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I’ve been crafty!

Jan
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I’m guilty of letting the blog slide for a few months, but I have actually been keeping the craft flame burning. I’ve been doing collage out of old magazines. It’s something I started doing in college, to decorate mix cd covers, or for cards for my friends. Well, I’ve taken my collages, scanned them, and turned them into photo cards. I’ve also set up a shop on etsy.com.

While there is a satisfaction and sense of accomplishment that comes just from making things, it’s also nice to know that other people (specifically: strangers) like your work. Also, just having an etsy shop keeps me motivated in the people-pleasing-supply-and-demand section of my brain.

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Living room inspiration

Oct
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The lounge at Mississippi Pizza in Portland:

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Portland Japanese Garden

Oct
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One of the signs that you’re getting older is when you end up going to bed at eleven on a Saturday night.  You can combat this sign of aging by deciding to take a spontaneous road trip after you find yourself wide awake at seven on Sunday morning.  My boyfriend and I hopped in the car and headed south to Portland.

My sister happens to live in Portland, and she suggested we all take a trip up to the Portland Japanese Garden.  I wasn’t the only one snapping photos- but I hope I was able to capture some unique angle on the gardens!

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Tea Time

Oct
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About a month ago my mom and I were in Portland, OR for a baby shower.  My sister suggested the three of us get dinner at this great Thai restaurant in her neighborhood.  I snapped a few photos while we were drinking our tea:

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Fresh Air

Oct
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I call the walls "Tiffany Blue"

I call the walls "Tiffany Blue"

I recently got to spend the weekend at Seabrook, this amazingly adorable/perfect neighborhood on the Washington coast.  My friend and I stayed in this lovely little cottage; I felt as if I were in the pages of a Pottery Barn catalogue.  The whole development is only a few years old, so there was this fresh, clean feeling everywhere.  Add a little ocean air, and I was soon making statements like, “When I get home I’m getting rid of everything and starting over!” (which was an improvement on my previous “Honey, I won’t be coming home” phone call.)

The whole visit had me thinking about how important a clean, organized space is to the creative process.  I’ve been taking car loads of stuff to Goodwill over the past few months, and the whole routine of picking over my things to choose what stays and goes has really made me think about what objects I want in my life.  I’m currently on the path of choosing beautiful and meaningful things to look at and use, rather than holding on to things “just because”.

My space is not ready to be photographed quite yet, but I will keep looking at my beach cottage photos to keep myself inspired and motivated!

This is not a movie set- these are real houses!

This is not a movie set- these are real houses!

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