Saturday, December 29, 2012

The little pink cat

I got a lovely new watercolor set for Christmas.  and a cute little jetpens order.
This was the test run!  Yay!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Crochet flower headband



my headbands have been feeling a little
naked lately. so i crocheted a bunch of little
flowers and stitched them on.
here is the tutorial for the flowers: FLOWERS

so much fun. it definitely livens up my look today!
happy thursday!



Monday, August 13, 2012

Washi Tape from Target



got these color coded packs
of faux washi tape at our neighborhood Target.
its transparent and really nice matte finish.














My Kittens

Gigi and Blaire Present!!!!

OUR NEW BLOG

full of fun loving kittens and their lively antics.


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Still Feeling Summery





some lovely fruit patterns for fun yesterday.
my favorite part is the strawberries!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Lavender Girl

i can't help myself, i love painting stripes.
i love her lavender hair and her cute little
pockets.
she looks like shes off to the library or
to get a frozen yogurt in her cute little shorts!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Friday, June 29, 2012

Not as dumb as most Snow Whites...


The New Summery Blog Layout and Buttons

HELLO SWEETIES!
tell me you have been out in the wonderful sunshine today.
i just got done reworking this blog for summer, and helping Bluegirlxo do the same.
then i went out, bought a new lamp for my desk and a couple pretty periwinkle nail polishes.
who wants to type with scruffy fingernails? nobody.
i will be posting pictures when they are dry on instagram.

check the handy link on the right.

elsewhere today:




cats climbing heads,
mass hysterical giggles, and sunny summer curls.
have a lovely afternoon!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

My New Favorite Thing

i just got instagram for my HTC.
add me!

retroandruby
of course.
sweethearts, leave your instagram user names in the comments!


Forget Me Knot









working on some enameled wire rings.
they're do darling.
i'm experimenting with forget me knot bows
and initials.









my favorite one.
mint of course.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

New House, New Office!

just got my new office/studio set up. it's always my favorite part of moving, setting up my toys.
here's the before and after!


i got the idea for this paint chip wall
from pinterest!
love that site!


sweethearts, what are your
favorite studio ideas?

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Hello Again!

 i am afraid i will never get used to packing everything i own into a truck and moving, just like that.
it's so unsettling. that is an intended pun. this time, thankfully, the move was to a brand new house, with a dishwasher and stairs for my kitten Blaire. i set up my office today and found my scanner a permanent home.



to celebrate: so fun watercolors.






i hope your week is going well sweethearts!
don't forget to enter the giveaway at NASHPOP!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Lucky Weekend


I am being featured by NashPop this weekend. it's a really neat shop/blog combo that collects amazing designs and inspirations.  there are few QA and you can enter to win one of my newest original paintings.  i will post a link as soon as it is online this morning.

thank you sweethearts!
and thank you NashPop.

GIVEAWAY HERE!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Make Your Own!



i really hate to buy planners and notebooks
because i know i can fill my own booky
needs with scraps and an old compostition
book.


this is my lovely new coptic bound 2012
planner. the masking tap holds in two cute
stripey pockets.








i will post the inside once i put something
inside.

















this is my recent ULTA beauty haul.
Essie Matte About You.
because i love matte nails.
and Essie Absolutely Shore
because you already know, i
can never resist a pretty mint.




sweethearts, how is your Tuesday going? how do you feel about matte nail polish?

Monday, February 27, 2012





my awesome recent JetPens.com order.
what i love about them is that they have
free shipping over $25 and they stock
all the Japanese pencils and pens we can't
find in the states.

also please note the TWO mint green
drafting pencil! i just love new drawing
utensils.

sweethearts, what is your favorite pen?
i know you have one!!!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Handmade Washi Tape Tutorial

 what you will need:
measured cutting mat
masking tape
permanent markers
crafting knife
scissors
 lay out the tape to the length of
the cutting mat.          
trim the ends to keep things
neat.
 start your pattern at the top. it
doesn't matter if it's a little sloppy
as we will be cutting it lengthwise.
i added paper bumpers to keep
my mat clean.
 line your ruler up 1/4" in on the tape.
make sure to keep it nice and straight.
 cut the length of the tape.
repeat, moving 1/4" over
each time.
 now that you have 4
strips of 1/4" tape
with a pattern all the
way down....
 roll it onto empty spools for easy
storage.
 i wanted lots of different patterns
so i rolled two to a spool.
 some other variations:

strawberries
straight stripe





also try:
using colored masking tape
horizontal stripes
mailing stamps
and anything else you can
think of!!
sweethearts! send me pictures of your handmade washi tape!



Thursday, February 23, 2012

My Sketching Process Tutorial

1. place the head, this will give you the top of the figure and a place to start the body from.

2. sketch out the body and what you want the character to be doing.

3. figure out what you want the hair and clothes to be and draw in a few guidelines. i add  in the cast shadow as well.

4. ink in the details and extras. it is okay to change your original idea as you ink in. you can see i fixed her pigtails and added in some text.

5. allow the ink to dry (i skipped this step and ended up with streaky lines.) and erase the pencil really well. now your ready to add color with your choice of materials.

i hope this little tutorial helped or was at least interesting!

sweethearts, how do you decide what to draw?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

OOOOOOooooooo....

so i just got a Pinterest.
and it is probably the coolest thing ever.
i have been on the site for two days straight!
so many cool tutorials and fun crafty ideas.
and all the images are just beautiful!
how fun!
My Pinterest Boards

sweethearts, leave your pinterest in the comments so i can follow you!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Some New Things


this week i have buried my work station (read: coffee table) with drawing boards. each one was covered in small watercolor paper pieces. i drew a unique image on each one and then painted them all myself.
I HAD SO MUCH FUN that i am doing it again this week.
but first, how to clear some space: List them for you to love of course.

i am listing 17 original pieces in my etsy shop.
this is Sarah and her Gameboy. i just love her pink hair.

also retro and ruby's has a facebook page now!
CHECK IT OUT!
i will be posting late night work photos, letting you know about sales before hand. you will also be able to post there and ask questions and things.

what would you like to see posted there, sweethearts?

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Haunting and Interesting


i have recently discovered Lana Del Rey.
she just came out with an album called Born to Die.
some of it is weirdly pop and just average.
but the songs Born to Die, Blue Jeans and Video Games have a really haunting way of sticking in my head.
not to mention her style is really pretty cool too.
the music videos are average, so i would just listen to the song.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Late Night Work







late night packing valentine orders and working on some new banners for facebook and etsy. so much fun. have a fantastic weekend sweethearts!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Not new, but New to me



this is my cute little house, built for Marine families in the 1950's. suits me just fine as you can imagine, well, with the more recent addition of central air.

and this is an amazing mustard market bag i found at a local store called Yesterday's Thrift. the scarf was there as well, i tied it on to carry it out and just left it because it looks so summery and cute.

you will get to see my cute dishes when they are clean.
also, my cute husband bought me a 7 qt. RED crockpot tonight!!!
i am so making him pork chops this weekend.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Feels like spring....


but is not.
i am crazy craving fruit today.
look forward to photos of my newly thrifted mustard purse and some beautiful dishes tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Uh Oh...


Question:

how do you get dressed on days when you don't feel pretty?

im not gonna lie, i ended up in jeggings, a stretchy tank top and a headband today.
when i took off the headband, my bangs where sticking up Meet the Robinsons style... not awesome.

WHAT I SHOULD HAVE DONE INSTEAD:
1. ignore the mirror and clock.
just because you have bed face and raccoon eyes and its 2pm doesn't mean you can be lazy. (unless you will see no one but your cat or you are genuinely sick)

2. shower and wash your hair.
when you have bedhead, change it, don't let it control you!

3. check your nails.
if you are an artist, you spend a lot of time with your eyes pointed, if not looking at, your nails. if they look like junk, polish those babies up.

4. put on a funky but comfortable and slouchy sundress.
if i had done this instead of making a B-line for my sports bra, i would have been happier. (and maybe those project runway reruns wouldn't have made me feel so bad.)

5. at LEAST go for foundation.
hit the mascara up, maybe chapstick.

thats maybe 1 hour worth of work.
and then when your husband brings a friend home for dinner... you won't look scary.
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