Tuesday, September 2, 2014

autumn heart

My autumn heart is filled with so much happiness because September is finally here!

Yesterday, we watched the first of the falling leaves dance in the wind, savored the crisp morning air, watered the pumpkins, and in the afternoon I snuck away for a bit of painting.

 Counting so many blessings.


Thursday, August 21, 2014


Beautiful friends,
I'm having an ART SALE!

HAPPYSUMMER14 is the code you will need at checkout to receive 25% off of everything in my Etsy shop. The sale will end in 24 hours, so if you've had your eye on something - now would be a great time!

You can see more art on sale here <3.


Friday, August 8, 2014

wildflowers and joy

Dear friends,

This week I said goodbye to 26 and welcomed 27 by celebrating in my favorite way: delighting in everyday, ordinary magic.
There were iced coffees, reading on the dock, watering the garden, finding a new favorite restaurant, holding hands, + sharing dreams.  And of course, a little time for painting! 

I'm so excited for all of the goodness to come in this new year.

THANK YOU for your beautiful words and for helping me celebrate another birthday! 
I still feel so wrapped in love.


ps: the brand new print above is available here!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

all of life is a gift.

it's my last day of 26 today!
as you might have guessed, i'm on a mission to savor each moment.

the arrival of august always sends a rush of happy through my veins. late summer + autumn, you will always have my heart. 

i've been carrying a little journal with me the last few days, and it is quickly filling up
with all of the things that make my heart happy.

cool air after a summer rain
midnight thunder + lighting
a feeling in the air of autumn on the way
laundry drying in the sunshine
the sound of the sprinkler watering mama's garden
sweet smell of blackberries drifting in the warm breeze
watching the hummingbirds chatter and play and drink from our plants
campfire lingering on clothes
painting outdoors
moonlit walks in the forest

i'm realizing more than ever, this truth:
with a grateful heart, all of life is a gift. <3

hope today is beautiful for you, friends!


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

mini (artful) dreamcatchers!

These mini dream catchers have been added to my etsy shop, friends!
Available here

Monday, July 21, 2014

Blue Mountains

My love and I spent the last three glorious days taking in as much of the Blue Mountains as we possibly could. Oh, the wildflowers, sunsets, and forests! Some of the prettiest I've ever seen.

Eastern Oregon is a 6 hour journey from home, and each minute in the car together felt like heaven. We listened to our favorite music, stocked up on delicious snacks, held hands, and enjoyed the beautiful scenery. It was the perfect beginning to our long weekend adventure. <3

We slept beneath the stars and listened to the wind howl at night, and were greeted early in the morning by deer and elk coming to drink from the small pond nearby.

We roamed the wild and untamed forests. He found a giant hawk feather and I picked a bouquet of wildflowers.

It was the kind of trip you wish would never end.



Have you ever experienced something so incredibly amazing that days or even months later, you can still feel the experience, deep in your bones?

As I sit here typing these words, it's as though I'm a different person than I was one month ago. I'm in the same little loft studio as before, drinking more coffee than I should; the twinkle lights are plugged in as always, but my heart and soul have grown. They've seen and heard and been inspired more than ever before.

My mama and I took a road trip to Washington in June to see possibly one of the most amazing bands my ears have ever heard.

And as we stood there, I was in complete awe of these musicians.
Their passion. I could feel it- really feel it.

It inspired me to re-kindle the passion that was once inside me, from the little flicker of light that's there now, into a giant growing flame.

Sometimes we need to take a step back and remember why we started- and work on getting back to that place. Where the love pushed you to move forward with reckless abandon. Through the exhaustion, criticism, failures. Find the passion again <3.

When I listen to this music now, I bet I'll always be transported back to that hot summer night where I learned again the power of truly loving what I do.