Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The End. For Now.

I really can not believe it's been over three years that I have been blogging away. (Here's my very first post, if you want to see me just as the adventure ensued....) During the past few years I have seen so very many dreams come true and goals achieved, creatively, in my life. 2013 found me taking a leap forward into less hours at my day job and more pursuing of freelance work. That, too, a dream come true.

What happens, though, as dreams come true is that you find there are still dreams that are deeper. For me, the ultimate goal has never been to be a "solo act" in creating. I have wanted to establish myself as an artist and designer, but always with a goal of being a part of something bigger than I could every accomplish on my own. My deepest desire is to be part of a team of people, creating and serving both locally and globally. 2014 is my year to seek those partners out.

Honestly, I am not entirely sure where this journey will take me. What I do know, now, is that my next step will be to work towards turning this site into a portfolio for my art and design. I am not sure, at all, what future blogging will look like, which is why this is my last post. For now.

In the meantime, if you want to, you can keep up with me on Twitter and Instagram (aimeebsiegel) and I will (undoubtedly) continue to pin away here. Keep an eye on the Etsy shop too...I plan to keep it active and full of bright, happy things as much as possible.

Here I am. Standing of the brink of so much. So much that I have no clue about..yet. But, even now, my parting words to you would be: take a step. Whatever that risky, uncertain step is that keeps popping up in your heart. Take it. More than likely it will lead to a dream - after dream, after dream - coming true.

Merry Christmas to you all! Thank you for sharing in my journey - here's to a Happy (Brand) New Year ahead!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Treasured Possessions

It is actually a letter opener, this sword. Although, it has never served that purpose for me. Its purpose has always been as a reminder to me. A daily reminder that the struggle is worth it.

On my first trip to Spain I visited a castle (this one actually) and I left having purchased this sword. That trip had begun to stir a lot of thoughts in me regarding my future and my passions. My desire to create and travel. To fight for justice and beauty. As those ideas began to connect and grow, I knew that the things I was called to would require a fight. They would not (and have not) come easily. So, I purposefully purchased a sword to remind me.

For ten years now this sword has sat beside my bed, on every different nightstand, in each different home I've live in. A lot has changed, but one thing has not: the struggle remains.

Perseverance is required. Daily.

Different seasons bring different battles, but the war rages on.

And, it's worth it. 

A new season is actually about to begin for me, which means this one must end. This is my final Treasured Possession post. It's truly been a joy to share weekly pieces with you. I hope that it has inspired creativity in you and, perhaps, even given you new eyes to see things that are meaningful and lovely in your own home.

Tomorrow I'll share a little bit more about where I'm headed in the days and months ahead. (As much as I know, that is....)

Happy Tuesday all!
(Oh, and p.s. - I reeaaalllly actually wanted to buy a full-sized sword in really, really. However, it would have made traveling around a bit more..... awkward.
Not to mention costing a few more Euros. Just a few. But, some day, my friends, some day..... )

Friday, December 13, 2013

Fresh Flowers

It's been quite cold and wintry in Nashville over this past week. Honestly, all I want to do is snuggle up in my cozy apartment and drink multiple French presses of coffee. That is what inspired this week's Fresh Flower shoot.

I like to do a lot of simple, single flower, bouquets, but this week I decided that I missed the good ole flower shoppe days and went with combining multiple types to do a full arrangement. These classic ruffle top bubble vases are one of my favorites to arrange in.

I really love the shape the bouquet can take on inside of it. With this one I used red tulips, green hypericum, some minty holidayish looking mums, last week's red blooms (did you recognize them?) and some evergreenish foliage cut from a tree outside of my apartment stairway.

When it was done, it was placed on this lovely tray with coffee and treats and taken directly to my cozy and bright bedroom. Now, all that's left do is ....enjoy it.

Hope you have been inspired to created more with Fresh Flowers through these posts. This one is actually my last Fresh Flower Friday post. A lot of changes will be coming in the New Year ...more on all that next week. But, I have enjoyed sharing my weekly bouquets with you!

Cheers to Friday...and NEW days ahead, my friends!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Treasured Possessions

On my first trip to Uganda, close to five years ago now, I had the privilege of leading a week of art projects with the children at an orphanage there.

The main project we did, with the oldest of the kids, were these collaged trees. I knew that, being in rural Uganda, we would be limited in our supplies to use (unless we had brought them along) so I came up with the idea to do a project that incorporated using pieces of nature that would be available in abundance.

They painted the trunks of their trees using twigs a brush

and collected foliage outside to use as a stamp for the leaves.

For a finishing touch we used some local newspapers to collage leaves and birds onto the pieces.

After the trip we brought back the pieces to use in some displays and art shows for the organization I went on the trip with. At the end, though, I had the honor of being able to choose three to keep. Aren't they just beautiful? I am in such awe of the talent and creativity these kids have!

Of all my possessions, these are certainly some of my very most treasured. They are a visual reminder of a dream come true.

Happy Tuesday to you all!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Fresh Flowers

My favorite way to decorate for Christmas is just simple, little touches around my home. It doesn't take a lot to give your place a happy hint of holiday cheer.

I saw this pretty bunch of flowers in the grocery store the other day and they seemed rather Christmasy to me, in an unpretentious way.

They were also perfect for trimming little blooms off to float in some clear glass ornaments by my kitchen window.

While I'm not sure how long the buds will last apart from the water, they are making me smile on this cold, rainy Friday and I am going to just enjoy them for as long as they last.

(plus, I have the rest in a little vase by my sink to clip off more as needed....perfect!)

Happy Friday!!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Treasured Possessions

When I found this map container at the antique mall near my house it was labeled as a "planter." I didn't really plan to use it as such. Who could dare to water a plant in such a wonderful map container? I would never want to take the chance of damaging it.

I got to the counter at the store to check out and the lady working there immediately said, "Why, this is not a planter. I had one of these in the 50's. It's a letter holder. I had the whole desk set." if it wasn't awesome enough already, right? A letter holder? Sold. Again, sold.

Right now it is functioning as a sketch-book-vintage-postcard-I-purchased-in-Paris holder, however: If you write me a letter? NO doubt. In here it will go. Pronto.

Happy Tuesday, friends!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

I Am Thankful

On this holiday eve I find myself thankful for so very many things. Things like peppermint tea, dark chocolate with orange and almonds, metallic gold acrylic paint, colorful quilts from Anthropologie ...and my cozy little studio apartment where I can light some candles, curl up under said quilt and watch movies (now you know my evening plans.)

What I am most thankful for, though, can not really be put into words. It happened deep down inside my heart. And, it's changed everything. Sometimes the hardest years are also the very best ones.

Happy Thanksgiving, my friends.
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