A Reminder for Self

Saturday afternoon I went on a little afternoon outing with my pops. After our coffee date I convinced him that we ought to stop by one of my favorite places: the bookstore. Without much thought, I headed straight to the “Self-Help” section of the store where I always find a treasure. This day was no exception. After browsing the shelves for something that stuck out, I found a little black book entitled “Steal Like An Artist” by Austin Kleon. As I was flipping through the black and white pages I was certain that this book had to become a part of my personal library.

Whether you are an artist, a student, a business person, or a stay at home parent– do yourself a favor and go buy this book. It’s a book about creativity that will inspire and challenge you to take life to the next level.

In his book, Kleon writes: “Take time to mess around. Get Lost. Wander. You never know where it might lead you.” I fell in love with this quote. It’s something that I need to remind myself of every now and then. I am a lover of creativity and thrive off it, however, at the same time I am the queen of to-do-lists. It’s easy to get caught up crossing things off the lists. Every couple of months I get in this place I like to call “The Funk”, where I feel completely uninspired and drained from work. When I take time to actually look up from my little computer screen and little black book of to-do-lists I realize that I’ve given myself no room to be inspired because I’ve been working to cross things off list and not allowing myself to get lost and explore. It’s all about balance. Structure is good and it’s needed to get things accomplished. However, I’m noticing that if I wanna stay out of getting in “funks” then I better be taking time to get lost along the way of my structured schedule.

I’ve always been taught to write things down and put them where you can see them to remind you of things. So, I decided that this quote ought to be no exception. I created a little poster to hang in my room to remind myself to allow exploring to become a priority in life.

So here it is.

Let it serve as a challenge to you as well.

Be Inspired + Create


The Sale

So in case you’ve missed the memo… the girl from the Third Story Apartment is re-locating. Shocking, but true. I’ll be head leaving the middle of somewhere Oklahoma and heading back to the coast. The west coast that is. Details and explanation on the move will be coming soon.

In the meantime, I’m selling some items from the Third Story Apartment.

Here are some snapshots of what’s on the list to go…

Vintage Fan

Lace Frame

Black Birdcage

Vintage Gold Frame

Teale Chalkboard Drawer

Book Page Lamp

Below are items that have sold– but If you want something similar I may just have the thing for you!










If interested in any of these pieces – please feel free to send me a quick email at:

[More to come]

Be Inspired + Create

Monday’s Tradition

The story goes like this: Several months ago my dear friend Christa and I started exchanging picture texts of things that we liked and inspired us. A couple hundred picture texts later, we came to the conclusion to make it a Monday Tradition. Without fail, every Monday starting around 7:27 am there is a constant exchange of photos of things that intrigue us, inspire us, motivate us, or things we want to try.

Naturally, I thought to myself that I ought to be sharing some of our finds with you…

So here it goes… A couple days after Monday, but I’m sure you’ll forgive me.

Enjoy this past week’s “best”!

Best New Song 


Best “Pop of Color” Inspiration
via Pinterest


Best New Pattern
via Anthropologie


Best Little Lacey Dress
via Pinterest


Best Eye Make Up Tutorial
via Pinterest


Best Simplistic Party Decor
via Pinterest


Best New Infographic
via Pinterest


Best New Theory
via Pinterest


Best New Quote
via Pinterest


Best New Hobby
via Pinterest


Best New Hair Idea [for Instant Curls]
via Pinterest

Be Inspired + Create