December 30, 2011

Of the Moment: Fine Line Magazine

A while back now, I was the fortunate winner of a giveaway on The Jealous Curator: the first 4 issues of Fine Line Magazine. This was my first introduction to this international fine arts magazine and what a joy it was to devour each issue cover to cover.

The concept behind the magazine: "Fine Line is a hybrid between a gallery and a traditional magazine; free of all advertising, reviews, previews and biographies, it instead encourages the viewer to develop their own understanding of and relationship to the ideas presented." 
Here are some of my favorite images and pieces that really stood out to me:

Many thanks to The Jealous Curator and the fine ladies at Fine Line Magazine! Be sure to check this magazine out; you can purchase the first 4 issues here and subscribe to upcoming issues here

December 2, 2011

Handmade: 2 Thumbs Up Card

My lovely sister-in-law, Alexis, had a birthday back in November. She and her husband are notoriously known for giving two thumbs up in pictures; this card appropriately extends our wishes of her having a birthday worthy of a two thumbs up photo!

November 26, 2011

Eats: A Thanksgiving Meal

We had a lovely Thanksgiving. One that left us all full - full of laughter and smiles - full of delicious fare that warmed our bellies - full of love that left us with gracious hearts.

November 21, 2011

Handmade: Give Thanks Card

With Thanksgiving upon us, I thought I should share the invitation I sent to my parents to join us on Thanksgiving day. N and I are hosting them at our home - our first time hosting and doing most of the cooking. Preparing the table and the menu has been fun; photos of the feast are sure to come!

November 16, 2011

Handmade: CELEBRATE Birthday Card

[Via Text Msg]

My Big Bro: Thanks for the cool card

Me: Oh I'm glad you liked it. It's my new thing, watercoloring personalized cards.

My Big Bro: Yes its really nice and better on my eyes. You should make your cards and sell them!

Me: :)

November 14, 2011

Weekend Snapshots

I spent another weekend in full craft mode, this time working on some Thanksgiving projects. It's funny, these past few weekends I've been in this manic state of DIY, jumping from one project to another in excited anticipation, barely finishing one before I start another. I suppose it could be my way of escaping reality somewhat, but hey, whatever gets me by, right?

Farm fresh eggs; look at those colors!
A delicious lunch made with said farm fresh eggs
Beautiful Monarch 
Nature walk loot for Thanksgiving table
Glitter paint to sparkle things up

Pop of color
It's been wonderful to feel motivated again to work on projects outside of work. I have a feeling good things are going to happen, especially because I have some wonderful people encouraging me to pursue them.

November 10, 2011

Of the Moment: Wall Galleries

Gertrude Stein's Paris Apartment, The Grand Palais via HiP Paris Blog
I've long been a lover of art; something about the history surrounding a piece and the aesthetic beauty of it just draws me in. Colors, lines, shapes and abstractions: my sense of being gets swept away in them, only to return stuck in a state of awe. I could spend hours in museums -- I'm sure I spent at least a quarter of my whole time living in Manhattan taking in every inch of every museum gallery that exists there.

Gertrude Stein's Paris Apartment, The Grand Palais via HiP Paris Blog
Obviously, I will never have an art collection even close to the caliber of a museum or Gertrude Stein, but I can recreate the gallery feel for my own home's walls. And that's just what N and I have done with one wall in our living room. It's a continual work in progress, as I know we'll keep adding new art to the wall or change things out (or *gasp* even expand it to more walls!). I love the "lived-in" feel it adds to our home and that it reflects both mine and N's aesthetics, each personally and together collectively.

via The Style Files
via Brabourne Farm
via The Selby
I think they're like a huge collage of beautiful things you love! What do you think of wall galleries? Do you have one in your home?

November 7, 2011

Weekend Snapshots

This weekend was bustling and full - abounding with wonderful smells from the oven that filled the house with an autumn warmth - brimming with inspiration and energy from recent artistic endeavors. The kitchen served as my base camp; if I wasn't mixing something up or preparing a meal, I was hunched over the kitchen table (my makeshift craft area) working in watercolors or pasting envelopes together. It proved to be a productive weekend, most worthy of the extra hour we received on Sunday. I collapsed into bed Sunday night, exhausted yet satisfyingly fulfilled.

Brown Sugar Bacon Biscuits via Joy the Baker
Backyard Blooms

Bittersweet Chocolate
Lemony Olive Oil Banana Bread via 101 Cookbooks
A little peak at some cards in the works
Runaway glitter 
Beef Bourguignon, similar recipe here
Oh, and I also finished redesigning the blog - it's simpler and cleaner and I love that the layout allows for pictures to be a bit bigger. What do you think? Do you like it?

November 1, 2011

My DIY: As Seen on Knit Darling

via Knit Darling
Here is a little peak at some of my DIY projects as of late. I've been making a lot of friendship bracelets; if you haven't heard, they're all the craze right now! I've enjoyed making them for friends, family and co-workers over the past few months - there's something therapeutic in the repetition of tying knots over and over. I sent the one pictured to my lovely and talented sister-in-law, Alexis. She's an artist, a seamstress, a printed textile designer and a knitter extraordinaire! There's not much this girl can't do so check out her websites, Alexis Winslow (for art related work) and Knit Darling (for knit related work). She gave me the loveliest shout out on her blog; it made me smile from ear to ear! Thanks, Alexis!
via Knit Darling
I've also been making a lot of cards recently. My mother-in-law bought me some washi tape (pictured above) when we were visiting them (she knew I would dig it) and I seriously can't get enough of it! I've even decided to take the plunge and make our Christmas cards this year (call me crazy!). Stay tuned: now that it's November, I'm sure I'll be posting about that nutty endeavor before too long. 

October 31, 2011

Inspiration: The Blue Mosque & Le Bain

Bathroom ReDo
Blue Mosque photo; Turkish Hand Towels; Medallion Shower Curtain; Bellocq TeaBrooklyn Hard Candy; Soap Pump 
We have a beautiful photo of the ceiling of The Blue Mosque in Istanbul in our bathroom. We've had it hung there since we moved in four years ago. It's a large print, that up close looks kind of fuzzy, but the further you step back, the more in focus the image becomes, revealing the intricate beauty that embodies the ornament of the mosque. It's so lovely and it will always remind me of the two crazy weeks I spent cruising around the Mediterranean Sea with one of my closest friends on this earth. 

In my recent effort to spruce the house up a bit, the picture served as the perfect jumping off point to take our bathroom in a new decorative direction. Since our bathroom is fairly small, we decided to keep the color palette light, so as not to make the space feel too enclosed, but allowing for darker, richer accent pieces. While visiting New York in September, I picked up a beautiful Turkish Hand Towel at ABC Carpet & Home; a tight weaved chevron pattern in a deep eggplant color that compliments the blues and reds in the picture. I found a lovely white shower curtain with varying shades of blue medallions on West Elm's website that's the perfect length (74" in length because our shower rod is a bit high) and style. In an effort to keep costs low, we repurposed a few objects we had into bathroom accessories. We brought a jar of Brooklyn Hard Candy home with us from New York and after eating all the delicious candy, we're now using it to store Q-tips. Same story with our tin of Bellocq Tea, after enjoying the "Little Dickens" out of  the tea, we cleaned out the canister and it now holds our toothbrushes. Last but not least, we finally added a real soap dispenser to the bathroom; sorry Mrs. Meyer's, the plastic pump just wasn't cutting it anymore. 

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