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3 Classic Cocktail Recipes to Make for Holiday Parties

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It's officially November, which means that the season of holiday parties is upon us! Are you hosting a holiday cocktail party at your home, in charge of the drinks committee for your office holiday party, or looking to bring something fun to your annual Friendsgiving? 

Well, I've got ya covered! Here are three classic cocktail recipes to make for holiday parties that are sure to be a hit!

3 classic cocktail recipes to make for holiday parties

Classic Moscow Mule cocktail recipe | Moscow Mule watercolor art print by Simply Jessica Marie | SC Stockshop

photo by the SC Stockshop

classic moscow mule recipe

serves 1

INGREDIENTS

  • 1.5 ounces of Vodka
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice
  • 2/3 cup of chilled ginger beer
  • 2 large teaspoons of superfine sugar
  • ice
  • a lime wedge for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. Fill a copper mug three-fourths full with ice cubes.
  2. Add vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer and gently stir.
  3. Garnish with your lime wedge - and enjoy!
Classic Old Fashioned cocktail recipe | Old Fashioned watercolor art print by Simply Jessica Marie | SC Stockshop

photo by the SC Stockshop

classic old fashioned recipe

serves 1

INGREDIENTS

  • 1.5 teaspoons (0.25 ounce) club soda
  • 1 sugar cube or 0.5 teaspoon raw sugar
  • A dash of Angostura Bitters
  • 5 tablespoons (2.5 ounces) whiskey
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 (0.5-inch-thick) strip of an orange peel
  • 1 (0.5-inch-thick) strip of a lemon peel

DIRECTIONS

  1. Pour the club soda over your sugar cube into a chilled cocktail shaker or pint glass.
  2. Using a muddler (or the back of a large spoon), gently crush sugar cube.
  3. Stir until sugar dissolves, about 20 to 30 seconds.
  4. Add bitters, whiskey, and ice, and stir until well chilled, about 20 seconds.
  5. Strain into a chilled double old-fashioned glass.
  6. Squeeze orange and lemon peels over glass, making sure oils fall into glass
  7. Either add a peel to your drink, or discard the peels, and enjoy!
Classic Hot Toddy cocktail recipe | Hot Toddy watercolor art print by Simply Jessica Marie | SC Stockshop

photo by the SC Stockshop

classic hot toddy recipe

serves 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 tablespoons of honey
  • 8 ounces bourbon, rye whiskey, or dark rum (rum would be my choice!)
  • 24 ounces boiling water
  • 4 lemon slices

DIRECTIONS

  1. Pour 1.5 tablespoons of honey in each of the 4 warmed cups.
  2. Add your choice of bourbon, rye, or rum (2 ounces per cup) and then add your water (6 ounces per cup).
  3. Stir until honey is completely dissolved.
  4. Garnish each cup with a lemon slice, serve, and enjoy!

So, which of these three classic cocktail recipes will you try this holiday season? 

classic cocktail art prints

If you love making the ordinary days a bit more extraordinary like I do, why not bring a little bit of it into your home decor?

Each month, I am releasing an art print from the 2017 Cocktail, featuring the cocktail coordinating with that month from the calendar! The art prints will debut during the first week of each month, making it the perfect way to toast to the start of the month!

These cocktail art prints would be the perfect addition to your kitchen or bar cart, darling! They will be right at home next to your ever-expanding copper mug collection and that gorgeous crystal decanter that has been passed down through the generations of your family! These art prints are available in 8x10 and 11x14 sizes, perfect for apartments and homes alike.


Please note: This blog post contains affiliate links for the SC Stockshop. I absolutely adore using Shay's amazing styled stock images to enhance my brand aesthetic, and would 100% still do so without affiliate links!

Simply Jessica Marie Watercolor Postage Stamps for Zazzle

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Y'all! I've been keeping SUCH a fun surprise from you for these past few months!! I designed two collections of watercolor postage stamps that I am now selling in my Zazzle shop!

Holiday Postage Stamps by Simply Jessica Marie | Watercolor Postage Stamps | Zazzle Postage Stamps | Photo by Callie Lindsey Photography

photo by Callie Lindsey Photography

THE HOLIDAY POSTAGE STAMP COLLECTION

Sending Christmas cards is a tradition I look forward to each and every year! I pick out the best photo to represent that year, and design the most cheerful card. But the joy of sending Christmas cards is more than just the card design itself, it's the ritual surrounding sending the cards!

I curl up in my biggest comfy sweater, pour myself a glass of warm cider, pop in the cheesiest holiday movie, and set up a holiday card assembly station on our coffee table! Individually handwriting the addresses of each of my loved ones makes me think back to the memories we shared together during that past year.

And topping the envelopes off with a cheery postage stamp is the icing on top of the sugar bread cookie! I know that every small touch, including my choice of postage stamp, will bring an extra twinkle of joy to the eyes and hearts of those who excitedly pull their stack of Christmas cards out of their mailboxes! 

Holiday Postage Stamps by Simply Jessica Marie | Watercolor Postage Stamps | Zazzle Postage Stamps | SC Stockshop Photo

photo by SC Stockshop

I created a couple of different styles within the Holiday Postage Stamp Collection: Colorful Classic and Nutcracker Whimsy. 

The Colorful Classic holiday postage stamps are perfect for both classic and whimsical Christmas cards! The designs include classic calligraphy Joy designs (in 3 different color options!) along with watercolor Christmas scenes - like a decorated living room and a festive Merry Christmas Y'all wreath design. All of these designs were a part of my personal 2016 Christmas card design, and I am so excited to share it with y'all!

Holiday Postage Stamps by Simply Jessica Marie | Watercolor Postage Stamps | Zazzle Postage Stamps | Photo by Callie Lindsay Photography

The Nutcracker postage stamps are perfect for Christmas cards, too! The Nutcracker is my absolute favorite holiday ballet (I used to go every year with my mom and sister, and hope to continue that tradition with my own family), which is what inspired this collection. I hope it adds the perfect dash of cheer to your holiday cards this year!

There are 20 stamps in total in the collection, so make sure to take a peek at all of them!

Watercolor Postage Stamps by Simply Jessica Marie | Watercolor Postage Stamps Zazzle Postage Stamps | Photo by SC Stockshop

photo by SC Stockshop

THE FRUIT & FLORA POSTAGE STAMP COLLECTION

These watercolor Fruit & Flora postage stamps would be the perfect addition to preppy, classic Southern weddings - whether for save the dates, wedding invitations, or social stationery like shower invitations and thank you cards. Of course, they would be the perfect way to add charm to everyday snail mail as well! I hope that these watercolor postage stamps help to brighten the day of everyone who receives your stationery in the mail!

There are currently 10 beautiful stamp designs in this collection. I'll be adding more designs to this collection next year, so if there's a flower or fruit you'd like to see added, leave a comment and let me know!

I'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!

LEAVE A COMMENT AND LET ME KNOW...

Which postage stamp design is your favorite? Are you already planning your 2017 holiday cards? If so, I hope one of these designs is a perfect fit! And if you're just now beginning (or if you're like me, and you'll get around to them next month...), I hope these designs spark inspiration for a fun new design you'll create/order this year!

Engagement season is also right around the corner, and I hope these delicate floral designs are the perfect addition to your wedding envelopes! I began these watercolor postage stamps when one of my stationery couples requested designs to match their stationery, and hope that these postage stamps coordinate beautifully with your designs too! (I think they're way cuter than what's available from the post office, but of course I'm a bit biased!)

PS - Did ya scroll all the way to the bottom? That's okay! I designed two new collections of watercolor postage stamps, and you can view them by clicking the buttons below!


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How to Use Smart Objects in Photoshop | A Stationery Tutorial

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Earlier this week, the SC Stockshop launched a new stationery styled stock collection with four new fall colorways. And of course, they're gorgeous!

How to Use Smart Objects in Photoshop | A Stationery Tutorial | Video Tutorial by Simply Jessica Marie for SC Stockshop

If you've taken a look at the new collection, you'll notice that each photo comes in a set of 3 total files that you'll receive! 

In your set you'll receive:

  • One image with invitation paper styled in
  • One image with no paper and negative space
  • A Photoshop file containing smart objects for easy design insertion over top of the blank paper.

And that has led a lot of us to ask - what are smart objects and how can we use them?

How to Use Smart Objects in Photoshop | A Stationery Tutorial | Video Tutorial by Simply Jessica Marie for SC Stockshop

Truthfully, before the SC Stockshop stationery set launch, I didn't have much experience with smart objects! But when I opened up my first Photoshop file from their new collection and realized just how easy it was to use these smart objects - I was FLOORED! 

So of course, I knew I had to make a video tutorial showing y'all just how simple it is to use smart objects in photoshop to showcase your stationery designs! Seriously - the video is only about 5 minutes long, and it really took me a minute or less to actually create the photo! So. Simple. 

Watch below to see what I mean!

I think my favorite aspect of these smart object photo options is that the shadows cast from the paper are just so realistic! I always create drop shadows in Illustrator when I use styled stock images without smart objects (you can watch a video tutorial about that here!), but this is even more realistic looking!

I also love that I can simply use the PDF file of my stationery (remember to hide any crop or trim marks first!) rather than having to create a clipping mask of the design! Less steps needed = more time saved.

Once you've finished adding in your stationery, remember to save your file in your preferred file format! I love .png files, but you could also use a standard .jpg!

After you have your file saved, you can use it to:

  • Showcase client proofs (my couples love getting to imagine how their designs will look once they're in real life - even before we send them to print!)
  • Share the designs on social media (no worrying about having to style your own photos before you get the photos from their wedding weekend!)
  • Grow your online portfolio (these photos are SO realistic looking that they can seamlessly blend in with your portfolio!)

So friend, which photo(s) will you grab? The new collection is full of such beautiful neutral palettes that are perfect for using with a variety of client designs. There are only 10 of each photo available, and a lot of them are already almost sold out!

Here are the photos I personally bought:

 

 

I cannot wait to see which photos you grab and the gorgeous designs you display! Have a question? Comment below and I'll be happy to help!


Please note: There are affiliate links in this blog post. However, I would still share this same post and recommend the SC Stockshop without being an affiliate - I truly believe in the business-changing power of her images!


The Perfect First Anniversary Gift for the Year of Paper: Custom Calligraphy Vow Sets

SJM Shop, Weddings, Lifestyle, FeaturesJessica PeddicordComment

How do you find the perfect first anniversary gift? There can be a lot of pressure added to that first gift to showcase your continued love for your sweetie! Add the fact that it "should" be a paper gift for your first anniversary - how do you find something "paper" that is still nice?

Well friends, I have a fun solution for ya! Enter: Custom Calligraphy Vows.

Earlier this summer, the sweet Emily of Southern Weddings reached out to me about calligraphing the vows she and John exchanged during their wedding ceremony for a shoot they were going to feature on the SW Blog. I loved this idea, and I love Emily, so naturally I said yes!

Thank you so much to the sweet and oh so talented Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography for capturing these gorgeous photos of Emily and John's custom watercolor brush calligraphy vows!

Custom Watercolor Brush Calligraphy Vow Sets 16x20 by Simply Jessica Marie Featured on the Southern Weddings Blog and Photographed by Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography
Custom Watercolor Brush Calligraphy Vow Sets 16x20 by Simply Jessica Marie Featured on the Southern Weddings Blog and Photographed by Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography
Custom Watercolor Brush Calligraphy Vow Sets 16x20 by Simply Jessica Marie Featured on the Southern Weddings Blog and Photographed by Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography

Your vows are the sweetest words you will ever exchange to one another as a couple, and they lay the foundation for your marriage. Throughout seasons of life, it is important to let those words of love and endearment continue to leave a mark on your heart and guide your thoughts and actions. Custom watercolor brush calligraphy wedding vows are such a gorgeous way to both serve as this daily reminder and to create heirloom pieces you can display in your home and pass down through the generations!

Custom Watercolor Brush Calligraphy Vow Sets 16x20 by Simply Jessica Marie Featured on the Southern Weddings Blog and Photographed by Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography
Custom Watercolor Brush Calligraphy Vow Sets 16x20 by Simply Jessica Marie Featured on the Southern Weddings Blog and Photographed by Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography
Custom Watercolor Brush Calligraphy Vow Sets 16x20 by Simply Jessica Marie Featured on the Southern Weddings Blog and Photographed by Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography

I can't thank Emily enough for these sweet words! 

"The vows turned out more beautifully than I could have imagined (thank you, Jessica!), and they feel like the perfect artwork for the spot where we lay our heads. I love being reminded of our promises first thing in the morning and last thing at night!"

Custom Watercolor Brush Calligraphy Vow Sets 16x20 by Simply Jessica Marie Featured on the Southern Weddings Blog and Photographed by Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography

Have you been looking for a way to turn your vows into sweet heirlooms? I would love to design a set of custom calligraphy wedding vows for you, friend! Visit the Custom Watercolor Brush Calligraphy Vows Set listing in the SJM Wedding Shop to read more about the vow set details and how to commission a set of your own! I cannot wait to read the sweet words y'all exchanged (or plan to exchange!), and turn them into beautiful artwork for your wedding day or home.

PS - Husbands, these make wonderful anniversary and holiday gifts, and are sure to earn you major hubby points!

PPS - Love these darling gold frames as much as I do? They are from the amazing custom framing company, Framebride, and the SW ladies have an amazing offer just for their readers! Head to the Southern Weddings Blog to read more and receive your code to save! These frames are Framebridge's classic gold Richmond frame, for reference! 

Blueberries | Color Cocktails Watercolor Tutorial

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This week, I'm super super excited to be sharing how to mix another one of my favorite blue colors. One that I use on a weekly, if not daily, basis! We're learning how to mix navy blue paint!

Navy is such a gorgeous and classic color. It is used in so many designs, and for good reason! I am so excited for y'all to listen to the color theory section of this tutorial - because there are a couple of insights that you may not have thought of before - I know they were new to me, but make perfect sense now!

Learning to mix navy blue is going to come in so much handy for y'all as you design custom paintings and shop products. My sweet couples often request this color for their custom calligraphy vows (the number one requested color for sure!), and it is my go-to mixture to use both for men's wedding suits, and for painting jeans. It is also a great color to use in landscapes, both as accents for skies and ocean scenes. The uses are truly endless!

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Want to learn watercolor alongside over 675 sweet budding artist friends? We'd love to have you!! Each Friday, I'll be teaching a 15-20 minute watercolor video tutorial. In the lessons, I cover how to mix a unique color, a bit of the psychology behind that color and how to best use it in your paintings, and I'm even sharing a quick and sweet practice piece, so you can follow along and continue painting throughout the week!

 

GET WEEKLY WATERCOLOR VIDEO TUTORIALS

SENT DIRECTLY TO YOUR INBOX EACH FRIDAY!!

Upon signing up - you'll receive two key emails from me first, before receiving these watercolor tutorials! Because friend, I want to set you up for success before having you dive straight into painting!

The first email (which may be my fav!) includes my go-to art supplies list, with a printable shopping list! It has recommendations for my favorite paper, paint, paintbrushes, palette, etc. - along with where I love buying my supplies! In this email, you'll also get invited to our fun watercolor artist Facebook community!

The second email will include my 3 favorite tips for infusing art into your busy schedule - so you can find the perfect time to practice alongside us in our weekly practice series! I don't want to add any stress to your plate, so this guide is truly helpful for getting you started on the right foot!

Then, you'll start receiving your weekly watercolor tutorial lessons each Friday morning! I cannot wait to dive into a unique color concoction with y'all each week, and learn alongside you!

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photo by the SC Stockshop

I cannot wait to see the beautiful watercolor blueberries and other paintings y'all create this week after watching our tutorials! 

 If you practice along and share on insta, make sure to use #sjmcolorcocktails and tag @simplyjessicamarie in your post, comments, or insta stories so I can see and cheer you on!!

Here's to learning together, friends!


Please note: This blog post contains affiliate links for the SC Stockshop. I absolutely adore using Shay's amazing styled stock images to enhance my brand aesthetic, and would 100% still do so without affiliate links!