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TAOS Winner & Creative Mug Winner

Hello lovely readers,

Happy Monday. I have some winners to announce today...

First of all, the winner for the free spot in The Art of Sisterhood is Britta Toftebjerg. Congrats Britta! I know you will love this amazing new workshop full of gorgeous art techniques and the rich stories of our fellow sisters.

Registration opens Feb 1st - so make sure you watch for another email from me with the links to get all signed up. You can bookmark this page too so you'll be ready set. ;)

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AND last but not least, I wanted to announce the winners of my recent Creative Mug & Art Supply Giveaway. The lucky ladies are Tara-Jeanne Howie, Melissa Elgin & Camille McCoy. Thank you to all who entered. <3 These ladies will be receiving a this sweet mug and a $20 Blick Art Gift card!

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If you want to pick up one of these awesome Maker's Mugs for yourself, hop on over to Brooke Davies' Etsy shop - Arrow Creek Goods. She designs all these fabulous creative products.

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I hope your week is off to a good start.

Much love and gratitude to you all,

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Happy Mug & Art Supply Giveaway

Hello creative friends! How's your week been? We are in the big thaw out after waaayyy too much snow in Portland. What a mess. So, I've been cozy inside having far too much coffee in my brand new mug BUT look how cute it is!

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Look, don't ask me why but fun mugs make me happy! THIS mug makes me VERY happy! It also completely describes my life! When I fill it up to the brim with yummy coffee and head on up to the studio, it makes me smile. Now, that, my friends is a good way to start your morning, right?

So as you know, when I LOVE something - I like to spread the word! What better way than to do a GIVEAWAY of three of these mugs to fellow creative friends! To kick it up a notch, I'm throwing in a $20 Blick Art gift cards too! We all know you can't have too many art supplies. ;)

This fabulous mug was created by the lovely Brooke Davies from Arrowcreek Goods. They have a lovely shop full of gorgeous mugs and they do custom work too! Make sure you go pay Brooke a visit.

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Good luck!

xo,

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ART to adore - Kat Hannah

Hello friends, How are you?

All is well in the Newport home. Busy with all the routines that make our days fly by. It can get a little nuts! Which is why I wanted to feature this artist today - Kat Hannah.

Her beautiful artwork holds a stillness for me. A sense of surrender. Minimal. Soft and yet poignant, I adore these works.

Aren't they wonderful? I love how they evoke so much story with so little detail. Please do go visit Kat's Etsy shop...she has so many more gorgeous pieces.

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

xo,

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All Images by Kat Hannah

Art to Adore: Maria Pace-Wynters

Hi there! How is everyone!? Been uber busy around here with family visitors, summer camps and filming for my latest online Art classes!

However, amongst the chaos I try to make time to be quiet and still, so I can reflect on how this amazing life is unfolding. (I'm trying to learn how to meditate - not easy for me!)

One of the other things I absolutely love to do to unwind is to peruse Pinterest and Instagram for new art to love on. My latest ART crush is on the work of the amazingly talented, mixed media artist - Maria Pace-Wynters.

Gah!! Her work is just drop dead gorgeous. Vibrant colors, lyrical line work and angelic faces! Here have a look...

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She also has a lovely Etsy shop! I just HAD to acquire a few of her prints!

Okay lovelies...gotta get back to work! Hope you enjoyed looking at these! So very inspiring!

Much love to you all.

xo,

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{all images via Maria Pace-Wynters}

Etsy Love: RiverLuna

Hello! It's been a while since I've brought you some gorgeous, art inspiration so here's a healthy dose of beauty from the amazing Etsy shop: RiverLuna. Artist, Marisa Redondo creates these magical, nature inspired illustrations, full of intricate pattern and rich hues. I'm a huge fan! Now to decide which one to order...hmm. Here are some of my favorites...

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After much debate, I just couldn't resist these sweet owls for my Gracie. Can't wait to hang it up in her room!

Go explore her wonderful collection of work - her blog is a delight too! Such talent!

xo,

Ivy

 

 

Life lately...

Hello there! Oh my goodness, it's been a tough couple of weeks! My little Claire bear is just now getting over pneumonia. Poor baby...and well...poor Mama. We were both sick of being cooped up so it was fantastic to take her to daycare yesterday and see how happy she was to run into the classroom and play with her wee friends. I started the day (childfree) with a trip to the nail salon for a quick, Spring manicure! My hands were trashed from constantly washing them! It's amazing what a coat of pretty nail polish can do to lift your spirit! ;)

Anyway, as you can imagine, I haven't had much time to paint or do anything really BUT thank goodness for my iPad because it's so easy to reach for it and create something minus the setup/cleanup. Here are a couple of digital collages I made this past week...

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Absolutely love creating on the app - Procreate! Such fun! Oh, and I just splurged on a new pressure sensitive stylus. I highly recommend it!

A couple of other things to share with you...I just received the most gorgeous necklace from my jewelry designer friend.

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It's a beautiful piece of lapis lazuli and it resembles a dreamy piece of the starlit sky! I adore it! Thank you Amy!

I also finally got a bracelet from Becky at Farm Girl Paints on Etsy! It reminds me to keep my head up and live courageously - not easy for this girl - who tends to back away from scary or intimidating situations...

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Oh and I did a little Spring cleaning in my studio! I'm hoping to start creating more frequently now that both kids are healthy!

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And....lastly...a little glimpse of Spring blossoms popping in my neighborhood. Such a beautiful time of year!

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I hope you are all healthy and happy! Enjoy your weekend!

Much love,

Ivy

Happy Valentine's Day

Hello friends! Happy Friday and Happy Valentines's to you. I hope you are surrounded by the people you love. Hubby and I are going out for a much needed date night. Can't wait to get all prettied up and sip a fancy cocktail. I did splurge yesterday on a little gift to myself - this book - and I'm so pleased I did. I've already devoured half of it and I'm loving every page. If you were a fan of Eat, Pray, Love then you will LOVE Paris Letters by Janice Macleod. I'm so tickled with the book that I just subscribed to receive one of her magical, illustrated letters from Paris via her Etsy shop. Anyways...had to share this with you!

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Okay I'm off to get ready for my date....it takes a while these days! ;)

Much love to you all,

Ivy

P.S. I've been doing a ton of art so I promise to share more of it next week! More vintage treasures to show you too!

Art to Adore: Angela Petsis

Hello friends and Happy Friday! Baby is sleeping and I'm busy pinning...as in Pinterest. Yes. It's a serious job and someone has to do it. My Pinterest feed is being flooded with images of gorgeous encaustic art! I'm dying to try it! I just ordered this book and I'm looking for a local class or e-course so let me know if you guys know of one. Anyway, through my hunt for beautiful Encaustic artwork I discovered an amazing artist : Angela Petsis. I am seriously swooning as I go through her stunning portfolio of work! I adore the layering, vintage elements and poetic softness of her work. Absolutely breathtaking.

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So pretty right? I told hubby that I want one of her pieces for Christmas! Please go and treat yourself to a peek at her website and Etsy shop.

Have a lovely weekend!

xo,

Ivy

Vintage Treasures

Hi everyone! Hope you have all had a lovely weekend. Last weekend, I spent the days treasure hunting! A dear friend and I hit the Portland Antique Fair plus some vintage shops and flea markets. Hard work but so much fun! Here are a few of the pretty items we discovered. I will be listing them in the shop this week.

Love this sweet, Farmhouse style kitchen scale! It's rare to find this color so I was thrilled when I came upon this one!

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There is something so homey about these lovely soup bowls. You can imagine filling them to the brim with a delicious soup while the rain comes down outside. I paired them with these stately antique soup spoons too!

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Mail isn't as pretty as it used to be but we should still have a beautiful place to hold it right? Love this silver tone, vintage letter holder. Very Art Nouveau.

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I'm so drawn to lavender glass. It's romantic, nostalgic and looks so gorgeous when the light passes through it. This antique wasp catcher is missing its cork but still remains a lovely, rustic piece.

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Okay well, these are just a few of the pretties we found. Hope you enjoyed them.

Have a wonderful week!

xo,

Ivy

Birthday Girl

Hello there. Hope your weekend has been lovely so far. I was going to wait till Monday to share these but I found myself with some quiet time and thought I better take advantage of it!

Claire's b'day was such a wonderful day. We had family in from out of town and many friends and neighbors came to celebrate our little girl. We couldn't have asked for a better day. The sun was shining after days of rain, not a cloud in the sky and everyone was more than willing to sit outside and enjoy some food, drinks and of course, sweet Claire. Grace was incredibly excited for her sister and was helpful and supportive. She even made a "sign in" poster that she made all the guests sign as they came in. So cute!

My mother-in-law made some beautiful decorations for the house and I borrowed these great cupcake stands from a neighbor (thanks Christine!) to complete the butterfly and rose dessert table.

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I got these precious paper butterflies from this Etsy shop. You can eat them too!

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It took Claire a minute to figure out what to do with her cupcake...but it wasn't long before she was stuffing her face.

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She was beaming from ear to ear with all the love and cuddles she got.

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So grateful for the special time I got with my family and friends...especially my Aunt Iris and Grandmother who traveled all the way from the east coast to meet Claire.

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Much love to you all.

xo,

Ivy

Art to Adore

Happy Friday friends! It has been a little while since I last posted. I've missed you. Life has just been crazy! Summer is speeding by and my little girl just turned one! I've finally finished processing the pics from her party, so I will be sharing those very soon but today - I have a collection of art for you to adore with me. I couldn't decide on just one artist to feature so, I chose some of my favorite pieces. Enjoy.

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Have a beautiful weekend!

xo,

Ivy

Etsy Love : love and peas creations

Hello there! How's your week going so far? Hope all the Mamas out there had a beautiful Mother's Day! My dear hubby sent me up to Skamania Lodge for some alone time to recharge. So sweet! I came home on Sunday to warm hugs, handmade cards (by Grace), a bouquet of peonies (my fav) and veggie lasagna for dinner. Needless to say, I felt completely spoiled. I even got to complete a small mixed media painting - which I will share with you soon! Today, I wanted to share with you a sweet little Etsy shop - loveandpeascreations - owned by artist, Jenny Blair. I just adore her stunning work! She combines mixed media illustrations with wonderful hand sewn elements. (Oh, how I wish I could sew!) The blend of paint, pencil, fabric and thread creates gorgeous texture and color. Have a look for yourself...

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I'm in love with this bear. Go here to see the process of this piece on her blog.

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I discovered her work through the latest Artful Blogging! What a delightful find! Go here to explore her website and view her full portfolio.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

xo,

Ivy

Grin & Bear it.

Hi there! How is your week going so far? We are getting so much sun here in Portland that I'm a bit giddy! It's a little bizarre but I'll take it! Maybe it's the extra Vitamin D but even my dreams have been stranger than usual. You see, I have recurring dreams with a bear in it. Yup. A big ole' grizzly bear that I always see on the outskirts of a forest. He is always tromping through the trees on two feet appearing rather ferocious. He never actually gets me or even gets very close but the dream is alarming and always stays with me all day. This last time, I woke up from the dream and this thought entered my mind - "The bear represents change."  It hit me like a bolt and thinking back I realized that I have my "bear dream" when lots of change is entering my life. All of a sudden both the changes and the bear seemed less frightening.  I decided to look up what a bear stands for in dreams and found that actually the bear can symbolize being brave, facing the world alone and encourages independence and strength in motherhood. Be the Mama Bear. Okay. I can do that.

To remind me of this, I just bought this print from Corella Designs on Etsy. The wonderful artist is Donna McKenizie. I love this big bear and I love that what at first seemed scary is now making me stronger.

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Here are some more of her gorgeous illustrations.

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Do you connect with a special animal or see one in your dreams? Maybe it's trying to tell you something...

Have a wonderful Tuesday.

xo,

Ivy

Hello, Sydney.

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Hi there my lovely readers!

Well, I have some exciting news to share with you today - we are leaving for Sydney, Australia on Thursday - yes, as in two days from now!! A last minute opportunity landed in our laps yesterday, when one of my hubby's clients invited him to an executive retreat in Sydney. Well...as many of you know, that is my birthplace and there was NO way in hell that I wasn't going with him. So we scrambled and made arrangements for my parents to fly in and take care of the girls! I'm in total shock!

I've gotten in touch with several of my childhood friends, so I hope to meet up with them and catch up! I haven't been back since we left in 1994!! I was in the 11th grade. It was so hard to leave all my friends but at the time we kinda idolized America and I had fanciful notions of becoming a cheerleader, dating a quarterback and going to Prom! ha! Things didn't quite pan out like that...

Anyway, I have always wanted to go back and visit so I feel incredibly grateful for this chance! I will be taking tons of photos and hope to post a bit while I'm there!

See you when I return from the land Down-Under...

xo,

Ivy

A Cup of Spring

Hi there friends! How was your Easter? We had a fabulous time visiting the gorgeous Brasada Ranch in Central Oregon. I have so many pictures to share with you but they need to be processed, so while I'm working on all that, I wanted to show you some pretty pics of the recent teacup I found. She's a real beauty and so perfect for Spring.

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She is a lovely example of 1940's lusterware by Royal Halsey and has a beautiful pearl like shimmer. The sweet clusters of rose blossoms go from petal pink to deep garnet and are paired perfectly with swirling gold embellishments.

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She is in the shop now just waiting to be loved.

Hope you are enjoying all the beautiful blossoms of Spring!

xo,

Ivy

Etsy Love: Royal Wedding Souvenirs

The countdown is on and the Royal Wedding is just around the corner! Excited! I can't help it. In fact, I couldn't resist this sweet little mug from this Etsy shop... and I'm so tempted to get this tote...*sigh*...I'm such a sucker for romance.

I've accepted the fact that I won't ever get that gorgeous sapphire ring but these will do nicely...

What about some decorations...this Union Jack bunting is darling...

And I just love this print...

Every girl should own a crown...why not wear it around your neck? It's more subtle, really.

Look at this lovely little necklace...

Ooh and remember that gorgeous cobalt blue dress that Kate wore when they announced their engagement? Get your own version here. Perfectly lady like.

Okay...just one more...have sweet dreams of your own prince on this precious handmade pillow...

Have a beautiful Thursday my friends. Will you be watching the big event?

xo,

Etsy Love: joojoo

Last night, I went to my fabulous book club. It is an amazing group of women that I feel so lucky to be a part of. After glasses of wine, a good healthy book discussion and plenty of delicious food we did our usual round of sharing what's been going on in our lives. One lovely lady had just been to Panama with her husband on a wildlife adventure! They are both passionate and devoted birders -  I hadn't known this about her. Both me and another bird fan squealed with delight as she described the amazing birds they had witnessed. I love it when you discover something about someone that connects you in a new way. By the end of the night, the three of us were talking about going on guided bird walks put on by the Audubon Society. I can't wait!

With birds on the brain today, I stumbled upon joojoo on Etsy. Artist, Afsaneh creates the sweetest bird illustrations! I had to share...

Aren't they precious? You must also visit her beautiful blog, here.

Hope your week is going well...I'm holding out for a sunny weekend!

xo,

Etsy Love: Macaron Magic

Lately, I've been wanting to buy macarons. Not because I have a craving, or I want to give them as a gift...I just want to take pictures of them. Yah...I know it sounds weird but I have seen the most gorgeous photos of macarons and I want to give it a try! I've almost ran out to Pix to get some...but I decided to head to Etsy for some inspiration first! My dear friend, Amy referred me to the beautiful work of Havilah...a local Portland photographer! Her Etsy shop - dearmachine has some lovely images! Check out these delightful photographs of this most famous French cookie...

So pretty right? I love that something so simple as a baked good can look so special. Almost as enchanting as a cupcake...

xo,

 

p.s. want to try making them yourself? here's a recipe from Martha. ;)

 

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Tea obsession & Tabitha Emma

Today I felt so restless. Do you ever get that? Where you just can't sit down and focus...so annoying! Finally, I decided that a trip to the book store and a cup of tea might soothe my nerves. So off I went, grabbed a stack of inspiring mags and headed home for a cuppa. While sifting through the gorgeous pages of Somerset Studio and sipping some steaming Chamomile tea, I figured I had better find the perfect tea pot to go with my lovely new tea cup. I headed to Etsy to begin the search...

I have yet to find the "one", but I did stumbled upon a fabulous Aussie artist, Tabitha Emma, who seems to love tea as much as me. Aren't these sweet? I just ordered the print below. Couldn't resist.

And of course, any good tea party has lovely treats to go with it...

Once I find my teapot...I think I will have to get this cozy for it. Tabitha makes adorable fabric creations too!

And Grace...well, she desperately wants this cake purse! Every girl needs a cake purse right? She cracks me up.

Check out Tabitha's gorgeous Etsy store and blog for more of her beautiful work! Aussie's rock, don't they? Speaking of Aussie's, tomorrow we are headed to my home town - Sydney for our Friday Escape! woo!

xo,

p.s. If anyone knows where I can hunt for vintage tea pots online let me know!

Etsy Love: Whimsy Whimsical

Sometimes you just need something sweet. A chocolate, a little cupcake or maybe a darling note card. Yes, these handmade cards are seriously sweet, like make you cheeks-tingle-sweet. I love them!

Malaysian Artist, Yee Von creates these precious illustrations using pen and ink and then digitally colors them. She has this shop on Etsy but also features her lovely figurative work at this shop. Make sure you stop by both, they are a real treat! Her blog is also very beautiful!

Happy Wednesday!

xo,