Tuesday, February 28, 2017

around here lately

February was a rough month at our house. A flood from our water heater and sickness that went on for weeks. 

I'm feeling especially pulled toward nature right now to help me find my balance again. 

Stones like this rose quartz ring that arrived in the mail yesterday (I'm really in love with it - from this shop) and the little bits of happiness I have arranged on my office altar of sorts. I've been lighting my candle and sitting in silence for a bit to start my day. 

The rose quartz is helping me feel grounded today. It carries the energy of compassion and peace, tenderness and healing, nourishment and comfort, helps dissolve emotional wounds, fears and resentments, and circulates a Divine loving energy. Umm yes to all of that please! 

I'm realizing how darn important self-care is to my mental health lately. 

I joked with a friend yesterday that I've created so much margin around myself that I'm not sure it's a good thing.

But she reassured me that it is. 

This past weekend we made a trip out of town to do some shopping. Our nearest Target is about an hour away, so you can bet I documented this self-care moment!

And also, I'm super obsessed with faux succulents right now. My goal is to have at least two in every room. 

I'm also obsessed with my newest mug purchase from my Society6 shop. This time I went for the larger size and it is pretty much perfection. 

So here's to lots of self-care, extra large coffees, and Instagram photo filters that make you look alert on a Friday morning! 

Sending you love and light,


Saturday, February 04, 2017

Decorating around a HUGE TV

We recently moved our TV to a different wall in our family room, and for the first time I had a huge empty wall to decorate around this big black box. 

In the past we had our TV above the fireplace (our first house) and most recently it was on a half wall. So this was new territory for me!

Obviously what was on that wall before the TV was there wasn't working...

And I hadn't changed anything on that wall in ummm...5 years or so. It was definitely time for a change!

I knew I wanted to create a fun collage to frame the TV, and my inspiration started with this butterfly artwork Landon created in art camp last summer. 

I love everything about it! 

Of course the fact that my 8 year old made it is the best part. But the image is so lovely, especially the colors. I found a shadow box frame for it at Hobby Lobby, and covered the board behind it with sticky chalkboard paper to make the art really pop. 

And then I started gathering more artwork and other pieces that coordinated. 

The hexagon shelf was an idea I had pinned a long time ago, so I was excited to pick one up, also at Hobby Lobby, along with the four artwork. The cute little faux succulent is from Target, and the adorable peacock house is from Things with Wings. 

Here is the finished (I think) wall...

I might still do some tweaking. Not totally sure about the arrow in the lower left, but for now I'm calling it a day.

"Kind people" artwork from Natural Life, and what my husband refers to as a "giant paper plate holder" 😂 is a thrifted basket from Goodwill. "Dream" canvas is one of my licensed pieces from METcolors.

My other favorite piece on this wall is this landscape painting made by Ben, also in art camp this past summer. 

(We LOVE art camp!)

Home sign also by Things with Wings, and lovely hand artwork by Mary Wangerin. 

The turquoise piece is a trivet from Hobby Lobby!

And another sweet spot are these candles and mini (faux) succulent on the TV cabinet...

And now I want to redo basically every wall art we have in the house. My husband is thrilled. 😉

Cheers to the weekend!



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