Music Moods.

This Playlist is getting me through this long week and the rest of this Friday! (I am so glad it’s Friday. I always am.)

For today, I made a playlist that includes just a few of my favorite females in music, right now. I have always been a fan of female artists, bands with a heavy female presence and female bassists in particular. I Love chick bassists. I wanted to be one, until I realized, I am just not very musical. At all. Or, maybe just didn’t have the patience to learn. But, there was always that desire to be in band or be on stage singing. I’m sure I’m not alone. I’m sure my love for girl bands and what not has something to do with that. When I sing along in my car, I can live vicariously through them and pretend I’m on stage. Don’t tell me it’s abnormal. Singing alone in the car is one of my most favorite things in the world.

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I am pretty excited because I will get to see The Knife in April at the Fox Theatre Oakland. I have been listening to The Knife and Fever Ray for some years now and have never had the chance to see them live. And, to say that I am excited would be a huge understatement.  I remember the first time I heard Heartbeats while working at Urban Outfitters in 2005 or 2006. I was hooked. It was so refreshing and new. Karin Dreijer’s voice has the most beautiful, smooth, eerie quality. And, I love all her projects

Black and White doodles.

Somewhat, I recently, I have been interested in the idea of getting into textile design.

I love hunting for fabrics to use in my sewing projects. For my bags, I was always really picky about the fabric I chose. I love prints, but many of what I had access to were not so much in line with the aesthetic that I was hoping to achieve.

I started to create designs and patterns by organizing solid colored fabrics in various ways. As you can see in some older posts; here and here. It was always fun and challenging work, and still is. However, it is quite limiting. You are limited to certain shapes and colors.

Since discovering Spoonflower, I have tried my hand at painting and rather amateur graphic design to come up with some patterns to print onto fabric. I have had a few successful patterns. Two of which are currently available on Spoonflower.

So, the point of all of this is just to start introducing some random paintings and doodles I have done over few months. In practicing my artistry and just getting ideas and things out on paper, here are some Black and White paintings that I paired together to post today.

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Antiquing.

This past Sunday, we took our regular monthly trip out to Alameda for the Antique fair. I snapped some photos, which I am not always great about remembering to do. I get so caught up looking at all the lovely things and the hunt for goodies to take home. I always forget to capture things.

The thing is, there are some vendors that are very thoughtful about their merchandising. And, with the collections of so many old and  interesting items, it makes for killer displays and you guessed it… photos. I hope to get better about remembering to snap more photos each time we go.

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There was some really great stuff this month. We got rained out at February’s fair. But, we did walk away with about 1 item each, before we noticed that vendors were packing up and the rain was starting to come down hard. But, we made up for it this month. Or, at least, I did.

Sunday, we got a little sprinkling and a good downpour on our way out, but for the most part it was a win. I walked away with some serious loot. See below:

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I found some really great decapitated doll heads for my current collection, which is rounding out quite nicely. They are my favorite photo props for class right now. But, I have about 7 now and could probably take a break in collecting them, for now. Unless I find something that I can’t live without, of course. I also found this lovely non decapitated doll, with a perfectly cracked face. She is going to be another fine model for photos. I’m quite excited. I also scored the sweet little porcelain kewpie lookin’ doll, some $1 glass medicine bottles, a lovely black glass tray, a perfect old (but never used) photo album, and that rad purple trunk! It was a good day.

Emily and I have discussed opening an online shop, likely through Etsy, to sell some pieces in. We plan to sell items from our own collections so we can cycle though a bit and keep collecting without becoming hoarders. It’s always fun to purge and refresh, and it should help to keep our most recent habit a bit less dangerous. We already have some pieces set aside ready to sell off. So, keep an eye out!

 

Into the Woods. V2. Color edition.

More from an early morning session with Stephanie and Sarah, this time some color shots. I edited a good amount in black and white, but I loved the fire-y orange of the sunlight and some of the cool color tones in these that I wanted to share some in color also. I’m still practicing and learning, so this was a lot of fun. Mostly, just a nice relaxed morning with my people. Thank you Stephanie and Sarah for getting up at 6am to catch this light!

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Into the Woods. V1. Black and White.

I was fortunate to get my Sister and girlfriend Stephanie up early one morning last weekend to try to take some photos in the morning sunshine. My first assignment in Photography class this semester is Light, and after going to this spot for the hiip Winter photo shoot, I wanted to go back and play some more. Here is just a little bit of what came about with some black and white editing. Please, be kind, as I am not traditionally trained in photo editing digital photos. I just play around. I do plan to take a digital class next. Film is just so darn romantic, though. I wasn’t ready to take a break quite yet.

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Double exposure trial.

Back in the day, about 10 years ago. My girlfriends and I used to love doing fun photo sessions. When my girlfriend Laura lived with us, there was always a photo experiment of some sort. We’d set up a back drop and go to town experimenting. It was one of the funnest things ever. Since, starting my photography class in the fall, I have longed for those days. I have so many ideas and things I want to try.

A couple weeks ago while preparing for my portrait assignment for class, I got the urge to go play. I dragged Stephanie and Sarah along. Stephanie picked a nice spot up off 280 to watch the sunset and shoot some photos. I wanted to try some double exposure stuff. Here is what came out. Pretty amateur. I have a lot to research and learn still to get them just right. But, this was so fun and I can’t wait to try again!

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Antique fair Sundays are officially the best.

This is my new favorite weekend activity.

On the first Sunday of each Month, there is a very large Antique fair held in Alameda, CA. I went for the first time last month (May). It was amazing. Actually amazing. The amount of vendors at this event is insane, and all the goodies they bring along, well, you can imagine. There is so much to look at. Even when you don’t buy anything, just to see some of the old treasures and hear some of the stories behind where they came from are incredible.

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 Samsonite Fashionaire luggage set.

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 Kaj Franck enamelware bowl.

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Super collection of copper cookware.

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Kotex wall dispenser (I regret not snagging this)

The fair starts at 6am. So my sister in law and I woke up at about 6 and were on the road by 630 am and in Alameda just after 7am. Happy Sunday, right? Well, it was totally worth it.

During my first trip, I was mostly just enthralled with all the lovely things. I had set a budget (it HAS to be done) and brought my cash. However,  I could not pull the trigger on anything. I think in the back of my mind I kept thinking I might find something BETTER. I ended up leaving the first fair with a some mineral rocks and gems, that I purchased from a legit Paleontologist who was AWESOME.

I went again last weekend for the June fair. This time Lisa joined Emily and I! It’s good to have buddies that share in the joy of waking up at 5am on a Sunday (this time we went earlier!)  I had less restraint when it came to making a few purchases. I was immediately finding great beautiful treasures that I felt I could not leave behind.

Here are my treasures in their new home (my home!)

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Some random yard sticks.  I love the colors. Seemed like a random little collection to start. I need some rulers now though… this could get fun.

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Singer 185J. I have been wanting to add a green machine to my collection. I got this greenie for $35 and she works! Now, all I need is White Singer Featherweight. Someday…

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Last, but most definitely not least, my globes. Yes, multiple. I had to. I had been looking for a black globe for a little while. At the last antique fair I kept my eye out for one but only saw a neat Navy one. But, of course I held out (pat on the back). Soon after we entered the fair last weekend, we stumbled on the Moon globe. And then later on I saw the Black globe, which is in amazing condition.  Now, I need a smaller globe of some sort.

Do you like how each new thing I got, seems to require more? I do. I LOVE collecting :)

Planting a seed.

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A few random updates.

I gave up Diet Coke for the Month of March, and surprisingly I haven’t looked back. I thought I’d NEVER be able to give it up. But, I did and I am quite proud of myself. I was extremely dependent on my Diet Cokes. Lately, I’ve been really enjoying water and different fizzy and mineral waters.  The Crystal Geyser Mineral waters are my favorite.

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I’ve started an art journal, somewhat loosely. I don’t keep all the pages in a journal so much. But, I am trying to draw something everyday. Even if just a doodle. I have been playing with watercolors a bit as well.

I have been wanting to do some textile design and after my first successful repeat pattern or graphic print done in Gimp, I thought to take to paper to work on some more natural looking stuff. I have been having quite a lot of fun with it. I bought some $8 watercolors at Ikea, and the colors are awesome. I have an itch to take a trip to the craft store for some other paints and pastels too!

You can check out the couple design (legitimately, only 2)I have uploaded so far to Spoonflower and Society 6. the mountains should be available on Spoonflower soon as well. I just ordered the proof!

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I planted some flower seeds in the backyard a couple weekends ago. I was so pleased to walk out an water them last Sunday to see some sweet little sprouts coming through! I planted some Bachelors Buttons seeds that my sister gave me. I have always loved Purple flowers! Mario bought me seeds for BLACK pansy’s that I am waiting to get in the mail now too and I am super excited. I’ve never been much of a gardener. I don’t really love getting dirty. But, I’m loosening up  about it. And my Mother always had the most amazing gardens, so I feel like I’ve got to have it in me somewhere. Watching my little seeds sprout makes me happy. I love new hobbies.

Well, that’s it for now. I really just wanted to blog something. And I realize this is mostly an extended version of what I’ve shared on instagram, but while I am getting back into the swing of things on this here blog, there may be a bit of that.

 

Dreams in Black and White.

So, I recently discovered Catherineholm Black lotus enamelware. I had seen the Catherineholm lotus designs before in all those fun bright colors, but never had I seen it come in black. I about lost my mind upon seeing some of the pieces on Etsy. I mean the TEAPOT, are you kidding me? I sort of put it on the back burner, thinking how silly it would be to spend the cash some sellers were asking. But, kept the idea that someday I will begin a few piece collection.

A few days later, I spent the afternoon with my girlfriend, Shanna. She recently bought a new home and I went to check it out and have lunch and chat. Shanna is an excellent collector and decorator, so after spending the afternoon with her I was instantly re inspired and motivated all over again to start collecting some of these neat old pieces.

I got home and started hunting with my Sister in Law for goodies online just to get an idea of what pieces would be fun to look for. Somehow, I stumbled upon Black Amethyst Glass. Something about high shine, glossy, or enamel black makes me swoon… So, I now have this image in my head of a dining room hutch filled pretty Black Amethyst glass pieces, some milk glass too, and black pyrex. Can you picture it? Perfect. Complete the look with some Catherineholm Black Lotus pieces displayed accordingly nearby. That is my vision.

Cut to today, my Etsy and eBay favorites lists are a bit out of control, but quite beautiful. I am excited to start a collection. I plan to keep scouting eBay and Etsy listings, while also hitting up thrift shops, antique fairs and estate sales this Spring and Summer and beyond!

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And the hunt begins!

Currently.

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Feeling: A mix of things; Happy overall, for sure, and Loved. A tiny bit Bored, since I have not been sewing much and working out less this year so far. I need to flip the switch and get back to work in both areas. Why is that motivation so hard to find? I am in need of a some serious motivation and inspiration. I hoping getting back to blogging here will spark my creativity once again. I need the outlet.

Watching: Homeland. It is so good and intense and just awesome. The characters are great. I only have 3 episodes left in Season 2 and then I have to wait until he dead end of September for Season 3!!! What is that all about?

Reading: Let’s be honest here, Buzzfeed. And a few blogs, including Enjoying the Small Things. kellehampton.com I love Kelle’s writing. And it does not always matter what she is writing about specifically. She can write things that I can adapt to completely different situations in my own life. That’s what’s so great about the best song lyrics, right? She writes things like this: “Sometimes you don’t know you want these things until fate picks them for you. And then you’re thankful that you don’t get to make all your own choices because that would be kind of selfish and boring, and you’d never get to experience your secret wants–the ones only fate knows.” that make me cry at my computer. Not just because I’m reading a birth story. But because I have my own little realization, and see how true and lovely the statement is. I am not sure why I haven’t read her book, Bloom, yet…

Thinking about: Work. And what I could be doing better to push myself further. It’s a great time here to grow along with the company. When I first started, I was really excited about my position and what I felt I could do with it, and where I could go. I still am. But, I have noticed myself closing up and almost distancing myself socially at work (and in my life in general, actually). I get nervous when talking. I haven’t always been the most outgoing person, but I find myself becoming even more socially awkward lately, like heart pounding and shaky even at times. It’s a bit concerning. It’s something I really need to address with myself and work on.

Eating: Drinking Lattes at work, thanks to our somewhat new Nespresso machine. I love this thing, seriously.

Looking forward to: Sunshine, and more frequent trips to the beach. I cannot wait for Summer and days outside basking in the sun, sunny bike rides, and pool days. I don’t know if this necessarily falls under the “Looking forward to” section but, I have been craving getting dressed up for something. I have nothing planned yet. But, I just want to put on a dress and some heels. Nothing too fancy. Just fancy enough to get that feeling you get when wearing a great dress and heels. I am also looking forward getting tattooed again. Ready and anxious to get into the shop and start working on my long list of waiting artwork…

Making me happy: Our “Full House”. March a quiet yet crazy month in our house. There has been a lot of traveling for just about everyone in the house, but all at different times. It can be weird to be in that full house when someone is missing. You sense the off-ness of it. I get that our living situation isn’t completely conventional. And maybe it’s more normal home life when I or my sister clear out, or my brother and his family take off. I’ve just gotten so used to our commune lifestyle, that it feels normal to me. And while sometimes I look forward to the quiet, I find that during it I’m just bored and want out. Now, that everyone is back home and no future trips are planned quite yet. Home feels whole again and so damn happy.

I love these “Currently”posts. Thank you, Danielle for the inspiration and invitation to join in the fun!