Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Just a snap
 of our little town. 

I like it here. 


Monday, April 23, 2012

A little show, of art.

There is just something about making something out of what was once nothing. (Yup, read that one again.) You know, taking scraps, paint whatever really and making the nothingness it was, into something new, fresh, great.  
Nothing, to something. 

I am so thankful that I have been given the ability to use my mind and my hands to create. Its a beautiful thing really, and I find so (so) much joy in it. I feel free and purposeful. I feel closer to my God in the seasons when I create often. Perhaps because He is the inspiration behind it all, or maybe just because it is then, for a moment, that I am like Him. 
Nothing, to something.

Okay but really, on to the exciting update. My very talented roommate Kelly and I decided a month ago, what the heck, lets host an art show and sell these things we create. Soon after we had a date, a time and friends who said they were coming. 

So we did it! Here are just a few snaps before the guests arrived: 

One view of the space we used in our apt. 
Kels linoleum block prints!
Little potato prints I experimented with and love. 
Hand painted post cards and envelopes, by Kel.
We both displayed some photos too. 

It turned out to be really wonderful actually. We felt so loved and encouraged by the end of the night. I hope to take advantage of opportunities like this one more often. 

"Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art." -Ralph Waldo Emerson


Sunday, April 22, 2012

We went to Prom, again

Life has been so busy lately! Kel and I hosted our first art show this weekend (full post to come!) and I felt like I had something to finished almost every night this week. Leaving of course, little to no blog lovin' time.  But a rainy Sunday afternoon is just what I needed to play a little catch up. 

So last night, there was a local fundraiser in town called the, “Second Chance Prom.” The woman who puts on the whole thing each year is in the same stained glass class that my friend Che’ and I are in. Needless to say, she spoke so highly of it that we decided to go. We were perhaps the only girls who attended NOT in actual prom dresses, but we danced the night away and had a great time. Here are a few prom-like snaps we took before heading out.

I am so glad we all went, and next year I am sure we will be better prepared and have some kind of ridiculous prom attire ready to go.


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Home again, home again

We got a long weekend at work for the Easter holiday, which was really wonderful. I decided to take the pup and head to my parents house for a few days. They live about 3 hours north and even though we talk a few times a week, it isn’t often that I have time with them- just to be with them. I enjoyed every minute with my family and felt very loved and refreshed on my drive back. I also had a good amount of time to work on a few creative projects, but more on those later. For now I just needed a reason to share a snap of Louise, it had been too long.


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

DIY: Potato stamp fun

Sometimes it just feels nice to start making something you know you can finish all in one sitting. This is one of those things, I promise.

Here's what you'll need:

A carving utensil (a small knife works fine for larger designs)
A potato! I used a sweet one (aw) just because I had one already
Paint of your choice
Some pretty paper, or cloth to print on
& if your the kind of person that always needs a ban-aid, maybe grab one of those too.

First, wrap your mind around the idea that you carve away what you don't want. For some reason that concept took me a second, but I am sure you are quite the whiz and think less of me for hesitating. Thats okay.
Then if you need a guide, draw your design on your potato before you begin cutting away. If you mess up, or your "hand slips" you can always just cut an inch or so off and start again.
Finally test it out with a couple trials runs, just to make sure it stamps evenly and your happy with the print. Then dip your cute little potato in the paint and stamp away!
Remember, simple works! This flower (aka, swirl) design did just the trick for a little project I'm working on. Happy creating!


Sunday, April 1, 2012

Tea parties and city fun

This spring has been filled with weekend trips up and down the east coast to see friends and family and attend a whole bunch of weddings. Catching up with sweet friends is so refreshing and makes up for how tired I am on Monday mornings. This weekend my roommate Kelly and I headed south to attend our friends bachelorette party. We are both in her wedding in May, so it was an exciting weekend of preparation and fun.

Here is a snap (taken by the passenger, of course) of the stormy sky on the drive down.

Her Maid of Honor planned a little afternoon tea before we headed to the city to celebrate. The decorations and details were so classy and cute. She even set up a little mimosa bar, which was delicious. And then off we went for a night on the town. Here is a snap of us with bride to be! She is the one on the far left, wearing the crown. Parties are so fun and it was a great day of celebrating with friends. I am looking forward to the wedding next month! "May the fourth be with you."