When Responding to an RFP – Don’t Do This

I often help companies define their business needs for their website and develop a scope of work or RFP to present to potential vendors. I usually stick around through the procurement process to ensure that it runs smoothly. After years of reading RFP’s and writing proposals it’s really interesting to be on the receiving end. If I could whisper to my younger self (and the other proposal writers out there) I’d share these mistakes to avoid. Continue reading

Tie Dye Party

I haven’t made tie dyes since high school, but I’ve had this kit since then! Finally the time had come. My daughter and I had a great time making our drab whites way colorful on a lovely Saturday afternoon. I had been saving up white shirts and bottoms for months. We probably colored 30 pieces (many kids clothes). I also colored a number of types of paper for printmaking. I’ll post those once I make something of them! Now that I know I can do it in half a day we might host a little tie dye party next time.


My Baby Brother is Getting Hitched!

Hi Friends,

My brother is marrying a great lady and they are having some trouble finding a venue. Here are the specifics, please let us know if you have any ideas or know anyone in the biz who can help.

  • At least 100 guests including kids
  • Timing: this fall or next spring
  • Looking for something rustic, unique, relaxed, some DIY, many family members want to help
  • Not overly expensive, nice, but affordable, good value
  • He is a mechanic, she runs a preschool
  • They both live in San Diego, many guests are in So Cal but out-of-town guests will need to secure housing
  • Want to serve beer and wine and food
  • They like/have considered Stone brewery (north county), wineries, and the Prado, open to a park or barn but need nice facilities (no port-a-potties)


Nominate @Wits End for the Community Builder Award

A few months ago I had some free time on my hands and a need for some intellectual stimulation. It was a perfect opportunity to do some pro bono work. I discovered the website Catch a Fire, signed up and applied for a project. After a quick phone interview I was “hired” to create a scope of work for a website design for my new friend Tricia Slavik. Tricia is starting an online database to help connect parents and caregivers of children with mental illness to the RIGHT providers. This is a surprisingly difficult task for something so crucial and heart wrenching as the well being of our beloved children. Continue reading

Small House Series

I challenged myself to create a series of painted and embellished small wood houses. I was thinking about home and life with young children, the work and life see-saw, technology, and travel. Four of these pieces were shown at the Small Works show at Capital Artworks in December 2015 and January 2016. Some are for sale and range in price from $25 to $65. They range in size from 3 to 8 inches. Want to buy one or learn to make one? Let me know.

How to Find a Job

At the end of August of last year I left my job with 10up. This was the first time in a very long time I left a job without a plan (other than to spend more time with my kids). Turns out that was TOO much time with my kids. I also felt that, much to my horror, I may have finally burned out on web design. That also turned out not to be true, I still love technology and communication interaction (phew). Continue reading

How to install WordPress on your purchased hosting plan

I just helped a friend with this and thought I’d write a quick how-to because its super easy once you know what you’re looking for. First, some basics…


WordPress is software. Open source content management software that allows you to use any browser to write and publish content. Your content is stored in a database, in tables kinda like a spreadsheet. WordPress talks to the database every time anyone presses a button (to show a post, search, display a gallery). Continue reading