Stovetop espresso and easy lattes at home

Espresso pot black on black via besotted blog

Many people gave up coffee/caffeine as the new year rolled in (Michelle gave it up before then!). I on the other hand made a concerted effort to drink stronger coffee. I know that may sound odd, but I really only drink one cup a day (alternate days I’ll drink tea). On the mornings I have coffee I wanted it to really do its job and for me that meant I wanted something with a kick, something that was rich in a way only good coffee can be, not bitter, not waterey, something that felt like I was drinking a cup of luxury, because when you have a toddler, drinking a hot beverage while it’s still hot is truly a luxury. I did a ton of coffee research, which if you ever have gone down that rabbit hole can be both incredibly interesting and overwhelming. I decided on a stove top espresso maker. They are inexpensive (mine shown was under $15!), easy to use and easy-ish to clean. They do take more time than say a Keurig, but about as much time as it takes to make and steep a good cup of tea. My espresso maker reads that it makes 6 cups and I am sure it would if you were making espresso, but if you think you are going to get 6 cups of coffee out of it, you are not. You will get one strong cup of coffee. I don’t even use the entire pot. I have been making my own foamy lattes in the morning, heating the milk (in the microwave) and using a handheld frother, it may seem like a lot of work, but it’s a lot less work than trying to wrangle previous mentioned toddler, get her dressed, fed, in the car seat or stroller, off to Starbuck’s, ask for a lukewarm latte, get home drink latte cold. My extra step to froth my own milk, is totally worth it and I get to drink my latte hot!  Bonus, I save a ton of money and my sanity! This is such a revelation!Read More

Bernadette Pascua

bernadette pascua artist and ilustrator via besotted blog

Since I am so thoroughly head over heels in love with Bernadette Pascua’s work, I thought it apropos to share on this Saint Valentine’s day. Ms. Pascua is so wildly talented, everything about her work has an effortless chicness to it. I am genuinely envious (in the best way possible) I could have chosen about 800 more images to share, everything on her site is outstanding. Enough of me blabbing, please go visit here work and see for yourself how truly inspiring it is!

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Bernadette Marie Studios

Bernadette Pascua Lettering

Palette Blog

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Fashion Watercolor tutorial

Learn how to watercolor

Watercolor set  for beginners 1 | 2 | 3

Coldpress watercolor paper 1 | 2

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

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The mega list of floral drawing tutorials

the mega lost of floral drawing tutorials

We’ve had some winter wonderland snow-filled days here in the PNW, and although they were stunningly beautiful I am aching for spring. Michelle and I decided to break out our sketch pads for a pattern we had in mind for our Photoshop pattern class using your own illustrations, but it quickly escalated into a floral sketching bonanza. I haven’t done any sketching in what seems like years, but I can tell you just taking a few minutes here and there to sketch with pencil and paper, the most humble of tools, has made me wildly excited about the possibilities of actually having a creative hobby that I could do with a toddler in tow.Read More

Clean, modern fonts

modern clean fonts via besotted blog

We came across Jen Wagner Co. fonts the other day and knew we needed to share.  It’s always nice to have some good clean sans and serifs to pair with handlettering or to use in posts where you need/want legibility. Jen’s brush fonts also have a nice effortless chic to them. The only problem now will be deciding which ones to add to your collection because we pretty much want them all! Lucky for you and me she has priced them so you can buy them all!

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Jen Wagner Co.

Brooklyn font

Paris font

Denver font

Montauk font

P.S. This little ninja made us smile and we hope it does for you too!

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

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