Gathering the Spring Green

This post is the second in my "picture this" series, the first one you can find


. I instantly smiled when I saw this photo as I love plants and general greenery but my thumbs are more black (pun intended) than green. I kill everything--even succulents! And no I don't overwater them... So this along with the fact that I have no space in my tiny apartment for any kind of plants, means that I have to go without having any indoors...

However, this picture has given me the bright idea to go foraging for plants, leaves and branches out in wild and bring them indoors. I love the idea of taping them to the wall and once they lose their luster, I can either move on to something else or go out and gather some more! What do you think? Is this a cool idea or nah?



Swedish Style Easter

Happy Easter and Glad Påsk, folks! We like to dress our table Swedish style with blooming branches, feathers and eggs! It's so important for the hubs and I to embrace most Scandinavian traditions, so that my son won't miss out on Swedish culture because we are here in the states. He has the language so at least we are good there!

We will have a nice spread featuring short ribs, glazed carrots, potato salad and a nice kladdkaka (chocolate cake) with coffee and tea! I'm so excited for Sunday. I hope that you have an amazing Easter weekend!

a small facelift

Man oh man, I've been busy, busy, busy! And as you can see, I gave the blog a little facelift. I know I've been a little neglectful, but it was because I was working behind the scenes trying to make hometohem a better place to (virtually) be. I am going ahead with starting my new artisanal webshop and I plan to have a soft launch sometime next month... I am really excited about this new venture. I'll give you a bit more info nearer to the date... make sure to subscribe if you want to be the first to know!

Anywho, I just wanted to check in as the blog was looking a little sad! p.s. this photo pretty much represents what my place currently looks like as I've been crafting like mad. So much love.

credit: photo

king's street

This one bedroom apartment seriously has me hyperventilating. It's friggin lovely and I wish it were mine. Doesn't that coat rack scream DIY? It's going on my super long list of things that I want to recreate. What say you? It's fresh, right?



picture this / 01

Every now and again I run across a picture that really strikes my fancy. So, I've decided to post one picture (hopefully weekly) that I think should be shared. Everything about this styling screams my name. Though I've noticed lately that I've been attracted to muted pops of colors and it's reflecting in my home. I am slowly evolving out of the strictly black and white.



30 day minimalism challenge

I just recently found

this 30-day minimalism challenge

and I knew right away I wanted to participate. I've been wanting to cutback on a lot of the crap that's clogging my life and whittling down the stuff to only what's vital and cherished. Participating in this challenge is a great way to build momentum by starting small and not making drastic changes all at once.

The only rule for the challenge is to do one assignment every day, doesn't matter the order, and no skipping days. As I'm getting started on Sunday and there are only 28 days in the month, I've decided to minimize the minimalism challenge... I will eliminate two items (11 & 29??) from the list as it won't make much of a difference. Breaking all the rules!

So, I'm hoping to turn some of these challenges into posts and share my progress with you. Better yet, join in!



this year

I know I'm a little late with this post but I needed time to figure out my darn life! I'm not into making new year's resolutions but I know that I still wanted to make some personal goals. But I'm not calling them resolutions, dammit, because that's setting myself up for failure. We don't want any of that, thank you!

I digress... this year will be my year claiming happiness and victory. The past few years I've been dealing with "depressing feelings" (not clinical depression) but feeling very, very low on and off and not being able to find my happiness--outside of my lovely family. Towards the end of 2014 for some reason it got better. I started seeing a therapist, started working again, stopped hating LA so much, so on and so forth. But the main thing was that I started carving out 'Cleshawn' time.

I started doing things that made me happy, stuff that I'd do when I was a young, single, independent gal. I think I got a bit lost with my new roles as wife and mother as they both came on suddenly and I don't think I had the proper time to prepare for all the changes. I got everything I wanted in such a short period of time that I was blinded by all these emotions and new roles, no time to process. I'm almost 4 years into my marriage, 2 years into motherhood and I've found my damn groove. I'M BACK and loving it!

What this means for my online life is: more blog content, some damn vlogs--I've been wanting to do this for a while now, it's a way to channel my constant self chatter (I talk to myself-crazy), a webshop selling textiles, and more photography and snippets from my life. I purposely kept my child off of social media because I don't want to violate his privacy but I won't be so guarded in the future. He's mine, I made his ass, therefore, he's a part of my life that I can share.

This is a personal post, and I hope to share more intimate details like this every now and again. I don't want to show only a facade, but the real too. Thanks for taking the time to read this.

Until next time!