Winner, Winner...

Monday, March 26, 2012

I so enjoyed reading about all your future travel dreams- thanks for sharing. The winner, chosen at random, is...

Cindy! who said...
I've had the good fortune of living all over the world, but I would LOVE to be able to go back to Japan to visit relatives. It is where I was born as well.
Your inspirational photos are beautiful! And the whale sketch is so sweet...of whales could be considered sweet! :-)

I will be in touch to get your address shortly!

inspired by... (AND a giveaway too)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Inspired by traveling, worldly wanderings and adventures abroad..

The colors and textures of ancient ruins...

(Xunantunich, Belize)

(Xunantunich, Belize)

(Tikal, Guatemala- going here in a couple days!!) via thelivingmoon


Inspired by the sea, coral reefs, quaint coastal villages...

(sketches for an upcoming project)

(Tobacco Caye, Belize)

(English Harbour, Antigua)

Traveling, I could write a lot of words on how much I love-need-crave these adventures, but I will keep it simple. It is a huge part of my life and will always be an inspiration in my art (long after returning from the trip).

I am curious..where would you go if you could go anywhere? Anywhere.
Luke and I have our next 5 years or so of trips planned out...Fiji in October (seriously!)...Croatia.....Peru..... ahhhh...I could go on and on.

Answer in the comments to win a pair of my earth beads....

To get an extra entry, share on your social networking site of choice (leave a second comment).
Be sure to leave me a way to contact you (email or have a blog). I will draw a winner on Monday!

what getting ready for a trip looks like.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Last summer I did a similar post "what getting ready for a show looks like"- I thought it would be fun to show the current state of our place. Instead of piles of beads (well, I have that too), we have started our 'to be packed' piles for our upcoming trip.

If you didn't catch it in one of my past posts, we are traveling to Belize. For Luke and I, it is our second trip there. This time my folks are coming with. They are well traveled state-side, but this will be there first back-packing-type trip abroad. We will be traveling across the country, staying at several different back-packer haunts- getting from place to place mainly by public transportation. Our packs need to be small and light- easy to carry and stow on buses, etc.

The plan is to lay everything out and then narrow it down to the bare essentials.
Here are some of our go-to traveling essentials...

Snorkels/ masks. Wouldn't leave home without them. Snorkeling is always the highlight of our trips and we can often go on our own for free!

Headlamps (flashlights). For when you need to climb down from your treehouse and find your way to the bathroom in the middle of the the jungle.

Dry bags. For when you realize that you have to swim underwater to get into the cave (and you have your camera/ wallet with). Seriously, these things come in handy.

Snackies. For when there isn't a vegetarian option and because I get cranky when I'm hungry :)

Air-borne knock-off. Because there is always *always* someone sick next to you on the plane.

Next up is narrowing down the clothes...

Because everything has to fit in here... (I still have some work to do!).

Speaking of vacation...I'm hoping to have my new vacation/starfish/reef/whale inspired beads done this weekend and posted early next week (or sooner).

My fresh new blog look is from the lovely Sarah of OhmeohmyDesign. If you haven't checked out her shop, you must. I have a major crush on her new Sunday Charlie design- swoon!!

Ramblings and a coupon code...

Monday, March 12, 2012

This is what it looked like last monday.

And yesterday we got to bust out our sandals and go hiking (same park....minus the snow).

I am mentally ready for vacation- and that fact has been coming through in my work. I will have a new round of vacation inspired beads *hopefully* ready before I fly off in 16 days...

This week only, take 15% off all purchases in my shop with coupon code VACATION15.
My shop will be closed March 27- April 10.

Projects that never end. Part 2.

Friday, March 2, 2012

You may remember this post about our dining room re-do project. Since that post, and wrapping up our dining room, we started (and FINISHED) the kitchen! Woot to having a clean place to eat!

Although it isn't my Pinterest dream kitchen, I really like it and even more so knowing we did it ourselves and on a very small budget.

Some before and after pics:

The kitchen walls were old plaster, with a layer of paneling over top- which was re-plastered by the previous home owners. The plaster was starting to crack and fall off. Our low cost solution: bead board paneling- painted in my favorite color, of course.

We kept the old cupboards and gave them a facelift with paint, crown molding, corbels, new hardware and counter tops.

We replaced the old drop ceiling tiles with new (the previous owners ran plumbing from the upstairs down into the kitchen, so we had to keep that accessible). The ones we used were really affordable and could be cut with a scissors! We put in new lighting as well. I splurged on a pottery barn pendant with a cool mercury glass finish.

Luke made trim to match the original trim in the house, which was completely missing from the kitchen.

Yes, I have a chair hoarding problem.

Have a lovely weekend everyone!