Sunday, January 5, 2014

My poor ma has had to celebrate her birthday in the shadow of Christmas for ____ years now, and I'm not convinced she'll ever warm up to the arrangement.  Barring any (rather unlikely) changes to the day Christmas is celebrated, I guess she'll just have to carry on sharing the season.  
My sister, papa, and I are all committed to trying to divvy up her gifts so that Christmas is not too, too much more exciting than her birthday.  The pics above are of a shadow box Kimmy and I gave her this year.  An empty shadow box is a wee dull and uninspiring, so I started it off for her, in hopes that she will find some keepsakes of her own to display.
Meanwhile, having a big sigh over here for the last day of winter holidays, and at the same time, hoping for a bright start to a new year and looking forward to getting back into a routine (of sorts… because I am just not ever going to be that much of a scheduler ;)
C'mon 2014, let's get it started!

Saturday, January 4, 2014


It's SO COLD here that there is literally nothing to do but pull up your socks and hibernate like a big ole bear.  Books, tea, and coziness on the couch for me.
Stay warm ya'll!

Sunday, October 20, 2013


 Minty Green Vintage Stool

Pistachio Green Spindle Lamp

Chalkboard Green Storage Unit

Minty Green Vintage Lamp

Pistachio Green Urn Lamp

Most of my creative time in September was spent working on some DOVE TREE home decor projects.  Each of these dreamy pieces is up-cycled from vintage or unwanted housewares.  As with most of my clothing designs, my love for re-purposing vintage pieces extends to home furnishings as well... I couldn't think of a more fitting array of colours for this line than my favorite shades of green.



For more photos of these pieces, please visit my design portfolio page.

(Yes!! All of these pieces are available for purchase... contact me for details).

Monday, October 14, 2013

Once upon a time, in a far and distant land, a beautiful princess married her prince, then moved to a new kingdom, and had twin fairy princesses of her own...
And I was lucky enough to tag along :P

This mixed media piece was a summer project for a friend and oh-so-loyal art client.  It was SO.HARD to keep the gender of the babies a secret for months and months - but alas, they have arrived and are happily cooing away in their pink, green, and very pink nursery! (At least, this is what I hope they are doing... for the sake of their dear mother!).  

Wrapping up the Thanksgiving long weekend with a heart full of thanks for great friends, family, and every last little bit of goodness in this life... SO.MUCH goodness.

Happy Monday!

** Pretty please pardon the phone quality pics. **

Saturday, October 5, 2013


Golden sunsets.  
Golden fields.  
Golden leaves.  
Golden girls.

I'm embracing this coziest of seasons...
my favorite - for so many reasons. 


Dress - Wish Nola
Boots - Spring Shoes

Friday, September 20, 2013


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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Summer's End Art

The last of the summertime paintings - subject matter including, but not limited to, POPPIES.  I know, total shock.  I have been a tad obsessive with those little blooms over the past months...

** check out more Poppy Mania HERE **

There are still more projects on the go (it's perpetual over here), but with the change of seasons and official end of holidays, time spent on them will (unfortunately) be harder to come by.  For some reason, it always seems that the less time I have to be creative, the more.and.more.and.more ideas are firing around in my head.  Yesterday those ideas caused me to leave my classroom organizing mid-day for some thrift shop D.I.Y.s.  The way I see it, you have to make the most of those moments - whenever possible!

This morning is dedicated to a special under-wraps nursery project... So far, so cute :)


Thursday, September 5, 2013


It's here.  Despite 30+ degree weather, there's no more denying it.  School has started, nights are cool, and pumpkin spice has made it's debut at your local coffee chain.  Fall is upon us.  
In honor of my most favorite of seasons, I thought I would share a few of my favorite pieces for this transitional (pre-boot) weather.

Let's start from the tip top.  The hat.  After falling in love with a similar version of this panama hat, I found this (very) inexpensive one at Forever21, and I've been toting this thing around for more than a year - somehow, I love it more and more!
Next up: the chunky sweater.  This version hails from Urban Outfitters, as does my other much-worn cream colored one.  It's the perfect thing to throw on with old denim shorts, and whatever loafers you dig for loafin' (this minty pair was a Target steal last year).

Every season calls for a new bag - right?!  I picked this soft leather satchel up at Wish Nola.  I also snagged the cutest plaid and leather dress at this shop, worthy of a post all its own!  I'm taking this tote out for it's first night on the town this evening - we'll see how she fares ;)

Finally, if you don't already have 73 different chambray shirts, you need to pick up one.  It's one of the easiest, comfiest layers out there.  This BDG number, and the Ecote tie-dye dress underneath are both U.O. pieces.  While purging/reorganizing my closet, I moved all of the summer dresses to the back, but kept a few that I think transition well stashed amongst my fall pieces.  They're perfect for this in-between weather - just throw that chunky knit or chambray over top for the evening.

I keep having 'one last hurrah' moments the past few weeks.  After a day in the classroom yesterday, organizing binders and binders and binders of lesson plans, I'm really looking forward to some fun with  my sister & co. this evening.  We're talking: pedis, sushi, and James Murphy at Union Sound Hall.  
Quite the line-up for a Thursday!

And a Happy Pre-Weekend to ya'll!