new piece in progress
Blew out my first (duck) egg + took on what turned out to be a rather tedious task of decoupaging with butterfly wings, specially Morpho didius + menelaus. A good amount of trial and error made for a pretty result that forced me to sit quietly, work slowly and appreciate trying something new just for the hell of it. Thinking I want to try this again with some patterns in mind.
Every Saturday I start my morning off at Eastern Market snatching up fresh fruit + veggies for insanely reasonable prices, grab a coffee at Germack, and stroll some shops and take in Murals in the Market. I love it, it's one of my favorite things about being back in Detroit. Inner State Gallery has quickly become of my go to stops to make and especially this week! My eyes lite up when I saw several Miss Van pieces and I couldn't leave without this one. She is pure magic!
I'm a lover of handmade cards. I gift them, hoard them, swoon in delight + follow my favorite artists with anticipation of new releases. Basically going to NSS Stationary Show was the highlight of my year several years in a row when I lived in NY/NJ. Nothing makes me happier than browsing paper goods at some of my favorite small businesses. Since back in the mitten I've been getting my stationary fix on with regular rounds at City Bird + Signal Return. (Please share more with me!) New to my collection was Heartell Press who use recycled paper and hand-carved wood blocks, which is supremely awesome. I'm feeling so many in this Valentine section.
I've been a planner kind of girl most of my life. Having had a freelance lifestyle for a large portion of my adulthood I've found it's my ultimate lifeline for productivity, accountability and remembering where on earth I said I would go, what I'd bring or do any given day of the week.
My sister Nicole of the amazing She Can Lift A Horse introduced me to Inkwell Press this year and more importantly our new aspiring BFF Tonya Dalton. These planners are next level guys...I'm serious! I'm not just planning my days, weeks and months anymore..it's legit helping me plan my life and address all those pesky things I've put off for so long and track my progress (or lack there of...) on goals. For me, taking the time to write creates a great sense of acknowledgement and personal intention. In addition there are helpful weekly downloads, videos and an awesome podcast that help inspire continually checkin's with yourself and growth. Add this company, woman and lifestyle to one of the best things to come out of 2017 for me already.