Giveaway: $250 to Parima Studio!

With these prints, you can stop and smell the roses on the daily.

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You know how sometimes, you see certain pieces of art and they just speak to you? You think, “Yes. That. I get it. And I want it!” That’s how Patricia Vargas’s work has always been for me. I’ve written about Parima Studio before, and am no less in love with it now! If you’re not familiar with her studio, Patricia specializes in creating bright, colorful pieces, from the abstract to the floral, and takes on custom commissions too.

But now, she’s really outdone herself — inspired by a trip to the Rose Story Farm in Carpinteria, CA (um, can you imagine how good this place must have smelled?), Patricia painted 6 original works based off the gorgeous blooms she encountered, which are now available as prints. When she first sent me images of her new Rose Collection, I couldn’t believe they weren’t photos. Aren’t they incredible? I love how she’s captured the beauty, romance and sensuality of roses. These pieces are the height of femininity! Roses have always held a special place in my heart — my grandmother has incredible rose beds at her home in Houston (which I used to help her tend), and these days, I consider the white rose something of a signature flower. Of course I fell in love with the collection! You can purchase the prints from her studio in two sizes (8″x10″ or 16″x20″), and also order them borderless or with a border for matting.

The news gets even better: to celebrate her newest collection and to help support one of my favorite artists, I’m partnering with Patricia today to give one lucky reader a $250 credit to her studio, Parima Studio! Use it on art prints for your gallery wall, or get a little something for a friend! In addition to the giveaway, Patricia has generously offered 15% off all prints in her shop, with the code PSROSE15! Read on for more details on the discount and how to enter the giveaway:

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One lucky winner will get a $250 gift certificate to Parima Studio, good towards the use of graphic prints, fine art prints, and canvas prints (note: it’s not good towards the purchase of original fine art paintings or custom commissions). To enter:

1. Within the Rafflecopter widget below, just click the +1 button next to the “Click here and enter to win!” line, then follow the instructions.

2. The giveaway will close next Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 11:59pm EDT and I’ll choose a winner via Rafflecopter.

3. Goodies for the 50 states and Canada! This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only. (Apologies, friends across the pond and beyond…)

4. A few more ways to win: Additional entries are also available below by liking my pages on Facebook and Twitter as well as Patricia’s pages on Facebook and Twitter, but this isn’t necessary to win! If you’re already following us, this can still count as an entry, so be sure to click the button within the Rafflecopter widget!

You can check out the full terms and conditions by clicking on the Terms & Conditions link within the Rafflecopter widget below.

Don’t forget, you can still get 15% off any print from Parima Studio by using the code PSROSE15. The code will be good through 8/31. I especially love Patricia’s new Rose collection, and am also very fond of her ink flowers collection (you might have noticed one of these prints in my own home). Good luck! And of course, this week, don’t forget to stop and smell the roses…

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Special Discount Code: Get 15% off your purchase of any print from Parima Studio with the code PSROSE15! Good through 8/31.

Images: Courtesy of Parima Studio

This month's quote: "All we can do is the best we can do."

Outlander Obsessed

Cue the bagpipes and donn your best kilt...

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Can I nerd out on you guys for a minute? About 4 or 5 years ago, my friend Meredith and I were eating lunch together one day and talking about books we liked. I happened to mention my secret love for really good historical fiction. “Have you heard of the Outlander series?” she asked me. I hadn’t. “Oh, I think you’ll really love it!” she replied. Cue me checking out the first book from the library. And then promptly buying every single one that had been published immediately after finishing it. She was right — I got hooked.

I’ve been especially excited because after a grillion years in development, the story finally got made into a TV series, and is airing right now on Starz. Of course, Starz is like the one premium channel we don’t already subscribe to, so it’s now on my list. I kind of want to subscribe, let episodes pile up in the DVR, and then curl up later in the autumn and binge watch (oh, I’m sure Joe will LOVE that).

If you’re not familiar with the story and are wondering what I’m talking about, the backstory on Outlander is this: Read the full post +

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Image Credits: Highlands image by Moyan Brenn, Castle image by Moyan Brenn; thistle image by Dave Conner. All images used under Creative Commons license CC by 2.0, with size modifications made by me.

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A New Medium

Prepare to fall straight into the rabbit hole.

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Last Week/End I shared a fun-to-read behind the scenes look at Orange is the New Black, written by the real life Larry. It was published on Matter, a “collection” on the site Medium. Have you ever explored it?

I’ve since spent a ton of time on Medium, and am hooked. You might’ve already been there, done that — I’ve apparently been living under a rock. Launched nearly two years ago, Medium is another venture by Ev Williams and Biz Stone (you might know them as the guys who created Blogger…and then Twitter…no big deal). It’s a blogging platform, but also, for me, a reading platform. The layout of each article is easy to follow, and some (like this one) have really cool graphics interspersed as you scroll. I think Medium fills a huge void in the current blogosphere. It’s a place where people spend time writing and sharing and telling stories, many of which I’ve loved reading and learning from. Anyone can sign up for it and write their own pieces that are then available to anyone on the platform (I believe they become more highly visible based on the number of people engaging with the article – you’ll notice Medium’s ‘sidebar’ comment system the minute you begin reading a post). For now, I’m flying under the radar and am just enjoying reading a huge variety of articles. Many are grouped into collections, which you can search by topic. Here are a few of many favorites that I’ve come across and eagerly read. Prepare to spend your day finding a lot of stuff to peruse:

Miss American Dream: How Britney Spears went to Vegas and became a feminist role model. No, really.

Sorry, haters: That ‘How I Met Your Mother’ finale was perfect

The ‘Five Design Questions’ series
(I loved this recent response; here are where people publish all their answers)

The Crossroads of Should and Must

Content Used to be King. Now It’s the Joker.

Furbaby Fever

7 Things You Need To Stop Doing To Be More Productive, Backed By Science

Creative People Say No
(I starred this quote: “Creators do not ask how much time something takes but how much creation it costs.”)

Are you signed up on Medium? Any good posts you’ve come across recently?



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Image Credit: Lonny, April/May 2010; photograph by Patrick Cline