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The Gold & Graphite Etsy Shop is LIVE!



Friends, I’m so excited to announce my Etsy Shop, Gold & Graphite Goods, is live! I’ve said every year I’d love to have a shop and yet every year I just said there wasn’t enough time. I learned this year that I’ll never find spare time, I had to make time. I gave up many things (mostly sleep) to borrow time to make this happen. Before I say anything else, I just want to say thank you. Thank you so much for your encouragement and support. Thank you to those of you who have ordered custom commissioned prints for the past few years. Thank you for putting up with me saying “hopefully” and “eventually” year after year. Thank you to my incredible husband for telling me every day that I can do this and helping to make it happen. I’m overwhelmed with gratitude. Truly overwhelmed.

Top Posts of 2018



This year was a big one personally and professionally. It was my first full year of working on Gold & Graphite which meant so, so much learning. Learning HTML, SEO, batch working, how to better spend my time in work, learning leaning learning. Personally, we moved to Texas after 7 years of living in Virginia, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, O started coaching for the AAF and I began homeschooling. I’m so grateful to have a blog when it comes to seasons of reflection because while my journals are filled with memories and ideas, seeing them with photos and formulated thoughts is such a gift that I wouldn’t have any other way. If you want to reflect with me, here are the top blog post of this year. 

Friday Feels + an Announcement



Hi friends! That little lady up there has been getting a lot of air-time on my Instagram stories so if you love watching people paint like me, I saved some snippets and behind-the scenes into my process on my ‘artwork’ highlights! I’ve painted more this week than I have in a very long time and it almost feels freeing in a way to make the decision to do something I’m so naturally drawn to do. 

Best Purchases of 2017



Happy New Year, friends! I so, so enjoyed the break of this past week but I’m ready to jump back in with both feet! As I enter into a new year, I always find it so important to reflect back on the tangible things that enhanced every day life the year before. I’ve found the more I do this, the less likely I am to repeat super bad decisions (I’ve yet to splurge on a one-time wear item again..I’m looking at you, neon green skirt from 2013.) Here are my absolute favorite, would-re-buy-in-a-heartbeat purchases of 2017.

Favorite Ways to Elevate Gift Wrap



It’s here. It’s wrapping time. If you’re like me, you’ve been chipping away at it bit by bit but and only have a little wrapping left. If you’re like O, you’ll be up until the wee hours of the morning on Christmas, still wrapping because you just started. Either way, I wanted to share a few little tips for how to make those gifts stand out, all with Kraft Paper wrapping.