Tuesday, December 4, 2012

~ Words ~

new beginning by robtravisphotography on etsy

A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
~Oscar Wilde

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

~ A Few of My Favorite Things ~

bookmark set by milesoflight on etsy
Raising children with a love of reading was very important to me. We have books in every room of our home and it seems that someone is always looking for a bookmark. This set is lovely.
wrap jacket by yollaklea on etsy
I'm a jeans and tshirt girl. It's ME. I love adding wraps like this to my favorite jeans. Great texture, too.
2013 wall calendar by modernprintedmatter on etsy
I love printed art. LOVE it. This sweet and simple wall calendar would be perfect in my studio.
aumbre natural perfume compact by illuminatedperfume on etsy 
Vanilla. I love all things vanilla. I've had this beautiful compact on my wish list for a long time. Santa, if you're listening......

Click on the links under each photo to visit each artist's website. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

~ Words ~

Walt Whitman quote ring set in 14k recycled gold

You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.

George Bernard Shaw

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

~ Words ~

Autumn leaves photograph by voiletdart on etsy
Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.    ~Epicurus

Thursday, October 4, 2012

~ A Few of My Favorite Things ~

mini pumpkin sugar cookies by sugarlandbakeshop on etsy
Autumn has arrived in Nashville. I love the cooler weather, the rustle of leaves, the beautiful array of colors.

lacey knit leg warmers by neekaknits on etsy
Texture. I loved knitted accessories. They dress up a simple tshirt and denim, giving personality to your outfit. I love the look of these leg warmers peeking out from the top of boots.
burgundy hobo bag by crystalynkae on etsy

Classic and casual, this beautiful handmade purse has the sweetest lining and details. Perfect for all year round.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

~ Inspiration ~

The Path to King's Cave, Isle of Arran, Scotland

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.   ~Albert Einstein

Sunday, September 16, 2012

~ Quotes ~

the road less traveled by dahliahousestudios on etsy
As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful. They are the things that fill our lives with comfort and our hearts with gladness -- just the pure air to breathe and the strength to breath it; just warmth and shelter and home folks; just plain food that gives us strength; the bright sunshine on a cold day; and a cool breeze when the day is warm.
~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

Monday, September 10, 2012

~ Words ~

peaceful landscape photo with tree by myansoffia on etsy

Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.    ~Abraham Lincoln

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Friday, August 31, 2012

~ New Designs ~

Blue spinel and recycled silver engagement ring
I've been having a love affair with spinel this year. This peacock blue gemstone makes me swoon. I made a grey blue version of this ring for myself.

five golden rings
I've been playing with different colors and karats of gold. Lots of new gold coming to my shop for the Autumn and Winter line!

fair trade green sapphire ring
Fair trade green sapphires will be making an appearance in my shop soon. I'm completely smitten with green stones and these are guaranteed to knock your socks off! From mint green to a forest green, prepare to fall in love~

Thursday, August 30, 2012

~ Inspiration ~

Secret blue door in France by LumiereDuMatin on etsy
The soul should always stand ajar. Ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.
Emily Dickinson

Friday, August 24, 2012

~ Journeys ~

The little girl I'll never, ever forget
One of my FAVORITE parts of the trip to Ethiopia was seeing the Yezelalem Minch feeding program in action. I absolutely believe in giving to charitable organizations. Even as a teen, I was searching for a great organization that was making a difference in the life of others, somewhere that I could donate money and know that it would be put to good use. There are SO many places, so many needs, so many organizations, but this one absolutely left me speechless.
My first glimpse of the Addis feeding program
It was like being in heaven for a few minutes. People putting others first, feeding those who had nothing, giving them free medical care, and this is just one of several feeding sites across the city.
The boys rescued off of the streets, with Nesibu of Yezelalem Minch
In addition to feeding the hungry, they created a safe place for these boys who were living on the streets. They are providing housing, a loving environment and a great education so they can have a bright future. They also provide financial assistance for child-headed households so that the siblings could stay together in their home, find sponsors for families that wouldn't be able to afford sending their children to school and create work for women (like the feeding program) so they have a way to support their families.
Birtukan and Nesibu talk about the way that Yezelalem Minch got started and their hope for the future of Yezelalem Minch here. Truly two of the most amazing people that I've ever met. Their hearts are SO big.

It was surreal. And amazing. And the faces will be forever impressed in my mind. Especially the sweet little girl in the center of the first photograph. As I was leaving, I worked my way down the line, shaking the hand of every child and mother lined up along the wall on one side of the property where the feeding program was held. She was the next to the last child and wouldn't let go of my hand. She just stared at me with that intense, challenging gaze and squeezed my hand and smiled the entire time.
Feeding the hungry of Addis Ababa
It touched my heart in a way that I was not expecting and made a forever memory for me. After a few moments, I had tears running down my face and I knew that this was one of the reasons that I was on this journey to Ethiopia with my sister. An amazing cause that I could support with my business, a small way to help make the world a better place.
Pure happiness.
You can find out more about Yezelalem Minch here, here and here

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

~ Inspiration ~

have a heart photograph by boywonder on etsy

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.  ~Leo Buscaglia

Sunday, August 12, 2012

~ Words ~

butterfly photograph by monarch photo on etsy

Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life.  And everyone deserves a little sunshine.  ~Jeffrey Glassberg

Thursday, August 9, 2012

~ A Few of My Favorite Things ~

cappuccino by alicegaophotography on etsy
I gave up coffee for a little over a month. And then I went to Ethiopia, where it seemed unforgivable to be and NOT drink the coffee. So I caved, and enjoyed every cup. This gorgeous photo makes my heart pitter-patter. That CUP!!!! Sigh.
apron no 1 by smallbatchproduction on etsy
I LOVE aprons. Love, love, love them. This sweet organic cotton and recycled hemp number is perfect. A great way to protect your clothes and there's just something about wearing a great apron makes me feel a little bit like Julia Child.
trio of air plant urchins by peacocktaco on etsy
Total cuteness. I can picture these sitting just about anywhere in my home. Small, low maintenance and beautiful.

You can visit each artist's shop by clicking on the link under each photo. Happy Thursday! 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Friday, July 27, 2012

~ Mother Nature ~

la luna 
Last night I was mesmerized by the Moon. I love viewing the sky, but not usually in July. I gathered my camera and my son's telescope, braved the heat and the mosquitos and was rewarded with these beautiful photos. I found some equally lovely Moon-inspired quotes to share.

The night walked down the sky with the moon in her hands.  ~Frederic Lawrence Knowles

When I admire the wonder of the sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in worship of the Creator.  ~Mahatma Gandhi

Happy Friday! ♥

Saturday, July 21, 2012

~ Inspiration ~

mint and coral travel photo by lupengrainne on etsy
The color coral is grabbing my attention this week. This lovely photograph was taken in France and has beautiful detail.
coral head scarf by taniahillberg on etsy
I wear yoga headbands almost every day. I tell myself that it keeps my hair healthy because I'm not overheating it with blowdryers and flat irons. This wrap has great color and I love the texture.
appetizer plate by ceramicabotanica on etsy
This fabulous hand built plate was featured in Good Housekeeping magazine! Everything in this shop is amazing and each bowl is also hand painted.
Abe Lincoln quote by marykatemcdevitt on etsy
Fabulous quote and beautiful colors. This print couldn't be more perfect.
Happy Saturday! 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

~ A Few of My Favorite Things ~

rustic step photograph by seventen on etsy
Black and white tones. They are so soothing, so intriguing. This beautiful photograph is no exception. I  can almost feel the texture of the steps.
van gogh quote by ohmydeer on etsy
I found this print while browsing on Pinterest. The quote and the presentation are equally lovely.
zebra pocket totem by handymaiden on etsy
Total cuteness. I think this would be the perfect back to school surprise for my little guy's backpack.

You can visit each artist's website by clicking on the link under the photos.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Thursday, July 12, 2012

~ Words ~

bonfire photograph by bleuoiseau on etsy

Success isn't a result of spontaneous combustion.  You must set yourself on fire.  
~Arnold H. Glasow

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

~ Journeys ~

Fresh fruit at a roadside market in Ethiopia
Ethiopia is alive with color. It's literally everywhere. From the gates, to the shops, to the clothing, bright colors greet you everywhere you turn.
Shops in Addis Ababa
We had a beautiful day of sightseeing with our guide, Abel. We visited the Ethiopian National Museum, which is home to Lucy, the oldest hominid ever found.  Full of historical relics, culture and art, I loved every second of it.
Grave markers carved from wood
I found these grave markers very intriguing.
17th century painting on canvas
This is a portion of a painting that was the entire length and height of one wall in the museum.
Abel, the walking encyclopedia
Abel literally knew everything about everything in the museum. The man is a walking encyclopedia. Listening to Abel talk about his love of Ethiopian culture and history was the highlight of the day. He made the entire trip more fun. It wasn't easy to adjust to the time change. I think my sister and I were both fighting the urge to lay down in the street and take a nap, since it was the middle of the night at home.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

More beautiful color. The weather for our entire trip was pretty perfect. 70 degrees during the day, 60s at night. We slept with the windows open for 12 nights and had ONE, yes, ONE moth come into our room during that time. There didn't seem to be any bugs, but there were goats and donkeys everywhere. On the roads, in the middle of town! You haven't lived until you wake up at 2am because a donkey is losing his mind outside your window. My sister and I had many a belly laugh in the middle of the night after waking up to the manic braying of a donkey. I wanted to capture it on film, but I was always too busy laughing. At 5am, the Islamic and Orthodox Christian churches started a call to prayer. It was such a beautiful way to wake up every morning. And entertaining, since the singing over the loud speakers encouraged every dog, rooster, and donkey to join in. Bring on the Ethiopian coffee!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

~ Journeys ~

Boarding the plane in Germany. Next stop Ethiopia!!!
I was given the opportunity to travel to Ethiopia with my sister this spring. After watching my brother in law and sister go through the adoption process for years, I was incredibly honored to take this journey with her. I've had a dream of visiting Africa in my heart for a LONG time. I always knew that I would go, it was just a matter of when and why. The why had arrived!
The gentleman in red will be in my story in a bit.
The plane from Frankfurt had quite a few empty seats. This equals an insane amount of food and wine heaped onto the few passengers. Delicious fish curry, gourmet pizza, bottomless glasses of red wine and after dinner apertifs are not something that this American associates with airline travel. The airline attendants were amazing. For a LONG flight, all of this was much appreciated.
This is a LONG flight.
Our nerves were a little on edge, just thinking about what we were doing and where we were going? Excited, nervous, anxious, happy, sad, my emotions were all over the place. The rest of our family was home, we were adding another sweet face to the group of people that we love. And I was going to be there to watch my sister become a mother!
The sun sets over the Sudan
I mentioned that my emotions were a bit of a mess, remember? Exhibit A: me. *clearing throat*. I moved around a bit, trying to find an empty window and got to see the amazing windblown deserts of Egypt. Then, the Sun began to set and it seemed to last forever. We were over the Sudan and the windows seemed to be on fire. It was intense and absolutely mesmerizing. I kept looking over my shoulder and the gentleman sitting near the window offered me his seat, so that I could get a better look. I've never seen the Sun set from the air and it was magical. After a while, tears started making their way down my face. I was watching the Sun set over Africa. Surreal. The gentleman came and sat next to me and wanted to talk about me, about Africa, about life. He was so lovely, and I will never forget his kindness and our conversation. Next stop, Ethiopia!!!!