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I worked today. Not long. Maybe 4 hours. But it was the 4th of July, and while most people were having backyard bbqs and beers with friends, I was waxing, putting D-rings on, and stamping pieces that either need to be photographed or shipped. At some point, it occurred to me that it was a holiday and that I could probably be relaxing in front of the TV or taking a nap. There was a time when I probably would have gone down the self pity route. But instead of thinking “Why me?”, I felt grateful.  I can’t say that I always feel that way, and I would be lying if I said I felt that way last week. Truth...

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Behind the Design: Outside, Texas Wall Hanging

About two months ago, I was heading home from an errand when I happened upon Outside, Texas’s brand new Austin location. I’m honestly not sure why I was even on that stretch of Lamar on that particular day. It definitely wasn’t the quickest route home. But there I was, cruising along, when I happened to look to my left and saw this cool retro sign hanging on a small building in the parking lot across from The Tavern.  I made a u-ey and whipped into the parking lot.  Ethan, the young man working behind the counter, was super nice and answered all my questions about the brand while I checked out all the amazing retro gear. Outside, Texas’s brand aesthetic...

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Mother’s Day Flowers

My senior year of high school I had a class that started at 7am. We lived about 15 minutes outside of town, so that meant I had to leave around 6:30 to get there, park, and get to class on time. Which meant I had to wake up around 5:30 to eat breakfast and wake up fully before making the drive into town.  Let’s just say, as a teenager, I hated getting up early.  I had never been a coffee drinker up to that point, and no one in our household drank coffee, but my mom, looking for a way to help me wake up (probably so I wouldn't nod off while driving), decided to introduce me to it. Knowing...

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Behind the Design: VHS-Inspired Shelf & Wall Art

You ever notice something for the first time, and then you start seeing it everywhere? Weird, right? That’s happened to me lately with the classic Polaroid VHS cassette colors. You know the ones I’m talking about—the hot pink, orange, yellow, lime green, and blue bars. I’ve seen these colors on windbreakers, t-shirts, and hoodies all around town. I don’t know if it was a thing before and I just never noticed it, or if that style has just come back in a major way all of a sudden.  Either way, I’m diggin it.  As early as three years ago when we made our first retro Astros-inspired Texas, I’d been wanting to use vintage blank VHS covers as inspiration in our...

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Texas Strong: Thank you!

I’m gonna get right to the point today, folks: Thanks to y’all, we (in partnership with Miller Imaging & Digital Solutions) were able to donate $5,358.66 to I Live Here I Give Here’s Amplify: Disaster Relief Fund to help Central Texans affected by the recent winter storm.  Because of your generosity, we sold 134 of the Texas Strong wall hangings (in one week!) that we designed in collaboration with Miller IDS. 100% of the proceeds from those sales went directly to help Texans affected by the storm.  We want to thank those who purchased the Texas Strong wall hangings, those of you who took the time to share with friends and family on your social media, and we want to thank...

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