Thursday, March 2, 2017

Happy :: March 2

Baby Fingers :: Afternoon Snacks

Pre-Spring Spring :: Watertable Fun

Childhood Memories for the New Generation

International Mail

Neighborhood Nature Walks with The Boys 

Life is certainly trying to bloom...

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Oh, the Writing...

I love new ideas. I love those ideas coming to fruition in a perfectly worded story.


Actually *getting* from that new idea to the perfectly worded story? *That's* the oh so tricky part.

I have lots and lots of ideas. I enjoy the research even! But man, finding the time to actually sit down and punch out a cohesive collection of words...not the easiest. And I'm the type of person who needs to sit down for a Period of Time. I need to get In The Zone. All these books talk about squeezing in writing throughout the day...five minutes here, ten minutes there. I need at least an hour just to get my head wrapped around what I'm trying write.

But! I feel like I'm finally at a place now in life (a life with two small boys) that I can take some time for myself again. For four years, my life has revolved around my boys. I don't mind...I'm so very happy to have them and I adore them. But. My "Me Time" has pretty much been non-existent. So I'm happy to have even just a teeny tiny smidge of it back.

So. I got a new planner. (I promise...this is all related.)

It is by Inkwell Press and has an amazing set up for goals and helping you make them happen. Not only within the planner itself, but also with the videos they email you. I just love it and I've only been using it for a week. It's really helping me with my current goal of finishing my children's book that I've been working on forever. Fooooor-Eeevvvvv-Errrrrr.

So I put it down as my "Dream Big" goal for March and not 24 hours later came across a competition for 'Work-in-Progress' submissions in Children's writing from the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI). The winner will have their finished transcript presented to a "hand-selected group of editors for their consideration."

I feel like this is a sign. A sign that I need to get off my duff and just finish it already! I am literally half finished, know exactly how I want the second half to play out, but cannot seem to push past this writer's block to get the words onto paper.

Can I do it? Can I finish the entire script, polish it and have it critiqued by the end of the month? Well, the way these months have been flying by so far, I'm feeling a little nervous. But! I'm gonna try!

Wish me luck!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Winter Farewell

Today the sun is shining and the sky is a shade of blue you usually only see in technicolor movies from the 50s. In a word, GORGEOUS! I'm normally a lot more nonchalant about this kind of weather, as it is all I normally see her in Silicon Valley. (I know, I know...please don't slap me through your computer.) 

However, {squee!} it has been The Rainiest season we've had here since Hubby and I moved to California almost 15 years ago. So after several months of this weather, I'm actually quite giddy to have such a Sunshine Day today! {cue The Brady Bunch}

But! Now that tomorrow is the first day of March, and the first day of spring isn't far behind, I suppose it's time to say goodbye to winter and all the cozy, snuggly, wrapped-in-a-handknit-blanket that it has been. I've been holding onto winter so much, that I still have lights up and wintery decor all around. Not in a tacky, "it's July and I still have my Christmas lights up" way, but just enough for the house not to feel bare after all the Christmas extravaganza. 

The lights are definitely down on the outside of the house, but I do still have my candoliers in the windows. It gives just enough of a glow to the outside that it feels nice and welcoming without screaming, "I can't let go of Christmas even though it's late February!" And throughout the house you'll find miniature snow covered cottages and trees. Again, nothing that makes you think Christmas, but instead makes you feel all cozy and warm and you could just curl up on the couch with some mulled wine and binge watch Signed, Sealed, Delivered.

See...not weird, just homey.

But, yes, I do realize that the windows are now able to be left open during the day and the sun is warm enough to dry my hanging clothes on the line and that the calendar is getting ready to flip from snow to blooming wildflowers.

So today, I bid my winter decor adieu... 

Anyone else notice an obsession a theme of trees in snowy jars? Urm. Well. I like what I like!

Saturday, January 30, 2016


 Making adorable rooms for Big Brother Mouse

Books that make me cry...

Silly Boys

Baby Triptych

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Dream Begins...

Leaning Shanty Farm is my dream.

It has taken me many years to figure out what that dream even was. For years, it was to be on Broadway. Some days I want to be a writer... Other days I want to be a stationer... Sometimes I want to be a stylist...

Finally, I began to think about the things in my life that really made me happy...excited even.
  • Holidays (especially Halloween & Christmas)
  • Special Events (my own & other people's)
  • Making Pretty Things
  • Sharing Pretty Things
  • Writing/Creating
  • Being with People who love these things, too
Why not marry all of them together? Combine these things that I love and all the dreams I've dreamt so far, along with the hubby's dream of having a farm again?

Thus began Leaning Shanty.

I say "began," but in all reality I am many, many years away from actually having this farm. I'm currently living in central California (though I'm a native Kentuckian), with only a bit of backyard, but a neighborhood & neighbors that most people dream about. So, until that big move, I've decided to start planning and dreaming away about Leaning Shanty Farm and what it will be one day.

If you'll indulge me, I'd like to share this with you...along with adorable things I come across on the internet and the best bits & pieces of my favorite magazines, home design and what I'm writing.

Welcome to Leaning Shanty...Can I get you a cup of coffee?

*edited & reposted