Friday, December 31, 2010
In just a couple of hours 2010 will come to a close and a new opportunity will be granted to us all. 2010 has been fantastic and I am grateful for everyday, everyone, every experience and emotion that it brought me. It has been 365 days of happiness, love, joy, bliss, sadness, loss, grief and resignation and I am grateful that I was able to understand that everything was as it should have been, nothing more, nothing less.
I am excited for 2011! It will be a fantastic year full of excitement and beautiful surprises along the way. What will you do with 364 days to fill with exciting adventures? I have learned to take each day as a present, for tomorrow is an illusion. I know that I shall fill these days with hard work, creativity, love, joy, inspiration, learning, drawing, painting, sewing, writing, photographing, designing, baking, jumping on the bed, smiling at strangers and honoring myself.
I have an optimistic beat in my heart that this year is the year, MY year. The year that will define me and the course of my life. I am grateful for having such a blessed life and an opportunity to use all of my skills to begin making a difference in the world. Recently, I have been writing action verbs that describe my DREAM job, so far I have: Helping, Action, Service and Giving. I think these will be my four words for 2011!
What are your WORDS for 2011? What are you inspired to do this NEW YEAR? Whatever it is, do not be afraid, do not let fear paralyze you, do not let doubt or other people's opinions stand in the way of your dreams! My wish and action word for all of you would be: DO! Do what you love, do what you've always dreamed of, it is NEVER too late. Life is yours for the taking, so GO and Make 2011 the Best Year of your life!!
Wishing you a Happy New Year where you Shine as Bright as the North Star!!! Love, Peace, Joy, Abundance, Prosperity, Good Fortune, Bliss and Creativity be yours this year!
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Wow! Can you believe it? Only 16 days until Christmas and soon after that it will be New Year's.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Happy Thanksgiving! I am early, I know it. But with the last minute preparations and overall chaos that will descend upon us in the next days, I wanted to make sure I said it.
Here are a few ideas to make your Thanksgiving a lovely one!
TABLE DECOR AND SETTINGS
A beautiful arrangement and use of cranberries, apples, wrapped leaves and orchid accents from designlab in Portland, Oregon.
I love the simplicity of this centerpiece. A trip to the farmer's market or supermarket will yield everything you need to recreate this informal yet elegant table decor composed of squashes, bell pepper, and kumquats. If these are not in season where you are you can substitute using carrots, persimmons, oranges, and baby pumpkins or anything that catches your fancy.
FOR THE KIDS
DIY Thanksgiving Treat Holders - they can serve as treat holders or place cards.
I discovered this great and easy project over at Sheek Shindigs blog! They have loads of great DIY projects and ideas to decorate the kids table.
Friday, November 12, 2010
This amazing butterfly dress is the creation of graphic designer turned couture fashion designer, Luly Yang. The fantasy dress is created out of silk, crystals and black feathers. It makes me want to take flight! If I was a rich girl, I would love to have this dress in my closet!
Monday, November 1, 2010
When I came back, I was catching up with school, the studio, email, bills: the little things that slip away when you are sipping a cold drink in a hammock while you watch the rain pour down relentlessly.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
I love to bake, particularly because I am a vegan. Yesterday I made some "Happy Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies" and they were delicious, even my carnivore parents enjoyed them. Here is the recipe, even if you aren't a vegan, you should try making these, I assure you there will be only an empty plate left, no crumbs. Enjoy!!
Ingredients (use vegan versions):
2 cups unbleached flour
2 tsps baking powder
cinnamon to taste (optional)
vegan chocolate or carob chips - put in as many as you like
1 cup raw sugar (turbinado #1, sucanat works too but sucks up a lot of the moisture)
1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup water
VERY IMPORTANT-make sure all ingredients are at room temperature. It will work if they're not at room temp but it works MUCH better if they are. Also while your oven is pre-heating put the cookie sheets you are going to use on top of the oven so they get preheated as well. Preheat oven to 350.
In a large bowl mix flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon (if you choose). Add chips. Make a well in the center and set aside.
In a medium size bowl mix vegan sugar and oil. Mix it well. Add the vanilla and then add the water. Mix it well. Add the wet to the well in the dry. Mix it well but be careful not to overwork it. Add more chips if you need to. Spoon onto ungreased cookie sheets. Put them in the oven. Bake for 5 minutes and then flip and rotate the sheets.(top to bottom,and 180 degree rotation) Bake another 4 minutes and check them.
The cookies are done when they seem a little bit softer then you want them to be. They will harden up some as they cool. I usually go in two minute increments from here untill they get to where I like them.
Take them out when they are done and move them to wire cooling racks. If they split or come apart when you try to remove them let them sit on the pan for 2 minutes before transferring them to the racks.
These cookies have come a long way, lots of time and tasting spent on getting them to where they are now. Vegans and non vegans LOVE them. In the words of my 6 year old son-Mom, you're the greatest because you know how to make the8 best cookies. Enjoy and let me know if you have questions. Sweet travels.
Serves: almost two dozen
Preparation time: 15 mins-10 to 12 cooking time
Lastly, I decided to make these eco-friendly felt flower brooches!
I am considering selling them, let me know what you think!
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
A Huge goes out to everyone who entered the first Farnum Ink Studio Giveaway! I was truly overwhelmed with the amazing response I received and am so grateful for each and everyone of you. You are all winners in my book :)
So on to the matter at hand! The winner of my first giveaway is:
Congratulations BooBooZoo, I will be emailing you for your contact information.
Keep checking my blog as I will be doing a Second Giveaway - just in time for the Holiday Season!
Sunday, September 19, 2010
First of all, I would like to thank you all for helping me reach over 200 fans on Facebook and a countless number on Twitter.
I am very excited to have each and everyone of you supporting my dream of becoming an artist and as a thank you, I am thrilled to announce the First Farnum Ink Studio Giveaway! You will have a chance to win your very own 8 x 10 Farnum Ink Studio Art Print from my shop to decorate your lovely home, studio, office or dorm!!
Read on and spread the word on how to enter this brilliant contest which is open to those in the US, Canada and the rest of the world!! I am going global!!
What do I have to do to enter, you ask?
FIRST ENTRY (mandatory):
Head on over to my Etsy Shop Farnum Ink Studio. Come back and leave a comment telling me what your favorite art print is and why. Don't forget to include your e-mail address! To make this a little easier for everyone you can copy, paste & fill-in-the-blanks:
Your favorite item:
Your e-mail address :
If you do any of the following leave a separate comment for each one you do. If you do any of the following already, let me know in an extra comment. Please make a separate comment for each of the bonus things that you do or your comment won't count.
1. Follow my blog.
2. Become a Facebook fan of Farnum Ink Studio
3.Follow Farnum Ink Studio on Twitter.
4. Tweet about this giveaway and leave me a link.
5. Blog about this giveaway and leave me a link.
6. Add Farnum Ink Studio to your favorites on Etsy.
7. Buy something from my Etsy shop & get THREE extra comments!
Contest ends Monday Sept. 27 at 9 pm EST -- the winner will be chosen randomly & announced on Tuesday, Sept. 28.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
I have been away for a while now due to moving and working on my Etsy shop! So, I have had a lot of time to look through some of the great and amazing shops on Etsy and here are a few (of the many, many) favorite things!
I am really loving the Cappuccino Pure Organic Mineral Eye Color by Orglamix! During the last few years i have become very careful of what I put on my body, so I prefer to use vegan make-up. Although the current cosmetic industry has not caught on to the idea of producing simple, organic makeup, I am glad that Etsy has some great quality beauty products such as this and are produced without:
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Synthetic Dyes
So, check out her shop, she has 125 shades to choose from!
Krugsecologic has a great assortment of vegan soaps, moisturizers, scrubs, perfumes and other wonderful products to make you smell like roses!!
I am particularly craving the vegan "Almond Agave" Soap with a scent is super-sweet and lingers on the skin after your shower!
It look so amazing, I want to eat it!
Saturday, August 7, 2010
I am so excited to have my art prints featured in treasuries around the web. Here is a collection of the latest ones where I am featured! I love designing new art prints and truly appreciate it when others like my work!
This one features my "London Calling" 8 x 10 Art Print!
This Etsy treasury featured my "Floating Ideas" 4 x 6 Photograph!
This other Etsy treasury features my "Queen Bee" 8 x 10 Art Print, which is the most popular item in my shop!
Additionally, I have been busy creating new art prints for my Etsy shop! If you haven't popped over, you should check it out now!
Wishing you a Bright and Happy Weekend, wherever you may be!!