Things are looking a little different around here! I decided it was time to remodel... a new look for the new year! I also have finally launched sugarfresh.com. It is still in it's beginning stages, but will hopefully evolve with my business over time. I have a lot of new work I am hoping to add to the shop in the next few weeks, so keep checking the blog, I'll post it here first!
Have you heard about Bloggers Give Back? It is an amazing project put together to help a family in need each year. This family lost everything in a house fire and were left with only the clothes on their backs. Donations have been made by bloggers and crafters which will go up for auction on December 15th. Proceeds will go to the family. How wonderful!
I am auctioning two 8x10's to one lucky bidder. As of today there are 43 items up for auction, and more are added each day. You can give your support by bidding on the 15th!
This past week has been an extra busy one, which is why I'm just now posting pictures from the Bijou Market. The show was amazing! I was so happy with the turnout and just loved meeting some of the other vendors. Thank you to all of you who purchased my prints, and also to the lovely ladies who ran the show. Here are a couple snapshots of my table as well as some of my favorite displays (sorry about the quality, poor lighting.)
I am so happy to introduce you to Opal Never Shouts, a new design blog by Jana Romney and Jen Adair. Not only is their site so lovely and well put together, it is just packed with design tips, how-to's and beautiful photos. Just read their first few posts and you will see that these girls really know their stuff. I am so excited to have found them and wanted to spread the word.
Opal Never Shouts is hosting a giveaway for my shop this week, click here to enter!
I am happy to announce that I'll be a vendor at the upcoming Bijou Market holiday show, held November 19th & 20th at Historic Southworth Hall in Provo, Utah. Click here for the list of vendors. I can't wait to participate in my first show, and to also do a little holiday shopping!
I have been kicking around the idea of offering a custom birth poster for awhile now. I attempted a few different designs, but never quite loved the finished product. I just finished this design today and think it turned out just right.
Shown in 'lemon', but offered in an assortment of custom colors in my shop.
Oh how I love the fall. I never knew I loved it until we didn't have it for three years while living in Hawaii. Now I find myself staring at the pretty colors of the changing leaves, and loving the chill in the air because it means I can throw on a cozy sweater. We did a hayride to a cute little pumpkin patch and picked out a daddy, mommy and a baby pumpkin. It was so much fun, and may top my list as one of my favorite fall activities.
Let me introduce you to Emily of Anderson Family Crew. Her family is in the process of adopting a little girl named Elsa from Ethiopia. International adoption is expensive, and they are lacking the funds needed to finalize the adoption and bring her home. Her friend Amy had a wonderful idea to do a fundraiser by raffling donated handmade items on Emily's blog. When I was first contacted to be a part of this special project I knew I wanted to help.
Visit Emily's blog where you can enter to win any of the five awesome bundles of goodies which include two of my prints.
Check out the details here.
What a great cause. Best wishes to the Anderson family!
I'm not sure how this trend started, but it seems like mustaches are all over the place these days. One of my favorite children's design blogs ohdeedoh put together a cute little collection featuring Mister Numbers. Check it out here.
Head over to Kirsten Krason's blog, 6th Street Design School, before September 27th to enter to win one 8x10 and one 5x7 from my shop. While you're there, peruse her beautiful blog and be inspired by her amazing talent as an interior designer. A big thanks to Kirsten for hosting a giveaway for Sugar Fresh! ♥
My prints will soon be available for sale at Covet in Arlington, Virginia
Covet is a hip art boutique specializing in local artists creating unique jewelry, one on a kind furniture finds, handmade bags and trendy accessories. Covet also exhibits modern, whimsical sometimes edgy artwork by local and national artists.
I love love love organizing and de-cluttering. I think it's fun to clean out old items to make room for the new. I am not the type of person who gets attached to things like clothes or shoes, so when I feel like it's time to get rid of something, I toss it in a bag for goodwill and move on. And I enjoy it, too. I came upon this list at Young House Love and think it's a good rule of thumb to keep in mind when organizing your closet. I definitely need to work on a few of these:
If you’re unsure about a big ticket item, put it on hold for 24 hours and think it over.
Don’t buy anything that doesn’t flatter you or isn’t comfortable, no matter how of-the-moment it is.
If you have to talk yourself into a purchase in the dressing room, pass on it.
If there’s nothing in your closet to wear with it, skip it.
Never purchase something just because it looks good on someone else.
Don’t save a pair of jeans for that anticipated five-pound weight loss. Owning them is bad for your psyche. If the time comes when you drop a size, chances are you won’t hesitate to run out and buy a new pair.
If a stain didn’t come out at the cleaners or when you toiled over it in the sink it’s permanent. Time to let it go.
Don't buy anything on sale that you wouldn't consider at full price.
If we kept every item of clothing with a memory attached, we’d be buried in clothes.
Ask yourself if each item of clothing in your closet: 1) flatters your shape, 2) fits perfectly or is fixable, 3) is the right color for you, 4) has been worn in the last two years – only things that get four yesses should stay.
Happy Birthday to my sweet Lily! I love this girl more than I can say. She has the sweetest, funniest little personality and she makes me laugh every day. I am so lucky to be her mom. I love you, Lily!
Hard to believe it's already been two months since we moved from Hawaii. I guess you could call us Utahns by now. I don't know if the homesickness for Hawaii will ever go away, but I have definitely discovered a new love for Utah that I never had before. I always took for granted the beautiful mountains, dry climate and long summer days. And let's not forget that extra holiday in July. :) Summer time in Utah is my very favorite. We have been enjoying the outdoors with hikes, evening bike rides and walks. What a beautiful place this is, and what a blessing to be able to see it with new eyes.