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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 …

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Top Ten List {Dream Girls 2}

{Top Ten List} 1. Beef Bourguignon tastes the best when you are sitting around a table with a dear friend 2. When I heard the theme was hillbilly…I didn’t really have any concept of hillbilly! 3. That being hit on at the Yella Beak by a woman is fine with me at this point in my life. 4. Brainstorming with creative women helps me to come home more inspired and focused than before. 5. 40 women should not solder without …

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Na-Da Farm {Come See Me}

{All photos on this post are by the talented Traci Thorson} Last summer, while I was visiting my parents, I was able to take the short drive to Na-Da Farm. We both homeschool our children, the kids had recently become pen pals and we were all looking forward to meeting each other in person. From the moment we drove onto their property we couldn’t help but smile. Jason and Anne Marie have paid such beautiful attention to details throughout their …

Alt {The Recap}

I have a little time right now so I am taking advantage of it to tell you about Alt! It was amazing.  Really.  Incredible. Talented women/men everywhere.  Wonderful speakers and the perfect environment to have your mind blown away by all the talent out there. Before we begin I have to tell you that I linked as much as I could..because I LOVE YOU!  It took me forever…but that is how deep my love is! These girlies were my roomies. …

I Am Off

I am really excited to start the new year getting together with good friends and talking shop. I leave tomorrow for the Altitude Design Summit. It will be four days of dinners, sessions with amazing bloggers/shop owners, brainstorming, creating, parties and even a little thrifting on the last day. It will be rooming with Melissa and Alexis. Alexis was pretty much the highlight of France..except for the other things like flea markets, gorgeous chateau, incredible food, Paris…but she still ranks …

Eyes Wide Open

Because I have been so busy getting the new line out I have not had a chance to share with you about Brave Girl Camp. If you have been following my blog for awhile you know that I went to BGC a year ago and what an amazing impact it had on me. You can read about last year here, here and here. About six months ago two of my friends asked me if I would join them at BGC.  …

Not What You Are Expecting

  I know you are probably waiting for my post on Brave Girl Camp. Sorry…I haven't even uploaded the photos.  Serious. You are probably waiting to see a little sneak peek of my new line coming on MONDAY:-) Sorry…that would require me being ahead of schedule and that doesn't usually happen. As you can imagine my weekend will be very busy. I thought I would give you something today though!!! See how nice I am???!!!! I have been wanting to …

A Little Midwest Stroll

  There are few things that I miss from growing up in the Midwest as much as the trees! Trees that provided us endless hiding places and shade throughout the hot summers.   Trees that painted the hills with the most gorgeous colors in the fall.   Trees that were my dreaming place.  I can remember many times that I would sit under a tree with my art supplies or journals dreaming of all the things I wanted to become. …

Paris {the flea market}

  When I was making plans to go to the south of France I couldn't imagine coming all that way and not spending a little time in Paris. I really wanted to make sure my time in Paris overlapped with the flea markets. When I dreamed of coming to France I truly couldn't get the flea markets out of my mind. You can't leave France without a treasure when you long to shop at the markets. Making my way through …

Fresh Off The Farm {The Depot}

While Kelly, Benjamin and I would sleep in every morning…..Jack and Madolyn would wake up early and go with Grandpa to get coffee and donuts at "The Depot." The Depot is just the local gas station in town (VERY SMALL TOWN) that has a cafe and grocery store attached.  Yes, I allowed my kids to drink coffee. Don't judge me…they are doing hard farm work and need to keep their energy up. They love this time with my dad and …

Fresh Off The Farm {coming home}

  Every year we travel back to Illinois to spend a few weeks at my parent's farm. This is a place of pure joy for my children! I didn't grow up here.   When my parents told me four years ago that they were going to sell the house I grew up in I cried and cried.  I was quite pathetic about the whole thing.  It was hard for me to let the house go and to realize that my children …

Paris { the first evening}

It was hard saying goodbye to the Chateau and all of the amazing people we had met. Jackie, Rachel, Anne, Alexis, Chantal and I headed to the train station for our (long) trip to Paris. Alexis and Chantal would be catching a flight the next morning. Anne was staying on in Paris for a few days. Rachel, Jackie and I had a hotel in Paris for the next four days. If you could have seen all of us trying to …

Quiet Excitment

As our time in Montauban was nearing an end we all rested in the courtyard enjoying a cafe au lait and sharing our treasures we had found that day. This was always one of my favorite times of the day when I could see all the amazing vintage finds that each woman had spotted and found beauty in.  There were a few finds that I wish had been mine. As it was time to leave we were told that we were going …

Au revoir

  As my time in the south of France was coming to a close I tried to breath in the details that I was afraid of forgetting. Would I remember…really remember…what it was like? Would I remember the people, architecture, foods?  Would I be able to close my eyes and be transported to this place that I had dreamed for so long of visiting? Even though I have shared so many photos I know you will agree that photos never …

French Countryside

Most of us live such a busy life. I feel like our schedule is slower and easier because we homeschool but I wish I could slow it down even more. I admire many of my friends that also have the joy and privilege of owning land, animals and growing so much of what their family eats. My dad always had the biggest garden and we were spoiled by how easily Illinois soil produced abundantly. Even if I never have a hobby …

Sunflowers

Day Five was a bit overcast and rainy for most of the morning. I loved the cooler air and even though the rain changed our plans I loved seeing France through the rain. The afternoon sun came out and gave me the opportunity to head back out and take some photos of the countryside. I was joined by Molly and Alexis. We laughed so much and could have gotten into a little trouble with the older locals…but no arrest was …

{Day Five}

It had rained all night. At times hard and at other times a soft, consistent rain that is so soothing. The day was supposed to start with a 90 minute walk into the next town through sunflower fields and the French countryside. The rain changed our plans.     We ended up driving to the town and exploring the architecture, churches, tapestries and a chocolat or two.     Our day also consisted of a visit to a vocal artist …

In The Details

I love the details. It is the details in life that I love and it is in the details that I believe you find the true beauty. Not perfection…details. The dimples on my son's cheeks. The sound of my husband's breathing next to me at night. How Benjamin's breath still smells sweet. How Madolyn talks faster when she has a really good idea. The details.  Walking through the chateau it was the DETAILS that drew me in. Enjoy this tiny …