I’m finding I really like doing this kind of art, it’s clean, you don’t need a lot of supplies and you can do it from bed on a bad day! It’s fun to take all different elements and combine them to share your own message. Here is one I did yesterday using images from the Hotel Hell collection at Deviant Scrap. I’ll be sharing more in the future, I’d love to know what you think of digital art in general and of mine in particular, don’t be shy! I’m not afraid of constructive criticism, I actually welcome it!
The Doctor is In
I’ve been sketching again. The great thing about sketching (besides being so fun) is that all you need is some paper, a few pencils and an erasure. I did use colored pencils on this lovely lass. She has a look in her eye that made me think of the song by Grand Funk called Mean Miss Treater so that’s how I entitled the picture. I hope you enjoy it!
Mean Miss Treater
All you Mom’s and Grandma’s out there who looooove decorating for you childs room, here is a lovely, cheery painting that could easily go in either a girl or boys room. The bright colorful scene is so happy and it would go with just about any color scheme, especially by changing the mat! And another great thing is this painting will grow through so many stages of your baby’s life. You know how we redecorate at different ages, this painting will be around for a while!
And maybe the best part, it won’t break the bank! At only $76.49 double mated and framed it’s well under $100! What a bargain.
Home Sweet Home painting for childs room
Does everyone love these jeans or what? They make you look longer and leaner and are soooo comfortable! Nordstrom was the very first store to carry them and they run between $104 and $150. Now I know in this day and age that might not seem like a lot of money for jeans considering many jeans are hundreds of dollars but I just remember buying my good old Levi’s for about $25 bucks. Well you can’t get Levi’s for $25 bucks anymore either! But guess what, you CAN get Not Your Daughters Jeans for $31.,99 at one of my favorite online shopping stores! 6pm.com is full of bargains and not just in the jeans department either!! You’d be crazy to spend more when you can get 3 pairs of jeans for the price of one!
Here’s a specific look. You can buy these great jeans at Nordstrom for $110
Not Your Daughters Jeans $110
OR….you can purchase these at 6pm.com for $31.99!
Not Your Daughters Jeans $31.99
Both Nordstrom and 6pm offer free shipping so the choice is yours!! Check out 6pm.com
for even more great bargains!
Yeah, I hate rushing seasons as much as you do! That said, I do look forward to fall and with Labor Day here and gone we can start thinking of cool, brisk evenings, flannel shirts, and bonfires. I created this outfit for going on a photo shoot. Click on the picture to see each of the items individually priced. Here’s to apple cider!
Fall Fashion 2013
This year we aren’t straying too far from the theme of the last several years; dark! Dark greens, dark blues, dark reds, just about any color as long as it’s dark. OPI has thrown in a couple of paler shades in it’s San Francisco line, but the dark dominates again.
OPI’s San Francisco Collection
Chanel is only releasing 3 new colors, two greens (I adore the Alchime)
and a pinkish red.
Chanel Fall/Winter 2013
I think the biggest news this year is nail length and shape!! We are going to see nails just a tad longer and shaped into ovals. This is a step back to a more feminine time. Dragon nails beware!! You are STILL out of style!!
Longer, oval shaped nails
Oh, we must have them all! As much as I love Alchime, I love the Mysterious too! Ladies, don’t forget about Essie! You can find a match for any OPI or Chanel or any other brand for that matter from Essie.
Here is a dead ringer for my fave Mysterious by Chanel.
Essies answer to Mysterious by Chanel
I love linen napkins, my grandmother always used to use linen napkins and I still do to this day even for just myself and my husband! It’a such an easy way to make a dinner feel a little extra special. A beautiful dinner table (which I always strive to attain) just doesn’t look right with paper napkins!
Autumn inspired table set with simple yet elegant napkins
Paper napkins were actually used in China as far back as the 2nd century BC! In the UK they differentiate paper vs. cotton or linen but calling the paper napkins serviettes. In 1931 Arthur Scott of the Scott Paper Co. introduced paper napkins, though they did not come into common use until the 50′s. Today, they are so common that cloth napkins are looked upon as unusual. When I use mine for dinner with just me and my husband I just fold them into a rectangle and place the silver wear on top of the napkin. However, if I’m entertaining I like to splay them out in the water goblets. There are more ways to fold a napkin than you can imagine!! I found this great site on the art of napkin folding called, wait for it – Napkin Folding Guide dot com! Do check it out, it’s fun and informative! And don’t forget, the ever popular napkin ring! These are easy in a pinch.
Beautiful Napkin Rings accent your table
And for the creative at heart check out one lady’s handmade napkin rings from paper towel holders!! Click on the picture for complete instructions. This aught to give you plenty of ideas on how to create your own personalized set!
Hand made Napkin Ring
As you know, I love duplicating high fashion looks on a low budget wallet. Here is are two outfits I put together with a huge price difference. But wait! Scroll down and I’m going to one better it!! Just click on the image below to find out all the details of each of the fashionable items in each group.
The Look for Less
And drum roll please…..for $262 we have:
Black outfit $261
This is my secret weapon! This NEVER fails to delight and there is never any left over. It is so easy I can’t call it a recipe.
Ingredients: Pepperidge Farms Pastry Sheets, a round of brie cheese, walnuts, jalapeno or any flavor of jelly, egg and water.
You start with the Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets – not the cups, the frozen Sheets.
I take a small dinner plate and cut one of the sheets (unthawed of course!) into a circle, press the circle out to make it big enough to hold the wheel of cheese and then spread the circle with Jalapeno Jelly (You can substitute any flavor you like but the Jalapeno IS the best!)
Sprinkle some finely chopped walnuts on top of the jelly, not too many or they’ll poke through the top! Lay the brie cheese
Brie cheese round
in the center and fold the dough around it envelope style. Use an egg beaten with a TBS. or so of water to ‘glue’ it all together. Turn it over and I just use a cookie cutter or a knife to cut a leaf shape, carve some veins into it and glue it to the center of the ‘puff’. Then give the entire thing an egg wash with your beaten egg and water. This will make the crust golden brown and a little shiny, it’s beautiful!
Bake at 425 degrees for 35-45 minutes and let cool at least 15 minutes before serving with apple slices and/or water crackers. I often make this the night before and just pop it in the oven when needed. That’s it, there won’t be a bit left over but there will be lots of ooohs and aaaahs!
Baked Brie en Croute
Every girl has her LBD (Little Black Dress) I say every girl should have a pair of LBS (Long Black Slacks) The multitude of looks that can be created with one pair of good trousers is endless. Here are a few of my favorite looks from office to casual, to an evening on the town and yes, even New Years Eve!
1 Pair of Great Black Slacks
Just click on the picture above for all of the details about the accessories and tops I’ve selected. If you are wondering where to purchase a pair of great black slacks I have two options for you. The Stella Mccaartny’s at $1395 or the lovely Mix Match pants at $35. Can you tell the difference?
Stella Mccartney Cyrille Trouser at stellamccartney.com
Mix Match Wide Leg Pants at simplybe.com