Archive for January, 2012

have a coke and a smile (or just a smile)

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Awww! (Disneyland: a happy place for one and all)

it’s moments like this I wish I had long skinny legs

Friday, January 27th, 2012

“Oh …hey …just hanging out looking fabulous in my pirate knee socks …pants-free is the way for me!”

I’m fine with my short strong legs.  I generally don’t have super model envy.  Short is adorable (and highly underestimated in a scrappy fight …I could head butt this lady in the stomach because that’s where my eye line would be …she literally wouldn’t see me coming: SURPRISE!).  But sometimes I see outfits that I know for a fact can only be pulled off with long lanky stems.  I’m not saying I’d strut around in the outfit above (or how about I totally would), but it would be nice to know the option is on the table.

It’d also be nice to be able to reach things in the kitchen cabinets without having to climb on the counters like a child trying to reach the cookies.  I’m a grownup (or so the numbers dictate) cookies should be easily accessible to me by now!  Sigh.

“I’ve got daddy issues” …and I want to sing it from the roof tops!

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Yes, I will hang this right over the bed …how dark is my sense of humor?

I’ve been looking around for something fantastic to hang over my bed.  I specifically want a stretched canvas piece that will stretch across.  I love how it looks and it won’t kill me when it comes crashing down in an earthquake.  It’s not the easiest format/size to find.

I did come across some cool pieces by artist Nikki Galapon.  One of which is the piece above.  I dig the colors and font.  But I don’t feel compelled to hang it on my wall.  The thing that struck me as amusing was the vision of a single gal hanging that over her bed.  A date comes to her place and sees this neon sign straight up saying “I’VE GOT DADDY ISSUES” over the very place he wants to be.  99% of guys would be in their head going “Ooh, oh, man…ah well, let’s DO this!” and carry on …then wonder why things start getting weird.

Hey, I can say what I want.  I grapple daily with said issue.  For a long time I tried to act like I moved past that point and moved forward but the truth is, you can’t …not completely.  It leaves a hole.  I think I’ve grown more adjusted over time and it’s not to say all women with “daddy issues” (and there are a LOT of us, in one way or another) are train wrecks you don’t want to touch.  That’s a case by case sort of thing.  HOWEVER, if you come across a gal with an industrial “daddy issue” sign over her bed …or say she has a pair of velour pants that say it in rhinestones across the butt …run.

As I was saying before, the artist has other cool pieces and I don’t even dislike the piece in question …I just saw it and had that amusing vision and felt compelled to share.

they have a fight. triangle wins. triangle man. *accordion solo*

Friday, January 27th, 2012

For no particular reason, I’ve been having a huge Renaissance with  with They Might Be Giants‘ “Particle Man.”  Everyone has that song they put on, and without fail, they feel warmer and fuzzier …at the moment, this song does that for me.  Any time my fella wants to make me laugh, he puts “Cotton Eye Joe” on.  No, I don’t regard it as a great song …it’s simply the dumbest song ever which equals hilarious to me.  However, THIS song is a prolific nostalgic song.  I dare you to not to do some sort of slow hippy dance to it while you clap your hands, I dare you.

(I’m pretty sure it’s playing some sort of role regarding mental warfare for poor Bowser…)

DIY Chanel laptop sleeve

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Truly a personalized laptop case

When I got the pretty new Macbook Pro, the first thing I wanted to do was find something to protect it.  Turns out all the cute ones (because it has to be cute) are really expensive!  Go figure.  So I took things into my own hands.  Karl Lagerfeld (Chanel/Fendi bigwig to those who aren’t into that sort of thing) designed a print that went something like this:

I’ve always liked it and thought about making my own t-shirt.  The laptop dilemma seemed like the right opportunity to use the idea.  I went on Amazon and looked up the cheapest sleeves with the best rating.  I came across a cool one that was black faux leather (not fancy, but I prefer to refer to it as “cruelty free”) and it’s made to look like a document folder (complete with red cable tie for a little bit of “pop” but has a Velcro closure if you are too lazy to use the cord).  It had a 4.5 rating and was $9.99.  Sold!  It has turned out to be perfect.  It’s sturdy, fits just right and has a felt interior to snuggle my computer as it deserves.  BUT, the sleeve is kinda boring if left as is.

I spent some time figuring out what would adhere to pleather (it hurts me to say the word) …turns out nothing really does, not completely.  It was better than my other option though.  See, most laptop sleeves are made of real leather (which I wouldn’t want to risk fucking up this early in my design endeavors) or most commonly: Neoprene.  Think wetsuit material.  It’s so porous, it doesn’t respond to anything!  So I went with the fake leather and got myself a large, white, OIL BASED paint Sharpie (you can grab one of those for under five bucks).  The fact that I didn’t know how the sleeve material would respond is why I decided this was the perfect project to use this design for.  It only requires one paint pen, nothing complex, and if it does get a bit messed up …it makes sense with the “punk” style of it.  Also, if it got too “punk” it seemed the easiest to touch up.

The final result is at top.  Not too bad if I do say so myself.  The bonus for me is how much ol’ Uncle Karl would crap his pants in a rage over how someone dared to copy the all-mighty Chanel.  Needless to say he’s very protective of the “brand” …even if his design is meant to be tongue and cheek grunge.  Heh!  Mine is REAL grunge.  I win!  How has it been holding up?  Pleasingly well.  The texture of the sleeve is coming through a lot (you need to go over the lettering at least twice …don’t forget to let the coats dry) and there is some cracking.  But like I said, it works with the design.  I’m glad I went with this and didn’t actually draw something.  It would not have held up.  My other advice would be to not try to replicate the original font exactly.  You’ll spend too much time worrying about being exact and it will turn out badly and rehearsed looking.  That defeats the purpose.  I know this from trying some test runs in my sketch book.  As you can see, an approximation is just fine.

As someone who changes up the bag I carry, sometimes I don’t carry one large enough to put the sleeve in.  Not that I take the beast out much, I couldn’t deal with it being stolen and I don’t feel the need to look oh-so important at a coffee shop (my home has great coffee …and it’s just better).  But for school purposes and having a place to keep the charger, etc. having a laptop bag is necessary.  That part was simply left to Betsey Johnson.  It’s interesting to look at and gets the job done (and, of course, it’s made out of Neoprene …so it should be safe if someone started a water balloon fight …because it happens, all the time).  Another tip? (since I’m at it) …always check Ross before anywhere else (even eBay …that’s just people who went to Ross and are now making a huge profit off the people who are too cool or dumb to go there themselves).  Mine? $19.99.  Most other places? $30-80. Yeeeeah. It’s not that great.

My MacBook is the safest MacBook there ever was …and the most snappily dressed.