Saturday, February 27, 2010

How To:

Today, I Googled "how to change a headlamp" and the like (I love my Subaru, but the diagrams in the owners manual leave something to be desired) which got me thinking about "how to's" and tutorials. I wish I had more time (but will in a few months!) to post tutorials, but since I don't I will direct you to click HERE to view some of the tutorials posted on my blog.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Goin' Bunting....

Like everyone else, I'm on a bunting "kick" lately. (Pictures of some of my latest projects to come soon). Here's a nice compilation of bunting artworks, projects, and ideas that I love:

Also, somewhere around the interwebs I saw an amazing painting (it was maybe gouache) involving bunting and of course I can't find it anywhere now. boo! Bunting always makes a room or occasion feel like a nostalgic party; and who doesn't love a good party decoration worked into your everyday life!

Create a great day,
XO, Bekki

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Close Shave

I spent a good part of the weekend doing homework (and going to class--boo, Saturday class!).
Of all the courses I am in this semester, Drawing II is the one that worries and challenges me the most. Here is part of a simple line drawing homework assignment-and what I spent my Friday night working on. Fun times and close shaves.

Friday, February 19, 2010

5 Things Friday: Ikea!

Since moving to a place that is about 15 minutes (when traffic's good) from an Ikea, the amount of stuff in our home from Ikea has definitely increased. For today's "5 Things," I'm showcasing 5 of my favorite home accessories and decor that I've bought at Ikea. Yay! Cute!

1. Embroidered map/world pillows. I have 2 in blue (and I hunted them down for over a year at two different Ikeas).2. We love these graters. We actually had the previous series, which came in blue, but couldn't resist the 2 pack. The containers have lids for storage too!3. This duvet cover set was actually more of whim, but I love it! It's soft and almost satin-y. And super cute!

4. I'm counting these next two as one...since Ikea has fabulous fabric. I used some of the fabric on the bottom to line the doors of an Ikea "Billy" Bookcase. One of the ones in the top pile I used to reupholster a vintage/thrifted bench. (Which I wish I had before pictures of).

5. Finally, this lamp is nice by itself, but I did my own "Ikea Hack" to it by gluing old mix tapes to the sides, so now it looks like this:

For my tutorial on this lamp project click HERE.
Create a great day,
XO, Bekki

(All photos except the last two are from Ikea's website: source).

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Let's Get Away....

All this snow is making me want to get away...and since I can't right now, I decided to browse Etsy for fun, travel-themed items. Here are some of my favorites:

Handmade Lampshade

Aeroplane Baby Onesie

Passport Case
(I have one from this company--and have purchased several as gifts, they are great!)

Topographical Error Tie

German Rail System Shirt
(Got this for the guy for Christmas--it's awesome!)

Monday, February 15, 2010

Swimming with the Change of Tides...

Way back in the summer of 2007, I "jumped in" and decided to pursue my dream (or hunch, as that's all it was then) of art. I had resigned from my 9 to 5 job and was about to take my first art class EVER. (Yes. Ever. I didn't even take art in high school!) So, I was nervous and giddy and basically felt as though I was jumping into the ocean head first--and I was excited about it but also very afraid. I used this fear to guide me; I listened to the Universe and to myself.

Flash forward to now...I've been in"art school" for a few years now. I have learned A LOT. I have cried, I have smiled, I have questioned my sanity, my talent, and my decisions a million times. I hopped on one foot and poured my soul out into my work. And, this May I will be graduating. Though I'm excited about this, I also know that my art schooling is not over. I know I will continue to take classes, to explore, and to learn.

To quote from an Augist 2007 post, "So, today is the day I jump in! And, let me tell you: it was not an easy decision and there were some roadblocks and I definitely cried today when it seemed that it might not work out--but I think it has.

Today is the day that I quiet the voice in the back of my mind that tells me to "play it safe," the voice that says stay in the boat or on the dock. Today I get up off the beach and dive head first into the biggest wave. I will listen to my intuition. So I'll have to be living in the moment. The only voices I will “shhh” are the ones of doubt, insecurity and intimidation. It's so scary that I get goosebumps and I don't want to think about it...Ahhh, goosebumps. How telling are those? My body knows the answer before I realize it. My body is me showing me that I have the energy for undertaking my dreams. Goosebumps are chilling in a way that forces you to move. Rather than running away I will run with my arms open toward what I probably always knew was the right path. These are the omens we deny ourselves everyday. This is my Personal Legend that I have been too afraid to face. Failure be damned, I've known how to swim my whole life. "

Now I see that I have learned to become a stronger swimmer. The water-wings are all but gone. Since then I have determined that I know I "can swim through every change of tide." That as the end approaches I can see new beginnings--somewhere on the horizon the Universe waits.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

Just a friendly reminder of how wonderful you are. I bought a print of this for the guy for Valentine's Day (and a nice frame for it from Ikea). Freya Art & Design has heaps of amazing and adorable cards and prints to choose from--deciding on which one to purchase was the hard part! I love it!

Create a great day,

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Slow Down

Take it slow...Be more present...Enjoy the moment...

"Slow isn’t necessarily a pace, it’s a philosophy – a way of approaching life. We can slow down simply by addressing the disconnect that makes life feel anxious, alienating and fast. Try simple things like shopping at a local farmers’ market rather than a big box store. Knowing the provenance and history of your food will change the way you experience eating. Instead of hopping in your car and heading to Starbucks, walk to an indie coffee shop. Chat with the owners, smile at a stranger and sip your latte from a mug rather than dashing off with a cardboard cup. Explore what your neighborhood has to offer and experience the simple, provincial pleasure of purchasing cheese from one store, bread from another. To slow down, we don’t have to stop moving – we just have to move in different, more meaningful ways."

From AdBusters, watch some animation about Slow Down week here, yesterday may have been the "last day" of Slow Down week, but I like this idea, you don't have to reserve a special week to be more present.

Friday, February 12, 2010

5 Things Friday: Lovey Dovey Songs

To get you in the Valentine's Day mood...more than 5 of my favorite songs for hearts or heartbreak...

The Postal Service or Iron and Wine - Such Great Heights
Death Cab for Cutie - I Will Follow You into the Dark
Modest Mouse - Float On
Jack Johnson - Better Together & Banana Pancakes
Bright Eyes - First Day Of My Life
Elliott Smith - Everything Reminds Me of Her
Leftover Salmon - Lines Around Your Eyes
Sara Bareilles - The Day We Met
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps & Wait (They Don't Love You Like I Love You)
Sufjan Stevens - To Be Alone With You
Animal Collective - My Girls
Band Of Horses- No One's Gonna Love You
Phish - Waste
The Beatles - Something

Happy Listening!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Wild Week....

So far this has been a pretty crazy week (and it's only Wednesday!). We began the week a hit hungover in St. Louis after attending a fabulous wedding at the City Museum Saturday night.

Sunday we were supposed to fly from St. Louis to Chicago then on to Baltimore. Well, driving to the STL airport we get a phone call from American Airlines saying our Chicago to Baltimore flight is canceled and they've rebooked us for Wednesday. Wednesday!?!? We flew to Chicago, where my parents live, and decided to wait it out there. We thought about driving home, but were unsure of the road conditions (since the Mid-Atlantic had just barely been dug out from a weekend blizzard). But would our cats--waiting for us at home--have enough food to last until Wednesday?

Soon we got word that Chicago was bracing for blizzard-like conditions as was the Mid-Atlantic. While devouring some yummy Chicago Pizza at Gino's East with my parents we decided that Monday would be our only snow-free window of opportunity, so we would rent a 4WD and drive from Chicago to Baltimore. So, we did. The 11 hour drive was pretty nice, actually (despite unfortunately being more of a drive and less of a roadtrip).

As we were driving through Ohio, we got a call saying that the Wednesday flight they'd rebooked us on had been canceled and now we would be on a Thursday flight....we were so glad we'd decided to drive at that point. American Airlines was actually pretty nice about they whole thing when we told them we just wanted to cancel that leg of our trip--they even gave us a refund (which basically covered the cost of our rental car).

We drove all day and eventually got to BWI airport Monday night where our car was waiting for us. When we got home our cats were out of food--another reason we were glad we drove. The roads in our area where pretty bad, but passable, allowing us to go to the store and run a few errands yesterday before "round 2" of "Snowpocalypse" hit our area. (Unfortunately, every store is sold out of all the sleds and shovels!)

Then, this morning when I got up, I was again reminded of how glad I am that we decided to drive home rather than wait for our flight--there's another blizzard here; all the plowed roads and sidewalks are covered in snow. I can barely see out some of our windows because the screens are covered in snow. The winds are so strong that outside just looks white. It's been a wild week of travel and snow storms and I'm ridiculously glad to be home and to be warm (and that both the guy and I have had snow days from work all week). Now, when's the snowball fight?!?

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Wedding Bells...

We are in St. Louis this weekend for a I thought I'd share one of my favorite photos from my wedding. This was actually before the wedding when all the girls were getting ready. Wow, July of 2002 seems like it was just yesterday!

Love and Light!

Friday, February 05, 2010

5 Things Friday: Advice

Some of the best advice I've been given or words of wisdom I try to live by:
  1. Travel Light
  2. "When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream."--Paulo Coelho, "The Alchemist"
  3. Don't be that girl. (You know the one).
  4. Don't cut your own hair. (Learned that the hard way on picture day when I was in preschool--but that's another story).
  5. "Art is the space for your wild in it." -Prof. Gan, last semester (2009). (Man, it was hard to pick 5!)

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

PinkBird's Picture: Seattle

My favorite number...and a spot for busking in Seattle, near Pike Place Market. 2009

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Get Your Stitch On!

Today may be Groundhog's Day, but the entire month is dedicated to embroidery! Yay!Jenny Hart of Sublime Stitching whipped up some fabulous free embroidery patterns that you can download here. I love the Kokeshi Doll (probably because I came back from Japan with heaps of these dolls). Now to go get busy with all those embroidery projects I haven't gotten around to in awhile!

Happy Groundhog's Day,