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.

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...!

 

Back to School Blues

I used to get a mean case of the back to school blues. Well school's out for this girl... and even though I don't get the 3 month summer vacations anymore, I'm so glad I don't get the end of summer sads. For those of you who may have the blues, maybe these awesome Degree prints by Eskimo Chateau will help.

See more Degrees here.

Pinned and 'Grammed

Holy mid-May, it's almost summer guys! Even Mondays are a little happier this time of year. This weekend roundup is dedicated to you, summer. Let's have a drink and get our tan on real soon, ok? And by "get our tan on" I mean wear 85 spf and hang out in the shade. I'm of Irish descent, 'nuff said.

1. This weekend started with a Negra Modelo and the boyfriend making chicken tacos. Feels like summer and tastes like summer. Aww yeeah.

2. So I don't have a garden and I can barely keep houseplants alive - srsly, I somehow killed my diy terrarium... I thought those things were basically self-sustaining? But it's spring-ish summer, I'd like to have some plants around. SO, I think maybe, just maybe, even I could keep this ball of moss in an apothecary jar alive... by Pink Serissa.

3. I'm determined to get my apartment fully decorated by the end of the summer. I know, that's a long time. Decorating gives me anxiety... so I'm taking baby steps. One piece of artwork each week until every room looks awesome. Here's my second purchase, Catloaf by Jen Ray (and here's my first).  Of course I Googled "catloaf" and discovered that it's actually a legit term used to describe a cat sitting with all four paws tucked under its body... you know, as legit as urban dictionary gets anyways. I encourage you to Google too, let's get weird.

4. Hoorah for summer movies. How rad is this retro-style movie poster for Inception? These others aren't too shabby either...

5. The weekend started a little early this week with the celebration of miss Kate Donaldson's birthday. With fruit/slurpee/tequila/champagne cocktails on the patio and a cake illustrating the timeless debate bear vs. shark, the night ranked high on the awesomeness scale.

6. In honor of future summer patio celebrations, I started looking for a new drink with the right amount of sweetness and booziness (and maybe a little less slurpee). Well call off the search. Meet the blackberry smash.

7. My all time favorite instagrammer is Chicago-based photographer Paul Octavious. He does a 'gram series of the same hill - or to put it in instagram terms #samehilldifferentday. This Saturday it was all about kite flyin'... awesome. Follow this man: @pauloctavious. Oh and he has an adorable dog named Gizmo who makes frequent instagram appearances.

8. Here's to more picnicking this summer. Who's with me? Image found here.

9. With a name like Sweet Action and flavors like Colorado margarita, chocolate andes mint, chai (!!), and salted butterscotch, this little ice cream shop is a must for summer. If you're in Denver, go immediately.

Arts and Treats

Oh hello, Monday. Since Miss Monday has to crash the party, I thought I'd spend today's post reminiscing about the weekend. Some would say, hey don't live in the past man! but I say reflecting on happy moments and awesome internet finds is good for your gratitude muscles...

1. Lazily browsing Etsy shops in my pajamas, now that's my kind of shopping... Found this lovely little print via The Paris Print Shop.

2. I srsly have a crush on the site this print came from, Busy Building Things. Aaaand this print is also a free wallpaper download... sigh, heart these guys.

3. Ever wonder what summer tastes like? Two words: huckleberry lemonade. Denverites, get it at The Hornet.

4. Holy gorgeous food photography, French Cuisse.

5. So you know all those times you played beer pong in college?? Oh yeah, ha I never played either... anyhoo Friday Academy makes ceramic red solo cups! Ok, that's cool.

6. Graffiti encouraged in a gallery? Well allllright. Go write on the wall at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center.

7. I'm always discovering new artists while I'm working at this place. Robert Elfgen's work is definitely pin-worthy.

8. I live right next to a magical place called Aspen Grove (really it's not magical, it's an outdoor shopping center) and every month they host a Paris Street Market. They had these giant metal letters for sale. Pretty rad find for the suburbs.

9. No explanation needed. Just enjoy... and then order 12. Confetti cookie-wich via Tookies.

Happy Monday, friends!

Holidazzled by... A Cat Made of Airport

For today's art-vent calendar pick, cat and art lovers unite! "Roger that," says this cat. If this kitty does indeed work at the airport, I feel like he totally has everything under control. There's confidence in his eyes. And I bet he's friends with this guy.

Above: Cat Made of Airport via corduroy