May Sponsor

Posted on May 18, 2012 and tagged Stuff I Like with comments

I wanted to introduce you to the lovely CalliopeKitten, my blog sponsor for May. Krystyn runs an adorable jewelry shop from right here in Toronto. Her shop is filled with colorful resin creations, some of which look so delicious you'll be tempted to take a bite! Stop by her shop and take a look at all her wonderful jewelry. And you're in luck, right now when you buy any 3 bracelets you'll the 4th one for free. Just let her know in the checkout message which bracelet you want for free and she'll be sure to package it up with some Canadian love just for you.

If you're interested in sponsoring the Mr. Handsomeface blog, click here for details.

Peek in my Sketchbook

Posted on May 17, 2012 and tagged Art & Photography, Personal with comments

Have you seen this video? I had heard people quote it and talk about it before, but never watched it until recently. I'm so glad I saw it. It perfectly sums up how I've been feeling about my work lately. Just blah. I see other designers and I know that I'm miles and miles behind them and it's hard not to compare myself to people who have been doing this a lot longer than me. I know what looks good and I know I have a good eye, but sometimes my own work just doesn't measure up to my tastes.

Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo.

As soon as I finished watching it, I immediately picked up my favorite Sharpie and just started drawing. I drew until my hand cramped up, rested, then drew some more. Now I know I just need to pick up my sketchbook and go instead of poking around on blogs, reading about other artists and searching for 'inspiration'. An hour of drawing is much, much, much more valuable than an hour spent admiring someone else's work.

I know a lot of other artist's have trouble with this comparison game. When there is so much pretty on the internet it's really easy to fall into that trap. I even hesitate to call myself an artist simply because I don't feel I've put in the man-hours needed to deserve that title.

Here's a look at what I've been drawing lately. Some of it is good, some of it is terrible, but all of it is necessary in order to get better.

Suit Yourself: Blox Dining Table 1

Posted on May 16, 2012 and tagged Stuff I Like with comments

I've been completely obsessed with home decor lately. As you may know, my husband and I are planning on buying our first house this year. The thought of being able to decorate a house from top to bottom is so exciting since we've been renting for so long. There's only so much you can or want to do with a rental.

My focus has been going to solid, neutral basics that can be a good starting point for a room. I've been looking for pieces that look great on their own and can easily adapt to many different decors and color schemes, since I'm impulsive and love to change things up regularly.

I thought I'd put together a little series where I'll start with a basic piece of furniture, and show you 4 different looks you can get just by changing up the accessories.

I've decided to start with the Blox Dining Table from CB2 because it's a nice basic wood table but the inset legs add some interest.

Look #1 isn't for people who are afraid of color. I would paint the walls a crisp white to avoid going overboard. The walls, chairs, and white dinnerwear set provide a nice clean backdrop for the more colorful accessories to shine. Add some interest to the place settings by slipping in one of the bright bird plates. The 2 large abstract prints bring even more fun into the room and will really pop against a white wall. I think the beaded chandelier and herringbone curtains tie all the colors together.

Sources:

  1. Baja Beaded Chandelier
  2. Bitmap Art Print
  3. Joy Art Print
  4. Blox Dining Table
  5. Chip Chair
  6. Herringbone Curtains
  7. Great White Dinnerwear
  8. Birds of a Feather Plate Set

The View from my Phone: Week 19

Posted on May 13, 2012 and tagged Art & Photography with comments

Hope everyone had a nice Mother's Day today. The kitties bought me a bottle of wine to thank me for all the poops I scoop. It was sweet of them. This week I was (apparently) amused by the little things like the sky, furry things and dishwasher tabs. It's getting a little hard to find new things to take pictures of at week 19. Maybe I need a change of scenery.

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