Style Moment – Sarah Hyland

SarahHylandChristianSirianoDarkerLinesI’ve decided to do more “Style Moment” posts (weekly? Maybe.) when I see a look that I can’t help loving. This week it’s this stunning Christian Siriano gown worn by Sarah Hyland recently on the red carpet. I love me some volume and color, and Sarah looks like a perfectly elegant modern day princess with her high updo and perfectly-elegant jewels. What do you think of the look?


Christmas Wish List



GiGi New York Zip Pouch | Kat Tanita for GiGi NY Desk Diary | Design Darling Pillow | Kate Spade Cedar Street Margot | Holbein Artist’s Gouache

Today I’m featuring some of the things on my Christmas wish list! Apparently everything I want this year is in different tones of pink, and I have to say I am loving the color scheme. I once heard Genevieve Gorder (the interior design magician, often on HGTV who also basically decorates the White House at Christmas (!!)) say that a lot of women have an instinctive negative reaction towards using the color pink because we associate it with being a “little girl” color – because it was the color that filled most of our childhoods. She then of course went on to paint an entire tiny NYC apartment a deep mauve color. And it was incredible. (Like I said, she’s a magician.)

Ever since reading a blog post recently about business organization (a subject which simultaneously thrills and terrifies me) I have been on the hunt for a pouch to stash in my purse for “business expense” receipts. This magenta leather one from GiGi New York will definitely do the trick. Mostly, it’s an excuse to get me excited about staying organized on the business end (which is definitely a struggle for this creative entrepreneur…) But before you laugh, note that it will legitimately save me the extra step of having to constantly spill the contents of my wallet and read through each receipt to stash away into that big brown pouch marked “Business Expenses.”

My blogosphere-friend (we’ve never met IRL, but she’s a doll!) Kat Tanita has launched a line of leather goods for the above-mentioned GiGi New York, and I am in love with them! The sunset-and-surf colors of the collection remind me of the travels she’s documented on her blog, and of her own glam-boho-jetsetting style.

This pillow from the eternally happy-chic shop, Design Darling, is kind of just happiness in a pillow. I’ve been dreaming of a brand new bedding makeover lately, and this pillow would be the cherry on the sundae. Weird metaphor for bedding?

I recently purchased a two-tone Kate Spade “Maise” bag on super-sale, and it’s been strapped to my side ever since. This Cedar Street Margot bag is the next victim in my new Kate Spade bag habit – patent leather, just the right “medium” size, ladylike, and in the perfect subtly-springy shade of “rosewater.” (Unfortunately rosewater has sold out already, but you can get it in red!)

I don’t tend to adjust quickly to using new art supplies, no matter how excited I get about trying them. I usually come back to my tried-and-true formulas. But I can’t help getting caught up in the wonderland that is my local art store when I make a trip to get supplies, and I usually purchase a few items I’ve never tried before. My latest foray has been in to the world of Holbein Artist’s Gouache, and I think this one is actually going to stick. The paint has a wonderful consistency and a high level of opacity and vibrancy that I love. It also comes in some great colors like the perfect hydrangea-colored periwinkle blue.


Belle of the Ball x A Thing Created

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Today I’m teaming up with Abby, who is probably the most adorable lady I have ever seen on the web or Instagram. Which is why I was so flattered when I found out she was a fan, and we decided to team up to give away some of her favorite holiday items from the shop. I love how she mixed them with hand painted kraft paper. So cute and creative!

Head over to Belle of the Ball to see the full post and don’t forget to jump over to @belleoftheball45 on Instagram where we’ll be giving away a set of Holiday Girls Gift Wrap and Sticker Gift Labels.


On Book Stacking

A favorite teacher/author of mine once said, “Find a Reader, and you have found the source of stacks. Neat or messy in personal habit, outgoing backslapper or bespectacled introvert of the most stereotypical sort, every true Reader is also a stacker. Beside the bed, beside the favorite reading spot, tucked away in the car, on top of the day planner notebook, on top of shelves and underneath photo frames, are stacks of books.”

Print available now.


GIVEAWAYS FOR DAYS: Christmas Instagram Giveaway #1


I love giving any type of gift, but my favorite type of gift to give is something I had a hand in creating myself. I also love all my customers, clients, and followers! You each deserve a gift this season, which is why I am planning a few very special giveaways for y’all, starting today!

GIVEAWAY #1: a beautiful Moleskine journal, with an original illustration (not a print or reproduction!!) hand-drawn by me! She’s clad in a brand-spankin-new Kate Spade frock, and perfect to stash in your bag for notes on the go! Even if you’re not the note-taking kind, you *could* always stick this lady in a mat and frame her! (I won’t tell the folks at Moleskine!)

For the chance to own an original “A Thing Created” piece that is also a pretty cute journal follow me on Instagram and comment on this photo!

The Most Stylish Little Christmas Notes

In part three of my holiday bonanza (I really love Christmas you guys…) I’m featuring my cute holiday stationery. If a card is not your style, these little flat illustrated stationery notes  would make the sweetest holiday notes to your friends and fam right through the holidays!

If you still haven’t signed up for my newsletter, don’t miss out! You’ll get the first look at new products like these below, and inside looks at my process and inspirations in creating them! Sign up here:

See the stationery on Etsy by clicking the photos below. Happy shopping!



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Extra Extra! Coming Soon: The “A Thing Created” Newsletter




Exciting news y’all, I’m launching a newsletter! It’ll be full of extra goodies that don’t go on the blog, like behind the scenes peeks at my process and projects, a look at what is inspiring me currently, and first looks at fun new A Thing Created products!

If you fancy having all this illustration goodness in your inbox, sign up below!

Christmastime is HERE!


It’s finally the most wonderful time of the year, and I have a most wonderful bevy of holiday products for you! I had so much fun creating all these holiday-themed goodies for the season, and now I get to share them with all of you! Visit the shop:, to see all of my holiday products right now! Or watch as I feature a new one each day here on the blog! Merrry Christmas!


Holiday Kickoff



My kind of Thanksgiving kick-off does not involve a pigskin. My kind of kickoff is performed wearing silvery heels and bejeweled bow-wrapped uniforms. I am, like I hope you are, enjoying a lovely weekend with family – but I couldn’t resist jotting down a quick sketch of the magical Radio City Rockettes after seeing them perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (my Thanksgiving guilty pleasure, I love every helium-filled moment of it.) I wish all my wonderful followers a magical, joyful, beautiful holiday weekend!




It’s Thanksgiving week y’all! I have been holiday-ing it up behind the scenes which you might know if you follow me on Instagram @athingcreated. Creating Christmas-ey goodies for the shop (coming soon) is the best mostly because I finally have a great excuse to be the Christmas FIEND that I am. Thankfully I had at least one client who got me to celebrate Thanksgiving a little bit first. Check out how adorable this Thanksgiving girl is in the Yellowberry newsletter!!


I’m totally excited about the mission of this company – to give girls a chance to be girls before this crazy culture we live in forces them to grow up too quickly. That’s a message I wholeheartedly believe in – and to top it off their products are SO adorable! If you have any little ladies in your life, this is the sweetest gift idea! Check out all the cuteness.



Reading has given me more satisfaction than really anything else.”

– Bill Blass, quoted in Worth (September 1999)

Hello! It’s Tuesday, and here’s a sketch that I love for its very unlikeliness – who stands and reads a book in a bright red party dress? I’ve made up a scenario: The restrained din of partygoers conversing as they finish their hors d’oeuvres is floating through the house. Turn the corner from the well-lit open concept area and you’ll find this lone partygoer, squinting over a well-worn volume in the dimly lit back library, the large pleats in her silk party dress emitting a dull sheen. Maybe she’s in search of a few minutes respite from conversation after a long day, or maybe the title caught her eye as she went to search for the hostess.

Fancy-book-lovers, you can buy a print of this sketch here.