Monday, February 23, 2015

planting roots

We planted the tree and wildflowers he got me for Valentines Day and I couldn't help but notice all the ways we are putting down roots in this place.
My heart is so happy.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

r e l e a s e

I don't know about you, but I love choosing a word each year...something I'd love to remember, hold close, cultivate... something I can come back to in the later months to re-focus and guide my thoughts and actions. It helps me to live intentionally, and I love that! This year I didn't fret when January rolled around and I still didn't have my word. Sometimes the word chooses us! It came into my thoughts softly. A whisper; a gift from my soul, letting me know what would be important this year: R e l e a s e. Specifically, the release of all that is not good for me. Oh, how this has made me question so much already. 'Is this good for me?'. If the answer is no, I let it go. Some situations have proven much easier than others, but I can tell you I'm already feeling light + free. This word, release, has also allowed into focus the things that matter most. The things my heart + soul most need to thrive. In my world, this looks a lot like long walks in the woods or on the beach with my love, playing with paint in the studio, sitting on the porch + listening to the birds and the creek rush by, saying no to obligations to allow time for rest and solitude, decluttering our home and schedule, yoga... And of course naps. Lots of naps.  :)
What about you? Do you choose a guiding word for the year? I'd love to know yours!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

the best is yet to come

Happiest New Year to you, beauty!

 My love and I celebrated  quietly, with books + movies + our favorite junk food. We know how to party;). Here's a peek at the late night scene. Which actually wasn't late at all...pretty sure I fell asleep around 9!

Here are just a few of my favorite moments from 2014:
I've been busy in my studio creating new artwork + making goals + gifting myself as much time to play as my heart can handle. Here's a peek at a list of all the things I want to do in 2015. (and most exciting of all, not mentioned here, is becoming a mama, of course;))
The best is yet to come.
Hope your year is off to a beautiful start.

Monday, December 8, 2014

the wildflower gathering

we've been busy dreaming over here lately, and i am so thrilled to share with you what's on the horizon!

*the wildflower gathering*-a monthly self care project, the love child of jewelry artist Jodi Bond  & myself. It is a monthly gathering of bravery + love + freedom to whisper into your life through hand stamped jewelry, mixed media art, & various forms of handmade goodies crafted with care!

you can subscribe via etsy: or

we are also hosting a giveaway for the first months gathering..make sure you are following @loudnonsense & @marywangerin (on instagram) , repost this photo, & use #thewildflowergatheringgiveaway. The first package goes out January 15th!

with tangled hair i twirl, messy, & free. i believe in honesty: raw, messy, beautiful, ugly honesty, a heart full of wonder, & eyes of grace. i spend my days hammering out life giving words of self love & boldness on bits i finds here & there. i especially love to re-purpose old spoons, leave bits undone, & to encourage folks to find beauty in messes.
(more ways to connect with Jodi here!):
etsy shop 
instagram: @loudnonsense

I believe in getting my hands messy with paint, treasuring moments, and in finding happiness in the details. ♥
I believe in creating art that tells the truth. In honoring your beautiful, wild spirit + joyful heart. And in greeting each day with wide open arms, ready to embrace possibility, mystery, + grace.
Thank you for letting us dream out loud. 
So much love to you, friends. 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

love your heart out

It really is the most wonderful time of the year, isn't it?

My love and I hosted Thanksgiving this year in our new (to us) home. My heart filled with so much joy as our family filled the cozy spaces.
Mama stayed overnight so she could help/guide me and it was so wonderful to wake in the early hours of the morning and begin preparing for the feast. The twinkle lights, the coffee, the togetherness, the quiet. It was wonderful.
We discovered that on our quiet dead end road, there's a U-cut tree farm (!!). The day after Thanksgiving, in the pouring down rain, we searched for our perfect Christmas tree. I do think it will become a treasured tradition.
I felt so much love + support from you all during my big holiday art sale! Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. <3 I love turning up the music, sipping on something delicious, and packaging each of your orders with love.
My love was able to make it to his first ever doctors appointment with me, and when he heard our baby's heart beating I watched him fall in love. I'm holding that moment close. In just a few weeks we find out what we're having! (I'm totally feeling girl vibes, but we will see!).

I hope you all are finding the good + loving your hearts out.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

stamp happy!

Oh, friends.
I've been having such fun in my studio these past few days with the most amazing hand carved stamps - designed by the incredible Rae Missigman.

True to my nature, I couldn't wait to incorporate these stamps into my artwork. They add so much delicious texture, not to mention beautiful imagery!

Oh, but my head was spinning with so many ideas for these babies!

They are perfect for spicing up a package...

And maybe my favorite yet - making your own wrapping paper!

The possibilities!

These Natural Elements rubber stamps are available at Paper Bag Studios <3.
Happy stamping!


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

always the little things

Replacing fear + worry with thoughts of gratitude,
celebrating all that is good,
+ noticing the beauty in everyday is changing my life.

I keep this little book with me throughout the day to jot down what I'm feeling thankful for. It's filling up quickly!

On my list today:
the warm fire hubby built before he left for work this morning
hot cocoa + Christmas tunes while packaging Etsy orders
a clean house (it's rare!)
left overs for lunch
snuggles with my kitty
twinkle lights

It's the little things, always the little things. <3