How pretty is this moon ring?!
 (via: gemagenta)
Love this bag!
 (via: Modcloth)
 Someone has a bit of a rug obsession... It might be me, I mean how could you resist this beauty?!
(via: myhabit)
This garland would look so perfect above a bed.
Ooooh! This snake brooch is amazing!!
 (via: Sarara Vintage)
Lately I've been feeling a little bit more adventurous in lip color department which means I want to try everything I lay my eyes upon! These new lipsticks from Too Faced look awesome.
(via: Too Faced)
Love this print!
 (via: i like CATS)
Always a fan of pretty cards.
 (via: Moorea Seal)
 It kind of seems silly to put a phone cord on this list but look how pretty this one is!
(via: KarmaLoop)
Look! A black and white striped dress that isn't exactly like all my others. 
(via: Modcloth)
I have a feeling this leaf head band would instantly make me feel like a goddess, especially when paired with a maxi dress, a black and white striped one of course! 
(via: Forever 21)

Hope you have an awesome Friday!
xoxo


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...or maybe the really, really big heavy things?
 What a coincidence that the day I posted this post about how I was holding off on a full office tour (and apartment warming party) until I found lockers things would finally fall together and I'd end up with a gorgeous set of my own. I guess I could have waited until my office tour post to share photos but y'all, I am SUPER excited about these babies.
I had actually been trying to get them for a few days prior to that post. I had contacted the seller asking for dimensions to make sure they weren't too big but it took nearly a week before I heard back so I had basically given up on them. When I finally heard back, and measured my staircase it was on. I had to have them. Things just weren't working out though. The seller was slow to respond to emails so setting up a time to pick them up was difficult. After one failed attempt I was worried I had missed out. They were a deal, and they were exactly what I wanted for the room so back to craigslist I'd have to go. But then I got another email, and we set up plans for the next day.

Now, the adventure of getting them home! None of my friends own a truck or van but Jason has the "SwagWag". It had already successfully hauled my mattress from apartment to apartment (with only tape securing it. Haha!) so why not lockers? I think we all might have underestimated how much lockers weigh and how awkward something so large is to move though. Luckily someone from the warehouse was kind enough to forklift them on to Jason's car, all while giving this "you kids are idiots" smirk.
Ten long miles later and they were back at my apartment. Getting them off the car and up my stairs was a challenge to say the least. I ripped my coat while trying to help, and then nervously paced while the boys tried and tried to move these massive, awkward things up my stairs. Long story short, it was next to impossible so we had to wait a few hours until Brandon got off work and was able to lend a hand.

Finally upstairs and right where I wanted them to be, I think they might be even more perfect than I could have ever pictured. The color looks so awesome with my wall color. I immediately scrubbed them down and started filling them up with my things.
I still can't believe what a challenge it was to get these babies upstairs. I don't know why I didn't think about how hard it would be but I sure am lucky to have such awesome friends to help out. Love you dudes!

So! You can obviously be expecting a full office tour sometime in the next few weeks. I am pretty darn excited about how this room came together. These lockers were just what the room was missing.
xoxo


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Over the weekend inspiration hit. Late on Saturday night I decided I wanted to paint. Not even that I just wanted to, I had to paint. I had all these really amazing ideas. Since all the craft stores were closed I planned to wake up, shower and head straight to the store to pick up supplies. When I woke up it had snowed, not too much but the roads easily the worst they'd been all winter. It didn't stop me.  It took so much longer to get to the store than normal but I chugged along. It felt good to buy new craft supplies. It had been so long since I had really purchased anything crafty that I almost forgot how great it feels.

Back safe in my warm apartment I set to work. I spent a while drawing up one of the designs I imagined the night prior and after ten or fifteen minutes painting it called it quits. It just wasn't right. I started working on something else and wasn't pleased either. I fiddled around with the paints a little while longer before rinsing my cup and my brushes. Not only was I discouraged, I was embarrassed. Why wasn't I able to paint what I saw in my head? I know I've touched briefly in the past on how I maybe have a habit of getting too ambitious about new hobbies, then feeling defeated and eventually giving up when I'm not the best. That was happening once again.
Later in the day, while outside on my walk with Klaus, it hit me. It doesn't matter that what I painted didn't turn out as planned, I had fun. It was relaxing, and it felt really refreshing to do something creative again. It was my first time with watercolors but even if it was my 100th time with them it shouldn't matter. When it comes to roadtrips I'm a firm believer that it's not the destination that matters but the journey. Why shouldn't that apply to art as well? I mean, obviously making something pretty is the best but just making things in general feels amazing.

I'd been in a creative slump for so long. My sewing business and circumstances at the time drained me of the creative juices that were always in me. I missed making things but I had literally no motivation. I'm slowly but surely feeling like my creativity is being awoken, first with embroidery and now with this. It feels amazing. I'm feeling like myself again.

I love making things but in a way I've always held myself back. I've always wished I could paint. In the past I've tried acrylics but quickly admitted defeat when I wasn't able to produce things like my favorite artists. The thing I would always forget is that they'd been doing it for years and years. Skills take lots of time to hone. Maybe once in a blue moon you find something that you just get but everything else takes time.
Photography has always been something I just got. I'm not suggesting I'm the best, or that I have nothing left to learn - quite the contrary actually. There was one distinct moment I remember thinking photography was for me. It was shortly after my sixteenth birthday, I had begged and begged for a digital camera. Looking back, it was a piece of junk but I loved it. It even had a flip out screen so I could take pictures of myself. Not too much has changed. Hah. Anyway there were a bunch of praying mantises in my mom's garden and I was taking pictures of them. As I was reviewing my pictures one stood out in particular. It was gorgeous. Shoot, I still think it's a pretty decent photo. But in that moment I was like "Wow! I'm good at this! I should keep doing this!" From then on out I loved photography. In the years since then my skill has only grown.

The internet is an amazing place especially when you want to learn something. I can google "how to paint with watercolors" and get 2,360,000 results (literally). The internet is also a really awful place when you want to learn something. All of a sudden after reading a tutorial... or five you have these unrealistic expectations of what you're making should look like. You're comparing yourself to all these people who have been doing it for years and that's stupid, plain and simple. I'm honestly glad I got into photography before the internet was something that was such a huge part of my everyday life. I'm not sure that I would have taken the time to work on my skills. I worry that I might have seen some amazing photographers work and been discouraged by my own.

The internet is a very real part of my life now though. Even when I'm not looking for certain things I'm seeing them, maybe on a blog I love or even instagram. Just because Jesi is over here killing it with her paintbrush shouldn't make me feel bad about what I'm doing with my brush. She'd actually probably yell at me for making myself feel poorly because I'm want to be as good as she is. Comparing any part of your life to anyone elses is such a bad idea. I think creativity is so so so important and to let it be squashed by comparison is a waste.
The internet and comparison brings us into another discussion all together but I just wanted to write this post to remind you (and myself!) that...
 ▴ There will be hobbies you stink at at first but that doesn't mean you'll never be good. Keep working at it.
▴ Practice doesn't make perfect. Nothing is perfect. But practice will make you better, guaranteed.
▴ Just because it isn't a masterpiece doesn't make it a failure.
▴ Another artists success is not your failure.
▴ It's okay to be bad at something, it's better than not trying at all.
▴ You're never too old and it's never too late to learn a new craft, skill or hobby.

Maybe this was a bit ramble-y but I feel like it's important. More than that, it's being weighing on my chest for too long and I know that others probably feel the same way. Now get back to that hobby you tried to pick up six months ago but shoved in a drawer to try and forget about after less than perfect results! I have a paintbrush to get back to.
xoxo


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I've been living in new apartment for just under two months now. All the rooms are done-ish, meaning that each one has at least one or two little things that I want to find or fix up somehow. The main thing my office is missing is lockers. I've been looking like crazy for them but haven't found the right ones yet. I just can't get over the idea of having them, so much so that I keep putting off my housewarming party. Must. Find. Lockers!

Even though I'm still working on the rest of this room I wanted to share some photos of my vanity area today. Since I took the bigger of the two bedrooms for my office there wasn't really room for my vanity in my bedroom. My office has two windows that, as luck would have it, my vanity fits perfectly between. I knew immediately that's where it was going. Since those two windows get the best lighting out of all the others in the apartment, it was obvious where my plants would go. So basically, it's an amazing little area. I feel like a goddess everyday while putting on my make-up surrounded by plants.
 I love it here. Seriously, this apartment is just perfect. Can't wait to share more photos of it as I find the finishing touches for each room!
xoxo

/// Source list 
jewelry holder hands 
jackalope ring holder
▴ Small gold turtle is vintage.
▴ Large turtle shell and stool are from Target.
Vanity (Actually a writing desk from Walmart, but it was $40, and it does what I need it to!)
▴ Mirror was thrifted.
Anything else, just ask!




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