September 22, 2014

We bought a house!

The last few months have been so stressful,
but we could not be more thrilled
with how everything turned out!

These are the first photographs I have taken
at our new home.
The inside is still so full of boxes,
and there is a distinct lack of furniture,
but the light is exciting,
and nature's beauty is ever-present.


August 18, 2014

Another blooming letter!

This one is composed of flowers
that brought me back
to the beloved childhood garden
that I visited every summer
in North Carolina
at my grandparents' house.

August 11, 2014

This summer.

Words have been failing me a bit.

This summer has been
so full of beauty,
and my heart has overflowed
with gratitude and thankfulness.
Stress, fear, and wait
paired with joy, hope and excitement:
it's been a summer of intensity,
an all-out sprint.
I feel out of time,
these days,
in transition--
swirling memories from the past
are tangibly muddled together
with dreams for the future,
even as I try to be centered
around each present moment.
All of my senses are heightened.
It's almost too much,
but I wouldn't change anything.


July 16, 2014

To quote the great Calvin:
"The days are just packed."

That's the best way
to sum up
the last month or so!

Summer always kicks into
such a high gear here.
The season can be so fleeting,
and the urge to make good use
of every glorious second of it
to the fullest extent
can feel like a kind of pressure.

Milla's post about this seasonal struggle
really resonated with me.
It's something that I work with
every summer,
to varying degrees of success:
remembering gratitude,
holding on to the joy,
shaking free from guilt.

I've been doing a lot of painting,
working on commissions for a handful of folks,
and a few gifts for others.
These floral letters were a sweet commission
by a mother,
of her two boys' initials.
Such a fun project!


June 19, 2014

Life has been pretty nuts lately
(we are starting our search for a house of our own,
and the market in Seattle is very challenging!)
but I finally found time
to finish up this latest wreath!

wild roses,
apple blossoms,
and maidenhair fern:
all-out luscious loveliness.

Prints of this wreath are now available in my Etsy shop.

May 28, 2014

some vacation time
is exactly what you need.

May 7, 2014

Neko Case - City Swans

I have been on such a Neko Case kick lately!
Her beautiful voice sounds especially perfect
on days when the sun is out
and the air is warm.

April 30, 2014

It's that time of year again!

Tulip time.

The Rothko-esque fields of color,
the endless variety,
the subtlety of shape and shade:
every year they blow me away.


These photos
are the first digital shots
that I have posted here
in quite a while.

I recently purchased a new digital camera,
and look forward to posting more photos taken with it
as I learn and experiment.

I will always love and shoot film,
but it is exciting to have a new medium to play with!


April 22, 2014

Another Springtime wreath--
I can't stop painting the fleurs of this season!

It seems like a new kind of flower
is bursting forth
every single day.
Hellebores led the way,
then daffodils brought their bright glory,
and now tulips and irises are raising their heads!

I so enjoyed painting
the unabashedly pretty blooms
in this blossoming April wreath.

Available in my shop here.

April 9, 2014

I've been enjoying
lots of good music lately.
All of it sounds fresh,
and light,
and perfect for Springtime.

These two have been on
near-constant repeat.

Elephant Revival | These Changing Skies
Kathryn Claire | Shimmering Blue

And of course,
it's time for me
to pull this playlist
out again.
I must admit:
it has a special place
in my heart.

I cannot believe
it's almost been a year
since our wedding...

April 2, 2014

I feel like I am seeing these varied beauties
all over town this Spring,
which brings such a smile to my face
since they are one of my favorite flowers.

My mother planted
a Pink Frost
& I gifted her
a Spring Promise
for her garden,
and both are stunning.

I love how their blooms
seem delicate and gentle
even though I know
they must be hardy warriors,
strong and true,
in order to emerge as one of the first flowers
of Spring's earliest and chilliest beginning.


March 25, 2014

I welcome back the light!

March 20, 2014

I have added another wreath
to my Etsy shop!

I am calling this one
my Mary Lennox wreath,
inspired by the character from
The Secret Garden,
a book which I re-read
with great joy
every year
at around this time.

Happy Spring!

March 5, 2014

I have re-created my website!

It now reflects both my new name,
as well as the illustration,
and smattering of design work
that I have been doing lately.

It feels so good
to have given it a fresh start
as we begin to move into
a new season:


February 27, 2014