I’m Moving!

 

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Hello everyone,

 

This title might seem vague and scary, and I guess it sort of is. I’m not moving my geographical location (not yet, anyway), but I am moving across the internet. Sort of.

I’ve had this blog for a long time. I made it when I first started college as a side project to keep myself writing and documenting things I did throughout school. I’ve loved it. I’ve loved the recipes, the outfit posts, even the embarrassing beginning ones (and they do exist).

As I’m graduating in a few short months and applying to jobs and such, I’ve been thinking about what I really want to do and what I want to write about. I love to write, and I want to continue writing online to keep up the momentum. But I just didn’t feel inspired by this space anymore. It felt like I’d grown too big for it, and the themes I wanted to blog about just weren’t matching up.

I wanted to create a new blog for a long time, but since I had gained so many followers on here, I wanted to be able to keep all the readers that I’ve accumulated over time. I felt stuck, and my response was just to kind of not write or upload anything.

For one of my classes, we had to create a new blog that encompassed our style. It could be anything we wanted, and I felt an opportunity opening up for me. The more I thought about this new blog, the more excited I was to do something different. This was the beginning of Heathermoors. I thought long and hard about the blog I wanted to create and I decided that this is what I want, that this is what I want myself to be in a blog, and I’m pleased with it. It’s far from done, in fact the first few posts were posts I had to do for a school project. But I enjoy the pictures, I like the vibe, and I like the name.

If you’re still reading, thank you for making it this far! I’m very proud of my new blog, and I want to take a minute to describe it to you. I want it to be about nature. I want it to be inspired by fashion and beauty and all the things we love, but with lush photography and atmospheric images that conjure up emotions in us that will fill us with passion and joy. I want people to be inspired by every post I make, so the quality standard of what I’m uploading and writing is much higher now.

The name Heathermoors is derived from my name (Heather) and the moors. The moors are my favorite environment, they are fascinating to me. I love looking at Scottish moors, Irish moors, the misty moors of England that inspired books like Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. This is my favorite vibe, and I wanted to incorporate it. My first post illustrates my inspiration, you can see it here.

I’ll be planning on uploading more often and coming up with thoughtful, content-rich blog posts to keep the inspiration up. There’s still a lot of work to do, like changing my bios and all my accounts (like Bloglovin’, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.). But I’m happy to be growing into a new space, and I hope you’ll come along with me. All of my faithful friends on this site have encouraged me to move forward, and I appreciate it whole-heartedly.

If you have any questions or want to talk with me about it, I’ll still be answering comments on here! I’ll also be leaving this site up so all the posts I’ve done through the years are accessible. (There were some great recipes that just can’t be deleted!)

Thanks again for always reading and showing love to this blog. I hope to see and hear from you guys soon.

-Heather

 

Introducing Heatherwood Issue No. 1 (Autumn)

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If you’re looking for inspiration for fall, for the upcoming holidays, or even just an escape from your everyday life, you can check out my digital magazine. I worked so hard on this and I’m so pleased with the result. The magazine is all about Autumn (which I realize is a little late, but I think it’ll still be exciting.) Inside are illustrations, writing, and photography to help spark something in you. I think this would be perfect for curling up with your tablet or iPad and chilling out for awhile and looking through. Hopefully you feel as cozy reading it as I was making it.

Also, all work in the magazine are mine. There is a written entry and photograph from Bhavika and the link to her blog is in the zine to check out more of her awesome work. I was so happy that anyone submitted anything, and her writing went perfectly with the rest of the material. If you are hanging out today and preparing for Thanksgiving, this might be the perfect thing to help you unwind! Mostly this was just for fun to put all of my work in one place, so I’m happy I can even publish it at all. I’m excited to see what all of you think!

 

Here is the link to Heatherwood. Enjoy!

-Heather

Zine Launch Date

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Quite an exiting title, isn’t it? I can’t believe I am almost ready to realize my first online magazine.

If you didn’t know already, I’ve been drawing and painting and writing, and then putting that collection of things into an online magazine. It isn’t anything fancy and I’m not making money off of it, but it’s been creatively exciting! It is all about Autumn, which is my favorite season of all time.

I had submissions open for the magazine, but they are officially closed. The launch of the digital zine will be the day before Thanksgiving, which is Wednesday, November 25th. I think this is the perfect day to read it and be cozy while having time off for Thanksgiving. In between making yummy meals, you can flip through and hopefully be inspired.

 

I am finishing everything for the zine in the time until it launches, and I’m so excited to share it with you.

-Heather

Grey Days

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I am so freaking excited to finally get this post up! I’m aware of the fact that it’s just a boring outfit post like usual, but I’ve been trying to upload this for about a week.

To be fair, I’ve been very busy and had other posts that had to go up more than this one, and then yesterday and had literally no time to edit these pictures. But as I sat down this morning to edit them, I was overcome by melancholy at the beautiful grey images in front of me. Right now it’s a gorgeous sunny day, no rain or clouds in sight. But when I took these last week, we were having a rainy spell, and the pictures really reflect that in their tone. Admittedly, I enjoy rainy and overcast days to sunny days, in real life and in photographs. This brought me back to a few days ago when I was living in my raincoat and piling on the blankets.

My raincoat is a hand-me-down via my best friend from J.crew.

The striped shirt is from American Eagle (so soft!!!).

My jeans are my trusted grey jeans from Target. Honestly, the best jeans ever.

Not pictured, but I wore white converse with this.

I also wore this grey hat from Target (my new favorite) and it kept the cold, wet air from swirling into my hair and creating a mess.

I’ll be posting soon, hopefully on time and with holiday themes!

-Heather

Deadline For Digital Magazine Submissions

  
Hello everyone!
I wanted to let you know that the deadline for submissions to my digital magazine will be a week from today on Friday, November 20th. 

Submissions can be artwork, photography, writing pieces, poetry, or even recipes and DIY’s. 

I’m hoping to get the magazine ready before Thanksgiving. I hope you enjoy it! 

To send me things for the magazine, email me at heathmmurray@gmail.com

I can’t wait to make the magazine!

-Heather

A Day at the Granville Harvest Fair

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Hello everyone, NOTICE :: Do you live in New England?

If you do, you know that the fall foliage this weekend was at its peak!!

I went to a Harvest Fair this weekend in Granville, which is a very small town right behind the town I live in. I wore my brown riding boots and got many compliments on my outfit, which was so lovely! This weekend was Columbus Day weekend, and the weather and trees were ideal for going to a fair. I couldn’t believe how beautiful the leaves were, even the ones settled on the ground. It was warm enough to wear a dress without tights, but not too hot that I was uncomfortable. A light sweater was perfect for the day.

I included a few shots of amazing landscapes and houses that looked so interesting to me as I walked around.

As well as some very unhealthy fried dough (which I ate a lot of) there were small craft stands and small businesses in tents that you could walk around and look at. I love craft fairs and this mixed my love of fall, crafts, and festival food all together at once. I had such a nice time looking at homemade soaps, alpaca-knitted scarves, and other miscellaneous items. I ended up buying a very overpriced door stop that was literally a brick wrapped in a nice print of corduroy (which I tweeted about with much buyer’s regret). It was mostly nice to talk to people and see what they were selling, even if you didn’t buy anything.

Last year when we went to the same fair, there was a beautiful mitten stand and I begged for a pair of them for Christmas. I was overjoyed to see them in the same spot, and spent a lot of time poking around and picking some that I wanted. Look at the amazing designs and colors! This made me so excited for winter that I had to stop myself and say, “Hey! It’s only October!”

I had my heart set on picking apples, but apparently a lot of the trees in New England are passed by and have been picked. But we still went to a popular apple farm and got some mulled cider. Cider is one of my favorite things in the world, and having it on a  beautiful Autumn day with my family was just as good as picking apples. This particular farm is amazing and always makes the best cider. We actually watched them demonstrate how they make it. The smell was delicious and I didn’t want to leave!

Inside the barn, there were paintings that we took a look at, even though we look at them every year.

The apple farm and the surrounding area was really beautiful. It is a hike up from the craft portion of the fair, which is far down a hill. But the top of the hill was open and gorgeous to look at. The air was so crisp and reminded me of being little and exploring.

The trees were so beautiful surrounding us. I never wanted them to stop turning colors! I hope they still stay on the trees for a bit longer as this is my favorite time of year. You can see the beautiful colors on the mountains all the way back in the last picture.

Do you have any harvest fairs where you live? What are they like?

-Heather

My Typical School Day

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Happy weekend everyone! I thought while we are having a beautiful relaxing weekend, I could take you through my typical school day.

I actually took pictures during my busiest day, where I have three classes, one meeting, and 0 time to eat. My first and favorite thing to do on a busy day is pick out an outfit that makes me feel happy but will get me through a long day. I picked this dress that I got from a boutique and I love the collar and fall colors of it! I also paired it with a scarf from Urban Outfitters that was light but warmed me up.

Underneath my scarf, I was wearing a few necklaces. This is one of my absolute favorite necklaces that my boyfriend got for me (he actually made the other one, which you can’t see here). This tree branch necklace is from Anthropologie, and it made me feel like I was in the forest.

In between my busy classes during the day, I tried to get as much painting done as possible. If you didn’t know, I’m currently working on material for a little art magazine, and if you’re interested you can check out my post about it here! I’ve been creating things all week for it, so I got some new paints and was trying something new. I can’t wait to share with you what I’ve made for this, and you can make things for it too!

I also had a counselor meeting today, and I had to take a picture to show you the gorgeous building that it’s in because I can’t believe how lucky I am to have such a beautiful campus.

Anyway, I hope your weekends are going great. Let me know what you’re up to!

-Heather

Submissions Open for Fall/Winter Magazine 2015!

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Tomorrow is the first official day of Autumn and I’m celebrating with some exciting news! I have decided to start a very small mixed content magazine about the fall season. This will be online and all free, it’s just to display my artwork and personal writings.

However, I think it would be so fun to have some people contribute to it as well so there are more stories and work to be seen. None of this will be paid or advertised, it’s simply to enjoy yourself and celebrate Autumn and Winter. As of right now, the theme I’m going for is Fall and Winter seasons (emphasis on fall). If anyone would like to submit any work, please send it to me and I can look through it and find a good place in the magazine. The drawing I’ve included will be the main theme/idea of the magazine, so hopefully it can inspire you. All drawings will be scanned and put into JPEGs for the mag.

Some cool ideas for submissions might be: 

  • Poetry/Writings
  • Photography
  • Drawings/Paintings
  • Any other inspired works

If you’re interested, please send me an email at: heathmmurray@gmail.com

There isn’t a deadline as of now, but when i decide it’s getting close to when I’m publishing, I’ll let you know. I hope this is an exciting adventure that we can share together!

-Heather

The Gathering Magazine| Fall Issue 2015

This past week has had it’s ups and downs, simply because moving and changing your life around can be hard.

I have to say though, this is one of the most exciting things to happen yet! Our fall edition of the Gathering Magazine (a lifestyle and event mag) has finally arrived and it is jam packed with exciting Autumn features.

Inside, there are amazing fall recipes for Thanksgiving, or if you’re just in the mood to create something wonderful. Inside, there are articles I wrote featuring the amazing Apotheker’s Kitchen and a small article on the amazing foundation, The Pink Agenda. I honestly had so much fun talking to these guys and really getting into their work. There is some inspiring stuff in this issue!

If you’re curious, take a look at the magazine here and see if you’d like to buy a copy of this issue or possibly subscribe for future issues. And as always, let me know what you think!

-Heather

Journaling Series: Days 4 & 5

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Happy days.

I’ve been having a rough time at my school right now. The school I go to is TERRIBLE with accommodating people with housing, and I’m actually thinking of leaving this school or living off-campus. The stress has been pretty bad, but I’m happy I still continued with my journal. I think I’ll start doing two days at a time now per post.

I tried to keep my words as optimistic as possible. When there are difficult people in your life, the best thing to do is remember that there are more issues you could be dealing with.

I used some of my Washi tape to decorate the page on the left. I think Washi has so many fun uses! I put the cameras and floral together for a vintage-y feel. I love the quote that I put with it as well. It’s a very romantic page!

On the right, I painted a little picture of a pink lemonade because I had a pretty crappy day and wanted something uplifting.

I think I’ve been going through a lot lately and this writing has helped a little. I know most of the time I am only writing quotes, but putting aside a part of your day to do things like this will take the stress away.

I hope to continue doing this series for awhile, and I’m also letting you know that I am putting all my content into categories this weekend! I am changing my theme soon and will use one that categorizes posts into Fashion, Beaty, Lifestyle, etc. Every time I am on a blog that has this feature, I love navigating the site way more. It might be a big task to put everything into a category but it will be worth it. I suggest categorizing all of your stuff as you go in case you want to do this! What do you think of the journaling so far?

-Heather