Thursday, December 18, 2014

HAND PAINTED FLORAL GIFT TAGS






A little last minute Christmas project.  I was playing around with some painted poppies the other night when I messed one up and decided to cut it off of my page (don't ask me why?) ha.  Then I thought, how cute would my little painted florals be as gift tags (or even place cards) to top on presents or tie around a bag of baked goods?! Tada! They obviously don't have to be perfect, even some paint splotches or a stroke of color with hand written names would be a darling addition to any gift.  Hope you can use these (and my last post) as inspiration for wrapping the rest of your gifts this weekend. Painting is supposed to be fun, there are no rules or the "right" tools, seriously.  Practice and playing is the way to find what works for you, just have fun with it!   xx 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

GIFT WRAPPING WITH FRESH PINE





I get really excited about wrapping presents around the holidays.  I like to take the time to make each package look pretty and incorporate some natural elements.  I guess my color choice could be more exciting, but I like to keep it simple.  I got my wrapping paper from paper source, they have an assortment of colors which is perfect for decorating / DIYing yourself.  All my fun ribbons (that I'm clearly obsessed with) come from various Etsy shops.  Finally, I just cut some pine sprigs from the back of the tree for toppers.   Below is a couple photos from my wrapping post last year.  Still natural elements, still loving plain paper.  I used rosemary and a variety of ribbon scraps last year.  

I'm all about presentation, it's nice to put extra love and thought into something, when you take time to hand make, hand letter, etc your gift recipients will appreciate. And remember to have fun with it! 


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

EDIBLE GIFTS : LAVENDER SHORTBREAD COOKIES




I love making these lavendar cookies and at the request of Cami, I whipped up a batch these week to bring to her studio.  I haven't quite mastered these appearance wise, but they are definitely delicious.  I foresee more baked gifts in my near future, so stay tuned!

Lavender Shortbread Cookies: 

5/8 cup butter 
1/2 cup white sugar 
1 egg 
1/2 teaspoon vanilla 
1 tablespoon lavender flowers 
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 
(we've made this with substitutes to be gluten free and they still turned out great!) 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees 
Grease cookie sheets 
Cream together the butter and sugar
Beat the egg and blend it into the butter and sugar
Add vanilla, mix in lavender flowers, and the flour
Drop by taespoonfuls onto cookie sheets
Bake about 10 minutes or until golden
Remove to cooling racks and sprinkle with decorative sugar (optional)


Friday, December 12, 2014

STUDIO WORK LIFE / LATELY


It's been a whirlwind lately with the holidays in full swing.  Here is a little glimpse inside December so far.  My favorite month! 

(above) Some of my favorite cards from my shop.  Remember, this is the last weekend to shop! I'm closing my shop for holiday at the end of next week. Thursday will be the last date to receive orders in time for Christmas! 
 Client meetings with beautiful and delicious lattes at Oxford Exchange 


Some office snaps: A little corner of my studio (looking forward to get a little more organized up in here for 2015) / Calligraphy in grey tones (favorite!) / More poppies of course / some of my favorite greyscale floral prints available in the shop


The art of preserving flowers and my velvet ribbon obsession continues


My renewed passport aka daydreaming a lot about my upcoming trip to Antarctica.  Only 15 more days until we leave.  I am over the moon excited for this experience. 


Celebrated my birthday (a few times).  As usual my family, friends, and Hunter made the whole week exciting and special.  There were lots of flowers, cocktails, and cake.  Brunching and dinner. And my mom and I went to Orlando for the night.  We stayed at the Grand Bohemian, got massages, and did some shopping.  It was all perfect! 


Finally, my favorite little Christmas scene in the house. I love everything smelling like fresh pine right now.  

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As for this weekend I will be catching up on painting and editing, wrapping presents, beginning to bake, and working on some fun projects for this little ole blog.  Hope everyone has a lovely weekend as well.   xox 

Monday, December 8, 2014

A BRIGHT, BOLD CREST




Making crests are so much fun, a process, but fun none the less.  You can see here how my scatterbrained sketches turn into the final product.  I like to see how my mess of florals, initials, and lettering comes together so nicely in the end.  I worked with Amy to create something bright and colorful, something that would reflect their wedding day and personal style.  We ended up with a more simple save the date as well. I love to see how people end up incorporating their crests into their wedding design.  So great! xx

Thursday, December 4, 2014

SHANNON KIRSTEN X BUDDY EDITIONS




If you've yet to visit Buddy Editions, well it's time.  Buddy Editions consists of work by emerging artists all around the globe.  It has been carefully curated by the talented Katie Armour (of Neo-Traditionaist blog and co-creator of Matchbook Magazine).  Each artist has a collection of limited edition prints.  There are only 100 of each size (8"x10", 11" x 14", and 16" x 20") and only 10 large scale prints of each design!  They are exclusive to the Buddy Editions site... (So my three pieces above will only be sold there and only 100 of each size) aka get 'em while their hot! 

Since being approached to be a part of this I've been beyond excited (and had to keep it under wraps for a few months).  We took inspiration from Mexican and southwestern influences to create my pieces, more specifically the festivities and colors of a dia de los muertos celebration.  I'm so thrilled with the outcome.  To be grouped with this talented bunch of artists is just amazing.  There is a bio / questionnaire where you can read some fun facts about each artist.  Buddy editions instagram is also quite inspiring.  Enjoy! xx 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

BIRFDAY

It's my birthday today.  I can't believe how quickly another year has passed.  So many mixed emotions about this time in my life.  It's crazy.  My 20's have been so good to me when I really think about all the things I've gotten to do and accomplish.  I mean really.  I'm at a loss for words today but just feeling extremely grateful for all of my blessings.  My work, my family, and friends… *happy tears*  
Off to enjoy brunch this morning, dinner with my family tonight, and then Orlando tomorrow.  My mom is treating me to a spa and shopping day Thursday and Friday, pretty excited about that.  
Hope everyone enjoys the rest of their week! Be back soon xx 

Monday, December 1, 2014

CYBER MONDAY SALE!


Happy Cyber Monday! 
I decided to extend my sale with an extra little discount for today only! 

And a few favorites around the web today:

J.Crew : 40% off sale, code: MONDAY
Anthropologie: Free Shipping 
Forever 21: Free Shipping
West Elm: Up to 25% off, code: SUPERSALE
Asos: 30& off, code: ILOVEMONDAYS

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

HAPPY THANKSGIVING + A WEEKEND SALE IN THE SHOP!




Hope everyone is getting excited for Thanksgiving tomorrow! We plan to have lunch at my grandma's and then we head out to go camping in Lake Panasoffkee (Hunter's families annual tradition).  I will be a little out of touch with reality until Sunday evening. Soooo, I've decided to go ahead and start my black friday / small business saturday sale early!  I've added two new calendars, the new treat prints in two sizes, and there are lots of holiday cards and other fun gifts (for friends or yourself).  So shop now while you can get a little discount.  Enter "THANKS15" at checkout to receive 15% off through Sunday only!  This is the only time of year I offer a sale and the shop will be closing early this year (Dec. 17) so stock up while you still can! 

I am so thankful for this little place on the web to share my work and thoughts.  Between my shop, here, and instagram reading your comments of encouragement means so much to me.  Feeling beyond grateful lately.  Love to you all.  xox 

Monday, November 24, 2014

TREAT PRINTS IN THE SHOP!







A little Monday morning pick-me-up!

A few new prints I added to the shop this weekend. They are available in 8" x 10" and 11" x 14".  I picture these in sets hanging in cute kitchens (that's what I'm doing with mine at least!).  And perfectly sweet gifts for the coffee lover or foodie friend.  xx 

Friday, November 21, 2014

FRIENDSGIVING















My girl friends and I decided to celebrate a little "Friendsgiving" recently.  Hosted by Camilyn Beth, we got dressed up in her festive party dresses and headed downtown Sarasota to one of our favorite spots.  Artisan Cheese Company was kind enough to have us and let me snap these photos of my friends being silly and enjoying all kinds of delicious cheeses and treats.  This idea of "friendsgiving" is just so great.  Time with friends is super important to me.  Sometimes with the craziness of the holidays, traveling, visiting family, etc you just don't get enough gf time in.  So why not make a date to have your own (stress free) Thanksgiving a weekend or two before!  Best idea ever.  We laughed, talked business,  ate, and drank wine until the sun went down.  I'm so thankful for these buddies of mine! 

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend. xox 

Photos: Shannon Kirsten // Wardrobe: Camilyn Beth // Location: Artisan Cheese Company - Sarasota, Florida 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

AUTUMN HOLIDAY TABLESCAPE | INSPIRED EVENTS FOR OCCASIONS MAG





Priscilla of Inspired Events recently asked me to contribute a couple items to her fall table scape for a styling challenge from Occasions Magazine.  I was more than happy to create this menu in such an inspiring color palette.  These images really make me ready for Thanksgiving next week! Our table scape was chosen as one of six finalist.  You can vote for your favorite on Occasions Facebook page right here, simply be liking the photo (contest ends tomorrow). 

Styling: Inspired Events // Photos: Naomi Chokr // Florals: Victoria Blooms // Rentals: The Reserve Vintage Rentals // Calligraphy: Shannon Kirsten // Linens: Linens by the Sea