Mondays, Maggie Muses: Misha Zadeh

This Monday I am musing about the very talented Misha Zadeh Graham. She is so fantastic and such an inspiration that I named one of our re-souL shoes after her. If the name sounds vaguely familiar, it might be because I had already introduced her to you in a past post here.

For those who may not know her, Misha runs a studio called Turquoise Creative. She designs and sells  fine paper art and stationery. She also happens to be a very gifted illustrator and artist as well. This Saturday we will be featuring Misha at this months Ballard Artwalk. Her collection features mixed-media cut-paper artwork made from her own etchings and monoprints –some with additional drawing and painting layered over the newly composed art. They are vibrant in color and texture which bring a rich depth to her clean and modern lines.

Misha made her first greeting card at age 4, magic markers and imagination in hand. Her parents, both architects, encouraged Misha’s love for creating beautiful objects. She followed her passion to the University of Washington, earning a double degree in Graphic Design and Interdisciplinary Visual Art. When not working on commercial design for clients, you can find her cutting away, giving new life to her formerly discarded original prints.




Please stop by re-souL Saturday, June 14th from 6-9pm. Come meet Misha (and her namesake) and have a glass of wine. We would love to see you!

Mondays, Maggie Muses: Dark & Moody Food Styling

Hello!  I hope you are all having a great holiday weekend. Of course because it’s a holiday, my mind has been on food. Anybody notice lately that food styling is hot, hot, hot? Beautiful layouts just too pretty to possibly eat. But these foodie stylings just draw me in, wanting to know more, how to buy it, cook it or just plain consume it. I like them all. I am even tempted to prepare a meal with foods that I normally wouldn’t even think of trying. Now that my friends is an art!

I am especially drawn to food styling with a dark moody feel as of late. Sure everything styled in white is light and airy, but give me dark and mysterious anytime.

This recipe of salted chocolate diablo cookie ice cream sandwiches looked so good but the picture of its ingredients alone made me want to eat them raw. Seriously.


Food styling by the Artful Desperado, Gabriel Cabrera

Or how about this gorgeous purple wonder of vegatables? Made me want to go healthy again, especially after consuming those ice cream sandwiches! You should see the other pics, go here.


Linda Lundgren Food Styling for Hemkop

Then Brittany over at the House that Lars Built tempts me to the dark side with her lovely mini donuts. Are you kidding me?! Okay, they are supposed to be healthy. so she says, hmm.


Healthy mini donuts by The House that Lars Built.

How about this picture? Quail eggs anyone? Not sure, but the picture is stunning. So are Jelito’s other photographs too.


Quail eggs by Jelito de Leon

Better to end on a healthy note. Here is this image of summer rolls by this Rawesome Vegan Life. Yumm!


Summer Rolls by Emily of this Rawesome Vegan Life


I don’t know about you, but I’m hungry. Better go eat. To see more food styling or find the recipes click on the links above. Have an awesome Monday! xo~ Maggie

Mondays, Maggie Muses: Ispira Visual Book

Since I am in Italy at the moment, I thought it would be fun to post about a book that I will try and hunt down while I’m in Milan. Seriously.

Ispira Visual Book by Fedrigoni

Ispira Visual Book by Fedrigoni

I love books, especially art and design books. I also love paper! Ooh, and graphic design. I am a certified graphic design geek. I studied it for a couple of years, but felt it wasn’t the right field for me at the time. So I went into retail instead. Crazy, I know.

But I digress.  I came across this via Behance, and was immediately drawn to the intense colors. This tactile inspirational book made by Fedrigoni called Ispira Visual Book is a feast for the eyes! Fedrigoni is an Italian company that specializes in the production of fine papers for printing, publishing, labels, bookbinding and paper products. They wanted to create a book that would showcase their papers and various techniques in printing, but with no words. It looks like a bunch of folders, but as you flip the pages it looks as though each page would be a little invitation to inspect closer or touch. Take a look at these pictures below and be sure to check out the “Feel the Inspiration”video here too for the process in making this book. Go ahead, it’s okay, I’ll wait.

Isn’t it fantastic? I want to buy this book and run my fingers all over it. All images courtesy of

Have an inspiring week! ~ Maggie