SW x Blackbolt

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It’s here! It’s here! It’s here! Eden and Ben of Blackbolt brought my dream to life and I just want to squeeze them both. I’ve always wanted this space of mine to have a handmade element and more personal touches added here and there. These two listened to my vision, and put something together that feels so uniquely me.

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One of the core elements of my brand is the image of a maternal figure holding a flower, and the other is a seasonal image that I can change throughout the year. It’s no news to anyone that I celebrate the seasons and what each of them bring - and these two created beautiful imagery that shows just that. And, as the cherry on top, they created my dream stationary that I absolutely cannot wait to use. They’re a dream team and I couldn’t sing their praises more.

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Mood Board

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Feeling particularly ready for spring this year, and feeling inspired by all the home decor.

“Home is the nicest word there is.” - Laura Ingalls Wilder

Show and Tell

  1. I want to bake THESE and THESE chocolate chip cookies asap. They're all the rage right now and I want to give some baked goodies away. 
  2. Trey and I are still struggling to figure out a routine that balances work, our commute, and everything else that we want to do daily. Right now, the only sure thing is that when we get in bed, we will read Harry Potter. We're rereading the series right now, and we're starting The Order of the Phoenix tonight and I can't wait. He's reading the new, anniversary editions that came out this year. I'm reading editions illustrated by Kazu Kibuishi and each book is soooo preeeeetty. It's a comfort to know that at the end of the longest day, I'll end it with my mind drifting in and out of Hogsmeade and the halls of Hogwarts. 
  3. Speaking of Harry Potter, happy September 1st!! Below is one of my favorite Harry Potter themed prints (by artist Kendra Miller) that I think would look pretty lovely framed in a nursery or a little one's bedroom. ;) 
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Here are some links to two other Potter themed prints that I'm particularly fond of: this alphabet, and this one (that we own). Oh, and this t-shirt by MouseketeersandButterbeers is one of the few graphic tees that I really just LOVE and want in my closet. Plus, it's customizable which is always a win. 

4. If you're wondering what Madewell's current gems are... I have them right here for you and they're all on my wishlist. These mules are crazy comfortable. The Elinor Loafer is a staple, but they upped the cushion so it's actually even more fun to wear them now. Lookin' at you, Trey. Hint hint buy me these hint hint. This bag! I'm not sure which color that I love the most, but the snap clasp sounds just like your grandmother's pocketbook that she'd pull out at yard sales..it's just missing that bottom-of-the-purse/winter fresh gum smell. This blazer is delicious. Then, there's this bag, and the only thing that I'd want to put in it is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich because I imagine that it would be a perfect fit. 

5. I'm planning to visit Mercier Orchards this fall and I'm very excited because I've never been to an apple orchard before! 

6. My blog friend Haley is pregnant! She and I don't know each other in real life, but we follow each other's lives via the internet and she and her husband have been wanting a baby for so, so long! Congratulations, Haley!! P.S. I voted that it was a girl and... I was right.

7. I've been talking a lot about babies lately... I mean, read back a few lines and I was talking about nursery decor. I don't have baby fever...but it sure seems like I do? It's a topic that finds its way into conversation more often than I'd expect, but now is not the time. BUT. I found out that there is a very, very strong possibility that mine and Trey's babes might have red hair. THIS IS FUN FOR ME. We might have a couple of little ginger babies with freckles and GOSH YES PLEASE. But any way, I don't have baby fever. But look at these baby things that I would buy if I DID: these bird blocks, this beanie, this swaddle

8. I've been feeling inspired to start creating, but I haven't been able to kick off and get the wheels turning. What do you do to get yourself moving?

9. Fall is here, and I expect that my next post will be some sort of a love letter to autumn. Stay tuned.

 

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1. I've been flipping through my Four & Twenty Blackbirds cookbook and pulling all of the pies that I want to make. More on that to come later. ;)

2. These paints by H.K. Holbein are on my wishlist at the moment. I just started experimenting with gouache, and I'm loving how flexible it is. It's been quite some time since I picked up a paintbrush - but I'm getting back in and it feels goooood!

3. My friend Hope had her baby boy the other day and he is as beautiful as we all imagined he would be. Hope has the cutest nose, and face, actually. So, it wasn't surprising that her baby boy would be as gorgeous as she is. His name is Glenn, and I cannot wait to buy them all of the baby things that I want for myself - but have no need for yet. LIKE THIS SHARK SWADDLE. 

4. My order from Thrive Market came in yesterday, and it could not have come at a better time. The night before, Trey and I drove around Birmingham for nearly two hours trying to find something amazingly delicious, satisfying, and also Paleo compliant to have for dinner. We found zip. SO! Thrive came in and saved the day, delivering my order filled with all sorts of ingredients that Paleo dinners usually call for, as well as snacks and treats to keep me feeling excited. A couple of my favorites: Siete Grain Free Tortilla Chips and Sejoya Coco-Roons. Thanks for the recommending those Tortilla Chips, Caley. They save the day almost every day.

5. I've found that a huge part of doing these extremely restrictive diets is finding a support group. I know of three girls in Birmingham that have autoimmune diseases, and while I only know two of them personally, (looking at you, Caley and Dianne) they have been such a huge help to me! I don't have an autoimmune disease (that I know of), but I am very sensitive to certain foods, and I'm lucky to know people that will stand behind me while I push myself to do what is right for my body. 

6. On that topic, I'm going to Disney World in two weeks! Paleo is pretty hard to maintain at Disney, but we will see how it goes. It's not always easy for me to pipe up and ask someone for something that they'll have to go out of their way to accommodate. So, we shall see. Things I'm most excited about eating, paleo or not: those massive turkey legs, macarons, and a crepe in Epcot's Paris. 

7. I'm going to Florence for the day next week to help my mom with a kitchen renovation! I have vivid memories of helping her paint the kitchen the first time. It was right around the time that Uncle Kracker's song Follow Me came out (18 years ago?!), and the radio stations played it at least once every single hour. So, we spent the sunny summer days painting the kitchen and singing along to early 00's radio. I can't wait to go home even just for the day, to relive this with her!

8. I've been stuck on Lino Lago's pieces lately (one is featured above), and I think about them all the time. He uses oil on linen paintings, and they remind me of that sweet moment when you're baking brownies, and you swipe some brownie batter from the sides of the bowl for a taste, leaving that clean line of crystal clear glass. Satisfying.

9. I imagine Everlane's Day Glove to be everything I've ever wanted in a flat. I love everything about this brand, and can't wait to get my hands on some of these one day.

10. I'm genuinely wondering how creative introverts balance a 40 hour work week with their drive to create, while also having down time to recharge. If anyone has found the answer to this question, please enlighten me. Do I need to wake up at 5am? Do I need to buy a certain planner? What do I need to do, to be able to do everything that I want to do? 

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Out with the old, in with the new.

I’ve been spending all of my “downtime” sorting, selling, donating, and throwing away. We had a day recently where Trey and I rearranged our living room because it was feeling too “meh”. Granted, this new furniture composition has opened my eyes to so many things that our home is missing, which will be an ongoing project. BUT, I’m just feeling tired of the NOW.

I’m tired of spending far too long looking at my closet, trying to decide what to wear, knowing that I’ll end up wearing one of the button-downs that I wear every other day. I’m tired of digging through drawers of socks to find one of the ones that won’t show over my sneakers. I’m tired of looking around and thinking, “Gosh, we have a lot of stuff.”

I want to be able to move from here, with less than half of what we came with. I want to be real with myself about what I love, what I want, and how I treat my body. I want to stop eating luscious, pillowy HERO Donuts, just because my husband is addicted to them. I want to cool it on the red meats a bit. I want to add more color to my diet, and more activity to my day. I’m not being too hard on myself with all of this, though. Grief knocked all momentum out of me, life happened, work drained me, and then it was so.damn.cold. BUT. Sunny days are like a healing balm for me, and the temperature is warming up just enough so that breathing in deeply doesn’t feel like pins sticking my lungs.

So, I’m ready now. With this change, and this step forward, I’ll be evolving this blog. I’m tired of looking at it, frustrated that I can never make it look like I want it to. SO, I’m enlisting the talent of a friend, switching to a new platform, and we are going to work to transition this space into one that I’m happy with, and proud of.

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So, it’s November, and I may have over committed when I made my autumn list of to-do’s. I think I forgot that there are only 31 days in October, and that when November 1st rolls around, I’m in full on Christmas mode. Maybe I didn’t forget. Maybe I thought that I honestly could take a trip to my favorite pumpkin patch near Birmingham, and my other favorite near Florence, and also take a trip to Georgia to pick apples, and also carve these  pumpkins, while taking a trip to Huntsville for my girl to get married, while also having a Halloween party, while also taking trips to the best antique stores, and then also working 40 hours a week. I’m not sure what happened. But, the fact of the matter is, I won’t be able to knock everything off of that list. I’ll make my winter list in the next couple of weeks, but until then, I’ll keep checkin’ things off the autumn one. ENOUGH ABOUT MY FAILURES. MOVING ON.

Today is my mom’s birthday. I wish that I was home celebrating her because she truly deserves all of the celebration in the world. Today is also my in-laws’ anniversary! My younger brother’s 21st birthday is in seventeen days. Christmas is in… *not counting it because the I will think I’m late to the party and I can’t feel that way*.

Yesterday, I felt thankful that my sister in law lives so close to us where she can just come over and watch Stranger Things while she does homework.

Today, I’m grateful for a month that encourages gratitude (even if it does get mixed up with major money spending days that are confusing).