HAND-PAINTED STRIPES::DIGITAL STAMPS

There’s a huge abstract art trend that has taken over the blogosphere and has me quite delighted  I know not everyone has the time, energy or desire to break out their paint palette so I thought I would do it for you.  I created some watercolor/gouche hand-painted stripes that you can load as Photoshop brushes and play with colors and effects without the expense or mess of the real thing! Some of the brushes come as stripe sets others are individual stripes (which are perfect for blog design elements.)  I am crazy for Photoshop brushes and I hope to get you hooked as well.  If you need help with loading your Photoshop brushes please consult the wonderfully creative Rhonna Farrer. Download your hand-painted stripe Photoshop brushes here.

CAITLIN MCGAULEY

I am a die-hard watercolor fan.  I love how a good watercolorist can create an image that looks so effortless. There’s just something about the sheer colors and the free form that make me wish I had a dash more painterly skill. Caitlin McGauley is high on my list of faves, her subjects are relevant to today’s fashion and interior obsessed (watercolor friendship bracelets anyone?).  She just launched a gorgeous new site where you can take a peek at her work + projects and become envious over the fact that not only is she talented but she’s real pretty to boot.

IT’S SO FLUFFY I MIGHT DIE

The title of the post was taken from the description of this photo (which made the Tumblr rounds like a gas station on fire). I would say this is the cutest thing I ever did see, or question whether it’s even a real animal as I have been bamboozled before but alas my G.G. was even cuter than this lovely when I got her Valentine’s morn a decade earlier.  This little guy/girl definitely ranks in the top ten of cute baby animals though-hands down.
I hope your Monday is sprinkled with fairy dust as all Monday’s should be, no?  Speaking of fairy dust, I was interviewed by Plum Pretty Sugar for their Dream Job series, I am deeply flattered to be in such great company and do hope you stop by here.

J.CREW LIPSTICK::SUMMER 2011

I know, I’m a little late on the J.Crew orange lipstick boat.  I wasn’t convinced I could pull it off, then I got the J.Crew June 2011 catalog in the mail (a.k.a. torture for individuals that don’t have a steady income) and I was convinced that I couldn’t not try it. I am a nude lip girl through and through but this color is the equivalent of happiness for your lips.  How can you not envy a girl wearing tangerine lipstick? So sweet + chic.  There was plenty of nude lip presence in the catalog, but I haven’t found out what the color is, yet–don’t worry I will.  So the rumors going around was that this orange lipstick nirvana was either Nars Heat Wave or Mac’s Lady DangerAfter Jules found the perfect lipgloss in the coveted shade it sold out immediately coast-to-coast as there was not a tube in sight. Fine.  I made the terrible trek to the,*cringe* mall.  I don’t like malls but I am nothing if not persistent (even for a chronic procrastinator). I went to Sephora tried Heat Wave and looked like Baby Jane if Baby Jane was crazy enough to wear a neon orange lipstick. I wondered if this was my guilty conscience steering me away from the $24 lipsticks?  I know myself too well, I may want the J.Crew lip look but will I really wear it enough to justify the purchase?  I don’t think so.  I found some excellent alternatives from Sephora’s brand, they have a matte-ish lipstick called ‘It Girl’ (they must have heard the cries of delight from the interwebs over this color) they describe it as ‘muted coral tangerine’ (it’s number 6 on the page). Sephora has an equally wonderful gloss called ‘Shimmery Orange Juice’ (for those that don’t want an opaque lip).  I bought them both because who knows how I will feel?  Will I want full color or just a sheer pop of it?  I wore my purchase home and the Fancy that usually hates my matte red lipstick commented on how pretty I looked. Nice. Have you caught the orangey-red lipstick fever as well? Any other suggestions of great colors?

VINTAGE BLOG PHOTO FRAMES

It occurred to me today that I hadn’t created a free download in quite some time.  I was doing a little cyber Spring cleaning this afternoon and came across these vintage frames on my hard drive that I used to sell on Etsy many moons ago. The frames are great to add a little character to your blog photo’s, digi-scrapping, or who knows what creative goodness you can come up with?  I will leave the creativity up to you, I am sure you will find something fabulous to make with them. So without further ado, please feel free to download here.