my thoughts on a sunday morning

speckledhenHere's what runs through my head when I've got a day off and it's beautiful outside like today. I want to see more. I want to use my camera more. I want to read more. I want to cook more. I want to blog more. I want to do more yoga. I want to listen to more music. I want to see more art. I want to hike more. I want to go buy hanging flowers for the porch. I want to travel more. I want to run more. I want to visit more. I want to watch that great show everyone keeps talking about. I want to maybe try to start a vegetable garden. I want to walk the dogs at the park.

Anyone have this problem?! There's so much to do, I sometimes just can't stand it! I want to paint more...this photo is of my last finished little painting, which now hangs right inside my parents back door. Maybe I'll start there.

I guess I'm going to go take a stab at it...starting with a fresh cup of coffee while I clean up the kitchen and listen to this song on repeat:


life is better with...kadir nelson

At work last month, my read alouds were limited to titles in celebration of Black History Month. Which means that I got to stare at a ton of Kadir Nelson's amazing illustrations. He is brilliant. How great is is that he illustrates a massive amount of children's books then goes and does a crazy amazing album cover for Drake?! This guy...I love him.

Here are some of my other favorites This last one is from his latest book, Baby Bear, which is about the sweetest thing ever.

life is better with...marcello barenghi

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I just have one question...HOW?!?!?!

I'm amazed by Marcello Barenghi and these videos.  They're kinda long. If you get bored at the beginning zuke it forward a minute or so and see the magic.

life is better with...Pamela Zagarenski

This week at work was crazy busy....two words for you: Book Fair. BOOOOOOOOO.

Of course I love that it allows me to have additional funds for my library, I do admit that it is one big pain in the you know what. I tried to brighten each day this week by reading Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski. I love Zagarenski's illustrations...they are to die. She also did this book, which is fabulous as well.

some new art

I actually worked on some new projects this past weekend. I'm working on getting my pieces scanned and into the computer with (finally) some decent photos so I can start my Etsy store...Eek! Who knows if I'll actually sell anything, but hey, I have nothing to lose right?!

Here is a little preview of what I've been working on. Still kinda obsessed with this mosaic/stained glass thing.

illustrations by Allen Say

I am lucky enough to be constantly surrounded by children's books in my new job. Children's book illustrations are probably on my top ten list of things I generally LOVE LOVE LOVE.

I love that I will get to consistently read new books and see many books that I have missed since being young enough to sit in a library and look for hours.

How beautiful are these illustrations from Allen Say's excellent picture book, Grandfather's Journey, Caldecott Medal winner for 1993.

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Louisville: 60

Wow...we made the right decision! Now that we've been living back home for over a year now, I can say this with confidence.

After living in Asheville,  Stavanger, Edinburgh, and Austin, I can honestly say that Kentuckiana is exactly where I want to be...and not just because it's where I am from originally.

Louisville and the surrounding areas (yay Corydon!) are blossoming daily--full of new business, art, and culture. The area has all the comforts of city living, but all the charm of rural living.

I love love love this new video from Possibility City


check out more heart locale prints here. 

Painting Playlist

So I haven't painted in WAY too long...

I'm starting some new projects today. I want to give my new easel a workout and break in the amazing upstairs studio space we have in this new house.

Like I've said before, whenever I am painting, drawing, cutting, decoupaging, etc. there MUST be music blasting. I've been getting a playlist ready for today and thought you might enjoy it.

Here's the Spotify link.

"First Train Home" - Imogen Heap


"In Your Atmosphere" - John Mayer


"The Re-Arranger" - Mates of State


"Youth Knows No Pain" - Lykke Li


"Walking on Broken Glass" - Annie Lennox


"Two" - Ryan Adams


"Lisztomania" (25 Hours A Day remix) - Phoenix


"Just Hold Me" - Maria Mena


"Human Nature" - Michael Jackson


"Tamacun Live in France" - Rodrigo y Gabriela