Thursday, July 24, 2014

SUMMER WISHLIST


A few summery things I'm dreaming about as of late.  xx

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

STUDIO SNAPS : WORKS IN PROGRESS






A few instagrams around the studio from the past week or so.  I have been working hard on getting all the stuff I've posted lately printed and up in the shop!  I'm pretty excited about the greyscale botanicals and watercolor animals.  Also bringing the wreaths back since everyone seems to love them! xx 

Monday, July 14, 2014

SUMMER FRUIT





A few snapshots from my kitchen, just for fun.  Sometimes when I'm cooking the colors and textures of fruits and vegetables just get me.  Nature can be so inspiring when you really pay attention to it.  

Happy Monday xx 

Friday, July 11, 2014

WATERCOLOR WHALES


Well, this was all I could muster up to post apparently.  Do you ever feel like the week just began but realize it's already Friday?! Yeah, that's me this week.  I got in a car accident over the weekend (everyone's fine!) so between dealing with insurance photo calls, getting a rental, and being sad about not having my beloved volvo I've had a slew of printing orders to place and things to paint.  I'm taking on my first wedding tomorrow that I did all the paper goods, photographing (on Saturday), AND florals for.  I'm beyond excited and so thankful they trusted me with all of their creative needs.  My house is filled to the brim with flowers and I'm about to head out to arrange them today! I can't wait to see it all set up and will surely be sharing photos asap.  Follow me on instagram for some behind the scenes flower power this weekend! (@shannonkirsten).  Ok, so hopefully those are good enough excuses for why I've been MIA.  

To conclude, these WHALES are finally up in the shop!  I have them listed as 11" x 14" (limited quantities).  I love them and hope you will too.  

Oh, and have a fabulous weekend! xox 

Friday, July 4, 2014

HAPPY 4TH!




I'm back from New York just in time to celebrate the 4th of July! Watching the fireworks over the water is my fave.  I can't wait to share all that I've been working on and alllll of my photos from NYC! 

The above pictures were from an inspiration shoot with The Kissing Tree Vintage a couple weeks ago (see more on my photography blog)

Have a happy weekend! xx

Friday, June 27, 2014

FROM THE SEA TO THE CITY










Just a few snapshots from recent beach shoots over the past couple weeks.  It's been HOT lately, but at least our little island provides the most beautiful scenery to make a day outside worth it.  I'm leaving mermaid life behind this week and heading to NYC! It's been way too long since I've visited the city and I'm dying with excitement.  New York is so inspiring and some of my favorite people live there.  I can't wait to come back with a ton of photos and fresh ideas.  I'm kicking off the weekend with my mom's birthday today, Hunter's sisters wedding tomorrow, then I leave bright and early Sunday morning and it will be non stop through next week.  Also gearing up for some fun projects and shoots in July that I can't wait to share.  

Have an amazing weekend! Be back next week. xx 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

RECENT WORK: SOMETHING SEASIDE {A SNEAK PEEK}




A sneak peek of a little project I sent out for a photo shoot this week.  I love the color palette and just know I'm going go crazy when I see photos from this day! 

xx

HOMEMADE GRANOLA FOR LIFE







This is a my idea of perfect snack.  My mom has been making homemade granola for umm forever. You can make a huge batch of it to last all week (or two).  We like to distribute it into plastic baggies, take it to work, pack it in lunches, etc! 

You will need: 
4 cups oats (gluten free if you wish) 
2 cups sliced almonds
2 cups coconut 
approximately 1 cup raisins, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, dried apricots 
sprinkle with cinnamon and honey OR agave nectar to sweeten 

This makes a big batch and there is no right or wrong to the measurements of granola.  You can use more of the stuff you like better (thats what I do aka more walnuts, more cinnamon - always!) .  I've also used cranberries rather than raisins and you could throw in any other dried fruit that you fancy. 

I then spread the ingredients on a baking sheet, cook on 350 for about 30 minutes.  I like to check every 10 minutes and stir it up a bit so the stuff on bottom gets browned and crunchy as well.  

Enjoy! xx

Friday, June 20, 2014

STUDIO SNAPS : WORK IN PROGRESS






Yet another messy and busy week has just flown by.  These are a few instagrams from around the studio.  I'm pretty excited about the whales and fruits... looking forward to turning them into something special and adding to the shop soon.  xx

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

HOMEMADE FIG, PEAR, & GOAT CHEESE PIZZA





I can hardly call this a recipe because putting together a homemade pizza is so quick and easy (plus no measurements required!).  Hunter would maybe eat pizza everyday if he could and since cooking can be a task some nights, I've had to come up with some healthy alternatives to one of our favorite foods.

 This night in particular, I cheated with the crust and bought a ready to embellish gluten free one from the store.  You could buy whatever crust for this or make your own if you're feeling realllll ambitious.  I lightly brushed the crust with olive oil.  Next I added arugula, just barely covering the crust.  Then I added the pears and figs (I use about 3/4 of a pear and maybe 5 figs cut in half for this one).  I then added some finely chopped onions. Lightly sprinkle the goat cheese on top (or heavily if you're not on a "diet" like me, because goat cheese is amazing!).  Finally, I seasoned with black pepper and rosemary.  Bake on 425 for about 10 minutes (or follow directions on the crust if using a pre-made one). 

And enjoy! xx

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

WEEKEND THINGS


I'm a day late but hope everyone enjoyed their weekend and spending time with family for Fathers Day.  I had friends in town so instead of catching up on work I spent all of Saturday eating good food and shopping around with my favorites. Now for that catching up part... xx 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

NEW PRINTS IN THE SHOP!




I'm excited to have received this prints that I have been posting some sneak peeks of on instagram! They are now listed in my shop as 8" x 10" 's.  Hope you will stop by and check them out. 
xox