royal wedding mania

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Who stayed up to watch the royal wedding?!
I set my alarm for early early this morning, and watched it live!
It was amazing! It was so magical, like a real life fairytale.
And how amazing was Kate's Alexander McQueen dress?! She was absolutely stunning!
It felt really special watching it in real time, like I was somehow taking part in this historical event. Something I will tell my kids some day (since I am a Spencer, and somehow very distantly related to the Spencer family).
My mum's best friend told me a few days ago that when Princess Diana got married they called each other, and watched it together. One living in the midwest and the other on the east coast. I think that is so adorable.

Have a happy weekend!

kate danson photography

My dear friend, Kate Danson, just launched her photography website!
She is so talented, her site is full of people, places and moments captured beautifully.

all photos above taken by Kate


dorothea rockburne

                                                                                                                 Dark Angel: Elephant, 1982

                                                                                                                        Capernaum Gate, 1984

                                                                         The Light Shines in the Darkness and the Darkness Has Not Understood It, 1987-88


Drawings Which Make Themselves, 1971



So many big changes are happening in my life right now. 

Over the weekend I graduated!

I am still trying to catch my breath and process the events of the last few days, even of the last few years. I have worked harder than I ever could have imagined during school. But it was a labor of love, as I have known since I was about two that I am an artist. And have spent my whole life since working up to this day. I am finally able to face the rest of my life, and look ahead at all the amazing possibilities in front of me. Excited about what I will experience and what lies ahead. And trying to keep in mind that I can create the kind of life I want to live, and a world I want to be in.

And at the same time there is nothing more difficult than facing changes you can not control, and learning to accept the inevitable. The end of school has been a hard one for me to accept. I know for a while it will be a huge loss in my life. Because I love it so much; it has shaped who I am in such a huge way, and has taught me so many things about what I am capable of. Not only that, but I feel grateful to leave with a group of peers that I respect. There is something really special about the kind of time that happens when you are in school, you are kind of in a bubble with these people. And are challenged in such a huge way, that happens daily. Not only do you try to push yourself, but you are often pushed and tested by others. So much happens in such a concentrated amount of time. There is no other experience like it.

In some ways I feel a little lonely in the world right now, on my own finally, and know it will take me a bit to get settled and find a new routine and a place for myself. And at the same time, I am so excited with all the new freedom I have!

I am so grateful for all the experiences I had during school. A lot of personal loss happened during that time, and I am proud to have been able to deal with it all, embrace it, and incorporate it into all aspects of my life, including school. I am grateful for all the students who taught me lessons every day and the teachers who believed in me and spent time and energy making me a better artist. I am grateful for all the support and love from my friends and family. Graduate school is not easy, it demands that you give everything of yourself, and everything else kind of takes a back seat to it, and I am grateful and thankful for everyone who stuck by me, and let me lean on them.
And most of all, I can say, I am really proud of myself.

to new beginnings

watch out world!

here I come!



 the amazing and totally awesome... plume agate


my heroines

Joni Mitchell

Stevie Nicks

Joan Didion

Billie Holiday

Diana Vreeland

Virginia Woolf

Joan Baez

Georgia O'Keefe

Grace Coddington

Brigitte Bardot

Audrey Hepburn

Some truly amazing women, who inspire me to be strong, brave, free thinking, introspective, joyful, feminine and independent!


the post

these are some of the most beautiful stamps I have ever seen
for those of you who love writing letters and getting hand written letters {like I do} check out Send More Mail




I just spent the last half hour looking through the National Archives gallery of drawings from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. It includes drawings of curious inventions, design trademark and technological improvements. It is super interesting and inspiring!
And you can order prints!


bake sale for japan

SO! The Bake Sale for Japan was a HUGE success!

We had an amazingly beautiful day in Venice on Sunday. Lots of people came from near and far to show their 
support and participate. 
We had so much fun! 
And most importantly we raised $2,369 to donate to the American Red Cross Japan Relief Fund 
and to ShelterBox
I couldn't be more thrilled!

See some fun photos from the day below. I got distracted and didn't get a lot of time to snap photos so be sure to check 
out Jessie's blog, and Lilly's blog for some great photos!

Lilly and Kate lookin' cute in their aprons!

Owen with her kick ass organic strawberry rhubarb tart {my fave}.
I had my eye on it all day, but then a nice woman bought it {darn}. Isn't her label just the cutest?

All of our amazing treats! We had so many delicious treats I could not believe it! They were all packaged in the most adorable and perfect ways.

Lilly with her husband, Charlie (left), and Kate's husband, Jesse

The darling Jessie Webster with her camera, snapin' some great photos!

I want to express my heartfelt thanks and deep gratitude to everyone who participated and helped make this such a success and so much fun!
A huge thank you to everyone who came out on Sunday, thank you to all of you who baked something for the sale, thank you to my sweet neighbor, Kelly, who made all the succulent terrariums for us to sell, thank you to everyone on Abbot Kinney who put up posters and to all of you who helped spread to word, thank you to Josh and family for letting us set up outside your house and for helping out, thank you to my dad for donating money in my grandmothers memory, thank you to Lilly's mom and Kate's stepmom, Mary, for donating money, thank you to Grace who is nine and could not come but she so kindly donated money she made from selling her drawings over the weekend, a special thank you to Lizzette who saw the poster at Tortoise and made something for the sale and then stayed the whole day to help out in a huge way, a BIG thank you to my super talented boyfriend, Jesse, for helping me with the poster, and designing it and printing them all out for me, and most of all to my amazing girlfriends Kate, Marwa, Owen, Lilly, and Jessie who with out hesitation were on board with this idea the moment I sent out an email weeks ago, and were so supportive, and who baked and spent the whole day on Sunday, setting up and selling, and making this so much fun!

My heart is full of love and gratitude for everyone
Thank you



laura carlin

I adore these bowls by Laura Carlin