Category: creating design

Graphic design, photography, anything lovely

Writing Designing Reading Photographing

When I haven’t been talking to Jeremy about abortion, Monica Lewinsky, or what it means to give the middle finger, I’ve super busy with lots of creative and exciting projects. First and foremost is the novel. I just hit 121,000 words, which is still painfully long, but I refuse to cut anything until I’m done getting all of my words out.… Read more →

Must Paint

I think this is pretty typical of creatives, so I know I’m not alone in my absurdities. There are times, which feel mostly random, when I cannot function with any sort of productivity because I’m distracted by the urge to make something. My left brain halts and retreats while my right brain strips down and streaks across the ball field. My… Read more →

Baby Thea

Yesterday I had the great privilege of taking pictures of a new little life. Remember Jenni?  She’s my gorgeous hair colorist who just had her gorgeous daughter six days ago. Her name is Thea and she’s perfect. (Click on the photo for a larger version.) I also had the privilege of Jenni’s grandmother being in town so I could get a shot of her… Read more →

Play on the Parquet

Parquet flooring may be dated but I love how nostalgic it is. It’s the hardwood floor of my childhood, and I don’t anticipate changing it out anytime soon. (It just needs a little love.) Our foyer is as wide as the main living room, and right now it’s completely empty because we have nothing to put in it, making it… Read more →

My handyman’s handiwork

Buying a foreclosure has been very eye-opening for us, everything from negotiating with a bank (Grrr…) to discovering the hidden treasures (i.e., problems) left over from the previous owners. For example, there are light switch covers on every light switch, but there are no screws attaching the light switch covers to the wall. There is some sort of magnetism keeping… Read more →

Homeschool Side of the Library

Even though it’s technically summertime, I was eager to organize the homeschool side of the library. Initially I thought I’d have the library all to myself, but then I decided I didn’t want to do school at the kitchen table anymore and the library seemed like the most logical place to keep materials. Easy enough. Half of the library is… Read more →

Painter’s Elbow

My right arm is half dead, but I press on. We’ve been painting steadily since closing on the house Thursday, but so many of the walls were trashy that I couldn’t not paint them. I let the boys pick their colors (with my final approval) and I finished their rooms yesterday. My nature lover, Jeremy, picked green. Very green. I’m… Read more →

I heart Mad Men

So we jumped on the bandwagon a couple of months ago and started watching Mad Men.  At first I wasn’t sure I could swing it, especially at the end of the first episode and you realize Don Draper isn’t exactly who you thought he was. Still, we carried on with each episode appreciating the clever humor, outstanding set and costume… Read more →

29 Ways to Stay Creative

Hello my darling Friday! So lovely of you to finally show up. We don’t have much of a weekend planned. On the To Do List is sleeping, eating, and perhaps a long run. Gosh, did I miss anything? Oh yes, there will also be reading. Speaking of books, I finally trudged over to the used book store I’ve been eyeballing… Read more →

Dictionary Art

I am so super pleased with this, so I wanted to share it with you. Disclaimer: This is not an original idea. If you’re on Pinterest, then you already know that. I’ve been eyeballing some dictionary art on Etsy, but to buy a set of eight unframed prints was going to cost around $65. I couldn’t bring myself to buy… Read more →

DIY Valentine Bunting

In lieu of purchasing Valentine’s Day decorations, I decided to do it on the cheap. I cut out a stack of hearts of various sizes in red, pink and yellow paper, then hand-stitched the hearts together with lavender thread to create vertical and horizontal bunting to hang over the sideboard in the kitchen. When I found a stack of plastic… Read more →

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