A Pop of Colour to Brighten Things Up

the artyologist- image of a vintage monochromatic look with teal colour hue tights

I am just getting over a head cold, which is why there haven’t been any style posts lately; since my activities this past week have consisted mainly of taking sinus medication and sleeping. Ah, that lovely time of the year!

Last night was my Dad’s birthday, so we went out for supper. I am still looking a little peaky in these images, but it was so nice to dress up and go out! I think one of the best things to do when sick, is to put an effort into your outfit (though I went sans makeup last night) so at least even if you feel wretched, you don’t look it.

It makes a difference- just like brightly coloured tights do to a monochromatic look like this- all black and white- and then surprise- that pop of teal to shake things up. Ah, I love my brightly coloured tights. Winter is pretty blah most of the time, so adding colour and warmth, simultaneously, is great for morale. And who am I kidding; I never go completely monochromatic- usually I have to take the colour away, not add it! the artyologist- image of a vintage monochromatic look with teal colour hue tights

the artyologist- image of a vintage monochromatic look and brass cuff from india

the artyologist- image of a vintage monochromatic look with teal colour hue tights

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?