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Wild Beauty

Bear with me while I figure out what it means to put thoughts in this space again. I made a list today called “Blog Posts” and it had like 40 things before I was even halfway done. There’s a lot of ground to cover to bring you guys up to speed.

So, in an effort to regain my wordpress muscle memory, I wanted to share a fabric swatch I pinned this morning and haven’t been able to get out of my head all day.

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Kind of perfect for me, no? All the right colors with the effortless summer swirl I’m craving as the sun shines its bright face here in the emerald city.

The site, Art House Fabrics, is also new to me, but there are so many great selections. I also love the same pattern in a different colorway, this pattern, and this one (especially that last one, I’m sure you’re shocked!). Perfect distraction as I get ready for a few upcoming decorating projects!

[Also, how necessary was that long weekend?! Last week was a toughy and I am feeling grateful to be well rested and ready to tackle some exciting projects!]

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Splash!

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Well its been awhile, huh? I’ve been trying to think of what to say to break back in, but I’ve decided just to canonball instead. I don’t believe in apologizing for online absence, because there has been an epic ton of life happening over the last 12 months, so instead, I’ll just say I’m back.

Trying to get back into the habit has been a bit tricky (obvs), and with brilliant Seattle sun surprising us every day, it might take me a bit to sort through all of the things I have to share (spoiler alerts: licensure, wedding, honeymoon, kitten… oh, and finishing blogging our europe trip from last year!).

 

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Shop Update: Elf kits are back! Bold Bracelets!

Well, we took our sweet time getting around to sprucing the shop for Christmas this year. The buying season is dang near over, or close to it. BUT! We wanted to let you know that our silly Christmas Elf Mischief kits are improved for 2014 and back in the shop. These make great gifts for those parents in your life who really like to go all out with a certain elf who may or may not sit on a shelf (We can’t prefer one branded elf over another).

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We’ve also added a smaller supplementary kit for those who might just want a few little items (the hat is SUPER darling!)

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There are also great holiday bracelet colors!

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For the rest of this week, take 20% off with code ITSNOTTOOLATE. If you’re local in Seattle we can arrange a shipping deal.

 

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You got this

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 Source: Chelsea Petaja for Design Love Fest

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, then you’ve probably seen me droning on about my architecture licensure exams allllll year. (If you don’t, well then know all you’ve really missed is a bunch of whining). You may have also seen that last friday I took the (hopefully) last one! Its been a 2013 marathon of 7 exams, 7 sets of studying, cramming all kinds of crazy knowledge and practical application into my brain, and at least until I receive my last set of results, I’m assuming its over.  It doesn’t really feel like 2013 happened to me (or if it did it was just in a series of 6 week chunks).

I wanted to take a minute to document this period in time here for a couple reasons. Firstly, this whole year has felt like a vast inhale. There is SO much on the horizon, I can’t even begin to guess what He has in store for me next. Career advancement and life changes I know for sure, but how will those things be used in my life for something even better? I don’t know.

Also I wanted to take a few seconds to say thank you. This online community has been an amazing source of support through this process (in addition to my local friends and family, of course!). But it seems like as soon as I mention I’m going into a test I’ve got a slew of digital “You got this!” and “Go Girl!” and it really has made all the difference. So, to anyone who has sent a text, facebook message, tweet, or IG comment to cheer me on, you have been a part of this triumph.

I’ll be sure to pop in when I get the results to give an update on what it all means and what is next. I get a lot of questions about how the process works and what you are allowed to do after you’re a licensed architect so maybe I’ll do a little debrief on that when I just about am one*

Also, if you want to know how many almond milk lavender chais I’ve consumed since February – Well, your guess is as good as mine, but its A LOT. They’re going to be sad to lose my business when this is over.

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*After I pass the seventh exam there is still Washington State paperwork hoops I have to jump through to be registered and receive my stamp. And then in April, I’ll have to pay them another $15 to change my name. Lovely.

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Ten on Ten: A Full Harvest November 2013

This month, Rebekah’s prompt for her ten on ten photo project is “A full harvest”. At first I was just thinking about this at surface level and I was discouraged because I was thinking “I’m spending the 10th in the desert! How am I supposed to find traditional harvest colors?!” But then I realized something that I think really takes this project to where Rebekah intends. The reason I spent this weekend in the desert was to celebrate the 30th birthday of my oldest friend. I met kaitlyn when we were 4 and her family moved into a house up the street from us. We became fast friends and have nurtured that friendship for well over 25 years now. She now lives in southern Utah so we’ve had to find special moments like this to continue that growth.

This weekend while we were on the way to dinner, kaitlyns mom who had also joined us for the weekend asked of when we got back together after months or years it just felt like nothing had changed and we said yes, that’s how it feels. There have been seasons where we’ve talked much less than we do now. There was one time (before smart phones) where she texted me a photo of an engagement ring except I didn’t get picture texts so I didn’t know for a month she was getting married! But this year we’ve seen each other 3 times and she’ll be in Seattle twice in the spring for wedding festivities. This weekend we talked about how nice it feels to have all this time and how as we both get a little more settled we can make it happen more than our vagabond 20s. Now we’re harvesting time and a long full friendship. A full harvest, indeed!

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We spent the weekend at the Lake Las Vegas resort soaking up the sun, sleeping in, eating too much, and
shopping. It was an awesome respite! Happy 30th birthday, Kait!

Hop over to check out the other sets here.

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