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My Art Studio {Where I Lose Track Of Time}

Until two years ago my art studio was down in our unfinished basement. I had plenty of room but the lack of good light and the chill during the winter made it less than desirable. I would find myself not wanting to work on art.  I would go a few weeks without creating and then get frustrated with myself for my lack of motivation. If you have been following my blog for awhile you know the rest of the story. …

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Pin It {and the winners}

Pinterest. I am addicted like so many others. I have to set a timer or I will get lost into the Pinterest vortex. I have seen it written that someone was freebasing Pinterest…funniest comment to date! Seriously, I have to have kiddie restraints put on me or I will waste too much time. I had the privilege of hearing Ben Silbermann (the creator of Pinterest) speak on a panel last year at the Altitude Design Summit (Alt). This past January …

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Finding The Lovely {Week Two}

I am loving taking photos with my phone so much! I heart Instagram. I love it so much I think I want to marry it. OK..that is weird…but I do like it a lot.  A lot! Here are some of the lovelies I was able to capture this week.   I hope you will join us. You can still join us this week and we still have two more weeks that we will be posting (and linking up). You can …

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My Life List {Part One 1-50}

Have you ever met Erin from Design for All Mankind? No? Well she is super sweet and you may want to steal her whole wardrobe. If you haven’t met her I am sure many of you read her super cool blog. I met her briefly last year at Alt and again this year. She came up with the “My Life List” and I loved the idea so much I am going to completely steal her idea and make it my …

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Call Me a Blabber Mouth {but there IS a giveaway}

I have so much to tell all of you this morning. We had an amazing snow storm this weekend (2ft) and we all had so much fun playing in the snow. We went sledding a few times, yummy hot cocoa was made and the boys made an awesome snow fort. I love being home so being snowed in for a day or two doesn’t matter to me. Now that the snow is melting I can move away from the sleds …

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To Celebrate 40 {and because life is too short}

{source} I turn 40 in a little over three months. I don’t know what I thought I would feel…but I am completely fine with it. Growing up I heard horror stories of women turning 40.  Seriously, I thought it was full of doom and despair. What do I have to be afraid of? It doesn’t matter that I am turning 40 because inside I still think I am a hot 24:-) Heck, if you stay away from mirrors you can …

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Happy New Year {let’s celebrate}

Another year has come and gone. For some it was their best and for many they were happy to see it go. I know it was a hard year for many. In the midst of the hard there is also joy. There always is. A new year. Don’t you just love a clean slate? That is what a new year means to me. It means do overs. Fresh start. Ways to grow and a motivation to try something new. Last …

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Eating Too Much Sugar {At My Sister’s House}

I am not a baker.  I’m just not. I love to cook and entertaining is definitely my thing…but baking….no thank you! I will buy whatever I need to to get out of it. This is when it is good to have a sister that likes to bake. I bought all of the dye free food coloring and dye/gluten free candy and my sister made all the gingerbread house pieces and gluten free sugar cookies. My mom is here and she …

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From the past {into the present}

{Maddy and her cousin ZuZu} I am a lover of history. I guess I am a sucker for what was and what is out there….maybe even a little of the story we will never know. I love knowing that things have as much of a story as people sometimes. I love traditions, family, memories. I grew up in a family of five but my mom’s side of the family was much larger. We would all get together at Christmas time …

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New Art

We are busy getting all of your orders out and trying to make sure they make it under your Christmas trees. We didn’t plan on launching the month of December…but because we did we are really trying to make that deadline for all of you that have ordered for yourself and other special people in your life. We have been so focused on the clothing and bags that I haven’t taken any time to show you the new prints that …

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My Favorite Things {Post Oprah}

No more Oprah and no more “favorite things” episodes. I haven’t watched Oprah in more years than I remember but I used to love the Favorite Things show….until last year. It was crazy and over the top.  It was just too much! Maybe it had been for years and I just hadn’t watched them. So, last year I wrote about more realistic favorite things  Here and Here. It was so much fun last year that I thought I would do …

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Virtual Holiday House Walk {Photo Bomb}

I am excited to be included in Jennifer Rizzo’s Virtual Holiday House Walk. Such a fun way to take a peek into so many homes all dressed up for Christmas. I love just adding fresh greenery though out the home, burlap, vintage fabrics and little touches here and there. The kids definitely decorate the tree around here and it is a little embarrassing to tell you that it took me a few years to be OK with that. I do …

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The 12 Artsy Ornaments of Christmas {Let’s get creating}

Introducing a new ONLINE holiday mini workshop! I am so excited to be participating in a new workshop by Christy Tomlinson, 12 Artsy Ornaments of Christmas! Just in time to get your creative juices flowing for the holidays! I have teamed up with 10 artsy designer to participate in a 5 day workshop that starts December  5th! This class will be featured on Christy’s private website and each day 3 new artsy ornaments and home décor projects will be posted …

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The Winners of the E-Course Giveaway {Don’t forget about the $200 of art supplies}

I have winners!! I love giveaway day. I am giving away five spots to my new e-course Creatively Made {rediscovering the beauty of your gifts}. The five spots go to….. Angie of http://www.vintageofficetype.blogspot.com/ Kimberly of http://vintagenovella.blogspot.com/ Tina of http://www.tinawishart.blogspot.com/ Priscilla..I will be emailing you because I didn’t see a blog or other contact information. Duane of http://cottageintheoaks.com/ I am also giving away $200 worth of art supplies that will be put together by me (with many vintage extras from my …

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I had to…I couldn’t take it any longer {you should join me}

I am the kind of girl that (unfortunately) doesn’t think about birthday presents until the day before sometimes. I refuse to put up decorations of any kind unless it is for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I wrap my Christmas presents the night before Christmas. I like to celebrate one holiday at a time. I don’t even really like to begin Christmas shopping until after Thanksgiving. I will not put the Christmas tree up earlier than the day after Thanksgiving (I will …

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Lovin’ Right Now {How About You}

I always love those weeks when you notice some of the little things that make you happy as your days go by. Sometimes they aren’t really the big things…but they bring you joy just the same. We are in our second week of school and I am thankful for the routine and so are they. I love cuddling up with Benjamin and hearing him read.  We did that…together.  I will cherish that my whole life. I have been listening to …

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NaDa Farm Sale {I will be teaching three classes this fall}

In the spring I had a wonderful time teaching a mixed media art class at the NaDa Farm Sale. This October 7 & 8th I will be teaching again! I am so excited to tell you that I am teaching THREE classes! On Friday night I will be teaching (along side Jennifer Rizzo) the class, “Avenues to an Artful Business”. There is such joy in simply creating, but there is something so fulfilling about being able share it with others …

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You Asked {I Know I am Really Late On This One}

Before I forget to EVER answer your questions I thought I better get to it! So, here we go….. hello i’m paige & i’m addicted to your line it’s ridiculous really but i can’t help myself my question is…would you ever consider doing a mixed media technique video…sorta like your art class at nada xo 1. Paige, I love that you have seen my business grow since the beginning!  Thank you for your sweet words.  To answer your question….YES!!!  I …

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New Sadie!

Good morning, ladies! I am so pleased to let you know that we have a new Sadie for you. Each Sadie is made from vintage fabric. This purse is lined with a gorgeous green linen, a buttoned (pretty cream floral button) pocket for your keys etc and a cell phone pocket.  The Sadie closes with an antique brass, magnetic snap. Each Sadie comes with a large, removable, cream linen and tulle flower. Just like the last Sadie…..you can take this …

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NaDa Farm {Part III French Larkspur}

First of all I would like to thank everyone that contributed their thoughts to the post on authenticity. I definitely think this is a subject for more discussion and I hope to add another post this week. ************************************** The best part of heading back to Illinois is the pure joy of seeing friends and family. I have become good friends with Tracey, of French Larkspur, over the past few years. I love that we talk weekly on the phone and …

$500 Shop Winner {YAY}

I know I have been absent from posting this past week…but we have been a BIT busy! I don’t even have the words to properly thank all of you that have made the new Town and Country Collection such a hit. We have sold out of so many things and we have been able to restock a few things. Within the next few weeks the whole shop should be full, full, full! You guys have KNOCKED OUR SOCKS OFF with …