I hope everyone had a good weekend and a great Martin Luther King day!
Today, I am sure, that most of us are back to the grind, and if your job is anything like mine- 4 day work weeks are kinda the worse. As in, you still have the same amount of work to do- just less time to do it in. Soooo, let me bring some cheer your way, by annoucing the winner of the Blue Sky Papers sketch book giveaway!
Congratulations......Sharon Nullmeyer! I will be getting you in contact with the gals over at Blue Sky Papers, so that you can get your order started! And THANK you sooo much to everyone who entered! I apperciate the support and I am excited for more giveaways like in the future!
Today, I am also going to share with you some of the pages from my constellation journal. It is still a work in progress, but I am happy with where it's headed. There was only a couple rainy days while in Brazil, and the rain never lasted long. So I mostly started pages there, and then worked on finishing them up when I got home. So here it is!
Like I said, this is a work in [progress. I know of a few more pages I want to add to this. BUT, let me know what you think! Thanks again, to everyone who entered the giveaway!
Psst! This was my first time ever travel journaling...Have you ever done it before? How do you travel with your supplies? Any tips? Tricks? I felt like I was Amelia, rememeber these books?
Good day folks!
I am soo happy to officially announce my giveaway with my friends over at Blue Sky Papers! Where one of you will win + get to customize a [handmade] leather journal of your own!
Blue Sky Papers is such a wonderful home grown company, based here in Georgia that sells handmade guest books, albums, journals and sketchbooks online. Ran and operated by all women [9 total]. Jessie is the designer and maker of all of the Constellation Sketchbooks- the one I choose. She hand punches the constellations into the leather and paints the moon as well. I went for the bigger size, as I know that I typically like to work large. Isn’t it dreamy?!
If you are the winner of this giveaway, you will be able to choose your own size + work with the designer [like I did] to customize your colors + inscription!
When I received this journal in the mail, it was the best early Christmas present ever! I immediately busted out my art supplies and started on page one! Honestly, this is the nicest journal I have ever owned. I was so happy/flattered when they reached out to me about teaming up for a project. AND even more happy that they wanted to share the l o v e with one of my readers too!
Today I will give you the rules on how to enter + share with you some pictures of me in Brazil with my journal. You will have until Monday, January 19th 12pm est. I will announce the winner on Tuesday January 20th and get you in contact with the gals over at Blue Sky Papers! The winner will be chosen at random- best of luck!
To enter :
and just because were all friends, you can also link up with Blue Sky Papers on Facebook and Pinterest!
Yay! I am soo excited!
Below are pictures that Chris took of me hopping around Ipanema with new art journal! On Tuesday, when I annouce the winner I will share with you guys what I was inspired to create while I was there!
All photos from Brazil, taken by my talented boyfriend and travel buddy Chris Burden.
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Hello friends and HAPPY WEDNESDAY!!!
I am trying to get this blog posting back on track- starting with the first #OnWednesdaysWeWearArt post of 2015! Other than being the first #OnWednesdaysWeWearArt post of the year, we [as in Liv + I] re-thought our approach to this series. While I was in Brazil, Liv did a guest post here, where she talked a bit about our new direction, and well today is the day!
Initially, when I dreamt up this idea of #OnWednesdaysWeWear art I wanted to approach my closet in a new way, and I wanted to document it on my blog + Instagram. It is easy to fall into wearing the same old outfit to work everyday, especially when your job is early + messy. My closet didn't inspire me anymore, and I needed to breath some life into my outfits and knew I couldn’t afford a shopping spree. I remembered how in high school my art teacher would always say that I matched my art work, and realized it still happens often. Art + color are what inspire me most anyways, so why not let it inspire how I dress!
All along, I imagined #OnWednesdaysWeWearArt being a thing where others were joining in and using the hashtag to show how artist/art inspired them as they got dressed. Some weeks into doing the series, I had a few folks that joined in here in there, but then had Liv reached out to me about combining forces each week on the series, as her blog is all about art + self expression! It literally has been a matched made in blogging heaven!
Liv and I don’t live in the same state, but being only one state away we have been able to meet IRL a couple of times and there is always phone calls, text and emails! Last month we had a chat about how to approach the #OnWednesdaysWeWearArt series in 2015. We decided that each month we will put a calendar out on which artist we will be inspired by each week. Incase you want to follow along with whats coming up, or if you want to be inspired by the same artist that we choose- you can play along that way. OR you choose your own artist and teach us something new + show us how it inspired your outfit!
If art isn’t your thing- but fashion is, please don't be intimidated by the ‘art’ aspect of it. It can be a simple as you screen shooting an image of a painting/drawing/photograph/heck- a set of steps [keep reading] that inspires you + how it inspired your outfit that Wednesday. At the end of this post I explain how you can link up your blog post + make sure you use the hashtag #OnWednesdaysWeWearArt [on Instagram] as at the end of each month Liv + myself will be posting a round up of our favorite outfits!
Today, I am soo excited to introduce to you Chilean born, Brazilian artist [painter + ceramist]- Jorge Selaron and his ever so famous Escadaria Selaron - staircase. Maybe you’ve seen it in Snoop Dogg’s ‘Beautiful’ music video OR on Pinterest or numerous commercials/campaigns and even in Brazil’s up coming 2016 summer 2016 Olympic promotions. The steps are soo beautiful in pictures and even more captivating in person. BUT the story + artist behind all those tiles are even more beautiful and tragic, and a true labor of love. This place is a beautiful + colorful treasure and I hope it stands the test of time.
These steps connect the two neighborhoods of Santa Teresa and Lapa [both of these are known as the artist neighborhoods. With Lapa being more like the Little 5 Points of Atlanta, and Santa Teresa being the Savannah of Georgia.] The steps are located in Lapa. You can see in the picture I found above off Google [with a bad/no link] what it looked like before. Selaron was quoted somewhere saying he was tired of the grey, urine stained steps outside of his house, so he decided to do something about it. [Despite how beautiful Rio was, the stench of urine was something you kind of had to get use to- on the streets anyways]. Selaron didn’t have any money to fund this project. He started out using old porcelain bathtubs + pieces of glass that he would find in dumpsters. As the project grew, he made paintings and sold them to buy tiles. Neighbors contributed with tiles that they would find/buy in the city or on their travels.
As word of Selaron’s project spread through out the world [via the web] visitors would bring him tiles, and folks would mail them from all over the world [from more than 60 countries]. Over time, all of Selaron’s extra money went to funding this life long project. He sold over 20,000 painting in the 2 decades of working on this project to help fund it.
Most days Selaron could be found working on his steps, usually in red wearing board shorts telling stories to travelers visiting his steps. His signature pose, sticking out his tongue! He was quoted saying
“ I will only end this mad and singular dream on the last day of my life!”
He also believed that red was the best color in the world and brought joy to everything. He didn't think the stairs were photogenic until he started to add the red tiles and believed that is what attracted all of the visitors.
Selaron said this was his tribute to the Brazilian people. He had no resources and no support from the city/government, despite the major attraction that it quickly became. That is just something that blows my mind. However, in 2005 he was honored as the honorary ‘Carioca’ [resident of Rio]. Foreiginers are called 'gringos'.
The crowd at the steps was c r a z y. The first time we went was at like mid-night [a bit sketchy for sure but not at all unusual for this neighborhood, and we were with locals] and even then there was a good bit of tourist there. But during the day….oh my gosh, it was a sea of people. and SOOO hot.
Sadly and tragically Selaron was found dead [beaten + burned] on the steps outside of his house, just two years ago- January 10th, 2013. It is reported in the months leading up to his death that Selaron reported to the police of threats to his life from a former assistant of his at his studio. This man wanted money from Selaron, but he really didn’t have any. The police in Brazil never investigated or released information on his death and months later presented it as a suicide. Neighbors quoted saying “No one can prove anything, everyone just knows what happened.”
If your interested in more, watch this YouTube video I found, it is so great, and reminds me of a gal we met + bought jewelry from. She was a traveler from Spain, traveling through South America collecting stones and making + selling jewelry to make money as she goes.
From one goofy artist to the next!
Obrigada [thank you], Selaron!
For making a little slice of this world a more beautiful/colorful place to be!
Below you will find 2 different buttons + a banner with the #OnWednesdaysWeWearArt logo on it, as well as the 'rules' for playing dress up with us [wink]! We are so excited about our plans for #OnWednesdaysWeWearArt this year, and even more excited about getting more of you to join in! Don't forget to use the hashtag #OnWednesdaysWeWearArt when you post your outfit, and to link up with us each week. BECAUSE at the end of each month, we will each make a post + link up to our favorite looks/artist from that month.
This link up is about building and celebrating community around self-expression,
through [2 of our favorite] things- art + style!
Add a link to YOUR art inspired outfit below, by clicking on the 'Add Link' button and copying and pasting a link to your blog post [remember to visit the person before yours site + leave a comment!] :
Psst! Check in tomorrow to see how to enter my giveaway with Blue Sky Papers to win a chance to pick out + customize your own handmade journal, like the one I took with me to Brazil!
New Year, New Agenda [tour of my ABM 2015 Planner]! + When Life Teaches You To Let Go of YOUR Plans!
It feels like it has been a really long time since I’ve blogged/been apart of the blog-o-sphere. This past 3 weeks have been a doozie for me. In a good and not so good way. If you follow me over on Instagram then you know that I recently [as in the past 72 hours] just returned from Brazil. Where I spent 8 days vacationing with my boyfriend, Chris and spent the first four days traveling with my little brother, Blake. It was honestly the best experience of my life. It put me outside of my comfort zone a little bit, showed me one of the most beautiful [yet impoverished] places in the world and taught me to make the most of any situation. I of course will be sharing lots of photos from the trip and telling you all about it in a different post[s].
However, just days before leaving for Rio De Janerio I got really sick with the flu. I ran 102+ fever for 5 days straight, spent the night in the ER and was in the bed sick/recovering right until we left. I’m not going to lie, it was a rough 10 hour flight. But we made it safe and sound and after catching up on my sleep the 1st day there, I felt much better!
ALSO, the day before coming down with the flu- we found out that Chris would be getting his last pay check January 1st. As his bosses unexpectedly furloughed everyone [effective immediately] in the studio at his job [as a photographer] until further notice. With potential work come April……say WHAT?! Days before Christmas, days before our first trip abroad and just sooo unexpected, as he just received a promotion and raise.
I know worse things could happen. I also know that we will be fine. Things will be tight for a while [living on my teachers salary], as we figure things out- but we will come out the other end of this stronger. One thing that these couple of weeks have taught me, is to let go. To not always have to be the one in control, because sometimes things are going to be completely out of my control. I can’t always be in the drivers seat, and sometimes I’m going to be stuffed in the back seat, with no view of where I am headed- BUT I will just have to make the most of the trip I am on anyways.
This situation has also taught me to be really thankful for my job. Its not something that I talk much about here on the blog, as I kind of started this blog as a way to get away from my job. Many think because I teach elementary school art- that everyday is rainbows and butterflies, sprinkling glitter every where I go. Think what you will, but the reality is much different than that. I love what I do, so much. Art is/was my first love and I love teaching/sharing my passion with children for a living- it is a BLESSING. I would just say the relationship with my job can be more of a love/hate type of thing a lot of days. But in retrospect of everything that is happening with Chris’ job, it makes me so thankful for where I am at in my career and the stability it provides for myself + our family. It really does provide me with a wonderful life style + schedule, and if I am honest- that is one of the main perks of the job! AND I need not take that for granted.
If you would have asked me what my goals were for 2015 a month ago, they would have been much more calculated and specific- which to a point, I think is important. Because I have learned that with out some type of plan, things usually don’t just happen- more like they stay exactly the same. However, my perspective has changed a bit these past 3 weeks. Between being thrown a curve ball in life, and traveling to a country where EVERYTHING is just so different [the way of life is much more simple], it has made me reevaluate what I see for myself in this coming year + what I want. And I’ve realized its not a life of go-go-go, do-do-do, work-work-work. I really just want to be. And be happy with that, no matter whats going on. At peace. And I don’t think there is a certain plan/formula one can follow to find peace. I think its just a point that one can reach, with the right mindset…….’OOOOMMmmmmmmmm…’ [hehe, is it working yet?!]
So on that note, today I thought I would share with you photos of how I keep my mind straight with my agenda for the new year [A Beautiful Mess Planner]. I’ve shown how I have it set up and decorated, to help keep me motivated and in my planner through out the year. Also, I’m sharing with you some of my personal goals for 2015, as well as goals for the blog and around our loft.
Goals for Myself  :
1. Become more financially aware + responsible. PAY DOWN STUDENT LOANS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE! [I am reading Dave Ramsey to help me out].
2. Be more adventurous/travel + spend more time outdoors.
3. Have more ‘me time’. Put myself first & take care of myself mentally, physically, and spiritually.
4. Become less lazy. Establish healthier routines [starting with an earlier bedtime] and getting more organized personally and professionally.
5. Set up my own online shop + expand my business as an artist/blogger. Paint more!
Goals for the Blog  :
1. Get my LLC for My Friend Court.
2. Open up an online shop.
3. Establish a writing routine. [i.e. pre-writing saturday mornings at a coffee shop or weekdays after school, editing sunday night in bed, and publishing through out the week.]
4. Regular posting 3-5 times a week, with ‘deeper’ content.
5. Re-do website + create archive files.
6. Social media with more intention. The goal being to spend less time on each platform, yet maintaining a healthy presences to help my brand grow + to stay inspired without it feeling like its too much.
To Do for the Loft  :
1. Organize the laundry room + add shelves.
2. re-do patio : plants, plants, plants [I want it too feel like BRAZIL!], new seating [hammock please?!],
3. new outdoor rugs, D.I.Y. cement stones.
4. Buy new rugs for the loft : living room, dinning room, kitchen and bedroom.
5. D.I.Y. tuffet couch cushions + give couch new legs.
6. Decorate upstairs master bathroom.
So where are you at in 2015? Did 2014 throw you any curve balls? or teach you any life lessons? Let me know below, or shoot me an email! I’d love to hear from you :)
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