Amazing Beach Art by Andres Amador


beach art


Andres Amador is an artist who resides in San Francisco, California. He’s not your typical artist though. He prefers to work with a temporary medium; one that will get washed away by the next morning. He makes art in the sand on the beaches of CA. I’m not talking about sand castles and motes. He uses a rake to make beautiful designs in the sand that can be up to 100,000 sq. ft, better known as earthscape art.

You can learn more about Andres on his facebook page.

Maybe him an Simon Beck should get together and make art. I bet it would be pretty amazing.

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beach art

I found this artwork on Amazing Oasis. Check out that site for more artwork!

Bookshelf Porn

Yeah, bookshelf porn exists.

But it isn’t what you are thinking. It is a photo blog that allows people to share their love of books in general. It celebrates the love of libraries, bookstores, and bookcases as well by displaying the best bookshelf photos found around the world. It is pretty neat, you should check it out if you like to read. Even if you don’t, you will be amazed at some of them. Each picture gives you the source to the original as well, which is nice. I don’t know what could motivate a person to read more… or to design massive bookshelves for their house. If I ever decide to own a house, I’m sure there will be a library somewhere in it. Enjoy!

bookshelf library

Designed by architecture firm Ilai and photography by Lukas Wassmann

Read Across America

To promote the Read Across America program, the New York Public Library using 25,000 Dr. Seuss Books


sad bookshelf

By Waynesville, NC, designer Blaine Johnston, aka Red F Studios

cluttered bookshelf

Found on Inspireplease on Live Journal


lounge library

Library Lounge – B2 Boutique Hotel Zurich
Photo by: cjayneh




Monogrammed Gifts That You Will Actually Use

Monograms have really made a comeback in the last year or so. Everyone thinks that, just because that can put some lettered vinyl on almost anything, they should. So many people end up with Christmas or birthday gifts that they will never use, just because their initials are on it. Those initials can be really great, but they shouldn’t be plastered onto everything. Use monograms for good! Put them on gifts that make sense to display them, like casserole carriers, luggage tags, or growlers.

Thanks to all of these Etsy shops for providing great gifts!

Enjoy 🙂


Monogramed cell phone case

Monogramed cell phone case



monogramed clutch

monogramed clutch



monogrammed cutting board

monogrammed cutting board



lettered casserole carrier

Monogramed casserole carrier



monogrammed cake carrier

monogrammed cake carrier



monogrammed luggage tag

monogrammed luggage tag


monogrammed growler

monogrammed growler

Amazing Snow Art By Simon Beck

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Forget snow angels! Simon Beck has found a better way to have fun in the snow. Every year he heads out and makes these beautiful geometric snowflake patterns at Les Arcs ski resort in France. Pretty amazing right? Guess how he makes them…

…with snowshoes. Yeah, seriously! He trudges through the snow for anywhere between 6 hours to 2 days in snowshoes to make these amazing designs. Now, THAT is art!

You can check out more pictures that have been taken of his work over the past few years on Facebook.

snowflake made from snowshoes

snowshoe art

trampled snow art by Simon Beck

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5 Great Gifts for Artists

As you know, I am a big fan of Etsy. I have my own shop and always support other artists if possible. When I can buy something from Etsy, rather than another website, I do. So, I was doing some of my own holiday shopping on there the other day and came across some great gifts for artists. There are so many people that tell me buying for an artist is really difficult, so I am going to help you out, assuming you are one of those people. If not, you might find something new and exciting. Click the images for a link to the Etsy page.


Leather sketchbook via FanyToshkovJournals $40.

I know the price sounds steep, but for an artist, price is nothing for a sketchbook. It has to be great quality paper. It also helps to have a pop of color and some leather!

eat, sleep,create,repeat mug

Eat, sleep, create, repeat mug via simplyprettyprints. $18.

Eat, sleep, create, repeat. As an artist, this is my whole day. And, typically, I start it off with coffee or tea, so this is perfect.

leather quote bracelet

Leather quote bracelet via belmonili. $20.

I love this one. I’m not crazy about leather bracelets, but I would definitelu buy this one, especially for the quote that is on it. This shop also takes custom orders so opportunies (for quotes) are limitless!

Coloring book

Coloring book via inkbook

I’m sure it sounds stupid, but coloring books are amazing. Think about every artist you know. Aren’t they constantly doodling? We do it to open our minds and get inspiration. Sometimes, though, the best place to get inspiration is in the world around us. Ink Book creates coloring books like the above images and they are a great way to open one’s mind. Give it a shot. Seriously.

Andy Warhol Clock

Andy Warhol Clock via AmericanDreamy. $10.99

Not all artists are Andy Warhol fans, but some are. And for those people, this is ideal. It is a unique gift!

It doesn’t have to be Andy Warhol though, there are plenty of these floating around on Etsy. You just have to look for them. This shop seems to have a few artists and musicians available.


Hopefully these few gift ideas helped you out a little bit. If you are still struggling though, try making something yourself. I know, you’re thinking I can’t make something for an artist because their work is better than mine. Don’t think like that. It isn’t “better”. It is different, and all artists have different ways of expressing themselves. We love handmade gifts!

Last Call for Halloween Art Submissions!

halloween themed banner


Hey guys! I just wanted to remind you to get your Halloween submissions in soon. I originally said by October 28th, but I’ll give you until the end on the day on October 30. A little bit of extra time never hurt anyone. Also, if you emailed me a submission and I didn’t respond, please send it again. I was having some email issues recently and I think I might have missed some emails coming through.

Remember, these submissions can be anything! A drawing, painting, craft, a DIY halloween costume, photography, etc. Just send a pic and description to I will save it and post it on Halloween (October 31st) along with the other submissions! I look forward to seeing what you come up with! 🙂


The Rubber Duck Project

Wow, it has been a busy weekend. The highlight of the weekend (which is sad) was that the Rubber Duck Project came to Pittsburgh, PA on Friday and will be here for the entire month.

Pittsburgh was PACKED this weekend when the duck arrived. As I walked the streets downtown, I kept my eyes open for signs and directions. But the crowds of people lead the way to the river instead. As you can see, the duck is quite large (46×49×54 ft) in comparison to its surrounding area. People took over the fence along the river and took over the bridges to see the new attraction.


What is the Rubber Duck Project?

Florentijn Hofman, a dutch artist created several duck sculptures that would entertain the world by a tour named “Spreading joy around the world” established in 2007. The goal was to recall everyone’s childhood memories by displaying the duck in 14 different cities, starting in his own, Amsterdam.

The Rubber Duck knows no frontiers, it doesn’t discriminate and doesn’t have a political connotation.

How was it made?

The   duck was constructed with over  200 pieces of PVC piping. The opening at the back of the duck so that anyone can perform a body check of the rubber duck. There is also an electric fan in its body so that it can be inflated at any time, regardless of weather conditions.

 Where has the duck been on display?
There are actually several ducks, contrary to popular belief.

The sculptures have been on display in Amsterdam, Lommel (Belgium), Osaka, Sydney Harbour, Sao Paulo and Hong Kong and has finally arrived in the US for the first time for the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts, which also kicks off the fall gallery crawl.

Here are the dimensions and location of each duck in order of date according to Wikipedia:

Taiwan Taoyuan , Taiwan, October,26 2013

Taiwan Kaohsiung , Taiwan, September 2013

Azerbaijan BakuAzerbaijan, September 2013 (12×14×16 metres (39×46×52 ft))

China BeijingChina, September 2013 (14×15×18 metres (46×49×59 ft))

United States PittsburghUnited States, 2013 (14×15×16.5 metres (46×49×54 ft))

Hong Kong Hong Kong SARChina, May 2013 (14×15×16.5 metres (46×49×54 ft))*

Australia SydneyAustralia, January 2013 (13×14×15 metres (43×46×49 ft))

Belgium HasseltBelgium, July 2012 (12×14×16 metres (39×46×52 ft))

Japan OnomichiJapan, 2012 (10×11×13 metres (33×36×43 ft))

New Zealand AucklandNew Zealand, February 2011 (12×14×16 metres (39×46×52 ft))

Japan OsakaJapan, December 2010 (10×11×13 metres (33×36×43 ft))

Brazil São PauloBrazil, 2008 (12×14×16 metres (39×46×52 ft))

France Saint-NazaireFrance, 2007 (26×20×32 metres (85×66×105 ft))

*The duck on display in Hong Kong, from 1 May to 9 June 2013, deflated on 15 May after losing air. It was re-inflated and was again on exhibition on 20 May.

Dirty Little Secrets by Sarah Rosado

Dirty Little Secrets by Sarah Rosado

Who didn’t play in the dirt as a child? I know I did, a little too much. But Sarah Rosado, an illustrator and photographer from New York, was inspired by the activity. She decided to make a series of images from dirt that creates the illusion of a 3D object while also allowing the viewer to determine what they really are. She calls the series Dirty Little Secrets because of that. People see all art differently, and Sarah has embraced that with her work.

Dirty Little Secrets has been featured in several publications such as Complex Magazine, Garden Design, Bored Panda, and Design Taxi.

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Poetic Twist: From Finance to Design

Teal wedding invitations
Tamika Quick started out in the corporate world of finance. After her relocation to Atlanta, GA, she decided to switch careers. She had experience with airbrushing and was eager to get back to her creative side. She designed the stationary for her destination wedding and, before she knew it, friends and family were asking for invitations for all of their events.

With some encouragement, she founded Poetic Twist Stationary and Design. She now designs invitations and business identity for weddings, and social or business events.

I have been a follower of Tamika’s blog for quite a while. She is always posting the latest and greatest designs. I am never disappointed!
wedding menu Birthday invite Thank you cards wedding announcements custom beer labels pocket-fold wedding invitation custom wedding monograms Bridal tea party invitation

Images via Poetic Twist

DIY Digital Camera

BigShots DIY Digital Camera

This is one of the best design ideas I’ve seen in a long time: the DIY digital camera by BigShot. It was create for children and adults and was designed for learning. When you buy the camera, it is disassembled like in the image below.


Digital Camera parts and pieces

In order to use the camera, you obviously have to build it first. The mission behind this idea is that a camera designed for learning needs three things:

  1. kit assembly
  2. Creative features
  3. Low cost

When you finally get the camera built, it is fully-functional.

We live in such a demanding society where we want everything and we want it now. Yet, we typically know nothing about the  things we want, i.e. a car, a computer, and even a house. There are specialists we call, and companies that take care of our problems for us. Think about it, when something goes wrong with your car, you take it to a mechanic. When your computer gives you the blue screen of death, you take it to a computer center. And, in most cases, when something malfunctions in your home, you call a handyman (unless you are that person).

The BigShots digital camera is $89 and part of its creators’ proceeds will be used to send Bigshots to children in under-served communities around the world. That alone make me want to buy the camera.

It is a great idea to teach people about the products they use. What better way is there to learn about a digital camera than to assemble it yourself?

The experience


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