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March 5, 2012

life with Bella

by adandelionchild

This week I’m taking  care of this lovely little munchkin named Bella. She is a french bulldog that is so quirky and sweet.

 

 

Bella and I have a few things in common.

#1. We appreciate food. And constantly think the world should know. Our food to non-food related thoughts ratio is a little skewed, but we are completely at peace with that.

#2. We make strange noises. I’d like to think that the gremlin/alien-esque type sounds that escape our lips are unique and endearing like a good Zooey Deschanel song. It’s more likely that they are mistaken for poor Stitch impersonations, but we will continue in our blissful ignorance if you don’t mind.

#3. If we want something, we have steel-like willpower. Okay, this one is more Bella. When she wants to play, she puts the rope in your hand. When she wants a snack she will do crazy flips and run back and forth to her food to try to charm you into slipping her some extra kibble. Luckily she is easily the cutest thing in the world, so I’m looking forward to many more games of tug of war this week.

This week seems to fall right in line with my weathly mindset goal for 2012. I am very appreciative that I get to snuggle up with this little love in front of the fireplace until our eyes get heavy and it’s time to say goodnight. What more can you ask for?*

 

*Bella says you can always ask for a treat. But other than that, nothing.

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February 20, 2012

winter’s here

by adandelionchild

do yourselves all a favor and listen to this gem. please and thank you.

 

P.S. I will be sharing my obsession with one of these artists as soon as I get a chance, but this amazing little collaboration can’t wait until I have that moment.

February 13, 2012

a modern impressionist

by adandelionchild

Today my painting professor shared this video with us about portraitist Sandro Kopp. He’s a very talented artist who began doing his portraits via Skype. His work takes on a unique style as he incorporates a sense of movement and pixelation. Personally, I enjoy impressionist work immensely and Kopp’s innovative approach to portraiture is very compelling and beautiful to me. Watch this video about his process and to see some of his work!

February 4, 2012

temporary love

by adandelionchild

Valentine’s day is right around the corner and what better way to show your affection than getting a tattoo? Afraid of taking the leap? Well here’s a more temporary way to display your devotion without suffering all eternity if things don’t *God forbid!* work out. From the incredible Tattly, I’d like to share Enamorado. Tattly also just came out with their more festive take on their classic “Late Watch” design, which I’m planning on sporting for the holiday. Grab your beaux  and get matching tats 🙂

PS. I just ordered a set of this genius design to share with a friend that is pessimistic about Valentines Day. As I told him, Valentine’s Day is not about couples, it’s about love, and it needs to be celebrated! If you’re flying solo this V-Day, think about the people you love and don’t let the hallmark tradition ruin your celebration!

January 27, 2012

goodnight, my angel

by adandelionchild

sometimes songs just make you wanna cry, but when they’re this beautiful, you just let the tears flow and thank God they were written:

December 27, 2011

12 before 2013

by adandelionchild

I am a big fan of Elsie Flannigan and I read about one of her traditions on her lovely blog A Beautiful Mess. Every year she writes a list of goals to accomplish and skills to develop. She starts and reviews her lists on her birthday every year and bases the amount of things on her list on the year she is turning. This upcoming year she is starting on her 29 before 30 list. Reading over her recap of last years list and seeing all she has accomplished and learned, I’ve been inspired to start my own list as a part of New Year resolutions.

I usually start the year much like everyone that makes resolutions. I consider what I would like to change or how I would like to grow, but lack of organization and distractions of everyday life prevent me from making much progress and I give up quickly. I also tend to try to focus on too many things and therefore spread my ambition too thin. I think this is a great way to be more organized and attempt to tackle only what  I can manage. So with a new, refreshed attitude towards resolutions, here is my…

12 before 2013

01: read more. I love, love books, but I don’t read enough. The library and I sort of have a past involving me…not returning books. But I’m going to rebuild those bridges and pay my fees and get started on some books from this list.

02: blog on a regular basis. I like blogging, but it has been difficult to keep up with steady posting and the demands of school and work. I wanted to include this on my list though because I want to get better at it and help our little child to grow! (hee hee) I think by blogging more regularly we will be able to develop more of a style and direction in our blog and find our own niche in the blogosphere.

03: must get hands in a condition worthy of a manicure.

04: travel more:

….vacation with my sisters, weekend trips, music festivals, even taking the scenic route home from school.

05: cook and bake more. Elsie’s sister Emma recently posted about baking a loaf of bread a week in the hopes that it’ll become a habit and she’ll know many recipes by heart. I think that is a reasonable goal and that is the level of cooking I really want to be comfortable at. I have so many family and friends that are talented as well as a great opportunity at work to learn from skilled chefs and I am ready to take advantage!

06: be healthier. I don’t have a very healthy lifestyle right now; between eating whatever I want regardless of nutritional value and not ever exercising I am probably setting myself up for disaster in a few short years. I also know that I have a lot of obesity and health problems in my family history that I need to counteract with good habits.

07: become more disciplined in my artwork. I want to become more dedicated to finishing projects and constantly working to develop my skill. It’s not only important because (HELLO!) I’m an art major, but because I think I can be better and I have limited myself in the past. BUT NO MORE.

08: learn to sew. please please someone take me under their wing. The extent of my skill is ghetto hemming black pants in high school and teaching myself  how to do a back-stitch to make a wig for my friend for Halloween. helphelphelphelphelp.

09: become more involved in the Rochester Art Community. It’s bigger than it seems and has a lot to offer. We have great local festivals and galleries but I know that personally I have a limited knowledge of just how much art is a part of this city. I plan on changing that!

10: focus more of my energy and time into my faith and relationship with Jesus. We always need to be constantly learning and growing closer to God. I want to become more of a disciple of Christ and less of my own follower. I know that God’s plans are greater than my own and He has blessings in store for those that honestly seek Him. It’s a slow process and I definitely miss the influence of my high school (LCS), but I’m determined to move forward.

11: watch a meteor shower and see an eclipse.

(perfect constellation calendar via littlebrightstudio on etsy)

I know this is less of a goal and just something I reallyreallyreally want to happen. I’ve also never seen a shooting star and until one of my good friends pointed out the dippers during a bonfire my senior year of high school I’d never seen a constellation! I love stars and the moon, so I think it is just fine that I’m putting this as number 11. So there.

12: have a wealthy mindset. I am just going to say upfront that I got this idea from Jill. We were talking one day about how some wealthier people seem to have this mindset in which they notice the beauty in simple things. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that if you can afford more than just the simple things, they seem to take on their own kind of magic. They have time to slow down and actually look at the world around them. Maybe it has something to do with the freedom life might have without the stress and anxiety that finances bring. Now I am under absolutely no illusions that life would be perfect if I had everything I wanted. Please, I have  enough selfishness and materialism problems. I just think that the mindset is important. I can not afford to buy fresh flowers every day, but I can appreciate their beauty and maybe fill vases with daisies. I can enjoy dinner with friends, even if we made it ourselves with cheaper substitutions than we would have liked. A wealthy mindset is one in which a gift, no matter the size or quantity, has value because it is a gift. See life as luxurious. Sunsets. Public Art. Parks. Love. And if you just can’t understand, read A Tree Grows In Brooklyn. Francie’s mother truly understands more than any other woman in literature the importance of a luxurious conviction.

These are my 12 and I’m hoping to make some progress this year. I probably won’t conquer everything, but I think they’re all worth a try. What are you hoping to accomplish? Is there anyone you can encourage in their resolutions this year? Be the inspiration you want to see in the world. Happy New Year.

December 23, 2011

pizza and wings

by adandelionchild

I grew up always spending a lot of time with my extended family especially around the holidays. It seemed like no matter how insignificant the occasion, my aunts, uncles and cousins would find a reason to get together and spend hours eating, laughing, and playing our favorite board game (seriously, this was my monopoly as a child). Holidays in my household usually start by trekking down to the southern tier and getting stuck in snow banks after sliding off the road or cleaning off the Foosball Table in my basement.
I’ve never given it much thought before but looking back on some of our rituals I realize a lot of them are strange. But that’s what makes them our traditions. They’re the weird things that are fun for us. One of my favorites is probably Christmas Eve. Usually that day is spent laid back, possibly doing some gator sledding, then getting ready for the Christmas Eve Service at church.

       That is the best part of the day. We walk into the church at night with all the stars winking at us from above and laughing at the clouds of breath as we hurry inside and grab candles at the door. At the end of the service, every one gets out of their pews and stands around the outside aisles in the sanctuary. Then we all lit our candles, turn off the lights and sing “O Holy Night” as a church. The quiet excitement of the kids as the look around at the candles and then the sound of everyone singing together has a kind of magic that can not quite be described.

After the service we drive home and change into our pajamas while my dad (who I swear must wear his pajamas under his suit) jingles the keys and tells us we’re going to be tragically late to dinner. Once everyone is good and grumpy at each other we head over to my aunt’s house where everyone is waiting for us, alas, in jeans and sweaters. We’ve been trying for years to get everyone to see the benefits of the pajamas, but every year we’re the only ones who show up like that!

Then we dig in! We eat pizza and wings until we’re stuffed, sitting around and talking till our heads bob. We finally head home to catch santa.

One year I actually convinced myself that Santa had visited while we were at church because I thought there were more gifts under the tree than when we had left! My sisters and dad kept looking at each other trying to figure out if anyone had snuck more under the tree while no one was looking. It turns out it was just my imagination, but its funny to remember!

I love traditions because they make me feel like home. I’m excited to see what different ones develop and which ones stay around as I get older and life changes. What are your weird holiday traditions?

P.S. a little extra holiday love for your viewing pleasure. Merry Christmas!!!

December 7, 2011

Motivation

by adandelionchild

As many of you know, I am a vicious nail-biter. Apparently I learned this from my sister who in turn learned it from my mom but I blame it all on my sister. But that’s not important. What is important is even though I hate my habit because:
1) it is pretty icky!
2)buying nail polish = throwing away money. It always, always chips the first day.
3) my nails look like I could do cover work for the Saw movies
…I can not seem to break the habit. I’ve tried everything, folks. It seems like a lost cause, but I’ve found some styles recently that make me want to try harder than before…

#1. THE SPARKLE NAIL

I first saw this “sparkle nail” on Elsie’s blog when she was posting details about her wedding. She thought it would be sweet to show off her “married finger”. I think it’s lovely, but also a very cool idea and could be used on any finger. I would love to just paint my thumb in a glittered polish or even with a slightly different shade of the same color.

#2. THE OMBRE NAILS

#3. THE SHINY VS. MATTE

The matte nail trend started in late summer and has gone through fall. I hope it sticks around through the rest of winter as well because I think it’s really chic.

I found this edgy application via the wide [glorious] world of pinterest. Either of these styles would be perfect for the holidays.

#4. PATTERNED

There are so many rad patterned nail designs out there. I can actually remember being in elementary school and watching my sister and her friends paint tiny flowers on their nails, wishing I could have totally, like, cute nails like the big girls.

I think I’ve gotten past it.

Maybe not.

Well, here are a couple of my favorites from around the web that are a little more updated than the muchly pined over dot flowers of my childhood.

Here are just some other nail tutorials and ideas to check out if you’re feelin it.

Galaxy Nails (a la A Cup Of Jo)

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For some reason I adore these sweet strawberry nails

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New Years Resolutions will be starting within a month (yikes!) and usually I don’t bother trying to convince myself I can tackle breaking this habit, but with inspiration like this I might be able to last more than a week. Anyone have any other tips or just some sweet nails to brag about?

November 20, 2011

last weekend

by adandelionchild

First I would like to just thank Jill for holding down the fort single-handedly here on JJ&Good for the past few weeks while school has gotten outrageously out of control for me. Besides class and going to work on the weekends at my rad job, life has been pretty uneventful save for last weekend. On Thursday my brother and I drove to Rockland County to surprise my sister Sheila for her birthday. We stayed for the weekend with her, her husband Grames and their two children, Gobbles and Peanut.

the chubby cherubs themselves

Grames made all the arrangements for us to come down. He also got Sheila tickets to the new ABC show The Chew (she met Clinton Kelly and Chef Michael Symon!), which is a recent obsession of my sisters and mine. Grames does a lot of stuff like that. He’s pretty cool I guess.

Anyways, here is what our weekend looked like:

the inevitably unflattering driving photo

HUGSHUGSHUGS. “I can’t believe you’re here!” HUGSHUGSHUGS.

fish tacos which incidentally gave me a mild case of food poisoning

losing to the boys in cranium.

going to work with sheila

ikea. the container store. west elm. taco bell.

the Brooklyn Flea! Sheila got this vintage camera.
groovy antiques, top shelf art, clothing, and gourmet food booths.

s’mac. I tried the parisienne. so, so yummy.

rice to riches. have you heard of this place? it was my first time there and….i’m hooked.

we TRIED to make homemade candy bars…

We had a great time and it was so much fun going into Brooklyn but the best part was just getting to spend time with my amazing sister and her husband. They are both incredible people and it was wonderful being able to be there to celebrate her birthday with her.

P.S. get excited people because JJ&Good will soon be featuring a guest post by one of our lovely friends. stayed tuned to see who!

November 16, 2011

collaborate!

by adandelionchild

I’m really excited to share with you about this project that I found (via {*wit + delight}). It’s called The 15 Friends project. Twig Creative invited 15 artists and designers to participate in a collaboration to make two unique canvases that at the end of the project will be auctioned and the profits given to charity.

I’m excited to see what the other designers add. I’ll will probably be checking in at the Twig Creative Blog daily, but I am so interested by the little additions already completed. I think they’re already off to a great start.

The first and only (so far!) collaborative art project I’ve been a part of was The Sketchbook Project, which is organized by the Art House Co-op. The guys and gals over at the Art House Co-op are passionate about getting everyone involved in art, especially people who think their artistic abilities are limited to stick figures and crayons. They are trying to accomplish by presenting pre-made projects that don’t limit creativity and are open to everyone without any pressure. They put on different projects every couple of months and it’s easy to get involved. Check out The Sketchbook Project, A Million Little Pictures, and The Fiction Project.

I participated in The Sketchbook Project in 2010 and did one sketchbook as a collaboration between JJ, our amazing high school art teacher (Mama D), and myself. We thought it would be fun to do a piece of artwork together and JJ and I thought it would serve as good motivation to continue with our artwork during our first months of college. We made the mistake of also trying to tackle an additional sketchbook each. On top of school and work demands (and my time management *cough*…or lack thereof) we struggled to do our share of the collaborative work. Luckily Mama D undertook finishing the second half of the sketchbook so we could send it in on time. She did a wonderful job, and we were happy that we had been able to do at least a little collaborative work. If you’d like to, check out JJ’s sketchbook here.

While things with The Sketchbook Project didn’t pan out exactly how we imagined it was still a fun piece to work on and I was very proud of what we did accomplish. Plus, I’ve always loved working in groups, whether it was on Homecoming or making up a skit for chapel. Being able to use the same kind of teamwork and feed off each other in a piece of artwork was so inspiring. If you haven’t tried doing a collaboration, I highly recommend it. It is one of the easiest ways to find inspiration. I found especially that it made me more flexible in my artwork; I would get a couple ideas or have a strict plan in my head then decide on something completely different when I saw what my friends had done.

Now I feel excited to start my own collaboration!  What should we do next, JJ?!