I’m obsessed with Instagram – it’s my favorite online home! Here’s a recap from the last week, and for those of you who aren’t on Instagram, come and join me! And you can click here to see all the Instagram updates right here on my blog!
Friday, June 19
Sweet message found in my hood.
Today’s it’s acupuncture, lunch with Nichole, unpacking the UK luggage,
nesting back in, a couple errands, and one giant green smoothie. Being
home feels amazing.
While in London last week, I was walking back to my hotel from an
amazing Thai massage and stumbled upon a store called Cath Kidston. I’m
not a big shopper (I’d rather a massage) and it’s rare I find a store I
love. Friends, this was heaven at first site, just like the shoe store
from last week too. What are the chances? Cath Kidston is all about modern vintage and not only sells the most delightful
dresses, but also a ton of kitchen wares, tote bags, kid stuff, and so
much more. Their patterns are delicious. It took me a good two hours
looking at every single thing and scheming how much more I could fit
into my luggage. And even better? Amazing sales. I ended up with the
farm dress, this western dress (complete with a cowboy, cacti, and
covered wagons), and a couple others. I know this sounds like an
advertisement, but it’s not. I just love sharing what I love. And this
find was a good one. Turns out they’re a huge popular store all over the
world and I’m just late on the uptake.
Saturday, June 20
I decorated myself up today. Hello 40! I’m so happy to have made it here
and I hope to have another 40 years. Life is beautiful, messy, and
ultimately holy. I like it. Xxo
Feeling the birthday love today. John organized a surprise gathering of
some of my friends here at our house and it’s been the sweetest day
ever. And hello flower explosion!!!!
Food Art Love in my kitchen working her magic and making deliciousness.
These arrived in the middle of the festivities. And made my heart so happy.
Sunday, June 21
I had a rough early start in life, as many of us do. I had an absent,
alcoholic bio father, then a gentle and kind step father who died
tragically, then a couple of more step dads, including Greggie who I
adore and love deeply and has been in my life since my teen years.
Anyway, I was worried about having a family of my own, hoping I could
provide stability and joy in the early years. I could never have
predicted how healing it would be to have a husband who is an incredibly
nurturing father. To watch him play, teach, honor, and love our kid to
pieces has been one of the greatest blessings of my life. In so many
ways, True is having a childhood of dreams. And it’s in large part
because of Papa John.
and so much love to all the fathers out there who are engaged and in
love with their families. It means the world to the kids, and to us
True very much considers himself a papa to his beloved “sockdog” lovies.
And so you can imagine his pure delight when the sockdogs left him a
Father’s Day card. So sweet, you guys. My heart has been bursting all
day because this truly was a magical moment for him and he’s been
thanking the sock dogs all day. He even told me he loved me “just a tiny
bit lesser than the sockdogs but don’t worry cause it’s still love that
goes around the earth 3 trillion times.”
Celebrated so much today: my birthday with the families, Father’s Day
with the grands, the start of summer, and and and. These last two weeks
have truly been remarkable.
Monday, June 22
Have been thinking about them, our country, all the work we’ve done, and
all the brave work we still need to do. This illustration from Sarah Green is telling, sobering, and a gorgeous tribute to those who died.
Warrior optimist. I can’t help it. You, too? Print available here.
Tuesday, June 23
Your heart will never be alone. Part of a new series created to celebrate togetherness in all of its forms. Print available here.
Summertime swim lessons for True at our neighborhood pool. Love watching him love it.
My house is so full of flowers right now it’s a little ridiculous. These are for you.
Major inspiration lately. Gonna dive in and see what comes out.
Another piece in a new series dedicated to celebrating togetherness. Print available here.
Thursday, June 25
Currently working on a fun and colorful cubicle makeover for my friend Dani. This is the before. Stay tuned for the after!
And this is the AFTER.
Another view of the cubicle makeover
I did today for my friend Dani. We brought in items from her home and
spent $100ish dollars on fabric that we used to line the walls with,
lamps, baskets, and few other decor items. Easy and reflects her love of
purple and global decor. And worth it for a space she spends 40hrs a
week in. Make your work spaces beautiful, friends! Dress them up in your
You guys. I’ve got to give a huge shout out to Nicole. We have had
hundreds of people sign up for our birthday bundle sale and she is doing
her kindest work to make sure everybody is taken care of. Our inbox is
off the charts yet she’s rocking it with an amazing attitude.
Today at the water fountain park we witnessed a woman (mother?) being
verbally unkind to a kid. I cringed. True stared. Later over an ice
cream cone we talked about it, how it made us feel, and then we sent
some ‘love energy’ to all parties involved. Still, it broke my heart a
little. I want to protect him from the the world, but I also know that’s
impossible. I hope as he continues to see and experience and feel the
harsher sides of life that he’ll continue to talk with me about it. My
hope is that he will grow up and remain sensitive and willing to do his
part to make it better, because it needs better. And I definitely
consider a good dose of love energy as a way of making it better.
Friday, June 26
Good Morning! And hello Friday. And oh my it’s gonna be a hot one today in Portland! Sending love!
And it always wins. Really proud of the USA today. ️
Another one in a new series that celebrates togetherness. This one feels especially perfect for today. Print available here.
Monday, June 29
Hello Monday. It’s going to be in the 90s today so I’m working on the porch while I can.
Another one in my new series that celebrates togetherness. ️ Print available here.
Friends, I bought a new bike at my local bike shop, and I’m in love.
Can’t wait to dress this baby up with bags and baskets and start
commuting everywhere. Huge giant thanks to my many local friends who
have been inspiring me to commute more.
Tuesday, June 30
Current view. I know it’s only Tuesday but I’m having one of those weeks
where I’m feeling on top of things, which, you know is a very rare
Art making. Loving how caked up my palette is with color. ️
Sharing always wins. Love love love kids. They. Are. Awesome.
Wednesday, July 1
Woke up this morning to this text message. Gotta love good friends and the 40th birthday celebrations that never end!
Just had a great meeting with potential videographer for my upcoming NEW
ecourse called Spirit Wings: An Angel Painting Course to Inspire +
Manifest Your Dreams. Announcing all the details in August. Stay tuned. I
am crazy excited and these bee shoes inspire all the buzz. Did I just
write that? Yes, yes I did. ps: shoes are Yoma brand
One of the best parts of being a licensing artist is when the artist
samples arrive. I have been diving in, unpacking, and generally
squealing with delight. Cannot wait to share it all with you, especially
the scarves. They are the most gorgeous scarves I have ever seen. Not
Thursday, July 2
Another one in my new series created to celebrate togetherness in families. Print available here.
I adore this Instagram community. It’s real, authentic, creative, and
encouraging. And although I don’t measure my or anyone’s worthiness by
how many likes or followers they have, I do cherish this tribe. Thank
you for following along in my little corner of the interwebs. I like you
guys. A lot. PS: I made this image using yesterday’s pic of my painting
palette combined with rhonna designs app. Love that app!
That’s it for this week! Check back here next week for another update, or join us over on Instagram for daily photos and thoughts!