10.21.2014

Painting Pumpkins!





Thanks for bearing with me through a season when it was pretty quiet on the blog! I'm excited to be back with y'all today to share a new painting for fall... none other than these sweet little pumpkins! Am I the only one who gets a bit giddy when I see pumpkins arrive each year? They remind me of a time to stay warm indoors, have coffee talk with friends, spend time baking in the kitchen, and dwell on the beauty of the Lord. What does this time of year remind you of? I'd love to hear, share with us in the comments! 

10.08.2014

Around the Web & Settling In

So....  I had my very first won-ton in high school at a Chinese buffet. It was probably my favorite thing there! Ever since I'd searched for a cream cheese won-ton and only found savory ones. But guess what I found?!? ......Homemade (Baked!) Cream Cheese Wontons! Problem solved.

A cool way to store books. Would you ever store your favorite reads by color?

I am all for any hairstyle that looks amazing and is actually effortless. Must try soon!

Color is so powerful and we don't even notice! Check out what colors mean when they are chosen for a logo. Anything surprise you?

17 Healthy Pumpkin Spice Recipes (That Pumpkin Cinnamon Mug Cake has my attention!)

But on that note... Is a microwave really safe? Here's an interesting article.

Healthy Snacks in Mason Jars.... so cute! I should totally prep some of these for work and home!

Love this Cleaning Checklist! I may need to print one and put it behind glass so I can use a dry-erase marker to check things off... cute huh?

This simple life-hack for peeling mangoes!

I'm ALL about a cheese plate so this DIY "Perfect Fall Cheese Platter" has me drooling. Yum. Ever wonder how to put one together? This is great!

Oh the beauty of each of these 19 Statement Making Frames! Which would you choose? I like that 3rd row from the bottom quite a bit!

I know I've been rather quiet here on the blog lately, but I am very much enjoying some down time. I've settled into this season (my favorite!) and not pushing so hard. If you get a change to click through these this week, I hope you'll comment and let me know what you think! I can't wait to hear your thoughts!

9.26.2014

Wise Words Series



Just a few small words could change someone's perspective, ideas, plans and even their life! The Bible says our words have the power of life and death (proverbs 18:21)!  Suddenly those words don't seem so small do they? I have had people encourage me without ever really even realizing it! Often this happens when I least expect it... Small talk with a client while they wait,  a small conversation in passing at church, a funny phrase from someone on the phone..., and these words just stick with me. They are precious little gifts that I'm so thankful for!
So, I decided to start a new painting series based on these wise words! So far they are small canvases and you can see them in progress on Instagram @specsandwings ! What wise words have stayed with you? Share em in the comments!!

9.19.2014

Link Love Friday (Top 10!)

(Chalk Ampersand by Tommaso Guerra)

It's been a crazy week, but I've certainly missed writing! Thanks for all of the sweet words about my "Link Love" post last week. It felt so good to hear your thoughts and have conversations about personality types, school lunches, and books added to Christmas lists! My dream for this space it that it would inspire you.... thank you!

Okay, so here's my top 10 from around the web this week! Have a lovely weekend!


- Five ways to LIVELY up your morning toast! Then make toast into a tasty satisfying dinner ...for the win!

- Surprising Fall Trends... (I can't wait for Fall!)

- Ampersand + Chalk Art = LOVE

- Pumpkin Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies (cuz, duh!)

- 9 Places to NEVER wear Jeans (this is interesting!)

-A peek inside Kirsten Dunst's LOVELY SOHO Penthouse (looks like a movie set- dreamy!)

-Quick Guide to Every Herb & Spice (I know I'll be needing this as I learn more about cooking)

16 Autumn Date Ideas! (some of these are brilliant! Plus I love her British blogging voice;)

- Unsure what to wear to work? I saw a couple of blog posts about it here & here this week! I keep my style inspiration here!

-Dress your Tech with these watercolor wallpapers (so sweet for these rainy days)


I hope you enjoy reading these over the weekend! I'd love to hear your thoughts again! What are your faves? Learn anything new? Anything inspire you? Happy Friday!

9.11.2014

Link Love (Top 10!)


Today I thought I'd share my top 10 favorite things from around the internet... happy reading! :)
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Best Twitter reactions to Gilmore Girls coming to Netflix (I totally share their excitement!)

My style icon has an amazing website..."What Would Zooey Deschanel Wear?" (thanks Alison!)

"Do's & Don'ts of Wearing Cardigans".... brilliant. As a cardigan addict, I totally needed this for fall!

16 Habits of Highly Sensitive People & 18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently any of these fit you? I could claim a few ;)

Curly Hair Secrets (I can't wait to try them!) What are your tips?

What French kids eat for lunch.... amazing difference.

Pumpkin(less) Spice Latte from Starbucks is not on my fall checklist after reading this (ew.)....but I'm planning to make Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte at home!

Also... let the pumpkin madness begin! I want to make pumpkin butter, pumpkin pancakes, and Mini Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake Jars!!!

With cooler weather ahead (I hope!) and lots of home time, my reading wishlist right now includes this, this & this!

Also... this book from my favorite lettering artist has me excited to send out Christmas cards!

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I hope you enjoyed this fun "Link Love" post! I always love these!! Tell you your favorites in the comments. Happy weekend!


9.10.2014

Creative Life


Creative life lately has been lovely. I have been enjoying date nights with my sweet man, a latte at Sandra Bullock's restaurant in Austin (adorable place!), seeing Alison's photos in print from our blogger meet-up, actually taking time to read, making a bruschetta bar for a birthday dinner (YUM!), finding these gorgeous heirloom tomatoes, and making my own pumpkin granola! Life is sweet and I'm loving every creative moment! How about you?


9.04.2014

pInspiration..... Here Comes Fall!


I know it's not quite time yet but I'm just itching for FALL! (In case you couldn't tell from my past couple of posts-ha!) So, I decided a little pInspiration was in order... ready?

1. Hot Pumpkin Mug- oh my! This looks AMAZING! I can't wait to test it out! It looks easy and delightful.

2. Awaken the Hearts of Others.... have you ever considered that you could inspire someone by following your dreams? :)

3. Killer Pumpkin Granola!?! Be still my autumn-loving-heart. I could totally eat this for breakfast and snacks and dessert! YUM!

4. I love this sign! Wouldn't it be pretty on a chalkboard for Thanksgiving?

5. Insta-Chalk Art by @cautiouslyobsessed .... oh how lovely!

6. Totally brill. I love this design for "Free Ride", especially the color scheme and the bike city! 


Are you excited for fall?!? What's inspiring you?