Tuesday, December 31, 2013

bright and brimming with possiblity

New Year's Eve

A time for letting go
and welcoming all things bright
and brimming with possibility.

Sending so much love to you, friends.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

the magic of the season

Twinkle lights, hot cocoa for cold hands, and a few inches of snow have quickly tuned our hearts + minds in to the magic of this season.

These frigidly cold days are perfect for a home-body like me! There has been lots of nesting and decorating and baking and crafting to my heart's content over here.  Perfection.

Here's to slowing down this month, and savoring the magic of the season.
Sending love to you, friends!


Monday, December 2, 2013

Wild Beauty

Happy December, friends!

This year more than ever before, I've been looking forward to decking the halls with (more) twinkle lights (there can never be too many!) and sparkly goodness. I just love waking up to Christmas-y beauty every morning. Yesterday was the day for getting out those boxes of vintage ornaments and childhood memories. My 'Christmas with the Chipmunks' CD may or may not have been playing;).

Another thing I've been looking forward to is Cyber Monday! To celebrate, all prints in my Etsy Shop are 25% off today! Be sure to enter the code: happycybermonday at checkout.

Here's a peek at the new artwork in my shop:

I've been painting little feathers to include in each order today (while they last!)!
Much love to you all! xo

Friday, November 15, 2013

Nurturing Creativity at home

As a girl who pours out her heart + soul daily through layers of brightly colored paint, I've learned how essential nurturing creativity is to my spirit. It's a way to rejuvenate, return to center, and make sure my inspiration tank remains full.

The idea of nurturing creativity begs us to answer all the important questions-
What is it that makes us come alive? Feel inspired? What ignites the spark within?
I promise if you sit long enough with these questions, you'll hear the faint whispers and feel the gentle pull towards what your soul needs.

 For me, infusing creativity into daily life looks like:

A few moments of quiet to enjoy a delicious cup of coffee in my favorite mug
A long walk in the sunshine.

Being creative in a different way than I'm used to: like baking! This month my mom and I made pumpkin butter...sooo delicious.

Re-arranging, organizing, and spending time in my creative space. Allowing room to breathe. Allowing room to play. (I'd be lying if I said impromptu dance parties never happened here;)) 

I'm a firm believer that LIFE is ART. It's about slowing down, focusing in, and honoring the goodness and beauty that surrounds. From the clothes in our closet to the way we make a cup of coffee. It's all art. It's all there for us to be amazed at and leave us feeling inspired.

So pull out your notebook, and start brainstorming ideas! What does your soul need? What does nurturing creativity look like to you? I'd love to know!


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Unknown + Possibility

I woke up this morning with thoughts of the unknown + possibility on my heart.

The unknown.
Where all of my deepest dreams + desires are kept.

The unknown.
A far-off destination where few have traveled...because the roads are dark + unpaved, and you have to walk a lot of the way alone.

The unknown.
An intimidating and sometimes scary notion...prompting many to question what in the hell you are thinking to leave safety to venture into the wildnerness by yourself. Prompting many to voice their opinions that you wont make it.

Yes. The unknown and I go way back.
It's a relationship I've sometimes resented. And wished away. And been afraid of.
But it's also a relationship I've fought for. And defended.
All without really + truly knowing what would be waiting for me once I got there.

To me, there is beauty in mystery. There is beauty in challenge. There is beauty in moving towards dreams. And so much possibility waiting.

I think about how many gorgeous adventures I'd have missed, if on every road trip, I always traveled on the paved roads. Lets face it. Mapquest doesn't always know the best route to your destination. ;)

For today, I'm pausing, slowing down, and remembering to celebrate the goodness that is the journey.
I'm giving myself permission to become friends with the unknown I've been living in, and invite possibility to the table. (Yes, there will be coffee + perhaps a donut;))

Will you join me?


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Art Pop Love

Life in the studio has been extra colorful + happy these past few days, ever since I got my hands on the gorgeous new Art Pops by Roben-Marie Smith.

True to my layer-loving self, I could hardly wait to begin cutting + pasting + layering these into a few paintings...

But because they are so incredibly gorgeous all on their own (they really are mini pieces of art!), I knew I needed to create something that would showcase their beauty a bit more.

Hello, darling mini journals! I'll be keeping these beauties extra close to record inspiration + my daily 'list of thankfuls' :).

ART POPS! By Roben Marie
ART POPS! By Roben Marie
ART POPS! By Roben Marie
ART POPS! By Roben Marie

You can get your art pops HERE!
I'm thinking they would make perfect Christmas gifts for the art lovers in my family:).

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Pumpkins + Crows

Autumn always comes early to our house.
While many are soaking in the last rays of summer sunshine, I'm longing for the crisp wind blowing across my cheeks + breaking out the autumn treasures to sprinkle around our house.

I'm not ashamed to admit these pretties have been up since the very first of September! :)

Here's a peek:

Happy Wednesday, friends! xo

Monday, October 28, 2013

Life is but a dream

Yesterday, we celebrated a beautiful, glowing mama + her baby boy who will arrival later in December.

It is my belief that every nursery should have art (lots of art!) and a dream catcher.
Don't you agree? :)

Here's a peek at what kept me busy last week:

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We can't wait to meet you, baby K!


Sunday, October 27, 2013

she looked like art


"She never looked nice.
she looked like art,
and art wasn't supposed to look nice;
it was supposed to make you feel something"

-Rainbow Rowell

Saturday, October 26, 2013

over coffee


One beautiful autumn morning, over coffee
he said to her
"the thing is, even if you were gone 1000 years
you could come back
and find me waiting here for you".

and even after all this time
she fell in love
all over again


Monday, October 21, 2013

twirling floating dancing drifting

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crunching beneath my bare feet

shining in the late October sunlight

beauty sinking deep into my soul
so far it almost hurts

this is the place where dreams are made.