Artists, designers, craftsters and doodlers inspire and make me happy. However, recently, I've been reminded that generating my own creations makes me...blissful.

I've been imagining this blog for ages now, but couldn't come up with a name (I know, I know, but I used to spend days coming up with names for mixed tapes...the devil is in the details, right?). So I decided "and she's off" best captures my leap into the blogging world and my rediscovery my creative side.

Before my daughter's arrival in December 2007 I was a graduate student in Strategic Visual Communication (the thesis is, ahem, in progress). In addition to my undergraduate degree in English I've studied printmaking and graphic design.

I live in New Mexico with my animal-doctor husband and about-to-talk daughter.