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Friday, May 17, 2013

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The bunnies that my Mom got for her preschool are so adorable. I love visiting them.
My sister's art class did a painting together. Crazy abstract. Woo!
We have so many Goosebump books at the library. They never go out of style, it's crazy.
Grocery shopping means Odin gets a new fort.

Baby birds were found outside the library today. We think that the mom is still taking care of them.
The road on the way to my boyfriends house is beautiful no matter what the season.
We have this little shed by our house, and I always thought it looked like a princess cottage.
Spring means discovering what plants I have at my new house. So far we're sure that I've got mint and tulips. I want to know what these are, though!

I made a flower crown at an event a few weeks ago, and I decided I wanted to look like a princess the other day.
My totally romantic pick up line on my boyfriend's fridge.
I watched the eclipse in Australia online the other day. Isn't the internet ridiculous?
Stars leggings. :]

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ten [future living room] things...

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Okay, so I'm knee deep in projects that need to be done for my house. Sanding, painting, installing floors, etc etc. Sometimes all that keeps me going is dreaming about how the rooms I'm working so hard on will be a place I can decorate all for myself. So I thought I'd take the time to share my ideas and inspiration with you guys. :]

I've had a heck of a time choosing my wall color for this room. I know I want a subtle blue/teal, like the colors above, but I can't decide on an actual paint color. I have so many paint chips scattered around, it's unreal.

I would really love to own this floor pouf from West Elm, but I'm way too poor. This tutorial for making a bean bag cube might save the day, though. Now I just need to find the right fabric.

This painted globe is so cute. I've been wanting to buy a globe for a while now, and its nice to finally have some justification for my search.

I was so inspired by this picture that I started collecting scarves right away. I have the perfect window in mind for a curtain like that.

I was given a set of mission style seating (a couch, a loveseat, and an armchair) and I've been trying to think of ways to change them to make them more my style. This board is a collection of some ideas that I've got. Do you have any inspiration for me?

And since that couch has a lot of wood surfaces, I've been looking into throw pillows. This board on pinterest practically ensures that I will only have the prettiest of pillow fights.

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WIP Wednesday

Thursday, May 16, 2013

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In my made up post-apocalypse future there is a tribe of feral super models that live in the trees of central park. They constantly raid the high end designer stores to make new armor, and they can be identified by their brightly colored war paint. 

I draw the girls from this tribe more than anything else. Its fun to think of new "feral" looks that are inspired by this years trends, and drawing their crazy hair is such an awesome challenge. I usually don't use a reference, so their features can get kinda... interesting. 

This first drawing I did on my birthday in 2011. That was a great day. The rest of them were drawn throughout the past 2 years, and that last one was just last night.

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inspire me... Zachary Smith and Dfunkt Design

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

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All right, usually I do this on Monday, but it's Tuesday, so that means it's TWOS-day! ... Yeah? Okay, not funny. Got it.

Today I wanna show you guys two studios, both which I love for the same reason, their hand-lettering on photographs. This is a trend that I was kinda unsure about at first, but then I found the photograph I've featured below (which is a collab between the two), and I was hooked.

The first artist is Zachary Smith, a 21 year old that's doing some amazing things with letters. His design work is quickly getting noticed, and for good reason. I love the "old" feel of everything he does.

The second is the studio Dfunkt Designs. They have a more flow-y typography feel than Smith, but I honestly like their work more. Borrowing from inspiration from the old to bring it into the new, they play with form, patterns, and font. So awesome.

Links for Zachary Smith:

Links for Dfunkt Designs:
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ten things...

Friday, May 10, 2013

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Opening with an apology for being MIA this week. No excuses, really, so I'm just sorry. Can I make it up to you with links to ten amazing things?

You know how last time I said I was gonna get my hands on a Poloroid camera this summer? Well... Achievement Unlocked!
So now I've got to get my hands on some film. Usually you'd be SOL, but thanks to this great site called the Impossible Project, this goal is totally attainable. Sweet, huh?

I know I've posted cups with creatures in them before, but guys... dinosaurs. Seriously. How cool is that?

These are animations that a guy did of some silly moments from a podcast series called Cox and Crendor. The podcast itself is pretty funny, but the way these are animated makes them hilarious. Definitely worth your time.

Noon Design Studios does the most beautiful dye jobs. I really wish I could have gotten one of these.

These sketchbooks from Anna Emilia Laitinen that were featured on Design*Sponge have me drooling. I want some of these, they're gorgeous, inspiring, colorful... sigh.

This video is a demonstration of what this game design studio can do. But I wish it wasn't, cause I would totally play that.

The artist Alexander Law makes portraits of superheroes based on the costumes of little girls. I love love love this concept and the drawings are super cute too!

This blooming monogram diy. Such beautiful colors! I want to put one on my front door. :]

The creators of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries (which I was obsessed with) are creating a new series based on Sanditon by Jane Austen. It starts next Monday, and I can't wait!
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Saturday, May 4, 2013

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Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo

Thursday, May 2, 2013

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This is my third time at C2E2, but its my first time being able to go more than one day. I went all three days, and I still don't think I saw everything. The  con tripled in size this year, I swear.

As always, there was a ton of great cosplay there. I thought that Spiderman with the web backpack was genius.
We saw the Jay and Silent Bob cosplay on our way to go see Kevin Smith. They had a beer in each hand, which I thought was very fitting.
The two female versions of the Doctor were the best I saw all con, of any regeneration.
Mech Darth Maul was so impressive, but I don't think he had any time to actually enjoy the con. People were taking pictures of him every time I saw him.
That Jack Skellington made the 10 year old in me very happy. So tall!
And this Spiderman and Star Wars crossover pic blew my mind. These are a few of my favorite things...

I came home with a ton stuff that I'm going to be giving away at our library this Saturday for Free Comic Book Day.
I got to talk to Felicia Day. I can't describe how excited I was, I'm sure I was babbling awkwardly the whole time. I remember saying something about World of Warcraft... Felicia Day is SUCH an inspiration for me. I remember when I learned how much work she had done for the Guild. I was blown away. This picture was on her third day of signing autographs, but she was still so nice. She made time to take to each and every person she signed for. It was crazy.
... Kevin Smith! I've mentioned before that I'm a huge fan, and he didn't disappoint Saturday night.  He was hilarious. Told us a story about how he had saved his dog from being eaten by an owl with a pool toy... okay, didn't sound as funny when I wrote it. But I promise, it was great.  I haven't laughed so hard in a while.
There were a ton of Hunger Game costumes there. The costume designer for that movie got everything spot on.

And, as it is with every con, I walked away with a ton of new stuff. I bought prints from Carla WyzgalaAdam Jay (got a free t-shirt with that one), and a print for Felicia Day to sign. Every year I buy three comics from Zenescope and my new sketch book from Blick art supplies

All in all, this year's C2E2 was beyond my wildest expectations. I have to say thank you to my wonderful boyfriend who drove up to Chicago and back TWICE this weekend, listened to my babbling, and still didn't kill me. (Woo!) Can't wait for next year!
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