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

Easy Patterns in Photoshop Free Class Link!

easy patterns in photoshop flamingo via besotted

When Michelle and I started teaching our classes we weren’t sure of the reaction or whether it was going to be worth the effort (it’s a whole lotta effort), but we have found we truly enjoy doing them and we get a huge thrill out of seeing what our student’s produce with their new skills. We couldn’t have been happier with this charming flamingo pattern that our student Eglé Ma created, she made it with artwork we supplied the class and truly made the project her own. We decided to do some mocks-ups of her pattern on products, because this is truly where you can visualize your pattern come to life. If you are dabbling in hand lettering, you may be doing a little illustrating too and this class would be perfect for you to take to be able to add another skill to your creative tool kit. Imagine what you could make for a potential client? You could create patterns from hand drawn wreaths/crests, initials, your ink splats, really anything.  We still have a few free classes available the link is below, if you take the free class all we ask is that you post your project.

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Easy Patterns in Photoshop Class

Link for free class (15 students, first come first served)

Digitize your lettering in Photoshop

Student Eglé Ma

Monthly Photoshop Subscription

Mock-up Class (coming soon, sign-up to be notified)

Great design resources (including styled stock)

Digitize lettering + illustrations (lots of links to sell your work)

Photos edited with Foto Rx First Aid Kit

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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Quick + Easy Patterns in Photoshop

easy patterns in photoshop gift wrap via besottedblog.com

We told you It’s On! It most certainly is! We are a few weeks into 2017 and doors are flying open for us. I am believing in the power of positive thinking, I mean I am always pretty positive but I truly believe that it’s on this year, with all my being, try it, those doors may fly open for you too! As Thomas Jefferson said, “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it”. True that. Michelle and I have already amped up our already busy, busy schedules so we can ‘get luckier’ and guess what? It’s working! Maybe because I am working like my life depends on it, who knows? But already we have had a Pin go viral, what the what?! Pinners dreams do come true, I took care of some long neglected personal business that I had been dreading (it turned out so much less painful than I imagined), and we have our first class of 2017!  Yes!Read More

Finding your photo editing style

(if you are on a desktop, rollover images to see the before’s!)

Michelle and I know how hard it is to build a solid look for your brand when there are so many options, but it is a necessity to help your brand stand out in a sea of other brands (maybe brands not too unlike your own). To be relevant in this new economy you have to wear so many hats, be a writer, stylist, photographer, photo editor, social media manager, accountant and basically Houdini. Taxing. Your visual identity is who you are to the world at large (whether it is true to you or not). With Foto Rx | Cure for the Common Capture, our hope is to do the heavy lifting, we know that not everyone is a photographer or editor, but we also know how very important it is to have a solid visual presence. We are super excited to soon release our first set of photo editing enhancements/filters, up until this point we have only worked on improving your images or assisting with lettering clean up.  The new set will be one click enhancements that are fully adjustable (and non-destructive) and will help you build a cohesive and distinctive look to your photographs. This way you can get in and out of Photoshop and from behind your computer and do all the things you love to do more (like enjoy your loved ones or eat!).Read More