Posted on Apr, 16. 2014 Category in my closet Tags
I got back late last night from a one-week trip to Tulum, a beautiful city in the Mayan Riviera a few hours south of Cancun. It was full of white sandy beaches, ancient Mayan temples and pyramids, and happily scarce wi-fi and electricity that let me focus on relaxation and…you know. Myself. What mom wants. Hadn’t been prioritizing that lately as much as I need to, and when I spoke on stage at Pioneer Nation a few weeks ago about burnout, I had my Tulum Trip in the front of my mind the entire time. How wonderful it was to take a break in a faraway place where nobody needed me. I’m a very very very lucky woman to have had the opportunity to take off like that. It was a once-in-a-lifetime thing (though I seem to collect experiences like that).
Pictures from Tulum are coming of course (and I posted a lot on Instagram!), but what about pictures of this adorable new Jane Dress from San Francisco-based designer Dear Creatures? Can I just do that first?
AND these shoes from Seychelles are so beloved by me that I own them in two colorways and they serve as bookends when I’m not wearing them because I love to look at them so much. I’m also proud that we have the last case of these shoes in the world, so if you want ‘em, you have to grab ‘em fast from Hello Holiday before you can only find them used on eBay! These kicks are sure to receive vintage shoe status in my closet and I look forward to Alice borrowing them in 15 years (unless refusing glamour is part of her teen rebellion). They’re also 20% off till Saturday at midnight!
Posted on Apr, 04. 2014 Category around the house Tags
I came home last night to 250 carnations covering every surface in my house. Every tabletop. Every counter. Every room. My favorite flower.
(There are a ton more than this.)
I think I have an admirer.
Posted on Apr, 01. 2014 Category in my journal Tags
This is a picture of my adorable home office in 2009. I was 22. I had just repainted it for my first major magazine feature in Where Women Create. I moved back and forth between my desk (which was really just a low shelf that I stood at) and my work table (a door over three kitchen carts). I had a 9” television that I played MTV on all day. I worked almost all night every night and woke up at noon or one when Dave came home from work for lunch.
I was remembering this original “goals” list I had that I looked at every day. “Sell 50 kits in 2009.” “Get on Martha.” “Submit book proposal.” “Website redesign.” “2010 (Omaha) Fashion Week.” I accomplished all of those except getting on Martha (though I did win the popular vote in her “Best of Etsy” contest) and submitting a book proposal. I had no idea where to begin on that one.
Fast forward to September 2011 where I was teaching classes at The Creative Connection Event, a crafting conference in St. Paul. I met Nicole McConville, an editor at Lark Craft, who came over to my table at a keynote talk, crouched down, and whispered “Have you ever thought about writing a book?”
Nicole had been a blog reader and she sought me out that day to make one of my biggest dreams come true–the chance to write a book about all of the projects and techniques I had developed and shared creating hundreds of flower bouquets each year for Princess Lasertron brides. From the original book pitch to the writing to the photography (thanks to Justin Limoges) to the drafts and the final printing, the trip took about 18 months but each step of the process just FLEW by. I’m a published author! I get to cross one more thing off the list.
Thanks so much to all of you–I know I don’t know everyone reading this, and I appreciate that you want to follow me and keep tabs on all of my endeavors. I appreciate that you comment. I love that you e-mail and tweet. I appreciate that you share. I appreciate those who bought my book! I love that I live in a world where I can build a business from OMAHA, NEBRASKA and reach the entire world with an online community that offers more support than I ever could have expected.
Cheers! Gotta make a list for 2014!