Category Archives: Art

Camera Learning

I’ve been wanting a nice camera for a few years and finally took the plunge in November. I’ve been doing some research through blogs I’ve found to discover how to take good photos on the correct setting and not just “auto”. Happily, I got to try out my new baby in Austin!

Here are some of the pictures I took. I’m learning!

Photography Trees  Austin Art Front Porch Cactus Austin Ranch Photography Ranch Photography Nature Nature Ranch Austin Bar Art Lighting Austin Sunset

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T Rex Pinata!

Once one project is finished, it is time to start another! This one was just for fun, exactly what was called for. I made a pinata type of decoration in the shape of a t-rex.

I started with some thick paper for the base structure. Then, I had the tedious job of adding layer upon layer of cut tissue paper. Even though it was tedious, it was enjoyable and not as time consuming as I expected.

taking shape

taking shape

pinata creating

The finished project is sitting on our shelf in the living room. I think it would be fun to hang him from the ceiling, but for now he is fine on the shelf.

t rex pinata

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Smash Book Complete!

I’ve never been good at scrap booking. I rush through it, excited to finish the project. Then, I’m upset that I didn’t spend more time to make the project more personal and detailed. Not this time. I did my own DIY version of a Smash Book (a type of non-scrapbook).

before the madness

before the madness

I’ve kept mementos from our trips over the last year and finally got to put them all together with pictures I took during the trips. This Smash Book covers our Ohio, New Jersey, and Chicago trips. I’m super excited about how it turned out.

Chicago BeanDon't BlinkDinosaur

As I worked on this book over the past weeks, it became an opportunity to not become a photo album of memories, but also a journal of the trip, a place for all the keepsakes I kept, and an opportunity to play with hand drawn type.

Willis TowerNew York


Excited for the next trip and more memory book opportunities.

All done!

All done!

smash book

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Easter Egg Fun

Nick and I enjoyed dying eggs our own chickens laid for Easter. It was interesting to see how the dye made certain imperfections in each egg stand out. Our chickens lay delicious eggs, but they are hardly ever the perfect shape you find in stores. I love seeing the odd shapes we get sometimes. Every once in a while, we get a super oval egg instead of the slightly more pear shapes you commonly see.

Egg Dying Kit

When we were ready to dye, we had saved up ten eggs, so that is how many we hard boiled and played with. We had three normal dyes and three “marble” dyes. To turn a dye into a marbling dye, you just need to add a tiny bit of canola oil to the dye.

Egg Dye

I think it was quite fitting that we used our chicken mugs to dye our chicken eggs.

Easter egg

Orange egg

Marbled egg

Here was our little setup. You just can’t dye Easter eggs without a little “Running Man” going on in the background. Can’t beat Arnold with a beard.

Easter egg station

I hope you are all having an amazing Easter weekend and get to do something fun and colorful as well!

Easter Eggs

Easter Eggs

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Lovely Thoughts

Moving weekend is almost upon us. We are purging old stuff we don’t need, stuff we don’t like, stuff we forgot we had. Purging will continue once all the boxes are moved as we unpack.

I’ve found a ton of stuff on Pinterest that I really want to do once we move. Here is just a handful of ideas.

Fork Hangers (source)

Travel Map (source)

No Fall Towel (source)

Organized Tools (source)

Painted Boards (source)

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Lindby Flyer

New post on my design website. Check it out here or read below!

Lindby, a DFW based indie/piano rock band, has had a summer mashed full of music, shows, an album release, and practicing. I know, I married a man in the band (meaning I’m pretty much married to the band as well!). Luckily for me, their practices are entertaining to listen to, their album is an intense ear tingling audio experience, and the members are goofballs with talent.

I got the chance in my schedule to create a fun flier for a show they have coming up this September. When I say chance, I really mean that I told them I was going to design it and asked only for the information that would be going onto the flier. I’m glad this group enjoys oddity and silliness as much as I do. Let’s me have a great, stress relieving design experience.

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Magical Moments

Hey all!

I’ve been doing that thing I’ve been talking about…illustrating!!! Finally. What took me so long?

Working it in those sun glass spectacles

Anyways, you should check it out and let me know what you think. Also, visit my professional website to see some more work I’ve been working on. Watch out for upcoming updates! They might be funky fresh.

Professional, or as close as it gets:

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Yesterday, Nick and I went to the Dallas Arboretum with family and saw beautiful flowers, fantastic sculptures by Chihuly, and enjoyed surprisingly pleasant weather.

Here are some of the things we got to enjoy!

I love glass art. I got to sit in on a glass blowing class while in college. I have the upmost respect for anyone who works with glass as a medium. It is amazingly difficult looking, but so unique and georgous.

I love the tall yellow one.

The flowers were of course, bright and colorful and great. It was an enjoyable way to spend a Sunday in Texas before the true heat rolls in.

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Art Scene: Chicago

During our Chicago visit, we took Monday as a “see as much as you possibly can in one day and walk until you fall over” kind of day. We accomplished both.

We got on the train to go into town at way too early in the morning. Nick just started walking, and I, being shorter and not having as long legs, did my best to keep up. We enjoyed the amazing architecture of the city, and the random odd art pieces here and there. It was a little wet, but didn’t rain on us until a few hours later.

Art on the side of a building? Sure!

No idea. But I like it.

I got to see the Bean! It was oddly impressive and very cool to walk around and under.

Just messing around.

Just doing the Randal walk.

Right before it started to rain, we opened up the Art Institute and I lost my mind. Basically everything I studied in my Art History classes was on display. I was like a kid in a candy shop. Nick and I did our best to see everything, but the Institute is like a small town. You could practically live in there. I’ll be visiting again, trust me.

Love Barbara Kruger

Georgia O’Keeffe

Nick enjoying some good old Salvador Dali

I love seeing art in real life. I love the history of it and the stories it tells. I do not like being serious when I’m looking at art; being all dead face. I’m just not a serious person. I like to enjoy it, interact with it, make it part of my day. Nick has brought that out in me. When I’m not making certain he isn’t touching the art, I’m enjoying listening to stories he makes up about art pieces. How they interact with other pieces in the building, what other pieces they have been fighting with, what shenanigans they have been getting into. That boy has the best imagination.

Lol. Kitty

Why so sad American Gothic?

Don’t Blink!

Listening to Van Gogh’s stories. Waiting for Doctor Who to arrive with Bill Nighy.

It was an amazing blur of talent and history and sore feet. I can’t wait to go back and spend a few days in there…maybe they would let us camp out in the sculpture garden? Probably not, anyways all those statues freak me out after having a few Doctor Who marathons. Yikes!

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