Thursday, April 26, 2012


Mooooooo!  <--- (Order from this link so knows that Nikki's Scrapbook sent you!)

Just a quick post to tell you about!  Being an artist, I absolutely love paper products!  Love them!  So when I came across this company I just had to tell you about them!  I have ordered business cards and mini cards from them in the past, so I can honestly say from experience that this company offers some of the most unique and innovative products as far as self-promotion goes!  The quality of their paper is wonderful and they offer many options to choose from to make your business cards, postcards, greeting cards, etc. that much more personal!  Their website is also full of great inspiring ideas to browse through!

Hooray for quality paper!

Don't Worry, Be Happy!

The words "Don't worry, be happy!" are playing through my mind today.  I think this is one of many great mantras to repeat and live by.  It is human nature to worry about the unknown, about the future, but it is more important to spend less time worrying and more time taking action and being happy... Living life to the fullest!  Life has a funny way of working itself out.  Lately, it seems like life has been throwing curveballs to many people I know.  In addition to the happy songs, I offer these words of encouragement!  The philosopher W.W. Bartley once wrote:

For every ailment under the sun
There is a remedy, or there is none;
If there be one, try to find it;
If there be none, never mind it.
What is meant to be, will be, so let's repeat these words to ourselves and get out there and be happy!

(How could you not be happy today?  It's almost Friday!)  ;-)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

California Dreaming

Where did spring go?

We had the most beautiful week of warm spring, truthfully more like summer, weather.  Then it rained and now it's cold!  Cold?!  So unfair...  What a tease.  I have a good friend who relocated to the golden coast a few years ago.  What I wouldn't give to be out in sunny LA with my toes in the sand and palm trees dancing in the cool breeze off of the Pacific ocean. 


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Show Your Support!!! :)

Nicole Berger    <---Click this link, then click "Collect Me"!

original digital fashion illustration
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Hey everyone!  I am entering into this art competition for an exhibit in Times Square and I am very excited about it!  Click on "Collect Me" on the page linked above to help show your support!

I appreciate your support and am so grateful to you, my precious readers!  Just a reminder that if you haven't already, follow me on Bloglovin' and Google Blogger!


Serve Up Some Color

Our effort to make our new apartment into a home that reflects both of us has been a slow process.  The meshing of belongings and clashing of tastes has been quite the journey.  Finding out that we have two sets of everything, which to keep, which to toss, which to store, has been a challenging and fun experience.  We have whittled it down to the big basics.  Now I've been starting to think about little fun accessories to personalize our space.  I, myself, have different styles that I like, different directions that I can envision taking our space in.  I appreciate clean sophisticated lines and neutral colors, but the artistic side of me also longs for painterly mismatched patterns and bright colors.  How shall I mix the two?  Maybe serving bowls like these from Anthropologie would add a nice whimsical touch to our sophisticated palette.  Aren't they charming?  Now I have to convince J that he loves them, too!  Wish me luck!  What man wouldn't love doodled cornflowers on his bowls, right?  ;-)

Monday, April 23, 2012

Grey Skies Are Gonna Clear Up!

As I sipped my coffee and ate my cereal this morning, I looked out the window aaaannnddd...

drip, drip, drip, drip...

"Grey skies are gonna clear up!  Put on a happy face!"

I know that rain is a necessary part of the cycle, but I hate getting my feet wet, in the literal sense of course.  Thank goodness I got new sneakers!  My old sneakers were great.  They were lightweight brown mesh Puma sneakers that made my foot look so slim!  (How lovely!)  However, they did not like going out into rain... My new sneakers are wonderful though!  They are so comfortable and stylish and only get better with a little wear-and-tear.  If you have not owned a pair of Superga sneakers yet, you are missing out!  Years ago I went on a search for my beloved Supergas.  I dragged my mother around with me on a sneaker hunt.  I was obssessed --- no, scratch that, determined --- to find these treasures!  Have you ever felt this urge to find the perfect 'something' that you just felt you had to have?  That little something special that just would not allow you to rest until you found it?  (I'm not alone in that feeling, am I?..)  We ended up in some pretty obscure shady shoe stores and left without Superga sneakers in linen Sand, size 37.5.  Well, it only took a few years, but I finally found them!  Recently, Superga sneakers have been popping up all over the place!  I ordered them on my dear!  I love Zappos because they have no tax and free shipping with no minimum!  And returns/exchanges are also free shipping!  Woohoooo!  A shoe-dream come true!  Now I have a pair of canvas Supergas in white, and as far as footwear is concerned, I couldn't be happier.  :-)

Friday, April 20, 2012

I've Got Friday Night Fever!

Smashbox Be Legendary lipstick in Pink Petal

I am excited that it's Friday.  SO excited.

As I've mentioned in my last few posts, I have been quite busy.  However, tonight I am headed to the Allendale Bar & Grill to see Big Convention, meet up with my cousin Lori, and take photos of the band!  If we're lucky, she may even sit in on a few songs because she has an AMAZING voice!  Who knows... Maybe I'll bust out the ol' sax-a-ma-phoooone.  (If you're lucky! hahahaha! :-P )  If you are in the area come on over and check them out!  The address of the bar is here.  Hope to see you there!

I love Smashbox products.  I've used their various primers, brighteners, and lipglosses so I can honestly say that they make a great product.  The colors are fabulous and on-trend, the formulas are smooth not sticky, and they last.  I haven't had the pleasure of trying their Be Lengendary line of lipsticks, but I love this hot pink color.  I definitely feel inspired to wear hot pink lips tonight for the gig.  Maybe in a lipstain though, just in case I do bring my saxophone.  (Nothing grosser than a lipstick-stained reed...)

Now, what to wear, what to wear...

Riley "Hearts" You!

Hello everyone!

Like I said in my last post, I am very sorry for my recent lack of posts!  I have a fun little gem to share with you today!  Isn't he just precious?!?!  :-)

As you already know, I am crazy about my pup, Riley.  I've been bringing him to visit his Grammy (aka my mother haha) for some calming "pet therapy" as she recovers from her eye surgeries.  He's really good at pet therapy because he is soft and cuddly and absolutely adorable and tons of fun to play with. 

He always makes me smile so I just had to spread the smiles with you.  :-)

Have a happy day!

Thursday, April 19, 2012


I know it seems as though I have been Missing In Action lately... I have been busy busy busy in helping my mom out after yet another surgery and working on some illustrations for the upcoming arts fair that I am participating in!  I promise to post more in about two weeks!  In the meantime, as the band photographer for Big Convention, I will be editing new band photos for the Facebook page.  Check them out soon!

Thanks!  I hope everyone is well!

Monday, April 2, 2012

New Illustration!

Greetings, readers!

I'm so sorry for being MIA lately, but I've been taking care of my mother after her surgery so I have not had much time to post.  Hopefully next week I can start posting regularly again!

I just wanted to make a quick post to show you my latest illustration that is for sale.  If you are interested in buying any prints, or the original paintings, check out my website (link above) and you can view the most current fashion illustrations!  On May 5th I will be selling original tote bags, original art prints, and hopefully some original hand painted pillows at an arts & craft fair.  I will post more information about that as it gets closer!  Exciting!

For now, enjoy the preview below!  I absolutely adore the accessories in this illustration!  The hat and gloves are so glamorous, don't you think?  :)

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