Friday, January 21, 2011

Busy As A Bee....



Hello Lovelies!

I hope you are all doing great. It's been a while since I have written and to be honest, I am pressed for time these days. January has been one of the busiest months ever, between my newly found part-time job, my online school courses, freelance projects and creating new items for the store, I am sleep deprived to say the least. Caffeine has become a new friend of mine, wearing it's shiny dark caramel color dress and sugary temperament, I am hooked.



As I write this, I feel the fairies of slumber casting their spell on me and I want a nap, but I must resist their charming temptations for I have to get ready to go to a hockey game tonight and have to be alert in case a puck comes flying towards me or for that matter a very handsome, single hockey player!!! A girl can dream :)



The most exciting news I have is that my artwork has been featured in a few treasuries during the last couple of weeks, which I will post shortly. I am so excited to have my work featured by fellow Etsyians and I am so psyched about treasuries, I would like to try produce one.


For now, I will leave you with a few images/quotes that have sparked my inspiration and imagination these last couple of days!











Wishing you a Brilliant weekend wherever you may be in this Big, Bright World!!

XOXO,

Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year 2011!


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!

XOXO,


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Happy Holidays Giveaway!!



The clock is ticking and tocking and it's only 3 days until the man in the red suit makes his worldwide trip to deliver presents to all! 



In this festive spirit of the season, I, in collaboration with Pink Dandy Chatter am doing a Holiday Giveaway. The contest runs until January 9th, 2011 and the winner will receive ONE art print or photograph of their choice. 


Wishing you all the joy and love in the world! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!




Thursday, December 9, 2010

16 days till Christmas..and I am Grateful


Wow! Can you believe it? Only 16 days until Christmas and soon after that it will be New Year's. 
This year has zoomed by leaving both good and not-so-great presents in it's path.  I am grateful for all of you, who have made this year a magical one for me. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever fathom of being an "artist", of having this type of creative outlet and be able to sell my work.  Your support means the world to me.  I have much to continue learning, there is much more room to grow and find my way, to create my own voice. All this would not be possible if it wasn't for the amazing global handmade community and sites like Etsy.com, who inspire me with their craftiness, enthusiasm, DIY-spirit and beautiful artisan crafted goods made from the heart.  



Shine Bright Wherever You May Be, In This Big and Beautiful World! 


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. 
**************************************************************

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!