Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Recent Travels

I'm back after a trip to the Deep South to visit family, exhausted but feeling revived too. We've been traveling a lot lately to see family, but we managed to sneak in a couple of detours to cute towns also. We drove through some of the most beautiful country I've ever seen, lots of rolling green hills, mountains, valleys, and lakes...if I hadn't been doing the driving I would've snapped about a thousand photos!

I do have photos to share of stops along the way though, and I'll post them soon. It's hard to transition back to the busyness of city life when all I want to do is hang out and relax. I have a to-do list a mile long, but I'm doing the zombie shuffle and can barely type this post. So, you know, all in good time. First things first, more coffee. :)

Hope you all had a great start to the week. xo, Mary

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Today's Finds

Ceramic tumblers from WRF Lab designed by Nobuhito Nishigawara, found at Cameron Marks

"Summer Solstice #1" by Alicia Bock

Brass earrings by SerenArT

Hand-printed bag from maiuki

Tank dress from Me & Arrow

It's 90 degrees today, and we haven't turned on the air conditioning yet. Feeling hot and spacey and dreaming of driving to the beach (hopefully) soon.

Friday, May 8, 2015

The Last of the Spring Blooms

Here's a pic of this week's tulips cut from our yard. Sadly, I don't think we'll get any more because we've had to start mowing the grass. We put it off as long as possible because we had so many wildflowers pop up this year in addition to the tulips and daffodils, and the backyard looked like our own personal tiny meadow. It's too bad we haven't had any bunnies this year because they would've loved it. Actually, we used to get lots of wild rabbits, and this year we haven't seen a single one. We did see a fox a couple of times last summer living in our neighborhood (crazy, right?); we saw him skulking about when we went for walks after dark. Who knows where he came from or if there are several?? Anyway, I really hope the bunny population hasn't been wiped out! Sadness. You would think there'd be enough leftover food/garbage readily available for foxes to snack on in an area as densely populated as ours that they wouldn't bother chasing down all the rabbits. But maybe not?

I'm just going to pretend that everyone's getting along fine and maybe even having tea parties together in someone's backyard. That's what storybooks told me growing up, and I'm pretty sure it's still true.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Rooftops and Shadows

I feel like I've been racing this week, though to where I'm not sure, so I'm going to steal a few moments this afternoon to just be and do nothing, maybe take a walk, maybe just sit outside.

Hope you're having a good week, friends. xo

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Today's Finds

It's been forever since I did one of these posts, right? I happened to be looking for some cute studio/office stuff today and came across a few things I thought I'd share.

Vintage utility cart from The White Pepper

Custom business card stamp from The Stationary Boutique

Telephone wall clock from Decoylab

"Don't Forget" magnetic notepad from Quill and Fox

Vintage wire magazine rack from Nine Star Vintage

I don't know about you guys, but I could probably use one of those "Don't Forget" notepads in every room. Also, I'm pretty sure a transpondster is what I want to be when I grow up, you know, if the whole art thing doesn't work out.

Should I bring back "Today's Finds" posts? What d'ya think?

Monday, May 4, 2015

Bits of April

I struggled with feeling uninspired to take photos most of February and March, and I didn't spend much time on Instagram at all. I think that probably happens to everyone from time to time when there's a lot of stress and other things going on in life. But April was a little brighter. Here's a peek at the last month through my phone.

Reading lots of art books; my handmade Easter gift from Peter which deserves it's own post (coming soon); it's been so nice having vases around the house filled with flowers cut from our own yard; and colorful houses spotted on an afternoon walk.

Exploring trails and spotting creatures; and the view from one of the rooms at The Kreeger.

I've been crushing on pink tulips in particular everywhere this spring...these were at a local garden; Frank Stella at The Kreeger; pink-blossomed canopies make a perfect spot for day dreaming; and cupcakes from Sprinkles.

I'm hoping May will be super productive, and I'll have lots of finished projects to share on Instagram too. It's so hard to stay indoors making things when there's sunshine and ice cream and walks along the water beckoning, which is exactly how we spent last weekend, but you know, I'm still making up for lost time and have lots of goals to reach! So with that in mind, I'm off to make this week count! :)

As always, if you'd like to follow along, my IG name is @my_hideaway.