Monday, December 17, 2012

our christmas house

this weekend: my favorite way to spend time.
at home. nesting. decorating. lounging. watching movies. forgetting the to-do list. (that's important sometimes.)

weekend cozy

making a twinkle light garland has been on my mind for quite sometime. i finally sat down and got it done! i love love its soft glow.


the hubby and i spend a lot of time, right here. togetherness is my favorite.


i just cannot get enough of this cuteness. i need about 100 more of these trees! i found these at craftywonderland this year...but just bought some green ones at the craft store i'm going to (try to) dye myself at some point. eek!


my dear friend maria made this lovely garland last year...and it is still one of my favorites. it makes this corner of our bedroom happy.


my mantle is full of vintage ornaments and sparkly trees.


december is such a magical month.
if only we could suspend time for a moment. i'd like to live in today a bit longer. :)

hope you have the merriest of days, friends!


Monday, December 10, 2012

around here lately.

my heart is so very full these days. i'm feeling exhausted yet energized. it's so strange - i'll be so completely worn out by the end of the day, but the moment i focus my mind on painting, i start to come alive again. it makes for very (very) long days/nights - but so worth it.

around these parts, lately:
i've been meeting fellow creatives.

i've been trading art. this is a warrior rock, painted by the amazing catina jane. i love it so much i even carry it in my coat pocket.

around here, lately <3

around here, lately <3

she sent me a whole package filled to the brim with goodness. i kid you not, i held back tears when i opened it! i promise, more photos of her amazing work soon! this is a necklace by her. it takes my breath away. hello, brave. (hello, awesome.)

around here, lately <3

i've been decorating the nest with little bursts of holiday cheer.

around here, lately <3

this is a peek at my loot, scored from crafty wonderland. last sunday, i spent the whole day with a dear girl - we shared coffee, we dreamed, we talked of ideas for an amazing collaboration (think art + jewelry, eeek!). it was wonderful!

around here, lately <3

i've practiced being brave...this time, for the minor mouth procedure i'll be getting done in january after our insurance kicks in. after my periodontist consulatation i rewarded myself with a treat in the form of an eggnog latte. man, i'm addicted.
but look how cute this dutch bros lid is!

around here, lately <3

i've been savoring peaceful moments at home.


and loving every minute of this magical time of year.

much love to you, friends!


Friday, December 7, 2012

alabama arkansas

the latest

one of my very dear friends, who just so happens to be one of the most amazing jewelry designers/glass bead makers in the world, commissioned this piece (ahem, a few months ago!). and it is finally finished.
and it was so much fun. and possibly one of my new favorites!

it's a quote from the song 'home' by edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros. a lovely song that i like to turn up loud and stop painting for a little (necessary) studio dance party!

so, this same friend and i have had this date on the books now for months to road trip to crafty wonderland. this sunday. it is finally almost here and i can hardly contain my excitement. i love supporting local + handmade. i love meeting fellow artists. cant. wait. i'll probably come home with way too much goodness, but can't we all use extra goodness these days?

in other news!

bravery suits you

remember this little baby?
in honor of brave victories, i'm celebrating! for the first 5 people to buy this one, it will come nestled in the coolest ever clipframe! <3.

available here. :)

bravery suits you
i hope your holiday season is off to a magical start, friends. i'm exhausted but my heart is full. and i'm feeling so so thankful for all of you. xxo

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

winter latelys. a love note, of sorts.

oh, december.

morning light how i love you and your beautiful morning light.

your glowing twinkle lights.

the warm feelings. anticipation of goodness in the coming days.

lately i've been....

on instagram. like, 24/7. because i (finally!!!) upgraded to an iphone. now that i have witnessed the magic, i can't imagine why i waited this long.

eating (dark chocolate) peppermint almond roca. it seriously tastes like christmas.

painting. up a storm.

pallette bravery suits you


drinking my coffee with a splash of eggnog. yes, please!

taking care of a very sick hubby. no fun.

using a very precious saturdays for messy hair/no makeup/sweatpants/lounging/nesting/painting/doing whatever i want kind of day. it was perfect.

feeling the light at the end of the tunnel.

focusing on enjoying the little moments. taking my time. devouring the each magical moment of this season.


what about you, friends? what have you been up to?


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

sunday night happiness:

sunday night happiness:

a walk with my love to the little market for the weekly paper containing a FEATURE on yours truly:).

feeling exceptionally blissful.

here's how it happened:
on a blustery november weekend, i gathered a few vintage suitcases, a pink christmas tree, twinkle lights, and lots of artwork for a window display in my lovely little town.
mom even came to help me (bless her!) and there was coffee and perhaps a breakfast croissant to be shared. :)  
and then there was a little interview and my picture was taken, and the rest is history!
if you're in the area, stop by! you can't miss it.

happy tuesday, friends!

Monday, November 26, 2012

breakfast, out.

going out to breakfast is quite possibly the best time of day to eat out (in my book, anyway).
it is the biggest treat in the world.. perhaps because we go out for breakfast so infrequently. at any rate, i always feel so special and lucky when we do.

my kind of comfort food breakfast, out. colors my beautiful mama! a few weekends ago, my mama and i took a little early morning road trip to portland. we met up with our very dear friend, tonja...and went out to eat at the best restaurant. slappy cakes. making pancakes:)
 at slappy cakes, the batter is served and you make your own right there at your table! there are a ton of toppings to choose from, which only adds to the coolness. we chose bananas, chocolate chips, and lemon curd for the table. heaven. after breakfast, there was a little dose of thrift store goodness...much laughing...and togetherness. xxo

Sunday, November 25, 2012

bravery suits you

bravery suits you

i have this thing.
whenever we get ready to go somewhere, i always always have to bring a giant tote full of painting supplies.
even if there is only a slight change i'll get even 10 minutes of painting in.
my hubby loves that about me ;). (can you sense the sarcasm?)

as it turns out, once my paints were out of the box, i could hardly stop the creativity from pouring out. 

what fun. 

this is my favorite. 
bravery suits you.

love to you, friends. 


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

mr. fox

mr. fox.
8 x 10 mixed media on canvas.
for a very special little girl on her birthday!
this was one of those times where the image magically appeared and wouldn't leave
my mind until i had painted it:). does that ever happen to you? what's more, is the fact that i have about 5 million things on my to do list, but instead, i ignore my chaotic world for a few days while i finish this baby up. maybe i have a little procrastination in me after all?

are you guys ready for Thanksgiving?! we are getting excited for delicious food, warm fires, red wine, togetherness. (oh, and did i mention a 4 day weekend?! yes please).
the hubby and i feel incredibly thankful that both of our families gather at one place, together. it sure makes things easier (travel and time wise) and so much more fun.
i think it's about time i come up with a list of all the things i'm thankful for. because really. there are so so many.

happy wednesday to you, friends!


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

holiday cheer (a surprise for you!)

hello, friend.

gift giving season is near!
i'm so excited for the holidays - hot cocoa, warm fires, twinkle lights, and spending time with loved ones.

this year, shop handmade + local and take 25% off all of my Etsy shop items, now through December 22!

use the code CHEER12 at checkout.
you can even leave me a little note to git wrap (free!) or ship directly to the recipient.

warmest wishes to you, lovelies.


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

beauty full.

a love note to you, friends.

happy tuesday.

Monday, November 12, 2012

revealing truth on anxiety.

hello friends.
i'm doing the best that i can to take extra good care today. to be extra gentle with my fragile self. i'm learning to listen to my body when it tells me to slow down.

as i type this, i'm sitting in my jammies. the candles are lit. the fire is blazing.
all is quiet and peaceful. especially the rain falling outside.

i want to share something with you that has always made me feel too embarrassed or vulnerable to share in the past. which is silly. because there must be lots of other people out there like me, who live with it as well - a little thing called anxiety.
it's never been formally diagnosed. but nonetheless, i know it's there.
it reminds me every single day. no matter how much i exercise. or eat right. or get enough sleep. or cut out coffee. or cut back on coffee. or take vitamins. there it is! this obstacle to overcome and conquer on a daily basis.

people's reactions blow me away, when they learn it is something i live with. apparently i've gotten exceptionally good at faking it. but the ugly reality is, sometimes it is debilitating. sometimes it prevents me from going places and doing things. sometimes, when i feel sick, the combination of the two makes it too hard to fight through a day in the office. lately, things have gotten worse- like there is a giant elephant is sitting on my chest. i'm learning this is not something to ignore.

i was gently reminded by a very wise woman this morning that it is okay to take good care of ourselves. in fact, it is a necessity. in a world that never sleeps, where our to-do lists are miles long, the best thing we can do is listen to what our body needs. and today, my body needs to be home. :)

i'm pushing away the guilt. the thoughts of failure. and focusing on the good. my kitty sleeping next to me. a steaming cup of coffee in my favorite mug.

and! i'm trying new, natural ways to make myself better. today is my third day of taking st. john's wort..i'll let you know how it goes.

here's to taking good care.
my hope is that you do the same. always.


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

apple orchard

 a weekend date in the apple orchard. (the rain held out for us!) and one of the most amazing photographers in the world captured it. :) see more here. 


Monday, November 5, 2012

great adventure. new artwork!

yesterday. a day i made the promise to myself that i would make good choices, all day long.
so, i started by adding a bit of eggnog to my coffee...and proceeded with ignoring a messy house so i could paint all day long.

it was a wonderful day:). i (finally) finished this piece!

 the sides of this baby just might be my favorite - collaged with doilies! cute.

the hubby and i went for a looong bike ride after my mind went into art overload. soaking up the autumn sunlight. the trees looked like they were lit up. or on fire. it was magical.
at one point, the hubby said that if today were his last day, that would be alright, because it was so wonderful. that is how i'd like to start living all of my days, wouldn't you?

prints available here! and, the original:).

hope you have the best monday, friends!

Friday, November 2, 2012

we celebrated october

 we carved pumpkins last weekend. and made it into a little party. the parents and us.

 we lit candles.

 we drank 'crow's feet' :)

and celebrated october. 

after all, it is the best month of them all.
well, november is pretty great too.:)

show the world your magic

this is one of my favorites from the lovely mati rose. show the world your magic. best. advice.

here we are, mom and i - in california. on the last day of the trip. here, i'm feeling tired yet energized. emotionally drained yet stronger. empowered somehow; like i've just overcome something major.

when i read this blogpost last night, my heart nearly exploded with excitement. go check it out!


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

halloween house

halloween. the best holiday.
candy. costumes. little doses of spooky. what could be better!

here are a few halloween details around these parts:

ummm, i'm sorry - could this be any cuter? i think not. it's like this pairing was a match made in heaven. i found the book at our local thrift store this spring. at the time, i had no idea how perfect it would be for halloween!

 this is one of my most recent art pieces, by the amazingly talented diana sudyka. i'm keep this print up year round, but it does have a certain spook element, doesn't it!

orange twinkle lights. need i say more?

happy halloween, friends.
hope your day today (and tomorrow) is spooktacular!


Monday, October 29, 2012

like layers

yesterday, the hubby and i braved the pouring down rain and set out into the woods.
the leaves overhead acted as a giant umbrella.

i've always wondered if my love for the rain comes from growing up here in oregon, or if it is just in my blood. but i love it. the way it smells. the way it feels after is soaks my hair.

it occurred to me, in the quiet, that the beauty of autumn i love so much is a lot like layers in a painting.

 the colors. the foliage. the rain. the flocks of geese in the sky. layers upon layers of goodness.

tyler knott gregson said it best: 
look between the leaves that dance their way to the earth and find me waiting.

here's to a happy week, friends.