A Peaceful Bedroom Design

by elisabeth@itsyfactor on October 11, 2013

A room design I did for Apartment Therapy.  The idea is to pick contrasting neutrals, that can then be layered over with color and texture as tastes evolve.  Links on AT.


Laguna Gloria

by elisabeth@itsyfactor on September 23, 2013

The weekend took us to “Family Day” at Laguna Gloria Contemporary Art Museum.  There is nothing contemporary about this museum, nor was there any art in it (I imagine when there is art it is of the contemporary sort). But there was art outside.  Above is an outdoor sculpture by Liam Gillick.

The girls worked on their best “plein air” paintings.


The architecture of this 1916 home is unlike anything else in Austin.

The first nip in the air called for boots!


The grounds are along Lake Austin… er, Ladybird Lake.  It was absolutely breathtaking.

The trees are also unlike any other in Austin.  Some kind of evergreen pine grows alongside palm trees.  I wish I’d take more pictures of the vegetation.  It’s so unusual.  I felt as though I’d stepped through the wardrobe into another world entirely.



Normally there are peacocks!  But we spotted only this sign, warning of their existence.

Outdoor music, anyone?

Quite the dreamy Sunday.


20 Piece Complete Fall Girl’s Wardrobe

by elisabeth@itsyfactor on September 18, 2013


1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

We’re starting to experiences glimpses of cooler weather to come here in Texas.  Here is a fairly complete girl’s wardrobe I put together for school.  I love the mix and match possibilities of this high / low grouping.

Pair the yellow shirt with the denim jumper or either of the skirts, the floral pants with 11, 6, 7 or 15, try layering the vest over other patterns: the scandinavian pattern red top or the striped dress.



by elisabeth@itsyfactor on September 15, 2013


Mother-Daughter Drawings at The Busy Mockingbird

by elisabeth@itsyfactor on September 9, 2013

Mica Hendricks is an absolute inspiration!  Look what came through my Facebook feed last week (thanks, Mary):

Mama drew in her new sketch book.  Her daughter wanted to try too, but Mama was resistant.  “If you can’t share, we might have to take it away if you can’t share.”  And so it was.  Each day she asked mommy for new heads to draw on.

Mama learned how to be less rigid and her daughter gained confidence.

“I learned that if you have a preconceived notion of how something should be, YOU WILL ALWAYS BE DISAPPOINTED.  Instead, just go with it, just ACCEPT it, because usually something even more wonderful will come out of it.”

Indeed.  Pretty incredible, huh?  I love their nebulous bodies.

Collaborative prints are available for sale through Society 6.  Read all about it at Hendricks’ new-to-me blog, The Busy Mockingbird.

Images: Mica Hendricks & Daughter


Lovely Labor Day Weekend

by elisabeth@itsyfactor on September 4, 2013

I know.  I know.  It’s unreal.  And yet here it is, the sunset in our backyard Monday night.  What a way to cap off a glorious weekend!

On Friday we played hooky and took the girls to San Antonio.  Beatrix cried at the thought of missing her fifth day of Kindergarten.

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An Unbirthday Party

by elisabeth@itsyfactor on September 3, 2013


Thinking about doing an Alice in Wonderland themed birthday party this year.  I found some really incredible inspiration online here and here.  Not quite sure yet what to do about the tea cups.  It would be so much fun to collect vintage items from thrift stores, but breakable items + outside + kids don’t mix.

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 67. 8.


Let There Be Light.

by elisabeth@itsyfactor on August 30, 2013

Moments in the new house.


Instagram Love Affair

by elisabeth@itsyfactor on August 28, 2013

Always the last to arrive at the party and the last to leave, I have fallen absolutely head over heels for Instagram.  Who knew?

The iconic faded square pics always had a faddish quality to me, and held an elitism that screamed “I am an iPhone user” (I was the last to that party as well).  I was turned off.  Then I spotted a new friend on Facebook whose family pictures inspired me.  I joined, and was hooked.  This summer’s moments have been captured in a new way.  I have new eyes.  The filters, the editing capabilities and easy cropping tools had me at “Hello.”

Will share along the journey.

Have you ever been the last to join something, only to think “where has this been all my life!??”

Here are a few of my favorite shots of the girls:





Two in School

by elisabeth@itsyfactor on January 18, 2012

My baby girl is now in school.  She’s not such a baby anymore…

Lolly just started a program two days a week.  There are only five children in her class and she already knows their names.  She had so much fun painting pictures, eating snack, and playing bumper cars outside.  She kept asking the teacher for more music.

But it was less fun when I wasn’t there.

Alas, sweet girl no longer wanted to eat or participate in the songs.  She didn’t speak except with her eyes, and expected the teacher to read her mind.  The others all started in September, but I wasn’t ready to let go then.  At just barely two years I wasn’t sure she was ready.  By November, she was more than ready.

It will get better with time.  She stayed strong and didn’t cry, but she must have felt abandoned.  I hate that but know it’s normal.

Still, she was excited to go back.  Look at that face:

Let’s hope for a smooth transition!


As an aside — if you follow me on Pinterest you might recognize that blue dress.  My icon there has a picture of her sister in the same blue dress last year, the one that I also wore when I was in school oh so long ago.