Sunday, May 13, 2012


To all the mothers that inspire, encourage, and challenge me,
Today is for you.
I hope you feel celebrated and loved.
It is because of your wisdom and love and strength that we continue to grow and flourish.
xoxo j

photo from here

Thursday, May 10, 2012

things lately.

I do not know why I cannot get back in my blog rhythm. It feels so strange and quite honestly, sucks. 
Do you ever have off weeks? Or even months? Where you feel like you cannot get back into the swing of life. Thats where I am, I have been told it sometimes happens when you're planning a wedding, that you feel sort of zapped creatively. My mind is just always full of so many life things recently that not only do I not sleep at night, but the thought of cultivating something to share seems near impossible. 
 But I am going to keep pressing on, because lets be honest I have been committed to this silly internet nook for quite some time now and a little case of the crazy get the best of me.
So here's a little glimpse of things I have been enjoying lately, things that keep my sanity and keep my brain from completely exploding.

used book sales.
making homemade doughnuts with my nanny kids. SO delish.
 Day dates with Lizzy are always a most excellent way to spend my time, love her.
I had the privilege of making boutonnieres for a dear friends wedding.
 I think in my head if I keep drinking iced passion tea lemonades summer will come sooner.
 Craft dates with lovely Lisa

 Organizing my fabric is always the hardest and the happiest. Getting rid of things is always pretty hard for me but seeing everything nice and neat after always makes me giddy. Plus always happy I can pass some of my unneeded fabric off to my little Laura love now that she sews:)
So many garage sales with my girl.
Thankful for these things, these people. No matter how insane things seem to be getting I am trying to remember to be slow and enjoy every little aspect of this season. I know how quickly it will come and go.
Keep Breathing.
xo j

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Please don't go. We'll eat you up. We love you so.

Sometimes we have to share sad things too.
I wanted to pay a very small tribute to a very great man.
This morning children's author Maurice Sendak has passed and I feel it only fitting to contribute to small piece of my love and appreciation. 
If you are wondering who he is, I may want to call you a fool, but instead I will just share with you some of the things he created in his lifetime. 

"I like interesting people and kids are really interesting people"
Obviously we should have been friends.
Most widely he is known for writing the classic Where The Wild Things Are, his books were some of my very favorites growing up and even his illustrations in other books are still some of my favorite to date. His reoccurring character and styling has influenced and inspired both my doodle filled journals and my paintings and even my save the dates for goodness sake!

He believed in being real with children. He believed in storytelling. He believed in the things that lived deep within our imagination and dreams. 
Thank you for bringing both beautiful and dark, true and imaginary, and leaving the world with a little bit of your magic. 
xo j

You can find these and many more of his books on Amazon.
“You cannot write for children. They're much too complicated. You can only write books that are of interest to them. ”