making time (and floral party crowns)

Well hello there! It’s been a while… it took some time for the cycle of creativity to swing into my psyche again. I’m glad it did! I’ve been making things with my hands and even painting again for the first time in 20 years. I have my creative mojo back (for now).

As my girls get older, I am “creating” more for myself than them. They don’t really want to color Easter eggs or decorate cookies (with me). This shift has been profound and salty sweet. While they are finding their way, I regain my own sense of creative direction.

I started writing this post about gender bias. But I don’t really want to rant about that. Trying to stay positive in an increasingly sad time is difficult. My method has been staying close to home (literally and figuratively), loving my man, and trying to be kind to myself. That attitude has enabled me to enjoy small happinesses: playing disc golf with the dog, riding my bike, creating my art, and spending moments with good friends.

A while ago, I went to a house party with one of the afore-mentioned girlfriends in Nederland, Colorado. Nederland is just up the Canyon from Boulder, but a world away. It’s all mountains, tall trees and creative weirdos—my peeps!

Back to the party… there were two dance floors with DJs spinning sweet-sounding house tunes and a wrap-around deck with fire pit and views of the mountains. Plus adult treats for all. Basically, my kind of event. Two things happened at this party: #1, I really had fun; #2, I found some face paint and started painting all the people I could using the end of a glow-bracelet as a brush. It was inspiring to adorn these beautifully unique faces with glow-in-the-dark colors. (Since then, I’ve bought a set of face paints, glitter and brushes and hope to paint more faces in the not-too-distant future.)

I wanted to wear something fun and feminine—did I mention it was a white party? My mom has made paper crowns for my daughters’ birthdays. But I was looking for a bit more elegance. I decided to make floral crowns for my friend and I to wear. I don’t have much experience making headpieces, so I kept it simple, using only natural cotton stems and Stardust Gypsum—and fairy lights, of course!

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P.S. I’m not sure if I’ll continue blogging, but I hope to. Feel free to reach out!


  1. Ligeia September 17

    Oh Erin!! I love your post, and your crown is stunning. Please keep creating and blogging so you inspire other sad people who also want to rediscover their joy and creativity- like me. Xoxo

  2. Cory F September 17

    Please continue blogging, Erin! It inspires me to start blogging again. Even if it just involves putting my Facebook posts into blog form and pushing them out to a much much much smaller audience. There is something that seems more permanent about a blog. The shift is indeed profound and indeed salty sweet. When (not if) I start writing again. I will likely touch on this theme more than any normal person should be asked to handle. 🙂 – Cory

    1. erin vito December 9

      Cory, Thanks for your message. I like reading your posts, too, so keep at it! -erin

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