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

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

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

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
 lay out the tape to the length of
the cutting mat.          
trim the ends to keep things
 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
 i wanted lots of different patterns
so i rolled two to a spool.
 some other variations:

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


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!
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.
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