2ND LOOK. // 6—BCS

Anyone that knows me, knows I am a sucker for college football (Go Gators!) So when I read this morning about the big news within the BCS, I just had to share!

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A four-team playoff for college football has been formally approved by a presidential oversight committee, a dramatic change for the sport that will begin in 2014 and continue through the 2025 season. The four teams will be chosen by a selection committee, the semifinals will be held at current bowl sites and the national championship game will be awarded to the highest bidder.

The 11 conference commissioners watched on Tuesday afternoon as Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick presented their proposal to a board of 12 university presidents at the Dupont Circle Hotel. In less than three hours, the group agreed upon a postseason that college football fans have been clamoring for years.

The group of presidents also endorsed a rotation of the semifinal games among six bowl sites and a rotation of the championship game among neutral sites. The semifinals either will be played on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, and the national title game will be played on “Championship Monday,” the first Monday in January that is six or more days after the final semifinal game is played.

“A four-team playoff doesn’t go too far; it goes just the right amount,” said Virginia Tech president Charles Sterger, chair of the presidential oversight committee. “We are very pleased with this arrangement even though some issues & remain to be finalized.”

There will be three contract bowls — the Champions Bowl, which is a partnership between the Big 12 and SEC, the Rose Bowl, which has a longstanding tradition between the Big Ten and Pac 12, and a bowl to be determined for the ACC, which is likely to continue its partnership with the Orange Bowl.

“In terms of our contract bowl, and our New Year’s Day tie-in, we expect to have an announcement on that jointly in the very near future,” Swofford said.

The three other bowls, called “access bowls,” have yet to be determined, but the decision will force the Sugar Bowl and Fiesta Bowl to become bidders.

Tuesday’s decision possibly could squeeze the Big East out of the postseason, as its champion is no longer guaranteed a spot in one of the six major bowls. The “automatic qualifiers” label also will disappear in the new system and those programs will have no guaranteed access to the new structure. Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby called it an “open marketplace for all schools.”

Also not involved in the automatic postseason picture is the Mountain West Conference, which did not receive a waiver to automatically qualify for the next two years.

Football Bowl Association executive director Wright Waters said in a statement: “Today is the beginning of an exciting time in the future of college football and we are committed to continuing the rich tradition of the bowls.”

The championship game will be managed by the conferences and will not be branded as a bowl game. The presidents also announced the creation of a selection committee that will rank the teams to play in the playoff, “giving all the teams an equal opportunity to participate.” The committee will consider win-loss record, strength of schedule, head-to-head results and whether a team is a conference champion.

The two main topics that still need further discussion are how teams will be selected and how revenue will be distributed. The commissioners have agreed in principle as to how the revenue will be divided, according to Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany, but that has not been made public yet. The commissioners also still need to decide a name for the playoff.

The decision is subject to passage of appropriate legislation by the NCAA Board of Directors to permit the two semifinal winners to play an additional postseason game.

ACC commissioner John Swofford called it “a milestone” for college football.

“The access for conferences throughout the FBS is going to be better in this system than the current system,” he said. “That’s an important part of this. But you have to play your way in. That’s a plus.”

Watch the broadcast HERE.


SO IMPRESSIVE. // 3—Candy Chang

The project became so popular in communities in the US that foreign cities requested it be brought to them.

Candy Chang is one brilliant lady, do yourself a favor and read all about her. Below is one of her projects, called “Before I Die.”

Before I Die” was an experiment Candy came up with after the death of someone close to her. It’s simple in concept, but such a wonderful way to draw attention to your inner desires, thoughts and aspirations along with a great way to relate to those in the community. I imagine it would be a humbling experience to stand in front of this wall and read all of the very personal messages.

Candy has other interesting projects that may be seen HERE.


Mitch Dobrowner :: Storm Photography

These amazing photographs reminded me of my middle brother. As a meteorologist, we always ask him what the weather is going to be like. Like the smarty-pants that he is, he consistently told us to “look outside.” I believe these  photographs bring that to a whole new meaning!

Thanks, Mitch Dobrowner, for the fantastic work!



Cool Wall Decals

I normally think these sorts of things can be very cheesy and can be so improperly used, but here are a couple of well done examples. What a great, graphic way to add some pizzaz to an office! You can find them HERE.



If I were going to use them in my home, I may choose something like this or this…Much easier than painting a pattern!


Impressive Architectural Green Homes

Having just moved into a new place, I find myself drowning in the endless sea of home resources the internet has to offer. Today, I was pleasantly greeted with the ingenuity and foresight of a few architects that brought to life these and the following homes:


My views aren’t bad, but these are better!

The sun room on the right side reminds me of being at the fair…Although I’m sure there is no need to walk sideways in here!

Just. So. Cool.


Ines Amd’s Nostalgic Photography

The photography of Ines Amd makes me want to jump on a plane and not stop travel until I have literally seen EVERY beautiful place in the world. Perhaps I want to do that anyway, but seeing pieces like this and this make the desire so immediate that I have stopped all other work to scour travel sites and see just where I can head off to at a moment’s notice!

Look at some of these beauties!



Wined & Designed :: Country Wedding Invitations

I can’t wait to be a bridesmaid in Jacquie’s wedding in February, just like I couldn’t wait to share the invitations I just finished up for her!

She was a dream to work with; everything I suggested, she went with to bring her winter casual, farm wedding to reality!  To keep printing costs down, I designed custom rubber stamps (ordered from HERE) and hand stamped all 110 invitations (rsvp’s, envelopes, invitations…oh my!). The gorgeous wood grain paper the invitation is mounted on had to be cut down, scored and folded (paper ordered from HERE) and the stickers on the envelopes were custom designed and stuck on by yours truly! The postcards represent the different states that the bride and groom have lived (ordered HERE) and the merchandise tags were just a little personal touch I added on for them…

Hope they love them as much as I loved producing them!

Visit my stationery site: Wined & Designed!



YES PLEASE. // 2—Hurricane Season Musts

Hurricane season can be very busy in Bermuda for those in the reinsurance business (which I am not.) but other than that, unless there is the threat of a direct hit, the excitement comes from the possibilities of having hurricane parties!! An art I (and fellow UF students) became very good at during the summer of ’03 when mostly every storm decided to cross the state of Florida and sit on top of Gainesville for hours. If I was throwing a party this week, I would like to have these things on my side…

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YES PLEASE. // 2—Honey Badger Tee

My youngest brother and I send a lot of random youtube videos back and forth. I must admit, I didn’t understand how funny this one was until I watched about 4 times. So, naturally, when I ran across this t-shirt at CMYBacon’s blog, I HAD to repost!

Guess what you’re getting for Christmas, Big Al?!

(you can buy the Tshirt HERE. you can view the video HERE!)




Wined & Designed :: Art Deco Letterpress Wedding Invitations

My best friend of 25 years got married a few weeks ago. Crazy! Looks like hers were the first in a looooong line of wedding invitations I will be designing for friends. Some want Cuisinarts, fine china and money…and since I can’t afford any of those things yet, I gift my time & what talent I have. And lucky for me, I get the return of happy, gracious friends and, bonus, a portfolio piece!!

Thanks to Brei Stevenson at Cucumber Press for letter pressing these bad boys!

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