Hello lovely souls! Hope you had a most memorable weekend! Wishing all you mamas happiness + goodness by the bushel! So, here’s a question for you!? Do you ever see your life as a sketchbook? ..a journal of experiences that you collect and treasure…and somehow manage to store..in your brain, in your soul…or in whatever way it feels right to you? Photos of course help me with much of it. Whenever I look back through my digital files I find they instantly take me to that moment the photo happened.Well…I like this sort of thinking..gathering as you go…making “sketches” ( as in photos) of all things around you….I find it to be terribly inspiring for any new project I am working on as well..and most weeks I am juggling a hearty handful of things much like everyone else!! This last week was a most inspiring one with lots of thoughts on new designs flying through my brain…Many of my thoughts you see as photos early on that inspire something else later.
Color , color….as you add layers to your world..your sketchbook of life….consider the way color will play a role …the language it can add to you life is remarkable to me..and often something you never forget..much like a scent that lingers in your mind. This vignette on our mirror is in our powder room..the rich colors dance so beautiful with the light throughout the day..then when night falls the light on the colors becomes even more extreme..it makes me wild…makes me want to add even more colors to our walls. I have been stuffing bits of life on my mirrors since I was a teenager…then you really look at these things…give it a try!
This week our garden is exploding in color and splendid irresistible beauty. I find myself in the garden before I begin my workday ( kind of a wonderful way to start my day) ..I also go to the garden at the end of my work day….it’s all there…all the luscious layers for the taking….do you see them? It’s a layer in my sketch book that is very personal..and so healthy in mnay ways!
The flowers are blooming wildly now..and I find myself gathering them daily…I love setting them around the house….anywhere..everywhere..they add magic , they add another layer of happiness in their untamed fanciful ways…I love adding in the random long branch that makes the whole lot feel a bit wonky…it’s so good when the eye finds something a bit off…..ahhh..divine nesting!!
Even the rhubarb inspired me this week ( and yes, I made 3 rhubarb desserts…) I may need to do more..I love, love rhubarb..the taste, the colors, the texture…..
A dusting of confectioners sugar on any dessert ……….. like angel powder for the fairies….and so pretty in a photo..no?
I also did some digging this week..found this sketch I had done quite sometime ago…I have had elephants on my brain..then I found this in one of my baskets….see the elephant, see the peacock..see the goat…..another layer to life’s lively sketchbook…..somethings never change…they just evolve as new luscious layers!
Seashells….they seem to always find a way into my world…..so I had to document this….the top of a mirror….it inspired another piece of art that I’m still working on. Then more digging…in the garden..thinning out the radishes….that I cannot toss…..so lovely with their bits of dirt and ever reaching roots….
We went to the beach for mothers day. It was so beautiful! It was 99 degrees when we left our house for the beach..and 85 when we got there…bikini weather…whoa!! We stayed until the sun was nearly set … we were the only ones left save a few evening beach combers.
I only wanted one thing for mothers day…a photo with my four delicious boys….My sweet friend Nina took this one…you can see how golden the light was….the sun was going down ansd we were just packing up.
I found these the other day…a random mix of goodies….my hoarder tendencies ( while I poke fun at them) serve me well when I go back through baskets of goodness…I find layers of life…bits and pieces of my own sketchbook.
So what about you? what about your life sketchbook…how do you keep it…..? I’m so very curious….
Hoping your spring is adding an irresistible bit of joy to your days….the smells, ahh the smells…do you keep your windows open at night to breathe in all that goodness…?
Cheers + goodness to you !!
~ live your poetic wanderlust !….with love, from our studio + ranch~ in the California countryside …Tracy Porter~
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