About lainie

I'm Lainie.... I love making art from old photos and nostalgia, earmarking quotes in books, listening to oldies music, spending time pondering "wellness," and surrounding myself with creative spaces and happy memories. Welcome to my little plot of earth in this digital garden!

On a Color Coordinating Kick!

New condo, freshly moved, starting from scratch and living solo means one thing in my mind: decorating my place however I want, no matter how unconventional that may be.  For me this was an opportunity to cross a little something (and by little something I mean definitely a minor bucket list item…nothing I would look back on with regret if I didn’t completely….none the less: it’s on the list!) off the bucket list: color coordinating my bookshelf!  I often feel a little like a hoarder, even more so after just going through a move that took me (just ONE person) at least 2 weeks to prepare for….it took my old roommate all of a couple hours.  I feel even more like a hoarder when it comes to my books! I can’t get rid of them, won’t get rid of them, have a strange sense of accomplishment when I look at them all and realize how many great things I’ve read (and maybe how much time I have had on my hands).  What better way to show them off besides color coordinating them (alphabetizing is so last year)! This being said, moving into my own place was the perfect opportunity to break into the storage unit and roll out my many boxes of literary accomplishments (or in some cases literary guilty pleasures).  Final result…

IMG_4240(doesn’t actually feel like that many books when I look at this picture…especially after all the hype I typed about it above).  None the less…it brings a strange sense of happiness to me when I see it.

Another color coordinating opportunity I jumped on was when working on a large picture project!  I have lots of pictures I love and not many ways to display them so I figured I’d make one really big picture, with a lot of my favorite smaller ones…for some unconscious reason I envisioned it arranged via color scheme.  So after many hours on photoshop/InDesign, a few trips to the printer and too much money at the framer this is what I had (sorry for the yellowish coloring…bad lighting and I don’t feel like fixing them in photoshop)


a few up-close shots




Needless to say the last few days have been lots of fun…gotta love a blank canvas:-)

Next project: pallet coffee table

inspiration for it:



Updated the Quotebook!

Although I’ve failed to write on the blog in any manner recently, I have not failed in continuously collecting quotes from all aspects of life and writing them down in the monstrosity that is my hardcopy planner…so today I’m back to the blog and have finally brought these words to the digital world! Here are the specific quotes I’ve added and Here is a link to the entire quotebook page!

Be a fruitloop in a world of cheerios!

A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit it-Greek Proverb

“I’ve loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night”-Galileo

“Everything will be ok in the end.  if it’s not ok, it’s not the end.”-Unknown

From Books

“In so many things he is rough and ornery, but in ways of our family, he is always so gentle it is like I am married to two different men.  I love them both and need them equally”-These Is My Words

There’s no app for a bourbon buzz on a warm day in a cool, dark bar.  The world will always want a drink”-Gone Girl

They have no harsh edges with each other, no spiny conflicts, they ride through life like conjoined jellyfish-expanding and contracting instinctively, filling each other’s spaces liquidly.  Making it look easy, the soul-mate thing”-Gone Girl

“We were the first human beings who would never see anything for the first time.  We stare at the wonders of the world, dull-eyed, underwhelmed.  Mona Lisa, the Pyramids, the Empire State Building.  Jungle animals on attack, ancient icebergs collapsing, volcanoes erupting.  I can’t recall a single amazing thing I have seen firsthand that I didn’t immediately reference to a movie or TV show…It’s a very difficult era in which to be a person, just a real, actual person, instead of a collection of personality traits selected from an endless Automat of characters…”-Gone Girl

“How much sweeter life would be if it all happened in reverse, if, after decades of disapointments, you finally arrived at an age when you had conceded nothing, when everything was possible.”-The Age of Miracles

But doesn’t every previous era feel like fiction once it’s gone?  After a while, certain vestigial sayings are all that remain.  Decades after the invention of the automobile, for instance, we continue to warn each other not to put the cart before the horse.  So, too, we do still have daydreams and nightmares, and the early-morning clock hours are still known colloquially (if increasingly mysteriously) as the crack of dawn.  Similarly, even as they grew apart, my parents never stopped calling each other sweetheart.”-The Age of Miracles

“Did you know that each peaceful, natural death at age eighty-one is a tragedy without compare? Everyday people, individuals…fall facedown on the battlefield, never to get up again.  Never to exist again.  These are complex personalities, their cerebral cortexes shimmering with floating worlds, universes that would have floored our sheep-herding, fig-eating, analog ancesors.  These folks are minor deities, vessels of love, life-givers, unsung geniuses, gods of the forge getting up at six-fifteen in the morning to fire up the coffeemaker, mouthing silent prayers that they will life to see the next day and the one after that and then…Nullified”Super Sad True Love Story