Intro to the Log Blog and Obligatory Coronavirus Address

 

 

You may have noticed the blog here is called “The Log.” A nod to the 'Bark' at this establishment, it’s a riff on the idea of a nature logbook used for documenting discoveries made while exploring nature. I also like that it rhymes, and reminds me a bit of Bob Loblaw’s Law Blog, so I couldn't pass up the opportunity.

yellow daffodils in garden bed with rock in front of wooden fence

For a little background about Bark & Burrow. Check out the about page to read a letter about how I came to illustrate cameo art prints. Caught up? I'll give you a moment.

I do intend for this to be a 'spot of whimsy' - not just the artwork, which I hope bring whimsy to your home, but all things Bark & Burrow.

I’ll be using the blog here to cover several topics:

      • I illustrate animals and nature - I'll post updates about that here
      • Backyard updates - our yard, the animals in it and anecdotes
      • Inspiration I find around the web
      • Occasional links to my other blog Motif Motif, where I chronicle our home decorating and share more inspiration

          Continue on to read more about my backstory and why I feel compelled to ramp up Bark & Burrow during a pandemic

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          Why Now & Obligatory Coronavirus Coping Address

          FYI, I’m also posting pretty much this same 'covid/reasons why' post both here, and on my blog Motif Motif where I talk about interiors and sell fabrics - I’m sure Google SEO hates that, but it’s the same me posting in both places, so here we are.

          I decided to start blogging this Spring, after preparing for months. Actually, years. One major life event after another has delayed my efforts: baby number 1, house number 2, baby number 2, major health event, move across the country, house number 3, continued treatment. Because we planned the good ones, but what is it they say, we make plans, and God laughs, right?

          And now, we have a pandemic.

          I hesitate to move forward with the current state of the world, but the purpose of this blog and my designs remains the same, and is perhaps more important now than before the coronavirus took hold of the world and changed life as we know it. My goal was simple: A) first and foremost, to be a source of interior inspiration, and escape for readers, and B) to create and sell beautiful fabrics and illustrations that enhance people's homes.

          It all feels frivolous at this point in time, but I know the impact design blogs, books, shows and projects have had on me, personally, in difficult times. Interior design has been a form of therapy for me, with its initial comforts built upon the foundation of endless hours watching HGTV with my mother growing up. I love decorating, I love learning about different styles, and I love peeking into strangers’ houses on the internet exploring inspiring home tours to see how they’ve been decorated.

          This is also a new way to stay in touch with loved ones that we can't see right now - family and friends that are close by, as well as friends that we moved away from that still live in the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak outside of Seattle.

          So, I hope my overexposure of our home and yard and how they’ve changed over time is an escape of some kind for you; a positive distraction amongst the daily stresses and uncertainties we are all currently facing. Because I don’t know about you, but I sure need a break from the news.

          Right now, I’m thankful I have little kids. They’re only 2 and 4, but very perceptive. We’ve decided to shelter them from the situation so they don’t feel the uncertainty we do - because there is no need for them to. We talk about it in front of them only abstractly, and very infrequently. We say hello to neighbors in passing, then distract with a new game. Our neighbors recently had their kids send ours a card, and we’re going to reciprocate and pass that idea along to other friends so we’re keeping in touch in a novel way that helps to distract from missing them. We’re hunkered down to minimize germ exposure (thankfully my husband is able to work remotely), but nonetheless taking advantage of fun learning resources to help promote good hygiene, like this catchy hand washing video starring Doc McStuffins, whose medical authority they deeply respect.

          Yesterday, we laminated so many things, and played a new animal scavenger hunt game that will be ready for me to share with you soon. (UPDATE: you can download the flash cards here)

          The day before, we listened to Christmas music, assembled a new laundry sorter I ordered when I realized I'd be stuck at home indefinitely and could no longer just drive away to escape our mountains of laundry, played dress up, and made hummus.

          We're just playing it by ear and trying not to watch too much TV.

          Be well.

          Maura

           

           

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