It’s insanely-early-o’clock, and I’m fumbling to get my iPhone alarm to quit buzzing. (Do I slide to deactivate or hit snooze to get the thing to stop? Too complicated for five-seconds-awake-me to figure out.) Glow, buzz, beep beep…rrgh! Okay, finally the thing is off. Don’t close your eyes again, don’t do it! Up an-adam, I’m swinging out of bed and feeling my way down the hall to the kitchen…now to flip on the burner and wait for my kettle to sing – scoop some grounds into the French Press, and…four minutes later a steaming cup of coffee is finally in my hand. This is the point at which I collapse on the couch and think about the existence of the rest of my day. I’m usually sane within about the next half-hour.
So, clearly, I LOVE coffee! And I need coffee in the morning to be human. Yes, I am one of those people. Some weeks I love it so much that I’m already thinking about it when I hit the pillow the night before. But most weeks I just slug it down to keep my eyes open and get through the morning. My mild (okay, major) obsession with that first morning cup kind of made it inevitable that I was going to start designing coffee mugs for all my A Thing Created girls!
I give you, these two adorable new coffee mugs that I’m actually really excited about – I love them! And because as you all know, I’m also obsessed with Audrey Hepburn, it’s totally appropriate that my first design was Holly Golightly inspired. I test-drove my “Coffee First, Darling” mug on Instagram and asked if you’d like to see it in the shop, and got an overwhelming YES from so many ladies! I love that my A Thing Created ladies are as much of a fan of Audrey as I am.
I’m loving using both of these pretty and glam mugs, and I’m surprised how much fun it is to have them around in the mornings. There is nothing pretty about the way I typically feel for the first hour in the morning – which is I think the reason why adding this little extra shot of pretty to my mornings actually does help.
Mugs in the shop here, or click the images!
I’m planning to see Disney’s new Cinderella later tonight, and I’m pretty excited about the way this live-action version of their mid-century classic looks! I was (predictably) a pretty visually-oriented kid, and I must have watched the classic Cinderella movie dozens of times as a girl. So I instantly saw from the stills and trailers of this remake, that Disney is trying to make their viewers feel like the movie was magically transformed into three-dimensional life with the flick of the fairy-godmother’s wand. Not only wardrobe choices (like Cinderella’s original pink puffy-sleeved ballgown dress, always one of my favorite parts of the animated movie…) but specific visual shots and movements from the movie were instantly recognizable to me (her dress gets ripped off her shoulder almost exactly as in the original movie, etc.) Maybe some people find this annoying, but I’m super excited to watch a childhood movie literally burst into life.
Disney and fairy-tale lovers, Cinderella’s joining the shop as a print in celebration of the new movie! Shop it here.
Even as we’re living in the digital age (Siri, add “buy kale” to my grocery list note!) physical journals seem even more essential somehow to keep our thoughts from getting lost somewhere in our own personal cyberspace – and I know I’m not the only one who feels this way!
Personally, I NEED to have a physical place to jot down notes, keep a running list of ideas, goals, and those ever-present “to-dos.” All this note-writing and organizing is so much more fun when you’re doing it in something pretty – which is why I’m so excited about a new product I’m now offering – A Thing Created Journals! These lovely hard-cover notebooks are the perfect place to jot down your dreams for the future, keep a running list of your goals, your ideas, your insights – or simply keep a record of your day. Each page is lined on one side and blank on the other, the perfect combination for title pages, doodles, thumbnail idea sketches, and writing. Each journal is complete with a silky white ribbon attached at the top of the spine to help keep your place.
Head over to the shop now for more new products and details on the new journals!
I love me a good Moroccan pouf when it comes to interior design. And so, for spring, I created the perfect stationery notecards for pouf-enthusiasts everywhere!
Shop these and much more for spring HERE.
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So excited to share this news with you all today! A Thing Created is on the cover of Pink Magazine for February! Yes, that’s right y’all, I’m officially published! I was so flattered when the folks at Pink contacted me about featuring me as the cover artist for their February Issue. Their theme for February? Be Passionate.They settled on my “Behind the Umbrella” illustration for the cover, and featured me and my illustrations in an absolutely lovely feature article - read it HERE! Seriously, I was blown away by how sweet and lovely this article was. So happy to be on the cover of this issue of Pink!
If you follow me on Instagram, you saw this little behind-the-scenes action from my “selfie photo shoot” for the cover. (That’s what I’m terming it. Ain’t nobody got time for professional portrait shoots!)
Thanks so much for following along with me on this creative journey (and if you’ve just found me, stick around for the ride!) Stay creative lovelies!
What’s NEW in the shop for spring? It’s all about my favorite Audrey Hepburn film, Funny Face. Now it’s really hard for me to choose a favorite Hepburn film (Audrey, as you know if you’ve been reading for any length of time, is my style icon and all-around heroine.) But Funny Face is a no-brainer for creative inspiration – it’s one of a surprisingly small number of iconic fashion films. It’s set in Paris (my favorite city.) And it’s all about a fashion magazine for which Audrey’s character models dozens of incredibly beautiful couture creations. In short, it’s perfection in a film.
Today I’m highlighting this pretty adorable print featuring Audrey in the iconic black turtleneck (which she wears to a ‘beatnik’ style club in Paris…but of course looks gorgeous and nothing like a beatnik.)
If you’re an Audrey fanatic, snap this one up during my Be My Valentine Sale at 25% off with code: VALENTINE
It is an unfortunate leftover from my early 2000’s childhood that every time I see the name Juliet, I hear running through my head, not some soaring passage from the Shakespeare play or one of pieces composed by Prokofiev for the ballet, but a stupid song called “Hey Juliet” by some boy-band that happened to be playing over the sound system one day as my thirteen-year-old self roamed the juniors section at Nordstrom (probably searching for something with leather fringe.) This song has somehow literally been stuck in my head for almost 10 years, despite the fact that I have no idea who the band is or where I ever heard it after that. All I remember is the refrain – “hey, hey Juu-liet.” Over and over again, like the torturous dripping noise on a leaky faucet in the middle of the night. Oh well – one of the greatest treasures of the western world has been inextricably marred for me by a few nineteen-year-olds with horrible haircuts and baggy jeans. Worse things happen.
If you feel like sharing in my torture, and/or want to see everything wrong with the 2000s in one video, I googled the song and found this. Don’t click it. Don’t.
So clearly my enthusiasm for the early 2000s is low. But, my enthusiasm for the beautiful ballet composed by Prokofiev and based on Shakespeare’s play is very high. In particular, this version, which is performed at La Scala (one of the most beautiful and renowned opera houses) in Milan – and hence, inevitably incredibly fashionable. Juliet’s ballet costumes are always empire-waisted and free-flowing, making the ballerinas who wear them look even more demure,, like clouds floating around the stage upon puffs of air. I can’t get enough of it. The mustard gown worn by the incredible Alessandra Ferri for Juliet’s entrance to the Capulet ball is just plain perfection. See her dancing in it here.
Stay creative, and don’t forget to surround yourself with everyday beauty, every day!
Calling all well-intentioned procrastinators! All you lovely ladies who had every intention of getting sweet and pretty notes sent out to all your gals and loved ones, (I’m raising my hand here) but have yet to buy or make a single thing. I can relate to all you busy ladies, and so this week I decided to give y’all the perfect solution:
Printables! No shipping or pre-planning required. For these little lovelies, all you need is love! (And a printer.)
In this instant-download package from my shop, you’ll get three printable PDF files that create beautiful and unique A2-size cards with just one fold! It’s my kind of DIY – super easy and foolproof!
Stay creative and don’t forget to surround yourself with everyday beauty, every day!
Can we talk about how chic and fun this style moment is? I spied this chic look on Britt, who is one half of the San Francisco fashion blog Britt and Whit. I’m loving the way she styled the flirty skirt from Piperlime – I also have a serious weakness for polka-dots & navy. And don’t you love that statement platform shoe? It finishes the look off perfectly! This one gets an A+ for the perfect combination of slightly-retro, totally-chic effortless style!
This week’s style moment is a much-needed burst of brightness in this dreary month! January, that most-hated of months is almost over! I know it’s tough to see the first month of a new year go, and there are some great things about the “new beginnings” feeling of January, but I can’t help being glad to say goodbye to it every year – there is nothing I like all that much about this month. Gray skies, no festive holidays, Christmas-withdrawals and not a flower or heat-wave in sight.
Which is why today I’m featuring Sydne Summer’s bold and beautiful look! She’s a stylish and fun blogger who also has a great YouTube video series that goes through fashion trends from A to Z. This look is part of her “staple series” – she also remixed this bright Express skirt in two other (equally stylish) outfits. I loved the boldness of this one – she’s calling it her “Carrie Moment” look, and it doesn’t pull any punches! (Stripes, leather, magenta and hot blue – and it all works!) Now let’s power through the rest of January!
I thought there’d be no better time to share this commission from 2014 than with Valentine’s Day just around the corner! Jennifer commissioned this adorable portrait late last year for her fabulous engagement party at Dylan’s Candy Bar – the coolest candy store in the world, started by Dylan Lauren. Isn’t that the best idea for an engagement party? I was like a kid in a candy store with this concept (was that pun too on-the-nose? Nah, I’m writing a candy-themed blog post so at this point I think I’m past screening silly puns.) I decided to seat the couple on an adorable marble old-fashioned candy counter, and add the Dylan’s flavor by inserting a candy-striped floor (one of my favorite things in the store) and their iconic logo.
I’ve got a pretty big sweet-tooth, and there’s nothing sweeter than love in a candy shop, so needless to say this was one of my favorite commissions of the year!
Craving some sweetness yourself? Don’t forget Valentine’s Day is in the shop now!
It’s the perfect weekend to stock up on Valentines for all your gal-pals! Today I’m highlighting three of my favorite designs for Valentine’s Day cards in the shop. Up first…
Je T’aime! She’s Parisian-chic with a Valentine’s twist.
Be Mine with Balloons…she’s ready to float away with her balloon-bouquet!
And finally…Galentines! Because Galentines day is actually better than Valentines Day.
Happy weekending all!
Okay. So as promised in the previous post, I’ve gotten a little bit into the football mania. I little bit. It’s hard to be a Seattleite and not catch a little 12th man excitement, no matter how indifferent to the sports world you are. (<< incidentally this gif describes my exact thought process while sketching the above.)
Hence, my “12th Girl,” the least sporty sports fan in the history of football, and available for purchase in the shop for all you Seahawks fans who don’t mind showing your colors in a more…well…fashionable fashion.
So. I have two reasons to be EXCITED today.
1) I live in Seattle. Although I have less football knowledge than your average two year old, you’d have to be living under a rock in this city not to catch some of this 12th man fever after yesterday’s crazy Seahawks game. (Stay tuned for something on that….)
2) I’m launching VALENTINE’S DAY in the shop! I am an unabashed girly girl (I chose to paint pictures of girls in cute dresses for a living, so you should have that figured out already) – hence the aforementioned ignorance of football. Anyway, V-Day is my favorite: the girliest of holidays. Pink. Red. Hearts. Candy. Flowers. I love it all. And I’m hoping you all love it as much as I do, because I went on a Valentine’s bonanza this year and created ten cute card designs. We’ve got cards, we’ve got stationery, we’ve got art prints…and a couple iPhone cases are in the works for release this week! Bask in all the Valentinesyness in my shop (there’s a lot of it!) And stay tuned as I feature some on the blog in the next couple weeks!