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I was watching an episode of Top Gear last night, the British version of course.  The guys were driving through New York City when Richard said he was a country boy – that he didn’t like cities, which were “big and complicated and people shout at you.”  I, ironically, agree with him while I sit perched here in my very urban apartment.  But I think it’s obvious why he likes the country so much, because “the country” to him means the English Countryside.

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Where cozy kitchens have pots of tea and always-warm Aga stoves

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Where there are plenty of books and nooks to tuck in for a good read

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Where fireplaces glow, small paintings are hung and bathtubs have feet

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Where there are an array of boots to choose from for walks just outside your front door

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And when you do go outside your front door, you see this

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This brings me back to my own trip to the English countryside just about a year ago now.  Maybe Richard maybe had meant a little more HIghgrove, a little less cottage, but this is definitely the type of country I could happily escape the city to.

*All images found on Pinterest

Plans

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I’ve got a lot of cool things going on over here, which I’m excited to share with everyone this week if all goes to plan.  Speaking of the plan, I’ve been trying to plan out what the next year is going to look like for myself, and that husband of mine as well.  One of the things I hope to keep doing is writing this blog.  It’s really fun for me, as I love to write and I love having a creative outlet to share my writing, my work and my inspirations.  Even if my mom was the only one who was reading it (hi mom) I’d still keep it up, but I’m excited to see how many people have started following this space!  Hi to all of you!  So with that, I am planning on ramping up my blogging for the New Year, and that includes a redesign and possibly moving this blog over to my business site, or another site where I can keep everything together.

I started this space with the intention of writing about our adventure out West, and wherever else we would move to, but seeing as we are now home and will probably be here for the long haul, I’d like to shift my focus.  I want to write more art, design, and share more of the work that I do, and the work I hope to do.  And dogs.  If that sounds good to you, excellent – I hope you’ll follow me over to a new site.  I’ll be sure to let you all know when that happens.  Thanks for your support :)

Illustration by Samantha Hahn

 

Doodles

It’s been raining, and while I’ve been stuck indoors I’ve been doodling in my watercolors again.  I’m really having fun, with my muses lately being: my nugget pup Gigi, the start of the ski season and, of course, Africa.   gigi1 gigi2 gigi3snowboard1
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As much as I love a detailed watercolor painting, I’m really into these little watercolor sketches, too.  So cute and tiny, capturing a little moment with the flick of a brush and a splash of water.

Rooftops of Paris

I gave my mom a copy of the book Rooftops of Paris for her birthday recently, and I wish I had gotten a copy for myself as well.  The book is by illustrator Fabrice Moireau and writer Carl Norac and takes you across the skyline of the City of Lights.  We first saw it in Shakespeare and Company bookstore.  I’m totally in love with the illustrations.

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Fabrice Moireau is such a wonderful illustrator.  Here are a few more examples of his work:

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Watercolor is such a difficult medium to master, but when it’s done well I think it’s more beautiful than oils. Fabrice most definitely does it well.