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New Wall Art

March 21, 2008

It wasn’t Serendipity, but Joanne (the sofa owner) was lovely and was actually an ex-actress. I’m not worried though the right piece will come. Today I’m obsessed with my Living Room wall art. I’ve decided that I hate all of it. I want all new wall art!

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It’s nice to want, isn’t it? 😉


Magnificent Collage Wall

March 8, 2008

Whew! It just took me over two hours to upload these photos. I’m on my mom’s laptop and it’s giving me some issues. I miss my Macbook! The adapter broke and let me tell you, trying to find Mac accessories in St. Louis is like trying to find the golden fleece! 🙂

Anyway, this is my mother’s magnificent collage wall. These pictures do not do justice to this wall at all. I wish you could see it in person; it’s so beautiful. This is something that I would never think to do. Basically she decoupaged the entire wall tiny piece, by tiny peace. She cut up fine arts books, a couple books on quilts, greeting cards, catalogues…you name it! It took her a couple of months to complete this. She covered a small 3 foot across wall and followed it around the corner onto one full wall in the kitchen. Everything else is in neutral shades, so believe it or not it doesn’t look too busy. This is something that I would probably not do in my own home, but I think it’s beatiful and I’m always amazed at how creative my mother can be! She never fails to inspire me.







Women’s History Month!

March 6, 2008

March is Women’s History Month! I am so proud to be a woman right now. We have come so far. Despite the outcome of the democratic race, we have our first viable woman running for President. This is progress! We can all agree on that no matter where our loyalty lies. I don’t think that we will understand how huge this historic event is until after the dust has settled.

Well I was feeling pretty proud in general of women and where the country has come so I decided to go read about it on the National Women’s History Project website. I’m kind of a history junkie! Anyway, I found this beautiful poster AND I found out that the theme of this year’s month is Women’s Art! I couldn’t be happier!


“To honor the originality, beauty, imagination, and multiple dimensions of women’s lives, we have chosen Women’s Art: Women’s Vision as the 2008 theme for National Women’s History Month.”

“The history of women and art is quintessential women’s history.  It is the story of amazing women’s accomplishments acclaimed at the time but written out of history. Join us in ensuring that their accomplishments are never forgotten.”

“This year’s theme provides a special opportunity to discover and celebrate women’s visual arts in a variety of forms and mediums that help expand our perceptions of ourselves and each other.”

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”




“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!


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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. 😦

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!*

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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. : )

Perfect Bedroom for a young girl!

February 22, 2008

I am not a fan of themed rooms, even for children. Well vintage Winnie the Pooh is pretty darling, but anything “cartoony” I personally would steer clear from. I don’t believe in buying everything from the same store. Mix and match with similar colors and the room will look more original and more homey.

This is what I would put in a baby gir’ls room that you don’t want to have to redesign every couple of years. This room could grow with her. Also think about using a normal sized dresser and a changing table that will later be a desk or a book shelf. You could easily fashion safety ledges for either piece. In the long run you will save money instead of buying novelty children’s furniture that she will outgrow soon anyway.

I love that these prints are appropriate for a nursery or a young girls room, but there is also a quality to them that has an adult feel. I feel like these prints would be cherished and passed down to the next generation. All four original prints are copies of mixed media paintings by Lindsay Brackeen.


My new obsession is wall decals or unconventional wallpaper. I’ve hated wallpaper for as long as I can remember, but the new styles coming out are very chic and don’t have that tacky look to them anymore. This wallpaper tree is from It reaches from the floor to the ceiling.

I love the thought of putting it over white, light yellow, or sky blue walls so that the tree pops as a focal point. The colors of the tree also go really well with the prints, and when she inevitably gets sick of the tree on the wall you won’t feel as much regret taking down the wallpaper as you would painting over a time-consuming mural.


This is a loveseat for mom to get some rest on or later for the girl to hang out with her friends on. I love the buttery yellow color.


I love this quilt! It’s definitely for a girl, but it is predominantly green, blue, and yellow with only accents of pink. I don’t have anything against pink, but I don’t think that it’s the only option for a girl’s room. I would use a solid color sheet set though. There is a little too much floral going on for my taste.