Sunday, January 8, 2017

Snapshots

Hello there all,

I haven't done one of these posts in a long while, and I like how they used to "force" me to document everyday life. I'm hoping to get back into that habit.

Worked on lots of mail to send out to family and friends. I'm a big lover of snail mail. Let me know if you want mail :).

Always thrifting. We saw this little guy, and we so hoped that he was an actual metal dino, but he was a craft project gone not so well.

My planner for 2017-I think that it is adorable! Let's see if I actually keep it up.

I just love rocks. This is in our bedroom. ALSO, you get a sneak peak at my awesome galaxy nightstand.

The Mister and I found these ridiculous magnetic Cirque Du Soleil-esque people, and we have been having way too much fun with them putting them in random positions and locations. Also, I have a thing for magnets...


Snowmageddon 4? has hit Oregon again. It sure makes our house look cute, though.














-Autumn

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Current Favorite Instagram Feeds

Hello there all,

Instagram is by far my favorite social media outlet. I love that I can keep up with people that I care about, but I can also be exposed to wonderfully creative people through Instagram. I am constantly inspired by Instagram because of the visual content that other people put out. Some of the feeds that I follow are so full of inspiration and beauty that I thought some of you other folks would dig seeing some of their feeds.

Here are a few of my current favorite feeds:



@nataliecreates

Photo by Natalie Freeman

Photo by Natalie Freeman

This feed is ran by Natalie Freeman who along with her husband run a small farm and homestead shop. Her home is beautiful, and her eye for whimsy and rustic elements makes my heart smile. Also, her feed is so bright, cheery and fun. It is always great to see her photos.




@liz_kamarul

Photo by Liz Kamarul
Photo by Liz Kamarul

Liz Kamarul is an avid thrifter, adventurer, stylist, and owner of adorable dogs this is based in Portland. What isn't there to love? I love her feed for her eclectic style where I find constant inspiration for my home.




@historyphotographed


"A soldier leans out of a train window to kiss his girl, 1950." Photo from @historyphotographed

"Buzz Aldrin is the first ever space selfie during an EVA on the Gemini 12 mission, 1966." Photo from @historyphotographed


This feed offers something quite different than the other feeds. It shows glimpses of history through photographs. Now, I understand that it might sound lame, but the photos are often unpopular photos of our past, and they are always so beautiful and/or neat introspections of our past.



@elsielarson

Photo by Elsie Larson





Photo by Elsie Larson



Elsie Larson is one of the co-founders of the blog A Beautiful Mess. She is a creative individual that fills her feed with beautiful bits and pieces of her life in Nashville. 



I'm always looking for new accounts to become enamored with. Those are just some of my favorite,  but trust me: I have many that I love. Any accounts that you recommend? Always looking for some inspiration.

All the best,
Autumn




Saturday, December 31, 2016

Goals for 2017

Hello there all,

I've been gone for awhile. Forgive me. The humor of it all is that I stay away because I have been gone for so long, and then it just gets longer and longer. However, I love this thing. At first, I was a little bummed because I wanted to create this thing into something pretty epic that would reach the status of other bloggers. However, the truth of the matter is that I don't have the time to dedicate to this blog that other professional bloggers do AND I was doing it for all of the wrong reasons instead of what I'm passionate about: stories. Let's consider this Like the Season 2.0....but with the same blog design because ya'll, I am lazy.



ANYWAYS, let's get to the good stuff.

Since having this blog, I have shared my goals each year (Here is what I said about goals in 2015 and 2016), and let's be real: I'm not too good at keeping to so many goals. Like most people, I start off the year with the intention of doing great wonderful things. However, I crash and burn around Valentine's Day.

This year, I thought that I would start something a little easier. I made a list of things that I would like to accomplish next year. THEN, I brainstormed a list of single words that encompass all of those ideas. ONE WORD. Do you know how hard that is? However, by keeping one word, I am able to keep it simple, and it allows me something to focus on instead of lots of little details. With several goals, I was pulling myself in too many directions. With one word, I allow myself the opportunity to focus and chug along like a cute little train.

I first heard about the "One Little Word" concept from Elise Joy on her Podcast Elise Gets Crafty, and I loved the concept.

What is my word?

Connect.

Connect more thoughtfully and intentionally with those that I care about.


Connect through disconnect by taking steps away from media.

Connect with my body by solving ailing issues and listening to what it needs both mentally and physically.

Connect to my need to create and explore what that looks like for me.

Connect with the world by telling my story through the blog.

Connect with nature by exploring it more.

Connect with my needs and allowing myself to voice those needs and to investigate what those needs.

Connect.



I love it. It is so perfect for 2017. I invite you to take a second and think about what your word would be, and TELL ME in the comments below.

Happy 2017!




Wednesday, April 6, 2016

50 Facts About Me-Part Two

Hello there all,

Here is the epic conclusion to the spine tingling thriller "50 Facts About Me- Part One"...



26.) When I was younger, I tried out the whole contact thing, and it just didn't work. I tore them, lost them, etc. Eventually, I decided to try it again later, but I never will. I love my glasses now, and I feel like they are a part of me.

27.) Ya'll know how much I love thrift shopping. Well, I used to hate it, and I never wanted to go. Now, it is one of my favorite hobbies.

28.) I love plants, but I am so awful at keeping them alive. I try REALLY hard. For some reason, the plants that seem to work the best for me are avocado trees...like avocados grown from the pit.

29.) Playing is a very essential part of my life. Play is important, and I believe in integrating it into all areas of life.

30.) My favorite feature is my eyes.

31.) Today, I was told from a woman with dementia that I have a very beautiful chin, and she then stroked it a little bit. She then told me how lovely my complexion was.

32.) My first car's name was Calypso and my current car's name is Clementine. I didn't try to go with "C" names, but they are just the names that seemed right.

33.) I spend waaaaay too much time on Instagram.

34.) I have a ridiculous love for all things 1960s.

35.) I've burnt Top Ramen before-like created smoke because I burnt it so bad.

36.) For some reason, I always draw trees or swirls....or swirly trees...when I doodle. In high school, I always drew eyes.

37.) I will often do whatever I have to do to avoid confrontation. I keep it inside to not address the issue. Usually the only people this isn't true with is family and The Mister. Also, I know this is bad. I'm trying guys.

38.) Two of my favorite movies are Across the Universe and Little Women.

39.)  I always thought that I wanted to move from Oregon, and then I left Oregon to visit other places... I don't know what I was thinking! Portland is just a bit more my speed than my hometown :).

40.) I'm a beer, cider, margarita girl.

41.) If I were at a store grabbing a drink, I would grab the dented drink because nobody else would want it, and I feel bad for it. The dented can needs love to. I love the misfits.

42.) I started to say "JK" to make fun of the whole abbreviation for phrases thing, but now, I say it for reals. It a little makes my soul die, but I can't help it.

43.) The Mister and I spend way too much time looking at pictures of cute animals.

44.) Stories that have dystopian societies are some of my favorites: 1984, Hunger Games, V for Vendetta, etc. I love them all.

45.) When I get fountain drinks, I usually mix together some of the drinks. It usually ends up in some variety of sprite (or some equivalent) and lemonade/other sweet drinks.

46.) It always makes me sad to pull weeds because they are pretty, too :).



47.) I'm such a hugger!

48.) I've always wanted to dye my head red as in Little Mermaid red. I have dyed it ginger-red. One day, I'll work at a place that will be okay with The Little Mermaid look.

49.) I do this thing where I go through phases where I am extra smitten with a certain color. In the most recent past, it has been mustard, plum and chartreuse Currently, I am in a mad love affair with teal/turquoise. I just want everything to be these colors!

50.) I listen to "old lady" music, and I am currently listening to the greatest hits of Ray Charles. However, I do have an appreciation for current music, too. I promise!

There it is. Feel like you know me better now?

-Autumn

Monday, March 28, 2016

50 Facts About Me- Part One

Hello there all,

I don't know if you have ever seen these over the interwebs, but this is kind of a thing: the "50 facts about me" on the blogosphere. I promise.

ANYWAYS....

Let's learn way too much about me.



1.) I am not a very well organized person, but there are some aspects of my life where I am overly organized. For example, my tank tops are all organized by color, my books organized by genre/author, etc.

2.) My favorite type of cake is "funfetti."

3.) I prefer to brush my teeth before taking a shower. I just don't feel clean unless I brush my teeth first.

4.) Growing up, I didn't like my name. For awhile, I remember thinking that I was going to change it, and I had many different ideas of what it would be. Now, I love it!

5.) Most people seem to think that my parents are big ole hippies because my name is Autumn, but they are not big ole hippies. I'm the bleeding heart of the family.

6.) I blew my first bubble from bubble gum in high school because I just couldn't figure it out before then.

7.) Constantly, I am aware of how awkward I am which is what makes me awkward. I over think it all, so I become more awkward.

8.) I love animals sooooo much, but I think my neediness to have them love me is off putting to them.

9.) If I could just create all day, I would be one happy camper.

10.) I could eat Mexican food for every meal for the rest of my life.

11.) During my dreams, I am often lucid. Also, I have been able to wake from dreams and go back to sleep to continue the same dream. It is awesome! It doesn't always work though.

12.) I am not a vegetarian, but I don't often eat meat. Our freezer is full of fake meat products (and some real meat), and I often prefer the flavor of veggie burgers.

13.)  I have never been to Disneyland/Disneyworld.

14.) After a certain amount of time of wearing shoes/socks, I feel claustrophobic. When I get home, the first thing I do is take my shoes off. If I had to be barefoot forever, I would not miss shoes. I WOULD miss cute socks.

15.) As a kid, I would often walk around with an orange pop mustache.

16.) I have been to 8 countries including the USA.

17.) I have been to 12 states including Oregon (not including layover silliness).

18.) My first CD was the Backstreet Boys, and I loved it. However, I was definitely a *NSYNC girl.

19.) My least favorite foods are pineapples and pickles. My favorite food is anything with potatoes!

20.)  When I watch a movie that is older than 5 years AND has a dog in it, I often think about how the dog is now dead in real life. Isn't that awful?  I LOVE dogs, and I HATE this.



21.)  One of my most prized possessions is a quilt that my late great grandma made, and I sleep with it every night.

22.) I like to name inanimate objects.

23.) I used to sleep with the tv on while I slept growing up, but the only tv we currently own hasn't been plugged in for over two years. Yes, we still have the internet, so we haven't cut off watching shows completely. However, watching things is now a much more intentional choice.

24.) With that said, I can definitely binge watch some shows.

25.) Orange became my favorite color in 6th grade when I saw a boy that I liked wearing that color, so I decided that it was my favorite color. Oh 6th grade me...However, I do legitimately love it now along with burgundy. I love me some autumn colors.

Part two coming soon to a blog near you...

-Autumn

Thursday, February 4, 2016

We got a house! Part three (and final)

Hello there,

Over the last week, I have been sharing glimpses of the house because I think it is so darn. Alsom I pretty much want to continually talk about it. We are knee deep in packing, cleaning, etc., so I need to focus on the fact that this wonderful place will soon be home to get me motivated.

Here's round three:

The upstairs area before the bedrooms:




First upstairs bedroom:


Second Upstairs Bedroom:


Garage:






That is it guys! I'm excited to share our journey from turning this house into a home :).

-Autumn

The Little Things on Valentine's Day

Hello there all,


It is almost Valentine's Day, and during this time of year, we start seeing innumerable social media posts about who loves who more. Valentine's Day has become a grand display of affection which is wonderful because love is something to be celebrated. However, the truth of the matter is that so many people stress about this holiday because of the financial burden. Valentine's Day is supposed to be about celebrating love, and you shouldn't be putting a price tag on something like that. I'm not saying that buying something is bad, and if you do want to spend some money, you can use apps like Personal Capital's financial tools to determine a smart budget for special occasions. When done correctly, you should be buying something that is meaningful-not just buying something to buy something. It isn't about how much you spend but about how much YOU that you put into it. In our household, we celebrate each other and our love through the little things. If you ask me, the best things in life are the little things. You know the in between things that really add up and make something special.



The little things are what become the BIG things.

Here are some little things that the Mister and I do that any Valentine would appreciate:

1.) Gifting each other little bits and pieces of things that are beautiful- Constantly, I am surprised with gifts of beautiful rocks that the Mister found or a beautiful flower that he found on a walk earlier that day. We see something beautiful, and we want to share it with each other.



2.) Saying how you feel- Throughout the day, we are telling each other the things that we love about each other or how we care for the other person. An example of this is the "Today, I Love You Because..." board that I posted about here last year. Alternatively, we also plainly say the things that we feel when we are frustrated with the other person. It is a wonderful gift to not make someone guess on emotions and feel like they are being played with. Say what you mean (nicely) and say how you feel (nicely).

3.) Surprises!- Nothing is better than a sweet, unexpected surprise on at an unanticipated day/time. Hate getting up in the morning? This means that your loved one isn't going to expect you to get up and make them breakfast. They will also see it as such a sweet gift that you endured on to make them happy. For Valentine's Day, a great way to do this would be to give them something the day before or to show up to their work with their afternoon coffee. Another way, I love to do this is to leave little notes around the house like "You're smoking!" on the smoke detector.



4.) Acts of Service- An act of service is the concept of doing something for another person to ease their day. Examples of this are making dinner, doing the laundry, grocery shopping, etc. Everybody likes a little bit of help to make their life easier. It means even more when you know the person HATES doing it. For example, when The Mister does the dishes, it makes me swoonsy because it means that I don't have to do it, AND I know that he hates it even more than I do. However, he was willing to do that thing for me to make me happy, and it sure works :).

5.) Doing things that make them smile- Identifying the things that make them happy and committing to gifting that person those moments: watching their favorite movie together, dressing in their favorite shirt of yours, making their favorite food, etc. It shows that you pay attention to who they are, AND you want to celebrate it with them.

What are you planning to do for your Valentine this year?
-Autumn 

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