I’m kind of at a loss for anything interesting to say… which begs the question: why am I blogging? I’m not exactly sure. Please accept my apologies for the rambling that is about to occur.
December is shaping up to be a crazy-busy month. Why is the holiday season so busy?! All I want to do is sit in my PJs in front of the Christmas tree, eating popcorn and drinking hot chocolate. Is that too much to ask?! I’m in the midst of preparing to be a vendor at Renegade LA, and I’m ever so grateful that I can take care of half my prep whilst sitting on the couch. But I’ve still got a lot to do — and that’s weighing on me a bit! It’s tricky to determine how much effort to put into my preparation. Of course I want things to look great (scratch that. I want everything to be perfect) but I don’t want to kill myself in the meantime (ha!). Because with effort, comes expectation. And when my fears start showing up and I start worrying “what if I don’t sell anything?”, it makes me wish I didn’t care. But OF COURSE I care. I’m passionate about my little business, and want to be able to make a living through it. So, I’m trying to find the balance between caring too much + not enough. One of life’s challenges, you know?
So there you have it. Those are the thoughts swirling around in my head and the things keeping me busy these days. How are you feeling about the holidays? Hope you’re finding time to sit on the couch and drink hot chocolate!
I now have a small selection of HOLIDAY CARDS available in the shop!! I’m especially excited about the letterpress + gold foil postcards (pictured below). As someone who lives in southern California, I can only DREAM of a White Christmas. So I guess it’s time to embrace the palm trees and twinkle lights. ;) If you live in the LA area, I’ll be selling all of these holiday goods (aaaand more!!) at Renegade LA in a few weeks. Don’t miss it!!
So, when the sister and I were en route to our Tahoe vacay, we had a few pit stops. We drove along the coast, which was absolutely gorgeous (proof of that above). Though I’ve driven between Seattle and Southern CA many times, I’d never driven along the coast… so it was a pretty fun experience. We spent the night in Santa Cruz, and I got to see my dear friend Annie aaaand experience the Penny (ice cream) and Verve Coffee. The following morning, we drove up to SF, and basically just spent the day exploring and eating. Some favorite spots included Blue Bottle Coffee, Heath Ceramics, BiRite Creamery, Gott’s Roadside, and Smitten Ice Cream. YES, we absolutely did have ice cream twice that day. But to be totally fair, I needed to try the salted caramel at both places!!
This last photo is of Smitten Ice Cream, where they use liquid nitrogen (& fancy ice cream machines) to make every scoop to order. The shop is housed in a shipping container, and their ice cream is insanely creamy (since it doesn’t have time to develop ice crystals). Anyways, this was definitely a favorite stop!! I’m hoping to spend a little more time in SF at some point soon, but this was such a fun day of exploring. :)
Being able to experience fall colors (which San Diego greatly lacks… hey, it’s one of few drawbacks), was a TRUE DELIGHT. If you’re ever able to visit Lake Tahoe in the fall, I’d definitely recommend it!! The sister and I basically spent the whole time just relaxing, and enjoying the beautiful views. There was lots of time for reading, movie watching, and lots of design time for me. It was so fantastic to simply have a breather. Vacay, thanks for being so good to me.
Life has been busy lately. Busy with work, busy with freelancing, and busy trying to ease all of the unwanted anxiety I’ve been experiencing. Anxiety, NO THANK YOU.
Needless to say, the trip that my sister and I had planned to head up north couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. We both took the week off work (!!) and started driving up the CA coast this weekend. Then we drove east to stay in a condo right on Lake Tahoe (pictured above). So far, it has been glorious. I’m truly appreciating this chance to breathe a bit; to read, draw, eat grilled cheese and watch movies. So, so grateful.
Though I imagine not many of you are on vacation this week, I hope you’re able to find opportunities to rest. xo!
Hey guys! I’m so excited to share THREE awesome Odd Daughter blog features from the week. The lovely Chantal Pasag from Pigment came over to my place on Monday to take some photos, and they turned out so great! I wasn’t sure what it would be like (I hate awkwardly posing for photos), but it was really fun. And was also motivation to clean my house. WHAT? Ha.
1. Check out Odd Daughter’s feature in the “We Are…” series on the Pigment Blog.
2. You can read about my weekly rituals on My SoCal’d Life.
3. Get to know me a little bit better in Olive Box’s “designer crush” feature.
WHEW! That was a lot of self-promotion. But seriously, so grateful for each of these features. Definitely check them out if you have a little free time today.
Have a great weekend, ya’ll!!
photos by Chantal Pasag // via the Pigment Blog
I’m excited to tell you guys about a new project I’m working on: PAPER FOR GOOD. Finding a way to merge two of my passions [paper goods + seeking social justice] has been important to me for a while. I’m now working on a collection of limited edition prints that will each provide a donation to a different organization. The first piece in the collection is this Improve the World print – $5 from each sale will go directly to Syrian refugee relief through a donation to Unicef.
I truly can’t believe summer has come and gone. It passed way too quickly, yet I’m still completely eager for Fall. Or should I say “San Diego Fall”? — in which we experience mostly sunny warm days, sprinkled with a few clouds, and cooler nights. Either way, I’ll take it!! As much as I’m sad to see summer go, I’m ready to enjoy warm drinks, see a few fallen leaves here + there, and snuggle up at night. As I bid farewell to summer, here are some of my favorite film shots from the past few months.
I hope that wherever you are, you’re enjoying the transition from one season to the next! xo!
I’m convinced that this is the most perfect home in all the world, though I have no idea what the inside looks like. I just imagine wood floors, white walls and arched door-ways. Truly though, when I think about my “dream home”, I’d want something like this. Modest in size, with a bit of character, and a yard for veggies and, of course, cactus.
Sometimes, though, I wonder if having a dream home in the back of my head is actually a negative thing. I mean, honestly, my current home is so wonderful, I hate that I’m already looking to the next thing. And I hate thinking about what will make my space more beautiful, when so many people don’t even have roofs over their heads. I KNOW.
When I think about how I want to spend my time + money, I feel so torn between focusing on creativity and working to design a space that I absolutely love — AND spending that time/money on those who have way less than me. I don’t think it’s bad to want to have a beautiful home that reflects my style and creativity. But when I spend my time scouring craigslist for the perfect modern couch that I can’t afford, I’m not doing anyone any good. It’s difficult though! I majored in Interior Design; I’m wired in such a way that I feel exponentially more relaxed and inspired in beautiful spaces. I know that this can be done on the cheap… but it ain’t free ya’ll.
I know that finding balance is the key. But how do you find balance?? How do you keep from getting caught up in all the online galleries of PERFECT homes? And how do you remind yourself of things that truly matter– ie. blessing other people. I’m working on it, but I’m definitely open to ideas. Please + thank you.
I took a walk around Point Loma yesterday after work, and absolutely loved looking at all of the different trees, plants, etc. One thing I really appreciate about CA is that we have tons of different kinds of plant life. Yes, there are lots of palm trees (ha!) — but there is so much more! Yesterday was the first day that felt the tiniest bit like fall. I think it’s just been so hot, that any relief felt like a major cool-down. Either way, I absolutely loved walking around this beautiful neighborhood, just enjoying all of the trees, succulents, flowers, etc., and the cooler air.
That whole “take a walk and clear your head” thing? IT WORKS. So my friends, if you’re overwhelmed or need a break, I highly suggest getting outside, breathing some fresh air, and enjoying some outdoor beauty.