November 23, 2011

Remember Who You Are

I am studying psychology and more and more I realize how I have been blessed to be raised with the standards and guidance of the gospel. Yesterday, while studying for exams, I reread research about how much we are affected by the things we observe, hear, do, etc. Despite our intentions, we are affected by all the things around us - good and bad. We, fortunately, are blessed with agency and discernment to choose how we will act, but we cannot pretend to do things that are against our standards and assume we'll not be influenced for the worst. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-days Saints has standards given to the youth to help live successful, happy lives. These standards have taught me to be cautious of the movies I watch, the music I listen to, the books I read. I know some things, like music, influence my mood a lot, which then affects how I act and treat others. Reading or watching movies doesn't seem to have as immediate of an affect, but as I continue to studying research on aggression and altruism, I am beginning to reflect on how I might be affected without realizing it.

I want to share this video to help promote good media that inspires faith, hope, and charity. From what I know spiritually and academically, we need these uplifting media to improve our lives. We cannot expect to become a Mother Teresa when we are playing Halo for hours each week. We can be as Christ as we read the scriptures, follow His counsel, lift one another, etc.

This is for you.

November 21, 2011

Custom Painting

This weekend I also did this painting for a friend.... 
If you would like to custom order one, too, just shoot me a message! 

November 20, 2011

Weekend photo shoot

I had a fun photo shoot this weekend and am excited and anxious to share these pictures!

November 16, 2011

The Mind - My Print Triptych

Knitted Scarf

My awesome grandmother taught me how to knit back when I was in middle school. I recently purchased yarn for an activity at a nursing home and ended up learning they had plenty of their own yarn! So I had a big wad of yarn and wanted to knit. I bought some long ol' needles two or so weeks ago and started knitting while I studied, sat in the passenger seat, watched movies, waited to fall asleep, etc. I was motivated to knit my first scarf!

{drum roll, please}

More Photos

It's been a while since I've uploaded some of my pictures, so I've added more to "My Snaps" if you want to see. I felt the desire to share some more since I was recently asked to do a family photo shoot this weekend - crazy exciting! It should be fun.

November 10, 2011

Stop Motion in Bed

I know this is old, but it's worth sharing. Be inspired.

November 9, 2011

First Pen Portrait

Here's my first pen portrait! 
I'm surprisingly pleased, but finding many flaws.
I guess that just happens with first tries.
I'm still excited to share it with you all, though!

What do you guys think?

November 7, 2011

Do good things

"Only when the painter does not know what he is doing does he do good things" - Edgar Degas

I love today

“I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.” William Allen White

Your own skin

"Learn to be comfortable in your own skin and love yourself unconditionally."

Pick me up, dear

"Pick me up, dear. I'm lost and I seemed to have misplaced my happiness." 

November 4, 2011

Something of my own design

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year... mostly because I enjoy thinking up ways to express gratitude in an artistic way. I just think it's fun!

Growing up I would make a construction paper tree for my family to tape leaves to. Each leaf would have something we were grateful for. And the entire creation would be on our fridge for us to see daily.

Being grateful and saying "thank you" is important to me. Sure I'm not always great at it, but Thanksgiving is a great time to remember all the things that bless my life.

This year this is what I have fabricated....

Head wear

Thanks to an awesome new friend, I've had a sewing machine sitting on my kitchen table beckoning me. I am so exciting and anxious to make things - so grateful for her letting me borrow it. Fortunately, I also got a handful of free old clothes from that Crafts Night that I have been using for material.

Someday I will get my own sewing machine and more material like my sister... and I will have a wonderful grand old time..... again.

Recently I have had a fun time making....

Paint chip art

This past week, as I mentioned in my "No Worries" post, I have been busy with activities, like a Crafts Night. I got to teach paint chip art!

After trying it out for the first time.... it's awesome! I was able to order 500 free paint chips from Benjamin Moore and VistaPrint. It was even so awesome that the order came within 3-5 days. I love when mail comes fast.

One thing I also did was research about paint chip art. I found that some stores you need to pay for them, so just ask! Also, one article mentioned multiple people asking paint companies if it was okay to use paint chips for art. The paint companies replied with an "A-Okay," but they asked that if you are making art with the paint chips, do not sell the pieces. I think that's fair enough, so keep that in mind!

So here's what I made!

Do With Excellence

You're Better Than You Think You Are

I found this old email I had written years ago to my younger sibling. I want to share these things that have been uplifting and inspiring to me.

I was talking to mom earlier today and telling her about this dance audition I tried out for yesterday, and she let me know how you were performing a piano recital that got a little overwhelming. 
Earlier this week in my dance class, my teacher taught us a lesson about stumbling blocks that we have. She gave us each a block and told us to write on it something negative that we often tell ourselves when we're dancing around others. I wrote "I can't do that" because I often worried that I can't do something quite as well as someone else and others will notice. My teacher then told us to try dancing with the block, and it was kind of hard sometimes - this was supposed to be symbolic of how holding onto those stumbling blocks we have actually makes things harder. Then she said that we needed to put the blocks down when we were ready and instead of saying "no" to the bad idea, we had to replace the negative thoughts with better thoughts. I replaced mine with "I am the only one who can dance the way that I do."
When I went to this dance audition, I was worried about keeping up with others who were much better than I was, but I told myself to just have fun and not worry about the pressure of getting accepted or not. The first half of the audition went better than it had last year, but when the third part came where I had to quickly learn to dance a more difficult piece, I was so scared about getting these karate-looking jumps right that I felt like just walking out of the room and giving up because I thought I couldn't do it. I remembered the lesson, though, whether or not I could do the jumps didn't matter so much as me showing how I can dance. It helped immediately and I was able to learn the jumps a bit better and my friends let me know how well I had done. I know I messed up a lot, but I gained a lot from giving it a chance than giving up.
So I hope you'll try to replace your negative thoughts with positive ones, because reality always is that you're better than you think you are.

No Worries

This week has been a little crazy, especially since last week. I am an activities coordinator and it sure got busy with a Pinterest Night, Halloween Party, Crafts Night, preparing for a Christmas Party, etc.

There are many details, but I should probably spend that time studying for my final exams and save your ears from complaints - who wants to read those anyway?

I want to also let readers know that I've still got illustrations I've been working on and they will be posted soon. I've also got several pins I've used and things I've recently created that I will post, too!

Some other exciting news: I've been invited to put art up in a theatre here, which would be fun to do! I am also planning to submit art to auction next spring. I bought more supplies yesterday and have started planning, so I am crossing my fingers that I'll work hard enough to have success in that.

Anyway, please keep sending sentences and checking for my updates. I love the comments I have been getting on here and on Facebook. I appreciate you, friends and family!

Have a happy Friday!

I want to promote this cool blogger I just found:

November 1, 2011