Daisies

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Hey hey!!!

I’ve always wanted daisy hair accessories, and now I have ’em! These are simple iron-on appliques from Joann Fabric, and I glued alligator clips on the back.

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And just like that, you have a very playful and retro look! Daisies instantly remind me of the 1960’s and early 1970’s. ♥

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“They’re so friendly. Don’t you think daisies are the friendliest flower?”

Remember the movie You’ve Got Mail?! My mom used to watch that movie ALL the time when I was a kid. I loved it, too! It’s a really cute romantic comedy, and daisies make me think of this one scene in particular.

Daisies also make me think of the art film, Daisies, which I watched in my Art Appreciation class in college, the last semester before I graduated.

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I remember it was a very unusual and surreal film, and the retro look was what really caught my attention (it’s from 1966).

It is a Czech film, and it follows these two young ladies and their misadventures, filled with crazy antics and their carefree perspective on life, in which they take nothing seriously.

The film was banned after the Soviet invasion in 1968, in which creative arts were greatly restricted.

Anytime I see daisies, I think of the movie. 🙂

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Okay, so these are not daisies…in fact, I believe they are just plain ol’ weeds, because they are growing out of a crack in the asphalt in the parking lot at my work. However!!! I find them to be rather beautiful and I sort of watch them as they grow with each passing work day (I am easily entertained).

When I take my break at work, I slip out to the back of the warehouse and have a snack, read a little bit and check them out. They’re interesting…

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It kind of proves that beauty can be found anywhere, no? Even behind a dusty warehouse in a parking lot. I finally decided to photograph them since they (mostly) became in full bloom these last few days.

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This is my current read!!! ♥ I finished No Easy Day by Mark Owen, and it definitely became one of my favorite SEAL books I’ve read (so far). It was so good and one thing I have noticed with reading books written by Navy SEALs is their similar sense of humor, which has me laughing out loud at times while I read.

I’m on chapter four at this point, where Marcus Luttrell is about to start BUD/S training (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training), and I already know it’s going to be sooooo hard to put down. And I haven’t even gotten to the truly intense parts of the book yet.

Who else loves it when they get so into a book, they just don’t want to leave the pages? ♥

 

♥ Until next time! ♥

All About That Balance

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Ahoy!

I bring to you, some truly interesting outfits I wore this week. Wearing hair clips from Sally Beauty Supply that the box states is for children, and risk-taking pattern mixing?

‘TWAS NOT A DULL WEEK…

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Aight, so the heart hair clips are from Sally Beauty Supply as I mentioned, and the choker I paired with it collectively just screams: Oh 90’s, Where Art Thou?

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The choker necklace, I have no idea where it is from. My sister gave me it because she said she didn’t like how it looked on her. Score for me – I love it! It’s such an unusual choker…I don’t think I’ve ever seen one like it.

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It’s a Friday so I thought why not; let’s pair a bird-printed top with a floral skirt. Because I have only one life to live and I’m going to live it well. At first hesitant, I then decided to give it a go.

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YET SOMEHOW…IT WORKED.

With the dark blues and light blues, it comes together gloriously in an explosion of irony. Birds and flowers, unite. Mixed prints, unite. I wore my black T-strap flats with the outfit, which tied it all together.

A lady this morning at the café I go to said I looked “fun” today.

YESSS!

Fun is what I aim for. I like my outfits to be fun and playful, so it was a success.

In other news, it was a good week and seemed to go by really fast. I blinked and it was suddenly Friday. Outside of work, I’ve been drawing and reading, even more so…

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I made a pretty new drawing, and I’m going to get it framed and take it with me to my next art showcase, which will be September 1st! I love the colors I went with…I wasn’t sure what kind of colors I wanted initially, but I just thought, the brighter the better. Very pleased with the outcome. ♥

As for reading, I’m only a chapter away from finishing No Easy Day, an autobiography of a Navy SEAL. This is my third SEAL book and I love it just as much as the others I’ve read.

It’s the dichotomy. I love extremely girly things, but I need a balance, and that’s where the testosterone-fueled, jumping-out-of-helicopters, action-packed genre of books I enjoy comes in.

It’s like the yin and yang. Or YANG AND YIN?

This leads me to an observation. My fascination with things totally opposite of me isn’t just with books. Come to think of it, if I reflect on my very short list of guys I have gone out with in the past: one was super logical/technical-minded, and another was in law enforcement and really loved guns, and very much was a logical thinker.

In other words, polar opposite from me.

SEE WHAT I MEAN?

If I (ever?) at some point feel like dating again in the years ahead, perhaps I should lean towards dating a fellow artist, or something along those lines? The thing is, I enjoy learning about someone who is totally different than me. I still am not sure if the whole opposites attract is good or bad when it comes to the romantic spectrum. What do you all think? Enlighten me.

I tend to gravitate towards the more left-brained I suppose, to offset my blissfully creative albeit scattered right-brain. You know I’m all about the artsy life…

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Or more accurately for me, a Dodge.

See ya!!! ♥

Bullet with Butterfly Wings

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Like my Smashing Pumpkins blog post title? Notice I am wearing butterfly hair clips…?? Also, I have an outfit to show you that involves the Pumpkins. So let’s start!

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First off, THIS SHIRT. It’s the most gorgeous shade of purple I’ve ever seen and you can find it for purchase here.

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I ordered this in the mail from eBay. It is Korean-style fashion, apparently! I’m a size US Small, but it recommends to size up one since it’s sized in Asia measurements.

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LOVE IT. It fits perfectly! The intricate details on the front and the lace sleeves are beautifully feminine. I actually have this same shirt in light pink, and a similar one in beige. I wear them both frequently. I’ve been super pleased with all three purchases now!

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My butterfly hair clips are actually glue-on appliques from Joann Fabric! I simply glued alligator clips on the back of each. How easy is that? 🙂 So simple to do and looks super cute!!!

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New saddle shoes from BAIT footwear! These are so fun. Ahhhhh…♥

You can find these same shoes here.

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On the creative spectrum, I’ve been staying quite busy!!! I’m happy to show the ensemble I’ve decided on for the upcoming Smashing Pumpkins concert I’m going to on the 27th in Oakland! Can you tell I’m excited?

 

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So for my outfit, I definitely went with a Mellon-Collie-era theme! I love the whimsical, dreamy aesthetic the band went with during this period of their music.

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I printed out the star lady from the album cover and made it into a ring. ♥

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I’ve had this star headband for awhile now…glad to be putting it to good use again! I feel like this really tops off the whole look. I can’t waaaaaaaaaaaait!

Originally, I thought I would wear a Smashing Pumpkins shirt with a skirt. However, my hair hides anything on the front of a shirt, which is why I seldom ever wear a shirt with a picture on it.

Instead, I thought I’d get creative and create my own band-inspired outfit.

I’m going to do the same for the Ghost concert in November. I’m happy to say that I’ve already started on the jewelry for that, and here’s a sneak peek…

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It’s done – all I need to do is glue a ring-back on it. OH MY GOSH, I HAVE A GHOST RING. ♥ I’ll probably make another one. Crafting is addicting, you guys…

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…because a fresh new ring was also made Saturday night! Tracy over at The Tote Trove inspired me to make a Disney princess statement ring, awhile after I read her blog post about having made a gorgeous Disney princess necklace.

Joann Fabric is where I found the Beauty and the Beast packet of buttons. I plan on getting the packet with Princess Jasmine in it so I can make one of her in the future.

This ring is HUGE. But it definitely catches your eye, and is a good conversation piece!

Enjoy the start of the new week! ♥

Artsy McFartsy

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Hiii!

What a week it’s been. First off, I’ve been staying at my sister’s house this week, because they’re doing asphalt reconstruction where I live. It’s just easier than trying to find parking elsewhere.

So! Monday, I started the day off super early and went to my favorite coffeeshop, Yellow Mug. I was there at like 7 a.m., much before work, because the construction started at that time and I needed to head out of my neighborhood.

It was nice being out and about so early. Everything is so still. I read quite a bit before work while I was there…I have BEEN READING A LOT…

Hey, did you notice that piece of TAPE holding together a torn edge on the book cover, pictured above? The book looked pristinely new not too long ago, and I really tried to keep it looking nice and neat. I keep it in my purse so it gets nudged around a lot, I’ve accidentally slept on it (more than once), and my sister’s cat tried to eat it. All in all, a few dirt smudges and a slightly torn edge isn’t all that bad considering it survived all of that.

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My sister’s house is quite picturesque! I’ve enjoyed staying here, and it’s felt like a little vacation in a sense – not being at my own place, not doing my usual routine (aside from work), having a different view and what not…

Tonight was a special night because I displayed some of my art at Art Hop! I’ve been looking forward to it because I bought frames for my illustrations, and a new canvas print.

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This was my outfit for the day! A pink and blue floral ensemble.

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It was a hot summer evening at Art Hop, but luckily I had some shade. The new frames totally matched my tablecloth!!!

I love Art Hop; I love displaying my own work and seeing the work of others. Self-expression has always been and will always be my loyal companion in life, and I love to see how others choose to express themselves creatively. ♥

I had two customers: both little girls, around 8 years old. They had their own booth! We traded art; they each took one of my art pieces, and I took one of theirs. This was their art I brought home:

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An ice cream cone and a dropped ice cream cone. This is a great two-piece art set and in all actuality, represents me quite well because I drop things all the time, and I love ice cream. PERFECT!!!!

I love that the two little girls were so artistic and involved at such a young age! I hope they never lose their love for art and it continues on throughout their lives.

Another reason I love displaying at Art Hop? It keeps me growing artistically.

I always think when I’m out there, as I sit at my display table, “What should I create next? What do I want to bring to life from the depths of my imagination?” 

The great thing about imagination, is that it’s endless. ♥

See ya! 🙂