Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tuesday Treasures 28

What's the first thing I'm looking for in a new table setting? Obviously something unique and tasteful, such as the beautiful visage of a dainty little cow, just smiling and farting away at me as I clear my plate. This snack plate design by Kip O'Krongly is hilarious, adorable, and in all ways perfect.

This lace necklace is absolutely beautiful! You can find it at White Owl, a handmade jewelry boutique managed by two sisters that love to create unique statement pieces with vintage findings.

I love the Foreverly bag from Free People! I've been on the lookout for a new cross-body bag for awhile now, and I just love the blue and green fringes paired with dark leather, as well as the carefully-tooled geometric texture.

This beautiful black walnut table would fit in perfectly with my bedroom decor! I'm so glad I discovered this gem by Caitlin of The Merrythought, but I'm even more elated that she turned it into a DIY post! I can't wait to get started!

This amazingly striking print, titled From Ash, is a colored pencil drawing by nature-inspired surrealist Hannah Ward. Incredibly detailed and infinitely textured, I highly recommend you view it in hi-res at Saatchi Art for the full effect.

If you've enjoyed this week's edition of Tuesday Treasures, be sure to stop in again next week! Thanks for reading!

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Welcome to the Family: Smokehouse!

Today I'd like to take the time to introduce our newest family member - Smokehouse!

Brad got to be our official name-decider! We discussed a few options beforehand, but Smokehouse just stuck. I have to admit, I've just been calling him Lil Smoky. He's an awfully quiet fella, and when he does occasionally make noise, it's more of a soft, birdlike cooing than a meow. It's actually super adorable.

Better yet, he seems to be getting along with Lefty awfully well. They can't keep their noses away from each other's butts, and Lefty isn't fond of sharing, but I've only caught them hissing at each other once or twice, so I'd consider it a victory. (Update: as expected, Lefty has started to become slightly territorial and bullish, but they still seem to get along most of the time!)

Like most kittens, Smoky is really just a crazy little furball of energy. He likes to climb into bed with Brad and me in the middle of the night, and although Brad complained at the idea of having two cats in the bed, I can tell he likes it when Smoky snuggles up on him (whether he wants to admit it or not).

Anyway, thanks for stopping by to say hello to our newest little buddy! He seems to sit awfully well for the camera, so you may be seeing a lot more of him in the near future. Thanks for reading!

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

At this point, you probably know about the Ice Bucket Challenge hosted by the ALSA, to spread awareness and raise funds to study ALS, a disorder commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Inevitably, I was nominated to complete the challenge by Brad's little brother. Since I can't turn down a challenge - and was getting a little bored of watching plain old bucket-dumpers - I decided to try and step it up a bit.

You can learn about ALS, donate to the cause of researching a cure, or read more about the ice bucket challenge at ALSA.org. Thanks for watching! Have you taken the challenge yet?

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tuesday Treasures 27

I love this cheerful ceramic teacup! The colors are so bright and wonderful, I can't help smiling whenever I look at it! Created by Polish designer Matylda Mika, you can find even more vibrant ceramic wares, at her Etsy shop, ArtMika.

If you can't have a bed full of cats, you might as well have one that's just covered in them. That actually might be my newest life goal.

Created by Jonathan Schubert for his 'Motto Art' series, this 'Follow Truth' print provides a positive and inspirational reminder to observe & uphold all that is right and true in the world, regardless of what your definition of "right" may be.

The following beauties were created by Austrian clothing designer Lena Hoschek. Fusing vibrant African-inspired patterns with classy, modest hourglass shapes reminiscent of the 1950s, the dresses and outfits in this line are stunningly beautiful and unlike any I've seen before.

The last little treasure featured today is by graphic designer and animator Rafael Varona and is just one in a series titled 'Impossible Bottles'. Allow me to be completely honest and say that this poorly-resized version of the piece doesn't do it justice. Go check out his site to see it in full resolution, as well as more of his imaginative animations!

Thanks for reading Tuesday Treasures! Stop in again next Tuesday for more of my favorite finds!

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

7 Flea Market Shopping Tips

As much as it hurts to say it, Summer is already winding down. Mornings are bitter, it's getting dark earlier and earlier, and the weather's been all sorts of crazy in ways that just make me want to grab a bunch of blankets and hole up for the next eight months. But, if there's one thing that I'm going to miss when the warm weather's gone, it's browsing the flea market!

There's just so much to love about flea markets! Not only can you get some crazy-awesome deals, but you have access to so many things that you just can't find in stores. Not to mention, buying used is better for the environment than buying new! If you're planning on shopping a few flea markets while the season's still going, then you're in luck - I've got a few tips to ensure a fruitful endeavor!

1. Arrive early. If there's anything that you're just dying to find for a great price at a flea market, I can guarantee you that there is someone else out there looking for the exact same thing. You just have to get to it first.

2. Haggle! I seriously cannot believe the amount of people that don't realize that this is an option. Many sellers will set up tables and just wait for someone to make an offer on an item rather than labeling prices. Make them an offer they can't refuse! Also, be sure to look at all of someone's items before making an offer, as many sellers are more than willing to bundle items for a little less.

3. Set a spending limit, and only bring that much cash with you. This isn't just a matter a frugality - it's for your own safety! Okay - I may be a little paranoid - but there are literally hordes of people at some of the more popular flea markets I've been to, and you can never be too careful about your personal belongings. Plus, I think everyone's guilty of dropping money while pulling it out of their pocket, at least once.

4. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes, and avoid wearing clothing or footwear that you wouldn't want to get dirty at an outdoor market.

5. For the love of God, be polite! I understand the urge to run to your favorite table to try to get an item before someone else, but you should never resort to pushing anyone out of your way. Just remain cautious and courteous at all times, and never forget to say "excuse me".

6. Bring a reusable shopping bag. You'll be glad you won't have to make so many trips back to the car.

7. Stay late. Even if you don't arrive early enough to find that special something, it may still be worth your time to hang around. While vendors are packing up, they'll often offer you a sweet deal on something just so they won't have to haul it back home.

I hope you've found these tips helpful! Do you have any advice on flea-market shopping that you'd like to share?

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

New Fall & Halloween Items In Stock!

First thing's first - happy birthday, Mom! I love you and you're the best!

Now onto some slightly less-important news: I've got a couple of new items listed in my greeting card shop, Curative Creations, and I'm so excited to share them!

Halloween is right around the corner already, and since it's one of my very favorite holidays, I really wanted to add some new cards! The first design includes a pretty black cat sitting atop a crescent moon, adorned with thick, black grosgrain ribbon and a lovely little bow of twine.

This whimsical card simply reads "Happy Halloween" and is covered in black, orange, and yellow stripes. Plus there's this silly little skull guy! He's pretty much my favorite.

I'd also like to add that I've updated my prices! This customizable autumn-hued floral corset card, for example, is now available for only $5!

Anyway, thanks in advance for taking some time to check out my shop and for reading my shameless self-promotional blog post, and please keep in mind that I absolutely love working on custom cards, so feel free to place an order for one at anytime at my Etsy shop, by emailing me, or by messaging me on the Curative Creations Facebook page. Thanks again!

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tuesday Treasures 26

Thanks for stopping in for this week's edition of Tuesday Treasures, a weekly curated list of handmade and vintage-inspired finds from around the web!

This adorable fennec fox sculpture was carefully stitched together and painted by mixed media artist Anne Lemanski. Fennec foxes are incredibly cute as it is, but she's made this one even more interesting to look at by creatively adorning it with stars and constellations!

This beautiful brass bracelet is just one of many gorgeous handmade jewelry pieces by Heather of My Selvaged Life! I love the bright blue patina that perfectly colors in the leaves on the bracelet's cuff!

This Wild Dog print is absolutely remarkable! Created by digital artist Corinne Reid, it is based on a short story from the book "Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio" by Pu Songling.

I absolutely adore this gorgeous speckled wall! Fortunately, designer and blogger Gaby has the full tutorial over on The Vault Files!

Although beautiful when worn individually, these three mountain rings are incredibly striking when stacked! They were created by designer and UK-native Clive Roddy, as well as similar sets of tree or house rings, which can be mismatched to customize a new little scene every day!

I'd sure hate to get punched by someone wearing those! Anyway, thanks for reading, and be sure to come back next Tuesday to discover more treasures!

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

7 Makeup Looks for Summertime

I have to be completely honest here - when it comes to makeup, I am a complete novice - but what I have learned about cosmetics and application, I've learned from good old-fashioned beauty bloggers and all their wonderful tutorials, videos, and tips. It's no surprise then that I've found inspiration in some of the brightest & most creative bloggers around, and I'd just love to share this little list of favorites with you today! Without further ado, here are my seven favorite makeup looks created by bloggers this summer!

I love this simple winged liner paired with a bright colored lip, a look created by beauty blogger Estée of Essie Button! I'm actually terrible at applying liquid liner, but a girl can dream, can't she?

If you're into a more subtle makeup that can be paired with just about anything this summer, then check out this look by Rebecca of From Roses, which pairs delicate pink hues with soft eye-shadowing.

One of my favorite summer makeup trends is including a subtle gold shimmer to an otherwise understated look! If you'd like to try this one out for yourself, there's a full photo tutorial by Amy over at The Beauty Department!

If metallics aren't your thing, but you're looking to incorporate more bright colors into your array of eye makeups, then I'd highly recommend this gem. Viola created this look using Femme Fatale Cosmetics' Sugar Rush, and the color is just exquisite! Check out her blog, Killer Colours, for so many more creative ideas!

In the summertime, I tend to prefer more of a 'fresh-faced' look, or one that requires less maintenance and draws less attention with bright colors and just makes you look brilliantly bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, which is why I love this Nectar & Nude Tutorial by Allison Anderson!

If you're a classy broad, but still on the lookout for something with a little more je ne sais quoi, then you'll probably love this rhinestone-embellished winged liner by Klaire, blogger at Klaire de Lys, who specializes in fantasy art and makeup!

If none of the previous looks were wild enough to reinvent your summer makeup routine, don't worry! This is the one you've been waiting for! Marlena of Makeup Geek shows us how to recreate this polka-dotted eyeliner. Originally perfected by makeup artist Jessie Nicole, you can find the inspiration for this tutorial right here!

Have you wanted to try out any new makeup looks this summer? If you've enjoyed this post, please do me a huge solid by pinning the image below to your favorite beauty-related Pinterest board! And, as always, thanks for reading!

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

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These utterly adorable fishbone earrings are handmade from copper, tin, and glass. Yulia & Eduard, a married duo, sell their beautiful statement jewelry out of their Etsy shop, ArtKvarta, and are based in Pärnu, Estonia.

I find these fantasy plant sculptures by Adam Frezza & Terri Chiao to be absolutely amazing! Each piece presents a wonderful variety of palettes and textures, and I can't help but want to create hundreds of my own and live in a tiny magical forest of them!

This exquisite little teapot, made to look like it was formed out of an ashy, volcanic material was created by Swedish designer Jakob Solgren.

The polka dots on this bright red 1950's circle skirt make it super dreamy! Available from DarlingsVintageUK, this pretty thing has got me inspired to start sewing a circle skirt of my own...

I don't often include kids' items in Tuesday Treasures, but this moon-shaped crib is just too cute! Each one is upcycled from used pallets, sanded and smoothed down, with little cut-out stars and a gorgeous shape that just so happens to also cancel out some unwanted noises.

Thank you for reading Tuesday Treasures! Come back next Tuesday for even more neat finds, and have a great week!

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