September 29, 2014

A New Medium pt 2

Hey everyone! Today I'm sharing the second installment (see the first here) of paintings for the semester.

I don't think I mentioned it in the previous post, but all of the paintings so far have been painted on 22"x20" printmaking paper. For this group of paintings we added ultramarine blue and raw umber to our color palette. I typically work in black and white because it's the easiest to show a range of values which made this group a bit more challenging for me. Overall I'm content with how they turned out and I'm definitely noticing my paintings are much stronger when I do a preliminary sketch (middle and right). For our next set of paintings we are using a full color scale and creating 13(!!!) smaller size (phew) landscape paintings on masonite. We will be outside for the entire month of October so you can look forward to seeing all of those at the end of October (and possibly some "sneak previews" on Instagram in the mean time).
As always I'd love your feedback.
Thanks for Stopping by! xo

September 26, 2014

Stripes and Pleather

I decided to take the classic black striped shirt and skirt combo and add a fun little twist by adding a pleather skater skirt into the mix.

I had been looking for the right pleather skirt for a while and just as I had stopped consciously looking, I found the one at H&M. Granted, I wouldn't mind adding a few inches to the length, but it'll do. I've been scheming the possible combinations for this skirt so don't be surprised when it pops up again. I also paired my oversized pearl choker and cuff for a playful touch, but I realized after choosing this pictures that my hair covered the choker in all of them. haha oops, but I'll surely wear it again in another post and hopefully Forever 21 gets it back in stock.
Shirt: Cotton On // Skirt: H&M // Shoes: Target // Hat: Forever 21 // 
Necklace: Forever 21 // Bracelet: DIY

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Have a Great Weekend! xo

September 24, 2014

Fall Pink

Something I'm loving for fall is a really light, dusty pink.

I've noticed that I've collected a few different pieces in this color, but interestingly enough they're all clothes that are more suitable for cooler weather. Now that I'm in the field (teaching), I feel like I banned my khakis to overdressed "teacher" outfits. To switch things up a bit, I decided to pair my khakis with an oversized, open-back tee for a more casual look and added the lace bralette for a bit of fun texture.
Tee: Free People // Bralette: Aerie // Utility Khaki: Gap // Booties: Bethany Mota

Thanks for Stopping By! xo

September 22, 2014

Life Lately

Hey Everyone! Sorry for the extra long break between posts, things have just been crazy since Thursday and time was just moving too fast for me to grapple. My field experience for teaching started last week which was super exciting but I swear I'll never get used to being called "Miss. Harper", for some reason I always think I'm in trouble when I hear it. Anyways, I thought I would share some pictures I've taken over the last couple of weeks and there will definitely be a new outfit post on Wednesday.
I don't really think Chickie's & Petes Crabfries really need any further explanation.
Totally embarrassed Kyle last weekend when I asked him to take a picture of me sharing a cookie with Snoopy, but how could I resist?
Outfit Details Here
 Creating and testing demo materials to emboss a piece of handmade paper.
My car lost power steering on a busy road last week, so, you know, I had to "Live Mas" and get Taco Bell breakfast.
 Obsessed with this Kenneth Cole fuzzy coat. 
Seriously the first mistake was trying it on, it's like being wrapped in a cloud.
 You would think I have their ball or something.
Mom and I found the most fabulous plants over the weekend. 
Hopefully we remember to water these ones..

 Precious little window life
1/3 Ultramarine Blue, Raw Ocre, Black and White Paintings

Have a Great Week! xo

September 17, 2014

DIY: Patchwork Pillow

Hey Everyone! I'm super excited to be sharing my first DIY with all of you today.

This has been something I've been contemplating for a while because I love to craft and now you'll be able to re-create some of my projects. I made this pillow specifically for this chair because I thought it needed a little extra cushion (besides the itty bitty IKEA pad). A while back I saw some fabulous patchwork pillows from Urban Outfitters and decided to create a round version. I have little to no sewing skills and I'm self taught so in other words, this is a pretty simple pattern. Hopefully I explain it thoroughly enough but if you have any questions or suggestions feel free to comment!

Paper or Cardboard
Multiple Fabric Scraps (Walmart had a great selection of pre-cut fabric bundles)
Polyfill or Stuffing
Sewing Machine

 First things first, decide how big you want to make your pillow (remember it will shrink a little when sewing). I decided to make mine about 16 inches in diameter. I recommend tracing a circle to create a perfectly round pattern. You may need to attach two sheets of paper/ cardboard for a big enough template.
Cut out the pattern and fold it in half four times. More or less folds create more or less sections.
Create a template for the side rim by making a long strip of paper that encompasses your circle. The easiest way is to find the circumference, I know I can't believe I'm suggesting to use math either.
Trace the triangle template and cut enough pieces for both sides of your pillow, I needed 16.
Trace your side rim template and cut it out.

Create an arrangement for both sides of your pillow. 
I decided to make mine different just for a playful touch.
Pin your pieces in the order you designed. 
Make sure the fronts of the fabrics are touching so your seams are on the inside. 
 Sew all of the sections together to make both sides of the pillow.
Pin and sew the side rim completely to one side of the pillow (again make sure the faces of the fabrics are touching).
Pin and sew the other side of the pillow to the side 95% of the way, leaving a small opening.
 Use that little opening to turn the whole thing right-side-out.
Stuff that baby as full as you can (stuffing flattens over time) and hand stitch the small opening shut. 
TADA! You have your very own one-of-a-kind patchwork pillow!
I'd love to see your versions!

Thanks for Stopping By/Crafting with Me! xo

September 15, 2014

Insta Outfit // Dorney Park

Hey Everyone! I have a short outfit post to share today. Kyle and I went to Dorney Park yesterday (for my first time) and it was clear that fall is here. I always have a difficult time getting dressed early in the morning during the fall because it can be breathtakingly cold in the morning and hot by noon. In order to prevent having to carry around a coat later in the day I decided to go with a warm, chunky sweater and jeans. I really love oversized comfy clothes (who doesn't) but I try to find ways to make them look a little more feminine by going with a borrowed from the boys look. Adding more formfitting pants, a touch of frilly lace or ruffles, or even delicate jewelry helps to create a great balanced look. Perfect for staying warm and cozy without looking like a total blob. One other realization from yesterday, I'm obviously getting older and losing my ability to be spun around all day at an amusement park- so sad. But it still made a perfect date that's out of the norm for us and seeing all of the Haunt decorations and props made me want to go back.
 Ecstatic about my new feathered friends. 
Sweater: Garage // Jeans: Gap // Booties: Bethany Mota // Socks: ASOS 

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Have a Great Week! xo

September 12, 2014

A Room is a Canvas

I'm always interested in seeing other people's bedrooms because I feel like it can tell so much about them. I'm always looking at people's house tours on blogs for the same reason, and I'm curious if anyone else feels the same. At any rate, I'm sharing pictures of my bedroom at school in case you're interested.
Sidebar: these photos were taken with the brightest natural light I get and the artificial lights as well. It's sad this is really how dark it is but I'm perfectly find with it.
I've lived in the same house for three years and the same room for two. It's been fun to think back to how I decorated the previous two years compared to how I currently have it. I believe my bedroom is an ever-changing canvas but I'm extremely content with the current set up. I always get a warm and cozy, grown-up club house vibe in my room but it's gotten especially strong since I put a tapestry over the majority of my ceiling. (there's a creepy crawlspace and my light was far too bright). My goal was to create a comfortable space that creates a picture of who I (currently) am. I wanted to display my accessories as part of my decorating along with some handmade art interspersed. I'm happy to be back in my cozy little space though I sometimes have a hard time leaving.
I'm insanely obsessed with pillows and blankets, in case you couldn't tell.
This nightstand turned make-up table was left by previous tenants in pretty shabby condition. I decided to give it a little refresh last year to bring some more color in my room (and brighten my make-up routine). I drew on the top with Sharpies, painted a few emphasis areas and lined the inside with newspaper.
Have a Great Weekend! xo
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