Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Pink Homes

I've been heavily inspired by pink homes this year. Primarily from photos I've seen online, but I have seen a handful of brightly painted homes in person in the last month or so. I think I've decided that my future house has to have a pastel pink exterior. Dark interior walls for sure, but a pink exterior to fool everyone. Above is a building that doesn't really exist, but I suppose it could, somewhere. I was watching Breakfast at Tiffany's while painting this, and I'd watched a few other movies from the same decade earlier in the week, so the rest of the color scheme is very much inspired by films from the sixties. It's a good decade for color. I've also recently uncovered more family photos from the sixties, and they're goals. So good. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

On Hoarding Mugs & Putting Travel Aspirations On Hold

Both of these topics were thinking points over the weekend, so I'm just going to throw them together here. Somehow they coincide anyway.

I'm a mug hoarder. Seriously. I have a bad habit of buying them when I don't need them, and people who know me know this, and they buy me more mugs, and I have so many mugs. This is far from a complaint, believe me. I love my mugs. I just have a ton. These six are just a drop in the bucket/the ones that were easier to get to/the ones that were clean. When I began collecting mugs, I was almost out of high school, and I was planning on traveling to so many places, and the mug thing became an idea. I have mugs from almost every state in the US that I've been in, sans California and Oklahoma. I haven't added to that part of my collection in awhile though.

I'd planned on going north, and getting a passport immediately, and traveling all over Europe, and venturing to Canada on weekends. Instead, I made a road trip I'd made six times previously, and spent some time in Nevada. I did some exploring there, and it was nice, and refreshing, but I became homesick. I realized how much I appreciated home as a concept, and home as the state I was born and raised in. I moved back nearly three years ago, and I haven't traveled since. 

I've always been a bit mystified by Europe. The nature and landmarks, and history that's older than the country I live in. I'd still love to explore as much of it as possible, but it's not something that's on the cards for me now. I don't think it will be for awhile either. My mother came across a photo over the weekend, and it was a gorgeous shot of a bridge and a waterfall, and we're both suckers for that sort of thing. I assumed it was taken somewhere in Europe, and I spent half an hour trying to find the photo on Google, and I was shocked when I did. It was a photo of Multnomah Falls in Oregon, and I was in love. It was stunning, and I don't need a passport to see it in person. This sparked a whole list of places in America that I'd love to visit, and my travel inspiration is somewhat fueled again. The state mug collection will grow again one day.

Monday, August 22, 2016

The Oversized T-Shirt

Hello Monday. These photos accurately sum me up right now. I feel a bit worn out, and I just want to be comfortable. Today will include bathing one of the dogs, cutting the hair of another, mailing a card, and sweeping the house. I've got to scan a few illustrations as well. That's not everything, of course, but I'm primarily writing this paragraph as a reminder to myself, a to-do list if you will. Also, I started drinking coffee again, and suddenly caffeine actually has an effect on me, and I'm pretty damn grateful for it. Bring me coffee and bring it on Monday.

This is actually a t-shirt dress, that was bought to wear like a dress. I wore it as a dress in public (kind of) once, and I never will again. T-shirt dresses aren't my thing. Mini-dresses? Of course, but not this. It looks more so like an oversized shirt, and I'll gladly wear it as one. How cozy. How perfect for those bloated period days when you can't even button your jeans (aka this day). Also please excuse the wet hair, but also, I don't really care about it. My hair is in a weird state, and you'll probably see it wet again. I'm waiting for it to grow. And I apologize for any dog hair you may see. It's always the worst around the end of Summer. Just, dogs, you know?

Thursday, August 18, 2016


I'm back with only a three month gap in between "Currently" posts this time. I think that's the best I've done this year. Anyway, this is what I've been up to:

Reading: When my mother finally cleaned out my younger brother's old bedroom to transform it into her new office, she found a stack of required reading books and text books, and I snagged Fever 1973  by Laurie Halse Anderson before she could throw it out. It's a book that I feel like everyone read in school but me, and as I'm writing this post, I realize that I haven't finished it yet. I started it when I was out of town last month, but there was a lot going on, and I never picked it back up. I need to do that. It's a pretty quick read anyway. I also ordered Persuasion by Jane Austen last month, and I'm excited to dig into that. I was never really one for classics for years until I was seventeen (which I'm pretty embarrassed about, and child Amber would be ashamed), and since then, I've been trying to play catch up. I'm currently trying to fill my collection with Jane Austen. 

Watching: I started re-watching Gilmore Girls earlier this year, and I'm finally finishing the last season. I wanted it to be fresh in my mind for the return in November. I still love it so much (who doesn't). I've also settled on the fact that I've used this year to watch predominately old films, and it's probably going to stay that way for awhile. I don't know what I'd do without Turner Classic Movies (not sponsored, I wish).

Doing: I've been coming up with Autumnal post ideas like crazy, and I've started browsing for cheap fillers, because I'm on a budget, and dollar stores can be surprising. I had to hold both myself and my mother back from stocking up on candy corn however, which was heartbreaking, but I really need to hold back as much as possible until September 22. I've also started thinking about Christmas plans, so whoops, but also you can never be too prepared. I've been keeping busy and painting and taking photos, and I'm pretty happy about it. I've designated myself as the unofficial family photographer, so I follow everyone around with my camera, and they hate me for it, but they'll thank me in ten years.

Loving: The weather has been doing a strange Autumnal thing, and this is Texas, so it's very uncommon. I'm not complaining though, and I hope I didn't just jinx it. Belle has been extra clingy this week, and it's so sweet. She's attached to my side as I write this. I hope I didn't jinx that either. I've been feeling a lot lately, and I've finally realized that it's okay, and I honestly would rather be a sappy person who cries a lot and feels a lot than someone who doesn't feel much as all, and I've been the latter for so long. It's a welcome change, I just have to keep tissues near at all time. Embrace your feelings y'all. 

What have you been up to?

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

A Makeup Nuance Tries Green Concealer (& Kind Of Fails)

I have to admit that this isn't the first time I've used green concealer. It's maybe the fifth. Maybe. I haven't used it much at all, because I still don't wear makeup every day, but I am a believer. Though I can't tell if my face is too green in these photos or if I'm just so pale (which I am), green concealer has stolen my heart. Just know that this is the worst face I've done in awhile, and I don't think I put enough skin toned product on over. I usually don't look so sick.

Should I have re-shot the photos for this post? Probably, but the point of this little "makeup nuance" series is to show that I really, really don't know what I'm doing. It's a risk every time I try to put makeup on my face, and if I fail, it's fine. No worry. Have fun with it, you know?

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


I have to say that I had an entire paragraph written for this post before I had to delete it, because it was entirely about Autumn, and I need to calm down. Let's just talk about capes instead. This illustration is about a cape. I was actually talking about capes with a friend last week, and we've agreed that everyone needs a cape in their life, and now I'm pretty serious about it. I need some capes. This week I've been eyeing up this red Gucci number, this velvet Saint Laurent dream, and this embroidered Vilshenko piece as my primary inspiration sources. If I could have them all in my life, I would in a heartbeat. Instead, I think I need to go draw more capes now...