Saturday, April 6, 2013

Love is in the Air

This is a huge year for many of my friends, babies and weddings galore. It is so fun seeing our lives shape and change for the better as love comes in different ways.

What was real fun was having the opportunity to design my friend's "Save the Date" and wedding invite. I have known her for half of my life, so designing for her was fairly easy. I understood what she would like and the vibe she would go for. It also helped that she chose one of my prints as her "Save the Date" image. Everything else was based off of that.

Her wedding colors are sunflower yellow and gray so I incorporated those to tie it in. She wanted the invites to be lighthearted and fun to reflect her relationship with her soon-to-be, nothing stuffy going on! It's a summer wedding so an easy breezy feel was key and I think we accomplished just that.

Can't wait to throw a few back (I mean sip delicately) and celebrate a life-long friend's special day. Congrats Erin! xo

If you are interested in custom invites for a wedding, shower or party, let me know!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Where the Hell Have I Been?


Winter was like... but the rest of the year will hopefully be all like...

Hello to all four of you who read my blog. No I am not dead. I am alive and well. I dropped off the planet around the holidays only to emerge now because, well, life happened.

You know, the kind of "life happened" where preparation for holiday festivities takes over, family dynamics arise, medical hiccups come and go, your cat continuously poops blood and the vet has no idea why. . . . that kind of "life happened."

All and all things have been ok. Nothing earth shattering has happened and yet nothing heavenly has either. Don't get me wrong, my life is blessed in every sense of the word. It has just been a winter that I won't miss as it melts away.

One thing this winter has given me is time to process where I want my life to go. There are changes I want to make this year and the turn from 2012 to 2013 allows for a fresh start.

The boy gave me an amazing book to read, The Slight Edge by Jeff Olsen, and it completely changed me. This was the catalyst for the adjustment and I can't thank the boy and Jeff Olsen enough for that.

So, here we go, the changes and positive things I want to incorporate into my life:

  1. Stop eating refined sugar (every day we revisit this one)
  2. No more diet soda (done)
  3. Have a garden (whenever the snow will take a vacation)
  4. Think positively (about thinking positive)
  5. Exercise at least 3 times a week (spotty so far)
  6. Read 10 pages of an informational book a day (one book read, two others started)
  7. Incorporate more natural products into daily life (a reason for shopping)
  8. Save more money (those vet bills . . . )
  9. Clean out clutter (happening little by little)
  10. Be creative (need to even more)
Not that bad, right? Says the girl who has only read one book and given up Diet Coke three months into the year. I'm a work in progress. Thanks for coming back to read. xo

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Cards! Cards! Cards?

Well, here is my first card. And hopefully the first of many more. On the cover it says "Get well soon," with a flower in a bottle and when you open the card up it says "'cause I'm tired of drinking alone" with a bottle and glass of beer next to it.A great card for one drinking buddy to another.Soon this and other cards will be available in my Etsy shop.


Friday, October 12, 2012

Mums and Muffin's Maine Adventure

As you all know, Mums and I are as close as they get. She is the best mom anyone could ever dream of and the best confidant you could ever imagine. I am truly blessed to be her daughter, or as she likes to call me, her Muffin.

Now that I am grown, our friendship has blossomed into something so special that words can't even begin to describe it. So, what better time to take a mother-daughter trip than now?

Our favorite time of year is fall and our two favorite things to do is shop and eat sooooooooo, Maine it was to see the foliage, shop in Kittery and eat our way back home.

We loaded up on Friday and mosied our way to Ogunquit. We stopped at a great little shop that sells every decoration goody you can think of. We picked up a few treats for the holidays!

Then we stopped at a little antique store and milled around there for a bit before we reached our motel. We checked in and then headed to dinner at Angelina's where we had wine, calamari with capers, banana peppers and vinegar, caesar salad and I had spaghetti and meatballs and Mums had their chicken special.

Once we were stuffed to the brim we made our way to the Ogunquit Playhouse. We had always wanted to go and this was the perfect opportunity. The Buddy Holly Story was playing and it was amazing! The cast was great. The music was great. The acting was great. Everything was.... great!

The next morning we had breakfast at the Egg & I which was delicious and then spent the rest of the day shopping our little hearts out at the Kittery Outlets. We got some great deals.

After all that shopping we were hungry so we headed to Pedros in Kennebunkport for some Mexican food. Let me tell you—If you like spice and nachos and are in the area, order the ground beef nachos! They are out of this world! We drank Sangria and Margaritas and sat there until the place closed down. That dinner with Mums is a moment in time I will never forget.

Sunday looked pretty much like Saturday. Egg & I, shopping, but alas, we were heading home. We both said we could have stayed another day. Maybe gone to a movie and did a little antique shopping but you can't cry 'cause it's over but should smile 'cause it happened. And a little pit stop on the way home for some pumpkin ice cream will help any situation!

Thank you Mums for a weekend that goes down in my books as one of the greatest times of my life. The laughs we had, the stories we shared, the things we seeked—They will be in my heart for always.

Monday, October 1, 2012

I Heartsy: Bloodmilk

In honor of my favorite month, I chose one of my all time favorite Etsy stores, Bloodmilk. I couldn't think of a better store to feature for the eerie month of October.

Anyone who knows me knows I love all things Halloween, Tim Burton and anything to do with graveyards. If you are stumbling upon my blog without knowing me, this is not apparent by the prints I make or the things I blog about. However, in a short conversation with me, you would find out that I find beauty in things not typically thought of as such, and I have a huge fascination with ghosts, goblins and ghouls.

So you can imagine the pure excitement that coarsed through me when I found Bloodmilk. They make beautifully crafted jewelry with strong symbolism that wouldn't necessarily be thought of as "pretty" by everyone. Their jewelry has a haunting story. Sigh...

The above image is the first treasure I bought from them. It is a victorian funeral piece has been cast in oxidized sterling silver. This image was often pinned to the flowers that were laid over the grave of a deceased child. 

In person, this piece was even more stunning, fit perfectly, had weight of amazing quality and was so unique that I knew I not only owned an awesome ring but a piece of art.

Since this ring, I have purchased five other pieces. All hauntingly beauitful and all worth it.

I can't say enough about this jewelry line. The thought and design into each piece is so thorough, the customer service is great and often times they have killer sales. If you are interested, check them out at their shop Bloodmilk and their blog Bloodmilk Jewels.

Some people may be creeped out by some of their jewels, but in these pieces, I don't see the death, but the life lived. The celebration of life. The preservation of something that once was.

Happy October 1!