Friday, April 29, 2011

friday things

1. weekend weather outlook = amazing
2. princess catherine, duchess of cambridge = amazing
    2b. I have about 12 hours of coverage tivo'd & ready to go
3. this time next week I will be en route home to FLORIDA
4. my dear sweet friend Berit is safe in tuscaloosa. & she is determined to help her neighbors, those she knows & those she does not.
5. the mayor of tuscaloosa gave a very encouraging speech in wake of the tornados, it does make me pray for more leaders like him in our country/WORLD.
see it here:

6. CP7 went #12 in the NFL draft!! I got to hang out with him a few times in college - including on his official visit, he twirled my roommate, Grace, and I on the dancefloor at Stetsons, we are pretty much the reason he was ever a Seminole. ;) He is a very smart, honorable, hard working, faithful guy & it makes me so happy to see him succeed!

in lieu of 5 disgracing qualities about this week, how about some fun pictures from Pinterest instead..


& finally... CORONA POPSICLES... YES.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

creative cultures 11

When I started my freshman year at Florida State, I was very fortunate to be welcomed by not 1, but 6-7 older sisters and a few older brothers. In my sister's first years in Tallahassee, she made great friends who all had similar backgrounds (ie, Christian school kids from south Florida), but it's not as homeschooled-weirdo as it sounds, promise! In my freshman year, there were at least 4 younger sisters that were joining their older siblings in the 850. These kids were just like what I hoped I would find at college. Fun, outgoing, Christian peers, who knew happy hour was not the worst thing in the world, who were friends with every kind of person, who were involved in our church & who were equally excited about being a Seminole as I was! Ashley became known to my parents as, "Pretty Ashley", still to this day, that is what they refer to her as.

some of the "sisters"
camping trip 2005 to Clemson, SC
I got to spend many a tailgate, Chris McCarty Band concert, TCO retreat & improv photoshoots with Ashley before she graduated. She later married one of the guys who was part of the big brothers/sisters clan, & they currently live in Tallahassee (jealous). I got to see Ashley a few weeks ago when she was in Los Angeles for work (she works for FSU, jealous again.) We went to dinner & spent quite a while catching up, a mostly me being inspired by her, but she laughed at a few of my experiences thus far.

Meet: Ashley

Ashley, Tony & Buster
1. A/S/L with a twist:

A. Stage of life, year in school, major:
Married, no kids and a proud mother of a very curious dog.

S. Details about you:
full time fundraiser for the Arts at FSU. I design and help people renovate on the side.

L. Where you are based, where you are going, where you want your work to go:
Tallahassee for now, but I'm up for anything.
2. Favorite meal:
ahi tuna with avocado and ice cream pretty much anytime of the day


3. Favorite beverage:
a big glass of cabernet

4. What is your first memory of being creative?
As a child, I changed the layout of my room quite a bit. I also made killer gingerbread houses during Christmas.

5. What or who inspires you?
The blog-o-sphere {too many to mention}, walking our dog and while scrutinizing local architecture, and above all, traveling.

6. Favorite quote that inspires your artwork:
“Do what you love and the money will follow”. I think there’s a book with that title but it really resonates in my head.

7. Favorite thing about your artwork:
helping others make sense of difficult spaces.

8. Challenges about your artwork:
staying focused and giving myself enough time to work on the side


9. Your dream piece of art to create:
renovate a barn into a restaurant or event space

10. Favorite article of clothing/accessory/shoes:
If favorite = most worn, I’d have to say my elastic waist jeggings from Forever that I wear 4 times a week.

11. Where can we see more of you?
smittendesign.blogspot.com

12. Can we buy you?
I make headboards, pillows and coffee tables. If interested, contact me: smittendesign.blogspot.com

13. What are your hopes & dreams for your work?
To work full time in the creative industry. Eventually be my own boss and create a demand for whatever I can supply!

14. Anything else we should know?
I still use Sunin- available pretty much only at Walmart. It keeps me blonde and is only $3.00. Other blonde's might like to know, but i don't recommend it for brunettes as it will turn them orange.

If you would love to be featured as a Creative Culture or would like to nominate someone, just comment on this post & I will be in touch!


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

woof wednesday

she could be my new bff...... or yours!

meet: Baby

she kind of looks like my niece-dog...

Babe was rescued from a shelter on her last day & taken into a foster home. She is a young golden retriever/labrador mix. Foster parents describe her as sweet & loving!

interested in adopting Baby? Email her foster parents are: Clean42day@msn.com

"no paw left behind"


It's our mission!

•••

Adopting a dog is a lifetime commitment.

Wanna join Woof Wednesdays!

Email Lauren at lcairdo@gmail.com

We would love to bring you on board.

Or just start posting about a dog in need of a home on your blog or facebook page!

oh and join our group on facebook!

oh and here too on our page

Friday, April 22, 2011

friday

just had this converstaion with one of my bffs...

me: i think i want to become a comedian
me: u can be my sidekick.. kinda like chuey, but longer
me: ill call you stringy
me: but you have to wear kangol hats
Whitney: HAHA

she clearly agrees with my comedic skillz

other things making me happy:
1. donut friday

If you did not know this, California has the BEST beaches, bars, movie stars, DONUTS.

2. I won 3/6 games in tennis last night!!!! (vs a BOY)
3. Easter weekend always makes me happy & feel blessed.
4. Started watching King's Speech last night.. so far, SO GOOD!
5. my sister just submitted her answers for creative cultures, turns out I AM the normal one.
6. I did 2 really good things at work today.

5 things that are downers.
1. sore phroaty
2. my car is SOOOO dirty.
3. could not go to vegas this weekend to see my BFF because I am the poorest 25 year old that ever was.
4. confused about life
5. needing a hair cut real bad, last time I tried to cut it myself, I turned out like a 4 year olds ugly barbie.

sorry so short, but my lunch is ready for pick up!


Thursday, April 21, 2011

creative cultures 10

I met Emily when she started 7th grade at Westminster. I think it is pretty neat that many of the first 10 creative cultures came from Westminster! I bet Mrs.Tiedje would too. Emily & I had lot of classes together over the years there, served on student council & key club together. She was also on the "camping trip from hell" in the summer of 2002. Emily was in the best art class that ever was, Art 3, our senior year. We were angel students that never listened to secular music with the volume up during class, always did what the teacher asked & loved everything we had to create. Even the 10 foot tall scenery, that we never got to act in front of. (More about that another time, perhaps). I re-connected with Emily through facebook & now our blogs, twitter, etc. She has stayed very close with my childhood BFF, Peggy, & gets to live in one of my favorites states, Texas, & work a really cool company!
She is uber talented, loves color, abstract shapes, mixed mediums & painting things that have a meaning or an inspiration behind them.

Meet Emily:
"Me"
1. A/S/L with a twist:
A. Stage of life, year in school, major

I am currently working full-time and going to school full-time; in school to get my license as an adolescent therapist with a concentration on art therapeutics and working for the fabulous Dallas Cowboys Football Club.

S. Details about you
I was born in Texas and grew up in Florida. I studied art for three years at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, until I realized I was taking just as many psychology courses as art, and that they don't let you counsel teenagers and kids without a psychology license. So I changed majors (yes, as a junior, I basically started all over...not recommended) and am now a student in the Texas A+M University system. I have: awesome parents, a brother 10 years younger than me (I wish I was as cool as he is when I was his age) a very small, very tight group of amazing friends whom I have all known for at least 12 years or longer, a cat named Silly who has a serious superiority complex, and a dog, Doc, who has separation anxiety and must be with me at all times, to the point he even sits in my lap while I paint.

L. Where you are based, where you are going, where you want your work to go
Dallas! I want to travel (of course) but could seriously live the rest of my life in this great city...I want my art to go wherever it will be enjoyed.

2. Favorite meal:
Supreme salad with homemade Italian dressing from the U.S. Pizza Co. in Little Rock, AR; my Granddaddy used to take me there all the time. Desert would have to be tiramisu from Bruno's, here in Valley Ranch, TX.

"1960"
3. Favorite beverage:
Morning: Venti skinny hazelnut latte'. Lunch: Diet Dr. Pepper. Dinner: vodka/cranberry with three lime wedges.

4. What is your first memory of being creative?
I took my first painting lesson was when I was 5. But the early experience I remember most vividly is the drawing class that I took when I was 7. We were only allowed to use 5 colored markers and a permanent Sharpie...there were no mistakes in art! My teacher taught us that if you 'mess up' you just make something new and that lesson stuck with me. I often hate a piece at the very beginning, because it is not a mirror image of what I had imagined in my head. I will hang it up and live with it for awhile, giving it what I call 'face-lifts', or working on it little by little, until it has taken on a life of its own. This OCD process comes directly from that class I had when I was 7.

5. What or who inspires you?
My little brother. He's 14 and still has so much joy in him. He still thinks first kisses are all going to be magical, all dreams will come true, that everyone grows up to be rich and famous, that people are just plain 'ol good inside. He still has his child-like faith in Christ. I have lost some of that through the years and it's saddening. Creating art brings all of those hopes and feelings back for me. Art is therapeutic and joyous for me.

"Invitation"
6. Favorite quote that inspires your artwork:
"Painting is just another way of keeping a diary." Pablo Picasso

7. Favorite thing about your artwork:
It's messy. There are no rules, no staying inside the lines, and no mistakes.

8. Challenges about your artwork:
I am very impatient, in many areas of my personality but most apparently in my art. I have about three pieces going at once, because I cannot stand to wait for paint to dry. I paint in layers, so waiting for those layers to dry is crucial for getting what I want out of paint.There are millions of products made to make paint dry slower, to help with blending, but not one product has been invented to make it dry faster! I have considered using the aerosol Instant Dry spray for nail polish, but am too afraid it will wreck color quality.

9. Your dream piece of art to create:
One word: MASSIVE! Pollock used to cover his studio floor in huge canvases and Monet's Reflections of Clouds on the Water-Lily Pond covers an entire gallery at the MoMA . To be able to have that confidence and freedom in my work would be amazing! And not to mention that being able to devote that much time and resources to a painting would be a dream come true!

"Here Comes the Sun II"

10. Favorite article of clothing/accessory/shoes
My Miss Me jeans (http://www.missme.com)/ my David Yurman ring/ my cowboy boots (all 3 pairs)...a total Texas cliche'.

11. Where can we see more of you?
My blog, Emily Elizabeth Gallery at www.emilyelizabethnicoll.blogspot.com has everything I do, big or small. Or my Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ems2911

Emily & her cute little brother
(who was maybe 8 the last time I saw him?!) at the stadium
12. Can we buy you?
You can't buy ME, but you CAN buy my work! There are contact and buying information pages on my blog and I also do custom pieces on commission. "Starving Artist" is not just a cute bumper sticker slogan! My art is for sale on my Etsy.. http://www.etsy.com/shop/ems2911

13. What are your hopes & dreams for your work?
That I never grow up too much to stop playing with paint!

14. Anything else we should know?
Yes, I work for the Dallas Cowboys. Yes, I meet players. No, I cannot get anyone season tickets or autographs.

If you would love to be featured as a Creative Culture or would like to nominate someone, just comment on this post & I will be in touch!


Friday, April 15, 2011

thoughts?

Fendi Deco Bag

friday things

5 rays of sunshine in my week
1. going to vegas tonight!
2. dad has been in such a wonderful mood the past few weeks. his latest idea is installing a fish pond in our yard. this would be neat except we have 2, sometimes 3, very curious & playful golden retrievers. I do not think koi fish + gracie's mouth would be a good combination. but if it makes him happy, it makes me happy!
3. one of my best friends in the entire world, got engaged! I love her fiance too. I just love LOVE. Congrats you two:
Future Mr. & Mrs. Joe Lamb

4. It's one of my other bffffff's birfdays today! Cari always makes my birthday so special & am so blessed to have her in my life! I wish I could make it to your party tonight girlfriend!

Senior Year ADPi-athlon - this summarizes our friendship pretty well..

Her 23rd.. on stage, naturally.

Dance Marathon veterans

Her 21st in Destin

Helping me with my 21st birthday "speech"

5. I got the WAND.. if you have not.. do it.

5 things making it rain on my parade
1. I got intense sun burn at the flea market & now have lovely tan lines
2. allergies
3. every, and I mean EVERY, morning.. I park my car, wave to the attendant to let him know my key is in the visor & get approached by a very creepy, young dude. EVERY morning he says... "HII! GOOD MORNING! WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR CAR WASHED?". EVERY morning, (for a while) I thankfully declined. But now, he comes like UP TO MY DOOR. It weirds me out. I now fake talk on my cell phone, look down, keep my sunglasses on, walk quickly to avoid. I am not the only one who finds him creepy. I know, he's just trying to do his job, but take your solicitation elsewhere, bucko.
4. sore phroaty.
5. ummmmmmmmmmmmmmm, I really miss Gracie & Star.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

creative cultures 9

I first met Tina when she came to Westminster in 9th grade. We had Dr.Reeves' English class together (& I am sure many others, but that class was pretty memorable!). I do not think I have seen Tina since high school, but have re-connected with her through her amazing foodie blog! (I think that is the best part about blogs, keeping in touch with people you might have had a chance to). Tina is sweet as sugar, beautiful and encourages her followers to have fun, be willing to mess up & to try new recipes!

Meet: Tina.

1. A/S/L with a twist:
A. Stage of life: Married (Just celebrated our 3 year Anniversary this month!)
S. Details about you: Working in Customer Service by day and cooking by night
L. Where you are based: Jupiter Florida Where you want your work to go: I would love to figure out a way to make food blogging my full time career! (working on it!)


2. Favorite meal: That is WAY too tough of a question for a food blogger hah - I like variety so it changes A LOT: Anything with garlic and cayenne (i put it in EVERYTHING!!!). Mexican-style food is the favorite in our household - we love a little spice and some homemade tortillas!


3. Favorite beverage: I pretty much just drink water or tea, but as for my favorite cocktail (Again, this changes a LOT) but right now I'm partial to the Blood Orange Margarita! :) 
Grilled Pizza
4. What is your first memory of being creative? I have always LOVED being in the kitchen even as a small child. I remember going to the bookstore with my mom or grandma and heading straight for the kids cookbooks! haha Most kids want coloring books or cool story books - nope, not me. Give me the cookbooks!

5. What or who inspires you? Other food bloggers who started out just like me - Someone from a small town just writing and photographing what they are passionate about (Food!). I have a Favorites Page on my website listing some of the fabulous ladies that inspire me! :) They give me hope that one day (hopefully soon) I can make it happen!

6. Favorite quote that inspires your work: Julia Childs has some hysterical cooking quotes ("If you're afraid of butter, use cream.") haha but one that I find inspirational is, "This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook- try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!" — Julia Child (My Life in France)
Vanilla Cupcakes with Swiss Meringue Buttercream
7. Favorite thing about your work: It's relaxing. I come home after a long day of work, and go straight to my kitchen and start creating whatever comes to mind. It helps me unwind (as strange as that sounds)!


8. Challenges about your work: The big ol' mess I leave in my kitchen! haha Thankfully my husband is a HUGE help and cleans up behind me as I'm cooking!

9. Your dream piece of art/food to create: I just tackled gnocchi recently which was one my "cooking bucket list", and now I'm determined to figure out how to make authentic Pad Thai (i tried once and failed miserably!).
Homemade Gnocchi
10. Favorite article of clothing/accessory/shoes: I love wearing cotton dresses or skirts/tops with cute sandals (comfortable is key!). Oh and I love me some Forever 21 Costume Jewelry (their stuff rocks!).


11. Where can we see more of you? www.mylifeasamrs.com/ & http://www.facebook.com/pages/My-Life-as-a-Mrs/161637273872610?sk=wall

12. Can we buy you? Sure! haha

13. What are your hopes & dreams for your work? To pick up some sponsors or become a contributor to other food/recipe websites. I would LOVE to make this my full-time job (not just something I get a little cash here and there for!)!

Caribbean BBQ Chicken Cups
14. Anything else we should know? You can find my About Me page here!

Baba Ganoush
If you would love to be featured as a Creative Culture or would like to nominate someone, just comment on this post & I will be in touch!


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

love

Angels Sing



You see, see in me what I can't see
Believe in me in my unbelief
Strengthen me when I'm so weak
You know I love you
And you light the corners of darkness in my life
You answer when no one can hear my
Cry for my rescue
The clouds open up and my world sees a savior

And you make the angels stand and sing
You make heavenly melodies
You make my life forever free
You know I love you
You know I love you
You make everything wonderful
You make each day more beautiful
You make life unbelievable
You know I love you
You know I love you

Angels will bow at your feet as they worship
Heavens will open the gates show their splendor
The earth starts to rumble our loved ones we welcome
Trumpets will thunder my world sees a savior

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

california bucket list : rose bowl flea market

One of the things I told myself I had to do while living in California, was become a flea market shopper. I have always loved bargains & when I lived in NYC I became a pro at bargaining. This past weekend, I went to the famous Rose Bowl Flea Market, featured many times by Emily of Cupcakes & Cashmere (if you havent read this blog, do it, quick.) She goes alot. Unfortunately, I did not see her there. (I knew I wouldnt because she was on vacation.. blog stalk much?)


Anywho, pictures are better than words so enjoy my sites. I missed getting a picture of our hot dog lunch & the late afternoon kettle korn binge..

Things I saw..
Buck chair, complete with buck arms & legs.

 Cool handmade tables, that reminded me of Ashley

I could not think of any T couples, until I left & remembered a bunch. Like them: the Thompsons


Milk Green Jadeite cake stands, juicers & bowl sets, future want!

Big vintage posters on canvas. Everything from Mercedes Benz to Camel Cigarettes to Chanel.
Future want, again.

Hundreds of vintage/old Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Dooney, no name amazing, etc. bags.
Definitely a few fakes mixed in, but overall, ridiculous.

Do Ashlee & Tina Simpson qualify as "things I saw"?
Ashlee is in the lace skirt & Tina in the jeans & black top

Things I bought:
Lapis ring, I am really into Lapis at the moment!

Neon Beverly Hills shirt, could not pass it up

Vintage dress/tunic

sleeve detail - ps the flowers are definitely white & not creepy old yellow

Vintage, authenitc, cross body LV bag.
Strap might not be authentic, but the bag is.

Not bad for a lovely little Sunday (& $65)

Do you flea market? What have been your favorite finds? Or are you the type that can't bring yourself to use what others have? I think that is part of the fun! I wonder what awesome concerts someone wore the LV bag to, or where they got it.. 

I will be back & next time, I will wear sunscreen!