new house and a pop-up

Well, we’re officially homeowners again! We closed on our new house last week and when the floor refinishers are through sanding and sealing (later this week), we can begin the actual process of moving in!!

Sunday night, we had a few friends over to check out the new digs.

Forrest set up a little pop-up studio in the living room.

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So I haven’t written much about this house, but we are super excited about it! It was built in 1964, has only ever had one owner, and has had very few updates. It’s a retro relic and we love it. I’ll be sure to post before and after photos as we spruce the place up!

<3, Liz





I not dead. Like the book.

Okay, I can explain.

Or at least, I can throw excuses around.

I haven’t posted since April, and while that may be inexcusable, life has been crazy lately. Here’s the recap.

We sold the house!

And then we had to pack it all up!

I said goodbye to my friends and students at PES..

..and got the chance to meet a few of my new colleagues (for the fall) at LMES!

We loaded our furniture into a storage thing and moved ourselves and the kitties into a little apartment…

..just until we close on and move into this 1960’s cutie in a few weeks!

So, between house packing, classroom packing, repairs, and closings, we’ve been swamped.

For the month of June, I’m in Florence (SC) almost full-time to teach in a summer art program! I hate being away from Forrest, but it’s better that I’m not in Columbia sitting around the apartment. It’s frustrating to be so close to having a new house and to not quite be there yet!

Please accept my apologies for the lack of postings lately. I’ll try to do better.  🙂

<3, Liz

CHAIRity- get it?

The new exhibit at the Columbia Museum of Art is chairs. It’s really cool- some are very old and regal, others are super mod. Forrest was invited to take a few photos of donors sitting in the chairs, so his photos are hanging right outside the actual exhibit! Very excite!

On Friday, we gussied up and headed out for the CHAIRity Gala (hehe, get it? …because of the chairs?!). It’s always such a great party- different things going on in every room. Food, drinks, music, performers everywhere. By the end of the night, I had a glittery peacock painted on my shoulder. Pretty fly.

It’s rare for us to go to a party sans camera, so I dragged F into the photo booth. Sadly, though, that boa was only a prop and not really part of my outfit..

My apologies if you’ve been visiting our blog and disappointed lately. We are right on the cusp of some big changes and are super busy. I promise to write more about all of that very soon!

<3, Liz

a very domesticated birthday!

It’s been a little more than a year since we first posted on Domesticated Artists! Over the course of that year, this blog collaboration has changed a lot.. mostly I do all of the babbling and Forrest provides all of the (good) photos.

We’re going to keep it up because, well, why not?

Here’s to another year of nonsense and photos of kittens! It’s going to be great!

<3, Liz and Forrest

on high land

To make a long story short, we were desperate for a getaway and very short on time. So we headed up to Highlands, North Carolina for a couple of days. It was perfect and lovely.

We stayed in a swanky hotel, ate some amazing meals, did a little shopping, chased nature down some terrifying roads, climbed a (tiny) mountain, and made the most of our mini-break!

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It was awesome.

Thanks for a nice little break, F!

<3, Liz

PS- I spent most of this trip gushing about seeing “my first waterfall!” At some point, I realized, oh hey, I’ve been visiting Niagara Falls with my family for as long as I can remember. So, yeah, not my first waterfall.

Things we loved/ate in Highlands..

Old Edwards Inn and Spa
Mountain Fresh Grocery
The Ugly Dog Pub
The Bascom

Also, a bunch of waterfalls.

my guiney

Guiney and me "swimming" in a lake!

I was lucky enough to know all four of my grandparents and three of my great-grandparents! It’s kind of wonderful, really. Many people don’t have that privilege.

My great-grandmother, Guiney, would have turned 101 today! She was an incredible lady- a painter, a world traveler, a writer, a college grad, a musician, and so many other things. She was ridiculously accomplished and everyone adored her.

She passed away on the first day of June in 2007 and Forrest and I got married in her garden almost exactly one year after her death. I am so glad that Forrest was able to know Guiney before she left us!

It’s hard for me to be sad when I think of Guiney.  All I can think is that I am so grateful to have known her and to have had her in my life!

Happy birthday, Guiney!

<3, Liz


You’ve got to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative.

Everyone knows people who can totally suck all positivity from a room with only a few words. It’s a pretty impressive talent, when you think about it. But I’ve fallen victim to these people more times than I can count and really, I’m sick of it.

I am taking a stand. It’s tricky, but I’m going to attempt to extract myself from at least one semi-friendship. I’m convinced that it will be better for my morale and life in general.

That’s about all I feel comfortable saying.

On the up side, only one more day of school before spring break! I’m looking forward to a relaxing week!

<3, Liz


two things

Have you tried one of these things?! They have everything in the world. It’s like going to the Coca Cola place in Atlanta without the hassle of all those tourists. Or the drive to Atlanta.

More importantly, my lilac bush is beginning to bloom! I love the spring. It just smells good outside.

<3, Liz