weekly inspiration & joy: studio move, poetry, Norwegian friends & flowers

I LOVE sharing  weekly inspiration over on over on Instagram – next to my blog it’s my favorite online home! You will find lots of color, gorgeous flowers, quotes, affirmations and a peek into my creative process.

Here’s a recap from the week.

For those of you who aren’t on Instagram I invite you to  come over and join me! 🙂


July 18, 2018

I have some exciting SUMMER news!

I am moving out of my studio @theVelvetMill l and will be letting go of a sweet selection of paintings and prints, old and new with significant price reductions for ONE DAY ONLY.
I know it’s a bit short notice, but if you are in the area please come by and help me lovingly say goodbye to the Mill. We can cheers to new beginnings with a glass of bubbly and catch up!
Hope to see you!

Laura 🙂
one day only
Thursday, July 19th 4-7pm⠀
South Studio #7 ⠀
The Velvet Mill ⠀
22 Bayview Ave.⠀
Stonington, CT ⠀
*feel free to park on the street and come in the side entrance. Go past the main entrance of the Mill and 3/4 of the way down you will see a set of stairs and a blue flag that says ART. Go in this door and I am the first studio on the right.⠀

July 21, 2018

It’s such a beautiful day to revitalize the house. I’m getting ready for my friend Karianne & her son who are coming tomorrow for a visit. They are traveling all the way from Norway! I met Karianne in high school and haven’t seen her since my wedding 12 years ago! It’s an incredible feeling to have such a beautiful lifelong friend. She is one of my special goddess sisters and I can’t wait to see her.  🙂

This little flower posie was from my friend Juli. She surprised me with it at my studio sale and I love it so much! 🙂
My paintings will be available for sale at my Velvet Mill Studio July 30-31st by appointment. If you want to pop in I would love to see you, just DM me with the time. (***I will be honoring my sale prices these two days-Lots of paintings 40% off. Just wanting them to go to go to a good home***).


July 22, 2018


This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

– Jelaluddin Rumi,
Translation from The Essential Rumi by Coleman Barks


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