Archive for February, 2008

Collage Art

February 29, 2008

As an actor, sometimes when I’m preparing for a role I make a vision book. Basically I make collages, write down poetry, quotes, thoughts, and anything that helps me define what kind of person my character is. While cleaning yesterday I found a couple of my old vision books. I think I’m going to frame some of the old collages.

On a whim I searched online for Collage Art. I was amazed with what I found. Beautiful, intriguing, and original work. I’ve been making collages for fun and for inspiration my whole life, but never thought of it as an art form. I certainly do now.

Techniques of collage first appeared in China when paper was invented, all the way back in 200 b.c. Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso coined the term in the beginning of the 20th century when collage became a distinctive part of modern art. (Source: Wikipedia)

Angels in America concept collage from my Vision Book:


Into the Woods concept collage (The Witch) from my Vision Book:









“Wings on My Dreams”







“Old man in the Sea”






February 28, 2008

One of the hot new trends this year is velvet. While I still wouldn’t WEAR it, (too many bad memories from my childhood) I love it in home decor. Velvet is no longer reserved for only traditional homes. It is being used in surprisingly modern ways, but is still just as sumptuous and glamorous as ever. Velvet is actually surprisingly durable and so comfortable! I love the idea of plopping one of these great pieces or spreads in with a modern home as a pop of color and/or a change in texture. If you add one of these babies into a humdrum room it will instantly come alive!

*The purse is just for fun and because I want it REALLY badly! 😉



In chronological order:

Cobalt Blue Chair:

Chocolate Brown Tufted Headboard:

Red Chaise:

Charcoal Bed Cover:

Brown throw and Accent pillows:

Midnight Blue (Ink) Bed set:

Maroon and Teal Silk and Velvet Quilt:

Purple Shoulder Bag with Embroidery:

“If I keep a green bough in my heart, then the singing bird will come” -Chinese proverb

February 28, 2008

It’s so hard to feel motivated today. It’s so cold. This winter in Chicago has been truly brutal. We’ll have a day or two where it looks like it’s getting warmer and then it dips back below freezing again. At least it isn’t in the negatives anymore. For a while there we were excited if we had a positive temperature. I have radiator heat that I SWEAR is set on a timer instead of a temperature, so it’s really cold in my apartment. It’s okay I’m young and I have lots of blankets, but that’s the whole point! I don’t want to get out from under them. I’ve given myself a deadline though so I have to.

The other sad thing is there were no birds chirping this morning. Spring is being very elusive this year. I know that we aren’t even out of February yet. I know! I just got so excited the other day. I hope those birds are okay. I hope they didn’t freeze and die. Sorry for the morbidness! In tribute to the birds I’m going to do a bird display today. I hope I hear them again tomorrow!


In Chronological order:


February 27, 2008

Ugh…this Spring Cleaning/Simplifying my life thing is really difficult. I’m trying to get rid of all the “stuff” that seems to be suffocating me in my apartment right now. It’s like I have to do it in steps. It’s really hard to part with a large amount of stuff at one time. I’ve done the initial sweep. This includes huge garbage bags of give away clothing, 4 or 5 medium boxes of books, and an additional 4 or 5 medium boxes of randomness. I have a lovely couple coming to pick up my vanity on Friday. I also got rid of all my dvd cases and put my dvds into cd books. I know that that doesn’t sound like much, but the amount of space I’ve saved is kind of remarkable.

This second round is harder. I still have too many clothes. I need to do another sweep and try to part with more. I should go through my books again and even sift through my sheet music. I have a tendency to keep ALL of my sheet music in case I might need it. I think I can safely say that I could probably part with about 1/3 of it. The same goes for any Navy memorabilia or items I have with sentimental value. I am extremely nostalgic, so that is a lot of stuff. I would like to get rid of 1/3 of that too.

Actually 1/3 is a good ratio. At the end of this process I want to have 1/3 less stuff than when I started. I know that’s a lot! I think I can do it though. It’s taking way longer than I thought. I started in late January and we are almost into March. I’m hoping to be finished by Sunday. That’s my goal. Wish me luck! 😮


I hear it! I hear birds chirping!

February 26, 2008

Alright I know that it snowed last night and it is only 30 degrees out, but this is the first day I’ve actually heard birds chirping in the morning. I think Spring is around the corner and I couldn’t be happier!

Our Liberation

February 26, 2008

I had no intention of stating my political views on here, but let’s just say that I’m really proud to be a woman right now and leave it at that. Here are some images that are empowering and inspiring me right now. Enjoy!


“Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels.” ~Faith Whittlesey

(All of the above prints can be found at

I know you, I walked with you once upon a dream…the art of Eyvind Earle

February 25, 2008

I am a Disney baby. All the way. I can’t even count how many times I’ve been to Disney World. I grew up adoring the animated movies, especially the animated musicals! As a girl, Sleeping Beauty was my favorite Disney princess. As an adult I think it’s the most beautiful Disney film there is. The whole thing looks like a Renaissance painting and Aurora looks the most “human” of all the princesses…and she runs with her toes pointed at all times. Gotta love that!

“Walt Disney challenged his artists to create a ‘moving illustration’ in which every frame of film could exist independently as a beautiful picture. To enhance the film’s illustrated look, Disney enlisted the talents of studio background artist and color stylist, Eyvind Earle. Earle fused Gothic French, Italian and Renaissance influences with his own abstract style of realism to create much of the formalized beauty and stylish design seen in Sleeping Beauty. Earle’s influence was also felt in the character design which was strongly vertical and angular in contrast to the more familiar soft and round designs of previous animated films.” –

I’ve wanted some art from Sleeping Beauty for some time or maybe just from Eyvind Earle. AND I don’t think that you have to be a Disney enthusiast to appreciate it. His art is so mythical. It transports me back to my childhood, but it also is reminiscent of some of the Gothic and Renaissance masters and his solo work even has some Japanese influences.


If those were a little too “dungeons and dragons” for you, check out some of his non-animated work. He is clearly a genius and his color palette is so rich. His subjects are mostly nature with a fantastical element…so it’s right up my alley. I would love to own one of these originals!*


*Just go on Ebay and search for ‘Eyvind Earle.’ His work varies from a couple thousand dollars for signed originals to $7.50 for art promo cards. He is gone now so the price of his works have shot up. 😦

My Wedding Vanity

February 24, 2008

I’ve been trying to simplify my life and my apartment. I’m in the middle of a Spring clean and I’ve already bagged up 6 very large garbage bags of giveaway clothes. I have 3 more large boxes of random giveaway. I’m going to get rid of all my dvd cases and put the dvds in a large cd book. I’m even going to phase out my tv since I don’t have cable and my roommate and I watch all of our movies on our computers anyway. I’ve given away boxes of books which is really hard for me to do. I love books. 🙂

So, while the apartment is not anywhere near finished , I have made some strives to change. Here comes the really tough part. Through my travels and especially during my Navy years I have amassed a collection of furniture that means a lot to me. Now I’m not talking about my generic khaki couch or Weekend’s Only bookshelves: nothing that I had to put together by myself. I’m talking about solid, sometimes vintage pieces that I scavenged to find. I found these pieces everywhere from thrift stores and second hand shops, to the attic of an old farmhouse, and YES even in some dumpster diving. I lovingly restored some of the pieces and enjoyed the worn look of others. I also pride myself in never spending over $75 on any of them.

I didn’t find my honey brown, art deco vanity in an abandoned barn off the side of the road. I found it on Ebay. I was stationed in West Virginia at the time and was going through a very girly stage. I wanted an “Old Hollywood” styled vanity that I could litter with make-up and fancy perfume bottles. I wanted to hang autographed pictures of my favorite actresses around it and maybe even drape a feather boa from the mirror. I found this lovely gem on Ebay and won the auction for $75. I drove to Cleveland to pick it up. I had work the next day; so I literally picked up the vanity, drove back to base, and had to be at work in one hour.

When I got to Cleveland the loveliest older couple you’ve ever met was there to greet me. The man was in a wheelchair and his wife was bustling around the kitchen offering me hot apple cider and spiced cake. She stood at the bottom of the stairs directing me the whole time, “a little more to the left…ooh do be careful…are you sure you don’t have some strong men to do this for you?” After loading the vanity I went to say goodbye to these wonderful people. I shook his hand and she took me in her arms and whispered in my ear with tears in her eyes, “I got dressed to get married at that vanity and someday you will too.”

Oh boy. Don’t tell Harmony that. The next thing you know that vanity was attached to any happily ever after fantasy I’ve ever had. It was a package deal: the perfect man, the perfect house, the perfect career, 2.5 kids, and YES the vanity. I could vividly see myself getting ready for my OWN wedding in the slightly faded mirror.

It’s been 6 years. I’ve had to move every one or two years ever since and I’ve lugged that vanity with me everywhere. I’ve never littered it with beautiful perfume bottles. I don’t use it to put make-up on because it’s a weird height and it’s easier to use the bathroom mirror. It has become a glorified dresser and ashamedly a landing ground for a lot of crap, it doesn’t really have that much storage space, and it takes up half the wall in my bedroom.

I’ve been toying with getting rid of it for some time, but I always get caught up in the sentimentality and the fantasy of the piece. Well, early this morning I finally offered it up to Freecycle. I’ve already gotten 9 responses from people who want it. I didn’t want to sell it because honestly it doesn’t hold a monetary value for me. It’s emotional. BUT I want a simpler life and in order to do that some sacrifices must be made. I’m sad about it, but it’s time. Don’t hate me lovely lady from Cleveland. I’m sorry I won’t be preparing for my own wedding at your lovely vanity. Don’t hate me vanity…It’s not you…I think you’re beautiful. It’s me…I have to let you go.


The Glorious Bloody Mary

February 24, 2008

I was in the Navy for 6 years, college for 6 years, and now I’m in an artistic community. Needless to say, I enjoy having a cocktail. Despite this, I am now old enough to realize that…No, I don’t have to have that flaming shot of Everclear. I don’t care if everyone else is doing it. I would rather not throw up my intestines or burn my mouth. Thanks though. You enjoy.

Now that I no longer feel the need to prove anything, I drink what I actually enjoy. I love a nice glass of Cabernet with dinner. I love Riesling when I’m eating chocolate. I can never go wrong with Spiced Rum. I enjoy a Lager from time to time and I love any drinks made with Pomegranate liqueur.

While all of those drinks have a place in my heart, my one true love is the Glorious Bloody Mary. It may be a little “ladies who lunch” of me…but I don’t care. I’m not ashamed. A good Bloody Mary makes my soul happy, and not just at “lunch.” The Bloody Mary is the one drink and/or food that I literally crave 24 hours a day without exception. I am ALWAYS in the mood for one, it ALWAYS makes me happy, and I ALWAYS want another one immediately after the first.

I love Bloody Mary’s so much that I’ve decided that I need to display that love with a piece of art*. I especially LOVE the vintage-looking one with the recipe on it. It is so cute and I LOVE the idea of having the recipe on the wall in case, heaven forbid, I should forget it. I don’t know; I might have to get it!

*Are Bloody Mary’s not your thing? There is a lot of alcohol related art out there. Of course there is wine and champagne, but there are also margaritas, cosmos, long islands, martinis, gimlets…you name it! Some of them even have the recipes on them! Just go to and search for ‘alcohol.’ Ooh better yet search for ‘recipe’ and you’ll get all the art with the cocktail recipe right on it! Of course that is only if you aren’t ashamed to put your libation of choice on the wall. Say it loud! I’m a lush and I’m proud!*

w7eul065c.jpg sabetbrandsdotningcom.jpgBLOODY MARY RECIPE:

How someone likes their Bloody Mary is a very personal choice. There are thousands of ways to make them and every bartender claims that their recipe is the best in town. (Don’t order it if they use a store bought mix). I like mine thick with 2 parts tomato juice/one part vodka with a lot of worcestershire sauce. I like to use a citrus vodka or just lots of lemons. The sour balances the sweet from the worcestershire sauce making it so hearty. I use a celery salt rim, and I use a moderate amount of tabasco to make it pleasantly spicy instead of burn your mouth off spicy. I use TONS of garnishes. The more the better. Any sort of combination of olives, lemons, celery, carrots, pickles, cocktail onions, asparagus, peperoncini, or even meat and cheese. The more like a garbage salad it is the happier I am. : )

My KitchenAid Stand Alone Mixer Obsession

February 23, 2008

I’ll admit it. I’m completely obsessed with having a KitchenAid stand alone mixer. There is something about it that holds a certain mystique for me. I do love cooking, but I’ve never gotten into baking. Truthfully, I don’t even know if it would even get much use. I just need one in my very soul. There is something so glamorous about those mixers to me. Not just glamorous: sexy. That’s it! They’re sexy. It conjures up the same image for me as a pair of stiletto heels, a glass of red wine, chocolate covered strawberries, and a fresh salad with strips of medium sirloin and balsamic vinaigrette drizzled on top. Yum. It represents decadence to me. It represents the woman that I want to be. I know that’s quite a tall order for a simple kitchen appliance, but it’s the truth.

It comes in every color that you can imagine, but my favorite is from the new Metallic series. It’s called Satin Copper. Now that’s sexy!



Let your ceiling soar!

February 23, 2008

For some reason people have a great fear of painting their ceiling any color but white. I think that this is a dated concept. Painting the ceiling a different color can make the room more open or more cozy. I especially love when people paint the ceiling to resemble the sky. These home owners have done just that.

I am blown away by this house. It’s really colorful yet serene. The great thing about blue, green, and yellow is that these are colors all found together in nature. SO essentially they can be used as neutrals in decorating. Light shades of them will go with just about anything. I also love the pops of red from the bar stools. It’s probably hard to tell from all of my pastel posts, but I LOVE red!

I’m completely drooling over this house!



Bird’s Egg Blue

February 23, 2008

I’ve been obsessed with Robin Egg’s Blue for some time; eventually I’m going to have to use it in my apartment. I can tell with my current posts that I’m leaning towards certain colors right now. I like really rich colors too. My inspiration usually comes from nature and I’m definitely in a Spring mood. BUT in no time I’ll want wine reds and chocolate browns!

Bird’s Egg #2051-60, Benjamin Moore.