It inspires me to be surrounded by art. My Aunt painted all the landscapes and the other paintings I’ve found in various local thrift shops.
This is my favorite place to sit with a cup of tea and just be quiet.
“How lovely yellow is! It stands for the sun.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh
All winter long, I have been attracted to the color yellow.
It’s not a color I’ve been drawn to in the past. However, as I’ve been designing for Spring and Summer - the color yellow is always in the vision.
Yellow makes you feel bright and cheerful.
Yellow gives you the courage to be extroverted and more social.
Yellow is guaranteed to make you stand out in a crowd.
Yellow gives your brain a wake-up-call, no coffee needed.
Yellow makes you want to dance.
Don’t be afraid to shine a little brighter.
Looking forward to bringing you sunshine inspired designs soon!
📷 Michael Partenio
“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.” —Henry David Thoreau
Every morning as I walk my dogs in the woods that surround my property I find design inspiration. The colors, texture, patterns; it always stirs my emotions and sparks my creativity.
Nature has taught me the beautiful lesson to be grateful and appreciate the positive things in life. Every moment I spend in nature has taught me to be open to the new discoveries in design and about myself.
All I have to do is sit quietly, turn off my phone, savor the present moment and it opens up and world of inspiration.
You can see this reflected in my new Fall Collection. Something as simple as the mystery of a mushroom; brought awe and wonder as I basked in the beauty of this amazing creation.
The Laurel Hill handbag and the Sophia Crossbody are just two of the nature inspired bags in my Fall Collection.
Take some time to slow down and unwind in the beauty that awaits you outside.
“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” —Laura Ingalls Wilder
Just in case…. when you pack for a vacation is this always in the back of your mind?
I was a Girl Scout as a young girl and thus I learned to always be prepared. It’s something I always think of when I’m packing for a vacation.
So many times, I’ve been so glad that I packed a tote. It doesn’t take up much room and even if I’m not going to the beach, it’s been so useful.
If you like to shop, it’s the perfect carry on for all the extra fun purchases. I often like to carry a lot of essentials if I’m out a day trip and a tote is the perfect purse.
You might need to do a little laundry and again the tote is right there. Or perhaps a quick trip to the grocery store, you can avoid plastic bags.
A road trip always requires snacks and a tote filled with all your favorite goodies fits easily in the back seat. And it will definitely suit your style as a diaper bag.
A tote is the perfect "just in case" bag. You’ll always feel prepared with a practical and stylish tote.
You can find the Belle Isle Tote in the link below: https://www.cheriparkerdesign.com/collections/totes/products/belle-isle-tote
Now get out there and go someplace you’ve never been before.
“Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life. And everyone deserves a little sunshine.” — Jeffrey Glassberg
Butterflies are said to symbolize feelings of freedom, beauty, joy, love, femininity and transformation.
I love the power of transformation. Transformation comes from growing, learning and changing.
Buckminster Fuller said, ““There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.”
The butterfly shows us it takes time to change and the end looks gloriously different from the beginning.
Love yourself in the process, enjoy your life, surround yourself with people who love you and celebrate even the smallest change.
Whenever you need inspiration, just look at the butterfly. The butterfly cannot see the beauty of their own wings, but it’s still there.
It’s time for you to take flight, and let others see the beauty in you.
What if the change you are avoiding is the one that gives you wings!