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Chill in Chilote

Chilote House Shoes

Made fair in Patagonia.These positive impact, sheep wool slippers are created to empower women. How awesome is that? Gosh I love a product with a good cause. This company gives women in Patagonia an opportunity to do what they know how to do (and love to do) to make a living.

So they’re made out of sheeps wool and get this-the bottoms are made of salmon leather. Salmon. Leather. How neat is that?Chilote sent me some House Shoes to try out and I have to say-they live up to the hype! They are soft, cozy, and warm. I love them! They’re also super cute and go with everything so I feel extra cool rockin’ around the house to Billy Joel.Each and every pair of slippers is made by artisan women that live in remote, rural areas of Patagonia. So, when you receive your slippers in the mail just know they were carefully handmade. I love that my slippers have such a story behind them.To add to the coolness. Each pair has a QR code on the tag that links to the specific artisan group that made them. It’s so interesting how personable this company is. You can even see photos of some of the women on their website based on the location in Patagonia they come from.Overall, a product that is made with pride, empowers women to be independent while doing what they love, and is super comfy, high quality, and cute scores an A+ in my book.

Check out Chilote House Slippers and their story at www.chiloteshoes.com

These would make an excellent gift for the holidays!

Art & Music

Art and music

The first day of high school art class my teacher told us to bring CDs. (I know, CDs… iPhones were definitely not a thing yet guys)

“Art and music go together!” Those words stuck in my head.

It’s about the process.

That concept of “the process” came up again in college when I was a fine arts major in a drawing class.

I was made to appreciate the work the artist put in-not just the finished product.

How the artist struggled with form and you could see it on the page…that hadn’t occurred to me. Once it did though, I looked at art in a new light.

That process of how a piece is created directly impacts the outcome.

A simple pencil drawing shows lines, even erased lines, and you can almost imagine what was going through their head when they drew them.

There are some paintings that have layers upon layers of paint. They’re almost 3D. You can see that struggle the artist had finding the form and bringing out the colors. It intrigues me.

Sometimes when I see a piece of art that looks like the artist really struggled, I wonder if they were going through something in their life. Often times you can see that artists take out their emotions in their work and it tells a story on its own, separate from the content of the piece.

The pressure they used, the speed at which they laid the lines down, is it a mess? Was the form carefully constructed? It really makes a difference.

Music flows much like art. It facilitates that process. Once I find that place where I’m inspired and have a direction-it just flows.

Whenever I get done with a drawing my mind feels clear-like I emptied it right on the page. I definitely put my emotions into my art. And when you consider how music expresses emotion-it just all kinda ties together, doesn’t it?

I often listen to mellow music when I create to remind myself to slow down and pause before making decisions on the paper. I need that reminder because I get excited and just go! I’ve learned that just throwing lines carelessly on paper does not work for me. I always hate the outcome.

So in order to love my work, I have to force myself to entertain a process that doesn’t come naturally to me. That process being patience. Ha.

Patient mood, calm music drawing: (attention to detail, thoughtfully placed lines)

Fun, faster music with less care to detail:(Less care with lines, a little more hectic looking, can you see the difference in style?)

While patience takes practice, I do enjoy building values in a drawing. Often times there’s this struggle of:

    Will this work?
    It might, I’ll draw it.
    It’s not working
    I hate it
    Maybe I can fix it
    It’s working now
    Okay, I dig it
    I gotta start dinner-I’ll finish this next year. (Real talk)

Pushing myself to get through those beginning unsure steps can be a challenge. I always try to decide if I’m wasting my time on an idea or if I just need to work out the details.

Listening to music helps my momentum. I’ll often just sing and jam and draw and let the hours go by and then I have an almost finished drawing in front of me.

I’ll be honest I have a TON of drawings that I’ve started and haven’t finished. I have ideas I want to get on paper but don’t typically have time to complete them.

Lately I’ve been making time though and you can read about that journey here.

So that’s my long, drawn out way of telling you that I think art is persuaded by music and that music is like a train that takes my mind from idea to creation. I dig that. Plus who doesn’t want to sing at the top of their lungs while drawing like a weirdo?

Splints & Daisies

28467716_10212166563147467_8831537581198414987_nMy sister Tara is a rock star.Well, she’s a floral designer but, she is an epic one.

She’s also an epic human being.29571398_10211910776989034_5912571465890760500_nIt always feels like stepping into a whimsical world when I enter her home. Unusual pieces placed with intent. Minimalism yet inspiration in every corner. Everything has a purpose, or its loved in some way. The environment she creates around herself stems from her innate need to create and translates into her business seamlessly. She doesn’t just make art-she lives it. Of course, she would tell me it isn’t minimalism…she just doesn’t keep a bunch of junk laying around 😉 That’s legit. IMG_4642Tara built her business from the ground up over years of dedication and her natural passion for nature. She is now an extremely successful, in demand floral designer based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

She’s truly an artist.24232858_10211027365824307_2686477697218946099_nIf you let her have fun, be creative, and do her thing-you will be amazed at the outcome.Her design style is unparalleled. She isn’t afraid to play-play with colors, textures, shapes, you name it. Her personality pops out of the vases she fills, installations she hangs from wooden beams, and gowns made of blossoms. Nothing is off limits. Her quirkiness shines through her odd vessels and the personality of her creations. She has a thought, brings it to life, and makes it flow.

Collaboration is a key component of her business that stands out to me. She collaborates regularly with photographers, models, venues, and other floral designers to create breath-taking content. To see some of the top creatives in a community come together and produce magic is just as inspiring as the photos themselves.Tara has always been very ethical in everything she does. She has always attempted to source her flowers locally and is efficient with her resources. She’s never been one to shy away from some extra work if it means doing things the right way-that is, right for the environment and others.On a sister level, Tara shares my exact humor and putting us in close vicinity is sure to produce rolling belly laughs and artistic adventures.She taught Sigorney Weaver to make baskets-and she sat in my kitchen and she taught me too. She’s just this total anomaly floating around her humble home, feeding goats and playing in the dirt. She’s the only person I know who would fill my entire bathroom with flowers, drag an entire tree into her floral studio because “it could look cool“, create gowns out of blossoms, and then go home to cook and feed her dog and work in her yard. She’s the bees knees. Rock on big sis. 11009882_10204027438270493_2856154975623686048_nYou can follow her on Instagram @Splintsanddaisies to see her breath-taking photos and also check out her website www.splintsanddaisies.com she does a wide variety of work including weddings, arrangements, holiday decor, and some crazy, upside down, abstract stuff if that is your thing! *mic drop*