Burt’s Buzz and other news

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It’s Monday, it’s the 1st, and we have not finished editing our class, woo hoo, for trifecta’s! It has not been from lack of effort, Michelle and I have worked every day straight for a over a week on just recording and editing. The screencast is a new medium for us and there has been a huge learning curve, it’s a lot harder than it looks. We will absolutely be sharing the process with you in case you wanted to try your hand at it, hopefully some of our tips can make the process a little more seamless.

In other news, I mentioned to Michelle that I am still in love with the Burt’s Bee’s tinted lip balm (I wear honeysuckle ). Even though I have mentioned the balm in the past, it is so rare that I am still in love with a product after more than one season that I felt it warranted another mention. Have you tried this product?  I like it because unlike other tinted lip balms this one seems to have a little more color to it, it’s also very moisturizing but not too moisturizing that it won’t stay on. It’s perfect for a nude lip, which is my fave look (I am after all a die hard lash fanatic and I wouldn’t want to eclipse all my hard work on the lash front). Michelle asked if I had seen the new documentary on the actual ‘Burt’, I had not, but I watched the trailer for Burt’s Buzz and think it looks like something that must immediately be added to the queue.

We did use some of the techniques from our class ‘Photoshop for Lettering Artists’ to put this post graphic together, something that we think a lot of bloggers may be interested in if they don’t know how to do it already. We removed the background from these images so we could place them on a white background (yes, we go over removing backgrounds!) the honeycomb pattern we made into a Photoshop brush (which you can download here). If you want to be on the list to be notified of when our class will launch you can do so here (hint it will be this week). We can not wait to share the class with you and our experience!

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.

Around here…

I hate to be one of those people that resorts to weather for small talk, but it has been seriously gosh darn beautiful around these parts, we are feeling very grateful. I asked Michelle last week if she had anything to add to the ‘around here’ post and she sent me the items below, I told her they were too good to just be added on and wanted to save them for this week. I personally think I should always ask Michelle, because I loved everything she mentioned.

Admiring:

Bobbie Burgers – paints amazing giant florals (I’m following her on Insta now @ bobbieburgers )

 Watching old interviews with photo icons on youtube:
Spritzing the linens with Lavender spray before bed.
Some books M. suggested for me that sound so good that I feel obliged to share:
Nonfiction! (the exclamation if because it’s my favorite) Inspiring Olympics story of a crew team from UW.
And on a more somber note, our hearts are heavy with the sad news of the passing of Mary Ellen Mark and the flodding in Houston, if you would like to help HOuston  please visit here.
We will be working on the class this weekend, we hope we can announce the launch next week!
photo by michelle p.
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.

The Myth of Overnight Success

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I’ve never been (and will likely never be) an overnight anything. For the most part, I prefer the winding path because it affords time for creativity and contemplation, which are two of my favorite things (see Action over Analysis post for possible side effects). This is not to say that I’m content to be stagnant – far from it! My path is bursting with grand ambitions, hard work, and high hopes. So it should come as no surprise, that even from this happily meandering route, I am not immune to a twinge of envy when I read what seem to be overnight business success stories. Who wouldn’t? The meandering path can be a tough way to pay the bills, and a chubby bank account sure would make life easier…but I need to remind myself that those stories are few and far between – that’s what makes them remarkable and not mundane. If all it took to attract legions of followers and through-the-roof sales was putting up a website and signing up for Instagram, there would be nothing noteworthy about it and we’d all be millionaires, and easy street would be packed elbow to elbow, standing room only.

what a shame it would be to dim your own light because someone else’s is shining brightly.

Some humans are better at it than others (what ever that “it” may be), but what a shame it would be to dim your own light because someone else’s is shining brightly. The logical side of my brain understands these things, but sometimes logic is undermined by fluttering doubts and misconceived notions about how the path sounds like it’s a whole lot easier for this or that person (usually spurred on by an article about someone I don’t even remotely know).  I have to remind myself that there is no such thing as effortless success, and there’s certainly nothing effortless about sustaining success. Everything looks easier once it’s done – a finished product all shined up and neatly presented with a linen twine bow. We don’t see the late nights, the too much coffee jitters, the hair-pulling head-scratching problem solving messiness that comes with the execution of all great things.

So, if you have these green-eyed moments too, and are starting a blog, or have had one for years but have only attracted a handful of readers, or have an Etsy shop, or small product line that is paying for your supplies, but is far from paying the rent, take heart. Try not to get discouraged. Business, and life in general for that matter, is not easy for anyone. For every headline about seemingly effortless rapid growth, there is a mountain of preparation and sweat behind it. Remember that there’s always more room at the top – so what if it takes you longer to climb the mountain? Just keep plugging away, one foot in front of the other on your journey and your chances of success will increase astronomically, and every so often, take advantage of the slower pace, pause mid-hustle, and take in the view.

Referenced

Action over Analysis

This is part of our series documenting our journey with Foto Rx. It may seem like we are moving at 90 mph, with a whirlwind of product releases, classes, collaborations, – and we are right now, but we have been chipping away at this venture for 3+ years and hope to keep working on it for many more!

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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Roasted tomato checca

roasted tomato checca

Well, hello! I am sure a lot of you are enjoying a day off today and I think I should preface this post by thanking all the individuals both past and present that have served our country, thank you kindly.

I posted this image on Instagram and had emails asking for a recipe. I cook a lot more than the average bear and my husband thinks I should be food blogging, but I admittedly don’t know how that would work since most things I make I don’t ever measure so I wouldn’t know how to translate that into a recipe. I also usually cook in a frenzy of hunger with a bit of vino thrown in, so again, I don’t know how that would translate. This dish however is pretty goof proof and the measurements can be fiddled with, you’d be hard pressed to come out with a bad result so I thought it might be time to try to share. The dish is roasted checca, which basically is a combo of chopped tomatoes, garlic and basil. In traditional checca those ingredients are uncooked but I always like mine sauteed with a little olive oil, but I digress. Checca is perfect topped on spaghetti, but you can also top it on toasted crostini for a most delicious appetizer, or if you want to it works perfect topped on fish or chicken breasts (and so much more). The ease and versatility of this dish makes it a summer standard in my book (when the tomatoes and basil are oh, so delicious).

//Ingredients//

One carton of organic cherry tomatoes (you can sub roma tomatoes about 6)

4 cloves of garlic (or more if you love your garlic)

Olive oil (use the good stuff, it’s so worth it)

Sea salt

(optional) Pepper

A handful of fresh basil leaves

//Prep//

Cut your tomatoes in quarters

slice or dice your garlic (I prefer a more rustic cut so I slice)

Cut your basil leaves in strips

Mix your tomatoes and garlic with 1 tbls to 2 tbls of olive oil

Heat oven to 350 F

On a baking sheet spread out your tomato, garlic and olive oil mixture

Sprinkle on your sea salt

(optional) add a couple of turns of black cracked pepper

Cook for about 15-20 minutes or until tender add the basil leaves last 5 minutes of cooking (make sure your garlic is not over browning/burning and that your tomatoes don’t get mushy!

That’s it! Your checca should be full of fragrance and flavor, your tomatoes soft but not mushy and infused with the garlic which should have taken on a nice toasted flavor, the basil will add a nice kick. Now go ahead and toss it with your pasta of choice, add it to your toasted crostini, your frozen pizza’s, scrambled eggs, gosh I could go on and on, but really I am just blabbering now. This dish is one of those, you know where you do hardly anything and your friends and family think you are some sort of culinary genius. Revel in it.

P.S. You still have one day to win our new Photoshop actions to digitize your lettering!  It is the easiest and quickest way to get your lettering from paper to pixel. You can enter here!

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.

Create Brush Lettering with a Nib!

create brush lettering with a nib

Michelle and I have been doing a ton of prep work for our soon to launch ‘Photoshop for Lettering Artists’ class, we have taught many on-line classes in the past but we have never filmed one (insert nail biting here). I of course the sleep deprived and harried mama who was supposed to be in charge of lettering supplies for props and demo for our trailer brought the wrong paper, I just grabbed a pad that I thought would be fine–well it wasn’t. We then proceeded to go through stacks of paper that Michelle had on hand and had a very serendipitous discovery!  Michelle handed me some smooth matte paper, it’s actually a fave or hers for printing photos and I went to work, what happened was nothing short of magic for me, the ink bloomed when it flowed from my nib and gave me a beautiful ‘brush’ effect. Why is this such a happy accident? Well, for those like myself that have tried unsuccessfully to work with a brush this gives you the control of the nib but the organic lines of a brush and it dries nice and matte which is perfect for scanning or shooting with your Iphone! We created a couple of Photoshop brushes for you so you can use them and see the texture of the lettering, it may not translate as well in the photo, but trust me you would be hard-pressed to be able to tell the difference.  So here’s to happy accidents!  Have fun experimenting and enjoy the free Photoshop brushes (I like to think of them as digital rubber stamps).

//RESOURCES//

Matte photo paper for project

Free XOXO Photoshop brush download

P.S. We cleaned up and created the Photoshop brush in 2 secs with our Vitamin L25| Photoshop actions set. You can still enter to win a free set here!

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.

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