A Fabulous Fete Lettering and Giveaway

Oscar Wilde quote by a Fabulous Fete via Besotted Blog

I love this quote that Lauren Saylor from A Fabulous Fete lettered (the lettering was cleaned up and made into a Photoshop brush with our Vitamin L25). I love Lauren’s easy breezy style and her blog is filled to the brim with some pretty amazing lettering. Lauren has started teaching watercolor lettering workshops and I so wish she was closer so I could participate! Speaking of participating, Lauren is generously hosting a giveaway of the L25 | Paper to Pixel set and a spot in our Photoshop for Lettering Artists Class. If you have been trying to win a set or take the class this could be your lucky chance, visit Lauren’s blog for details. We made a super quick video of us cleaning the artwork so you can see in real time how quickly you can get your lettering clean and web ready, see it here.

Tomorrow we have another Photoshop tutorial coming up, which we hope you will love and find opens another world of creative possibilities for you!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. 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.

Maybelle Luxe Lettering Kit Winner!

She believed she could by Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls

And the winner is…Caroline Diaz! I do apologize for the delay on announcing the winner, when you have a toddler your best laid plans are pretty laughable. Toddlers are a mercurial lot and sometimes sleep for both parents and toddler are non-existent and mama may or may not walk around in a heavy fog with eyelids heavy and brain so drained that writing a post seems the equivalent of scaling Everest. Better late than never? Thank you to everyone that participated, we loved each and every one of your quotes so very much, what an inspiring collection we have amassed now! The winning quote resonated with all of us, especially Maybelle, she wanted you to see her first calligraphy efforts (brave woman), because she wants you all to know that if you believe in yourself crazy, impossible, magical things can happen… [Read more…]

Adding Text to photos in Photoshop

Adding text to photos tutorial via besotted blog

We decided last week that this would be a great week for some Photoshop tutorials! We do love us some Photoshop around here and we have been wanting to add a regular Photoshop series to the blog, we know the program can be daunting but the best way to learn is by doing (having little victories also helps). This first Photoshop tutorial was created and recorded three long years ago, it was in our ‘to-do’ archives, we’ve dusted it off and hope you enjoy.  You’ll have to forgive my monotone voice, I was new to creating screencasts and just a wee bit nervous, but the information should be easy enough to follow and hopefully you’ll find it useful for your own projects. If you have any stumbling blocks or questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments so we can be sure to answer them for you! You’ll find the video below. [Read more…]

Around here…

Besotted with Maybelle Luxe Lettering Kit Giveaway

What a week! All my week’s feel like whirlwinds, maybe that’s part and parcel of having a toddler, or getting older (or drinking too much cold brew), but whatever the reason I can’t believe it’s Friday already. Since I work for myself I don’t get a traditional weekend, so Friday’s don’t feel much like Friday’s anymore, but I do remember savoring that feeling of closing time when I was working at an office (actually it was their storage closest) but still. With that lovely feeling in mind of it being time to head out for the weekend I will leave you a few things that are happening around here, happy weekend!

You still have time to enter Maybelle’s exquisite giveaway, remember to leave your comment here and make sure you regram or pin the images with the hashtag #lovemaybelle. We have been loving all your quotes, we are duly moved and inspired.

I have mentioned Maskcara before, I adore her, but this makeover was just outstanding!

I am a huge fan of the artist Carson Ellis, her collaborative project with her husband, Colin Meloy (of The Decemberists ) the book series ‘The Wildwood Chronicles’ is wildly imaginative and would not be the same without her illustrative genius. I am really relishing each chapter. This is a fun interview with Carson, if you interested in probing further and seeing more of her fine work.

Speaking of beautiful illustrations, my daughter is currently on a huge mermaid kick thanks to a stunningly beautiful double page mermaid spread in Dream Animals by Emily Winfield Martin. E. won’t even let me finish the story anymore and wants to cut straight to the mermaids, I love reading to her so I was in search of book with a mermaid focus and found The Mermaid and the Shoe by K.G.Campbell, the story is sweet and original and the illustrations are equally as gorgeous.

Michelle and I recently figured out something close to magic in Photoshop, a new (and easier) way to do a task for the next Foto Rx set we are creating. I love the thrill of discovery and being able to experiment with our new found skills! Speaking of that wonderful program Photoshop we will be having some simple + easy Photoshop tutorials up on the site next week!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. 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.

photo by michelle p.

DIY Cold Brew Coffee

How-to Make Cold Brew Coffee via Besotted Blog

My great grandmother always had homemade “coffee concentrate” at the ready in her refrigerator (it was in a tall glass juice carafe with an orange lid – isn’t it strange how childhood details can etch themselves into your memory?). Grandma claimed it made for a proper cup of coffee – flavorful but smooth, without any twinge of bitterness, and it didn’t upset her stomach like coffee from a pot. Well, as any true coffee connoisseur (or mason jar coffee hipster) can tell you, Grandma was right! The cold brew process reduces acidity and concentrates the flavor of the beans, making for a gentler but richer cup.

Whipping up a batch of cold brew has been on my mind for ages,  but I’ve been deterred by the chore of filtering watery grounds through cheesecloth and a strainer – the odds of ending up with a mouthful of coffee grounds or a floor flooded in ice cold coffee seemed high. Then I heard about using a re-usable filter bag instead of a cheesecloth (the same sort of bag that’s used for making almond milk) – hooray! I promptly ordered one, and made cold brew the very next day. My taste-testers positively RAVED (Tristan’s husband requested that she order the filter for their household ASAP), and we devoured the entire 8 cups of brew in 2 days.

//RECIPE//

2.75 cups coarsely ground coffee beans (I used Trader Joe’s Organic Sumatra beans).

8 cups of good tasting water (definitely use filtered water if your tap water is less than delicious).

Place coarsely ground beans into the filter bag and set in your pitcher / container, then add water (if you’d like to make a different amount of brew just calculate a ratio of 1 part coffee grounds : 3 parts water). Refrigerate for 11-12 hours, then remove the bag of grounds- that’s it, your cold brew is ready to enjoy!

Drink it while it’s fresh! Keep your cold brew refrigerated and use it within 2 weeks (or it will start to taste like chewy old coffee – ew).

SERVING

Cold: pour over ice, add milk if desired, dilute with water if needed.

Hot : 1 part concentrate to 2 parts hot water or milk.

Note: 1 part ice-cold brew even when added to boiling water makes for a lukewarm cuppa. If you like your coffee HOT, you’ll want to warm up the cold brew portion or at least bring it to room temperature.

We think bottles of cold brew would make for very stylish homemade gifts or wedding favors – don’t you? The link for the labels we created is below – you are welcome to use them too! (personal use only of course)

//RESOURCES//

Here’s the filter bag I used.

This organic hemp bag was tempting too.

Coffee Bean Grinder

Label PDF

Swing Top Bottles

Kitchen Twine (used to tie on the labels)

Photo edited with Foto Rx First Aid Kit: I played Feeling Off-Color to get the white balance just right, and Slight Light at 30% opacity to make it nice an bright. 

P.S. Reading your quotes for our Maybelle Luxe kit giveaway is like a concentrated dose of inspiration! Cruise through if you haven’t peeked yet, and there’s still time to enter if you have a favorite quote to share!

P.P.S. The font I used for the cold brew labels was created for the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum – and it’s FREE! I recommend heading over to download it asap.

Author / Miss Michelle P.

Miss Michelle P. is a photographer, and the co-creator of Foto Rx Premium Photoshop Actions. She lives in the Pacific Northwest. Her muse is light.

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