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  • 52 Weeks of Collage: Week 5

    September 19, 2014 | No Comments »

    I am woefully behind on documentation, but! I am not going to beat myself up about this. I am just going to say that I am extremely happy with this collage, Emptied.
    And that’s that.

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    52 Weeks of Collage: Week 4

    August 16, 2014 | No Comments »

    52 Weeks of Collage Week 4: Scatter by Kayte Terry / thisisloveforever.comWeek 4: Scatter / watercolor, paper, fabric, thread

    52 Weeks of Collage: Week 3

    August 6, 2014 | 2 Comments »

    Nested by Kayte Terry / thisisloveforever.com
    I’m putting a bird on it for Week 3 of my 52 Weeks of Collage. I don’t care if it’s cliché, I will always love the birds.

    I Love Fashion: Valentino Resort ’15

    August 6, 2014 | No Comments »

    I’ve always been a big fan of checking out designer’s resort shows: it’s a season with less fanfare and designers have a chance to make a small cohesive collection. The result is often more fun than the Fall and Spring big hitters. This Valentino show is so inspiring to me, for its’ DIY potential, its’ fantastic prints and its’ ability to tackle a much-beloved fashion muse (Frida Kahlo) in a new way. Can’t you picture embroidering a few beautiful butterflies on your army jacket? I know I can.

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    all images from Style.com, layouts by this is love forever

    I Love (Hate) Stuff: An Update on the Cleanse

    July 23, 2014 | 3 Comments »

    only / artwork by Kayte Terry / thisisloveforever.com

    I’m two months into my buying cleanse and something amazing is happening: I’m finding more peace in the absence of things. There’s space, both literally in my day (seriously I wasted as much time plotting and considering shopping as I did actually pulling out my wallet) and in my head.
    As much as I love stuff, I have to admit, shopping also gives me intense anxiety. I can’t tell you how many times I have obsessed over finding the perfect dining room rug or little black dress and how much time I have wasted doing it. Last night, my husband asked me what I am doing with all my extra time. “I’m actually doing the things that really make me happy: painting, sewing, reading…honestly, even when I’m just staring out into space it’s still time better spent.

    I don’t want to pat myself on the back too much- a three month shopping hiatus does not the next Mother Theresa make. But it’s something. And how often do we decide to do nothing instead of something because our something seems so small? I know I do that all the time.

    So here we go! One more month of no clothing, accessories or shoes to go and then I get to slowly introduce one (vintage or independently made only!) piece a month back into my shopping diet for the next three months.

    I love Instagram: Florabundance

    July 17, 2014 | No Comments »

    Flowers / thisisloveforever.com Flowers / thisisloveforever.com
    It’s mid-July and my mother’s garden is alive with plump vegetables, buzzing honeybees and industrious birds. We’re crouched in the patch of green beans diligently pushing aside leaves and vines to find the sweet prizes hidden below. Before long, our colander is overflowing with beans. Before we go inside, my mother collects a few flowers: an unpretentious mix of blooms and blossoms, fragrant herbs and greens. She has an impressionist’s eye with flowers, filling a dozen tiny vases and vessels throughout the house with this and that. A few marigolds, the lacy buds of an overgrown dill plant, one perfect cone of foxglove.
    W e spread the spoils of the flower garden in front of us and both have an idea at the same time: this would make a great photo! The greatest thing about instagram, I think,  is that you can capture a moment in time so perfectly and quickly without really losing that moment. Seconds after the click of a button, we’re back to our routine.

    52 Weeks of Collage: Week 2

    July 16, 2014 | 1 Comment »
    Circle Study 1 by Kayte Terry / thisisloveforever.com

    Circle Study 1: paper, watercolor and sewing

    I Love Amsterdam: A Photo Safari at the Rijksmuseum

    July 9, 2014 | No Comments »

    The Rijksmuseum is an amazing place. This cannot be overstated. As proof, the Mr. and I spent FIVE HOURS on just one floor. We had to go back the second day! The highlight of the museum is of course, the Dutch masters and if you want it to, that floor can take you, well, five hours to get through.  Here’s what I saw on my photo-safari.


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    I Love Fashion: Mary Katrantzou Resort ’15

    July 9, 2014 | 2 Comments »

    Mary Katrantzou Resort '15 / thisisloveforever.com
    I’m about halfway through my Summer shopping cleanse and feeling pretty great. The cleanse is helping me to look at objects in a different way, with a healthy abstract distance. For instance, these there-are-almost-no-words-to-describe-the-beauty looks from Mary Katrantzou’s Resort collection look like art to me. I’m appreciating the off-kilter color story, the shapes, the mix of prints and textures, the amazing use of type in the fabrications and not even thinking about these looks as “things I could buy (in my dreams)”.

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    52 Weeks of Collage: Week 1

    July 2, 2014 | 3 Comments »


    Floating by Kayte Terry / thisisloveforever.com

    Adrift: Collage, Week 1 watercolor, thread and ephemera on paper

    There are a million excuses one could make for not making more art but my big one is always time. This is valid; often I don’t have time to make big pieces of Capital A Art. So I created a challenge for myself with this in mind. Each week, I have the time to make a collage, a way to flex my creative muscle as well as explore new materials and techniques. Quite literally this is a way to get some ideas I have jostling around in my brain onto a page of paper. Welcome to Week 1 of 52 Weeks of Collage. I can’t wait to see what happens!

    Do you create challenges like this for yourself? Let me know!