sometimes you just stumble upon something. a singular something. an image on the internet speaking beauty and speaking directly to you. those click click clicking moments online where you find something you weren’t even looking for. and, what you were looking for you no longer need.
i stumbled upon this image of a pretty haired woman painting the most beautiful moon scene. i was taken with the colors. the black onyx like night and many a moons in many a colors. colors that calm and collide. one melting right into the next. so i started down the clicking trail.
first to the vsco grid that i poured over, and learned belonged to stella maria baer.
the southwest scenes. the greys mixed with clay colored every-things, under a pink patterned sky. a soul sigh. i’ve been drawn to the colors of the southwest since i was eleven. and, again when i was twenty and every year after that i spent time in tucson, making it feel like second home of mine. it’s funny how colors and patterns and places and feels stick with you and reappear over the years.
i click clicked again, until i ended at art. stella maria baer is an artist and her work is stunning. i don’t know if i could decide which moon i’d want to make my own. one moon or many?
but, that desert moon (above), is full of meaning. layer up on layer of it. i’d love to one day sleep under a moon like that.
for more inspiration you can follow stella on instagram. she is my new favorite follow for sure.
do you have any recent favorite follows? share in the comments!
i look for books, and books find me.
i look in bookstores, because a bookstore is not just one place, it is many. within the walls are pages, and within the pages; places, people and practices that you can peek into and possibly take with you. you can take your escape. you can start your excavate. i find this possibility promising. i also look online, when the looking is late at night. one click leading to another until the final one that is the promise of a package in your post. and, then there are others who do the looking for me. friends that recommend. and, a mom who still seems to know what is needed to grow. a grandmother and a father who’s shelves i never pass by. instead, i study. i study the shelves crowded with years upon years of wisdom through written word, calling out to me. just the titles alone are telling. they tell of growth, of past pain, of purpose, of personality and of life living.
i’ve listed all the books (that i can remember) that i read last year:
i had big plans for many gift guides this year. however, sometimes life has other plans. so, i’ve come up with one guide with my absolute favorites. some for her, for him and for the littles. if you are still shopping, like me, then i hope some of these suggestions are a help.
1/ the able scarf – i heart this scarf designed by erin loechner for fashionABLE. it’s beautiful. the heart behind it is beautiful. the future it helps bring women in ethiopia is beautiful.
2 / ice cream truck play tent - play tents rock and this retro looking ice cream truck one rocks my socks off.
3 / cafe lunch set - this is on my wish list. i love to take toast and tea in bed.
4 / klhip ultimate clipper - these award winning stainless steel nail clippers offer better ergonomics + effortless clipping.
5 / yeti yoga mat - prettiest yoga mat we’ve ever seen. and, if yoga is on your new year’s list, like ours, then this is a great gift to get or give.
6 / the book bag - if you love bags and you love books, and print is your favorite (my hand is up for all three). long live print is what we say!
7 / corso como maci booties - i, for one, think a girl can never have too many booties. i love the zipper detail on this black pair.
8 / x3 watering can - functional gifts are a-ok, when they are gorgeous. this watering can is a winner.
9 / flybar foam master pogo stick - fun for boys, girls and parents who still like to jump around.
10 / pipsticks sticker club / because this 80′s kid la la love’s the idea of getting super cool stickers in the mail each month. like, let’s bring stickerbooks back!
11 / on the other hand clock / love the modern look of this wall clock. for him. for her. for everyone and anyone who loves good design and always wants to know the time.
for stockings i love tattly temporary tattoos ( the air quotes are my favorite ) and all of these picks from the land of nod.
more gift guides here!
and, tell me what gifts are giving, hoping to get or just loving this year?
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let’s do wednesday right with an early gift guide and a giveaway from one of my fave online shops, lulu and georgia. how does winning a $100 gift card sound? you can do some holiday shopping for those on your list or treat your self to a little something special… just becauase. because sometimes you just need to do something for yourself.
i’ve selected a few of my most favorite (and very affordable, might i add) items from lu lu and georgia to give you a small peek at the pretty possiblities. i’m wishing for that lamp, loving the serving board, and giving someone that cozy blanket this year!
here is how to enter lu lu & georgia’s 12 days of giveaway:
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it’s no secret that i’m a huge land of nod fan. love the products. love the people. love their never ending commitment to creativity. they continue to create products that are for families, not just kids. my house certainly tells this story. remember that time they came over and we were in the catalog (gosh that was fun). my living room is both sophisticated and so fun because of that collaboration. i mean they just know how to design products that work in a little’s room or a living room. This lamp, which we have in my living room, is a great example (and my favorite).
i always look forward to their catalog because it’s so darling and honestly, i get a lot of great design ideas from their excellent styling. i’m loving the latest catalog so much, i thought i’d share a few of my favorite items right now:
1. electron pendant lamp / how cute would these look hanging over nightstands on either side of the bed? in a kid’s room or a grownies.
2. where the heart is art / this hometown personalized art makes my heart swell. personalized without being too personalized. you know?
3. color static rug / i recently saw a photo of this rug being hand loomed in india and it was ah-mazing.
4. jenny lind doll bed set / everything is better mini. i wish la la was little enough to put this on her christmas list. it’s so darling and certainly the type of toy that gets passed down through the generations. matching beds for you + dolly. and, this is the doll, i’d want for the bed. you know, if i was going to play house.
5. raindrop sheets / we have these in rocco’s room (did you see the update?) and LOVE them. so cute and super soft. i’m also crazy about these new retro looking flannel sheets.
6. now you see it acrylic desk chair / because i still like see through chairs.
7. ombre play home canopy / forget the kids, i’d like one of these to hide out in. i can’t pick my fave color, cause they are all so pretty.
i’ll probably be adding a few of their products to my upcoming holiday gift guides, because of things like this carry home dollhouse – - so much fun.