Tuesday, May 1, 2012

balancing act

its all about finding the balance.. and finding an inspiring space to create.

more beach yoga
*left image, katie daisy

I know I’ve spoken of this craziness, but geez, what a couple weeks. Just a few months ago I found myself disengaged with Asheville and upset by the general ‘lack’ of excitement in my life. And like most things, this desire for excitement has now turned into a whirlwind of excitement, and this my friends, is my first more than 4-day stint, at home (in Asheville!) in over a month. I guess it’s possible I needed a little reminder of what I was missing out on. I have always loved asheville springs and summer’s, they have always had a novel way of ‘pulling me in’ and bringing me back down to earth; i can think of many close people who know exactly what i speak of.. I’ve had the most amazing times of my life in (and around) asheville spring/summer, and really just in asheville :) Whether its been lots of homemade green (love) soup, hands in the dirt, or spending a Saturday tootsin' about town, this place has a way of making you feel connected.. to yourself, to others, and to the world.
*above: handletterings!
also, sorry for the lack of pictures with the last post, i'll make up for it here :)   ..I am still trying to figure out how to post images and posts from my iphone, help out there anyone?!?

*garden gatherings and beach images.. love that woman down there (both, but especially the one with the dog), my momma...

*a picture sent from a friend of the first baby radish from the garden in nashville i helped plan and plant, from hierloom 'gifted to me' (awesome!) seeds, and a little buddha inspiration


                               *image, katie daisy

So this heaven, all started a little over a month ago with a new doula training, then easter weekend at the beach with family, followed by a wonderful surprise visit with my bestie in my hometown, followed by another fantastic weekend with more besties in Atlanta, and now, im staying put! In this whirlwind of traveling out of town and seeing my favorite people, I’ve also managed to acquire quite a few new ‘projects’ (we’ll say..)  and I think I might just be thriving within this all. but its true, whatever excitement may be at hand, good or bad, it is all one great balancing act.. in particular, during this here time of ‘craziness’ I speak of, but also in life. every.day.

my current great balancing act itself involves (but is not limited to..): work, gardening, volunteering, a new painting class, friends that need extra love and support (y’all are top priority, with the ducks and garden <3), oh yes, and ducklings! (two to be exact, they are indian runners, and damn cute.. oh, and not to mention, they will produce more eggs per year than any chicken and chomp on annoying bugs in the garden all year! so much more on the little  -ings to come!)

somehow its all helped to give rise to a lot of productive ideas and a generally happy me. busy just doesn't begin to describe and if I didn’t have to sleep, I don’t know that I would; ive got so much I could do. (i do need sleep, and we're talkin' a full eight hours, or i am not so happy..)

But mostly, there’s also just a whole lot of love going out to and around so many special people right now, and I am feelin’ it y’all.. (some extra special love going out to all the soon to-be mama's out there, some very special wee-ones are being brought into this world by some very special women in my life; one wee-one in particular will make her much awaited arrival sometime tomorrow!)

*below, atl fun!

I have been feeling extremely inspired and connected recently, maybe that’s why I’ve taken on all these awesome projects, or maybe I was bored and needed a little excitement (and those that know me know I’m no good at limits.. and let’s just say this excitement is much preferred in comparison to the excitement I was experiencing this time last year.) it’s nice to have such amazing people in your life to help you through those hard times, im happy to be able to return the favors and share some of my craziness with all of you.

*lucky ducks for some close friends, my craziness includes a good bit of crafting and painting, so a few friends have/will be receiving some crazy love through the snail mail (the ducks love snails! and good thing cause they're abundant in 'el jardin') ..mmm..So who (or where) has helped you to develop and explore your ‘you-ness’??

hey, hey y'all! if youre feeling inspired by today's artwork, or in need of some; please, please explore the works of one of my favorite painters/illustrators/designers extroidinaire! miss. katie daisy! her bright and colorful, inspirational peices bring their own little bit of beauty and sunshine to each and every day. she has a wonderful etsy shop also, the wheatfield! (these are just a few that stuck out today!)
per always (an adapted saying from my dad) it is about the small, simple things in life, but especially recently, be it a simple breakfast on the porch, new books, a talk on the phone or lunch-date with a friend... or two little duckies! these simple things are rockin' my world.

 above: smokey/ming-ming, the duck
*left: heather, buddha (buddha, buddha) and topaz

below: dream duck house! gotta get to work on one!

*been replicating last years derby bloody with balsamic pickled jalapenos and leftover tomato water from canning! yumm yummm! and yep, thats a slice of bacon in there, too!

speaking of a balancing act, i am so inspired and in love with this painting from a fellow 'get your paint on' student, check out her awesome blog too.. posts for 'get your paint on' are definetly coming soon! im a little behind on assignments so it'll be delayed ;)


  1. Heather you have become the most inspiring woman I know. (see that period?)- I love the updates and the pics- if i said i was proud that would mean i was surprised and i am not- i am grateful. you look like home. i am so homesick- thank you.

    1. thank you sooo much! shoot me an email and share yourself with me! and if I do know you I'd love to send you a little piece of home if I can! X

  2. Lovely blog Heather! Your beets are beautiful, the ducks are precious, and YOU are amazing. See you soon!

    1. thanks darlin' excited you'll be back soon! ps- going home to roost is my new blog crush, I actually just posted her site on my 'post worthy' column from last week! and she leaves near my cousin, I think I need to go visit!