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  • Caroline

I can hardly believe summer is almost over--I'm sure it's a universal feeling, right?! And school is so weird--I'll take being stuck behind a bus any day versus not having kids in school. (Not that it affects me so directly. But I loved school and it's sad to think these kids won't get that same experience.)


I figured I'd post about my summer, not only as a reminder to me what I actually did, but also an update for you!


Oysterville, WA

Oysterville cannery by the Willapa Bay

We had a weekend at the beach after my sister graduated. I absolutely love the teensy village of Oysterville, WA (on the bay side of Long Beach peninsula). It's such a historic, quaint place and the scenery is beautiful. The church there has some amazing wallpaper, too (just thought I'd mention, because inspiration!). I would LOVE a vacation home here someday.

This is like an Anne of Green Gables novel. Serene.

Redding, CA

It's just a seven hour drive from BG, so my friend Molly and I spent a long weekend there. I loved our Airbnb--it had an in-ground pool and the cutest decor! Also, the wildflowers are darling!

Oh, hey. No fashion blogger here, just me!
Burger good. Fries meh.

Alaska

Hatcher's Pass, AK

I also made a VERY quick jaunt up to Alaska (seriously, less than 2 days) to visit a dear friend. The mountains always amaze me. They go on forever!


Rock Monstrosity Cover Up

This ugly thing got an update! Every time I glanced in this corner I'd cringe. It was so dark and gloomy and faintly prehistoric.

I cleaned the rock with some TSP and water, let it dry, and then white washed with 50/50 solution of water and ceiling paint. I love the result! Also, cheap.

Ta da!


Art & Rusty Glamour

I did a painting of my brother's home--the largest I've ever done. It was 18x24 inches and I loved it! He made the frame for it and it looks so good in their house.


Rusty Glamour has kept me busy this summer! I have candy & hand-painted goods in there (like this card that made me so happy). It's so nice to be in an actual brick-and-mortar. And the ladies at RG are so amazing and supportive.

Okay, so I know La Croix gets a lot of hate. Not from me!

Here's a few quick snaps of our booth:

Being busy.

Thanks, Molly, for the papparazzi. Side note: my things look so good with the colorful baby outfits (made by my sister Michelle, Baby Blueberrie).


2021 Calendars!

Finally! Products to show you guys. I've never been this early with the calendar game, so I'm feeling pretty confident. I have a Girl in Nature calendar, and....

This beaut. I have the pre-order on my Etsy shop, and I'm hoping to get these back from the printer by September 21st.


Stay tuned for desk calendars as well!


Okay, thanks for staying with me to the end! I feel so lucky to be able to have this hobby-turned-small business. It brings me so much joy.


Hope you all are doing well!


Take care.





  • Caroline

Sometimes I make works of art that are NOT pretty. Case in point—this home painting for an Etsy client:

Sure, it looks like a house and looks okay-ish, but it is missing the je ne sais quoi (i.e. indescribable characteristic) that make a painting worthy of, say, a family heirloom!


This painting was so dark and dreary. I just couldn't stomach it. Before I decided to "settle", I ripped it up and tossed it in the garbage.


Here's the new piece:

Whew! Isn't this so much more cheerful?! It's so tropical and breezy--I'd love to vacation there. Hah, maybe in a few years, since I just got back from an extended vacation.


Which reminds me...my Etsy shop is open again for commissions! I'm so happy to be back.

Also look for 2021 calendars at the beginning of September :)


Hope you're having an amazing summer!


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I took the day off on Monday to go to Hobby Lobby (once I discovered it’s been open during quarantine!) and I’ve never spent so much money at an art store before. It felt really good (which says something about me—I‘m such a consumer!).


Hobby Lobby is a dream. There is so much to look at and so many directions you can go! I was seriously considering trying out polymer clay, but I refrained (really, I don't have TIME for all the hobbies!).


Here's an overview of my haul:

Err, I'm not sure how it ended up so disorganized! Clearly I could've utilized the space in that cart better :)


If you'd like the nitty gritty, here's the full list!


"Wearable Art"

  1. Canvas zipper pouches

  2. Canvas backpack (not pictured)

  3. Canvas tote bag

  4. Plain t-shirt

  5. Baby onesies

  6. They named these "creepers"...I DO NOT like that name!

Random Goods

  1. Nesting side tables with paint stroke design (see picture of cart above)

  2. My sister persuaded me to get these for our living room--it's coming together nicely!

  3. Wood dowels

  4. using them for my art shelf.

  5. Scrub brush (see photo below--love that sage green!)

  6. Spray paint

  7. used for a bathroom mirror (hunter green!)


Art Materials

  1. 8x10, 2x4 canvas/panels

  2. For oil painting experiments.

  3. 8x10, 11x14, 14x18 watercolor canvas panels

  4. I just discovered these--I hope they work well for hanging up on the wall. I'll let you know what I think!

  5. Fabric paint brushes

  6. These brushes are sturdier than watercolor and can handle thicker paint better.

  7. Detail brush set

  8. Multi-purpose brush set

  9. Odorless paint thinner (thanks Kari for the recommendation!)

  10. Fabric paint

  11. I picked out some spring colors for my up-and-coming hand-painted accessories.


Ahhh I'm feeling so inspired (and kinda overwhelmed with possibilities)! I've already painted on a few zipper pouches and LOVE the results. I'm going to put the finished products in Rusty Glamour, and hopefully Etsy.


One thing for sure--people have been crafting so much during the quarantine! See, there are some silver linings to our current situation :)


Hang in there!

Caroline

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