Better Homes and Gardens published their holiday gift guides last week, and guess what? I got to curate one! There are over 25 different guides curated by other bloggers and BHG editors, I was asked to curate one for Artists and Art Collectors! If you are buying for someone who creates art, supplies like charcoal, sketchbooks, and paints are always a great gift. If you are looking for someone who is more of a collector, art books, prints, decorative home items, or art-inspired clothing are great options. Here are some of my favorite items from the curated guide and you can head over to BHG.com to see all of my picks! I’ll be taking a blog break for the rest of the week since I’m heading to Maine tomorrow for Thanksgiving! Hope you all have a great week!
I mentioned Pradman Jewelry in last week’s outfit post. I recently got this engraved monogram bracelet with a C on it from them and I just adore it because it goes with everything. I like how it looks layered with a watch or other bracelets too. They also have tons of beautiful gemstone jewelry that would be perfect for upcoming holiday parties! Their jewelry is designed with modern chic concept in mind and is all made with highest quality of semiprecious stones and precious metals.
So here comes the fun part, you have a shot to win any piece of jewelry from Pradman! And they were also nice enough to offer you guys 20% off your order! Just use coupon code “Ciera” for the discount! Enter below using Rafflecopter and good luck!! This giveaway is open through December 2. The winner’s name will be chosen randomly and announced soon after. Please note that your entry will be removed if you do not complete it correctly. Contestants must be 18 years of age or more. International contestants are welcome.
My family is really big on food traditions. We always have the same thing for dinner on St. Patty’s Day. We always have the same thing for breakfast on Christmas. And the Thanksgiving menu never changes. Without fail, we have mashed potatoes and gravy with our turkey, and they’re always delicious. BUT. These Gratin Dauphinois, which are really just scalloped potatoes with a fancy French name, are pretty irresistible, and would make an amazing addition to any Turkey Day menu. They’re actually a long-time family favorite, filled with butter and cheese and hints of garlic. If only I could talk my family into a potato upgrade…
For potatoes with such a fancy name, I needed a font with lots of oomph, and Baker Script is a perfect fit: rustic yet elegant, lovely and legible.
1 1/2 cups milk 3 lbs waxy potatoes, unpeeled (I like Yukon Gold or Klondike Red) 1/4 cup butter, melted 1 teaspoon kosher salt freshly ground black pepper 1 teaspoon garlic powder 2 heaping cups shredded cheese (whatever kind you want)
Preheat the oven to 425°F. Pour the milk into a small saucepan and bring it to a simmer over medium-low heat. While waiting for the milk to simmer, thinly slice the potatoes. We’re talking THIN slices, like 1/8″ thick. I use a mandolin for this and it’s a breeze. If you don’t have a mandolin, just slice them with a sharp kitchen knife. Lightly spray a 9×13″ pan with nonstick cooking spray. Scatter half of the potatoes evenly over the bottom of the pan. Drizzle half of the melted butter over the top (2 Tablespoons), and sprinkle on half of the salt, half of the pepper, and half of the garlic powder. Top with 1 heaping cup of shredded cheese. Repeat layers. When the milk has come to a simmer, pour it evenly over the top of the cheese layer. Bake for 40 minutes, or until deeply golden and bubbly. Allow to cool slightly before serving.
I’m trying to be good this year and get my holiday shopping done ahead of time. I recently came across UncommonGoods and y’all, they have some amazing options for gifts! I feel like everyone on my list is so difficult to shop for but this site has so many unique items that it’s going to make it really easy on me! They have thousands one-of-a-kind products ranging from home and garden products to jewelry and accessories, office items, children’s toys and more. They also have some really cool stocking stuffers like an Aquafarm here and Kinetic Sand here! I totally love all the fun wine related things they have so I decided to put together this gift guide! My mom will probably get a few things from this list!
UncommonGoods makes it so easy to shop too! They break down their site into easy categories… whether you’re shopping for a birthday gift for your sister, or you have a specific amount you’re looking to spend, for example, gifts under $50, they make it simple to get your shopping done quickly! Some other cool things about UncommonGoods:
They highlight the stories of the artists and designers throughout the website
Half of what they sell is made by hand. Look for the blue hand icon throughout the website.
About one-third of their entire collection incorporates recycled and/or upcycled materials.
They donate a portion of each order to your choice of non-profit organizations: American Forests, AmeriCares, City Harvest, and the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN).
If you are looking for a gift that is unique, or are trying to find something for that person that seems to have everything, check out UncommonGoods, you will not be disappointed!
This post was sponsored by Uncommon Goods. Thank you for supporting this blog by allowing me to post occasional sponsored content. All sponsored posts feature products or services that I truly feel would be of interest to you and all opinions are my own.
Kickstarter really has some amazing stuff y’all! I recently came across Stately Type, a project by graphic designer David Lesue. It’s basically two things: first, it’s a big 20″x 16″ letterpressed map of the United States where David hand-lettered the name of each state within the distinctive form of its boundaries.
Second, it’s 50 individually designed hand-lettered t-shirts—one for each state in the union. David designed each one to reflect the identity of the state it represents—matching the shirt color and graphic color to each state’s personality.
The inspiration for this project came from my love of hand-lettered type and my fascination with the iconic shapes of state boundaries. By combining those two elements, I’ve come up with something that looks stunning—maps of the individual states and of the US as a whole that feel very personal, distinctive, and hand-crafted. -David Lesue
David has actually reached his goal but if you like this project as much as I do, head over to his Kickstarter page to support it, he has lots of amazing rewards for those who back his project!
Let’s face it – as people with creative businesses, there are times when we feel a lack of vision and innovation. Whether it’s because we’re working on projects that leave us uninspired or we just simply can’t get our creative juices flowing, it’s a slump we don’t want to be stuck in for long.
It’s something I’ve been struggling with lately, so I’ve come up with four ways to get re-inspired:
1. Try to remember the time when you were feeling the most creative or inspired.
There are moments in our lives when we feel like nothing can stop us and we can’t stop coming up with great ideas. The key to reliving those moments is to figure out what made those moments so special. Where were you at? What were you doing? Who were you with? What were you feeling? Try to recreate that moment as best as you can and you’ll be on the right track to getting your creativity back.
2. Take a class
We’re often inspired by new adventures and meeting new people, so taking a class or doing a workshop will help kick your creativity back in gear. Make something by hand, learn something new and connect with other creative people and you’re sure to get inspired. Some courses to check out are the Alt Summit Classes, Skillshare, Nicole’s Classes and sign up for workshops like BlogShop and Anthro Events.
3. Visit Your Favorite Places
Our surroundings are one of the things that inspire us the most, and we all have places where we feel most inspired. When you’re feeling less creative than normal, it’s a no brainer to visit your favorite places to get yourself going again. Whether you’re influenced by the displays at your favorite store or by a landscape or park you love the most, take time to visit those places, enjoy them and let them motivate you.
4. Spruce Up Your Resources
Just like buying new workout clothes might help you to get back to the gym, new creative resources can help amp up your inspiration. Download some new fonts, explore new color schemes, try out a new program or let a new design book help you dream up new ideas. Something as simple as a new font to play with can totally transform your mood and your work.
What do you do when you’re feeling uninspired? Share your tips in the comments!
Hey friends! I haven’t done one of these post in quite some time but I found a new online shopping experience that I really want to share with y’all! It’s called Golden Tote and it’s the ultimate surprise grab bag!
I have never mentioned this on the blog, but I am not a fan of shopping. I’m very picky and have trouble finding clothes that fit well so I get frustrated and moody when nothing works out. I have come home empty-handed so many times, so I decided to try a different method.
I tell Golden Tote my size and let them do the shopping for me! This is also a good way to help me try new items that I might not choose on my own. They curate tote bags with a variety of items from different brands at prices 70-80% off original retail. In September I chose the $149 tote, which meant I got to choose two items and then I was surprised with the rest! I ended up with six items total which averaged $26 a piece after shipping!
So this striped maxi dress and moto jacket (which was one of the items I picked) were my favorites from the tote and you can see the other items at the end of this post! The bracelet I’m wearing here is from Pradman Jewels, another site you should check out, they have some amazing stuff! And psst, I’m going to be doing a giveaway with them next week!
Zander and I always watch cooking shows at home, so a live stream cook-off sounded super fun and it was! In case you missed it live earlier this week, I’ve got a recap for you, or you can watch the full cook-off here. They had three amazing chefs, Phoebe Lapine, Jennifer Perillo, and Camille Becerra, prepare the same dish, on three different types of cooktops – electric, gas and induction. The challenge was to make Pan Roasted Cauliflower and see which came out the best.
Camille who was on the electric cooktop had to preheat since electric takes longer to come up to temperature while Phoebe and Jennifer didn’t have to preheat. The induction was ready in about 3o seconds and at the end of the cook-off it was determined that it was the most responsive and had a clear edge over the others.
The live-stream audience got to pick who they thought had the best presentation of their final dish and Camille won with her Pan Roasted Cauliflower cooked on the electric cooktop. Personally I thought that Jennifer’s looked the best!
I really didn’t know anything about induction cooktops before this event, but they seem pretty awesome!
An induction cooktop can boil water in just 90 seconds
During the cook-off the induction cooktop heated up in about 30 seconds where the electric cooktop had to be pre-heated.
Induction stays cool to the touch since it uses the pan as the heat source, what?!
They also shared a little trick with us… if a magnet sticks to a pot or pan they will work for induction! If not, you can get a diffuser to use so that you can still use your favorite pots and pans.
What kind of cooktop do you use? I have always had a gas stove but I’m dying to try an induction cooktop now!
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Even though Thanksgiving is only one day out of the month, November always gets me thinking about everything I am thankful for. I like to slow down, appreciate the small things and the wonderful people in my life. I’m thankful for having a creative career and being able to do what I love, my boyfriend of eight years, family, friends, the blogging community and for you guys, my readers! Remember, there is always something to be thankful for and I hope this design can be a little reminder for you this month!
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