ARTSOCIAL: THE SHOP

the shop Happy Monday to ya! Last month I set up a society6 shop to help me be a more prolific creator. The plan was to have it open for March only. I had so much fun though, I've decided to keep it goin' for a while. Yay!

Being creative is so good for us. I think of my shop as my creativity workout. It gets my ideas out and pushes my photo + design skillz. Instead of just thinking about all these fun graphics, I create them. For realsies. They're out of my head and out into the world... wow and if someone else likes them too? Well that's pretty rad.

Check out the AS shop, girrrl... and never stop creating, k?

HOLIDAZZLED BY: NICOLEAP

I almost fell out of my chair when I saw these gems from Nicoleap's Society6 shop. Did you know you can get throw pillows and tote bags from Society6 now?? So genius...

Oh how I love a good tote... you know what else I love? Typography prints. Nicoleap's prints are the perfect combination of simple, colorful, and clever. They inspire me to think outside the box; to get creative without over-complicating things.

AND guess what?? You can get 30% off these Etsy goodies with the code SHARINGTHELOVE30!! Do you feel the love? Oh I feel it. Happy Holidazzle, friends.

 

First set: Tri.A tote | Hip Hop tote | Chevron R pillow | M is for Mike Chevron pillow Second set: T2 print | Geometric Overly "x" | Giraffe print | X Marks the Spot print

Find Nicoleap on Etsy, Facebook, Twitter, and Society6...!

 

THE ART DRANK // 23

Vanilla and pear go together like bread and butter, milk and cookies, blogs and blog readers... art and dranks?? My point is, it's good. And when you add some vodka to that equation, the relationship between vanilla and pear goes from great to amazeballs.

These vanilla art prints by Dana Russel via Society6 are so effortlessly beautiful, dontcha think? I can almost smell vanilla just looking at them... hmm maybe I do smell vanilla. I just made this drink after all.

Vanilla Pear Cocktail (recipe via the awesome blog Two Tarts)

Ingredients

12 oz (1.5 cups) pear juice 6 oz vodka 1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped vanilla sugar, for rim 1 cup ice, plus more to serve over

Directions

Mix pear juice and vodka in a pitcher or shaker. Split open the vanilla bean, and scrape the seeds into the juice and vodka. Add 1 cup ice, then give it a good shake. Pour into cocktail glasses over more ice and serve with sugared rim. Makes 4 drinks.

Vanilla II and Vanilla by Dana Russel via Society6 | drank recipe via Two Tarts | drank photo by artsocial

 

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The Art Drank // 17

There are certain moments when you can feel the seasons changing... the breeze is slightly cooler, the air smells of leaves. Even though it's 90 degrees again today, I had one of those moments on Saturday. A fall breeze was coming through the kitchen window while I was making bourbon apple cider cocktails and baking chocolate chip pumpkin bread. Yep, that afternoon it was fall... and I was enjoying every moment.

Cider + Bourbon + Ginger Ale

Ingredients

2 parts apple cider, refrigerated 2 parts ginger ale, refrigerated 1 part bourbon apple slice to garnish

Directions

Mix apple cider and bourbon together and refrigerate for at least one hour. Before serving, add ginger ale to cider and bourbon. Serve over crushed ice and garnish with an apple slice (optional, of course, but so adorbs).

Drank image by artsocial | recipe by Creative Culinary | Enjoy Every Moment by Kelli Murray via Society6

Art Crush: Mark Giarrusso

Great artists can take mundane moments, everyday objects, and overlooked details and turn them into something beautiful. Bringing our attention to the little things is one of my favorite aspects of art. Mark Giarrusso does this like a champ... and then displays his artwork conveniently on Society6 for us. Suh-weet. I love when artists can capture seemingly uninteresting moments and turn them into something srsly crush-worthy. Those sparkly shoes, the graphic graffiti-ed doorway, the obsolete but ubiquitous payphone - my little postmodern art history self can't get enough. And that first image? Ohmygah love.

When shown together they start to create a story, don't cha think?

Waiting for Prince Charming (Five Minutes to Midnight) | 5th Avenue Noir | City Doorway | Pay Phone | Chrysler Building Fog Noir

The Art Drank // 14

One way art historians discuss art is through iconographic analysis. This essentially means they determine the meaning of an artwork based off of the objects included in it and what those objects symbolize. If I were to analyze the iconography of this pomegranate print by Yes Menu, for example, I could say this print represents prosperity and ambition based on the pomegranate's symbolism in Ancient Egypt (just one of many interpretations of pomegranate imagery). It's just seeds you say? You may be right, but isn't it much more interesting to look beyond the surface image to the potential meaning behind it? Look at us thinking about iconography, high five. This deserves a sophisticated cocktail... with a twist. The Pomegranate Gin and Tonic.

Pomegranate Gin and Tonic

Ingredients

2 ounces gin (I used Bombay Sapphire Gin... and 1 ounce is equal to 1 shot glass - did everyone already know this except me??) 4 ounces tonic water 2 ounces pomegranate juice (I used POM 100% pomegranate juice) lime for garnish

Directions

Pour gin, tonic water, and pomegranate juice into a cocktail shaker. Gently shake. Pour over ice. Time to enjoy.

 

Pomegranate Seeds, Organized Neatly by Yes Menu; drank photo and recipe by artsocial.

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Shoes and Views #30

Mix two parts wishful thinking and two parts those are definitely leaves on the ground... I've got all terrain tromping on my mind. Cheers to an adventuresome weekend! 1: Merrell Chardonel High Boot 2: There Used to be Nine Planets © Kate Donaldson Photography

 

The Art Drank // 12

So you'll never guess what I saw this weekend... trees with changing leaves!! It's not that time already is it?? It's only August. I simply refuse to believe fall is around the corner. Clearly those trees had a disease that caused their leaves to turn autumnal colors. Yep. I might be in denial. Sighhh... Here's to enjoying those summer activities for a few more weeks, which clearly includes the beach and pink grapefruit margaritas. I'm in love with this print by Cassia Beck... and this cocktail isn't too bad either.

Pink Grapefruit Margarita

Ingredients

1 cup pink grapefruit juice (my favorite and the best in the whole wide world is R.W. Knudsen's Rio Red Grapefruit) 1 shot tequila juice from 1/2 a lime red grapefruit (for garnish) ice

Directions

Mix red grapefruit juice, tequila, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Shake and shake. Pour into a glass with plenty of ice. Add garnish (or salt) if you wanna.

(drank recipe and photos by artsocial)

The Art Drank // 9

I love pears. I'm just gonna throw that out there... throw it right on back if you want. No pressure. I also love art (can you tell?). So naturally I would love an art print of the very fruit that I adore: da pear. This print is so simple in its peary perfection. Hat tip to you, Amy Dalton. So let's get to why we're really here. The Spiced Pear Margarita. Spoiler alert: this cocktail is not a summer cocktail. In fact, this recipe was called "The Very Merry Cocktail Recipe" over on The Kitchn and was published in December. Hmm welp, too late now. It's too delicious not to share with you. This will just have to be my ode to Christmas in July. I know, I don't want to acknowledge that bizarre "holiday" either... but you just don't say no to a Spiced Pear Margarita, I don't care what time of year it is.

Spiced Pear Margarita

Ingredients

makes 1 cocktail

1.5 oz silver tequila .75 oz Poire William eau-de-vie (pear brandy) 1 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice .75 oz spiced simple syrup (see below)

Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Fill the shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass (rimmed with spiced sugar (see below) if you wanna).

For the spiced simple syrup and spiced sugar, go to The Kitchn (the website not your own kitchen, silly).

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Amazing recipe from The Kitchn.

The Art Drank // 8

The blueberry. A tiny indigo-colored berry said to have the highest antioxidant capacity of all the fruits (this information was gathered from google). Clearly this means that the Blueberry Lavender Vodka Spritzer pictured below is the healthiest cocktail ever featured on The Art Drank. My logic is sound. Hail to the blueberry. I swear I didn't drink before or during the writing of this post... Blueberry Art Print by Brian Lynch via Society6 and Blueberry Lavender Vodka Spritzers via The Kitchn.

Blueberry Lavender Vodka Spritzer

Ingredients

Makes a 32 ounce pitcher

1 cup blueberries, for ice cubes 2 cups vodka 3/4 cup blueberry lavender simple syrup* recipe below 4 ounces lime juice Soda water Fresh lavender for garnish

Directions

Divide the cup of blueberries between two ice cube trays and fill with water. Freeze completely. OR spread them evenly on a sheet tray and freeze until solid.

In a glass pitcher combine the vodka, simple syrup, lime juice, and club soda. Add ice cubes. Add remaining ice cubes to glasses. Pour the mixture over top and serve with a sprig of lavender.

Blueberry Lavender Simple Syrup Recipe

1 cup water 1 cup sugar 1 cup blueberries 4 lavender sprigs (or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried food-grade lavender buds)

Combine these three ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat to a low simmer and add 4 lavender sprigs (or 1 1/2 teaspoons of dried lavender) and keep on low heat for 10 minutes.

Strain pressing the blueberries to get all of their juice.

Recipes from The Kitchn. This site is the best, check it out immediately.

(Did I lose you at "simple syrup"? I understand. See other Art Drank recipes here!)