Wednesday, September 29, 2010

etsy sale!

Hello friends! I just feel the need inform you that I am having a big ETSY SALE!!! I am running out of storage space and these bags need a loving home other than my messy closet!

There are 2 sections... $5 SALE and $10 SALE... so come on, guys! The holidays are approaching faster than you think, and you seriously can't get cheaper than $5!

I'm counting on you! Don't disappoint me! :)

Large Hummingbird Tote- $10
Kitty Coin Purse- $5
Bamboo Floral Purse- $10


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

what i wore june 22

Well, it's still raining, but at least today I was prepared!

Here's a "What I Wore" drawing of a different rainy Tuesday in June... wish I could go back in time to June...



Monday, September 27, 2010

monday blues & charmaine olivia

Monday has brought us {me?} a dark, rainy, dull day... I just wish I could have stayed in bed! Instead I am bundled up in a scarf and sitting at my desk with a large cup of tea...

Today I happened upon the lovely artist Charmaine Olivia, from San Francisco. I have seen some of her prints before, and even posted one on Tumblr, but now that I know who is behind the art, I am even more hooked!

Charmaine Olivia has two very distinct styles... one being elegant watercolor drawings and the other being bold and seductive oil paintings. I'm only going to show her drawings here for now, since they are so inspiring to me and that is what I am trying to focus on at the moment. I hope you find them inspiring as well!


Sunday, September 26, 2010


Well, it's Sunday afternoon. I had a nice, long and relaxing weekend... but tomorrow is Monday, which reminds me of all the things I still need to do before then!

Today's agenda: CLEAN! {bedroom & bathroom},  upload and mail photos from Friday's photoshoot that I did for one of my clients, continue a drawing that I'm working on for a journal project, and finish up some paintings that I started last night.

But before I start my chores, I'll leave you with a cute painting by Julie Morstad called "Gluttony." It's exactly what I feel like doing today... lounging around the house drinking tons of tea!

Have a nice Sunday!


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

birthday & craft fair weekend

Last week was my 22nd birthday, so to celebrate I invited my close friends to the Asian Pub in Cooper Square! It is one of my favorite places to go when I'm in the city... the food is really yummy and their drinks are strong and cheap {and they come with bubble tea straws.} It was a lot of fun seeing my friends whom I don't get too often; it's so difficult getting together now that we're all busy with such different schedules. I was so surprised at the end of our meal when the waiters brought out a strawberry shortcake and shot of tequila for me!

Strawberry shortcake!

Sunday morning I woke up super early and packed up the car to head over to Ridgewood for the craft fair! I couldn't believe how nice the weather was, but I was completely unprepared for such a hot day. I wore tight jeans and boots with socks, but after burning up in the heat for hours, I had my mum bring me shorts and flats!

When I first got my spot on the street and started setting up, I felt really intimidated by all the other vendors because {it seemed like} everyone had tents and many tables and displays, whereas I only had 2 tables and an easel with a bulletin board... oh, and a bunting!

It took me a while to figure out how I wanted to display my stuff... I could have used more frames for my prints and more boxes to prop things up against. Once everything was set up I finally regained my confidence, and immediately started getting sales and encouraging feedback.

Me in my booth {eyes closed- too sunny!} You get the idea though.
Still sunny, squinting

My first sale was a biker who bought a resin pendant/twig necklace on a whim. It made me think about how impulsively people buy things at these type of fairs. I got excited to see that even before the street technically opened, people were already intrigued by my booth and came to look anyway.

Twig necklaces with resin pendants

I was very happy to see that people bought my bags, and I got a lot of compliments on my choice of fabrics. I was a little sad to part with them because most of them I had sewn while in high school. However, I really needed to part with these since I am looking to start fresh with my designs and more importantly, clear out inventory! Unfortunately, no one bought my dress :(

I will be putting up the remainders of my inventory on Etsy, so check there soon if you see anything you like!

Bulletin board with a coat hanger... very makeshift, yes?

I thought my tea party and cupcake pins would have been more popular, but only a couple of the cupcakes sold. I thought they were cute, though! Look for them on my Etsy!
Tea party pins!

I don't have any photos of my prints {you can see some in the back of the photos above}, but those were the biggest hit! I was impressed by how many I sold, especially considering their price. I might even be asked to do a large piece for commission! It was most rewarding selling my prints. The thought alone of having my artwork in people's homes is exciting, let alone having people wanting to buy them from me!

Another rewarding experience was being able to meet so many amazing people. I had a lot of young girls wanting to talk to me because they were looking into becoming vendors at craft fairs too, and I was able to give them advice about it. I'm not experienced at all, but it felt so nice being a role model for these girls!

The best compliment I received that day was that my booth was the cutest. There were so many vendors there that I was worried I would have to compete, but the reality was that I was the only one with "different" stuff, and people were attracted to it!

I was so exhausted by the end of the day, but I was so excited as well. I love being part of these craft fairs and I can't wait for the next one! Each time will get better and better, and I just have sooo many great ideas!!!

The weekend ended with another celebratory birthday dinner with my parents at my neighbor's Mexican restaurant, complete with complimentary appetizers, extra margaritas and dessert! I tried to watch the new show Boardwalk Empire, but I fell asleep of course.

So that sums up my awesome weekend! Please check my Etsy soon for updates! Much love!


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

what i wore june 21

Ok, it's definitely not June anymore, but I am wearing this skirt today so I thought it appropriate to post another "What I Wore" drawing!

I hope you like it despite my bad scanner and worse attempt at editing it...



1. overcome by a strong emotion due to a letterhead design.

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Tumblr is very "hit or miss." There are a lot of treasures on that website, but it takes a lot of browsing through hipster-esque blogs before you find a good one actually worth looking at. Letterheady is a great example... it's focus is old letterheads by famous people and companies. It's concerned with the design, which is why these are all blank... but it would be nice to see a handwritten letter by, say, Sigmund Freud.

click images to enlarge

My favorite is by far Carl Van Vechten... what about you??

Stay tuned for a craft fair post soon!


Friday, September 17, 2010

pretty things friday

Hello there! I'm so glad that it's the weekend! I plan to celebrate my birthday Saturday night {which was this past Tuesday} and be very successful at the craft fair on Sunday... I hope everything works out!

I've been very bad about Pretty Things Friday, but I hope this one makes up for last week! Today it's nature themed :)

Pretty cute tree couple
Tree wallpaper and pretty heart decorations
Pretty little forest cups
Pretty sweet piano love
Pretty victorian
Pretty clever coat rack
Pretty forest map
Pretty fall leaves
Pretty lady-flowers

That's all I got for today! Much love!


Thursday, September 16, 2010

what i wore june 16

Good afternoon! Here is another "What I Wore" drawing from June 16! I hope you like it, despite my terrible scanner...

I thought it was appropriate for today because I am wearing a different black and white striped shirt and the same necklace!

Also, check out my new Flickr page, where I will be posting more sketchbook drawings as well as anything else I am working on!


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

no country for young women

As a woman, I have no country. As a woman my country is the world.  – Virginia Woolf

I discovered a great website today called No Country For Young Women, and only after a minute or two of browsing, I fell in love with it! I think it is a terrific resource for my friends and I who are in the position of deciding what field we want to go in to after graduation from college.

NCYW is a very lovely and well- organized blog, complete with interviews of women, both young and old, of all different and desirable professions. It is further organized by age, region and type of post, so it is very easy to navigate and browse.

I came across NCYW after reading the blog of UK illustrator Clare Owen, who I have featured here before. I am totally in love with her elegant style...

You can read Clare Owen's interview here!

Happy reading, and goodnight :)


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

busy bee

Hello there! I apologize for the lack of posts this past week but things have been pretty crazy over at my end! Let me explain...

The past two weeks have been spent preparing for the Craft Fair. Unfortunately, it had to be postponed to next Sunday because of the weather... giving me another week to prepare {aka: stress out...} I also have been working on a couple of freelancing projects recently which has consumed a lot of my free time.

Participating in this craft fair has really helped me to think and reflect on my art. As soon as this craft fair is out of the way, I decided that I will be taking a little hiatus from "creating." I have a terrible tendency to start multiple projects at once without much planning. This usually means going to an art store, buying things without a specific project in mind, spending a day or two working on it, and then getting frustrated with the way it turns out and either put it aside to work on "later," or forgetting about it completely. I have about 20 different projects I can think of off the top of my head that are sitting in the pile called "Projects I Once Started and Will Probably Never Finish." This is seriously a complete waste of time {and money!} and it needs to stop!!!

I feel like this time will be a good time to think about my style as an artist. I enjoyed using different mediums while I was at school because I had easy access to them, along with help from amazing professors who helped to guide me in the right direction. Not having the structure I once had at school is a challenge that I'm facing right now, especially when I have so many different ideas that don't add up cohesively. This time off will hopefully give me a fresh start and a new outlook. I need to think about what I like to do, continue to sketch, research artists that inspire me, and learn who I am and who I want to be as an artist.

Once I have figured that out, I hope to jump right back in to creating lovely things, participating in more craft fairs and selling my things on Etsy! I am really excited to start this journey... I'm happy to share this with you, my lovely readers, and I hope that this inspires you to reflect upon yourself and who you aspire to be! {Not to be corny or anything...}

And with that... I leave you with one of my "What I Wore" drawings from June!
{Please ignore my crappy scanner and even crappier editing job!}


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

back to school

Hello everyone! I hope you had a wonderful Labor Day {and labor-free!} weekend! 

Since Labor Day marks the end of summer {although I highly disagree with this,} I thought today would be a great way to celebrate going back to school! Unfortunately for me, I'm not going back to school just yet... but I can still go back-to-school shopping, right? 
Here are some of my favorite fall styles from urbanoutfitters, modcloth, and etsy. I hope you all approve!

a. "for flowers on end" dress
b. "ceaselessly chic" dress
c. "cutie pie" dress
d. wanted field boot
e. ecote woven oxford
f. kimchi blue two-tone wingtip flat
g. suede pump
h. brown leather equestrian briefcase
i. ecote tapestry bag
j. tweed cropped jacket
k. style columnist blazer
l. long button trench coat
m. blackboard ring
n. vintage english garden necklace
o. eco-friendly felt and leather laptop case


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

september mixtape

click here to download!
Happy September everybody!

It feels like the other day that I was posting my first summer mixtape on here...

Volume 2 is a compilation of ten songs that I love and can't stop playing on repeat!

I hope you like!


ps. I used PuglyPixel and GraphicsFairy for my mixtape artwork :)