AROUND HERE…

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I have been working like a mad person round the clock, I am trying to figure out when will be the best time to stop, but I am kind of hoping I can work up until the due date, do you think that is totally unrealistic? The only thing that I think will stop me is being able to bend, who knew I did so much bending in my line of work?  Packing parcels is labor intensive!  I have been so busy that I haven’t had a chance to properly sit down and watch Jessica Hische’s class-Introduction to Lettering which just started (a class  I have been anxiously awaiting).  I ended up just playing the videos while I worked and listened to them, it’s definitely a motivating class, I am going to highly recommend it and can’t wait to actually sit down and be able to watch it.  It motivated me enough to break out my sketch book. I re-drew the narwhals above (well, one narwhal) from an antique engraving I had, but I was sorely disappointed with the result as it actually looks just like the original drawing so what was the point? Grrrrr.  I am going to keep practicing, I really would love to make them more naive which seems like it would be easier but not for me (I am currently loving this artist) . I just started learning how to draw a couple years ago, I love the Ames book series, they are made for children but I think they are a great for any age novice to have a modicum of drawing success.  I also like to recommend this book, it’s for more realistic drawing techniques but I don’t know of any books that help in developing your own drawing style, do you? I guess that just comes with more practice. And for the record I do believe anyone can learn to draw, yes, some people do have innate natural ability (I am not one of them) but it is a skill that can be learned!

In other news, I have so many great finds that I thought you may be interested in so I decided to share and do a quick round up for you. Yes, they most definitely run the gamut so there should be something for everyone!

Round postage stamps?  What took them so long? I think this idea is so fresh, I hope we see more designs in the near future.

I have been planning our meals for the month, mostly doing it the old fashioned way (pen + paper) but I signed up for a free 30 day trial at this clever little company. It allows you to store all your recipes you find on-line in one place, create shopping lists based on the ingredients for said recipes and will also send the list to your phone so you don’t get to the market and cringe when you realize you forgot your list on the kitchen counter.

Speaking of meal planning if it’s not easy I am not making it, sheesh, I can barely stand without toppling over so easy meals like this lentil soup are a time + life saver! I make my own lentils, but the recipe uses canned ones, both ways are super easy!

I wrote about pie last week, Elizabeth Colling was generous to share her recipe I have added it to the post!

Anyone have a gel manicure lately? I haven’t since I became pregnant but I use to love how they looked (and how long they lasted).  This new product claims to be very gel like without the hassle of going to the salon and special UV lights, my interest is peaked.

Wow, this must be the month for new font releases, there are some lovely ones to consider-Chameleon is a unique font family where each font is different but made to go together, interesting concept (I especially like the capital ‘H’ and ‘L’ on the Chameleon basic), Aleka is currently on sale, it’s a modern calligraphic font that has a distinct handmade hand to it, I can see this becoming a popular font. I would love to see a talented designer use String in a project, it’s so delicate yet doesn’t take itself too seriously. Eduardo Recife of Misprinted type is just a super talent, his Mercy font is a true calligraphic font and would be perfect on invites and envelopes, it is just gorgeous.

Speaking of fonts have you heard of the Typism conference?  If you are interested in lettering you should stop by their site to view a few of the videos from their last get together, I especially liked the vid on brush lettering.

Because I will get a few dozen emails on this, the font I used above is my beloved Jacob Riley by Magpie Paper Works.

This is so random, but this company has created faux wishbones so everyone at your Thanksgiving feast (vegans included) can participate in making a wish. I think it’s a charming idea!

Winners!  For the Modern Calligraphy book Pamela P. (I thought it was sweet she wanted to get  copy to her daughter), and the wreath monogram giveaway last week-Lauryl, I loved all your answers but hers included a squirrel mention.

P.S. It’s Veteran’s day here in the states, thank you to all the individuals that make it possible for me to sit at home and write about such frivolity (as witnessed above), I don’t take it for granted and am highly appreciative of the sacrifice.

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to sunny Seattle with her handsome husband and two pups, they are expecting a baby girl in December (possibly November). 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.

DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY…

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This week went a little too fast, is it already over?  I will be working through the weekend but I would prefer if time would slow down an eensy bit. I feel like hyperventilating as the due date for my baby with no name approaches, this time in my life is both thrilling and terrifying, much like a roller coaster ride. We had an amazing ultrasound yesterday wherein I could see that she looks exactly like…a sumo wrestler, a little old man sumo wrestler but a sumo wrestler for sure.  She has super chubby cheeks, a full head of hair and she smiled, yes a smile, we have proof, most definitely a smiling sumo.

Magpie Paperworks has released another font, does this woman sleep?  I don’t think so. I used it in the graphic above, it’s called Dasha and you need to see the samples on the Magpie site to really get a feel for the beauty of this font.  I see this being used for a bunch of holiday greetings, it’s a keeper. For you lovely reader Jess is giving you a discount of 25% off (promo code BESOTTED) it’s already a steal but steal it for even less (until Nov 14th)! As always Jess packs her fonts with so many extras-a full set of alternate caps? What? Swash features, who doesn’t love a good swash/swoosh? Seriously now.

Talking calligraphy has me all giddy, did you read Bailey’s interview?  If you are interested in modern calligraphy what are you waiting for?  Bailey really served up some serious great advice + resources for you on a silver platter.  Also, I am giving away another copy of Modern Calligraphy by Molly Suber Thorpe (a resource Bailey recommends) so go leave a comment on the post!

Being this pregnant has not been conducive to cooking anything too inspired but this recipe has been a life saver, once you have the basics down you can really get creative. This meal is so simple + easy and yes, it can even be adapted for vegetarians as well!  I have made this about six different ways since I first discovered it and my husband has declared he could eat it every single day.  At this point he may just have to, I am really not feeling the motivation to cook. If I were I would try some of these beauties.

I had high hopes for this hyper pigmentation product.  I am 2 weeks in and nothing, zilch, zero results. Is this a big ol’ goose egg of a product?  I will let you know soon enough, pinky promise.

I have started and stopped reading a variety of baby ‘how-to’ books, one on sleeping actually has put me to sleep multiple times (it works). I have to say I haven’t read anything for pure pleasure in forever, but I would like to any suggestions?  Amazon has started suggesting actual children’s books for me it looks like they think I would like Victorian inspired tales such as Lois Lowry’s  The Willoughby’s, and The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place (it’s a series).

And with that I will leave you for the weekend remember ‘Don’t worry, be happy’ words of wisdom from Mr. McFerrin, btw Ferrin is a pretty good name, hmmm?…..

DOMINO’S BACK! OR IS IT?

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I nearly knocked down my fellow patrons at the supermarket over the weekend when I saw the cover of Domino and the words ‘we’re back’ printed on the cover. I couldn’t have put this in my cart fast enough and even patiently (patience is not my strong suit) waited until the following morning where I could have a few minutes to myself before work to peruse it. Well…I so want to tell you that I loved it and it was even better than before and I am so happy I am going to implode, but I was left a little dejected, it was not the Domino of yore.  There were some odd choices like putting a model on the cover versus the owner of the interior, since that was how they used to do it, it was confusing when I saw the interior and it belonged to someone else. I worked in interior design for years and I can tell you that there are a bazillion photogenic and uberly talented designers that could have graced the cover and showed off their stunning interiors, really bazillion would be a low number, they do explain why they did this but I think they shouldn’t have budged on the format unless the apartment was so amazing it would have blown your mind then maybe. The apartment featured?  It’s lovely but really it’s a toned down version of Jenna Lyon’s former Park Slope flat, the same chandelier, same body style on the sofas and creme and brown tribal rug, same fireplace, maybe it’s even the same place (she did sell it after all).  It’s just not something that I haven’t seen before, now when I saw Jenna Lyon’s place for the first time I was WOWED, and you know I am a neutral loving, subtle palette kind of girl but I love when someone has such original vision (here’s another peek).

One thing I was happily surprised about was the new editor-in-chief, none other than former Domino staffer Michelle Adams (of Lonny mag fame).  That girl is a success story and in my few dealings with her, she has been beyond kind. I am sure having a lot more cooks in the kitchen contributed to how this issue played out, but I know she has the chops and the love of Domino to bring it back to its former glory.  Now that I have probably ostracized myself from any future Domino dealings maybe I should go into what I liked?  I liked the gift guides, but I am a sucker for gift guides in general, what would have been amazing is if they contacted Ez for her gift guide prowess, every year Ez’s guides are so worth the wait, but I digress. I loved that they featured Etsy artists within the gift guide round-up, when I first started on Etsy in 2007 editors wouldn’t want to feature you with just an Etsy shop, I love that it is now not only accepted but highlighted-go indie!  There were no ads throughout the book, interesting. I hope they continue to do a floral feature, I would love to see Amy Merrick’s work!  I actually have more input, but I will hold my tongue and wait for the scathing email  from Domino. I do want this magazine to make a comeback even if it is only seasonal so I am hoping that the next offering is a lot more meaty and has more of what we loved of the original mag–keep it light, keep it clean, keep it original, introduce us to new ideas and new talents and don’t make it so aspirational that we can’t afford anything within the pages.  Go Domino, I know you can do it!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to sunny Seattle with her handsome husband and two pups, they are expecting a baby girl in December (possibly November). 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.

EZ PUDEWA PRINT SHOP + PORTFOLIO!

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This beautiful painting was a gift from a very, very talented friend. It is one of my most cherished possessions as the sentiment was so so extremely thoughtful and of course it is of my beloved naughty Frenchie. When I received it, it was a total surprise, so unexpected and every time I look at it, it makes me over the moon happy!  This beautiful piece of course is going into the nursery for the baby, how could it not?  In fact, when I received it I thought, ‘this would be perfect for a nursery‘, that was way before I knew I would ever get pregnant (btw, I am very pregnant these days). It was with a thrill of delight that I saw that said friend had taken the plunge and opened up a print shop of her charming characters, both Michelle and I said in unison ‘there’s a children’s book here’.

Miss Ez Pudewa, you may know her better as the authoress of Creature Comforts Blog has opened her shop (and a peek into her portfolio!) I am so excited for her as I have been singing her praises for ages now, ever since she blew my mind with a ‘doodle’ of a bird painted with her morning tea (I looked for the link, but couldn’t find it, but trust me it would blow your mind as well).  I am hoping more and more of the world discovers both her talent and range as an artist, which she truly is the girl  that can do pretty much anything creative with gusto.  What I admire most about Ez is what an amazing mom she is, I have been following her journey since she launched into the blogosphere, I have been one (of many) of her biggest fans, but what endears me to her is how her daughter is always her top priority. I had the pleasure of finally meeting her daughter in person this summer and she is as you would expect from a mom like Ez- beautiful, kind, polite, intelligent and of course creative.  I hope that I can instill all those characteristics in my my own daughter.  I do hope you visit Ez’s shop and give her some well deserved love and congrats Miss Ez, well done, bravo, hoorah and wishing you tremendous success!

P.S. Just for awe factor this is the first Frenchie (maybe dog?) that Ez ever painted.  Pretty impressive, right?

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to sunny Seattle with her handsome husband and two pups, they are expecting a baby girl in December (possibly November). 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.

PIN IT FORWARD!

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I have been thinking about this post for a little bit now, how I would present it and how I could make it work; I am not sure that it can but in my highest of hopes I believe it will, but I will need your help. As you all may be  aware of already I have a passionate pinning obsession.  I had pinned the above delicate ring by Erica Weiner, a beauty if ever there was one, it was a re-pin from my friend Maybelle who has fab taste.  About a month later I got an email from the ever creative Hope asking for my mailing address, she had something that she wanted to send to me–a surprise.  I like a surprises, you?  I then received a note in the mail, I would have been thrilled with just a handwritten card (Hope is a talented designer and lettering artist), but inside my note was the ring I had pinned!  Hope wrote that she saw that I had pinned it and had one that she bought in New York at the Erica Weiner store and wasn’t wearing and thought I would like.  I am still in awe of the kindness, the thoughtfulness and generosity. This my friends is what makes me believe in the goodness of people.  This feeling has not gone away, the feeling of complete and utter delight and appreciation and I was hoping that we could all get on board and experience something like I did. Maybe you have seen a fellow pinner that you follow or are one you are friendly with, pin something that you own and are not using or have extra of and would like to pass along? Or maybe you have the desire to make someone’s day by gifting them one of their pins, or a service (ex. say you have an Etsy store of prints and one got pinned) either way would work, all you need to do is choose a person, choose one of their pins and send them an email then send off your parcel!  I am going to be looking for someone today and I was hoping that you would want to join me?  I was thinking the way it could work is if you asked the recipient to ‘pin it forward’ and pass on the kindness you presented to them to another lucky person and hopefully they are so overcome by your gesture that they do exactly that.  I would love to hear if you end up doing this or if you end up being a lucky recipient that receives something. I can attest that there is nothing quite like getting a special surprise delivery in the mail, it doesn’t have to be extravagant, it could be as simple as passing on a book that you just read to someone that has pinned it. I do hope you join in and I am excited to hear the stories of kindness spread far and wide!

Have an amazing weekend!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to sunny Seattle with her handsome husband 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.

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