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A few months ago I sat down and finally made a plan to start making ceramics. Its been on my mind for several years now but I never had the dedication to commit to such a large craft. My mom and her sister used to have a ceramics shop when I was growing up but I was too young to absorb any of the trade. The kiln has been sitting around taunting me for years now so it was finally time to buckle down and get serious.
The kiln was too old and needed repairs so I started looking for a small one to run off a household plug. Before ordering an expensive piece of equipment, I tried out some pieces using someone else’s kiln to see if it was something I could like and justify buying one.
These are the first pieces I’ve made and it was more enjoyable than I remembered from art class. Be on the look out for more pieces in the future!
This is the first little corner of my house that is 100% complete!
I found this mint green vintage cabinet (that weighs about 200lbs) at the flea market about 4 years ago for $30. It's one of my favorite pieces of furniture that holds all of my art supplies and paintings.It's been hiding in my office and its getting the focus of the living room now.
My house style is a little bit of an eclectic mix. In every little space I like to add a little bit of 60s/70s vibes, tropical/jungalow pieces, glamour with glass/crystals/metallic, with some handmade and natural pieces.
It took about a month to figure out what kind of art would look best hanging above the cabinet. The main rooms are large and open with tall ceilings that is perfect for large artwork, and so I've taken advantage of that to do some large scale paintings. This wall however, is just a tiny little wall dividing the kitchen and living room by the master bedroom door, so it needed something special.
I like the idea of having an art museum for a house, but variety is key to keeping balance. On the side wall, is Ted Feighan's original collages that are showcased in frames I made from rough pine lumber. I wanted these to be the focus and not have another painting take away from them. They added a little bit of raw/natural feeling to the tropical themed artwork.
Aren't they the best?
So in my search for something to not compete with these beauties, I decided to channel the 70s(as usual) and make something subtle with texture. He used photographs from 1970s books to create these collages, so something inspired by that era was the best match.
I had the idea to do something abstract and wavy for a room divider or on doors to a dresser, but decided to do this for a little art piece.
I took some luan/thin plywood from Home Depot and used this handy dandy little jigsaw to cut out some squiggly shapes. After the shapes were cut out, I figured out the pattern that would look best and glued them to another square piece. Once dry, then I painted the entire piece with several coats of un-tinted white paint. The white is just a tiny little bit of contrast on the marshmallow colored walls.
This would look great in any color of paint or wood stain. This was super simple and will probably be covering everything in the house with this!
While trying to come up with a plan to make my work studio more comfortable and work-friendly, I put together this weird combination of patterns.
As much as I love the desert, I’m usually not a huge fan of Southwestern/Native American patterns. Though I do enjoy natural fibers and bright colors that Southwestern pieces have to offer. Also, cacti, duh.
I fell in love with this office chair about a year ago and I’m still stuck on it. This and the pine wood work table is a definite in the work studio.
This rug is 100% my favorite thing right now. I’m not sure if it will make its debut in the studio or it’ll be swapped out with the living room rug to give an extra pop of color and to match the existing Oaxacan vintage rug in my bathroom.
Indigo curtains such as these, add a pop of color while remaining neutral. Think denim, it goes with everything!
Vacation time is the best time to buy new wardrobe! Going from the Ohio Valley in the spring to the desert is going to feel like a warm time-travel. The weather here is 50s & 60s with tons of rain and wind and Arizona is upper 80s and sunny and dry. Not only is it time to bust out the summer wardrobe, but also the water bottles, moisturizer, and sunscreen. Below is my style inspiration & wishlist for a sweet desert style.
Currently loving linen shorts, natural fabrics, leather & strappy sandals, bright colors (as always), and red/orange florals.
Last week I had the chance to spend the afternoon with Sarah from Slow as Folk. We had coffee, went shopping, and toured and photographed her cute home studio where she showed me her latest projects. Her tools of the trade for making jewelry are luxe brass wire & funky polymer clay. Check out these fab earrings and grab you a pair before they’re gone!
Anyone else experience Seasonal Affective Disorder? 👋
SAD is usually the worst during the daylight savings in Autumn and all throughout Winter. Though it gets me down all throughout the year when I don’t get enough sunlight. Below are my “remedies” for when the sun doesn’t shine and when the cold weather gets me in a slump.
I say “remedies” because it doesn’t really solve the problem, but it helps to keep some sanity. These things may not help you if you too are suffering from this mysterious disorder.
CBD Full spectrum oil - This has completely replaced the SSRI’s that I’ve been on for the last 2-3 years
50,000 IU Vitamin D (I don’t recommend you taking this much unless you were prescribed by doctor)
Citrus foods & greens- Fresh fruits and veggies help stimulate the “IT’S SPRING!” pleasure center in my brain
HUM Nutrition Uber Energy- Any little extra help with the adrenals can’t hurt
Essential oils- My favorite is Red Rose (smells like a bouquet of fresh cut roses) & Awake blend by Grove Collaborative
Biossance Vitamin C + Rose oil- Keep skin moisturized and looking well. Nothing will add more to your depression than dull skin
Sparkling water- staying hydrated will help with all ailments & a little extra fizz helps liven it up
Plants & flowers- nothing like a fresh bouquet or growing plant to help boost your mood when the weather is dreary
Sunlight- duh! Get out as much as possible when the sun is shining
Melissa is wearing vintage Levi's high waisted shorts, vintage woven hat, Lucky Brand sandals, and Sunflower print crop top.
The sunflower print is an original design by Abby Galloway and printed by
This cute little so cone stand is Emily's Sno Cones in Bowling Green, KY
1.5 cup fresh pineapple
1 lime juiced
2 small slices of ginger
Half of avocado
Hand full of spinach
1 tsp lemongrass powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
2T raw agave
Pinch of pink Himalayan salt