SEATTLE LOCAL GUFT GUIDE

Gift Guide Seattle local Besottedblog.com

Sure, Seattle locals (and locals at heart), could stuff their stockings with Starbucks cards and  call it a day, but there are plenty of smaller Seattle businesses that deserve some local holiday love. Did you know Moorea Seal is a Seattle local? She fills her online (and now brick and mortar!) shop with tons of gift-worthy items. You may notice another familiar small business on the list, that’s right – Besotted Brand calls Seattle home too!-michelle.

I am going to interject and add my Seattle 2 cents. if you are unfamiliar with the Emerald City, you may be surprised that it is such a creative hub (I know I was). I have been so grateful to be part of this community in even a minute way and we wanted to do a Seattle guide to celebrate and highlight some of that talent (all credit on the sleuthing I give to Miss Michelle). Cassandra of Coco + Kelly fame has just taken on an enormous undertaking a local holiday pop-up if you live here or are planning on visiting, it may be worth a drop in!-tristan.

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P.S. I picked up my nibs + ink and started some lettering for the first time in 12 months, it felt AMAZING. I highly recommend finding even 10 minutes of time to do something you love. If you are curious, to create the ‘cheers’ lettering I used this nib, on this paper, with this ink. You can find some of my fave supplies here. I’ll elaborate more in another post on what my experience was getting back to it (nope, not like riding a bike!)

PINTEREST CURATOR | JEN HUANG

Curator Jen Huang BesottedI have not done a Pinterest Curator in ages, I used to love them, but truth be told they took an enormous amount of time which I don’t have a lot of anymore (there should be a time Lotto). I have to choose my time wisely and any extra time I have now seems like it would be better spent sleeping. Today I am making an exception, because this series was how I came upon Miss Jen Huang in the first place.  Jen emailed me that she enjoyed my series and after following her links I was sufficiently flattered, embarrassed that I wasn’t more ‘together’ and ecstatic to have found a new talent. In honor of our ‘meeting’, I wanted to share Jen’s Pinterest, she has been able to successfully use it to share her portfolio/work in a way that is authentic and infinitely ‘pinnable’. My favorite boards are Les Animaux (I am a little Frenchie biased), Paper & Ink, and On Location (envy producing for anyone with wanderlust). Please visit her boards here!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. She lives in sunny Seattle with her handsome husband, wonderful baby girl 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.

A WEEK OF JEN HUANG

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I hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving (or Thursday for our non-US friends)!  I enjoyed a simple + sweet one with my petite family, albeit I do have a pinched nerve in my back (it’s like a bad 70’s sitcom). As I am wont to do I am trying to look on the bright side of this situation, even though at first glance there doesn’t seem to be one.  I am going to reach and say that the bright side to this is being forced to take it slow (real slow) in the hustle +bustle and usual self-induced stress of the holidays I am reveling in all the little things-being able to sit, stand, hold my baby. Maybe it’s just what I needed, but I sure do hope this passes soon and never returns-ever!

Michelle and I have been working behind the scenes here per usual, brainstorming, coming up with big plans for the coming weeks and 2015 and of course wanting to bring you something that we would like to read ourselves and hope that means you would love it too! One of the ideas I threw out there was a week of artist Jen Huang (I am a fan), many of you may know her as a talented photographer but that’s just the tip of her iceberg, Jen is a true creative and business person, an individual that is truly admirable and someone that I find an inspiration and hope you will too. We are looking forward to sharing Jen’s interview (that she kindly answered even though she’s going to give birth any day now!), showcasing her work, discussing her inspirations and a giveaway!  We will be back later today, we can’t wait to share and hope you will join us!

photo by jen huang

P.S. Our friend Susan of Fleurishing is doing a week of giveaways (oh, la la!) the first is a Francophile gift guide giveaway and there’s a little itty bitty Besotted Brand token in there, you can visit here!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. She lives in sunny Seattle with her handsome husband, wonderful baby girl 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.

PETIT PIPPIN

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I always have so much to be grateful for on a daily basis. When I was pregnant last year and near death, one of the only things that kept my spirits up was writing down my lists of gratitude. I couldn’t do it every day as there were days I could not even keep my head up, but just writing everything I could down and being able to go over it made me feel so much better and luckier than if I didn’t.  I unfortunately have not kept up the practice, but plan to start again today, any day is a good day to start, but of course this day our Thanksgiving is very apropos. I am always thankful for your visits and this community. I have met so many amazing, kind, warm and wildly creative people by having this space on the interwebs, one of them is Ez Pudewa. I have been a fan since day one of discovering her blog(she’s had a few under the Creature Comforts label), her writing was so honest and moving. With each new step in her life I was able to see her progression from a place that was less than ideal to a place filled with light + love, her daughter always being a driving force and motivation. I got the pleasure to meet Ez and her daughter Kaia in February of last year, it was on the heels of my deciding to finally give up trying to get pregnant (after years of disappointment), I was wistful that I would never be able to experience what was obviously an extremely close and loving mother/daughter bond that they shared. I don’t know if Ez & Kaia had sprinkled magical fairy dust on me that day but when I came home from my trip I found out that I was pregnant!  Grateful, yes indeed.

Ez & her daughter Kaia are continuing to spread fairy dust in their newest endeavor-Petit Pippin.  They of course explain it best:

“Petit Pippin is a reflection of our passion for beautifully crafted goods and our belief in embracing the everyday moments of childhood. The messy and the fun, the scraped knees and wind-tousled hair, whispered stories and boisterous laughter…every moment is precious and we love it all!”

Their collection of soft toys and art prints have already sold out twice since launching a few short weeks ago (upon this writing). I knew there would be a huge demand for their offerings, how could there not be? E. was gifted both an heirloom quality bear (Isabelle) and an art print (Firefly wishes) for her birthday and as unbelievable as this may seem (since Ez’s photographs and styling are aces) the products are a million times better in person! Every detail is attended to from the receipt of your Petit Pippin parcel, they are lovingly wrapped, almost too pretty to open, the art print is signed by the artist and looks as though it was a watercolor original, it is that good a quality of print. Isabelle the bear was an instant hit. E. hadn’t taken to any of her other soft toys, even though I have tried relentlessly to get her to, but the minute Isabelle was removed from the box, E.’s little fingers wrapped around Isabelle’s sinewy arms and she spent hours examining and taking in all her details. To be honest with you I hadn’t planned on actually allowing her to play with Isabelle, but I could not deny her and it looks as if their friendship will be a long and lasting one.

I am hoping that the future holds a series of books for Petit Pippin (E. as I know they would be filled with magic). I am really looking forward to following Ez and Kaia’s journey and celebrating their inevitable huge success.  I hope that years from now our kids will remember their Petit Pippin filled childhood memories and that they pass on their Petit Pippin friends to their own children, but for now this Tom Robbin’s quote keeps playing in my head-

“It’s never too late to have a happy childhood”. Tom Robbins, Still Life with Woodpecker

I think Petit Pippin is for everyone that wants to capture and hold onto a little childhood magic. May your day be filled to the brim with magic, joy and reasons to be grateful. I know I am so thankful for you!

P.S. Of course all the soft toys are sold out (why would they not be? They are so flippin’ delightful!) you can still get the art prints, use the coupon code besotted10 to get 10% off until November 28, 2014! Happy Thanksgiving my US friends and the happiest of Thursday’s to everyone else!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. She lives in sunny Seattle with her handsome husband, wonderful baby girl 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.

Besotted Winner!

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We have a winner, it was near impossible to choose, everyone had such heartfelt answers, as always we wish that everyone could have won. We chose Theresa Meacham!

I think the quality I’ve had most or, at the very least, had since I was a child is a love for stories. I hope that counts as a quality! But ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always desired to know the story behind how a person got to where he or she is. I’m fascinated by the paths of people’s life that makes each of us meaningful in unique ways.

Thank you all for joining in and playing along, I have put up a 50% off the most popular item in the shop–the monogram stamps! They make great gifts (for friends, family and of course yourself!) We will be here all week for you and can’t wait to share more of what we will be up to. One of the things on my to-do list is working on our Foto Rx project, I used three of the (insert top secret blanks here) for the image above (which was initially a pretty poorly shot image, hey it happens!) and I am getting super excited for us to be able to launch them for you to use. Don’t worry if you have no idea of what I am talking about right now, you will soon and I can hardly wait!

P.S. I am probably one of the world’s worse traditional wrappers, it’s so easy to make a gift pretty even with non-paper wrapping skills. I used Besotted Brand twine, glitter bells from the craft store, and what would otherwise be scrap cardstock for the tag (a circle punch and of course a Besotted Brand stamp), super easy!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. She lives in sunny Seattle with her handsome husband, wonderful baby girl 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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