gratitude thursday : making




i’ve been spending some time off and on this week in the studio. 15-30 stolen minutes of time to do something without a major purpose or need. cutting paper and assembling a book. re-purposing old vintage fabrics. becoming reacquainted with my serger. ruffling. stitching. making. taking time in between planning the upcoming book fair at the little’s school (two weeks!) and finding ways to keep them busy since it’s conference week and they’re out before noon. it’s been a while since i’ve made a conscious effort to sneak in some creating each day, and i’m trying my best to do this when i feel i need a break. all of it little steps towards finding small snippets of peace in my day and focusing on the good and what i’m grateful for.

happy grateful thursday my friends.




inspiring me on a tuesday


i’ve been up since 3:30 am this morning, consequences of being so tired yesterday that i was in bed, lights out by 9. ugh. the weather here has been weird. crisp and breezy mostly and then yesterday we were hit by 100 degrees. dry. hot. ugh. seems i usually get hit by some insomnia around this time of the year (third ugh!). maybe it’s the eagerness for the changing of the seasons. maybe it’s the restlessness for the coming holidays. maybe it’s the lack of rain for three months. either way i can’t seem to turn off my head, no matter how how many times i yawn while saying i’m tired. i. just. can’t. sleep. i’m so tired. i. just. can’t sleep. (repeat)

thank goodness for pinterest & sipping chocolate.

hope you got a good 9 hours last night. i’ll sleep vicariously through you. ;)

digital doodling

i think mary ann was the first person i saw doodling on an iPad (or maybe it was pam) where i thought, i have got to try that. i can’t remember. but a few months ago i bought some app’s for sketching & doodling & painting and i fell in love with paper53. yesterday, while the bean was at riding i sat in the car and doodled while reading kelly rae’s book flying lessons and posted some snaps on instagram as i plugged along. i have a stylus that i use, it works better than your finger, and i have a crush on the (water)color brush. it blends so well and intensifies when you add layer upon layer. the white is fab for going back over areas for a blended look. the fountain pen gets all inky with just the right amount of wide to sharp angles. it’s a good thing. ;)

anyone else have a fav sketching app?

a day given to you

“If you think this is just another day in your life, it’s not just another day, it’s one day given to you.. ”

it’s beautiful, the visuals as well as the words.

happy wednesday!

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