JULY VACAY

boom boom pow Summer has always felt like the best time to reflect, reassess, and revamp. It's a time to work on your side projects. Work on your abs. Sleep more. Eat better. Rest. Play. In honor of summer and its permission slips, I'm spending July doing all of the above...

First, I'll be going on a little road trip to visit one of my very favorite people. Netflix and drinks and dance parties are in my future and I cannot wait. Cue this song.

After that much needed break, my plan is to come back and tackle some artsocial to-dos. You may have noticed a new url (WAHOO!). Legit, yo. I have some other site updates in the works, too, and with site updates come BIG, EXCITING announcements. Hold onto your ban.dos, friends, we're about to take things up a notch. A collaboration has begun that will change artsocial in a big way. *cartwheels* *confetti* I can't wait to tell you everything :)

Starting next month, I'll also be sharing A LOT more of my design work with ya. It's time. And if you're one of my clients, I've got a little surprise for youuu! I'm teaming up with the amazing folks at Minted to create some client thank you packets. Working with my clients is awesome but giving them presents after the work is done to celebrate? Double awesome. So excited to share all the goodies! Here's a hint. Highly recommend Minted for stationery, invites, and the like. Again, LEGIT. Everything is designed by independent artists PLUS they offer gold foil (!) and gorgeous thick paper. I'm in love with it. Okay, Minted gushing over... except they're having some 4th of July sales right now. Definitely worth checking out. Okay, done.

Happy July, friends! And Happy 4th especially. See you in August!

Keep up with my summertime adventures on instagram! Oh there will be 'grams.

Image by artsocial.

EAT DRINK CREATE HOLIDAY RECAP!

EDC holiday It's official. The Eat Drink Create holiday party was amaaazing and we have the photos and video to prove it.

I want to start with a major shout out to our sponsors. Seriously, without them we would've been crafting in my living room. Thanks to Yoked, Happy Cakes, Minted, Zevia, and the awesome crew at West Elm in Cherry Creek, we partied and we partied in style. I think I speak for everyone at EDC when I say: THANK YOU!!

EAT

EDC holiday

EDC holiday

EDC holiday

"These are the best cookies I've ever had in my life." I heard that several times that night. Happy Cakes knows how to make a damn good sugar cookie. And the cupcakes?! Omg I could've had 50. If you haven't been to this bakery, GO NOW. Seriously, leave work. It's that good.

DRINK

EDC holiday

EDC holiday

EDC holiday

EDC holiday

Zevia is such a favorite of mine. It's rare to find a drink company you truly love and believe in, don't cha think?! Right when we started planning our holiday event I knew I wanted Zevia at the party. When they agreed to donate super adorbs bottled soda for everyone, I KNEW this was going to be our best party yet.

HUGE thank you to Zevia, not only for the bottled soda, but for letting us get creative with our holiday mocktail! The Merry Berry mocktail is made with equal parts Lemon Lime Twist Zevia, orange juice, and cranberry juice... oh and love. Get the full scoop on the Merry Berry mocktail here!

CREATE

What's cooler than a holiday diy station? TWO holiday diy stations! We teamed up with the amazing and talented ladies from Whimseybox to bring our party people even more crafting fun. Thank you, Whimseybox!

DIY STATION ONE

EDC holiday

EDC holiday

EDC holiday

EDC holiday

Whimseybox rocked the house with their wrapping paper diy. Seriously, it was every blogger and instagrammer's dream scenario. Kraft paper, stamps, paints, ribbon, and your imagination. YES.

DIY STATION TWO:

EDC holiday

EDC holiday

EDC holiday

My incredibly talented EDC partner in crime, Lexy of the Proper Pinwheel, created possibly the cutest and easiet diy ever (that's why I love her), jingle bell stir sticks! Glue your choice of bells and other wintery accessories on a drink stirrer - it can't NOT look adorable.

GOODIE BAGS

EDC holiday

EDC holiday

It just ain't a party without a goodie bag. SO of course we had one. Well actually we had two because we're crazy like that. Crazy awesome.

How cute is that card from Sugar & Type?! She donated a variety of cuteness for our guests - this one is my fave!

My girl L of Design Stitch Go donated the cutest measuring tapes in the entire world. Fact. She's the best. Also fact.

And of course, I added some disco ball ornaments and tinsel... cuz that's just what you do.

How rad are those bags and custom labels from Pinhole Press?! Super adorable + super legit, right?? P.S. Pinhole Press lets you customize way more than just goodie bag labels... I was on their site for hours.

EDC holiday

EDC holiday

EDC holiday

Goodie bag numero dos included these adorable little gable boxes from D & P Celebrations! Their store is FULL of cuteness. You've been warned.

Guess what was inside... HOT CHOCOLATE ON A STICK from Ticket Chocolate!! Even more cuteness in their store. Warned again.

Speaking of all things cute - Minted donated so many party goodies for us I about screamed when I got the package. Ok, maybe I did scream... like an excited blogger squeal. Their party supplies are definitely my go-to. Check out the cute Silver and Gold party supplies we got here!

EDC holiday

EDC holiday

EDC holiday

The food, the drinks, the diys, everything looked amazing. And I think that's because we had the best location: West Elm. It's the perfect backdrop for a party AND they gave away the cutest throw and a gift card to two of our lucky guests! Many, many thanks to everyone at the Cherry Creek store (Edward, Sean, you guys are the BEST!).

Also, we could never have captured the amazingness without our rockstar photographer, Katie Hellinger, and videographer, Annabelle Mintz of Evergreen Lane Productions. Thank you, ladies! Mwah!

Speaking of, it's video time!!! Get excited.

SO much love to everyone who came and everyone who made this night possible!! I had such a blast and it's all thanks to YOU. xoxo

See Lexy's recap for even more photos and don’t forget to check out the hashtag #eatdrinkcreate!

The hosts: artsocial, The Proper Pinwheel, West Elm Photos by: Katie Hellinger Video by: Evergreen Lane Productions

Thanks to:

+ D & P Celebrations + Design Stitch Go + Happy Cakes + Minted + Pinhole Press + Sugar & Type + Ticket Chocolate + Whimseybox + Zevia

Special thank you to Yoked: Where bloggers & businesses meet. They had such a huge hand in making this party bigger than we imagined!

EAT DRINK CREATE HOLIDAY PARTY!

EDC holiday party Friends! It's time. The Eat Drink Create holiday party is next month, December 5th to be exact, and you need to be there. Lexy and I are teaming up with some incredible folks to make this party the BIGGEST and BEST yet. We're definitely taking EDC to the next level, we're straight up cray over here.

SO, the deets! You. Me. West Elm in Cherry Creek. Treats from Happy Cakes. Sips by Zevia. DIYs (that's right, plural!) you won't wanna miss. Goodie bags for the first 50 guests (with somethin' special from Sugar and Type!). A sparkly holiday photo booth. AND - drum roll - a super top secret giveaway. I told you we're cray.

Special shout out to Minted - we love those guys - and Yoked for making this party come alive. I KNOW you've heard me gush about Yoked before, right? Where bloggers and businesses meet? As a blogger, I know how much you have to hustle to connect with sponsors. Yoked makes the hustlin' and collaborating sooo much easier, like a dating service for your blog... check 'em out.

So excited for this one, friends! Will I see you there??

OH HELLO, HOLIDAYS

I know. It's September. But the sneak preview of Minted's new holiday cards has me SO excited about the holidays! Every year I tell myself I'm going to send out holiday cards. Then suddenly it's December 24th and I haven't licked a single stamp. Oh not this year, friends. It's time. We live in a house in the suburbs. We just bought a lawn mower. I'm like a real adult over here. I'm sendin' out those cards!

Now for the hard part: which ones should I send out? Help me pick! I've narrowed them down to 5 categories...

1-confetti

+ Glitter Very Merry by Petite Papier

holiday-geometry

The photo will probably be of Meowmers... what am I saying - it will definitely be of Meowmers.

+ Holiday Geometry by Up Up Creative

3-fun

+ Cheers to You by Paper Dahlia

4-bold

+ Joy Postcard by Jennifer Wick

5-snowman-buttons

+ Snowman Buttons by Mark Wilson

Which one is your favorite? Cast your vote in the comments!

P.S. Minted is offering 20% off all holiday cards with the code PREVIEW 2013. This sneak peek sale ends Monday! Let's get ahead of the holidays together, eh? Come December, you'll be glad you did. That's what I'm telling myself anyways... and Meowmers when I make him dress up for his photo. Totally kidding... or am I?

This post is sponsored by Minted. All opinions + card selections are my own. Thank you for supporting the amazing sponsors who keep this party going!

EAT DRINK CREATE // SUMMER

Eat Drink Create summer event. Photo by Petit Soul Photography.

Summer EDC was a major good time, y'all. And we didn't get rained out - HOORAY! We would've had this party rain or shine. Even if it was hailing! Okay, maybe not if it was hailing, but we didn't have to make that decision. The weather ended up being perfect.

Big hugs to my partner in crime, Lexy of The Proper Pinwheel. She's amazing and talented and her creativity is what makes these parties so awesome. High five, girrrl.

Eat Drink Create summer event. Photo by Petit Soul Photography.

EAT

We had the BEST PIE OF MY LIFE from The Humble Pie Store: strawberry-rhubarb, apple cheddar, and cherry. Seriously. People of Denver, go immediately.

Eat Drink Create summer event. Photo by Petit Soul Photography.
Eat Drink Create summer event. Photo by Petit Soul Photography.

The details of each event are my absolute favorite part. We had individually-sized pie boxes with wooden forks and baker's twine (for maximum cuteness) and mini bags of cherries. Thank you to Erin, Katie, and Annabelle (and her husband Cory!) for helping us set up the pie and cherries! You're all hired, k?

Eat Drink Create summer event. Photo by Petit Soul Photography.
Eat Drink Create summer event. Photo by Petit Soul Photography.

DRINK

I mean, it's not a picnic without lemonade... and strawberry lemonade... and cute cups & straws. It's just not. Our EDC-branded water was obviously invited back for round deux, and they made really great blanket weights. It got a little windy at times... but I was still able to rock my striped jersey dress. I know. Dress in the wind. I live right on the edge.

Eat Drink Create summer event. Photo by Petit Soul Photography.
Eat Drink Create summer event. Photo by Petit Soul Photography.

CREATE

For the create portion of the evening, we partnered with the crazy awesome folks at Fancy Tiger Crafts & October Ink to give everyone mini embroidery projects. The cherry design and faux wood embroidery hoops could not have been more perfect for our picnic theme. Lots of love to these local creatives!

Eat Drink Create summer event. Photo by Petit Soul Photography.
Eat Drink Create summer event. Photo by Petit Soul Photography.

Speaking of local, we also teamed up with Common Threads to make this par-tay possible. Big thank you to these wonderful ladies for sponsoring our event and helping us celebrate the creative Denver community. If you're in Denver (or Boulder), check 'em out, yo. Their stores are FULL of cute clothes and accessories, plus they offer creative classes like sewing & knitting!

Eat Drink Create summer event. Photo by artsocial.
Eat Drink Create summer event. Photo by artsocial.

WAIT, THERE'S MORE

Whimseybox - who just made the move out to Colorado, woot! - also donated 3 boxes of goodies for us to raffle off. I really really wanted to enter this raffle, guys. I'm so jealous of our winners. Congrats, you lucky ladies!

Eat Drink Create summer event. Photo by Petit Soul Photography.

Minted! Oh friends, Minted party decor is no joke. They donated the PERFECT party decor for our picnic. Exhibit A: an EDC bunting banner. That banner is going to live at my house forever and always. I love it.

Eat Drink Create summer event. Photo by Petit Soul Photography.

Oh-hoo-hoo! Now for the video. Annabelle of Evergreen Lane Productions is seriously one of the most talented ladies I know. She captures the mood & details of our events SO perfectly.

HUGE thank you to everyone who came out! We had a blast. Thanks again to everyone listed here. We couldn’t have done this without these amazing folks. Srsly, say hi, follow them on twitter, send them love.

+ Common Threads + Evergreen Lane Productions + Fancy Tiger Crafts + The Humble Pie Store + Minted + October Ink + Petit Soul Photography + Sarah Fritzler Design + Whimseybox

Read Lexy's recap here and don't forget to check out the hashtag #eatdrinkcreate for more photos! A holiday EDC is already in the works, Denver. Stay tuned...!

Photos by Petit Soul Photography; video by Evergreen Lane Productions; Eat Drink Create logo by Sarah Fritzler.

ART CRUSH: KAYLA KING

by Kate Donaldson We're doing things a little differently on today's Art Crush! This time I had the opportunity to actually take some photos with my art crush. The print? Here? I was so excited... and when I told Kate Donaldson, favorite friend and talented photographer, about the whole idea? Well. The creativity and awesomeness went up a few hundred notches.

by Kate Donaldson by Kate Donaldson

The artist: Kayla King. The art crush: Two Villages and the Little Bear.

I absolutely love this print. The graphic patterning, the simple use of color, the fun title that turns it into a story. It's so thoughtfully designed. Plus there's something so mysterious about it. It completely sucks me in. I feel like, maybe if I look at it long enough, I'll find a hidden clue and decipher its meaning.

by Kate Donaldson

Kate had the idea to do a series of multiple exposure shots. Totally captures that same thoughtful yet mysterious vibe, don't you think?

by Kate Donaldson

Two Villages and the Little Bear by Kayla King

Taking photos with my art crush was such a blast. I'm so excited to add this print to my collection! I've gotta say, it was really hard to pick only one print. How awesome are these others?

The Neighbors by Kayla King

Restless by Kayla King

Desert Fox by Kayla King

Kayla King is a graphic designer and illustrator based on the Central Coast of California. She loves pens, bright colors, design magazines, growing tomatoes, and snuggling with her two dachshunds. Inspired by nature, her color palettes and illustrations often incorporate elements of the mountains and beach near her home.

See more prints (and party decor!) from Kayla on Minted, a community of thousands of designers from around the world. I totally have a crush on Minted, too, by the way.

 

Top images by Kate Donaldson Photo. Kayla King prints: Two Villages and the Little Bear, The Neighbors, Restless, Desert Fox.

This post is sponsored by Minted. All opinions + crushes are my own.

ART FOR EVERYONE

I'm turning into one of those people. You know. Someone who gives artwork for every gift-giving occasion. It's not like I'm making portraits out of macaroni or anything. There are some seriously awesome gifts out there that support the art + design world. Practical gifts. Unique gifts. Gifts you actually want to give (and they'll want to receive). One of my favorite sites for artwork and creative, well-designed goodies is Minted. With Father's Day coming up and a whole crew of friends graduating next month, I've been perusing Minted for the perfect present... and trying really hard not to shop for myself.

Help me decide! Which one is your favorite?

Minted-Fathers-Day-gifts

01 Americana print by MAEK Paper 02 Mission Street print by Namrata Patel 03 B&W 1 print by Koshi 04 Ode To Joy print by HUNT GATHER 05 personalized stationery by Ohsosuite 06 Top Hat stationery by Simplete Design 07 Solar System journal by Tyler Tea 08 Jazz Duet #2 by Moglea

Minted-grads-presents

01 Wordsworth print by ERAY 02 Be Done with Rest print by Chica Design 03 Varsity Heart journal by j.bartyn 04 Follow your Heart print by Amber Barkley 05 Color Block journal by b.wise papers 06 Choose Adventure print by CRAFTE design 07 Nature's Confetti print by Inkblot Paper 08 Chalkboard Dreams card by Jennifer Pace

If I can't decide soon, I'm just getting everyone a bunch of pinwheels... hey that's not a bad idea, huh?

P.S. use the code ASDAD10 to receive 10% off plus free ground shipping for all Father’s Day gifts through June 3rd!

This post is sponsored by Minted. All opinions + recommendations are my own.

MINTED CHALLENGE

Now that Halloween is out of the way, we can give our full attention to THE HOLIDAYS! Is that insensitive? Halloween was just yesterday... To make this time of year even more joyous, Minted is hosting their first-ever inspiration board challenge (said in an Oprah voice)... all you gots to do is make an inspiration board with some Minted goodness, share it on your blog, and bam biggity, you're entered to win... wanna play too? Check out the rules here.

The holidays really are magical... creating this board made me oh so excited for sweet treats, glittery trees, and festive shindigs with my friends and family. Sighhh, Minted holiday cards are like tiny personalized artworks... their graphic designers just get it, huh?

Holiday inspiration by Erin, see more Minted.com

Holiday inspiration board by Erin. See more Minted.com

Oh this is gonna be a great holiday season... I can tell.

The Art Drank // 3

Is it hot in here or is it just me? Nope, it's hot in here. Colorado in the summer is sure hot and dry. 80s and 90s all week and zero precipitation can only mean one thing: it's time for frozen lemonades... and it's always time to buy cute art prints for my dining nook.

Frozen Mint Lemonade Goodness

Ingredients

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice 1/2 cup sugar 1/3 cup packed fresh mint leaves 2 cups water About 3 cups ice cubes, cracked if large Garnish: 4 fresh mint sprigs

Directions

Blend lemon juice, sugar, and mint leaves in a blender until leaves are finely chopped and sugar is dissolved. Add water and enough ice cubes to fill blender, then blend until smooth. Serve immediately and ENJOY.

Cooking with Spices and Herbs print from Minted, frozen mint lemonade image from Kate Spade tumblr, recipe from Epicurious.

Miss the beginning of the art drank series? Check it here, dawg.