A WEEK OF MAYBELLE IMASA-STUKULS PHOTOS BY ELIZABETH MESSINA

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This week has been a long time coming, but I had no idea that it would come together so beautifully; not only would I be able to feature Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls but to be able to pair it with Elizabeth Messina’s beautiful photographs as well?  Pinch me!  Maybelle has been one of my most requested interviews from you, I get dozens of emails each day of, “When are you going to interview Maybelle?”  I happen to adore Maybelle both professionally and personally, I consider her my dear friend and as many of you know she is a busy bee, traveling around the globe teaching workshops, working on commercial projects and even helping friends like Elizabeth Messina create such beautiful vignettes as the one above.

I can’t wait to share her story with you, reveal some of her favorite nibs, books and inspiration, so I hope you will join me this week for Maybelle’s grand interview!

P.S.  Go ahead and pin that image, I know you want to…

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 just welcomed to the world a baby girl. 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.

OLIVER JEFFERS RULES!

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The absolute best thing about having started my blog is the people I have met through the years. I feel so fortunate because in my ‘real’ life prior to blogging I was always working and 99% of that work was from home so I didn’t  really get a chance to meet like minded people, the blog changed all that nonsense and I have met some pretty spectacular individuals that I think the world of.  One of those people is the wildly creative Suzonne of  Urban Comfort. Last Spring I was fortunate enough to visit Suzonne in New Orleans and met her son Hudson, (a perfect Southern gentlemen in the making). I received a parcel in the mail the day before Christmas which took me over a month to open because I was a little out of it (understatement).  When I finally did open one of the beautifully wrapped gifts it had the above enclosed note, my favorite part reads, “I’m happy you had a baby.”  I loved it so much I put the note on the refrigerator and smile every time I read it.  Hudson happens to have wonderful taste in books, some of his favorites include mine (I too am a Green Eggs & Ham fan), but he introduced me to a new favorite The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers.

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MATCHMAKER FONT

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A few weeks ago I was visiting my fave font shop and found this lovely little font called Matchmaker. I thought it could be a good font to mention as I know that the long ‘tails’ are very coveted on the blogosphere.  It’s a simple, sweet and affordable font, purchasing helps a new mom out (no not me, the creator of the font). I reached out to Angie B. the font designer to let her know that I thought she had a good thing going here and found out she has a five month old, then I proceeded to ask how she was doing it.  I think I may start asking more creative mommy’s how they are doing it (the whole work and mommy thing), because I feel like I need lots of help.  It may ‘take a village’ to do a lot of things but I need to access the entire globe for help.  I was adamant that I wasn’t going to turn this into a ‘mommy’ blog once Elle was born, but it’s who I am now, I’m a mom and I have lots of questions and I need lots of answers and to tap into the wealth of experience that is the world wide web, maybe there are others out there that are interested as well, those who are mom’s, those that are mom’s to-be, or those that need to know the truth about life with baby (newsflash no one is glamorous with throw-up in their hair).

Oh and if you are wondering how I was able to get this post in, my little babe has been sleeping for an unprecedented two hours!  Two hours?!  I feel like I just won the Lotto, she’s never slept for more than an hour during the day, so this was a happy surprise as I want her to be able to sleep and of course I want to be able to work so I can provide for her (which is why I am procrastinating by blogging).  Every day is a learning experience and every day things change with a baby, thank you for your visits, they keep me going and keep me from feeling like I am doing this all on my own.

P.S. To access the ‘tails’ in Adobe Illustrator you can got to ‘type’ and then ‘glyphs’ and a box will pop up of all the glyphs which is the technical tern for the ‘tails’. Our friend Debi Sementelli (of Bellucia font fame) created a video on importing glyphs from Illustrator or InDesign into Photoshop that you may find very helpful.  There currently  isn’t a glyphs panel in Photoshop. In Microsoft Word I believe you can access via ‘text’ then ‘symbol’ and then ‘insert’, but I haven’t used Word in ages so if someone wants to correct me on that please feel free to!

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 just welcomed to the world a baby girl. 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.

PINTEREST CURATOR SARAH YATES

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Sarah Yates has great style, a great story and just a certain ‘joie de vivre’.  When I was going through her boards she had little pops of this pink and peachy color that kept coming up, it’s very subtle and interspersed throughout but I loved how happy the combo felt so I decided to showcase both Sarah and her infinity for this palette.  I’m a little ready for some sunny days and Spring and this just feels so cheery, no? Sarah a photographer, blogger and style maven has some seriously addictive boards, my very favorite though is of her beloved pup Ruca Bean Yates-Mora. Visit Sarah’s boards here.

Hopefully I can steal some more time to share a sweet new font with you this week, I think you will like 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 just welcomed to the world a baby girl. 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.

HOW THE SOLLY WRAP HAS SAVED MY LIFE (OKAY, MY SANITY)…

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I know it seems a bit dramatic of me to say a product has saved my life, but I am pretty sure it has or the very least my sanity.  I know it’s been radio silence her and for that I apologize, I have been thinking about my blog and all of you everyday, I have, but I seem to be a little inept at this whole mom, blogger and business woman thing.  How the heck do all these other women make it look so darn easy?  I have been extremely baffled, but had a light bulb moment when I realized that all the other mommy’s that are actually getting things done have newborns that sleep, because that’s what newborns are supposed to do just sleep a whole lot.  Well, not my baby, nope, my baby spends a lot of time delighting me with her huge gummy smile, coo’s and Shirley Temple dimple that I can’t stop kissing, but that doesn’t make for a productive day at the ‘office’.  I need my baby to sleep not just so I can get work done, oh, no, I need her to sleep so she can do things like grow and flourish.

I am writing this as almost a public service announcement for those mommy’s that are struggling with either a baby that won’t sleep, insists on being held and cries bloody murder if you even attempt to put them down, or needs their hands to do things like brush their teethe or whatever it is they use to use their arms and hands for prior to holding baby for 24 hours straight. There are a lot of wraps, carriers, slings and such on the market (and I will discuss a sling I have been using in another post) but the Solly Wrap is Elle’s favorite and that’s key (coincidentally the inventor of the Solly wrap is also named Elle). This is the only place my baby will take a nap!  I have tried everythinga swing, a co-sleeper in the crib, the crib with a vibrating paddle under it, putting the crib mattress on a incline, swaddling, unswadddling, white noise, black out everything, car seat, stroller you name it but she stays wide awake, her doe eyes wide as saucers, but the minute I put her in the Solly wrap it’s a matter of seconds before she falls asleep. So why have I been fighting it if I know this is where she will sleep?  I was worried that she wasn’t getting a deep enough sleep or long enough sleep and finally I just had to concede that as long as she was getting some kind of sleep it was better than no sleep. This is how I was finally able to write this here post and try to reinsert myself into the world at large. Baby steps.  You might ask why the Solly wrap over the Moby  wrap?  For one it is easier to figure out how to tie (for me anyway) and it is lighter, much lighter. I seem to be running hot ever since Elle came to town so wearing a hot wrap for an extended period of time is not going to work for me (a lot of people love this wrap though). Less fabric also means less bulk and trust me after 9 months of being bulky you want to avoid that.  How long does she sleep in the wrap?  Not long, but I can get a good 30 minutes in, sometimes 45 but it’s better than zero minutes. It doesn’t give me a ton of time to get things done, but I work as much as I can within those windows, I have been able to keep up with my shop, but my beloved blog has been sorely neglected. Socializing? Nope, haven’t done that yet, but I hope to soon (I have serious cabin fever), working out?  I have done a bit of walking but nothing that is going to get me six pack abs (I plan on it), I have a gift certificate for a mani + pedi that I got for Christmas that I am dying to use (let’s not even discuss the state of my paws) but I have not worked up the courage to leave my baby with anyone and I absolutely would not baby wear her into the nail salon.

So this my friends is where I am at singing the praises of a baby wrap, spending inordinate amounts of time trying to get my daughter to sleep and then trying to find time to work, neglecting a lot of things (my poor husband has been living with a zombie) and hoping that I will soon find a way to navigate these choppy waters of new motherhood and find a balance. Oh, yes I also spend a lot of time mooning over my babe, she is just the best little non-sleeping being I have ever met.

P.S.  For those that left kind comments about the photo it’s from the Solly Wrap site, it’s not me and my bub, although I wish I looked this good, I look like a zombie, a happy zombie, but  a zombie.

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 just welcomed to the world a baby girl. 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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