CMYKI wanted to share some news I received on Friday.  As you know, I frequently participate in the design challenges over on Minted and have been fortunate enough to have had quite a number of my designs picked up and sold on the site. Last year Minted rolled out their Elite Designer Program, which recognizes designers that have had a high sales percentage in a major category and/or those who have a high amount of wins in the design challenges.  I am so thrilled to announce the I was added to the program this year, which is a huge, huge honor.  There is some serious talent over on Minted and to be included with some of these designers is really a big deal for me.

There are four levels to the program: C | M | Y | K (the highest).  This year, I’ve entered into the program at level C.  I hope to be able to move up in the program as time goes on, but for now, I’m so happy to be included! One of the perks of the program is getting to have a Minted storefront, which will house all my designs in one place (a huge bonus) with searchable tags and categories.  To read more about the new additions to the Elite Designer Program on Minted’s site, click here.

To learn more about Minted or the design challenges, click through here.  I dare you to not get addicted to designing for them!

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by Kayla on 03/31/2014

in INSPIRATION

Open-faced fava and poached egg sandwiches | tinyinklings.comYou guys.  This time change is KILLING ME.  It’s my own fault, really.  It’s not like I sucked it up on Sunday like a normal human, oh no.  I definitely slept in until 10:30 (!) and then rolled out of bed wondering where my morning went.  Needless to say that it’s been affecting my work week.  On Tuesdays, I lead a group of my lady co-workers in a short-but-intense boot-camp workout in the “way back” of our company parking lot (glamorous? no.).  Since I’ve been staying up too late and rolling out of bed too late, I haven’t had time to pack my lunch, let alone prep dinner for later in the evening.

I swung into Trader Joe’s after boot camp to try and grab something healthy that would get me through until the end of the work day.  I ended up with my usual salad, but I also spied a bag of fava beans in the frozen aisle that I thought I’d pick up for later.  I also grabbed a multi-grain boule and a little log of chevre before dashing out the door.

When I got home, I tried to think of what to make with the favas and what I had in my refrigerator and I remembered this article from the March 2014 issue of Sunset Magazine.  I decided to create my own version with what I had and, man, did it turn out tasty!  Thinly-sliced crunchy bread is rubbed with garlic, smeared with goat cheese, and topped with mashed favas and a poached egg.  Simple, healthy, delicious.  My kind of dinner.

Open-faced fava and poached egg sandwiches | tinyinklings.comOpen-Faced Fava and Poached Egg Sandwiches
inspired by Sunset Magazine
makes 2 small sandwiches

Ingredients

1/2 cup frozen or fresh fava beans, blanched, and peeled (yes, you still have to peel those TJs “no peel” favas)
1 tsp. lemon juice
Sea salt and pepper to taste
2 thin slices whole grain bread
1 clove garlic
1-2 Tbsp chevre (goat cheese)
2 eggs (local, free-range if you can get them)

Preparation

1.  Smash peeled favas with the back of a fork and add lemon juice, salt, and pepper.  Set aside.

2. Toast bread.  While bead it still hot, rub with half a clove of raw garlic.  Thinly smear goat cheese on each toast.  Set aside.

3. Bring a pot of water to a boil.  When it’s at full boil, reduce to a “lazy simmer”, swirl the water with a spoon, and gently drop one egg into the vortex.  Poach to desired doneness.

4. To assemble sandwiches, top toasts with fava mixture, then place one poached egg on each toast.  Top with sea salt and fresh pepper.

Want more? CLICK HERE for more of my healthy and delicious recipes.

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I couldn’t resist making a dancing fava gif.  C’mon. :)

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by Kayla on 03/12/2014

tagged as in FOOD + DRINK

Spring Patterns by Kayla King | tinyinklings.comHappy Monday, friends!  While I had big plans to sow seeds in my garden over the weekend, I didn’t get to do it since it pretty much rained non-stop for three days.  That didn’t keep me from staring out the windows, garden planning, and being taunted by my stone fruit trees, which are just beginning to bloom.  C’mon Spring!

On Sunday, as John went off to work, I decided to spend the morning working on some patterns.  Remember this mood board I made for the Skillshare class I was taking (which I never finished, whoops)?  I kept looking back at it and decided to use it as my starting point.  I was really feeling that peach in the center, so the peach juice and leaves came from that.  The stripes were washi-inspired, and the burst was derived from that image on the bottom-right (although I like to think that’s what Spring does to us.  She sneaks up all cloaked in dark rain clouds and sadness and then bursts forth, all “Holla!  I’m here!”).

Spring Patterns by Kayla King | tinyinklings.comI thought it would be fun to offer up these patterns as a little freebie for you guys.  Print one and use it to make gift tags!  Print a bunch and use them to wrap a gift or make a journal cover!  You guys are creative, use your imagination! :) If you make anything super fun with them, tag me in a pic on Instagram (@tinyinklings).  I’d love to see!

CLICK HERE to download Spring Patterns

CLICK HERE to download Spring Patterns Gift Tags

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by Kayla on 03/03/2014

tagged as , , in FREEBIES

The Neighbors on Minted's Julep Blog

 

I was poking around Minted’s Julep blog the other day (admittedly, looking for special prize announcements) and came across this post featuring suggestions for great art prints for newlyweds.  My art print “The Neighbors” is featured in the #2 spot!  You can check out all the print colorways here, and read the full post here.

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by Kayla on 02/24/2014

tagged as , , in ART

 

Traveler1 by Kayla King
I played with some digital collage over the weekend. I’m trying to push myself a little bit outside of my normal illustration style. After my Grandmother passed away last year, I began to wonder about the afterlife and what, if anything, we get to take with us there.  Then, I read The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom, which had an interesting take on Heaven.  The Travelers is a small series of three, exploring the question of what happens to our memories when we die? Do we get to take them with us? I like to think we get to carry the best and brightest with us; a sort-of parting gift from one lifetime into the next.

What do you think?

Traveler2 by Kayla KingTraveler3 by Kayla King

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by Kayla on 02/06/2014

tagged as , in ART

A Few Faves | tinyinklings.com

Good morning!  I wanted to pop in today just to share a few recent faves with you from my Pinterest boards, ones that have had an impact on me in the past month.  Hope you enjoy!

This chair from 1st Dibs took my breath away the second I saw it.  I normally don’t even go for captains chairs, but the lines on this one, the woven leather seat, and that mid-century vibe its throwing out really had me at first glance.  Now if only I had an $18,000 chair budget…

This apartment via A Cup of Jo is so beautiful.  I love the simplicity, the clean lines, the art, and most of all, the fact that it looks livable.  Like friends would want to come over and just stay and stay.  I love that.

I make this museli almost every week.  I love that it’s really not very sweet and it’s full of whole grain goodness.  I add extra nuts and chia seeds to the mix and top with golden raisins or fresh berries.  Mmmmm…..

Hope everyone is having a nice week!  We finally got a sprinkling of rain this morning, which was better than nothing, but here’s hoping for more this weekend!

P.S. i couldn’t not throw this out there, but I had an extra $55,000 and a huge house, this is the first thing I would buy.  So awesome!

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by Kayla on 01/30/2014

in INSPIRATION

I have always been a voracious reader.  My mom attributes it to her having more time to read to me when I was a wee thing before my sister came into our lives.  In any case, it’s always been a nightly ritual to read a few pages before I go to sleep every evening (My poor husband.  He’s had to learn to fall asleep with the dim glow of my lamp lighting up half the room…and yet he never once has complained.  Love him.).

I heard once that there was a man (I forget his name) who wrote down the title of every book he ever read for something like forty or fifty years.  When he died, his family found these incredible lists of everything his mind had consumed.  Hoarder status?  Maybe.  But something about that is incredible to me.  It would be so interesting to look back over your life and see how your tastes changed, how some years you read more or less, and to remember old favorites long forgotten.  Seeing as I can’t remember what I ate for dinner last night, I’ve been keeping the same kind of list (digitally.  that negates the hoarder status, right?).  I often have people asking me if I’ve read anything good lately, so, along with my little list, I thought I’d post anything good that I enjoy here.

Marcus Of Umbria | tinyinklings.comMarcus of Umbria by Justine van der Leun

“Then she flew up to me, screeching to a halt, and she pushed her soft chest into my chest and rested her head on my shoulder, panting in my ear, as the sun disappeared completely.  The Crucianis had their circle, the one into which Emanuelle was born.  With Marcus, I felt I had at least the beginning of something just as meaningful – something that was mine, the beginning point of a circle.”

The Graveyard Book | tinyinklings.comThe Graveyard Book by Niel Gaiman

“You’re alive, Bod. That means you have infinite potential. You can do anything, make anything, dream anything. If you can change the world, the world will change. Potential. Once you’re dead, it’s gone. Over. You’ve made what you’ve made, dreamed your dream, written your name. You may be buried here, you may even walk. But that potential is finished.”

The Five People You Meet In Heaven | tinyinklings.com

The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom

“Love, like rain, can nourish from above, drenching couples with a soaking joy.  But sometimes, under the angry heat of life, love dries on the surface and must nourish from below, tending to its roots, keeping itself alive.”

images via: 1 2 3

design by me, kayla king

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by Kayla on 01/27/2014

tagged as in MY LIFE

Painted Floral Hello - Personal stationery by Kayla King on Minted.com Vintage Ride - Personal stationery by Kayla King on Minted.com

I have a couple new personalized stationery designs available over on Minted…just in time for the holidays!  Painted Floral Hello is perfect for the ladies, while Vintage Ride is great for the dude in your life (who’s not afraid of sending a handwritten letter, that is).  Minted is also offering 15% off when you buy 3 or more gifts (stationery, art prints, journals, photo calendars…), but hurry, the code is only available for a limited time!

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by Kayla on 12/09/2013

tagged as , , in INKLING PAPER,INSPIRATION

I designed a couple of posters last week for a contest held by the San Diego Latino Film Festival.  I love entering these things as it forces me to think outside my comfort zone a bit.  What do you think?  Which one do you like best?

San Diego Latino Film Festival 2014 - Design by Kayla King San Diego Latino Film Festival 2014 - Design by Kayla King

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by Kayla on 12/04/2013

tagged as , , , in INKLING PAPER

La Lune_downloadable desktop wallpaper | tinyinklings.comDid you guys get to see the full moon on Friday night?  It was HUGE and incredibly bright.  For some reason it really made it feel like Fall to me.  Maybe it was in combination with watching Hocus Pocus and working on my Halloween costume.  My office has a costume contest every year and my co-worker and I are going to be Melanie Daniels and a crow from Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds”.  I have a feather mask and tail I borrowed from a friend and am working on making wings.  You can bet I’m going to wear bright red lipstick and maybe even draw drops of blood at the corner of my mouth. Hoping we win something good!

Back to the moon.  I had played around with a phases of the moon art print awhile back, but I’ve been sitting on it for so long, I thought I’d turn it into a wallpaper and give it away for free!  Enjoy!

Click to download “La Lune” wallpaper: DESKTOP / IPAD / IPHONE

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by Kayla on 10/21/2013

tagged as in FREEBIES