backyard adventure – summer edition

23 Jul
July 23, 2014

so, we’ve been spending a ton of time in our backyard.  so much time, that i’m starting to get ideas about actually attacking some projects back there (yeah, right, like in my spare time).  these photos are from early summer, (may) back before the grass died.  it’s such a funny thing here that every summer we let our lawn die, and then every fall, in like two days, it comes back.

it’s been nice to have a little rain again, but i’m looking forward to the sun this weekend.  i have a friend that wants to take a small hike will all the kids… i’m excited to get out of the backyard.  where do you like to get out to on the weekends… seattle has so many great spots for kids…

keep moving forward – inspiration for the week, a day late

22 Jul
July 22, 2014

soooooo.  yeah.  i still hate mondays.  i will however amend that to say… i did an amazing job of working through the negative yesterday, and finding my zen about what needed to get done.  some of it involved going to home depot and lowe’s with two kids.  which, for anyone who knows, can go two ways.  the one who’s supposed to stay asleep, can sleep blissfully through the whole thing, and the one who’s supposed to be awake, can take your phone and listen to 80′s music for the duration.  or… the one who’s awake can lose his mind when you take the phone to text the contractor (who was supposed to be at your house 2 hours ago) and wake up the one who was supposed to be sleeping.  then home depot could only schedule one person to be working while 5 people wait to be helped in what appears to be the only section of home depot with actual customers (blinds, carpet).  you could realize that you still have 4 more things to get, and another store to go to, while both kids scream their heads off.  it could go that way.  but i will say, no endorsement of fast food, french fries will make EVERYONE shut up for the length of time it takes to get everything you need.  and i got a much deserved, well earned coke FTW.

i’ve been working a lot on perspective, outlook, and mood control.  i’ve been telling myself that i am in charge of what my mood is going to be, and for as ABSOLUTELY hokey as i think it sounds… it’s been working.  when you tell yourself that you can be happy regardless of screaming toddlers, that you should be happy for all that you have, for the simple fact that you woke up today, and the world was still spinning… it can literally change how you feel.  i love that.  i love it.  don’t get me wrong, i’m am the last person you’d ascribe the pollyanna moniker to, but… it works.  so there’s that.  and when it doesn’t, there’s always french fries.

for more good mood inspiration, check out the pinterest location where i virtually hoard it all.

vote for it – baby socks

14 Jul
July 14, 2014

i’m sitting here thinking of the gazillion things i have to do.  i can hear two separate kids squawking in their rooms as they settle down and (hopefully) go to sleep.  a process that takes at least an hour.  i need to paint toes, and paint nails, and charge my iPad, and refine, refine, refine the script.  i might as well write out some cue cards, because, let’s be honest, there’s neither time nor brain power to memorize lines.

tomorrow i’m going to film a video for the kickstarter to FINALLLY launch the rest of my business.  the big chunk.  the fun chunk.  the scary chunk.

i’m jazzed.  i’ve been tweaking, and playing, and messing about with these designs, until each one feels like the best version of itself.  i put up these votes just as a way to refine one last time.  to make sure i’m not totally in left field.  i mean, i’d put pink on my baby boy, but i’m a design mom.  they’re WEIRD.

thanks guys!

online poll by Opinion Stage

keep moving forward – inspiration for the week

07 Jul
July 7, 2014

wow mondays suck.  not to be totally trite, but they seriously do.  i never really remember thinking that they were that awful.  but kids, a holiday weekend, sleep schedules off, fireworks, barfing-nervous-wreck dogs and crying babies all night.  this monday could seriously use some drone coffee delivery (million dollar idea, you’re welcome, someone please get on that).

i’ve been feeling lately like things fall apart to fall back together in better alignment.  it sounds dippy, but after the morning (and subsequent day) i’ve had, it’s right on target.  several things fell through for the beginning of this week, major things.  things i’ve needed.  but hours later, it’s like all of it happened to make space for what actually needed to happen.

love that.

i’m going with some beautiful images, because i need a bit of dreamy today.  i need ephemera. which is a favorite word for nothing more than the thought it creates… indulgent, whimsical, and beautiful.

photo credit- amazing poppies, nacelle, posie dress- tumbler rabbit hole, tulle in the trees, link not found, botanical 5510- kari herer prints in anthology mag.

i want to know – new site title – reader voted

02 Jul
July 2, 2014

i’ve been messing around with lots of new things lately.  it’s exciting, and at the same time terrifying.  one of the things i’ve been doing a lot of, is studying fonts and their use.  i haven’t ever really applied text to my artwork (in anything other than concept), but i’m wanting to.  and at the same time, i’m pouring over identity (for starting a company) and the impact of font choice as it applies to branding.

since this blog is a great place to play around, i thought i’d monkey (yet again) with the site title.  i’d love to hear which one most appeals to you, and if you like, tell me why in the comments.

online poll by Opinion Stage

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