Thursday, August 23, 2012

Thoughts & Things Thursday #4

+ These candy bags from Butterscotch and Beesting are totally something I would buy... and then never eat the candy and just leave them as a beautiful display. Okay, just kidding... I would not be able to resist eating the candy, but I would definitely repurpose/save the packaging. They're so pretty! I want to order a few once I move - I'm trying to avoid ordering things online for a little while (only somewhat successfully) so they don't end up at the wrong address. =)

+ Jess has generously shared a new set of free social media icons in tons of colors! If you like more of a sketchbook look, check out these awesome ones she shared back in April.

+ Nesha shared her simple envelope project using a cutout page from a gorgeous magazine. Great idea!

+ Hannah Lynn added new ACEO trading card subscriptions to her shop (also available in her etsy shop)! I have the original pack of 50, so I signed up for the ruby subscription (new cards sent each month) to get all of the new open edition cards that will be released in the next year. It's kinda like a subscription box... except I already know I'll love every one. If you haven't heard of Hannah Lynn, check out the Artist of the Month interview she did on the blog back in June. Here's a glimpse of her awesome trading cards!
Image above found on Hannah's facebook page here.

+ Downton Abbey Season 2 is now available on Hulu! I watched Season 1. Totally hooked. And then I was extremely disappointed to find that they had removed Season 2 from Hulu and Netflix. Ack! Zoe informed me this week that they had added it back to Hulu. Time for a marathon before it (potentially) disappears again!! If you haven't watched it... watch it. Seriously.

+ Check out these unicorn heels on Modcloth! Weird or awesome?

+ While we're talking about unicorns... here's another amazing nail by Jessica! Glitter and unicorns. Beautifully executed. Also, a sad reminder about the importance of watermarking.

+ Any of you into collecting Blythe dolls (or just admiring them for now, like me)? Check out Violet's awesome customized collection! I found Violet's blog through Aizzing's first "Blythe and Me" series, where she interviewed Violet. Admission: growing up, I really disliked dolls. It's a pretty standard gift for little girls, so I amassed a collection of Barbies through various  birthdays/holidays... but I put them all in a few paper bags and gave them away to friends. I did also get a customized American Girl doll (anyone remember those?) as a parting gift from my friends when I moved from San Francisco to Portland after 4th grade. And while I cherished my gift and the memories associated, I was actually quite terrified of my look-alike doll, and mostly left her locked in an armoir.. haha. No, I hadn't seen Chuckie, but I did read some scary R. L. Stine books (the Goosebumps series)... anyway, it wasn't until just last year that I started liking some collector's dolls. Got myself a Groove Pullip doll (I'll post a pic sometime) and I'm now eyeing Blythes. Now, if only they were less painful on the bank account...
Violet and her friend Kristy's Blythe family portrait!

+ After seeing this post, I went to check out Anna's Pinterest boards... and totally fell in love with her "Feels Like Home" board! Anna has a great sense of style - so many ideas for decor in the new house! Plus, her thought about Pinterest being a good potential online dating tool (a way to showcase your style & interests) amused me. =) Please start a Pinterest dating site! Hehe. A few of my other favorite Pinterest boards: Aubree's, Jenny's,  Mandy's, Laura's, And if you're interested, here's my little shameless plug for my own... =D

+ I can't wait to try some of Deb's brownie recipes. Cheesecake-marbled brownies? Grasshopper brownies using creme de menthe? Mmm... commence mouth watering. Oh, and let's not even talk about the Andes mint chip ice cream recipe she posted...

+ I was sending a couple of wedding blogs to a friend who recently got engaged, and noticed this DIY ombre layer cake pinata on the etsy wedding blog! Weddings are notorious for being stressful to plan... and hey, all that stress has to go somewhere, right? Why not take some of it out on the pinata? Whoever thought of this is brilliant.

+ This black and white wedding (with a splash of color) and this rockabilly vegas wedding are both so very cool! You could probably tell from my blog launch photo shoot that I love black and white palettes with a bold accent - especially for anyone adorned with colorful tattoos. It really makes them stand out. =)

+ Check out this amazing Bei Badgirl tattoo that a fan got. This is why I'm having such a hard time picking a tattoo... I love so many styles!

+ These adorable cameras look like juice/milk boxes! Mandy has one as part of her toy camera collection.

+ I've seen this a few times already, but it still amazes me every time. Look what happens when you magnify grains of sand!

Thoughts and Things Thursday is a weekly feature where I share links to articles and posts I enjoyed reading, artists I discovered, pictures I came across, and more. These may include things I found funny, heartwarming, sad, ridiculous, interesting, heartbreaking, or just important to share. Some are themed, others miscellaneous. They are things that got my attention and what I thought of them. You can read all of my T&TT posts here.


  1. The candies are so pretty, I probably won't bear to eat them either.

    PS: I'm hosting a giveaway at my blog today for Sedwick Studios, hope you enter!

    1. Yeah I can't wait to order the candies!

  2. Ok, the sand pics are beyond awesome. Microscopes are the coolest!

    1. So ridiculously cool. Who knew?

  3. I love link posts like these. I've seen those sand pictures around and they keep amazing me!

  4. Anonymous8/25/2012

    OMG! I am so getting the wedding cake pinhata....maybe I can do a game/fun theme. What do you think?

  5. Anonymous8/25/2012

    I love the candies! I might have to change my favor idea, humm this is getting a bit difficult because I see all these ideas.

    By the way, I think I going to get that pinhata. It looks so pretty and maybe I can do a games/fun theme. What you think?

    1. Haha Tamy, that would be awesome! Get the candies for your wedding... mmm... =) And a pinata! That would be so fun, haha.

  6. YAY This was a fun post to read! Thanks for the shout out to my Pinterest.. I already followed all of your boards - oh man, am I addicted to that website :P


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