Glitter & Pearls

Hand-Painted Cakes + Creative Outlets

I’m featuring these jaw-dropping hand-painted cakes over on Glitter Weddings today, but the stunning creations, by the oh-so-talented, Maggie Austin, were too cool not to share here.  Each of the former ballerina’s designs looks like a watercolor work of art; almost too good to eat … almost.  Maggie even offers a two-day intensive flower workshop in D.C. (where I desperately need to be.)

Also, I’ve noticed that the more I blog, i.e., delve into this unbelievably creative world, the more cities I want to visit and re-visit, and the more creative classes I desperately want to take.  In the past week alone I’ve considered pottery, cake painting, wire-wrapping, and novel writing.

Does anyone else have this problem?  Do you take classes “just for fun”?  Do you have the time or do you make the time?

Images Via: Maggie Austin


Bernadette Pascua Sketches
February 6, 2012, 9:29 am
Filed under: Art, FASHION | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

How gorgeous are these prints by Bernadette Pascua?  Perfect for a fashionable line-up in a closet or office, each hand-drawn watercolor sketch is unique.

If you have a few minutes, a cup of coffee or a handful of Twizzlers (closet blog-reading-snacker), scroll through Bernadette’s sketchbook, scrapbook, and diary.  I dare you not to fall in love.

Images here

Moonrise Kingdom
January 28, 2012, 12:10 pm
Filed under: Art, Film | Tags: , , ,

I heart Wes Anderson almost as much as I love Luke Wilson.  And Wes Anderson was the matchmaker.

And now I’m very very excited.

Is it May yet?

Intermission: The American Ballet, 1937
July 12, 2011, 10:37 am
Filed under: Art

Intermission:  The American Ballet, 1937; Alfred Eisenstaedt

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Clothes Hanger Art
June 23, 2011, 9:26 am
Filed under: Art, DIY, FASHION

In perusing my Pinterest, a daily routine, I have noticed a trend.  I ‘pin’ every image of delicate clothes on hangers.  Apparently, I like clothes hangers.  Am I the only weirdo with this obsession?  You know you like clothes just a little too much, when you would rather have framed pictures of Oscar de la Renta gowns, than a collector’s Monet.

A big goal of mine is to update my hanger stock-pile. I have used plastic hangers since my Freshman year of college and I’m thinking its time for grown-up hangers. If i truly had my druthers (and ample free time), I would bedazzle every single hanger (a la Free People’s past campaign) like a true hanger aficionado.

By the way, Free People has a great tutorial on how to create your own sequin-dipped hangers.

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Books of Art
February 14, 2011, 8:33 pm
Filed under: Art

Breathe – no books were harmed in the process.  Books of Art by Isaac Salazar, are simply books made stunning … imagine this – by the art of folding. I’m practicing as we speak – but mostly my book just looks like I studied hard.

{all images a la Today and Tomorrow; via ffffound}

Prints Charming
January 31, 2011, 11:43 pm
Filed under: Art, Freebies

With sayings like “I love you more than cupcakes;” “You are the ketchup to my fries;” and “I love you like a fat kid loves cake,” Ecce Prints sure knows how to make a statement.

{image a la love and lavender}

BONUS:  Prints giveaway a la Love and Lavender.  Head over to Love and Lavender and comment with your three favorite prints for a chance to win all three!!