My word…April flew by! I can’t believe it’s May already and the end of the school year is just weeks away. Crazy. I’m not sure if I’m ready for summer just yet! Anyway, before we get ahead of ourselves, let me share some of my favorite things from April…
Les Misérables on Masterpiece
I’m pretty eager to like just about any period miniseries, but I have been eagerly anticipating Les Misérables on PBS for a while! I was introduced to the story through the musical when I was 11. It was actually the first CD I ever listened to! Anyway, the story is so beautiful and I have enjoyed the miniseries so far. It’s still playing on PBS and you can also watch it on the Masterpiece channel on Amazon Prime.
I think I have finally found the perfect notebook (and, believe me, I have certainly bought and tried enough of them!) It’s a beautiful leather notebook with elastic holders for notebook inserts. I love that I can customize it to use the paper that suits my notetaking and sketching and that I can refill it with new paper as needed.
I ended up ordering the large size, which perfect to have sitting on my desk, but it’s still small enough to carry with me if I want to. (I have a pocket Moleskine that I carry in my purse, so I don’t really need to carry this larger one.)
It has an elastic band with a little leather detail that keeps the notebook closed…
I filled it with one bulleted pad and one pad of sketch paper. I can keep all of my notes and ideas on the bulleted side and my sketches on the other. (It came with three sketch pads and I ordered the bulleted pads HERE.)
There are times when I miss being an antique dealer and especially selling at the Lucketts Spring Market. Attending Junk Bonanza in April gave me a little taste of it and satisfied that longing (with a lot less work!)
You can read my posts about Junk Bonanza HERE.
We did have a few snowstorms, but other than that, we’ve had glorious weather for morning walks. The air is still cool and refreshing and it’s been quality time for Sebastian and I (of course, he enjoys them as well!)
I’ve been listening to podcasts to turn my walks into learning time or sometimes I just listen to music with a good beat and think. And sometimes Jeff joins me and we talk about life and the kids and work and the future. I look forward to my walks every day.
Creative Business Chats with Shaunna
My dear friend, Shaunna of Perfectly Imperfectly, and I have been meeting up on Instagram for live chats on Fridays at 11 cst / 12 est to talk about creative business with our followers. It’s been such an energizing and awesome time and we’re looking forward to doing more.
I’m about 3/4 of the way through this book and it’s excellent. It’s a quick and easy read and a great bit of encouragement for creatives.
I’m not a “shoe girl”, but I was bought THESE mustard shoes from Anthropologie with a gift card I had been hoarding and I just love them! I wear a lot of black, navy, and gray, so mustard is the perfect accent color. And, they are pretty comfortable for what they are.
Guest Room Makeover
I’ve already covered this makeover in detail, but I finished it up in April and I love how it turned out. Sometimes, when I’m in the basement, I’ll just stand in the doorway and take it all in. Usually, I feel like photos capture a room pretty well, but I don’t think pictures do it justice.
If you missed it, you can see the reveal HERE.
An American Victory
I love listening to new-to-me musicals and I listened to An American Victory on the way to Junk Bonanza. It’s just a studio album at this point, but I hope it makes it to the stage. The music is beautiful. You can get it on iTunes.
My favorite song is Hold Me Once Again and you can listen to it on the video below…