I’m over at creshendoh this week, guest posting for art saves, talking about my struggle with labeling myself as an artist and offering up some of my most favorite posts all week from other creative souls that i admire.

I alos just got back yesterday from a weekend at artfest with my girlpal. it was wonderful. i took some amazing classes with some amazing teachers. i shared a house with some kindred spirits who made my belly hurt from the laughter. the fort was incredible and made me miss norway. it was the last artfest, which makes me a bit sad. but now i’m thinking i have to go here this year, i mean, really, it’s only 30 minutes from home.

more artfest shares to come, including some of the work i finished.

happy monday.

studio progress





four days of working on cleaning up the piles and piles of stuff in the studio while the little’s were at school last week. finding lost items and things i’d forgotten i had, like the vintage educational flashcards. rearranging and organizing the library card box to hold tools & washi. discovering that there are certain ways i need things organized (by color in their own bins) in order to be able to concentrate on creating. loving my studio mascot. stacking old fruit crates. seeing new uses for old, old things. finding a necklace i had lost buried under 2′ of stuff. breathing. compiling the biggest box of supplies i no longer want and passing them along to my mom who just started scrapbooking (yay mom!). realizing i probably still have another day or so to finish. dreaming of the vintage mixed media kits i’m about to put together for the shop. thankful for instagram & followgram so i can share my progress with all of my beautiful friends, like you.

what have you been doing?

happy monday!

my friday list

happily | trying to figure out how i want to use the 4 rolls of vintage wallpaper that i found yesterday at the thrift. lattice print with bouquets of roses. score!!

working | on redecorating/rearranging our family room and living room today. it’s been a hot mess ever since i put the christmas decor away and i’ve had enough.

listening | to the the last load of laundry churning in the washer. almost caught up… til tomorrow, right?!

seeing | a new 17 lbs lighter me every time i look in the mirror. it’s amazing how just that amount of weight can begin to change your appearance.

wanting | to get some of these valentines decor items up. there’s not much but i still want some fun love decor up :)

eating | the last little bite of pumpkin bread. 5 points of pumpkin bread = a teeny tiny little square that i savored.

wearing | sweats and my chucks. last thing i want is squished toes from moving all this furniture.

loving | a quiet house after having tLm home sick for over a week.

excited | that my fil is heading in this weekend to help celebrate the bean’s 9th birthday on tuesday. seems crazy that she’s going to be 9. c. ra. zy!

happy lovely friday!



my heart & soul | trousseau for 7gypsies CHAw

charming is one of my fav’s

i’m so excited because i can finally share with all of you the Trousseau collection that i designed for 7gypsies back in october/november. This was such an amazing experience, challenging and exhausting (I had walking pneumonia during the entire process.. yikes!) something that I had been secretly wishing for for a while. Dreams come true my friends, they really, really do!!

Please check out the line, posted here and let me know what you think. I’ve been playing with all of it in real time for the last three weeks and it’s always such a proud moment when you’re holding in your hands something that you spent weeks & weeks perfecting. My art direector Paula was amazing btw, a true kindred spirit and so helpful when we were fleshing out which designs were keepers and which just didn’t make sense cohesively.

Alos, be sure to pop on over to Deb & Paula’s blog as they have the entire new winter release up including the Postale collection that Sande designed, which is amazing!

Happy Beautifully vintage Wednesday & come back, because i have some divine show samples to show tomorrow!

recognize the french parchments on the b side of True from my aria trip finds?

cabinet card photo paper and i’m going to using alot of dearest

how amazing would it be to paper quilt with the mini stacks?!

Paper tapes and my favorite Strawberry image ever :)

i’m going to need about 10 sheets of those stickers!

the journal pages are probably one of my most favorite items. love. love. love!!

scallop tags

(i didn’t design these, but they go great with the scallop tags)

tag envelopes, these are small and so cute irl

a second alternate set

and we now have coordinating mists with tattered angels. yay!!


friday list

working | on more and more designs. finding that not everything is publish worthy, but enjoying the work and enjoying the weeding process of what i keep for future releases and what i chuck or save for a later kit. yesterday i chucked so much i felt a little defeated at the end of the day. today, so many saves! :)

listening | coldplay : mylo xyloto : moajor minus (major fav album right now)

seeing | a pile of my almost finished first two weeks of pL. downloaded these really fun freebies this morning. love love!

eating | spinach salad with feta, egg, mesquite turkey, sliced almonds and brianna’s new american salad dressing.

wearing | sweats and my favorite slippers. it’s 12:30. i guess i have to get dressed soon.

loving | my will power. i’m already down almost 15 lbs. i’m ready to start my 40s this summer happy, fit & healthy. thank you ww.

excited | to have some time this afternoon to work on more samples with the line i created for 7gs. the wholesale catalog was released to retailers yesterday and i keep going and looking at it. beaming with pride here. :)

happy friday!

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