Learning to fly Again

May 31, 2010 § 2 Comments

This was my final project for a ceramics class I took this Spring. I only have a few quick photos of it that I snapped in the studio because it’s going to be on display so I haven’t been able to take it home yet. You can see the other pictures here.

The assignment was to create a self portrait that either actually looked like you, or that metaphorically represented some aspect of yourself. Over the past year, I had quite a lot to deal with in terms of “personal issues”. But of course, I am tough as nails! . You will notice this version of our ugly bird has a bandaged wing, but the bandage is beginning to come off, it is no longer needed. Some things that happened were so hurtful, I was almost certain I could never really recover. Yet in time,  I found myself learning to fly again.

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So Sentimental

May 31, 2010 § 6 Comments

I still have months left of time before moving, but simply knowing that it is limited time has me feeling incredibly sentimental. I have been documenting life a lot more, tiny memories of the things I will miss most. Here are some pictures I took a few weeks ago:

Book 2: Love & Letting Go

May 28, 2010 § 1 Comment

It’s been a few months since I started working on this other book & now it has a proper title. Unlike “plant collectors in bolivia”, everything in this book has been included as it is written rather than compiled over a few years worth of material so a title was not easy to come up with so early; there is no way I could have predicted what I’d be writing about over the year.

But now, one theme does seem prevalent & that has become the title, “Love & Letting Go”. This book is about feeling so in love with people, things, and moments that you’re head is almost swollen, you are so close to floating into the clouds on love. But of course, you have to let it go sometimes. Nothing lasts forever except maybe the very act of loving itself. For everything & everyone that you love & let go, you find something new to fall in love with all over again. It is a cycle that is sometimes painful, always beautiful, & something that has been a huge part of my life so far this year. Some of these pages are immensely happy, some of them are lonely. I will be working on them until the end of this year, & I hope you will take the time to read them when they’re ready.

Coin Jewelry

May 26, 2010 § 2 Comments


As someone who likes to make things, I also love to buy handmade! In my imagination, this is because we crafty people can better appreciate the effort & love that goes into handmade work.

At any rate, a few months ago, I purchased a necklace from a man named Terry Clift at what was essentially a street fair held on my former university’s campus. I fell in love with much of his work because I love animal jewelry & I also really like looking at currency from other countries while daydreaming about what it might be like to live there. I wanted to make sure I had time to wear it before recommending this jewelry to anyone else. Please note that I am notoriously rough on my jewelry & have worn this out quite a few times.

Apparently Terry cuts each coin using a hand saw (um what?!?), the chains he uses are great quality, & he has a huge variety of currency! You can order from his website JCoin.com. If I weren’t trying to save money right now, I would definitely be all over the Greek 2 Drachma piece, the Trinidad & Tobago 1 cent, & the Uruguay 10 cent!

Finally!

May 23, 2010 § 4 Comments

My graduation from college was on Friday! While I loved my time at school & met some really wonderful people over the past five years, I am super beyond excited about moving on to something new. Getting my bachelor’s was one of those things that at the time, seemed like it was taking forever, but in retrospect, seems like it happened so quickly!

I will be continuing on to graduate school so here is to hoping that a new city, new friends,  & further education continue to expand my understanding of the world!

Dress Progress

May 19, 2010 § 2 Comments

As I’ve been saying, school is a time eater! Couple this with the fact that I am a bit of a slow worker (perfectionist) & you will see that certain projects can take months to complete! As the semester was winding down, I found myself able to cut my fabric & lining & at least pin the top half together.

Last weekend, I was able to stitch up this top part. I’m not using a pattern which is something I’ve never tried before & while I tried to pre-plan as much as possible, I’m much more of an “oh let’s just do this!” person & am essentially making it up as I go along. One thing that came out exactly as I wanted is the back of the top

Now that school is over, I’m hoping I’ll have time to attach the skirt part, put in a zipper,  & maybe add on any extra bits that appeal to me in the fabric store. This will probably take a lot more time than you think it should.

An Elephant Story

May 17, 2010 § 2 Comments

I feel like I haven’t posted here in ages, but it’s only been a little over a week! I’ve been a bit busy finishing up last assignments & things, graduation is this Friday! I also celebrated a friend’s engagement & had my birthday over the weekend so yes, busy would be an understatement. So excited about life in general right now!

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