Blackwing Pencil

blackwing pencil via besotted blog

I have professed my love for Blackwing pencils many times prior, but since this week is going to the birds (in anticipation of our soon to launch Rare Bird Font Foundry!) I think they deserve another mention.  I love these pencils not only for their aesthetics but for their performance.  If you like to sketch on the fly and don’t want to cart around a whole pack of ‘B’ pencils with you, then a simple Blackwing could do you good. They do come in 7 degrees of hardness from 2H-2B, I like to stick around the 4B grade, it’s soft, but not too soft (Michelle drew these beauties, the sweet peas with a 4B).  I also will use a harder lead for everyday writing. Blackwing also has a storied history where the likes of Hemingway, Steinbeck, Capote, Nabokov have been spotted with a Blackwing in hand. I don’t know about you, but a good pen or pencil makes a huge difference in my wanting to even start a project. Luckily, I always have a box of Blackwings around, there is nothing quite like a freshly sharpened pencil to get me in the right frame of mind to get down to business.  And I can’t mention their pencils without mentioning their erasers, which are completely replaceable. What the what?  What kind of genius design is that? Not only are they rectangle allowing for a more fluid and sweeping motion, you can choose your desired color? This little detail is just gold.  For those that are in the social media loop they also make a pretty great photo prop. What is not to like about these beauties?

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Rare Bird Font Foundry

Blackwing pencils Black | White | Gray

Blackwing Instagram

Hemingway

Steinbeck

Capote

Nabokov

photo by blackwing

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.

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Bird Love by Leila Jeffreys

bird love by leila jeffreys via besotted

We haven’t done one of our themed weeks in ages, so we thought with our impending launch of our Rare Bird font foundry we would dedicate this week to the birds. It feels fitting, right? This is a photo of the most wonderful book, by a most talented photographer–Leila Jeffreys. A gift from a most thoughtful friend (Michelle).  I love Jeffreys back story how she started out as a garden bird-watcher and how her love morphed into a more serious bird enthusiast where she was helping ornithologists tag birds and then taking photos of the birds followed. It’s not just Jeffreys incredible and obvious talent that I am drawn to but her overflowing passion and dedication to her muse. To me Jeffreys has found the ‘dream’ subject, the birds as muse encompass so many of my own loves-animals, nature, science, photography and in the end, icing on the cake interior design.

Jeffreys will be in NYC exhibiting her flock at the Olsen Gruin Gallery come October 13th-November 12th 2017 with her Ornithurae Volume I exhibit. If you are in the area we think it would be well worth the visit!

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Leila Jeffreys

Leila Jeffreys Instagram

Bird Love by Leila Jeffreys

Olsen Gruin Gallery

Phase One Camera (what she shot with!)

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Camera | Lens

Edited with Flatlay Presets (coming soon)

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.

The countdown is on…

Specimen III font by Rare Bird Font Foundry

Oh, we are getting so excited around here!  We are *this* close to launching the most beautiful font foundry in the world (I say that humbly, of course). Just wanted to get you a peek of a mock-up that we did using one of the beautiful fonts that will be in our launch line-up. Every detail of this foundry has been executed with the utmost detail and care and we just hope you fall madly in love with this project as we are. It has been a long time coming and we can’t wait to share all the wonderful talent with you!

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Rare Bird Font Foundry

Rare Bird Instagram (we can’t wait to see your work with the fonts!)

Image edited with Foto Rx fine art black & white actions (coming soon!)

Shot with Fuji Mirrorless

Adobe Photoshop monthly subscription

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.

Fall uniform

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And just like that it is fall…And I have nothing to wear and I have no idea where to start to find what I would like, you?  I am writing this post in hopes to see if maybe you might have any suggestions?  I am at a lost, I feel like no one has just beautiful, simple basics that don’t cost a fortune.  I have included a couple resources, one is from one of my fave blogs for capsule wardrobes, she always seems to find a great mix of high and low. I also have a pin board ‘Closet Case’ for some great inspo on simple outfits that will last you into the next couple decades looking chic.  Other than that?  Kind of at a lost, but open to suggestions!

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Great capsule wardrobe resource

My style

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Emerson Fry (you need to pre-order)

Everlane

Sweater steal (I bought a large, normally a s/m)

Free Salt Prints via VIMPT

Vimpt salt prints via besotted blog

I am always in awe of the wonders I come across via these interwebs.  I accidentally stumbled across Craig Austin’s, VIMPT feed on Instagram. Austin’s feed is filled with incredible images, none of them his, well, I take that back, all of them his, let me back up…Austin in a master printer, he decided to donate his time and skills to the Instagram community by offering free salt prints to the community. You submit your interest via his hashtag #vimpt and then he takes a peek, finds the images that he feels will translate best and gets to work. The results? Stunning!  I love the entire process of making a photograph, but editing and hands on printing are really my jam. I wish there were more hours in the day, days in the year, etc. because I want to try this so badly. Until then, I need to get to start tagging….

P.S. We did a little ‘house’ cleaning on the blog, so if you are having trouble finding anything, blame me, I totally messed up, but don’t fret, everything is here, it just may be in another spot;)

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Vimpt Instagram

VIMPT site

Salt print kit

Salt print kit ii

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.

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