Tuesday, May 24, 2011

April Showers brought May Flowers

I'm loving all the blooming flowers popping up everywhere. One of my top three favorite flowers are peonies. We have some peony bushes out front which I love but they come and go so fast. After the first week of blooming there is only about three more weeks (if that) of blooms to go and then I have to wait another year for my beautiful peonies to come back. We're hitting that last week of blooms so I went out and made a bunch of arrangements so I could enjoy them inside as well.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Bonfire/Movie Event Graphics

I attend Harmony Vineyard church and am trying to help build the Young Adult program, because right now if you are "twenty-something", there really isn't anything for you. So, a friend and I are putting on this event on June 3rd. Today I put together all the graphics for it. It's all starting to come together.

Last night, after a long day, I finally get home and am trying to sleep and I can't stop thinking about what I'm going to do for this event's graphics. The creative mind is not conducive to sleeping, my mind just comes alive with all these thoughts and ideas at night. So, I had to sketch some things out in my notebook while in bed so I could finally get to sleep.

And now I have it all done. ... well maybe some changes here and there.


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Fashion Notecard (1)

I love to write letters and I am obsessed with all things paper. So, I had this idea to take some Spring/Summer Fashions from some well known designers and create a notecard inspired by them. So, I'll end up with a series of these cards for the summer. Here's the first one.

Designer: Oscar de la Renta

The Look:

The Notecard:

Monday, May 16, 2011

I say Nay Nay

John Pinette, this guy is hilarious. Enjoy and have a happier day.

This one's my favorite: At the Water Park

If you have the time, below are clips from a full show of his.

I Say Nay Nay

"I don't do ups, i do downs" "Gravity is a law. I obey the law."
"Salad is a promissory note that food will soon arrive."



My favorite joke/story of his is the water slide one.




"Get out of the line!"

Friday, May 13, 2011

Paper, Scissors, String... and a little magic

A couple weekends ago a friend of mine and her mother were putting on a Bridal Shower for their soon-to-be sister and daughter-in-law. They held it at my friend's grandmother's house which already has a special feel to it with the antique decor (which you can see in the beautiful chair pictured above). So, we kept the decorations for the shower super simple. I made this "Bride" banner to hang over the Bride's seat. It was fairly simple to make and really was a special touch.

Make sure to use a nice thick paper for the letters so they hold up nicely, but use any color you want. You could even find a nice patterned paper. For the little flower looking additions on either end I used regular copy paper so I could bend and mold it more easily. For those I just followed template I have for headbands I do with fabric, but it worked great for those as well. You can go without the additions or make whatever you want for the ends.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

A teacher or two

There's nothing I love better than a true character, somebody that makes life a little more interesting. The professor for my Disasters & Failures class was the definition of character. If you think of what a mad scientist looks like, my professor would probably match up to about 9 out of the 10 descriptors you think up. The wild hair, large glasses, button up shirt partly tucked in, pleated khaki pants, and a touch of crazy. He was such a character I couldn't help but do a quick sketch of him. Glad I did.

I wish I could find my syllabus for my philosophy class because there were five different professors for that class (everyone of them an extreme character) and to help me remember which one was which I did a sketch of each of them next to their name. It was like they had to pass a "character" exam to be able to teach the class.
One of my sketches of a teacher ended up as their facebook picture. In my psychology class we had a quiz every week and after it was done I, like most students, would doodle on the back of the quiz. Our professor told us that sometimes he liked to share what students sketched out on the back of their quizzes with the class. So, one time the TA was there to teach the class and gave the quiz and he had this funky little hair-do. I did a little sketch of him and the next week the professor said he wanted to share some drawings with the class. Up on the screen was my sketch of the TA and a nice stick figure of our professor. He wondered why the TA got a real portrait and all he got was a stick figure, kind of funny. Then he told us that the TA had made my sketch his facebook profile picture... who knew?

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Every Chapter has a Song...

Every Chapter has a song, and this is the song to my present chapter in life.

I definitely have a soundtrack to my life. A song can play and I am suddenly transported to a certain time or place in my life or I'm reminded of an event or friend. Like Salty the Song Book and Sandy Patty are definitely my early, early years. Then there's Amy Grant (baby, baby, baby) and Carmen which were the next step in my music exploration. And yes those are all christian artists. My parents kept it clean for us. My first secular song that I can remember listening to and knowing it was different was "Don't go Chasing Waterfalls" by TLC. I was over at my cousin's house playing downstairs in her bedroom and she played this song. We dressed up and pretended to be TLC without a third member. "Get Low" by Lil John and the East Side Boyz ("From the windows to the walls..." that song), I hear that and I'm suddenly at my first dance in the seventh grade and all it's uncomfortability. "Cotton Eyed Joe" - Cheerleading competition at MU. Colbie Caillat's debut album (actually it was a burned CD from a friend before her album had even been released) - Spring Semester, Freshman year of College working in the 3D lab on my oversized fishing lure project late into the evening. Grits - Hanging out at best friends' neighborhood pool during one of our last summers of true freedom before driver's licenses and jobs, laying out and sharing headphones listening to her Grits album. Natasha Bedingfield "These Words" - one of Kinsey's (my best friend) and my songs, blasted in the car going everywhere, her first entry in our book we passed between us was a drawing of a boom box like the one in the music video, this was our "Anthem" song, still kind of is.

Some of the songs/artists that would have to my included in my life's soundtrack: Amy Grant, Carmen, Grits, Relient K, Switchfoot, TLC, Beyonce, Missy Elliot, Black Eyed Peas, Jeremy Camp, Natasha Bedingfield, Colbie Caillat, Michael Buble, Hillsong, C+C Music Factory, Vanilla Ice, Matt Wertz, and on and on, you know I'm forgetting a bunch. And yes, I know what a crazy mix all those songs would be together, but it's that the way life is, a crazy mix?

So, I could go on and on with different songs and I'm sure as soon as I click "Post" I'm going to kick myself for forgetting to include something 'super' important, but this will have to do and I'm sure you get my point.

Right now my song is "I Smile" by Kirk Franklin. It is just so perfect for where I'm at right now. Life is rough and I could focus on all the things that aren't going the way I'd like them too, but instead, I smile. "I know God is working, so I smile"

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