Lettering Gift Guide I via Besotted Blog

I have been behind on pretty much everything, so a gift guide a few days before Christmas doesn’t seem so strange, right? I have good reason (as I usually do), I don’t have much time these days but I have been on fire inspired. I don’t know if it’s the prospect of a new year but there’s so much I want to do, I am not sure how I will be able to fit it all in between naps (as that is the only ‘me’ time I get these days). I am dubbing this lettering gift guide ‘I’ because there will be more to come, so many links to be sure, but the kits, the class and a great scanner are all things I am sure any lettering enthusiast would enjoy!

Kal’s brush lettering class should be a must see for everyone. What? Let me tell you, I have watched it several times already, her LOVE for her craft is so awe inspiring, if you don’t feel this way about what you do (or something in your life) than you need to re-evaluate. She just love, love, loves it, everything about it. I think we all need to have that something that we are wildly crazy about and it doesn’t have to be lettering, but that something that drives us to be better, try harder and get lost in the process. A  truly wonderful class!

I think if you are going to be gifting a newbie lettering enthusiast a kit, there’s so many lovely ones out there right now and even if the recipient has a kit, it’s nice to have new supplies and also new exemplars to follow.

I have misplaced the power source plug to my scanner and have been annoying everyone to scan things for me. I really love my scanner and have recommended it before but I have been noticing a lot of artists have been using scanners that are not flat beds so I added one I think looks pro enough (quality wise) and has that low profile that these artist seem to like (great for small spaces).

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fig. 04 (not shown) I think this Adobe Photoshop subscription is a total bang for your buck, I wish they had it when I first started out as a graphic designer!

P.S. If you want even more Kal inspiration, because who doesn’t? Watch her Ted Talks, be forewarned it brought tears to my eyes!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. She lives in sunny Seattle with her handsome husband, wonderful baby girl and two pups. 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.


foodie gift guide besotted blog

So much to say, there’s a reason that it’s been sporadic here, I despise being ‘one of those‘ bloggers that apologizes all the time for their absence, it seems so trite. In my defense I do have a reason, so much to say about it and I will be expounding on it later but now is not the time. Michelle though has graciously continued her perfect gift guide search whilst her partner has been in the abyss. Today we are doing the Foodie gift guide!  I am not a foodie as much as I am a food enthusiast, I think this gift guide will be equally as helpful for both as I see about oh, 8 things I wouldn’t mind owning…

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P.S. We’ll be back today with the Jen Huang giveaway details, seriously now, this is a super good one!


Gift Guide Seattle local Besottedblog.com

Sure, Seattle locals (and locals at heart), could stuff their stockings with Starbucks cards and  call it a day, but there are plenty of smaller Seattle businesses that deserve some local holiday love. Did you know Moorea Seal is a Seattle local? She fills her online (and now brick and mortar!) shop with tons of gift-worthy items. You may notice another familiar small business on the list, that’s right – Besotted Brand calls Seattle home too!-michelle.

I am going to interject and add my Seattle 2 cents. if you are unfamiliar with the Emerald City, you may be surprised that it is such a creative hub (I know I was). I have been so grateful to be part of this community in even a minute way and we wanted to do a Seattle guide to celebrate and highlight some of that talent (all credit on the sleuthing I give to Miss Michelle). Cassandra of Coco + Kelly fame has just taken on an enormous undertaking a local holiday pop-up if you live here or are planning on visiting, it may be worth a drop in!-tristan.

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P.S. I picked up my nibs + ink and started some lettering for the first time in 12 months, it felt AMAZING. I highly recommend finding even 10 minutes of time to do something you love. If you are curious, to create the ‘cheers’ lettering I used this nib, on this paper, with this ink. You can find some of my fave supplies here. I’ll elaborate more in another post on what my experience was getting back to it (nope, not like riding a bike!)

Besotted Winner!

besotted blog winner

We have a winner, it was near impossible to choose, everyone had such heartfelt answers, as always we wish that everyone could have won. We chose Theresa Meacham!

I think the quality I’ve had most or, at the very least, had since I was a child is a love for stories. I hope that counts as a quality! But ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always desired to know the story behind how a person got to where he or she is. I’m fascinated by the paths of people’s life that makes each of us meaningful in unique ways.

Thank you all for joining in and playing along, I have put up a 50% off the most popular item in the shop–the monogram stamps! They make great gifts (for friends, family and of course yourself!) We will be here all week for you and can’t wait to share more of what we will be up to. One of the things on my to-do list is working on our Foto Rx project, I used three of the (insert top secret blanks here) for the image above (which was initially a pretty poorly shot image, hey it happens!) and I am getting super excited for us to be able to launch them for you to use. Don’t worry if you have no idea of what I am talking about right now, you will soon and I can hardly wait!

P.S. I am probably one of the world’s worse traditional wrappers, it’s so easy to make a gift pretty even with non-paper wrapping skills. I used Besotted Brand twine, glitter bells from the craft store, and what would otherwise be scrap cardstock for the tag (a circle punch and of course a Besotted Brand stamp), super easy!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. She lives in sunny Seattle with her handsome husband, wonderful baby girl and two pups. 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.

Under $25 Hostess Gift Guide

Under $25 Hostess Gifts via Besotted Blog

This week (and throughout this holiday season) we are going to help you sort through the myriad of options for gifts (and gift guides) you are sure to be inundated with.  We know price doesn’t always equate to quality and we will be making a concerted effort to find items that are budget friendly, beautiful and useful, of course there may be some luxe items thrown in if you do decide to splurge. We will be as balanced as possible in our guides and try to show you options in our Finer + Find posts just in case you do get your heart set on something that’s a splurge and it doesn’t make sense or is not feasible right now you can satiate that desire for a similar item.

Since Thanksgiving is the usual marker of holiday season and party invites should abound we have taken on the host/hostess gift, a token of your appreciation for their hospitality and efforts. If you’ve ever thrown a dinner party, you know how much work it takes to create a memorable evening. Here are a few good gift ideas to let that host/hostess know their efforts are very much appreciated!

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P.S. Feel free to chime + chip in if you have a great host/hostess gift that is your go to, we always love to hear your great ideas!


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