Body of Quirk

October 2nd, 2013

I’m quirky and I love quirky things, so this art, created by a mom and her 4-year-old-daughter, has really struck a chord with me!

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Artist Mica Angela Hendricks daughter insisted that her mom share her new sketch book with her.  Mica then heard her own words from her daughter.  ”If you can’t share, we might have to take it away…”  What happened next became a series of masterpieces!  Mom creates the head and her daughter creates the rest…  Brilliant!

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Follow Mica’s work at her site, the busy mockingbird, and purchase her art here.

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Larger Than Life

September 9th, 2013

When I lost my best friend of 14 years, my sweet German Shorthaired Pointer, Princess, I could have never dreamed that her image would be chosen to be showcased in one of downtown Dallas’ hot new restaurants, LARK on the Park located just across the street from Klyde Warren Park.

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A few weeks ago I asked Corbin Pugh, the son of one of my best friends (Dana of Tattered Style) and extremely talented artist, to draw his interpretation of Princess and provided him with this picture that I took of her…one of my favorites!  Needless to say, I was thrilled with the outcome…

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I love Corbin’s unique style and how he’s able to interpret images on paper.  See more of his projects here.  Corbin’s “Princess” is one of 7 talented artist works chosen to be featured for the next 3 months at LARK.

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I finally found time this weekend to spend a little time at LARK on the Park and in addition to their great taste in art, their food is amazing!  Married chefs, Melody Bishop and Dennis Kelley, seem to share complete harmony in the kitchen and prepare just the right mix of fresh and local fare.

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I hope you find time within the next 3 months to see “Princess” at LARK in the park.  She’s located in The Nest, the private meeting room to the right as you walk in the front door…

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Thanks, Corbin Pugh, for doing such a fantastic job of showcasing my girl!

If you’re interested in getting in touch with Corbin about a commissioned project, you can contact him at corbinpugh@gmail.com.

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Vow To Be Different – Ink & Iron

April 15th, 2013

I just received the greatest rehearsal dinner invitation!  One of my best friend’s son is getting married in May to a precious curly-haired beauty and this invitation illustrates who they are in the best of ways!

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Another one of my best friend’s son, Trip Carroll, created this invitation and he’s so incredibly talented… I couldn’t wait to share!  Notice that the end of the kite strand trails off at the bottom of the card.  When you flip it over from the bottom, this is the image on the other side…

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Brilliant, right?  (See my “Vine” version here.)  The cool thing is that Trip captured a younger version of Blake and Meagan with sheer perfection.  See for yourself!

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So adorable!

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Trip earned his MFA in Illustration from New York’s School of the Visual Arts.  His masters studies at SVA allowed him to learn from the comic, design and illustration masters that he had admired as a budding child and adolescent artist.

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Trip is currently the marketing and design manager at the Flatiron Room, NYC’s premier whisky bar. You’ll see his design skills on their impressive site here.  He also provides commissioned work through his design company, Ink & Iron,  as you see in Blake and Meagan’s rehearsal dinner invitation.

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Trip’s ability to communicate a story through his designs and art are evident in his impressive portfolio.  Be sure to reach out to him the next time you need a great design for an invitation, logo, brand development or web design!

Contact Trip here.

*Oh, and mentioning that you know his “Aunt Kelley” won’t hurt… *

Egg-straordinary: Easter egg decorating

March 26th, 2013

Have you ever wondered why we decorate eggs for Easter?  Well, I’m not sure why I’ve never thought about this, but I decided to look into it…

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I discovered that it’s a symbol of “New Life”!  I’m not sure why I never thought about this before!  Growing up in a Christian home, I knew that Easter was about celebrating Christ’s resurrection and just thought of the Easter bunny as the “Santa” of Easter…  I never thought about the reason behind the tradition of Easter eggs…

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In Christianity, the egg symbolizes the empty tomb of Jesus.  The egg appears to be like the stone of a tomb…a bird hatches from it with life!  Similarly the Easter egg is a reminder that Jesus rose from the grave and that those who believe will experience eternal life.

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I hope that this will cause you to look at the time you put into making your eggs beautiful a bit differently!

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Do you make beautiful Easter Eggs?  Please send me pics of your eggs so I can share them with THL readers! What are your favorite Easter traditions?

It’s A Snap: Camera+

March 25th, 2013

It’s time for another confession from me…

I’m a camera and video app junkie.  I just can’t say “no” when I hear about the “latest and greatest” no matter what the ratings say…but the truth is  I only use one on a regular basis.  That’s Camera+.

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I have a really nice camera that is covered in dust because of this app!  Here are a few pics I took this afternoon in my house using Camera+ on my iPhone…

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I picked up a few bunches of tulips at the grocery store yesterday to bring a little Spring inside my home.  I used no special effect on this pic…just a little cropping.

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A white background does wonders on almost anything that you’re shooting.  This vase of tulips is sitting on my Ikea DOCKSTA table…shot from above.

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Like many camera apps, there are many effects to chose from to give your pics a great finish.  Instagram is the perfect partner to Camera+, as you can easily save your photos to your library and pull them to Instagram to share.  My favorite effect on Instagram is the little water drop icon.  This allows you to get the blurry effect around the edges, or at the top and bottom, of your photograph.  I used this on the picture above taken in my living room and the jewelry pieces laying on my wooden floor below.

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What is your favorite camera app?  Do you use Instagram?  You can find me on Instagram here.  Follow me and I’ll follow you right back!

I Like It A Latte! – latte art

March 22nd, 2013

There’s just nothing better than sharing a latte with your besties and when you get a talented barista that makes your latte a sip-able work of art, it’s even more special!

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Please allow me to brag and tell you that I’ve mastered the ability to stir and sip my latte while keeping the foamy design in tact  throughout the entire drinking experience…*curtsy*… so perhaps I’ll share my technique via video soon!

My favorite local spot to grab a latte is Oddfellows in the Bishop Arts District.  This laid-back restaurant has all of the things that make brunch a favorite part of my weekend…a patio, exceptional lattes, migas, asiago cheese grits and plenty of hipsters and dogs to keep your view interesting.  Grab your sunnies and join in the fun!

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I’ve recently heard about a barista in Fort Worth that makes fun latte art and I’m ready to make a special trip to try it!  These designs are done by Coffee Katie at Caffe di Angeli.  It’s interesting that they don’t have anything on their website or FB page about these artistic lattes, but Coffee Katie has quiet a gallery here of her work at the cafe.

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How much fun is this grumpy cat?!  Coffee Katie, I’m heading west to check out your brew soon!

Where is your favorite place to grab a latte?  What would you want to see on your latte?  Have you mastered the stir and sip without destroying the design?

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Better Together – 21 Swings

March 21st, 2013

What a beautiful display of achieving more together than separately.

Read more about this beautiful installation in Montreal here.

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Pets In Peace – ‘Dog Heaven’ by Cynthia Rylant

March 19th, 2013

Yesterday I shared about the loss of my precious Princess.   In September I mourned the loss of a sweet black lab, Duchess, that my ex and I loved very much.  My dear friend, Kim of Dwell With Dignity, gave me this book, Dog Heaven, for comfort.  I cannot tell you what a blanket of warmth this has been!

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I have read this book over and over again.  This is the best gift you can give someone who is grieving the loss of a pet.

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If you’ve lost a cat, here’s the feline version…

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What has brought you comfort when you’ve lost a pet?  Did you feel guilty in getting over your grief?  I would love to hear about your sweet companion that you are looking forward to seeing in heaven!

 

 

Wednesday Wisdom – Phil 4:8

March 13th, 2013

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Girl Power – ‘Girl Rising’ film

March 10th, 2013

These girls make me proud to be a female.

Find a screening near you here.