Monday, August 22, 2011

kitschy elegance...

something very hard to pull off. Kitsch and elegance most often work against eachother. My sister put artist Payton Turner on my radar and I was intrigued:

She was featured in Elle for her sticker walls and has a business installing the "wallpaper." I can't really imagine how long and tedious that must be but the end product is very fun.

I also enjoyed her sketches:

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A different look.

Artist Leslie Oschmann inspired me this morning with her different take on vintage items. I can usually find beauty in old things, but I often stop there. She finds the beauty and then takes it to a new level; a fresh take on re-purposing things to be more beautiful and more functional. She encourages yard sale and flee market finds with character to become something great.

Monday, August 15, 2011


Tomorrow marks three years married to the love of my life. And what a journey these three years have been; not without hurdles--but honestly the best years yet. I am thankful God for the gift he has given me in Daniel.

Here's to us, and to many many more years.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

We are back

from a wonderful week in Door County, Wisconsin. Some dear family friends let us use their cabin way up in Ellison Bay (for those of you who know Door County). It was a bit of a detox from normal internet, or even phone service. No to-do's around the house or yard. No work for Dan, no painting for me. And as much land to roam as a boy and his dog could hope for. With only a few wow-a-week-is-a-long-time-to-go-with-out-being-connected-to-the-world-moments, we soaked up the fresh air and benefited from truly being away. The house is perched right on lake michigan and surrounded by woods. I read a book and cooked. We hiked in the national parks and swam everyday. It was beautiful and a bonding time for our little family.