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31 December 2013

Flight 93 Memorial

I'm a little embarrassed that this has been sitting in the draft pile of my posts, but as was quite obvious, I took a much needed, unannounced break. The following is a collection of photos from when I visited my sister Shaunelle in Pittsburgh (in August), and we saw the beautiful and inspiring Flight 93 Memorial.

I was so inspired by this beautiful place. I felt such a special spirit here as I read the plaques and observed the beauty of the surroundings.
Everything was kept so perfectly, which I felt was very respectful to the hero's memory.
If you want to learn more about the memorial, you can visit their website.
This wall was my very favorite part. I love what it symbolizes, and that it so respectfully shields the area where the hero's final remains lay.
The spirit of patriotism was so strong here. I was so inspired by the bravery of those extraordinary men and women. They chose to act, knowing their fate. I am so proud to call myself an American, and be protected by such brave servicemen and women, as well as ordinary citizens who are willing to step up and serve.

God Bless America.

have a lovelee day!


ps- Happy New Year's Eve!

how are you going to celebrate?

30 December 2013

Lauren, the font: Freebie

 That's right. Today I am sharing a portion of myself to you. I'm starting to get really into this font-creating thing.

This is kind of a "rough draft" of what I want the finished product to look like, because I'm still working out the kinks. But hey, this one is pretty fun, too! Enjoy!

click here to view and download

(the link looks a little funky, but just download and install [tips for that here] and it'll all work out fine and dandy!)

have a lovelee day!


28 December 2013

Also, I made a Giraffe....

I happened upon White Faux Taxidermy, and I fell in love. IN. LOVE. Especially with this buffalo. Man, oh man. If I weren't a starving college student, you know that would be in my living room right now.

I did a t-o-n of research on paper mache, and I figured out what would work best for this project. I had a few helpers construct the neck for me (made from rolled up, cut-and-mended cardboard, actually) and I sculpted the face/ears/etc. I've never really been a sculpture gal myself, so it was fun to try something new.

Well, quite a few weeks later, my favorite animal, the majestic Giraffe emerged. We call him Jeffers 'round these parts. After the illustrator, you know. (I am a little obsessed with his work.)

He is now painted a lovely shade of whitish-cream, and I love him soooo much.  We mounted him on a piece of wood and he will soon be hung on the wall. HOORAY! (I need to get a good picture of him painted. I'm not sure why I haven't gotten around to that yet.....)

I got around to that.

Have a lovelee day!


27 December 2013

Recent Paintings

I really struggle with calling myself an artist. I'm not sure why, but I feel like I'm being super stuffy or something when people ask me what I like to do, and I say, "Oh, I like to draw and paint and stuff..." But I do.

I don't do art to feel artsy. I do art because it is something that heals my soul, and truly completes me. I am my whole me when I am creating. is a recent collection of some things I've been working on.

"inspired by a scarf"

"hello sunshine"

"sky's the limit"


Wishing you the loveliest of days,


24 December 2013

Merry Christmas!

Happy Christmas Eve! As my present to you, enjoy this little animation that my sister and I worked on yesterday. (also, the fact that after a 3-month hiatus, I finally posted again. You're welcome, mom.)
Have a lovelee day! (and Christmas!)


17 September 2013

the Queen's Home Tour (the Queen of Pittsburgh, that is)

Are you guys adequately excited right now? Because you should be. Hands-down, my favorite part of being in Pittsburgh was spending wonderful time with my sister, Shaunelle. Her house is SO lovely. Everything was so light and happy and wonderful. Also, if you didn't know, we call her "the Queen" in my family. And thus I give you, the Queen's Home Tour! (*triumphant trumpet noise*)
The kitchen: with a lovely window and clean white cabinets, this space stays beautifully bright until the sun goes down. And you know I love those silhouettes above the stove, girl.

Her dishes are even adorable on display!
 Look at that adorable rack of happy baking essentials!
The decorated fridge, with a sneak into the other rooms of the house.
 I love the use of those crates for storage.
 I l-o-v-e Shaunelle's dining room. Her husband Matt made her that table because he knew how much she loves chalkboards. Isn't that adorable?! So I did a little some'n some'n while visiting. So fun!
 A peek into the lovely family room.
 Those "M &S" signs were from the wedding. My dad made those, guys. Pretty cool, right? A lovely storage/record area.
 You guys are going to think I'm crazy, but the hallway/these FLOORS! AH! were one of my favorite parts of the house.
 Oh, don't mind my feet. Do mind the wood, though. That stuff is AMAZING.
 Remember how much I loved all the houses in Pittsburgh? She lives across the street from some pretty dang cute ones!
Oh, just some art Shaunelle has whipped up.
Oh hey! Remember these? It was my wedding present to them. Glad they haven't thrown them out yet:)

 I love that fireplace and the books! Matt and Shaunelle are both avid book collectors/book lovers, so they have a lovely collection of really pretty books.
 Everybody has a "thing". Shaunelle's just happens to be globes and maps. She can't get enough!
 Oh look, there she is! Queen of the 'burgh! (She painted that bicycle!)
 The view to the dining room and kitchen
 Note the pillow maps.
 Okay, I LOVED this. Storing quilts in crates. Does it get any cuter? Not unless there's a puppy involved.
 Confession. I went home and bought the exact polka dot rug to put in my apartment....but hey, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right, Shaunelle?
 I hope it's not too weird to show a picture of a bathroom on the internet, but I thought that this bathroom was cute enough to deserve its fair share of attention.
 Remember this tutorial? Whoop, there it is!
 I loved how much light there was in their bedroom. And the colors are just fantastic. Confession: I went home and bought a similar duvet cover.
 Look, I think the doorknob likes me!
 I actually didn't take any pictures of the room I stayed in, but let it be known that it was a very cute office space. This little calendar (...MAP. There it is again! haha.) is an accurate representation of the cuteness in this room.
 The front door? It's really a back door, but it's the door everyone always uses.

Isn't it just a lovely place to live? I've decided where I'm doing my student teaching. Hint: Shaunelle, you're going to have a new roommate!:)

The most impressive part about all this is that they just barely moved in and it already looks this cute. Literally everything came out of the moving boxes the day before I arrived. She's amazing.

have a lovelee day!