Happy Christmas Eve!

December 24, 2013By AllisonMade my Day

Holidays at Terrain. Photo by Hand-Painted Weddings. Holidays at Terrain. Photo by Hand-Painted Weddings. Holidays at Terrain. Photo by Hand-Painted Weddings. Holidays at Terrain. Photo by Hand-Painted Weddings. Holidays at Terrain. Photo by Hand-Painted Weddings.Happy Christmas Eve everyone! Its been a busy month full of holiday festivities, a long weekend at the wonderful Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, a second surgery on my leg to remove the hardware that was set in March (when I broke it), and a trip to my favorite store (no matter what the season), Terrain. Here are a few photos I took during my latest trip to Terrain which highlight their beautiful, natural decorations for the holidays. I particularly love the antique hydrangeas.

Also, be sure to check your Facebook tomorrow, because I will be posting this year’s Hand-Painted holiday card sent out from my husband and I to our close friends and family. It was a unique card this year, so you won’t want to miss it!

Photos by Hand-Painted Weddings.

Inspiration for the Week: Intensely Conscious

July 15, 2013By AllisonInspired by

Intensely Conscious by Hand-Painted WeddingsI’m starting this week feeling a bit overwhelmed. You know….when your to-do list seems to just keep getting longer and longer, and takes over your sanity.

So, to combat this state of overwhelm, I created this inspirational print as a helpful reminder to live in the present moment (not my future to-do’s). I can be quite intense, so being intensely conscious meshes well with me. But then I have to remember to enjoy the beautiful moments in life, so that is why the end of the quote says “let it go, and soak it in.” Because life is quite amazing; don’t let it pass you by while you are checking off things from your to-do list.

Happy Monday.

Intensely Conscious by Hand-Painted Weddings. I took this photo in the gardens of a castle in Budapest.

Inspired by Watercolor Patterns

May 20, 2013By AllisonInspired by

Watercolor Pattern Inspiration curated by Hand-Painted WeddingsThere are so many inspiring watercolor artists out there. I think this is why my Watercolor board on Pinterest has a whopping 524 pins and counting. Today I want to feature a few watercolor pattern artists I admire. Pattern designers create artwork that makes its way into textile designs. Fashion is art, but when you have a watercolor pattern decorating your dress, handbag, jeans, or top….well, then you just pumped up the art factor!

What I love so much about watercolor patterns is that the spacing within the pattern isn’t identical. As with all watercolor art, there is an organic nature to watercolor patterns that lead to its beauty.

Be sure to follow my Watercolor Pinterest board for more inspiring watercolor patterns.

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Inspired by Hand-Written Lettering

April 17, 2013By AllisonInspired by

Inspiration - Hand-Written Lettering curated by Hand-Painted WeddingsI have been smitten by hand-written lettering for awhile now, whether chalkboard lettering, calligraphy, or painted. I’m especially inspired when I see beautiful calligraphy and hand-written lettering in unexpected places, such as this carved wooden cake topper, in signage, or as wrapping decoration.

Lately I have been practicing my hand at calligraphy, which I can’t wait to share with you soon! When I was cooped up in bed with my broken leg I found myself watching calligraphy YouTube videos. I found them soothing and so elegant. I ordered some supplies online and got started practicing once I was able to comfortably sit at my desk.

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Where Does Inspiration Come From?

April 15, 2013By AllisonInspired by

Inspiration "Mind and Body" Board by Hand-Painted WeddingsInspiration comes from all sorts of sources. For me it comes in dreams, spontaneous thoughts, observations while living my life, a pattern on a beautiful dress, a beautiful photograph that connects with something deep inside that I can’t explain, etc. Inspiration is akin to breathing for me; it is necessary. It is love. It makes my heart patter and excites my mind.

This morning I woke in an inspiration frenzy and went to one of my go-to inspiration sources, Pinterest. What did we creatives ever do before Pinterest? I suppose we did physical inspiration bulletin boards, but as much as I have tried to create one of these, I usually shy away because I’m not crazy over clutter, which these boards can often border upon.

This week I thought I’d go through some of my recent inspiration (as seen through my Pinterest pins). Today we’ll start with one of my favorite boards I named “Mind and Body.” This board features images that connect very intimately to me. They often focus on simplicities in life. Sometimes they feature yoga poses I aspire to; sometimes it is an expression I’d like to keep in mind as I live my life. But they all have this certain sense of calm to them.

Sources (left to right, top to bottom): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Watercolor in Catalog Inspiration

January 22, 2013By AllisonMade my Day

Anthropologie catalog featured on Hand-Painted Weddings

The fantastic design team over at Anthropologie does it again! They are a constant inspiration to me and I just adore what they did with their latest catalog (seen above). One of the reasons I am so drawn to Anthropologie‘s clothes is because of the artistic nature of their patterns, textures, and shapes, so it only makes sense to merge their products into art. In their latest catalog their product photographs are completed by beautiful watercolor illustrations along their edging. This creates a unique collage effect that oozes with wistful, artistic expression.

Anthropologie catalog photographed by Hand-Painted Weddings.