hello monday {alcatraz edition}

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

It’s back to real life today. The kids are in school and I’m back in the workshop. We had an amazing holiday with family. Our English cousins came over for a couple weeks and we had so many adventures! Then we went down south for a couple days and did a late Christmas with my side of the family. It was quick but so good.

Today I’m sharing pics from Alcatraz. It’s a small island off the coast of San Francisco with an old prison. It’s fascinating and beautiful. Is it funny to get inspired by an old prison? I’m not sure–but there was definitely beauty to be found on Alcatraz!

How about some hellos for a new week?

Hello boat ride! Just one of the perks of visiting Alcatraz.

Hello daffodils in winter. Like food for the soul.

Hello hugs and memories made. Hello missing cousins.

Hello sunshine. We’ve been seriously spoiled around these parts.

Hello smiles. Hello melted heart.

Hello brave seagull. I could have  reached out an touched him–he was that close!

Hello spirally stairs.

Hello holding hands. So sweet! David soaked up his cousins.

Hello groceries to buy and laundry to wash. We are seriously low on clean underwear. It’s almost time to declare a state of laundry emergency.

Hello sleeping in our own beds and getting back to a routine.

Hello setting an alarm. Boo! I love waking up when I wake up, without an alarm.

Hello emails to send, contracts to sign and decisions to make. Exciting things happening!

Hello clean house. All the Christmas decor is packed up.

Hello 2014! It’s a brand new year.

Hello Monday! It’s our first full week of the new year–are you ready? Just a couple more sips of coffee and I’m off!

What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments section or link up your own hello monday post there!


  1. Hello Lisa and Hello 2014! Today we said hello to a new job for my husband after 9 months of unemployment! hello to the last day of vacation for the kids before school…hello to a warm day and my son working with his scout friends to deploy reef balls in the river…hello to a new work week…hello to a lunchtime visit with my mother…hello to missing my girl who started a new quarter at college today…and hello to the first time reading your blog. Your pictures are beautiful and I love your designs! I have given one necklace as a gift and am planning on letting my daughter pick graduation gifts for her high school friends. May you and your family be blessed in the new year! Erin

  2. I like your idea of having a new beginning every week. Why only have a new beginning once a year? I’m saying hello to going back to work, ugh, getting back into a routine, yay, a double baby shower this week, & best of all, seeing David and all of you again on Tuesday. I’ve missed you!

  3. Oh, that looks like fun. Trying not to be jealous of your gorgeous weather over there, Lisa. 🙂

    Saying hello to a {hopefully} healthy week after sickness, hello to yummy soup and homemade bread, hello inspiration and new pieces mixing metallics, great colors and natural wood, hello to my cyber life coach 🙂 and hello to an easy thrifted project.


  4. Beautiful pictures! I’m drooling over those daffodils–can’t wait for spring! Once Christmas is over, I’m ready to move beyond winter. Although the barren season has its own beauty to behold.
    Hello routine- back to it tomorrow!
    Hello husband’s new schedule.
    Hello finally getting close to finishing book 2 in my series – it’s been a busy but wonderful December!

  5. Hello! I loved Alcatraz, too! Who ever thought we’d love a prison island?! Hello, sweet friend staying at our house while she has work meetings! Hello, back to school for everyone – tonight I’m sure we’ll have stories to tell around the dinner table! Hello to dinner with my college bff, a slumber party at our house Friday night, and chaperoning a high school dance {eek!}. It’s going to be a long week…

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