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  • Tuesday, July 10, 2012

    This delicious recipe comes from Krystal of The Feisty House.  We thought these cinnamon glazed doughnuts would be perfect for a relaxing weekend brunch.

     

    Ingredients:
    1 can refrigerated biscuits
    1/3 cup Land O' Lakes Cinnamon Sugar Butter Spread
    2 cups powdered sugar
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    4 tbsp milk
    canola oil (for frying)

     

    Directions:

    1) Heat up the oil in a frying pan on medium heat.

     

    2) While your pan is heating up, take out the biscuits and cut out the centers. I used a knife to cut out the centers, but you can also use cookie cutters. 

     

    3) Once the circles are cut out of the doughnuts and fry them in the oil until both sides are a nice golden brown (shouldn't take more than 2 minutes or so on each side).

    4) Let the doughnuts cool until you're able to handle them. While the doughnuts are cooling, prepare the glaze. Melt the butter spread in a bowl (I put it in the microwave--took less than a minute). Stir in the powdered sugar and the vanilla. Next you want to add the milk 1 tbsp at a time, stirring each time you add a tablespoon. After the 4th tbsp, the glaze should be thin enough to dip the doughnuts in it.

     

    5) Once the glaze is prepared and the doughnuts are cool, dip the doughnuts into the glaze and set them on a wire rack so the glaze can set. I spooned extra glaze on top of each doughnut once it was on the wire rack (I love glaze).

    The doughnuts are best when eaten the same day. They're absolutely delicious!

     

    xo,

    Ruche


  • Tuesday, July 10, 2012

    Guest Post by Abigail Walker of Source of Joy Creations, inspired by our Spring 2012 Enchantment Lookbook.

     

     

    Ruche is undeniably one of the most beautiful sites I have ever visited. You can spend hours pouring over their gorgeous clothing and accessories, reading their inspiring blog posts, and (of course) swooning over their dreamy lookbooks.

     

    To me, they symbolize all things beautiful, feminine, and romantic. Inspired by these ideas, I have created this tutorial to help you take a piece of Ruche’s dream world and incorporate it within your own photographs.

     

    Let’s begin...  

     

     

    Step One - Create a new document in Photoshop. I named my document “painted flowers” and set the width and height to 200 pixels.

     

     

    Step Two - Select a hard brush. I used a custom pencil brush from Vin Rowe. I found the link to this brush and others like it on Pugly Pixel.

     

    Whichever brush you decide to use, just make sure that the blend mode is normal and the opacity and flow is set to 100%. As for the brush size, it will vary depending on the flower you are painting. (Use the bracket keys to increase and decrease the brush size)

     

     

    Step Three - Paint some flowers that look similar to mine. I do suggest using separate layers for different elements of your flowers.

     

    It doesn’t really matter what colors you choose but here are the ones that I used:

    • flower one - #cf91a4, #e7dfbd, #ede8d9, and #786762 . 
    • flower two - #e8e1b0, #bfba96, and #8f8a69. 
    • green stem and leaves - #99be88. 

     

    The key to painting these flowers (either with a mouse or a pen tablet) is to create the illusion of detail when there really isn’t any. Essentially these flowers are made up of blobs and squiggles but when they are seen from a smaller scale, you are tricking the mind to see flowers.

     

    You are free to make your flowers even more detailed than mine but just remember that we are going to shrink them down in the end. I would also suggest making at least two different kinds.

     

     

    You should now have two beautiful flower paintings. Next, I will show you how use them to create a seamless pattern.

     

     

    Step One - In your painted flowers document, find the center of the canvas and mark it with a few guidelines. To do this, you need to first bring up your ruler (pc: control + “r” and mac: command + “r”). Now use your move tool to drag out blue guidelines from the top and left portions of the ruler.

     

    Click on the eye of your background layer so that it becomes transparent. This will allow you to use your patterns over any background you like.

     

    Then take one of your flower paintings and position it in the center of the canvas. Make a copy of that layer (pc: control + “j” and mac: command + “j”) and flatten it.

     

     

    Step Two - Offset the (flatten) copied layer by going to filter --> other --> offset. Since my canvas is 200 pixels, I am going to set the horizontal and vertical to 100 pixels (divide your canvas size by 2). Make sure wrap around is turned on.

     

     

    Step Three - Add and arrange a few more of your painted flower images in the center of the canvas. Make sure that they do not touch the edge. Then define it as a pattern by going to edit --> define pattern. Name it and click ok.

     

    I used this technique to create another pattern using just one of my painted flower images.

     

     

    You should now have two beautiful flower patterns. Next, I will show you how to use them to create a wallpaper.

     

     

    Step One - Create a new document in Photoshop, I named my document “wallpaper” and set the width and height to 3600 pixels.

     

     

    Step Two - Add a solid color layer. The color I used is #f2efe3.

     

     

    Step Three - Add a pattern fill layer using one of your floral patterns you made. Play with the scale until you find a setting you like. I set mine to 200%. 

     

     

    Step Four - I decided to darken my flower pattern a bit by duplicating the layer and changing the blend mode to multiply. I also toned down the opacity to 85%.

     

     

    Step Five - To create the look of faded wallpaper, I used two textures found on Lost and Taken. (Download the images HERE and HERE). 

     

    Drag in one of the textures and scale it up by using free transform (pc: command + “t” and mac control + “t”). Play with the blend mode and opacity to create a look that suits you. You can also duplicate the layer to enhance the effect. 

     

    Drag in the other texture image and repeat this technique. (You can view my settings in my example images).

     

     

    Result - Your textured pattern should look something like this...

     

     

    You should now have a beautiful wallpaper pattern! You can save it as a jpeg so that you can use it as a digital paper. Finally, I will show you how to use this wallpaper in a photograph.

     

     

    Step One - Open up a picture with a blank background (or download my sample image HERE).

     

    Select the pen tool and start drawing an outline of the subject in the foreground. (In my example, the foreground subject is me holding a cup). Don’t worry if your pen path is messy, you can refine the anchor points with the direct selection tool after you are done.

     

     

    Your pen selection can be found in the paths panel. Make sure you double click on the work path layer and rename it to save that path. (I already went ahead and created an outline of my cup and saucer).

     

     

    NOTE - If you are not comfortable using the pen tool, I suggest checking out Pugly Pixel’s How To Replace Backgrounds tutorial. Katrina teaches you how to create the same effect using the brush tool. 

     

    I personally like using the pen tool because it gives my selections a nice sharp edge. This is especially handy on hard surface objects like my cup and saucer. But either method works just fine. 

     

    Step Two - Drag in your wallpaper pattern and add a gaussian blur filter to it (filter --> blur --> gaussian blur). I set my radius to 2 pixels. The blur filter is necessary since my photograph has a shallow depth of field. Therefore, my background should not be in focus.

     

    If your layer is already a smart object, make sure you rastorize it (right click on the layer and choose rastorize) so that we can add another blur filter to it.

     

     

    NOTE - These next steps only work in Photoshop CS5. Please scroll down to the view the “Alternate Version.” 

     

    Step Three - Convert your textured pattern into a smart object (again) and change the blend mode to multiply.

     

     

    Step Four - Go to your paths panel and make a selection of your pen path of the foreground subject. I feathered my selection a tiny bit since my dress and arms are soft.

     

     

    Step Five - Inverse your selection so that everything except your background is selected. Then add an average filter (filter --> blur --> average).

     

     

    Result - The average filter removes the pattern from the subject in the foreground but still preserves the texture’s color. 

     

    If you expand your wallpaper layer, you should see a smart filter mask. You can refine your average filter selection by using a soft round brush. (Remember: a black brush conceals the effect and the white brush reveals the effect).

     

     

    Alternate Version:

    -Follow steps one and two.

    -Change the blend mode of your textured pattern to multiply

    -Add a mask layer and use a soft black brush to remove the texture away from the subjects in the foreground.

    -Sample a color from the background using the dropper tool.

    -Add a solid color layer using the sampled background color and change the blend mode to soft light.

    -If you like the effect, you can leave it as is. Otherwise, use a soft black brush to mask away the solid color from the background.

    -Make sure you zoom into your image to refine your brush strokes.

    -Play with the opacity on the solid color layer. You may want to tone down the effect.

     

     

    Cup and Saucer (Optional) - I decided to add a pattern to the cup and saucer. Instead of using a textured pattern, I just added a pattern fill layer. For the front part of the cup, I scaled the pattern down to 50%.

     

     

    I changed the blend mode and opacity of the pattern fill layer. Then duplicated it and changed the opacity and blend mode again. (You can view my settings in my example images).

     

     

    I repeated this technique for the rest of the cup and the saucer. I scaled down the pattern even more (20%) so that it creates depth. (You can see what my layers look like in the example image).

     

     

    Lastly, edit your image to your liking. I edited my image with Paint the Moon's Fresh Wonderland 2 actions.

     

     

     

    Thank you so much for reading my tutorial. I hope it was helpful and fun! Please let me know what you think and if you have any questions please leave me a comment below or email me at: sourceofjoycreations@gmail.com and I will be happy to get back to you :)

     


  • Monday, July 9, 2012

    Welcome to our newest series, Breakfast at Ruche! We’re hosting our first LIVE stream video Friday morning from 10-10:30 am PST and we want you to sip your coffee and talk with us! The topic of discussion: babies. ♥

     

    In our 30 minute session, we will show you how to create these nursery DIY projects and we’ll have a Q&A session with Mai, our co-founder, at the end. Wondering how she combines fashion and maternity clothing? Wondering how she plans on balancing work life and motherhood? Be sure to tweet @ShopRuche with #BreakfastAtRuche or ask on our Facebook page during the live stream and she’ll answer you!

     

    How to tune in: Check our Facebook page or Twitter account for the link Friday morning. 

     

    xo,

    Ruche


  • Monday, July 9, 2012

     View Mai's maternity-friendly outfit: necklace, dress, bracelet, shoes.
    View Mai's maternity-friendly recommendations for the 1st trimester.

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Monday, July 9, 2012

    view dresses: one & two

     

    These photos by Stephanie Williams send us into a summer daydream. ♥ For more essential summer pieces, see here.

     

    xo,

    Ruche


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  • Monday, July 9, 2012

    Attend brunch by the shore and then lounge under the sun in these versatile pieces. Your summer wardrobe isn’t complete without easy-to-wear cover-ups and effortlessly stylish sandals after all. ♥

     

    xo,

    Ruche


  • Monday, July 9, 2012

    Introducing: Breakfast at Ruche! This Friday, we will be hosting our first LIVE video stream at 10 am PST and we want you to join us! You'll be able to find out how to make the nursery DIY projects below and you'll get a chance to talk to Mai, the co-founder of Ruche, about her pregnancy!

     

    Lettered Fabric Boxes

     

    Fabric Flag Garland

     

    More details about how to tune in will be coming soon. We hope you'll join us on Friday morning!

     

    xo,

    Ruche


  • Sunday, July 8, 2012

    Images: 1, 2, 3, 4

     

    Ava Gardner represents classic beauty and timeless elegance.  She became one of Hollywood's leading actresses and was considered to be one of the most beautiful women of her day.  We love her for her impeccable style and radiant smile.

     

    xo,

    Ruche


  • Saturday, July 7, 2012

    Photography by Jessica Claire

     

    If you have a baby under two years old, don't let that stop you from having a fun weekend getaway! Here are a few tips, tricks, and vacation ideas for traveling with a child:

     

     

    Baby-friendly travel ideas:

     

    1. Plan a “staycation” at a nearby hotel/resort  to avoid the stress of flying and extended car travel.

     

    2. Take a family cruise. Most require babies to be at least 6 months old, but Disney allows babies as young as 12 weeks.

     

    3. Enroll in Mommy and Me swim classes.

     

    4. Spend the day at the beach and have a family fun day in the sand.

     

    5. Go berry picking! The berries are low to the ground so it's perfect for young children.

     

    6. Sight-see in a new city with a body baby carrier.

     

    7. Visit a public library (many cities have ones with great architecture) and attend a children's book reading.

     

     

    Tips for traveling with a baby:

     

    1. Bring extras of all necessary baby products.

     

    2. Budget a time for naps and adjust car seats/lighting in car to ensure your baby can sleep easily.

     

    3. Establish a routine while traveling to make your baby feel comfortable and more at home.

     

    4. Start and end your day early for a better chance of avoiding fussiness.

     

     

    If you have any more advice for traveling with a baby, please share it in a comment below. ♥ Happy travels!

     

     

    xo,

    Ruche


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  • Friday, July 6, 2012

    Photography by Jessica Claire

     

    Make your baby clothes last longer with these helpful tips from Ruche moms!

     

    1. Always put a bib on your baby while he/she eats to prevent stains. Stains will still happen though, so when they do, pre-treat them before washing with baking soda and white vinegar or dab them with lemon juice and hang in the sun, which is also a natural disinfectant.

     

    2. When in doubt, buy a size up in clothing. Items often shrink after washing them over and over again. You'll want a little room for sudden growth spurts too.

     

    3. Dress smart! If you're going somewhere where you're baby will be actively running/crawling, such as a park, dress him/her in durable items like jeans. If you're simply going for a little stroll, make use of your more delicate pieces.

     

    4. Invest in a sewing machine and turn outgrown clothing into new items. For example, a baby bodysuit can be turned into a tee once they outgrow the suit. All you have to do is make a few snips. You can also sew on an extra layer to baby skirts when they become too short.

     

    Do you have any helpful tips to share? We'd love to hear them!

     

    xo,

    Ruche


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