Best. Place. Ever. aka Giveaway Winners!

Hello again folks!  Now that the fussy nugget has finally fallen asleep for her long stretch (…or HAS she? Oh the suspense!), I am happy to report to you the three winners of the giveaway and their groovy answers to *Best. Place. Ever.*

And they are….**drumroll, please**

Julie Gaines:

The Outer Banks! I’ve always loved going there each summer growing up, and Jeff and I are talking about honeymooning there potentially. The swimmer in me always loves being around water, and nothing’s better than a sea breeze. Being there just really has always been calming and restful for me.”

Georgi Krueger:

“I believe one of the best places I’ve ever travelled to is South Korea. I got to go on a 2 week trip there, several years ago with a church I was attending at the time. It was a very special and meaningful trip to me, as I was born and adopted from there. That was the first time I ever got to see my homeland, and I even got to see the city where I was born. It was a very moving trip.”

Opal Corell:

“It’s a tie between Belize, Niagara Falls & the Grand Canyon. We went to Belize for our 5 year anniversary & had a wonderful time with a local cab driver seeing the sites. We’ve had 2 great family vacations to the Grand Canyon & Niagara Falls; two of the most amazing, beautiful places.”


Way to go, gals! I’ll be contacting you momentarily with some details.

Thank you everybody who contributed! I love the stories you have. It’s one of the big things I love about my work. Each person’s soul is a vault of locations and their rich emotion and sensory memories. That room she was born in. The couch where he leaned in and first kissed you. The dusty road to that festival where you felt free and alive. We carry them with us.


Travel Art Giveaway – We hit 100!

Good Afternoon and Happy Mother’s Day, folks!  As mentioned on Facebook previously, I was planning on having a giveaway once my shop on Etsy hit 100 sales. It’s now blown past that number (woohoo! Thank yooooou wedding/anniversary season.), so here we go!

The Official Answers to Your Questions:

What can I win?:

One of these three designs, with the maps and text customized just for you. =)






How do I enter?:

 All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post telling me about the best place you’ve ever traveled to and why.

How do I win?:

The names of everyone commenting will be put in a hat and three winners will be chosen at random by my newborn who has just learned how to start grabbing at things.

May the odds be ever in your favor.

May the odds be ever in your favor.

How/When will I know?:

Next Sunday (so, the 18th) I will post the three winners and their submissions on another post here. The post will also be shared on Facebook. If you leave a comment and did not find this post via Facebook, please leave me an email address with your comment (This won’t be reshared with your comment if it wins.) so I can contact you.

How long until I get the artwork?

My average processing time is 1-2 weeks for all customized orders, then 2-3 day shipping. If for any reason it might take a day or two longer I will let you know, but generally it all runs well within that timeframe. For this particular giveaway, though, I don’t recommend choosing it as a last-minute anniversary gift. As in, please give yourself about 2 weeks to receive this and not stress yourself/me out. =)  It’s wedding/anniversary season right now so things are starting to bustle!

Each of the three winners picked can choose any one of these three designs, and then specify via message what maps and text they would like and where to ship it to.


So there it is, guys. Happy Mother’s Day, and happy commenting! =)






The Newborn Chronicles


“She’s a rebel, she’s a saint
                   She’s the salt of the earth and she’s dangerous
                She’s a rebel, vigilante
                    Missing link on the brink of destruction.”


A few years ago, when Keith and I were dating and not even quite engaged yet, I used to have these dreams about us living in a post-apocalyptic world. Of course, I mostly attribute this to us both being into fictional content of that nature. And at this point I hope the world doesn’t quite come to that sort of insanity in our lifetime. But I used to get a kick out of these dreams because I was always being referred to as “Lieutenant Gottberg”, kinda funny seeing as how we’d only recently started dating.

And in all the dreams we had a daughter, a fair-haired spunky little thing, maybe about five or six years old.

These memories came back to me full-force a little over a week ago, as I was looking down at our newborn baby girl, who made her entrance just a little over a month ago. A vigorous, expressive baby who tried for 6 hours to stubbornly come out at just not quite the right angle, but never ever was in any distress, and in fact would kick and wiggle around between nearly all of the contractions. Who in-utero would keep me awake in the middle of night with her stretching and shuffling around, to the point that when my water finally broke with ridiculous force I was momentarily convinced that she’d finally head-butted her way out without the help of actual labor.

Anywho, enough TMI.

Meet Athena Grace.







Named in the hopes that in her generation she would have both wisdom and grace.

A few tidbits of info about the Greek goddess Athena:

– She’s the goddess of wisdom, courage, strategic warfare, justice, architecture & crafts, divine intelligence, and skill.

Athena is portrayed as a shrewd companion of heroes and is the patron goddess of heroic endeavour.”

“She represents intelligence, humility, consciousness, cosmic knowledge, creativity, education, enlightenment, the arts, eloquence and power. She stands for Truth, Justice, and Moral values. She plays a tough, clever and independent role.”

“Though Athena is a goddess of war strategy, she disliked fighting without purpose and preferred to use wisdom to settle predicaments. The goddess only encouraged fighting for a reasonable cause or to resolve conflict. She emphasises everyone to use intuitive wisdom rather than anger or violence.”

“……Eventually Zeus experienced an enormous headache; Hephaestus cleaved Zeus’s head with the double-headed Minoan axe, the labrys. Athena leaped from Zeus’s head, fully grown and armed, with a shout— ‘and pealed to the broad sky her clarion cry of war’.”




So here she is……..our tough, cosmic-knowledge baby of heroic endeavour. =)

Sometimes I think I helped dream her into being.



Oh, the Colorz!

This past week, most of my time has been spent trying to sleep (“trying” being the key word), trying to catch up on lack of sleep, sleeping (sort of), making freezer food, or cleaning/OMGNESTING.

Also, replanting herbs in the window box:

Don't sneeze...

Don’t sneeze…

And drinking coffee in moderation:

Touch my coffee and I might shank you. Also, THIS awesome mug my mom gave me for Christmas.

Touch my coffee and I might shank you. Also, THIS awesome mug my mom gave me for Christmas.

Meanwhile, Baby Girl seems to be trying to kick and punch her way out of myself in every direction except for the right one. It would appear she’s inherited my sense of direction, poor thing.

Art-wise, I’ve been playing a lot with color, doing color studies and also trying to find interesting pairings of colors I wouldn’t normally think of. For the record, excessive use of color is a great way to stave off seasonal affective disorder (Trust me, I’m a doctor.)

Winter color study

Winter color study

The more I’ve been walking around our apartment thinking about color schemes, the more I’ve realized how much I gravitate towards “multicolor” without even thinking about it. Maybe it’s the boho in me. Strangely, oftentimes when I’m looking at Pinterest-type inspiration I want to pick out 2-color home decor ideas and whatnot, but apparently I don’t want that in real life. So at this point I’m just enjoying how much happier it looks in here with mixed colors  just All-over-the-place. And for us, it just really….really works. Try it yourself, a little multicolor might be what you’re looking for.

Guess how much of this stuff was free or from the thrift store!

Guess how much of this stuff was free or from the thrift store!


By the way, I made the coaster this is sitting on by covering a CD case in fun duct tape. It wipes clean really well, too.

coffee nook. because...COFFEE. Note the multi-colored lights.

coffee nook. because…COFFEE. Note the multi-colored lights.


Thank yoooou, Target.

Thank yoooou, Target.


Brought back for me from India by a groovy friend.

Brought back for me from India by a groovy friend.



Painting back this apartment when we move is going to be such a pain in the neck.

Finally, for a little more color-pairing fun for you guys, here are four random 2-color treasuries I put together on Etsy this week. When I put these together I try to not only be really cohesive in the layout and visual appeal of the treasury, but I try to showcase work by both people who have been rocking it for a while and have great customer reviews and some makers who are just starting out/have just recently opened their shops.

Mint Green & Gray


Navy & Deep Rose


Teal & Orchid


Gold & Tangerine   


Happy colorizing!




Everyday Things, Plus Some Bohemian Inspiration

Things are starting to gear up for our arrival of Itty Bitty Gottberg, who is due in roughly 3 weeks (!) As mentioned before I am in full nesting mode, but we’re still getting out to do things, and of course take care of things like going to the laundromat:


Getting some pattern ideas from cool Richmond architecture.

Getting some pattern ideas from cool Richmond architecture.

All wild hair and focus. Oh how I love him.

All wild hair and focus. Oh how I love him.

I’ve also been pulling together a whole bunch of Bohemian style ideas this week, both for home decor and individual styling. Boho is one of my favorite fashion categories. Ever. And reminds me of the festival Cornerstone which Keith and I have roadtripped to several times, but which unfortunately is no longer being held due primarily to economic hardship. =(  I miss it greatly, it was always so soul-refreshing, artsy and freeing to be there and you always ended up meeting some of the most lovely people ever.

Anyway, here was my little contribution to the boho post today – this super easy hairstyle – just create a low braid behind each ear and then cross them overtop your head, pinning haphazardly here and there to keep in place. The great thing about hippie Bohemian hairstyles is that imperfections generally make them even better.


Aaaaand here’s a bunch of eye candy. =D


❤ ❤ ❤

Clip Boards to Display Art – Colorful Budget Decorating

Well folks, it’s been a balmy 24 (F) degrees out today, so after getting shopwork done I figured it would behoove everyone involved to just stay indoors.

Since I am now chipping away at the last few weeks of pregnancy (36 weeks now, holy crap), I’m having more of those waves of “intense nesting mode”, which in my case for some reason often means painting something.

So here is a fantastic little project I did in about 45 minutes today (that includes drying time). I’ve been seeing the clipboards-to-display-art idea floating around Pinterest and felt like putting my own spin on it. This is so simple and the results are very satisfying. Here we go!

Painted Clipboards for Wall Art

Total cost: $3, since I got the clipboards at the dollar store and already had some paint and painter’s tape on hand. This is a very budget-friendly project.

Step One:    Put painter’s tape on your board at various random angles. Press down firmly on all of the tape touching your board so no paint “bleeds” under it and messes up the clean lines. Your paint color will be anywhere the tape isn’t covering.

Step Two: Use a paintbrush or little foam roller brush (if you want a smoother texture) and whatever paint you’ve chosen and paint between and slightly over the edges of the painter’s tape. I used a regular large paintbrush because I didn’t mind if it looked a little imperfect with the painting strokes.

Step Three:   Remove painter’s tape before the paint dries so that none of the paint rips up or does awkward things. Allow your boards to finish drying. They might look something like this:


Step Four:  Hang on wall and enjoy. =D

Yes, we have a lava lamp. It is awesome.

Yes, we have a lava lamp. It is awesome.

Happy Crafting and stay warm!

FALL. And preparing for Itty Bitty.

Evenin’, folks. In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s autumn again. And there was great rejoicing throughout the land.

Some of the Top Awesome Things About This Season:

1. The sticky, 90+ degree weather finally ceases. The mornings are cool with a nip to them.
2. Apple cider.
3. Red, gold, orange and brown.
4. Soft sweaters and leggings.
5. Pumpkin, cinnamon, baked things.
6. Halloween.
7. Halloween candy.
8. Opening all the windows.
9. National Angelica Day (prepare yo-selves).

LEAVES are happening.

LEAVES are happening.


I love nights like this. Following eating dinner while binge-watching something like Deadliest Catch on Netflix, Keith has settled into some of his masters project writing about Fitzgerald in the glow of the office, whilst I putter around between reading more of The Help (fabulous novel by Kathryn Stockett) and my loosely-interpreted definition of “organizing” baby things.

Baby things? Say whaaaat?

If you know me in real life or stalk me on Facebook, you know by now that we’re expecting our first ever baby in February. And it’s a GIRL, woo! Finally over the halfway mark I am gradually becoming beside myself with excitement, as well as being blown away by the generosity and love we’ve already received from friends and family, and even warm wishes from customers.

Finding cozy places for baby things in cozy apartment.

Finding cozy places for baby things in cozy apartment.



Adorable elf-like hat made by mother-in-law. =)

Adorable elf-like hat made by mother-in-law. =)

On that last note I love hearing more and more of the lovely people I make artwork for telling me that they’ve checked out this blog. Most of the work I do for you all has to do with memories you’ve created with your loved ones, so I’m happy to share a little of my own loved ones with you. One of the beautiful things I love most about buying directly from the artist. (Don’t get me wrong, is efficient, just not so….cuddly.)

Also, a few fun new things will be hitting the shop in a couple of days. I have procured some more travel-related goodness to incorporate into my usual designs. Having a lot of fun with the ideas already.

Ideas =D

Ideas =D

Bundle up with some cider, folks. It’s one of the most wonderful times of the year.