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  • DIY Easter Eggs

    This is Katie.

    So here is a thought; skip the dye this year. I have decided (for this year only) that dying eggs is a creative cop out. Thaaaats right. We're goin eu natural with pops of black, white, and gold...my favorite. Break the mold with us. Not the shells. Just the mold...


    Supplies: 

    Brown and White Boiled Eggs

    Black Sharpie (try different sized tips!)

    Chalkboard Pen

    Gold FeltTip Pen

    Stamps

    StazOn Black Stamp Pad

    Now go nuts! Don't be shy! Do whatever feels fun and happy. I promise, even if you do not have a creative bone in your body (that you know of), you can still participate. Can you draw a straight line? Congrats...your egg is already better than mine (see top left egg below). Can you delicately tap the tip of a sharpie to the shell of an egg? Congrats...polka dots are my favorite! Can you create flipping cute and charismatic animal faces on a whim? Congrats...you are Elise. But really, that is the beauty of this DIY. Remember:

    "Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is deciding which ones to keep." - Scott Adams

    Again, here are the four techniques...

    They really are adorable, aren't they?

    Happy Easter, Hunters!

  • White Out

    This is Elise.

    And I'm sure you know Kate by now. She is our unofficial, official model and creative consultant. Here we have her decked out in a couple of all-white looks. I love mixing white with beige, with cream, with swiss coffee... (paint color of room, but cream and swiss coffee is good too). We're all very glad this is a "thing" again, and can be translated into many different looks and feels. Dress it up, dress it down, dress it all around...as I always say...sometimes. Enjoy.

  • Speaking of Cacti...

    This is Us.

    Yeah, we're kind of in a cactus phase right now. Today I (Elise) got enlisted to paint some flowers for my mother's living room (See dead looking daisy).

    And I (Katie) discovered I can paint watercolor cacti. So I did just that. In bulk. It was great.

    I (Elise) followed suit, but added my own giant cotton-looking puffs onto my cacti. It was great. Add a little ice cream, and DAY MADE.

  • East Meets West

    This is Elise.

    I know the whole "Eastern Influence" thing was sort of Prada Spring '13, which in the fashion world is like a decade ago...BUT I was struck by it again as I have been working my way through a beast of a fashion history book - my most recent light (very light) reading (mostly pictures) material. It is incredible how much Chinese, Japanese, and Indian arts, crafts, and textiles influenced Western style, even as far back as the 17th and 18th centuries all the way through to today. Most floral prints, lace, and brocades that we associate with antique fabrics were copied from those cultures as a result of commerce being expanded cross-continentally. Anyway, I find fashion politics very interesting. For instance, did you know that Napoleon decreed that nobles had to wear Lyons silk in court? At the beginning of the 19th century, muslin became popular and the silk industry in France suffered - cue Napoleon - silk once again became the style - French economy saved. I digress...

    We offer, for your consideration, what has been happening for centuries, "East meets West".