Book Love: Folk Art Techniques

My personal artistic style is messy, dreamy, and intuitive. I very rarely sketch out ideas or work with a final image in mind. This might be why I’m compelled to buy every art-technique book out there, because the process is so foreign and fascinating.

I LOVE folk art, and folk design, from all regions of the world. Lately a few new books have been published with step-by-step techniques and ideas, and are welcome additions to my collection.

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Imagine A Forest: Designs and Inspirations for Enchanting Folk Art

Enchanting folk art! Mermaids and sirens, beetles and butterflies! Wallpaper inspiration for daysssss. Usually I check out a book from the library before purchasing, but I went with my gut and bought it. So happy I did!

Then, it wasn’t enough. I needed MORE. So, again, sight unseen, I purchased Creative Folk Art and Beyond:

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This fun book caters toward those who require more instruction and steps to create their work. It’s like a sketchbook and journal all in one. Also a good keeper!

If you are wanting to add even MORE folk art instruction books, here’s a list I found:

Folklorique: A Folk Art Coloring Book: A Unique Antistress Coloring Gift for Men, Women, Teenagers & Seniors with Relaxing Patterns, Stress Relieving … Relief, Mindful Meditation & Relaxation)

Modern Folk Embroidery: 30 Contemporary Projects for Folk Art Inspired Designs

European Folk Art Designs (Dover Pictorial Archive)

Etchart: Hidden Forest: Reveal the wonders of the wild in 9 amazing Etchart scenes

I’ve also put together a Pinterest Board on swoon-worthy folk art, both traditional and contemporary.

One snowy day, sitting by the fire, I decided to try my hand at folk-style art. This was extremely satisfying, and maybe now I should set my career sights as a wallpaper artist? Yeah? Maybe.

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pattern play by Nicole Chilton

Everything is Coming Up Bagel Salt!

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Avocado toast. Put it on!

Fried egg sandwich? Add it!

Roasted vegetables? Sprinkle that stuff all over the place.

I’m talkin’, Fishs Eddy’s Everything Bagel Salt. Your culinary world will never be the same. There’s something about this particular mix of sea salt, sesame seeds, caraway seeds, and poppy seeds that’s just extra everything. I’ve purchased quite a few different types of Everything Bagel Salt, but I keep coming back to this one.

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the little caraway seeds look like faces on my fried egg and avocado sandwich!

Enjoy!

Golden Milk

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Flu season has been no joke. Having kids in elementary school and an office job is practically the same as living inside a petri dish.

I don’t want to get sick, and I don’t want my kiddos to get sick, so I’ve been eating raw garlic until my breath bursts into flames, and then cool it down with clementines and water. When I want something *really* wonderful, I make Golden Milk. It’s a sweet and spicy chai-like creamy drink. It’s golden, because of the turmeric, which has amazing anti-inflammatory properties. It does wonders. Make it. Drink it. Brag about how earthy you are. Recipe below.

Currently Reading: Literary Witches

My to-read pile is about to tower over the roof of my house, and reading books such as “Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers isn’t going to help that out any. This beautiful collection of vignettes and illustrations highlights different women writers from history, and then suggests FURTHER READING!

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Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers

I picked up a digital copy for my e-reader, but will definitely be seeking out a physical book to keep handy at all times. The illustrations are mesmerizing and the poetic vignettes inspired by these women are worth embroidering on my pillows.

What are you currently reading?

Hygge-based Gratitude

Every morning for the past few years, I’ve jotted a quick note of something I’m grateful for. It helps start the day on a positive note, and puts my mind somewhere cozier.

This year, I decided to focus each month with a theme. Get really specific. Inspired by one of my Christmas presents, “The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living, I decided to write down all things “cozy” (the definition of Hygge – pronounced hoog-a).

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Being cozy is an enormous luxury, as I found out by these daily notes. Warm water, dry socks, and sweets aren’t something any human should take for granted, because not everyone is so fortunate to have these.

Hope you enjoy and find ways to embrace your good fortune of hygge!

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  1. warm water
  2. coffee
  3. dry socks
  4. candlelight
  5. Yoga Blankets
  6. pashminas
  7. fireplaces that work
  8. rainy nights
  9. brisk walks
  10. grilled cheese
  11. kid snuggles
  12. reading by firelight
  13. book shopping
  14. SNOW DAYS!
  15. dinner with family, sitting around the fire
  16. slow cooking (making whipped cream by hand)
  17. easy chairs
  18. a warm house
  19. jazzy radio
  20. a drawer full of clean pj’s
  21. hugging my husband
  22. thunderstorms
  23. Amber Incense
  24. QUIET TIME
  25. well-loved scarves
  26. tarot by candlelight
  27. brunch with my daughter
  28. a clean bedroom
  29. misty mornings
  30. writing letters
  31. golden milk

What are YOU grateful for that makes you feel all warm and cozy? We’d love to hear.

Originally published over at NicoleChilton.com.

Queen City Blooms Launch Party

Come celebrate with Queen City Blooms founders Stephanie Hornickel and Alex McQueary, as they officially launch their new floral design business! Queen City Blooms is a custom wedding and event florist serving up beautiful blooms to the greater Springfield, Missouri area.

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The open house will have sips & snacks, plus an introduction to their unique and custom floral work. Build your own bouquet* and enjoy a fun afternoon of flowers and friends.

For more information, visit their website or Facebook event page.

*Bouquets available while supplies last.