Friday, December 28, 2012

Baby, I'm Coming Home

The New Year is rolling around and despite my resistance to make a resolution for the past few years, I'm trying to decide on a few for 2013. Currently those weighing most on my mind are drawing in my sketchbook more (maybe a 365 challenge) and creating a more organized plan for my posting.

2013 is a big year for me! I'm graduating from The University of Findlay with my first degree. I am applying to MFA programs at The University of Texas, KingstonUniversity, The University of Oregon, Washington State University, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The University of Colorado, and East Tennessee State University. There are a few more locations I am looking at but am up in the air about applying to a total of 9 masters programs.

There are so many ifs and buts floating around my head right now. What can I do but tackle each day that comes one at a time? I could be bogged down about the shear amount of work I have before me, but I'm excited about what all of that work means for me: new experiences!

In light of all this newness … here are some wonderful tracks to listen to as a reminder of the year on its way as you scroll through my roundup of Crafts I want to try from my Pinterest account.

How to Make Your Own Travel Corkboard Map DIY Artwork Tutorial
Travel Corkboard, found on Life Blessons

Sequin Wall, found on Oh Happy Day
do it yourself coasters
Sesil Coasters, by The Space Between

Wine Cork rug from Crafty Nest
Organic Art by Paul Schick on Greige

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, December 20, 2012


Sheer clothing is a daring feat. Wearing something shear is like wearing something skin tight: you had better be prepared for everyone to see everything that is regularly covered by your clothes. However, I think when it's done correctly it is truly one of the most elegant ways to dress. This also offers a nice way to show some daring skin in a time of the year where everything is covered up.

Because I love this look so much, I have not only rounded up some examples of shear clothing on Pinterest from my Oh La La Fashion board, but I have also found some places you can find these gauzy items (click the images for their look-a-likes).

Opacity is Audacity!

Something similar from Forever 21

Elie Saab fall 2012
Similar on Etsy

Similar skirt on Etsy

Similar from Forever 21

Chado Ralph Rucci Spring 2013 - Details
Similar at Vince Camuto

Jasper Conran
Something like it on Etsy

Kind of like this on eBay

Like this on Etsy

lace cardigan!
Similar on Etsy

How do you feel about showing some skin through your clothes?

Simplicity in character, in manners, in style; in all things the supreme excellence is simplicity. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

I'm Dreaming Of A Gold Christmas

It has been a while. In the past weeks I have constantly thought about what awesome post I could write, only to remind myself that I had multiple paintings to finish, thousands of words to type, and hundreds of answers to select. I have now dubbed the week leading up to Finals Week as Project Week. I even overheard a girl whining to her mom on the phone about how last week was really more stressful than this one (finals).

But, alas, it is all over now and I have but one small paper to turn in, goods to collect and then I’m off to Chicago to see Punch Brothers perform. Then it’s down to Texas to help my mom unpack from her recent move and time to work on applications to MFA programs. Do I get a break?

In celebration of the Christmas season though, I have put together an awesome grouping of Etsy products for which you should strongly consider returning those big name gifts you bought. The theme is I’m Dreaming Of A Gold Christmas.

Golden Bar Necklace by laonato on Etsy

Gold Sugar Owl Screen Print
Gold Sugar Owl by liwbanks  

Gold framed Mirror Set of Three in Small Ornate Vintage Frames
Gold Framed Mirror Set by SecretWindowMirrors

Gold Mounted Triceratops Dinosaur Wall Plaque
Gold Mounted Triceratops Wall Plaque by MostlySunnie 

Cream lace and gold tulle skirt for women. Weddings, special occasion lined tutu skirt. Black or golden sashed waist.
Cream Lace and Gold Tulle Skirt by TutusChicBoutique

GOLD //// plated wild deer pin
Gold Plated Wild Deer Pin by LeMatch

Oak Leaf Earrings - Gold Brass - Woodland Forest - Autumn - Fall - Thanksgiving - Miniature leaves - Black Friday
Oak Leaf Earrings Gold by FawningInLove

Metallic push-up bra with gold multi spikes
Metallic Push Up Bra with Gold Spikes by laroxxhollywood

MADE TO ORDER Abstract Textured Gold and White Modern Contemporary Painting
Abstract Textured Gold and White by ArtByCornelia

In the upcoming weeks I will update you on which masters programs I am applying to, and show you my finished drawing that I showed you the in-progress work last post. I also finished two more paintings after weeks of not picking up a brush. I don’t know why, but for some reason the added pressures of Project Week and Finals makes me want to paint like crazy.

Let me know what you think of my gift ideas!

Our talents are the gift that God gives to us... What we make of our talents is our gift back to God ― Leo Buscaglia
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