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Summer Breezes

Indigo Shoal Asymmetric Dress at Anthropologie, $248.

I got an email from Anthropologie today with some previews of their offerings for summer. When I clicked the link this dress caught my eye. If I’m being entirely honest here, I’ve always been a sucker for deep indigo prints on white, no matter what it is (dresses, bedding, dishes…). So this is really floating my boat.

Happy Thursday!

Art: Zoe Pawlak

Zoe Pawlak is a a Canadian artist based in Vancouver (yay Pacific Northwesterners!). I’m pretty sure that I happily stumbled on her art while surfing arouond Pinterest or something like that… or maybe even while checking links from some of my favorite bloggers on TweetDeck. However it happened, I’m supremely glad that I did. Her work is full of color, movement, expression. I find myself drawn back to her website again and again just to soak myself in the color and beauty. Here are some of my favorites:

Over Oceans by Zoe Pawlak.

Every Word by Zoe Pawlak.

Spent For Fortune by Zoe Pawlak.

You Were Always There by Zoe Pawlak.

While looking for more about Zoe Pawlak and her artwork, I found this Vimeo on her process for a commission called A Sky Is For Dreaming Into. In it she chronicles how the commission came about, what influences her, all while she actually paints!

I’m definitely hooked! I have a Zoe Pawlak on my list of must own items now… If you’re interested in seeing additional works, or would like to purchase or commission original paintings, find more to love at Zoe Pawlak. Until next time!

Little Things…

The Thanksgiving Day crew at IKEA Charlotte. I’m the only one in a blue sweatshirt. What can I say? I’m a rebel. 😉

Sometimes, it is the little things in life that elicit the most pleasure. Today Patrick, a coworker from IKEA, sent me a copy of the group photo we took just before everyone arrived for Thanksgiving dinner a week ago. The pic put a smile on my face and reminded me of the great time I had doing it.

My sister’s new puppy, Bluey.

In the same batch of emails was this picture from my sister of her new pit bull puppy, Bluey. Isn’t he darling? She’s excited about the new edition and her kids are over the moon. He’s fitting in nicely, if all the cooing I hear over the phone during our convos is any indicator.

Yep, it’s the little things!

Happy Thanksgiving!

A sunny, perfect Thanksgiving Day!

Eagle One, the turkey has landed! Eagle One, I repeat, the turkey has landed! Or… it did this morning anyway. I got up early and went to IKEA (I work there) to help serve food to homeless families from Hope Haven. Many, many IKEA coworkers and managers came in this morning to do the same. We set up the restaurant to provide dinner and… early holiday gifts to all the families that came.

It was an amazing experience being able to do give my time in service to others. I was really moved by all the people who said “Thank you!” to all of us for coming in on a day when most people stay at home with their own families. It was truly humbling… and also one of the best thanksgivings I’ve ever had. I’m excited that IKEA is going to do this again next year. I hope I’m around to be a part of it!

Instead of boring you all with a running commentary on it all, I’m just hoping to put up the pics I was able totals before we got into full swing.

Some of my lovely coworkers and managers

Setting everything up…

All the people arriving and being greeted…

Everyone enjoying Turkey Dinner! 🙂

Two Today…


I don’t usually post twice in on day but…

Today is my nephew Gabriel’s second birthday! I can’t be with him and my sis and the rest of the fam as they celebrate. My heart is with them though. I wish my litte buddy all the best today as he marks his second year on Earth. He’s growing up so fast! It makes me so proud to see him becoming a little man.

Happy birthday, Gabe! Auntie Jo loves you!



My sis sent this pic to me this weekend. She was at a beach near my hometown city, Seattle, WA. Sunsets over the water are such a huge part if what “home” means to me that receiving this made me smile… and a little Tad homesick.

Things are challenging right now but I keep reminding myself of what I’m trying to accomplish and praying (a lot) to get me through. Little things like this picture, little bits of beauty and goodness are a lovely balm when the going gets tough.

I hope your Monday is shaping up like a Friday. 🙂