Even her packaging was perfection!
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you may know that we are really passionate about collecting, seeing, and supporting the making of art. In fact, last year I wrote a set of 4 posts to help you start your own art collection. Well since then, we’ve acquired a few new pieces that we absolutely love so today I wanted to share one of those with you! Our newest piece traveled all the way from Amsterdam, which is where collage artist Hagar Vardimon resides.
I first heard of Hagar on The Jealous Curator’s Art for Your Ear podcast. The artist in me nerds out when Danielle discusses the materials and process of the artists she interviews, and I found this discussion particularly inspiring. Hagar’s personality was so much fun, and that immediatley comes through in her work. It’s playful and witty just like I suspect she is in real life. I immediately started following Hagar on social media and a few weeks later, I saw this instagram pop up in her feed.
Isn’t it perfect? I was especially smitten because of Husband’s marching band background. So I shot her an email, and, while it wasn’t available in her shop, she agreed to sell it–score! I’ve been tracking the little package as it passed through customs and the USPS for a couple weeks, and Monday it finally arrived. I can’t wait to get it framed!
So if you’re looking for a fun new artist to add to your instagram feed, follow Hagar’s feed: HappyRedFish. You can see more of her work on her website.
It seems like the first week in December is the busiest for me this year, but I have no complaints! Holiday designer-ing is in full swing as exhibited in this little snapshot above. So here are a few peeks at the week so far.
Monday night I made Joe’s Leftover Turkey Gumbo while sipping martinis and dancing in the kitchen. With Husband playing Christmas tunes in the parlor, I confess that I was in such a blissful state I accidentally doubled the roux. So I just made twice as much gumbo! That little happy accident is now safe in the freezer waiting for another rainy Monday.
If it is cold and rainy where you are, might I suggest spending tonight cuddled with bae watching Netflix and coloring? Hanukkah begins on Sunday, and I doodled a couple of Hanukkah-themed coloring pages for DIYNetwork.com. The one above may be my favorite yet!
Speaking of the holidays, I sent out the invitations to our annual Cocktails & Carols party today! Fa-La-La-La-La!
I’ve had so much fun making holiday pretties using different mediums lately. I painted this little couple on a mini canvas for the AIGA Knoxville ornament auction on Friday night. If you’re in Knoxville, come on down to The Basement Art Studio and bid on ornaments from local artists!
Finally, if you’d like a little more crafty inspiration, I profiled The Crafty Lumberjacks for DIY’s Made + Remade blog this week. This pair make me want to spend an evening drinking whiskey and crafting in Queens!
Some of you may remember that I instagrammed a mandala I was doodling recently. Well, it was part of a bigger project I just did for DIYNetwork.com: Coloring Pages!
There are 5 designs to download and color while you’re watching tv, flying to see family over the holiday, or sitting at your desk on those super long conference calls. It’s such a relaxing activity and made me think of the hours Grandma and I put in on all those Snoopy coloring books when I was little.
Click here to download all 5 on DIYNetwork.com. You’ll also see a few ways you can use the final products. The best part? They’re free!
If you end up coloring, we’d love to see! Instagram them and tag @diynetwork & @hb_belle
If you’re interested in what I do when I’m not blogging? Click here to see hannahbdesign.com