Fashion Fridays: Owl Tree Boutique

I stumbled on Owl Tree Boutique after meeting its beautiful owner, Taryn. Her kind heart, talent, hippie tastes, and ah-may-zing hair (if you follow her on IG, you’ll know the reason to my hair envy) make it so easy to love her and the work she does. “Perfectly imperfect” is the motto of this gem of a shop and it’s the most appropriate description to each handmade piece she sells.

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“The Owl Tree Boutique was born out of my need to create. I have always made different jewelry and crafts. Every few months I would meet my storage threshold so I would just give a bunch of things away to make room for me to be able to more. After I had loaded up my friends and family along with myself. The idea to open my own shop arose.
Pieces in my shop are inspired by all sorts of things. From quotes, to movies, lyrics, or things in nature. I strive to make unique things that carry sentimental weight or emotional meaning. I don’t want to just make another generic necklace or bracelet. I want the wearer to see that piece and be flooded with a feeling. To feel happy, loved, strong, powerful, or remind them of something close to their heart.” -Taryn
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I own several of her pieces and treasure each and every single one just because I can imagine her dedication to making each piece just right from the handcutting and/or engraving right down to its cute packaging.

As you know (or may not), I make dreamcatchers and she pulled on my heartstrings by designing dreamcatcher necklaces, which I have received tons of compliments on.

I also had her custom design a copper feather with my two littles’ names on it, so I can wear them close to my heart. This is from her “I’m a Bird If You’re a Bird” line.

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You can find her shop here and follow @owltreeboutique on Instagram!  It’s payday Friday (just in case you need a reminder). Have a lovely weekend! I’ll be at the beach if you need me spending my first day in a new decade. Yikes!

Love,

Sophia

Boil, Boil, Toil and Trouble

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Guess who tried and guess who didn’t?

So this Halloween, I had two kids to dress up. I usually make Saffron’s costumes, except for last year when I was pregnant, so we just bought her a pirate one. She was a Witch in a Cauldron her first Halloween. She was sushi the second. This year, she wanted to be a cross between a Princess and a Witch, but in blue (she’s very specific with her attires and who knows where she gets that from?). With very little time on my hands with my business, moving, and making sure the kids are alive, I put one together for her in a flash. Ezra will forgive me for not making his this year. He didn’t mind at all.

I grabbed a white dress that she had in her closet for playing dress-up and bought a paper witch hat from a craft store and went to town with all sorts of blues. Lots of spraying, glitter, and glueing were involved, but she loved it in the end.

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The Blue Princess Witch and her Dragon

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Off she goes on her broom!

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I’m running out of ideas for next Halloween. Any suggestions?

A Magical Thing Happened

Last Saturday when we went on an outing to a museum, a magical thing happened…

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A large butterfly landed on my daughter’s arm while we were walking through the conservatory. It was a beautiful image of innocent wonder. It’s symbolic of transformation and that is exactly what is going on in our lives right now. If you haven’t heard, you can read about how much our lives have changed here.

Life has been chaotic, but in that chaos beauty remains and I have lately forgotten to see that. That Saturday, in that simple moment, I saw the magic that happens when love abounds and you trust in God to make you happy wherever you are. Just like that butterfly that trusted Saffron not to crush it, I started trusting again in something bigger and more powerful than I. I started trusting that everything will be alright and that this chaos will transform into something more manageable. Adjustments are hard, but I have the most supportive and compassionate husband that holds my hand through and through.

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I am reminded how blessed and simple my life is and that magic is everywhere and in everything if you just be still and trust.

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Love,

Sophia