Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Busy Bee!

Sorry for the lack of posts. It's been so busy the last couple of weeks! Does anyone else see something you really like and instead of buying it you just decide that you can make it yourself? That's TOTALLY me. I have so many projects that I need to finish and a million more I want to start. We are also redecorating my little one's room & it's going to be SO cute. I'll share pictures once it's done which seems forever away so don't get your hopes up! :)

In the meantime, here is a blog that I came across recently that I L-O-V-E. Such a wonderful blog with lots of fun tutorials! I "wasted" an entire afternoon browsing this blog one day.

Happy Reading!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Adobe Illustrator - My favorite tools

Here is a little peek into my design studio. I'm creating this new tree for the shop and thought I'd share a little bit about how I create my trees. All of my designs are created in Adobe Illustrator. CS5 has some awesome new features but my favorite is the Width Tool.

Here is how I create branches:

First I create a line using the Pen Tool.

Then I select the Width Tool and then click on one of the ends and drag it outwards. It widens the line keeping both sides symmetrical.

This shows where both of those tools are on the Illustrator tool bar..
(the arrows are a new little feature of CS5 too :)

I then just continue with all of my branches. And then I start adding the leaves. I will end up adding more branches as I see fit once I have some more leaves in there.

Ta-dum! Not too hard! And there you have it. The easiest way to create branches AND a sneak peek into my newest design. And back to work I go!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

The Tweetest Finds

There are so many wonderful shops on Etsy. I'm inspired by so many of them.

Here is a list of some of my favorite Etsy sellers. I've purchased something from each of these shops & thought I'd share. Hope you enjoy! :)

I love this print. It's the one that I own.

Beautiful, sparkly and vibrant mineral makeup.
It is pretty much the only eye shadow that I wear anymore. It really does go on as bright as it is in the pictures, especially if you wear an eye primer.

This case keeps my Macbook Pro so happy! The quality of this case is amazing and the seller is a breeze to work with.

This one is really close to the own I own. I keep it in my curio cabinet. Love love it!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Picture of the day..

I LOVE rainbows! This picture was taken last Saturday after a rain storm. The picture was taken through a car window, while driving (my husband was driving, I was a passenger :) and it was taken form a cell phone. Still turned out nice, right? Thank goodness for photoshop!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

New Designs!

Here are some of my newest designs. Sometimes I feel really creative.. and other times I don't. Right now is a creative time and I've been on a roll. I really need to work on some modern home designs, but mostly everything I feel like doing is more for a child's room. I really love working on kid designs :)


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