Thursday, December 16, 2010

Thoughtful Thursday: Growing Up

Lately I've been thinking a lot about where I'm going to be in the next year or so. Right now as you all know, I'm on my very last fall/winter break from school. The last time I'll have a month and a half to kick back and enjoy spending quality time with my family. Soon everything is going to change, and I hope I didn't take too much for granted.  After June the 4th, which is my graduation date, or close to it, life begins on my own.

I don't know if I've told you guys this but I"m somewhat of a Taylor Swift fan and I recently got her new album.  She wrote a song about her moving out and having her own apartment for the first time and she is singing to all the younger listeners out there who are in middle school or high school who are ready to grow up fast and do things on their own.  Little do they know when they actually get to that point, they are going to be wishing they were little again.  I can't tell you how many times I've said this in the past two months when I see little children running around. I say to myself, " Oh, to be little again, without a care in the world." They are such bundles of innocence with no worries at all.  On the other end of the spectrum, I can't say I have no worries or responsibility anymore because of course, our lives are full of them. I'm just taking it one step at a time to see how the journey will unfold.

Taylor's song is called  Never Grow Up. I know we all have to at some point, but the message that she is sending is not to rush yourself into it.  Also with a sister who just turned 13 years old, I"m dedicating this song to her.  I love you Amy ;)

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Never Grow Up

Your little hands wrapped around my finger
And it's so quiet in the world tonight,
Your little eyelids flutter cause your dreaming

So, I tuck you in
Turn on your favorite night light
To you, everything's funny
You got nothing to regret
I'd give all I had, honey
If you could stay like that 

Oh, darling don't you ever grow up
Don't you ever grow up 
Just stay this little 
Oh, darling don't you ever grow up
Don't you ever grow up 
It can stay this simple

I won't let nobody hurt you, won't let no one break your heart
And no one will desert you 
Just try to never grow up, and never grow up 

You're in the car on the way to the movies
And, you're mortified
Your mom's dropping you off
At fourteen, there's just so much you can't do 
And you can't wait to move out someday and call your own shots
But, don't make her drop you off around the block 
Remember that she's getting older too 
And don't lose the way that you dance around in your PJ's getting ready 
for school

Oh, darling don't you ever grow up
Don't you ever grow up 
Just stay this little 
Oh, darling don't you ever grow up
Don't you ever grow up 
It can stay this simple

And no one's ever burned you 
Nothing's ever left you scarred
And even though you want to 
Just try to never grow up 

Take pictures in your mind of your childhood room
Memorize what it sounded like when your dad gets home
Remember the footsteps, remember the words said 
And all your little brother's favorite songs 
I just realized everything I had is someday gonna be gone 

So, here I am in my new apartment 
In a big city, they just dropped me off
It's so much colder than I thought it would be 
So, I tucked myself in and turned my night light on 
Wish I'd never grown up
I wish I'd never grown up 

Oh, I don't wanna grow up 
Wish I'd never grown up 
Could still be little 
Oh, I don't wanna grow up 
Wish I'd never grown up 
It could still be simple 

Oh, darling don't you ever grow up
Don't you ever grow up 
Just stay this little 
Oh, darling don't you ever grow up
Don't you ever grow up 
It can stay this simple

I won't let nobody hurt you
Won't let no one break your heart
And even you want to 
Please, try to never grow up 

Oh, whoa 
Don't you ever grow up 
Oh, whoa 
Never grow up 
Just never grow up

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Florence Broadhurst

Today is the first day for "Wild Card Wednesday" and I wanted to share a book that I am currently reading called Florence Broadhurst: Her Secret and Extraordinary Lives. I got the book at Anthropologie a little while ago. I just started reading it a few days ago, and I'm already half way through and can't put it down. Florence Broadhurst is a very eccentric woman who grew up in the 20s. She never let the art world out of her sight no matter where she went.  She is known for her brightly colored retro wall papers and her very extravagant personality.

There is a huge mystery behind the death of Florence, which was a murder in 1977, and it's one of the reasons why I can't put it down because  I've got to know exactly what happened. She was still living a full life at 78 years old, and from the story thus far,  I don't think she was finished creating.   Also, Florence's stream of events are all so interesting. Her career path changes so many times, along with the name she gives herself each time with some other secret events.  The best part is that everywhere she goes, and everything she does is based off of her purely, raw talent. I would tell you the whole story so far, but of course  I wouldn't want to spoil it. This book is such a great read and I recommend it for anyone who wants to learn something new, or just to get to know another amazing artist.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Something to Look Forward To

photo by libookpearson-( I am in love with her journaling skills)

Hello Friends! 

So, You and I both know that once I've started with class back in Savannah in the past, my blogging has been put on the back burner, but I want to stop the back burning and create a day to day system.  I originally post whatever inspiration comes to mind, or whatever I happen to see during the day that may spark an idea for a post, but with all the chaos that's going on around me it has been hard doing it while I'm in school. Soooo, I am going to prepare myself by creating a blog topic schedule for myself day to day to make things a lot easier and natural for me when I  post. This will be something to look forward to, because not only will I know, but you guys will know what to look forward to each day I make a post.  So here we go, and here's the schedule:

Mondays: Blog Praise (I will be praising a blog each week for you guys to check out!)

Tuesdays:  Textile Tuesdays (any textile artist, pattern, or product I fall in love with that particular week will be shared- after all, it's what I do!)

Wednesdays: Wild Card Wednesdays (could be about anything!)

Thursdays: Thoughtful Thursdays (This will be a more personal post that will allow me to connect better with all of you guys.  Thursdays are usually the last day of my school week, so i'ts a day to think about what all was accomplished and learned throughout that particular week. I find myself pondering the most on Thursdays, so you guys can give me your opinions and let me know what you are up to as well! I look forward to inspiring one another about life <3 ) 

Fridays: Photo Fridays (As you all know my passion for beautiful photography)

And that's it! I hope you are looking forward to it as much as I am :)

Blog Praise: Dottie Angel

I'm starting a blog praise at the beginning of each week, or a blog of the week rather.  This week I want to praise Dottie Angel, by Tif, who  I found through the Artful Blogging magazine (Winter 2010 issue). I absolutely love her eclectic style, and the imagination behind "Dottie Angel" herself. Tif also has an etsy shop with more of her work and beautiful images. Enjoy :)

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All images taken by Tif.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

First Snow of the Year

I absolutely love snow. In the little southern town of Florence, Alabama snow is rarely seen, or rarely seen by me to say the least. We usually get our first snow when I have to leave from my holiday break to go back to Savannah for classes, but I'm so happy I get to see it today, and I wanted to share it with you. To all of you guys who never get to see snow, I dedicate this to you :) This is a view of the snow falling from the lake.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Have a Lovely Weekend

I'm warm and cozy, ready for the Holidays. I hope you all have a fabulous and relaxing weekend! Here is my current favorite holiday song. Enjoy :)

"Christmas Tonight"  -Dave Barnes and Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Ana Montiel

Ana Montiel is a print designer, as well as a free lance art director and designer. She is based in London and all of her patterns are done by hand. Ana also does beautiful illustrative work. I love how abstract her work is. There are many geometric shapes in her patterns but she achieves them in a very organic way with color and placement creating so much movement in her prints. Great work Ana, and keep up the good work! Check out her website and her blog for more. 
Illustrative Works
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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Fossil Finds

I am absolutely loving what I've spotted at Fossil. I recently visited an accessory store and a clothing store, and I seriously wanted to buy out everything in each one.  Here are a few things I was eyeing while I browsed. Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

New Look!

Hey Guys!

I know my blog is looking a little wonky right now, but I was checking out the new editing features and I've decided to give the blog a little face lift. I'm currently working on a new header and pattern for my background.  I will be playing around with different looks throughout the week and when I settle for one, I would love love some feedback!  Thanks for being patient :)


Monday, November 29, 2010

New at Galison

I've shared my love for Galison products in the past, and wanted to share some new products that are currently out! Who doesn't love little keepsake boxes? The Seasons in Bloom is a new collection, and they are beautiful.  I own the Vincent one, and love it.  I've displayed it every year in my dorm room.

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Happy Happy Holidays!

I everyone! I just got back from celebrating Thanksgiving at the beach, and I'm still stuffed from all of the food! It's been a while, but now I have some time to relax while I'm home away from a busy schedule, just to enjoy the holidays.  Christmas is creeping around the corner, and I couldn't be happier because it's my favorite time of year. What's on your wish list this Christmas? Do you have any fun projects planned?

Here is a fun DIY gift from Anthropologie definitely worth giving a friend if they are looking for a fun project this season in the warmth of their own home.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Gathering Spriggs by Heather Thompson

Hi everyone,  I hope your weekends were relaxing and productive at the same time!  Let's start out our week with some beauty shall we?

Heather Thompson, an artist and designer based out Nashville, TN (one of my favorite places in TN) is the writer of the blog Gathering Spriggs, and has worked as a decorative painter/ faux finisher in homes and businesses in TN.

If you haven't stumbled across her blog already, I am so happy I could introduce you to it. I have found myself reading and going to her blog numerous amounts of times for inspiration in the past few weeks, and I can not get over how gorgeous and beautiful everything is.  Inspirational articles about decor, color trends, design, shops, and more are found that inspire Heather day to day, and I am so happy that she is sharing all of it with us.

 I also urge you take the time to visit her Etsy shops, Gathering Spriggs, and Gathering Vintage to see her personal work!
Etsy Shops

Monday, July 12, 2010

Krista Keltanen

Krista Keltanen is an advertising and commercial photographer and digital artist. She also does very beautiful, dreamy fine art photography that you can find in her Etsy shop.  Also, please check out her gorgeous blog for more eye candy.  I'm so excited to add Krista to my inspiration list, and you should too! Aren't these photographs absolutely breathtaking?


Saturday, July 10, 2010

Have A Lovely Weekend!

Kate's Paperie

Today I met up with a dear friend I hadn't seen in four years!  What a day, and what fun.  We went in to a very cute paper store called Kate's Paperie.  I loved looking at all of the stationery and printed papers! Some of the stationery was sold by companies such as Night Owl Paper Goods, which I'm sure you all know and heard of, and another company that's new to me called Bobbin Designs, which is oh, sooo adorable!  Other brands included Cavallini, Kate Spade, Lilly Pulitzer, and Vera Wang.


Thursday, July 8, 2010

Sweet Tooth

I have a mad sweet tooth, and of course, I have found a few places that I couldn't resist to stop by any time I dare to walk near.

First, is Magnolia Bakery, which has cupcakes and other yummy sweet treats to die for! If you have a craving for something sweet, this is definitely a place to visit for a cupcake or two... or three.

Next is another bakery, Levain Bakery, known for their 6 oz. cookies.  A few of my dear friends work there, and it's so great to get free treats at the end of the day.  This bakery is also known for beating Bobby Flay's attempt to a "Throw Down".

And last but not least, one of my favorite places to go is the Chelsea Market. The market has tons of little shops to buy sweet treats and healthy treats as well.  Of course, right now, I have the sweet treats on my mind, and the one that stands out the most is the gelato that you can get there.  L'Arte del Gelato-- one word... YUM. 

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Kaffe 1668

One of the cutest coffee shops ever! My friends and I spent two hours chilling out and chatting it up at this sweet little coffee shop.  I got a latte that was amazing, and of course it's always fun to see the different froth art figures in each cup. They are so pretty it makes you not want to drink the coffee and mess it up, but the coffee is so good you just gotta. I love friendly little sheep that create a theme in the shop. The art work is fun and quirky, by artist Andrew Cherry, a former student of Savannah College of Art and Design.  If your in the mood to chill out and have a wonderful cup of coffee, Kaffe 1668 is the place to go!

Monday, July 5, 2010

New Experiences, New Places, New York

I hope you all had a fabulous 4th!  As you know I am in New York interning for Martha Stewart Living for product design.  My first experiences in New York have been amazing. New York is such a great city, and there is always something to do.  I love exploring downtown to find fun shops and galleries.

This week I'll be posting some of my most memorable and favorite spots that I will definitely be making a second , third, and probably a fourth trip to.

So, for starters, I absolutely loved Purl Soho.  It's the sweetest little shop with beautiful yarns, fabrics, books, and crafting accessories. If you make a trip to New York and you're a sucker for textiles, please go here! It's a haven for the crafters such as ourselves. And if you already live in New York and haven't been, you'll definitely be making trips here all the time! You can also visit their blog, The Purl Bee.