May 27, 2015

Life in Square Photos 21/52

I'm back to work (thankfully, I was going stircrazy at home) after a lovely long weekend at the lake with my family/ family friends (and Kyle). We went on the lake, played card games, and had a nice relaxing weekend. How did you spend your Memorial Day Weekend? Here's a few pictures I snapped over the last week: 
In last week's Life in Square Photos I said my next project would be something craft-based. Here's a little sneak peek of what I've been working on. Any Guesses What I'm Making?
 I finally have the time to sit down and read Orange Is The New Black and  I'm hooked. I'm so disappointed I put it down last summer. 
 I tried ridiculously hard to maintain my balance to do a tree pose on the end of the teetering dock and was successful but the failed attempt pictures were my favorite. 
Lily's first boat ride with her best pal.
I always have pictures of food in these posts, so here's a massive strawberry shortcake I shared with my parents at the Harrisburg Art Festival on Monday. I'm salivating just thinking about it. 

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May 22, 2015

Orange Paisley

^Getting into this hammock is much more difficult than it looks^

 Hooray! Comcast got our internet up and running in time for me to do a quick post before leaving for the weekend! This is one of the outfits I wore while I was student teaching (with a black tank top under due to the crocheted area) and it was funny when I put this outfit together I immediately thought of two of the students in Design 2. The students chose a type of designer and one student is working with textiles and has a theme of paisley throughout her work. The other student hates the color orange. I really miss the students at both of my placements and can't wait to go back to the high school next Thursday to help set up for the art show and see their finished work! I'm always so blown away by the way their minds work.

Cardigan: Cabi // Dress: Band of Gypsies // Shoes: Target // Sunnies: Urban Outfitters

Unfortunately neither this dress or cardigan are available online so I tagged some of my favorite Band of Gypsies Maxi Dresses and Bell Sleeve Sweaters below: 

Have a Great, Safe Weekend! xo

May 19, 2015

Life in Square Photos 20/52

It's so good to be home and to have time to plan a million projects and adventures, the hardest part has been deciding where to start. I've been busily working on getting my room together after the atrocious picture I showed you all last week of all of the stuff I had accumulated. Now that I am almost finished my mind has been wandering onto what project I will take on next. I'm thinking after the amount of organizing and rearranging that my next project will be more craft-oriented and I'll keep you posted on whatever decision I make.  
My room/closets took me all week to complete which, I know, sounds ridiculous but I did a lot of purging (five bags of trash, three trash bags of clothes, two grocery bags of shoes and a trash bag of stuffed animals to donate) and organizing to get it exactly how I want it (for now). I can't wait for it to be 100% finished because all of the little piles drive me crazy. 
 Dad bought a new (400 lb) grill that was too awkward and heavy for us (mom, dad, and I) to get onto the porch, so through the house it went. 
 "What do you mean you just folded these? They don't look folded to me."
Every time I would fold clothes, Lily would run over and knock the pile over and she and Macey would sit/ lay on the pile and stare at me tails wagging.
I just had to document the fact that these two were actually sharing. I didn't think they knew the meaning of the word.  
Kyle and I had an exciting weekend of plans from Chickies and Pete's (mmm Crab Fries) Friday night to seeing Avengers: Age of Ultron  at Movie Tavern Saturday afternoon and going to a party with some college friends that night. 

 Sunday, we woke up and went to my first Phillies game and although the weather seemed questionable, it was a perfect overcast day to sit and enjoy some baseball. 
We had great seats where we could've gotten a picture with the field in the background, but Kyle didn't want me to ask the people behind us to take a picture. So, I asked the largest group I could find to take a picture of us with this statue instead. I wasn't letting him get out of there without a picture ha ha. 

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May 13, 2015

Kutztown: A Graduation

So, let me tell you all a little about my graduation experience at Kutztown University. I was cleared and denied for graduation three times this semester before finally being cleared the afternoon before the graduation ceremony. 
About five or six weeks into the semester I discovered I was enrolled in the wrong Student Exhibition (I was enrolled in Fine Arts instead of Art Ed) and had met the requirements for both courses but needed it to be listed as the correct course on my transcript. I had no idea what to do when I received an email from the Fine Arts Exhibition Instructor saying I missed an exhibition meeting and I would not pass the course because meetings are mandatory. I had already shown my piece in the Art Education Senior Show so I wasn't sure what meeting he was referring to anyway. In my typical fashion, I went into a panic because I was at my student teaching placement and there was nothing I could do about it until I made it back to Kutztown. On top of that, I didn't know who to go to because I did not have an advisor due to her being on sabbatical for the semester and I was never assigned a substitute advisor. I talked to my cooperating teacher who recommended going to the Art Education Secretary to see what she suggested I do so as soon as I made it back to KU that's exactly what I did. Except she wasn't in her office. Panicking again. But who happens to come up to her office at this exact moment but my Student Teaching Supervisor, phew. I explained the situation to my supervisor who then asked the head of Art Education if he had a moment to speak with me and the two of them helped me get the course substituted that week. Problem solved.
The Friday before Spring break rolls around and I get a certified letter sent to my home in Mechanicsburg (where I do not live while school is in session) saying I have a course listed as an Incomplete and if it is not submitted by April 3rd I will receive an 'F'. Student teachers were not granted a Spring Break this year, so had my parents not opened the letter I would have had no way of knowing this information as the instructor told me I had until May 9th to submit my work. Well, I'm not going to get into the details why the course was listed as an incomplete further than the fact that there was a lot of unprofessional behavior occurring which prevented the course from being completed on time. I scheduled a time with the professor to meet to critique/submit the work I created with no formal instruction, and she didn't show up. Prepared for this, I submitted everything in labeled folders, slid it under the door and emailed the professor explaining exactly what I had done since she was not there. She submitted my grade on time so then I just had to wait for the registrar's office to submit the grade. The grade was not posted until April 20th after 5pm. But hey, I got an A so looks like I'm cleared to graduate! Woo Hoo!
Last Wednesday (3 days before graduation), I get an email from Kutztown at 1 O'Clock saying that I haven't registered for the Fall Semester and there were reasons I may not have registered and what I needed to do if I fell under any of those categories. I responded saying I was under the impression I was graduating which is why I wouldn't be registering for classes. To which the person had emailed the registrar's office inquiring what my status was and this was the response: She was denied by the department and myself. She was missing ARU399 and had an “I” grade. She has since added ARU399 and resolved the “I” grade. Her Certified Letter came back unclaimed, which would explain why she did not contact us to resolve the issue. Subsequently, she did not make it into the commencement program, but she could be reinstated. 
EXCUSE ME?! This had all been taken care of by April 3rd on my part however, it had not been processed in time by the registrar's office in time which prevented me from being listed in the program AND I had to hand write my name card the day of graduation.
Needless to say, I am just glad to be done with the whiplash of graduation anxiety.
This is my incredible Student Teaching Supervisor, Dr. Hovanec, who helped keep me positive and focused on student teaching despite the unfortunate events occurring behind the scenes. She is truly an inspiration and my teaching philosophy has been modeled off of her teaching style and it's been incredible to have her support and influence through my Art Education experience. 
 Of course, I had to have Kyle at the ceremony because I attended his two years ago. 
Woo Hoo  KU Grads.
 My supportive family had to sit through the entire three hour ceremony because I was in the third to last row. oops.
Now onto the next adventure!

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May 12, 2015

Life in Square Photos 18&19/ 52

Heres a few of the photos I've taken the last two weeks, I figured I would just group the two weeks again because I didn't take many at all for week 18 but I still wanted to share a few highlights.
 I learned a little about glass fusion while I was in my last placement for student teaching and I was so excited when my cooperating teacher asked me to make little pieces for thank you cards. I printed this photo of the mural and made little triangular fused glass pieces to represent a tile of the mural and give the cards a little bit of a 3-D element. 
 One of my roommates brought her tortoise to school to use for an elementary lesson about adaptation. I swear I could have watched him walk around and eat grass all afternoon, he's such a beautiful creature. 
P.S. the red all over his face is juice from a strawberry, not blood.
 And this is part of the organized chaos I was surrounded for a few days as I prepared my portfolio. 
 One of my students brought me a delicious vegan chocolate peanut butter cake from Vegan Treats and it was almost too pretty to eat. Now I have to go back to Bethlehem so I can try more of their delicious looking treats. 
 I put off taking down the decorations and tapestries in my room until the very last minute which was nice because I could focus on my portfolio in my cozy room but it was so sad to see them all come down and see the bare walls and ceiling after having it so decorated for two years. 
I love fresh flowers and I got these bright colorful ones from Kyle and beautiful pink roses (not pictured) from my family which is helping make my (disaster of a) room look much more pretty and put together. 
 Kyle and I made our last alley walk for Spuds on Friday night. Spuds was my go-to I'm-too-lazy-to-cook-let's-order-food place for the last three years so it was a bit of a sentimental last trip. 
 The last box of Frying Dutchman because how can you leave a town without getting some gourmet donuts? 
Top Row: Thin Mint, Chocolate Covered Banana, Creamsicle
Bottom Row: Peanut Butter Cup, Chocolate Covered Strawberry, Monkeybread
Sorry for all of the food pictures in a row, I must be hungry. ha ha. But on Sunday I came home to go to brunch at The Millworks in Harrisburg and it was delicious. It is a local, sustainable menu restaurant and is sourced from Central PA growers which makes a limited, seasonal menu. I love the atmosphere and highly recommend checking it out if you're in the area because there are some incredible artists working in the space.
 When I finally made it up to my room that night, I noticed the bathroom floor was wet and my mom and I looked up to see the AC was leaking through my ceiling in my shower and right outside the bathroom. Thankfully I came home when I did so we could catch the issue before the drywall was in the bath tub.
But now, I must continue to tackle this disaster of a room. This is just some of the accumulation of stuff over three years and having two places to store it until now.. scary. Needless to say I will be very    busy this week sorting, organizing, and purging this mess and I plan to photograph some clothes and accessories to sell- I'll be sharing more on all of that later.

Thanks for Stopping by! xo

May 11, 2015

But First, Coffee

Hey Everyone! I'm sorry for the lack of posts, but as many of you know, I graduated from college on Saturday! So, all last week was spent working on my portfolio, student teaching, and trying to pack three years of stuff I've accumulated from never having to fully move out at school. I have a lot of pictures to share from my last days of college that I can't wait to share this week and I'll finally be posting all of the things I've been working on art education wise in the next few weeks. Please bear with me for a couple days as I have A LOT of housekeeping (unpacking, purging, organizing, etc) to do before I will have time to sit down and prepare posts. 
This sweatshirt bears my motto for the last semester; But First, Coffee. I started almost every morning of student teaching at the Dunkin' in Kutztown with a Medium Iced Cookie Dough Swirl Black Coffee (forgetting about the Dunkin' Rewards until half way through my second placement, of course) and I loved that I would walk in and my order would already be rung up and I'd be in and out. 
Shop This Look:
Jacket: American Eagle // Sweatshirt: DIY // Jeans: Guess // Shoes: Converse // Sunnies: Urban Outfitters (on sale for $10 right now!) // Monogram Necklace: Mountz (Similar) //  Tote: Free People

Have a great week! xo
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