On Colleen and Willow (Happy Birthday)

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I am coming in hot today with some important information that needs to be shared about Colleen.  Since today is her 29th birthday, I thought it would be just about the right time to do it.  I am sure you all have seen the movie Willow, the epic journey of a dwarf and Val Kilmer trying to save a baby princess that was released in the late 80s.  Facts are it is probably the premier movie of the late 80s (apart from the Little Mermaid).  If you haven’t seen it, good grief.   Please don’t tell me and ruin my day.  Just go home tonight and rent it on Amazon or another way all the cool kids watch movies these days.  Anyways, the movie centers around a prophecy that this baby (Elora Danan) born with a special birthmark will bring about the downfall of the evil queen Bavmorda.  Bavmorda was seriously bad news and basically all you need to know is that baby Elora Danan was a huge deal.  Well the thing about Colleen is that she looked so much like baby Elora Danan at the time the movie came out that people would always stop and tell us and fawn over her.   I was so jealous of this major role that Colleen played in history.  They even shared some of the same personality characteristics including an adorable laugh as well as being quite discerning about which people could be up in their faces.  Neither Colleen nor Elora suffered fools gladly.  With such an auspicious beginning, it is really no wonder that Colleen has come to be the wonderful and significant person she is today.  Happy birthday Colleen!  I love you very much and I feel that your birth must have fulfilled a prophecy that will bring down all of the bad people of the world!  Hooray!

Colleen and Willow

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Fabric Bubb

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Hi friends! It’s been awhile. In fact, this has been the longest time between posts since we started this little blog in 2011. This started out as a place where we shared DIYs and party decor, but now we pretty much just share whatever it is we are spending our time on whether it be home decor, calligraphy, or photography. This means a whole lot less DIY and a whole lot more random. We’ve never really made money off of this – it was just something we liked to do. So when we’ve been less inspired to post, we just haven’t. We’re sorry. We promise we still love you. Can you tell that I’ve been feeling guilty?

As of late, Megan has been calligraphying into all hours of the night and I have been super busy with work, as well as learning how to be a website developer (code and all), and then also second shooting weddings. I’ve been terribly happy but also terribly busy. So busy that I’ve barely even thought about house decorating at all recently. Tonight I just realized how much I need to update most of my pillows, which I’m pretty sure I said I was going to do like a year ago. I have a couple of attractive pillows Meg gave me but most of the rest are left over from college when I was still in love with damask. I no longer love damask. The thing is, they cost money, and unless it’s film, film processing, or something for our trip to Ireland in the fall, I have been refusing to spend money. Then I found Fabric Bubb which has gorgeous, fresh, non-stuffy patterns at pretty reasonable prices. I’ve decided to buy a couple of yards for my mom to make pillows of, which will be way cheaper than buying a bunch of $30-$50 pillows. (Thanks mom!) Here are some of my favorites. So good right?

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Daring Greatly

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

I just finished Daring Greatly by Brene Brown and I want everyone I know to read it.  Honestly I think it has made more of an impact on me than any other book I’ve ever read.  Unfortunately, every attempt I’ve made to explain to people what it’s about has ended pretty abysmally. It’s about how being vulnerable can change your life and how to deal with shame and a bunch of other scary and important things that we deal with everyday. Which obviously the way I say it, doesn’t really make any sense. So instead, I want you guys to watch Brene’s TED Talk because she can explain it much better than I ever could.

Also one of my favorite quotes from the book that really hit home:

“When we spend our lives waiting until we’re perfect or bulletproof before we walk into the arena, we ultimately sacrifice relationships and opportunities that may not be recoverable, we squander our precious time, and we turn our backs on our gifts, those unique contributions that only we can make.  Perfect and bulletproof are seductive, but they don’t exist in the human experience.”

What about you guys?  Are you reading any books I need to put on my list?

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