Beautiful Summer Blues

June is such a beautiful month, full of many colors but one color that stands out for me in June are all the shades of blue.  This was a quick watercolor but I wanted to share it with you today.  We just had a huge rainstorm and water was pouring down like crazy.  It has been a bit humid the past few days so I am in hopes that all the rain will cool things down a bit and mean that the next few days will be dry for Graduation.  Yes, my daughter is graduating from High School.  The colors of her school are Blue and Yellow.  I wish all the graduates much happiness and future success.

Be the lighthouse

June is such a wonderful month to go to the sea, spend time on, in or near the ocean and look at lighthouses.  A dear friend once told me that we need to be more like a lighthouse.  It is so true to shine your light and to attract the ships, to lure into your life, what you desire.  It is summer and we all deserve to take time to identify ways we can show our light.  Take a class, learn something new, help a friend without asking, do something nice for a random stranger.  Smile, shine and get creative.

June love

June is all about love.  Weddings, graduations, proms and so many fun things to celebrate!  Do you have any fun things to celebrate this month?  My daughter’s prom is this week.  Happy June!

Memorial Day signs

Signs of Memorial day are popping up.  Buntings are hung in the neighborhood and flags are flying!  Wishing everyone a Happy Memorial Day weekend and I will return June 1st.  The Winner of the India Hicks Insider, is Karolyn of The Relished Roost.  Kindly let me know which color you would like and it will be mailed to you in June.  I clipped the names, put them inside a straw boater and my daughter selected the winner.  Thanks to everyone for popping in to leave a comment and I wish each of you a magnificent Memorial Day.

Insider give away

I seriously love this Insider bag from India Hicks and personally own it in every color.  It is more than an insider but also works as a clutch.  I love things that are as versatile as they are practical.  Sometimes all you really need can be pared down to just the essentials.  Keys, a phone, a lip balm, a tube of hand cream and maybe a little notebook for notes and doodles.

Love being a Brand Ambassador for India Hicks and having so many wonderfully made products at my fingertips to share.  Today, I am honored to give one Insider away.  Leave a comment of what keeps you coming back to my blog.  If it is your first time here, I am an Entrepreneur, Artist, Mom, Wife, Sister, training to be a Pilates Instructor and I love being a “go-to” gal for sourcing all of the best things which can be a recipe, a how to, or just a shoulder to lean on.  Sometimes we all need friends on the inside.  What color Insider would you choose.  The item will be shipped directly to you.  Winner will be randomly selected and announced on Wednesday morning.

Sunday shopping

Sunday is often a day of rest but I love shopping for plants to fill pots and scatter about in our garden.  The above store is Paul’s Fruit Market located in Louisville, KY.  My Father “Paul” founded the business in 1945.  It sure seems crazy that there were not a lot of grocery stores back then as many people canned foods from their gardens for the Winter months, had root cellars for storing potatoes, onions and other items.  Fruit was a treat and I grew up learning so much about a variety of produce and fresh flowers and herbs.  Although I don’t live in Kentucky, I still shop local markets for fresh produce and try to buy organic whenever possible.

What is on your Sunday list?  Enjoy your day.

yoga love

I recently created a space to practice yoga in my home.  Each week, I have a wonderful yoga teacher, Daria, who comes to me for a class which is inspiring and invigorating.  There is always an enormous sense of calm which washes over me in anticipation of practicing yoga.  I have found that I immediately slow down and feel whole.  Do you practice yoga or meditate?  I am so fortunate to have Daria share her love for yoga with me.  You will love her site, Daria loves yoga.

Connecting to the energy of the sun always slows me down and not only feels warm and lovely but reenergizes me.  Do you take time to connect to nature and the sun?  Try incorporating a little time for some yoga love.

things you love

I still get so excited when I walk into this little shop in Hastings-on-Hudson.  Maisonette opened in 2012 or thereabouts and I created this illustration for Maria which hangs in her shop. It is brimming with things I love and want.  Maria, the shoppe keeper has a slogan, “Surround yourself with the things you love.”  She stands by this rule, hard and fast and always says, there are no rules as long as it brings you joy.  I have to admit that every item I have from maisonette brings me joy.  Do you have a hard and fast rule for living with love?  Maybe there is something you are living with that needs more love.  Pass on items that are draining you and replace them in time with the one’s that bring you joy.

Talents and gifts

What talents and gifts do you possess?  Do you share any gifts with those around you or perhaps pass talent on to family members?  My son drew this when he was a little boy.  I think it was about 4th or 5th grade.  I adore it and could see it as wallpaper in a boys room.  The trees are wonderful all clumped together.  When he was a little boy, he loved building with lego’s huge forts that would cover an entire floor or his bedroom much like a grid of an urban city or busy town.  He would build amazing towers with the Kapla swiss blocks which we still have.

Currently, this son is working as a full time Electrical Engineer assessing plans for projects in New York City.  As his Mother, I always remind him of his talents and gifts.  Do you share any passions with the ones you love?

Mother’s Day

Carnations are the flower to be for Mother’s Day.  I do love carnations and how frilly they are.  They look beautiful alone in a simple bottle or en masse in a squatty vase.

Wishing everyone a Happy Mother’s Day today.