Some Life Things // A Ramble

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Things have been different lately. I’m not sure exactly what it is, but it is different. I’m trying a lot of new things and I’m talking to new people and going new places, and that makes from some changes, I suppose.

I work at a library. I had a particularly busy day the other day, and it wasn’t that it was a bad day it was just that I was frustrated because I didn’t have the patience to understand the noise that is really just life and I normally would, and anyway I had some annoying conversations with some people and I was feeling particularly odd. Like I was slightly wounded I guess and a little tired and a little too sensitive for the world at that moment.

I went back to my desk when a man returned a DVD, and when I went to go put it back, he began talking about the movie he had seen to a woman next to him. The spoke for awhile about different things while I sat behind the desk only half-listening. The long story short is that they decide to get a coffee after.

I witnessed that moment, it was so unusual and yet maybe not, and of course maybe nothing will come of it. Maybe one of them won’t show up to the coffee place or maybe they will go on three dates or something and decide to part ways.

But maybe they would stay together for a while, like ย a few months or maybe a few years. Maybe forever. The point was that it was a new beginning. And these people were not exactly young, they were maybe in their 40’s, which I realize to some people is still very young indeed. But there was this thing in the air that I couldn’t put my finger on. It’s this thing, it keeps me up at night and has me painting on my floor and laughing too loudly and drinking lots of coffee and speaking to new people and wishing I could be with people who are much too far away.

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Anyway, that’s what life has been like lately. This churning and turning that has ruptured something inside of me and set something else on fire. And when I think of the world that is too awful and how everything is sometimes too much, something surprises me. Like when I’m stuck waiting to turn in traffic and a kind soul waves me forward, or when someone flips the bill as I stumble around looking for change. There is such kindness that I sometimes forget about and it’s contributing to this thing that I am feeling lately. It’s all kind of lost and wandering and again, I can’t identify it, but I think that it’s good.

As a result of this weird potpourri of emotions, I am going to be starting a few new projects very quietly to see how I like them. First, I’m working on a lot of paintings to open up an Etsy shop. I’ve been working hard and painting very late into the night and there are numerous stains on my floor, so that should speak for itself. I’ll update this site as soon as things are up and running!

Another thing, I am going to be traveling in a few weeks, and I think I’ll be filming some things that I see with my camera. Then I might clumsily edit those things to resemble some sort of video that I might upload to YouTube. All of this is terrifying to me, so the key word here is quietly.ย If any of that happens, I will link it here as well. I just feel like I want to record some of the little corners of my day, a very simple display of moments. We’ll see.

These things all feel pretty good to me, even if they don’t lift off very soon.

I hope things are going well with anyone else who is reading this too.

If you want to see what else I’m up to, you can check out my Instagram and Tumblr. ๐Ÿ™‚

-Heather

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Avery Palmer Stationary

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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.

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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.

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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.ย 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ll be back soon,

-Heather

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Forest Green Parka

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I’ve been clinging on to this winter coat since I got it for Christmas. With the weather changing so quickly, I never know when I might need to layer up to arctic proportions. I’ve seen that parkas are really popular right now, but it makes sense as to why as soon as you try one on.

I’ve been keeping warming at home with layers and layers of blankets. This deer-print one is from IKEA (where else could you find something so cute and cheap?) and I’ve been wrapping it around me through the cold winter nights. I think inside or outside, keeping warm can be quite a cozy experience.

Other details from my outfit:

Glassesย (Leon Max)

Bee Ringย (Etsy)

Knot Ring (Thrifted)

Emerald Ring (Hand-me-down)

 

-Heather