September 12th, 2013

three simple prints discovered.

three simple prints ordered.

three simple prints shipped.

(via)

June 6th, 2013

there’s more than corn in Nebraska…

i finally picked up my painting!

i’m so, so grateful for talented, country-loving friends!

May 7th, 2013

a few years ago, i fell in love with a Longhorn painting from a hometown artist/painting extraordinaire, Nancy Noel.

whenever i was back in town, i would visit Nancy’s beautiful gallery, The Sanctuary, on our brick Main Street & dream about one day owning that grandiose piece for my someday home.

fast forward to present day when my talented little friend from Hastings College, Brandi, decided to reveal her mad artistic skills.

Brandi posted a picture from her first art show a couple weeks ago & within two hours, I told her I needed something Nebraska-neon-approved for my house.

this weekend, she finished my neon-cattle beauty (!!!). 

right now, my living room is a wanna-be rustic chic area & i cannot wait to throw this 48’ x 24’ canvas up on the wall & give that cow a nickname! 

(any suggestions? please let me know!)

p.s. as soon as Brandi’s website goes live, I’ll be sure to let you know!

November 16th, 2012

i never expected to geek out over coasters.

that was until last night.

i received a package in the mail, a late birthday/happy homeowner’s gift of sorts.

i opened the box, saw the Anthropologie gift wrap & knew it was going to be good.

& it was.

stunningly gorgeous good.

i’m not sure my picture fully captures the coaster perfection.

it’s all things i love about art- ceramic, glass, imperfections, conversation starters…

i could go on & on about how excited i am to add these to my kitchen table. 

simply beautiful.

& if i geek out over coasters, i can’t even imagine what i’ll do when i get a washing machine!

November 6th, 2012
i fell in love with Marc Johns' work a couple years ago.
i was in the middle of Kansas & always looking for something to lift my spirits through the drudges of grad school.
to me, his drawings did just that.
when i solidified plans to build a house, i immediately knew his work needed to be featured on some wall, somewhere under my roof.
i spotted an adorable drawing of a whisk that spoke to my hair-loving obsession
& soon came across two more prints that made their way into my virtual cart.
i stood in my kitchen, a couple weeks ago, & realized i needed a fourth & final print to complete my mini [culinary] gallery.
when i went to review my online order, i noticed an option to leave a comment.i wasn’t sure who would read the comment, but i left one anyway. 
i simply wrote something like, “this is the final print i need to make my Marc Johns collection complete.  your drawings are going to look fabulous in the kitchen of my new home.”
i didn’t write the note with any goal in mind- basically the intention of letting an artist know his work is very much appreciated & admired.
he must have seen the note because yesterday, i received that fourth print along with a generic-looking note-card from Marc Johns Online.  
when i flipped over the brightly colored piece of card-stock, an original drawing was revealed!
i will forever believe that kindness makes a difference in this world.
whether it’s a simple note, a genuine compliment, picking up the tab for a stranger-friend at Starbucks, holding the door for a stranger, mailing a letter for a non-holiday occasion, etc., it matters.
because, it’s a time like this, like my experience yesterday, when that kindness finds its way back to you…& that feeling never gets old.

so, thank you, Marc Johns,
for your creativity, your dedication to such an art form, your ability to lift the spirits of those you’ve never met, & for making a country conflicted city girl smirk upon reception of such a simple & considerate gesture!
your fan,
B

i fell in love with Marc Johns' work a couple years ago.

i was in the middle of Kansas & always looking for something to lift my spirits through the drudges of grad school.

to me, his drawings did just that.

when i solidified plans to build a house, i immediately knew his work needed to be featured on some wall, somewhere under my roof.

i spotted an adorable drawing of a whisk that spoke to my hair-loving obsession

& soon came across two more prints that made their way into my virtual cart.

i stood in my kitchen, a couple weeks ago, & realized i needed a fourth & final print to complete my mini [culinary] gallery.

when i went to review my online order, i noticed an option to leave a comment.
i wasn’t sure who would read the comment, but i left one anyway. 

i simply wrote something like, “this is the final print i need to make my Marc Johns collection complete.  your drawings are going to look fabulous in the kitchen of my new home.

i didn’t write the note with any goal in mind- basically the intention of letting an artist know his work is very much appreciated & admired.

he must have seen the note because yesterday, i received that fourth print along with a generic-looking note-card from Marc Johns Online.  

when i flipped over the brightly colored piece of card-stock, an original drawing was revealed!

i will forever believe that kindness makes a difference in this world.

whether it’s a simple note, a genuine compliment, picking up the tab for a stranger-friend at Starbucks, holding the door for a stranger, mailing a letter for a non-holiday occasion, etc., it matters.

because, it’s a time like this, like my experience yesterday, when that kindness finds its way back to you…& that feeling never gets old.

so, thank you, Marc Johns,

for your creativity, your dedication to such an art form, your ability to lift the spirits of those you’ve never met, & for making a country conflicted city girl smirk upon reception of such a simple & considerate gesture!

your fan,

B

September 11th, 2012

Penrod Arts Fair

on Saturday, Mama & i headed to the Indianapolis Museum of Art for the annual Penrod Arts Fair.

Advertised as “Indiana’s Nicest Day,” there were big shoes to fill, but Saturday’s weather + the delightful nature of the event definitely didn’t disappoint.

there were metal emblazoned leather bracelets,

clever business cards that could easily double as the greatest life mantra,

scrap metal made into cute creatures,

eclectic “art” that still has me puzzled,

bird feeders that pay homage to an individual’s personal interests,

and even horse hair pottery that left me saying, “that’s seriously cool.”

We were walking through the booths for at least three hours and still didn’t feel like we covered all the offerings.

The good news is, I walked away with a hand-thrown berry bowl from Kentucky & for me, that’s a serious highlight!

August 24th, 2012
June 16th, 2012
whenever i decorate my own kitchen again,
you better believe this will be perched on the counter or hung on the wall.
it just seems so fitting
& Marc Johns is definitely one of my favorites.

whenever i decorate my own kitchen again,

you better believe this will be perched on the counter or hung on the wall.

it just seems so fitting

& Marc Johns is definitely one of my favorites.

January 7th, 2012

this morning, mama j & i surprised the girls by taking them to Cookies & Canvas, a local (& somewhat national) business where you sign up, pay a minimal entry fee, & then paint the painting-of-the-day for two hours while you munch on sweet, crunchy cookies.

(don’t have kids to take?  there’s an adult section, too- Wine & Canvas).

i tried to pick a painting that all three girls would enjoy…a snowman in January? perfect.

with a quick stop at bucky’s on the way outta town, 

mama j & i had enough caffeine to make it through a class full of 5-15 year olds & their respective parents/nannies/etc.

after we walked in, picked out our own easels, threw on aprons, & wet our set of paintbrushes, 

we started.

step-by-step, the instructor led the way through our snowman extravaganza.

two hours passed quickly by as we meticulously formed a hat, head, body, eyes, a lightbulb nose, & every other imaginable detail….like a pretty pink hat bow, of course!

the girls had an overall good time (even with the earlier than usual saturday morning wake-up i forced upon them!) & we walked out of class with paintings that Picasso would envy… you know, if he were into that whole cute snowman look.

all in all, i would definitely go again (with or without precious children by my side)…

& i’m pretty sure i heard the youngest say, “i wanna go back next weekend!

i’d call it a Saturday success-a snowmangirl success.

July 13th, 2011
tonight, this little girl will be front & center on a special tee.
for now, i’m diggin’ her side-eye
& her bright blue bow.

tonight, this little girl will be front & center on a special tee.

for now, i’m diggin’ her side-eye

& her bright blue bow.

Hi! I'm Brooke. Indianapolis is my home & I welcome you to my little nook. I'm a twenty-something girl who was born in the land of corn (Okl.), attended undergrad in the true Sea of Red (Neb.), & eventually found her way back home again after picking up a couple letters behind her name (Kan.) while clinging to an adorable Maltipoo named Bentley. Thank you for stopping by & please feel free to leave a comment (or ask a question) under the "Be Kind" tab at the top... xo, B
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