snakeskin blazer & pushing forward in stress

About this Blazer:

Can you tell I’m a fan of snakeskin?! Yes, it’s trending right now, but I have to say I love it no matter what! I never met an animal print I didn’t like as long as it’s done in a classic way! and what is more classic than this $22 blazer?! (ps. if you can’t find the blazer with my link, use search ID 628289).

Use code SH4131 for %15 off, no limitation, valid until march 31st, 2019!

Shein has one of the best selections of animal print that I’ve ever seen and this blazer is just one of the many items I own and love of theirs! Yes, I agree that if you’re looking for classic pieces on their site, sometimes you have to wade through a slew of neon, barely-there “party dresses,” but I’ll tell you it’s worth it!

My favorite way to search is from their homepage and go to the dropdown titled “CLOTHING” and “Blouses.” Then select from the “elegant” or “preppy” categories, though the casual section hosts many great options as well.

I also like to browse their “casual,” “maxi,” and “elegant” dresses because they have great options for everything from hot summer days to fancy weddings.

Speaking of animal prints, my Leopard Print *actual art print* is just $20 over on my shop!

Life lately:

Have you missed me? Yes, I’ve been a bit MIA, but it’s because I’m constantly working on a secret project. So far, I will say that it’s honestly the biggest, most difficult, most rewarding thing I’ve ever done in my entire life — other than motherhood. In my mind, I keep comparing the work I’m putting into it on the time and effort I spent on my Master’s degree, which scares me a little because that stress reminds me of grief.

If you knew me back when I lived in Sweden or afterward, you would know how important Sven was to me. He was an orange rag doll who behaved more like a dog than a cat, and I cared for him like a child. So when he suddenly passed away one Friday morning — in the midst of all of the work, writing, teaching, and research — I grieved very hard.

So now when I have times of intense stress, sometimes my mind reacts by feeling like it should go into grief or survival mode. Instead of focusing on the next steps I need to take, sometimes I start worrying about the what ifs and the future. I’m no psychologist, but I know that’s unhealthy and unbiblical. God’s Word tells us to not worry about anything… to not worry about things because God loves us even more than we imagine and He’s like a Father who wants us to run to Him so He can protect and teach us.

It’s a conscious decision for me to focus on my tasks at hand instead of worry, but I know it’s the right decision.

What makes you worry? How do you actively work to combat those negative thoughts and press on toward your goal?



“Why did it have to be…”


What’s that from? ๐Ÿ™‚

Can you tell I had a little fun taking these!? A little artsy, maybe?

Anywhoo, this snakeskin print bag from SheIn is so nice for just $17! I said it before and I’ll say it again… I am so impressed! To shop: or use search ID 655539 on the Shein Website!

It’s just $17 and you get 15% off of your purchase with code SH4131ย now through March 31, 2019!!!!

Can you tell I had a little fun with this shoot?! But I also need to show you the smart compartments inside the bag too, which I think are great quality! See?

I really love that the purse’s flap closes really easily with the magnet!

Jeggings: AE high rise (on sale now!) | Blouse: similar here | Leopard Cami: VERY similar here from Nasty Gal



cozy long cardi

Ladies, I have to tell you about this exact cardigan I just got from Lemon Drop Love!!!! Why? Because it’s seriously incredible! I wish you could see it in real life because you just don’t know how good it is until you feel it and see how it moves. The stitching is incredible too. And I don’t say this lightly… it is my new favorite cardigan!!!!

It also has pockets!!! Need I say more?!

I don’t want to make you feel like you need a long cardigan if you don’t because I never want to be that girl.ย BUT if you are even thinking of getting one… you need THIS ONE! It’s just $39 and you get 15% off of your purchase with code LEMON at checkout. I’m not sure how long that discount will last so I would snag it sooner than later!

What draws me to this cardigan even more is that it looks polished enough to wear on a date night (or to Bible study like I did tonight!!!), but it also can be worn around the house as I play with my kids and do housework (like I did all day!!!). haha

The other reason I love this sweater and the whole shop itself is that it’s run by someone who is truly seeking the Lord and doing his work, which seems so rare in this day. is founded by Nancy Johnson who I grew up knowing from church and who worked with her husband to start a branch of Youth for Christ in my hometown. They have since moved their family to Colorado, where they continue to touch lives and spread joy… errr… lemon drops of love!

I posted about them here too!

Really, it’s a shame you can’t feel the fabric on this thing, it’s so soft, sturdy, and cozy!

By the way, how do you like my curtain choice in our dining room? ๐Ÿ˜› When we moved into this house we brought some curtains from our old house with us. After putting up all the curtains again in our new house I realized I had a problem. I didn’t have 4 matching panels for our two window dining room! Well, you can be sure I put my college degree to work with my epic problem solving skills (kidding) and decided to match the two panels on the inside of both windows and then match the panels on the outside. Subtle, but still there. Maybe some day I’ll save my pennies to change it, but for now we don’t mind.

I’m sure you don’t really care about my curtains, but these are the things I put way too much thought into. However, I’ve got your attention still so I’m going to inform you of what I decided about my dining room curtain situation for *someday* in the future: I want a crazy colorful pattern for the future curtains to spice up our dining room, which currently looks too normal for my taste- hehe. In fact, I would love it to look like a watercolor brushstroke frenzy with bright colors. And then I would line the edges with some sort of gold fringe. Don’t judge me… I like a little drama, a little color, and a whole lot of interesting in my design style. It makes me happy and helps me feel cozy at home…. and I think that should be the whole point of interior design.

Continuing on with my interior design rant… I’m not into crazy colors on the walls, unless done sparingly and thoughtfully. I would rather have a color somewhere easier to change, like artwork (please feel free to browse mine here), throw pillows, or curtains.

Let me know if you have any questions about the cardigan… or if you have any questions about your curtains… I can give lots of crazy artist recommendations! Sometimes I wonder if I should have called this blog the Cray Cray Artist instead ๐Ÿ˜‰



we wish you a berry Christmas…

Hello folks! I cannot believe Christmas is so close! I was thinking about helping y’all with more gift guides because you know I love to do those, but then I was thinking that if you don’t know what you’re getting people by now you will probably be running to your nearest Target for a quick pickup or Prime things to your house!

Quick gift idea:

If you are looking for a super unique gift, feel free to browse my art on my shop page, I will get it to you ASAP so it’s there in time for Christmas or I’ll make you a personalized downloadable printout to show your person what he/she is getting! I even have a gift card option on there if you would like to go that route for a custom piece!

Another quick gift idea could be using my 20% off code 4theclassyartist20 on Shein for someone in your life who wants a little closet pick-me-up!

Like my top?! 

This berry color top is from Shein (of course) and it is so classic for fall & winter! It is just $15 andย comes in a gorgeous mustard yellow and blush pink! Use code 4theclassyartist20 for 20% off of your purchase now through January 1st!

I ordered this top along with that gold and white blouse I posted about yesterday and it is such a great one  that I’ve worn it twice this week!! It’s a little cropped compared to yesterday’s blouse, but it’s long enough to cover the goods if you’re wearing high-waisted pants like mine. I also love that it’s lined so I don’t need to wear an undershirt.

I’ll be posting our Christmas card photo tomorrow so check back for that! Also, Wellesley is 3 months old today! 

Wellesley Bea, we love you so so much! And just look at how cute they are together!