new idea happening here

November 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

IMG_2392I started blogging in 2008, and have loved conjuring up new ideas and creating new ways to present them.  They arrive, they thrive, sometimes they sit in the corner and wait for a little attention, and eventually they turn into something else. They usually start when I have something specific to learn, and blogging has been a fantastic medium for me. I’ve learned to accept the fluid process and just keep moving. So I am…moving, that is.

I’m going to close this blog for the time being (though I’m not giving up the URL, so I could be back with the next cup of coffee). I’m still  writing on our studio website at Tackett-Barbaria. I am keeping the coffee/design/art story going on my Tumblr, also Caffeinated by Design (updated daily, come visit, it’s lovely).  And of course, I still have my personal blog, Tour of No Regrets. Plus Facebook, and the studio Facebook, and Twitter, Linked In, Flickr…I think that’s plenty and more than a well-rounded and socially healthy person should admit to.


But it’s time to move to something new, and I do have a new idea brewing. I have a name, a plan, a URL, and a set of skills to learn. But nothing else to show for it just yet.

Check back in a few weeks, and I will announce it here, and every place else I hang out on the internet. See you on the flip side!


scenes from the studio

June 5, 2013 § 1 Comment

I love our new(ish) studio. Lots of light, good coffee (thank you, Steve), friendly and interesting suite mates, and a few carefully curated distractions. It is missing a margarita machine, but that could cut down on productivity, so perhaps that’s best left for after work. Here’s a look at some of the scenes that keep me in my happy place. IMG_6843 IMG_6800 IMG_6773 IMG_6769 IMG_6766 IMG_6761 IMG_6752 IMG_6738 IMG_6736

a cabin in the woods

May 29, 2013 § Leave a comment

We all need a place to go when we are stressed and need to reignite our creative engines. For some, it’s a retreat, like a cabin in the woods. For some of us, it’s a Pinterest board titled A Cabin in the Woods. Yup, I know, not quite the same thing, but I believe I get extra points for being resourceful and thrifty. By the way, if you are a fellow cabin-in-the-woods-dreamer, check out this tumblr, Cabin Porn. It’s not real porn (because I do have a little class), but they are lust-worthy. Here’s a starter set.


1. 2. 3. scandinaviandeko.com4. 5. source:out came the sun 6. source: owls and birdcages 7. source: remain simple 8. source: little french bulldog 9. source: cabin porn 10. source: see more pictures

may is bike month

May 3, 2013 § 1 Comment

Which means if you have time to read this, you probably have time to take a bike ride. And if I have time to post it, I suspect I have time for an even longer ride. I tell you what, I won’t judge how you spend your time, if you don’t judge me. But that bike thing…it’s really a great multi-tasker: exercise, inspiration, cheap transportation, fun (!), good for the planet, good for the body, and essential for the brain. And a great, enduring design!


Sources: 1, 2, 5.  mad about bikes 3. bicycle art 4. barefoot marley 5. a bicycle odyssey 6. petite not small

just taking a (photo) walk around the neighborhood

March 26, 2013 § 1 Comment

Lunch comes at such an inconvenient time of day. It seems to never care which project it’s interrupting, or what deadline is looming. I get through it as quickly as possible, and consider it a win if I actually leave my desk and converse with Steve. But at least once a week I take a photo walk around the studio’s neighborhood. We’re in great part of midtown Sacramento, with old peeling signs (my favorite kind), favorite sculptures (Saul Bass was here!) and hidden alleyway treasures. It’s always worth the walk and the time. Those projects… they are fine without me, at least for a bit.

On S Street, between 19th and 20th:

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The Saul Bass Sculpture at 16th and Q:

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The R Street Corridor:

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19th and Q:


proof that coffee promotes creativity

October 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

Via Pinterest.


October 18, 2012 § 1 Comment


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