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Oh hello, I’m Em. I’m the owner and artist behind Em Somerville Illustration, and I’m pleased to make your acquaintance. I juggle illustrating with a full time job in finance, working on a staff of four running an online community, and baking up a storm whenever I have a free moment. It helps that I don’t sleep.

I create this world from my little desk where I can surround myself with colourful art and toys to inspire me. My desk is lined with plastic Dinosaurs, prints from my favourite artists, pretty photos, postcards from wonderful people and Back to the Future LEGO. I'm a collector and a clutterer. I like to fill my home with intrigue and wonder. Really, I just like to draw in my underwear sometimes.


Have you always been creative and artistic?

Yes indeed! I bounce between making jewellery, crafting, baking, taking photos and drawing. I love unique fashion and music, reading and comic books. I've never been very career or academic minded, while I have done very well in both of those aspects of my life. My passion has definitely always been primarily in creativity and my silly doodles!

How would you describe the style of your work?

Cute, sparkly, creepy, weird, and a tiny bit magic. My art is imperfect - I double outline everything because I have shaky hands, but that's kind of my signature move.

What’s in your pencil case and what’s your favorite tool?

My pencil case is currently housing a tin of Graphite pencils, a kneaded eraser, a bunch of washi tape, a whole lot of different fineliners and black markers, and a plastic dinosaur. I can't live without endless black Copic 0.3 Multiliners!

Who is your favorite superhero?

I am allllll about Skeletor. Okay maybe he's more of a villain, my he's MY hero.

If you could have one super power what would it be?

Teleportation, no question. Imagine being able to travel anywhere in the world without having to save for months or worry about packing! An adventurer's dream come true. Next stop, Iceland please!

Where do you look for inspiration?

Anywhere and everywhere. I'm always wandering around taking photos of book covers, stationery and stickers. I take a lot of photographs of places and people too, and love to explore, which helps bring creativity. I draw a lot of characters from my favourite cartoons, TV shows and movies. Tumblr is also a huge source of inspiration, I follow a bunch of amazing artists and every time I check my feed I find myself grabbing a pencil and sketchbook two minutes in.

Who are your favorite artists or comic book authors?

I have way too many favourites to list, but the first few that come to mind are Mel Stringer, Lize Meddings & Natasha Allegri - while the three of them have very different styles, I feel like they all influence little aspects of my art!


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"The best about living in Mexico City is that, no matter where you go or what you do, it will always be an adventure. The people are so lovely and everywhere you look there are so many things that represent what Mexico is." 



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Shop

There are many craft stores here in Mexico, like Lumen, The New Fenix or Miguel's Fantasy. You can also find a variety of people that sell everything you need to make crafts in the center of Mexico City.

If you want to sell any of your crafts (especially if they are based on Mexican culture) the best place to sell them are: Coyoacan (Is an amazing place where you can find any kind of things and especially the mexican handicrafts are made by ethnic people) also the center of Mexico where the most of the time is full of people trying to buy some crafts.


Be Inspired


Many people here in Mexico (including me :) get inspired by the monuments are the city and by the natural places. When I'm not shopping for crafty stuff, I love to go to the parks in the city or take my whole family to the cinema.


I also love the  prehispanic places like Independence Angel and The Pyramids Of Teotihuacan which are so amazing, but you can't come to Mexico without a photo of our food and with a Mariachi band. 


Eat & Drink

Everywhere you can find real Mexican food like El Arroyo, El Mayor, and also where is another kind of food like Chilli's and Itallianis.

 Craft

There are many Mexican people here that have their own blogs and sometimes have reunions to meet. There are also meetings in places like Miguel's Fantasies, where people share their own crafts and you can go to learn how to make them.


A good place you can sit down and make as many crafts as you want is the park on Coyoacan where is a beautiful fountain.


See Something Special

There are many amazing places to visit here in Mexico City and two of them are Xochimilco and also Ajusco, which are natural places you can go and be near to nature, which will leave you feeling in an amazing way!


Pick Up A Souvenir

If I were to come to Mexico, I would definitely take a Mexican craft home with with me because it is the most recognisable souvenir. More importantly, they are made with great detail and are also really beautiful.

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This week Daria from Kittenhood recreates the look of British style icon and fashionista Alexa Chung: 

"If I was ever to enter Alexa Chung's closet, I would probably faint on the spot. Her style is my absolute favorite, with all the feminine peter pan collars, babydoll dresses, Charlotte Olympia cat flats, her natural-looking hair and quirky nail art. I love that she also mixes in edgier accents, such as denim cutoffs, animal print and studs, and preppy essentials like button downs and blazers. Even though it sounds eclectic, it's actually very coherent and recognizable.

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We're indulging our sweet tooth in Edinburgh, Scotland this week as we meet the masterminds behind Coco Chocolate and learn how to make their delicious Drinking Chocolate and Mandy's Amazing Rigo Jancs.




How did Coco Chocolate get started?
It was ten years ago. In 1994 an Australian chocolatier Rebecca came to Edinburgh to start a revolution and make Real Chocolate for people. Coco Chocolate was the only shop at the time that would offer organic and hand made chocolates with 100% cocoa butter. No wonder it grew so much! Since then Rebecca managed to open several shops in Australia. The UK branch became independent in 2013.


Where are you located?
We've got two shops in Edinburgh, the very first Coco Chocolate is on 174 Bruntsfield Place and it's younger sister is at 71 Broughton Street.

What are your specialities?
Chocolate! Real, Organic and hand made slabs of chocolate or chocolate bars with different spices, oils and nuts, hand molded truffles, creams and obviously some seriously strong hot chocolate! We hand temper and flake our white drinking chocolate on marble. It's infused with Lemongrass, Lavender and Orchid Vanilla or Cardamom and Cinnamon. That's a real delight and customer's favourite! It's caffeine free too. Kirsch soaked vegan Cherries dipped in dark chocolate are simply irresistible. People also love our dark vegan chocolate bar with Haggis Spices.

What's your personal favourite thing on the menu?
I adore organic figs dipped in chilli chocolate. They just make me feel happy! And dark chocolate bar with lime and coconut. Nutmeg hot chocolate with rice milk suits me well, and... I could go on and on! It depends on my mood and the weather. Thankfully there's always something delicious to try. Our Chocolatiers are currently working on new products and I hope that we're going to have some exciting new favourites on our shelves pretty soon.

What's on the stereo?
Music that we like. It depends on who's working in the shop. We started listening to The National in the mornings. There's some Johnny Cash, Ella Fitzgerald, soundtracks from movies we like. If you can't have a cup of coffee without your favourite tune just ask our staff to plug your phone in and you'll get it!

Where else should we visit in your area?
Broughton street is just packed with places to visit! There's Artisan Roast for coffee lovers, Casa Angelina with the best afternoon tea and cakes, Bakehouse and Broughton Deli with home made soups, salads and lunches. If you want to shop Curiouser and Curiouser sells the most amazing prints and cards, while Life Story offers quirky and creative fashion and home accessories. Real Foods are great for organic fruit and veg.

Do you host any special events?
We host Chocolate Connoisseur Evenings on Fridays. It's the best way to learn how to recognize good chocolate! There's a talk and lots of samples so after an hour you are fully equipped in insider's knowledge. We also run Chocolate Schools in our kitchen in Roslin. That's where you do all the sweet hard work together with our chocolatiers and learn how to temper chocolate, make creams and a lot more. That is a serious treat!

Anything else you'd like us to know?
We love preparing unforgettable wedding favours! Coco's chocolates are made to order to suit the most delicious events and celebrations. We also have free tasters out in our shops every day! That's something to remember while you're walking around town.
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Welcome to Superhero Sunday, a new feature on the CO+K blog where we're going to be showcasing our favorite artists along with guest art of our very own crafty superhero, Crafterella!


Aurora Lady is a portrait artist and Girl Pop Visionary from gorgeous Los Angeles, California. She loves vintage issues of Sassy, girls-girls-girls, and projects of heart wrenching proportions. Email her at alady@auroralady.com, and make dreams come true.


Have you always been creative and artistic?

Yes! No! Kind of? I think most people start out creative--they are encouraged to draw and paint, to solve problems visually. Then we are trained to think this is the territory of children and that being creative won't pay the bills. As if art and responsibility are mutually exclusive.  I went through a fierce period of creative denial in high school and college before I took a drawing class as an elective and was forced to realize that the safe path wasn't something I'd be happy with. And then, after graduating, I worked shitty jobs, still not confident or trusting of my skills. My like changed when I accepted that I not only liked making art, but that I was capable of supporting myself with it. 

How would you describe the style of your work?

A Quaintrelle Soiree, with cherries on top. Leave with your heart in your hands.

What’s in your pencil case and what’s your favorite tool?

I am slightly obsessed with switching out my pencil cases and supplies, depending on where I'll be and what I intend to do. Right this second I'm a sucker for white watercolor pencil for highlights. My case in my purse contains a Gossip Girl notebook, a tiny paintbrush, scissors, watercolor pencils, and glitter glue. 

Who is your favorite superhero?

I don't read a lot of comic books. Really, I read Classics Illustrated and Katy Keene when I was little (I'm certain that Katy's blue-black hair influences me still!) I watched the first two seasons of Heroes, but was mesmerized by the villain more than anybody else. My real superheroes are women I know and love: Taryn Hipp for her superhuman strength and honesty, Dyana Valentine for her intuitive presence, my mom for teaching me to look for the potential in everything.

If you could have one super power what would it be?

To not be hindered by self-doubt or fear in the pursuit of what I want. 

Where do you look for inspiration?

I am very thankful to live in Los Angeles, which inspires me every time I turn around. I love walking outside and smelling jasmine in the air. I adore reading or hearing about people operating from a place of kindness or empathy, just because they have an opportunity to do so. Emails that are secretive, containing intimate soul baring details that liberate or unite.  My friends that make beautiful things or aid in the realization that people are beautiful. Being selective about the internet. Thoughtful encouragement to make better, to be better.

Who are your favorite artists or comic book authors?

My favorites are those that live honestly about who they are. I love folks who create who they are with sincerity and mindfulness. I am always checking out Kim Burly, Augusta Gail, Jennifer Emerling, and Doe Deere. I like people who don't deny that their own fear exists, and then they push through it to produce great work that resonates with others. If you can do that, if you can connect, then you've really gotten somewhere. 


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"The best thing about living in Asheville is the vibrant culture of downtown and the gorgeous  mountain views. The people are like living art and everywhere you go you are inspired by the creativity and beauty of the surroundings." 



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Shop

My favorite place to go for supplies is The Bead Store downtown. They have all the supplies you need there to make tons of creative jewelry right in the store. They even do activity days so you can create with fellow crafters!


Be Inspired

The best places to go for inspiration are the street fairs, which are held often downtown. Just walking down the street you see so many interesting people with eye catching fashion sense and independent artists selling their work. Paintings, pottery, handmade jewelry, and more are all displayed beautifully up and down a street of choice while a local band plays close by. 

Some must-dos including going to the River Arts District which is filled with art studios where observers are welcome - you can meet the artists and talk with most of them personally. Visit the art galleries and the museum of art. Go shopping! there are so many unique, one-of-a-kind things to find. Many of the stores sell items that local artists have created.

Also take a photo of/with the street performers. There are a lot of fun people to see like a woman who is very proficient in tricks with the hoola hoop, a man who can roll a ball across his entire body without hands and lots independent musicians. 


Eat & Drink

My favorite thing to do (non craft related) is explore all the different restaurants and cafes. There are so many delicious places to choose from. My favorite place, Green Sage, is a self - sustaining restaurant  and cafe that makes all their food fresh, organic, and from scratch with gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options. Another great place is the Laughing Seed which has a menu specifically for vegans/vegetarians. But there are many others that I have yet to discover. There are a few cute little coffee places as well. Asheville is a great place for foodies. 


 Craft

A good place to sit and craft is The Drum Circle in Pritchard Park. It's called the drum circle because on Friday nights anyone is welcomed to come with their drums (or other instrument) and jam out while others dance or watch. But regularly, it is just a nice place to sit and relax and do whatever. 


Pick Up A Souvenir

A popular souvenir to take home is the "keep Asheville weird" sticker or another great souvenir is, of corse, some original Asheville artwork.


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Posted March 11th, 2014 10:00


Fujifilm sent us their new Instax Mini 8 instant camera to play with and give away to you guys in a super special contest. Aside from the sleek new design, the cameras come in a range of new pastel colors making them look even more adorable.

The camera is simple to use - just load the film in the back and then press the chunky button at the bottom to pop out the lens. Turn the wheel around the lens to select the best function for your shooting conditions. The camera even has a flash for shooting at night.


When you're happy with the settings just press the shutter button to take your photo and watch as the photo develops from white in front of your eyes. We love it and think you're going to love it too!

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"The best thing about living in Madrid is that it has everything you can imagine, it´s a big and metropolitan city. In Madrid you can see musicals, monologues, exhibitions, museums, football games, basketball games, theater, concerts...

Anything you need you´ll find in Madrid. There is a lot to things to do and has a great nightlife." 



Shop

Pontejos is one of the most popular and oldest stores for craft supplies, and it is situated in the centre of the city, next to Plaza Mayor. Black Oveja is a shop where you can buy mostly fabric and wool, but it has also other things like washi tape. They also do workshops such as sewing, crochet, patchwork. Delipapel is a shop that has all the stuff above and supplies for scrapbooking. You can also do some workshops such as decorating your 100% handmade wedding, decoupage and decor for your walls. 

Rastro Market is really a must see in Madrid, every sunday you can see a lot of people buying and selling stuff. You can find everything you can imagine, from second hand things like furniture, pictures, clothing and old and used items from the fifties, to new stuff made in China.


Be Inspired

I love to walk in the city, there is always something new to find out. I especially like the centre where there are really small and curious streets. One of the neighborhoods of Madrid I like to walk in is Malasaña, because is full of weird and secondhand stores and also has a lot of little and cute coffee shops. I  also love to make picnics when it's sunny with my boyfriend and friends in Retiro Park or West Park, I also love the musicians and the monologues. And of course the nightlife of Madrid, there are a lot of bars and discos with different music styles.

The Debod Temple (situated next to Plaza de España), is an ancient egypt temple and is really beautiful to take photos of at dusk or dawn. Also, Oso y el madroño is a statue that represents Madrid, it's situated in Plaza del Sol and a must make to take a photo if you are in Madrid.


Eat & Drink

One of my favorite places to eat is Madrid is Casa Julio (Madera Street, nr. 37), a small bar where you can eat croquets which have different ingredients like ham, blue cheese and mushrooms. It's not expensive and on the walls you can find newspaper articles where they have appeared and photos with celebrities who have been there. All the croquetas are made by a grandma.

El Jardín Secreto is perfect in winter, because they have a wide range of different hot chocolates and it's the most romantic restaurant I've ever seen in my live. San Ginés is the most popular coffee shop where you can have really good "chocolate con churros". It's situated in the centre of Madrid next to Plaza del Sol. Las Bravas is the place where you can taste a really good brava sauce with potatoes, this is very typical and it tastes like heaven! 


 Craft

I like parks for crafting, where you can sit, relax and connect with the nature. There are two huge parks in Madrid I like to go, one is the Retiro Park, the other is West Park (parque del oeste). I don’t think there is a particular place for making crafty friends, but whenever I'm on the subway and I'm crocheting there is always somebody that asks me what I'm doing and we start to talk about crafts.

See Something Special

I think the Rastro Market is really quirky, there you´ll find so different people selling and buying so different and strange things. Also the Fuencarral Market is worth seeing, it has a lot of stores for very different tastes.


Pick Up A Souvenir

I would say, if you can, some food like vine, jamón serrano, manchego cheese, olive oil, turron (sweet for Christmas). The food in my country is really really tasty and has a great quality. 


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Craft Room Tour

Posted February 27th, 2014 10:00

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We head to Grand Junction, Colorado to take a look around Bri's inspiring office.


"Every time I come in here I feel like I am being invited to create. I love that."





Tell us about your space?
My husband and I are currently in Grand Junction, CO. We moved here in June of 2013. We live in an apartment right now and although it's one of the bigger spaces we've ever lived in, we still don't have a ton of room. We fortunately have a second bedroom which I turned into our office/craft space. Sometimes my husband works in the room on occasion. I'm a photographer that also dabbles in other crafts and design type hobbies. The room is used mostly for editing but also for making music and other artsy fartsy things. I play a few different instruments and enjoy singing. I have recently taken an interest in making wire rings that I sell on etsy. I also have personal sketchbooks/art journals that I make just for my own enjoyment.

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
I've really enjoyed adding some greenery around my creating space. Plants brighten up a room and just make me happy. I also have vintage touches here and there.

How do you keep organized?
I try my hardest to put things away when I am done with them. That sounds obvious and needless to say. But my creative space stays way more organized if I can make myself put things back where they go.

Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
One of my favorite things I own is my typewriter. I found it a few years ago for only $20 and it has been extra fun to play with. I have a lot of my photography and prints up around the room. I made the "Be Kind" print as well as a few others around our home. Most of the photo prints I have around are from my high school and college photo classes. They remind me how far I've come as an artist and to always try new things. 

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
I make a lot of lists. If you look at the "notes" app on my phone, it is full of ideas and thoughts for projects. I also have a suitcase full of cutouts and clips of things that inspire me. I wouldn't call the suitcase organized, but at least it's all in one place. ;)

Where do you look for inspiration?
I really love pinterest. It's such easy access to a world of incredible, inspiring artists. I am a firm believer in exploring other artists' work and finding your own ideas and thoughts through it.

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?
The ultimate dream is to one day have my own dark room so I can develop and print my own work. That would be the best ever.


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This week Erin from Thanks, I Made It recreates the look of 70s style icon Bianca Jagger: 

"Bianca Jagger has such glamorous signature style that is quintessential '70s luxury. Who else can pull off the white suits or riding in on a horse to a birthday party the way she did? And don't forget the headgear-- veils, berets, turbans... she rocks it all!"

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