Thursday, June 27, 2013

Craving Messy - new artwork

Lately, I've been craving messy. Haphazard. Outside the box.
You should see my little studio. I've done a great job of giving myself a giant mess!
So much is pouring out of my heart + soul these days. Here is one of the latest pieces.

It reads 'beautiful, wild, mysterious life.' (Because isn't that the truth.)
I can't wait to share the others with you, soon!

Love to you, friends! xo

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

after the rain

After the rain

that clean, fresh smell after a long rain.

After the rain

the quiet  peace of 6am.

After the rain

the fog that settles in the mountains + over the tree tops.

After the rain

the fields full of daisies.

these are the things I'm savoring this morning.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

beautiful, wild, mysterious

and then it occurred to me, as I sat in the sunshine,
all that we are - down to every last beautiful, wild, mysterious drop - is a culmination of all that we have seen and felt and lived. 

and there is so much more to be seen and felt and lived in this amazing life.


Friday, June 14, 2013

kindness changes everything.

I hope you never forget this, dear girl.
In a world where we're all trying to find our way. Fit in. Be loved. Feel the magic. Make the world a better place. 
We're a lot the same-us humans. In our desperate desires to create + manifest dreams. To want, to feel the need to make connections with other souls like us. To feel lost.
I hope when the time comes, you remember kindness.
When you've found your way. I hope you encourage + uplift + know that our purpose is to make the world a better, brighter place.
To inspire + be inspired.
I hope you remember to encourage and never make anyone feel less than the beautiful, amazing spirit they are.  BE FREE with your kindness, love, + inspiration, always.
Kindness matters.


Thursday, June 13, 2013

capture that feeling

Mornings are when I feel my bravest.
So easily the paint meets canvas with reckless abandon, and my mind feels so light + free + even wild. I really try to capture that feeling. Take full advantage of it, while it lasts.

When this feeling leaves, as it often does, I try to remind myself that it is okay to play. To make mistakes. To make a mess. To get paint on my clothes.
Sometimes I go for a run to clear my mind.
Most times I try and work through the gremlins in my mind, telling me rude things that I wont bother sharing here.

Sometimes I wonder if I'll ever get to that point where the only thoughts I hear are beautiful + uplifting + gentle.

Here's to progress. Here's to quieting any negative thought, and replacing it with positive ones.

Love to you, friends.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

river floating

I can't quite think of anything more peaceful + relaxing + exhilarating as floating the river. 
Since my birthday is in August, as a kid, that is all I ever wanted to do to 'celebrate'. 
 Of course, living in Oregon, there were many birthdays that came + went with summer downpours...that rarely stopped us from braving the rain though. :)

river adventures

Last weekend felt like a birthday celebration - we floated the river not one, but two times! The water was just chilly enough to be refreshing. At one point we even got out of our rafts and floated down a few rapids. It was heaven on earth. 

on the river

This photo right here is a perfect depiction of home, in my soul.

Monday, June 10, 2013

pieces of home


The best time of day at our house is definitely early in the morning. It helps that I'm naturally an early bird, but also, we have big east-facing windows in our bedroom + my studio. The gorgeous rising sun bathes everything in it's heavenly light.  I can't tell you how many times I've literally stopped in my tracks, in awe of the light. And I've seen this view going on three years now! 


The hubby and I have been house-dreaming, big time, these days...imagining a little cottage in the woods that we can call our own. And one of my requirements is definitely lots of windows. 


What are your favorite spaces at home?


Thursday, June 6, 2013

loving lately

It's a Saturday market kind of day✨.

Farmer's Markets + lemonade + strawberries.

Summery dresses + sandals.


Saturdays spent with my mom, with no real agenda (other than pedicures!;)).

Adventures in trying out new recipes in the kitchen!


Walking outside to this view.

This band. And this one.

Almond Milk! Thank you, universe, for creating something so delicious.


This little guy. He makes our lives so much happier.

 Our flower-y front porch.


Sleeping in. Late. All weekend. (And waking up to him.)

Dreaming of a little cottage in the woods that we can call our own. 

be free

Studio time + tattoo dreaming.

Bike rides along the river.

We found so much beauty, peace, and inspiration here today.

Peaceful Saturdays spent outdoors with my love. 

What are you loving lately?
Happy June, friends!


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

My Spirits are Uplifted

Hello, lovelies!
 Here's a peek at what I've been working on lately.

 A very special custom project for a very special lady.
And now that she's seen it, I can finally share it with you! 

It reads 'My Spirits are Uplifted'. I had so much fun playing with blues + greens on this one - a nice little break from my 'normal' palette. 

I hope you're all having the best week so far. Today is kind of like my Friday, and I can't wait to spend the rest of the week in the studio!
What's on your plate lately?