New Works In Progress

work-in-progressWell, it’s finally here…it’s the last Friday before my daughter heads back for a new year of school. I’m equal parts relieved that the Summer is over (I can just never get quite enough done), and sad that it’s come to an end. One thing I’m looking forward to is more time to focus on working on finishing a heap of illustrations that I’ve only just sketched down onto paper. I can’t wait to see how they’ll take shape. I’m sure a few of them will be making an appearance in my new shop (more on that soon)!

Now I’m off to enjoy the last few vacation days with my daughter! Have an awesome weekend friends! xo Ez

Indie Shop Finds

indie-shop-finds-82114Summer is coming to its end, and I have to admit that I’m really looking forward to the promise of changes to come during the Fall season. Today’s pretty indie shop finds have me feeling wistful for cozy mornings curled up with a good book, a mug of tea, and a heaping plate of delicious crepes. How about you? Are you feeling ready for the season’s to turn yet? I can’t wait!

1. The Paris Journal Gift Set | 2. Good Morning Beautiful, Cushion Cover | 3. Winter Landscape Plate | 4. Black and Gold Oxford Shoes

Trend Spotting: Swans

trendspotting-swansMove over pineapples there’s a new mini trend brewing! This fascination is of the feathered variety, and I for one am hoping that it picks up steam. Bring on the swans!

1. The Swan Song – Little Odd Forest | 2. Swan Textile Sculpture – Abigail Brown | 3. Marie Willumsen Swan Wallpaper – Jimmy Cricket | 4. Swan Soiree Toddler Sheet Set – The Land of Nod | 5. Handmade Wooden Swan Pull Toy – Oliver & Adelaide | 6. Swan Note Card – Love. Luck. Kisses & Cake

Shop Update: New Photo Prints Available

creaturecomforts-new-art-1Hi friends! I just wanted to stop by on this fine Monday to let you know that I’ve added some pretty new photographs to my shop offerings. They are available as art prints, pillows, and more.

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I hope you’ll skip on over and have a little look-see. xo Ez

Frond Memories

palm-frondYesterday we drove down the coast for a bittersweet day trip to Santa Barbara. We went to say farewell to my sister and brother-in-law who are moving back East in a few days time, and to squeeze in some precious memory-making with my grandparents. I guess it’s par for the course with this stage of life, but I find myself thinking about time a lot more than I used to. Not so much the tangible ticking of a second-hand on a clock, but the precious fleeting moments we call life. And memory. Memories that we collect to hold all these moments close.

After my grandmother’s stroke this past Christmastime, her Alzheimer’s really started to set in. It has been heartbreaking to see dementia cause her to worry and becomes paranoid about things that should not cause her fear. Her short-term memory is deteriorating quickly and because of this she repeats herself almost constantly; forgetting that she just told us something, and therefore retelling it to us over and over.

We know that we don’t have forever, but for now, we are thankful that she still has a good grip on her long-term memory. She is soothed through storytelling, and we do our best to help keep her spirits up by asking her to share her memories from the past. Memories about holding her grandchildren for the first time, of funny antics from my childhood, and further back…meeting my grandfather for the first time (on the boardwalk in New Jersey), silly recollections from her first year as a newlywed, and as a new mother so many years ago. But most of all, stories about love. Love is the common theme that weaves together the tapestry of her memories; brightening so many of the shadows cast by her disease.

Despite the aches and pains of age, and the changing landscape of her mind, she still has love. So for now, I feel truly lucky to be able to listen as an ocean’s worth of loving memories washes over her…even if that means hearing the same stories on repeat…like a tide washing the shore clean again and again. These times we spend together now, will become the memories that I may one day be reciting to my future grandchildren. Memories of love. They are treasures to me, far more precious than any other.

I hope you will have a weekend full of beauty and memory making ahead of you. xo Ez