For as long as I can remember, i’ve taken great care in organizing and curating my environment.
When I was younger, I dreamed of having my own house one day….just so I could decorate it the way I wanted.
These days, that interest has naturally progressed into many areas of my life. It doesn’t really matter what medium i’m working with, because it’s always the same process:
I enjoy creating beauty and order out of visual mess.
I’m constantly changing and rearranging, until finally something clicks intuitively, and suddenly it just works.
When it comes to the home, i’m a firm believer that it should only be filled with useful and beautiful things.
If it doesn’t serve a purpose, or it isn’t lovely to look at, then you don’t need it.
This isn’t the easiest task though, am i right?
As human beings, we have a tendency to hold on to objects, to hoard, to keep stacking up more.
We live in a world that is moving so fast we can hardly keep up. There is always something else to buy or upgrade to.
But how about trying to let go a little bit more? To cherish what you have and simplify what you need.
To see worth not just in newness, but also in what is old and worn.
I certainly haven’t perfected this idea, of letting go. But each time I rid myself of something unneeded, or return from an antique or thrift store with a treasure that someone else has owned, I feel like i’m getting there…and it feels good.
Excuse me, but…
SUMMER is officially HERE!!!!
We’ve had fabulous weather this past week- and i’ve been enjoying every minute of it.
Besides graduating from college (finally!! woohoo!!), i’ve had a beautiful picnic at the river, grilled on the bbq outside more times than I can count, started to notice my freckles and tan coming back, and discovered that gin, meyer lemon and rosemary make for pretty much heaven in a glass.
Some other highlights:
-now that school is over, wedding planning is in full affect. get READY.
-the lovely photos on this person’s flickr.
-matchbook landscapes by krista charles, via miss moss. so many good ones!
-freshly dried oregano from my herb garden. can’t wait to use it on pizza.
-my best friend and i have been daydreaming about renting one of these by the amazing shelter co.
I’ll be honest.
I’ve been avoiding this, writing on here I mean.
Although I do talk about my life here, I think there are some things that i’d rather not share with anyone and everyone, things that are meant to be kept sacred.
…but then some things are hard to ignore, and I feel like I need to address this before moving on. So here goes:
John’s father passed away recently. It was unexpected, and it was awful, and heart breaking. There was, and is, deeply felt sadness.
But there was lots of love too, and family. We flew back for the funeral, and it was unbelievable, the amount of people that were there to honor John’s dad.
So many people.
And not just family and friends, but others whose lives had been touched in some deep way by his existence. he managed to do that a lot.
He was a man with a big personality, who loved life, and was continually generous to the people he loved. He was always that way with me, from the beginning, making me feel like family right away. I was really looking forward to calling him father-in-law.
He was greatly cherished, and he’ll be deeply missed.
….and that’s all i’d like to discuss on this topic here. I’m ready to move forward and post some not-so-personal stuff. But it didn’t feel right to go ahead without mentioning it, without honoring a man worthy of honoring.
Talk to you soon.
Just a little sneak peak of our save-the-dates, which will be sent out this week! Can’t wait to tell you more about them soon.
Yesterday was my birthday, and it was honestly one of the best i’ve ever had. We had an intimate dinner at our house, with an amazing group of people that I am lucky enough to call my friends. By the end of the night I couldn’t help but think how grateful I was to have such loving, beautiful friends in my life.
It was definitely a birthday to remember…
Other than that, we’re heading off to PDX today- and I’m sooooooo excited! Looking forward to spending time with some more wonderful friends, eating lots of good food, as well as picking up some more of our favorite Oregon pinot noir’s for our growing wine stash at home.
We’ll only be gone four days, but i’m very ready for this much needed mini-vacation!
Updates when I return.