December 28, 2014

Happy Holidays

Making cookies with Great Grandma Aggie (young age of 92).

Happy Holidays!  We'll be reading and eating cookies through the new year.


April 24, 2014

Studio Update

Our second child is due later this summer and so we are having the great exchange of rooms.  I've come across a lot of things in the move.  Among them this lovely color palette.  It's all dried up now.  I don't recollect what I painted with it.  Clearly it has been too long since I painted.  See snippets of what I have been up to on instagram.  I'm rather inthralled with all the amazing people and art I've found there.

November 26, 2013

Shop Update

I have updated my online store with a range of new items.  I've been busy making felt balls, cutting leather, printing with potatoes and sewing up my printed fabrics into fabric buckets, headbands, tea towels, totes and pillows.  I also have a limited amount of fabric covered trays.  All items are designed and made by me.

Recently I have come to inhabit Instagram.  It's quick to update and extremely addicting.  I share bits of my daily life, inspiration and process there (@laurenannpaul).

July 10, 2013

Shop Feature: Third Coast Style

This week I had the pleasure of a day trip to Milwaukee to see the future store Third Coast Style.  The proprietor is Patrice Procopio, whose energy, enthusiasm and pure loveliness is nothing short of inspiring.  She is am immensely talented painter too.

It felt fantastic to be near Lake Michigan again.  I was even treated to the lake effect fog, mist and cool summer breeze.  It was a relief from the heat we've been having inland.  The smells, sounds of the gulls and sights of the lake brought me back to my roots.  Refreshing.

Third Coast Style promises to be a great shop with locally sourced goods featuring area craftsman, artists, and up and comers.  There will also be a hair stylist, gallery wall for rotating exhibits and a sitting/meeting/waiting area in the store.  I'm excited to be a part of it!  

Opening day for the store at 514 N. Water Street is September 7th.  Hope to see you there!

July 5, 2013

Giveaway! Seed Pod Headband

To celebrate the new headbands (see them in my etsy shop) I am doing a facebook giveaway!  Head on over to my facebook page to enter the contest.  All you have to do is "like" it and share the post with your friends!  Really it's that easy.  I'll announce a winner (via facebook) on Wednesday July 10th.

July 2, 2013

The Property

We sold the property today.  It's the place where my husband proposed to me.  The place where we were going to build our home together.  The place where we thought we would raise our children.  The place where the trees are thick, beautiful and full of stories.  It's no longer our place.  For many reasons it did not make sense for us to keep.

Our dreams and beautiful hopes for our future and the future for our daughter are still intact.  Only the place has changed.
The fire pit we made there.

The proposal at the fire pit.  (I had no idea he was holding my great grandmother's ring) 

Our daughter enjoying time there.

June 20, 2013


You may know judging by my pinterest board that I'm a little into dolls lately.  Or rather my little one is a LOT into dolls.  So I have been on the hunt for wonderful, made with love, soft (no plastic) dolls.  I love nearly everything that Maria from Mariengold makes (she has a new design/ kit out now just today!).  I've bought her supply kit and have plans to make up my own pattern.  (Yes, make it up myself, sew it myself.  Do it all myself.  In case you haven't realized yet I'm overly ambitious with projects.)

But before all this happened I had started this little doll.  I started it years ago while working at a great little yarn shop.  I never finished it...until now.  Well sort of.  I mean for her to have a face but haven't gotten to that just quite yet.  Oh and pants too.  Perhaps another outfit as well.  I'd first have to pry "Dolly" from my daughters hands though.  And I like to keep tantrum time to a minimum.  Never mind the fact that it is the utmost heart warming to see her playing, hugging and kissing "Dolly."

So for now the cloth doll making project is on hold.  Instead my daughter is thoroughly in love with her faceless, pants less Dolly.

*  For those of you that have already asked and I know are still wondering.  Putting this pattern to paper (er instant download via the web) is on my radar.  I'd love to see other people making their version of "Dolly."  If you want to know when the pattern comes available e-mail me and I'll be sure to update you.  And getting all those e-mails might just put it higher on the to do list.  :)