Who Knew Smiling Could Make you Happy?

Who knew smiling could make you happy?

Ok, maybe that sounds rather basic. In fact, I’m sure you knew that already. But I used to think that we smile because we are happy, rather than the reverse. However, a credible volume of research tells us that both are true. You may not be feeling happy at all, but if you smile, it will change how you feel. Pinkie … Read More

Uplift Gift – more than just another company with cool products

Uplift Gift Partners

We at Sassypants Design have the distinct pleasure – make that honor – of working with Uplift Gift, a business that is more than just another company with cool products. Don’t get me wrong, they do have exquisite offerings, but they also have a higher calling. And lucky us – we design their custom greeting cards. Rather than try and … Read More

My Day at the Chiropractor


Ok, I admit it. I’m not the most memorable person on the planet. In fact, I must be downright generic. I know this because I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told, “You look JUST like the sister of the sister-in-law of our old next door neighbor, Bill.” The names change but the story is the same. There … Read More

Exactly How I Create the Artwork

Exactly How I Create the Art for Sassypants Design Cards

People often ask me exactly how I create the artwork for Sassypants Design cards. [WARNING: If reading about software technology makes you want to poke your eyes out with poison darts, then go straight to the video.] I create my drawings using Adobe Illustrator. (This is a vector-based drawing application, in geek speak.) I often work from a photo of … Read More

The Art. Why Draw Dogs and People?

Sassypants Design funny dog greeting cards

What leads a person to a particular vocation? This is fascinating to me. It turns out that most college grads end up in fields that don’t relate to their major. This could not be more true for me. I have a BA in Human Development and a post graduate degree in counseling. And now I draw funny pictures of dogs … Read More

The Pannikin – Heart and Soul of North County San Diego

Pannikin Coffee and Tea - Built in 1888 - the old Santa Fe Train Station

If you live anywhere near coastal North County San Diego, you most certainly have been to the Pannikin, a long-standing member of the Encinitas community. You surely have at least noticed it, in all of its yellow, vintage-train-station glory. If not, let’s make that appointment for your vision checkup this week.
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