Posts by Nicole :

The Written Word

the artyologist- image of vintage books on bookshelves

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. – Anna Quindlen

the artyologist- image of a vintage book with open pages

Hand Lettered Artwork Lately

the artyologist- image of hand lettered bible verses cards

Here is little project I was working on last week: hand lettered Valentine’s cards.

I usually use sappy sweet Victorian-style verses like: “Time stands still dear, when you are near”,  “You hold the key to my heart” and “Flowers are love’s truest affection”, but this year I decided to try something different and use Bible verses about love. The nice thing is, these don’t immediately scream “Valentine’s” so I will try a few others for everyday cards as well.

the artyologist- image of ink hand lettered cards in progress

the artyologist- image of hand lettering bible verse cards

the artyolgist- image of in progress watercolour and hand lettered valentines cards

the artyologist- image of hand lettered bible verse valentines ready to mail

the artyologist- image of hand lettering valentines of bible verses

A Day of Hearts

valentines heart shaped cranberry and pecan scones

The heart shaped celebration of Valentine’s day continues!

Here is what we had in celebration of the day. First were heart shaped cranberry and pecan scones, served with butter and jam, for breakfast.

the artyologist- image cranberry and pecan scones in the shape of hearts

the artyologist- image of valentines cranberry and pecan scones in the shape of hearts and jam

And then later in the day, not a heart shaped, but heart decorated, hazelnut, cranberry and chocolate ganache covered cake, topped with whipped cream.

the artyologist- image of valentines heart decorated chocolate cake top

the artyologist- image of chocolate ganache hazelnut cake valentines with dusted cocoa heart decoration

the artyologist- image of chocolate cranberry hazelnut cake with whipped cream for valentines

Can we have Valentine’s every day?

 

Sunday Style: Valentines

the artyologist- image of vintage grey leather coat with silver fox collar

the artyologist- image of valentine's day outfit of floral skirt, pink lace peasant blouse and vintage leather and fur coat

Happy Valentine’s Day!

When contemplating what to wear on Sunday, which happily this year coincides with Valentine’s, I realized that I do not own very much red or pink clothing. Actually this blouse represents the sum total of garments that I own in those shades. (This obviously means that my wardrobe is seriously lacking, and should be remedied as soon as possible.) So, this top was the “only” choice for what to wear.

the artyologist- imag of valentine's outfit consisting of a floral skirt and pink lace blouse

the artyologist- image of grey vintage leather coat and fur collar

However, the only problem was that this blouse started out as one of those horrible peasant style blouses with an elasticized hem that, instead of falling on the waistline, falls on the hip. As all women know, it is obviously a very flattering silhouette to have a loose, and pouffy top end on the widest part of your body. I decided that the top was worth trying to save though, so earlier this week, I removed the elasticized part and re-smocked it with new elastic at my natural waistline. Fortunately it was a quick fix, taking me only about an hour to do, and the end result is a comfortable and flattering top, that I can easily wear over or tucked in to skirts.

I paired the skirt with my new favourite black floral skirt. I was searching for the longest time for a long 90’s floral skirt- the kind that are prolific in thrift stores- right up until the time I decided that I would like to get one, in which case they suddenly became extinct. So, when I came across this cotton, I decided to sew one up myself. Long skirts are just so fun to wear.

The floral paired perfectly with the pink lace and couldn’t be more Valentine’s appropriate if it tried.

the artyologist- image of black mary jane miz mooz shoes

the artyologist- image of pink lace shirt and vintage grey leather coat with a fur collar

Hope your Valentine’s Day was sweet, however you chose to spend it!

the artyologist- image of vintage leather coat with fur collar