Fellow blogger and friend (we’d be super trouble if we were neighbors), Mandie is hosting a series on dating every thursday through the rest of the summer. I’m sharing a quick tidbit on what Chris and I try to do on our dates. Click here to see the full post.
This post is sponsored by Art.com. Find your art and love your space with art.com’s prints and museum-grade framing.
Art.com just relaunched their website (in the most amazing way) and to celebrate, they invited 25 bloggers to San Francisco to eat amazing food and talk about art. I was just thrilled beyond the moon to be included. The trip to San Francisco just so happened to fall on the weekend before we made our big move, which was perfect. I left the stress of packing house behind for my favorite city. The city that first inspired me to pursue art.
We were all asked to pick out a favorite art piece for our homes. While together, we each took turns talking about why we chose our art, it’s amazing how deeply personal art is, no matter the genre or history.
I find it quite ironic that the art major girl (me) chose her painting based on looks and how well it would go in her new home. I know. Upon finding out more about the artist, Kim Parker, I found out about the mission behind her work. She creates paintings that are beautiful, accessible and from the gut. I’m a big believer that art shouldn’t be aloof, or unreachable by the uneducated. I love art that draws you in with its beauty, but then keeps you interested longer by its meaning, history and symbolism.
What kind of art do you gravitate towards? If I were to put any one genre in my home exclusively, it would likely be abstract expressionism and the works of Kline, Rothko and Calder (who may not have been technically in the genre, but whose work is stunning).
To me, the new Art.com is a brand that helps you reach for more meaningful experiences with what you hang on the wall, not just to help you find something to match the pillows.
Check out the cool video above. We got to see and hear about the behind-the-scenes work to make this bit. It was amazing how much work went into it!
Beyond having a new fancy-pants design, Art.com now offers a much easier way to browse through their hundreds of thousands of images. Search by genre, movement, color, subjects and collections. You can make your own collections using your facebook login and arrange them on a wall or even your own if you have an image! Great things are going on over at Art.com, I suggest you check it out.
It feels like an eternity ago, back when my studio wasn’t in boxes that I did this. I participated as a sponsor at the Mingle event at Soel Boutique in Provo. The theme was summer color, so everyone wore their brightest colors. I don’t think I saw a pair of regular denim jeans/shorts anywhere! It was all bright, brights. What a fun way to party, making everyone wear their happiest clothes!
I ended up lettering a bunch of name tags for friends and me. A girl can’t help herself when given bright, fresh sharpies and name tags!
My favorite part of the whole night was the Italian sodas. Merrilee whipped one up for me, it was divine. I think I might have to have a permanent Italian soda bar at my new house at some point.
I gave away some artwork as part of the sponsorship. I figured most anyone could use a fancy welcome sign for the front door or as part of a gallery wall in an entryway hall. That was fun to do.
It’s been about two weeks since I busted out the calligraphy supplies, so I’m just itching to experiment with some different styles. The online calligraphy course is going really well! I’ve mentioned this before, but each student is making fantastic progress that I’m so excited to see!
I do hope you’ll be able to join me and fellow bloggers for another mingle event in Provo (if you’re in the area, at least)! Last time was so much fun I’m just rearing to go for another one! See details below for sponsor and event information.
You might notice my little logo in there. I’m one of many sponsors for the event! I’ll have two very special goodies for two lucky party goers tomorrow. You’ll just have to come to find out what they are.
Yesterday was so much fun. I think we picked the perfect day and park for our picnic. We had plenty of shade and the breeze was just right to keep us cool enough. Although, not cool enough to keep the goodies from melting. Melted chocolate is just as good, though.
We had a great turn out. Even Chris took some time out of his work schedule to party with us. My sister-in-law Brooke is in town, so she helped set up and take down and play with the kids.
Felix definitely had a blast chugging Bee’s Lemon Water.
I had not tried all of the Sweet Tooth Fairy cake bite flavors until yesterday. Every single one was so good, but the salted caramel and toasted coconut are tied for my favorite.
The chocolate dipped strawberries from Zupas were not to be beat, though. They must have the strawberries overnighted from farms, because they’re so fresh and perfectly ripe.
I made my aunt Bee’s secret lemon water recipe and threw in a few sprigs of fresh mint from my balcony garden. Mmm! I had a great time hanging out with old friends and meeting some new ones, too. I hope you got a chance to get outside yesterday.