I think everyone has kind of a different philosophy about tattoos. For me, they’re reminders. Inked encouragement, if you will. About a month ago, I added to the canvas of my body yet again. 
Inspired by the heart-swelling words of John Green, I had local calligrapher Mary Snow (aka Palomino) letter “it matters”.
And of course, as a result, I’ll be answering the question “what matters?” for the rest of my life. Sometimes I feel like I don’t even want to get into it, that the answer is too complex and long winded. But the truth is, it’s not at all.
These are some of the thoughts I think to myself when I look down at it.
________ makes me happy/angry/sad because it matters.
I will fight/work hard/sacrifice for ________ because it matters.
And of course, as the ever eloquent Mr. Green says:
“Maybe there’s something you’re afraid to say, or someone you’re afraid to love, or somewhere you’re afraid to go. It’s gonna hurt. It’s gonna hurt because it matters.”
That quote is from one of his books, but the notion that things are painful to us because they matter/are important is something that comes up quite a lot in his interviews as well. This is my favorite:
"So often we try to make other people feel better by minimizing their pain, by telling them that it will get better (which it will) or that there are worse things in the world (which there are). But that’s not what I actually needed. What I actually needed was for someone to tell me that it hurt because it mattered."
I think perhaps his words resonated so deeply with me because I’ve always been incredibly sensitive, particularly as a child. And I’ve spent a lot of my life rationalizing the depth of my emotions to people that just couldn’t relate. 
So this is a reminder that I should never ever have to defend how I feel. If it moves me, if it devastates me, if it makes me want to scream at the top of my lungs; it’s because it matters. It matters to me.
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I think everyone has kind of a different philosophy about tattoos. For me, they’re reminders. Inked encouragement, if you will. About a month ago, I added to the canvas of my body yet again. 

Inspired by the heart-swelling words of John Green, I had local calligrapher Mary Snow (aka Palomino) letter “it matters”.

And of course, as a result, I’ll be answering the question “what matters?” for the rest of my life. Sometimes I feel like I don’t even want to get into it, that the answer is too complex and long winded. But the truth is, it’s not at all.

These are some of the thoughts I think to myself when I look down at it.

  • ________ makes me happy/angry/sad because it matters.
  • I will fight/work hard/sacrifice for ________ because it matters.

And of course, as the ever eloquent Mr. Green says:

“Maybe there’s something you’re afraid to say, or someone you’re afraid to love, or somewhere you’re afraid to go. It’s gonna hurt. It’s gonna hurt because it matters.

That quote is from one of his books, but the notion that things are painful to us because they matter/are important is something that comes up quite a lot in his interviews as well. This is my favorite:

"So often we try to make other people feel better by minimizing their pain, by telling them that it will get better (which it will) or that there are worse things in the world (which there are). But that’s not what I actually needed. What I actually needed was for someone to tell me that it hurt because it mattered."

I think perhaps his words resonated so deeply with me because I’ve always been incredibly sensitive, particularly as a child. And I’ve spent a lot of my life rationalizing the depth of my emotions to people that just couldn’t relate. 

So this is a reminder that I should never ever have to defend how I feel. If it moves me, if it devastates me, if it makes me want to scream at the top of my lungs; it’s because it matters. It matters to me.

"Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course." - Shakespeare

Alright. I give up. The dandelions win.

For the last 3 years, Nick and I have waged a pretty epic (but natural…) battle against the dandelions in out front yard. We’ve sprayed with vinegar. We’ve tried to go out and yank them up when they’re small. We’ve even yelled at them.

But to no avail. They just keep coming back heartier and in terrifying numbers.

So this year, instead of fighting them, we’ve decided to embrace them. 

What’s to embrace, you might be wondering?

Here’s a list of all of the ways we’ve discovered to use Dandelions:

G R E E N S

When the greens are young and tender they can be added to a fresh salad. They’re a bit bitter but add a really nice complexity in moderation, and have incredible health benefits.

Once the greens have matured, it’s best to cook them like you would any dark green. I like to saute them with a bit of garlic and red pepper flake.

R O O T S

Make dandelion root tea

Cook & eat the root (we’ve yet to do this, but we hear it’s best to do in early spring and that they taste a bit like turnips)

F L O W E R S

Pluck off the buds before they open up and pickle them. They taste just like caper berries!

Pick all of the flowers and put them in a vase on your kitchen table. They’re both cheerful and free.

Leave the flowers on the stems until they go to seed. Collect them all, blow on them and make a million wishes.

*Note: Dandelion is generally considered safe, but some people may have allergic reactions. If you have a strong allergy to ragweed, chrysanthemum, marigold, chamomile, yarrow or daisy you should also probably avoid dandelion. Also, of course, if you are pregnant or nursing check with your doctor first.

Happy April! It’s one of my favorite months of the year. Not only is it the month of our wedding anniversary (which usually means our yearly vacation) but it’s Autism Awareness Month. April 2nd (also serendipitously my 8th anniversary working in the field of Autism) is World Autism Day and kicks off a whole month of important dialogue.
In addition to talking/learning/engaging more with the Autism community, those that feel compelled to raise awareness for Autism should LIGHT IT UP BLUE by replacing their standard white outdoor/porch lightbulbs with blue bulbs for the month of April. We found ours at a local lightbulb store but The Home Depot is partnered with Autism Speaks and is carrying three blue bulbs (25w incandescent, 100w indoor/outdoor floodlamp, 13w CFL) that you can pick up at any of their locations. Consider buying a few extra for your neighbors as well! I can tell you firsthand that it would mean a tremendous amount to the community that is living with Autism to see the support city/country/world wide.
Over the years, I’ve spent countless hours answering the questions “What is Autism?”, “Do you think it’s really increasing or is it just better diagnosis?” and “What causes it?” so it’s probably about time I put my answers (keep in mind I’m no authority) in writing:
"Autism is a developmental disorder characterized by social deficits, impaired communication and repetitive (stereotypical) behaviors", read more here.
"Yes, it’s definitely not just better diagnosis. It’s increasing at epidemic rates."
"We don’t know. There is a lot of research beginning to confirm the hypothesis that it’s  the combination of a genetic predisposition with exposure to an environmental trigger. New research is coming out almost daily, so we’ll know a lot more in the next 5 years."
When I started working in the field 8 years ago, they announced a staggering new rate of 1 in 110. 1 in every 110 children born in the USA. We thought that was bad. Well, the CDC just released the updated rates and they’re 1 in 68. And that’s just in America. Autism doesn’t discriminate. It’s is a worldwide concern effecting people of every religion, race and socioeconomic status. 
As far as I know, there’s no other childhood illness with rates that high. And though I adore what I do, and I couldn’t love the people I’ve worked with more, Autism isn’t something I’d wish on any person or any family.
So wear blue this month, and light up your homes. Let’s bring awareness to a very real crisis and embrace the community that’s working so hard everyday to help these individuals be independent, and most importantly included.
"If we all light up, we can scare away the dark"- Passenger
-lovely lettering courtesy of the rad team at Sevenly, who right now have some really great shirts available that help fund the distribution of locating devices that help to keep kids with Autism safe-
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Happy April! It’s one of my favorite months of the year. Not only is it the month of our wedding anniversary (which usually means our yearly vacation) but it’s Autism Awareness Month. April 2nd (also serendipitously my 8th anniversary working in the field of Autism) is World Autism Day and kicks off a whole month of important dialogue.
In addition to talking/learning/engaging more with the Autism community, those that feel compelled to raise awareness for Autism should LIGHT IT UP BLUE by replacing their standard white outdoor/porch lightbulbs with blue bulbs for the month of April. We found ours at a local lightbulb store but The Home Depot is partnered with Autism Speaks and is carrying three blue bulbs (25w incandescent, 100w indoor/outdoor floodlamp, 13w CFL) that you can pick up at any of their locations. Consider buying a few extra for your neighbors as well! I can tell you firsthand that it would mean a tremendous amount to the community that is living with Autism to see the support city/country/world wide.
Over the years, I’ve spent countless hours answering the questions “What is Autism?”, “Do you think it’s really increasing or is it just better diagnosis?” and “What causes it?” so it’s probably about time I put my answers (keep in mind I’m no authority) in writing:
"Autism is a developmental disorder characterized by social deficits, impaired communication and repetitive (stereotypical) behaviors", read more here.
"Yes, it’s definitely not just better diagnosis. It’s increasing at epidemic rates."
"We don’t know. There is a lot of research beginning to confirm the hypothesis that it’s  the combination of a genetic predisposition with exposure to an environmental trigger. New research is coming out almost daily, so we’ll know a lot more in the next 5 years."
When I started working in the field 8 years ago, they announced a staggering new rate of 1 in 110. 1 in every 110 children born in the USA. We thought that was bad. Well, the CDC just released the updated rates and they’re 1 in 68. And that’s just in America. Autism doesn’t discriminate. It’s is a worldwide concern effecting people of every religion, race and socioeconomic status. 
As far as I know, there’s no other childhood illness with rates that high. And though I adore what I do, and I couldn’t love the people I’ve worked with more, Autism isn’t something I’d wish on any person or any family.
So wear blue this month, and light up your homes. Let’s bring awareness to a very real crisis and embrace the community that’s working so hard everyday to help these individuals be independent, and most importantly included.
"If we all light up, we can scare away the dark"- Passenger
-lovely lettering courtesy of the rad team at Sevenly, who right now have some really great shirts available that help fund the distribution of locating devices that help to keep kids with Autism safe-
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Happy April! It’s one of my favorite months of the year. Not only is it the month of our wedding anniversary (which usually means our yearly vacation) but it’s Autism Awareness Month. April 2nd (also serendipitously my 8th anniversary working in the field of Autism) is World Autism Day and kicks off a whole month of important dialogue.

In addition to talking/learning/engaging more with the Autism community, those that feel compelled to raise awareness for Autism should LIGHT IT UP BLUE by replacing their standard white outdoor/porch lightbulbs with blue bulbs for the month of April. We found ours at a local lightbulb store but The Home Depot is partnered with Autism Speaks and is carrying three blue bulbs (25w incandescent, 100w indoor/outdoor floodlamp, 13w CFL) that you can pick up at any of their locations. Consider buying a few extra for your neighbors as well! I can tell you firsthand that it would mean a tremendous amount to the community that is living with Autism to see the support city/country/world wide.

Over the years, I’ve spent countless hours answering the questions “What is Autism?”, “Do you think it’s really increasing or is it just better diagnosis?” and “What causes it?” so it’s probably about time I put my answers (keep in mind I’m no authority) in writing:

  • "Autism is a developmental disorder characterized by social deficits, impaired communication and repetitive (stereotypical) behaviors", read more here.
  • "Yes, it’s definitely not just better diagnosis. It’s increasing at epidemic rates."
  • "We don’t know. There is a lot of research beginning to confirm the hypothesis that it’s  the combination of a genetic predisposition with exposure to an environmental trigger. New research is coming out almost daily, so we’ll know a lot more in the next 5 years."

When I started working in the field 8 years ago, they announced a staggering new rate of 1 in 110. 1 in every 110 children born in the USA. We thought that was bad. Well, the CDC just released the updated rates and they’re 1 in 68. And that’s just in America. Autism doesn’t discriminate. It’s is a worldwide concern effecting people of every religion, race and socioeconomic status. 

As far as I know, there’s no other childhood illness with rates that high. And though I adore what I do, and I couldn’t love the people I’ve worked with more, Autism isn’t something I’d wish on any person or any family.

So wear blue this month, and light up your homes. Let’s bring awareness to a very real crisis and embrace the community that’s working so hard everyday to help these individuals be independent, and most importantly included.

"If we all light up, we can scare away the dark"- Passenger

-lovely lettering courtesy of the rad team at Sevenly, who right now have some really great shirts available that help fund the distribution of locating devices that help to keep kids with Autism safe-

Last weekend was one of those weekends when someone comes to visit from out of town and you suddenly remember every single thing you love about your city (even though sometimes it feels like it never stops raining).
The 70 degree weather in March didn’t hurt.
Here are some Portland, Oregon favorites:

E A T 
Pizza: Lovely’s Fifty Fifty
Vegan Food: Canteen
Mexican Food: Por Que No
Sushi: Bamboo Sushi
Special Occasion: Natural Selection

D R I N K 
Brewery: Basecamp
Bar: Dig A Pony
Coffee: Heart


S H O P
Home Store: Schoolhouse Electric
Clothing Store: Bridge & Burn
Nursery: Thicket
Antiques: Grand Marketplace

D O
Weekend Spot: McMenamin’s Kennedy School Soaking Pool
Movie Theater: Living Room Theaters
Park: Hoyt Arboretum

S T A Y
Hotel: Ace Hotel

And most of all, things like THIS are my favorite thing about Portland.
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Last weekend was one of those weekends when someone comes to visit from out of town and you suddenly remember every single thing you love about your city (even though sometimes it feels like it never stops raining).

The 70 degree weather in March didn’t hurt.

Here are some Portland, Oregon favorites:

E A T 

Pizza: Lovely’s Fifty Fifty

Vegan Food: Canteen

Mexican Food: Por Que No

Sushi: Bamboo Sushi

Special Occasion: Natural Selection

D R I N K 

Brewery: Basecamp

Bar: Dig A Pony

Coffee: Heart

S H O P

Home Store: Schoolhouse Electric

Clothing Store: Bridge & Burn

Nursery: Thicket

Antiques: Grand Marketplace

D O

Weekend Spot: McMenamin’s Kennedy School Soaking Pool

Movie Theater: Living Room Theaters

Park: Hoyt Arboretum

S T A Y

Hotel: Ace Hotel

And most of all, things like THIS are my favorite thing about Portland.

Happy Spring!!
Have you seen google’s cute homepage today?
Here are a few lovely things I’ve spotted (and really, really want) around the web this week, counterclockwise from the top left:
{ white dotty tote, beer + food calendar, color block woven basket, petty ankle boot, covent alarm clock, ranarp work lamp }
Things are a bit nuts around here; It’s raining one minute, and beautiful and warm the next. I am printing business cards and greeting cards like crazy, and Nick is working on a lookbook for Feltwick + Co. I’m attempting to take deep breaths (though I keep forgetting to meditate, whoops) and remember that the weekend and our inevitable visit to the soaking pool is only 48 hours away.
Enjoy the first moments of this new magical season…
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Happy Spring!!
Have you seen google’s cute homepage today?
Here are a few lovely things I’ve spotted (and really, really want) around the web this week, counterclockwise from the top left:
{ white dotty tote, beer + food calendar, color block woven basket, petty ankle boot, covent alarm clock, ranarp work lamp }
Things are a bit nuts around here; It’s raining one minute, and beautiful and warm the next. I am printing business cards and greeting cards like crazy, and Nick is working on a lookbook for Feltwick + Co. I’m attempting to take deep breaths (though I keep forgetting to meditate, whoops) and remember that the weekend and our inevitable visit to the soaking pool is only 48 hours away.
Enjoy the first moments of this new magical season…
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Happy Spring!!
Have you seen google’s cute homepage today?
Here are a few lovely things I’ve spotted (and really, really want) around the web this week, counterclockwise from the top left:
{ white dotty tote, beer + food calendar, color block woven basket, petty ankle boot, covent alarm clock, ranarp work lamp }
Things are a bit nuts around here; It’s raining one minute, and beautiful and warm the next. I am printing business cards and greeting cards like crazy, and Nick is working on a lookbook for Feltwick + Co. I’m attempting to take deep breaths (though I keep forgetting to meditate, whoops) and remember that the weekend and our inevitable visit to the soaking pool is only 48 hours away.
Enjoy the first moments of this new magical season…
ZoomInfo
Happy Spring!!
Have you seen google’s cute homepage today?
Here are a few lovely things I’ve spotted (and really, really want) around the web this week, counterclockwise from the top left:
{ white dotty tote, beer + food calendar, color block woven basket, petty ankle boot, covent alarm clock, ranarp work lamp }
Things are a bit nuts around here; It’s raining one minute, and beautiful and warm the next. I am printing business cards and greeting cards like crazy, and Nick is working on a lookbook for Feltwick + Co. I’m attempting to take deep breaths (though I keep forgetting to meditate, whoops) and remember that the weekend and our inevitable visit to the soaking pool is only 48 hours away.
Enjoy the first moments of this new magical season…
ZoomInfo
Happy Spring!!
Have you seen google’s cute homepage today?
Here are a few lovely things I’ve spotted (and really, really want) around the web this week, counterclockwise from the top left:
{ white dotty tote, beer + food calendar, color block woven basket, petty ankle boot, covent alarm clock, ranarp work lamp }
Things are a bit nuts around here; It’s raining one minute, and beautiful and warm the next. I am printing business cards and greeting cards like crazy, and Nick is working on a lookbook for Feltwick + Co. I’m attempting to take deep breaths (though I keep forgetting to meditate, whoops) and remember that the weekend and our inevitable visit to the soaking pool is only 48 hours away.
Enjoy the first moments of this new magical season…
ZoomInfo
Happy Spring!!
Have you seen google’s cute homepage today?
Here are a few lovely things I’ve spotted (and really, really want) around the web this week, counterclockwise from the top left:
{ white dotty tote, beer + food calendar, color block woven basket, petty ankle boot, covent alarm clock, ranarp work lamp }
Things are a bit nuts around here; It’s raining one minute, and beautiful and warm the next. I am printing business cards and greeting cards like crazy, and Nick is working on a lookbook for Feltwick + Co. I’m attempting to take deep breaths (though I keep forgetting to meditate, whoops) and remember that the weekend and our inevitable visit to the soaking pool is only 48 hours away.
Enjoy the first moments of this new magical season…
ZoomInfo

Happy Spring!!

Have you seen google’s cute homepage today?

Here are a few lovely things I’ve spotted (and really, really want) around the web this week, counterclockwise from the top left:

white dotty tote, beer + food calendar, color block woven basket, petty ankle boot, covent alarm clockranarp work lamp }

Things are a bit nuts around here; It’s raining one minute, and beautiful and warm the next. I am printing business cards and greeting cards like crazy, and Nick is working on a lookbook for Feltwick + Co. I’m attempting to take deep breaths (though I keep forgetting to meditate, whoops) and remember that the weekend and our inevitable visit to the soaking pool is only 48 hours away.

Enjoy the first moments of this new magical season…

When we were planning our wedding a few years ago I was certain of a few things: I wanted to wear a cotton wedding dress, I wanted to get married in the spring, and I wanted hand-cut silhouettes at our reception.
Check, check + check.
We’re fortunate enough to know someone closely that possesses the incredible skill of hand-cutting silhouettes (both quickly and without drawing!) and who was sweet enough to sacrifice eating/drinking/chatting at our wedding in order to cut silhouettes of all of our wedding guests. For that, we are beyond grateful. Last summer I posted about the book we made with the silhouettes/sweet notes from all of our guests but for the last almost 2 years (!) we’ve had our own silhouettes sitting in our attic waiting to be framed and for inspiration to strike.
And then when I began reading the poetry of Tyler Knott Gregson last year I knew what I wanted to do with them. (If you don’t know his work, you should. He’s incredibly prolific, writing multiple poems a day in different formats and sharing them via Twitter, Instagram, & Pinterest).
One of the best perks of being a letterpress printer? TRADE. I’ve had the opportunity to trade goods/services with some really amazing craftspeople around the country and being able to have some typed poetry by the even-lovelier-in-real-life Tyler Knott hanging on our wall is really special.
Here are his poems, which he was sweet enough to type out for us:
I just think 
you should know
that out of all,
in all the
world,
You
have my most favorite
face.
…
I wish I 
could somehow
help you
understand
that every thought
I think
is about
you.
I 
am
saturated
in your
silhouette.
…
It always feels nice to get things framed and hung around the house, but this little cluster feels closer to my heart than most. 
xo
-photography (except for last photo) by www.bryanaulick.com-
ZoomInfo
When we were planning our wedding a few years ago I was certain of a few things: I wanted to wear a cotton wedding dress, I wanted to get married in the spring, and I wanted hand-cut silhouettes at our reception.
Check, check + check.
We’re fortunate enough to know someone closely that possesses the incredible skill of hand-cutting silhouettes (both quickly and without drawing!) and who was sweet enough to sacrifice eating/drinking/chatting at our wedding in order to cut silhouettes of all of our wedding guests. For that, we are beyond grateful. Last summer I posted about the book we made with the silhouettes/sweet notes from all of our guests but for the last almost 2 years (!) we’ve had our own silhouettes sitting in our attic waiting to be framed and for inspiration to strike.
And then when I began reading the poetry of Tyler Knott Gregson last year I knew what I wanted to do with them. (If you don’t know his work, you should. He’s incredibly prolific, writing multiple poems a day in different formats and sharing them via Twitter, Instagram, & Pinterest).
One of the best perks of being a letterpress printer? TRADE. I’ve had the opportunity to trade goods/services with some really amazing craftspeople around the country and being able to have some typed poetry by the even-lovelier-in-real-life Tyler Knott hanging on our wall is really special.
Here are his poems, which he was sweet enough to type out for us:
I just think 
you should know
that out of all,
in all the
world,
You
have my most favorite
face.
…
I wish I 
could somehow
help you
understand
that every thought
I think
is about
you.
I 
am
saturated
in your
silhouette.
…
It always feels nice to get things framed and hung around the house, but this little cluster feels closer to my heart than most. 
xo
-photography (except for last photo) by www.bryanaulick.com-
ZoomInfo
When we were planning our wedding a few years ago I was certain of a few things: I wanted to wear a cotton wedding dress, I wanted to get married in the spring, and I wanted hand-cut silhouettes at our reception.
Check, check + check.
We’re fortunate enough to know someone closely that possesses the incredible skill of hand-cutting silhouettes (both quickly and without drawing!) and who was sweet enough to sacrifice eating/drinking/chatting at our wedding in order to cut silhouettes of all of our wedding guests. For that, we are beyond grateful. Last summer I posted about the book we made with the silhouettes/sweet notes from all of our guests but for the last almost 2 years (!) we’ve had our own silhouettes sitting in our attic waiting to be framed and for inspiration to strike.
And then when I began reading the poetry of Tyler Knott Gregson last year I knew what I wanted to do with them. (If you don’t know his work, you should. He’s incredibly prolific, writing multiple poems a day in different formats and sharing them via Twitter, Instagram, & Pinterest).
One of the best perks of being a letterpress printer? TRADE. I’ve had the opportunity to trade goods/services with some really amazing craftspeople around the country and being able to have some typed poetry by the even-lovelier-in-real-life Tyler Knott hanging on our wall is really special.
Here are his poems, which he was sweet enough to type out for us:
I just think 
you should know
that out of all,
in all the
world,
You
have my most favorite
face.
…
I wish I 
could somehow
help you
understand
that every thought
I think
is about
you.
I 
am
saturated
in your
silhouette.
…
It always feels nice to get things framed and hung around the house, but this little cluster feels closer to my heart than most. 
xo
-photography (except for last photo) by www.bryanaulick.com-
ZoomInfo
When we were planning our wedding a few years ago I was certain of a few things: I wanted to wear a cotton wedding dress, I wanted to get married in the spring, and I wanted hand-cut silhouettes at our reception.
Check, check + check.
We’re fortunate enough to know someone closely that possesses the incredible skill of hand-cutting silhouettes (both quickly and without drawing!) and who was sweet enough to sacrifice eating/drinking/chatting at our wedding in order to cut silhouettes of all of our wedding guests. For that, we are beyond grateful. Last summer I posted about the book we made with the silhouettes/sweet notes from all of our guests but for the last almost 2 years (!) we’ve had our own silhouettes sitting in our attic waiting to be framed and for inspiration to strike.
And then when I began reading the poetry of Tyler Knott Gregson last year I knew what I wanted to do with them. (If you don’t know his work, you should. He’s incredibly prolific, writing multiple poems a day in different formats and sharing them via Twitter, Instagram, & Pinterest).
One of the best perks of being a letterpress printer? TRADE. I’ve had the opportunity to trade goods/services with some really amazing craftspeople around the country and being able to have some typed poetry by the even-lovelier-in-real-life Tyler Knott hanging on our wall is really special.
Here are his poems, which he was sweet enough to type out for us:
I just think 
you should know
that out of all,
in all the
world,
You
have my most favorite
face.
…
I wish I 
could somehow
help you
understand
that every thought
I think
is about
you.
I 
am
saturated
in your
silhouette.
…
It always feels nice to get things framed and hung around the house, but this little cluster feels closer to my heart than most. 
xo
-photography (except for last photo) by www.bryanaulick.com-
ZoomInfo
When we were planning our wedding a few years ago I was certain of a few things: I wanted to wear a cotton wedding dress, I wanted to get married in the spring, and I wanted hand-cut silhouettes at our reception.
Check, check + check.
We’re fortunate enough to know someone closely that possesses the incredible skill of hand-cutting silhouettes (both quickly and without drawing!) and who was sweet enough to sacrifice eating/drinking/chatting at our wedding in order to cut silhouettes of all of our wedding guests. For that, we are beyond grateful. Last summer I posted about the book we made with the silhouettes/sweet notes from all of our guests but for the last almost 2 years (!) we’ve had our own silhouettes sitting in our attic waiting to be framed and for inspiration to strike.
And then when I began reading the poetry of Tyler Knott Gregson last year I knew what I wanted to do with them. (If you don’t know his work, you should. He’s incredibly prolific, writing multiple poems a day in different formats and sharing them via Twitter, Instagram, & Pinterest).
One of the best perks of being a letterpress printer? TRADE. I’ve had the opportunity to trade goods/services with some really amazing craftspeople around the country and being able to have some typed poetry by the even-lovelier-in-real-life Tyler Knott hanging on our wall is really special.
Here are his poems, which he was sweet enough to type out for us:
I just think 
you should know
that out of all,
in all the
world,
You
have my most favorite
face.
…
I wish I 
could somehow
help you
understand
that every thought
I think
is about
you.
I 
am
saturated
in your
silhouette.
…
It always feels nice to get things framed and hung around the house, but this little cluster feels closer to my heart than most. 
xo
-photography (except for last photo) by www.bryanaulick.com-
ZoomInfo
When we were planning our wedding a few years ago I was certain of a few things: I wanted to wear a cotton wedding dress, I wanted to get married in the spring, and I wanted hand-cut silhouettes at our reception.
Check, check + check.
We’re fortunate enough to know someone closely that possesses the incredible skill of hand-cutting silhouettes (both quickly and without drawing!) and who was sweet enough to sacrifice eating/drinking/chatting at our wedding in order to cut silhouettes of all of our wedding guests. For that, we are beyond grateful. Last summer I posted about the book we made with the silhouettes/sweet notes from all of our guests but for the last almost 2 years (!) we’ve had our own silhouettes sitting in our attic waiting to be framed and for inspiration to strike.
And then when I began reading the poetry of Tyler Knott Gregson last year I knew what I wanted to do with them. (If you don’t know his work, you should. He’s incredibly prolific, writing multiple poems a day in different formats and sharing them via Twitter, Instagram, & Pinterest).
One of the best perks of being a letterpress printer? TRADE. I’ve had the opportunity to trade goods/services with some really amazing craftspeople around the country and being able to have some typed poetry by the even-lovelier-in-real-life Tyler Knott hanging on our wall is really special.
Here are his poems, which he was sweet enough to type out for us:
I just think 
you should know
that out of all,
in all the
world,
You
have my most favorite
face.
…
I wish I 
could somehow
help you
understand
that every thought
I think
is about
you.
I 
am
saturated
in your
silhouette.
…
It always feels nice to get things framed and hung around the house, but this little cluster feels closer to my heart than most. 
xo
-photography (except for last photo) by www.bryanaulick.com-
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When we were planning our wedding a few years ago I was certain of a few things: I wanted to wear a cotton wedding dress, I wanted to get married in the spring, and I wanted hand-cut silhouettes at our reception.
Check, check + check.
We’re fortunate enough to know someone closely that possesses the incredible skill of hand-cutting silhouettes (both quickly and without drawing!) and who was sweet enough to sacrifice eating/drinking/chatting at our wedding in order to cut silhouettes of all of our wedding guests. For that, we are beyond grateful. Last summer I posted about the book we made with the silhouettes/sweet notes from all of our guests but for the last almost 2 years (!) we’ve had our own silhouettes sitting in our attic waiting to be framed and for inspiration to strike.
And then when I began reading the poetry of Tyler Knott Gregson last year I knew what I wanted to do with them. (If you don’t know his work, you should. He’s incredibly prolific, writing multiple poems a day in different formats and sharing them via Twitter, Instagram, & Pinterest).
One of the best perks of being a letterpress printer? TRADE. I’ve had the opportunity to trade goods/services with some really amazing craftspeople around the country and being able to have some typed poetry by the even-lovelier-in-real-life Tyler Knott hanging on our wall is really special.
Here are his poems, which he was sweet enough to type out for us:
I just think 
you should know
that out of all,
in all the
world,
You
have my most favorite
face.
…
I wish I 
could somehow
help you
understand
that every thought
I think
is about
you.
I 
am
saturated
in your
silhouette.
…
It always feels nice to get things framed and hung around the house, but this little cluster feels closer to my heart than most. 
xo
-photography (except for last photo) by www.bryanaulick.com-
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When we were planning our wedding a few years ago I was certain of a few things: I wanted to wear a cotton wedding dress, I wanted to get married in the spring, and I wanted hand-cut silhouettes at our reception.

Check, check + check.

We’re fortunate enough to know someone closely that possesses the incredible skill of hand-cutting silhouettes (both quickly and without drawing!) and who was sweet enough to sacrifice eating/drinking/chatting at our wedding in order to cut silhouettes of all of our wedding guests. For that, we are beyond grateful. Last summer I posted about the book we made with the silhouettes/sweet notes from all of our guests but for the last almost 2 years (!) we’ve had our own silhouettes sitting in our attic waiting to be framed and for inspiration to strike.

And then when I began reading the poetry of Tyler Knott Gregson last year I knew what I wanted to do with them. (If you don’t know his work, you should. He’s incredibly prolific, writing multiple poems a day in different formats and sharing them via Twitter, Instagram, & Pinterest).

One of the best perks of being a letterpress printer? TRADE. I’ve had the opportunity to trade goods/services with some really amazing craftspeople around the country and being able to have some typed poetry by the even-lovelier-in-real-life Tyler Knott hanging on our wall is really special.

Here are his poems, which he was sweet enough to type out for us:

I just think 

you should know

that out of all,

in all the

world,

You

have my most favorite

face.

I wish I 

could somehow

help you

understand

that every thought

I think

is about

you.

am

saturated

in your

silhouette.

It always feels nice to get things framed and hung around the house, but this little cluster feels closer to my heart than most. 

xo

-photography (except for last photo) by www.bryanaulick.com-

When Nick and I first started dating we bonded immediately over the vision we had for the future. We both imagined a tiny (800-1500 sq ft, so not THAT tiny) home, and lots of space to garden + play.

We want:
to have spaces that are both purposeful and flexible
proximity to one another. I love that Nick can be working on a project while I cook dinner (or vise vera) and that we can still talk.
to build a home that meets our specific needs (ie. studio) and wishes (i.e. bathtub in bedroom)
a home that is both sustainably built but also energy/resource efficient.
a home that is small enough that we can afford to pay attention to detail and use beautiful materials without struggling to pay off a mortgage for the rest of our lives.

We don’t want:
rooms that we only use a few times a year, but have to keep clean and organized ALL YEAR LONG.
a home that is wasteful
a home that gets in the way of us putting our attention on what is actually important (being together, making things, enjoying life).
For now, this is just a dream. But here are some resources that we have found really inspiring/helpful:
This amazing 500 sq ft house is in on Sauvie Island, where we got married. It’s safe to say that in pretty much every way this is our dream home.
I love the open-floor plan of this tiny home in Texas, and can’t get enough of the barn doors.
Kanga Room Systems have pre-fab “cottage cabins” in varying sizes. They’re built in Texas and can be shipped almost anywhere.
Tumbleweed Tiny Home Company make some of the cutest tiny homes around. They have an option to buy pre-fab or built it yourself with their help and they have some teeny-tiny options on wheels for true adventurers.
And don’t even get me started on Ross Chapin. He builds these amazing little cottage communities around the country (we visited one on our Honeymoon in Langley, WA), but also has these plans for tiny homes.
There’s a TON of tiny home information out there if you look for it, but what we’re looking for is more like a “very small home”. We don’t want something on wheels, and though we admire people that can live in a few hundred square feet, we have too much crafting stuff alone to swing that. Feel free to peruse my Home board in Pinterest for other examples of architecture and design that we love.
Let the daydreaming begin…
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When Nick and I first started dating we bonded immediately over the vision we had for the future. We both imagined a tiny (800-1500 sq ft, so not THAT tiny) home, and lots of space to garden + play.

We want:
to have spaces that are both purposeful and flexible
proximity to one another. I love that Nick can be working on a project while I cook dinner (or vise vera) and that we can still talk.
to build a home that meets our specific needs (ie. studio) and wishes (i.e. bathtub in bedroom)
a home that is both sustainably built but also energy/resource efficient.
a home that is small enough that we can afford to pay attention to detail and use beautiful materials without struggling to pay off a mortgage for the rest of our lives.

We don’t want:
rooms that we only use a few times a year, but have to keep clean and organized ALL YEAR LONG.
a home that is wasteful
a home that gets in the way of us putting our attention on what is actually important (being together, making things, enjoying life).
For now, this is just a dream. But here are some resources that we have found really inspiring/helpful:
This amazing 500 sq ft house is in on Sauvie Island, where we got married. It’s safe to say that in pretty much every way this is our dream home.
I love the open-floor plan of this tiny home in Texas, and can’t get enough of the barn doors.
Kanga Room Systems have pre-fab “cottage cabins” in varying sizes. They’re built in Texas and can be shipped almost anywhere.
Tumbleweed Tiny Home Company make some of the cutest tiny homes around. They have an option to buy pre-fab or built it yourself with their help and they have some teeny-tiny options on wheels for true adventurers.
And don’t even get me started on Ross Chapin. He builds these amazing little cottage communities around the country (we visited one on our Honeymoon in Langley, WA), but also has these plans for tiny homes.
There’s a TON of tiny home information out there if you look for it, but what we’re looking for is more like a “very small home”. We don’t want something on wheels, and though we admire people that can live in a few hundred square feet, we have too much crafting stuff alone to swing that. Feel free to peruse my Home board in Pinterest for other examples of architecture and design that we love.
Let the daydreaming begin…
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When Nick and I first started dating we bonded immediately over the vision we had for the future. We both imagined a tiny (800-1500 sq ft, so not THAT tiny) home, and lots of space to garden + play.

We want:
to have spaces that are both purposeful and flexible
proximity to one another. I love that Nick can be working on a project while I cook dinner (or vise vera) and that we can still talk.
to build a home that meets our specific needs (ie. studio) and wishes (i.e. bathtub in bedroom)
a home that is both sustainably built but also energy/resource efficient.
a home that is small enough that we can afford to pay attention to detail and use beautiful materials without struggling to pay off a mortgage for the rest of our lives.

We don’t want:
rooms that we only use a few times a year, but have to keep clean and organized ALL YEAR LONG.
a home that is wasteful
a home that gets in the way of us putting our attention on what is actually important (being together, making things, enjoying life).
For now, this is just a dream. But here are some resources that we have found really inspiring/helpful:
This amazing 500 sq ft house is in on Sauvie Island, where we got married. It’s safe to say that in pretty much every way this is our dream home.
I love the open-floor plan of this tiny home in Texas, and can’t get enough of the barn doors.
Kanga Room Systems have pre-fab “cottage cabins” in varying sizes. They’re built in Texas and can be shipped almost anywhere.
Tumbleweed Tiny Home Company make some of the cutest tiny homes around. They have an option to buy pre-fab or built it yourself with their help and they have some teeny-tiny options on wheels for true adventurers.
And don’t even get me started on Ross Chapin. He builds these amazing little cottage communities around the country (we visited one on our Honeymoon in Langley, WA), but also has these plans for tiny homes.
There’s a TON of tiny home information out there if you look for it, but what we’re looking for is more like a “very small home”. We don’t want something on wheels, and though we admire people that can live in a few hundred square feet, we have too much crafting stuff alone to swing that. Feel free to peruse my Home board in Pinterest for other examples of architecture and design that we love.
Let the daydreaming begin…
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When Nick and I first started dating we bonded immediately over the vision we had for the future. We both imagined a tiny (800-1500 sq ft, so not THAT tiny) home, and lots of space to garden + play.

We want:
to have spaces that are both purposeful and flexible
proximity to one another. I love that Nick can be working on a project while I cook dinner (or vise vera) and that we can still talk.
to build a home that meets our specific needs (ie. studio) and wishes (i.e. bathtub in bedroom)
a home that is both sustainably built but also energy/resource efficient.
a home that is small enough that we can afford to pay attention to detail and use beautiful materials without struggling to pay off a mortgage for the rest of our lives.

We don’t want:
rooms that we only use a few times a year, but have to keep clean and organized ALL YEAR LONG.
a home that is wasteful
a home that gets in the way of us putting our attention on what is actually important (being together, making things, enjoying life).
For now, this is just a dream. But here are some resources that we have found really inspiring/helpful:
This amazing 500 sq ft house is in on Sauvie Island, where we got married. It’s safe to say that in pretty much every way this is our dream home.
I love the open-floor plan of this tiny home in Texas, and can’t get enough of the barn doors.
Kanga Room Systems have pre-fab “cottage cabins” in varying sizes. They’re built in Texas and can be shipped almost anywhere.
Tumbleweed Tiny Home Company make some of the cutest tiny homes around. They have an option to buy pre-fab or built it yourself with their help and they have some teeny-tiny options on wheels for true adventurers.
And don’t even get me started on Ross Chapin. He builds these amazing little cottage communities around the country (we visited one on our Honeymoon in Langley, WA), but also has these plans for tiny homes.
There’s a TON of tiny home information out there if you look for it, but what we’re looking for is more like a “very small home”. We don’t want something on wheels, and though we admire people that can live in a few hundred square feet, we have too much crafting stuff alone to swing that. Feel free to peruse my Home board in Pinterest for other examples of architecture and design that we love.
Let the daydreaming begin…
ZoomInfo

When Nick and I first started dating we bonded immediately over the vision we had for the future. We both imagined a tiny (800-1500 sq ft, so not THAT tiny) home, and lots of space to garden + play.

We want:

  • to have spaces that are both purposeful and flexible
  • proximity to one another. I love that Nick can be working on a project while I cook dinner (or vise vera) and that we can still talk.
  • to build a home that meets our specific needs (ie. studio) and wishes (i.e. bathtub in bedroom)
  • a home that is both sustainably built but also energy/resource efficient.
  • a home that is small enough that we can afford to pay attention to detail and use beautiful materials without struggling to pay off a mortgage for the rest of our lives.

We don’t want:

  • rooms that we only use a few times a year, but have to keep clean and organized ALL YEAR LONG.
  • a home that is wasteful
  • a home that gets in the way of us putting our attention on what is actually important (being together, making things, enjoying life).

For now, this is just a dream. But here are some resources that we have found really inspiring/helpful:

  • This amazing 500 sq ft house is in on Sauvie Island, where we got married. It’s safe to say that in pretty much every way this is our dream home.
  • I love the open-floor plan of this tiny home in Texas, and can’t get enough of the barn doors.
  • Kanga Room Systems have pre-fab “cottage cabins” in varying sizes. They’re built in Texas and can be shipped almost anywhere.
  • Tumbleweed Tiny Home Company make some of the cutest tiny homes around. They have an option to buy pre-fab or built it yourself with their help and they have some teeny-tiny options on wheels for true adventurers.
  • And don’t even get me started on Ross Chapin. He builds these amazing little cottage communities around the country (we visited one on our Honeymoon in Langley, WA), but also has these plans for tiny homes.

There’s a TON of tiny home information out there if you look for it, but what we’re looking for is more like a “very small home”. We don’t want something on wheels, and though we admire people that can live in a few hundred square feet, we have too much crafting stuff alone to swing that. Feel free to peruse my Home board in Pinterest for other examples of architecture and design that we love.

Let the daydreaming begin…

Everyone needs a little boost every once in a while. I designed these affirmation cards a few years ago and they still hold a really special place in my heart.
Here’s a bit of truth I’m not very proud of: I’m a fixer. 
I think my nature is perfectly suited to the line of work I’m in (not letterpress, the other job) because I spend my days focused on someone else and their well-being. But when it comes to personal relationships being a fixer is pretty much a nightmare. It comes naturally to me to seek out partners that are struggling deeply (it’s a miracle I ended up married to a really stable, healthy guy), because what’s more romantic than the idea of love alone bringing someone out of darkness? Unfortunately, most of the time, that’s pure fiction. 
One of my favorite quotes is closer to the truth:
"You cannot save people. You can only love them."- Anais Nin
And by love, we can do our best to show the people in our lives that deep within them is something worthy and valuable, even when they are imperfect (or you know, human).
And I hope these cards are at least a start.
- You can find some of them in our Etsy Shop. Shall I design some more? I’d love to hear your ideas! -
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Everyone needs a little boost every once in a while. I designed these affirmation cards a few years ago and they still hold a really special place in my heart.
Here’s a bit of truth I’m not very proud of: I’m a fixer. 
I think my nature is perfectly suited to the line of work I’m in (not letterpress, the other job) because I spend my days focused on someone else and their well-being. But when it comes to personal relationships being a fixer is pretty much a nightmare. It comes naturally to me to seek out partners that are struggling deeply (it’s a miracle I ended up married to a really stable, healthy guy), because what’s more romantic than the idea of love alone bringing someone out of darkness? Unfortunately, most of the time, that’s pure fiction. 
One of my favorite quotes is closer to the truth:
"You cannot save people. You can only love them."- Anais Nin
And by love, we can do our best to show the people in our lives that deep within them is something worthy and valuable, even when they are imperfect (or you know, human).
And I hope these cards are at least a start.
- You can find some of them in our Etsy Shop. Shall I design some more? I’d love to hear your ideas! -
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Everyone needs a little boost every once in a while. I designed these affirmation cards a few years ago and they still hold a really special place in my heart.
Here’s a bit of truth I’m not very proud of: I’m a fixer. 
I think my nature is perfectly suited to the line of work I’m in (not letterpress, the other job) because I spend my days focused on someone else and their well-being. But when it comes to personal relationships being a fixer is pretty much a nightmare. It comes naturally to me to seek out partners that are struggling deeply (it’s a miracle I ended up married to a really stable, healthy guy), because what’s more romantic than the idea of love alone bringing someone out of darkness? Unfortunately, most of the time, that’s pure fiction. 
One of my favorite quotes is closer to the truth:
"You cannot save people. You can only love them."- Anais Nin
And by love, we can do our best to show the people in our lives that deep within them is something worthy and valuable, even when they are imperfect (or you know, human).
And I hope these cards are at least a start.
- You can find some of them in our Etsy Shop. Shall I design some more? I’d love to hear your ideas! -
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Everyone needs a little boost every once in a while. I designed these affirmation cards a few years ago and they still hold a really special place in my heart.
Here’s a bit of truth I’m not very proud of: I’m a fixer. 
I think my nature is perfectly suited to the line of work I’m in (not letterpress, the other job) because I spend my days focused on someone else and their well-being. But when it comes to personal relationships being a fixer is pretty much a nightmare. It comes naturally to me to seek out partners that are struggling deeply (it’s a miracle I ended up married to a really stable, healthy guy), because what’s more romantic than the idea of love alone bringing someone out of darkness? Unfortunately, most of the time, that’s pure fiction. 
One of my favorite quotes is closer to the truth:
"You cannot save people. You can only love them."- Anais Nin
And by love, we can do our best to show the people in our lives that deep within them is something worthy and valuable, even when they are imperfect (or you know, human).
And I hope these cards are at least a start.
- You can find some of them in our Etsy Shop. Shall I design some more? I’d love to hear your ideas! -
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Everyone needs a little boost every once in a while. I designed these affirmation cards a few years ago and they still hold a really special place in my heart.

Here’s a bit of truth I’m not very proud of: I’m a fixer. 

I think my nature is perfectly suited to the line of work I’m in (not letterpress, the other job) because I spend my days focused on someone else and their well-being. But when it comes to personal relationships being a fixer is pretty much a nightmare. It comes naturally to me to seek out partners that are struggling deeply (it’s a miracle I ended up married to a really stable, healthy guy), because what’s more romantic than the idea of love alone bringing someone out of darkness? Unfortunately, most of the time, that’s pure fiction. 

One of my favorite quotes is closer to the truth:

"You cannot save people. You can only love them."- Anais Nin

And by love, we can do our best to show the people in our lives that deep within them is something worthy and valuable, even when they are imperfect (or you know, human).

And I hope these cards are at least a start.

- You can find some of them in our Etsy Shop. Shall I design some more? I’d love to hear your ideas! -

If I’m being honest, 2014 has been a bit rough, and a bit stressful but it’s those things that have been a catalyst to help me step out of my safe, uninspired space and begin to actively work on my self, and my goals and my home.
We’ve lived in this house for a little over 3 years, and though we’re constantly tinkering around with paint and furniture, it’s only been in the last 6 months that we’ve really begun to streamline and simplify. 
One of my favorite projects to date is this super easy, cheap wall art project which was inspired by this blog post  I came across on Pinterest. It has tremendous impact without feeling silly or over the top. We followed suit and did these little crosses, but stripes or small triangles would also be amazing.
You’ll need:
2 rolls of washi tape (soft white was the perfect shade for our bedroom)
scissors 
pencil
measuring tools
We’re unabashedly neurotic, so I measured out the wall with pencil (the crosses were 10” apart) while Nick measured out and cut the tape (each piece was just under 2”). It took about an hour to do the portion of the wall that we covered, but was both simple to plan out and easy to execute.
For the first row: start a few inches from the corner, measuring 10 inches between each mark. The next row (which should be 5 inches up) would then start 5 inches to the right of the first cross. And the next row would go back to being in line with the first row (but 10 inches up). Make sense? 
It’s perfectly removable for when we’re ready to try something new, or when we eventually move out of this rental house. But it’s definitely substantial enough that it will stay put for as long as we love it.
And we LOVE it.
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If I’m being honest, 2014 has been a bit rough, and a bit stressful but it’s those things that have been a catalyst to help me step out of my safe, uninspired space and begin to actively work on my self, and my goals and my home.
We’ve lived in this house for a little over 3 years, and though we’re constantly tinkering around with paint and furniture, it’s only been in the last 6 months that we’ve really begun to streamline and simplify. 
One of my favorite projects to date is this super easy, cheap wall art project which was inspired by this blog post  I came across on Pinterest. It has tremendous impact without feeling silly or over the top. We followed suit and did these little crosses, but stripes or small triangles would also be amazing.
You’ll need:
2 rolls of washi tape (soft white was the perfect shade for our bedroom)
scissors 
pencil
measuring tools
We’re unabashedly neurotic, so I measured out the wall with pencil (the crosses were 10” apart) while Nick measured out and cut the tape (each piece was just under 2”). It took about an hour to do the portion of the wall that we covered, but was both simple to plan out and easy to execute.
For the first row: start a few inches from the corner, measuring 10 inches between each mark. The next row (which should be 5 inches up) would then start 5 inches to the right of the first cross. And the next row would go back to being in line with the first row (but 10 inches up). Make sense? 
It’s perfectly removable for when we’re ready to try something new, or when we eventually move out of this rental house. But it’s definitely substantial enough that it will stay put for as long as we love it.
And we LOVE it.
ZoomInfo

If I’m being honest, 2014 has been a bit rough, and a bit stressful but it’s those things that have been a catalyst to help me step out of my safe, uninspired space and begin to actively work on my self, and my goals and my home.

We’ve lived in this house for a little over 3 years, and though we’re constantly tinkering around with paint and furniture, it’s only been in the last 6 months that we’ve really begun to streamline and simplify. 

One of my favorite projects to date is this super easy, cheap wall art project which was inspired by this blog post  I came across on Pinterest. It has tremendous impact without feeling silly or over the top. We followed suit and did these little crosses, but stripes or small triangles would also be amazing.

You’ll need:

  • 2 rolls of washi tape (soft white was the perfect shade for our bedroom)
  • scissors 
  • pencil
  • measuring tools

We’re unabashedly neurotic, so I measured out the wall with pencil (the crosses were 10” apart) while Nick measured out and cut the tape (each piece was just under 2”). It took about an hour to do the portion of the wall that we covered, but was both simple to plan out and easy to execute.

For the first row: start a few inches from the corner, measuring 10 inches between each mark. The next row (which should be 5 inches up) would then start 5 inches to the right of the first cross. And the next row would go back to being in line with the first row (but 10 inches up). Make sense? 

It’s perfectly removable for when we’re ready to try something new, or when we eventually move out of this rental house. But it’s definitely substantial enough that it will stay put for as long as we love it.

And we LOVE it.

Well, March is here, and in Portland it feels as though we’re right on the cusp of Spring. The bulbs are beginning to peek out, the temperature is creeping up, and the sun is FINALLY making an appearance every once in a while.
Friday was warm (for us that’s about 55 degrees) & sunny, and all of Portland came out to soak it up. And then the weekend brought rain. I don’t know about everyone else, but when I woke up on Saturday to a grey, wet morning my stomach sank. Rain. Again.
But (after a quick pouting session) we decided to make the most of it and made up a long list of projects we’ve been meaning to do around the house. About a month ago, we picked up a wide mouthed jar on an IKEA outing and had been meaning to make a terrarium for our kitchen table. We’d hit up the local nursery, thinking they would have some ideas/plants for it but walked away empty handed. We had visions of a vibrant landscape of moss & fern, so we shopped the neighborhood so to speak. We have a few horse chestnut trees near our home that are home to an unbelievable amount of both moss & fern this time of year, so we harvested some carefully and built a little wonderland (can you see the tiny mushroom?!). 
Here are a few pointers on making your own:
Find a suitable container (one with a mouth wide enough you can fit your hands in is ideal). Ours didn’t have a lid, so we make sure to spray it with water more often. A lid will make the environment lower-maintenance - or for an open container, consider air plants!
Find appropriate plants (ie, humidity-loving, low-light compatible) around your yard/neighborhood or at your local nursery. We chose moss & fern, which are bountiful in Oregon this time of year but orchids, bromeliads and grasses work great as well.
You’ll need enough pebbles to cover the bottom of the container to allow for better drainage.
On top of that, add around 2 inches of a light potting mix (this step isn’t always necessary as rock & sand can serve as a perfectly fine base depending on what you decide to plant).
Create your own tiny world, full of plants/stones/shells/branches/found objects.
If you live in Portland, check out this gem of a store. All they have is terrariums, and the supplies to build your own. It’s one of the more magical places I’ve ever been.
"In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt" - Margaret Atwood
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Well, March is here, and in Portland it feels as though we’re right on the cusp of Spring. The bulbs are beginning to peek out, the temperature is creeping up, and the sun is FINALLY making an appearance every once in a while.

Friday was warm (for us that’s about 55 degrees) & sunny, and all of Portland came out to soak it up. And then the weekend brought rain. I don’t know about everyone else, but when I woke up on Saturday to a grey, wet morning my stomach sank. Rain. Again.

But (after a quick pouting session) we decided to make the most of it and made up a long list of projects we’ve been meaning to do around the house. About a month ago, we picked up a wide mouthed jar on an IKEA outing and had been meaning to make a terrarium for our kitchen table. We’d hit up the local nursery, thinking they would have some ideas/plants for it but walked away empty handed. We had visions of a vibrant landscape of moss & fern, so we shopped the neighborhood so to speak. We have a few horse chestnut trees near our home that are home to an unbelievable amount of both moss & fern this time of year, so we harvested some carefully and built a little wonderland (can you see the tiny mushroom?!). 

Here are a few pointers on making your own:

  • Find a suitable container (one with a mouth wide enough you can fit your hands in is ideal). Ours didn’t have a lid, so we make sure to spray it with water more often. A lid will make the environment lower-maintenance - or for an open container, consider air plants!
  • Find appropriate plants (ie, humidity-loving, low-light compatible) around your yard/neighborhood or at your local nursery. We chose moss & fern, which are bountiful in Oregon this time of year but orchids, bromeliads and grasses work great as well.
  • You’ll need enough pebbles to cover the bottom of the container to allow for better drainage.
  • On top of that, add around 2 inches of a light potting mix (this step isn’t always necessary as rock & sand can serve as a perfectly fine base depending on what you decide to plant).
  • Create your own tiny world, full of plants/stones/shells/branches/found objects.

If you live in Portland, check out this gem of a store. All they have is terrariums, and the supplies to build your own. It’s one of the more magical places I’ve ever been.

"In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt" - Margaret Atwood