Celebrating the coming of Spring fills me with the utmost amount of joy. I couldn't ever obtain enough flowers, ripe fruit, or iced coffee during this season. Walks in the neighborhood and wearing hats around town causes an unbreakable smile across my face.
The other day I got off of work, bought four of the most perfectly ripened red bartlett pears, a coconut water vanilla iced latte, and rushed over to Nate's apartment for an afternoon walk, before grabbing dinner at a local food truck (with the most incredible Mexi-Thai tacos!!). The weather was 73 and cloudy and we walked with bliss. Springfield is known for moody forecasts, so of course we were savoring this weather with the knowledge and probability that we might have to grab a coat for the next morning.
That evening, I met with a good friend who was in town from school. We had pastries and coffee and talked about dreams and our exciting youthful aspirations. Chatting about life and hazy desires always leaves me with a certain fuel of inspiration and motivation to continue to press on towards ultimate goals.
Spring is such a refreshing season. It's always a marvelous reminder of new beginnings and tangible hope. I'm welcoming Spring with open arms and bright eyes. I hope you allow Spring to bring exhilarating ideas and feelings into your hearts.
Upon walking into Eleanor’s home there is a definite sense
of welcome and warmth. Her house that’s shared with two other girls is full of
greens that reflect the sun’s bright rays. The wind is blowing through the open
windows and doors as Eleanor ushers me into the kitchen where she is finishing
the final preparations of composing the icing for the most delicious-looking carrot
Eleanor is a nineteen-year-old Baker at local, Tea Bar & Bites in Springfield, Missouri. The café is stationed on one of the most charming streets in our hometown. The street is decorated with early twentieth-century homes and old-time charisma, with a neighborhood grocery store filled with local produce and organic goods. Not far from Tea Bar & Bites, houses a tiny patisserie with the most delectable treats. All of these things create a certain irreplaceable experience to be had on Pickwick Street. You can find Eleanor waiting on diners outside in the tabled courtyard at Tea Bar & Bites. Her smile radiates a love for what she does; you can tell Eleanor feels at home.
Eleanor has been working and baking in Tea Bar & Bite’s
kitchen for the past four years. When Eleanor was fifteen she brought her
well-known sugar cookies into the bakery and café to meet the owner and present
and prove her worth as a potential staff member at the local eatery. Of course,
she was hired on, with only little experience, but a fire burning in her heart
to learn and grow. She worked under another baker at the café for some time,
while learning much from her grandmother, and experimenting on her friends, she
developed quickly. Sugar cookies upon sugar cookies were baked and now Eleanor
finds herself inventing creative and original treats and filling wedding and
party orders with breeze.
I find myself drooling over Eleanor’s impeccable talent, quite literally! I’ve enjoyed following her work on Instagram and visiting Tea Bar & Bites to sample her tasty treats as often as I can. I must say this Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese frosting and caramel drizzle was by far the best Carrot Cake I’ve experienced, and even quite possibly the best cake I’ve ever tasted. If you’re local or ever in the humble town of Springfield, Missouri drop by Tea Bar & Bites Bakery & Café to familiarize your taste buds with Eleanor’s handiwork. You won’t be disappointed, this girl’s worth following.
Today, I come bearing great news. I am excited to announce
the first give away here on the blog… and I am even more excited to tell you
who and what it’s all about.
My good friend, Barrett Hillenburg has recently produced a
fantastic line of prints. His Geo-graphical prints had me at hello when he
first shared them with me. He took a fresh spin on the traditional state prints
to create a more personal and fun way of representing and owning your hometown.
Here is a little Q & A with Barrett to allow you guys a
little insight into what the idea was behind the geo-graphical prints, as well
as what sets these prints apart from the other state prints!
What inspired you to create this line of Prints?
The first Geo-Graphical print (Missouri) was created to spur some
creative juices. I work a design job where I don't have absolute freedom of
creativity - it's a lot of designing something someone else has already thought
up. I sat down one day and created something I liked and I thought
others would like them too. As I showed the prints to friends and family, it
became obvious that people were interested in getting a copy for themselves.
What is the purpose behind Geo-Graphical Prints?
The ultimate purpose behind Geo-Graphical Prints is to connect with
people. When people purchase a print and hang it on their wall, they are
inviting our artwork into their home, their work, their lives. It's a special
thing to be able to connect with people through something like that.
Every person, no matter where they come from, has an enormous sense
of pride about their hometown or home state. That is the beauty of these prints
- everyone can use one in their home. There isn't a specific demographic,
gender, age or type of person that these prints are for. They are for
I love how the Prints are so unique and specific
and that they give info into a bit about that location. Tell us a little bit
about why you decided to include that on the prints!
The little small details are my favorite part of these prints. The
prints are clean and simple, but offer such a great look into that specific
location. The small details about the locations, such as the demonym, area code
and exact location offer details about that location that not many people may
know. When I create these prints, I try to find the most iconic elements of
that location for the small images each print contains; it's such a fun way to
represent the different locations. Probably my favorite part of the prints is
the nickname at the bottom. Each location has such a unique nickname that
provides some small insight into that location.
I really love these prints and can’t wait to get them up in my home!
To enter the giveaway you must follow through with these two things: