Monthly Archives: September 2012

Lovely Clusters Catalog

Hi friends! Happy Friday to you.

We all LOVE Etsy right? But it can be a tad overwhelming with the massive array of shops and items available. So…why not leave the hard work to Rachel Follett of Lovely Clusters and simply shop her Etsy selections via her delicious catalog! She hand picks the cream of the crop and the prettiest listings get featured. It makes it so easy to pick out gorgeous items and do your holiday shopping early. Shop photography, art prints, jewelry, vintage, apparel and more! Go check it out!  I am so honored to have my vintage items featured on several pages…

{click the photos to shop}

Such beautiful collections right? Have a beautiful weekend and happy shopping!
xo,

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Into the Blue…

Hi there friends…okay so this is a rather random post but I was swept up with inspiration this morning when I heard this song by my friend and local singer/songwriter, Naomi LaViolette! I’m totally enamored with it and it has been playing over and over again on my iTunes. I can’t get enough of the lyrics – which she wrote herself, by the way – yeah, I know, seriously talented! I couldn’t help but want to share the beauty of this song’s message…

Here take a listen:

You must read the gorgeous lyrics…

Into the Blue

So many circles you’ve been running
With all your little fires burning
You’re racing to put them out
You’re looking for an escape
Eluded by the peace you crave
Fighting your doubt

Come to the water
Today is a search for you


You see the forest in symmetry
Standing tall, reflecting free
With nothing to prove
Looking down, what will you see
So what if you were like a tree
With nothing to lose

Come to the water
Today is a search for you
Drink of the stillness
Let your eyes fall into the blue

We all approach carefully, removing our disguises
The shore will hold you
All unsure of who we will see, our own surprises
The shore will hold you, hold you

So give into transparency
And let it ripple into clarity
Where circles only dissipate, no it’s not too late

Come to the water
Today is a search for you
Drink of the stillness


Let your eyes fall into the blue
Come to the water
You can now release what is true
Unlock your dreams
It’s all waiting for you in the blue

To me, the words resonate so deeply and beautifully describe our struggle with authenticity – that constant pull in our hearts that wants us to delve deeper into our true selves. Beneath the path we all walk in this life, under the day-to-day tasks, obligations and role-playing, resides our authentic spirit, the quiet voice inside. The one we so rarely listen to. We all yearn to connect, to learn, to grow, to be loved and heard and ultimately to find our place here in this world.  I guess that’s why the “little voice” inside me loves this song so much. It reminds me to honor the quiet moments, to be grateful for all the beauty in my life and to never stop searching for the true me. I hope this wonderful song uplifts your spirit too.

Thank you Naomi, for inspiring me!

Check out Naomi’s site here!

xo,

All images can be found here.

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90 days in this world…

Hi all! How has your week treated you? Hope it was a good one. I, for one, am feeling like a new woman…why? Well, my dear little Claire just turned 3 months old on Wednesday and since Monday night she’s been sleeping 10 hours a night – straight! What a difference some solid sleep does for one’s mood…pretty amazing really. A couple of mornings I was actually dressed with make up on by 9 am – a true miracle, I tell you! It felt good to have a few complete thoughts, remember where I had put my keys and even have some time for a little creativity! Who knows if this new sleep pattern will stick…but a girl can dream right?

Here’s the latest pics of Miss Claire….she’s quite the expressive baby!

Can’t get enough of those baby smiles…and don’t even get me started on the sweet giggles she has begun sharing with us!

Have a beautiful weekend.

xo,

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Beyond Layers Class

Hello there! Hope all is well with you.

Today,  I finally found a teeny bit of time to work on one of the lessons from the Kim Klassen Beyond Layers class and I must say, it was so very delightful to have a moment of creativity! Our assignment for today was to use this lovely photo (provided by Kim)…

and rework it however we choose, using textures, layers and any other editing goodies. Here are two versions of mine…

I used Photoshop for my editing, layered several textures and used some fun brushes to get these effects. Of course, I had to add a French label to the bottle in the first one! ;) Okay, I hear my Claire-Bear waking up so I gotta leave you but I promise to be back soon!
xo,

p.s. Thanks to Kim for all the inspiration and encouragement. If you are into photography and you haven’t been to Kim’s blog, I highly recommend you visit!

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Filed under Art, Baby, Digital Art, photography