new print // “the rain”

the oh hellos print

I made this pretty photo from my instagram feed into a new print.

{thanks for the encouragement.}

You can listen to the song {a favorite} here.

And buy my print here.


{Please link back to my blog or shop if you pin this image or use it on your own site.}

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I have been humming this song in my head for weeks. It’s one of those feel good melodies that you can just take with you wherever you go. When I listen in the car, I press the back button at least three times, each time, maybe more. I just love the words. So reassuring, I always think.

Sunday I strolled through Beacon Hill in the rain. I went out to brunch with friends, one of those, I-could-have-stayed-all-day brunches. You know the kind— so good for the soul. And then, I walked through the rain some more. I don’t usually love the rain, but I did on Sunday. On Sunday, the rain was beautiful.

I hope you had a beautiful day, too.

a wish for spring


{art print + pretty pastels + coffee + shoes + mint necklace + ferris wheel + stripes + clutch}


Bright is good, right? Especially on the rainiest + coldest of days. I’d like to ask what happened to the sun? It was here and now it’s gone. Yes, it definitely came out for a little while, which counts in my book, but it slipped away before I got too satisfied. On top of that, they say there’s a storm coming in.

NO. I want to shout. Enough, winter. Get going on your way, already. I am over you.

Lately I’ve been feeling that itch for spring. It’s a good itch, one that prickles at each part of your body and gets your senses going– revving up, starting fresh, starting new.

I know it’s not quite here yet, but I’ve got the itch.

I’m listening to new music, making plans for the months ahead— getting exited for daylight savings, dreaming of switching out my clothes, and lusting after bike rides through the breeze. My mind is racing with possibility. I want to travel and visit friends, I want to explore the city + my little town, I want to walk with Zan in the evening as the sun dips low in the sky. This time of year always swells up my heart.

I am so ready.

I know it’s not quite here yet, but I’ve got the itch.

I can feel it coming from somewhere.

More every day. Every minute. Every second.

I can feel it coming.

… Can’t you?

art to inspiration: lara harwood

Today I am participating in my very first Art to Inspiration and I’m excited to be a part of such a cool project! I discovered this unique collaboration through a few of my favorite creative bloggers and decided this month I would give it a go. Art to Inspiration is organized by Chevrons and Eclairs and is essentially a project to expose (and inspire) bloggers and blog readers to different mediums of art from around the world. Each month a piece is emailed out featuring the artwork of a young artist and once a month bloggers participating in the project can create a post to share how they have been inspired by the artwork.

Below is this month’s featured artwork by artist Lara Harwood (it’s gorgeous!), and then further down you will find a collage I created that was inspired by the piece.

 “…now imagine all the strong bird song thick as a forest.”
watercolor by: Lara Harwood

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Back to school already? You must think I am out of my mind.

(I am wondering the same thing myself.)

I’m probably 65% ready to go back to school. This is a whole lot better than the 25% from last week and the near 2% from the end of June. But something about the word August (it is today!) has the wheels in my brain reeling and I am (sl-o-o-o-w-ly) starting to get that new school year excitement back.

Also, this artwork immediately made me think of the Jungle Book and then, Maurice Sendek’s Where the Wild Things Are. My first graders always get a kick out of Max and those Wild Things and I adore the book, too, so naturally I started googling lesson plans which started my teacher-engine running, a very rare thing for me at this point in the summer, but it’s what ultimately got me up to a 65% in back-to-school-readiness. Usually I am completely indifferent about going back to work until I set up my classroom, and that won’t happen for a few more weeks so I’m definitely ahead of the game— and I guess we have Lara to thank for that!

And then of course, I added a possible teaching outfit to the inspiration board soon after I added the books because as much as I adore summer I’d be lying if I said I’m not a tiny bit excited about fall school clothes. Actually, now that I think about it, I should have added some pencils, too. I’m crazy about new school supplies. But what person in education (or life for that matter) isn’t it?


It’s the little things.


Oh, and those creative bloggers I mentioned above? Check them out and their past Art to Inspiration posts— I love the original ideas they have come up with.

Hogger and Co.

C squared W

Sketch and Wash


Are you interested in Art to Inspiration? Click here to sign up!

things i saw, things i love

Well, friends, TGIF.

Here’s some of my favorites from this week… yeah, FRIDAY!

Are you kidding me? This is got to be the most phenomenal office I’ve ever seen. I love the bold print on the wall and the pop of color from the green desk. The inspiration board is pretty sweet too. I would be rockin’ out if I had a space like this. Rockin’ O-U-T. Crazy cool. Image from Veranda via Mimi+Meg.

Love this outfit. The the color, love the skirt, love the jacket, love the pop of hot pink. A-dore. Seen and LOVED here.

I saw this instagram on Pinterest last week and I just about jumped out of my seat sqealing like a child on Christmas. Last spring/summer I had a love affair with TOMS and they quickly became my favorite shoe of all time. I love the look and the comfort is unparalleled. Rumor has it that these TOMS ballet flats are coming out in 2012. Glee!

This print is great! You can buy it from Judy Kaufmann on Etsy. She’s got lots of fun original artwork to choose from and they’re all very unique. Check ‘em out!

This display is so gorgeous. I love the blue/green tinted glass, the bright light, and beautiful wooden tables. Lovely, lovely. Spotted on Southern Living via Room Polish.

Oh, I love these. They are very similar to a pillow I purchased in Beacon Hill last weekend and I am just loving the chevron look. These pillows are really nice with the brown piping– different! Find these and more fancy things at the Etsy shop CCDeuxvie.

This is one of my favorite verses of all time. My parents have a slightly different version of this verse up in their bedroom and I can still remember exactly what it looks like. Theirs has the words stitched with needlepoint and  I remember lying in my parents’ bed as a child reading the words over and over again to myself. It has a warm place in my heart and I think this print of it is simple and beautiful.

Hope you enjoyed this edition… HAPPY WEEKEND all!! xo