Art Scene

gallery wall print roundup - creative index blog

Some people probably shy away from giving art as a gift, but I say why not?! Especially if you really know someones style/taste and think they would love "that" print, go for it! Chances are they'll love it too! And if picking out a specific piece seems too tricky, gift cards or store credit to the artists shop is always a great idea too! And then they can have the trouble of picking out a fab piece! ;)

Or just buy some for yourself! ;)

I've rounded up a few of my favorite prints... and I actually have a few of them! Can't wait to add a few more to my (slowly) growing collection!

The Fields Abstract // Golden Days // Elephant // Ranunculus Bouquet
Love Garden // Paris Watercolor // Love Never Fails // Wild Elk
American Bison // Single Pink Ranunculus // Bananas // Floral Skull
Amour // XO // New York // Watercolor Florals // Wild Love // Abstract

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+ Head on over to Always With Yoo for a chance to win a print & mug from my shop!
+ Have you started on your gift wrapping? Download some printable Holiday tags here.
+ Need more gift ideas? Or fun, festive DIY ideas? Check out this post.

My Holiday Picks + Lots of Festive Links

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I really wasn't planning on doing any roundups, but then I figured why not! Plus I figured it might help the Mr. out a little bit. ;) This year we have a very low budget for gifts and to be honest, there really isn't anything that I really want/need. I just like spending time with my little family.

I've also been seeing so many great Holiday links floating around the interwebs. So I've rounded up a few of my favorites! Really, there are so many great ones so make sure to stop and can give these bloggers some love!

+ So many printable tags! Just a few of my faves... besides mine ;)  woodland // watercolor // ornaments // simple
+ Need a new Christmas tree skirt? This DIY is super easy & cute!
+ Love this ornament branch! And this pine cone version is pretty cute too!
+ If you love yarn and have some patience, this pom pom wreath is pretty cute!
+ Add a little something extra to those packages with this mini ornament cluster.
+ A nostalgic Christmas village with a fresh, modern twist.
+ How to tie the perfect bow!
+ Star light, start bright Christmas wrapping idea.
+ This washi tape Christmas tree would be so cute in an office or kids room!
+ Pipe cleaner Christmas tree cards! Adorable for kids to make!
+ Twine (or yarn) wrapped trees! Another easy DIY!
+ Make your desktop festive! calm & bright // leaves & berries // fa la la la


Feel free to leave a link in the comments if you have a great DIY to share! :)
Have great weekend!

2014 Holiday Tags by Creative Index

Festive Phone Wallpapers

 festive holiday phone wallpapers by creative index
Let's make those iPhone's happy and festive! I took a few of my favorite patterns from the Holiday tags and made some wallpapers for your phones. Click the links below and make your phones merry! ;)

BLACK & GOLD

WHIMSICAL


REMINDER:
Free for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Not for sale or commercial use. Feel free to share on your blog or social media, but please give credit and link directly to this post and NOT the downloadable file. If you have any issues/questions, please contact me. Thanks! :)

2014 Holiday Tags by Creative Index

2014 Printable Holiday Tags

Free Printable Holiday Gift Tags (in 3 color options) by Creative Index

Hello there! Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I'm super excited to share the 2014 Holiday gift tags to help you pretty up all those parcels under the tree! Just print them out (I would suggest a heavy cardstock), trim to size using scissors or an xacto and string with some pretty twine.

Download them below and get to wrapping! The black & gold are my favorite, but there are 3 different color options to choose from! I'd love to know your favorite!  If you need even more options or feel like mixing & matching, check out last years right here!

Free Printable Holiday Gift Tags (in 3 color options) by Creative Index
Free Printable Holiday Gift Tags (in 3 color options) by Creative Index
Free Printable Holiday Gift Tags (in 3 color options) by Creative Index
Free Printable Holiday Gift Tags (in 3 color options) by Creative Index
Free Printable Holiday Gift Tags (in 3 color options) by Creative Index

If you end up using them, take a snapshot and instagram it! Make sure to tag me or use the hashtag #creativeindex, so I can see! Enjoy and happy wrapping! xo


Just a little FYI - each set is 3 pages. If you don't think you're going to need all those tags, or maybe you want some of one color and some from another, you can totally just print out the page or two that you want to use! No need to waste paper or ink! You can usually find a "page range" option when you open your print window.


TERMS & CONDITIONS:
Free for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Printables cannot be used for commercial use or edited and redistributed. Feel free to share this printable on your blog or social media, but please give credit and link directly to this post and NOT the downloadable file. Print results may vary depending on your printer and type of paper being used. If you have any issues/questions, please contact me. Thanks! :)

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Happy Thanksgiving! (& a FREE Printable)

 So many blessings, be thankful everyday - free printable by creative index

Sometimes we forget how truly blessed we are and I hope this little printable will help us remember to be a little more thankful all year long! Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving! xo

PS: Holiday tags should be ready by Friday! So make sure to check back! :)

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TERMS & CONDITIONS:
Free for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Printables cannot be used for commercial use or edited and redistributed. Feel free to share this printable on your blog or social media, but please give credit and link directly to this post and NOT the downloadable file. Print results may vary depending on your printer and type of paper being used. If you have any issues/questions, please contact me. Thanks! :)

A Thanksgiving Feast

creative index: thanksgiving recipe roundup

It’s so hard to believe that Thanksgiving will be here next week! I'm not exactly sure what I'm making, because it's just the 2 of us... and Bosco of course! Plus Brandon has to work, so we'll be keeping it very low key and simple! One of these years I'll get to cook a big feast and have family over, but until then, I'll just drool over these recipes and everyone elses dinner when they post them on instagram. ;)

GET THE RECIPE
Roasted Brussels Sprouts // Butternut Squash // Maple Acorn Squash
Accordion Potatoes // Herb Stuffing // Quinoa Salad
Cranberry Sauce // Roasted Cauliflower // Chocolate Pecan Pie
Pomegranate Margaritas // Apple Pie Bars // Pumpkin Dream Cake

What's your favorite Thanksgiving dish?

Artist Love: Diana Willard

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Guys, it has been a really long time since I've done an Artist Love post! Let's change that! Okay?  I've been a fan of Diana's art & blog for a while now and I'm so happy she's here sharing her fantastic work and talking about her new collection! (Hint: She's even giving away one of her paintings! Keep reading to find out the details.) Take it away Diana...

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Let’s start at the beginning. Tell us a little about yourself...
Hi! My name is Diana and I’m a painter living and working in San Francisco. Up until a year and a half ago, I was studying medicine in Los Angeles, but I decided to take a year off to pursue art, one of my long-time passions. And then I couldn’t resist taking another year off… I’m currently in my second year of working as a full-time artist, and loving it!

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Tell us about your process. What inspires your work?
I think a lot of my recent work focuses on the theme of home. I’ve moved around a fair amount (Connecticut, the Bay Area, Seattle, Los Angeles), and I think my landscape paintings especially play off of these experiences -- they’re kind of simultaneously excited by the adventure and craving a more settled home.

Do you have a favorite medium to use?
I love acrylic paints. They dry very fast, which forces me to work quickly and spontaneously. Otherwise, I might agonize over a painting forever! (Although to be honest, I still do that sometimes!)

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You have so many great pieces! Do you have a favorite?
Thank you so much! One of my long-time favorites is The Madonna, which has been traveling with me through four different moves. I recently broke our mirror (sadness) and hung Madonna in the empty space. I still wander back to that spot expecting to see my reflection…but now instead I see a portrait of a strong and self-possessed woman looking back at me! It’s kind of a fascinating little psych experiment I’m playing on myself. I imagine only good can come of this.

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What can we look forward too? Anything new in the works?
I’ve just released my newest series of paintings this week, which I’m really excited about! My Postcard Project (photo below) is twelve miniature paintings based on a memory or place that is significant to me. I chose to work small because I love the feeling of holding something beautiful in my hands, and because I wanted the paintings to be like little windows onto their scenes. I hope they are able to brighten people’s days (or their home!), and remind them of the special memories and places in their lives.

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 diana willard artwork
 diana willard artwork

Just for fun, how about some rapid fire questions? Answer with the first thing that pops in your head. GO!

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I absolutely love Diana's work! Her pieces are just so refreshing and she has such a great eye composition and color combinations! My faves are Fireflies and January... and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next! She's one talented lady! Another thing I love.... her postcard series is affordable! Each of these paintings comes framed and matted, and is packaged with a little written story about the painting. Making it possible for anyone to own an original work of art (even a tiny one)!


For more about Diana Willard's artwork:
+ Visit her shops - Esty // Society6
+ Get inspired & stay updated on new collections - follow her blog.
+ For daily happenings and a peek inside her studio - follow along on Instagram


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Currently...

 creative index / currently...

SNACKING...
on Trader Joe's herbs & spices popcorn! The first time I had it, I wasn't sure about it..... but the more I ate it, the more I loved it! Seriously addicting!

INSPIRED...
by Diana Willard! I've been a follower of her blog and instagram for a while and I just love her work! I'll be sharing more about her later this week, but she's really got me inspired and wanting to paint more! 

WANTING...
the iphone6! My 4s is on the fritz and I can't wait to upgrade! Soon!

WEARING...
plaid! If I'm not wearing a plaid/flannel shirt, then I'm wearing a scarf! I've worn some sort of plaid everyday for the past week. Yes, I have a problem... but I'm also home 95% of the time, so it's just a cozy, easy staple this time of year!

WORKING...
on this year's printable Holiday tags! They're almost done and I can't wait to share! I'm aiming for the day after Thanksgiving, so stay tuned!

FEELING...
a little sad. I always get a little sad/nostalgic this time of year. It's really hard to be away from everyone you love during the Holidays. We're really hoping to go back home for Christmas, so keep your fingers crossed for us! ;)


Anything on your "currently" list? I'd love to know!

Week/End

creative index week/end

Well, we made it through another week! And to be honest with you, I feel like everyone has forgotten about Thanksgiving!  I LOVE Christmas as much as the next person and I may have started listening to Christmas music here and there (I need to be in a festive zone while designing those Holiday tags!) but come on people... what about Thanksgiving?! I've seen a few bloggers with fully-decorated trees, ornaments and reindeer everywhere, glitter and garland to the max..... why are we rushing it! The days are going by so fast as it is! The whole season is going to be over in a blink of an eye. Can we all just slow down a little and not completely forget about Thanksgiving!

I've rounded up a few Thanksgiving links in case you need a little inspiration. And next week I'll share a recipe round-up for any last minute menu ideas you might need!

+ Use this cute printable to reflect on the things we have to be thankful for.
+ Love this super simple bunting garland!
+ Also love this (plastic) pumpkin centerpiece!
+ Tired of using the same napkin rings? Then make these cute paper leaf ones.
+ Mini pumpkin pies! Yes, please!
+ If you're crazy about mason jars, this project is for you! Think of the possibilities!
+ Decorate your phone/desktop with this cute wallpaper.
+ I love an infographic! This one will help you perfectly prepare your meal!
+ Carve a turkey the right way!


Happy Friday and happy weekend! :)

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