Friday, April 11, 2014

Officially 25

Hello everyone! Today I am officially 25 years of age as of 2:07pm EST. A quarter of a century.
Jeez louise. The time flew by...

Candy Sparrow - Mab Graves
Candy Sparrow - Mab Graves

I had planned on sitting down and writing something deep and meaningful today, but it's my birthday and I will do what I want to. I plan to reflect this weekend over some cake and report back to you all on Monday, haha. I promise, I am getting back in to the swing of things. This weekend I am headed home to spend my birthday with family and I couldn't be happier. All I want to do is relax and get my mini garden up and running.

Crazy side note - I took Abe to the vet two days ago for a check up and it turns out "he" is really a she! It's a girl!! Totally blew my mind. The poor little darling has thought of herself as a lil man the past four years. Regardless of the sex - I love my lil nugget just as much. I am not going to lie though - it is going to take some time to become comfortable referring to her as a she.

Anywho... I am all over the place, I know. I am so thankful to have had the amazing adventure of a life I have had thus far and I can not wait to see what the future brings.

Have a beautiful weekend everyone!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Toy Army Tuesday - Rotofugi Haul

Hi all! Toy Army Tuesday is coming to you on a Thursday this week since I am a smidge bit behind, whoops. Oh well. You need to shake things up now and then, right? Today I am going to keep my post fairly short and to the point. For those of you who are not up to date with my blog - in February I attended the Traveling Circus at Rotofugi. The Circus Posterus collective/my favorite group of artists had their work up for display. Being the crazy person that I am, I waited out at 5 in the morning in the below freezing Chicago temps to be the first person in line to get a ticket to buy a piece from the show. Thankfully waking up that early was complete overkill so my room mate and I were the first two people in line - meaning that I got first dibs at whatever two pieces I wanted - yeah, I was and am still excited about it. Oh - and my room mate is the best person ever.

Anywho... I knew that I wanted to add a piece by Amanda Spayd and Chris Ryniak since I didn't own anything by them at that point and their one of a kind pieces are highly sought after and nearly impossible to track down unless you attend an opening. Below are the two pieces I picked up. In the next couple of weeks I look forward to sharing more information about each artist with you. In the mean time - take a look at my adorable creatures.

Traveling Circus - Rotofugi
(On the left - "Fiddlesticks" by Amanda Louise Spayd. On the right - Ice Root Gourwart by Chris Ryniak.)

Traveling Circus - Rotofugi ("Fiddlesticks" by Amanda Louise Spayd)
Traveling Circus - Rotofugi
(Ice Root Gourwart by Chris Ryniak)
Traveling Circus - Rotofugi
(On the left - "Fiddlesticks" by Amanda Louise Spayd. On the right - Ice Root Gourwart by Chris Ryniak.)

The Dust Bunny by Amanda Spayd was the item the Traveling Circus's fliers and posters, and was also the first piece she created for the show. As soon as I saw her post a preview of it online I knew I wanted to take the little guy home if at all possible. Her work is cute, creepy, and mysterious all wrapped up in to one. This guy looks startled - as if you caught him sneaking in to the cookie jar late at night. Aaaand get a load of his very real looking teeth. The Gourdwart by Chris Ryniak just blew me away. His adorable frankenstein-esque features and blue coloring had me instantly falling for piece. I am so glad that I was able to bring both pieces home with me, and I was even more excited to meet these talented artists who I have been following for quite some time now. It really was a special night and I am so glad I have these guys to remind me of it all daily :]

*end nerdy rant about toys.

Have a beautiful day everyone!!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Oh, hey!

Hi guys! I know, I have been m.i.a., what else is new? I have been a busy bee trying to get my brothers website up and running - among other things. Friday is my birthday. I am turning the big - 25. Quarter of a century. Not entirely sure how I feel about it. I am still young, but I feel like this is the age where you need to get you *ahem "stuff" together. I have been desperately trying to work on just that these past few months leading up to this week. I have a lot of things I would like to improve on for myself this upcoming year, and for that I am excited. On that list is getting back to blogging - big surprise. I just need to carve out a time to do it and stick with it. I have never been one for keeping up with routines but I am going to try my best to break this bad habit.

I have a fun little number to share with you all today. I had been eyeing this circus print dress from The Velvet Bird for some time and finally picked it up at the end of last summer. I am glad I did because it was the last one of my size in stock and it looks as though the shop is currently closed.

The Velvet Bird Dress The Velvet Bird Dress The Velvet Bird Dress

Outfit Details: Dress - The Velvet Bird, Cardigan & Shoes - ModCloth.

While it is a summery dress I had fun dressing it up for the cold Chicago weather the other day (I wore tights and switched in to boots after these photos). I look forward to wearing it out and about this upcoming summer. Summer get here soon!

How have you all been?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Wardrobe Wednesday - Booth Fifty-Nine

Hi everyone! Hope your week has been cruising along. I am looking forward to the weekend as usual. This weekend I am attending the flower show at Navy Pier and am pretty excited about it. I look forward to sharing some photos from that with you all on Monday. In the mean time - today I have something very special to share with you. My very good friend Angela has just opened up an etsy shop - Booth Fifty-Nine - which is full of vintage goodies and I am here today to give you a little sneak peak of what her store has to offer.

Booth Fifty-Nine first started out as a booth in an antique mall in Peoria, Illinois - hence the name. The booth quickly expanded and has now found it's way to internet. Angela's shop is full of a wide range of beautiful vintage apparel and knick-knacks. A week ago she was sweet enough to send me some items from her shop to try on and I honestly fell in love with it all.

Booth 59 Clothing Booth 59 Clothing

For this first look I will be honest - this is not a dress that I would have typically bought out on my own, having said that I am even more glad Angela sent this piece my way! As soon as I tried it on everything just seemed to work. I was afraid with my body shape that it may look too boxy, but the neat pattern helped lengthen my body, aaaand can we please talk about the adorable collar? This is a dress I definitely look forward to wearing a lot more down the road.

Booth Fifty-Nine

As soon as I saw this blue and white striped dress I immediately thought of Margot Tenenbaum. I debated recreating her look but I don't think I am edgy enough - I also don't own a fur coat - but anywho... the yellow cable knit sweater went perfectly with the dress and shoes so this outfit was pretty easy to piece together. It is a classic preppy look perfect for work or a Sunday afternoon. The color palate also works perfectly for this upcoming spring!

All of the items came in great condition and looked practically new. I highly recommend you all check out Booth Fifty-Nine. I am currently eyeing the Periwinkle Vintage Belted Tanktop myself. Also, Booth Fifty-Nine has an Instagram account you can follow HERE to see even more vintage goodies that could be headed your way very soon.

Outfit Details: Dress and Sneakers c/o Booth Fifty-Nine, Brown Heels - DSW, & Purse - thrifted.

I hope you all have a beautiful day!

Disclaimer - The items in todays post were gifted to me, but all the thoughts and opinions expressed above are my own. I would only ever share items with all of you that I stand behind, and I stand behind this store. That is all.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Toy Army Tuesday - Sawdust Bear

Hi all! How goes it? It hit 50 yesterday!!! It was so nice to walk home from work and enjoy the sunset for a change. I am just going to overlook the fact that it is supposed to snow again on Wednesday, because I honestly can't take it any more. Anywho... for those of you who tuned in last week I shared bits and pieces from the Traveling Circus show opening at Rotofugi (if you missed it feel free to check it out!). The show had a group of my favorite artists from the Circus Posterus Collective, so over the next few weeks I will break down the pieces and give you a little more information about the artists themselves. This week I thought I would share with you Shing Yin Khor's work from Sawdust Bear.

Circus Posterus - Traveling Circus - Rotofugi - February, 15th.
(Shing Yin Khor, "Blue Sweater Scaleybug" & "Orange Sweater Scaleybug" - mixed media)

For those of you unfamiliar with Shing Yin Khor's work - you're in luck today. Sawdust Bear "sculpts awkward, charming, and awkwardly charming creatures trapped in a world of bumbling science and human fallibility. [Her] themes are inspired by historical hoaxes, old museums, cabinets of curiosities and pre-Linnean taxonomy; [Her] palettes are inspired by the more obnoxiously colourful parts of nature, especially invertebrates." In addition to sculpting Shing also publishes pretty sweet little comics, "[she] write[s] the historical fiction comic Marie and Jeanne, write[s] and illustrate[s] the shoegazey near-future sci-fi Center for Otherworld Science, and the awkward monster comic Marlowe the Monster, all of which can be downloaded for free". - For more information about her and her work please check out her website - Sawdust Bear.com.

Circus Posterus - Traveling Circus - Rotofugi - February 15th, 2014
(Shing Yin Khor, "Underwater Gravebeast Plaque" & "Curiosity Cabinet #1- Clown Jellies" - mixed media) Circus Posterus - Traveling Circus - Rotofugi - February 15th, 2014 (Shing Yin Khor, "Orange Sweater Scaleybug" - mixed media)

I love Shing's out of this world creatures who resemble bits and pieces of creatures we know, but with a whimsical twist. Their facial expressions are always priceless. They awkwardly stare at you as if they were caught in the act of something. I mean take a look at the Orange Sweater Scaleybug above for instance - how adorable is that face with his tongue flopped out like that? I was laughing out loud when I saw this piece in person. I wish so badly that I could have afforded to take him home.

(Shing Yin Khor, "Drab Fairybug" - Watercolor, Ink, and Acrylic - For sale Here - photo from Leanna Lin's Wonderland) (Shing Yin Khor, "Dragonwinged Fairybug 2" - Watercolor, Ink, and Acrylic - photo from Leanna Lin's Wonderland)

In addition to overly sweet sculptures and neat comics Shing produces beautiful hand drawn studies of her creatures. The pieces above are from her latest show the Supahcute Science Fair at Leanna Lin's Wonderland. You should definitely check it out because there are still some affordable pieces available.

Last week I was lucky enough to score a monthly subscription to her work on Patreon, which means that each month I will receive a care package from her with pieces of her work - from prints, to pins, postcards, and maybe even a mini resin piece! I could not be more excited. I can't wait to see what she produces this year and I hope to eventually add a fattybug or scaleybug to my collection someday soon. I will be sure to share with you all what I receive from the subscription somewhere down the road.

I hope you enjoy her work as much as I do.

Take care everyone!

SawdustBear.com | Supahcute Science Fair | Shing's Patreon

Monday, March 10, 2014

Seeing Red

Hi all, happy Monday! The weekend sure flew by, huh? Losing an hour yesterday threw me off a bit, but it is so nice to have more sunshine - so ready for spring. My weekend was pretty low key. I went out with a group of friends Saturday night which was a fun change of pace. I feel like I have been cooped up way too much this winter. It was nice catching up with everyone. Other than that I don't have too much to report.

I am still in a bit of limbo when it comes to my blogging. I am trying to get back in to the swing of things while planning out new things to cover. Once things warm up a bit I would love to do a ongoing series about neat places to visit in Chicago. There are so many interesting shops, parks, etc. in my neighborhood alone that I would love to share with you guys, so I am hoping to make that happen soon.

Red Red Red Red

As for today I just have some random snapshots. I go through strange phases. Over the summer I was obsessing over crazy prints and now I find myself drawn to the color red. I am not sure what it is or why I get on the kicks that I do but right now it is all about red. My life is currently valentine themed, and I am a-ok with it.

The color red is the color of energy, passion and action. I suppose my wardrobe reflects my current state of mind. I sure could use a little more of the above going in to this new year.

What are you currently drawn to?

Have a lovely day everyone!
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