Monday, February 28, 2011

Birthday Wishes





Our weekend was spent celebrating my birthday
with wonderful friends and family! 
Thank you to all my Loves for sending me your special birthday wishes! May all of them come true! 

xoxo
Samantha

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Time to Party!


Tomorrow is my birthday! 
But the celebration starts tonight with dinner and dancing and amazing friends! 
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend filled with lots of Love and happiness!

xoxo
Samantha

Friday, February 25, 2011

Beat the 'Winter Blues' Recipe Exchange

Today I am also joining Michelle of Pretty Mommy in her "Winter Blues Recipe Exchange." The theme of this exchange is Light, Fresh, and Colorful! (Anything to help us get through the winter blues.) 


Today is also the kickoff to my birthday weekend; and it is currently freezing in Southern California. What a perfect day to to share the most delicious birthday cake ball recipe from The Bakerella


*My brother Barrett is a chef at Momofuku in NYC and sent these, most-amazing-thing-I-have-ever-put-in-my-mouth, Birthday Cake Truffles from the Momofuku Milk Bar. Love you B!

Birthday Cake Balls


The Bakerella uses red velvet cake mix for this recipe; but you can use any cake mix.  




Red Velvet Cake Balls
1 box red velvet cake mix (cook as directed on box for 13 X 9 cake)
1 can cream cheese frosting (16 oz.)
1 package chocolate bark (regular or white chocolate)
wax paper

1. After cake is cooked and cooled completely, crumble into large bowl.
2. Mix thoroughly with 1 can cream cheese frosting. (It may be easier to use fingers to mix together, but be warned it will get messy.)
3. Roll mixture into quarter size balls and lay on cookie sheet. (Should make 45-50. You can get even more if you use a mini ice cream scooper, but I like to hand roll them.)
4. Chill for several hours. (You can speed this up by putting in the freezer.)
5. Melt chocolate in microwave or stove per directions on package.
6. Roll balls in chocolate and lay on wax paper until firm. (Use a spoon to dip and roll in chocolate and then tap off extra.)





Enjoy!
xoxo
Samantha

Merry Go Round

Recently I was invited by a wonderful group of creatives to join their 'Merry Go Round;' where each month, a group of craftswomen from around the world come together and give their own responses to the same question or art challenge on their blog, and then share the Love. How cool! And I am incredibly honored that they would invite me to "play" with them, considering I am hardly on the same artistic skill level as these women! In any case, I hope you enjoy; and maybe you will be inspired to jump on the 'Merry Go Round' too!? 

Question: What are your top 5 favorite tools that you use in your art/craft? 

In case you did not know, I am in the process of creating a home wares line inspired by my Love of vintage textiles. I cannot tell you how excited I am to share it with you, in the very, very near future. Therefore, my response to this question applies directly to the creation of my first collection of vintage inspired home wares.

Top 5 Favorite Tools


1. Vintage Fabrics 
I am continually on the search for vintage textiles; particularly patchwork quilts that have been hand sewn together using hundreds for different fabrics of color and pattern, and created with an inspiration of Love.  


2. Inspiration Board
One of my favorite things about being a part of the blog world is all of the inspiration I come across on a daily basis. My mind explodes with all of the imagery of beauty and ideas. The images allow my creativity to flow in ways that I did could not have dreamed or imagined. I display these images on a  sound board, as a constant and ever changing reminder of who I am and what I want to create. 


3. Books
I love to read and be educated.

4. Farm Table
I Love to lay everything out on one big table. I am a visual person that enjoys the freedom of space.


5. My Hands
Lets be honest. If you are not willing to get 'dirty,' try new things, and get into your art, you will limit your creativity. I Love the idea of being hands on, in all aspects of life. 


*I Love jumping on the Merry Go Round. If you would like to see what all of the other lovely ladies chose as their top 5, please visit their respective blogs! I promise you will enjoy the "ride." 






Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Love of a Bohemian Mama

A decision has been made! We are going to transform one room in our home into a playroom for the boys; and I couldn't be more excited! (And I know they will be too.) I envision the room to not just be a place for their toys, (although that was the initial reason that sparked the idea.) I see the room more as a space for creativity, filled with music, art, and books. 

And ever since this "decision" was made, I haven't stopped thinking, brainstorming, and planning over this special space in our home, for James and Oliver. Do you have a special space in your home for creativity, (and toys.) 


The Love of a Bohemian Mama: Playroom Inspiration


(It looks like playrooms have been around since 1918.) 


Every playroom needs a bookshelf


and a desk


for studious learning.


You can go big


or you can go small.

All images via Oh Dee Doh and Flickr.

Either way, I know you are going to Love, Love, Love It! 


xoxo 
Samantha

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Love Links

It is only Wednesday and I have already found so many amazing and inspiring things in our blog world. And because this Friday I am participating in a group blog, (can't wait to introduce you), I am going to break up the week with some Love Links. Enjoy!

Love Links
xoxo


1. Love Made by Gypsy underwear line created by a beach loving, free spirit, found on The Drifter and the Gypsy.


2. Love Sea of Shoes and what she is able to artfully create, all while feeling under the weather. Seriously!?


3. Love Scandinavian photographer and blogger, Anna Leena's home. Her vintage treasures are amazing; and did she really use lighting tubes to write 'star" on her wall!? 


4. Love the oilcloth placemat DIY on WREN Handmade. Genius for a home with kids.


5. Lovingly anticipating the new show "Secrets from a Stylist" debuting on HGTV. Thank you Julia for the reminder. 


6. Love Present and Correct, a vintage and stationary store found on 


7. Love the burger, fries, and shake cake by Coco Cake, found on Poppytalk.


8. Love this amazing Charley Harper coloring book, found on aesthetic outburst.


9. Love a geeky and super cool craft book! Perfect for so many people in my life! 


10. Love our son Oliver's 1st Birthday invitations, by Doodlez Designs
Carrie is my go to gal for all my party paper goods! And Yes! You are all invited! 


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Lovers Lane

When I was a little girl growing up in Virginia, my parents were friends with a lot of different people in our community. Since my Dad grew up in the same, small town in which we lived, it seemed everyone knew me and my family. But there was one group in particular that I knew my parents were as interested in, inspired by, and Loved, just as much as all the "others" seemed to be by us. They were The Artists! And my Mom was the drawing force in joining this community together. She opened an art gallery, held fundraisers for the arts in our home, and introduced us to artists and their art throughout our childhood.

It was during this time that I distinctly remember one particular artist and his family. His name is Ccopacatty, and his son Aymar became a childhood play mate. Ccopacatty is now known as "the greatest Aymara artist," creating iron sculptures with magnitudes of amazement and distinction! His son Aymar has followed in his father's footsteps; and today, he is an internationally renown artist, with an incredibly important message!

Lovers Lane: Aymar Ccopacatty


Meet my childhood friend and Peruvian-American artist/visionary, Aymar. Aymar collects, spins, knits, and weaves Peruvian and American trash into art, using traditional Aymara techniques. Yes, you read that correctly: Trash! Aymar takes the trash that is polluting our beautiful Mother Earth, and creates masterpieces of art with a message of cultural and environmental awareness. 

Traditional Aymara weaving began thousands of years ago by the indigenous people, living in the Andes Mountains of South America, as a means of survival from the cold climate. They domesticated Llama and Alpaca to create fiber and cloth from their wool. Aymar's Aymara grandmother, Maria, taught him the ancient art of hand weaving; and it has become "the root to (his) creative expression."

Aymar uses the same inspiration of survival in creating his art; only today, it is the survival of our planet Earth. He collects trash from both the USA and Lake Titicaka, Peru, an ancient and ecologically sensitive environment, and recreates it into beautifully woven art, highlighting the majestic colors of his homeland.

Salvaged hand spun and knitted American and Peruvian trash.


Tire/Twine







Trash Loom Installation

Commissioned piece 



Concrobe and Rubber weaving Installation


Concrobe and Tire Construction



The quote, "One man's trash is another man's treasure," came to my mind when being introduced to Aymar's art; and after conceptualizing and understanding the larger message inherent in his work, I find it more appropriate to say: "One man turning art into trash, is our planet's treasure." Aymar Ccopacatty is an inspiration to us all. I can only imagine how proud his family must be of the man he is today. 

You can see more of Aymar's art, (he is also a painter), on his website and facebook page. Currently, he is in Bolivia setting up a show; and somehow he found the time to answer the Lovers Lane Questionnaire, with the same insight and revelation to his answers, as he does to his art. 

1. Where do you find your daily inspiration? Being or Imagining Lake Titicaka, (Peru); the dark blue of the lake contrasting with the light blue sky, and the far and wide horizon of possibility.

2. What is your most treasured item in your home? My Grandmother's weavings, blankets, and carry bags.

3. What is your favorite comfort food? QuiƱua


4. When did you realize that you were an artist? When my parents matted my free child drawings-paintings and put them up for a show for my 4th birthday in Norfolk, Virginia!


5. Best advice you ever received? If your life was a planet, would you see it from the bottom up? Or the top down,? Flat or round?


6. Your best advice to an aspiring artist? No one will come and save you. One must create his/her own opportunities and time management; because artists don't have office hours.


7. What is one thing people would not know about you? I love to surf.


8. Are you a Lover of Vintage? Vintage is from a time when things lasted; that's why you can still find these things. It holds a hope that someday we can make less and last more; which ultimately gives us a better life. Vintage is Recycling Quality!


9. Where can we find you next? (Blog Lovers get attached easily) Aymart and Ragged Cloth Cafe


10. What is your favorite thing to wear? Alpaca




Monday, February 21, 2011

Bohemian Bedroom


Dear my Loves, I have been sick in my bohemian bedroom all day. I look forward to taking you to Lovers Lane tomorrow. Until then, I wish you all a relaxing and cozy evening . . . in bed.

xoxo
Samantha

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Pizza is for Lovers


I am so in the mood for a pizza and movie weekend topped with some flea market finding fun! 
Hope you have a lovely weekend, my Loves!

xoxo
Samantha

Friday, February 18, 2011

Love Links

Love Links: Ten Things I am Loving on this Week!

xoxo


1. Love Holly Farrell's paintings found on Hello My Dear.


2. Love the tree inspired bookshelf found on Mo-Pie Please.


3. Love note for my friends found on Tiptoe Butterfly.


4. Love the Blog Crawl: A Toast to the Oscars found via Cornflake Dreams.


5. Love tee pee/fort inspiration found on A Few Things From My Life.


6. Love that now kitties can have a tee pee too; by Loyal Luxe, found on Poppytalk.


7. Love all the sparkle in Michael Kors Fall '11 Collection found on La Feem.


8. Love this quote found on Not Your Average Ordinary.


9. Love all of the Xyron sticker making inspiration found on Bink & Boo.


10. Love Alexis' "First Class" on sewing on paper being held March 19th at Summerland Mercantile.



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