Pushing Salt



You told me, yesterday.

That today would be your, last day.

Your Promises fall short,

They just couldn’t be true.

Every morning is the morning,

You can’t, wipe  my tears away.

The salt is burning,

But the pain will fade, away.
Why are these salty tears,

Making me bleed?

There burning my cuts,

I ‘can’t seem to wipe them, away.
Every morning is the morning,

You can’t, wipe my tears away.
The salt is burning,

But the pain will fade away.

I know by your snores,

That you’ve been drinking again.
Your promises fall short,

They just couldn’t be true.

You told me yesterday,

Today would be your last day,
With your whiskey track record,

Please don’t,
Ask me, to take you back.

Content © 2012 Samantha Plante


Excerpt – Untitled


The smell of salt and churned soil lingered in the air around me. Soft hypnotic notes were spilling out of the car stereo. I didn’t understand the meaning of the song, but the words sounded nice. So I began repeating them out loud and out of tune.

 My mother turned in her seat gifting me with her smile a smile of love more visible in her eyes than her mouth. As we cruised down the long dirt road lined by the endless canola fields I clutched my hands tighter I could feel lily struggling to squeeze her tiny body between the cracks of my fingers.  My parents didn’t know I had brought her with me.

 I had found her earlier that morning hiding in the damp rotting strings of an old mop that had been forgotten some time ago.  It was propped up against the historical Victorian house we were visiting. It hadn’t been a particularly interesting or important fixture of the house but stuck out to me anyhow.

 I still don’t know what made me look under it but that’s seems to be the case for most everything I do. When I was young it never bothered me I just assumed that’s how everyone functioned. I have always had   ideas or thoughts coming to me as if gifted from another person,  A person who knows much more about life and the world than I ever could.  I had walked right up to the mop studying it without a thought I carefully lifted it with one hand the other held out ready to scoop up fragile lily. Not wanting to burn her almost transparent skin  I was careful not to touch her with my fingertips.

The car was beginning the heat up as the sun rose high into the sky. I could feel the tiny hairs on my face tingle as I began to sweat. Worried that lily had become still I chanced cracking my hands apart to get a glimpse of her. She lay motionless on my palm her mouth gapping open. I fell forward almost dropping her as my father slammed on the breaks I hadn’t realized I was screaming until both my parents were looking at me startled.

My father helped me dig a small grave for her right there on the side of the road. He dumped the matches out of a cardboard holder and placed her lifeless body inside. After he had covered her with dirt I knelt down and collected several small rocks the kind that always seem to linger on the side of roadways. I piled them on top of her grave thinking it would help me find her if we ever came this down this road again.

Story and written words © 2012 samantha plante

Studio Showcase : Dreaming Inspirations


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I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Stephanie Rife from Dreaming inspirations and am very excited to share with you her lovely work. You can view more of her designs at www.dreaminginspirations.com Enjoy!

First things, first! How did you come up with your business name?

This may sound weird but I thought about it for a long time and then one night in a dream I had a full-blown business and the name was Dreaming Inspirations so I thought it was meant to be.

 How did you get it started?

I got started when my cousin was getting married and she was on a very small budget and asked me to design her invitations and accessories for her wedding.  After that I started designing for friends and family and love every minute of it!!

 What is your favorite design for sale right now?

“Sledding Snowman” is my favorite design right now because I love snowmen and I can’t wait to get out in the snow and build one!!

How would you describe your style?

My style.. hmmm.. I would say fun and colorful with a lot of illustrations and somewhat homey. Does that make sense.. lol

 What is your normal workflow or process like?

I like to sketch a bit first. Then scan my image and open it in illustrator work on making my illustrations from the scan. Sometimes I just start in illustrator and create my illustrations. Once I’m done with the illustrating I then begin to do the layout and add type.

 How many iterations does it take for a design to become final?

Some designs can take me days with 30 or more iterations and some can take me a couple hours with 5 iterations its always different.

What tools, techniques, and mindsets do you find absolutely essential?

I can not live without my computer, sketchpad, and Illustrator.. as for techniques the most important and still a learning process is Typography. For me typography is a lengthy but extremely important step if its missed your work can look cheesy and unprofessional. Mindset.. I have to be alone and have music on when I’m designing or I can’t get into anything I have to be able to concentrate and having people around does not help me concentrate.

 When did you first realize you wanted to be a designer?

I have always been creative and crafty. In high school I was in art for several hours a day and did hand drawn illustrations, graphic design and painting. But I did not get into designing stationary until a couple years ago with the onset of my cousin’s wedding.

 Do you have any formal design training?

I took a graphic design class in college but that was some time ago and everything I am learning now is self taught and a lot of research online

 Do you have a favorite font?

My favorite font right now would be Bombshell Pro. I love how it looks like it is calligraphy with the thick and thin strokes yet modern and delicate

 Where do you go for design inspiration?

Love to browse pinterest, blogs, and wedding magazines

What designers do you really admire?

Genevieve Santos (le petit elefant) I love all of her work and hope to plaster my walls with all her work very soon!! Jennifer Wick (J. Wick Design) one of my fellow Minted designers she has stunningly simple illustrations with beautiful typography. Rachel Alethea (Alethea and Ruth) Her florals are stunning and awe inspiring I strive to have beautiful floral like hers. And last but not least Eric Beckett (GeekInk) his typography and hand lettering is my favorite he has a very vintage classic style that stands out and can not go unnoticed.