Creative Crush: Road tripping with Courtney Khail Stationery

Each Friday, a special blogger friend shares their current Creative Crush – whatever is cause for inspiration at this very moment. This week, I’m happy to have Courtney from Courtney Khail Stationery. She is a seriously watercolor gifted artist. I’m selfishly hoarding two of her hand painted cards. And after you read about her crush (which has me seriously itching for a road trip) you simply must check out her latest food-related project. It’s gorgeous.

Also, she was hands-down best dressed at the Alt White party – wearing her grandmother’s vintage Halston-esque gown and belt. Great taste and style clearly run through her genes.

All photos byCourtney Khail.

Lastsummer, my husband and I packed up our car and hit the road for a six week longcross country road trip. We’d been talking about it since we started dating andwhen we finally got the chance to actually do it, we jumped at the opportunity.The memories and sites from that trip never cease to inspire me.

We live in such a beautiful country, filled with amazing views, food, andpeople, and there is something so special about experiencing it on the road.You have the opportunity to stumble across wonders you’d never see if you weresimply flying in and out. (For instance, we found a city with a population of15 right before the US/Canadian border with the very best huckleberry bearclaws!)

Whenever I’m overwhelmed with everyday life (blog posts to write, laundry towash, invitations to paint) and need a dose of clarity and inspiration, all Ihave to do is look through those photos. Before I know it my heart is floodedwith memories- star gazing with Jordan in the middle of Yosemite National Park,breathing in the fresh air overlooking the Grand Tetons, swimming together incrystal clear glacial lakes- and I come back completely refreshed andrevitalized.

I know not everyone can take six weeks to go explore, but even if only for aweekend I can’t encourage you enough to unplug, hit the road, and trulyexperience the world around you. It’s amazing how much it does for the soul.

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  • rooth

    Courtney, those are some fantastic photos. Thanks for sharing your inspiration with us

  • cecilia

    so beautiful. my husband and i, plus our two year old, have the opportunity to spend a month in rome this summer. agh! i feel stupid not taking the opportunity, and feel reckless if we don't. getting away for awhile is such a breath of fresh air, isn't it?

  • Courtney K

    Thanks so much, Rooth! I was thrilled Estelle let me share.

    And Cecilia, DO IT. I lived in Italy for 3 months in college and it is still one of my fondest memories. Don't feel reckless or silly. I promise life will still be there when you return, but you'll just be filled with "what if's" if you don't go :)

    My advice though? Make sure to plan/save/etc.so you can truly enjoy your month. I scheduled 6 weeks of blog posts, released 5 new designs while we were gone, and arranged my orders to be filled before or after the trip. Once all that was taken care of I didn't feel guilty at all about not checking my email.

    Have fun!!

  • Scottish Lass

    Congratulations on being cast in LTYM!
    Looking forward to meeting you.

  • Danielle (elleinadspir)

    Beautiful pics. Can't wait to check out her site.