For Friends

January 31, 2012

I sat down for a bit

and made some presents

for my far flung friends.

Some are far, far away, like NYC. Some are far away like CA. And some are just far enough to be missed terribly, like Seattle.  Friends,  I am so thankful for you.  And while I'm probably the most terrible person at long distance relationships, you all love me anyway. See, you're the best. 

Heavenly Pursuits

January 27, 2012
I found this quote while perusing a favorite site and it really resonated with me.

I can get so bogged down with worry about things I have no control over.

I took this photo last fall in Post Falls, ID during a family photo session. The sky seems so big up there, it's crazy. I stood in the middle of a wheat field and just looked up. So cool.


What Joy, What Love

January 19, 2012
This year I decided to buy 2012 Calendars through Pinhole Press, a chic company with an array of fun products. I sent them out as Christmas presents to family, and kept one for myself. I love them!

In a world where we're all about iPhones, computers, digital everything - I love having an actual paper and ink calendar to jot down notes and events.

I used photographs from our family reunion in Maine this past summer, and I love how the images conjure warm, sunny, happy feelings. :)


Snow Times Ten

January 18, 2012
The snow - it's here.

It's been away for a long time, but it's finally returned home. With gusto.

We should be neck deep in no time!

For the most part, I'm enjoying it from indoors. :)


An Unexpected Find

January 16, 2012

Friends, I've had a wonderful victory.

Have you ever had something that you've searched for, for a long time, with no luck? Like the perfect pair of boots, or the right lamp, or whatever?

Since we moved to Spokane,  my elusive white rabbit has been a pair of bamboo captain's chairs. Back in CA we found them everywhere...but up here? No one seems to know what they are.

But I've finally found some. A pair. For cheap. On Craigslist. Aka, the BEST THING EVER. Bonus: the incredibly chic seller (she's moving to NYC next month and I want to go with her) gave me a whole roll of webbing to make these chairs perfect. (You can see the monster roll in between the two chairs below!)

They are perfect. With a coat of paint, some webbing, and a couple custom made cushions - they chairs are going to be just the project to get me through the rest of our winter. You know, until June.


Wannabe Travel Bug

January 12, 2012
I've got the travel bug like crazy.

I know two people that are going to Hawaii in the next three weeks. And I'm SUPER JEALOUS.

So, anyways.

I took a picture of a globe.

And thought I'd share the color palette. xoxo


Let's Start This Year Off Right

January 5, 2012
The start of 2012 has been pretty good.

Mainly because I've been ruminating on our mid-June departure.

And searching for tickets to see the Hoskings

But we've definitely been low on our spending-time-with-awesome-family quota.

Today, this will be remedied.

Kathy is here until Sunday and I couldn't be more excited! 

I hope you all have fabulous weekends :)

Goals for 2012

January 1, 2012
The start of a new year is such a magical time. I'm a sucker for a new beginning, and I feel particularly inspired as we enter 2012.

Matthew and I are on the cusp of many brand new things, and the excitement to begin is awesome...and overwhelming. 2012 will be about waiting for the right timing, trusting that we'll end up where we're supposed to, and of course full of adventure.

Last night we took part in the Columbian Tradition of "Destroying of Faults" - where each person cuts out a cardboard representation of themselves and pins on little pieces of paper with "faults" written on them. I took faults to mean things we had fostered in 2011 that we did not want to bring into the new year - resentments, emotional baggage, false friendships, and the like. You throw the little cardboard person into the fire and watch as your faults burn away. It was magical, smoky, and awesome.

So out with the old, and in with the new. I detest the association that accompanies "New Years Resolutions" so, like Anna, I'm going to share with you my Goals for 2012!

Blog more, Facebook less.

Read more books.

Take more pictures.

Travel to 5 new places.

Get pregnant.

Increase the frequency of my communication with family & friends.

Gym at least 4 days a week. Consistently.

Exercise my creativity on a daily basis.

Complete a Half Marathon.

(I originally only had 9 goals, but my OCD is flaring up, so I had to come up with a 10th one...)

Be more spontaneous.

Do you make resolutions or goals? I would love to hear them - please share!