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The loss of the loved one is always difficult and people grieve in different ways. Some travel, some bury themselves in work, and some make hundreds of paper butterflies. Artist Maria A. Aristidou lost her grandmother earlier this year, and she found herself printing and cutting paper butterflies, for no other reason that she liked butterflies. During the process, she felt free to indulge in the kaleidoscope of emotions she was sorting through. She’d cry if she felt like crying, smile if she wanted, and replay the precious memories of their time together. When she was done, she realized that she’d created more than 800 butterflies. Aristidou then decided to use them as part of the New Concept window display in her studio located in Larnaka, Cyprus.
To check out more of her incredible work, you can visit her Facebook page. Personally, I’d love to get my hands on one of her incredible bell jars. They’d be perfect in my living room or office or work office or bedroom….. 🙂
Guys….imma keep it real, this week kind of sucked. I mean, good things happened -my mom made it safely to Tallahassee, and I made it through our work deadline without killing anyone-, but it’s been hard. Things didn’t go so well at the office; we got everything done, but everyone was bickering and crabby by the time we were finished. After months of feeling like “normal” health-wise, I am so tired I can barely do what needs to get done. I had to take a quick power nap on Wednesday and Thursday just so I could be “up for” dinner with Andy and my mom. I’m even mixing up my words again speaking and writing, which is something I haven’t had happen in over a year. Honestly, I am not even close to my best self right now. That being said, I am listing the things I have pending that should help get me back on track: more rest this weekend, dinner with friends, an intuitive painting class, and last but certainly not least, our impending Orlando vacation. Not a bad list, so keep your fingers crossed and send some positive vibes my way if you think about it, and hopefully things will be business as usual in no time.
After this incredibly stressful tax season, I am considering investing in one of these “creative” flask options before our next deadline.
This t-shirt appeals to me as a feminist and as a crazy cat lady.
Here are some beautiful free floral coloring pages to help you unwind for the weekend.
I know this is slated as a “kids” party, but these moody florals and muted pastels are perfect decor for parties for any age.
And if you need a little more floral inspiration, here are 25 gorgeous Instagram pages to follow.
This Lavender Earl Gray Blackberry Float seems like the perfect “special occasion” spring beverage. Hey, and it’s even vegan.
Am I the only one who loves a good burn? Obviously not, because someone at Buzzfeed wrote this article.
Image from here.
And here we go again, it’s resolution time people! I am now securely “in” my thirties and I am planning big changes to take control of this new decade. Of course one of the ways I do that is having you guys hold me accountable to my yearly “to do” list, so here you have it, my 31 before 32.
- Take 10 classes.
- Make profiteroles.
- Try 12 recipes from Sweet & Savage.
Southern Sartorialist’s Cookies
Hiker’s Bravado Cookies
- Do 2 DIY’s a month.
- Visit Chicago.
- Find my “sexy”.
- Write 10 new recipes.
Chocolate Lavender Cake with Blackberry Filling
Banana Bread with Brown Butter Glaze
Mini makeover on the guest bathroom. Repaint the hallway.
- Make Swiss Buttercream.
- Read 30 new books.
Missing – Kelley Armstrong
The Lie Tree – Frances Hardinge
The Shark – Mary Burton
The Doll Maker – Mary Burton
The Hang Man – Mary Burton
- Go somewhere I’ve never been.
- 13 random acts of kindness.
- Upgrade the light fixtures in the hallway.
- Host a girls night.
- Watch a well known movie that I’ve never seen.
- Clean up and re-do my back patio.
- Create 5 new paintings.
- Wear 5 fashion trends that scare me.
- Plant rose bushes in front of the garage.
- Create and maintain a yoga practice 3-5 days a week.
Dye my hair purple.
- Take a weekend trip with friends.
- Go on a picnic – with a basket & everything.
- Wear heels at least 1 day a week.
- Go through all of my crafting supplies and get rid of at least 25%.
- Make and give a handmade gift.
- Make a pie.
- Collaborate with other creatives on two new projects.
- Try 12 new restaurants.
Toothsome Chocolate Emporium
Last years “TBD” ended up being a lot of fun, so I decided to finish off this years list with another one. I was pretty pleased with the progress I made last year, if you’re interested you can see how I did here.
Image from here.
I love flowers and tea and teacups, so I’m sure it surprises no one when I talk about how much I like Floral Story series by artist Marina Malinovaya. Each image is created with a table, a tea set, and a lot of flowers. I’d also imagine a lot of patience. In addition, I suspect that the artist is some sort of wizard because I’ve seen her Instagram account and she appears to have a cat. I would never EVER be able to lay something like this on the table with out there being fluffy paws all up in everything.
I need that teeny spoon. It’s really cute, plus it might be the source of her cat control magic.
Images from My Modern Met.
One of the most glamorous things I think a woman can have is a dressing room. A room with the one sole purpose of holding/displaying ones wardrobe in an orderly and aesthetically appealing way. Sounds wonderfully decadent to me. The house I live in now has a walk-in closet, which is the closest I’ve ever come to attaining this particular goal, but alas I share it with my husband who, shockingly enough, actually has more clothing than I do. Lately I have been toying with the idea of giving it a mini makeover, something along the lines of some additional storage, a coat of paint and maybe some better lighting. Even at it’s brightest, the current fixture casts such pitiful light that I am quite sure Dracula himself would find it a cozy place to curl up during the day.
The other benefit of having a space like this is you’d never forget what is in your closet. I can’t tell you how many times I have been elbow deep in a stack of clothes desperately looking for something to wear (mostly on laundry day) and all of a sudden I find something I haven’t seen in a year. In a way it’s like getting something new all over again, but in another it’s frustrating because it means I am not making the most of what I have. What do your closet dreams look like?
Image from here.