Monday, March 31, 2014

Behind the scenes: Work and home

Behind the scenes Behind the scenes

I had been writing about some work-related anxiety on ye olde Tumblr and I think the two photos above are the only two that can legally be shared.  I say "legally" because you can't really see anything concerning the actual shoot - except for two silly camera operators!
Yes, that shoot was fun and super stressful and I'm kinda really glad it's over now.  Geez.  I'm hoping the end product turns out as well as we'd hoped!  More on that as it gets closer to release time...

Point and shoot Double

On to less stressful things!  My old man has decided on a photo series for his blog.  That's right - he has a blog!  You should check it out!  On Saturday night, it stopped raining long enough for us to go on a little nighttime adventure in our neck of the woods.  The downside?  It was FREEZING cold and the wind was blowing majorly crazy!!  I got to stay in the comfort of my warm car while the old man got out and took some photos in the cold.  While he was shooting, I decided to join in and experiment with my Hipstamatic app.
I don't know if it's my old 4S or the lack of space on my phone for photos but I'm starting to get more and more disappointed with the performance of the app because it keeps crashing!  It doesn't work as well as it did before, which makes me sad because the Hipstamatic app was my go-to app for all things photo but because it crashes so much, I end up using the default camera instead.  Saturday night, I threw caution into the gale force winds and shot with the Hipstamatic - specifically, the Hongdae Hipstapak.  I even played around with the double exposure feature I keep forgetting about!  I think it turned out nice!

It was fun watching my old man getting all creative this weekend!  He did some new things and I'm so proud of him!  He even had a cup of coffee from Dulce Vegan.  WHAT?!  I'm kinda hoping to win the Currently List Starter Pack Giveaway at Campfire Chic because I would love to keep lists of all the new things my old man has been doing!  I've started him on a self-improvement journey so that he can see what it's like to live a happy and grateful life and after all the fun things we were able to do this weekend, I think he'll keep the momentum going!  Unfortunately, we had to miss out on a few things but I'm hoping we can make those up.  I mean, I have a kind of important birthday gift to deliver, after all!

How was your weekend?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Incoming Mail + Ye Olde Tumblog Turned 5!


Happy Wednesday, everyone! I hope your week has been going pretty well so far!
Things have been going absolutely CRAZY at work.  Yes, it's another "secret" project that's making us lose our minds so I was delighted to find some goodies in my mailbox!

The paper crane is from Bethany at Happy Crafter Bee.  She's sending out 1000 paper cranes to people all over the world!  Check out her story here and request your own!  I was so happy to see my little guy in the mail and I even sent a little something back as a thank you :)

The Polaroid is one of the two awesome purchases I made from Mini Penny Vintage.  The one that's not pictured is this wonderful liquid silver skirt that I'm hoping to be able to start wearing once the winter weather decides to exit stage left.  I was super excited to see the Polaroid camera up for sale that I had to snatch it up right away!  And last night, I ordered some film from the Impossible Project (the direct link isn't working right now...?).  I almost didn't buy the film since the reviews were iffy and the price is a little high for only 8 exposures but whatever.  YOLO and all that, right?

I love getting the emails from Tumblr on your blog's birthday and I was so happy to see that the She Loves You Tumblr has turned 5!  So crazy how time flies!

Hope you're having a good week!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Incoming Mail + The Prettiest Calligraphy + Angel Kisses from Spodee

I have basically hit the ground running since last Thursday and I haven't stopped to catch my breath much since, but I was able to swing by the post office (finally!) and yesterday was another super awesome mail day!

The pretty calligraphy is by Kathleen.  Isn't it gorgeous?!  I'm almost too intimidated to write her back because I know my handwriting isn't the greatest...but isn't that the fun of pen pals?  You get to see so many wonderful styles of mail art, handwriting and all that fun stuff :)

I got these awesome Creepy Hearts Club hearts from Instagram user @unicornsandsnowcones!  How great are these?!  How great is her username?!

I also got lots of awesome postcards from Mary, Jess and Megan!  These gals are so awesome!

I definitely needed it - these past few days have been crazy and it's looking like it might calm down some before it picks back up again next week...In the mean time, I'm going to assemble some pretty postcards and thank yous for these ladies, get some more Spodee and relax while I can :)

I first heard about Spodee from awesome blogger, Jessie.  I mean, anything described as a "boozy Tootsie Pop" definitely gets my attention!  Not to mention their logo designs and marketing materials are pretty freaking awesome if you ask me!  The guy at the liquor store where I got it told me they had just gotten it in stock and after I lurked Spodee's Instagram, I saw that they recently started selling it in ATL!  What perfect timing!  I think now, I need to find an old milk bottle carrier (like the ones milkmen  used to carry) and get my very own sixer of these bad boys.  Seriously - it's so good!

Happy Thursday!

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Anthropomorphic Mail Art Project - My Submission!

So...Cara posted my postcard submission for the Anthropomorphic Mail Art Project!  I'm so happy!

I received a...wait for it...deer head. WHAT. Immediately, I thought "Hannibal" because...I mean...duh - nightmare stag, right?!

I used this handsome photo of Mads Mikkelsen as my reference for the nightmare stag.

Anthropomorphic Mail Art Project - my submission

Here are some progress shots of how I did his plaid suit.  Of course, it had to be a 3-piece suit.
Only the finest for Dr. Lecter.

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I had to somehow include the most incredible curtains that ever existed as a background piece.  The red marker's cap was a darker red but when I started coloring, it was more pinky-fuchsia than anything.  Meh - I went with it.

Anthropomorphic Mail Art Project - my submission

I also had to add some blood's Hannibal.  Lots of blood.  And you know me, I love blood.

Anthropomorphic Mail Art Project - my submission Anthropomorphic Mail Art Project - my submission

The word bubble says: "Tell me about your dreams, Will Graham" but you have to imagine it in Mads' best Hannibal voice.

Not gonna lie, this project took a darker turn than I thought but I'm happy with the way it came out because it's Hannibal-related and I dig that.  I hope you guys like it, too!

Happy Monday!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Weird Dream: Did this cartoon movie really exist?

So, I just woke up from a dream that I feel like contains something very real in it.  Let me ramble about it for a second...

When I first moved to Georgia, I met this girl who would be my best friend up until high school.  In the time we were friends, I would be at her house constantly and sometimes she would make me watch weird, obscure movies.  Some of them would be cartoons, others would be live-action.

In my dream, I was at her childhood house by myself watching TV when  trailer for a movie started playing.  It had all the elements of one of my friends' weird cartoon movies she used to make us watch when we were kids but this was a live-action version starring Kirsten Dunst and Jason Schwartzman.
The movie is about a girl (Dunst) who gets kicked out of her house (for whatever reason) and while she's stumbling along her neighborhood, a flying cuckoo clock-style house floats down to her.  She goes inside and sees it's just a one room house.  Once inside, the house closes the door and flies off.  Dunst tries to escape but the house won't let her open the door while in the air.  Dunst peers through the one window the house has and sees her town float under her as she flies far away from it.
The house eventually lands and Dunst goes out to explore.  When she comes back, the house has made her a present: a dress made from found sweaters.  Surprisingly, this doesn't phase Dunst, she enjoys it.  When she opens the door to go exploring, the house has made her another present: a wreath made from found objects like plastic bags, discarded tinsel, hay and pine straw.  She affectionately hangs it on the door and goes exploring, where she runs into Schwartzman.
She talks about her floating house but he doesn't exactly believe her until she takes him to it.  Inside, the house starts to reject Schwartzman by spitting him out once he crosses the threshold.

This was a very bizarre dream but it sounds like something that might have existed for real.  I feel like it was one of my friends' weird, obscure movies that she used to make us watch but I remember not liking this one.  I want to say it was called "Quadiliacha" because I woke up saying that word but I don't think that's it.  I can't find anything about Quadiliacha that isn't band-related.  And Kirsten Dunst and Jason Schwartzman don't have any recent overlapping projects listed on IMDB.  I'm really bothered by this because I feel like it was real and I woke up thinking, "My friend would freaking love it if that movie was live-action" because we wore out the VHS of the cartoon version but I can't, for the life of me, remember what it was!!!

Does anybody know what I'm talking about?  If I can get them to look right, I will try to draw pictures and add them later.

Thank you!
Happy Sunday!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Incoming Mail!

At the end of February, Lena at Lovely Little Day (soon to be switching over to Tiny Painter) posted about sending out love letters to anyone who wanted them.  Whether you were going through a rough time or just wanted a handwritten letter, all you had to do was send Lena your mailing address and she would happily send you a letter.  It was such a sweet gesture so I sent her a request.  The letter that came was the sweetest, most inspirational letter I've ever gotten and I am so thankful that Lena was sweet enough to take time out of her day to write it just for me.  Thank you, Lena!

The little crochet heart is from Claire, who I did the Handmade Valentine Swap with!  There was the sweetest note inside and put an even bigger smile on my face!  Thank you, Claire!!

Happy Tuesday!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Incoming Mail + The Anthropomorphic Mail Art Project!


Yesterday was another great mail day!  I received goodies from Cazz from Nerd Burger, Mary from Uncustomary Art, Erica from Star Stuff, Cara from Chewy Tulip and Fab from Wreck This Girl!  I also received my awesome shirts from Good Kids but I'm keeping those secret for now!

I'm excited about the cute little bat balloon in the first photo because it's part of Chewy Tulip's Anthropomorphic Mail Art Project!  In the envelope were two (hooray!!) postcards of animal heads for me to give bodies to and I'm so excited, I can't even wait!  I'm keeping them secret until I send them back and Cara has posted them but I'm so excited for one of them, I feel like I'm going to explode!  I'm also doing a set of creative exercises with my old man and as part of it, I've assigned him the other animal postcard to see what he comes up with.  I can't wait to see what he does!

Erica has been awesomely blogging about her adventures with her Creepy Hearts Club hearts on her blog and I'm loving it!!  Check it outPS - I've got major envelope envy!  Look at her pretty envelopes!

Hope you're having an awesome day!  Happy Wednesday!