Just Greens

Grocery shopping can be difficult and not for the obvious reasons… tempting ice cream selections, long rush-hour lines, the unreasonable desire to eat everything you see while shopping hungry! For me, the most tempting items in the grocery are often the fresh buckets of flowers and greens conveniently placed at both the entrance and exit of the store giving me plenty of time to reconsider my first decision to pass them up. Unfortunately, my recent policy to purchase only essentials from our grocery list doesn’t leave much room for an armful of sunflowers or gladiolas… or does it?

In my attempt to reconcile a floral procurement, I had a brilliant idea (or clever excuse… not sure which). While my grocery budget may not have room for the extra $15 of flowers, it might be able to swing a small $5 increase for a collection of greens. (Notice the persuasive quality of my inner thoughts.) So that’s what I did. No flowers, just greens. They are intended as filler for a larger bouquet but I actually think they’re quite lovely by themselves. And they last forever! I even placed a single branch in a pretty soda bottle beside my computer.

For someone whose mind often wanders to time spent outdoors, these greens are a wonderful reminder of the beauty of nature in the midst of a busy work day.

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One More…

… Ok, there may be more than just one more. In fact, if I can keep myself focused there may be many more paintings to come! What I didn’t mention in yesterday’s post was that my artistic interests have also blossomed now that my freelance schedule opened up. Here’s a quick look at my most recent work in watercolor.

Like I’ve said before, this is by no means an attempt to prove myself as a serious artist because I am not. This is just another example of a creative gal exploring a creative medium. I actually recommend it as an exercise for designers of all forms. It’s an excellent way to experiment with composition, color, texture, shape… all the same things we work with in design but without the limitations of function and all the freedom of abstraction! Give it a try sometime and let me know what you think.

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Life as a Freelancer

My new freelance lifestyle has me coming and going, around the house, about the town, on the computer, behind the camera, and brainstorming up a frenzy! I have all sorts of exciting ideas rolling around in my head and hardly enough time to get them all done. Everyday begins the same… with a looong to-do list, which means there’s never a dull moment and that’s perfect for me!

Most days, though, I spend my time blogging here and posting hereherehere, and here (here, here, here, and here). This doesn’t require any fancy attire seeing as me, myself, and I are not very strict about office dress code. But on a special occasion, I may get myself dolled up for a designer Q & A or showroom tour, like I did on this day.

Like I said, I spend a lot of time working from my home office which I have purposefully papered with things that inspire my creative imagination. Totally by coincidence, my outfit matched the September calendar art behind me. Haha! I must be soaking up my environmental inspiration more than I realized!

Clothing Catalog: Top – Gap, Pants – Zara, Belt – EmersonMade, Bangle – Lemon Tree Antiques, Necklace – Macy’s, Shoes – MICHAEL Michael Kors

Life as a freelancer… it’s endlessly exciting. Now, if I can only keep up!

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The Weekend

Finally, after the labor day weekend festivities, I am catching up on a busy week’s worth of projects. A little extra time found me editing a few photographs from last weekend last night taken at the park with friends. It was a gorgeous day in Texas… a person could actually sit outside for more than 5 minutes without fainting of heat!

Lots of sunshine, cool breezes, flying kite’s, friends’ dogs, grilled meat, Greek coffee, and wonderful company have me fondly remembering last weekend and looking forward to the next.

Happy Friday, everyone!

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Fading Colors

I hesitated to post today’s images. I’m sure by now you’re tired of seeing my country bouquet of late summer flowers since their first appearance in THIS post. But I’ve completely enjoyed watching their evolution from fresh, peppy buds to rich, full blooms and now softly faded shadows of those initial blossoms. Surprisingly, I think I prefer the last stage the most! The muddied hue of their petals gives the feeling of time and history and the crinkled leaves against others still fresh and alive creates a beautiful depth within their composition.

By now, they are far past their prime (or even the denouement after their prime), but I still love looking at them everyday. I’ve come to anticipate their ever-changing appearance and will be sad when it’s time to bid them adieu. Looking back, I’m amazed at their remarkably long life. Talk about bang for your buck! Much like this Texas summer, though… dry, shriveled, and long beyond it’s peak, the time has come to move on. David returned to school this week and while that doesn’t mean cooler weather (in fact, far from it) that does mean the beginning of something I have always associated with the Fall season, the Fall school semester. Bye, bye summer… and bye, bye flowers. Thank you for all the beauty in the end!

P.S. I’ve started working with watercolors as you can see by my brushes in the photo above. So far, all my paintings have been very basic and abstract. I can’t wait to paint these flowers next, though. They almost look like living watercolors, don’t you think?

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Amateur Artists

Last minute plans usually go one of two ways, really great or really not. This past Thursday evening, David had a last minute idea for a memorable (and affordable) activity to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary. Our hope… that the plan would be great despite it’s impromptu arrangement. Instead of spending a large amount of money on a fancy restaurant (which we have done before and it was totally enjoyable) he suggested staying in for an evening of wine and art! What’s the art about, you ask? A chance to create our own amateur artwork together over fine wine (and after a delicious home-cooked meal, I might add).

We both feel that original art is an important part of our home and would love to increase our collection. At this point, the “easiest” way for us to do that is by creating our own!! So, after preparing the meal plan, I stopped by Hobby Lobby, picked up a couple of canvases, some acrylic paint, brushes, and a palette and said a quick prayer for a bit of beginners luck to boot. (For those that are curious, our project cost us less than $30 in total!)

It was a bit overwhelming at first, as neither one of us have any real experience with paint, but we were both excited about the idea of making something together. By the end of the night (and many preliminary drafts later), we had completed two works of art conceived individually but created together.

Our amateur pieces of artwork now have a permanent home in our personal collection of original art and we couldn’t be happier!

FYI, if you decide to take on a similar project of your own, please send me pictures! I’m interested in creating an album on Facebook that features the photos I have received from my dear readers’. I’m looking forward to future submissions!

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Dining for Two

If you read my last post, you know that David and I celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary last Friday, a big occasion in our young married lives!

Since discovering Kinfolk, I have really latched onto the idea of creating special moments around fellowship and food, especially at home. Dining together is an activity as old as mankind and common to all cultures… something that I believe feeds us both physically and spiritually. I thoroughly enjoyed setting the scene for our beautiful dinner! It wasn’t anything fancy or expensive, but I did choose to use some of the nicer things we own such as our fine china, hand-dipped candles, and hammered silver candlestick holders. That plus excellent company made our evening a complete success!

In my opinion, it was just a lovely as any restaurant outing would have been! (We also planned an art-making activity but more on that later. See you here again tomorrow for more details on that part of our evening.)

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5 Years Already?

I can hardly believe it!! Five years have passed since David and I got married and eight years since we first met! My, how times flies. Of course, a lot has happened within those five years! Last year, I re-counted a few of the larger moments in our married life up until that point. Now, we have reached another significant moment… the 5 year marker. On occasions such a this, I find myself searching for the ability to appropriately re-capture and fully comprehend the experiences from the past.

Today, I am incredibly grateful for all we have lived through together, but my eyes are focused forward. The memories that have embossed themselves on my heart will be with me forever and now I’m ready to make new ones! Happy Anniversary, David… I love you so much!! (and here’s to 5 times 10!)

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