Friday, November 21


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In the spirit of keeping things real, I'll just be honest and say- a good bit of our life has been really tough for the last month or so.  These snapshots of shiny moments truly were happy bits, but Hope has been going through some anxiety issues lately and it has been very hard on everyone.  I don't want to go in to too much because it isn't really my story to tell, but it's nice to just say, "Hey, life is good AND life is hard, blog friends."  BUT, if life didn't have the hard stuff, we'd never grow as people.  I try to constantly remind myself of that whenever I'm feeling more than spent.  Here are some of the happy things from the past few weeks:

*I made these cats for a sweet couple a month or two ago.  Wedding cake toppers are some of my favorite things to make.
*Since it's gotten really cold here Google has kinda sorta become an indoor cat.  You can't leave a sweet cat outside to freeze, right???
*Poesy is 100% personality.  Have you heard the term "threenager"?  I'm pretty sure someone saw into the future and coined that after experiencing all that is Poe.
*Okay, this may sound like the most boring thing ever, but in times where I feel overwhelmed by life, I take a breath, fill my water can, and just enjoy the moment.  I mean, of course I water my plants when I don't feel overwhelmed as well, but it's seriously calming for me.
*I helped a sweet friend paint her outdoor furniture THE DAY before Missouri decided it loved winterish weather more than fallish weather.  We scored at the buzzer or some sort of sporty analogy I have no business using.  ;)
*Our house is always overrun with music gear in inappropriate places right now, but I swiped the rug from the dining room and put it in the living room.  I'm loving the color it brings to the space.

Anyway, I hope you all have a super duper weekend!  Many of you have emailed me asking about ornaments this year, and I AM going to be selling them.  There won't be as many as last year, but I would be too sad to skip making them this year.  It's something I always look forward to!

Happy Friday, friends.  xo.

Wednesday, November 19

Weekly Wears: Home Sweet Home

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As I mentioned yesterday, I missed out on our first Missouri snow this weekend.  My friends were all sending me snaps of beautiful snowflakes and it reminded me all over again of why I love my home.  It's not the weather, it's the people.  Home is where your best friends are, and though I have tons of people I care about all over the country, this concentrated friend spot is my very favorite.  I have so many quality people in my life... people who do little things like send me pictures of snow because they know how much I love it.  They are good.

Dress: Urban Outfitters;  Bodysuit: F21;  Tights: ASOS;  Knee Socks: ASOS;  Shoes: Nasty Gal;  Coat: c/o Emerging Thoughts;  Necklace: Shlomit Ofir;  Clutch: DIY here

Now it's time for me to dive back into work in order to meet my deadlines this week.  I hope you are all having a wonderful one so far!

Tuesday, November 18

Smell Ya Later, Nashville

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As I mentioned last week, I took a weekend off (four days, to be exact) and flew to Nashville.  I stayed with my sweet friend, Gowa, who I met through the internet.  When we first met up in person, we had already been friends for months via texts, emails, etc, so when it was love at first sight earlier this year, neither of us was surprised.  We share a million common interests, so spending 4 days with this pal was nonstop fun.

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She lives in this darling little cabin in the woods and we had fires in her wood-burning stove every morning as we planned our day.  This place could not be more charming.  Straight out of a book.  She has a really great Etsy shop full of handmade leather goods, so you should definitely check it out if you're looking for gifts this holiday season.

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We shopped, went to honky tonk bars, saw Jenny Lewis (!!!), went to the Opryland Hotel, ate like kings, and heard SO MUCH great music from local bands.  It's crazy how talent-saturated Nashville is.  Everyone I met was amazing.

It was nice to have a weekend away, but you know how great it always feels to get home.  I'm getting back into the swing of things today, as I have lots going on this week, but it's great to be back in Missouri... though it did snow while I was away and I was a little jealous I had to miss that.  The trade off was worth it, I guess.  ;)

Happy Tuesday, friends!

Friday, November 14

Snapshots: iPhone Edition

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**Lips sweater from Emerging Thoughts and Bob's Burgers and Simpsons pouches from Danny Brito's shop.

Friday, you're here again already???  It's been another crazy/good/weird/exhausting week, but I have the weekend off (what?!).  I'm taking a trip to see see an out of town friend, catch a Jenny Lewis show AND a Cotton Jones show, and do some serious vintage shopping.  It's going to be a really good weekend!  I hope you all get some relaxing in!  xo.  Katie