on getting lunch at an irish pub. WELL. Apparently that was everyone else and their mother’s plan for yesterday too. Every Irish place that we knew of was PACKED, overflowing with drunken people stumbling about with green beer in hand. So we went to Wild Wings instead. Needless to say, we still enjoyed a green beer ourselves.



Afterwards, we headed to King Street and window shopped. Because that is the only kind of shopping normal people can afford to do there. A Kate Spade store recently opened on King (be still my coveting heart) AND an Anthropologie store, which Husband so graciously/reluctantly followed me into and pretended like he was interested in the gorgeous dishware and tea towels I drooled on. 

I love trying new coffee shops. It’s my goal to try EVERY SINGLE ONE in our area before I die. So whenever we go downtown, I always tell Husband that we are going to to a new coffee shop. I always get a froo-froo latte and he always gets a regular cup of brewed coffee. City Lights Coffee’s hazelnut mocha….to die for. I could feel the sugar/caffeine high with every sip. Husband said their brewed coffee left much to be desired. Should have got the froo-froo, I told him. 



We found a bench and sipped our drinks and watched the tourists go by, all dressed in green. Charleston is really beautiful. It gives me this feeling, I don’t know how to describe it. It’s like, an excited and relaxed feeling at the same time. Like I’m in an old movie. It’s a feeling I wish I felt every day. 

Here’s from our spot on the bench



When we returned home from Charleston, we spent the rest of the evening just being together. I think that, many times, we don’t stop and appreciate “just being together.” Even if it’s as simple as just being in the same room, listening to music as we work in the office. 

This weekend was so enjoyable, I just wanted to share it. I hope everyone else’s weekend was just as enjoyable! 🙂

Thursday Thoughts


1. Every time I find a couple extra bucks in my purse, I spend them on coffee. Like, immediately. 

2. While at work, I always make lists in my head of everything I need/want to accomplish when I get home from work. However, when I get home from work, I never feel like doing anything that was on my list(s).



This year is already flying by, it’s already March. But it’s okay, it just motivates me even more to make this THE year. The year of getting things accomplished. The year of establishing. The year of traveling and new experiences. It’s going to be incredible! And to kick off the “new” for March, this is my first ever post from my iPhone…lets see if it works. Now, enjoy some instagrams of my beloved pup…





It is finally Friday, thank ya, Jesus! 

I’m sitting in my home office, writing this post. When we moved into this house, I automatically knew that the room that we would use the most would be the living room. How wrong I was. We’ve spent about 80% of our time at home in our little office that Husband and I share. And I love it. This space is mine to work in, at whatever pace I want to work. There’s no pressure here. There’s no one standing over my shoulder watching me work. I can be creative here. I DO WHAT I WANT! And I love working side by side with husband. Even if we don’t talk much, sometimes, it’s just nice to have someone else in the same room. And I like it when we ask each other’s opinions on whatever we are working on. So those are my thoughts on that. Oh, how I love the sound of pencils on paper and clicking of keyboards. 🙂 Image

These narwhals are pretty gnarly too.

Found them here: http://society6.com/product/Narwhal-pattern_Print



Chocolate covered bacon. And other awesome things

I googled chocolate covered bacon and I found this:




I was having a not so great day today………until I found that. I might have to try making it this weekend. Then, I’ll package it in a fancy, white box and tie it with some jute and put a cute little gift tag made of some of that sweet, recycled, rough textured paper. And it will say, “To Jackie. May all your hopes and dreams come true. Love always, Jackie.” Don’t judge me.

Anyway, some days just suck (like today), so to make up for the suckiness, here is some more work done by some talented folks. 








Just these two alone are enough to brighten my mood. I hope they do the same for you 🙂

New Post for a Dusty Blog

Since my last post was some time last spring, I figure it is high time to write a shiny, new post for my dusty, old blog. Here’s some updates on what’s going on:

1. New, updated website- http://www.jcastimoredesign.com

2. Etsy Shop- http://www.etsy.com/shop/jcastimoredesign

3. Weekly posts for Artsydesignlove (I’m going to try for daily, but I’m not promising, people!)

So that’s that. And to conclude this “back from the dead” post, some fun and grogeous art to feast upon:



Well, hello there Mr. Foxy Fox, aren’t you a stud? By Ty Wilkins, found on http://postercabaret.com/fox-print-by-ty-wilkins.html




It is true. Coffee is better when it’s hot. 😉 By Matthew Taylor Wilson





This has me enamored with its beauty. By Angelo Franco



That’s all for now, I’ll be back tomorrow. If you miss me too much, check out my Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/JCastimoreDesignIllustration 🙂

Cereal and future design stuff

This morning I woke up at 6:45 to go to Publix and buy a crap-ton of cereal. All Kellogg’s cereals were half off for Saturday and Sunday only, and since my husband practically eats an entire box of cereal every morning, I figured I should stock up while it’s on sale. Why did I get up so freaking early on a Saturday to go buy cereal, you ask? I HAVE NO FREAKING CLUE. It made complete sense in my head that I truly needed to get to the store as soon as it opened (at 7 AM) to beat the crazies that were all going to be mobbing Publix and fighting over boxes of cereal. However, there were no crazies mobbing Publix over cereal. There was just me and my cart filled with a million cereals. All by my lonesome. Maybe I’m the only weirdo that would fight people over 50% off Frosted Mini Wheats (I love them things). Either way, my household should be good on breakfast for the next year or so. Or, the next week, since hubbs thinks that one box= one bowl.

ANYWAY, in more artsy related topics (I haven’t written much about art and design, which is dumb because this whole blog is supposed to be about art and design, I must’ve got distracted), I’ve decided to sell some of my work on Etsy.com. It seems like a good idea in my head, but then again we know how those ideas turn out sometimes- like going cereal shopping early to fight the imaginary crazies. I’m not sure what kind of art I’m going to do though. I was thinking paintings and illustrations, then I was thinking of digital illustrations, then I was thinking of stationary designed by yours truly. The great thing about Etsy is that people shop there FOR handmade, one of a kind items. All you do is type in what kind of product you want and a million of that product pops up and you can browse through. I figured this could be a good start to putting my degree to work and actually being able to do something I love and enjoy, and hopefully make some dough in the process. I only have a couple of pieces right now, so I’m going to create a few more, then open up shop. I’m excited!