June 2012

A Midwest Summer.

Who can believe that next week is July??? Not me, that's for sure. I had kind of a weird weekend last weekend, in that I suddenly out of the blue started to doubt my creative ideas. My dream is to make a living doing what I love: creating things. Then out of nowhere, I had all these thoughts of doubt that were screaming that me, "You'll never be able to keep up with all the talent that is already out there." So, I decided to do what I always do when negative moods strike: I grabbed my camera and took a little trip.

Travel Journals: Why Didn't I Think of This?

You know that saying about the left hand knowing what the right hand is doing? I'm kind of feeling that right now idea right now... so years ago, back in 2005 when I was a carefree college student, I studied abroad in China over the summer. It was an indescribable experience. Like I still get chills thinking about it. I seriously saved every single little thing I came in contact with there, from maps to money to receipts to candy wrappers. Yes, candy wrappers. That following spring, my wanderlust was still going strong and I traveled to Europe with some friends and did the same thing.

Art Journalers Anonymous.

mixed media art journal pages  mixed media art journal pages
Goooooood mooooorniiiiiing (said like Oprah, possibly while waving arms)!!!! Looking for recommendations! After almost a year, my beloved art journal only has about 12 days of space left in it before it is completely full. I thought I would be excited to fill it up and start fresh in a new book, but I am feeling oddly sad and sentimental about finishing this one. I can look back through the pages and remember some amazing and also not-so-amazing times over the past year.

Art Studio Re-Arrange: An Instagram Journey.

Okay, so I got my first DSLR camera last fall. While I have gotten the hang of shooting outdoors and in bright light, my inside photos, well, completely suck. For lack of a better description. I hate using the flash because it blows out the color and creates such harsh shadows. I love shooting in aperture mode, but my inside pictures are always blurry and I am way too lazy to use a tripod. I am trying so hard to figure out how to shoot Christmas lights and get the result that I want; my studio is filled to the brim with them.

Rainstorms and Symbolism.

It rained today, for the first time in seemingly forever. I am pretty much 100% guilty of being all sad and gloomy when it rains; the sun and warmth and glow just feed me. Yet there is something magical about those certain rainstorms that end and then the sun comes out immediately afterwards. Like the old has been washed away and the new is coming in loud and strong. That happened tonight. So I took a walk and decided to try to appreciate the rain. Of course I took my camera... here is a bit of my journey!
daisies in the rain


pastel pink flowers





NOT Just Another Manic Monday.

By Starlight Woods on Etsy
Monday mornings are not my friend. As a general rule, Sunday nights are not either... because I spend them dreading Monday mornings. Currently I am trying to break free of the "living for the weekend" mindset that I have become completely entrapped in. Sure, ideally I do not want to spend eight hours of my day at my desk at work. But right now, it is what I have to do.

Garden Fun!


Four years ago on my birthday, my mom was stumped when it came to a birthday present when she suddenly had an idea. I had just moved to a new apartment; it sits on the corner of the building and I have a cute little patio and a decent-sized mulch bed (for an apartment). She said, "How about I buy you flowers and we plant a garden?" I was skeptical at first. I am not so much a domestic goddess and only cook using the microwave. Wasn't gardening hard? How would I know how much to water, or where to plant, or what to trim??