Saturday, February 28, 2015

ANTARCTICA pt. 6 : PLENEAU ISLAND











 

After going through all of my photos from Antarctica, I have to say I think this was my favorite area.  The ice formations, icebergs, and mountains were totally insane. The grey skies made for a lack of horizon when you gazed out across the water, really making it feel like we had reached the end of the world.  I’ll never be able to describe it and these pictures will never do this place justice.  Since I simply couldn't pick favorites, I posted a million more on my photography.  Hop over to see the full post from this day : here
During our cruise around Pleneau Island, we were pleasantly surprised to find a playful leopard seal.  He considered the idea of coming into the water from his iceberg napping spot for several minutes.  We watched in awe as he stared back at us, poked his head under the water, and stared at us some more.  After several minutes he slithered in the water and began canoodling with our little boat; swimming under it and around, back down, popping his head up right next to someone…  The water was crystal clear and we could watch his every move.  The animals of the Antarctic and truly amazing creatures.  To see animals in their own, pristine environment is an honor.  There sadly are not many places like this left.
“Otherworldly” is best word I can find to sum up this continent, it really is it’s own special little planet.
xx

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

LETS DRINK : BLUEBERRY MULE COCKTAILS




It's Wednesday, so if your weeks been anything like mine you might be in need a mid-week cocktail.  I have to give my friends at The Kissing Tree Vintage (my #businessandbooze buddies) mad props for taking this drink to another level!  

Disclaimer : if you already like Moscow Mules as is, you may become addicted.  Consider yourselves warned.

Here is what you need to craft this delicious drink:
1/4 cup of vodka
ginger beer (about half of a can)
2 tbsp of blueberry syrup 
A squeeze of fresh lime juice and a slice for garnish
*this quantity is based on one drink, so if you're wanting to get wild maybe add a little more vodka. 
haha.

To make the blueberry syrup:
Bring 1 1/2 cups of water to a boil.  Add 1 cup of blueberries, reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.  Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sleeve. Add 2 to 4 tbsp of sugar to desired sweetness.  (this amount will last you for plenty of drinks!) 

CHEERS! 
xo

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

IN PROGRESS : POPPY PRINTS




If you've been following my work then you'll know about my affinity for poppies.  I often paint them but have yet to turn too many into actual prints offered in the shop.  I decided to start on a little series recently with varying colors.  This is the first of the poppies, painted all with gouache paint.  
Stay tuned for more spring florals popping up around here soon. 
xx

Monday, February 23, 2015

WEEKEND SCENES : WINTER IN FLORIDA















 As an adventure seeker, I admit that due to my constant daydreaming and wanderlust I often forget that I live in a vacation / paradise type of town...  One thing Hunter and I decided we would do more often this year is explore our town and the surrounding areas in Florida that we typically overlook (ya know, while planning for bigger, further away destinations).  I forgot how fun it can be to play tourist in your own town, bringing my camera along for no reason and taking it all in like a visitor.  If I'm being honest, the last maybe 10 times I was at the beach was for work (aka photoshoots).  Never simply to enjoy it just because.  Having friends in town helps with this too, some of the photos are from when my girlfriends visited last weekend.  The top priority was "make-your-own donuts" (Anna Maria Donuts) and a good view for cocktails after that.  The other photos were from the prior weekend when Hunter and I just randomly decided to spend our Saturday seaside.  We had lunch at the Tiki Hut, a favorite little joint for an indulgent seafood-filled lunch.  Grapefruit cocktails for me and the spiciest bloody mary possible for him.  Cheers to being inspired by what we have and observing the beauty that's around us.  Hope everyone had a beautiful weekend! xox 

"I need the sea, it teaches me..."



Saturday, February 21, 2015

ANTARCTICA pt. 5 | PETERMANN ISLAND






As usual, click below to "read more" and/or see the full set of photos on my photography blog
If you like fuzzy baby penguins, you may not want to skip this one! 

xo

Thursday, February 19, 2015

RECENT WORK : NAVY & CORAL FLORAL SUITE






Love the turn out of the bright, happy watercolor suite for a recent wedding.  I always really like to each make piece a little different, I love how these flow together without being so matchy. Perfect for a summer wedding! 
xx
To inquire about your own custom made invitations or shop the collection of prints, visit me on Etsy

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

ANTARCTICA pt. 4 | THE LEMAIRE CHANNEL




Another beautiful view from my trip to Antarctica.  This wasn't an actual stop but a breathtaking scene from the deck of our ship early one morning.  
Click " read more" below to read on about this area. Again, there are way more photos on my photography blog for those who are interested! xx 

Friday, February 13, 2015

HAPPY VALENTINES WEEKEND


Wishing you all a great weekend and a happy Valentine's day! 
I know a lot people think Valentines is silly, Hunter and I won't really be participating because we have friends coming into town and it's his dads birthday.  We go on lots of dates normally so I think I'll be ok missing the long waits at restaurants :)  We also have our local seafood festival which always proves to be a good time with delicious food! I am definitely excited to get through this workday. 
Happy Friday! 
xx



Friday, February 6, 2015

SKETCHBOOK 02 : FLORAL PATTERN







Happy Friday! 
Another little page from my sketchbook of this fun floral print.  With something like this where I want to (somewhat) evenly space my elements, I will always start with a sketch.  Like last time, my greenery always come first.  For this, I just did each color randomly through out and kept filling in with different shades.  Once I finished this one it went up on the wall for color inspiration for some matching spring items.  As always, I'm posting these types of "in progress" shots on instgram quite often, @shannonkirsten 

Hope you have a lovely weekend. xx

Monday, February 2, 2015

ANTARCTICA pt. 2 | WILHELMINA BAY







Happy Monday friends. I'm excited to share another little piece of my Antarctica adventure today.  If you would like to see more photos and read about this day of our trip. Click "read more" below for the full post!