Jan 31, 2011

Call a Spade a Spade

Kate Spade has a new logo.

People all over the interweb are being uber snarky, complaining that her new logo is too simple, too boring, and simply lacks creativity.

Personally, I think it's awesome that Kate's last name is the same as a totally recognizable icon.  
This is going to completely revolutionize her brand.  She can put that little spade on everything and people will know in a split second that the purse, shoe, coat, or whatever it is you are donning is hers, much like the Nike Swoosh, Chanel C's, or iZod Alligator.  Really, she couldn't be luckier.  
And come on, that little spade is kinda cute.

Jan 28, 2011

Gift Card Cozies

So remember the Gift Card Cozies I was gonna make a few weekends ago??

Well...here they are! 
I whipped these little darlings up today...

Kinda cute, huh?

They would certainly jazz up an otherwise un-cute gift that's for sure ;)

Jan 27, 2011

I Heart My Mac

Bunches and bunches.
I do.
And sometimes I like to dress my Mac up in fancy Apple wallpapers.
I just found this website that has some nice ones...
This purplely apple universe is my current fave.
image credits: applewallpapers.net and monkeymagico

Jan 25, 2011

A Few More Products On Sale!

A few more of my designs are on sale over at Butterflies and Bluebells online shop...using Catherine's gorgeous kits, I created some quick pages that just went on sale today!

I think it's just so exciting.  Even if we sell just one, I will be beyond thrilled. 

Quick pages are really so easy to use and they are fabulous for the digi-scrapper with no time for digi-scrapping, or even for the beginner digi-scrapper.  You simply open the quick page in your photo editing program, drag your photos in, and voila!  Your gorgeous layout is complete in less than 5 seconds!  And these quick pages are particularly nice, if I do say so myself ;)

image credits: Butterflies and Bluebells, RA ink, Digital Design Den

Jan 24, 2011

Don't You Just Hate It When...

...you purchase the wrong thing and have to go all the way back to the store and exchange it for the correct one?  Oh I do. 
Because it's so not my fault.  
The products were obviously poorly labeled.

I was so super excited about this totally adorable, fancy schmancy IKEA organizer fabulosity...it was the perfect answer to the totally unorganized mess littering my closet...
BUT upon unwrapping the packing, I discovered I had bought the wrong product...oh the dismay!

Apparently these two items look practically identical when wrapped up in their plastic wrappings.  I of course picked up the wrong one and now have to trek all the way back to IKEA to exchange it.  Oh how I loathe having to do that....

Such is life I suppose.  Always a curve ball.  Granted this is a tiny curve ball but curvy nonetheless.

image credits: IKEA

Jan 21, 2011

In It To Win It.

The super talented, super wacky blond haired blue-eyed duo otherwise known as my brothers just won second place in a commercial video contest...way to go bros!! 

Check out their work here.  
Funny stuff.

Happy Friday!

image credits: Yoych Productions

Jan 20, 2011

Comic Book Make Over

Was fooling around on Photoshop today and whipped up this little number...

Pretty sweet huh?

By following this tutorial I gave one of my everyday, ordinary photos 
a sweet retro comic book makeover.

I also made this one...
all by myself...just for kicks.

It started out as a photo of my bro by a lifeguard stand and I funked it up a bit.

sweet photo editing by me, sara of RA Ink

Jan 19, 2011

Umm Hello Totally Cool Website

Finds keyboard shortcuts for Photoshop
and other various applications.

Give it a whirl.
It's neato.

image credits: Keyonary via Smashing Magazine

Jan 18, 2011

Chocolate Milk

Is that not the cutest pic?  
My niece and nephew taking a little chocolate milk break.  
So darn cute.
I did a little fancy photo editing...but it doesn't seem to be quite as awesome here in this post as it is in Photoshop...

Jan 17, 2011

Super Cute Pocket Planner

One of my very favorite illustrators has turned her drawings into a little pocket planner.

Oh isn't it just adorable.

My mom just gave me this calendar (which is beautiful), and I was going to purchase that super cute calendar from Creative Thursday, but the one above, by Geninne, is a planner, so it's totally different which means I can totally get it.

You can never have too many calendars, right?
I mean it never hurts to know just where you need to be at all times!

Anyways, Geninne is a beautiful illustrator and I would love to have her planner just for that fact alone.  I like to read her blog because she often writes about how she creates her work.  I find it very inspiring.  I would like to eventually do that on my blog too...I just need to find the time to actually sit down and create!  Things are kind of busy right now...sometimes that whole work thing sure gets in the way... ;)

Jan 15, 2011

The Sweet Stuff

This was a busy week at work...hence the lack of posts the past few days.
But halleluia!  It's a three-day weekend!

Perhaps we should celebrate with a little vino ;)

I'm a white wine gal...sweet white wines, to be specific...but I have been trying very hard to find a red to like.  I just think drinking red wine makes one look so sophisticated and cultured, and oh, just kinda fancy.  I simply must find one so I too can be fancy.

Well, it just so happens I was recently introduced to this.

Ok, so it's probably not really a red wine...it's more like candy in a glass, but it IS red!  And I like it.  If I wasn't careful it's quite possible I could down the whole bottle in a few short minutes.  It's that good.  I would highly suggest picking up a bottle if you too enjoy a sweet toddy now and again.

Well I am off to enjoy my three days...hope you have a fabulous weekend friends!

Il Conte d'Alba Stella Rosa 

Jan 12, 2011

I Need A Badge...or Two.

I can't handle the cuteness!
Why are there just SO many cute things??  
Cuz really, I have to have them.
I can't help it.

Look at this...

and this...

I mean, I don't really know what I would do with a hedgehog or toast badge per say, 
but I feel that I need to have them.

image credits: Sugarcookie

Jan 11, 2011

I'm So Getting One

The time has come.
Verizon will indeed be offering the iPhone to it's users next month.

I am SO getting one.

And THIS is SO going to be my wallpaper.

 "Super Sara" happens to be my secret identity...
but shhhhh.
don't tell.

Jan 10, 2011

Head Over Heels

I am SO totally and completely head over heels in love with this:

 I think I might buy it.

Also THIS is my crafty project for the week.
Gift Card Cozies.
SUCH a good idea.
And oh so easy.
I'll post pics when they are completed...I think they are gonna be cute!

image credits: Suspect Shoppe

Jan 7, 2011

Best Places to Travel...

According to National Geographic THESE are the 20 best places to travel in 2011.

Apparently I am a very un-creative traveler 
because it never occurred to me to plan a trip to any of those places.
Actually, I've never even heard of most of them. 
But those photographs are gorgeous and I'd love to go. 
And don't you just totally want to jump off those Uruguayan rocks too?!

Photograph by Kevin Moloney, The New York Times via National Geographic

Jan 5, 2011

Busy Day...

Today was a busy busy day...filled with meetings and errands and an oh so delightful trip to the dentist. 
It seem I have an itty bitty, teeny tiny, itsy bitsy, little cavity. 

I'm devastated.

I've had perfect teeth for as long as I can remember! 
But my dentist said it's not my fault...the shape of my back teeth make it kinda tricky to keep food particles from getting stuck so I shouldn't feel bad.

But I totally do!!

So I am going to go wallow in my misery...

In the meantime I thought I'd leave you with this pretty little thing.  
I stumbled upon it while I was perusing Etsy today...totally adorable isn't it??!

image credits: Marolsha

Jan 4, 2011


New Year's Resolutions certainly don't last very long.
Why is that??

I was SO pumped Jan. 1 and 2.  
I finally got my new camera last month (*squeals of joy*) so my goal for the new year was to complete Project 365.  
Now, I knew going in that this was super ambitious of me being that Project 365 is an every-single-day-for-the-entire-year activity, but still...I thought I would at least make it through one month.  

I lasted TWO DAYS.
I totally didn't take a picture yesterday!  
Are you allowed to take two photos in one day and have it count for a missed day????  
Maybe you are allowed a couple of do-overs?? A few free days perhaps??
...I mean the start of the year has got to be hard for everyone...going back to work and all that...right???  
I couldn't possibly be the only one that blew it right out of the gate could I??

oh I totally am aren't I.

How are you doing on your new year's goals??
You are totally rockin' them. I know it.  Oh I'm such a New Year's Resolution loser.

Ok let's talk about something less depressing...like my new camera!
I'd like to get a really great camera strap for it.  Something that is really ME.
I've started looking around.
So far I've found these ones.
and these ones.
and theeeeese ones...kinda fun and funky. Faux zebra print would be kinda fun, right?!

I could probably make one...but I'm not feeling super motivated sewing-wise...think I'm just gonna let someone else do the hard work for me this time around ;)

Here's the zebra print strap from My Funky Camera...so cute...
I think it may be fuzzy...even better.
image credits: My Funky Camera

Jan 3, 2011

Monday Monday Monday...

Well, it was back to work today after a gloooooorious two weeks off.  Oh how I could so get used to not working...I mean, seriously, you can just get so much done when you aren't spending 8 hours of your day at work!  I so enjoyed every moment of my relaxing holiday break, but let me tell ya, I was uber-productive...my never-ending To-Do list has whittled away to practically nothing!  But now it is back to reality...work and routine and all that...but it's the start of a brand spanking new year!  I kinda like the sound of 2011...

I think it has a nice sound to it...it's a nice set of five syllables...sounds strong and positive...I really do think good things are coming our way this year...I can just feel it. 

Well the start of a new year is always a good time to get organized and there is no better way to get organized than to buy a new calendar to plan out your new weekly schedule for the year.  I LOVE calendars.  It is one of the first purchases I make each year.  I love to sit with my new, fresh, clean, blank calendar and fill in everyone's birthdays and anniversaries, my upcoming trips and days off of work ;)  It's a fun activity for the start of the year.  I inevitably smear a few birthdays and think why oh why did I choose this pen?!  The perfectionist in me will attempt to turn the smudge into a little heart or flower irked that the fresh new calendar has such a blemish...seriously, happens every year! I am behind schedule however...I haven't purchased my new calendar yet.  I am thinking THIS is the one I am going to get.  I love Creative Thursday.  Her work is ADORABLE.  Isn't this calendar just so sweet?!

Yep. I think this is definitely the one. Love it.
 image credits: Creative Thursday