hello no time for downtime

hello monday By April 24, 2017 9 Comments

Lately it has been crazy around here–the kind of crazy where I the to-do list is long and I’m still leaving things undone–or forgetting them all together! When I feel overwhelmed I remind myself lots of things ARE getting done. It doesn’t have to be perfect. So many GOOD things are happening.

In the midst of the crazy we are finding little moments for making pancakes, taking a walk or time to read books with David. There’s no time for downtime but these things–the ones that seem unimportant–are really the most important, don’t you think?

How about some hellos for a new week?

Hello sunshine! Oh my gosh we’ve had some gorgeous weather lately. I love it!

Hello rushing from one thing to next and trying to slow down, breathe and be in the moment.

Hello books and more books. David is constantly bringing me his favorite books so I’ll read to him. It’s adorable. And I’m trying to say YES as much as possible.

Hello stopping in a beautiful moment and trying to take it all in. I am so thankful for our little family. Life is good.

Hello BIG SALE in the shop. YAY! Mother’s Day is coming–find the perfect keepsake here.

Hello reading this book. It’s definitely edgy with a lot of language–so be warned. I am an autobiography JUNKIE. I love to hear people’s stories.

Hello falling behind on texts and emails. Yikes!

Hello letting it be imperfect. And sometimes letting it be downright hard. It’s real and it’s okay.

Hello writing and dreaming and planning and designing and falling into bed tired at night.

Hello to YOU! It’s a brand new week with beauty to be found. What are you saying hello to this week?

Share:

hello basket wall

hello monday By April 17, 2017 6 Comments

Steve and I worked last weekend on hanging his guitars on our living room wall. They look so great! But that meant I had to find a new spot for my baskets. I decided to try hanging them around this arched mirror in our entryway and I LOVE the way it came together. So much light and texture.

It’s a brand new week, how about some hellos?

Hello big impact. I love how the basket wall anchors the entryway. It makes this space a lot more fun.

Hello celebrating Easter. It was a good day.

Hello watching this movie with Matthias. It is so fun! {Warning, there is some crude humor.} I haven’t seen the second one. Is it any good?

Hello so much to do. It’s a little crazy around here.

Hello spring break! Yay! We’re working hard but making time for fun.

Hello later bedtime because there’s no school in the morning.

Hello making chocolate chip cookies and cuddling on the couch.

Hello reading books and more books to David. He can’t get enough and it’s so fun {and a little tiring!}

Hello to you! It’s a brand new week with beauty to be found. What are you saying hello to this week?

Share:

hello backyard living

celebrate the every day, hello monday By April 10, 2017 4 Comments

We’ve been wanting to make our backyard more livable and more comfortable. For some reason, in past summers we don’t spend a lot of time out there–but it’s a beautiful space and we’re determined to change that! I’ve been looking at our backyard as an extension of our home and trying to add furniture we’ll be drawn to. I want to make it a place where we naturally spend time.

It’s coming together and I’m ready for warmer weather. We’ve had so many chilly and rainy days–but soon I hope we’ll be heading outside to sip coffee in the sunshine and eating dinner outside as the sun sets.

It’s a brand new week, how about some hellos?

Hello finding a sturdy and beautiful table within our budget {I waited until it went on sale.} I searched high and low and really feel in love with this one! {I’m linking sources if you’d like to know where I found various pieces.}

Hello adding softer touches like a faux fur throw and mixing in some patterns with pillows.

Hello baskets and succulents.

Hello pups who are happy to sit still for a photo.

Hello comfortable outdoor sofa. We’re hoping to find a fire pit to add to this space.

Hello making music and relaxing outdoors.

Hello plants who seem happy to be getting lots of rain.

Hello chairs that are so comfortable I never want to get up.

Hello hanging plants and macrame.

Hello white string lights that add ambiance in the evenings. I put them on a timer so they come on and turn off automatically.

Hello loving the longer days and light that stretches late in the evening.

Hello keeping the couch covered in rainy weather and trying to make sure all the dog poop is picked up!

Hello sitting outside and sketching and designing and feeling like my head might explode from too many ideas.

Hello feeling grateful for time to sit outside and read with Matthias on homeschool days.

Hello feeling a pull to slow down, breathe more deeply and soak up the moment.

Hello finding beauty in the here and now. There hard stuff but there is also so much good.
Best of all there is grace for this moment.

Hello to you. It’s a brand new week with beauty to be found. Join me? What are you saying hello to this week?

Share:

hello family time

family, hello monday By April 3, 2017 2 Comments

We had a great weekend together, enjoying some quiet in the midst of a crazy season. There’s so much going on but none of it is more important than family time.

Since we have to say goodbye to the weekend, we may as well greet the new week with open arms and an open heart. How about some hellos for new week.

Hello hiking a new trail along the creek. So beautiful!

Hello bonding.
These two have been cuddling a lot lately.

Hello new designs. I’m so excited about them. These are charms from the North Star initial necklace above.
See all the new designs here.

Hello smiles between tummy troubles. David had kind of rough weekend–more tummy pain and tears than normal. We’re not sure why?

Hello look-alikes. There two don’t just look alike they are so much alike. Love them.

Hello Louis healing nicely post surgery. Hooray!

Hello guests from out of town. So fun.

Hello Beauty and The Beast. We loved it! And we also watched the cartoon version this weekend.

Hello sitting in the sun in the backyard with coffee. I can’t wait for summer.

Hello reading more with David. He loves it so much.

Hello to you! It’s a brand new week with beauty to be found. What are you saying hello to this week?

Share:

hello olympic level cuddling

hello monday By March 27, 2017 2 Comments

You know that cozy couch spot that everyone seems to gravitate towards? David took my hand and led me there yesterday morning, then climbed up on my lap and cuddled in. My sister snapped the pic below. A little bit later Matthias was cuddled up in the same spot with the pugs.

I often joke that if cuddling were a sport, all of my boys {David, Matthias and Steve} would be olympic level. I am surrounded by cuddle bugs. I didn’t used to be so cuddly but they have reformed me.

It’s a brand new week with beauty {and cuddling!} to be found. How about some hellos?

Hello making time to cuddle. With David, it’s a way for our hearts to connect. He has no words and this time together is so important.

Hello pugs who are always happy to jump in on a cuddle session!

Hello getting into cuddling mode and never wanting to leave the house. Can’t we stay in pajamas all day?

Hello feeling kind of sad lately. There’s no reason why, really. I’m just trying to feel it and be gentle with myself.

Hello wishing I could wake up to fresh coffee, bacon, eggs and cinnamon rolls every morning, Sounds so lovely, Oh, and add sunshine to that list too!

Hello hanging string lights in the backyard and longing for warmer weather. It’s coming!

Hello lots and lots going on this week–haircuts, meetings, deadlines, decisions, and a little surgery for Louis the pug.

Hello new jewelry to share this week. I CANNOT wait to show you the new designs.

Hello to you! It’s a new beginning and a fresh start! What are you saying hello to this week?

Share:

hello then, hello now

hello monday By March 20, 2017 4 Comments

I took this pic of the boys together at one of our favorite coffee shops, and then remembered a similar pic from a couple years ago. Wow! They have grown and changed so much in the last couple years. It’s crazy! But some things don’t change–they are just as sweet and fun and unique as they were then.
It’s a brand new week, how about some hellos?
Hello then and now. left 2015, right 2017

Hello Nana! We had some sweet time with her over the weekend.

Hello realizing we officially have teenagers. Matthias saw a movie downtown while we went to dinner. He’s growing up!

Hello sprucing up the backyard for summer and simultaneously preparing for a bunch of rain next week!

Hello learning how to macrame. More on that soon!

Hello photoshoot and new products coming soon. I CAN’T WAIT TO SHARE!

Hello Mother’s Day right around the corner!

Hello love love loving this movie. Have you seen it?

Hello reading this book with Matthias. It’s a children’s book about the civil war. Beautiful and heartbreaking.

Hello looking at these boots. Aren’t they cute? They look comfortable too.

Hello making time for quiet, for me, for space to think. My soul needs it.

Hello to you! It’s a brand new week with beauty to be found. What are you saying hello to this week?

Share:

hello rainbow of colors

hello monday By March 13, 2017 1 Comment

We have been experiencing a heat wave–around 80* and I love it! I am outside taking walks everyday. It feels good. Things are beginning to bloom–it makes my heart happy.

How about some hellos for a new week?

Hello colorful plants popping up everywhere!

Hello daylight savings. I love longer days and evening light.

Hello Nutella. Oh my goodness-I brought a jar home last week and it’s been dangerous. We made chocolate cookies and then I put Nutella and bananas between two; like a sandwich. It was amazing!!

Hello homeschool. This is a whole new world for us and definitely a slower pace.

Hello St. Patrick’s Day {on Friday}. Do you celebrate St. Patty’s Day?

Hello trying to figure out a way to move out some bigger trash–like an old mattress in our garage.

Hello watching some newer Bollywood films. This one was really good.

Hello reading this book with Matthias. IT IS SO GOOD! And it makes me cry.

Hello sketching and doodling and dreaming up new ideas.

Hello to you! It’s a brand new week with beauty to be found. What are you saying hello to this week?

Share:

Hello sunshine and rain

hello monday By March 6, 2017 2 Comments

We need both–sunshine and rain, to see things flower and bloom. I believe it is the same with our hearts. We’ve had a ton of rain this winter and things are beginning to flower and bloom. I feel this happening in my heart as well. The pain makes the joy so much sweeter. The difficult things nurture a grateful heart.

It’s a brand new week, how about some hellos?

Hello bright yellow sunflower bursting out of the ground. I found you on my walk yesterday and you are truly lovely.

Hello looking back and seeing how the rain brings beauty.

Hello opening myself to not having all the answers. To letting things be imperfect. To letting things be what they are.

Hello happy David. He seems to be thriving on a dairy free diet. He has been so energetic and silly!

Hello loving the sunshine and getting out for more walks lately. It’s so good for my soul.

Hello pups who keep peeing in the house. Advice please?! How do I get them to stop?

Hello making time to rest and think and nap a bit.

Hello new painting that is brightening our living room!

Hello awesome new children’s book. Poetic and profound!

Hello coffee and laundry and email and to-do lists.

It’s a brand new week with beauty to be found. What are you saying hello to this week?

Share:

Hello this, hello that

hello monday By February 27, 2017 3 Comments

Hello friends! We had a restful weekend–we spent most of it at home. The downtime and slowing to relax was much needed. It’s Monday, how about some hellos for a new week?

Hello cute David with his knit beanie. Our friend, Tammy found this for him and it’s been a favorite–especially with so many chilly mornings.

Hello cracking up because Matthias looks so much like the main character from A Series Of Unfortunate Events. We are loving the new Netflix version.

Hello working on sprucing the boys bedrooms and the loft area upstairs. I’m trying to make it a space for teenagers instead of little kids.

Hello fighting sniffles. We are taking airborne and trying to stay well.

Hello projects. It’s good to stretch and dream and create. It’s also tiring!

Hello new school for Matthias. We are trying out a hybrid model–a classical school with homeschool three days a week. It’s a massive change but we are excited.

Hello disbelief that March is only a day away!

Hello starting to read this book. I read it in college and loved it. Have you read it?

Hello loving this blog lately. So good

Hello pizza and the Academy Awards. Did your favorite movies win?

Hello to you! It’s a brand new week with beauty to be found. What are you saying hello to this week?

 

Share:

hello cousins, hello long weekend

family, hello monday By February 20, 2017 2 Comments

My brother is in town this weekend with his wife and twin daughters. We love when they come to visit! We ate out at some of our favorite places, showed them the workshop, watched a movie and ate waaaay too many peanut butter m&ms. Yum.

They are leaving town today and we are enjoying an extra weekend day before we jump back into the routine. How about some hellos?
Hello cousins. We are so thankful to have wonderful cousins.

Hello beanie. David really rocks the beanie.

Hello tools lined up in a row.

Hello catching a moment to read while we give them the workshop tour.

Hello having fun together.

Hello rain and rain and more rain. And wind. California doesn’t know what’s happening! Several trees in our neighborhood have fallen down, there’s been flooding and mudslides–it’s crazy!

Hello new beginnings. Matthias is trying something new this week. New things are so hard and so good.

Hello napping. Aren’t naps a beautiful thing? Love them.

Hello searching thrift stores for vintage floral paintings. They’re hard to find!

Hello new computer. It’s awesome except change is hard for me. I’m not used to this computer so it’s an adjustment.

Hello taking David off diary to see if that helps with his tummy pain. Fingers and toes crossed.

Hello designing new jewelry. I CANNOT wait to share it with you!

Hello brand new, beautiful week. Good things are ahead! What are you saying hello to this week?

Share: