Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday Flower Pick : In the Rain

It's another winter day featuring light rain and a sky full of colorful clouds...
...just perfect for an afternoon of Friday Flower Pick-ing!!

This dazzling, yellow blossom looked so pretty enjoying a shower 
as I studied it from under my umbrella...
...and I'm so enjoying watching my little world get washed clean!!


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Happy Un-birthday, Lewis Carroll!!

There are three hundred and sixty-four days when you might get un-birthday presents, and only one for birthday presents, you know.

~Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll's fanciful works of
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass
have been endless sources of inspiration for me over the years...
From lacy little leg warmers, to black and white striped stockings, and delicate crochet gloves fit for an afternoon tea with the queen...
Alice is a theme that often appears in my everyday dress...
...and my fashion line too!!

In celebration of Lewis Carroll's birthday this week, I've been reflecting on some of the many ways his stories have influenced my work...
...and I've been having a blast re-watching the Disney classic and even attending a lecture on his life and work!!

Lewis Carroll self portrait
 Born January 27, 1832

A very Happy Un-Birthday to Lewis Carroll!!
...and a Happy Un-Birthday to you too!!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Mermaid Monday : Picture Perfect Beach Day

 The picture perfect beach day we enjoyed yesterday
is now a fond memory...
as a light rain comes down on a serene Mermaid Monday!!

I adore rainy days...and in my opinion, 
 they're the best when filled with sewing, crocheting, and audiobooks!!
...And after getting my fill of sand and sun on a Sunday Funday (yesterday)
...that's how I'm spending this glorious day=)!!


Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Flower Pick : Daisy Delights

It's a Happy Friday indeed, when the day starts off with a vibrant burst of fuchsia, yellow, and green!!

...I spotted these sweet little blossoms around town early this morning
while on the hunt for a perfect late-January Friday Flower Pick...

 Honorable mention goes to these teeny, 
colorful flowers I've been enjoying around town too!!

It's still a crisp 50° when I head out for my morning strolls...
...but everywhere, tiny specks of spring color are starting to speckle the way!!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Things I Love : Candy Colored Sunrises

I've got spring things on my mind...
and so I'm on the hunt for deliciously pastel-colored gorgeousness of all sorts!!

A lovely and fleeting moment captured at sunrise on the beach,
 is just the thing to get the inspiration flowing!!

 Looking for more candy-colored visions?!
...I suggest perusing the gorgeous treasury collections on Etsy!!
You could start right here:
...where my Pink Flower Blossoms photo is featured today!!


Monday, January 19, 2015

On Island Time : My Catalina Getaway

Greetings from the lovely city of Avalon on Catalina Island!!
...a place perfectly suited for a mermaid in need of a little relaxation and refreshment!!

From pretty sunrises, to strolls along quaint streets, to undersea adventures...
Catalina Island has it all!!

Located just 23 miles from the mainland, it's a destination so accessible,
 yet it feels worlds away.

It's friendly, charming, picturesque, and full of fun activities!!

This makes a dozen visits for me over the years...
...and I love it more every time!!

Here's a collection of my favorite moments from my latest visit:


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Things I Love : Cuteness Overload

Miniature decorations have tickled my fancy in a big way!!
To unwind in the evening these days, 
you'll find me glittering the roof of a birdhouse,
painting a very mini work of art, or having fun with a travel size coloring book!!

Not to mention, I'm excitedly flipping the pages on my Mary Engelbreit Just Be calendar each morning, for an extra dose of artistic inspriation!!

...I'm on cuteness overload!!

...And what could be cuter than a sweetly painted Russain doll?
...Or a darling squirrel, watching curiously while I write?


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Words of Wisdom - Mark Twain

“Forgiveness is the fragrance 
that the violet sheds 
on the heel that has crushed it.”

-Mark Twain


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Marsala : It's the Color of Year 2015

Along with the freshness that accompanies the arrival of the New Year,
comes a fresh point of view from Pantone...
in the form of their Color of Year pick!!

I look forward to the announcement each year and delight in spending a bit of time pondering the color. It's a fun way to focus and let the inspiration flow. 

Want to read more about this year's pick?
...Follow this link to get the story behind the earthy brown/red color
that goes by the name of Marsla.


Monday, January 5, 2015

Hello, January!!

Some of my favorite moments from the last year involved 
cotton candy sunsets, spectacular sunrises, double rainbows, and colorful cocktails!!

Now that 2015 is off to a fabulous start and featuring much of the same...
it's time to officially say Hello, January 
...and share a peek into how this mermaid embarked on the journey of a fresh
New Year!! 

Happy New Year to you and yours!!