Happy Valentine’s Day 2018

Ten years ago today, on my first Valentine’s Day as a newly divorced single woman, I started the business that would later become Liskabora. Back then it was named Virtuality, which one of my cousins told me sounded like the name of a bad 80’s song about five seconds after I submitted the business papers to the State of Illinois. He was right.

I have learned so much since starting on this journey. There have been so many twists and turns; so many failures and so many achievements; so many things I wished I could achieve that I am now grateful have never come to pass; and so many things that I didn’t even know I could have wished for that I am grateful have come true.

Ten years ago today. I wonder where we will be ten years from today. There are so many possibilities.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all and cheers to the first day of a new decade in a new state!

Late Winter Plans

As the latter part of our crazy home renovation journey unfolds, I am starting to do the design for my dream closet and our kitchen garden. With the “stressful” part of the renovation now over we can begin to share some of the before and afters and bring you along for the rest of the journey through the more fun projects we have planned. Stay tuned for new design posts coming in 2019 as these projects begin!

For now, enjoy my mood board for the garden projects that we are going to start once the weather breaks.

Coastal Sunset Collection

February is off to a great start! We finally have everything finalized in our new state and are ready to start uploading products to our website again! To celebrate I am sharing a few of my very first images, finally processed and ready to be included in a new art collection. From old beginnings to new ones, this year has been very exciting so far!

Red Sky Venice Beach
Venice Beach Sunset
Red Sky and Boat at Venice Beach Sunset
Boat at Venice Beach Sunset

Urban Architectural Art Set – Alleyways and Railroads

I am introducing a set of architectural grunge art depicting the beauty often present in the lesser seen sides of the urban world. This first pair features a railroad in New Orleans and a quaint alleyway in Savannah. There will be more to come soon! Once I have all the formalities taken care of I will begin posting these for sale on Etsy. This pair is naturally prominent in beige and warm brick tones, but can be customized to match your palette upon request.

New Orleans Railroad - Urban Art - Grunge
New Orleans Railroad
Urban Art - Gritty Grunge
Savannah Alley

Site Renovation

The transformation of Liskabora will soon be complete! You can probably see from our new look (and new menu categories) that we are making somewhat of a shift from a bath and body (only) focus to including art and home decor as well. Once all of the formalities of setting up shop in a new state have been taken care of (we are almost there, I promise) I will start to populate our shop with products once again. Art and home decor are nothing new to us, in fact I was trying to run two shops at once back in Illinois. Now that we are in a new home, in a new state, it felt like time to pull everything under one roof. Stay tuned for more as it comes!

A sneak peek into one of our new art collections being released this year:

New Orleans Alley
New Orleans Alley

Thinking Ahead To Spring

Now that the holidays are over and January is already halfway gone, we are thinking ahead to spring and warmer weather. Our first task outdoors now that the exterior construction is complete will be our kitchen garden. We are STILL under construction indoors, but I can see a dim light at the end of the tunnel. Plans for Liskabora’s reopening are underway and I have a lot to share very soon! For now I will leave you with my inspiration board for coastal garden design. I will do a step by step of our actual garden as it begins to unfold.

Extending the Christmas Season

I wish it was socially acceptable to keep Christmas decorations up until winter turns to spring. They add so much cheer and beauty to the darker months of the year! Perhaps we need to invent a new holiday that would extend the Christmas season to early March for the express purpose of keeping our decorations out longer.

My favorite images inspiring this year’s winter spirit – there can be so much beauty in this season!