April 2, 2017

Life Lately // Catching Up

Life has been, for the lack of a better word, crazy.  My work hours shot up at the end of December due to an unexpected change in staff, and I'm finding it so difficult to accomplish anything outside of work.  I've been hiking only a handful of times, haven't even considered touching my camera for the most part, and have gained back nearly 10 pounds that I had lost before Thanksgiving!  Ughhh!  But, this isn't a rant post, I don't like doing that...so instead I'll catch you up on a few things that I HAVE been up to :)

First off, more hours means more money and I've begun the process of really working on making over my creative space!  I rearranged things, painted the walls white, and put a LOT in storage.  I also purchased a nice big rug and giant floor pillows to sit on while drawing.  I'm setting up an entire corner of my room to devote to relaxing, creating, and listening to my records.  I'll share photos once I have a few things on the walls and get my new record player :)  In the meantime...you can spot my cat Brando chilling on my floor pillows!
As you can see, I've also found the time to do at least a little bit of drawing.  Not nearly as much as I'd like, but hey...at least I'm dabbling right?!  The Snapping Turtle is a starting point for a Reptile & Amphibian series I'm creating for my Happy Herping project, and the illustration at the top was just me having fun with characters and practicing different facial features and styles...also a great chance to try out my new Copic markers...dude...I need ALL the Copic Markers!!!

A couple of weeks ago I added this wire shelving unit above my desk and filled it with a few of my favorite things :)  I can't believe it's taken me so long to finally start collecting the Wes Anderson Criterion Collection Blu-Rays...but it's happening!

I started reading again!  It saddens me to think about the lack of reading I've done over the past couple of years.  I've been making a point to not spend so much time on the computer and more time reading.  It's paying off.  I'm on a Stephen King reading binge right now, and am nearly finished with the second book in the Dark Tower series!  I'm looking forward to seeing the film adaptation this summer so I'm determined to finish the entire series before then.

Aside from setting up my room, reading a ton, and making an effort to start drawing again...I've seen a few films that I loved (mostly foreign language horror) such as The Wailing, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, Train To Busan, and The Eyes of My Mother.  If you're into horror/thrillers and don't mind sub-titles...I highly recommend all of these!

In the month of April, I hope to:

  • Get to the 4th Dark Tower book.
  • Spend some time practicing with my Hula Hoop.
  • Take walks at the park regularly.
  • Drink more water and less soda.
  • Add to my Wes Anderson Criterion Collection.
  • Illustrate more!
  • Buy that new record player I want!
Well, there it is!  Now that I've caught you up a bit on what's been going on...I'll try and not stay away so long before my next post.  I've got a couple of hours or so before The Walking Dead finale, so I suppose I'll do some cleaning up, pack lunch for tomorrow, and do a bit of reading while I wait.  

So, what have you been up to lately?

March 12, 2017

Cinephile Sunday // A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night


Bringing something fresh and utterly original to the Vampire film genre, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is an Iranian Vampire Western and love story following two sad souls through a desolate town that's being stalked by a lonely vampire.

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Beautifully presented in black & white and featuring a soundtrack worthy of weeks on repeat, this film is my latest obsession.  Every now and then, I'll experience a film that truly draws me in, fills me with warm fuzzies, and ultimately reminds me of the reasons behind my love affair with film.  This is the most recent of those films for me.  If artful, sad, comedic, and full of quirk sounds like your jam, please please please hop on over to Netflix or Amazon and check it out!

If you do watch it, or you've already seen it, I'd love to hear your thoughts on it!  What was your favorite scene?  What did you like or dislike about it?

January 17, 2017

The Creative Space Of My Dreams


This year, I'm all about doing things that make me happy and something that I've always wanted to do but have never committed to was to curate a room that I love.  My craft room (which will hence forth be referred to as my Creative Space) is in the middle of a major and much needed makeover.  Last year, I stripped the floors of the old brown carpet that had covered them for decades and decided to stick with having a bare concrete floor.  I also painted the walls turquoise and hung lots of of my favorite things.  This year, I'm going all out and actually pulling together a lot of things that I've always wanted to have but was either too poor to spend the money on new things or was too busy telling myself I was saving for something bigger...which was a lie to myself because I was constantly spending my money on junk instead.  So these are the things I want to invest in and create the Creative Space I've always wanted.  I kinda feel like once it's done, I'm never gonna wanna leave it...it's going to be such a fresh and happy place!  Keep reading to get the breakdown!

My walls are currently being painted with a fresh coat of a White-ish color to replace the turquoise.  The room is quite small at 10x10, so I think the white will help tremendously in opening up the space.  If I could only get one thing from this wishlist that I think would have the biggest impact on the level of cozy in the room...it would have to be a giant soft rug.  I love the bare concrete, but I've been wanting something plush under my toes for such a long time and I can't wait to take a nap on this thing!  I can totally see myself lounging on a pile of floor pillows with a sketchbook while listening to my records.  So dreamy :)  Links: Rug, Cat Pillow, Floor Pillow.

Speaking of records, I'm set on investing in a nice Record Storage rack and I am IN LOVE with this simple gold one from Urban Outfitters.  It won't take up a ton of space, and I love that I will be able to see a few of the covers instead of everything being tucked away side by side.  I would also like to have a nice set of shelves for displaying a few of my favorite things and I love the idea of having this trio of colors.  I'm not sure I'll purchase these specifically, but I may use them as inspiration for some DIY shelves I've been thinking of making.  I can definitely see them filled with things that I love....the Wes Anderson Criterion Collection blu-rays, things I collect from hiking adventures, a made-over View Master or two, perhaps a framed photo of Jemaine Clement just because I'm dorky like that...we'll see! Links: Record Rack, Shelves.

I already have the spectacular Testudines poster that I can not wait to hang, and I've been oggling this Stegosaurus lamp for a few months now on Modcloth.  The one thing that I would really like to have but will probably be pretty difficult to come by is a Taxidermy Armadillo.  If I can find any sort of Taxidermy piece at an antique store or yard sale that is as interesting as an armadillo I might get it...but I really want an Armadillo...Armadillos are my spirit animal :)  Links: Stegosaurus Lamp, Poster.

Last but not least, I reeeeally want to invest in a new record player.  My little green Crosley one is still going strong, but I would love to invest in this pretty Lavender one with speakers.  I also wouldn't mind having this rolling cart to set it on and the extra storage space is a plus.  As you can see from the several items on this list...I'm making records a big part of my room wishlist!  My record collection is slowly growing and I have a huge long list of records I want to add to it.  The Weepies & Laura Viers have been on repeat for me lately...so naturally I want all of theirs!  I'm also eager to get my hands on this Wes Anderson tribute album...so many great songs on that thing!!! Links: Rolling Cart, Record Player, The Weepies, I Saved Latin, Laura Viers.

So there it is!  I'm sure I'll find different pieces as the year goes on that I'll get instead of these...but I feel like this list totally represents the look and feel of the creative space I want to create for myself.  I want a bright, open, and minimalist type of space that I can listen to my favorite music in while working on my artwork and editing photos :)

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