first of all.. sorry for the lack of posts this week or so! I've been super busy and have been trying to create some new products and just found myself needing a little break from the hustle and bustle of the internet. Sometimes it can be a bit too much, no?
Lately I've been thinking a lot about what's really shaped me creatively as I've gotten older.. I found some old designs I did and thought "gah, how could i make such a hideous thing!?" which made me realize how much I've really found my own voice and what I truly love and what inspires me. I'm so much more comfortable with myself in so many ways (oh you just wait 10 year high school reunion...). I've also thought about the homes and places I frequented when i started noticing that all of these antiques and pieces I'd love to incorporate into my home reminded me so much of my grandmother's house. I didn't fully realize how much her style and her home has affected me and shaped my tastes. There are so many little things like that that I've been trying to notice and appreciate.
I'll post some photos from her house next week but first up I wanted to share some from my great aunt & uncle's home.. Mem & Ron I call them. Uncle Ron passed away last week and he will surely be missed. He was an amazing person and like a grandfather to me in so many ways. I took the photos above a few years ago and love the way they capture their home. Found objects on a windowsill, the workshop Ron built nearly everything in, wind sculptures he created, family photos lining the walls, Ron's office with mounds of books (he was a professor at Penn State), and Mem (the love of his life) down the hall. They used to live in an old farmhouse but moved to this house down the road when stairs and the size became an issue but it still sits on the same land with orchards, barns piled high with junk to discover, a creek, and greenhouse.. endless areas to discover as a kid. I'm incredibly happy that I have those memories and hope I can continue a bit of Uncle Ron's zest for life..