After arriving home from my weekend trip to Big Sur smelling of camp fire, filled with wonder and awe of the amazing-ness of nature I wanted to bring some aspect of it into my apartment. So I pulled out some potatoes that were on the brink, took out my trusty pocket knife, carved out some pine trees and foxes paws and went to town on some linen. And what holiday forest is complete without a little bit of snow covering the branches.
To complete my christmas inspired couch scenes a sleeping fox from Uncommon Goods. His name is Freddie. Isn’t he so cute?!? All snuggled up in his hand drawn goodness. I’ve found my kittens curled up next to him on more than one occasion. For some reason the combo of my tree pillow and sleepy fox makes my apartment feel more festive. It’s going to be crazy when the tree is put up. If you’re looking for some great gifts make sure to check out Uncommon Goods gifts for woman here.
This post is a collaboration with Uncommon Goods, but words and opinions are my own.
Thanksgiving is tomorrow & I feel greatly under prepared. Mainly because I am embarking on a weekend camping adventure in Big Sur with a few of my closest friends. Yes, we have food. Plenty of water, whisky & wine but the rest is all still a mystery. My last camping experience was with the girl scouts in 7th grade. Will my scout knowledge come back? Will it rain? My feelings are a perfect mix of pure excitement & overwhelming anxiousness.
Hope you all have a wonderful holiday filled with your nearest & dearest and plenty of laughs.
If you didn’t know by now; I like making things. Be it a last-minute skirt, changing up my throw pillows or just helping someone else out I need to keep my hands busy! One night just before Halloween I was watching my man (helping from afar; trying not to take over his project) put together his skeleton felt halloween costume when I decided at that moment I needed to make a wallet out of some blue leather that was around forever. Why make a wallet a few glasses of wine in at midnight? Who knows why inspiration hits when it does. Anyways, a few trys later I had a functional/snazzy new wallet that I was quite proud of. In the following days my new accessory got some compliments I wondered if I could make a new little side business around something I loved doing. With some wise words/encouragement from my man I set a goal, took a leap, bought the materials, bruised my hand from all the hole punching, enlisted friends for photos & got them all up on etsy. Whew. It was a whirl wind of a project but am proud of myself for seeing it through.
Gold paint made an appearance one night. Hours went by as let myself go buzzing all the way (I buzz when I am deeply focused on a project). Doodles on one. A cross pattern on another. I was really pleased at the way they turned out. When gifting for my own family and friends I always love telling the story of where it came from or what the artist was inspired by. It makes the exchange more memorable.
So go check them out! Please! They are great little gifts for your moms boyfriend or bestie. Thanks for your support! Bee of Design Etsy shop
‘What is your perfect day?’ was a question purposed to me the other day that stop & made me ponder. Right off the top of my head I rattled off lavish dinners, long walks, exploring new cities… the usual. But those activities, while grand, are not for the everyday. They would become mundane, no longer special. But what is my perfect everyday is becomes a little more complex. There needs to be the right mixtures of creativity, socializing, alone time – sprinkled with boring chores & mandatory kitten cuddle with kisses from boyfriends. Is that really so hard to ask for? Sometimes it really seems to be impossible. But when those rare days happen, the perfect storm for the perfect day, it is magical. I hold it dear.
A couple of days stick out in my mind that are going to be hard to beat. One was a few months ago when I helped style a look book for Barrington Blue with Kate Miss as the photog. (Speaking of Kate Miss, she just launched her Winter/Spring Jewelry line & it’s amazing). The highlights of this shoot include: the gloomy weather, getting to meet vintage textile lover Carrie, snoop into her magical house located in the hills, work with pillows/home decor, make friends with the local cat & generally bounce ideas, laugh and enjoy these talented ladies company. Plus the photos turned out beautifully.
Another happened just the other day. Again, I lent a hand to Jessica of Bramble Workshop set up her sun print DIY for DesignLoveFest and had a first peak at The Unique Space DTLA. More so then the shoot my day was a great balance of seeing my man, working on my own site & listening to the Charlie Brown Christmas vinyl about 12 times (it’s my day! I’ll do what I want!). Yes, those days are farther apart then I wish at the current moment, I know that it is there. Something to strive for. Not that my current life/work is bad in the slightest – why not strive for perfection?
An artist or maker? Let’s do your look book! photographer let’s shoot something!
Photos by Kate Miss
Pillows & Stools by Barrington Blue
Every morning as I try to coax myself out of bed I fumble to check the weather. 80 degrees? Sunny? Blast?! My midwest roots really want some slight chill and perhaps some rain. Not likely anytime soon for LA (yes I should stop complaining). But how is one suppose to dress in amazing fall fashions when it is still so balmy? My recent go to has been a skater skirt, ankle boots with a fun button up.
A great outfit for the daytime heat but easily transitions to night when the temperature drops about 40 degrees & I become a weather wimp. (There is simply no pleasing me). This is when I pull out my spare black tights kept in my purse & throw on a chunky sweater to get all cozy. My currently collection of skater skirts includes a faux leather & army green denim but have a silk plaid half sewn number that I just need to finish!
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How is it monday, again? The weeks are passing by without even a wink of recognition of day, month or holiday. Like so many people, I am trying to keep my creative dream going. Each day trying to pull the extra bit of energy I have left from whatever other ‘money making’ job to create a little, learn a little or simple have face time with someone inspiring. What else is there to say is that it’s exhausting. Some days my simple wish of a big bed with white linens, my kittens, a pile of magazines & maybe my man seems just impossible! When will I slow down? When will I find time to let myself recharge? Do you struggle with this? ‘Me’ simply needs to be a priority.
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Okay. I admit it. I have a MAJOR crush on Portland interior design company JHID. To say that this house is my favorite of her work is really hard to say because I adore them all! The continuous grey tone with pops of turquoise, red and pink throughout the entire house is what put it slightly ahead of others. Oh and let’s discuss the built-in book shelf/ couch combo with the vibrant patterns. Perfection. After you are done taking in all of this goodness I encourage you to head on over and devour the rest.