03 September 2012

Fuscia + White + Turquoise .

W H O   N E E D S   R E D + W H I T E + B L U E  
F O R   L A B O R  D A Y 
W H E N   Y O U   C A N   W E A R   T H I S   
C O L O R  C O M B O   I N S T E A D ? 
A M   I   R I G H T ?

G E T  O U T  +  S A Y   H E L L O 
T O   S E P T E M B E R .
L A B O R   D A Y   L O V E   T O   Y O U . 

19 August 2012

I Loved Thee .

H E R E 

G O O D B Y E   S U M M E R .
Applications .
Sundresses .
Sandals .
Month in Minne . 
Family . 
Lakes . 
Boats .
New bikinis .
Haven . 
New brother .
Farewell, sweet Anna . 
Scooter rides . 
Camping quests .
Successes . 
Failures .
Markets . 
Makings . 
Dreamings .
Barbeques .
Corn hole . 
Patios .
More grill smells . 
Drinks on ice . 
Crab apples .
Roof time . 
Lakeside . 
Gone girl .
Colorado bound . 
Ferris wheels at sunset . 
Learning to love . 
Still . 
No. 4
Stranded in Telluride . 
Celebrations !
Columbia . A H .
Birthdays . 
Babies . 
Ricos . 
Dreams of peaches .
Cobblers . 
Projects . 
Bicycle cruising . 
Mirror love . 
I  H A V E  L O V E D   T H E E . 

Perhaps too much . 
But fall sweaters , I love you too . 
O N W A R D .

09 August 2012

0 8 . 0 9 . 0 8

01 August 2012

Jackpot .

We had one lucky W I N N E R from our 
Horseshoe Market Giveaway a few weeks ago . 
And so , today , being sent to a lovely someone :

+ ( 3 ) WhimsyWords Banners
+ ( 3 ) Letter pressed Chipboard Banner Prints
+ ( 2 ) " I Love You Like A . . . " Say What You May Wheel Prints
+ ( 3 ) Multimedia Postcard Prints
+ ( 4 ) Vintage Fabric-lined Notecards + Envelopes
+ ( 5 ) Vintage Fabric-lined Postcard Prints

Yes . She seriously W O N all of that ! 
I'm just thrilled to be giving goods away to those who love them . 
More giveaways to come . 

Wouldn't Y O U love to be next ?  ! 

X O X O 

31 July 2012

T H U S . I S . L I F E .

I love a good analogy . 
In real life . 
An extraordinary reawakening of the mind due to an ordinary routine . 
Ordinary experience . Ordinary encounter with life . 

In the last few days I have been working on some new ideas for L OU involving a photo transfer process . 
That's what it has been . A process . 

A process of seeing an underlying image that is better than what's seen above . 
A process of wiping away a substance that is temporarily seen to slowly reveal something much more incredible below . 
A process of this incredible underlying image beginning to show through with each intentional movement to rub each tiny top piece away . 

A process in which the final image is dull at first, but with precision  + refinement, the full color + detail emerge . 
Brilliance . 

A process in which it is easy to sometimes lose patience , be tempted to neglect the final image's potential for sake of time + convenience . 

It's a messy process, for cleanliness would not allow the satisfaction of the final product . 

It's a process of watching an image become something new . 
Something better . Something with a purpose in mind . 

And though , when one process is completed and you think you have a F I N A L image , it's not over . 

When the final image has emerged . The mess is cleared . It's just the beginning . 

Because there's more . The maker has more in mind for this piece . 

This image, once destined to be seen + tossed away , has something more . 
A new life . 
A new purpose . 
Bigger + better . 

T H U S   I S   L I F E .

Gaining a new perspective . 
Living up to more than just one purpose . 
Going + becoming something beyond where I began . 
Not stopping where I am . 
Not satisfied with the ordinary . 
Transforming . 
Changing . 
Evolving . 
Inspiring . 

A process in which others may see the final image + understand . 
Be moved . 
Be inspired . 
Be changed . 

But even if they don't see it as clearly as I do , it's worth it . 
More than I could have imagined . 

That's what this process is all about . 

Moving what once inspired only little old me to inspire something or someone else . 

The old made into new . The broken made into whole . The purposeless given purpose . 

This is the process I have been busy with . 

And , T H U S   I S   L I F E .

24 July 2012

L o u H o r s e s h o e W i n n e r !

Thanks . Thanks . Thanks . 
To all who beat the heat a couple Saturdays ago @ the Horseshoe Market !
It was a blast + I loved seeing the great finds shoppers found + even loved 
M O R E getting to send some fabulous shoppers home 
with some of the N E W E S T   L OU goods . 

Also @ that market , there was a G I V E A WA Y + we have one lucky 
W IN N E R  tonight who will be receiving a collection of W H IM SY L OU paper goods ! 

Drumroll please . . . . . 
Meghan ! I will be sending you an email with more details 
on how you can receive your giveaway gifts , so stay tuned !

More to come soon enough . X O XO 

20 July 2012

Turning Pages .

It wasn't but a couple days ago that I read a book . 
A real book . 
A novel, in fact . 
Something I haven't done in quite some time . 
Reading for enjoyment , not just education or something of the likes . Curling up into a ball in my bed or in the grass and losing my mind to some other world of people and places previously unknown to me . 

I was , in fact , so inspired by the very act of simply reading that I found a set of Shakespeare books, "Othello" + "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in a thrift store for 99 cents , so I bought them thinking this would be a perfect time to read a couple classics . They are still sitting on my kitchen counter, but their delicate sea foam + white illustrations are nothing short of beautiful . Inspired by the cover art a bit more than the words I glanced at within the cover . Maybe I'll change my mind soon . 

Speaking of inspiring books , however , my mind immediately jumped to two titles I have flipped endlessly through in this past year . Books in which not only the cover illustrations engage you but also books that are far more substantial for those endless moving gears in my little mind + heart . 

O H . M Y . 
I want to read them both again right now . 

If the words, the handwriting, the paintings, the thoughts, the R A W honestly of real thoughts + feelings + interactions + memories don't make you fall in love with life + the truth + the questions + all of those uncertainties, than nothing will . 

Incredible authors . 

Makes me want to paint + doodle + think + read + write something good to read . 
Sigh . Book love . 
X O X O 

12 July 2012

B a ck .

Why, WHIMSY LOU again . 
Exactly six months since last time I wrote . 
It ' s crazy how life happens so quickly . 
But it does + though I hate that I left for so long , I'm all ready to 
+ ready carry on to 
P R O M O T E   L OU 
+ P ROM O TE  Saturday ' s market 
+ I N S P I R E 
+ C R E A T E 
+ G A B 
+ G U S H 
+ S A Y  H E L L O  more often . 
S o , 

And feel free to take a little look @ what L OU has become . 


Here ' s to hoping NE W  L OU products will be up in the shoppe soon . 


Thanks for stopping by + welcome back, me . 
Hope to see you Saturday for some Horseshoe fun .

12 January 2012

Until We Meet Again .

As I creep into this retrospective mood , it's difficult to narrow down the thoughts in my head .
It feels sort of dark . Anything but W H IM S Y . But hello 2 O 12 . This year feels a bit different .

New year .
New priorities .
My life is happening now .
Right now .
I have all of these visions . Yet so many obligations .
So many inspirations , yet so little order to them all .

I see all of these things + I want to have them .
I see all of these people doing things + I want to do them .

And in all of this madness , I have realized that I need to remind myself :

I don't have to do what everyone else is doing .

I don't have to dress this way . Or write that way . Or have to as many blog followers as others . I don't have to be selling my goods off of store shelves . I don't have to be a featured artist to feel like what I DO matters . Or that I ' ve succeeded at something . Anything .

Furthermore , from the lips of Guillaume Apollinaire :

Now + then , it's good to pause in our
+ just BE HAPPY .

And here I am , PURSUING happiness in parts of my life ,
but giving up HUGE sources of happiness in other parts .

Truth be told , I cannot blog forever .
I have loved taking time to write my thoughts here + share my inspirations here .
But its become an obligation I feel compelled to uphold + I can ' t anymore .

So from now on :
I can see a photo + love it . And not have to post it .
I can see ANYTHING + love it . And not have to take a photograph of it .
I can create something + love it . And not have to sell it .
I can read words + love it . And not even have to write it down .
I can hear a song + love it . And not have to play it over + over again .

And that makes me HAPPY .

So I will continue to S IN G + WR I T E ( in all C AP S + SP A C ED OU T i suppose ) + DRE AM + S EW + C REA TE .

And , lovely friends , I will most certainly LO V E TO D A Y .
Love it for everything it holds .
Don't go hoping you're going to love tomorrow .
Love THIS moment + live this moment .
Be present .
Let go .
Be happy
+ free .
XO X O Goodbye for now . Until we meet again .

03 January 2012

On the Twelfth Day . . .

W O O . Twelve S W E E T DA Y S .

It's the most wonderful time of the year
With the kids jingle belling
And everyone telling you "Be of good cheer"
It's the most wonderful time of the year .
It's the hap-happiest season of all
With those holiday greetings and gay happy meetings
When friends come to call
It's the hap- happiest season of all .

There'll be parties for hosting
Marshmallows for toasting
And caroling out in the snow .
There'll be scary ghost stories
And tales of the glories of
Christmases long, long ago .

It's the most wonderful time of the year
There'll be much mistltoeing
And hearts will be glowing
When love ones are near
It's the most wonderful time of the year !

H ELL O 2 0 1 2 . It I S , indeed , the most wonderful time of the YE AR .
N E W .
Time to L E T G O + BE P R E SEN T .
Don ' t you think ?
X OX O .

02 January 2012

On the Eleventh Day . . .

Oh, by gosh, by golly
It's time for mistletoe and holly
Tasty pheasants, Christmas presents
Countrysides covered with snow

Oh, by gosh, by jingle
It's time for carols and Kris Kringle
Overeating, merry greetings
From relatives you don't know

Then comes that big night,
Giving the tree the trim
You'll hear voices by starlight
Singing a Yuletide hymn

Oh, by gosh, by golly
It's time for mistletoe and holly
Fancy ties an' granny's pies
An' folks stealin' a kiss or two

As they whisper, "Merry Christmas" to you .

C HR I ST M AS 2 0 11 M AY B E O V ER + TH ROU GH ,
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