october recap

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Instagram continues to be my favorite social media outlet of choice. It’s such an easy and visually pleasing way to share day-to-day activities, tell you what’s happening on the blog and to connect with ladies from all over the world. I have much to improve in my photography skills, but it sure is fun to try different angles, look for pretty lighting or interesting compositions (zooming in close to the wheelbarrows, for example). I learned a ton in Ashley’s iphone photography class (definitely worth it! Or try her dslr for fancier photography skills) and continue to play around using my iphone to take pretty pictures.

Here are a few of the highlights from this past month.

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thankful for november

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September means the end of summer, schooltime and back to a routine. October welcomes fall, brings with it changing leaves and pumpkin anything. And then November.

November feels like comfort. Cozy. Warmth. Crackling fires and spice cidar. Brown, crunchy leaves, and chunky-knit sweaters. It’s a time to be grateful, reflect, eat once-a-year feasts and usher in the most wonderful time of the year.

Isn’t November great? I am thankful for this next month.

But with this month comes some stress and scheduling and nothing robs you of enjoying the moment like feeling overwhelmed.

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bow pillow (tutorial)

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A simple, understated pillow, with classic detailing and menswear-inspired fabric? Yes, please.

One of my favorite pillows I’ve made is an oversized bow pillow (which you can see in the background of this picture and in this post about pillows). The inspiration came from those silky bow blouses from the 80′s, but with a slightly more masculine feel with the gray plaid of the original pillow. It’s such an easy one to make that I thought maybe you would like one in your home, too. I’d love to show you how. Continue Reading →

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blogging essentials art + graphic design class discount

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You might notice that I’m on a watercolor painting kick. It started with the seasonal essentials prints, was seen in this custom print and now a super-cute painting made especially for bloggers.

The Allume blogging conference is happening this weekend. Ryan and I went last year and it was one of the highlights of our year. We’re sad to miss it this time around and wanted to be part somehow.

So instead of being there in person, I have sent an art print for all of the Allume attendees for their swag bags. Continue Reading →

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chosen (thoughts + free art prints)

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My parents divorced when I was 20.

I know they say that adult children deal with divorce better than younger ones – and that probably is true to a point – but it sure doesn’t feel good or easy or right even when you’re grown and out of the house.

Let me back up for a second …

My childhood was just about as good as I could have ever asked for. I am the middle of three girls, our parents were young and fun, we lived in family-friendly neighborhoods with good schools and activities nearby. We grew up close to our grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins spending a lot of time with them for holidays, sleepovers, every chance we could. We had traditions and memories, vacations and love. Truly, I could not have asked for a better childhood.

Which I think is what made the break-up of our family even more difficult to deal with.

A handful of factors led to that devastating moment when my dad made the choice to leave us.  It never made sense to me – maybe it still doesn’t – how a man who adored his family and did everything he could to protect and provide for us could make the choice to walk away. I don’t think he knew what the true consequences were going to be. Maybe if he did, he would have chosen differently. I’d like to think so.

It still stings all these years later. I’ve healed a ton, but gosh my heart is still fragile. I miss him and feel sad and let down and even though I know their divorce was not my fault, I still can’t get over the feeling that maybe we just weren’t worth enough for him to choose us.

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