Greetings From Missouri

Sam Allen Creates Missouri Fall Leaf Lettering

Hi y’all! Just wanted to post a quick update about our trip! We are just about to head out to Tennessee for the second BBQ competition of the trip, but before we do that I had to share about the Missouri leg.

After driving for 3 days, we made it to the American Royal BBQ competition in Kansas City where the team competed in two back to back competitions. They knew it was a tough competition and only hoped to get “a call,” to be placed in the top 15 in any category, where they’d be announced and receive a ribbon.

American Royal 2015

The first day was the Invitational where they placed 2nd in ribs out of 165 top teams in the nation. The next day was the Open where they competed against 615 teams, including all of the 165 teams from the day before. The day before’s awards only made the team more nervous knowing that a top call was totally possible. With no calls in the first 3 categories, and after really bad brisket scores the day before, we thought it was time to go home. When the announcer got to the top 4 in brisket, he let everyone know that everyone in the top 4 had perfect scores, a 180. The very next name he called… Rooftop BBQ! And then just moments later, the top 10 overall were announced and Rooftop placed 8th! Out of 615 teams and without knowing their scores in chicken, ribs, or pork, it was a complete shock!

American Royal Rooftop BBQ Awards

I don’t know what I’m more proud of… they really did so amazing! The perfect score is really neat though as that means they made their personal best as well.


Sam Allen Creates Strouds Kansas City

After a day or so to cooperate, with an amazingly country fried dinner at Stroud’s… we moved on to stay at my cousin’s house in Springfield, Missouri. It’s been quite an interesting challenge to have my office supplies all put away in tubs all the time, but I’m getting used to it. Makes me wanna downsize the office at home now 🙂

Your New Friend Sam Etsy Lettering Shop on the Road

A cart full of office supplies… my craft studio on the go.

These past couple weeks have been wonderful! Staying put and spending time in the wonderful autumn weather. It was the perfect mix of work, relaxation and fun!

But to really sum up this part of the trip, it was all about FOOTBALL! My cousin’s son, who was our adorable ringbearer at our wedding, plays the center for his high school football team… it was so amazing to get to watch him play in two games while we were here. PLUS Andy cooked for the linemen on the team as well during both weeks… 10 racks of ribs one week and they almost polished off a whole brisket the next week. And then this past weekend, Jake spent some time teaching me how to play football! Pointers on how to catch and throw with a fancy spin. And he even snapped the ball to me like he does in the game. I’m going to go pro now thanks to him.

Sidenote: ESPN just posted about an amazing trick play the team did at their game this past Friday that we were lucky enough to attend. View it here, seriously they’re so good. And of course, shout out to my cousin who snapped the ball as the center of the offense line. See video here.

We also got to spend both our birthdays here with some yummy food and and a couple matinee movies.

So here we go, all packed up and ready to head to Tennessee for the Jack Daniels World Championship. Go Rooftop!

Rooftop BBQ Trailer in Missouri

My Husband: Pitmaster Extraordinaire 

Rooftop Barbeque Billings Montana Fair BBQ Competition

To say my husband is quiet may be an understatement to some. But if one has a chance to see him at a BBQ competition, you will have the rare glimpse into who he really is. For you see, BBQ competitions are his happy place. While mine may be Disneyland, he truly comes alive when surrounded by his BBQ smokers and by his fellow competitors.

Rooftop Barbeque Billings Montana Fair BBQ Competition Green Mountain Grills

Billings, Montana Fair

People ask me often why I put up with all the crazy that comes with being married to a BBQ competitor. But if you’ve had the chance to see him smile after getting calls and trophies at awards or see him share food that he’s just prepared, you’ll see why. My rather absent minded husband is transformed into a person who has the greatest attention to detail and who takes the greatest care in creating the plates to turn in to the judges. At BBQ competitions, my husband comes alive. And to see someone come alive, to see them in the light they need to be in, it makes it all worth it. The long car rides and the lack of plumbing and the BBQ grime and grease that gets EVERYwhere… It’s all worth it.

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman

Grand Champions at the Worland Fair in Wyoming this past weekend, August 15

Grand Champions at the Worland Fair in Wyoming this past weekend, August 15

Evernotes Every Friday

1. Texas Monthly, Jon Contino

I love when the different sections in life spill over into one another, in particular when the husband’s BBQ world collides with my design world. So when I saw this post by the wonderful letterer and design, Jon Contino, for Texas Monthly I just knew I had to share it with you all. From the saucy titles on the cover to the handdrawn map of southern BBQ—there’s truly some amazing work to see plus a video on the “painting with BBQ sauce” process. Check out more photos from the magazine on Jon’s site.

2. Starbucks Coffee Perfection

Can you even fathom the man hours to create such a promotion? Cutting all the smallest of pieces of paper, manipulating the characters on the screen in between each take, but the joy and gratification of seeing the final product must totally outweigh all of that! What a beautiful work of art! Here is the finished commercial, be sure to check out the behind the scenes work from Rogier Wieland on Design Work Life.

Starbucks Coffee Perfection from Rogier Wieland on Vimeo.

3. Easy, Tiger Cards

Another post from Design Work Life… a greeting card vending machine!

4. Zizzi

Is it just me, or does anyone else think the way they insert the Specials so inventive? I love it! Found via Art of the Menu.

5. American Presidential Wrestling

Maybe I would be more interested in politics if they truly did wrestle! Found via Vintage Me Oh My.