Wednesday, February 29, 2012

New in Curious Prints [etsy love]

Irma Senta - The Tattood Lady. 11x17 Print

I'm 100% in love with these vintage circus photographs I've just added to my shop Curious Prints. Reproductions of these photos are available on cardstock or photo paper. I have many more fun vintage circus images I'll be adding over the next few weeks but I'm just so pumped about them I couldn't wait to share.
click on the captions for more info and/or to purchase

Adjie the Lion Tamer. 11x14 Print

Millie Betra - The Serpent Queen. 11x17 Print

Monday, February 20, 2012

Dip Dyed


A trend that, maybe yes, has been getting a little overdone lately....but I love it nonetheless. I've always favored watercolors as a medium, I just love the watery soft effect they have. So I think it makes sense that I'm really drawn towards the dip dyed (or ombre, almost the same right?) effect that is working it's way into SO MANY products. Hair, obviously, clothing, home decor, jewelry and nails! I wear alot of neutrals so I'm really digging the more subdued dip dyed jobs. The awesome thing about it is that you can DIY this trend right into your home or closet. Pinterest especially is filled with dip dyed DIYs for almost anything. I think I might try to dye some old curtains in the near future.....
Photo sources (left to right, top to bottom)- Gown, Bracelets, Glassware, Asymmetrical Blouse, Sweatshirt, Hair, Flower cups, Shirt Dress

Friday, February 17, 2012

As of the Late

Finally rehanging some art to include new stuff

Yay Friday! The joy that Friday brings just never gets old. It's Mardi Gras celebration time around these parts which means I'll probably be laying low this weekend (what a Debbie Downer right?). Living in south Louisiana, it's kind of necessary to take a break from things like Mardi Gras every couple years. Alot of people would argue with me on that, but i'm taking a break anyway. I plan on making this delicious egg boat and working on some new products for my etsy shop. Let the good times roll!
Here are some happy little moments to help get us through the home stretch...

Silly string at the fairgrounds

Sharing good drinks with new friends

Hibachi with my sisters

Fast hands

Peyton painted this art for our room, i love it

A well deserved breakfast for being good and doing our taxes

Monday, February 13, 2012

Rouge means Red


Notice anything....different? Yes, my hair is red! (and yes, i like to point out the obvious) Sometimes you just need to shake things up a bit and make your talented hair stylist sister attempt to defy the law of science by turning your black hair candy apple red in one sitting. It may have taken us 3 tries but we got it and I'm really loving being a red head, I have to say. I wore this to a Sunday brunch while we were enjoying some unseasonably warm weather last week. Don't get jealous though, the temp has been back in the 30s and 40s and my cute sandals and short sleeves are back in the closet.  A side note, any good tips for making bright color like this last? It has been a little over 1 week and my color has faded a ton, more of a brassy red now but I still love it.

(Top - Urban Outfitters, Jeans - Asos, Belt and purse - thrifted, Shoes - very old from Target)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

A Beautiful Giveaway


Hey! I'm offering a major Curious Prints giveaway over on one of my favorite blogs, A Beautiful Mess. One lucky reader will walk away with $100 gift card to spend on art for their home. I'm also offering a discount to everyone who visits the giveaway. Head over to A Beautiful Mess to get the discount code and enter to win :)

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Hello Molly

Have you ever checked out the "Shop by Girl" feature at Free People? I'm dying over the entire new "Molly" collection. It has me so excited for spring clothes, enough with the coats and heavy sweaters already! This collection is full of classic retro looks and peter pan collars galore. I. LOVE. IT.


Shop the Molly here

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Conquering the Chaos


Do you ever get than claustrophobic feeling in your brain, like there are so many thoughts and tasks floating around that you can't make much sense of anything? I feel like I have been living in an extended state of having 20 things going on at once and a to-do list that never seems to end. Don't get me wrong, I bring it all upon myself and really love being so occupied. All of the projects I'm working on are things I'm passionate about and happy to be a part of. I just have a hard time organizing my thoughts in times like this. I keep reminding myself to take a breathe and make a list or two. Don't lists just seem to solve every problem? Once I see all of my tasks on paper I don't feel so bad (it's never really as bad as it seems in our heads). So cheers to putting that pen to paper and checking those babies off one by one!

ps. I made a facebook page for my etsy shop Curious Prints. Maybe you should uhhh.....check it out......and it or something :)

Pretty Kurt Vonnegut Quote print by Inkstop

Friday, February 3, 2012

A biker and a librarian walk into a bar...


Tshirt - Urban Outfitters, Skirt - thrifted, Jacket - Solemio from Sosie, Tights - Target, Boots - Lucky Brand

I don't really ever have that many reasons to put on a skirt lately... so running errands on a Saturday turned into a skirt wearing event. When I put on this pencil skirt I felt a little bit like a librarian, so I went on a leather overload and suddenly found myself wondering if there were any biker librarians out there. Maybe I should start a biker librarian gang...even though I'm neither of those things. Any excuse to break out my leathaaaah!
Anyway, that's the end of my Friday rambling. Have a happy weekend everyone :)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Mexican Chocolate Biscotti


I concocted this bicotti recipe after being less than thrilled with some Chocolate Cherry biscotti I had made. They were really good in milk but I didn't really like the way they tasted with coffee, cherry and coffee is just not the best me at least. Mexican chocolate and coffee on the other hand is just divine. I baked these back around the holidays and included them in the goodie baskets I made. Don't be afraid of that chili powder, it's so delicious with chocolate!!

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
1 1/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch process)
3/4 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup unsalted almonds, chopped or sliced
3/4 cup dark chocolate chunks

Heat oven to 325° F. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa, spices, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
With an electric mixer, beat the butter, eggs, and vanilla on medium speed until combined. Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually mix in the flour mixture just until combined (do not overmix). Gently fold in the almonds and chocolate chunks.
Shape the dough into 2 12-by-3-inch logs. Place the logs on a large baking sheet and bake until just golden around the edges and firm to the touch, 30 to 40 minutes. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for about 15 minutes.
With a serrated knife, cut each loaf into ½-inch-thick slices. Place in a single layer on 2 baking sheets and bake until dry and crisp, 15 to 20 minutes more. Transfer the biscotti to a rack to cool completely.
Storage suggestion: Keep the biscotti at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.