Thursday, December 19, 2013

A little dose of inspiration.

 It's been awhile since I shared my pin-spirations with all of you but I've been finding some really great stuff on Pinterest lately and if you follow me you can tell that I've been on a frenzy! I love finding fun projects that I can work on in my spare time and since I'm coming to the end of my commissioned projects it's nice to have tons of different options for new endeavors. Here's whats been inspiring me lately!

Crochet and Knit // These  Sunflower Ornaments via The Purl Bee  would be so adorable on the Christmas tree or made into garland. I'm a little behind this year but I can always work on it now and have it ready for next year's festivities.
This scallop knit hat is so adorable. I haven't tried my hand at knitting scallops but it doesn't look terribly difficult and it makes for a lovely effect.
I am so in love with the idea of using clogs as needle and hook storage, I defiantly want to do this in my office!
This  bobble sheep pillow would be so adorable to make for the littles play room. Marli is so fond of sheep, this is a must do at some point!

Design Inspiration // I've been looking to floral layouts a lot lately as inspiration for my watercolor paintings. I love seeing different colors and textures paired together and it also gives me a nice reference for different styles of florals and arrangements.
I am hell bent on learning calligraphy in the next year, put that on my resolutions list!  I'm planning on taking a I Still Love Calligraphy course in the near future and I'll probably post some of my progress for those who are interested.


Product Photography // Currently I am loving the idea of incorporating paper flowers into photographs of my prints in the shop. I'm about to revamp the shop since I moved to Storenvy and I have been trying to come up with unique ways to show off my work.
I love this unique take on product photography as well, using a flower or other natural elements to create an image that really pops to the buyer. Plus, that flower is gorgeous!

What's been inspiring you lately? I'd love to hear from you!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Wednesday Wants // Blythe Dolls.

Well, a new obsession has begun in the hive. What are Marli and I head over heels for? Blythe dolls of course! I have been in love with Blythe for a long time, but sort of forgot how wonderfully adorable they are until a couple of days ago. Marli and I have been searching the web for cute little Blythes and making our wish lists much to my husbands dismay. Unfortunately being a Blythe junky is quite an expensive hobby and I've been thinking of ways to justify the price of these dolls with the old man. Until Marli and I get our hands on one of these cuties we will just have to admire them from afar. I've made a Pinterest board full of cute little ladies (yes, it's come to that.) and Marli loves scrolling through it and pointing out what she wants for her doll when she gets one. Here are some of our favorite ones!
Maybe I'm a weirdo but my desire to have one of these dolls is so strong! Look at their sweet faces and creepy eyes! I discovered that there is a whole new level to little Blythe, customized dolls. People go bananas making their dolls super special with makeup, freckles, expensive hair, the works! Some of the dolls go for upwards of a grand! It's insane! For now I'll stick to a beginners Blythe and see where that takes me.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Merry and Bright!

It's December, can you believe it? I love this time of year, the holidays are so much fun! This year I painted some very cute winter themed cards for my store. They turned out really well and they are for sale in my new shop on Storenvy Honeycomb&Company. If you shop now you can get 20% off of your purchase with discount code MERRY. These cards are great to send to family and friends, they are blank on the inside and every one comes with an envelope. There are also a few prints listed in the shop and I'm working hard on listing some knitwear as well. It's going to be a busy month for me!

If you like these cards I also created little gift tags with the designs and they are available for a free download here.* They are pdf files and you can save and print them out for all of your holiday wrapping needs! If you use these gift tags instagram a photo with the hash tag #honeycombco so I can check it out! I hope you guys enjoy these little cuties!
Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

* tags are not to be sold or used for profit.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Honesty Hour: A survey to bring my blog back to life.

Lately I've been finding it really hard to come back to blogging.  I've shared my thoughts on blogging before and how much the community has changed as of lately and how that has effected not only myself but some of my very good blogger friends as well. It's hard to find my voice after taking such a huge step back and it's almost made me feel like a stranger in this space. Obviously I haven't kept up with sponsorships, emails, or on my connections with the good friends I've made through the years here and it makes me a little sad to see my passion for blogging slip away.
I think that if I do stick around here things will be different, a name change, a different direction, a different attitude toward the blogging world. Sometimes we grow and the things we once love just aren't that great anymore, it's all apart of the journey. I'm still trying to figure out where my journey will lead me.
I don't want this space to be about expensive material objects, sponsored content, and posts without heart and hard work. I want all of my passions and creativity to flourish here without the worry that my readers will not respond. In the end my blog is for me, and I have to be happy with it every step of the way.
Recently I found this little survey posted by Sometimes Sweet and I thought I would take it and post it here to remind myself about my love for blogging and connecting, and to maybe get back into the swing of things.

1. When did you first start blogging and why?

I first started a blogger account in 2008 and wrote a high fashion blog for a short time before starting this more "official" blog in 2012. I started blogging to share my love for vintage goods and ran it alongside my vintage Etsy shop which is now closed.


2. Have you had any past online presence?
 

Yes,  I had a Xanga back in the day and I was really big on Myspace until it basically crumbled to the ground.

3. When did you become serious about your blog?
 
I have had a love hate relationship with my blogging experience over the last two years. There have been times where I have taken it very seriously and dedicated a lot of time to posts, sponsorships, ect and times where I have just left the radio silence drag on for weeks or months.


4. What was your first blog post?
 
My first blog post was more of an introduction to the space and what I had hoped to create for my blog over time. I've used it as sort of a "start here" page for new readers to get to know me in the past, but now its just there in my archives.

5. What have been your biggest challenges blogging?
 

I think my biggest challenge has been keeping myself interested and honest in this space. It's easy to look at what everyone else is doing and lose yourself in the blogging world. Surprisingly there are a lot of cliques, drama, pissing matches, ect that keep some bloggers at the top and some at the bottom. It's sometimes hard to stay out of all of the bullshit and just worry about your own purpose. I think since I've stopped caring maybe I can keep true to what I want to do here.

6. What is the most rewarding thing about blogging?
 

I think the most rewarding thing about blogging is that I've made some really incredible friends that I wouldn't have known otherwise. I have met wonderful ladies from the west coast, east coast, UK, AU, and they have all be supportive and wonderful not only in the blogging world but outside of that as well. Those connections really make blogging great.

7. What is the most discouraging thing about blogging?
 

The overwhelming amount of work that goes into keeping up. I get overwhelmed with home life, orders, my shop, and making sure that I don't neglect everything here and that I'm giving you something interesting to read, not a bunch of filler nonsense.

8. What is your lasting inspiration or motivation?
 

My inspirations change frequently but I would say that my main motivator is that I need something for me. Everyone needs something that is just for themselves, whether it be art, music, exercise. Something that they can focus on and enjoy on their own. This is my little world and I have to keep reminding myself that I need this and that I deserve this little space all the time.

9. What is your blogging dirty little secret?
 
I don't really know if I have one currently. I used to write a weeks worth of posts at a time and scheduled them so that I would be frantic everyday but obviously I stopped doing that.

10. What is your current goal as a blogger?
 

My biggest goal currently is to figure out what I want to document here and to start becoming more dedicated to that vision. I want to keep my voice and write about what makes me happy and have a purpose for this space. 

11. Have you learned or become passionate about anything through blogging that caught you by surprise?
 
Very much so. I've become so much more passionate about creating and painting because of encouragement that I have received here. I would have never thought that my handmade and paper goods would be making themselves around the world and that so many people would be so supportive of what I do. Big surprise. 

Hopefully in the near future I will come back here more often and I can decided on what direction I want to take this space but until then I hope to keep in touch with you all on Instagram and Twitter. 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Off to see the Wizard.

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Halloween! My littles had a fantastic time handing out candy and going out to trick or treat! Marli wanted to be Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz this year so we decided a family theme was in order. Hunter dressed up as the cowardly lion and he wasn't the happiest camper at first but he eventually warmed up to it and looked really sweet. I decided to go with the wicked witch of the west and I wore a fun little witch hat, my husband was a flying monkey, and grandma and grandpa were the scarecrow and tin man. It was pretty hilarious and Marli was absolutely thrilled about the whole thing.
She had a lot of fun trick or treating in our new neighborhood. There were so many kids out despite the rain and how chilly it was. Both of the kids just loved seeing everyone in their costumes. Hunter had no idea what was going on and kept pointing at everyone around us. We only took them out for a little but we ended up with a good bit of candy and two happy kids. They both hit sugar coma by about nine o'clock and they were done for the night.I wish I would have gotten better pictures but it was so gloomy out and Hunter wasn't in the mood for paparazzi.
We also carved our pumpkins a few days ago and lit them up for Halloween. Yet another theme! I've been wanted to do an Ariel pumpkin for forever so we went with an under the sea vibe. My husband and I like to get super competitive when it comes to silly stuff like this so we both spent forever designing our pumpkins and making patterns. My husband did a pretty amazing job with Sebastian and I think my Ariel turned out pretty cute. Marli's pumpkin is the little fish with the bubbles, and Jared and I split the last two and did a starfish and seashell with seaweed and bubbles. This was basically a full day worth of effort, which is ridiculous but we had some really awesome family time and I ended up making pumpkin bread when it was all said and done. Success!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Current Projects // Simple Crocheting Workshop.

 When I'm not working on a million hats for my shop or working on custom orders I love to practice different crochet stitches and techniques. I find a lot of project inspiration by making tons of little swatches with different yarns, hooks and stitches. I've only been crocheting for eleven months so this is also a great way to brush up on my skills. Recently I picked up a few crochet books and magazines as a little gift to myself and I've been making the effort to read a little each day and work on a few simple projects. I've been enjoying Simple Crocheting : A Complete How To Crochet Workshop with Twenty Projects and becoming familiar with some of the stitches featured in the book. This book is super helpful because it does explain all over the basics and talk about choosing colors, yarns, and tools. It's always great to have these kinds of reference tools. I highly suggest this book for beginners and those of you who like to brush up from time to time. It is photographed beautifully and has some very cute patterns to follow.
 Recently I've been working with wool in very cool muted tones. I've been using this color pallet on a wedding commission and I thought the colors would make beautiful knitwear so I've been working away on a few different styles of hats, scarves, and mittens. The stitch below is called the rope stitch, I've been working with this stitch which is included in the book and I'm very happy with it. I love the texture it creates, especially with thick chunky yarn. This is going to make a wonderful scarf.
What are some of your favorite crochet stitches? I would love a few more to practice!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Cozy on up to The Collective!

Welcome to the weekly blog hop party, The Collective Social Blog Hop.
This is a link up for bloggers who want to gain followers and meet awesome people.

The best social media blog hop, The Collective


Not sure if this is the blog hop for you? Listen to what other bloggers have to say...

"Just to let you know, your blog hop is the best I've participated in for gaining new friends!!! I couldn't believe the results!! Thank you!"
- Danavee, This Vintage Grove

"I'm dropping by to let you know that I love being a part of your blog hop! 
 I have been meeting really nice bloggers.  Bloggers who are actually friendly and want to connect! 
I'm putting the blog hop button on my side bar, like, permanently!  Everyone should know about it. Just thought I'd share with you. Thank you."
-Vickie, Oh Abby Day

"Hi BreAnna, just want to say that your blog is beautiful, creative, and fun. The GFC collective is one of my favorite parts of the blogging week. Love meeting new friends and fellow bloggers. We just started our blog and were amazed at how helpful the GFC collective is! Keep up the amazing work."
-Alea and Rachael, Sparkle Your Life

"This GFC Collective Hop is seriously one of the best link ups out there! Through this hop I have found so many great blogs & friends that I wouldn't have otherwise found! Thank you so much for hosting such a fun link up! Please take the time to link up & join along! You won't be sorry that you did!"
-Amy @ Keepin' Up With the Smith's

"I'm so excited I found your blog and this wonderful link up! I have met so many new people and found so many wonderful blogs this way. This is a great idea and I'm glad to be a part of it!"
xo

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Foodie Favorite // Peanut Butter Banana Crunch Muffins

Since apple picking over the weekend I've been making so many treats from them in going to start sprouting apples from my ears. I've made apple sauce, apple butter, apple chips, apple fritters, apples and chicken, and these delicious muffins and I still have a full bag of apples that I need to find use for! An apple a day keeps the doctor away so I think I'll be golden for a few years. These muffins were the biggest hit with my family, especially my kids. They gobbled up the entire batch and it was difficult to keep a few for the husband to enjoy.
These muffins are super moist, with a delicious crunchy topping and tons of banana flavor. I added my own apple sauce to the batter, which helped with the wonderful texture but I'm sure store bought apple sauce will work nicely. I suggest making a few batches of these because they will disappear quickly!
 Here is what you'll need:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 bananas, mashed
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1/4 cup apple sauce
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter
 
 Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and lightly grease your muffin pan or line them with cute little liners.In a large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Make sure that all of your dry ingredients are evenly mixed and set them aside. In another bowl, beat together bananas, apple sauce, peanut butter, sugar, egg and melted butter. Make sure that these ingredients are mixed thoroughly as well. The peanut butter takes a little bit of mixing to distribute evenly, make sure you don't have any huge clumps of it in the batter. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened. Make sure that you dig to the bottom and that all of the dry ingredients are mixed in. Spoon the batter into your muffin cups. 
In a small bowl, mix together your brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour and cinnamon. Then cut in one tablespoon of butter until you have a thick and chunky mixture. This is your delicious crunchy topping! Sprinkle the topping over your muffins and pat down gently. Let these babies bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until you can stick a toothpick in the center and it comes out clean.
 These are wonderful served warm or room temperature, great for breakfast, brunch, or a snack on the go. I will definitely make these again and again. They are the best muffins I've ever made!
If you would like to make your own apple sauce for this recipe check out this one I found on The Pioneer Woman.
If you would like to try making your own apple butter I shared this recipe last year on the blog and it made a wonderful gift to send to my dear friend Sandra from Anchors and Honey!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

At the Orchard // Adventures in apple picking.

 
 This weekend we took the kids apple picking for the first time. They had an absolute blast and we ended up picking about thirty pounds worth of apples, so look out for some yummy recipes in the future. 
The kids had a so much fun running around the orchard and filling their bags with apples, we had to go back through them later because they weren't really picky on which ones they grabbed. I think Hunter probably ate about ten apples while we were out there picking, soon after we left he went into a food coma. 
This particular farm not only had an apple orchard, but they also had a petting zoo, rides, and you could even pick your own pumpkins, so we were occupied all day with fun activities for the kids. Marli had such a great time, she never wanted to leave and made me promise that we would come back next year. It looks like we have a fun new family tradition! 
Here are some of my favorite moments from the day, I had so many pictures but these really stuck out to me and made me smile. I hope that you all enjoy and that you had a fantastic weekend yourselves!
What are some of your favorite fall traditions?

Thursday, October 17, 2013

23 // A birthday in photographs.

I mentioned that over the weekend I celebrated my birthday but I didn't speak too much about it because I was too busy swooning over my new baby Dottie. I won't talk about it too much but I will just say that I have the most amazing family and friends a girl could ask for and they made my birthday one of the most special days I've had in a long time. My best friend came up and stayed with us for the weekend and my hubby took a few extra days off work so that we could have a lot of fun and family time. I ate delicious food, hung out with amazing people, and was showered with beautiful flowers and lovely gifts. What more could a girl ask for?
Thanks to all of you who wished me a happy birthday on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. It means so much to me that all of you are so sweet and kind! Here are a few insta-shots from my birthday festivities! I hope you all are having a beautiful week!
 
I do have to add, isn't my new MCM custom kitchen table amazing? I'll have to get some better shots of it to share on the blog but it was designed by me and my mom worked to have my vision come to life. The best part is that it is apple green with a bamboo motif on the top! It's so retro and amazing!