Thursday, January 31, 2013

Delightfully Inspiring

I'm on a roll here, I did you notice? I've gotten a post out every day since Sunday.

For today I'm joining in the Delightfully Inspiring Thursday Party!

So here are a few things that are inspiring me right now.

I've been thinking a bit about bottle caps. I've got a large jar of them that have been collecting in my kitchen (hooray for a roommate who often drinks beer!) and now need something to do with them.

I occasionally back my pins with them. 

But want a quick little project that focuses on the cap more.

I could make candles out of them. (Etsy)
Perhaps a wind chime? (DIY)

I'll probably end up putting images in them and turning them into pins, magnets and earrings. (Ehow)

What would you do with bottle caps?

La Mer

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Here, have some pugs!

All from Pinterest. All photos are not mine. Hop over here if you want to see more or want to know where the pics are from. (Feel free to follow me too!)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Grey-diant polka dots

I did my nails, they're pretty spiffin'.

I started with a grey base, then on the ring finger I did gradient polka dots with sparkly black, a dark iridescent, sparkly grey, gold and silver polish.

ORLY is absolutely my favorite nail polish brand. The roommate and I have been adding to the collection, I think we've got eight of them now. 
Some day I should show you our whole nail polish collection, its quite beautiful. 

Of course it will all have chipped off in a few days- the perils of carpentry. But for now I'll enjoy it.

Ta ta,
La Mer.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Etsy Update

This morning I took on the task of updating my Etsy shop.

I made a medium sized push a few months ago to start a shop and actually post a few things. I'd gotten really excited and bought a bunch of supplies, made a bunch of stuff and had some success getting it into one local shop, but then my motivation stopped.

But its back! I'm making another try at it, with an updated Etsy shop (better URL, new header and lots of new postings.) At the moment its mostly button bobby pins, but there are a few feathery and flowery pins too.

Here are a few things I posted today.

If you're interested in any of these things, pop over to 

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Blurs and sexy sexy ladders

I know I haven't posted much at all lately. I've been working on a big project at school (my thesis!) and its taking up all of my time. I've got a few instagrams to share though, that will give a glimpse of what I've been up to.

Leona the Blur
Flats on mainstage.
Ryan and the sexy, sexy ladder.

I've been spending my days, a few of my nights and most of my weekends working on The Cyrano Project. For my BFA Thesis I am designing the set as well as organizing the build as Technical Director. Yesterday and the day before I spent all day in the theater assisting the wonderful paint charge Leona and her crew to paint the set, as well as working on a solid oak ladder with my assistant in both TD and Design, Ryan.

I am waiting to put up full design sketches and pictures of the set until the show opens, but I promise to put up more snip-its here and there until that time comes.

La Mer

Saturday, January 19, 2013

A is for Amelia

I've been quite the lazy blogger lately. But its been balanced with being quite a busy student.

Here is my quick not much effort post- I borrowed it from The Vagabond Studio

Addictions: Poptarts
Bed size: Full
Chore you hate:  Putting away laundry
Dogs or cats: Pugs!

Essential start of your day: Coffee of course. 
Favorite color: Pink.
Gold or silver: Silver.
Height: 5'-5" ish
Instruments you play (or have played): Piano for 7 years, in elementary and middle school.

Jobs titles you've had: Summer camp instructor, nanny, over hire stage hand.
Kids: Are pretty spiffy and I intend on having a few.
Live: In the land of hills and theater. 
Mom’s name: Kim
Nickname: Merma
Overnight hospital stays: None.
Pet peeve:  Hairs. I can't stand finding them around the house, they just gross me out. 
Quote from a movie:
 "I'm going to miss your lips. And everything attached to them." -Elizabethtown
Right or left handed: Right
Siblings: One brother (technically half brother)
Time you wake up: about 7, though I'd prefer to get up earlier. Maybe when I get back to going to bed early. 
Underwear: Tie-Dye. Is. The. Best.
Vegetables you dislike: Mushrooms. 
What makes you run late: Forgetting to brush my teeth.
X-rays you’ve had done: Teeth. 
Yummy food you make: Tasty tofu things.
Zoo animal: Large birds.

La Mer

Saturday, January 12, 2013

A tasty resolution.

I've think I've finally found a new years resolution.

Besides the various -ations I've discussed already (motivation, inspiration, organization.)

I want to actually learn how to bake.

I've always assumed I knew how to bake. I mean, following recipes, how hard could it be?

But lately since I've actually been modifying recipies (making them vegan or subbing for ingrediants I have) or doing recipies off of blogs instead of cookbooks (a bit less reliable...) I've been having worse luck. Textures are wrong, tastes come out strange. Its not terrible, but I'd like to make it better.

Another thing I think that leads to this is my imperfection when it comes to measuring. I may strive for perfection in other things of my life, but not measuring ingredients- a habit I will try to fix.

Today I made some cookies to trade for a friend helping move some furniture in his truck. I took a regular sugar cookie recipe and changed it to be vegan. I subbed soy milk for cow milk, earth balance for butter and 1 tbs soy flour+1 tbs water for an egg.

The problems I encountered were a very crumbly dough (which I was able to work with eventually) and the cookie turned out a bit bland, and quite crunchy. (I may owe my friend a second batch of cookies.)

The best thing about these cookies though? Mustaches!

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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Clothing: A method to the maddness.

Ever since I was a kid I loved clothes. Putting together outfits, sewing and modifying clothes, playing designer and coming up with new clothing ideas. I think if you'd asked my parents when I was about 10 what I was going to grow up to be, they'd have said fashion designer.

The whole concept of being a designer, rather than an artist, kind of scared me when I was a kid. In my brain art always seems like a flowing, always changing, full of potential process, while designing seems like magically having a perfect idea, pulling it out of your head and onto paper. I still kinda think this way, and get a bit of a shock when I remember that what I am doing now is designing, but I can do it if I think of it as art.

But the reason for this post was not my feelings on design vs. art. Its my relationship with fashion.

I had my ups and downs and strange explorations through middle school and high school (black lipstick and hair straighteners were involved...) but towards the end of high school and now in college I feel like I've mostly settled in a style.

I kinda described it before with this post. I've always felt color is what ties everything together. I love a chance at some sense of order, and any chance to employ color theory is a must.

My closet looks a bit like this.

You can see colors are fairly neutral. A lot of white and dark earthy tones. I've tried pretty hard to get rid of most bright colors. The only really bright color that remains is yellow (oh and that one hot pink work shirt I just love so much...) but mostly its natural colors.
Another brightish shirt. I guess this color could occur in nature (as proved by leaves.)
Main color: Orange. Neutral: Black. No real accent except pink hair... 

When choosing an outfit I keep in mind what I am doing that day (carpentry, painting, nannying, bike riding) that may require specific clothes or limit me in someway. I think of any specific pieces of clothing I want to wear, sometimes that one shirt is just calling to me... and most of all I think of colors.

A carpentry outfit, but still keeping with a color scheme. 

I start with an accent color. What is the main color I'm feeling that day, usually a blue, green, gray, white type thing. Then I find one other color (the accent) that looks good with it, could be maroon, blue, green, pink, yellow. Anything really (here is where bright colors look best) Lastly choose a neutral, brown or black, once and a while gray becomes a neutral.

Black and red is quite excellent, especially with these pants.

There are lots of other exceptions, and lots of rules on the side. There is usually only one article of clothing of the accent color and the other two should have at least two. Brown or black cannot be the accent color because then it looks like you tried to match them. However if the main color is brown, and the neutral is black, that is A-okay.
Main color: Brown, Neutral: Black and Accent: Pink

I don't always follow this of course, but its my general method for getting dressed and making sure everything looks good together.

Do you have any methods to your clothing? Which is more important to you, comfy or fashionable?

La Mer

Thursday, January 3, 2013

To Start The New Year: My trick for getting things done.

Jason LeStrange on WeHeartIt
I by no means get as many things done as I'd like. There is always a desire to be more organized, accomplish more and be less stressed, but I do have one little trick for accomplishing quite a bit more than I would otherwise.

I've used this idea at many points in my life when I felt I had too much on my plate or was having trouble finding the motivation to do what I should do and not be a lazy bum all the time.

This past summer I was working mid morning until mid afternoon. This got me into the schedule of getting up late, going to work and then being lazy all evening. Clearly not the most productive way to go about things, I realized it was time to wake up (literally) and start feeling like my days were worth while.

My trick? Getting up early. I'm naturally a morning person, but staying up late and watching movies or doing nothing much on the internet is often so tempting that I end up sleeping in. Of course the problem with this is then I wake up in time to get ready for class/work and not for anything else.

I usually wake up two hours before I've got to be anywhere- time to get dressed, have a comfortable breakfast, check my email and walk to school. Accomplish everything I need to do before class/work and not need to rush too much. But if I can do those things and not be too rushed, why not get up an hour or two  earlier and be able to do things in the morning too? So now I try to wake up about 4 hours before I've got to be somewhere (usually about 6) which gives me time to clean up the kitchen, write a blog post, do some homework and things like that.

Most things I do in the mornings are things I'd otherwise hope to do after class, but am often too tired and unmotivated to do. But in the mornings I'm rearing and ready to go!

The one downside of this plan (as my roommate may be able to attest) is being too loud in the kitchen and potentially waking up others. Sorry Ginger and Patrick! I try to keep it down but sometimes I'm get so focused on the dishes and don't realize how loud the clink-clink can get.

Are you a morning, or an evening person? Whats the most productive time in your day?

La Mer