People powered trees

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So there are a lot of people over in China. And there is a bunch of pollution and bad stuff that comes from the vehicles of all of these people, so a couple people from the marketing firm DDB China and the China Environmental Protection Foundation put together this awesome plan to remind people of the impact that walking can have on the environment. What they decided to do was put canvases that were painted with a tree trunk and branches across the crosswalks in fifteen different cities. On each side of the crosswalk was a green ink pad. So… when people went to the crosswalk, they got green ink on their shoes, and then left prints on the canvases. And the result it is awesome. Check out these pictures.

 

 

 

 

 

How awesome is that?! Does it not look like a painting of a real tree? Like someone went out in their backyard and painted a picture of a tree that was just growing there? And that is just from people walking! How amazing is that? What a great way to remind people of the impact that walking has. On a canvas or on the environment. Great work, people!

 

 

windswept

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Do you ever feel completely caught up in an uncontrollable force? Like you’re flying away and you can’t quite get your feet on the ground? You feel like you are just being blown from place to place by the wind, and you don’t have much control. And just when you get ready to put your feet down and walk on, one last big burst of wind comes and then you’re off again. No? No one else feels like that? Just me? Dang. Well here are some images that depict how I feel sometimes.

I love the last one the best. I’ve been that girl with her hair all caught up in the wind. It gets in your face and sticks to your lips and tickles your cheeks. For me, there is a strange mix of emotions associated with being windswept. As weird of a feeling as it is being caught up and swept away, the wind is also very grounding. It lets you know you’re alive. That there are forces bigger than you out there. Sometimes you need that to put everything else in perspective. And I’m finished being deep and pensive. Go feel the wind on your face, and enjoy it.

mikaela rydin

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Mikaela Rydin is another artist that I have found via Society6. And I love her colorful artwork. The art she creates is very geometric, and fun to examine. You guys are going to like this!

what a hairdo!

Don’t you just love her art? I think she’s incredibly talented, and I love looking at her creative, bold, and colorful art. I hope you did, too!

Atsushi Takahashi

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Atsushi Takashi is an artist that my sister referred me to, because she thought I would find it interesting. Surprise! I did! and I thought all of you would enjoy it, and find it interesting as well. Born in Japan in 1979, Takahashi spent years working in a nursing home where he experienced first hand the overlap that many people experience in their lives. (I got this information from here) I know exactly what he means by overlap, too, although I’m having difficulty putting it into words. Regardless, he translated his perception of this reality into his art work. His medium of choice is acrylic paint, and instead of using a brush or anything, Takahashi squirts the paint directly from the tube onto the canvas, overlapping layer after layer. Like life. Check this out.

See the way the paint has just been squirted right there? Look at all the colors and layers and all of the details. Are you ready to see what this looks like from far away?

Here are some detail shots from this amazing piece of art.

So this might look a little scary to you, but think about if someone were able to look inside of you and see all of your layers. If they could see what made you who you were. Story after story, trial, tribulation and happy times, too. I think we would all look a little scary.

This painting is called Feel you as me. There are a few other paintings created by Takahashi that emply this same technique.

You, She, He, We, Me

How amazing are these detail? I love the idea of the layers and the overlap within these paintings. I also think it is amazing how the artist knows exactly where to put what color so that when you stand back, the image that you see blends together and looks like one cohesive painting, instead of many many layers. I will definitely keep this artist on my radar so that I can see what amazing painting he comes up with next. I hope you guys have enjoyed seeing this unique work. Many thanks to my sister!

DIY wall art

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The other day in the midst of cleaning up my craft room / office / spare room / junk area, I came across a pack of 8×10 canvases that were begging to painting. So, I stopped cleaning, and answered the request. I remembered a DIY had seen over on Pinterest, and decided to adapt it for myself. It was really easy, lots of fun, and completely inexpensive.

Here are the materials you’ll need:

  • blank canvases
  • lots of colors of paint
  • tape
  • picture frames

These seem pretty generic, because you can completely customize this however you want! You can do two canvases, three, seven, whatever floats your boat. Frames to match. You can do a color scheme or rainbows or whatever! And you don’t have to have any artistic skills at all. It’s a win-win-win.

So I started with blank canvases, squirted paint on them, and brushed it around. I did this with a bunch of different colors and ended up with this.

hideous, right?

Don’t panic. It gets better. But unfortunately, it gets worse before it gets better. After I let the first bit dry, I added more paint. And ended up with this:

Chaos! Andafter everything dried, I proceeded to tape a pattern on top of the canvases. I tried to do a chevron… but I got confused. So I decided to do a kind of herringbone pattern. It was relatively easy, I taped everything off so that the canvases had 2″x2″ squares, and then taped on the diagonals of each square to make the pattern. This is what I ended up with:

After I taped everything off, I filled in some sections with tape. These were mostly areas where I liked the way the canvases looked underneath. Where I had accidentally mixed some paint colors in a neat way, or something like that. Time for full disclosure. I LOVED the way this looked. And unfortunately, I wasn’t in love with the final product. But I’m getting ahead of myself. After I taped everything, I mixed a color of paint that I liked (a very light gray), and painted over the entire canvases.

After everything dried, I pulled off the tape, and put them in my frames. The frames I used were just the wood frame with little metal peg things on the back. There were totally cheap, and perfect for this project. I could just stick the canvases in, bend the pegs down, and ta daaaaaa— final product! Drum roll please…

I think it looks pretty neat, but as I mentioned before, I wish I had done the inverse of this. The way to achieve this would have been to paint the canvases gray first, tape off the herringbone design, and then paint crazy all over them. But regardless, I think it turned out well. It will nicely fill up an empty wall somewhere in my house. As I mentioned, this project is completely customizable. I just wanted to share with you all the idea, and a way I had tweaked it for myself. Hope you enjoyed!

tailgating part 4

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As I mentioned earlier, at Williams Brice Stadium, gameday is something of a formal event. Girls are dressed to the nines, and men are sporting bow ties. Personally, I like to throw in a mixture of cute attire and comfort. So for me, that means no heels, no strapless dresses, and nothing too fancy. It’s inevitable that you’re going to do a fair bit of sweating, being packed in a stadium with 80,000 of your closest friends, so nothing that won’t hold up to the sweat. This post may be an unintentional homage to garnet, because that’s my team’s color. However, I’m going to try to include items that come in different colors for different teams as well. As most Gamecock fans know, no one exactly knows what color garnet is. We will wear anything from merlot to red (as long as we aren’t playing Georgia!). So with that being said, excuse the wide color variety. But here are some ideas I have for cute gameday attire!

This first dress can be worn with or without leggings, and also comes in turquoise. I bought it, and because I’m a bit short, it is WAY longer on me. I thought I would definitely need leggings, but nope!

gorgeous

This shirt I would rock with jeans and some garnet jewelry:

This dress is super cute, but I think the high collar would get on my nerves. It kind of breaks my rules about sweat. However, I’m showing it to you because if you click on the picture and go to the etsy shop, there are tons of different colors and options for different teams in the shop.

I just stuck this in here because I’m pretty sure I need it.

For the fellas:

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Borderline red, but I still like it:

For your face: My friend Casey, who I’ve mentioned before, borrowed my face for her makeup blog. Head over there to see her garnet gameday makeup look!

Okay ladies and gentlemen. This concludes my four part series on tailgating! I hope you guys have enjoyed it. I know I’ve enjoyed putting it together and sharing it with all of you! And it’s mighty convenient that the last post fell on the first game of our football season. So with that being said, Go Gamecocks!

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tailgating part 3

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Okay so. If you’ve been following along with my tailgating series (you can catch up here), then you should be up to speed on what it takes to have a fun tailgate. However, I’ve intentionally left off one very important item that will be discussed in depth in this post. FOOD! Hello! What is a tailgate without food? Is it really even a tailgate? That’s debatable.

So. A lot of people grill out while tailgating. You know, burgers, hot dogs, and all that jazz. If that’s you’re thing, then skip ahead to the section where I talk about side dishes. I also know that many people are fans of picking up food and bringing it down to the stadium, like from Chick Fil A or your favorite local BBQ restaurant. And that’s a great option! Many restaurants offer tailgating packages. But if you’re anything like me, you have a party of 5 people that attend your tailgates, and about 5 different opinions on what the “main course” should be. This sometimes results in waiting until the very last minute to decide on food and thus it is too late to place an order. Here are some viable options that require little prep work, are easy to transport, and are sure to be crowd pleasers.{Recipes at the bottom}

1) Tacos. I know what you’re thinking. Who eats tacos at a tailgate? Well. I do, my friend. It’s so easy! You cook all the meat before you head down there, and you prep all of your toppings, too. Get some plastic containers. One for meat, one for onions, one for tomatoes, one for black olives. Whatever your fancy. A couple bags of cheese and a tub of sour cream. Throw it all in your cooler, and when you get to the stadium, pull it out and have a taco bar! Don’t forget your taco dip for a side item. Scroll down for more info on that.

2) Home made BBQ. Throw a Boston butt in the crock pot the night before, shred it right before the game, toss it in a container, and BAM! But don’t forget your favorite sauce! Chips are an easy option to go with, but you can always go all out with all the regular fixin’s and sides.

3) Breakfast casserole. If it’s an early afternoon game, you want to get to your tailgating spot so early that maybe the sun hasn’t come up yet. So breakfast is the perfect option. Get up a little early, mix it all together, and throw it in the oven while you are in the shower. When it’s finished, wrap it in some tin foil and a towel and hopefully it will still be warm by the time you get there. If not, it’s good cold, too. There are about a hundred different variations of breakfast casserole, but I like the kind that uses hashbrowns. Yummy!

4) Chicken salad croissants. One of my favorites! This is also good on early afternoon game days, because you’re starving again by the time the game lets out. Just mix up some chicken salad, and buy a couple croissants at the grocery store, and enjoy your team’s victory! I like to make my chicken salad with an already cooked rotisserie chicken from my local grocery store. Pull it apart using the skin and everything for extra flavor. I also like to use grapes, celery, and pecans in mine. Just add mayonnaise, salt, pepper, and a bit of garlic powder, and you’re set!

Once you have your main dish figured out, you’re going to want to have some side items, too. There are the standards, pigs in a blanket, vegetables and dip, chips and dip, etc. But let’s branch out a little bit.

Have you guys seen these mini corndog muffins on Pinterest that everyone is talking about? Apparently they’re delicious. I’m not a big fan of corndogs, so I don’t think these would be a staple at my tailgate, but they sure look easy to make!

A staple that I go to just about anytime I need to supply a finger food is what I call sausage cups. I make them for just about every work function, and for lots of tailgates as well. They’re not difficult to make, but they can be slightly time consuming, and slightly delicious.

I once tried to make one of those pizza rings, where you wrap mozzarella, and pepperoni in pizza dough in a cute little ball and put it in your bundt pan and bake the whole thing. It turned out okay, but I wasn’t overly impressed. While it seemed like the perfect side dish, I can’t recommend it to you. However, these pizza pockets look delicious, and could probably made in a much smaller portion for a more finger food type of dish.

One thing you can never go wrong with is a layered taco dip. This is an awesome dish that is always in demand and can be made in less than 5 minutes. Literally. I’m not one for all the extraneous items like lettuce and black olives. I like to keep my taco dip basic. Beans, sour cream, salsa, cheese. BAM. But much like the breakfast casserole, there are about a hundred different variations of this recipe, so you’ll have to adapt to what suits you best, but don’t rule it out. My dip is always in demand. By like two people. And they asked one time. Exaggerations just sounds so much better than the truth. Oh. And don’t waste time with a fancy dish. Make it straight in the plastic container you plan to take to the tailgate.

look at this fancy-ness!

Now it’s on to desserts. I don’t really have a lot of advice on dessert, because they are all pretty much make them before then take them down there. There’s not really a way to get around that. So you can be as elaborate as you want with your dessert! I would recommend a cake in a cake carrier, or cupcakes in a cupcake carrier, as opposed to a cute plate or platter. It’s just easier to deal with, ya know? So that being said, here a couple of cute football themed desserts you might want to try!

football whoopie pies!

football pie bites

this looks delicious

cute! i love that it doesn’t look too professional. easily attainable. less disappointment when mine look completely jacked up.

football field fudge

Ta Daaaa! What a tasty tailgate! If you wanted a recipe, check below for links to recipes. If you have any questions about the versions I make that I referenced above, just send me an e-mail and I’d be happy to share what I can with you!

Be sure to check out the fourth and final post in my tailgate series about gameday dress! Can’t wait for this one!