EZ PUDEWA PRINT SHOP + PORTFOLIO!

Ez Pudewa Portfolio Frenchie Besotted Blog

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.

FEEDLY

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With the demise of Google reader it has had the blogosphere up in arms on how one would get their blog fix on. I have to be honest, I hadn’t looked at my reader in ages, it overwhelmed me, as it should have, I was following almost a thousand blogs (most in foreign languages)!  I did get sucked into the hype though and started researching some alternate avenues and found Feedly. Mere words can not express how happy I am with it! It has won my little organized heart, each blog can be put into it’s own custom category (ie. foodie, style, d.i.y.) and when I log-in I can see the blogs I love in multiple views at a glance (the above image is a screen shot of my Feedly feed from two of my fave blogs). I can also mark each post as read or save them if they really tickle my fancy. Being able to put the blogs into categories has helped me not be inundated with randomness and keep my blog procrastination to a minimum (sort of).  It was high time I organized my reader and also clean out my inbox as I was still receiving a dozen updates from blogs via email, which is so old school and also stressful. I have to say taking the time to unsubscribe to the blogs and add them to my Feedly was well worth the little effort I made. Now, I need to update my blog roll, it has been terribly neglected and I do have so many blogs that I would love to give some attention to and even favorites that I haven’t added to it yet, for shame!

In other news, I have been working like a madwoman behind the scenes to try to organize this here blog. I so want a visual ‘at a glance’ search for things like lettering supplies or the oft asked questions about my camera equipment and set-up, just an easy ‘hey there it is’, instead of having to search futilely through blog post after blog post. I have started to work with a gallery plug-in, which I am on the fence about and am not even sure if it will work for what I am trying to accomplish–technology!  I am also considering this plug-in for comments, I love the idea that I can easily see your latest posts or tweets (if you don’t have a blog), but I don’t know how it will mesh with my simple design. I do urge you, if you leave a comment here and have a site to make sure you put in your URL so people can click over and visit. I know I personally love visiting your sites and I am sure others like that option as well.

If any of you are on WordPress do you have gallery plug-in options you think I should consider? Or requests for making this spot an even better place?

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.

LIFE IS A GRAND ADVENTURE!

I think most people from time to time dream of selling all their worldly possessions and just taking off for an adventure of a lifetime. To most it’s a passing fancy, a wistful daydream but for photographer Joy it has become a reality. I think I would have been impressed if I just read that a young woman did this on her lonesome, but to read that she convinced her husband (and business partner) to come along and has brought her 4 children (one an infant) seems wildly crazy and fantastic to me. Joy and her family sold their California home and have traded it in for a 1950′s Spartanette trailer to travel the country. They have only recently left so the updates are forthcoming, but the beautiful photos thus far (like the one above) make me believe that this is a story that their children will one day be telling their children–the world is their classroom and life is a grand adventure! I love to find people in the world that are following their dreams no matter how outlandish they may seem to others. I think it is so easy to fall into a rut and forget that we only have this one life (that we know of) and not to squander it. To the Wildflower bunch I am wishing them safe travels and continued delight, you can visit their blog here and catch up on all their adventures and visit their galleries to be inspired by their visual storytelling.

wildflowers photo via besotted blogI always like to remind you to get to work on your own dreams, as Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu so wisely stated, “the journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.” What step can you make today to get closer to the life you dream of? Just take one little step towards it and tomorrow do the same, it doesn’t have to be grand but just do something. I am speaking from experience, I worked in basically a windowless broom closet for 3 long years with a tyrant of a boss, my spirit crushed and my will to do anything about it nearly gone. I made it out the other side, it was terrifying to lose my income and my ‘security’, but what I gained in return is priceless. Your situation may not even be as dire as mine was, so I challenge you to take a step a day towards accomplishing one of your goals; I think you will be surprised at how quickly your tiny steps accumulate and that you have finally arrived at your ‘destination’. Good luck my friends, I believe in you!

photo by wildflowers photo

P.S. I got a bajillion emails today asking about the lettering–it’s a font! You can get a copy here!

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.

THE PERFECT BUTTON DOWN SHIRT

uniform the perfect button down shirt besottedFor years now I have wanted to add a fashion component to my blog, but I have been weary since I am not one to shop nor go for the latest fads. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE looking, I was a fashion publicists for more years than I prefer to admit and I get very excited to see what creativity comes out of the fashion industry each season but most items that come out won’t pass my criteria for adding to my wardrobe. I seasonally create a ‘capsule’ wardrobe of highly edited pieces that I can mix & match and create multiple outfits with, this is what I affectionately term my ‘uniform’. It makes dressing effortless and everything pretty much goes together, looks polished and feels very me. Contrary to what you may presume, it’s not boring and can be very creative. I think a beautiful tailored white button down shirt is a perfect edition to anyone’s base wardrobe, it’s super versatile and can easily go from office to casual without missing a beat.

Now for the downside of a button down for a girl (like me) that is uhm, a little busty–the dreaded gape. A gape can take an otherwise polished look and make it look unintentionally slovenly. That is where The Shirt by Rochelle Behrens comes in! It has a patent pending hidden button design that controls the gape and allows you to wear your button down without flashing everyone–brilliant!  They have many different bodies and colors, I am especially loving this silk camp shirt. If you are having a hard time imagining how you could incorporate such a basic shirt into your wardrobe, stylista Erin Hiemstra and a handful of her fashion savvy friends have some amazing looks to inspire you here.

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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