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Behind the Scenes: Painting Process

Posted on February 08, 2016 by Brannon Cullum Addison | 0 Comments

My newest cards all feature original hand paintings by yours truly. I loved experimenting more with gouache and creating various color palettes and floral patterns. Here are a few behind-the-scenes snaps of the designs while they were being painted. You can find all of the new cards in the shop here

Painting Process by Happy Cactus Designs

Painting Process by Happy Cactus Designs

Painting Process by Happy Cactus Designs

Painting Process by Happy Cactus Designs

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Posted in greeting cards, hand painted, new, painting, process

Monthly Favorites

Posted on February 04, 2016 by Brannon Cullum Addison | 0 Comments

It's hard to believe that it's already February! January was one of my busiest months to date between some major press, completion of some big projects, adding new wholesale accounts, and more. I'm trying to settle into a groove with February and focus on some ideas brewing in my head. Here are my favorites of late: 

Watch: I could watch Tian Tian, the National Zoo's giant panda, rolling around the snow all day. Pure bliss. 

Listen (Music): This new video from Langhorne Slim is just wonderful. He performs his song "Changes" in a church in New Orleans with beautiful gospel singers. 

Listen (Podcast): Last month I mentioned how I was reading Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic, a book about creativity and the creative process. I've just begun to work my way through her related podcast series, Magic Lessons

Read: My favorite chef, Michael Anthony (of Gramercy Tavern - my all time favorite restaurant), released a new cookbook at the end of 2015. V is for Vegetables goes through various vegetables from A to Z and Chef Anthony's favorite preparations. The recipes are soooo good. My husband and I have prepared carrot coconut soup, roasted leeks with tangerine vinaigrette, and kale with potato and leek soup. His preparations are straightforward and not too complicated. I look forward to working through more of his recipes. 

Follow: The Instagram account of La Maison Pierre Frey (@lamaisonpierrefrey) is chock full of swoon-worthy patterns from the French design house. 

Shop: I want to pretty much add everything from Uguisu's online shop into my cart. I'm longing for a drawer-full of these letter sets. And how cool are these airvases?! I'm dying to visit the Tokyo boutique in person!

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What to Do When an Embroidery Listing is Sold Out

Posted on February 03, 2016 by Brannon Cullum Addison | 0 Comments

Since I work freehand and don't use a pattern or template while embroidering, every design is unique. If an item is listed as out of stock, it means that the one-of-a-kind piece of art has sold.

Hand Embroidered Artwork by Happy Cactus Designs

While you may be disappointed, you can contact me to to explore creating a similar design for you. I do my best to replicate the design as much as possible. You can also reach out if you are interested in a design in a different colorway or with a different color mat board. I try my best to honor requests. The lead time for creating a piece for you varies, but is usually about 3 to 4 weeks. 

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Who to Send Mini Valentines To?

Posted on February 01, 2016 by Brannon Cullum Addison | 0 Comments

As I've mentioned before, mini Valentines are some of my favorite products to create. These adorable minis come in packs of 8 so you have plenty to go around. I prefer to give them along with a little candy or chocolate.

Happy Cactus Designs mini Valentines

But just who is deserving of a mini Valentine?! Here's some ideas of who to give out mini Valentines to:

- Classmates

- All of your grandkids

- Secret (or not so secret) crushes 

- Your office co-workers or your employees if you're the boss

- Your students (as a former teacher, I loved giving out Valentines to my students)

- The important people in your life in need of a little love: the postman, the FedEx delivery guy, your hair stylist, your dry cleaner

- Your group of girlfriends

- Your exercise buddies, bridge group, or sewing club 

- Your parents, in-laws, brothers, and sisters

- Your neighbors

Happy Cactus Designs mini Valentines

Posted in love, valentines day

Valentine's Day Cards

Posted on January 26, 2016 by Brannon Cullum Addison | 0 Comments

Just a few weeks until Valentine's Day! While I believe that a special love note is appropriate any day of the year, I can always get behind a holiday that encourages people to send cards to those they love and appreciate. Here's some of my favorite Valentine's Day and everyday love cards in the shop. Shop the entire collection here

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy Cactus Featured on Vogue

Posted on January 25, 2016 by Brannon Cullum Addison | 0 Comments

I was thrilled to discover that I was featured on Vogue last week in a round-up of "13 Inspiring Interior Instagram Accounts You Should Be Following." The post highlighted various women in interior design and decor with great Instagram accounts. I was honored to be included! You can check out the entire post here and, of course, follow me on Instagram @happycactusdesigns.

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Can't Get Enough of Valentino

Posted on January 22, 2016 by Brannon Cullum Addison | 0 Comments

I often find inspiration for my work in fashion and love reviewing the collections each season. Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli took over as co-creative directors of Valentino in 2008 and their latest collections have been absolutely stunning. They seamlessly mix the delicate and feminine with the edgy. As my embroidery work has taken off I've also been noting how they incorporate hand stitching into their presentations. Here are some select favorites from Pre-Fall 2016 and Resort 2016:


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