The things I like this week.

Gasp. It's Monday, and you probably are wondering about the things I like. Fear not, you will not be disappointed. 

1. Outdoor movies

The dinosaurs they built for ths movie still hold up to today's standards in my opinion. 

The dinosaurs they built for ths movie still hold up to today's standards in my opinion. 

I have this friend, her name is Amy. Yes, she is the same Amy who sends me letters (still haven't sent mine...I'm sorry...I'll get my life together soon, I promise). She also reads my blogs, and tells me when I have typos. I love that lady. Anyway, back on topic. I have list on my phone of movies that Amy hasn't seen, and this summer she agreed to let me make her watch them. I say let me make her, because I'm not really sure if I was going to give her the option to not watch them. 

Photo credit Kelsey Hicks

Photo credit Kelsey Hicks

Either way we've been doing them outdoor theatre style, projecting them on the side of Amy's house. I'm kind of in love with it. I mean, you can look at the stars and watch a movie. Wonderful. We've watched Jurassic Park, Star Wars IV and V, and tonight we are watching Meet the Robinsons (I know it's not a cinematic staple, but that movie is precious, one of my favorite animated movies.)

2. Legos

Me option 1

Me option 1

I babysat two boys and a baby girl last Saturday along with my friend Emma. One of the boys is obsessed with Legos. It was pretty adorable how he had his different collections in different piles all around the house, and when he was done playing with one set he would put the whole collection in a plastic bag. I have to say the kid might be more organized than me. Which isn't really saying much, I can be a mess sometimes. 

Me option 2

Me option 2

Emma and I made some lego self portraits to share with the world, and they made my heart happy. It also inspired an hour or so of looking at lego pictures on pinterest. I regret nothing. 

3. Thrifting  

Okay, so right now is probably the worst time for me to be spending money, but there is just something I love about thrifting. I think it's because it's unpredictable. You can walk into any given retail store and behind every display, every item of clothing, every piece of furniture, every single product package there are several people (and in some cases hundreds of people) that have spent months researching and designing products and just what it is that they can do to make you buy what they are selling. Don't get me wrong, I'm a designer, I love that these things exist. I'd be sad if they didn't. But there are no rules when it comes to thrift stores, because you can't really prepare for what people decide to get rid of. Some of my recent purchases are two radtastic dresses, a pair of classy brown ankle boots, a jean jacket, and a earthy mug with humming birds on it.    

4. Glitter  

I bought 16 oz. of glitter this week, and I'm not going to apologize for that. 

5. Clean laundry

How can you not love clean clothes? The smell, the feel, the options. I did laundry this week, and I will admit to you that I'm genuinely excited about it. 

6. Star Wars 

This is the movie crew, it was raining so we couldn't watch it outside.  

This is the movie crew, it was raining so we couldn't watch it outside.  

As I stated previously, I'm making Amy watch movies this summer. Last Monday we ventured to a galaxy far, far away and we made sure to bring Amy along with us. The plan was to just watch episode IV, but the gents in attendance were quite convincing in making it a double feature. So Amy got a full dosage of the robot shenanigans of R2-D2 and c3po, the bad-boy charm of Han Solo, the cleverness of Yoda, and the unfortunate 2001 digital updates that is Star Wars. And the good news is, she didn't hate it. So I consider that a win. Also all of this was done on Star Wars' 38th birthday, due to exceptional planning on my part. On top of that my invitation text was pretty clever, so you should be happy about that. 

Popcorn was made.  

Popcorn was made.  

7.  A good morning cup of coffee

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Its a great way to start your day, but also eat an apple or something.  

8. Olan Rogers

I'm going to preface this with I have always had a ton of respect for Olan Rogers. From the Balloon Shop days way back when, to his more recent endeavors, I've always been a fan. His humor is typically dead on for me, and I always appreciate how he can take a simple story and make it something hilarious and over the top funny. While his videos are typically funny or cinematically creative, this latest video caught me a little off guard as he used a very conversational tone with his audience. It definitely struck a chord with me. The subject matter is just brilliant, and it really made me think a lot about what I'm doing here in this blog. So that was nice, but also I love it when you have the opportunity see some one talk about something that they love doing. Olan is the real deal, and I have loads of respect for people who have the ability to share what they love in such a genuine way.

Olan you're stellar. 

Now that you've read this go watch all his videos, I mean you can read the rest of this later.  

"The people that are remembered are usually people that aren't the most popular people. They're usually the people that went the other way."     

9.  This Apple Commercial

I vaguely remember this commercial from when I was little...but I watched it more recently in my graphic design history class a few semesters ago, because we were talking about the typeface Garamond, which is what the words "Think different." are set in. I sort of internet stumbled across this commercial a couple nights ago and...I've watched it at least 10 times since then. I've also been thinking a lot about innovators and imitators. So it's quite possible that might become a blog post soon. Just a warning.     

"The people who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world are the ones who do."

10. Disco Balls

My friend Olivia took me to a Matt Kearney Concert a few weeks ago, because she's wonderful and she loves me. Also the tickets were free, so there was that. Neither of us were really big Matt Kearney fans, like I knew maybe three songs of his, and Olive knew maybe four. So we both literally went for funzies. The Concert was at Cains Ballroom in Downtown Tulsa, which is a super cool place. Throughout the opening band's set they would randomly turn on this disco ball in the middle of the ballroom, I tried several times to get a good picture of it, because it made me happy. I was unsuccessful at getting one I really loved. Then...something wonderful happened. Matt Kearney disappeared from the stage for a brief moment while he sang. It didn't really catch me off guard, the man is the physical embodiment of chill. Like, I would not have been surprised if he had come back on with a cup of tea to drink while he talked about his next song. But then...then... he came back wielding a medium sized glittery ball. 

I uttered this sentence to Olivia, "Is that a disc...OOOOOOOO...*inhaling high pitched mild screech*"

I got really excited about it, I mean, it looked amazing. I also heart glitter. 

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Also the opening band Judah and the Lion was incredibly entertaining. So if you wanted to look them up, I would support you in your decision. 

I will leave you with this picture of them smashing a tambourine. Good day!

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The things I like this week.

It's the start of a new week already? I guess it's time to talk about some things I like then. Here we go...

1. Old books

Anthro mug perfection.  

Anthro mug perfection.  

I have been hollowing out books like crazy for graduation presents for a bunch of wonderful girls that I've mentored since they were in the sixth grade. The gifts were all a book, a letter, a coffee mug, and a necklace. And I loved watching them open them. 

2. Fire stations

I just realized the other day that fire stations are just about as quaint as it gets sometimes. Big garage doors covering sometimes old fire engines, I don't know, I just like them.  

3. Applesauce

Having your wisdom teeth taken out has the ability to make you very aware of what you are eating. Applesauce is the perfect dental surgery food, I like the cinnamon applesauce best (in case you were wondering.)  

4. X-acto knives

Gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate. 

Gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate. 

The further I get into the whole art/design thing the more I realize how vital of a tool the mighty xacto knife is. I try not to leave my house without one in my car... It's kinda weird to keep one on your person at all times. Well, maybe not that weird, boys carry pocket knives. I'm going to need to think about this some more. 

5. These tiny jars

Sharpie for scale

Sharpie for scale

I made necklaces for all my graduating non-children. And I used these precious little jars, Amazon.com is amazing, it seriously makes all my dreams come true. I also really like it when people make normal sized things really tiny.

6. Squirrels  

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There is nothing more terrifyingly beautiful than making eye contact with a squirrel, because they are either going to attack you and steal your watch, or they are memorizing your face so they can bring you nuts should your paths ever cross again. Science. I just want to let you know, I made eye contact with a squirrel this week and I wasn't attacked. This is how I know I'm a kind person. 

7. Lightning bugs  

I made my first lightning bug sightings this week, and I got really excited. Those bugs are rad.  

8.  Sno cones 

The famed MAC attack

The famed MAC attack

Another first of the summer (and by summer, I mean summer vacation. It's still spring.) happened this week: first sno cone. I have a friend, his name is Blake, he is a sno cone artist and aspiring youth pastor. He works at Paradise Ice in Owasso when he is not interning with Xtreme. I asked Blake what his favorite sno cone was and he said he had a special concoction called the MAC attack. Yesterday, he made this special concoction for me. It was delicious, and you should get one, because in Blake's words, "No one is sad when they come to get a sno cone."

9.  Celebrations

Owasso graduation. That's my Peri singing, like a rockstar.  

Owasso graduation. That's my Peri singing, like a rockstar.  

This has been a week filled with graduations and the subsequent graduation celebrations. Lots of bittersweet moments as I realize some of my sweet friends will be moving away at the end of this summer, but they are all going to do such wonderful things, I'm sure of it. 

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This picture is filled with some of the most wonderful people you will every meet. These ladies are my heroes.  

This picture is filled with some of the most wonderful people you will every meet. These ladies are my heroes.  

10. Storm watching

Never cross a flooded stream on foot.  

Never cross a flooded stream on foot.  

When you've grown up in Oklahoma, storm watching is a common occurrence. After party hopping all day Saturday, my last stop was the late night graduation party of my dear Abigail. At about 10pm it started pouring down rain, and it just got progressively worse and worse. Not to worry, we just sat on the kitchen floor and chatted it up, and then later found a place on the couch with a quilt to snuggle under. And all was well. 

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The things I like this week.

Holy crazy week, batman. This one has been a doosie, but I would like you to know that I survived, got my wisdom teeth taken out, and am currently in bed recovering for the next couple of days. It'll be a nice (but unfortunately very painful) change of pace. Maybe thinking about the things I like this week will help.

1. When the peonies bloom

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I always notice when my dad's peonies bloom every year, and they never fail to make me smile. 

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2. Vintage textile patterns

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My friend Abbey and I found a whole ream of this awesome fabric at a vintage sale we went to, and we found it for quite the deal. I love this stuff. And it really aided in our backdrop making for our vintage photo booth at the gathering on main. 

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3. Maps

I alway think maps are interesting and cool. I'm also thinking about starting a lot of map projects. 

4. Interactive things

We asked people to tell us their story in 5 words, then we documented it with a Polaroid picture.  

We asked people to tell us their story in 5 words, then we documented it with a Polaroid picture.  

I wholeheartedly believe that the best way to get people interested in your work is to involve them in it. That factor is one of the many things I love about Xm Productions. This week our project was Owasso's gathering on main, and we had all sorts of interactive and interesting things for people to do.

Spraypaint chalk was made.

Spraypaint chalk was made.

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5. Funny hats

That's Hannah, she's adorable. 

That's Hannah, she's adorable. 

Whether it's a cowboy hat, or a graduation cap, I'm in. Also I graduated this week, so that was fantastic. 

These artists are just as talented as they are wonderful people. I'm so glad I got to learn, travel, and dream with these absolutely incredible students. 

These artists are just as talented as they are wonderful people. I'm so glad I got to learn, travel, and dream with these absolutely incredible students. 

"Hear ye, hear ye." - Gary Moeller   This guy is 89% legend and 11% the lovable grandpa everyone wants in their life.  

"Hear ye, hear ye." - Gary Moeller 

This guy is 89% legend and 11% the lovable grandpa everyone wants in their life.  

It's always great to learn from people who are both incredibly knowledgeable and entertaining, and that would definitely encompass Denny Schmickle. Plus he makes rad patterns, so respect. 

It's always great to learn from people who are both incredibly knowledgeable and entertaining, and that would definitely encompass Denny Schmickle. Plus he makes rad patterns, so respect. 

6. Chalkboards 

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In addition to the millions of other things I did this week I drew on 5 chalkboards for the Mother's Day brunch at my church. I loved the challenge and the fact that I could draw a lot of flowers, because Mother's Day.  

The stageing area... 

The stageing area... 

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7. Umbrellas

Only it never rains when I have one on hand.  

8. Thunder storms

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It has stormed a lot this week because it's spring time in Oklahoma. I wouldn't change a thing though. I like the lightening and thunder. 

9. 30 rock

30 Rock is the best show to go to when you have a lot on your mind grapes.  

It teaches you vauable lessons like:

-never go with a hippy to a second location

-treat every week like its shark week

-you shouldn't use ghost busters for evil

and  

-you can have it all, but also you can't.  

10. My mom

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This post would not be complete with out some Mother's Day love. My mom is by far the sweetest person that I have ever had the privilege of knowing, she is unbelievably kind to everyone she meets. She is definitely the greatest mom anyone could ever ask for, and I'm glad she's mine. 

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 Now go call your mom, or watch an episode of 30 rock or something. 

Lemon, out. 

Hashbrown Busy.

It's been a crazy week filled with lots of awesome creative things, and incredible people. I still have a lot ahead of me, and am not sure I can gather my mess of a brain into any sort of cohesive interesting thoughts. I figured it was best to go simple on this lovely Friday. So ladies and gents, this is what my week has looked like via the Noir filter on my phone. Enjoy.

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Photo credit: Amanda Metzger  

Photo credit: Amanda Metzger  

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Photo Credit: Denton Field

Photo Credit: Denton Field

Photo credit: Denton Field

Photo credit: Denton Field

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Photo credit: Denton Field

Photo credit: Denton Field

Photo credit: Amanda Metzger  

Photo credit: Amanda Metzger  

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The things I like this week.

Happy Monday. It's that time of the week where I unashamedly tell you about the things I like. Enjoy.

1. Green leaves.

Hammock view. 

Hammock view. 

I sort of touched on this in my last post, but there is something special about spring in that it kind of comes out of nowhere. One day your confused on how many layers you should be wearing, and then a few days later you walk outside, take a deep breath, and realize there are flowers all over the place. As a result I've spent some quality time in my hammock this week, but shout out to the people whose allergies are really terrible during this time of year. I'm sorry deep breaths of spring aren't as enjoyable for you. 

2. My cozy plaid shirt

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This shirt is magic, I have no idea where it came from, but I love it. Every stripe of it's oddly coordinated color scheme of flesh tones and smokey blues. Its super cozy because it's not a flannel material, it's almost a terrycloth sort of fabric. Whatever it is. I heart it. 

3. The Divine Comedy

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White free range chicken, tomato, mozzarella, and pesto sandwiched in a rosemary bagel. There are few meals that I crave on a regular basis, but this is one of them. Just in case you were wondering, I'm always up for a Divine Comedy from The Phoenix. So you just say the word and we'll go. 

4. Society6

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Have you ever wanted a pineapple patterned phone case that was designed by a really cool person? I know I have. Everyday. You can now purchase things like phone cases, t-shirts, coffee mugs, throw pillows, and yes, even leggings with my designs on them, and I'm probably way too excited about it. Check it out, http://society6.com/francynemelberg

5. Fruit Stands

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I really wanted peaches last Thursday, and every spring/summer there is a local fruit stand near my house that always has the best peaches. Unfortunately I jumped the gun a little on the whole peach wagon because they aren't in season for a few more weeks. I did buy a couple tangelos though per the suggestion of the fruit stand attendant, and they were delicious. 

So just FYI, tangelos are in season.

Couldn't help it.  

Couldn't help it.  

6. Unexpected flower crowns

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I think it's a really magical thing when you capture the undeserved affection of a child. Myself and my friend, Denton had to drop of our ministry truck at another local church. We were greeted by two women and a little boy, probably about 3 years old. When Denton began explaining the ins and outs of the truck to the women, the little boy got really restless for his mom's attention. I looked at him and asked him a simple question, "Do you want to make a flower crown?" And to my surprise... It actually worked. We made crowns, and caught ladybugs while he explained to me a very rough interpretation of Star Wars. It was precious. 

You can't just buy your own flower crown, some things in life must be earned.  

You can't just buy your own flower crown, some things in life must be earned.  

7. Dimes

I had a very long internal struggle over this dime I found in the Barnes and Nobel bathroom. I ended up leaving it on the bathroom floor for someone else to have an internal struggle over.  

I had a very long internal struggle over this dime I found in the Barnes and Nobel bathroom. I ended up leaving it on the bathroom floor for someone else to have an internal struggle over.  

I like them because they are small and really shiny. There's really nothing else to explain here.

8. Unexpected Upgrades

That's my brother. 

That's my brother. 

On Thursday I went to the premier of the Avengers: Age of Ultron. My brother bought the tickets and all I had to do was show up. So naturally I thought it was just going to be your normal movie theater experience, except this time I would be forced to sit next to one complete stranger (sitting next to strangers in movies is one of my least favorite things). When we walked into the theatre neither of us were expecting to have these awesome seats to enjoy the movie from. It was wonderful. Oh and the movie was pretty great too. And brother sister time was pure gold.

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There's always that guy. Props to him... Props to him.  

There's always that guy. Props to him... Props to him.  

9. Coloring

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It's been a really busy week, filled with lots of reasons to celebrate. So part of my weekend was filled with celebratory banner making with some awesome and precious kids that I watched over the weekend. We killed it. They looked great.

10. School plays

Clap if you believe! 

Clap if you believe! 

 I made a trek out to Skaitook to see my sweet friend Kate's play. Normally when you go to see someone in a play they are a character, or have a solo, or something like that. Kate was in the play, she was Wendy's daughter Jane at the end, and she rocked that part. However, when she wasn't acting on stage she was playing the music for THE ENTIRE PLAY. I was so beyond impressed at, and proud of, this 8th grade rockstar. Also Peter Pan always makes me happy.

Isn't she precious?  

Isn't she precious?  

I now want to see an epic rap battle of history with Peter Pan vs. Captain Hook. I feel like there is a lot of material there.  

The things I like this week: Earth Day Edition

Last Wednesday was Earth Day, and I don't think I've taken note of Earth Day since the third grade...you know, that time in your life when you involuntarily celebrated all the obscure days for the sake of education. So in order to make up for my neglecting to observe Earth Day for the past several years, I decided to tribute it with a things I like post. Thus, the things I like this week are mildly earth day themed. Don't overthink it. 

Without further ado...

I present to you...

The things I like: Earth Day edition.

1. My globe necklace

This necklace rings like a bell. It's my theory that a fairy lives inside it, she feeds on sunshine and the hugs of others, but gets angry when you shake her.  

This necklace rings like a bell. It's my theory that a fairy lives inside it, she feeds on sunshine and the hugs of others, but gets angry when you shake her.  

When I started to go to college I soon found that I had a lot of dead time between classes, and this little necklace was found on one of the many adventures I went on during such a slot of dead time. Claremore has, like, a buzzillion antique stores. So, obviously, I had to explore all of them. I found this treasure for only $5... Which admittedly is probably more than I would typically spend on used jewelry, but I loved it, so a purchase was indeed made. I never travel with out it, and it's always my go to necklace.

I totally broke it on earth day... Which was a bit coincidental. Nothing a little glue can't fix. (Insert a joke about continental drift here) 

I totally broke it on earth day... Which was a bit coincidental. Nothing a little glue can't fix. (Insert a joke about continental drift here) 

2. Sunny Saturdays

Killing some time with some coffee, and....uhhh.... Working on this blog post. Awkward.  

Killing some time with some coffee, and....uhhh.... Working on this blog post. Awkward.  

I spent the majority of my Saturday outdoors.  I was doing a bunch of things, but truth be told, even if I wasn't doing things I would have gotten my hammock out and chilled all day. The weather was beyond perfect. 

3. When a puppy loves you

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I have this precious friend, and her name is Sarah. She is quite possibly one of my favorite people on the planet. Sarah rescued a puppy this past week and is now trying to find a new home for this sweet girl named Susie. We were all sitting on the ground outside, the puppy snuggled up in Sarah's lap, minutes from a puppy nap when Susie gets up and plops down in mine. My heart was warmed.  

I know you paused your scrolling to look at this precious face. Don't try to deny it.  

I know you paused your scrolling to look at this precious face. Don't try to deny it.  

4. The relaxation of a good nature walk

It has been far too long since I've had a good nature walk. It will happen soon, don't you worry. You should take one too, get off that couch and out of that computer chair, leave your phone in the car and go look at some pretty trees, and clouds, and flowers, and birds, and.... Just go, okay? 

5. Mylar thermal emergency blankets

Xtreme prom has got my brain whirling with ideas of what I could do with this stuff.  

6. Pineapples with friends

I think I'm always going to do this... So you should just get used to it.  

I think I'm always going to do this... So you should just get used to it.  

Do to some miscommunication, a little laziness on my part, and poorly timed fruit cravings, I didn't get to eat any of my last pineapple. I was crushed. Pun intended. After telling my tales of the slight woe I had experienced I came to Owasso and was greeted by pineapple MK II. I was probably a little more excited than one should normally get about fruit. The next day I hung out with some friends and watched some movies, the pineapple was brought. We ate it, and it was delicious. It was indeed everything I wanted in a pineapple. Even though I had to google how to cut it, life skill: learned. Also special thanks to Kevin for giving me a pineapple, and special thanks to the lovely ladies who shared it with me.

7. My plants

I'm not really sure if I have a green thumb or not...but I can keep a plant alive. Or at least my track record for keeping plants alive is good (it's not so great for hermit crabs and fish, but we won't talk about that. RIP David Bowie.). However, I really think it's all do to the fact that I can't finish a glass of water without getting distracted... so my plants get my leftovers. I have 3 plants in my window, a Christmas cactus (that always blooms on thanksgiving), a wondering Jew (that I grew from a leaf I disected in my intro to biology class), and an avocado tree (given to me by one of my teachers at RSU. Her name is Anh-Thuy, so the tree's name is Anh-Tree). I'm trying to plant the top of pineapple MK II, we'll see how that goes, I'll keep you updated on that one.  

8. When you end up driving into the sunset/a really cool cloud formation

I drove from Catoosa to Tulsa, Tulsa to Owasso, Owasso to Claremore, Claremore to Collinsville, Collinsville back home to Catoosa last Thursday. The Claremore to Collinsville trip is when I caught the beginning of the sunset. But also sorry for all the driving places, earth. 

I drove from Catoosa to Tulsa, Tulsa to Owasso, Owasso to Claremore, Claremore to Collinsville, Collinsville back home to Catoosa last Thursday. The Claremore to Collinsville trip is when I caught the beginning of the sunset. But also sorry for all the driving places, earth. 

I drive a lot, which is not good for the earth. I'll own that one. I will admit to you that driving long distances is, reluctantly, one of my favorite things. Something that makes driving a long distance even better is driving into the sunrise or the sunset. I mean, it's quite obvious to the why of it, but I'll say it anyway, it's beautiful no matter where you are. Also clouds can be pretty anytime of day, so if you're lucky enough to catch one of the millions of lovely displays that can happen on any given day take a minute to enjoy it. 

9. The smell of freshly cut grass

My dad started mowing the lawn this week. It always reminds me of spending all day climbing trees, riding bikes, playing in the dirt, or day dreaming about building forts outside with my brother during the summer.

10. The occasional birds eye view

I really like it when you view something mundane from a new perspective. Kind of like when you have been in a certain environment for a long time and then the occasion arises when you have to stand on a table and you see the entire room from a new perspective...I know the lamest things are interesting to me. Anyway, I got to go to the top of the Williams building in Tulsa about a month ago, and it was seriously one of the coolest things I have gotten to do in a while. 

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Thanks for stoping by and reading things. Now go plant a tree... or recycle... or save an animal or something. Happy Earth Day! 

The things I like this week.

Happy Monday. Enjoy this list of things I like. 

1. Rainy days

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Its been one of those April weeks where it rains a lot. I honestly don't mind it, it reminds me of Europe. Also sleeping through a thunderstorm is my favorite. I honestly think it makes me sleep better. 

2. Lisa Frank

Because baby animals, bright colors, and glitter have a special place in my nostalgic heart. Plus I found a bunch of stickers at target for $0.30. Score. And if the question is, "Should I bring my Lisa Frank trapper keeper to my college class?" The answer is a most emphatic, "Yes." 

Excuse me while I nerd out.  

Excuse me while I nerd out.  

3. New journals

It's green.  

It's green.  

Few things make me feel so accomplished as closing a journal after filling the last line. And few things fill me with such anxiety as putting the first ink stroke in a new one. Both are good things. 

4. Getting mail with stamps  

My dear friend Amy has been sending me letters, and they never fail to put a smile on my face. Rest assured Amy, I'm about half way through your letter and you will receive it in your mailbox soon (P.s. You're wonderful). Also if you would like to send me letters, and I deem you a worthy and trustworthy individual, I will gladly give you my address.  And possibly return the favor. 

5. Going new places, experiencing new things

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I tried something new on Saturday, I went to a poetry slam. It was pretty awesome. Especially considering that I went into it genuinely knowing it was either going to be incredibly lame or utterly fantastic. Luckily, it leaned on the side of utterly fantastic. There was booing when the judges gave poor scores, and cheering when they gave great ones. I also noted that it's good for the soul to see new faces, go new places, and hear new voices. 

6. Rainbow Aviators.

I may be jealous because my pineapple can pull them off better than I can.  

I may be jealous because my pineapple can pull them off better than I can.  

Sometimes I get way too excited about silly things, and that is exactly what happened when I came across rainbow aviators for the first time. And rightfully so, I might add. These were given to me by my good friend Denton... Probably for saving his life or something like that. I'm not a hero, but these glasses certainly make me feel like one. *salutes* Gracias, señor. 

But seriously...it's like seeing the world through all the filters on instagram, depending on which color you are looking through. Which is wonderful and distracting whilst driving. 

7. Amazon.com

For obvious reasons.

8. Ok Go's Music videos

This is an always thing. If I'm having a humdrum day I like to make a stop by youtube and watch these insane music videos. They make me super happy. You should watch them, so they can make you super happy too.

9. Patterns

I'm always, always obsessed with crazy patterns. So I'm currently exploring that avenue. I mean, what's better than a pineapple? Approximately 126 pineapples displayed in an aesthetically pleasing way, obviously. 

Still on pineapples.

Still on pineapples.

10. Hatitude

Hatitude - The feeling of unmatched confidence one gets from wearing a killer hat. 

 

Its a thing, tell your friends.  

 

In conclusion, I will leave you with this 90's blessing.  

May your day be brighter than your trapper keeper, and may its Velcro never wear out.  

The things I like this week.

It's a Monday, and Mondays can be hard. So I figured I would take this opportunity to perk you up with some of the things that made this past week special for me, and/or some of the things that I just straight up like. I've compiled a list, and I hope you enjoy it.

1. Shoes with wheels. Preferably roller blades. 

This week definitely ended on a high note when I had the opportunity to rock some rented roller blades and got to skate in seemingly endless circles with some of my closest friends. I also attempted to teach some people...because apparently the children born after the year 2000 don't make it a habit of roller skating on a regular basis. Sad I know. It was entertaining to say the least, and so full of nostalgia. Even though my knees hate me now, worth it.

2. Relient K

Since the only time I actually listen to a CD anymore is in my car. I decided to load up my 6 CD changer with my scratched up Relient K CD's. Blissful car rides ensue. Also this is what a RK concert should be like.

3. Marbles

I walked into a store that I was 74.9% sure there would be nothing cool in, and found the most beautiful wall of marbles I have ever seen. I can't remember with the store was called, but it was basically pinterest in a room. 

4. Lightroom

I will never view photo editing the same way. Also these are some of the gems from my last senior photo shoot. Abbey is just beyond beautiful.

5. Pineapples

Although I haven't had the chance to doodle a pineapple at this point, I will soon. I was perusing the mall this week with one of my good friends, and pineapples were everywhere. I think it's going to be a summer trend. It kind of makes me smile.

6. Burn Your Portfolio

This book by Michael Janda is pretty stellar. I would highly suggest it to anyone who wants to make a living doing creative things. 

Heres the link to buy it...I know you want to.

 

7. Wishes

It's that time of year when these little guys are popping up all over the place, and I love it. I also spent a chunk of time blowing wishes into a pond. My friends love me. 

Here's hoping they all come true.

Have a lovely Monday. Remember people who complain about April's showers don't get to enjoy May's flowers (it's a new rule.) 

 

 

Make the Stuff You Love to Make.

I recently just finished a pretty big, random side project. an illustrative menu on a chalkboard. Chalkboards are sort of the bane of my existence in that I always, always bite off more than I can chew. If you know much about my artwork, you know that I tend to be a little crazy with the details.  I have somewhat of an addictive personality, I love repetitive tasks. For whatever reason they make sense to me…and things making sense makes me feel safe. Lame, I know. Either way the bigger the canvas the more time and energy I expel on the project. Obviously. 

So this brings me to my next thought. I do a lot of stuff for free. Like a lot of stuff. As a young artist, it's probably not good for me. Professionals around me are always saying every time you do creative work for someone make sure you have a some sort of contract and you get paid in some form, even if you're bartering. In a sense I totally agree, it's super easy for people to take advantage of the creative community because most people don't necessarily see all the behind the scenes work that goes in to making something. So if all creative individuals allow themselves to be pushed around and never get paid…I see a problem there. Artists are some of the hardest working people you will ever meet because there work is never done. They are always seeing the world and thinking of more ways to make it even more lovely. Thus if they can get paid for what they do, they most definitely should. 

My problem? I like making stuff, so when I come across a project that I think I would really enjoy I want to do it regardless of payment. Thus I do a lot of things for free, but it rarely bothers me. 

So to the artist: do what you love. Keep making work and get paid when you can, but don't neglect a project that you would enjoy because of the money aspect. 

To the patron: support your local artists and arts community. Even if you can't buy a thousand dollar painting, buy a cup of coffee for that forlorn soul doodling in the one corner of the coffee shop with good lighting. 

This is a time-lapse of the chalkboard I did, I seriously had so much fun making it. Please enjoy!