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TRENDing Cardinals Beauties

Cardinal artwork has made the 2013-2014 TRENDing for the Holidays.

Add unexpected whimsy to your home this holiday season with cardinal decor accessories.

As seen in the Style at Home Magazine.

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TRENDing CARDINAL beauties, these Christmas cards have made a big hit with many that have seen them for the Holidays. Here in Illinois, the CARDINAL is the state bird. There is nothing like seeing that BRIGHT RED bird in the trees that have been dusted with the morning snow. Sometimes you take these “beauties” for granted, as just another bird. My sister moved here from Northern California this year and she is awestruck at the sight of these RED beauties every time they fly by. It makes me think that it is true what they say about seeing things through the “eyes” of others…. Enjoy the COLOR this winter in the mix of the whiteness, it will surely put a SMILE on your face!

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My BRAND is COLOR

CURRENT thoughts: Pondering a bit of what was said at the #TossTheBouquet workshop on Monday about branding and staying true to it. My BRAND is COLOR, my days don’t pass without using COLOR. Watercolors, acrylics, papers, inks… COLOR. I dug up this old post and am sticking to it! While a lot of tweaks have been done on my blog and website, my PASSION of how I design and why, has not changed. I LLLLLOVVVVE color and creating! When you choose Carol Woldhuis Designs, we don’t start the “painting” until you start the “talking”…With a BLANK “canvas”, we listen carefully and feel your emotions all the while “reading” YOUR visions. We want your invitations to be YOU- Not Beth, not Susan, not even Carol…YOU!  So the “THUMBPRINT” I use on my business cards is the very “STORY” behind who we are and the blending of our clients visions mixed and stirred up with our creative comprehension. Side NOTE: The mixing of three primary colors (red, yellow and blue) can get you ANY COLOR on the color wheel.  As humans, our vision is derived from three cone cells (called trichromats) The combination of those three cone cells, let’s us see in FULL color. So can we take that rose and make it peach, or yellow..or David’s Bridal Sangria… YES! We can customize our artwork for your color theme and vision. FUN FACT: The answer to the question – “Are black and white colors?”  – is one of the most debated issues about color. Ask a scientist and you’ll get a reply based on physics: “Black is not a color, white is a color.” Ask an ARTIST or a child with crayons and you’ll get another: “Black is a color, white is not a color.” (Maybe!)  http://www.colormatters.com/color-and-design/are-black-and-white-colors . I like to use both…so to me they are in my “paint-box”. custom artwork carol woldhuis designs REPOST: Recently I have taken sometime to tweak our “brand”.  I am so excited about our new business cards! Using the thumbprint swirl on the front has always been my logo of choice. To me the swirl is  “the STORY” …where ART meets Stationery. When a client comes to us, we start with a blank canvas, mix all their ideas and visions together to get just the right color palette and end result. Our designers then collaborate to create the perfect invitation suite possible. The back of the business card shows 8 different sketched images, (that part might have been for me)…so I don’t get bored with the artwork (haha). Branding our business has been a great challenge at times, my most important point I always try to feature is we are truly “CUSTOM”. The sky is the limit when it comes to your dream invitation. Our PASSION for our art and designs in embedded into YOUR stationery, you are getting more than just an invitation when you choose Carol Woldhuis Designs. Lets chat soon, we would be proud to work with you on your event! –Carol

Hand Painted Calendars – Ranunculus

In creating some products for #NSS aka National Stationery Show. I decided to create a complete 12 image collection showing the color mood of each month, while using the already hand painted image concept that was used for the Starry Night artwork that will be featured in the new 2013-2014 issue of ChicagoStyle Weddings magazine. These Hand Painted Calendars -Ranunculus are a slim line calendar that is great for inside a cabinet or cubicle. Fun and colorful, just something to make you smile when you look at it, or a great gift!

One of the flowers that keeps coming up in wedding floral work is RANUNCULUS, known to some as buttercup. The name Ranunculus is Late Latin for “little frog,” from rana “frog” and a diminutive ending. This probably refers to many species being found near water, like frogs. The name buttercup may derive from a false belief that the plants give butter its characteristic yellow hue (in fact it is poisonous to cows and other livestock). A popular children’s game involves holding a buttercup up to the chin; a yellow reflection is supposed to indicate fondness for butter.They are soft and delicate, feminine and colorful all at the same time.

The movement that occurs in the swirls is visually pleasing. Much like in the inspiration piece for Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh… the swirls and movement keeps a viewers eyes interested and engaged in the painting. Looking and the depth and color dimension of each circle and swirl. Moving from one to another and back, essentially keeping them focused on your image for awhile. (the whole idea) Case and point of why people stare at ART and why one person may see one thing and another may view it differently.

The hand painted calendars are printed on a glossy white 4″x10″ stock that is notched out at the top with a white wire calendar hanger for space saving hang ability.

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Check out our Etsy storefront to purchase these calendars.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/154269518/hand-painted-modern-art-calendar?ref=shop_home_active

Epic Imagery Photography Backyard Wedding

The internet is truly a great thing! Looking for something else I fell across these pictures of a wedding I did the invites for in California, it happened to be the winner of the Wish Upon a Wedding auction item I donated last year. The bride and groom were a fun bunch! Getting married in a family backyard setting in southern California back in June. Lots of whimsy and color-
Here are some of the great shots taken by Epic Imagery Photography, Danny Baker catches the feeling of the day to a tee! 
Love the fun palette and color choices.

Definitely a RIGHT-Brain kinda DAY

FUN FACT: Some right-brained individuals have good artistic abilities like, painting, dancing, singing, writing, poetry, etc., and some can tackle calculus problems at the back of their hand. I am the FIRST haha…MATH not so much.

Some famous RIGHT-BRAIN people…such BIG shoes to follow but so awesome to try!

•Sir Isaac Newton
•Aristotle
•Albert Einstein
•Leonardo Da Vinci
•Jonas Salk
•Thomas Alva Edison
•Galileo Galilei
•Socrates
•Bill Gates
•Benjamin Franklin
•Steven Spielberg
•Alexander Graham Bell
•Thomas Jefferson
•Abraham Lincoln
•Pablo Picasso

Something about thes lemons makes me want to go out and try this…Injecting food coloring into lemons will give you this crazy result!

Definitely a RIGHT-Brain kinda DAY

FUN FACT: Right-brained individuals are good at memorizing, they learn and think in visual, audio images and kinesthetic. They have a very random, imaginative orientation approach, and many times, have thoughts in a coded manner

Love this Chandelier!… would have it in my house in a heart beat-

Food Frenzy Friday

This one is for my daughter (who is 23) but LOVES sprinkles on anything or just right out of the container!

Cake Batter Rice Krispies Recipe
(From How Sweet Eats)

Ingredients:
3 Tbsp. butter
1 (10 oz.) bag of mini-marshmallows
1/4 cup yellow cake mix (the dry cake mix, not prepared into a batter!)
6 cups crispy rice cereal
1 (1.75 oz.) container of sprinkles

Method:
Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat and add marshmallows. Stir until they begin to melt, adding in (dry) cake mix one spoonful at a time so its combined. Stir in cereal so it is completely coated with marshmallow mixture. Sprinkle in half of the sprinkles and mix. Press into a baking dish (any size will do) and top with remaining sprinkles. Let sit for about 30 minutes before cutting. I find spraying a knife with nonstick spray helps to cut them.

Ali’s Tip:
I actually increased the cake batter to 1/3 cup for my recipe to give it a little extra cake batter kick (the 1/4 cup seemed just a little too subtle to me), but add as much in as you like!

***Note: Many readers have asked what to do with the remaining cake mix. If you would like to use it to whip up a batch of cake mix cookies, just measure out 6 oz. of the remaining cake mix, and combine it with 1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil, and 1 egg. Stir until mixed. Then form into cookie dough balls, and bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.

http://gimmesomeoven.com/cake-batter-rice-crispy-treats/

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