Saturday, November 27, 2010

Farnum Ink Studio SALE and GIVEAWAY!!


Hello Lovelies, 

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving with family and friends. The holiday season is upon us and it's time to make your list, check it twice for all the lovely gifts you are giving to those who have been nice and maybe to those who have been naughty. 

In the spirit of giving, I am having a SALE over at my etsy shop, from now until December 2nd you will get 50% off any item in my shop. Use Coupon Code THANKS2010 during checkout.

Many of my prints/photographs include FREE SHIPPING within the U.S. and CANADA (unless otherwise stated).

Additionally, if you are a bit tight on money, you can ENTER TO WIN one of my prints (and other beautiful gift)s with this amazing contest over at Kind Over Matter

Happy Shopping and Good Luck!!! 

May your day be bright and happy wherever you may be in this Big, Bright World! 




Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thanksgiving Ideas




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. 
There is so much to be thankful for, not only this year, but in general. I am grateful for family and friends who make my  journey in this big world a lot brighter. 



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.




                    via MarthaStewart.com

Fall Centerpiece

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.


 Pear Place Card 

I love the fact that this is the most eco-friendly and clever place card I have seen. With the bounty of fruit available to use, you can add your own distinctive flair to the table decor. Apples, pumpkins, gourds, any beautifully colored fruit will do and each guest gets a veggie to take home and cook later.



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.


SWEET TREATS 


I have just discovered the perfect, petite slices of heaven that are French macaroons. I continue to ask myself why I hadn't tried these before? I have yet to make them, but if you feel adventurous or have an adventurous baker in your family, these Saffron Pumpkin Macaroons via Tartelette seem like a great addition to the Thanksgiving dessert menu. 
 
DRINKS

Dazzle your guests with a taste of Spain with Mulled White Wine Sangria cocktails! You're guest will be chanting "Ole" at first taste.


Mulled White Wine Sangria
Ingredients:

1 cup water
½ cup honey, preferably orange-blossom
Zest of 2 lemons, cut into long strips
¼ cup fresh lemon juice (from 2 lemons)
4 whole star anise
4 cinnamon sticks
12 whole cloves
2 bottles dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc
1 cup orange Muscat, such as Essencia
1 Golden Delicious apple, cored, halved, and thinly sliced
1 Bartlett pear, cored, halved, and thinly sliced
2 lemons, preferably Meyer, thinly sliced crosswise
12 kumquats, thinly sliced crosswise

Preparation:
Bring water, honey, lemon zest and juice, star anise, cinnamon sticks, and cloves to a simmer in a large saucepan over medium heat. Reduce heat to low, and cook for 15 minutes.

To serve cold: Mix spice mixture, wines, and fruit in a large pitcher. Cover, and refrigerate overnight. Transfer to a large punch bowl, and serve with ice. 
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Have a Brilliant Day wherever you may be in this Big, Bright World! 





Friday, November 12, 2010

If I Was A Rich Girl...






Happy Friday! 

I hope that you are doing great! I am currently fighting a cold which doesn't seem to be getting any better. It's been over one week already and since I am currently traveling, I am not sure when it will be completely gone. 

During my downtime I have been able to look at some amazing dresses, furniture and accessories from across the pond (London and Finland) and other items that have caught my fancy. 

Here is a list of them: 


1. Butterfly Dress by Luly Yang.

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! 




2.  Under The Apple Tree Canopy Bed by attiladesign

I would love to fall asleep everyday of my life on this beautiful bed. Straight out of a European fairy tale, comes this amazing woodland piece of art. This fantasy bed by attiladesign from Finland is a great find from Etsy.com

3. Manolo Blahnik Silk Scarf


Somewhere across the pond, London to be exact,that brilliant store Liberty brings every girl's dream come true: To own a pair of Blahniks'. In this case, you can own more than one pair, with Manolo Blahnik's silk scarf featuring his signature shoe sketches. 

4. Vivienne Westwood Red Bus Keyring



Who doesn't want to carry their keys on this ultra fashionable Red Bus Vivienne Westwood keyring? I have a love affair with British Double Decker buses and this key ring would make a lovely stocking stuffer for the girl who has it all. 


That's it for now. 
May your day be bright and happy wherever you may be in this Big, Bright World! 






Monday, November 1, 2010

It's Been A While...


I am sorry that I haven't posted in over a month! First, I went on vacation to visit the huge family in Central America.



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. 

I had the last of my two wisdom teeth pulled out, a word to the wise: Do not take them out if you do not have to! I am still reeling in pain and can only eat on the left side of my mouth. Ahh.. food, you are such a temptation right now. 

Lastly, I have the flu! It's been one week with the flu and two weeks with the wisdom tooth ordeal. How I wish I was still on vacation!! 



I hope everyone had a fantastic and safe Halloween. I was all geared up in my semi-productive state, ready to give out candy to the trick-or-treaters, and sadly, no one showed up. Not one single child, I was thoroughly disappointed. 

I am back at work over at Farnum Ink Studio, as much as my body will let me do for now. I hope I will be 100% by the end of the week. 

Wishing you all a Fantastic day wherever you may be in this Big, Bright World!