Young love

Illustration: Rachel and her boyfriend celebrating Graduation Day. 
I have recently been working on couple illustrations more than anything else. I can't wait to get the new shop open soon where I will be featuring templates for custom couples stationary!



Fried Day!

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The idea behind Fried-Day posts are to serve as cheat day encouragements on the weeks most beloved day. Cheat days aren't limited to allowing yourself to eat what you normally wouldn't eat, but expanding that idea to refresh your mind taking part in whatever brings you comfort. So draw the bubble bath, pull out the wicker candles and unwind in that book you never finished,



Printables Feature

Colored by Jeline (The Damsel In A Dress) | Printed from the Printables Page
 Check out more photos of Jeline's paintings here

Today I received an email from Jeline a fashion and lifestyle blogger from the Philippines, sharing her lovely colorings from the Printables Page. I am so impressed by her talent but not shocked because her blog is aesthetically pleasing and beautiful. I love that she painted the prints with watercolors. The colors she chose are so fun don't you think? And as a request, I am going to create and upload more portraits!

Send your creations to malia@iheartgarments.com for a feature post!



Game Day

It's Saturday in Ohio which means a day dedicated to college football, finger foods and beer. I guess you can say I am a cliche, stereotypical artist because I honestly have no idea what is going on while everyone is pulling there hair and falling to their knees over a play. But I will always support my states team and game day queso dip!


Fried Day: Homemade Donuts

2 eggs | 1/4 cup white sugar | 1 teaspoon salt | 1 tablespoon warm water | 1/2 cup warm water  | 4 cups sifted all-purpose flour | 2 packages  dry yeast | 1 teaspoon white sugar | 3/4 cup lukewarm milk | 1/3 cup vegetable shortening | 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract | 1 cup confectioners sugar | 2 quarts vegetable oil for frying
  1. Pour 1/2 cup of warm water into a small bowl, and stir in the yeast and 1 teaspoon of sugar. Allow the yeast mixture to stand until it forms a creamy foam layer on top, 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Place milk and vegetable shortening into a small saucepan over medium-low heat and cook until the shortening has melted and the milk has tiny bubbles around the edge. Remove from heat.
  3. Place 1/4 cup of sugar and the salt into the work bowl of a large stand mixer and pour the milk and shortening into the bowl. Mix on low speed just to dissolve sugar; and allow mixture to stand
  4. Beat in the yeast mixture, eggs, and 1 cup of flour on low speed until smooth. Gradually beat in remaining flour to make a soft dough.
  5. Continue beating the dough on low speed until dough 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Turn the dough out onto a well-floured work surface and knead 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. Form the dough into a ball and place into a large greased bowl. Grease the top of the dough, cover the bowl with waxed paper. Set in a warm place; let the dough rise 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  8. Punch down the dough and roll out on a floured work surface to 1/2 inch thick. Cut doughnuts out of the dough with a 3 1/2-inch round doughnut cutter with a 1-inch smaller cutter in the center. Let the doughnuts rise on the work surface until  fluffy, 40 min to 1 hour.
  9. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  10. Gently pick up and drop the doughnuts into the hot oil, working in small batches of 2 or 3 at a time, and cook until the doughnuts are light golden brown, turning once, about 2 minutes.
  11. Drain the doughnuts on paper towels to absorb oil.
  12. In a bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of warm water and vanilla extract, and stir in the confectioners' sugar to make a glaze. Spread a thin layer of glaze over the warm doughnuts. 


    Blogger Illustration: Starry Eyed Beauty

    An illustration for the ever so sweet Christine from Starry Eyed Beauty
     Christine also made a request for a couple illustration, of her and her boyfriend Jeremy. Aren't they adorable together? Whenever I paint a couple I can't help but to smile! I just look at the photo, dip my brush and think "Ah to be in love!"

    But any who, back from my hopeless romantic wanderings... I am a follower and fan of Christine's insightful product reviews. Christine even posts structured charts comparing products, which is great for a girl like me who always buys a tube of lipstick that should have been named "Icky shade for Malia." Starry Eyed Beauty is one blog to keep an eye out for as it rises!



    Stay Outside the Lines

    Here is a glimpse of the coloring book I am working on. I plan within a month to bring the illustrations into Illustrator to create thick, clean outlines as opposed to my usual scribbled marks. But I hope everyone disregards their first grade teachers rules to stay in the lines. I mean c'mon! How can you explore and grow in life if you remain inside comfortable boundaries all the time?!

    P.S. Please take a moment to check out the social media sites I just joined:


    Makeup Templates

    Illustration: Kellyhope Murphy

    Hey cosmetic bloggers and makeup artists! I am currently expanding my illustration portfolio with  special portrait requests. I have been creating custom makeup templates and face charts as well as drawings that focus on beauty products. My goal is to reach out to Blogger and YouTube personalities that post makeup tips. I think the illustrations provide a personality to the bloggers brand and how cool
    would it be to have a makeup template of the model you are putting the makeup on!? For more information on custom makeup illustrations please contact me at malia@iheartgarments.com



    Splendid Sorbet

    I finally tried Jeni's Wheatgrass Pear & Vinho Verde Sorbet. Here is my "review" for the unusual flavor.

    I can relate to Wheatgrass, Pear, & Vinho Verde Sorbet. besides the fact that no one can pronounce either of our names, I tend to share many of the same qualities as Vinho Verde. We were both born and raised in Columbus and even though we are proud of our roots, we are still one of the few things born in Ohio without an undying hate for Michigan fans. In fact, we have a lot of traits that set us apart from the pack.

     Some would say we have all of the qualities to make a full blown out hipster but would never admit it. Don't get us wrong, We love main stream things, we want to belong we'd even join the going green club if we weren't so socially awkward. People don't really understand us. If we could, we would  have all the potential to be just as glamorous as our strawberry blonde friend, but we like to keep a low profile.

    Don't forget to "Like" my new Facebook Page please!



    Soak up the Sun

    Stephanie's blog: Snacking on Sunshine

    Stephanie is a Californian lifestyle blogger and believe it or not, the first client I have painted with sun kissed freckles! Stephanie's passion for writing, a healthy lifestyle and and overall optimistic look on life shines through on her blog. One of Stephanie's favorite parts about the illustration was her giant pearl necklace because Stephanie believes in finding the pearls in life. Stephanie makes a point to always keep moving and stay active but she always makes time to stop, relax and dip her feet in the sand.



    Fall Fashion

    Illustration: Laia 1.Tights | 2.Necklace | 3. Polish | 4. Ring | 5. Shoes

    Hi everyone! As you can see by the photos I am preparing for Fall and Halloween! I know it is only September but I am ready to let my hair down in the crisp Autumn breeze and roll up my cardigan as I carve a silly face into my pumpkin. 
     To celebrate my favorite time of the year I am now accepting commission requests for Fall festivities! I am currently working on custom paintings for Halloween party invitations, D.I.Y. Halloween costumes, Autumn recipes for food posts and Halloween makeup templates for makeup artists. My favorite part about Deep Fried Freckles is working with other bloggers to make a vision for a post come to life. I think fashion illustrations are rising and starting to replace photos for editorials. For more information Halloween Illustrations contact malia@iheartgarments.com

    PS. I finally made a Facebook page! Please click and like me!
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