On letting the dream be loud

by arianne

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I don’t remember the first time the seed was planted in my heart for this dream. Once I acknowledged the dream, it was as if it had been there all along. Quietly in slumber, waiting for the right time, the right life, the right me to be ready for it to unfurl with spirit and vim and vigor and terrify me entirely.

Has this ever happened to you? I was prompted (read: pushed) by life circumstances and some good counsel to really ask myself what I wanted to do. What am I dreaming about, what spirit-led purpose is in my heart? What do I want?

Having blogged for nearly 9 years, I found myself in the place where I needed some fresh wind for my blog life, and I all of the sudden I felt it deep in my bonesĀ  — that now was the time to really listen to that quiet dream. To let the dream grow loud.

So here we are today. You may have come to my blog To Think Is To Create and instead found yourself here at Mabel & Riv. Hello there! You are in the right place. Scoot in close, let me tell you about what I have planned.

This new blog isn’t just a new name or a new look, and it’s not just a re-branding. Mabel & Riv is the culmination of my story of redemption. It’s a place to read, see and experience beauty through my eyes, and soon it will also be a place to buy some pieces of beauty for you, too.

You long time readers know that Mabel and River are my two daughters – one here with us and one already passed on. Talking about them doesn’t leave out my boys, but talking about them is our family’s story – all of us. Like two beautiful bookends, with everyone in between. And as I leaned into the creative beast asking me to hop on, I felt bravery bubble up and took the leap and grabbed the reigns of my life and here we are today.

Mabel & Riv is the name of my new shop and line of handmade jewelry and accessories. In an effort to not hold up life until everything is perfectly in place, I am unveiling the blog side of Mabel & Riv today, and the shop itself is coming soon. My goal is to share with you the process of designing and creating a handmade jewelry line, to bring you into my life even more, in addition to the lifestyle blogging I’ve come to love. I want my blog to be more of the same things, just more focused and also featuring more topics. That makes sense in my head, hopefully it will translate to you as well.

There is this piece of me that has been under a heavy, thick layer of Big Hard Times for the last several years. Despite the success I have had in various online roles and despite the great place my blog To Think Is To Create was at, I am not fulfilled by it in the same way any longer. And while it I hold it very dear to my heart, I have outgrown it.

I’m so excited to be pulling back the curtain on Mabel & Riv now, not waiting for some mythical unicorn of a perfect day, and, in showing you why I’ve been quiet and what I’ve been working on, to get you excited along with me about the new things our family is creating.

If you were already subscribed to my To Think blog, you’re still subscribed to Mabel & Riv (yay!). If you’d like to keep updated on the progress of the shop and our lives, subscribe here.

Will you join me in this new adventure?


***The beautiful logo of Mabel & Riv, the custom font and our site design (make sure you see our pretty splash page at mabelandriv.com) was created by the illustrious Andrea from The Organic Bird. Hire her yesterday, people! She is a magician!

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

LoveFeast Table February 15, 2013 at 4:21 pm

We are thrilled for you and really like it here. We can’t wait to see what unfolds! Love you lady! ~CA &K


Carrington February 15, 2013 at 4:29 pm

I feel like you just gave birth, and this baby of yours is so very pretty and I am beaming with pride!!


Mary February 15, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Congratulations, my friend. Yay God!


Kacia February 15, 2013 at 4:31 pm

I couldn’t be prouder – I love you so much, Arianne!!


Kara February 15, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Yes, yes, and yes! Oh, Ari, I’m so excited for you (you brave, wonderful lady!)

Cannot wait to see what happens next!


Janelle February 15, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Lovely! Can’t wait to see your line of jewelry, Ari.



Jennae February 15, 2013 at 4:46 pm

SO happy to be witnessing this birth of something so beautiful and close to your heart. I can’t WAIT to see the jewelry. The logo already has me swooning. Follow your dream, friend :)


Renee Ronika February 15, 2013 at 4:49 pm

This is beautiful and perfect and lovely and so you. Blessings upon blessings to you and yours for Mabel and Riv. WOO!


Robin Dance February 15, 2013 at 4:51 pm


I hear you! I feel you!! I understand this!!!

This is all things lovely, friend; the heart and spirit of this New Thing leaps off the page. Reading your words, I’m hope filled for this part of your story, for the redemption of loss in your life, for the beauty of grace and wonder.

I’m living some of what you’ve described even as I type…though I have no plans to craft jewelry ;). Cannot wait to see what comes next…THIS is a delicious cliffhanger.



Angela February 15, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Lovely, hopeful, soulful and beautifully written and designed. Amazing Ari!!!


HopefulLeigh February 15, 2013 at 4:52 pm

This is everything, Arianne. Love you so much. Excited to see what’s next!


Tricia February 15, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Oh, my sweet and dear friend. I’m so excited for this, for you. Whenever a dream comes to life, jumps from the drafting table of your mind to the reality of paper (or our wonderful blogosphere), it’s like a birth. This is going to be amazing, I already know. Because YOU are so incredible. Love you so very much.


Annie Barnett February 15, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Ari, this is so beautiful. And I resonate with so much of what you’ve written here – the stepping out when it’s not all perfect, the fresh air that fills your soul when step into a new beginning with old roots. So excited to follow along with your journey here!


Lisa-Jo @lisajobaker February 15, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Um YEOW! Is this exciting times or what. Love seeing you make art out of all that heart story, Ari. You are lovely. Like your daughters.



Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting February 15, 2013 at 5:48 pm

OH MY GOSH! I love you! I super-love THIS! I canNOT wait to see your shop!


Melissa February 15, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Yay! This is so exciting. Cannot wait to see all the goodness that comes from your dream fulfilled:)


designhermomma February 15, 2013 at 6:52 pm

so so so awesome. Fits you almost like a glove, yes? xoxo


Kelly @ Love Well February 15, 2013 at 7:56 pm

This is redemption. I stand in awe.


Myna February 16, 2013 at 10:17 am

I found your blog on Twitter. Good for you for stepping out and going for your dream. I wish the best of luck and will be following your blog. God Bless!


Sarah Bessey February 16, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Dearest Ari, I’m overwhelmed at the journey to here, and full of joy for everything which still lies ahead. Eshet chayil, woman of valour!


The Diaper Diaries February 16, 2013 at 7:21 pm

Beautiful. I am so thrilled for you. Might be doing a little bit of the same around these parts…. (shhh)


Stephanie Precourt February 16, 2013 at 11:17 pm

Can’t wait to hear more. Love you!



Kristen Strong February 18, 2013 at 9:54 am

I love, love, love this new space to honor and celebrate your family’s story. It’s beautiful and inspiring…just like your gorgeous daughters.

So well done.

I love you, Ari. And I’m so proud of you.


Breanne February 18, 2013 at 9:57 am

I’m sad to see you go at Simple Design (that’s how I found you here!) but am SO happy to follow and read and be inspired.

I love the brave leap into the imperfect beauty and the gracious invitation to be here. As a mother of two daughters as well, as a woman and as a creative, I’m inspired and encouraged.


AnnieDowns February 18, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Totally lovely and adorable and perfect.


Margaret Feinberg February 18, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Arianne, love that quote, and love that picture!


Heather February 19, 2013 at 4:42 am

I am thrilled for you, friend. I can’t wait to see your dream unfold. I have so much admiration and respect for you for being so open with your heart and always seeing beauty in life. <3


Jana February 19, 2013 at 2:13 pm

I love this Arianne! Sign me up for a special piece of beauty that you think suits me. This is only the beginning my new, dear friend…


Stephanie February 19, 2013 at 8:37 pm

Proud of you for following your dreams.


Amy Allen Clark February 22, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Oh, how lovely, Ari! It looks beautiful and I am so happy for you! xo


Jaymi Marling February 23, 2013 at 5:04 pm

LOVE. THIS. can not wait for your jewelry!!!


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