insta-inspiration

insta-inspiration 2-24 Each weekend seems like a dream to me. No matter what happens, I always enjoy every minute of it even though it is fleeting. This weekend was very casual and mostly unplanned. Friday, dinner at B’s parents home with some family friends who were visiting from Canada. Saturday we woke up early to go for coffee and do some work and planning. Afterwards we made our usual weekend trip to the art store, Jerry’s, then visited one of our favorite home good shops Nannie Inez. We enjoyed the rest of our weekend by lounging around the house, sipping coffee, catching up on our weekly reading, doing some addressing, and working a bit.

Of course through all of this, there was a lot of Instagram scrolling and discovery. Although some of Instagram has become spam accounts or aggregators, I still find a lot of inspiration from killer accounts like these!

See all past of my Insta-Inspirations here! Be sure to follow me @coloregrace, and follow along for my #coloregraceletters 52 week project!

coloregraceletters project

#coloregraceletters annoucement I am pleased to announce that I have committed to a year long project in 2015. No, not a 365 day project, but 52 week project. Each Monday I will share some of my calligraphy and lettering with you through Instagram. My work will include a random mix of quotes, thoughts, or anything else I can imagine. Although this project will strictly happen on Mondays, I’m trying not to limit myself with many other specifics. In addition, each month I will include a special #coloregraceletters post with an object I’ve lettered on.

In November, I started to mull over this idea. I wanted to do a year long project but couldn’t quiet find the right subject yet. A 365 journal project? An everyday lettering project? Neither felt right. A few days before thanksgiving, I picked up a handful of leaves from outside my parents home in OKC and imagined white lettering on them. I let the leaves press flat in my Issue No. 9 Darling Magazine for the next few days. While journaling what I was thankful for, I knew this was exactly what needed to go on the leaves. Writing on them was more fun than I imagined and I shared my leaves here. Then, in December, I shared my lettering on gifts I was wrapping for my loved ones. Towards the end of December I knew my project was going to include my lettering on objects. So I grabbed a pen and jotted down a list of every month and came up with ideas for first 8 months of the year.

I think I’m a little too excited to share these ideas with you! Fingers crossed, my enthusiasm sticks with me as I complete this project. Now, onto practicing my calligraphy and finding more inspiration for the 51 posts to come!

Please follow this project by following me on Instagram @coloregrace!

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GRACENOTE1 PHOTO One of the the things I’m passionate about is sharing with you, so each Sunday I’ll be bringing you a list of things I’ve found and loved over the past week. In the past, I’ve done various instagram-inspiration posts and a few posts featuring links, but now I’d like to bring them to you all at once. Each week may look a little different, but I’m eager to see how it grows and changes.

FOUR NEW INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS TO FOLLOW

  1. @fresh_exchange
  2. @feasting
  3. @laurenswells
  4. @_thetig

FOUR TWEETS I LOVED

  • @joythebaker: pep talk: a talk intended to make someone feel more courageous or enthusiastic.
  • @bobgoff: Do what lasts; get around to everythIng else.
  • @lovedoes: Love more; fear less
  • @drhenrycloud: Sometimes u have to bleed to get better. What if ur surgeon were afraid of blood? Lean into the difficulty if it’s right!

OTHER LOVELY LINKS

Take this Sunday to rest and restore your heart . Get ready to KILL IT this week with more grace.

INSTA- INSPIRATION

instainspirationnovphotoHello!

For now, I am stuck in bed constantly checking social media, reading, watching Gilmore Girls, and trying my best to focus on work after a surgery on my femur. Of course I love to turn to Instagram for inspiration, so today I wanted to share some of my favorites! Enjoy!

@jengotch | @mollyjacques | @christohercraig_ | @sarakatestudios

pop of color- insta-inspiration

insta-JuneIt's no secret that Instagram is one of my favorite things, and I enjoy sharing what has been catching my eye lately. Here it is -COLORI know, shocking from a girl named Colore'. In these photos, I love the simplicity of the black and white with all of these brilliant punches of my favorite colors! People would always tease me when I was little asking, "Colore', what's your favorite color?" They were always shocked because I responded, "I don't have one!" For months I've been daydreaming about what kind of color palette I want to use for my brand and I still can't decide. My entire life I've gone through favorite-color phases. I can't choose just one.

  1. Pencil Shavings Studio- This one caught my attention because of the bright yellow bar stools! I am getting excited to add little pops of color to my new home in July. B & I are lovin' these!

2. Linda and Harriett- I love these illustrations! I have one of their calendars hanging above my desk, and I'm super excited to see how she incorporates this pineapple into her new products.

3. The Proper Pinwheel- I always love her style and her use of color. This week she featured these coral latte bowls from Anthro. I'm dreaming of owning a few of these someday but I can't seem to pick a color yet. again shocking.

4. McGuire Moorman Hospitality- I am on the constant look-out for new place to go in Austin. (Have any suggestions?)  I'm excited to have already learned about a few coffee-houses, go-to brunch spots, and several little shops.

I'm so eager to learn the city and fill our home with many pops of color.

PSST! Go follow all of these people. They're really great! 

INSTA-INSPIRATION

insta-inspirationI am a full on social media addict, and often an early adopter to ANY social media. I've been through all the phases: xanga, AIM, MySpace, Facebook, Tumblr, onto Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Vine, Google+ (total joke when I signed up.. but I hear I need to give it a second chance..), and even LinkedIn. People always ask what my favorite is; it's honestly hard to choose. Twitter allows me to read little 140 character snips from some of my favorite people (like Pope Francis!), funny notes about life, and new articles to read. However, Instagram is one of a kind. If you're following the right people, you'll be inspired by others point of view, their design skills, their color palettes, their life's scenery..and I love reading a photos backstory. Photos can mean so much to a person. I've always been in love with capturing a second to remember it forever. I love to remember the person or place, what I did that day, how I felt in that moment, what we were laughing about and talking about. I've been an Instagram user since 2010.. (four years?! holy guacamole. A lot has happened in four years.) In the beginning, Instagram was simply an app to edit photos or another way to keep a log of your photos. You could post 5 times a day, no one saw any of your photos, and it was almost awkward to get a 'like'. It always interest me to see how social media sites develop and change based on the way users respond to it. It amazes me to see how people can build community out of nothing and inspire each other. The internet is a wonderful place.

Lately my life has been very crazy busy. I am usually very good at keeping up with my twitter feed but I'm at the point where I need to unfollow a few people to really be able to focus on the messages I want to read. So. Much. Scrolling. Because I've been so busy, Instagram has still stuck by my side as a feed for new information, inspiration, and my social media fix. SO, today I wanted to share a few of my favorite photos and profiles. Hopefully you'll be inspired too.  The more I'm jumping into life and getting inspired, the more I'm getting out of life.  A few weeks ago I read this quote:

"DOUBT KILLS MORE DREAMS THAN FAILURE EVER WILL."

Following my dreams without doubting myself is getting easier every day. Of course, I still have days I feel like a failure, but I'm lucky to have amazing friends who lift me up, encourage and inspire me. (Sometimes they basically just call me to tell me to "stop it" when I'm freaking out! haha.) It's an important lesson to learn that you can not go through life on your own. You need encouragement, to feel valued, and to be loved. When others believe in you, it gets easier to believe in yourself. As I follow my dreams and others believe in me, I am happy to say I believe in myself more.

Here are a few people who inspire me to be who I am and  inspire me to dream to be a little more.

1. Eva Black / 2. Lindsay Sherbondy (Lindsay Letters) / 3 & 6. Promise Tangeman 4. Julie Doan / 5. Laura

Enjoy your weekend!

-Colore'