Sunday, February 26, 2017

Painted Flowers

Why not start the week out with flowers? I certainly can't think of anything better. I imagine it must be wonderful to work near a flower market, where fresh flowers are abundant and you could have a new bouquet each day! Until that day arrives for me I will have to stamp my own :)

I enjoyed coloring and cutting, blending, and shading these flowers. I embossed my greeting in gold, I used one of the big happy stamps from SRM and added a sticker from SRM below. I love the simple yet elegant combination.

How can this week be anything but wonderful when it starts with flowers?!!!

XOXO Shantaie

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Hello There

It has been such a very long time since I employed a sketch as my inspiration kick off, and how I have missed it! I had forgotten how much fun it is to be guided and challenged by the sketch, and my all time favorite sketch blog is mojo Monday 
 While watching the Crown on Netflix and pulling out several stamp sets and marveling at the stunning lack of a cactus in all my collection ( how is that possible) I just layered papers and patterns and textures until I found a delicious mix I was happy with. Sometimes the process of pulling together the elements is as rewarding as the finished product, kind of like decorating a room or making a meal!

The act of creating is raw and romantic, it opens your mind and your heart, it's meant to be fun and free, like all the joys of life, don't take it too seriously, don't extract the happiness from it by being too comparative or competitive. I speak to myself mostly, I had lost my reason for creating for a long time, and I'm getting back to "me" one day at a time.
 Knit, bake, sew, read, stamp, paint, eat, love, and be you... you are beautiful, you inspire me daily, I love you all so much for that!!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Champagne gummy bears

I used to do this little thing on facebook where I named three things I loved that day, it could have been a lipstick color or a new paper line, but I had fun sharing my favorites, I'm not sure why I stopped, it was fun and opened up an easy comfortable line of conversation and I miss that. 

In that spirit I hope you will love my favorites today! I have been working at the lakeridge winery for 25 years doing the monthly events there, and the southern white wine is simply divine! Sweet, subtle, smooth, and easy to drink even for those who don't like wine!  I love to read and these champagne gummy bears my daughter got me for Valentines day are soooooo scrumptious such a great pair while relaxing and reading! 

Roses are always a good idea. Sweet aroma, soft velvety petals, and they make any room in the home feel luxurious! 

I have an love for doors that borders on obsession! They offer entry to hidden spaces, kind of the way reading a story does, and like a wonderful book, this doorway is magical!!! 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Taking A Bite Out Of The Big Apple

New York City Is A Feast For The Eyes!

 Manhattan does not disappoint, the architecture, the people, and oh the shop windows! We walked miles and miles each day of my recent birthday trip to New York and enjoyed every step everything but the flights and flights of stairs in and out of the subway!
 We did treat ourselves to the magical world famous Magnolia bakery banana pudding, and even got cake on my birthday, where the entire staff and shop full of customers sang to me while banging on baking sheets, a moment I will never forget and always cherish!

I stopped many times to snap a quick photo of the beautiful creations like these mini cakes found at the grand central market.  One of my favorite places!!! I would love to get these for Valentines day!!!

I just adore the sprinkle rimmed cupcakes, such a simple design that anyone can recreate and feel successful at!

These cinnamon and chocolate twisted pretzels have my heart in knots! I didn't try them, but they look divine!

I couldn't leave the city without having a it's not a rainbow bagel, but it is everything!!!!

This ruben from Rue 57 is the absolute best I have ever had! I did not eat clean my whole visit, I regret nothing!!!! The bread in NYC is magical, crusty, and soft, and the flavor is... well it's perfect!

Delicious turkey burger, but that corn salad from Rue 57 is worth the trip on it's own! 

No matter what, do not miss the Magnolia bakery on your next visit, I'm from the south and I know banana pudding, and honey nothing can beat this little pot of sweet smooth confection! 

Monday, February 6, 2017

be mine! be mine!

I'm always in love with nontraditional color combos like this coral and mint Valentine's card, LOVE!!!! I had a little quiet time in the studio tonight, and before making my card I made a list of all the things I love, and I have decided to pursue those things with all of my heart. What greater love is there than the pure love of life?!!! Dear intentional living be mine!

One of the things in my studio that I love is my stack of SRM stickers, like the Valentine Border sticker used here. I have also been reaching for my glimmer mist more and more these days to add paint drops. Super fun to drop and splatter paint!
I hope you will visit more and more in the days, and weeks ahead as I plan to share more of the things I love, paper is only a small area of my overall passion, and it's time to shine a spotlight on all of my loves! 

What are your loves???

Porchside Pretty

With the absence of holiday topiaries and poinsettias my front entryway has been bare and icky sad and gray! I needed to add some green and some much needed life to greet me cheerfully as I walk in... or as I leave for the day's tasks!  I have never tried hydrangeas before even though they are one of my favorites, fingers crossed I can keep it healthy and vibrant.

Don't you love shopping for plants? I get all giddy walking through rows and rows of waxy leaves and velvety petals, I have a hard time choosing what to pick up.....I always want to buy everything. Living in Florida means dry hot days so I do have to keep that in mind.

My home is my nest, my sanctuary, and my place of unequalled joy, live plants add so much brightness and calm to a space ...indoors and out. I love the simple elegant beauty of my little porch, the perfect view as I walk up to my front door, like a little hug!