Hey! I'm still here!

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Hello, hello! Anyone still out there?? Yes, it's me!! The girl that totally fell off the face of the blogging world!

It has been almost 5 months since I last posted! I can hardly believe it myself and my "little" break was definitely not intentional. It just sorta happened. Life happens. Summer happened and I've been enjoying as many possible days with my toes in the sand! :)

Now don't get wrong, the time away has been nice. Sometimes we have to take step back and just breathe. Enjoy life and disconnect a little. But guys, I really do miss it! A LOT! And I miss connecting will all of you! This little space was my creative outlet for a long time and I'm not ready to give it up yet! I love sharing my work, amazing artists, unique finds.... I'm ready to get back to that! I'm feeling refreshed, energized and excited to start writing and creating for this little space!

Happy Tuesday, guys! Hope everyone is enjoying their Summer! I'd love to know what you've been up too!

Lovely Links & Things

 lovely links & things

Happy Friday!! What are your plans for the weekend? Are you in-store for a fun-filled or low-key couple of days? The husband picked up an extra shift, so I plan on catching up on design work and blog reading. I'm also hoping we can squeeze in some time at the art gallery and maybe get a bite to eat at the Cheesecake Factory! ;)

If you feel like browsing this weekend...

+ I'm on a citrus kick and this smoothie sounds delish!
+ Pass the chips! I need to try this spin on guacamole ASAP!
+ This black & white home is total eye candy. When can I move in? ;)
+ Get out your drill and spray paint. Transform that bland IKEA piece you have.
+ Try your hand at these paper blooms. They are beyond amazing!
+ 5 adorable gift wrapping ideas for Spring.
+ The cutest party hats that I ever did see.
+ Go shopping for your closet! Get 25% off at J.Crew with the code HEYSPRING.
+ And for you walls! Society6 is still offering FREE shipping & $5 off most products!

Have a great one!
And don't forget about the giveaway going on! It ends on Sunday!

Book Review & Giveaway // Oliver's Tree

oliver's tree book review by creative index

Guys, remember when I shared my love for artist Kit Chase a few months back? Well, I'm super excited to share that the lovely people over at Penguin Young Readers Group recently sent me a copy of her new book, Oliver's Tree that will hit the shelves on March 20th! And guess what? They sent one for you too!

But first, a little about the book...

Oliver, an adorable elephant and his two friends, Lulu, an owl, and Charlie, a bunny, love to play outside. Their favorite game is hide-and-seek and but it’s not fun for Oliver when his friends hide in the trees— he just can’t manage to reach them!

When Oliver can’t climb a tree to find his friends, Lulu and Charlie hatch a plan to find the perfect tree for Oliver... they search high and low and find a tree that is perfect for all of them!

oliver's tree book review by creative index
oliver's tree book review by creative index
oliver's tree book review by creative index

And the watercolor and ink drawings couldn't be sweeter! The illustrations and simple text will delight readers as they follow along a charming storyline that highlights the power of friendship and the importance of patience and problem-solving.

Oliver's Tree is the first book by freelance artist and Etsy superstar Kit Chase, who is best known for leaving behind trails of broken pencils, eraser fragments, chewed pens, and scraps of scribbled paper. She is the founder and imaginator for LullaLoo, LLC, which operates out of trafalgarssquare.com. Kit resides in sunny Southern California with her sidekick husband, three rollicking children, and a rowdy corgi. She dreams of someday having a backyard full of climb-worthy trees.

You can get your own copy of Oliver's Tree here!

oliver's tree book review by creative index

Now, how about that giveaway? Penguin Young Readers Group has generously offered a copy of Oliver's Tree to one lucky reader! And guess what? I'm sweetening up the deal and throwing in a print from her shop because I think you should have one of her amazing illustrations! ;)

Enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter form below. Open to US residents ONLY!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Giveaway ends March 24th. A winner will be selected at random and has 48 hours to respond/confirm otherwise another winner will be selected. Books were provided for the purpose of this review/giveaway and the print giveaway is sponsored by Creative Index. All opinions expressed are entirely my own because I genuinely love Kit Chase's work. No other compensation was received.

Wanting Now

 wanting now: creative index

Spring is in the air.... sort of. The birds are chirping, the days are getting longer, but the weather is another story! Such a roller coaster, huh? Warm and sunny one day and a wintery frozen mix the next! :-/ And just because I started cleaning, decluttering and organizing this past weekend, it doesn't mean I can't dream about adding a few new things! ;) I thought I would share some recent finds I added to my wishlist!

distressed jeans // everyday sandals // simple rings // faceted vase // cute tote
hand creme // gem lamp // wire baskets // fresh scents

Anything lately that you've added to your wishlist?

Loving: Marisa Messick Jewelry

Marisa Messick Jewelry

Metal-smith and jeweler Marisa Messick recently got in touch with me and I'm so glad she did! She is creating amazing things with metal and clay and I'm so excited to introduce you all to her beautiful work.....

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Let’s start at the beginning. Tell us a little about yourself...
Hi! I’m Marisa, the owner and maker of Marisa Messick Jewelry. I have a degree in Craft and Material studies with a concentration in jewelry from Virginia Commonwealth University. I recently moved from Richmond, VA to Eugene, Oregon where I live with my boyfriend and our two dogs.

How/when did your shop get started?
Once I moved to Oregon in the fall, I set up my jewelry studio in my house. Having my studio space so close to me has made me really focus on what I want to accomplish and getting my shop started.

Marisa Messick Jewelry

Tell us about your process. What inspires your designs? How do you create your jewelry?
Nature is such a big influence on my work. Right now I’ve been really inspired by crystal clusters, coral and honeycombs. I am constantly looking for new colors, shapes or patterns that I find in nature to incorporate into my jewelry. Once I have an idea that I’m excited about I’ll spend a lot of time sketching, planning and making sure I know exactly what my plan is. Usually my finished pieces will look almost identical to my sketch.

Marisa Messick Jewelry

You have so many great pieces! Do you have a favorite?
Thank you! My favorites right now are the black crystal cluster earrings (below). I’ve been wearing them everyday. They are pretty light, small and unobtrusive, which makes them great for everyday wear, yet they are interesting and unique enough to stand out and a little something to an outfit.

Marisa Messick Jewelry
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What advice would you give to aspiring artists/designers? How about someone looking to open an online shop?
I’m a pretty new shop myself and some days can be a little bit discouraging. Every day I have to tell myself to not give up and to keep persisting. Rejection means that you at least tried. Something that I am continually practicing is patience… good things take time.

The best thing about owning your own small business?
I think the best part is that I have complete control over how everything looks, from my jewelry, to my images, to packaging. It’s so much fun to be constantly experimenting to see what does work for me and what doesn’t.

Marisa Messick Jewelry

What can we look forward too? Anything new in the works?
I’ve been looking for different ways to introduce some color into my work for spring. I recently bought a kiln so I’ve been playing around with enameling. I'm hoping to have some fun new jewelry out soon with enamel and gemstones.

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

Marisa Messick Jewelry

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I'm completely in love with Marisa's jewelry... especially this cluster ring… and these stackable rings! Her pieces are beautiful, original and made my hand... and lots of love! I'm super excited to see the Spring line and can't wait to see what she does with that kiln!

For more about Marisa Messick Jewelry:
+ Visit the shop!
+ Get inspired - follow her blog.
+ Like Marisa Messick Jewelry on Facebook.
+ Follow along on Instagram


 creative index // currently...

roasted chickpeas! Have you had them before? They might sound weird and I can't even believe that I'm snacking on them, but they are a tasty and healthy snack that I'm hooked on! They definitely help satisfy my craving for something crunchy/salty. I've been making spicy ones (similar to these), but really want to make these honey-cinnamon ones next!

a new camera! I've had my eye on the Canon Rebel T3i for a while, so if anyone has it, I'd love to hear what you think of it! Or if you have any other suggestions or recommendations, I'm all ears!

Bosco's birthday! He's going to be 13 in a few weeks and I just can't believe it! We've always celebrated his birthday, but this year calls for something a little bigger. He's not a young pup anymore (even though he still acts like it sometimes) so I want to make this birthday and every extra one we get extra special! And isn't that pup cute? I think I need to get Bosco a crown! ;)

our trip back home!!! Not really excited about the cold and snow, but I can't wait to spend some quality time with my family and friends! This trip is much needed and long overdue!

quite a few design projects! Design work has definitely been picking up and I couldn't be happier! I just launched a design for Kendall over at Dipped In Yellow and I have several new projects in the works…. plus I've been working on some new prints for the shop! So stay tuned....

all of you! Just wanted to say thank you again for all the support with my shop and for hanging in there even though the blog has been pretty quiet lately. Thank you! xo

What's something on your "currently" list? I'd love to know!


 creative index: snapshots

Happy Friday everyone! Just wanted to say hi and share a few snaps from my phone and give you a little update because things have been very quiet around here. I've been working on some new posts/ideas, so hopefully things won't stay quiet for much longer!

One of the biggest things lately, was the launch of my print shop! :) You guys are so amazing! THANK YOU so much for all your comments, tweets and love about my new adventure! I'm super excited and can't wait to design more prints! I already have a few ideas in mind. :)

Design work as also been keeping me very busy! (I'm working on several new blog designs and a logo design!) I love going to Barnes & Noble and spent the morning getting inspired. Sometimes you just need to step away from the computer and Pinterest and flip through pages of an actual book.

And it's pretty crazy that last week we spent the afternoon at the beach, and this week we got snow! And literally, the whole area just shut down. They closed the schools for 3 days (THREE DAYS!!!) for a light dusting and cold temps!

Thanks again for all the love! Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!
Try and stay warm! ;)

PS: Bosco says hi and wants to remind you that FREE shipping ends on Sunday! ;)


 creative index print shop

Cue the confetti! The print shop is open! :)

I am so EXCITED because I've been wanting to do this for the longest time! I finally took the plunge and opened a shop through Society6. The artwork you see on Society6 is created by artists/designers from all around the world. They produce your product using high quality materials, and ship it to you on behalf of the artist!

Not only can you get fabulous art prints, but they have lots of other fun products like iphone cases, totes and even coffee mugs! :)

 creative index print shop
 creative index print shop
 creative index print shop

This is just the beginning! I'm taking baby steps with this little adventure. (I would love to eventually open my own shop so I can explore different printing options and package and ship the products myself, but for now, this will do!) It's just so cool to see my designs available for sale! I’ll be adding new designs frequently, so keep checking back! Also, let me know if you have any suggestions for quotes/colors and I’ll definitely consider adding it to the mix!

There is a promotion going on right now for FREE shipping! Click here to visit my shop and make sure to check out all the other great artists too! Thank you all for your love and support! xoxo

 creative index print shop

Coming Soon: Creative Index Print Shop

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Guys, I am very pleased to announce my new little shop is ALMOST ready to open! This is something that I've been wanting to do for a while now, and I finally took the jump! Things are going to be quiet around here a little longer as I finish up the first line and finish up a few blog designs! This is the busiest I've been in a while, and boy does it feel good! :)

Hope you all had a wonderful Holiday and thanks again for following along! And if you have any inspiring quotes (or color options) you'd like me to use, shoot me an email or leave a comment. I'm always open to hearing your ideas!

Stay tuned for more..... xo
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