Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

Thank you all for being so awesomely patient while I was away last week. I’m still coming down from the Alt Summit high, and my brain can’t really formulate thoughts or words, so I will hopefully have a full Alt report up later this week. Until then, here’s the winner of the iTunes gift card from the relaunch giveaway!

itunes giveaway winner

It’s comment number 12, Barb! Yay Barb! Email me at with your mailing info and I’ll get that gift card in the mail for you!

And just because I can’t write a post without some sort of photo, here’s a random image I took with my iPhone of a yellow rose in my hotel room last week using my Photojojo macro lens attachment…

A low key last night in SLC. Room service came with yellow roses :) #flower #rose #yellow #macro #iphone #photojojo #altsummit

….dudes, that’s way existential.

Holiday Gifts by Crazybananas


2012 has been a fun year creatively for me and other members of the Crazybananas family, and I’ve been fortunate enough to have received a few inquiries about some of my work being up for sale. In the past, the idea of selling anything I’ve made has sounded pretty darn horrifying, but since it’s the holidays (and since I am now jobless…eeek!) I figured it’s a good time to make some items available!

You can buy the book that documents the NYC + KC project, with photos by myself and my best friend Theresa Frey, over at The book is an awesome gift idea, comes in both hardcover and softcover, and is even available as an ebook (for $4.99…a total steal)!

The second item up for grabs is a print of a photograph I took (and posted a few months back) of a rainbow during a storm in Gove, Kansas. I have a limited number of 8×8 prints for sale, and a few have already been snatched up, so if you’re interested, please send me an email at

Thank you again for all of your support this year! 2013 is already shaping up to be incredible, and I can’t wait to share all of my upcoming plans. Hooray!

The Crazybananas Holiday Gift Guide 2012

It’s that time of year again! Need some ideas for the slightly fashionable lady nerd in your life? Well, I’m here to help. This gift guide contains pretty much everything for the female geek. And as always, could someone forward this on to my husband? Great, thanks!

(You can find previous holiday gift guides here.)


1. Live FashionABLE Etanesh Scarf, $32 – These beautiful scarves are made by women in Africa and the proceeds go to creating a sustainable business and lifestyle for these ladies. Learn more about their story here.

2. Stickygrams, $14.99 per sheet of 9 – Make magnets out of your Instagram photos! These may be showing up in some stockings this year…

3. Moonrise Kingdom Bluray Combo Pack, $19.99 – This was one of my favorite films of 2012.

4. Home Sweet Cubicle Embroidery Hoop Art, $24 – Made by my brilliant friend Kristen, these embroidery hoops will brighten any office space.

5. Canon 24mm Wide Angle Lens, $1,549 – Just in case that guy who won the lotto wants to buy me a little something.

6. iPhone Movie Projector, $199 – Projects your iPhone movies (or photos) on to a wall or large screen! Perfect for a holiday movie night!

7. Tory Burch Printed Beverage Container, $24.99 – This mug is part of the Neiman Marcus line at Target and is one of most reasonably priced items. Super cute!

8. Baggu Zipper Animal Print Bags, $16 – These little zippered bags are adorable and I would love them to keep my purse (which is just ridiculously cluttered) a little more organized.

9. The Girl Who Waited T-Shirt, $25 – For the nerd girl in your life who thinks she is Amy Pond (explanation here if you’re not a Doctor Who fan).

Happy shopping!

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!


Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the Hallmark Giveaway! It was such fun reading all of your awesome holiday traditions. I would love for all of you to win, but unfortunately that’s not how the game is played. I plugged your comment numbers in to the number generator and it picked for me.


The winner of the Hallmark Giveaway is Liz! Liz said:

my favorite part is the silence and stillness of christmas eve before christmas morning. in our home, we are celebrators of christmas morning, so the anticipation of the morning is so. much. fun. oh, and brunch too!

I am totally with you, Liz. Christmas Eve is Trent’s birthday, so we try to spend the day doing a lot of celebrating and fun stuff, but once the kids are in bed, we are in Christmas mode. After a crazy day, it feels so quiet. In fact, even though I’m pumped about spending Christmas with the extended family this year, I’m going to miss that quiet evening. It definitely won’t be quiet with the whole family around!

Liz, I’ll be sending you an email to confirm and get mailing details. Congrats!

Hey Paul Studios – A Crazybananas Giveaway

Today, since my birthday is tomorrow (have I mentioned I’m a little bit excited?), we’re doing something very special here at Crazybananas. We’re hosting our first ever giveaway! Hooray!!! Today’s prize is from a great blogging friend, Miss Kristen from Hey Paul Studios. Hey Paul Studios, an urban embroidery studio, is the brainchild of the awesome Kristen Paulson, whose work has been featured all over the place. She even designed an embroidery-style cover for Kansas City’s INK Magazine, where she was featured in their Etsy Holiday Gift Guide. While she is an embroidery superstar, Kristen has tons of other talents. She’s both a local social worker AND a member of the local Roller Derby. No, I’m not kidding. She rules. Kristen and I met through a mutual friend a few years ago, and I have loved watching her grow her business both locally and nationwide through her rad Esty shop.


Today, Kristen has offered to give away one of her amazing, original embroidery pieces to one lucky Crazybananas reader! All you have to do is comment on this post and you’re entered. You have until midnight on Sunday, September 23 to enter. The winner will be selected by a random number drawing. This is awesome, you guys! You should totally enter!

Special thanks to Kristen for providing this amazing prize! And thanks to you (yes YOU!) for reading this silly little blog o’ mine. I’ve had so much fun the past eight years, I think it’s time to return the favor. Good luck!

(This is not a sponsored post, just a giveaway amongst friends. The prize for this giveaway was provided free of charge. I am not being paid to say the prize is awesome, I just think it is. All comments on this site are moderated, so if your comment does not show up right away, don’t panic, I just haven’t had time to approve it yet. But I will! I promise!)

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