Taming the Wandering Heart

“Trust yourself enough to let go, shift and uproot. Give yourself permission to shed who you used to be. You are allowed to start over and find new ways to bloom into your best self.” — Alex Elle

Since Robert and I have been married, we have lived in 7 different homes, 5 different cities and 3 different states. It may seem like we will forever be wanderers but I feel like all our life experiences and adventures have lead us to where we are today, and to be able to confidently make our most recent decision: TO MOVE TO AUSTIN!

Since the moment we met Tara and her family, or even before, we had already started brainstorming how we could make it work so we could be closer.  In the interim, we made several trips back and forth to visit each other’s homes and families. While there, we decided that Texas felt right and that this was the place we wanted to bring our families together to begin pursuing our dream of starting a flower farm!

We are marking this down as a major stepping stone in our journey, and I am so excited to announce where we will be creating our little piece of paradise!

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DIY Yarn Backdrop

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Supplies you will need:

Yarn (choose your color palette, various textures are fun too)

Scissors

A stick of your choice

Twine/ string

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Step one:

cut a long piece of Twine and tie a knot at one end of your branch or dowel. Wrap the cording several times around the branch. Easy peasy.

Step two:

Hang your branch or dowel on the wall. Having it hanging makes it much easier to work on and determine the length you want. This one was actually suspended from the ceiling on two eye hooks.

Step three:

Pick which color yarn you would like to start with. Determine the length you would like your wall hanging to be and double that length.

Step four:

Tie your yarn onto the branch or dowel. Fold your first piece of yarn in half, wrap it around the branch and pull the ends through. Pull tight and secure it where you would like it. Repeat this pattern until you have worked all the way down your branch, switching colors as you go. This is the part where you get to be creative! We went minimal with only few muted pops of colors on the ends.

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Step five:

Trim the ends! Here’s a fun tip, we used a piece of tape on the wall to get a straight line. You could also do a V shape or go zig zag if you would like! Possibilities are endless! We can’t wait to see what you came up with!

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The Walls That Talk

Saying goodbye is never easy.

Back in the day, Jonathan and I would go visit The Hope Outdoor Gallery monthly to check out the new art! Back then, Murals would last forever! Every time we left we felt inspired, and just happy. Happy that Austin has a place designated for art of all types. Where anyone could go and put up a piece! Any piece! Some of these artists we started following! Going to art shows and supporting local friends! We literally have filled our house with art from the artists that have painted these walls! We cherish them greatly because it was such a beautiful time in our life.

Late night adventures with spray paint! Finally mustering up the courage to do my first wheat paste, to printing out the cutest kittens and taking them with me where ever I went with a jar of wheat paste in my purse! Everyone smiles when they see a cute kitten! These walls not only inspired me, but gave me courage!

I started a tradition where every Valentine’s Day I would put up a love paste at graffiti hill. Then life happened and I ended up with a bunch of rolled up print outs that I kept saying ok ok I’ll do it next week… then you know how it goes.

Hearing the news that the Hope Outdoor Gallery was closing I just had to get out there and make something happen! So we did an Anna, Amanda and Tara collab! Also Sonny helped! Anna and I thought up the most relevant thing we could think of for saying goodbye. We came up with Jack Pearson from This is Us! Everyone loves Jack! EVERYONE! I’ll never let go Jack! I’ll never let go of Hope! All those memories, all those feelings, and inspiring days! I’m sad to see this go, but I will cherish the days we spent there, the friends we met, the art that has filled our house! Hope is a part of who we are today! I am grateful for Austin! I am grateful for this community and for the years we’ve spent watching artists flourish and do bigger than life things! Cheers to Hope!

These walls really do bring us closer together.

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I’ve attached an easy 2 minute video on how to make your own wheat paste. Go out and color the world with smiles!

 

Better Together

Happy Love day! One of our ultimate dreams came true recently when we had our first of hopefully many photo sessions together!  Photography has been a passion of ours individually for many years, so it was exciting to be able to organize and shoot these Valentine’s Day sessions together.

The location was absolutely perfect! Complete with free-roaming horses and a donkey (best photo bombers ever)! Also, how dope is that vintage camper backdrop?! Most importantly, we got to photograph the sweetest little families and hopefully created some images that they will cherish for years to come. We hope you enjoy a few of our favorites from that day!

“Together is a wonderful place to be”

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The Story of Us

“Friends” is such a weak description for the deep-rooted, profound nature of what we found in each other—a more accurate adjective would be soulmates.

“Having a soulmate is not always about love,  you can find your soulmate in a friendship too.”

We have the Instagram universe and a mundane hashtag to thank for us “meeting” each other.  It all began when Anna decided to start a resell page for 5 month old August’s clothes. At the time, Sonny was 4 months old, and probably the only time in their lives that he was smaller than August. Tara was one of the first people to stumble upon that page and we began sending direct messages from there.

Direct messages about baby clothes and brand repping turned into texting all day about anything and everything, then calling and just “hanging out” all day on the phone. We found inspiration in each other’s art, and came to love one another’s babies. As serendipity would have it, we came into each other’s lives at the perfect time. Many changes come with motherhood, and I think we were both searching for a kindred spirit even if we didn’t know it.

We eventually decided it wasn’t fair that we both lived halfway across the country from each other and that we needed to meet in real life. We believe there are no accidental meetings. It was in one word: surreal. The best depiction is the answer Tara gave when introducing Anna to her friends “Best friend? Nahhh. She’s my sister” 

During this trip, we found ourselves enraptured by the beauty of several flower farms. With every flower farm we visited, our hearts felt full, full of hope and inspiration. It was here, that we brought to surface our shared goals in life and made a pact to make those dreams a reality, together. So we guess in a way, this post is our special announcement and an invitation to follow along in our journey to opening our own flower farm!

Although our story is still waiting to be written, we will continue to dream in flowers until we are surrounded by them forever.

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