Goodbye February

... and it's time for February to go.

It's been an interesting month, filled with love, but not in a typical romantic/February way. My brother and his girlfriend (I really need to think of something shorter to call them on this blog) found out that their child is a daughter. That's been the highlight of the month, without a doubt. I've been trying to live day by day, and welcome more opportunities, which is a good thing. I haven't had a social life at all though, and that's not so good. My family is still going through a rough patch (seriously, bless my unborn niece), so I've been trying to act as a mediator or companion, whichever is necessary. This is directly related to my social life though. I spend too much time trying to please others, and I think I need to do something for myself next month. I'm still not sure what that is, but we'll see.

So goodbye February. I think you've been productive and balanced, and it's been real.


My mother is a crystal fanatic, and I recently had the sudden realization that she's passed the obsession down to me without any warning or apologies. Thanks Mom. Years of listening to her comment on the colors shining as the sunlight filters through whatever specific piece in the house has worn me down, and I get it now. I do. It's gorgeous.

I'll admit that I didn't buy either of the piece pictured above. They were both my mother's doing, and they've somehow gone from being borrowed to owned. A little while ago I made an offhanded comment about buying my own crystal candlesticks sometime, and with a puzzled expression, my mother replied "But you have your own." This was news to me. Of course, I also grew up under the impression that the antique dresser I used as a teenager was mine, only to learn as an adult that a certain someone changed her mind. Moms. I never know what's really going on.

I've still got the candlesticks anyway, and now I'll find myself browsing antique shops for pieces for myself as well, instead of just my mother. I've turned into my mother. Oh. 


I've been styling sets with Yoins on Polyvore. You can check that out here.


It's been ages since I last shared canvas pieces on this blog, so I thought I'd play catch up.

Watercolor is usually my medium of choice, but occasionally I'll have the urge to pull down my box of acrylic paint and take to a canvas. The pieces above are pieces I've done in the last three or four months that haven't been gifted/given away. Actually, the first two pieces are oil, and the rest are acrylic. Oil is wonderful for texture, but sometimes I really just can't stomach the smell. Acrylic can be fussy sometimes, but I've been working on a couple of different methods that I'm really enjoying.

When I wanted to go to art school, I spent so much time trying and failing to produce acrylic pieces that I could be proud of. In case you didn't know about the art school thing, it didn't work out, but I think I'm doing pretty okay anyway, at least artistically. I'm proud of these pieces, and it's a nice feeling. I hope you've done something recently that you're proud of.

I've been styling sets with Yoins on Polyvore. You can check that out here.

A Beret Edit

I've been adding berets to Polyvore sets for a couple months now, and I've firmly convinced myself that owning one or ten is completely necessary. They go with everything. I'm so serious; dresses of any length, jeans, shorts, etc, everything. They look so cool as well. There's an element of mystery. Every time I see a photo of someone wearing a beret, I instantly want to know who they are and what they're about. Berets are important. Above and below are some I've had my beret loving eyes on.

Honerable mentions not pictured:

(Beret is just a fun word as well. Another positive.)

I do not own the images in this post. This is not a sponsored post.

I've been styling sets with Yoins on Polyvore. You can check that out here.


There's something to be said about having alone time, even if you're alone quite a bit. I'm alone most of the time, but there's something different when I know for sure that I'll be alone for awhile, with no possible interruptions, and nothing I absolutely have to do. There's a difference between the two, I swear. The latter is my favorite, and that's what I spent the latter half of my week doing. It was great too, because Friday evening brought my brother and his girlfriend back to town. I got to take some more exciting photos, because I'm going to have a niece! It's so exciting, and I can't stop saying that word. My family has been predominately male my entire life, so another girl is a very big deal. Watching my brother shop for clothes for his daughter was something else.

These paintings are slightly calm and slightly anxious, and that pretty much sums up my state of being lately. It's possibly just hormones, but it's unnerving nonetheless. The funk that I was in a couple weeks go hasn't completely gone away, but I'm trying to get that energy out creatively instead of staying in bed and accomplishing nothing. Progress? Sure. I'd honestly rather not have that feeling at all. I'm sure some of you can relate.

We'll get through it. I hope Monday is good to you.

I've been styling sets with Yoins on Polyvore. You can check that out here.

On Living In A Small Town

As a teenager, I wanted to run away and live in a busy city somewhere. As an adult, I can't really picture that for myself anymore. I've done it, and it wasn't what I thought it would be, and I've fallen in love with small towns ever since. Nothing really seems to beat being close to nature and having fairly quiet days. You can actually see stars at night, and nothing beats fresh air during Spring and Fall. I love to leave the windows open all day, and I don't have to worry about smog or dirt or loud traffic sounds wafting into my space. (Is this becoming slightly passive aggressive?)

Small towns are not without faults. Being a pretty far drive from everything is irritating at times, though online shopping certainly helps. When your friends move closer to cities, you don't see each other as much, because it's kind of impractical. But if you move the negative aspect aside, there's something really freeing and fresh about living in a small town, and it's kind of like magic sometimes. It's very inspiring.

Of course, I can't really predict what the future may hold, and maybe I'll live in a city again one day. Who knows? Sometimes I genuinely think I will end up in a city again. You can never really predict the future, but you can enjoy the now.

I've been styling sets with Yoins on Polyvore. You can check that out here.

On Using Other Mediums

I don't know if you've been able to tell, but since the Doodle Every Day project ended, I've strayed away from illustrations. I'll make one occasionally, but it's not as fun for me right now. That's something that I wasn't expecting, but I don't think it's too unusual. Quite a few times I've read about artists switching mediums, and now I feel like I kind of understand why. The DED project helped me develop my style, and it was a lot of fun to do, but I think it burned me out. For the time being, I'm much happier painting freely, and I've decided that I'll show this on my blog anyway. If I don't want to do illustrations, I'm not going to, and that means they'll be absent from the blog as well (obviously). I'm not saying I'm done with illustrating for good, I really don't see that happening actually, but I need a break, and I'm happier this way. I'm more creative this way.

I hope you'll enjoy the paintings as well.

On Creating An Atmosphere When You Need A Minute

Getting back into my rhythm after December was actually pretty easy, and I think I've made up for it in the last couple of weeks. Trying to balance home projects and everything else I've been up to eventually proved to be too much, and I'd fallen into a bit of a funk. However, I woke up one day, and I was fine again. My atmosphere was encouraging and inspiring, and I was really productive. Never underestimate the power of a (literal) open window and a classical music playlist. Keep your space full of things you love and find inspiring. Let it breathe, and treat it like a living entity, and remember to treat yourself the same. Listen to things that keep you happy. It'll work out. 

I don't know how this turned into yet another angsty post for the week, and there's still one conflicting post to come (I guess that's the theme this week), but I don't want to lower the tone here. I know a lot of people have down moments, and I've definitely been having one. I want to write through it here, and I want to be honest, but it's important to stay positive in the end. An inviting atmosphere makes a mood a little bit lighter, and I really stand by that.

I'm So Happy It's Monday

Have you ever re-painted or re-varnished cabinets? Don't.

Here are some photos from Friday. This was originally going to be a post about my entire weekend, but I planned that before I knew I'd be spending it renovating cabinets. I started writing, but it got really passive aggressive, so here are some photos instead, and I'm just so happy it's Monday, and I can work on things I love and spending time with these two and this one. Cabinets are the devil's work, and I hope you're having a nice day. 


What do you do when you're blasting The Rolling Stones while in the shower, which is right by the front door, and then the doorbell rings? My neighbors probably hate me.

I thought I'd ramble a little bit about something that's been on my mind this week.

It's been one of those weird weeks where I'm questioning every single thing I'm doing/trying to do with my life. This happens from time to time, and the thought of ditching this blog is brought up every cycle, without fail. It's a ridiculous thought as well, because I love this space. This thing keeps me going, you know? So the negative thoughts that I never really follow through on, thankfully, usually lead to having to take a step back and remember why I love this, remember why I create, and remember that I'm nothing if I'm not creating. It's dramatic, but it's true. I don't even remember how I functioned as a teenager when I didn't create every day. What did I do? What would I do if I dropped everything now?

I don't know. I don't want to know.

So here's what I need to remember, and if you're doubting yourself right now, you do too:

1. Just because you're moving slower at the moment, doesn't mean you're not moving at all. Progress, no matter the size or amount, is still progress. There's time.

2. Stick to what you love creating. If you don't enjoy one medium anymore, and/or if you you find that you enjoy another medium more, do that. Don't beat a dead horse. Isn't that the saying? It's awful.

3. You know the negative mindset is fleeting. You know it is.

4. Power through the creative block. You don't really want to quit.

These photos were a lot of fun to take, though you can see in the first photo the exact moment one of my flowers fell apart. Whoops. Also, the neighbors behind that fence were out, and from the elevation, they can see into my yard. I'm telling you, I think my neighbors are pretty wary of me. It's honestly kind of fun.

I've been styling pieces with Yoins on Polyvore. You can check that out here.

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