Christmas and The New Year

Holy smokes, guys. Where did December go? I feel like I took a short blog break and suddenly it’s next year already.

So I guess what I’m saying is sorry about the dormant blog this past month. I promise I’m not quitting and I’ll attempt to do better next year, but hey life happens, right?

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Really this month has been a challenge for me. This time of year always is. I lost a dear friend in an accident on New Year’s Eve. It was 7 years ago last Friday, and it still gets me. I’ve also been dealing with trying to get my health in check for some time now. My generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) has gotten completely out of control over the past few weeks, landing me in the doctor’s office hooked up to an EKG machine (heart looks fine, thankfully) after a week straight of heart palpitations. So trying to get my medication figured out and my stress levels down is really what has been my focus. I have gotten to a point in my life, after living with anxiety my whole life, and finally being diagnosed with GAD almost three years ago, where I’m mostly comfortable talking about it, but it’s still a tough subject in a lot of ways. So anyway, blogging took a backseat to getting life straightened out, but the holidays came and went, and it was a good rest.

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I’m looking forward to a fresh start in the new year. I’ve been busy, and have some fun projects to update you on that may or may not involve painting another counter! There are also a few new things I want to try this year on the old blog. I have some photos in queue that I never got around to blogging about last year that I’d like to catch up on, and I’d like to start sharing a little more of my art and design work here too, especially my lettering projects.

I would also like to get around to taking and posting some updated room shots. Sometimes I buy new things or move items around and don’t really think it warrants a full on blog post but then, a lot of little purchases later, the whole room looks different and I don’t know where to even start, you know? Anyway, it will be a fun year and I can’t wait to get started.

Happy 2016, all!

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The Search You Didn’t Know Was On – My New China Hutch

If you follow me on Instagram, you might remember the glorious day I found this beautiful Broyhill Saga credenza at the fall edition of Junkstock.

I am a huge fan of mid-century furniture and Broyhill in particular (remember my amazing Sculptra desk??) but I’d never seen the Saga line before, and those stars had me at hello.

Well, my mid-century modern furniture collection grew last week when I acquired the big-brother to my Saga credenza. Meet the newest member of the family‚ the Broyhill Saga Hutch:

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Isn’t it beautiful?? I’d been kind of aimlessly and half-heartedly on the lookout for the perfect china hutch for a few years now. I love the blue one I’d refinished a while back because it belonged to my mom, but truthfully it just isn’t my preferred style and I always had an eye out for something that would make my heart pitter-patter. I tried to make it work, but knowing it wasn’t the right piece for my space prevented me from ever finishing the top half of it. Which in turn prevented me from ever actually unpacking my grandma’s china from our basement storage room.

The passion just wasn’t there and the top of the china hutch has been living in my garage, keeping the hubs from parking his truck in there, for three years now. As you might imagine, he wasn’t sad to see it go. I had just a touch of the feels when I cleaned it out and moved it, but I am so in love with the new hutch that I know it was the right choice.

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Old Blue will go live at my sister’s house (she hates the blue, but loves the style) where it will get a makeover (probably white because she prefers neutrals— I’ll keep you posted.) and it will have a loving home providing extra storage in her office space. And now I’ve found just the right piece for my space. Even the scale is much more on-point, and the fact that it is a perfect match for the piece in the living room is an amazing find that felt like fate. I just had to jump at the chance.

In case you’re curious, I found the new hutch at a new mid-century store here in Omaha called Mod Lines. Actually, one of my close friends was in the store and text me a photo of another hutch she thought I’d like (yes I have eyes everywhere), but it was already sold when I called. The owner of Mod Lines, Scott, was so great to work with though. When he found out I was looking for a hutch, he sent me photos of three amazing ones he had in storage, and as soon as I saw those Saga stars, I knew it was meant to be.

In case you’re even more curious, I have absolutely no plans to paint the new one… like ever. I love it just as it is. I obviously have no qualms about painting furniture in general and am by no means a purist when it comes to wood, but mid-century pieces are a completely different story, and I refuse to paint any MCM finds unless there are special circumstances or they are beyond repair.

The hutch was delivered last weekend and I immediately set it up and unpacked all my china. I can’t tell you how good it feels to walk into the dining room and see Grandma’s china on display… finally. Throw in my small but pretty Cathrineholm collection and the hutch could not look any more at home here. I seriously can’t stop staring at it. LOOOOOVE.

So that’s the newest addition to our home and with just a few small details to wrap up (trim caulking and paint finished, and centering the light over the table…) I think I’m finally ready to call this dining room done! Yippee!

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PPS – Today only, everything in my Etsy Shop is on sale! Use code CYBER2015 at check out and get em while the gettin’s good!

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Lettering: Progress Over Perfection

As I’ve mentioned, I have been trying to really focus on getting off the computer lately and getting back to my sketchbook. I’ve grown to really really love hand-lettering over the past few years, and continue to practice as much as possible.

This past week, I was privileged to meet one of my lettering idols, Lauren Hom— creator of Daily Dishonesty among a slew of other awesome things— in person. You know I was totally fan-girling it when I was brave enough to push down my introverted nature and actually strike up a convo.

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She gave a great talk at a local design event I attended, and inspired me to put more of my work out there, even if I don’t think it’s perfect. Hence my latest project: ‘Progress Over Perfection’. The perfectionist in me needs this reminder quite often.

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If you like this one, I’ve made it available in my Society 6 shop in all kinds of fun applications.

I also added my ‘Scream for Coffee’ drawing over there too, so go grab a coffee mug. (Coffee T-shirts are still available in my Etsy shop.)

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