words to live by – diy inspirational quote notebooks

diy inspirational quote notebooks | Directions Not Included

I am pretty techy (okay, I admit it, I am a geek) and always have my iPhone, iPad or laptop by my side. I manage my life with technology in every way and form. That said, I love paper, notebooks, and pens. I have had this conversation with friends before, so I know I'm not completely insane because I love office supplies. I have a thing for Moleskin notebooks (and really good pens). I usually have both in my purse at all times.  This is not a sponsored post - just the confessions of someone with … [Read more...]

dreaming of miami – cuban food care package

Cuban Food Care Package 1

Some good friends of ours were supposed to spend a sunny, fun-filled weekend with us back in March. They had to cancel their much needed trip at the very last minute. It is the strangest thing to be happy that your friends cancel a trip to see you. That sounds odd, right? Well, it was for the BEST reason. They got word that they were bringing home a sweet little boy of their very own. They got the adoption call the same week they were scheduled to come down here. Baby > Miami. This has been a … [Read more...]

corporate office decorating – typographic artwork

Arid Designs Poster Mashup

One of the things I mentioned in my previous post about my side job as a corporate office decorator, was the need for artwork for our walls. With a full blank slate to work with we needed something to add life to our space. Luckily, I run the in-house creative team. It is quite a fun job to direct three talented designers on a variety of projects. Fun stuff like office decorating, makes it even better.  Two of my very talented designers worked with me on the posters and other design features … [Read more...]

tuesday crush – shaped tiles

You know when life gets away from your and you can't seem to get a handle on things? Isn't it great, when you get back into your normal routine? Even if it takes awhile and the whole time leading up to it sucks, once you fall back into that routine, everything sort of falls into place again and you feel great. I'm back. And Tuesday Crush is back, too! Maybe I'm just daydreaming about bathroom renovations but I'm obsessed with shaped tiles right now. I don't know how long some of these trends … [Read more...]

tuesday crush – vintage fans

Time for another Tuesday crush. This week's crush-worthy item...vintage fans. I don't have any yet but I love them. I have horrid luck at thrift stores and on Craigslist so I have no real dreams of getting my hands on one soon but I can dream. Here are a few that have recently caught my attention.Via Etsy lovintagefindsVia FlickrVia Pinterest Gotta love the fan and the gallery wall combined. Via Gardners2BergersThanks for following Directions Not Included! … [Read more...]

tuesday crush – herringbone

Thanks again for your patience the last week or so. I started my week of freedom yesterday and I'm starting to feel normal again. I spent the day crafting with my best friend, which only means that can this be a great week. I can't believe I have no job for 5 full working days. The last time that was the case, my age started with a 1. Um, yeah...From now on (or until I run out of ideas), Tuesdays will feature my current crushes whatever they may be. And if everything falls into place, when I … [Read more...]