Okay, here are the pictures you guys asked for!

Thank you Jamie, Amber and Olivia!

{Jamie, I did not get my favorite beauty product photographed, but it would either be my Bare Minerals because it covers up all my imperfections, or my "Satu" cologne from Anthropologie that my husband picked out for me to wear on our wedding day, and I love it!}


*this shoulder tattoo is actually a cover up, unfortunately neither of these photos show the whole thing, i just realized. but below the birds is a big magenta peony flower that covers up my first tattoo. it was a black celtic love knot from when i thought i was going to get married at 18, kids, dont get tattooed for your wedding proposal!!!*

I got the cover up with the two birds and the flower when my mom got sick the first time. She lost her hair, eyelashes and breast all to chemo and radiation. At that time we thought she was going to be okay, and she was going through lots of emotions of 'letting go'. Letting go of what made her feel like a woman, letting go of her life before cancer, letting go of so much vanity.

At the same time I was ending a relationship I was in since I was 16, we were together for 8 years. I was dealing with emotions of losing him and possibly losing my mother, so serious emotions of 'letting go' as well.

So I chose two bluebirds of happiness in flight to represent this for me.

This tattoo is only half way done. I got this after my mother passed and it is all about her. I have always wanted an art nouveau piece, and this image just struck me and made me think of her. It is a work from Alphonse Mucha. I changed the colors though. The words say "I WISH I HAD A RIVER I COULD SKATE AWAY ON". They are lyrics to the Joni Mitchel song River. My mother sang this song to me when I was a baby. When I was older we would sing it together, she gave me a serious love for Joni Mitchel. Then as she was dying, I sang it to her when she could no longer sing.

I am planning on adding peacock feathers, butterfly, a cardinal and some other things to it.


This is Violet, my dog.

She loves car rides, nature trailing, ice cream (she only gets a few licks every now and then), sneaking bellas poop from the litter box, wildlife animals like deer and squirrels.
This is Bella, my cat.

She loves being lazy, crafting, the color pink, peas and corn, playing chase.
I am going to do a whole post on these two guys because I have so many adorable photos of them!


This is one of my crafting areas. Pretty much anywhere I am I craft, and Bella ALWAYS finds a way to be near me, see her on the shelf?


I made this stocking for James, I will make one for Violet, Bella and Nico, our bird.
This is my favorite ornament. My mother made it when she was pregnant with my brother, her first child.
And these are my favorite decorations. I made them when I was 9, and they have held up through the years. I always wanted to be the one to put these little angels on the tree each year, I think I was secretly proud that I made them, and I think I still am a bit!


ps... today is the last day of the sale in both my shops, go check out my new items!


  1. Wow Laura! Thanks so much for posting this!
    1. You are gorgeous!!!!
    2. you got my eyes all watery. That is so beautiful that you song that song back to your mother.
    You seem like such a beautiful caring person.
    3. I love the way you express yourself with your words.
    4. you and your hubby look super adorable together!
    5. I love your tattoos and the story behind them.
    6. I think you're the greatest! <3

  2. I just love you even more now! I love your stories. Thanks for sharing them, along with the pictures.

  3. I absolutely love your blog; I just stumbled across it a few days ago. Love the stories and pictures that allow insight on your life.

  4. I love your blue bird tatoo! It's gorgeous! And the lyrics for the Joni Mitchell song is an amazing idea for a tattoo. Especially the story you told about your mom. Thanks for sharing that!! I'm a new follower of your blog, and I really love it!!

  5. Thank you!!! You are beautiful! So... go back and read the comments on my last post. My hubby posted his recipe for you!

  6. ok, for starters, your tattoos are gorgeous and the stories behind them are both sad and beautiful.
    secondly (if that's a word?) - your dog and cat are super cute!
    and last but not least - that stocking is AWESOME!!! (and kind of reminds me on "Gingy" from Shrek) i am totally making one for my hubby :)

  7. Thanks so much for sharing these insights into you, your family and your home... I especially teared up when you described the song you sang to your mom.. that was really sweet. I love your kitty! She would make a nice girlfriend for my kitty Samwise, he's longhaired and fluffy like her. I also like her name, my little girl is named Isabella but I like to call her Bella.
    I love your tattoos! I really love the colors of the first one and the meaning behind the second.
    The stocking you made is awesome! I've never thought of making stockings but I may try this year since my everyone in my little family needs one!

    Thanks again for sharing so much! You are such a sweet soul!

  8. So adore your blog and was honored to win a fabulous piece of yours! I love your wisdom and inspiration and hope to buy from you many pieces and add to my newly started collection. Your style is so unique and just what I love! TYSM!

    Oh and LOVE the tattoos!


  9. thank you so much to everyone who left me a comment, you guys are soooo sweet!!! you make me happy to share these things with you!

  10. LOVE this post!! And your cat is sooo beautiful. I have two boy cats- wish I had a girl kitty!

    Thanks for letting us peek into your life this way. :)

  11. your tattoos are beautiful and the stories behind them are even more beautiful, I am with the Cupcake sniper on this one, I started tearing up when I was reading this post...

    Thanks for sharing all these wonderful pics.
    those angels are so elegant!!!
    and my, my that has to be the cutest pair of crafty pets I've ever seen:) I can't wait to see images of your bird too:)
    how do you get all your animals to get along with each other???


  12. oh wow, you have an art nouveau sleeve! i love it!!! i love the bird shoulder tattoo as well. so pretty :) the meanings behind them...heart melty! i really think i'll do it eventually......we'll see!


Thank you so much for your sweet comments!