jewelry

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

Shopping Trip: Ruche

Yesterday, by way of Facebook, (those little ads on the side that I never click on) I discovered the online store, Ruche. I was immediately in love! It's Anthropologie inspired, J-Crew elegant and Forever 21 affordable - what's not to love?? Unfortunately for me, I am rather stuck in a jeans, cowboy boots, sweater phase of my life...I believe it has something to do with motherhood and living in a climate where rain prevails but regardless, I still have visions of myself in vintage dresses, feminine tops and sweet shoes. Now, I just need the courage to dress more like that! Maybe, Ruche will help me break me out of my "safe" attire.

Here are some of the lovely outfits and pretty treasures that caught my eye...

I love those gray boots!!

So pretty right? Go check them out here. I also love that they support many Indie artists and have several eco-friendly products.

Treat yourself to something pretty. You deserve it!

xo,

These may need to come home with me...

In love with Sahlia Michelle

Okay, everyone knows I love sparkly things but these beauties really took my breath away. One of my favorite jewelry designers, Amy Olson introduced me to Sahlia's work and as usual, Amy's impeccable taste has not led me astray.

Her organic aesthetic, unique combination of textures and materials and an undeniable *swoon* factor, makes her work highly desirable. Half untamed and half refined, her designs strike the perfect balance between the good girl and bad girl in all of us.

The fact that she's from Portland is rather fabulous too!

These are from her Bridal collection but I think I would wear them everyday...why not?

Go to her beautiful site to explore her entire collection.

You won't be disappointed.

xo,

Images via: Sahlia Michelle

Creative minds and french macarons

Monday night was pretty amazing. I got to meet some wonderfully creative women, sit at the open air bar & patisserie of Pix and brainstorm on how  to further pursue our passions. The three lovely ladies that I met there were, Barbara Soule, Amy Olson and Jen Lees. Each one brought inspiration, encouragement and knowledge to the table, making it a fabulous evening. The only one missing was Sarah Leoni, creator of Coco & Co Chocolates, although we are looking forward to seeing her at the next meeting!

Barbara Soule is the creator of B Hive Designs. Check out her amazing hand screen printed textiles. Her great blog is definitely worth a visit too! Each design is derived from her own  beautiful illustrations.

Amy Olson, organizer of this meeting of the minds and local jewelry designer creates the most lovely pieces. Timeless, unique and ultimately feminine...you deserve to own one of her baubles. Get them at Etsy!

And finally, Jen Lees, who is an incredibly talented paper artist. Her collage pieces are a thing of beauty. I just ordered myself several of her cards, each one its own little piece of art. Get yours here.

So that was the gang...and as you can see, I was in the company of some impressive creative energy!

It was Movie Night at Pix and they were playing "Say Anything" which is fitting, since it's Amy's favorite movie. When we weren't reminiscing about 80's movies we were jotting down tons of info about how to better our crafting businesses.

Then we ordered a lovely selection of Pix's famous french macarons.

My fav - the fleur de sel (salted caramel). Yum!

They didn't last long...

After we said our goodbyes, I drove home smiling, inspired and thankful that I had the opportunity to connect with such fabulous women, who are both artists and business owners! I know I am going to learn a lot from each of them.

xo,

Ivy

p.s. thank you to Amy for bringing us all together! xx

Cuffs of Gold

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7. dirtystory 8. KaelinDesign 9. UNEARTHED

Just picked up the latest People Style Watch magazine (I always buy fun magazines for plane trips) and according to their fashionistas, gold cuff bracelets are very en vogue.

So, I went treasure hunting on Etsy to find some hand-made beauties.

I'm in love with # 7 myself. So pretty!

Enjoy.

xo,

Ivy