Thursday, July 17, 2014

{birthday wish list}


So my big 3-6 is quickly approaching and I have a few items I'm pining over...

1. Saltwater sandals...

These are all over my Instagram lately...they appear to be a summer staple. I'm usually not a "trend" follower but the style is so classic and I hear they are super comfy.

2. This cuff from Kelly Rae Roberts...
I'm a huge fan of Kelly and cuffs, so this one is a no brainer. I'm also a hope addict. :)

3. This adorable mason jar tumbler and cuff from Hustle Mama Handmade...
Mason jar drinking is a big deal at our house these days. I've even converted my husband! And I'm dying over the feather print fabric...so happy!

4. The Nesting Place...
I'm a huge fan of The Nester and have heard such great things about her book. And I need to learn to love our house the way it is...quirks and all.

5. Art, Inc. by Lisa Congdon...
Another major inspiration of mine...Lisa Congdon amazes me. Her journey to becoming a professional artist helps to fuel my fire on a daily basis. This book isn't out yet but you can be sure I'll be grabbing up a copy as soon as I can.

I have about ten other books I could add to this list, but I'll spare you. :)

35 has been a truly amazing year for me, and I can't wait to see what adventures 36 has in store!

What's on your current wish list?

XO,
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

{summer fun giveaway}

I've teamed up with my sweet friend Alyson and lots of other great ladies for an amazing giveaway to celebrate summer!

One lucky winner will receive an adorable summer tote bag full of all kinds of fun things for summer! Gift cards, lotions, nail polish and SO much more! There is even a set of my notecards tucked in there! Good luck and I hope that you're enjoying your summer! 

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Giveaway includes...
"be awesome" Tote Bag from Bow and Arrow Art
Living Magazine
$50 Erin Condren Gift Card
$25 Starbucks Gift Card
$20 Target Gift Card
Beach Towel
Aveeno Lotion
Ultra Glide Ink Pens
Katie Daisy Journal
Phone/Credit Card Wallet 
2 Shades of Essie Nail Polish
Essie No-Chip Top Coat
Nail Polish Art Pen
2014-2015 Planner
Plastic Reusable Straws

Paper Straws
Gum
Nail File
Baby Lips
Narwhall Box gift Set from The Gnarly Whale Shop
Zipper Pouch & Key Fob from Little Ms.Fancy Pants
Steve Madden Aviator Sunglasses
Set of Notecards from This Girl Doodles
JBL Micro II- Ultra Portable Media Speaker
Leather Bow Cuff from Forgotten Cotton
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Monday, July 14, 2014

{a new journey}


Yesterday I shared some of the biggest news of my life...

I am a licensed artist. 

Me! A for real, licensed, artist. 


This stuff only happens to other people, right?


It all started in November when I found an email checking my junk folder from Oklahoma City based METcolors, saying they were interested in licensing my doodles. At first I thought it was spam, but did some research and my heart started racing when I discovered it was the real deal. We emailed back and forth a few times, and then on a snowy morning in January there was a Fedex envelope waiting for me by the front door with a contract. 

Of course I had to document it. I was giddy that entire day...I didn't even care that I had to drive our crappy van in the snow to work. :)
To say this was one of the happiest days of my life is an understatement. 

Fast forward to this week, and my doodles are on display in one of the largest retail markets in the world, the AmericasMart in Atlanta. Insane, I tell you! 


The past 7 months have been the hardest waiting game. There were days when I wondered if this was all a cruel joke...doubting myself and not knowing what was going to happen. I was hesitant to share my news until I had at least a photo of the finished product to share. Yesterday was the first time I had something tangible to show...to finally give this journey a touchable reality. 


Of course doubt will still creep in. Retailers have to like my product and purchase it. But this...seeing my art on a wall in a huge market where so many artists I admire have the same?


Unreal. SO freaking unreal. 

And to think this all started with a doodle.


Actually, it started back in art class at Eastview Elementary with Mr. Robinson and his painting lessons. And in freshman art with Mrs. Scott and her fiery red hair that matched her joy for teaching. And in the countless art classes and camps my parents sent me, despite our limited income. It started on a porch swing on Cherokee Lane where I sketched my Mom's hanging flower basket, and at Shaker Town in Kentucky, sitting on a simple bench drawing the trees and quiet buildings. It started all over again last spring, after so many years away from my pen and paper, in Amy's writing class. He knew it was time to start nudging me again. 


This is real and special and happening to me. And it can happen to you too. That is the lesson in all of this, and what I hope to inspire with my art. 


It can happen to you. 


This finding your calling thing. You just have to be still and listen and feel the small, and sometimes big, nudges. Work through the fear and the doubt and beautiful things can happen. 


You know you are doing what God called you to do when you feel exhilarated and terrified all at the same time. 


Completely exposed and yet the most alive you've ever felt. That's what this journey has been like for me so far, and I don't expect it to change anytime soon. 


Thank you SO much friends, for being a part of this journey with me. I can't put into words how grateful I am for the support of my family and friends, both in real life, and online. This is just the beginning...


XO,

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Thursday, July 03, 2014

{instagram giveaway}


Happy Thursday friends!
Head on over to my Instagram...I'm giving away a set of my Backyard Garden Collection notecards to celebrate reaching 1500 followers!

XO,
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Saturday, June 28, 2014

{new in the shop}


I'm beyond excited to announce that I'm now offering notecards in the shop!
While sitting in my parent's garden one breezy summer evening, I was inspired to draw the salvia blooming next to my chair. That doodle was the inspiration for the Backyard Garden Collection. 
This collection is available as a set of four notecards, or four prints in a choice of two sizes.
Everyone loves receiving a hand written note in the mail, and these notecards offer lots of lovely white space inside to jot down happy thoughts.
And the prints will make a lovely gallery collection above a sofa or bed.

Hope you love them as much as I do!

XO,
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Friday, June 27, 2014

{hello friday}



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Hello friends and hello Friday!

How has your week been? 

I've had a few days off this week so it has felt like a mini vacation around here. We didn't go anywhere special, but we did get a new toaster oven...
So there's that.

Our oven died this past Sunday and our new one isn't coming until tomorrow. And we needed pizza. Bonus points for being entertaining. 

Other than that, we've enjoying being lazy...
going on ice cream dates...
and making dinosaur exhibits in the family room...

In shop news, I've been working on a few new projects, including a new look!
I wanted a logo/header that matched the new blog design and it makes me super happy. 

I also have a fun collaboration in the works...
And a new product for the shop {details coming soon!}

July is going to be a big month for my doodles and I can't wait to tell you more about that. Feeling very thankful and right where I should be.

XO,
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Thursday, June 26, 2014

{distracted driving} #DecidetoDrive




Tonight, I was driving home from grabbing the family some dinner, and I came to an intersection behind a stopped car. They didn't have their turn signal on, no one was coming, and they weren't moving. After waiting for a few seconds, they turned on their emergency flashers, so I started to slowly drive around them. I looked over to see if the driver needed any help, and she was looking at her phone.

Seriously. Is this becoming a thing? 

When a text is more important than paying attention to the road and your fellow driver? 

She was at least stopped, but that isn't always the case.

A few years ago, our car was totaled when a neighbor looked down for a second, swerved, and hit it head on. It was parked in front of our house thankfully, but she hit the car so hard that it flipped ours into the middle of the street and her air bag deployed. She wasn't seriously hurt, but I can only imagine how the outcome could have been different.

Here is what our car looked like after the accident...


It doesn't look horrible, but it was enough to total the car, and it wasn't drivable. I still miss that little red car.

All it takes is a second. A small distraction like a text, phone call, or even changing the radio station. 

I will admit that I allow myself to be distracted while I'm driving. I'm better about it when the boys are with me, but when I'm alone I can let my phone grab my attention. Lately I've been trying to leave it in my purse, and only check it when I'm stopped, and sometimes not even then.

It just isn't worth the possible consequences.

The Decide to Drive campaign was created by the The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Auto Alliance to increase awareness about the risks of distracted driving.

The Decide to Drive program aims to empower drivers and passengers to speak up about distracted driving, continue the conversation at home, work and play, and reduce distracted behaviors behind the wheel. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), of the nearly 33,000 roadway fatalities in 2012, there were 3,328 fatalities and approximately 421,000 injuries in distracted driving-related crashes. Scary, huh? To think a lot of those could have been avoided by simply putting down a cell phone? 

The AAOS and the Auto Alliance urges all drivers to keep their most sophisticated safety features engaged at all times: eyes on the road and hands on the wheel. 

Have you experienced a distracted driver moment, either yourself or witnessed one from another driver? I know thinking more about this and the scary statistics will keep me from letting my phone distract me like I have in the past. 

Let's stay safe friends!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

XO,
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