Hello Everyone, August is leaving us now, which is so strange to believe. It feels like it just graced us with its presence, and now it must bid us goodbye. The last few weeks have… More
A friend of mine has opened a new stationary shop on Etsy, and being a huge stationary fanatic, I was so excited to receive some of her products in the mail! I got a sample of four of her handprinted bookmarks, a beautiful set of notecards, and a moon phase watercolor painting. All of her products are handcrafted and made with care, which is apparent when you first open them. She also customized a bookmark for me with my initials, which was adorable, and a very lovely personal touch.
I absolutely love the cotton-candy looking bookmark with my initials, as well as the cute bananas. Each have a gorgeous handmade look to them, which is always my favorite style.
I highly suggest checking out Avery’s work on her Etsy page, and she has graciously given me a discount code for anyone who wants to make a purchase! Check out her page here to see her gorgeous products. If you use the code “HEATHER” at the checkout, you can receive a 10% discount on your order. The code expires on September 30th, so check out what great items you can get while you have a code!
The items I received were an “In the Jungle” bookmark, a “Cotton Candy Clouds” bookmark, a “Going Bananas” bookmark, a “Summer Stripes” bookmark and a “Candy Stripes” bookmark. I also got a set of “In the Jungle” notecards and “Moon Phase” watercolor painting. Again, these are all hand painted and handmade stationary products, very great quality and so cute! I’m excited to see if she will have any new designs for fall. I’d keep an eye out!
I feel so lucky to work with Avery to showcase her beautiful work, and I hope you will all check out her wonderful shop. You can see some of her products on her Instagram as well! I would go give her a like and a follow! To see what else I’m up to, you can check out my Instagram and Tumblr if you’d like. 🙂
I’ll be back soon,
I want to a very interesting place last week, a place many people have been telling me about for awhile. It is the Book Barn in Niantic, CT, a collection of little barns where hundreds of used books are housed and looking for new homes. Cats were roaming galore. There were goats sitting in a castle playscape. It was an adventure to travel through the summer heat from building to building to peer through the different worlds in each new groups of genres. It wasn’t the cleanest place, or the best organized place, but it was homey and strangely comfortable.
One of my favorite sections (in theory) was the “paranormal romances” which was actually full of twilight-type books, which is cool if you’re into that. Besides the actual barns full of books, there were also tiny stands outside amongst tables and chairs and cats where new books were sorted, and plenty of people were sifting through them. Everyone had a secret little smile playing on their lips, a knowing nod to each other, a collective love of literature.
I was so happy to be a part of it.
Have any of you been here before? I know there are other locations throughout Connecticut, and I’m eager to know what others think of them! I got three books while I was there: The Invention of Nature, The Cambridge Murders, and a collection of poetry by Charles Baudelaire.
“Books don’t change people;
Paragraphs do, sometimes
July is here, and rather than summery pictures, I’ve been dowsing myself in Autumn (I know, wayyyyy too soon).
There is something way comfier about a photo that looks like it’s taken in Autumn. This is psychological, I know, but it still fuels me to take fall-ish photos.
Maybe I am just in denial about all the heat.
Also drinking hot drinks, because I’m that deep in denial. I hope everyone is having a nice July. I am staying as cool as possible and reading as many books as I can get my hands on. Summer is also such a beautiful time for painting, so I’ll have to try and make some more time for that. Me and another friend are looking for a nice park to paint at, maybe some watercolor.
I hope July is good to us, and I hope there are some more thunderstorms. Let me know what you’ve gotten up to in the past month and what your plans are for the rest of summer! Mine are now thankfully including an awesome trip to Maine!
Talk to you soon.
I put together a little lookbook of my most Ravenclaw-ish outfits!
Does anyone else wish they were looking out Ravenclaw tower? That’s what I was thinking about in this photo. Also, maybe cake.
Taking a break from studying potions to snuggle my pup. This notebook was the one I bought for my birthday, and it screams Ravenclaw. I thought so as soon as I saw it. It has little planets and things, which is featured in their common room!
I’m convinced that if I were at Hogwarts, I would be a Ravenclaw who also loved plants. I would study botany and herbology, most likely. I’ve already collected books upon books about plants. I might do a post on my collection!
Dress – TJMaxx
Socks – Target
Sweater – Thrifted
Skirt – Thrifted
Notebook – Barnes & Noble
Blouse – TJMaxx
Skirt – H&M
Boots – Too old to remember!
Purse – TJMaxx
Let me know if you liked this, I might do more Harry Potter inspired looks!
Talk to you soon,
Midsummer’s Eve is upon us (at least, where I am).
Here is a poem I wrote in celebration of the longest day of the year.
until it stretches above us
invisible, above our heads
— as we take shelter from the sun
— as we pick sweet flowers from trees
— as we nod off lazily after a long day.
We continue, unaware
that time is passing
all we know is
— the quick relief of cold, fresh water
— the saturation from the vibrant, summer world
— the feeling of smiling, of laughing
and time continues,
I hope everyone has a wonderful, full day. The days will slowly grow shorter now.
I’ll talk to you soon,
The last time I went to The Elizabeth Gardens was months ago, when the trees were still barren and dead. I was gathering information for a story I was writing and the landscape was beautiful despite the leafless trees. The rose gardens were empty, not a bloom in sight. This week, at the height of June, the entire place had transformed. I was in awe as I walked through the lively vines and the bees buzzed all around. The gardens are in West Hartford, surrounded by streets of mansions.
In the center of the main area of gardens is a beautiful gazebo that is covered with vines. It looks like something from a storybook, some sort of fantastic land abundant with different colored roses. There were people crawling all over the grounds taking advantage of the abundant sunshine. The lush greenery is truly magical, and I was in awe the whole time. Each rose was fantastic in color, each arch was wild with botanicals.
We walked around some hidden paths and soaked in the sun. After awhile, we took refuge in the shade and watched the chipmunks scattering under our feet. Whatever troubles I had brought with me eventually melted away.
This is truly a nature-lovers delight, and I highly recommend going! Let me know if anyone has gone there before, or perhaps has suggestions about similar places. 🙂
June really snuck up on me. May was my birthday month, and it goes by so quickly that it feels like summer is already here. Incredibly, the warm weather has me now dreaming of autumn, which of course makes no sense. I hate to rush the seasons, but I love the autumn colors so much that I decided to take some photos with warm browns to satisfy myself.
I must say that the one thing I love about the summer is the thunderstorms. We have had such angry rain and thunder lately, and I cozy up inside and scribble in my notebook. I’m cherishing these days that the wind is still a bit cool, because soon we will be sweltering and I’ll be scrambling for the shade.
Some things I’ve been loving lately is looking at color palettes, especially ones inspired by the clouds. Here’s an example! Color has always been important to me, and I love collecting palettes from paint stores and home stores to cut up and use. Maybe I’ll work on some sort of project with that soon.
I’ve been addicted to this beautiful tumblr account because the forest scenes are so dreamy. The story I’m writing right now has a large part to do with the forest, so the inspiration from this is amazing. Totally recommend checking it out!
I hope everyone has a beautiful June.
Yesterday, we had family and friends gathered at our house for a party to celebrate the long weekend, to celebrate Memorial Day, and to my surprise, to celebrate my birthday. Technically, my birthday is tomorrow, but that didn’t stop my mom from bringing out a platter of sugary tiny cupcakes and an adorable Happy Birthday banner.
But more than anything, it was lovely to be around loved ones and enjoy our new gazebo in the backyard.
I think it’s important to enjoy those moments, even if they don’t seem very important. Looking back, the day went by so quickly, and I’m shocked that everyone came and went so easily. But sharing a new space in your house with people to enjoy is so exciting, it’s the first time I’m really experiencing it.
It was supposed to be a sunny day yesterday, but the clouds never seemed to break, though I didn’t mind. How did your weekends go?
Talk to you soon,
I write this from a Starbucks where I am drinking a “midnight mint mocha” which is basically a genius drink. The rain has finally stopped, and the weather is beautiful again. I took a few shots the other day that I wanted to share, and now I’m getting around to it.
I am feeling very good about the things happening in my life lately. There is a lot of hard work, but there is also a lot of inspiration. Isn’t it wonderful to feel inspiration after a long period of nothingness?
I hope you are all having a nice long weekend if you are celebrating any holidays. I will be looking through recipes to make a nice fresh dessert for a party we are having tomorrow. I also think a tag sale might be in order soon, as the weather is cooperating, and we have lots of excess stuff. All of my minimal living has been telling me to shed the clutter. What are all of yours plans for the coming summer months? Hopefully some nice vacations!
May is already started to come to it’s end, which is crazy! My birthday is at the end of this month, and I have been enjoying a few things that I thought I would share with you. This has been a very busy month, filled with happy and sad things. I hope everyone is as happy and safe as they can be. I am enjoying lots of time with family and friends and the beautiful weather! We got a new patio with a gazebo, and I’ve been lounging under there.
I’ve listened to a lot of new music, read a lot of new material, and watched lots of new things. The summer laziness is starting to gain on me, as I’ve been relaxing into new TV shows and binge-watching them. I’ve also been gathering plants for gardening and keeping in my greenhouse. This truly is the time of year where everything is blooming. I am so pleased with all the flowers that are blossoming everywhere.
I’ve also been writing up a storm, and recently, it’s been a lot of poetry. Maybe the warmer weather is convincing me to be more romantic. But I’ve been working on the one story I’ve been working on for awhile. Writing should probably be in here for one of my favorites, but it is also what I strive to do for a living, so it feels silly to include it. My journal is surely running out of room, though.
Kinfolk Magazine- This has always been one of my favorite magazines, but I’ve been revising my old editions again. There is something beautiful and comforting about this publication, and I highly recommend reading it!
Harry Potter Notebook- My friend got me this for Christmas and I am still waiting to write in it, though I’ve been using it in many pictures!
Through the Dark by Alexi Murdoch- I started listening to this artist recently, and this has been one of my favorites by him. This song in particular is so strange because it starts very slow and moody, but I can listen to it no matter what state of mind I’m in. The whole thing is beautiful and I put it on all my playlists!
Let me know what you’ve been up to this month as well! A lot has been happening, and I think it’s a time for community and love. Please message with any thoughts on any of the things mentioned above.
“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover
that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely
and isolated from anyone. You belong.”
-F. Scott Fitzgerald