Thursday, October 30, 2014

FALL FAVORITES : PUMPKIN KAHLUA COCKTAILS





I hope you're not sick of pumpkin yet because this little cocktail is quite delicious (and not overly pumpkin-y).  Perfect for whatever Halloween activities you'll soon be indulging in.  Here is what you will need to make this:

"Pumpkin White Russian"

Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka
Kahlua
Milk (whole is typical but other works great too)
Pumpkin Pie Spice
Cinnamon
Cinnamon Sticks (optional, for garnish)

I followed a white russian recipe to get the porportions right the first time (I'm no mixologist).  I started with 2 ounces of Kahlua, 3 ounces of vodka, and a smidgen (let's say quarter to half of a teaspoon) of pumpkin pie spice.  Shake it up a bit then add 6 ounces of milk and shake again.  As I said, typical white russians call for creamer or whole milk, I prefer skim or coconut milk, that's up to you!  I used another pinch of cinnamon on top and a cinnamon stick to garnish.  This basically made a good sized "rocks" glass.  So if you are shaking up some beverages for a few friends I would definitely double or triple the recipe at least!

Cheers! 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

NEW POPPY NOTEPADS IN THE SHOP (& MORE SOON!)



My photo of this design on instagram seemed to be a hit, so I've listed these fun notepads in the shop!  I've ordered printing samples of a lot of the floral photos I post over there… more notepads, new prints, and greeting card sets! I'm really thrilled to have found some down time last month to work on things I've really been wanted to do (aka more products and stationery).  It's easy to keep wrapped up custom orders, but the dream has always been to have a product line.  All good things take time, right?  Check back for more flower power soon.  xox 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

REAL WEDDINGS : BRIGHT DAY OF STATIONERY









I loved creating these bright watercolor signs for an upcoming wedding in puerto rico.  I love when brides want lots of day of stationery that matches their invitation suite, signs are just so fun! For this, I created an 8" x 10" guest book sign and "love is sweet" for the dessert table.  The dessert names are 4" x 6" to frame next to their accompanying sweets.  The cocktail and find your seat signs are 11" x 14" and the menu was done on an 16" x 20" cold pressed watercolor art board (these are offered in my shop).  The watercolor escort cards are standard tented card stock.  The bride found the cute glitter tags on Etsy, these will double over as place cards and favor tags.  I hand painted each item with gouache paint (except the glitter tags, the white is acrylic paint).  

View more customizable in my shop 

xox

Monday, October 20, 2014

WEEKEND SCENES












Another beautiful gulf coast sunset… except this weekend, temperatures are finally starting to drop a bit!  It was surprisingly cool and breezy every night this weekend.  Although still warm (80's) during the day, the humidity has definitely lessened.  Finally starting to see the first signs of fall here in Florida.  
Hope everyone had a lovely weekend as well.  xox 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

LATELY : STUDIO SNAPS // THINGS IN PROGRESS



A few snapshots from around the studio this past week.  Working on several color ways of this floral print for greeting cards! I made a pink one a while back and loved it, it was time to add more.  I also started on some holiday goods that I'm excited to have in my shop soon!  The little fruits will be turned into a print with a vegetable companion to match!  The others are just some preliminary paintings playing around with lots of color (with Twiggy who likes to help me).

xox 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

THE MRS BOX + MY STATIONERY







It was such an honor to have some of my stationery styled in this bright, beautiful shoot for The Mrs Box that just launched! I suggest you get your velvet ring box pronto, they are simply perfect. You can view more pretty images from the shoot under the "inspiration" tab on their new site. Big love to Summer of Grey Likes for including me! xoxox 

Credits:

Photography: Jose Villa // Styling: Summer Watkins, Grey Likes Weddings // Co-Styling & Florals: Type A Society // Rings: Trumpet and Horn // Stationery & Calligraphy: Shannon Kirsten // Ring Boxes: The Mrs Box

Monday, October 6, 2014

SOFT GREY WATERCOLOR SUITE








I was playing around with some lettering and watercolor washes for my collection and fell in love with how this grey suite turned out.  It will be added to my shop soon and available for color customization (i.e. you can have the lettering and rsvp / liner watercolor wash in any color!).  I think the simplicity of this would look great with any color scheme.   

For this design I used all gouache paint.  I hand letter the original invitation and rsvp, then scan to make multiple invitations from.  The envelopes I hand paint, also using gouache.  

Visit Etsy to see more examples and request custom work.

Oh, and happy monday! 
xox 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

HELLO OCTOBER : INSPIRATION



Welcoming October with open arms, it's definitely my favorite month.  The weather cools down and the hustle of the holidays is near.  It it a good transition month and promises of much excitement ahead! I love fall color palettes and entertaining, it's a time to get a little more rustic and dark.  The first photo of the bedroom is my main inspiration for this season, I'm obsessed with that rusty color.  You should probably click the link and view that entire home tour (via because I'm addicted).  It's just beyond.  

Happy October!  I think I will finally allow myself to partake in pumpkin spice today! 
xox 

Monday, September 15, 2014

STUDIO SNAPS : WATERCOLORS IN PROGRESS







I've been painting flowers and wreaths like crazy for the past couple weeks.  I've also enjoyed using just black / grey to create some greyscale florals.  My hope is that most of these will turn into new prints, cards, and other fun paper products…trying to get stocked for the upcoming holidays!  I can't wait to have some new things to offer in my shop soon.  xo