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A Brief History of Pretty Much Everything

23 Aug

This flipbook is so much fun. It’s definitely worth the time (just 3:12) that it takes to watch. Be sure to turn your volume up. The music and sounds effects are well worth it.


The Stanley Chow Print Shop

25 Jul

Thanks to the power of Pinterest, I stumbled upon the amazing work of UK-based illustrator and caricature artist Stan Chow. Simply put, I’m in awe of his work. See for yourselves.

Some of  favorites have been immortalized: Dolly Parton, Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer in The Sound of Music à la American Gothic, Margot (i.e. Gwyneth Paltrow) in The Royal Tenenbaums, Michael Caine, and Stephen Fry. The rest of his portfolio is equally as awesome. Check it out here. To see the prints he currently has for sale, visit The Stanley Chow Print Shop. I plan on placing my order for Mr. and Mrs. von Trapp in the very near future.

You can find me on Pinterest here.

All images used with permission from Stan Chow.

Portrait of a Lady

21 Jun

Long before I mentioned it, my wish list has included having a pet portrait of our cat, Smoky, done by Yellow Brick Home. I pretty much fell in love with this talented duo’s work from the moment I saw it. So about a week and a half ago, I finally ordered my own custom piece, and it arrived today!

If I had to describe Smoky in one word, I would say that she’s amazingly sweet (OK, that’s two, but she’s seriously the sweetest cat ever), and I wanted that sweetness captured in the 4 x 4–inch portrait. That’s undoubtedly a pretty tall order, but Kim and Scott (the Yellow Brick Home team) nailed it and captured her sweet face perfectly.

And y’all, they’re so prompt. An hour or so (maybe not even that long) after I placed my order, I had an email from them giving me the details of what they needed to get started. I inundated them with pictures and information about Smoky like any proud pet parent would do, and they got back to me quickly with further information and questions. In addition to being speedy, they’re superfriendly (just like they seem from their blog) with a genuine enthusiasm for pets and capturing the personality of each of their animal subjects.

The portraits are $39 each (plus the cost of shipping), which is pretty amazing for a one-of-a-kind custom piece of art. I am so thrilled with what they created for me and whole-heartedly recommend them! Go here for more information and to peruse their portfolio of adorable portraits.

I was in no way compensated for this review. I just wanted to share the fantastic experience I had with these übertalented people.

Greater Food Culture

1 Jun

I love the simplicity and beauty of the London tube map (mentioned previously here), so when I saw this combination of that map and the icons (both past and present) that have shaped our food culture, I was smitten.

Created by HartmanSalt, the map also has an interactive feature that allows you to get short biographical snippets about each person who made the list. I’ve highlighted Julia Child, a personal favorite, below.

You can preorder a copy of this limited edition print for $25. (Go here.)

Artist’s Studio: Julia Denos

13 Mar

I love seeing the spaces where creative people work and think and make something from just an idea in their heads. Some studios or work spaces are messy and cluttered and some are organized and neat, and I find that behind-the-scenes look deeply fascinating.

With that in mind, I thought I’d share images of the studio of Julia Denos, the talented artist who illustrated Just Being Audrey, which I’ve mentioned before here. It’s such a fun, happy space.

This is one of my favorites.

To see more images of her studio, go here.

All images courtesy of Julia Denos.

Pascal Campion

8 Mar

I discovered this amazing artist courtesy of Thumbtack Press, which has the best tagline ever: So hip it hurts. It’s a great site for affordable art prints from a variety of artists. I browse the site from time to time, and today found the work of Pascal Campion, a French-American illustrator and animator. I love so many of his pieces that this selection is really just a sample of some of my favorites. His work really is a beautiful celebration of the everyday. Be sure to click on the images for a larger view—there’s a lot of magic to be seen in the details.

Check out his page on Thumbtack Press, his portfolio, and his store to see more. You’ll be happy you did.

Images courtesy of Pascal Campion.

Three Little Pigs

2 Mar

This drawing by illustrator Veronica Petrie makes me smile, particularly the pig in the middle.

This print and a number of others are available for purchase in her etsy shop, Painted Forest. To see more of her work, visit her website.