Monday, December 31, 2012

Thoughts on the New Year: Motivation

One of my goals in the new year is to find motivation and not get stuck in lazy slumps.

I greatly dislike when I get to a particularly busy part of the term and think "Why didn't I do all of this earlier? Was I too busy?" and proceed to realize I had just been being lazy up til then.

So this year I hope to fix that, with better scheduling, planning and use of my time.

This winter term in particular is going to be a good challenge of that. This will be the first show I have Technical Directed at this school and I am swamped with organizational whatsits at the moment. Everywhere I turn there are schedules, budgets, materials lists, drafts.

 So if I can keep that up- and add a bit of that organization to my real life, in school and out of it, I'll be golden. I hope that if things are all laid out for me, the motivation will come naturally. Things are so much more appealing if they are easy, right?

I've got a secret too, the Mellow Fellow secret of getting things done. That will be my first post of the new year though. :)

I hope your year has been lovely,
La Mer.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Thoughts on the New Year: Insperation

With the year coming to an end I thought a bit of reflection and thoughts for the new year would be in order.

I've always had quite a bit of frustration with inspiration. I find I go through quite a lot of it in my life, and sometimes replenishing that store is not as easy as I would like.

There are little things all over the place that bring me joy and remind me about the beauty that can be found in the strangest of places. Come to think of it I waxed a bit a few months ago on that exact subject.

What frustrates me more is of course, any time I want inspiration right now. When I'm sitting in front of a blank page, ready to go and draw a blank. I is this moment that scares me most when I think of going into some sort of creative field.

I've always planned on doing something creative, whether it be painting, sculpture, teaching art or design. The original plan was to focus on art, but I worried about losing focus and the frustration that may come as a of lacking inspiration.

I ended up in theater, designing and constructing sets, a task I've found to be a good compromise of sculpture and a large chunk of logic. The logic keeps me sane and the challenge of being asked to design something with certain parameters can be a wonderful challenge.

The trouble I have been running into is this; the creative demands of set design tend to be spread out, and technical direction requires a fair bit of creative thinking but not direct creativity.

Now the point to all this, because there must be one somewhere, is that I've been hunting for ways to augment the creative demands I am put under through school. A few things I've been up to have been...

-Crafting, which can be found for sale on my Etsy, as well as a local shop Three Penny Mercantile.
-Decorating the ever fluctuating house, and perfecting my new bedroom.
- Painting a bit, when I have the time.

Things I hope to spend time doing in the future...
-Expand my crafting. I hope to soon obtain a shop in the local Artisan's Emporium.
-Continue painting. More often, more subjects.
-Get back graffiti. I'd done some stickering a few months ago, but I'd like to experiment with wheat pasting as well.
-Of course continue organizing and decorating my home.

Hopefully these things, keeping organized, doing art and the like will keep me inspired. I am looking forward to getting a start on all this creativity!

Do you have any plans for the new year? Maybe some excellent projects to work on...

-La Mer

Friday, December 28, 2012

Forgetfulness and Crayons

I'm forgetful and keep not taking enough instagram pictures. Today was a lovely day, but I've only got one picture in addition to my words to tell you about it.

Delightful doodles.

This morning I met up with a few friends from high school. We chatted over coffee and afterwards perused some of the near by consignment shops. I didn't come across any wonderful finds today, but my friend purchaced a wonderful New Years dress, full of sparkle.

As we wandered back towards our bicycles we caught a whiff of American Dream (some of the most fantastic pizza in the world) and were compelled (quite literally) to pop in for a slice. We chose one of the tables with paper on it so we could doodle. We ended up with some lovely dragons, whales, pregnant kangaroos with pockets and snails.

In the end I did find a few purchases at goodwill, all for my upcoming New Years Eve costume. Perhaps this time I'll make sure to document a costume before, and not after the party.


La Mer

Monday, December 24, 2012

Button Box

I'm quite a fan of buttons, in fact I have these three boxes full of em.
I got these boxes last summer at a garage sale, and I was thoroughly excited as I'd been wanting to add to the few I had floating around my trinket jars.

Excuse the coffee stains.

They are, of course, organized quite well by color.

White, clear, black, grey and metallic for the first.
Brown, blue and green for the next.
And lastly red, pink, yellow, orange and purple.

What do I do with all of these buttons? There have been various projects here and there that I've failed to document. The longer lasting of those being my phone case, which I encrusted with many a button. (I stripped them all off this past week as they were chipping, and rather bulky.)

But my primary project with these buttons has been making hair clips.
A few I put together so far over break.

I could say oodles about these hair clips, and since that is the case I think I'll hold off until another post to go further into them. But you know, if you're really interested you should just pop over to my Etsy and have a look.

In the days of living with parents there was always the awesome button jar sitting above the laundry room sink, full of a wonderful collection of vintage, replacement and odd buttons

I'ts got many lovely treasures.

Do you have a button collection? What all have you made with them?

La Mer

Monday, December 3, 2012

Comfy Cozy Finals Week.

I've got something exciting planned. And I'm excited for it. Are you excited?
But since I had this exciting idea in the begining of finals week, and don't actually have time to start it (other than the half a post I already wrote this morning), here is my outfit in the mean time.

Its cold lately, and I'm lazy. The past three-ish days have been compiled of moving (more to come later) and doing homework, so comfy/warm clothes have been the thing to wear.

So here are some comfy cozy things I decided to wear today.
Blazer- Goodwill. Part of an awesome skirtsuit set.
Sweater- Passed on from Ginger last night at the laundromat.
Skirt- An awesome flouncy thing I probably got at some second hand store somewhere.
Boots- The infamous Riker boots.
Hat- My most favorite shirt sleeve beenie. I've been wearing it non stop for like a week. My bald little head gets cold!
Jewelry- A leathery/pearly thing from a clothing swap party. A goddess from OCF and my "Super Beekeeper" pin- from a childhood board game.
Nails- Its been done before. Both ORLY colors. Minty tips with a gold ring finger.

I hope you're keeping cozy and warm, and surviving finals if you've got them.
Le Mer.