Friday, September 26, 2014

Up Pretty Early

Hello everyone!

Right now I am up earlier than I would ever have used to be voluntarily. It seems now that I'm out of school I don't sleep in past 9 even when I can! Pip is playing pretty vigorously with the cord that is charging my laptop, which is better than him attacking my feet. I am very excited because my manager gave me Saturday (the most hellish of work days) off this week, and I'm going home for a couple days! When I come back I'll set up my little art show in a local cafe that's going to let me display my work. (Cool Beans/College Grounds if you're in the Columbia area!)

I am trying very hard to get used to a lot of things, the most immediate of which is the trackball mouse Travis lent me. The keypad on my laptop has stopped working.

I also have started watching One Piece (its a shonen anime with like 700 episodes and counting) so that will hopefully keep me busy for awhile. Recently I finished Black Butler, which wasn't very good, but I watched the whole thing anyway, and I'm almost done with Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun, which I highly recommend. Most of it's on hulu for free! Also working on Utena, but Travis never wants to watch it so I'm getting impatient with him.

I am very into mixing patterns lately, but I kind of have always been!

Travis is still waiting to hear back from a job, so fingers crossed! It's kind of funny that here we are, two college graduates thousands of dollars in debt, just working retail and hoping for minimum wage jobs waiting tables. The only reason I can morbidly laugh at this is because I am very lucky to have a family that will not let me starve. I'm a very lucky girl.

Please enter my giveaway and get a free portrait!

Shirt: Thrifted from work
Dress: Vintage, bought in Italy
Shoes: UO
Socks: Thrifted from Miracle Hill

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Giveaway: Win A Portrait!

It's giveaway time!

I'm looking to add a new listing to my shop: A custom full body portrait of you as your favorite character! I'll draw you or a friend as Princess Bubblegum, Wonder Woman, a Disney Princess, idk, Astroboy. Whatever! Just like dressing up for Halloween, but in *~watercolor~*

To add this listing to my shop I need example images, though. So I'm giving away 3 portraits! There will be 3 winners of this giveaway, and I'll contact each one to get the details of their portrait.

I'm giving Rafflecopter a try. Enter below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Thanks guys :-*

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Me and Pippy

Here are pictures of me with my kitten!
He's going through a bit of a bitey phase right now, I can't say I approve. But he's still really cute. I am calling him Pippy, but Travis just calls him "cat." He's already a lot bigger than when we got him a couple weeks ago!

Lately I'm not doing anything more interesting than just working a lot. A lady did yell at me the other day in front of the entire store. Some people treat retail employees like they're less human, and I hate that. I swear I wasn't rude to her. But it's alright! I just want a little more time to spend on my art. Speaking of, I was really excited to work on a blog header for Chloe of Of North! She's been a fave of mine for awhile, so I was totally honored to paint her. I've also got a show going up in a local cafe, College Grounds, so I've got to get my work together for that!

Idk if I've mentioned (read: complained) that Travis was hired full time at a place that is literally giving him no work. First he was working full days, then more like 4 hour days... then 2... and now they haven't asked him to come in for like a week and a half. This means that I'm carrying the rent for a 2 bedroom apartment on my own, and his mom is handling the rest. He's applied at dozens of places, so we def have our fingers crossed for something to happen!

Time passes a lot quicker it seems, now that I'm out of school. 

I also got to go to the Indie Craft Parade in Greenville with my friends and family, whom I treasure. Never getting to see the people I love really makes me value the time I spend with them. Plus we got to see a bunch of sweet art made by talented people!

Dress: Thrifted
Shoes: Lucky Brand, Thrifted
Socks: OVS
Top: Walmart forever ago

Friday, September 12, 2014

Art Lately: Getting Botanical

Anxiety - I painted this before flying to Italy. It's important to remember to breathe deeply, you'll get through it.

First Day - I kind of miss going back to school. It freaks me out knowing that time of my life is over.

Planting - This one was a bit out of my comfort zone, but in the end I like how it turned out! I'm definitely getting addicted to painting plants. I have started keeping some, and gardening is very therapeutic.

Sisterhood - Girls, stick together.

Ayanami - A special fan art from a special show.
This last one is a gift I mailed to a friend! Shhh don't tell her ;)

Thursday, September 11, 2014


I don't ever have to go clothes shopping anywhere other than work now, it's great! Also kind of a dangerous job, since I spend my day going through all the clothes that come in... me and the girls that work there end up giving at least some of our paychecks right back!

Today was a pretty nice day! Me and Trav got a kitten earlier this week. Probably not the best decision ever since we're kind of strapped for cash atm, but it made Travis so happy! And he's such a sweet little guy. We're calling him Pippi right now, I'll be sure to post photos of him soon! He's part of the litter that crawled out from under our porch a couple weeks ago. My sister and Travis's old roomate both wanted one too, so we got to give a couple more kittens good homes!

Well, I just worked 10 days in a row, and am enjoying my little mid-week weekend. This Sunday is my Mom's birthday, and we're going to the Craft Fair in Greenville! I get to see my friends too, I'm so pumped!

Top, Shoes, Bag: Thrifted
(Monteau, Steve Madden, Fossil respectively)
Shorts: American Apparel
Necklace: I forgot to take a close up :( 
But it was made for me by a friend.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Granny Shoes

Our neighbor has kittens!
We really want one but I'm worried that it'll cost too much and that it won't get along with Kit when I bring him down. Plus Travis wants to name it Goku, so there are a few good reasons not to. But, kittens! I want to give one a good home. The guy doesn't seem like a very responsible pet owner. We gave him a box for the cats and he dropped it! A box full of kittens! It was like a horror movie!

Do ya'll like my granny shoes? They're, like, orthopedic. Haha. But I think they're cute in an ugly sort of way! I got the beaded cardigan from the thrift store and was all like "Woah look at this it must be hand beaded from like the 20s so vintage omg!" But then I found a tag. It's from TopShop. It's also like 8 pounds or something.
My crop top is from Megan, I traded it for art. She's a super sweet lady, check her out!

I had a really wonderful weekend, but now I'm back to work! I'm always just looking forward to getting home and painting, really.

Top: Kiddo TV
Shorts: American Apparel
Cardigan: Topshop, thrifted
Shoes: Thrifted
Pin: Modern Girl Blitz
Necklace: Forever 21

Monday, September 1, 2014

Back in the Garden

Today I wore what's probably the prettiest dress I ever did wear!

It's also from work, no surprise there, and it's designer, ooh la la! It's Nicole Miller, and while I'm not sure how old it is, her dresses sell for something like $250, and I've never been able to afford something like that. But it sure is beautiful! I'll cut the small talk and get you right to a close up:

Isn't it a work of art? My Mom was pretty jealous, tbh. I took a couple days off work this week and ended up with a four day weekend due to schedule stuff and Labor Day. And it's sure felt good! I got to go home for the first time in like a month and a half. My parents and cat were glad to see me and I really enjoyed just being back in the house. I missed them so much! My Mom took me to some thrift stores and I got bunches of lovely treasures (I know she reads this blog, hi Mom!), and I painted one of our old chest of drawers powder blue and brought it to the apartment (no more using bins to hold my undies). Plus, the weather was beautiful.

I forgot how much I missed driving. During school I'd drive for 4 hours a week round trip on weekends and sing really loudly with the windows down. Now I don't get to do that anymore, which saves on gas... but I miss out on my the therapy of the good ol open road.

My Mom has a really beautiful garden, and she gave me a bunch of plants to take back with me! Here's our back porch. She's a decorating genius, really.

After I took pictures with the tripod, Mom wanted to take a few, so I posed for her. ^ Stunning as per usual.

Dress: Nicole Miller, thrifted
Shoes: Seychelles, thrifted
Necklace: Handmade by me