Monday, October 20, 2014

a princess party

Alyssa, sweet Alyssa, is one of my oldest friends. She's also one of the most princess-y people I know. Pink-loving, bows in hair, Cinderella as her alter-ego, soft spoken, total. princess. person. She turned 25 last week, so I really had no choice other than to throw a sparkly, pink princess party for two. 

Happy Birthday, Alyssa!!

Side note -  She might hold the title for best food pin boards ever.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

i moved

Living completely alone recently fell onto my bucket list. The idea of a space that was absolutely mine seemed... appealing, gratifying and fulfilling. I aimed for my new goal to kick off this year, but made myself no promises. I was willing to wait for the perfect place. 

I had no idea the perfect place would fall into my lap without me even having to look. It all happened so fast! I moved in on the first of October and have had a hard time leaving ever since. It instantly felt like home. Mukilteo is where I grew up, but now I'm only a few blocks from the beach. The smell of saltwater is stronger and I can use the ferry's horn as an alarm clock. This photo was taken less than a hop, skip and a jump down the road from where I now call home. 

Settling in to a new place while opening an Etsy shop has been a bit of a whirlwind, to say the least. But my heart is so full. I'm in such a happy place -- both figuratively and literally. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

it's open!

I am beyond thrilled to announce Fern and Fostered is now open and the first round of items are available for purchase!!! 

I've received so much support and encouragement from so many people - Thank you to those of you who have reached out to me one way or another! It means the world, seriously. Putting this all together has kept me busy! There are still a million things I want to do, but I have to keep reminding myself that it's only the beginning. There is so much time and space for this little love project of mine to develop and grow. My wheels are already turning about what to do and what to add... In the meantime, for the month of October, receive the hand-stamped Trademark Tote free with any purchase! 

Monday, September 22, 2014


I've been bad at blogging lately.

In my defense, I've been beyond busy. I pictured my first September not in college with lots of time spent laying on the couch, drinking coffee and blogging away. Ha! The coffee drinking is definitely happening (duh), but the couch laying and blogging - not so much. It's okay, though. I'm busy doing things I want to be doing -- My job is getting busier and going great, I've been incorporating more fitness into my schedule, I'm moving in the next week or so, I've been in Texas visiting the kids I used to nanny, and on top of it all...! I'm building a brand and preparing for my online shop to open October 1st! 

I have to say, I'm very excited about it! Fern and Fostered will sell vintage and repurposed decor. It's something that I've been dreaming up for almost a year now and let me tell you, it's a lot of work!! The shop will be held through Etsy, and for now, expect to see things like vintage coffee mugs, planters and repurposed items that have housing plants in mind. I would love for anyone who reads this to check it out when it opens. I'll of course share more when that time comes. In the meantime, I'll be running around like a chicken with my head cut off. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

last queen of sweden

As much as I love Fall, it's so hard for me to say goodbye to Summer. Maybe it's because around here Summer is worlds apart from the rest of the year. And once Fall starts, there's no going back. A golden Fall turns into nine long months of grey. A grey that feels like home, but undoubtedly gets old.

Every night after work this week, I've made a point to enjoy every bloom on the Queen of Sweden rose bush I planted in the Spring... Just in case it's the last. [cue sobbing emoji]

Sunday, September 7, 2014

montana in photos

I had such a sweet, yet short, trip to Montana. I got back almost a week ago, and I've missed it every day since. I'm finally getting around to posting some of the photos I took while I was there. Getting to play around with my new camera in such a beautiful place was a definite treat. 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

stay the same

This weekend I visited my nana and the house in Montana that I've always known as "Nana and Papa's". So many things in life change drastically, and some things just stay the same - like my nana's bathroom. 

Photos of the beautiful Montana to come.