For Design Appreciation

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     Hi there! Today's Art Appreciation has a little twist, in that we are going to start looking at packaging and design for a little bit. Pinterest has opened my eyes to how interesting and beautiful product branding and packaging can be. To start, we have a gorgeously designed chocolate bar from Mast Brothers.  

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      If you aren't into minimalistic design, then it probably doesn't look like much, but to those who are, the clean lines, black + white color pallete, and choice of font all jump out at you.  

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      Mast Brothers are well known for their candy bar design. All cater to the minimalistic aesthetic, and only vary in color ways each season. They are constantly coming out with new collections, all of which are as beautiful as the previous ones. Take a minute today, and search "packaging" + "branding" on Pinterest. You'll find endless inspiration! Thanks for reading, and haves great day! 

For Art Appreciation

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      Good morning! For today's art appreciation, we are going to look at two little drawing I did a couple of years ago. They are so old in fact, that the sharpie I used on one has faded to red from lift exposure. So weird! Anyways, they are titles "Les Etoiles" which is French for the stars, and "La Lune" which is French for the moon.  

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      I used pen for the first one, and love the daintiness of the stars. I had thought about doing a particular constellation, but just ended up doing a random pattern instead. 

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     See the red! That was all black at first, but I guess the sharpie faded so much that it brought it down to the red tones in the ink. I still love it though, mostly because I've always loved crescent moons. It reminds me of the Cheshire Cats smile from Alice in Wonderland.  

      Thanks for reading, and have a great Sunday!

For Art Appreciation

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     Hi there! This mornings art appreciation piece is a print Kristen made a while back. It's one of my favorites, mostly because it features a buffalo (one of my favorite animals) and blush pink tones, which as you all know, is one of my favorite colors.

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      It's a graphic design piece, made on the computer as opposed to being drawn out. I love the graphic shapes that process created, with the color blocking of the mountains and the buffalo. It gives the subjects a nice texture.  Thanks for reading! What do you think of the print?? Have a great Sunday! 

For Lettering

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     Hi there! This mornings lettering is a quote from Walden. I thought it appropriate since we are finishing up the book, and since it's a great creative reminder to have around! 

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      Never forget that your mind is your greatest asset, and if given free reign, can imagine anything. Sometimes artists go through creative blocks, and you just have to remember to just let your mind wander and the block will fix itself. Thanks for reading, and have an awesome Saturday! 

For Art Appreciation

 

     Hi there! Today's art appreciation centers on this cool drawing by Kristen! She went to Truman State for graphic design, and would always give us the leftovers from school projects, which is how we got this print. 

       I love a good charcoal drawing, and Kristen nailed the perspective on this city street! 

    We have a lot of these little drawings around the house, and as an art junkie, that makes me very happy. Have a great Sunday everyone! 

For Lettering

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      Good morning! Today's lettering is a quote from the fictional Parks and Recreation character Leslie Knope. She's my spirit animal and she can do no wrong! 

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      Honestly though, I love this quote because it's me at this point in my life. It didn't used to be, but being a mom changes things! "Jammin' on my planner" is one of my favorite things to do now, getting my priorities all lined up and organized. The struggle is real, but that doesn't mean it's not fun! Thanks for representing the "boring" people, Leslie Knope! 

For Art Appreciation

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     Hello! This week's art appreciation subject is a card I picked up from Rifle Paper Co. For Baileys room! The floral illustrations are so pretty, and the message is ideal.  

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      I love the use of gold script for the font. It makes it seem more "fall", whereas using white or silver would've given it more spring vibes. Fall means all things cozy, and we try to achieve that year-round.  

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      This card was part of a collaboration between Lauren Conrad's collection Paper Crown and Rifle Paper Co., and they also made a line of clothing with the same floral print seen here. While I didn't get my hands on the pretty dresses, I did snag this card, and for that I consider myself lucky. Thanks for reading, see you Monday! 

For Lettering

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     Hi there! I'm heading to Arkansas today for a little family time, but before I leave, I wanted to share the lettering of the week! It's a quote from Emily Henderson on her children, and it really rang true for me. 

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       There's always the misconception that having children defines your life and who you are, fitting you into only one category: mother. I'm not defined by being a mother, and I certainly hold more titles than just that, but my life is whole because I have Bailey. It's a happiness, not a burden. Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend! 

For Art Appreciation

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     Hello! For today's art appreciation, we have a card from Mary Meyer. If you haven't noticed, I buy pretty cards and then don't use them for their intended purpose. I'll typically hang them up as a print, because they're too pretty not to!  

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      Kristen actually picked this up for me in New York when she visited. She and I have really similar tastes in design, so she always gets me stuff that I love. 

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    Another cute logo! Sometimes people don't realize how important their logo is to what their brand is trying to say, but designers and illustrators obsess over it. I hand lettered mine and it fits with my brand because it's my own personal handwriting. Aesthetic is a big factor in having a brand identity, and a simple one, like Mary Meyer's, is always a good choice. Thanks for reading, and have a great Monday off tomorrow!!

For Art Appreciation

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     Hi guys! This week's art appreciation subject is a card from Luck Hprse Press in New Jersey. Kristen picked it up from Poppy for my birthday, and I love it! 

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      It fits my personality pretty well, me being a positive person. I love the hand design as well, and that's it's in black and white.  

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      Their logo is so cute! I'm a big fan of florals and love seeing them incorporated into logos. You can tell they care about detail, just from that! Thanks for reading, and have a great Sunday! 

For Art Appreciation

 
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Hi there! Today's Art Appreciation focuses on this post card made by Hammerpress, which is based out of KC. Last weekend, Bailey and I visited St. Louis with my best friend Cat, who is a local from the suburbs around the city. We shopped at the Galleria, which I've loved since I was a kid (I've always had a thing for shopping), and stopped in the West Elm home decor store. They had a small selection of cards from Hammerpress and a couple of other Missouri-based studios. 

I selected this post card, mostly because I've been following Hammerpress for the last year or so, and try and pick up something of theirs any time I can. I also liked the post card backing on this, and the ornately designed "place stamp here" box. Their designs are hand pressed, and most people don't realize the work that goes into creating hand pressed and letter pressed designs. You have to hand carve stamps, and often times use original machines and equipment made specifically for these small, detailed works. That's pretty rare nowadays, in our digitally manufactured world. 

While I probably won't ever actually mail this, I like having the option to if I want. Who knows, maybe on our next excursion, I'll bring it along and surprise my family with a post card in the mail. Now that I think about that, I realize it's an excellent idea, so mom and dad, be on the lookout for a random post card here or there! Thanks for reading, and enjoy your Sunday! 

For Crafts with Bailey!

 

      Good morning! I've decided to start doing weekly crafts with Bailey. She loves working with her hands, and also loves anything messy. I figured crafts are one of the best outlets for those things. The first week, she and I played with some clay. She's always been interested in it anytime I've used it, and I found some stamps that would be an excellent and less messy tool to experience the clay with. 

      She ended up loving it, and it gave us a good fifteen minutes of her sitting and focusing on a task, which has been another goal of mine. We didn't end up actually making anything, which was fine. The point was to get her to use her hands and explore the clay, which she did so well.

         You can tell she was determined. I think crafts are one of the most fun ways for children to learn. They get to create something out of nothing! What's better than that?

        I think I'll invest in a pack of stamps that are shapes, so she can start to learn those. Shapes are easy for kids to spot, and that makes them easier to practice.

        Maybe next time we'll spell out her name in the clay and let it dry. That would be a fun thing to hang in her room. Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend!

Photo Project: July

     Good morning! It's the first day of August, so that means it's time to share some photo's of Bailey from the month of July! Above, was taken on the last day possible, of Bailey at my best friends house in St. Charles, MO. They had a ton of bubbles for her to play with, so you could say we spent a lot of time out there.

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      The little sweetie snoozing. Shots from this angle always remind me of how big she is, especially when she's spread out.

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       From behind in her art/bath tub! She prefers to ignore me and attack the wall with her crayons.

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     With me, on our lake vacation. Kids in bucket hats are one of the cutest things imaginable.

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      In profile, probably pondering her next mischievous plan.

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       In the tub again, with her just-washed hair going in every direction.

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      With one of her new favorite things to play with: my ukulele that I got as a child when we visited Hawaii. I want to learn how to actually play it, so in the future, we will probably do some lessons! Thanks for reading and have a great Monday!

For Lettering

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   Good morning! This week's lettering is a saying that the Artists Way instructed me to write out and hang somewhere that I can see it every day. It's an important affirmation to remember when trying to accomplish your goals and analyzing your relationships. 

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         People should always remember that sometimes you have to exude confidence for people to take you seriously. This saying goes back to "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."  If you treat yourself right, other people will feel that and in turn treat you right. 

Weekly Moodboard, #19

     Hey there! Pink accents have been on my mind for awhile now, but most recently, I've started to not hate hot pink accents! I usually go for blush or peach tones, but seeing some of these bright pops of pink is starting to appeal to me. They complement cool, contrasting tones, like blue and green well. All of these colors just work together, and it is definitely brightening up my Saturday. Have a great weekend everyone!

To Make a Wall Hanging

 

     This post is going to be fun. Reason why, #1: Everyone loves and wants a wall hanging, and this super cheap and easy DIY is a good way to get one. Reason why, #2: I am using this post to announce that I will be making and selling these, starting in the spring, through a shop on here (coming soon!) and one on Etsy. To start off, the shop will only contain wall hangings of small and large sizes and a few color options. Who knows, maybe later I'll add some pinch pots and ring cones. That being said, my main reason for doing the shop and for this DIY post is to bring more accessibility to wall hangings. Every time I had looked for one in the past, they were all way too expensive. I understand why woven and crocheted wall hangings cost more, but ones similar to the one I've made here were in the same price range. I was mystified. As usual, I took it upon my self and my craftiness to fix my own problem.

     The wall hanging you see above took about 30 minutes tops. I've made a larger one for our living room and it took about an hour. I still love to just sit and look at it. This one is for Bailey's room, so it's a bit smaller and hence, did not take as long. It only takes a few materials and you can customize it however you'd like. I chose a cream/white yarn that was the thickest I could find because I just think it looks cleaner. Simple as that. Get the how-to below!

Materials:

- one 8 inch dowel rod

- yarn, lots of yarn

- scissors

- twine

Instructions:

Step one - Decide roughly how long you'd like your hanging to be. Cut about 30 pieces of the longest length you want for the center of the hanging, if you are doing a chevron cut like mine. We will trim it off later.

Step two - One by one, attach your yarn to the rod with a double knot. Keep in mind to tie each string exactly the same, either from looping the yarn behind the rod or from the front. You can do either one, just make sure they are all the same, so that you won't have random ends showing from the knots.

Step three - Once you've finished attaching all of your yarn, trim into the chevron shape and attach your twine for hanging. Happy crafting!