Agust and I often make our own birthday and valentine's day cards for each other, when inspiration and time allows.
I made this card last minute for Agust because I happened to think of it and gave it a try. Since I loved the way it turned out, I was so excited to give it to him for his birthday.
The lettering was outlined on a printer and then I filled it in by hand. Total accident because our inkjet printer was low on ink. It ended up being perfect since it had more of the hand-made quality to it.
The writing was based on Agustin's love for curse words and my play on "A...love of my life," which is how he is saved in my contacts so he's the very first name that comes up. Here's what the card says:
a FUCKING badass,
a FUCKING love of my life.
Christmas is here and I'm so excited to have a full living room to decorate! I did spend a lot of money this year since it was our first round of "nice" xmas stuff that I plan to use year-after-year, and why not, it's my favorite Holiday!
I once again recycled remnants of trimmed trees from Home Depot and used them in my vases to decorate my whole house. Each room had a bouquet of fragrant pine that we truly enjoyed!
We continue to make it a goal to make our own Christmas cards each year. Here are the card designs from the past few years. I hope to do a web page dedicated to showing all 6 designs we've done so far.
Have I ever mentioned I love makeup? I do, I love makeup, it's just a different form of paint to me. I saw a youtube tutorial this year and it looked so fun, I wanted to see if I could pull it off. I purchased some green face paint from Amazon and some eye shadow from Target and done! Not the best, but it did the trick. I didn't get as many trick-or-treaters as I would've liked, but it was a fun evening of Sleepy Hallow, scary music and pizza delivery!
For my home decor, I spent about $25 and put webs on as much stuff in my living room as possible. I also printed several sheets of halloween type stuff and taped them to picture frames and pumpkins.
A Christmas ornament how-to, maybe a bit too heavy, but here's how we did it anyway. This piece was created for an AIGA New Mexico auction taking place this Saturday, Dec. 6 in Santa Fe. Purchase tickets for the auction here: EventBrite/AIGANM
THE HOLIDAYS ARE HERE! And for me, they start with Halloween so I pulled out some old Halloween candy bowls I painted a while back. I've been anxiously waiting to start on creative projects and one of my favorites is painting on pottery. I painted the Halloween themed bowls in the photos below with classic images like bats, dead trees, haunted house, ghosts, etc. I hope you like them. I can't wait to get setup to do this again, hope by Spring at the rate I'm going at the moment. These were done at a Paint-Your-Own-Pottery studio in Plano, Texas. They are low-fired pottery, which makes them food and microwave safe and the colors come out so vibrant, which I love. If you're near Plano, Texas, check out Art & Soul (www.artsoulartstudio.com), they have the best prices, wonderful customer service and amazing artists that can help you create your own personalized pieces.
I've also included some Fall Decor photos for an easy and cheap way to decorate for the fall. I simply moved all the pumpkins from the Halloween themed bowls to more generic bowls. I loved the bowl below because it's huge, easily fit all the pumpkins and looked great on the table. I'd love to see your take on easy fall decor, so if you're on Instagram tag us @lulistudios so we can check out your ideas.
It's hard to believe we have been in Santa Fe for a couple months now. We have done so much already, but LULI studios has been slow growing during our hiatus. It's taken longer than expected to get back up and running with a studio, but we're still so eager to get started again...and dreams of a brick and mortar are still alive and well!
You may be wondering, what the heck have you been doing then? Well, our little home is finally put together (garage/studio space is still in the works) and I love it. We have all tile flooring except for one room so I've taken the opportunity to decorate in a more Southwestern style using red handwoven rugs throughout kitchen, hall and living areas. I'll post photos on Instagram and blog about the decor at some point so hope you're following along. We have also spent time consulting and volunteering at Creative Santa Fe (check them out at CreativeSantaFe.org, some amazing things happening through this non-profit) and I've been working a bit at James Kelly Contemporary, located at the lovely Santa Fe Railyards (this is my kind of art and learning so much, see more at JamesKelly.com). We are definitely getting a crash course of the current Santa Fe economy and hope to help make it an even better place as we continue acclimating and getting involved.
Our world is transformed and continues transforming each day. I miss many things about Los Angeles, especially Pasadena, but I love the things that happen here in Santa Fe and hands down, every Sunset here is amazing! Bright pink skies existed in my backyard a couple nights ago and that color is going to be on canvas in the near future.
Missing the Mess,
We are finally moving to Santa Fe!
It was a long time coming that I so wanted to be back closer to our parents, family and friends. Many of whom, are scattered throughout Texas and Colorado, so Santa Fe is perfectly central. Santa Fe also has a healthy historical culture, it's artsy, eclectic and I already feel it's a great place for my Crocs collection (I know, I know, Agust hates them too). Our first goal will be to get our "in-between" apartment looking cute and organized. It's about half the size of what we had in Pasadena so it will be a challenge to downsize and choose what will stay with us and what will go into boxes until a house presents itself to us.
I'll be on a short hiatus from LULI studios, but I'm looking forward to posting photos on some of the renovations at our old apartment in Pasadena next month. Our landlord there was super awesome and let us do a lot of painting and updating, so we wanted to share the little things we did (that with some elbow grease) made the world of difference during the few years we were there.
We've actually continued our painting frenzy here in Santa Fe and have already refinished the cabinets in our tiny kitchen. The kitchen looks much more contemporary now and the color matches the countertop perfectly.
At some point, there will also be a post about all the great things to do and see in Santa Fe!
Hope you have an awesome week.
I recently wrapped about 25 candy bars with a simple custom made label as a party favor for a baby shower. They came out really cute and easy to make. Here's how I did it.
1.) I created everything in photoshop. There are tons of options for labels on Etsy if you want to skip this part. If you don't have photoshop and don't want to buy them, another way that might work is by using powerpoint. Find a background online with colors that match your theme (Pinterest has alot of options with free printable links). Try searching "chevron background free" in your web browser too. Right click on the image and save it to your desktop, the bigger the better. Insert the photo into a powerpoint presentation and add a text box in the center and add your message. My label had the "It's a baby Girl" centered and the Mom's name and date of the party on the bottom of the label. Print a test page, cut it out, wrap it around the candy bar to see how "off" you are. From there tweak bit by bit until your satisfied with the layout.
2.) Once your satisfied with your layout, print the amount of labels you need. I love cutting with the help of a ruler and x-acto knife to get the cleanest and closest cut. Remember to cut over a self-healing cutting mat to protect your table.
3.) Once you've cut out all the labels you will need, grab a glue stick and candy to start assembling. I chose 3 musketeers because the silver foil matched the pink the best.
4.) Flip the label over and lay the candy bar at the center of the label. You want to make sure your title, in this case, "It's a baby Girl" is directly across the candy bar, otherwise your title will end up on the sides of the candy bar, no good there. Once you've centered, glue a generous amount on the top 1" of your label.
5.) Flip the bottom of the label over as shown below. With one hand holding it down, bring the top of the label (where it says "Glue here") and wrap that over so it meets the bottom flap. Make sure the edges are lined up on each side and firmly press down so the glue bonds.
6.) Once you've glued together it should look like the below photo. Make sure to flip it back over up-right so that it dries flat.
Hope this how-to helps you out a little bit. Let me know how it ends up for you.
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