December 29, 2012

Happy Holidays's almost that time of the year where we all vow to have an even better year than the one before.

For me, I'm very proud to say that I've been pretty damn good at keeping resolutions and usually have kicked 8 out of 15 off of my list!!

This past weeks been a blur and I can't imagine how much progress can possibly be made before the beginning of January...once the kids are back in school and things have settled a bit.

Until then, I hope you and yours have had a phenomenal 2012 that challenged you in some way and brought encouraging change along the path you're on.

Me...I can't wait to see what 2013 has in store and I'm happy to see where this life is taking me!

Peace and Love,
xo Cat!

December 13, 2012

Holiday DIY-ing

Christmastime is here...and I've been adding little touches around the (rents) house to get us all in the spirit.

I scooped up some leftover tree branches from the lot when the kids and I helped my sister pick out her very first tree and I had every intention of saving these castaways. Just because they were at the bottom of the trunk doesn't mean they don't deserve to join in the holiday festivities too!

Keep in mind I have grand plans like this all the time and the fact that I actually went through with this has made me feel beyond productive

All I had to do was snip branches at various lengths, combine them at the base and make good use out of the drawer filled with leftover twist ties (you know...the ones from loaves of bread). Even remnant scraps that were too short or think have been put to good use since I've mixed them in with bowls full of pine cones and other decorations.

Maybe I'll go back and get enough to the the banister and make a wreath?? Maybe pigs will fly too but I can dream!

work in progress

up on the mantle

...and used throughout the house

Happy Holidays!

I brought home lots of cut off ends from the trees as well...and have an idea of how I'll put those to good use too. But that will have to be saved for another day!

xo Cat!

Highs And Lows

Late nights...

There's been so much going on the last few months since I've even posted on the 'ole blog and I'm starting at least one of my New Year's Resolutions early this holiday season and that's being better to ceciliablue.

 My days have been muddled in with last nights and, starting in January, I think I'll be in the best place I've been in a long time.

 I've been keep busy and have a long list of projects that have been completed and that are coming up...all creative in some way and good for ceciliablue and my overall progress as a designer/illustrator in general; I can't really complain about too much right now.

 I've designed logos and cards, am laying out two websites as I type (mine included...I know I know, I feel like I just redid my site but that was a temporary holdover and after a few months I got sick of it. I just didn't feel like it represented what I'm doing right now).

I've done a few photo shoots since I was last here and I'm finalizing my first mock-up book so I can start submissions to listing agents.

Etsy sales have picked up steadily and I'm always coming up with new projects to incorporate into ceciliablue in general.

I've been trying to get back into Bikram too but that ships sailed and my 30 day pass has dwindled down to 10 unused days so far...gotta use the other 20 ey.

Throw in a writing gig I've got in the evenings and then add the kids hw, projects, events, sports, etc....and you can start to see why I let this fall to the way side.

 For now though, I can commit to this again and I'm looking forward to it all! Life. Is. Good.

daydreamer ©ceciliablue

Keep dreaming,
xo Cat!

October 3, 2012

September to October...mi vida via Instagram!

Fall Goodness for Juicing
And the Daily Green
Lovely Beets
And the Best Damn Veggie Burger I've Had In A While!
Orange-Beet-Carrot-Apple-Ginger Deliciousness
The View From The Road at What Will Hopefully Be Our New Place!
Grape Toms, Peas, Baby Port, And Asparagus
Crisp Fall Nights
Walking Down "Our" Street 
Green Goodness Prep!
Every Day!
Seasons Viewed from the Porch

September 12, 2012

Falling Back...

I'm in the midst of a huge change(s).

Career. Home. Financials. Etc. Etc. Etc.

You'd think I'd be buckling under the pressure but I'm pretty good at rolling with the punches. (How old do I sound?). I usually chalk it up to being a Virgo but whatever...I'd rather put a plan into action and fix whatever it is that needs fixing over sulking and having a pity party.

With all the craziness happenings, I continue to revise my list as I check to-do's off.  I'm thinking how it's already mid-September and it puts a smile on my face.

I love fall...the chilly nights, the breeze, the colors, the scarves and sweaters. It's a time for big change, for slowing down (a bit), and for snuggling up and not feeling too bad about it!

*That reminds me...I need a new pair of gloves, boots, and a new book! (I see a new list in the making!!).

So in the meantime, while I continue my two-year long house hunt (no joke!), and the quest to become a better freelancer/multitasker/supermom, I'll share some fall-inspired pins with you all.    



Source:  Pinterest

Happy September!
xo Cat!

September 5, 2012

Peace and Quiet

I know I've been MIA and I'm probably beginning to sound like a broken record.

Things have been cray tho and with the end of summer, new work, the kiddos starting school, house hunting (still!!!!!)'d think I'd be bald right now.

With all of these goings ons, I'm hanging in here and am grateful.

Hope you all had a good Labor Day!

xo Cat

August 18, 2012

Must Try This!

I've been wanting to do this for some time now and this step-by-step is awesome!

Source: via Theresa on Pinterest

I'll post results after they're done!

xo Cat!

August 17, 2012

New In The Shop!

I've been handling a lot this summer and building towards a lot of goals I've had for 2012.

I finally got out a few weeks ago and went treasure hunting and am so happy with my finds. They're beautiful, unique pieces and they're going up in the shop as soon as possible. (And before you even ask, yes...I bought a few items to keep because I just couldn't help myself).

Check them out here in the shop and below and let me know what you think.

vintage candy dish

Amber Glasses

Punch Bowl

Vintage Glass Beaker

1950's Fire King Swirl Ceramic Bowl

Green Art Deco Platter

Gold Lined Art Deco Plates
There's plenty more in the shop and I'm always looking out for the next piece. If you've got something specific you're looking for let me know!

Happy Friday
xo Catrell

August 2, 2012

New Artist I Love...

Skimming through the net, I stumbled upon a new artist by the name of Ryan Tandya. His illustrations are amazing and I'm beyond inspired.

Check out his work here:

The horoscope series is a dream and I plan to get his Virgo print (see below) as soon as I can.


Color Splash!!!

Life's been pretty hectic over here in ceciliablue land! I started a few new gigs, made some new friends, and found a lot of new treasure I cannot WAIT to get in the shop and sell (please don't judge me if I keep a few things for myself)!

I'll post about all of the amazing finds tomorrow but for now, I've got some colorful inspiration to share on this Thursday.

Hope you've all had a great week!

xo Cat! 

via Pinterest


via design



July 26, 2012

My Preppy Side

If you know me at all, you know I'm a chameleon. Always have been. Always will be. My usual go-to style is anything hippy dippy and comfortable, however...I love a good bit of prep every now and then too.

Surfing this night I fell in love and feel inspired for the fall trends. The skinny is still here (not that I would take it out of rotation anytime soon regardless) and colors are poppin'!

I'm in Love with J. Crew and Madewell's looks for my favorite season.

The painter pants, animal prints, and overall pops of color have me drooling over here.

Have a good night!

xo Cat!