Sunday, March 30, 2014

a [mostly] wordless weekend.

Disclaimer: This post is mostly food related. Come on. Ya'll know me... 


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

it's gettin' *real* up in here...

Real SERIOUS, that is.

that's right... there's officially a label on the wedding binder. 
That's right, folks. Wedding Planning is underway! I mean technically, yes, it's been underway for a while... but real things (read: more than just Pinterest planning) are starting to happen!

Liiiiiiike... we are headed to Austin soon-ish to look at venues... *squeal*!

We've narrowed it down to a couple of places that we'd like to go see. We've made appointments with the venue owners to take tours, meet for questions, and discuss contracts. We've even tentatively picked a date.

I know... watch out. It's really we're really getting married or something. 

As excited as we are to be in our beloved Austin again, we are most excited about getting this proverbial ball rolling. As I've said before... wedding planning is hard. Anyone that tries to tell you otherwise is a LIAR... and you can tell them I said that. There are so many moving parts and things to consider--and that's just choosing the date! I know it would be a tad easier if we were actually living in the city where we were getting married (what a concept!), but ultimately this is what we want and where we chose to have our ceremony and reception with friends & family and well, that's just the best. I'm so excited!

I'll have more information to share after we get back from the Lone Star State, but until then I'll still be obsessively adding thoughts and ideas to the wedding binder, brainstorming wedding hashtags, and pondering some of life's most important questions... like "exactly how many pairs of wedding shoes do I really need? I mean... I should have a pair to go with every activity. Just sayin'". 

'Cause ya'll... it's all about priorities.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

for a good cause.

I've been a fan of the arts for quite a while. 
Fun Fact! When I was in college, I took an Art History class (not 'Art Appreciation'... totally not the same thing!) and was completely sold. Maybe it was my ridiculously cool professor (she smoked cigs on the reg and held student meetings out in the courtyard where she smoked said cigs.. .barefoot) or the fact that I was totally and completely smitten with every single projector slide, from Rococo to Impressionism, Putti and perspective. I attended every student art show I could, which cultivated my deep rooted appreciation for Dia de los Muertos and folk art. For a hot minute, I considered leaving Interior Design for the uncharted Art History major waters, but realized that I'd be limited in future endeavors, so I stayed put. I did, however, continue to grow my fascination with the arts through books, countless museums, travel, and most effectively (and importantly) grow my world views through exploring other cultures that I'd learned about through fine arts, architecture, and design. 
Having said that, I'm no artist. I can't draw a straight line to save my life. In fact, my delineation [architectural drawing] professor asked if I had a learning disability. I wish I were kidding... 

All of that aside, I admire the therapeutic qualities that painting can bring. For the people that can grab a brush and turn a blank canvas into something beautiful (without tracing it first!), I have a lot of respect. I just know that I'm not one of those people, and that's OK. Which is why when I was approached to enter a piece in the annual IIDA [International Interior Design Association] art show + silent auction to be held later this week, I had to stifle a giggle. The phrase "no thanks" was on the tip of my tongue, but a tiny voice in the back of my mind said... why not?

While it wouldn't typically be something I'd be interested in participating (attending, absolutely!), I found out that a portion of the proceeds benefit a charity of the organization's choice. Plus, I'm always down for a challenge. ;)

Sooo... taaaah-daaah!

Each of the 50 participants (yeesh!) were given one 16" x 32" MDF panel. Using any medium, the artist can transform his/her panel into a work of art, sculpture, furniture, etc. Every single piece turned in to the organization will be entered into the silent auction.

While I'll admit this piece isn't an original idea and wasn't the most difficult thing in the world to create, I thought it was kitschy and designer-y and perfectly represented a sense of my own style and design aesthetic. I first had the idea to create an ocean scene representing San Diego's tidepools. I  was excited and purchased all of the paint in advance, even doing a little practice run on some spare MDF board I had at home, but after scrolling around for some inspiration, I came across a similar idea to this one and fell in love. 

I adore the idea of having a giant, true-to-life, custom paint chip hanging on the wall in a fun, happy color. Even more, I totally personalized this piece and made it my own. 
  • Instead of signing my name, my 'signature' on this piece is the color number. 
    • A - my initial, 914 is representative of my birthday (September 14th). 
  • The actual color of blue is almost identical to the accent wall in the first apartment Spencer and I shared together in Austin. We loved that apartment... and that blue wall!

While it may look 'easy'... and comparatively, it probably was!... it still took me an exceptional amount of time to complete. Because I was painting directly on MDF, there were a lot of coats of paint and those letters... holy cow! They took forever, but I'm really happy with the result. So much so, that even if it doesn't get a single bid, I will be perfectly pleased to bring it back home with me.

The auction is this Thursday evening. I've already got a pretty dress to wear, some new shoes, and a piece of art that I'm actually proud to take along with me. The makings of a fun evening! :)