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Ramblings of a crazy woman!

The photos will be as random as my words. You’ve been warned! First off I want to thank all of you that left comments on the last post about France ideas and all of you that emailed me privately! I loved your suggestions! Have you ever tried to plan a trip to France, order curriculum for your kids, run a business, attempt to get your home from going into utter despair, pay bills, call a friend or two a month………? …

15 days but who is counting? {Weigh in With Your Best Suggestions}

15 days until I leave with Kelly for Paris! This will be my second time in France but my first time in France with my husband. This is my 40th birthday present. This took a lot of hard work and saving to make it happen but now that it is really here I am giddy with excitement. I have barely thought about the trip because of being busy with the home, children, school planning, business….but now my mind is all …

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Work it girl {do your thing on the runway}

Before I get started I wanted to let you know you only have through this weekend to get the discounted registration price for the retreat I am teaching at this coming February! I will be teaching with Mindy Lacefield in the Seattle area. Imagine waking up to a NIA class, all day creating, fireside talks and journaling, long walks along the water and through the gardens, time for yourself to think and create and time to connect with other creative …

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Bluegrass, Brothers and Some Weed {there may have been a quick getaway too}

I am sorry that I have been so absent here on my blog but it is summer and our days have been full of sun, company, the pool and creating. As you know from my last post my friend Kim was out for a visit. We wanted to do something really special while she was here that would always remind her of Colorado. We surprised her with tickets to see the Avett Brothers at Red Rocks Amphitheater. It doesn’t get …

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Reflections of Paris {Final Installment}

This will be the final photos from my trip to Paris in the summer of 2010. You can find the other posts HERE, HERE and HERE. I have loved reminiscing about my time in France. {I would like to point out that it was very windy…I am not really pregnant:-)} My final day is Paris was seeing some of the architecture that would be a sin if you missed. {FYI…it is a little bit perfection to be at the Louvre …

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Reflections of Paris {part II}

Today I will continue with my month long series Reflections of Paris. You can see last weeks post HERE. In 2010 I spent two weeks in the South of France with the end of my trip in Paris. Only three short nights in Paris but enough time to fall in love with the city. I will be going back to Paris this fall with my husband to celebrate my 40th birthday (which was in May). After my time in Paris …

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Our Time In Farmland {moo}

First of all I would like to thank all of you that commented in my  Sometimes in the Pain post. I was overwhelmed by your response and also the countless private emails I received. I wrote that for me. I wrote that for my own family. To truth is that when I sat down to do the post I was just going to show photos from our trip home. At the last minute it quickly spilled out. I pressed publish …

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An Artful Summer {classes and retreats}

We are busy trying to finish up school and most of me wants to just call it good and call it quits. I won’t. I swear. I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. I am already drooling at the thought of creating art all summer and creating more with my kids. If you want to create with me I want to give you a few options. First, I have our popular Creatively Made {rediscovering the …

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Reflections Of Paris {Part I}

I don’t know why I never shared with you all of my photos from Paris. After all of my photos from the South of France maybe I felt like you had seen enough and needed a break. I think I meant to show them after a few months and here I am almost two years later. How has two years past since the Chateau Dumas, hidden brocantes and sidewalk cafes? Maybe I knew deep down that I could never share …

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It is worth a trip to France {just for the flea markets}

Opening my suitcase after coming home from France was like traveling back on my journey. As I pushed dirty clothes to the side I uncovered vintage silver, oil paintings, old French letters. My trip brought me overflowing treasures. A trip to France is not a regular extravagance for me. A trip to France is a treasure in itself. My dear friend ,Tracey Leber of French Larkspur, makes regular trips to France and now Belgium to fill her suitcases just for …

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Fashion 411 {you guys really like to send emails}

First of all THANK YOU so much for all of the sweet comments and emails about my leg. It is has really come a long ways these past 10 days! Crazy, crazy accident but so thankful that the Dr was able to get the infection under control. I also think the Lord had a little bit to do with it too:-) Week three of our e-course is underway and I am packing up to head to California. I am getting all …

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Positive Gossip

This past January I went to Alt with Kimberly, Mel and Estelle. I wrote about the weekend HERE. The last night of the conference we were all relaxing, talking and having a few drinks before we all went our separate ways the next morning. Around the table with me was Kim, Mel, Estelle, Beefy, Melissa, Courtney and Melissa (I wonder what the popular name was 30 something years ago..hmmmm). Towards the end of the night Kim suggested that we play …

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San Fran {a little recap}

A week ago today I was up at 4 am to get ready for my girl’s weekend in San Francisco. I don’t do mornings which shows how much I love these girls and San Fran! I am usually so focused on the kids, family and the business that I need a getaway like this or I am bad about getting together with people. I love people but I just love being home, reading with the kids,taking walks and creating in …

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If You Were Not Able To Make It To Alt {Let Me Help You Out}

Today was the first day that I had the time to look at the notes I took while I was at the Altitude Design Summit (or Alt). Each day was filled with amazing panels with successful panelist talking about social media and how to grow your business. This was my second year at Alt and I didn’t take as many notes as last year but I did socialize more:-) If you were not able to make it to Alt I …

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Old Roads {and making room for the new ones}

Dinner was on the table at the farm and my children were nowhere to be found. My brother obligingly set off to find them. I also went out to check on their progress of pulling themselves away from the freedom and wonder of the farm….to obey. All three of them were running down the country lane. I rushed back into the house to grab my camera and quickly capture them, the setting sun, the light on the golden cornstalks. It …

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A Girls Weekend Giveaway {Yes, I am totally serious}

When was the last time that you took a little weekend away with your girlfriends? {If it has been awhile…keep reading because this post is gonna GET GOOD!!!} As my children are getting older I have been able to enjoy that luxury more than when they were babies. There were MANY years that I was lucky to get away for one day every six months!!!    HAHA…you know it is true! I am heading to Illinois in three short weeks …

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Galena {I Heart You Still}

Galena, I love you! Blah, blah, blah….. I know I have told you many times over the years how much I love this little town in Illinois…but I am going to tell you again. Deal:-) I can’t help it…. Historic downtown, trolleys, water, huge trees, sculptures, wonderful restaurants, quaint coffee shops, many local artists, music on the street, gorgeous old homes with the American flag flapping in the wind…. Do you understand? Do you now know why I keep telling …

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Teaching {pure joy}

When I was little I used to go all around the neighborhood and round up other children to play school with me. It is no surprise to me how much I have loved teaching my own children. What has been so much fun and unexpected is all the incredible opportunities I have had over the past 1 1/2 years to teach other women. I love talking and connecting with women from all over and creating together. While I was in …

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Impromptu Photo Shoot {and the witness protection program}

I told you that my friend, Christy, got her closest girlfriends together for a little girl time in the mountains of Utah. She calls her closest friends “trues”…and I think that is one of the sweetest words to describe a real friendship. I count it among my many blessings that Christy and I are close friends. Most of the women I knew (and truly cared about) before the trip but I also had the opportunity to meet a new girl …

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Art Among The Horses {maybe a few chickens too}

I will be traveling, with my wares:-), to Illinois next month to sell at the Na-Da Farm Sale. I will have all my cloth items from the new line (more coming this week about that), prints, original art and jewelry. It is fun to head “home” for a sale and get to see my family and old friends at the same time. The sale has incredible artists coming to sell and Fifi O’Neill will be there signing her new book …

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Laughter and tears {girl’s trip}

I got home on Wednesday night really late. I had just gotten home from a four day getaway with friends. My friend Christy had put a little group of her closest friends together. Lucky for me…some of her closest friends are girls I love too! We all rented a house in the mountains of Utah. We didn’t have a plan. That is good because all we really did was sit around in our pajamas and laugh, cry and then laugh …

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Packing Up {but only for the night}

(all photos are from Flora’s blog) I should be packing right now but instead I am on the computer..surprise, surprise! I am heading to Boulder tonight for the opening ceremony of the Makerie and then staying the night for an art class tomorrow. I am really excited to be taking a class from Flora Bowley. I love her style and use of color. This will be out of my comfort zone….and that is good. It can be hard to create …

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When the Waldorf and the Country Inn and Suites Path’s Cross{Part II}

After we left the Waldorf we headed to the other side of the mountain to ski Solitude. We had gotten a late start so we were only skiing for the afternoon. Kelly is the only one that owns skis so the rest of us were renting. When we think we will actually get up to ski enough we will get passes and rent ski equipment for the season…but for right now we rent each time. It is more work to …

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When the Waldorf and the Country Inn and Suites Path’s Cross{it gets ugly}

I will probably not offer you much life changing advice on this blog…..but this time is different. Never, I repeat never start your vacation at the Waldorf Astoria and end it at the Country Inn and Suites. Let me back up. It was one of the last get together at the ALT Design Summit.  The conference room was full and they were closing the conference.  One of the last announcements before the final speaker was to announce the winner of …

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When My Words Say One Thing {and my actions say another}

We had packed up our bags and eaten our breakfast. We were almost ready to head back to Colorado from Utah. We had spent the past three days up in the mountains skiing as a family. This was the first time we had all skied together as a family (he has taken each of the children up separately) and nothing could have made Kelly happier. As we were getting up from breakfast Kelly said, “Oh, no! I left my license …