Archive | September, 2012

Discovered Gems: I See the Stars

26 Sep


1. Constellations Wall Hanging// 2. Dipped Gold Necklace// 3. Ursa Minor Bear Sculpture// 4. Nova Trio Gold Stud Earrings

Happy Fall Y’all! Store Promotional

21 Sep


I’m so excited Fall is officially here!!! Ok, well technically tomorrow is the official start date, but I’m celebrating a day early. From now till the 26th (I know it says tomorrow but shh..here’s a secret, I’m sharing it with you early) save 15% off your entire order in the shop. From cozies to fall greeting cards (that can double also as art prints) you’ll find the perfect thing to get you in the mood for Autumn. Use the code, “FALLYALL12“.

Enjoy!

Soup Days: Coconut Red Lentil Soup

18 Sep

Once the weather starts to cool down I break out the soup recipes. All year long I save tasty sounding broths in anticipation for the days when it’s cold enough to enjoy them. To me soups are an excellent meal saver. They are cost effective, healthy, and make several portions that are perfect for potlucks or lunches throughout the week.

I have several recipes saved to try over the next few months. One in particular kept popping up around the internet. At first I though nah, too many others are calling my name to try. But, this one would not go away so it got the opportunity to be my first try of the season. This Red Lentil Coconut Soup recipe (adapted from 101 Cookbooks)  is sweet and savory and perfect for those first cool nights of fall.

Beautiful photo from 101 Cookbooks

Red Lentil Coconut Soup
(modified changes in parentheses) recipe as is from 101 Cookbooks

1 cup  yellow split peas
1 cup  red split lentils (green lentils)
7 cups water
1 medium carrot, cut into 1/2-inch dice (3 carrots, waste not)
2 tablespoons fresh peeled and minced ginger (dried ginger equivalent)
2 tablespoons curry powder (I can’t do curry so I made my own mixture of spices*)
2 tablespoons butter or ghee (grapeseed oil)
8 green onions (scallions), thinly sliced
1/3 cup  golden raisins (1/2 cup)
1/3  cup tomato paste
1 14-ounce can coconut milk
2 teaspoons fine grain sea salt
(I also added about 2 tablespoons of cane sugar)

*Spice mixture instead of the 2 tbs of curry
1 tablespoon cumin
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Give the split peas and lentils a good rinse – until they no longer put off murky water. Place them in an extra-large soup pot, cover with the water, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and add the carrot and 1/4 of the ginger. Cover and simmer for about 30 minutes, or until the split peas are soft.

In the meantime, in a small dry skillet or saucepan over low heat, toast the curry powder until it is quite fragrant. Be careful though, you don’t want to burn the curry powder, just toast it. Set aside. Place the butter in a pan over medium heat, add half of the green onions, the remaining ginger, and raisins. Saute for two minutes stirring constantly, then add the tomato paste and saute for another minute or two more.

Add the toasted curry powder to the tomato paste mixture, mix well, and then add this to the simmering soup along with the coconut milk and salt. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes or so. The texture should thicken up, but you can play around with the consistency if you like by adding more water, a bit at a time, if you like. Or simmer longer for a thicker consistency.

**Other then what is italicized in parenthesis this recipe is from the 101 Cookbooks blog and I take no credit for it or the photo. Just sharing a tasty meal.

Discovered Gems: Designisms

18 Sep

 

1. Type Joke Poster //2. Design Terms Flash Cards //3. Lord Ampersand Card //4. Type Nerd Tats

A Man Without A Mustache

18 Sep

Today is a pretty awesome day. Today marks two years since a very awkward first date with an amazing fella. Yes, awkward. (I went into Big Lots to buy socks and shed some tears before heading back into the bowling alley. True story.) Luckily, I got over my nervousness and decided to pursue a new relationship. I haven’t looked back since. I’ve never been with anyone so caring, loving, or supportive. He truly has my back in every way.

Now my boyfriend doesn’t actually have a mustache, though he does have a pretty rockin goatee. A couple of months ago he decided to grow out his beard for several weeks. He’s excellent at growing hair. Such a burly man. I however just couldn’t deal with the bushy beard or stache. I mean it’s ok to look like the men off Duck Dynasty if you possess their bank statement. He willingly, though somewhat hesitantly shaved back down to just his goatee. The same day I came across the quote above and decided I must make it into a card for him for our anniversary.

You can pick of a copy of it for your manly man here or even an iPhone cover here.

I’m so grateful for a man with an awesome soul, stache or not.

Enjoy!

Discovered Gems: Campfire Ready

14 Sep

1. The Outdoorsman Print// 2. Glitz Disc Earrings// 3. Tipuana Tipu Ring// 4. Baked S’mores

Creativity is Not About You

13 Sep

Photo and Print from OhMyDeer

I started following a creative devotional last week from the fine fellas at Creative Church. The Creative Proverb Series is a collaboration of different professionals in the church and creative fields. For 30 days they wrote about a particular creative verb (principle) and how it can be applied.

I love design, but I also love the church and it’s a strong passion of mine to blend the two. 6 years ago when I applied as a freshman for the design program I really had no clue what design entailed–or the crazy about of emotion and time that would be invested into the design process. I only knew that when I saw works done by others that it was what I had a passion for. To me there is no better use for your talents then to serve God with them.

I started the devotional as a refreshment. I don’t know why but art will drain you; emotionally, physically, and mentally. I go through phases of pure adrenaline where I’m excited about everything I’m doing and feel like I’m in the clouds. Then I have a crash and just seem to get where I can’t for the life of me come up with anything great.

Day 3 of the series focused on Loving People. Right from the start the title floored me: Let God’s Love for People Drive Your Creativity. Isn’t that great? It’s an awesome reminder that what we do CAN have an eternal impact. Too often we get stuck focusing on how this project is going to reflect me, my portfolio, my rock star ego. But that focus can leave you feeling empty. Sure you’re on a high when it first goes viral, or the event starts and people are like oh cool poster. But then, the excitement passes or you didn’t get the views you thought you would. Folks didn’t send you a million emails requesting to interview you for their blogs. You start to doubt yourself. You start to question was the time invested worth it. You think, “I could have just been a doctor or accountant and made my time and energy worth it.” But that’s not your passion. So how do you channel that passion into something far more lasting? You love people, you serve people. You let what you do creativity be for the good of others and you remove yourself from the equation.

To sum it up, I’ll quote from the devotion:

Creativity fades. Cool flees. Trends become comedic material. So when you create be driven by God’s love for people. You will never regret it.

The series is over, but they have all 30 days posted so you can follow or read at your leisure.
The above photo and print is from OHMYDEER.