Sunday, November 1, 2015

Mountain Calling





I feel like lately all of the clothes that I have been making are super nature and exploring centric.  I am not sure why, but I am certainly not complaining.  I made this skirt last weekend for a trip to Charlotte.  I wanted it to be a pinafore, but I didn't quite get it done in  I decided to improvise and just wear it as a skirt.  I picked this fabric up at Hobby Lobby if you want to get your hands on it.  Hopefully sometime this week I can get the rest of it made.  I went to Charlotte this past weekend to help a friend move.  We spent a good bit of time just shopping and eating, but we did some moving.  I only picked up a few things at the mall, I was trying to be good.  I got a bath bomb at Lush which I am looking forward to trying, and a cup at Anthropologie that I had before but broke.   I also went to church with them at Elevation.  It was my first experience at a mega church.  I also had a great time hanging out downtown.  I was able to get some macaroons at a bakery there at like midnight, so I was pumped.  We got macaroons and gelato and just sat people watching on the street, and the people watching was amazing.  It was so great getting to see my friend.    
*side note...I should have ironed my skirt...but I am neither a classy lady all the time nor am I it is what it is.  I was going out to lunch and I was in a hurry...ironing will always come second fiddle to time with people! :)

Monday, October 19, 2015


This is My Community from Socality on Vimeo.

I only recently found out about Socality, but I am super pumped about what they are about and what they are doing, you should totally check it out!


I have a mad case of wanderlust right now.  I don't know what it is...perhaps it's the changing leaves and changing seasons.  I always get excited for new things and new adventures when the seasons change.  Related to this desire for adventure, I have been working on putting together a bucket list. On that list, is to visit every national park in the country.  I am so very excited to start marking some off of my list, there are so many parks that I have wanted to visit for so long.  I am hoping to hit up as many state and historical parks as I can along the way as well.  I got this travel journal for a dollar online, it was used but only had one page filled out.  It's previous owners were from Portland and recorded a trip to New Orleans.  I also picked up one of the national park passports so I can begin collection stamps and cancellations from all the visitor centers.

I am also working on my line of fall products to be released soon, and my wanderlust has definitely played a part in that.  Long live the adventure!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Hope At The Heart

Hello friends! I just wanted to shoot you a quick update and tell you about a new blog that I am writing on.  At the non-profit I work with, I was just named women's growth and development director...which is basically the coolest sounding title ever. Anyways, at a meeting this weekend, we decided to start a blog to update the community about what is going on.  It is also a great place to talk about what we are learning through the process.  I had to take a photo for the team bio page, and this were a couple of the outtakes.  You can head to the blog yourself if you want to see which one I went with.  It is a faith based non-profit, and there will be plenty more of my deep thoughts over there if you want to check it out.  You can find us at this link.  You can also just google Hope At The Heart and that should get you there.  I haven't written anything other than my bio yet, but I would love for you to check it out.  The other women are so much wiser than I am and they have so many good things already written.  You can keep an eye out for my posts coming soon.  

Thursday, October 1, 2015

I'm Freezing In These Photos



I woke up this morning, walked outside, and there was fall.  Where did it come from?  I swear it wasn't even close to being this cold yesterday.  I didn't do much today.  This morning, I went and picked up some craft supplies for some things I am working on my next festival.  After that, I went to Panera and got a pumpkin pie bagel. Have you had one of these things? I am thoroughly obsessed.  I dare you to try one with hazelnut cream cheese and not be as well. Then, this evening, I went to the corn maze and got good and lost.  It was a great fall day full of fall activities, and it was made better with fall weather. 

 I am wearing another dress that I made today.  It would have been better with tights, but I still love it.  I have worn it so many times since I made it.  If you were wondering, I did not wear this to the corn maze, I actually wore pants.  I can't remember that last time I wore pants, it took me forever to find them.  

Monday, September 28, 2015

I'm Terrible At Coming Up With Post Titles

I am absolutely terrible at coming up with names for my posts...but look! A real life outfit post! It's been like months I think since I posted one.  I bought an iphone camera remote and some discount store and I just couldn't help taking some photos with it.  I love it because I don't need someone to take my photos...but I can see the photos as I am taking them with the camera turned around...which definitely cuts down on my editing and going through photo time. I am definitely excited to play with my new toy.  I have been wearing mostly dresses that I made lately, including this one.  I also made my bracelet which is from Made New. I adore this type of dress.  Once I found a shape I love I really stick with it.  Over the weekend, I sold at a local craft festival, and it went so fantastic.  I spent the entire past week sewing.  It is basically all I did, so today I took a personal vacation day.  I thought about going for a hike, but I had to run a business errand this morning, so I just spent the day eating lunch with a pal and napping with movies.  I will probably end up taking a hike another day, because I desperately need to spend some time outdoors.  I have another festival coming up in two weeks, so I need to work on that as well.  Festival season is definitely upon us and I couldn't be more excited.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

We Will See You Tomorrow

Today is National Suicide Prevention Day. It is a day and a cause that is very personal and very important to me, for a variety of reasons. No matter what your reason is for valuing this day, it is so important, and your reasons are important.  Suicide is a problem that needs to be addressed. It is a symptom of a disease. Mental illness and addiction can kill. I have seen first hand the toll that they take on your spirit. I know that I don't have all the answers, and this issue is bigger than any one person. However, if we all stand together, our thousands of voices will make a bigger impact than any one person. We all need to work together to bring about awareness and solutions.  We can all bring awareness to the people we come into contact with. Today is the day that we stand together and say that it is ok to not be ok.  So love you friends a little deeper, and hold your loved ones closer. Let's raise our voices together...

This past week, my grandmother passed away. She hadn't been doing well, and we all knew it was coming. When she was alive, she always told me that she wished that she could see the ocean. She never got to. At first, that broke my heart, but then I realized that by now she has seen every bit of coastline of every ocean in a way that we never will in our time on Earth. Her wish stuck with me for a few days.  I realized, I do not want to get to the end of my life, and have to tell my grandchildren that I wished I could have seen or done something that I hadn't gotten to do. I want to get to the end of my life and tell my grandchildren about that time I hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. There will always be naysayers. There will always be reasons...not enough money, not enough time, whatever...but those reasons don't matter. If your spirit aches for something, find a way to do it. If you want to write a book, write a book. If you want to open your own business, do it. If you want to are without me on that one, but do it anyways. Find a way to do what makes your soul soar. Go and see your ocean, before one day you wake up and your dream became impossible. Make your soul come alive! 

In his book, If You Feel Too Much, Jamie Tworkowski writes that today is bigger than your yesterday. So I ask you to make it though your today, and bring your friends with you...and we will see you tomorrow. 

Oh and Grandma, thanks for inspiring me with your life and in your death...and I hope that the ocean was better than you ever dreamed it would be.