Posts by Noelle

new portrait artwork with a timelapse video

I always think it’s fun to watch videos of a portrait painting unfold. The way it starts out with color blocking and looking nothing like what it will end up like. Then the features slowly reveal themselves bit by bit.  I set up my time lapse camera and let it record as I spent a…

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finding true support in the silence

Noelle at womens march 2017

This is the era of speaking up, using our voices. Standing up for one another, speaking out against wrongs we see. It’s an empowering time to be a woman. After the marching signs are put away and the phone put on silent… I get into bed and it’s just me in my head and the…

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1 year debt free anniversary – was it worth it

vacation durango debt free

It’s been 1 year since we clicked the mouse and paid off our last chuck on consumer debt. (we’re now just working on our mortgage). You can read all about our debt free journey here. So what has this year brought? Has it been as amazing as we’d hoped? Yes.  Yes it has.   In…

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I’ve figured out how to LOVE going in my laundry room

I’ve got the typical basement, unfinished laundry room. I love it and I’m so grateful to have it. After years at our last house of having only a closet off the kitchen with our washer and dryer in it, I’m grateful to have a room that is larger and offers more storage as well. However,…

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Rewire your thinking! Shine your light brighter in the world!

  I was talking with a friend a few weeks ago.  She was sharing how she had quit smoking earlier this year, slowly she’s started to reward herself with pampering and self care. She’s been putting the money that previously went towards cigarettes, instead towards massages, clothing and fabulous hair.  I was so proud of…

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when a mural is painted over… your gift erased

I came across these photos yesterday of these murals that I painted about 15 years ago in my parents house.  My mom had been wanting something with this Tuscan feel and when Skylar was a baby there was a time that we lived with them so I painted these murals kind of as my rent…

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New barnwood trays made from salvaged St. Croix Valley barnwood

Looking for something a little extra special?  Perfect for entertaining and also to use to keep things off the countertops.  I’ve created these trays using salvaged barnwood from right here in the St. Croix River Valley.  Features foot barnwood stips on the bottom, each is sealed and has 2 handles the the handles being counter…

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It doesn’t have to be so hard, does it?

My whole life I’ve been taught (or just assumed) that we must force things, head down, grinding it out to make things happen. While that is true at times, what if things don’t have to be hard to mean they are worthwhile? I’ve always had an underlying feeling like fun had to be earned. Especially…

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