Archive: nature

friday flowers.


Sometimes I wish you could transmit smells through blog posts… because I’m pretty sure this blog post would be the sweetest smelling post on the entire internet. Max brought these home for me yesterday for basically NO reason at all other than he saw them and knew that I would love them. He was so right! I loved them so much that I grabbed them out of his hands and hugged him without saying anything for about 5 solid minutes before rushing off to photograph them in my studio. I’m pretty sure I was a bee in my last life because I secretly wish I could shrink myself and just bathe in flowers for days and days.


>> Hope you all have a splendid weekend! I’ll be here in the studio filling my nostrils with sweet, sweet love…

inspired by: beautiful bouquets.

pretty flowers, room brightener


If you’ve been reading this blog for a little while, you’ll know that I’m a complete flower junkie. I actually have somewhat of a problem. When I go to the grocery store, I can’t walk past the flower section and say “no.” I have to buy something. Some weeks I’ll be good and just get one bouquet, but other times I go just a little bit crazy. Today was one of those days where I had to get three, as you can see above. I grouped them together to make enough to fill two vases – one for the kitchen table and one for the living room. I’m telling you, it makes such a nice difference having fresh flowers all about the house.


Here are some of other people’s bouquets that I really love:


(1. / 2. / 3. / 4. )



>> Want to see more? Of course I have a flower board on Pinterest

a day at pioneer farm.


Last Saturday, Max’s mom threw a huge party on her farm for all of her friends & family. Last year she and her partner made the decision to move out of their house in the city (where she lived for over 20 years) and into their own personal haven – a big farm with lots of room for an art studio (Max’s mom makes gorgeous glass art!), a huge garden with all kinds of veggies, their own petting zoo (she has a miniature horse, a new baby pony, and a pair of funny-looking alpacas), and a waterfront spot on the lake with a self-built dock and a pontoon boat painted purple. It was really wonderful to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city to see what they were up to and just take a moment to be with friends, family, and nature.

etsy love: wearable planters.


How cute is this idea?! Colleen Johnson is an artist & designer in Atlanta, Georgia who strives to create things that makes things more pleasant, and she does it quite well, I’d say! What could be more pleasant than a pretty little plant poking out of your necklace, tote bag, or the side of your bike? She makes earrings, too, and maybe the coolest part is that these forms are made digitally with modeling software and then 3D printed out of nylon, dyed, & sealed – have you seen that before? It’s really amazing.


>> You can check out more items from Colleen’s shop here.

smell the flowers.


It’s been a bit of a slow week around these parts! It’s because I’ve been busy adjusting to my new job – which I seriously love, by the way – but now it’s the weekend and I’m taking some time to rejuvenate and catch up on some things around the house. I came home to a bouquet of fresh flowers the other night as a ‘congratulations’ from Max (what a sweetheart!) and had some fun photographing them and admiring the wildflowers that finally bloomed by the front door this week even though I planted them in April. Apparently that was way too early to plant, but I was so excited for spring that I just couldn’t help myself! Even our mailman told me he thought it was a bad idea.


I’ll be spending the rest of this weekend running a few errands, stopping by a barbecue with some friends from high school, working on the magazine a bit more, going to a reggae concert at the zoo tonight, and hopefully spending some time with my dad tomorrow for Father’s Day!


>> What are your plans for this weekend? Hope it’s something fun!

inspired by: pretty things.

Just wanted to share some pretty pictures from the newest Anthropologie catalog! A blog post on Nubby’s site gave me the lowdown on all of these awesome free things you get in the mail by signing up on different sites, and this beautiful catalog was one of them. I love these dreamy scenes – a whole shelf filled with flowers behind a flouncy, comfy bed? If only.

happy weekend!

I may have just had the craziest week of my life! And Friday especially was the icing on the cake. That’s especially why I am so looking forward to dilly-dallying around the house and the garden, breathing deeply, and getting into full-on relax mode… at least for a couple of hours, because after that it’s back to work again!


Have a wonderful weekend! xx

weekend snapshots.


The beginning of May has been pretty nice so far! I snuck out between rain storms and filled a pot that my grandma gave me with pretty pink petunias (and another type of flower whose name I can’t recall), and the perennial irises outside the house have finally begun blooming! The yard is suddenly wild with weeds and overgrown grass because we’ve been getting so much rain, but the weather has given me a good excuse to lock myself in the studio and work on preparations for the upcoming Half Asleep Studio shop. I’ve got some big plans!





I hope you’re all having a nice weekend too! Get outside & smell some flowers if you can. xx

my week {in pictures}.


It has been an interesting week! It started off the same as it always does – working, playing, buying more flowers, and other normal un-changing life stuff that usually goes on in the day-to-day life of me, but by the end of the week, the world shifted all around and things changed… how so, you might ask?


Max’s mom’s partner, Nancy, came by to build us a shed for gardening tools! FOR FUN. The thing is… it’s nicer than our house, and maybe even bigger (haha, just kidding).  It’s going to have a window on the side and we get to paint it any color we’d like! Max says I’m in charge of that – thank goodness because he probably would have wanted to paint it brown, and I don’t know if I could deal with that. And behind the shed where the old clothesline sits is where we’re going to have our garden this summer, but it keeps raining every time we try to hire someone to come out and till it for us.


In bittersweet news, I’ve been borrowing my dad’s van to drive ever since I moved back from Vancouver, and yesterday the transmission finally went out. That means that I am on the hunt for my very first car which is equal parts scary (money-wise) and exciting! In the mean time, I’m driving Max’s 1980 Toyota Celica Supra because he prefers to ride his bike everywhere anyways. It’s an interesting change, going from a big ol’ van from 2006 to a tiny little speedster from the 80′s, but it’s really fun to drive despite the price tag on the premium gas it takes.


Since I’ve been talking about flowers so much lately, Max brought home some african violets in a pink pot for me to put in my studio! What a nice boy, I might have to bake him some cookies for that one. I’m going to be updating my inspiration board in here on Monday, too, to get ready for the launch of my shop which is supposed to happen at the end of this month – I’d really better get crackin’!

A few more things

* I’m wrapping up the preview of the magazine I’ve been designing & illustrating for the Female Entrepreneur Association this weekend and will be able to share more of it with you next week! I’m reeeeally excited to finally be able to show it off.
* I’ve also been writing for the Female Entrepreneur Association blog, here are some of my recent posts: 1 2 3 4 5* My other magazine project, The Flood, is now available as a 4-pack digital download – you can get the last 4 issues as a PDF for $9.99 in The Flood Shop. :)


Enjoy the rest of your weekend & I’ll see you next week with all kinds of exciting new things!

rain, rain, go away.

Just a couple of little illustrations from my current project! I was actually illustrating a point about planting positive thoughts in your mind, but I think these also go pretty well with the weather we’re having right now. I really kind of like the rain, but I’m so ready for those May flowers! We’re going to have a huge garden this year with all kinds of veggies in the backyard and flowers by the front door. I’m really looking forward to it. :)

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