Sunday, December 18, 2011

Holiday Inspiration

I've been keeping a file on my computer full of inspirational pictures and such that I feel really call out to me.  Here are some of my favorites:  (I apologize that I don't have any sources.  I found all of these throughout the past few years and never recorded where I pulled them from.  If you know a source, let me know and I will give credit to the source)

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Fall is coming!

Hello All,
We have been busy creating items for the season. What is your favorite part of fall? Halloween, autumn or thanksgiving. I love them all. We just listed a set of fun loving ghosts to etsy.  I love painting with the fall colors, they are my natural color pallet. As Nicole would say, they are Mom colors. I have a few more Halloween and fall items up my costume sleeve, so stop back and see us again.


Sunday, August 28, 2011

Summertime wishes

This is the time of the year when I start thinking of all the things I wanted to do over the summer and didn't take the time. Like taking time to hike through a state park, wandering through the farmers market, or sipping a glass of lemonade while daydreaming in a beautiful garden. There is still a few weeks of nice weather left, What would you do with your time?
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Friday, August 5, 2011

Summer Travel - Chicago

 Chicago was amazing.  I knew as soon as stepped off the subway that I could easily live in Chicago in the future!  It was beautiful and full of energy.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


This week has been quite a trial.  My head is killing me and I would love to just fall asleep for an entire week!  I just have to buckle down and get the things done that I need to this week!

I would much rather be spending my last weeks of summer on the lake.

 Or sewing...

Sources:  image 1, image 2, image 3

Friday, July 22, 2011

Summer Travel - The Arizona Desert

 After coming back home to the humid mid-west, I can now reflect on how beautiful and amazing the desert was!  Even though it was over 100 some days, the dry heat was much more tolerable than the humidity. I had a wonderful five days in and around the Phoenix area of Arizona.  I find traveling to be extremely addicting.  Every time I travel, I end up coming home with a new trip in mind, trying to figure out ways to save money for it!  I think I would enjoy going west again...maybe Seattle?  or San Fransisco?
It was a great vacation.  Made some new friends, explored the desert, soaked in the pool and ate some fantastic Mexican food.  It was exactly what I needed. 

Thursday, July 14, 2011


One of my favorite parts of being home is waking up with this guy :)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Summer Flowers

 Growing up one of my favorite moments with my mother was shopping for flowers in the spring and early summer.  We would pick out flowers of all colors, checking to see if they thrive in sun or shade.  Then after we would get them home, we would plan out where we would place each flower in the yard, before digging small holes in the earth, filling them with bright flowers.
 We always plant marigolds.  They are bright and sturdy.  As a child I could pick one or two and play with them all day before they would wilt and get flimsy. They also keep bugs away from other plants, so we always place them around our tomato and pepper plants.
Even though we got started late this year, it's still nice to have some color in the backyard.  What flowers do you usually plant?

Thursday, July 7, 2011

We Are All Connected

"An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but will never break." --An ancient Chinese belief

I have been holding on to this painting for the last couple years.  It was created in 2010 by myself.  It's an original mixed media piece on a wood panel.  While going through some of my art, I decided to put up a couple pieces for sale.  You can find this pretty piece in our etsy shop.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Holiday Weekend

 It was nice to have a relaxing weekend after traveling all week.  I was able to spend time with most of the people who are dearest to me.
 Monday was spent working on things around the house and other projects.
And ended with a few fireworks and a book.

Friday, June 24, 2011

The woods are lovely....

Sorry it's been so long.  We have been going through a lot of changes.  Moving furniture around, finishing summer classes, homework, friends, and work.
But along with that I had time to get my very first tattoo. I put in a lot of thought to what I wanted and have had this in mind for the last couple of years.  It was mainly a matter of money.  But this summer, I decided that it was time to just do it.  So here it is:

It's still slightly red in this picture.  This was taken a couple hours after it was finished.  It says:

"The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep."

Three lines are from my favorite Robert Frost poem, 'Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening'. This poem has always been intriguing to me and has been applicable to experiences in different stages of my life.  I remember reading it for the first time in 8th grade after picking up a book full of American poets.  At that time in my life it had a very literal meaning: Some guy was traveling through the woods, stopped, then continued on his way.
Then, just two years later, in English II we had to pick poets to do projects on.  I picked Robert Frost because I enjoyed his work.  That was when this poem was revisited and when I started questioning the meaning behind his words.  Whose woods are they?  The guy in the village?  How long did stop and watch the snow...just for a moment? Where is he going, why stop?  
For the next few years, I revisited this poem and found different meanings within each verse that applied to how I was feeling or what I was going through at the time.

Regardless, the three lines that have kept a consistent meaning to me are the three mentioned earlier:

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
- Life in general is full of experiences and events that are lovely, yet painful and horrifying at the same time.  Sometimes it's the worst experiences that make you who you are, but also remind you to cherish the beautiful moments.  For each moment in my life that has been unpleasant (high school girls, blah), I have had one if not two beautiful moments that remind me how lovely the world can be (early morning winter hikes at the state park, watching the sunrise from a log on the edge of a frozen lake).
But I have promises to keep,
- I have always been the one in my family that marches to the beat of her own drum, (or as my dad would say, I'm the bird of the family - always flying around) yet I have always had a desire to please others. I made a promise to myself a long time ago that I wouldn't do things because of other people's expectations.  And personally, keeping this promise to myself means the world to me.  Even recently, I've renewed that vow to be who I am, regardless of what other people think, because they really don't matter.
And miles to go before I sleep.
- I have always had big dreams.  I'm a daydreamer...always have been. I remember being just a little thing, probably around the age of 7, and staring at a globe and pin-pointing all the places I would go. I have been a avid reader for as long as I can remember...I would go to the library and pick out books full of pictures of beautiful exotic places and dream up the adventures I would have and the people I would meet.  On top of traveling, I also wanted to be an author, an artist, a librarian, and a cafe owner. Even as an adult I am consistently dreaming up new ideas and adding to my list of things that I will do.  That is where this line comes in.  I have a long way to go before I settle down...and honestly, I don't know if I will ever stop.  I'm just one of those people.  I'm a dreamer.

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.   
His house is in the village though;   
He will not see me stopping here   
To watch his woods fill up with snow.   

My little horse must think it queer   
To stop without a farmhouse near   
Between the woods and frozen lake   
The darkest evening of the year.   

He gives his harness bells a shake   
To ask if there is some mistake.   
The only other sound’s the sweep   
Of easy wind and downy flake.   

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.   
But I have promises to keep,   
And miles to go before I sleep,   
And miles to go before I sleep.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Girly = Intimidating?

Summer Skirts and Dresses

Summer Skirts and Dresses

Read this article.  According to this blogger, women are becoming more girly (wearing dresses, skirts, baking, etc...) because they want to seem less intimidating and more attractive to men. Is that why we do it, ladies?

Here was the response by one of my favorite bloggers, Elizabeth from Delightfully Tacky

 *More on this topic later*

Happy Tuesday,

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Settling In

 I have taken some time to really work on unpacking and settling into my new home. Now that my room is unpacked and set up, I feel a lot better, like I can finally put more effort towards my school work and hopefully have some time to  paint and sew a little.
So far, my summer has been wonderful! 

I hope that it has been the start of a wonderful week to all of you too!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Happy June!

I cannot believe that it's June already!  It's been a super busy summer so far, and there is so much more to come!
Tonight I'm going to work on cleaning and going through some of my boxes and try to settle in a little :)


Friday, May 27, 2011


Well, I have been spending the week playing with the layout and banner of this blog. I'm still not sure exactly how I want the banner to look. So I decided to just go with a simple banner for the time being.
My time feels so limited this summer since I am taking a lot of summer school and I start working on Sunday.  But, regardless I am going to be on here and working on projects at home.  I tend to keep myself busy, and that's the way I like it.
Today, I plan on working on homework and going to the library to pick up the book I've been dying to finish.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

*Summer Reading*

Here's what I'll be reading this summer:

Monday, May 23, 2011

And Life Goes On..

 As often as you would hate to say it, you make mistakes.  Whether it has to do with relationships or just life in general.  Things happen, and as they happen, you deal with them.  You take them one at a time, find the best possible solution, and move forward. 
 The decisions I have made in the past six months of my life have without a doubt altered my future, as they should.  We are products of our decisions, products of our words, products of our thoughts and feelings.  We are who we are because of the way we live.
I have come to the conclusion that life is not what it's made up to be.  It's much harder.  But with that being said, I am strong.  I will make my life beautiful, regardless of those who try to bring me down (and honestly, the person who brings me down the most is myself). 
I only wanted to share this because I want the world to know that I'm done with all of the things and people that don't add happiness or beauty to my life.  I'm moving forward into a new section, a new chapter - if you would prefer to say, and it's going to be great.

Thank you to all my friends and family who read this.  Thank you everyone who doesn't know me personally, but understand and support my words.

I will be posting much more in the future.  But right now, I need to grab a latte and pack up my apartment.


(All images are from

Saturday, May 21, 2011

My Fleetwood Zig Zag

 I found this machine at a thrift store and fell in love with it right away! It is so pretty!
Between summer school and my social life, there has been little time to get on here.  But I will make an effort!  We are planning on having lots of cute stuff done by mid June!

Happy Saturday!