THE SILVER HORSE

I love this photograph, it’s not technically a great photograph, but it’s what the photograph means to me that makes it so special. I think it’s important for any photography enthusiast to embrace their photographs that may not be ‘perfect’, it’s your free trip down memory lane, in the imperfection you may have captured more than a photograph, perhaps a feeling.  We have lived in the country now for nearly six months, it has had it’s ups & downs, but the ‘up’ for me is being so close to a horse stable.  I am so fascinated by these beautiful, gentle creatures. I hadn’t had much experience with horses prior and I admit that I was really intimidated the first few times I went to visit them. I think they sensed my trepidation and stayed far away from the weird individual with the big black thing growing from her face. I decided to try another approach and wouldn’t bring my camera, slowly making my way to the fence and just watching them from afar.  My husband a.k.a. Dr. Dolittle, could of course go up to the fence and the horses would trot over and want him to hand feed them.  All animals love him, I am both envious and jealous. I decided to just copy him and try to feed them clover which is their favorite (btw, six months ago I wouldn’t be able to tell you what clover looked liked if you paid me to guess). I eventually was able to draw the affection of the ‘silver horse’. That’s what my husband dubbed the stallion even though I am pretty sure it’s white, but I will allow creative license, after all who am I to judge? I named my girl dog George.  Once I knew that the silver horse would come to me when I was at the fence I started to bring my camera again, but not take photos, just have it on me. The other day around dusk, I had some time alone with ‘Silver’ and he came right up to me. I fed him some tasty wild grasses that were growing high outside of his corral and although he would eat continuously I stopped and brushed my hand along his beautiful, cashmere soft muzzle. He stood still and allowed the attention and then I slowly brought my camera to my eye. I was able to shoot some up close shots that I had been envisioning for as long as I have ‘known’ Silver.  This was my favorite shot. I love how soulful that look is, this is the closest I could get with the lens I had (the 50mm). We are planning to get some photos printed for the house and I am most definitely adding this to the wall. I know it will always remind me of this time in my life and our grand adventure.

STRIPED BOW RUBBERSTAMP + GIVEAWAY!

Cute right? So cute! I love stripes, I love bows, I love tiny!  Together you have the new striped motif stamp!  Too many exclamation points? Okay, I will try to dial it down this Monday morn, but I am excited.  I have to admit this holiday creep that happened the day after Halloween has thrown me a bit. Why did I not notice that people are getting ready for holiday so soon?  I am usually either hyper aware or totally oblivious, it’s how I live my life, the holiday creep must of been one of my oblivious moments, but back to the stamp…I think it will be something that will be useful way past Christmas/Chanukah/Kwanza, etc. It’s just a good little stamp to have. It’s especially cute printed in red, very festive!  Of course, I shall be giving one away because Mondays are always better when  a prize is involved, right?  Just re-pin this here, or Tweet it, or leave me a delightful comment, I am open to however you would like to enter to win.  I will announce the winner next Monday. If you can’t wait, you can always pick one up here.
How is your shopping coming along? Are you like everyone else and have started your shopping in July for holiday?  Or are you waiting until after Thanksgiving and will succumb to the holiday heat?  I’m not a last minute shopper, I actually think about gifts all year round (if you haven’t gathered yet, I am a bit obsessive, so no surprise that I have been thinking about something for 12 months straight).  This will be the first year though that I prepared so thoroughly personally. I was assuming professionally I wouldn’t have to bring out the goods until the day after Thanksgiving, but I have quickly learned otherwise–noted.
And I must announce the winner of last weeks giveaway the Stag silhouette  + tiny snowflake, I couldn’t choose just one so I chose–Paulina Bäfverfeldt and Georgina Gill (because flattery gets you everywhere with me). I do hope it makes the winners less anxious to know they can make holiday goods (cards, tags, ornaments, etc.) on the fly!  Good luck to everyone on today’s giveaway and thank you all as always for playing, it delights me to no end to be able to see what you will create with the prizes.  Oh, yes, and of course this giveaway is open world wide!

NEUTROGENA RAPID WRINKLE REPAIR MOISTURIZER REVIEW

I am a skeptic when it comes to drug store face products, I don’t hold any notion that a lotion bought at Target would do anything but perhaps moisturize.  I am also pragmatic and when I needed a face cream because I didn’t want to waste my fave splurge, I bought the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle repair for night. My thinking was that if I used the drugstore brand at night then I could use my splurge during the day thus the splurge would last longer.  I am very picky about face creams, I have super dry skin and for some reason manufacturer’s are under the very wrong belief that people with dry skin want a heavy, waxy cream on their visage which is not true; I want something that feels light, like a drink of water for my face and that I feel makes my skin soft without it feeling waxy or greasy, my splurge does just that.  I bought the Neutrogena because it felt nice and light, it does come with a warning that it is strong and may make your skin start to feel irritated and flake. I of course ignored the warning and my skin did get very red and irritated, because I was using way too much (think slather instead of dot). I took it down to every two nights instead of every night and then when my skin calmed down, I went back to every night. I have had hyper-pigmentation on my cheeks for ages (it’s horrible like a cluster of fat freckles, without the charm of freckles). After two weeks I noticed a big difference in my skin, it was less ‘splotchy’ and definitely more even. I have had wrinkles around my eyes since I was 10, I laugh at almost anything (it makes me a great companion), so I wasn’t expecting anything to go away there and it didn’t, but my skin in general looks more fresh and ‘even’ and for me that’s worth more than a wrinkle repair. Let me forewarn you again, this is a very strong product, if you have sensitive skin take it slowly, use sparingly–you have been warned! I was reading reviews this evening and people are crazy for this product and it even won a ‘best of award’ with Allure.  It is more expensive than a traditional skincare product at the drugstore ($20), but still a total steal compared to a specialty beauty store product. I found a nice article from Vogue on retinoids that might be of some interest to you. If you have been curious in this type of product I can completely recommend this to you without hesitation. Another warning would be to not use this under your eyes, it’s way too strong and you will be sorry that you didn’t listen to me. They do have a product specifically for under the eye, which I will most likely try since I am pretty happy with the results I have had so far. Let me know your thoughts or if you have another recommendation, I am always open to hearing about new products!

GIFT GUIDE 2012 LOVE

Am I the only one marveling that holiday is here, right now, this very sec?!  Per usual I feel a little behind, thankfully everyone else in the world has been preparing and thus all is right in the world. I have been supremely fortunate to be featured in a couple gift guides this season, In Honor of Design has a Gift Guide-cum-magazine and the little ol’ faux wax seal initial is featured. I actually have a cool d.i.y. coming out with this stamp next week, perfect timing! The price featured is off by oh, $31 dollars but to make up for that ‘gah’ inspired detail there is a nice discount code beside the feature, yea!  I was asked a few months ago by the super talented Hope Wallace of Paper Relics to shoot a holiday card d.i.y. spread for Heather Bullard’s Souvenir Magazine. Ask Hope, my husband and any of my friends, I was a total + complete wreck because I wanted it to be just perfect. I probably will never be asked back because I was so neurotic, so I urge you to buy the publication (it’s an on-line beauty with a print edition option) and revel in my maybe last editorial masterpiece. There is of course so much more to the holiday issue than my bitty contribution so it’s well worth a peek. To top off all this holiday reverie I visited Creature Comforts last night to see that I was featured on one of Ez’s awesome of awesome-est Gift Guide’s (the one for ‘Her’). Be still my beating heart!  If you aren’t following these guides, please go and visit, you won’t be sorry. Not only does Ez have an amazing eye, but she chooses a lot of easy on the budget items like Susy Jack’s amazing Recipe cards + box, just brill!  I feel so lucky to be included, I am usually like Rudolph and never get to join in any Reindeer games, but look at me now!

FOUNDFONT::GREAT RETRO FONTS

As a designer I am always on the hunt for new + unique resources.  I pride myself on being able to find things that others may not, it’s my graphic design gift/Spidey sense, although I would trade it for natural drawing ability any day. When I get an email asking me where, how, can I, etc.?  I have to kindly reply, I don’t usually share my resources and I don’t, not usually.  It’s what makes me a horrible candidate as a Blogger, because we all know ‘sharing is caring’ and I hold it close to my vest.  I make exceptions from time-to-time, especially when I feel sharing a resource will help an artist/creative generate an income so they can then make more of what I love.  That’s how I feel about the foundry FOUNDFONT™, which in their words is,”dedicated to typographic archaeology as well as the use of found typography within design. We create complete type sets based on found examples.”  Don’t you just love the term ‘typographic archaeology’?  This is my lettering love this week, I have so many vintage fonts I would love to see come into fruition and thus I am going to go against type (pun intended) to share this resource with you.  This company is such an amazing foundry for those like myself that like to infuse authentic vintage aesthetic into their work.  I bought the full set because I felt that it would help the cause and I’m all about helping the cause, but the fonts individually are only $10! How awesome would the Postal Gothic be for a faux postcard project? I really like the Grain-O, it’s a nice sans-serif and feels like a vintage Futura Medium meets Brandon Grotesque to me, just nice + simple. I hope you enjoy and if you use these on a project I would love to see what you create, I am so nosy like that!