Kitchen Inspiration

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My kitchen is currently in that in between stage. You know, where you have Kilz on the walls and are still deciding on paint colors and tiles for a backsplash. Picking a color scheme for the walls and cabinets has not been easy. It’s been months and I’m still undecided. So I thought I might pull a little inspiration from artwork created specifically for a kitchen. This led me to the discovery of artist, Yael Berger, and the shop, The Joy of Color. Here are a few of my favorite watercolor and digital illustration picks that I think would suit any kitchen that needs just touch of whimsey.

Stack of Bowls Art Print for Kitchen Home Decor by The Joy of ColorA Stack of Bowls Digital Illustration via The Joy of Color

Kitchen Utensils Art Print Illustration by The Joy of ColorKitchen Utensils Art Print via The Joy of Color

Orange Study Watercolor Art Print by The Joy of ColorOrange Study No. 2 Watercolor Art Print via The Joy of Color

Where do you get your inspiration for decorating your home from?

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Cute Custom Pet Portrait Giveaway

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If you’re a pet owner like me you’ve probably come to terms with the fact that your pet – dog or cat, perhaps hamster or snake – is lovingly adored and a thousand times more spoiled than you’d like to admit. But that’s okay. There’s nothing wrong with being the awesome pet owners that we are. So what to do? Well, I certainly think we should embrace the fact.
Custom Cartoon Family Portrait from Cute Cartoon Portraits
In order to help you remain a bona fide addict and hapless slave to your pet, I suggest immortalizing your furry – or perhaps scaled – darling with a custom pet portrait from Cute Cartoon Portraits. Cute Cartoon Portraits is a shop devoted to custom commissioned portraits of your beloved pets, family, and friends. Each illustration is created especially for you using your very own pictures! Additionally, you’ll also find a wide selection of pre-made cartoons that have been placed on greeting cards and wall art prints.
Custom Pet Portraits from Cute Cartoon Portraits
Joanna, the artist behind Cute Cartoon Portraits, has been drawing ever since she could hold a pencil. She has training in classical animation as well as Motion Design and loves drawing. And, because she finds such great inspiration from custom drawings, she’s sponsoring a giveaway and offering up one of her Custom Pet Portraits to one lucky winner! This is a personal custom digital portrait created from YOUR photos. The winner will receive a digital copy in any size that he or she chooses which can then be taken to his or her local printer. This prize is valued at $60.

In addition to custom portraits of pets and families, Joanna also serves up super cute baby shower invites, wedding and save the date invites, pins and pendants. If you just can’t wait to see if you’ll be lucky enough to win, you can order from Cute Cartoon Portraits through September 1, 2012 and save 25% off your purchase when you enter coupon code: LOVEANIMALS at checkout. Shop online at http://www.cutecartoonportraits.com or on etsy!

But don’t let that stop you from entering! Everyone has a chance to win as long as you’re 18 or older. Simply enter via Rafflecopter below by a minute after midnight Eastern Time on August 10th, 2012.

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Handmade Valentine’s Day Cards – Of a Non-Traditional Sort

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Valentine’s Day is on it’s way, and for me, that brings back fond memories of receiving Valentine’s Day cards through elementary school exchanges – even from the boys you couldn’t stand or the jealous little girls who would knock you off the monkey bars on the playground. How long did we keep those silly little cards before our moms finally tossed them anyway? They were so prized because they were so much fun. Sentiment on Valentine’s Day is especially appropriate though, I think. But that doesn’t mean it has to be overly romantic or even mushy. They can still be fun just like when we were kids. I for one appreciate Valentine’s cards that are witty, raw and fun. They still possess a little romance, just in an unexpected way. Therefore I’ll be giving some of my favorite people handmade Valentine’s Day cards from Julie Ann Art!
The boyfriend, well, he’ll be getting a card assuring him that he’s my favorite thing to do. But if that’s a little too sultry for your sensibilities…
Then let your loved one know it’s just “you and me” with this cute card that features a heart engraved on wood proclaiming that your love is forever.
Or skip any hint of romance all together with a card that’s basically crap. Whatever you decide to say and however you decide to say it, Julie Ann Art has the perfect way to get your point across this Valentine’s Day. Whether witty or charming or just plain freaky, her fun and brilliantly designed 5 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ cards all come blank inside for sharing your own private message and are printed on quality, 80lb. acid-free white card stock.
Be sure to have fun with some of Julie’s other cards for Valentine’s Day as well with messages like “You’re my favorite boyfriend,” “You’re my favorite bedhog,” and “You’re my favorite baby daddy.” To view Julie’s full line of Valentine’s Day and other greeting cards, visit her shop online. All of the cards from Julie Ann Art are high quality, professionally printed cards featuring original designs by Julie herself that you’ll be proud to share with that special someone who drives you crazy.
What’s your favorite way to say “I care”?