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Valentines Day: Etsy Card Finds

One of my favorite Valentines Day past times comes from when I was just a wee one. Back when kids were nice to each other and before they had time to form prejudices and unjust anger towards each other. I loved going to the store and picking out the pack of Valentines Day cards I’d be handing out to my classmates. Robots with hearts, Scooby Doo or maybe Bugs Bunny.
Now that I’m grown there’s only a few people that get cards from me, so I like to make sure they’re extra special. As always my favorite place to find these special cards is Etsy.

Image:: Box of Chocolate Pugs Card :: Narwhal Poke Card :

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: Valentine Decoder Card :: Otter Love Card :

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My personal favorite, I Hate Everyone But You card. It says oh so much with just a few little words.

You have a little more than one week to make sure you find that special someone(s) something great for Valentines Day. Buying handmade and local is a great way to support those artists that work hard for their craft.

xo

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sketchbook project and getting my creative juices flowing

I’ve just signed up for The Sketchbook Project. And by just signed up, I mean I just received my sketchbook in the mail and I’m anxiously awaiting an idea to hit me. If you are unfamiliar with it, the gist of it goes like this. You’re sent a sketchbook, fill the sketchbook by January 15th and send it back. It travels the country in an exhibition, and is put into a permanent collection in Brooklyn. I’m. In. Love.

I’ve never been able to fill an entire sketchbook, so I’m up to the challenge. I’m also really hoping it’ll put that creative spark under my ass to get me motivated. I go through highs and lows both physically, emotionally and creatively. I’d like to say every few months, but sometimes it’s even every month. It’s hard to hold on when you feel yourself slipping down that spiral of a creative funk. I have a few tricks up my sleeve that I use to try and grab on and pull myself out of it.

Turn off the tv. When I’m feeling unmotivated, and in a funk it’s really easy for me to turn on a movie, or a tv series and just get sucked away for hours. Before I know it, it’s bed time and I haven’t gotten a single thing done. As soon as I start to feel that “blah” feeling creeping in, I stay away from that on button. I’ll sit in a different room away from the TV, with as much natural light as possible. I also try to keep electronics away in general. It’s just as easy to get sucked into internet-land and never find the end of it. I make it a point to spend limited time online each day, as well as days when I’m not feeling up to my creative potential. The weekends, and Sundays specifically, I put down my phone and very rarely touch it. It’s great to block out interference and just live in whats happening now.

Do something inspiring. Take a walk. Start a collage. Go look around pinterest for new recipes or projects to get your hands dirty with. When I’m feeling extra stagnant, like I’m sitting still and everything is just rushing past me, it’s hard for me to remember to do just the simplest of things that can really keep your creativity going.

Read. It took me a long time to realize the types of books that really grab my interest. Once I’m engrossed in a book, I find it really inspiring. I’ll read about someone finding their passion, going on strange adventures and meeting new individuals. It’s a great source to draw out inspiration.

Write. Right at this moment, I have somewhere around 3 blogs. I have this one that I keep for public consumption, and two others that are more risque in nature. If you don’t have a blog, get a journal. Open up a new word document and just start typing. One exercise I’m very fond of is setting a timer for 5 minutes and writing everything, and nothing at all in that time. I just let my mind open up and everything pour out. The more I write, the more open I feel to motivation.

Listen to music. Or rather, new music. I get stuck in a rut of listening to the same music over and over again, and while of course I love the music I listen to, I forget how essential it is to introduce new material now and again. Go on youtube and watch a video of a song you like, then look at the related videos. Get sucked down that rabbit hole and you may just find some new and inspiring stuff.

Get some quiet time. On the other end of the spectrum, I forget how precious silence is. I’m completely guilty of walking into the house and putting on music orΒ  a movie so I don’t have to wander around without any background noise. More often than I like to admit, I get sucked into all this noise. It prevents me from reading, getting some writing done, or generally just reflecting on my inner thoughts. Try turning off all the background noise and see what you have to say.

I’m sure I could go on forever, but those are some of the biggest tricks I use to center myself and get my creativity up there. Do you have any tricks you use? Tell me about them! πŸ™‚

xo

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Wishlist Wednesday – my art wishlist

Ever since Kh got settled into our apartment, I’ve been steadily searching out art to frame and hang behind our couch. We’ve designated that the “framed art” wall. But truth be told we have art scattered about our entire home.

After coming across this Lock & Key pair print (which I think is really too cute), I set out on a mission to find more Art prints that struck my fancy.

I just love this chihuahua print. And, it’s a chihuahua. Need I say more about it?

I’m a sucker for feather artwork, especially this with the subtle colors.


Amen.


I’d love to hang this in front of my face most days. Come on motivation!


It wouldn’t be my art wish-list if I didn’t have a skull (made up of other little skulls!) in there somewhere.

I’m sure I could have gone on forever. I love finding new art that can help inspire or even just make my home look pretty. What’s on your art wishlist?

xo

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Silhouette wall art DIY

I made a post this past Monday all about the various home improvement projects we’ve been working on. If you missed it, you can view it here. And in said post, I posted a link to a great DIY project involving silhouette wall art. This is where I draw inspiration from for today’s post.

Supplies:

  • 2 canvases
  • Magazine clippings
  • Mod podge
  • Paintbrush
  • White acrylic paint or even gesso
  • Pencil

Directions:

1. Cut out pieces of magazine clippings. I decided to stick to a black, white and gray color scheme. Even using a few pieces of text as well. I cut out squares, triangles, even full magazine pages to make sure I had enough of the same clippings to use on two canvases.

2. Take the various clippings you have and mod podge them down to each canvas. I paid close attention to the clippings I put on the sides I wanted the silhouettes to fall on.

3. While step 2 is drying, take a sheet of paper roughly the same size as your canvas and tape it to a wall. You may remember something similar to this step from your grade school days. Using a lamp, create one light source, place whomever you are making the silhouette of on a chair in front of the lamp, and after some tweaking you should be able to create a shadow on the piece of paper on the wall.

4. Trace the shadow.

5. Cut out the final tracing of the shadow and you have a nice silhouette. Tape the silhouette down to the dry canvas and trace it onto the magazine clippings.

6. Whichever side you prefer, it can be inside the silhouette or around it, begin painting over the magazine clippings. It took me several coats to get it just right. And I still even feel I need a couple more. I kind of like the clippings showing through.. Ok, so I’m undecided..

7. Let it dry, and you’re finished!

Me!

Kh!

I love the one of Kh, you can see the outline of glasses! Once I have some more free time I fully intend to make 2 other smaller silhouettes of the two pups. Family portrait time! For the pups I’m going to take a photo of their silhouette and print it out, cut out the photo and trace it onto a canvas. Trying to get Kh to sit still during the tracing part was hard enough, let alone two hyperactive pups.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project.

xo

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My Owl Collection: Day 2

Happy Tuesday! On my second edition of owl collection love, I bring you this little Tuesday tattoo treat.

My best friend gave this little guy to me some odd years ago. His name is Carl and he resides on my right calf. The owl that is, not my best friend.

He’s an owl with laser beam eyes! I originally wanted to get a blown up chicken on my shin, you know, so Carl had something to blow to smithereens.

Pew pew!

xo

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A little dose of a wordless Wednesday

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My most important step: last week where I stood

On most Tuesdays I like to bring you a recap of all the places I’ve stood in the past week. Last week was my little “stay-cation” where I mostly just worked on my portfolio and did an obscene amount of crafting. While I’d love to show you photos of me sitting around in pajamas all day, I think it’s best if I just bring you my favorite shot.

I took this on Sunday when I was looking at a lot of my work I’ve done in the past year. It’s amazing to see how you can progress both creatively and as a person.

I made a huge step both Sunday and Monday towards my ultimate goal in this little life of mine. Fingers crossed it’s received well and I can move forward!

What are some of your goals?

xo

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