Black Sails

Draping over the sky
with dark shadows
that shame the onyx night drawing nigh

solemn and slow
bearing news of fear
to the quivering heartbeats down below

there they hold
in the frigid air
a sad and a most fatal tale we’re told

“gather round
ye hearts of men
and hear the beating, dreary sound

of lives all lost
to the siren call
in the chilly, bitter waves were tossed

no space of time
no will to bend
falling in a dream-like trance, sublime!”

and so they plot
and chart the course
the sails allure with a chill are sought

and every mind
turns away in fear
to cause the curious eye to blind

yet not a soul fight
the charm of the dark
or the coldest winds in the eery night

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Bears, Cards and Inspiration

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I hope you all are having a lovely day! Today I found a book that has slipped through the cracks of my childhood. I recently went to see Paddington in theaters with one of my friends. During the movie I suddenly realized that I had never read the book. So I fully intend to educate myself on this amazing bear. This particular copy makes me smile because it has clearly been used. Used books are better than new books because they’ve actually taught someone something along the way.

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Today I also received a special card form my amazing Aunt that held a surprise. This is probably the coolest coaster I’ve ever seen. I love the pastel pink typewriter! Any time I see it I automatically cheese until my face hurts. Both my Mom and my Aunt are the reasons that I love vintage things. I remember going with both of them on special occasions to antique stores. I believe that’s why I love antiques so much. They make me think of good times with amazing people. 

Another thing about this coaster that makes me happy is that it came in the mail. I love seeing my name on something besides “adult mail.”

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Oh yes! And I finally got back to drawing. This is a rough sketch of Vinnie. It’s pretty small, but I don’t mind. I actually enjoy small things. They make me get the warm fuzzies.

I hope you all have a wonderful day and stay ever so amazing!

Loads of Love,
Kate
xoxo

Blank Pages

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Sometimes pure blank pages are an inspirational thing. They’re full of possibilities and ideas just waiting to be unleashed. Other times they are quite taunting and give no hope for success. It’s a deep and ominous sea of white that threatens to swallow you whole with no cause.

Tonight I am in the sea and I’ve been paddling to stay afloat for a while. For the past few weeks I have been a dry desert when it comes to creativity. It seems everything I attempt only frustrates me.

It’s odd because when I do have a streak of creativity I usually have several projects going at once.

I guess what gets me out of this horrible rut is remembering why I do what I do to begin with. I do it because I love it. I like the process, getting my hands messy, pulling a concept out of my head and creating something that makes me happy.

The rut will end eventually. It’s just part of the process.

Have a lovely day wherever you are and don’t fear your rut.

Stay amazing.

Loads of Love,
Kate
xoxo

Fleetwood and Precipitation

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Last night the Siberian Express plowed through again. I literally have never seen this much snow before in my life. It’s so beautiful! The only disadvantage is the cabin fever.

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I have been listening to Fleetwood Mac this morning. I believe I’ve almost memorized this album. I guess I’ll listen to it again. Or maybe I’ll swap things up. Who knows.

I hope to build a snowman soon if the snow isn’t too powdery. I hope you all have a lovely day! Stay amazing and what not.

Loads of Love,
Kate
xoxo

A Simple Outing

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Today I had one thing on my mind. Go outside, put my cameras in the snow and get some pictures. Ice, cold wind and frigid snow couldn’t keep me inside. The only thing I wish I would have done differently in my mad frenzy would be to adjust the strap on the camera in the middle. (Brownie Bullseye) Otherwise I am fairly happy with the results.

The chilled fingers and numb nose was worth it!

I hope you all had a fantastic day and no one froze their fingers or toes off.

Stay ever so amazing!

Loads of Love,
Kate
xoxo

Snow Day

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Good morning ladies and gentlemen. I hope you all slept well. I have to admit I enjoyed my rest more than I usually do. This morning I had the privilege to behold this lovely view while I ate breakfast. The mountains are incredibly beautiful today. It’s always nice to have something amazing to look at while devouring some biscuits and jelly.

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I have been reading a bit as well. I went to Books a Million a few days ago and I happened to see this biography in passing. I’m surprised I even saw it! It was tucked in with psychology books and self-help manuals. Go figure. Of course I immediately picked it up and cradled it in my arms as if it were a sign from above that I had been seeking for for years.

I know I’ve said it before, but I will say it again. I adore Books a Million.

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Oh yes! And this is my happy little chair that now sits at my desk! I love that it is made of mix matched fabric and has an antique form. It’s also perfect for sitting and painting. Or filling out your income taxes. Preferably for painting though.

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And today I was feeling rather polka-dotty. I don’t really know why. Maybe they make me happy. Or maybe it’s because they are just so tiny and cute. I believe it’s a mix of both.

I hope you all have a fantasticly amazing day. Stay ever so amazing!

Loads of Love,
Kate
xoxo

Elsa Was Here

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The weather channel has explained that the snow has come from cold fronts and precipitation. But let’s be honest. It’s obviously Elsa showing off. At least that’s the way I’d like to see it and so I will!

Snow has turned to ice back to snow and back to ice again. The sad thing is that once you become an “adult” snow becomes more of a problem than a wonder. Suddenly you have to think about how you’re going to get up that steep hill and back to your house or how often the snow trucks come by and salt the roads.

Snow truly brings out the kid in anyone if it is allowed. Something about sliding down the hill in puffy clothes on a cheap sled makes you laugh hysterically until you crash. Then you laugh even harder.
Hopefully if the snow isn’t so icy I will get to build a snowman. Needless to say the Frozen soundtrack has been waltzing through my mind at random points of the day.

I guess you could say the cold never bothered me anyway…

I know. You probably saw that coming.

Have a fabulous one wherever you are and stay ever so amazing.

Loads of Love,
Kate
xoxo

A Visit From Cupid

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Today is the day of love and overpriced chocolate and flowers. And I told cupid this year that I didn’t really want any candy so she, oh, I mean “he” gave me something even better.

So thank you Mom, I mean, uh, cupid for the lovely gift. It’s definitely better than chocolate.

I know what I’ll be doing tonight.

And I hope you all have a lovely Love Day. Stay ever so fantastic!

Loads of Love,
Kate
xoxo

Pretty Things Well Said

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It’s nice to keep happy thoughts swirling in your mind. I think Frost explained it best. Currently I am sitting in a waiting room.

Imagine. A specific room made especially for waiting. It’s really an odd concept, isn’t it?

You sit. You wait. That’s all it seems to be good for.

So while I’m sitting and waiting I will think happy thoughts.

Have a great day and happy thinking!

Loads of Love,
Kate
xoxo

Tech-NO

Lately I feel as if I’ve been too attached to my phone. It truly is a shame that I waste my precious time staring at a bright screen. So I have decided to take action.

For the past few mornings I have been waking up without looking at my phone. Instead I lay in bed and allow myself to fully be in the moment. In that time I think about what I need to accomplish for the day and think about the good things that are to come. When I am alert I read and then workout. After my workout I get cleaned up and fix breakfast.

Then and only then do I touch my phone. I must say that my mornings feel so much better without social media. I feel that I can start my day fully in the moment and focused on what I need to do. I don’t care about what everyone else is doing. I just do what I need to do.

It feels beautiful and simple. And I have every intention of starting every day as I do now.

Have a fantastic one wherever you are and stay equally as fantastic!

Loads of Love,
Kate
xoxo