Deep Dark Fears by Fran Krause

Deep dark fears by fran krause via besotted blog

Michelle and I visited a real live bookstore recently (yes, as rare as a Yeti spotting), at the store they had a wall of staff recommended reads and one cover stood out for us. It was a beautifully bound black book with a foil embossed scrawl that read- ‘Deep Dark Fears’ by Fran Krause. We didn’t know what to expect but within minutes both Michelle and I were guffawing out loud (we think you will too).  Illustrator Fran Krause asked people to submit their deep, dark (and very real to them) fears. She then illustrated them comic style. I think the thing with fears, is keeping them to yourself they feel very real and scary but saying them out loud to others that may have fears as deep and dark as your own (or more so) could actually lighten that load you have been carrying. I told Michelle one of my fears and she actually spit out her water, it is pretty ridiculous and I wish I could share with you but I am still a little afraid of it (and yes, it is water spitting absurd). If you have a chance we highly recommend checking this book out, it’ll make you feel sane amongst your crazy thoughts and who doesn’t want to feel a bit ‘normal’ sometimes?

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Deep Dark Fears by Fran Krause

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P.S. Michelle and I have finally come to a decision on our focus. We aren’t ready to announce it quite yet, but it was one of those things where it was right in front of our faces this whole time, like my grandmother use to say, ‘Girl, if it was a snake it would have bit you.’

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

A book by its cover | book designer Hea Eun Grace Han

hea eun grace han | a book by its cover via besotted ii

We love, love, love books and of course design, the two together makes our hearts sing, you too?  We found this amazing designer and her portfolio and thought we would share! I have to say I think that book cover design is such an interesting niche, there really is so much riding on your getting it ‘just’ right. I love the vintage imagery paired with the starkly modern feel in Grace’s portfolio, it is a really lovely and unique contrast. I am one of those people that will read a book because of its cover and I have to say there are so many books from Grace’s collection that look like they need to be on my nightstand pronto.

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Sewing Happiness by Sanae Ishida

sanae ishida sewing happiness via besotted blog

What a thrilling day to finally be able to mention our dear friend Sanae’s new book Sewing Happiness!  We have been waiting for the day when we could and we can not believe that day is here! Firstly, we are truly excited for her, this is her second book, her first the wildly successful Children’s book Little Kunoichi, The Ninja Girl was released in May of this year (my daughter and I give it a huge thumbs up!) on the tail of her first release she’s releasing a second book in a totally different genre a sewing-cum-memoir book, talk about a force to be reckoned with!  Btw, if you want to know all the ins and outs (and financials) of how she got to where she is now and how big of a success, Sanae does a monthly membership which is a newsletter/goodies project, she is absolutely 100% transparent about her process and her writing is beautiful, honest and witty. The book is not out yet, it will be released in April 2016, but it is available for pre-order!

Another reason we are so thrilled is because this was one of our first major professional projects as a team!  I’d like to say “we ” shot the cover and styled it, but really it was Michelle’s beautiful eye + talent that shot the cover and styling, well, it was truly a team styling effort Sanae had the most insane props to choose from and Michelle’s feedback was invaluable to the end results. It was an incredible learning experience and we are so honored that we were able to take part in it, so a huge thank you to Sanae and the Sasquatch Books team for allowing us to partake.  Wishing Sanae tons more success!

P.S. Michelle was able to see a copy and she said we even get credited in the book! Talk about EXCITING!!!!

P.P.S. We wrote about the experience here the equipment here and the tech stuff here

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.

Carson Ellis Illustrator

Carson Ellis Illustrator via besotted blog

Carson Ellis is one of our favorite illustrators, Michelle and I recently finished The Wildwood Chronicles series and both agree that although the prose was wildly creative, it was made that much better by having Carson Ellis’s illustrations included. I went on to read  the children’s series The Mysterious Benedict Society in which Ellis illustrated the first cover for (fantastic!), Diana Sudyka finished the rest of the series covers, which she did a wonderful job with, it still had the same vibe as Ellis’s but remained true to her own style (she’s another super talented illustrator).

On Ellis’s site she has this wonderful FAQ that we thought you might like to read, it includes her preferred art supplies and even mentions the nibs she uses for lettering! She seems like a very down to earth individual and is wickedly witty, we hope you enjoy reading it!

P.S. I used this Fairy Tale font for Carson’s name!

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.

Nanowrimo Best sellers |National Novel Writing Month

Nanowrimo best sellers via besotted blog

If you think we are crazy for taking on the Nanowrimo challenge for November (yes, indeed we are, as are the 300,000 + participants), then it might get you excited to know that there are novels that not only were finished, not only got published (over 90+ have), but have become best sellers.  We thought we would list some of the best sellers here and interviews to the authors for further inspiration. Both Water for Elephants and Night Circus we can highly recommend!

Water for Elephant

The Night Circus

Cinder

Wool

Fangirl

The Darwin Elevator

The Night Circus Erin Morgenstern Interview Part I & Part II

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.