5 Cool Art Studios That Inspire Me

3.12.2016



Hi there! It's meeee! I'm here to talk about cool art studios that inspire me, since that's where my mind is lately.

I'm in this weird place with blogging right now, where I don't exactly know what to do with Along Abbey Road. My heart and soul is being poured into The Butter Half, and I've considered taking this blog private. With the boys getting older, I want to remove their public internet presence as much as I can. And since this is primarily a family and mommy blog, that sucks the fun right out! ;)

I guess I am in the decision process of taking a shift in my focus here?

I've asked myself approximately 257 times what that means, exactly. Too many hours and tears have been sacrificed to completely pull the plug, and right now my gut tells me to make this blog my inspiration station. Art has always played a central role in my life, so I suppose it's time for it to take the spotlight. Inspiration is knocking at the door in my skull, asking politely if it can enter my brain and come play. So I guess I am letting it in and we are having a colorful, splattered, creative play date! (This probably has something to do with the fact that we are reading Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert on my Periscope book club. You should totally join!)


The term #goals comes to mind when I see anything Bobbie Burgers creates. She is my art idol. Plus her last name is freaking Burgers! A staple food group in our house.


This photo of a young Chuck Close in his creative zone gives me chills. His work blows my mind every single time I look at it.


Just when you think Jemima Kirke couldn't be any cooler, you discover she is an insanely talented artist with a gorgeous Brooklyn art studio to boot!




I recently discovered ceramic artist Eve Simmons. Everything about her is lovely. And my creative ADHD now thinks I need to try my hand at pottery.


This studio belongs to Kiki Slaughter and it's every artist's dream. Nothing sets my soul free like dripping paint and open, natural light-filled space.

In close, I just want to express my gratitude and appreciation for all of you who have loyally read my blog over these last five years. Thanks for sticking around and taking part in my life's journey, wherever it has been and wherever it may lead. xo -Abbey

How To Make Heart Cinnamon Rolls With Your Kids

2.12.2016



Last week, Luke and I walked through the baking aisle at the store on a specific hunt for sprinkles. He had his shopping basket on one arm, like always, and carefully inspected each container.

"Hmmm... I fink we should get this one!" he said, pointing to a large canister holding six types of pink and red sprinkles. He triumphantly transferred them from the shelf to his basket, and was ready for checkout. I impulsively threw some conversation hearts into the basket, mainly because they now have phrases like, "on fleek."



This great confectionary quest was for one mission: decorating our heart cinnamon rolls!

Since the days have been colder and rainy, we've been doing more quality activities indoors. The number one thing on our list is baking. This time around we decided to take our canned cinnamon rolls up a notch by forming them into shapes AND adding toppings.

We opted for heart cinnamon rolls with Valentine's Day approaching. They were quick, simple and fun! I totally suggest this activity if you're looking for something to do indoors and are fresh out of ideas and energy.



Here is how to make heart cinnamon rolls with kids:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.



2. Open a can of Pillsbury™ Grands! Cinnamon Rolls, and let your little helper pop it open with the spoon. Remove them and form each one into a heart by pinching the bottom into a point, and using your finger to make an indent at the top to form the two ridges. (Take note that they do puff up and rise significantly, so they will lose a bit of their form once they are baked.) Place them on a greased baking sheet and bake for 22-25 minutes.



3. Remove from oven and ice them while warm. Add desired sprinkles and toppings and enjoy with a big glass of milk. Don't forget to cheers!



Disclosure: This post was sponsored by General Mills through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Pillsbury™ Grands! Cinnamon Rolls, all opinions are my own.

10 Valentine's Day Movies You Need To Watch On Netflix

2.08.2016



If there is a holiday Netflix was made for, it has to be Valentine's Day. It's PACKED with the sappiest, and equally wonderful, romance movies. Here are my top five TEN recommendations. Yes, there are so many good ones, I went and doubled my standard quota for the month. And here is a handy flowchart if you are truly horrible at making decisions. (I was going to share it on here but I couldn't get the image to save properly, but seriously look at it—it's genius.)

1. Pride & Prejudice. THE GREATEST LOVE STORY EVER TOLD! We are all fools in love!



2. Notting Hill. We noticing a British theme? Just go with it. (Hey! That's another great rom-com, but it's not on Netflix. Boooo.)



3. Leap Year. This one is downright awful, which makes it amazing. Nod your head if that makes sense to you like it does me. Predictable, cliche-ridden and delightful!



4. Shakespeare in Love. You guys, this is the epitome of Valentine's Day. Shakespeare? IN LOVE? Don't pay any attention to the fact that Shakespeare's brother is Voldemort (the antithesis of love, AKA Ralph Fiennes. No, Ralph Fiennes is not personally the antithesis of love, at least I don't know that from actual experience or anything. If you do though, I would love to hear your story!).



5. Down to You. Freddie! Julia! Where have you gone? Nevermind, let's just bask in the glory of late 90s and early 2000s romance movies, amirite? Speaking of which...



6. Drive Me Crazy. Oh yes! Sabrina the Teenage Witch was my favorite show in the TGIF lineup, so I am naturally a fan of anything Melissa Joan Hart. Now, where are my butterfly clips?



7. Bewitched. I feel like you should know that I wish I were a witch, witch is why this is my second time mentioning this movie in a roundup. Maybe it's a female/girl power sort of thing, or maybe it's a I was raised in the 90s and grew up in Seattle thing. Either way, I think there's little magic in all of us. And Nicole Kidman is FOR SURE a witch. Two witch movies? She has to be! SHE HAS TO BE! (See what I did there? That's for you, Nora Ephron.)



8. Grease. I would be remiss if I didn't include Danny and Sandy on this list. I mean, we have them to thank for those steamy summer nights, and throwing all of our good sense and morals out the convertible top in the name of bad boys and leather jackets!



9. The English Patient. Personally, I have never watched this movie because I took Elaine Benes's review of it very seriously. BUT! I feel like this is a great opportunity for Ralph to redeem himself from the roles of villains like Heathcliff and He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.



10. Roman Holiday. Let's end this list on a high note with Audrey and Gregory. This is cinema at its finest. The silver screen was ripe with romance and beauty in this era, and this movie is a wonderful way to appreciate those ideals.

THE END.

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