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February 21 :: Sheep! (A Day Late!)

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Yesterday was February 21 - I have to admit I'm a day late on this one. I think you'll forgive me when you see my reason...

I think can all agree that no matter how enticing Pinterest is, watching lambs escape from the barn and wander up onto your porch takes the cake. 

Saturday night, I was joined by four other incredible Nashville artists, as we slept over in a farmhouse, hiked to a waterfall, ate homemade food, played drawing games and attempted the Ouija Board (which sadly doesn't seem to work when you're an adult). The getaway was put on by our new studio, The Warren, which will be opening soon - I can't wait to tell you more about it!

Yesterday's drawing is dedicated to all those gals who melted along with me at the baby sheep. To see more sheep illustrations, head over the Flow Magazine's Friends of Flow Pinterest Board!  

Check out the other artists I stayed with: Kayla Stark , Katie Turner , Ava Puckett, Hannah Beasley 

Happy Monday! Check back this afternoon with today's second Pinterest post! 

February 19 :: Bees!

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I was terrified by bees as a child. My mother's advice:  just stay still - they won't hurt you if you don't move. And then one day I was sitting on my swing and a bee came along and rested on my shoulder. I was terrified, but I sat bone still, breathless, waiting for the bee to move along. And then it stung me. For years after, I just flailed like an idiot every time a bee was in sight. Now I love them, I welcome them, and they fascinate me. 

 

Today we celebrate bees and the awesome little friends they are. Here are some bee facts that will make your Friday even more magical than Fridays already are. And if you want to see more bees, of course go check out the Flow Magazine Friends of Flow Pinterest Board!

Happy Friday! And just remember: Beeeeeeeee yourself! 

February 18 :: Clocks!

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This month we are celebrating the ordinary objects in our lives that are really very extraordinary.  I asked my husband yesterday, "What's something in our life that we take for granted - that is actually very special and magical and incredible, and mind-blowing that it even exists?" And then I quicky added, "Besides Everything." And it is all unbelievable that we even exist to experience anything. I won't get into an existential rant, but really…we are surrounded every single day by wonder.

 

One such wonder is time and our quest to keep it. Find out more here about the history of the clock. Today's Friends of Flow Pinterest Post is dedicated to clocks.  

May your day be so extraorindary that time stands still. 

xoxo

February 17 :: Vegetables!

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I LOVE Vegetables. Love them. I definitely wasn't raised loving them but in recent years, I started eating almost exclusively fruits and vegetables. Since, it's opened my eyes to trying new vegetables, experimenting with ways to eat them, both cooked and raw. My favorite is kale - it's so versatile. Eat it as a salad, put it in stews and soups, sauté it up, even roast it and turn it into a chip! Now I'm hungry! 

Today I am celebrating vegetables on the Flow Magazine Friends of Flow Pinterest Board. Now go out there and eat your greens! 

February 16 :: Cozy Sweaters

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It's been rainy and chilly here in Nashville this week and I've been swallowed up, living in cozy sweaters. If you cannot spend a grey day in bed, you might as well feel like you're wrapped up in the covers. Today's Everyday Magic Friends of Flow Pinterest Post celebrates sweaters and cozy times. 

Stay warm bumble bees! 

February 15 :: Keys!

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Last week, my studio mate and I visited a local key shop to get keys made for our new space. The shop, Hosse and Hosse has been around since their first store opened in 1865! Inside were cases filled with antique locks and keys and my little heart leapt. How incredible and extra-ordinary is the key. Not only do we interact and rely on keys daily, they are also metaphors for holding power or secrets. You can give me a little metal nugget of magic over a shiny plastic key card any day. 

Today's Everyday Magic Friends of Flow Pinterest Post is dedicated to the key. Perhaps it's the key we need to have a perfect Monday. (Cheesy? Sorry, not sorry). 

xoxo

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February 14 :: Chocolate!

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When someone tells me they do not like chocolate, a little piece of my heart dies. Then I think, 'Great, more for me!' and just like that my heart is whole again. The process in which chocolate is made astounds me and is pretty extraordinary. I wouldn't be a model citizen if I didn't celebrate chocolate on Valentine's Day. In fact, my sister, nieces, and I are going to tour a small chocolate factory here in town. Best Heart Day Ever. 

To see more chocolate illustrations, check out Flow Magazine's Friends of Flow Pinterest Board. Are you filling up on love and chocolate today? I sure hope so.

Happy Valentine's Day Lovelies. xoxo

February 13: Candles!

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While the making of candles can be quite extraordinary, today I am celebrating candles because they make magic. No matter what you're doing, light a candle while you're doing it and some little spark flips in your head and things seem otherworldly. Timeless and magical and possible and reverent. That's how I feel anyway. My current favorite candle is a little soy wax candle I bought here in Nashville that smells like Creme Brûlée. Be jealous. 

To see more illustrations and drawings of these little lights, visit Flow Magazine's Friends of Flow Pinterest Board. 

Happy Saturday my candlelit cherubs! 

February 12 :: Tiny Plants

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Little buds, blooms, petals, stems, leaves, veins…all so magical. Just the fact that they exist excites me. Those teeny lives just living and blooming and forming in their own perfect way. Plants in all forms amaze me, but today I am celebrating tiny plants. They are always the ones that stop me in my tracks. These little buds are sure to bloom soon. I bought them while buying groceries and then put them in vases all over my house. Happy weekend for me indeed. To check out more plant illustrations, hop over to Flow Magazine's Friends of Flow  Pinterest Board. Happy Pinning! 

xoxo

February 11 :: Spice!

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When I learned long ago that cinnamon came from tree bark, my head exploded and I've never looked at it quite the same. I cook a lot and love to try new spices and seasonings. Cinnamon is one I use quite often. It's funny these things we use everyday without knowing very much about them. Today's Friends of Flow Pinterest Post is dedicated to spices and cooking ingredients. 

PS. It was really very hard for me to not use a witty pun about the Spice Girls. 

xoxo! 

February 10 :: Celebration!

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CELEBRATE [sel-uh-breyt] verb (used with object) 1. To observe or commemorate with ceremonies or festivities. 

I love Celebrations. Celebrating does not mean cakes and banners and confetti, although I'd never pass up a party. To me, it's about taking time to be happy about life - as simple as that. To make ordinary and special things alike a little extraordinary. I don't think anyone has died thinking they had too many celebrations. We can celebrate getting up in the morning, getting older, meeting new friends, finished projects, growing a fruitful garden, overcoming a fear, winning or losing a game just because you had the opportunity to play; All cause for celebration. And in place of a party, you can share a meal with someone in the park. Paint a picture for someone whom you value in your life. Share tea with someone when they've done something they thought they couldn't do; All a way to celebrate. 

If you'd like to see more celebrations, visit Flow Magazine's Friends of Flow Pinterest page. Happy Pinning! 

February 9 :: Stamps

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STAMPS = Little tiny stickers adorned with art which stand for money in mailing things to people you love. Everyday Magic Indeed. Here's a little history of our magical money note:

In 1837 Sir Rowland Hill, the British Postmaster General, introduced the "Post Office Reforms" whereby the mail could go anywhere in the British Isles at the same rate (a penny a half-ounce); the postage was to be paid by the sender -- not the addressee; and payment was receipted by placing a small piece of colored paper on the outside of the letter -- THE STAMP! Of course Hill's proposal was heavily debated for a few years, but after serious discussion the change was enacted and instituted in 1840. Thus on May 6, 1840 (first date of valid use) the first government-printed postage stamps were born.  - The American Philatelic Society

At an estate sale, I found a stamp collection book filled with tons of collectors stamps from the 40's and 50's. It was a dream find and the best $3 I ever spent. The woman who collected these labeled and numbered each of them in very child like handwriting. Wait. Maybe it was a child. I don't know! Anyway it's one of my treasured finds. I did a couple of paintings of the stamps this summer because I love them so much. 

Today's Friends of Flow Pinterest Post is dedicated to stamps! Happy Pinning! 

xoxo



February 8 :: Stories

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STORIES are everything. There are people in the world that I could sit for hours just listening to their stories. "Tell me another, anything, just tell me something," I say to my 85 year old friend Emogene. And she does, and before she knows it, she's talked all through her life, up and down story after story. I hurry and I write her stories down when I leave trying not to miss a detail. I love stories in books, by mouth, by audio, and any other way they can make their way into my mind. Today's Friends of Flow Pinterest Post will celebrate the Everyday Magic of Stories. 

Happy Monday World! 

February 7 :: Friends

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Friends are Every Second of Everyday magic. I am increasingly thankful for my friendships new and old. I've always had many fiends, a few close friends, and even a couple I've been friends with almost my entire life. 

Since college, my partner, Matt and I have been moving from place to place to see new surroundings, landscapes, cities, and people. Though I moved around some as a child, as an adult, it's been completely different. Friendships do not naturally bloom like they do in school, and when you're freelancing and working alone, it's almost impossible to make new friends without effort. It has forced me to be more approachable, to initiate conversation instead of waiting for others to engage me, and to really value the people and friends I am with at any given time. It's also given me a deeper appreciation for the friends I already have, though most are miles away.

Today's aptly named Friends of Flow Post is dedicated to those goofy, serious, caring, understanding, and quirky friends that I and you know and love so much. 

xoxo