Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Weekend

Over the weekend, we had a huge birthday celebration for Jesse, his dad and his grandpa. This year, they are all turning (or have turned) 40, 60 and 80, respectively. Quite a reason to have a party! We had so many family and friends show up; it was a great time!

 
Then on Sunday I got to take Jesse's cousin from Colorado to the Henry Doorly Zoo. Last year when I went, the new African Grasslands exhibit was under construction. And we were there at the end of the day, so some of the buildings were closed. It was so great seeing all the new animals and I got to go in the Butterfly Pavilion this time as well! I couldn't believe how tame these hummingbirds were!

We were on a bit of a time crunch, so didn't get many photos, but the Aquarium is always a favorite stop. I love all the bright fish and especially the jellyfish.

This coming weekend I get to go wedding dress shopping with my sister-in-law and all of the girls involved in the wedding. I'm cramming in as much fun as I can before the craziness of fall shows and the holidays get here!

What are your plans for the weekend?

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Etsy Treasury - Pantone Fall 2016

With fall just mere days away, I thought we could all use some inspiration from Pantone's Fall 2016 line. Enjoy these finds!

Pantone Fall 2016

Take a peek at the great colors for fall from Pantone! Special features from the Blogging Business Artisans https://www.etsy.com/teams/10615/blogging-business-artisans
Leaf Patterned Earrings with Carnelian
$25.00
Blue Button Charm Bracelet / Light Turquoise Navy Dark Blue Jewelry / Simple Fun Piece by randomcreative on Etsy
$23.00
Gray Loose Knit Slouchy Sweater Hand Knit Sweater Women Knit Top Oversized Grunge Sweater
$55.90
Autumn Russet Flower Earrings w Copper Swarovski Crystals
$28.00
Kitty Cat Wood Silhouette and Fern Green and Gold Swarovski Crystal Niobium Earrings
$18.00
Crocheted Scarf Cafe au Lait Turkish Yarn w Copper Threading
$32.00
Set of Two Shabby Chic Flower and Big Dot Premium Cotton Dish Towels Dish Cloth Kitchen Towel  Rose Floral Pink White Blue Cotton Tea Towels
$25.00
Sun & Moon Oil Bag Carrying Case Cotton Celestial Print Cotton Padded Zipper Wide Essential Oil Travel Bag
$26.50
Dark Green Scarf, Oversized Scarf, Long Scarf, Fall Scarf, Emerald Green Scarf, Chunky Scarf, Winter Scarf, Wrap, Shawl, Jersey Scarf
$32.00
The Charlotte- Brown and Gold Glass Necklace
$54.40
Password Book, Password Organizer, Password Journal, Password Notebook, Internet Password Book, Passwork Keeper, Mini, Yellow
$20.00
Natural Orchid Flower Brooch, Gold Trimmed Spicy Mustard Pin Pendant, Real Flower Jewelry, Preserved Island Sunset Orange Yellow Blossom
$39.95
NEW Fall 2016 PANTONE Color Ombre Warm Taupe and Dusty Cedar Tote Bag, Fall Fashion, Style, Fall Colors, F/W 2016,  Fall/Winter 2016
$30.00
Spicy Mustard Wedding Shawl, Mustard Yellow Chiffon Scarf, Sheer Stole, Mustard Bridal Shawl, Bridesmaids Gift, Evening Shoulder Wrap
$22.99
Red Coral Earrings Sterling Silver Grade AA Natural Stone Coral Drop Gemstone Earrings Aurora Red Earrings Medium Red Coral Gift for Her
$34.00
Wound Hemp Tube Beads - Medium Blue (100)
$8.00

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Gladys in her First Parade!

Each year my hometown has a huge parade for Labor Day. I haven't been in the parade since I was a little kid and my grandparents wanted me to show off Gladys, so I agreed to drive her in the parade...and convinced my dad to ride with me :) I just got the interior finished up Saturday morning before the parade, so she is all done!!

There is also a small car show on main street before the parade. My mom thought it would be neat to have a little sign showing that Gladys is a 4th generation car. Of course I can't just print a little sign...I had to add my own touch :) 

I was a little nervous driving in the parade with all the people and especially little kids around chasing candy! But having my dad along really helped! And my mom even got a video. Isn't Gladys pretty!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Product Photography - Inside or Outside??

Up until now, I've always taken my photos with a white background. I think it helps the photos pop. But I don't always think it captures the true colors of the wood. I've been experimenting with outdoor photos and was hoping to get some feedback.
 

I like that the outdoor photos give the wood a more natural look and feel. But I'm not sure I like the shadows. Do they bother you? Do you even notice them? I know I won't be able to take my photos at the ideal time, so shadows will always be part of them.


Is the white background less distracting? Or boring?

Do you take your photos inside or outside...and why?
I'd love any feedback on these photos you would like to provide. Thanks!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Monday, August 8, 2016

Artist Collaboration

I love getting to talk with and work with other artists. Bouncing ideas off each other and coming up with new projects is so fun! I've recently been working with a friend, Phillip, who owns Metaling in Art and does metalwork and woodworking.

Our first project started with me designing a logo for his business and then engraving this on both some wood pieces for tables as well as some steel tubing for table legs and other metal projects.

I then had a friend ask if I could engrave on silverware to be made into jewelry. I ran a few sample pieces and Phillip did the cutting and drilling for me. We started with a necklace and are working on a key chain. Thinking about adding rings and bracelets as well.

And when Phillip stopped by the other day, we brainstormed ideas for cutting boards and recipe boxes that I have lying around that have blemishes and aren't suitable to sell as-is. I can't stand to just toss them, but have tons of they stacking up! So we're hoping to have new ideas for those soon as well!

  Have you worked on any collaborations lately?
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