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Sunday, January 25, 2015

personal stationery {new in the shop}

One of my informal resolutions for this year was to revamp my product line for my etsy shop.  Last year I really started making progress creating images that were more true to who I am as a person and an artist.  This year, I want to pursue that even further.  With stationery.

Paper, I'm fairly certain, was my first love.  I would seek it out at bookstores, super markets, and even gas stations on pit stops.  Pens, paper, a good pencil.  These were the things that made my heart skip a beat.  And they still do.  Paper products, they're just the best.  So when I started pondering my metamorphosis, transitioning more into stationery made sense.  And just like that, my mind came alive.  Images that I've been struggling with as prints made perfect sense on flat card stationery.  For weeks, my imagination has been brimming over with more creative energy than I've had in ages.

The first by-products of this great surge of creation are now in the shop.  The vibrant Sealife Assorted Flat Card Set, Puppies on Parade,  the House Plant Assorted Set, and the Hyancinth Folded Note.  In them you'll find more life, whimsy, color, and function.  I wanted to create more flat cards for simple correspondence, as they have always been my favorite to use.  They allow a shorter note on a classic sized card.  The envelopes are even more exuberant in these collections, ranging from chartreuse to purple.  Even better?  All of the sets but one come assorted, giving you more options and versatility for your correspondence needs.

I'm so proud of this new collection.  I can see myself in it, my little home, and have already begun using the pieces myself!  Be sure to check them out in the shop for more images.

Also, through tomorrow, get 20% off your entire order with the code CABINFEVER.  

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

going green

Hi, my name is Bekka, and I have a potted plant obsession.  Like seriously.  It started with the fern in the first picture.  You know, the fern in the urn that also inspired my new career as a Dr. Seuss impersonator?  Well, then I found the cute rope handled, galvanized buckets in the Target dollar bin.  And just for the record, they were $3 each, not $1, but still!  So, I saw the buckets and said to myself, "Self, you could grow herbs in them there buckets on your kitchen table." So I bought them.  Then I made my life harder than it needed to be by looking for herbs everywhere else but Trader Joe's.  Even the local nursery.  Theirs were sad.  Trader Joe's?  Beautiful.  And half the price.  Need I say more?
So, I bought herbs.

And while I was at it, I bought potted daffodils and tulips.  (The tulips are in our bathroom and it's pretty near impossible to get a good photo in that room.  Probably for good reason..) Then I went to Publix for hot dogs and ended up with a potted hyacinth.  And can I tell you something?  I might need to buy hyacinth bulbs in bulk and grow them alllllll the time, because daggum does my house smell fabulous!

When I finally took down the Christmas tree, I was craving something fresh and new.  I loved the idea of potted blooms and greens that will constantly breathe life into our little home, much like fresh cut flowers, but without having to buy more flowers every week.  Besides the luscious smell of the hyacinth, I'm absolutely obsessed with my potted herbs.  The buckets reflect light in a relatively gloomy corner and the greens add useful texture and life.  Win, win, win, win, win!  Plus, now I don't have to go buy fresh herbs all the time for dinner!  Wahooo!

So maybe it's cabin fever, or winter doldrums.  Or maybe, I just cracked the code on making a space cozy! ?  Probably cabin fever, but let's just go with me being a decorating genius for a minute, okay?  Thanks, guys.

On a totally unrelated note, did you see my cool new lamp in the daffodil photo?  The lantern with the Edison bulb inside?  Yeah.  I found that at Goodwill.  I love that place, man.  Love it.

Friday, January 16, 2015

a few things

1.  The sun is out!!!!  We've had London like weather all week.  Fog, drizzly, damp rain.  No sun.  No light.  Just damp, cold, dreariness.  This morning, however, I woke up to sun!  Glorious, cloudless sky, beams of light permeating my dirty windows sun!  I love me cold weather, but vitamin D, that's where it's at.

2.  Mr. F was reading off Oscar nominations to me last night while I was making dinner.  We agreed with some of them, had no clue what most of them were, and generally didn't care too much.  The one thing we were certain of was that we needed to watch Boyhood.  So Mr. F tracked it down and we watched it last night.  Three hours later, our minds were totally blown!  Do you know anything about this movie?  It was filmed over the span of 12 years, so you literally get to see these kids grow up.  It's fascinating!  On top of that, the film is just brilliant.  A steady compilation of everyday moments that make life what it is.  Go see it.  Seriously!

3. Valentines are in the shop! We all know I'm horrible at marketing myself, but let me tell you, the valentines are darling.  

4.  There's a giveaway happening now on instagram and facebook.  Share photos of see what i sea designs products at work in your life using the hashtag #seewhatisea2015.  Don't have any see what i sea artwork or stationery?  Head over to etsy shop and share pieces you would like!  Winners will be chosen next week and will receive an 8x10 art print of their choice.

5.  Calendars are still available!  I totally sold out this year and had to reprint.  Thank you to everyone who ordered!  If you are still interested, you can find them on etsy or in Southern Stationery's  SouthernDipity e-boutique.  Stay tuned for more collaborations with Southern Stationery!

6.  I've been on a total rhyming spree this week, making everything in my life sound like a Dr.  Seuss line.  Trees that flee make way for ferns in urns,  (The Christmas tree came down and I filled the house with more live things like ferns.)  It's been a lot of fun trying to see what new rhymes I can conjure each day!

7.  Made my strawberry lemon yogurt cake this week for the first time in ages.  Still one of the best things I've ever put in my mouth.