Monday, July 28, 2014

Etsy Love // JuJuJust.

As a lover of all things made from yarn it's natural for me to spend way to much time scouring Pinterest and Etsy for beautiful works of fiber art. I had repeatedly stumbled upon Judit's lovely pieces and decided I just had to find her Etsy shop. JuJuJust is full of eye candy! Besides making lovely wall hangings bursting with fringe and color she also makes beautiful and fun accessories you can wear everyday! I am a huge fan of her color combinations and her aesthetic. There are so many fabulous pieces to browse through,a little something for everyone. Here are a few of my favorite pieces in her shop, if you like what you see click on over and check it out for yourself!

Which piece is your favorite?

Friday, July 25, 2014

A small chat about new beginnings and other little ramblings.


It's been a busy week or so around the hive, which is why I didn't have a WW post for you last week. We headed out to Ohio for an extended weekend trip with family and I'm still trying to get myself back on track! I did want to stop by to say that next week I'll have a weekly wallpaper post featuring four designs for you to download so stay tuned! I've gotten a lot of feedback on them and I'm really happy you've been enjoying my little freebies.
I also wanted to share a few other things with you guys! My Society6 account now has duvet covers and I'm really excited to add some new designs to the mix. I will announce when new things are up as they come, but I've really been trying to take my time and enjoy the designing process for every item going into the shop and on Society6.
Lately I've been doing a lot more free form and abstract work and I've been trying to open myself up creatively to different techniques and styles. I love that as an artist I can really learn and develop with every piece. I've been working a lot more on letting go and not being so critical of myself  personally and with my art and I think all of that personal growth has really come through in what I've been doing lately. It's been more about feeling and I think that's something I've been lacking in the past. I've been getting a lot of wonderful comments about some of my newer pieces on social media which has just shown me that change can be for the better.So a huge thank you to all of you who are constantly rooting for me and watching these changes happen. All the positive vibes have been overwhelming.
I will be back on Sunday with some more posts for you all to enjoy! Have a lovely weekend!

Friday, July 11, 2014

WW// Tropical Sunset.

Hi guys, today I'm back with another weekly wallpaper! This week I wanted to do something a little more simple and versatile so I pulled out my two favorite shades of Dr. Ph Martin's water colors and went to town! I really like the way these two colors blend together, it reminds me of a beautiful tropical sunset! what could be more perfect for summer? I really hope you like this week's wallpaper and if you have any suggestions for the coming weeks, I'm all ears!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Color // Text: Helen Dardik color palette.

I've been having a love affair with Helen Dardik's scandi designs for a long time. I first stumbled upon her when I was looking for interesting prints to hang in the kids rooms. I love her intricate patterns and bright colors, they are so happy and vibrant! I haven't done a color palette in awhile so I thought she would be the perfect artist to feature. This floral print was featured on her blog in a variety of color options but I picked this more pastel version. I wish I could get bedding made for my daughter in this print, it's gorgeous!

Artist // Helen Dardik
Find this piece here. 
See my last Color // Text palette here.

Friday, July 4, 2014

WEEKLY WALLPAPER // Tutti Frutti!

Happy Fourth of July to all of you! Today I'm going to start a new weekly feature on the blog and I hope you're excited! Each week I'll be whipping up a free downloadable wallpaper for you guys to use on your iPhones! I'll try to mix it up and give you a bunch of different patterns and styles to choose from. I'd love to hear any suggestions from you! Summer is officially here so this week's background is bright and fruity! I really love the way this background looks on my white and gold iPhone5! Let me know what you think!


Thursday, July 3, 2014

NOTEWORTHY // Maryanne Moodie.


 Recently I added weaving to the list of things that I'm obsessed with. While searching through pinterest to get a better grasp of weaving techniques I stumbled upon the lovely works of Maryanne Moodie and I knew I needed to share her art with my readers. The way she plays with color and texture create beautiful additions to any home and really make a statement. Weaving is a lot harder than it looks, so I think the amount of detail and layers she adds to her work are down right impressive!
Recently Maryanne taught a weaving workshop with the ladies from DESIGNLOVEFEST, a big favorite of mine. I would have loved to have been there, maybe I would have absorbed some of their creative juices! I love that Maryanne uses a lot of natural fibers created by small and local businesses. I am a huge yarn snob and a fan of hand spun, hand dyed, organic fiber and the look it creates so naturally her choices of fiber and color really connect with me. I could look at her instagram account for hours, there are so many pretty pieces to admire! Hop on over to her account to explore all of her designs and to show her a little insta-love!
all photos credited to @maryannemoodie via instagram, click on pictures to take you to the original post.

Have you been loving the weaving trend sweeping across the instagram and blogging community? What are some of your favorite Maryanne Moodie designs?

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A Creative Blog Hop!


Recently I was asked to partake in a little creative blog hop by the lovely and talented Kim from WhatPeggySaid! I love seeing other crafty chicks in action and it's fun to take a peek at their creative process! I'm so honored to be in the mix with such awesome bloggers like Kim and Chiaki ! Make sure you take a little look at what they have been working on!
Now I get to play along and let you in on what I've been up to! Here we go! 
1. What am I working on? 
Right now I'm in the process of a big shop update so I've been working on a ton of new prints, stationary, and other handmade goods. I've also been working on a few crochet projects and woven wall hangings! I've been having fun jumping between painting and fiber art, it keeps me from becoming uninspired and I've found myself getting a lot more work done. Yarn always cures my creative block!
2. How does my work differ from others of it's genre? 
I feel like my work has a pop effect. I  love bright colors and bold patterns, especially florals! I pull a lot of inspiration from mid century designs and colors and I love creating things with a twist of kitsch. I work with a variety of mediums and I like to see color schemes or designs I'm using carry a feeling through out my work.
3. Why do I create what I do?
I've always had a love for yarn, I learned to knit and needle point at a really young age and those hobbies have stuck with me throughout my adult life. There are so many fun and creative ways to use yarn, the possibilities are endless! Painting and lettering are things that I've really started to love as an adult. I always told my husband that I wanted to paint and one day we decided to grab some art supplies and see where that would take me. I've enjoyed learning and perfecting my technique and it's given me another creative outlet!
4. How does your creating process work?
Sometimes my gears just spin a mile a minute and I can come up with a ton of great ideas in a short time, other times the process is more labored. I find the best way for me to come up with an idea is just to get my hands in it. If i'm working with fiber I like to just cast on a few stitches and whip up a few rows just to see how the yarn knits up, then I take it from there.When it comes to painting, my sketchbook is my best friend. I like to make really crude drawings of my ideas and if I like one enough I do an actual sketch before choosing colors and then eventually paint to paper. I like to fly by the seat of my pants most of the time, I find that if I think to much about it I nitpick my work. Artists are their own worst enemies! 
I hope you liked this little look into how I work behind the scenes! I love the creative blogging community and all of the encouragement I receive here and on my social media accounts! It's lovely to read all of your comments!
Since this is a creative blog hop I thought I would give a shout out to some of my favorite creators in the bloggy world! I'ts hard to narrow it down but these are the ones I visit on a daily basis! Enjoy!

Everyday Is A Holiday // This husband wife duo create the sweetest treats you can't eat! I'm in love with their insanely realistic macaron diecuts! They are an extremely talented couple and Jenny's instagram is beyond amazing! 

PonyChops // Chantal has been a long time blogging pal of mine and I am in love with everything she creates! Her fun customized shoes have kawaii inspired designs and bright colors that are to die for! She's already making a name for herself, her shoes have graced the feet of founder and CEO of Lime Crime Cosmetics! 

Jesiiii // Jesi doesn't have a blog, but I thought to include her because her work is so adorable and her instagram account is very much like a little blog. I love her shop, I am really drawn to the way she uses wood, watercolors, and acrylic to make such bright vibrant work! Also I would like to take a minute to praise her sense of style because she wears the most adorable outfits! Major closet envy!