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Vide-OH! of the Day

29 May

In high school I was lucky enough to be surrounded by really supportive and unique friends. Maybe I just have thick skin, and having two brothers around school with me probably helped, but I can honestly say I never felt bullied to a point where it traumatized me. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t know kids that were bullies. I saw plenty of guys and girls that got through high school with the help of insults, mockery and ridiculous cruelty towards others. I just chose not to associate with that because, as popular as they were, to me they just looked pathetic.

People have worked so hard to protect those that have been a victim of bullying, but it doesn’t always help. What does help, however, is knowing that it actually does get better for those that rise above that garbage. At 22 I can look at my friends, the ones that chose a path away from all that catty, disgusting trash that is so typically associated with high school, and say that they have made successes out of their lives. They’ve gone onto college and trades and made actual careers out of their skills. They are in long-term relationships, their buying their first cars, renting their first apartments. They have it together.

Then there’s the other ones, the high school cool kids, I guess you call them. They’re the ones who have made the bars in town their homes, tacking on stints at rehab, illegitimate children and DUI’s to their half-completed community college degrees in English. They hang out with the same people, looking more pathetic as each year comes along. When I see them now there’s always a really quick, sympathetic conversation, always with a tinge of embarrassment as they saunter back to their pitchers of beer. I feel bad, but I guess when you peak at age 17 you try and hold onto that for as long as possible. Like this guy in this video, who is an actual representation of the future. He’s not an exception, he is a rule.

So if you’re not a cool kid, or you don’t fit into the norm of whatever high school is supposed to be, don’t worry! I never met those norms, and I loved high school. I have very minimal bad memories from my time jumping between theater and art and all those nerdy subjects that shouldn’t be considered cool, because they were and are cool. Just find who and what it takes to get through it, because life really, truly begins after graduation. It seriously does get better.

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Happy Birthday, Dr. Suess!

2 Mar

If you didn’t grow up reading Dr. Suess, I feel sad for you. The man who provided children all over the world with so many amazingly wacky and fantastic stories, like “The Cat and the Hat” and “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” would have been 108 today.

Dr. Suess made it okay for kids like me to turn the world into a colorful world of craziness every once in a while. He brightened up life in his stories, and through that he inspired me to be more creative in writing and drawing. I was genuinely driven to live life a little more uniquely because of him.

I think the world is better off because of the his books. They did so much while saying so little, and in a world full of blabber I can really appreciate that. Happy birthday, Dr. Suess!

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.” 

Get Your Craft On!

2 Mar

As we all know, March is National Craft Month. Oh… you didn’t know that? Yeah I guess no one does but whatever.

To celebrate I would like to totally jam my blog up with fun, funky, affordable crafts and creations. Obviously I’ll post some myself, but I’m a working woman! And unfortunately that means I don’t have as much time to craft as I would like to… meaning all day, every day, every single second.

If you have a craft, painting, recipe or creative tip to share please submit your ideas to the masses. Click the “submit” tab in the upper right corner for details on how to do your thang. Submissions will of course get complete and total credit for everything they do. Besides that, stay tuned for this month of crafting glory!

Happy National Craft Month!

Chevron, Chevron Everywhere!

21 Feb

In the last month my Pinterest, online shopping sites and actual stores have been completely flooded with chevron. Chevron pillows, wall murals, skirts,

Chevron Throw Pillow at Target

nails, shirts, it’s insane.

So what’s the deal with chevron?

The world is a big ol’ blur of zigzag stripes, and honestly I don’t really hate it. I like the idea of chevron because it’s a really simple pattern that can go well with any color palate and any style of clothing or home design.

But is chevron just another fad? Can a pattern become a fad? And how can something so simply chic just be a fad?

I think the perks of social media sites like Pinterest and style blogs like Mr. Kate and HelloGiggles is that they all give us insight into amazing trends that were once only enjoyed by the super rich that could afford personal stylists and chevron nailsinterior designers.  So when designers figure out how to run something like chevron into a fun way to brighten up some spring styles, all of us social media addicts jump on it and go overboard.

So I’ve come to a conclusion for my life with chevron. For now, I’ll buy a cute shirt, maybe chevron my nails one night (if I have the patience… most likely that’s a no), buy a cute coffee mug or something, but I’m not about to commit to anything chevron. I’m not going to paint my walls or send out my wedding invites with these semi-fabulous zig zags, because next week I could be obsessed with polka dots all over again or in love with paisley… okay just kidding I’ll never love paisley… Elle Woods taught me well.

Stuck at my Desk Inspiring Quote

16 Feb

Kurt Vonnegut-
[When Vonnegut tells his wife he’s going out to buy an envelope] “‘Oh,’ she says, ‘well, you’re not a poor man. You know, why don’t you go online and buy a hundred envelopes and put them in the closet?’ And so I pretend not to hear her. And go out to get an envelope because I’m going to have a hell of a good time in the process of buying one envelope. I meet a lot of people. And, see some great looking babes. And a fire engine goes by. And I give them the thumbs up. And, and ask a woman what kind of dog that is. And, and I don’t know. The moral of the story is, is we’re here on Earth to fart around. And, of course, the computers will do us out of that. And, what the computer people don’t realize, or they don’t care, is we’re dancing animals. You know, we love to move around. And, we’re not supposed to dance at all anymore.”

Try This! Cheap Melted Crayon Stencil Art

8 Jan

I’m not going to go off on a rant of how amazing Pinterest is. It pretty much got me back into crafting, painting and being creative.

One of the most interesting things I have been watching on the site was melted crayon art. A lot of artists online had taken crayons, glued them to the top of a canvas, and melted them with a blow dryer so that they ran down and formed a big colorful rainbow. As cool as that concept was, I knew I could do more and do it better. So here’s what I did:

I used a pack of crayons, painter’s tape, a canvas, an Xacto knife or similar blade, some acrylic paint and a glue gun. You’re going to want to buy a new glue gun, as you will be running crayons through it. I got the glue gun pictured for $2.99 at A.C. Moore, and it would have lasted for another melted crayon project had my brother not blew a fuse in the middle of working and- literally- caused it to light on fire and blow up. Have you ever seen a fireball shoot out of a glue gun towards your hand? Yeah, me either. It was bloody terrifying.

This is a generally inexpensive project. Like I said, the glue gun was three bucks, a 64 pack of crayons was four dollars (make sure you use Crayola. Off brands are thicker and won’t fit into the glue gun), two dollars for the tape, blade and paint and four bucks for the canvas. You can reuse the tape, blade, glue gun and some of the crayons so it ends up being really affordable.

After painting a canvas with your desired color and allowing it to dry, cover the canvas with your artist’s tape. This will be the foundation for your stencil. For this project I decided to use Robert Indiana’s Love sign as my stencil. I was making this for my friend, Alicia, who is from the Philadelphia area like me but now lives in Ohio, so I wanted to make her something to remind her of home.

I drew my stencil onto the blue tape, then very lightly cut away the negative space. Remember that you are working on a canvas, if you cut into it too deeply it will slice through the fabric (which happened to me at one point!).  You might be thinking: why don’t I just draw and cut it elsewhere, then tape it onto the canvas? Originally that was what I did, but painter’s tape will not stick enough if you keep moving it around, it will just peel away and you need this taped down stencil to be completely sealed down.

You need a miniature glue gun because it fits the crayons perfectly, but the spring-loaded lever is thinner than the glue gun’s barrel, so the trigger has to be removed. This is super easy to do. There are several screws holding it together. When unscrewed it will pop open, and the trigger device will pretty much fall out. Screw the gun back together and you’re good to go.

Now it’s time to peel your crayons. And I’m not going to lie, it is super annoying. The easiest thing I found to do was to take your blade and run it down the paper, and it usually pops right off. While you’re doing this start heating your glue gun. Make sure you peel a lot, once you get melting things go very quickly.

Finally, the fun part! Lean your canvas upright, with paper or a drop cloth on both the floor and the background as the crayons can splatter.

Slide your crayons into the gun and allow them to melt a little bit, for about a minute before pushing them through the gun. They should run out almost like water from the top of the canvas all the way down. Push it through for a long time if you want it to run to the bottom of the canvas, but get creative! Make some trails longer and some shorter, with a lot of bright colors! One thing I did that was really successful was flip the canvas from one side to the other. That way I got an even cover on all areas.

When all of the canvas is covered and you are happy with the results, it’s time to remove the stencil. This is the hardest part of the whole process, as the crayon is very brittle and easy to chip away. This is a work of art, here people, not a toy, it should be fragile. Luckily I think I’ve found the easiest process. Either A. light a candle and keep it nearby or B. boil some water and keep that on hand. Then, take your blade and heat it up before tracing the stencil with the blade. Work as slowly as you need to, so that you avoid breaking pieces of crayon off that should remain on the painting. This is the reason I suggest using a slightly less detailed schedule, as peeling away more detailed pieces might be impossible.

Once the stencil is off, you’re done!

I wish I had better photos because I absolutely love this painting. Unfortunately my camera is getting a little old and isn’t as great as it used to be, but this is such a fun and colorful piece, yet still pretty chic. Surprisingly enough it only took me about 2 hours to complete, so I made another one for my boyfriend’s place a few days later. I found this the best method, because through the glue gun the grease and the colors don’t separate like through the blow dryer.

There are a ton of different ways to work this. You could choose one color pattern and work with that to match one specific theme for a room you have in mind, and of course you can do any stencil you want (I was thinking initials might be a really neat touch to a couple’s bedroom). Of course you could always skip the stencil, the crayons look amazing enough together and it really transforms into an interesting modern painting if hung horizontally.

I’m so excited to have a place to hang this up, whenever that is.

Try This! Awesome and Easy Nail Art

7 Jan

If you happen to have known or met me in the last four years you might have learned that I work dabble in journalism. That being said I’m totally obsessed with newsprint. The type, the kind of blackish-grey color of the copy, the paper itself… newspapers are a fantastic thing.

So naturally I freaked out when I saw that I could turn my nails into newspapers… yes, that’s right.

I stumbled on this image on Pinterest (a fantastic website, if you haven’t given it a try you must, must, must go) and pretty much ignored it because the website was in French I figured it would be impossible to do. Still, I couldn’t get them out of my mind and went to research them, and they were amazingly easy. So, here goes!

First things first, all you need is your nail polish, a clear coat, some newspaper, a paint brush and alcohol. By alcohol I mean vodka, schnapps, I guess tequila? I used an old cheap bottle that was lying around, honestly every little thing about liquor makes me sick so I never touch it (beer’s too delicious).

Paint your nails any light color you have. I really like a light grey or off-white. From the other nails I’ve seen, anything too light looks kind of ridiculous, but white nails always look weird to me. I actually didn’t have a light grey, so I took an ugly white nail polish I had and mixed it with some straight black. I’m so thrifty! Follow with two coats of clear polish on top, and wait for it to dry! I can’t stress that point enough, you will be lying that super-thin newsprint on it and it will stick to your nails if they are wet. This part sucks. I can’t stand waiting the 25 minutes for my nails to dry completely, and normally I end up just falling asleep or something while waiting. Oh my gosh I can’t even explain how much I dislike drying nails!

Take your newspaper and cut 10 1 inch strips (one for each nail). You really don’t need too much paper, so make sure you do a little reading! Find pieces with a lot of straight copy, not with big giant spaces or images, and make sure you don’t have any weird or unsettling words on your fingers. When I began I was worried that any color on the page of the page would bleed onto he nail, but that isn’t an issue here, so just focus on one side. Get your alcohol off to the side and your paint brush. I used a very, very soft calligraphy brush as to not scratch the polish with hard bristles.

 

Now that your nails are dry, take your brush- now covered in your booze of choice- and paint over your nail so that it is totally soaked. I got it really really covered, so that puddles formed in the corners. Before the alcohol dries quickly press the newsprint down into place. This will be like a stick on tattoo, so once it’s down, it’s down. No moving it around. Press the paper down and push it all the way into the creases and hold it in place for about 45 seconds. Some websites suggested keeping the papers on there until they dried completely, but I found that it made the paper stick to my nails. When you peel away the paper, your print should be there!

 

Follow up by washing off any newsprint that may have stuck to your cuticles and a final clear quote on top, and badaboom! You look ten times cooler than you ever have.

I can’t stop looking at my nails. They are so fantastic. Just a little bit crazy but also very chic and classy. They’ve had me thinking about alternative ideas with newsprint paper- which is sold unprinted in all craft stores. You could probably print photos and graphics on the newsprint… go nuts with it!

I’m so excited to show this off to my journo friends! Write on!