It's been really cold (for west Texas) and we've spent a lot of time inside, looking out at the pretty frosty trees and white streets. The beauty of God's creation is so inspiring to me! I've been working on my last two paintings of the season... can't believe how fast the time is flying by! I have a feeling I'll be in the studio a lot for the next few days. :)
I had a really fun wrapping party with my sweet friend Sarah last night- tea, Christmas cookies, a fire, "Elf", and one of my favorite things.... making pretty packages! When I got home, I also finished up wrapping my last two etsy packages for Christmas. I can't believe it's almost 2014! This time of year always gets me nostalgic and also excited for what's coming in the next year.
Hope you enjoyed seeing a little peek at what's going on! How's your holiday season? To share what you've been up to, link in the comments or #creativelife @specandwings on instagram!
I am really enjoying the gift guides I've seen around the web, so I thought it would be fun to share one today! Have an artsy friend or family member? Want some fun ideas for Christmas gifts?! Here you go!
1. Pantone Mug //2. Washi Tape // 3. Camera Pencil Sharpener // 4. S6 Phone Case// 5. SMASH book // 6. Wreck This Journal // 7. Handmade Pencil Roll //8. Rainbow Sharpie Pack // 9.Playable Art Ball // 10. Coffee, Create & Sleep Tank
Any ideas to add?! Leave them in the comments! Happy day!
Well, as you can tell, I've been on an abstract art kick. I'm LOVING it! I know most people feel very strongly on either end of the spectrum but I hope you'll at least consider this very beautiful and sometimes mis-understood painting style. :) So... you may be wondering.... "how would abstract paintings fit into my life and home?"... here's a little inspiration! You're going to LOVE how beautiful and classy these are...
Add interest behind an entry way buffet or shelf of books!
One large abstract piece could bring your dining room together and make it a relaxing place for you and your family.
A stark contrast or a soft subtle play of color can really add life to your walls!
I love these little hints of modern art ... sparks of interest and personality for a small space!
For a clean/modern home, these works of art make a soft touch for the room!
A little bold color in these paintings make a focal point or color scheme.
Most importantly, it should be something you LOVE that brings joy to your heart everyday! When you look at an abstract painting, you can't help but have a response to the color, shapes and textures. Make sure it's something that makes you happy!
Would you hang abstract art in your home? Which of these rooms is your favorite?
Sources: French by Design/ Amanda Carol at Home, Erin Ashley Art, Abigail Ahearn/Lisa Boisture, Made by Girl/Pink Wallpaper, Studio Home Online/Merricks Art, Lovely Laura K/KFD Designs, & Michelle Armas/Small Shop Studio
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Our days have been filled with cocoa, wrapping, pom-pom making, dinner or coffee with friends, Christmas movies, and now... cold weather again! I can't believe how fast this season is going..... I'm trying to enjoy every minute of it. :) I'm shipping out two Etsy orders this week and finishing up my last two custom paintings! I can't wait to share!
Merry week! :)
So I made a list of my "spaces" online and in my environment. I decided to tackle my desktop first... It was so cluttered, I never wanted to open my computer! So, a few folders and some "deletes" later.... look how clean it is! It makes me WANT to get on my laptop to work or create! Up next.... Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Blog Lovin'. I went through them all and followed Lara's advice to follow only feeds that are uplifting and positive. What we look at feeds our minds, spirits are eventually our actions and words so this is important! It took me awhile, but I'm so glad I did this. Now I'm excited to check my social media!
Then came the biggie... my Inbox. I sorted into folders, deleted and responded until it was in a great place. PHEW! Now I just need to keep it that way! ha!
It maybe seem like a small thing, but I feel like a weight has been lifted and I've got more energy to try new things with S&W! I'm ready to set goals and start the new year!
It'm sure clearing the clutter isn't over. It will be a process to continually "edit" these areas and stay organized, but it's SO worth it! :)
Have you accepted The Challenge? What was your experience?
We've already established that I'm a total nerd. :) I LOVE learning and I actually got excited to go to school when I was younger! Well, nothing has changed. Anytime I get the chance to take an online class to build a better business, I jump at it! Today, I'm happy to share some of my all time favorite e-courses. I can honestly say, these have ALL helped me with building S&W. Enjoy!
A Beautiful Mess's Dream Job & Blog Love E-Courses are fantastic! Elsie Larson is my blogging hero, so this was an easy one. :) You'll love learning through her experiences, get great ideas and great resources! You'll be so happy you took these classes and they're offering a Cyber Monday special of 25% off here!
Braid Creative has amazing e-courses to help you how to do what you do better. I have taken all 3 classes and they totally re-shaped how I do business! Soon they will be offering "Dream Customer Catching" about how to have the clients you've always dreamed of! (It's my favorite of the three!) Sign up here!
Lara Casey is just plain brilliant when it comes to MAKING THINGS HAPPEN! "You know those things you've always wanted to do? You should do them!" I recently read through her "The Challenge" FREE online class and I totally recommend it. I'm still working on my homework, but her advice is so practical and helpful... you'll be well on your way to doing what you love in no time!
Design*Sponge has a brilliant column called "Biz Ladies"! These blog posts hold the most amazing information from real women in business who are sharing their secrets for success on every topic you can think of from social media to finance! Check out the wealth of knowledge for free here!
If you're thinking about starting a business or you're currently running one, I hope you'll check out these great resources! I know you'll love them as much as I do!
*(All opinions are my own in this post. The Braid E-Course link is an affiliate link so I'll get a little extra Christmas shopping money if you click through!)
p.s. I'm offering a Cyber Monday deal of 20% anything in my etsy shop! Enjoy!
I know it's a little early, but if you want to get a jump on your Christmas cards this year (plus find the most unique and creative cards around!) check out these amazing designs! (right to left, top to bottom)
1. Give with JOY
2. Lily & Val
4. Pei Design
5. Akimbo Design
6. Lindsay Letters
8. Studio Illustrated
9. Sugar Paper
Which is your favorite?!