I have home improvements on the brain and I want to update a few lighting fixtures around the house. These solid brass lights from Cedar & Moss are at the top of the list. Our bedroom has been pretty neglected, but recently we’ve made progress by painting, adding new furniture and hanging a few things on the wall. I’m thinking a Cedar & Moss light for above the bedside table or dresser needs to happen. Too many lovely lights to choose from.
Lately we’ve had beautiful sunny breezy days, and the leaves on the trees are casting great shadows. I snapped a few photos and a video on my afternoon walk (computer eye strain break), and I’m hoping to reference them for some new paintings.
Brighten Up Your Cocktail Hour With These DIY Neon Coasters and Cocktail Stirrers With all the brights we’re seeing in weddings right now, it’s only right to accessorize your summer cocktails with punchy neon accessories. Gather the supplies for neon coasters and frilly stirrers for a DIY-inspired bridal shower activity, or make a set of coasters to gift to your bridesmaids.
I’ve never had a Negroni Cocktail (but love all things Italian) so Negroni Week seemed like a good time to try one. It’s a classic 3 ingredient cocktail that is technically and aperitif and meant to be enjoyed before the meal. Don’t let the bright fun color fool you, this drink is extra boozy and definitely an acquired taste. Negroni Week is from June 2-8, and bars around the world are mixing up their favorite Negroni cocktails and donating a portion of the proceeds from each one sold to a charity of their choice. View the full list of bars and restaurants here, and hit the town this weekend for a Negroni!
Classic Negroni Recipe
1 ounce Campari
1 ounce sweet vermouth
1 ounce gin – I used Plymouth
Flamed orange peel for garnish or a plain orange peel will work too.
Combine all of the ingredients in a glass with ice and stir. To finish, run the flamed orange peel around the edge of the glass, lightly squeezing to express the orange peel over the glass, drop it in, and Enjoy!
A new post series where I’ll share sketchbook snippets of what I’m working on. These doodles are for a custom stamp project in the works, and the ones not going to the client I turned into little decorative stamps. The lions and leaves are a study for some new baby items and who knows what else!
I’ll be hanging out at Crafted Westside this Saturday for their Grand Opening Party! The party goes from 11-8 pm with various happenings during the day. King of Pops will be set up from 12:00-4:00 and their will be a craft beer tasting from 3:00-5:00pm. We’ll have giveaways, demos, sweets, and the store is stocked with lots of gifts for dad! Find more details on facebook! I’ll be there from around 12:00 to 6:00 and hope to see some of you locals there!
One of my all time favorite textile and clothing design houses, MARIMEKKO is celebrating
50 years of their iconic flower pattern, Unikko!
Maija Isola’s classic pattern was born in 1964 after Armi Ratia,
Marimekko’s founder, had announced that Marimekko would never print a flower pattern.
Maija refused to obey Armi’s orders and – in protest – created an entire series of gorgeous floral prints.
One of them was Unikko.
I’m excited to announce that I’m a maker on the newly launched site GREAT.LY! It’s a fun concept and a great way to bring together Makers, Tastemakers, and Shoppers. Tastemakers(your favorite bloggers and designers like SF GIRL BY BAY seen below) have set up boutiques on GREAT.LY, and filled them with hand-picked goods from different Makers on the site. Shoppers then get to browse the picks from their favorite bloggers and support handmade! There’s an amazing group of Makers and Tastemakers on the site, with more to come + special exclusives and collaborations. I have to say I’m getting a kick out of seeing my favorite bloggers add my items to their boutiques! Head over to GREAT.LY and check it out!
If I could go back in time and tell my 20-something-year-old self a thing or two, it would be to “put that money you’re spending on Marc Jacobs shoes towards some decent skin care products.” Better late than never I suppose. First I purchased the Midnight Recovery Oil Concentrate which came with free samples, and then with every free sample came another purchase. I’m actually noticing a difference in my skin, and each use feels like a little treat. If you’re looking to upgrade your current beauty arsenal, head over to Kiehls and take advantage of 20% Off with the Friends and Family Sale – Expires 5/19/14 – Enter Code: ACCESS at checkout.
Avocado Eye Cream – probably my favorite. has a green hue that lightens around the eye area. super thick and rehydrating. the texture is kind of crazy in a good way. If you are getting just one, get this one. Exfoliator - gentle and a little goes a long way. refreshed brighter skin Toner – minimize those pores Facial Oil – light weight, apply at night to replenish skin, a dab will do ya. Multi-Corrective Cream – multi-targeted anti-aging. smooth, creamy, nice smell, and again you don’t need much. this one is a favorite. Facial Cleanser – mild and gentle cleanser Recovery Eye Cream – apply before bed to help reduce puffiness and under eye circles. Line Reducing Concentrate - citrus serum that feels a bit warm when applied to the skin. anti-wrinkle and improves overall skin texture.
This is my attempt at a healthy and tasty breakfast in the morning. Lately I’m running around like crazy so I love that this can be prepped the night before or easily tossed together before heading out the door. I have been using fresh ground peanut butter, but then wholefoods sprung a chocolate almond butter on me. Needed that.
From skillshare classes to workshops and tutorials, lately I can’t consume enough information. I want skilz. That’s why currently I’m tuning into podcast over music. The majority of the shows have inspiring information that relates back to my personal life and my business, but a handful are just interesting and funny content for a laugh. Between iTunes, iPads and iPhones, it’s easy to tune in from the shower, car or when working in the studio. I thought I would share a few of my current favorite podcasts and episodes. Hope they help you get motivated, inspired or just have a laugh! If you have any favorite podcasts I would love to hear!
The Nerdist – Love all of these and there is a great back log. Aziz, Tom Hanks, Nick Offerman – so many good guests.
After the Jump – Grace Bonney has great tips for small businesses and bloggers + lots of creative interesting guests.
99U – Website and one of the best newsletters to hit my inbox. Particularly this Jonathan Adler talk “Keep Other People’s Opinions Out Of Your Creative Process”. Sign up for an email full of inspiring links.
I have a few new prints up in my Society6 shop! It’s a fun place to play around with new ideas, and currently I’m working on summertime and yearbook themed prints. I love seeing my designs turned into iPhone cases, mugs, clocks, shower curtains and rugs.
Thanks to BRIKA my Tea Towel is pictured on the Refinery 29 website ! BRIKA was listed as one of the top E-Shops for inspiration by Refinery 29. I couldn’t agree more, and the site is in good company! You can see the towels in my shop with more styles hopefully being added soon.
I’m excited to announce that A Sensible Habit can now be shopped locally at Crafted Westside! The space is beautifully curated from the fixtures to the long list of amazing local artist. The shop is located in The Brickworks right near Octane Coffee, Bocado, The Optimist and many more great restaurants and shops.
The ladies putting this place together have done an amazing job. From the fixtures to selecting the artist that will be featured in the shop. I’m so thrilled to be a part of this new little community!
They will be open 7 days a week, and down the road hope to host classes and workshops. To celebrate the grand opening, each artist is being featured on Saturday and Sunday through the month of may. Stop by and meet the artist and take advantage of the free goodie bags up for grabs. I’m planning mine in late May so stay tuned!
VISIT: Monday – Saturday 11-7 pm or Sunday 12-5pm
check in on Foursquare if you do…
These days I seem to be living by the words of Tom and Donna – Treat Yo Self! – Maybe a little too much…
I find myself buying less and spending a little more on special items rather than disposable ones. Most days I’m reaching into the closet for these three pieces. The Hackwith top is comfy and just too easy, and if you are thinking of splurging on a nice pair of booties, buy this boot. I’m obsessed with these boots.
If you follow along on instagram you know that we spent the last weekend in Nashville pigging out and having an amazing time. This was my first trip to Nashville and I truly loved it. The place just kind of felt like home… The country girl in me was singing along to Conway Twitty’s “tight fitting jeans” at Robert’s Western World and my printmaker past had me all giddy at Hatch Show Print.
The trip was Friday night to Monday and I definitely left feeling like there was so much more I wanted to do. You can view my full to-do list on Foursquare here. I’ll save my praise and preaching about glorious Foursquare for another post.
eating/bars/nightlife: 308 – Dan Auerbach was spinning records, craft cocktails and vintage motorcycles. Geoff was in heaven. Crying Wolf - this was near our airbnb. great decor and a little patio. Tavern – we did brunch here with 2 for one drinks. get the Singapore Stir Fry. Husk – beautiful space, amazing food, and the bartender made me my favorite gin martini ever. I’ll be attempting that at home and share the details. Hattie B’s Hot Chicken – spicy goodness – we went with medium and it was plenty hot. Mas Tacos Por Favor – what?! yes. so good.
I’ve been an Etsy member/seller since 2006, and in all that time I’ve surprisingly never made a purchase! That changed recently thanks to an Etsy gift card, and I picked up two beautiful pieces from Meg A. Myers Designs. I love the copper on the pyramid and that has me thinking about the copper mirror , but I went with the black shown below. The mirror is going by the front door while the pyramid will hang in the kitchen window where I can see it often.
Not to sound like a ole bitty, but in the early Etsy days Blogs, Instagram, Facebook and twitter either didn’t exist or weren’t as widely used as they are today. Etsy and social media have changed a lot over the last few years, and I’m constantly amazed at the opportunities we have as artist to self promote. I’m looking forward to purchasing more handmade pieces!
I’m headed to Nashville today! Geoff’s been there since Tuesday for work, and we decided to make a long weekend of it. I’ve been getting in the honky tonky mood on spotify and I’ve made a random little playlist. I have a lot of classic southern rock/country on vinyl, and I must confess that I love the TV Show Nashville. So the playlist starts with the old and ends more current with a few tunes from the show.
We missed the reservation at Catbird Seat, but we do have reservations at Rolf and Daughters and Husk. My foursquare to-do list has a few other things, but if anyone has a recommendations for the weekend I would love to hear them!
My best friends couples baby shower was last month and it was a lot of fun! I used these GIANT mylar balloons, paper honeycomb balls, and a few vintage items here and there for decor. I’m not so sure we had a theme, but there was a silver, vintage circus vibe going on.
I’m in love with these vintage popcorn bags, and certain the leftover ones will come in handy again. There was a Mimosa Bar and a Gin, Blackberry, Meyer Lemon Cocktail. I’m realizing you don’t need a lot of options for the mimosa bar. A simple Bellini or maybe a second option like orange, grapefruit or cranberry juice.
A dear friend sent me The Kinfolk Table cookbook for my birthday, and it’s absolutely beautiful. I’ve only just picked it up, but can’t wait to read everyone’s stories and try the recipes. It’s part cookbook, part narrative, and features 85 recipes from creatives around the world. I’m hoping my 2014 is filled with dinners and gatherings like the ones in this book.
“those evenings spent with friends when the hours pass effortlessly, conversation flows naturally,
cooking is participatory,and the evening ends with a satisfying sense of accomplishment.”
“Entertaining looks different for each of us, but as long as we’re cooking and inviting people into our homes
with a genuine interest in connecting, conversing and eating together,
then the way we do these things will ultimately come naturally.”
“entertaining has many more shapes and forms than what that term often brings to mind. It can be the most elaborate and boisterous thing in the world, and it can also be quiet, personal, and low key, a meditative ritual we enjoy on our own. It can be planned, structured, and executed wonderfully, but it can also be last-minute, spontaneous, a team effort, and wonderfully imperfect.”
Apparently today is Christmas Card Day, so if you haven’t mailed out your holiday cards yet,
I’ve added a few styles to the shop. Order asap and get them in the mail in time for the holidays!
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I’m always looking for a reason to head up to Athens for the weekend, and on December 15th I’ll be set up at Treehouse Kid and Crafts Annual Handmade Hollyday Market. I’ll be bringing a variety of things, including the new holiday stamp kits, some clay ornaments, gift tags, and tea towels. Who knows what else, so mark your calendars and I hope to see some familiar faces!
Stop by 3 Parks Wine Shop next Friday for a Black Friday wine sale! The holidays and holiday parties are here so it’s time to stock up on wine for gifting and for keeping… mostly for keeping.
I’ll also have new wine tags, clay ornament/tags, and printed dish cloths for sprucing up your bottles. Your wine gifts will be wrapped and ready to go! Oh, and did I mention Free Bubbles while you shop? Come see us, We’re Making Spirits Bright.
I have several besties having babies! The first lady up is my friend Kate (due any day now – correction, the baby is here!) and a few weeks ago we had her baby shower. We kept it simple with fresh flowers, big balloons, little toy animals and vintage blocks. I managed to snap a few photos as guest were arriving, but as things got going I missed the Ice Cream Sundae Bar we had set up. It was delicious and served in cute little red and white polka dot cups with wooden spoons.
The shower was held mid afternoon so we kept the food light. Italian skewers, mozzarella skewers,
radishes with salted butter, rosemary popcorn, fruit cups and a pickle platter
Oh, and we can’t forget the mom-to-be’s favorite – skewered chicken nuggets with pickles.
For the mimosa bar we went with peach juice, pear juice and fresh grapefruit.
Raspberries and fresh mint for garnishing. DIY wood blocks for the guests to paint as babies first blocks.
The giant red balloons were definitely my favorite part, and I want to have them around all the time.