It is all too easy for me to forget all I've been through in a year, especially the good. I have a hard time only focusing on the frustrations. I do this for me. Forces me to sit down and carve out some time to be grateful for the good. Consider this my digital "Christmas card", the top 12 highlights of 2017!
Rotating Inspiration Wall — Sometimes the hallway to your office needs a little TLC. I placed 12 clipboards in a grid as our very own rotating wall of inspiration. Clipboards are a great way to hang up artwork that can be changed up easily. I will curate a new set of 12 images into a collection every couple of weeks to inspire the office! Below is round 01 — Stay tuned for future collections!
THE BEST PLANTS ARE MADE OUT OF PAPER
When I worked at Igloo Letterpress we used to spend many Saturdays building flowers out of paper for installations in the retail store. I try to sprinkle a little bit of that joy into my life today. Even better when I can place them in surprising spots around my office building and delight my co-workers.
My new obsession! Pom Poms! So I learned how to make earrings out of them. Too fun!
I AM A CARPENTER OF ELABORATE BUNNY COTTAGES.
If you don't know this about me yet, I am a crazy bunny lady. I have two, Theodore & Aurora. I believe they deserve to live a life of luxary. Including handmade cardboard and paper homes. It is a fun challenge because they eat them in about 2 weeks. Ha! So I always am challenging myself with how to make the next one even better!
START WITH A
After a year of creating downloadable monthly wallpaper. I needed a new prompt to challenge myself to learn new techniques. Stay tuned to see how this series turns out!
Find an interesting container & pop a plant into it. From tiny tea cups to antique swans. It is a great way to add a wink of fun into a serious office space. Another way to spice up your plants is to add miniature lawn ornaments. Found at Michaels. The tiny flamingo is my favorite!
Sleeping tea cup from Surprise Modern Party. Swan from local antique mall.
DIY PHOTO ALBUM
Why are there not cuter photo albums out there? Am I the only one who still loves to have hard copies of photos? I printed our photos from our Arizona vacation and could not find a worthy photo album book. So I created my own!
1. Buy a blank canvas book. 2. Buy appropriate iron on patches to accessorize your photo album. 3. Iron away! 4. Place your finished customized album on your coffee table to show it off to all your friends.
I ALWAYS BRING THE PROPS
What better reason to gather than friendship & brunch? Some people offer to bring quiche. Some people offer to bring mimosas. I always offer to bring things no one asked for, but will be happy to receive! Including donut glasses & egg brooches.
Credit where credit is due. — I was inspired by Studio DIY's Kentucky Derby Hats!
HAND DRAWN BOTANICAL
The HR department asked me to spice up their office space with a new chalk wall design. Ta da!
CUSTOM BIRTHDAY BACK DROP
My group of friends at work have kept the epic birthday tradition of decorating each other's offices for our birthdays. But not just your usual streamers or the standard balloon. We go hardcore. Check out what I did for my wonderful friend Jordan, aka the biggest Kayne West fan.
Like any year, 2016 has had its conquests and its struggles. It is important to remember the good, to write it down and to reflect on it. Consider this my digital "Christmas card", the top 12 of 2016 if you will.
First time hosting my family for Thanksgiving. Perfect opportunity to set a beautiful table! Laid a linen table cloth, craft paper runner and fresh picked mini pumpkins. Topped off with glassware I had collected from various antique malls and filled with fresh flowers. Made for a dinner to remember!
THE MAGNOLIA SILOS
My Saturday routine involves coffee, bunny cuddles and watching HGTV's Fixer Upper. Obviously, I am a pretty big fan to have traveled 1,030 miles to see Magnolia's new famous property. It did not disappoint.
Joanna Gaines is a woman after my own heart. Every single inch of this place was designed, considered and artfully selected. Even down to the 2x4 wooden swings out back for children to play on. A+, 5 Stars, all the kudos!
THE MAGNOLIA GARDEN
The Magnolia Garden is a charming little green space on the northwest corner of the property. Various plants have grown up handmade wooden teepees, adorable little mushrooms and their store, Magnolia Seed & Supply. This is where you wanna go to buy fun Magnolia styled garden goodies, kid inspired fairy gardens and even seeds of your own.
THE MAGNOLIA MARKET
The holy grail! I was beyond excited to check out all the home goods inside the Magnolia store, but of course I still had time to take a selfie or 2 or 9.
WHAT IS IT LIKE INSIDE?
AMAZING, DUH! I wish I could have gotten more wide pictures of the main store area, but as you could imagine it was fairly congested. We did not have to stand in any lines to get into the store, but it was a wee bit crowded inside. The image above is the back of the store where it opens up into the warehouse like section.
On the Magnolia property there is an outdoor space, perfect for kiddos to burn off some energy. A square of turf equip with a box of sport balls, food trucks and 2x4 wooden swings. And of course we had to get a picture in front of the famous Magnolia Jeep.
HARP DESIGN CO.
Anyone who watches Fixer Upper knows the infamous Clint Harp. He pops into many episodes always building stunning wood home pieces in collaboration with Joanna Gaines. We just had to stop by his shop while in Waco. It was very charming, full of rustic home goodies, custom wood pieces and the famous blue Harp Design Co. T-Shirt we always see Clint wearing. I cannot wait for his new HGTV show, Against the Grain, to begin.
COMMON GROUNDS COFFEE SHOP
Another famous spot in Waco. If you remember, the adorable couple that owns this shop hired Joanna & Chip Gaines to create their dream house for them. Boy, was it a good one! Rustic centralized fireplace among a cozy living space, exposed shiplap and amazing cathedral windows in their master. So, we stopped here to grab our afternoon pick me ups. Delicious coffee, very close to the Baylor college campus.
After a long day in the sun at Magnolia, ice cream felt like the perfect way to top of the day. Heritage Creamery is right next door to Common Grounds. Delicious, adorable branding and a very helpful staff.
NEW YEARS EVE
The day that everyone shares their reflective Facebook posts. I know these can sometimes become annoying, you find yourself combing through memories for those "post worthy" things to brag about. I get that. I'm personally working to break the habit of always trying to one up myself. It's amazing how easy it is right after a personal "upgrade", we can go from "Omigosh, this apartment is so much nicer than our last one" — to — "Ugh, I can't wait until we can have more space, nicer things."
Usually I hear the words of comparison, complaining, ungratefulness as they come out of my mouth and feel how ugly they sound. I want to be able to just enjoy what I have in the present and not constantly be thinking about how much better tomorrow could be.
As much as these reflective "Cheers to what the next year brings!" posts can be repetitive — I do think it is important to reflect on the good that happened in 2015. Remind myself, look how far you have already come in just 1 year's time. The challenges you never thought you'd overcome, and here you are standing on the other side of it.
2015 was a year of enjoying earned stability and creating our own adventures.
The 12 biggest things to happen to me in 2015!
Goodbye 2015, hello 2016!
HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!
I once had a professor that would always tell us how we each cast a sphere of influence. "You touch people’s lives all around you, no matter if you’re aware of it or not” he’d say. From your closest loved ones, to the guy that works in the cubical next to you, even the stranger you accidentally bumped into at the grocery store. He would always tell us, do your best to make sure your sphere is a positive one. That every human you come into contact with, for even a moment or years - you improve their life.
I would always nod along and say of course, of course. But this week those words have weighed heavy on my heart.
Chad Smith was one of those people. He was the person my teacher was trying to get us all to aspire to be.
He was radiantly positive, endlessly generous and wonderfully kind. If you were a person in Chad’s sphere you know it, you’ll never forget it and the impression his personality made is something that will stick to your heart forever.
I moved to Cincinnati 1.5 years ago for my 1st post grad job. My boyfriend, Danny, had to stay back in Columbus until he could find work down in Cincinnati to join me. Not an easy task. For months, Danny applied applied applied - nothing. I was starting to think, “Maybe this was a mistake! I don’t know if I can do this.”
Chad saw something in Danny, and that’s all it took. Chad went out of his way to help us. He gave his time to us when he had none to give. He generously shared work opportunities. He welcomed us into the creative community of Cincinnati and treated us like old friends.
Chad and his wife opened their home to us. Who knew a simple night of burgers and board games could leave such an impression. But anyone who got to watch first hand, the love Chad displayed for his wife and children. I mean, common. No woman would ever settle again. We left their home feeling overwhelmed with kindness, happy to call Cincinnati our home.
Chad, I will be forever grateful that I had the honor of knowing you. Forever thankful for the amazing mentor, friend and colleague you were to my Danny. And forever challenged to be better. I promise to walk straight up to creative speakers at design events and introduce myself, to smile at others as I walk down the street and to do my best to have as much of a positive sphere as you did.
Thank you Chad for all you gave us.