Saturday, December 24, 2011

God Bless Us, Everyone!

Wishing you all a very merry and bright Christmas with your loved ones!

Monday, October 31, 2011

A few tricks and treats :)


A festive little sketch to celebrate this spooky Halloween night!



Mr. Roboto :)  My inspiration for the illustration
He told me he wanted to be a 'light robot' so this is what I came up with.  It started out as a UPS box and a strand of battery-powered LED lights!  I'm SO excited for him to have fun wearing it tonight and seeing it all lit up as we go trick or treating in just a couple hours!!  HOORAY :)

Our 'scary faces' :)  BOO!  And sharks can be scary too I suppose...he loves that shark toy!

I hope you and yours have a spook-tacular evening!
Dad just came home early to carve our pumpkins so they'll be ready for all the ghosts and ghouls coming by tonight.
Happy Halloween my bootiful friends :)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Making memories one moment at a time

'Moments are the molecules that make up eternity'.
-Neal A. Maxwell

I heard this quote years ago and I've never forgotten it.







Bedtime around here is a special part of our day.  We sing songs, say prayers, read books, and have lots of tickles and LOTS of giggles!!  My baby is now in a big boy bed (last night he slept in it for the first time and didn't even fall off!) and I can hardly believe how he has grown .  

Tonight, daddy was at his weekly soccer game, so it was just me and the kiddo.  He grabbed his Bubbaloo (John's teddy bear as a child...now Michael's) and started cuddling with him and being goofy.  My camera was in the kitchen, so I quickly grabbed it to capture this candid moment that I never want to forget.  I'm pretty sure I think to myself 'He's growing up too fast!' at least once a day.  I want to make this time count!  Some days I feel like he must be bored out of his mind (think errands, groceries, laundry, stuff like that...) and other days I feel like a pretty good mom because I've planned fun activities and outings.  I hope to have more days of the latter!   I adore how these photos capture the genuine life of the moment and that they aren't perfect.  Ahh, speaking of bedtime...it's mine :)

P.S. I edited these photos quite easily in Lightroom and finished with a few minor adjustments in Photoshop...feel free to ask me questions about my editing techniques...I have nothing to hide :)  I really love and appreciate it when artists help each other and share their knowledge.  Spread the love I say :)

  

Monday, October 3, 2011

Wire Parts for Mobiles

Hi Everyone!  I've received a few comments and emails about where to find the wire parts for the mobile I made for my son's bedroom.  I bought mine locally in Seattle at University Village at a store called Village Maternity.  However, I found the exact same one on Amazon!  Hooray :)  I removed a few parts with wire cutters because I didn't want to hang quite as many bobbles and it has worked perfectly.  I hope this helps!!  Feel free to ask any more questions below this post and I hope you have a wonderful Monday :)  

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

It was bound to happen...

Elizabeth Lawrence
I've been thinking about this for a while now and the time has come for a change...change is good!  It's refreshing, just like the Autumn air that has been so crisp these past few mornings.  So, first I started with a new blog header...some fall colors that make me think of cozy wool blankets and falling leaves.  Secondly, a new addition to this blog!  Let me explain...as a part-time photographer specializing in children and family portraiture, I have been posting photos from recent sessions on my blog, Emmybean Photography (Emmybean was a nickname given to me by my husband).  And because I consider photography an art form as well, and my clients are cute! Cute! CUTE!, I decided that it's time to combine my two blogs into one.  If photography isn't your thing, just feel free to skip the photography posts about my recent sessions.  But I truly hope that these posts (just every now and then for clients to have a sneak peak) will add to your inspiration and enjoyment.  Personally, I find so much beauty in capturing a time that you want to hold in your heart forever...it's like transporting yourself back to that exact moment and reliving it for a second.  So grateful for this gift!!  If you are curious about session details including a price list, please contact me through my email address:  recipe4cute(at)gmail(dot)com.  Thanks guys!!
Anyhoo, it feels great to have one less blog to take care of and focus more on this one!!  I'm not saying that I will be posting 7 days a week...that's just not my style because I'm a mama right now and blogging isn't my #1 priority (just being honest and open about my priorities).  But I really do enjoy the moments I find to sit down and share bits and pieces of my life and loves with you all.  Thanks for being so supportive and so sweet :)  Your comments are like big hugs to me, so I truly thank you!  Hope life is treating you well :)    
  

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Vacation

If ya hadn't noticed, we're on vacation around here :)

I'm simply soaking up the last few precious weeks of summer fun and sun with my two favorites.  

 Enjoying his "orange chips" and watching Thomas the Train at Spindrift in Tofino.

 He has THE best smile!  It lights up my heart!


We brought glow sticks with us and used them for a nighttime stroll on the beach.  Don't worry, we didn't let Michael chomp on them...I think he initially thought they were pixie sticks?!  They he quickly changed his idea and used them as a trumpet to make music while we walked :) 

 (Views of the sunset from the house we stay in every year...they never get old!)

(surfing is THE sport here!)

We're away in peaceful Tofino, British Columbia (Canada).  It's tradition...John and I came here on our honeymoon and we've come back every year since minus one...this marks our 7th trip.  It's our slice of heaven here on earth.  We come, relax, make delicious food, take long walks on Chesterman Beach every day, make sand castles, go swimming, stay up late with toasty roaring fires, watching movies, and eating ice cream in bed, take lots of naps (because we stayed up way too late :)  ), play countless games of Yahtzee, create with Play Dough, read stories, chase dogs (well, Michael does!), watch colorful sunsets, and enjoy just being together.  It's sooooo good to 'get away from it all'.  

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Dear Photograph

Do you ever stumble upon an idea that is so clever and witty that it just makes you smile and want to re-create it yourself?  I'm so happy that I found this new website, Dear Photograph.  Being a lover of photography myself, I think this idea perfectly represents one of the reasons that I value photographs so much...capturing a memory and all the feelings that go with it.  

Basic concept:
Take an old photo of a special memory and insert it into the present-day scene.
Below are some of my favorites, but there are endless images to browse.  Enjoy!

Oh, and make sure to read the captions below the photos...it's a great mix of witty, hilarious, honest and heartfelt sentiments.

Dear Photograph,
Disney will always be magical, no matter what age.
Leslie Kalbfleisch

Dear Photograph,

There’s a reason we had to paint these stairs blue. They just weren’t as colorful without these two.

mohocreative

Dear Photograph,
I’ll always remember my first fish.
Brian Thurman

Dear Photograph,
That swing always brought a smile to my face.
Anonymous

Dear Photograph,
Dad never took a picture of me, ever. Then I noticed his reflection in the glass.Happy Father’s Day, Dad.
Anonymous

All images from DearPhotograph.com

Monday, August 8, 2011

Children's Interior Design

Happy happy Monday everyone!  A little cutie pie came and woke me up rather early this morning, so I'm up and (almost) ready to go for the day.  Looking out the window, I'm in need of some color on this gray Monday morning here in Seattle.
When I design color schemes for my illustrations, I try and choose combinations that will work well with children's interiors and ones that will evoke feelings of playfulness and creativity.  There are times when I completely start over on a piece if I don't end up loving the color combination.  

I found this adorable playroom on Pinterest the other day and thought these illustrations would fit perfectly!  I am also looking into larger format prints, so I will let you know when those are available.    

girl's rooms - green roman shades bookshelf red purple green yellow striped rug art pink glider ottoman window seat pink cushion green gourd lamp yellow walls girl's room playroom


I also LOVE the patterns and textures in this little boy's nursery.  The quilt with all its different colors is so cute!  And the garland adds such a sweet (and safe) touch above the crib.

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With the subtle gray-colored wall as the backdrop, any one of these illustrations would really pop and add so much charm to this room, stand alone or grouped together in a mini art collage.  Also, adding a mat to your artwork makes it look larger and professionally framed (in my humble opinion) ;)





It's fun to browse Pinterest (in the few spare moments that I can find) and soak up all the beauty and  creativity in this world.  I love how a simple image can be the inspiration for a new creation.  Interior design is definitely eye candy for me.  I'm sure I'll be sharing more inspiring interior images from time to time on here with relation to my artwork.  As for now, it's pancake time with my little prince :)  

Thursday, August 4, 2011

DIY Photo Globe Mobile Tutorial

Remember when I posted this idea a while ago? 



  Shorty thereafter, I was contacted by an editor from Photojojo who asked me to write a tutorial to make *photo* globes.  Oh, and I should mention that right after I received the email request, I was browsing the shelves at my local Barnes and Noble bookstore and I saw a book:  Photojojo: Insanely Great Photo Projects and DIY ideas.  Whoa, I thought!  They have a book out?  HOW COOL that they asked me to contribute to their website!

I wanted to share the tutorial with you!!  

This is the link to my Photojojo write-up, but I've also included the photo steps below.  For detailed instructions, head over to Photojojo!  At the end of the tutorial, I've included steps to take it further with lots of different uses.  If you make one, I'd love to see your creativity!  Feel free to email me your project photos at recipe4cute@gmail.com

Materials:
Photos
Cute craft paper
Scissors
Glue gun
Scoring tool
Wire 
Paper Punch


Step 1


Step 2


Step 3


Step 4


Step 5


Final Product!


It's hanging in my son's room now and he loves to point out mommy, dad, and himself :)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Wedgwood Art Festival 2011

Has it REALLY almost been a month since the art festival?  Wow!  I needed to take a little breather and enjoy some family time after the show and it's been lovely to slow down these past few weeks.  Of course, my mind hasn't stopped mentally creating and I'm SOOO excited to start working again on the many projects and ideas just swimming laps around in my brain.
 
Like I said in the previous post, selling my art has always been a dream of mine, but the thought has always seemed intimidating.  My husband and a few friends were really encouraging me to apply, so I finally got up the courage to do it and never looked back.  This was my first show (already looking forward to participating in other shows!) and I really had no idea what to expect.  Back in April when I applied, I thought the committee just accepted everyone who entered, but I learned that's not the case.  In total, there were about 40 artists selected out of almost 90 to show and sell their work.  I didn't know that until the last day of the festival...but when the co-chair informed me that there were many more applicants that were not accepted, I was happily surprised that they had taken a chance on me.  I had sooo much fun and my confidence in my abilities has really grown from all the amazing feedback.  I don't share this with you to sound boastful or prideful or what have you...I share it because I feel like that was a mini victory for me...just dropping my application in the mail and actually DOING IT!


The months and weeks leading up to the show were packed with work and play.  I think I averaged 5 hours of sleep/night...sometimes more, sometimes less...it was like having a newborn all over again :)  But I remember thinking that even though I would be up until 1am most nights working (sometimes later) and up at 6 or 7 to start my day with my son, I always enjoyed what I was doing and couldn't wait until the next evening when I could continue to create.  The need to create and be artistic is something that has always tugged at me and I know it will never go away.  It's who I am.  Even just days after the show was over, I wanted to start painting and sewing again because I had so many new ideas (even though I had promised myself that I would take a break for a few weeks). 


 The day before, John helped me with the last minute preparations.  He has been my #1 supporter and there is absolutely no way I would have been able to do this without him.  It's nice to have your best friend also be your husband :)  We took the tent over the the lot where the festival was being held and set up the basics...tables, chairs, tent, etc.  On Saturday morning, we got up early, packed all the goods into the car, and dropped it all off in front of my booth space (which btw was reassigned to an even better location at the last minute...I was so blessed to be right at the front!).  We decorated all the tables and hung up my homemade buntings, garlands, picture frames, and pom poms.  I found all of my 'tablecloths' (ie. sheets) at Goodwill...they complimented each other perfectly...I couldn't believe my luck!  I love a great find and at a bargain price no less!




 Then around 10am people started wandering though and we were officially open for business!  HOORAY!  It felt so surreal, but SOOO AWESOME!!  I tried to temper my excitement a bit, but inside I was bursting!  I'll never forget my first customer.  It was a little family of 3...mom, dad, and a little girl close to Michael's age.  I assumed the mom would start flipping through all my illustrations, but it was the dad who was intrigued.  He had LOTS of colorful, detailed tattoos and was an artist himself.  He ended up purchasing an 8x10 'Special Delivery-Ocean' print.  MY FIRST SALE AT A PUBLIC SHOW!!  I think I screamed a little when they walked away :)  John gave me a hug and told me he was really proud of me..I felt so great!

 Had I not known what the rest of the day had in store, I would have been content to live right in that moment for a long while :)  But the rest of the day was B-U-S-Y!!!  An awesome type of busy!!  I sold over half my dolls, almost sold out of my Petit Pablo Pencil Packs, tons of prints, card packs, and hair accessories.  It was a bit of a whirlwind at times and I know I would have been scrambling without John's help.  He was amazing with everyone!  I think one of my favorite parts of this whole festival was meeting all the friendly people from my neighborhood.  They had such positive, kind, encouraging feedback and I was so flattered that they were buying my art to hang up in their homes and give as gifts!  I kept thinking 'THIS IS FOR REAL!!! People like my creations!'  I won't deny it...I felt good :)  I also kept thinking that I was so glad I had taken this 'leap of faith'  and conquered one of my fears...I had conquered one of my biggest fears to live one of my biggest dreams.  SO WORTH IT!




 When the festival ended that evening, I picked up some fresh strawberries at the fruit stand next door to my booth and we headed home.  We were both completely exhausted, but really happy too!

The last day of the festival was on Sunday, same hours, 10am-5pm.  There were some great local bands, delicious food vendors and so many more friendly faces and fellow artists that I spoke with.  I snapped photos of some customers wearing/holding their purchases :) 
 My first doll sold to this cutie pie!
 Bitsy blooms for a sweetie
This is a photo of me and Linda...who I lovingly refer to as my 'BFF'...'Best Festival Fan' ever :)  She came back to my booth multiple times on Saturday AND on Sunday and brought her friends!  She is the kind of person you just want to be around all the time...she's so encouraging and bubbly and genuine.  AND, she's an entrepreneur herself with one of the coolest jobs I've ever heard of...she writes custom fortunes for fortune cookies and delivers them for events like weddings, office parties, baby showers...you name it, I'm sure she's done it.  But seriously, how much fun is that!?  She really does have a gift with words.  She sent me the sweetest email after the show and it meant so much to me :)  So Linda, if you are reading this post, thank you!!  You were a favorite part of the festival for me and I'll never forget your support and encouragement in this new endeavor of mine :)

 A photo of me and my John 'workin' the booth'!  haha :) 
 Bitsy Blooms and Rosy Rosette Barrettes 



 Gale Lurie was my booth neighbor...she makes beautiful pottery and gave me a piece at the end of the show!  I have it resting on a shelf in my kitchen and I love it!  Thanks Gale :)  I hope I see you next year!   Gale is actually the founder of the show, but has since turned over the duties to new people.
 Haha, love that her tongue is peeking out when she spots the licorice.  I had candy jars full to the brim ready to hand out to whom ever wanted some...cause hello, it's me here...I LOVE candy so why not share the love? :)
 Her mom bought this rose headband from me...I'm currently working on adding some more of these to the shop!

 On Sunday, a fire engine came for the kids to explore...sadly, Michael missed it because he was napping, but the fire chief told us to come by any time and Michael could explore all he wanted...you better believe we'll be doing that soon :)  
 My sister Ann who helped me with the booth, loaned some of the props to me for my display and gave great creative advice on color schemes and more...LOVE YOU!  Thanks for coming up that weekend and helping so much.  Not pictured:  my other wonderful sister Eve, and my mom and dad...they watched Michael for us while we were at the festival both Saturday and Sunday.  You guys are the BEST!!  I had no worries since Michael was in such capable hands!
 Ella and her new bitsy blooms!
 Emery, Ella's sister, sporting some cute flowers...these girls are as sweet as they look!  TRULY!
 I thought this headband looked so cute on her...she was excited to get it and put it on right away :)  She told me that she wants to do this type of thing (be an artist) when she grows up.  I thought she was 19 or 20 and home for the summer from college, but she's only 13.  Isn't she beautiful?!

And little Ruby with some fancy new Rosy Rosette Barrettes...and a tasty ice cream cone :)  She's ridiculously cute!!

I love that I did this.  I actually did it!!  I am already looking forward to next year's festival, as well as possibly doing a couple of other local craft fairs.  If you have any questions for me, shout 'em out in the comments and I'll answer them.  Also, if you are looking for a specific item that you see photographed above, try looking in my Etsy store or contact me at recipe4cute@gmail.com if you don't see it listed.  I will be adding more pencil packs, dolls, headbands, and *new* illustrations in the near future.

If you just made it to the end of this post, you must be my sister, mom, or memiere...or someone who is really patient :)
Hope you're all happy and well!