Hello Monday…summering, brain mush and fun news


Happy Monday morning to you!


This is a sweet weekly rhythm where we greet a fresh week, open to the possibilities and on the hunt for beauty and joy, even in the gritty…because sometimes that’s where it grows best of all.


I missed last week so I’m all geared up and ready to say some hello’s today.  Join me?


I’ve been busy summering…how about you?


summering collage


Hello mushy summer brain


I’ve swung from hyper anxious and feeling frantic to complete mush.  No motivation to do much of anything.  Where is the middle?!  I just want to lay around by large bodies of water, have a nanny, housekeeper and wait staff follow me around, refilling my fruity drinks {with the little straws} and read a good book.  I don’t feel like that’s asking too much.


My mom, sister and I recently had a funny discussion about the kind of people who use “summer” as a verb…as in, “so where does everyone summer?”  I might not have 3 different vacation homes to choose from but, dangit, I’m summering.  The mush might be here for a bit longer.


Hello creative overload


Big projects are in the works {can’t wait to tell you!} and that has filled my mushy brain to the brim.  Today, I finally took an hour to write out some main goals, then sub-goals, then a 10 week plan.  Who am I?  Lest you get the wrong idea, I am not a planner by nature.  It was just the only way to get my brain organized so I don’t start to feel frazzled.  I’m finding it really helpful to write out my main objectives of what I want to happen and then work backwards, filling in the smaller steps I need to take to get there.


How do you brain dump?


Hello books


Thanks to due dates from the library, I’m reading a lot more these days.  Yay!  Right now, I’m really focused on finishing the last few chapters of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire {it’s overdue} and my friend Courtney just recently passed me The Fault in Our Starsso I’m excited about starting that one soon.


What are you reading right now?


Hello getting out of the house


Our family is finally at the place where it is sometimes easier to leave the house than stay in it.  The natives get restless so going our friend’s and family’s pools, grandparents houses, parks and play dates have been keeping us from eating each other {it’s like Lord of the Flies over here}.  This week it’s a local splash pad with friends and I’m excited.


Hello shop birthday!


One week from today the shop turns FOUR!  Etsy years are like dog years so this is really fun for me.  I’m looking forward to seeing what the best sellers were, how the shop grew this past year and…most importantly…planning fun surprises for you guys!  Stay tuned for more about that soon.  You won’t want to miss next Monday. ;)


Any particular lovelies or promos in the past that you especially loved?  I want to hear!


Hello sneak peek




A new batch of lovelies are coming on Wednesday and friends, prepare your hearts for….




I’ve been wanting to work with leather and suede for a really long time so I’m pretty excited.  I think you will be too.


Share with me what you’re saying hello to?  Perfect.  And I hope you have a wonderful start to your week!  

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7 Responses to Hello Monday…summering, brain mush and fun news

  1. Courtney says:

    I’m still in love with the rosette bib necklaces… they are a fun and beautiful statement piece on top of a simple tank top!!! I LOVE SUMMERING!

    • Dana says:

      Good to know! I have a soft spot for them too, to be honest. ;) And WHEN did your blog name change??? Love it!

      • Courtney says:

        uhhh just last night. i’m itchy for being creative and my blog got the hit. i really want it to have its own template, i was looking on etsy and thinking… :)

  2. I just discovered you from the Lisa Leonard blog and I can totally relate to the summer brain mush and the need to be out and occupied! I really enjoyed your post and look forward to checking out your blog and shop.Congrats!

    • Dana says:

      Hi, Erin! How sweet of you to stop by and comment! Love meeting people through Lisa…she has the sweetest readers! And best of luck on coping with the mush brain. Maybe they’ll come back to us? :)

  3. Goblet of fire was/is my favorite of the series. Poor Cedric.

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