July 20, 2014

Doggies.Dyes.Diamonds.


I'm happy to share a few paper pieces I've been working on. This is one of my favorites, that includes doggie portraits! Meet Abbey. She's a precious pitt-bull mix, who also happens to be Scout's girlfriend. As Scout's parents, we approve.

These were made for Abbey's parents who were expecting a teeny bundle of a baby boy at the time.



We also did a custom request for four watercolor dog painting to hang in the baby's nursery above the crib. Picture four of these style watercolor dogs with white square frames, adorable.





March 19, 2014

Happy Place: Healthy Ingredients, Guilty Taste

These delicious things have an everlasting presence in our house. I keep making them over and over in different ways. They're just delicious.

Here's the ingredient list:



My latest varieties include: 1. Small bite-sized goodness, dipped all the way around with chocolate, sprinkled with coconut. 2. Bar sized amazingness set in chocolate and coconut. They're equally delicious, with the same ingredients.



Ingredient Measurements:

1c. Dates
1c. Raw Cashews 
1/4 c. Freshly Ground Peanut Butter * 
1pkg Dark Chocolate Chips
1/4 c. Shredded Coconut
1/4 c. Flax Seeds
1-2 T. Water 

Why these ingredients are great for you:
Dates: promotes digestive health 
Raw Cashews: rich in protein, iron and amino acids
Peanut Butter: heart-healthy fats & antioxidants 
Dark Chocolate: antioxidants, cardiovascular health
Coconut: cardiovascular health
Flax Seeds: blood health

Here's the process: 

In food processor combine dates, cashews, peanut butter, 1T water. Process until mixture starts to stick together. Add more water if needed. I test the mixture by squeezing some of the mixture together to ensure that it sticks. You'll want to make sure your mix is sticky enough to withstand the chocolate dipping. When your mix is sticky enough, mix in flax seeds. Spread on wax paper and shape into 1/2" to 3/4" thick layer. 





1. For small bite-sized goodness: Cut into 1"X1" squares. Using a double-boiler melt chocolate chips. Dip each piece into chocolate and sprinkle with coconut. 




2. Bar sized amazingness: Cut into 2"X2" bars. Using a double-boiler melt chocolate chips. Spread a thin layer of shredded coconut onto a plate. Dip each bar into chocolate, covering just the bottom and place onto plate of shredded coconut to cover.





Resources:
Recipe adapted from: www.100daysofrealfood.com
Nutrition Sources:  http://www.organicfacts.net/ | http://www.bodyenlightenment.me/ | mayoclinic.org




February 27, 2014

A Current Project Peek: Homemade Stamp

I'm working on a wedding invitation suite for a very special couple of friends of mine which has been an incredibly fun process so far. One of my favorite parts of building out invitations is handmade details. For this suite, we're doing a "touch of the 20's" through a shimmery gold geometric pattern. In my search for the perfect stamp pattern, I landed on a design of my own. Here's how! 

THE INSPIRATION: 


(Right) http://www.remodelista.com/posts/diy-a-hand-blocked-chair-to-obsess-over
(Left) http://nicolacerini.iformat.com.au/prints

THE PROCESS:

Supplies:
  • 1 large rubber stamp pad - I used Speedball brand
  • 1 Carving tool - also Speedball
  • Ruler
  • Marker
  • Paper




Plan your design out on a piece of paper, this way you're not making any permanent mistakes. It's also great to use as a guide for when you're actually cutting. 


I needed a very specific size for my stamp, so I ended up cutting the larger stamp down. It's also hard to see here but I scored the rubber with the major gridlines so I knew where my segments were to carve. It ended up being very helpful to make sure my plan and actual design ended up the same.


The fun part! The substance of this stamp is really easy to carve out an a lot of fun! You can see here where I used the marker to understand exactly the size of stamp I needed. Also, I ended up using the ruler only on the major lines and then freehanded for the rest of the lines to give it that handmade unique look, personal preference!


This is the type of ink I used, I wanted a gold that was more of a shimmer than a opaque gold. Not too bold, and lots of sparkles! It's perfect for this project.


Here's how it turned out on Strawkraft paper. 




wah-la! I'm really pleased with the way these turned out, it will look great when the whole package is put together. More updates to come!  




February 12, 2014

January Resolution: Meditation

This year I was inspired by my friend Kimberly to do monthly resolutions instead of one for the entire year. So far I'm loving it. When I was thinking about starting, I wanted to choose things that would help me become the person I want to be, or the person I envisioned becoming one day.

For me it's two things: 1. Start becoming the person I want to be. 2.  A great test of "is this vision I have for myself realistic?"

I've decide to approach this with a completely open mind. If something ends up serving me, I'll be a better person for that. If something is fun for just a month, that's great too! Maybe I'll even find something that I thought was a good idea, but wasn't enjoyable at all. I'm ready for that. More than anything, I'll give it a good solid try, I'm proud of that.



JANUARY: MEDIATION

Start my day with 5-10 minutes of quiet meditation. End my day with 5-10 minutes of quiet mediation.

I really liked this one and got into a ritualistic pattern with this. To start my day, I set an intention for the whole day. It can be anything, but one that I consistently went back to is this idea of "residing in loving kindness". Some days it was in dedication to someone, to live with awareness, or be gentle with myself. I used my breath as a way to set and seal this intention, and also as a reminder of my intention throughout my day.

In the evenings I liked to light a delicious smelling candle and recap my day, good or bad, letting everything absorb into the floor. Then, I focused on gratitude and wrote down something that I was grateful for in a journal - taking a moment to reside in that sense of gratitude.

I felt a big impact from this short practice, and was amazed what a big shift it had on my day to day. I found myself being mindful in writing emails at work, patient in frustrating situations, more aware of my surroundings, and at the end of it all realize that I didn't have ONE "bad day" in the month of January - and that makes my heart sing.

October 1, 2013

October: My All Time Favorite Month

It's my favorite month for probably a thousand reasons. There is something about these sweet and short months where the seasons are in transition. Fall reminds me to slow down, take some time to be with myself, and enjoy the now. 



August 31, 2013

It's September Calendar

It's here it's here! It's remarkable to have changing seasons, when each one arrives I'm ever so grateful. Can you imagine life without them? Life is so good to us. Here's to September- feeling great, acting great, and approving of ourselves.