Monday, October 31, 2011

My Manly Halloween Costume

You know how it is when something is in the horizon for so long you forget about it and then BAM it's in your face and you're completely unprepared? Yeah.... Like that. The other morning found me frantically rummaging through my closet looking for costume inspiration. One of my dear friends from high school was throwing a Halloween party and I needed a costume. I needed an easy and WARM costume since we were going to be running around outside.
I cant even tell you how many things I tried that were a no go. Sooo I ended up going as a man pirate.
My outfit is really not worth showing and was a little on the feminine side because I just layered a bunch of things I wear on a daily basis HOWEVER, I think my awesome eyeliner facial hair made up for it.

Note my scary, ungroomed, man eyebrows!

It's a strange thing to be trying to take unflattering pictures and look manly.

All things considered I think it turned out really well. By the end of the party I had smudged my 'stache all over but my costume was wonderful, functional for crawling around in bushes with a Nerf gun pretending to be an assassin. :D

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Light and Color

Today I've been daydreaming about large picture windows full of light and beautiful antique glass...

Source: bright bazaar

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Metals 1: Project 1

This semester my classes are as follows: SQL, C#, Eng writing, Calculus 1, AND ..... Jewelry and Metalsmithing! Can you guess which is my favorite?
It is hard work and rather time consuming but if you have the opportunity to take a metals class DO IT! Sooo much fun!
When I first walked into the studio it was a bit intimidating because there were tons of  "man machines" everywhere but I promise it's turned out not as scary and difficult as I thought. (It helps that my Prof is an adorable, petite, prego woman and if she can handle a drill press, by golly, so can I.)

Anyways, this is the process I went through for my first project. I decided to post it because, frankly, I'm rather pleased with myself for taking two sheets of metal and turning it into something awesome.

For this project I used two kinds of metal: Copper and Nickle Silver - both 18 gauge.
Copper is a lovely, beautiful, soft metal that is super easy to work with.
Nickle Silver is hard and cranky and was a major pain even to cut. I broke 5+ saw blades cutting the feather outline. (which wouldn't be a big deal except that these aren't the kind of saw blades you can run to Lowes and buy. They are a piece of teensy wire with teeth and therefore must be special ordered.)

You wouldn't know by looking at it but quite a bit of work has gone into those shapeless pieces of metal. First they came from a larger sheet so they had to be cut out. Second a texture was applied via roll printing.
The copper piece I sandwiched between two sheets of sandpaper to give it the soft, bumpy texture. For the Nickle Silver I used strands of embroidery thread. As I said, the Nickle is cranky and required several passes of roll printing (with annealing between each pass to soften the metal again).

Then I started sawing.
And sawed and sawed and sawed and then sawed some more.
And then I filed, filed, filed all the rough edges away.

Once all the edges were lovely smooth I taped it all together to drill holes for the rivets. Taping the metals together ensures that your rivet holes are perfectly alined on all pieces.

Then I had to MAKE the rivets by cutting tubing. Because rivets are decorative as well as functional, I did a variety of sizes and types. I even did a couple hollow rivets!
The rivet in the picture above was actually the largest so you can imagine the challenge of riveting.
The good news was that once I was done riveting I was basically done with the hard stuff. All that was left to do was add a patina!
There are multiple ways to add a patina to a piece but for this project I used JAX chemicals. Its much quicker and the color is almost guaranteed.

Isn't it lovely!
I don't think I can properly tell you how much I enjoy thing class. :)

Friday, October 28, 2011

Wire art

Gahhh! Do you see these paperclips!
Color AND typography!

They came from The Spoon Sisters 
but I found them here first.

I found them through a search for porcelain numbers. Got to love Google, right? 
Obviously I was charmed so I ran a quick search over at the original source, The Spoon Sisters, but they didn't turn up.  At first my heart was a bit sad because I don't think they make them anymore. But then I can to my senses and thought, "Would I pay $6.00 for 10 paperclips? Heck no."  (What can I say? I'm a broke college student.)

I did however find these little 'stache paperclips on Spoon Sisters and they are pretty cute too.
Unfortunately, the price... :(
Now that I think about it maybe I would pay for those number clips. I would then justify it by framing them and hanging them in the bathroom.... 
Mmmm wire art :D

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Pink dinosaur therapy

Was it just me or did yesterday seem heinously long? Good grief.
As a reward for surviving yesterday and (most of) today I've spent some time dinking around in Photoshop. Seriously, it's like therapy for me. Not that regular painting and drawing isn't but sometimes it's just nice not to have a mess to clean up. Amen?
Anyways, today I've been working on some snazzy things to incorporate into my blog. We'll see how they turn out. Who knows? If they look good I might even share them with all you Photoshoppers.

This was also therapy:

Is that not the MOST adorable picture in the world. A pink long-neck with her baby. It melts by heart. My littlest sister drew this for me a few years ago and I found it in a box today.

If you're anything like me and have a fondness for pink and dinosaurs you should check out this fellow:

found at crazycouture 

I love that it looks like he's reaching for a nibble :) If only I wasn't a plant killer...

Monday, October 24, 2011

Darling, have a good Monday.


If you would like to see something as incredible as the face in the above picture watch this short clip (Seriously though, it is awesome):

Isn't that astounding!? Those crazy little ants...
"You lazy fool, look at an ant. Watch it closely; let it teach you a thing or two."  Prov 6

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Snazzy chairs

My dining room has 3 wooden chairs that are rather boring and need some attention.  Two of the chairs Keith and I picked up at a thrift store and the third I found on the street :) Freebie!
My desire is to give each chair a different color of paint. Ultimately I will make a couple snazzy cushions so that when we are sitting there for extended homework sessions our bums don't go numb.
I have no idea when we will find a weekend open enough to conquer this project so until then I'll be amassing inspirational pics.

Here are some of my favorites so far:

Pretty, yes?

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Today's Tune: You Are My Hope by Skillet

Golden Doodle

A sort of mindless painting - done while chatting on the phone and watching Netflix.
Acrylic paint and pencil.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Thinking of ....Christmas and Bells

The past few nights the tempurature has been quite nippy. As in high 30s. This in turn has sparked a desire to set up the Christmas tree.
I picked up these precious vintagey flocked bells several months ago and am dying to use them on something.

 Anyways, thinking about Christmas right now is pathetic and much too early since I haven't even properly enjoyed Halloween yet.
I have been working on a pinecone wreath that if I ever get it done will transition nicely from fall to winter. Maybe I could put the bells on said wreath? 

Where, oh where, does time fly too?

Monday, October 17, 2011

Teensy Tiny Octopus

As you may know I greatly enjoy amphibians and various invertebrates. How cute is this little octopus!? I really want a fish tank full of these little guys.  Wait, are they cannibals?
If you like looking at painfully adorable pictures of small creatures you should head over to Cutest Life.

Happy Monday!

Saturday, October 15, 2011


I cannot get enough lime. So sour and delish.  Squeezed over chips or on fried calamari, in water, as salad dressing.. Mmmm! What does a lime craving mean?

I have eaten it with just about everything. Not yet with it in de coconut though ;) 
Speaking of lime (or more the color we associate with it) look at the fetching female I found on my couch this morning. 

Aww. I love this girl.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Wood Scrap and Geometry

How awesome is this!? It's a bit hard to tell the size ratio but this instillation goes from floor to ceiling. Wouldn't a mini version of this look lovely in a shadow box?

 Check out Christopher Bettig's other pieces. He is wonderful.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Today's Tune: Not Your Fault by AWOLNATION

I can't get this noisy song out of my head!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


One of the things we did as a family was carve pumpkins! This was Keith's genius idea which I fully supported  since it had been a few years since I'd carved one. The whole process is so much fun!

I actually really enjoy pulling out the slimy guts. :)

I love that you can see everyone's personality in their pumpkin.
Since we live in an apartment we have ours sitting on our dinning room table. They look awesome but did you know that pumpkins have a slight stink?

Fam Day

Quick snaps from my family's picnic dinner. I love my fam! If you don't have any siblings, well, beg your parents for some ;)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Fashionable Furniture

I am almost 100% certain that that chair is heinously uncomfortable but, good GRIEF, look at those lines!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Festive fall food

These things are sooo tasty!  Every fall caramel apples become a staple in my diet. If only they weren't so messy to make. I would love to have one with almonds and chocolate...

Saturday, October 8, 2011

DIY: magnetic chip clips

Maybe it's just my home but there never seems to be a chip clip handy when needed. There was such a shortage in our kitchen that on more than one occasion I've just used a paperclip. Now we lack no longer! Today I made a bunch of pretty clips using stuff I already had.

They are so easy to make! Seriously it will take you less than 30 minutes. All you need is a ruler, an Exacto knife, clothes pins, various buttons, paint chips, magnets, and glue. Oh, and scissors.

The first thing you want to do is measure your clothes pins and cut off a strip of the paint chip in the corresponding width. My clips were just a hair under a centimeter. Don't worry about the length, you can trim the excess off later. Smear some glue (any glue will work) on the clothes pin making sure to cover the entire surface adequately. Stick the strip on.

 After the strip is stuck onto the clip trim off the excess paper.

If you are using a magnet strip like me, you might need to cut it in half so that it won't hang off the clothes pin. Normal scissors work fine for this. If you're not using this type of magnet just ignore this step :)

Attach the magnet to the back of the clip. Mine were self adhesive however I did need to use a dab of glue on a couple of the ends because they kept trying to curl up.

Now the final, fun part! Pick out the buttons you want to glue on.
I recommend using E-6000 glue because it's awesome stuff. It's not the glue I used here since my 6000 dried out, but 'do as I say, not as I do' and use 6000. (Available at Hob Lob, Wal-mart, etc)

That's it! Put them on your fridge and be happy you don't have to dig for a paperclip next time you want to keep your Doritos fresh. :)

Friday, October 7, 2011

Three wee owls

I made these tiny owls awhile ago but they still make me happy. So cute! I'm making a few bigger owls from the same pattern. Soon I will have an entire owl clan.

I found this mushroom specimen while taking a walk with Keith. It has absolutely nothing to do with owls and I know it's kind of dead and shriveled but isn't it pretty and flower like?

Happy Friday!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Today's tune: Running Down a Dream by Tom Petty

When I was little I definitely thought he was saying "Running down a DRAIN." 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Embroidery: surely you jest

A few months ago I went to a yard sale where I found a massive amount of embroidery floss for super cheap. Yah! The lady that was selling it was super sweet and super ORGANIZED. Each floss was separated by number into individual zip baggies and then categorized by shade family (pastel, jewel, primary, etc.) As many kudos as I give her for coding her floss, I prefer mine arranged in the ROY G BIV fashion. So I un-organized. I did keep it in the baggies though, as they are quite good at preventing snaggles (goodbye massive knot).

em thread Anyways, yesterday I was feeling pretty crummy so I seized the opportunity to ignore my Calculus homework, lay on the couch, and finish an Em piece I started awhile ago.

It turned out ok. The picture doesn't do the color variation justice. Sad times.
Now I have to figure out what to do with it...... any ideas, thoughts, constructive criticism?

Monday, October 3, 2011

Swedish Goat

Do you see that red goat? Do you love it? Me too.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Year 1

Today was our One Year Anniversary!
So what fabulous celebratory things did we do, you ask?
Well, Keith and I went to Whole Foods for lunch and then took a nice stroll.  It doesn't sound like much but it was actually exactly what we needed. A normal week is hectic and flies by so an unplanned, 'boring', hangout-with-eachother day was wonderful. Seriously, you have no idea how giddy we were this morning to wake up plan free. :D

Oh, and we made a quiche. Which is STILL in the oven because it came out really soggy.