May 29, 2013

Creative Gifts

Husband and I are back! We had a marvelous time and it was so lovely! I'm so excited to share with you about all we did and experienced. Those posts will be coming later, for today and I wanted to share the creative gifts Husband and I decided to take to the wedding.

Husband decided early on what he wanted to create. Every time I watch him create I'm a little awe struck, kind of like how I felt at my first animation gallery. It's fun for me because he always sketches first and usually during this first process he'll ask me what I think.
This is Calen and Lori! Calen is a fireman so it was fitting that they drive away in a fire truck! The above image was printed 8"x12" and we framed it in a matted deep cherry brown frame.

When I was thinking about what I wanted to take I was sure about one thing, but the other thing took more time.
I knew I wanted to take a pouch. I found out Lori's favorite color was pink, so we found this super cute pink fabric.
The second thing I finally decided on was a vintage inspired ruffled apron!
It was a delight to make and turned out so cute. I loved that I was able to incorporate the same fabric that I used with the pouch.

After all this creating I decided it would be fun to create a "Wedding Package" in the shop! The package will include a pouch, a ruffled apron, and a personality print (coming soon)! Ruffled aprons will also be available for individual sale.

I would love to hear about some of your creative gift ideas! : )

May 26, 2013

His Banner Over Me is Love

Celebrating our first Anniversary! Husband and I are celebrating today in South Dakota taking in the beautiful Black Hills. We have had an amazing first year and we have enjoyed every minute of it. Husband is amazing, he is so encouraging and he makes me want to be a better person. He is full of patience, kindness, love, and support. It has been so fun spending this first year setting new goals and pursue our dreams. 

I feel giddy about this post, because I'm sharing photos from our wedding and I have been wanting to share for so long. Thank you so much Angela J Martin Photography for capturing our story.  

True mid-western style with cowgirl boots!
Showing our true colors!
One of my favorite photos
We had the best wedding party ever! They worked so hard and hung out under the blazing heat, to help make our day special. 
We had help from so many that made every detail special and unique.

My little family.
Husband's big family!
Happy Anniversary Husband! I'm so excited for the many more to come!

(*all photos credit: Angela J Martin Photography)

May 22, 2013

Life Drawing VI

This week as been a slight whirl wind. Husband and I have been running around like crazy completing project after project, but tomorrow starts our short vacation weekend, and we are so excited.

Before we leave I wanted to share with you something that was super cool for me. On Saturday, I met with my friend Amy, she is actually my previous boss, but she is super cool. We got to catch up and she shared with me some great business advise.

We met at Starbucks that morning and while I was waiting for her to arrive (I got there early), I decided I would attempt some Life Drawing. This was a big deal for me. Life drawing in real life, not just with a model, where the subject moves all the time, and if you're caught, who knows how they will take it.
In the end I was so glad that I did it! It was a lot of fun and encouraging. Just the fact that I can manager to draw their shapes is progress for me! Whoop!

May 17, 2013

Sitting Down With a Creative: An Animator

So, I was thinking about how I really enjoy creating/making things and one of the things that inspired me to want to create more was seeing  people around me create. I thought it would be super great and fun to do interviews with some super talented creative people.  I decided to start with Husband aka Tyler Kakac. He is one of the most creative people I know, super talented, and he is always encouraging me to think differently about art, sewing, fabric and design.

Q: So what do you do?
A: I do animation for Nickelodeon.

Q: What does a typical day for you look like?
A: In a nut shell, depending on the show we’re working on we get a cast of characters to work with that require our team to help test and to find the characters personality and traits. Our team will do a number of walk cycles, run cycles, performance and action tests for each character on the cast list.

Q: What is one of you favorite projects you’ve worked on so far?
A: TMNT is definitely a highlight so far.

Photo via Nickelodeon Animation Studios
Q: Why was it your favorite?
A: It has been my favorite so far because who doesn’t love those Hero’s in a half shell. I was excited that I would get to work on it. But I didn’t know much about the “re-boot.” Once I started working on it and seeing stuff from the episodes, the writing and the new style really played into the new appeal of the show. The Turtles felt more individualized and their personalities were more defined. Their sibling rivalry was fun to watch play out in each scenario in each episode.

Q: Describe what an animator does in a nut shell.
A: In a nut shell an animator is responsible for breathing life and significance into a character. Characters can range to anything from an inanimate object, to human being, or an imagination inspired creature. It is an animators job to figure out a characters performance… to get into the head of our characters and figure out what motivates them, what inspires them, what scares them, what’s important to them. If we do our job well then the audiences begins to relate and care for the characters on an emotional level.

Q: What has it taken you to get this far in your career?
A: A lot of practice. Trying to be patient and trying to keep up with different studios and other artist that I’ve got to know over this journey. Observing, sketching, drawing, and of course, practicing animation. Even at this stage going back to the principles of animation and refreshing myself. Looking up other animators or traditional artists that inspire and challenge me.
Q: Do you have any experience in traditional art?
A: As a kid I was shown what a crayon was and after that I always wanted to be drawing something. It wasn’t until college that I was introduced to computer animation. In between college and my youth I was very fortunate and encouraged to try many different traditional mediums.

Q: In your personal work outside of animation, what is the most important part of creating for you?
A: the most important part and the first step is the sketch book. My art teacher in high school always challenged us to always be sketching and that you wouldn’t be able to create what you want unless you could sketch it. In other words, if you couldn’t communicate between your head and hand, then you wouldn’t be able to construct it. I have continued to hear this from many other artists within my career. The sketch book and the research is the most important part and my favorite part.

Q: Who has been your biggest influence in your artistry?
A: That’s a loaded question… I’m always finding inspiration and I hope I always do. I don’t have a wide knowledge of art history, but many of the classic traditional artists always seem to have a romantic yet challenging appeal. There are a number of artists that I can turn to time and time again and I’m inspired by their old work and I eagerly look forward to their new pieces.

Q: What are your career goals?
A: Well, first and foremost, I want to make sure I use my talents, gifts, and opportunities to glorify God.

To learn more about Tyler and to see more of his work, head over to his blog.

May 16, 2013

Today is a New Day

Yesterday I felt very defeated.  Sometimes I let my brain get the better of me. I get caught up in everything I'm not doing. "I should be doing this, this and this." If I haven't completed my unrealistic list of "must do's," I allow myself to feel defeated. I have to remind myself, that it's okay to not have it all figured out right now, that it's a slow process and in time with small steps, I will learn more.

Yesterday, I worked on a number of projects, none of which I thought, "yea, that's it, that looks great." It was more like, "that doesn't look quite right," "that didn't turn out like I was hoping." And with two particular projects, I wasn't able to figure out how to get it like I wanted.

My work days are outlined on my calendar and there two specific tasks that keep glaring at me, because I have yet to get to them. That has been hard, because I feel like I should be figuring that stuff out. That is were I get stuck in my unrealistic to do list and remind myself it's a slow process. 

Husband asked me last night why I love sewing so much. After I told him, I was able to put it simply, "it's forgiving." I get really excited about designing new items and then figuring out how to make it. I don't use patterns, they just don't work really well in my brain. I sketch what I want, spend some time thinking about how I think it will be sewn together and then I give it a go. Often times, the first one doesn't turn out how I want, so I try again. During round two I sometimes get the outcome I want, but sometimes I need a round three. With sewing I allow myself to not get it right, right away.

So really, with sewing, I'm much more forgiving of myself. I don't have to get it right, I don't have to like it either, I just have to keep trying. I can sew something, not like, take out a seam and keep going. I can start a project, not like it, scrap it, and start over.

Husband reminded me that the rest of life is like that too, not just sewing. I've always had a tendency to want to get things right all the time, sewing has been one of the things that I allowed myself not to.
That is Husband as a wee-little lad. Isn't he so cute! These photos were apart of one of the projects I started yesterday, so I'm really excited once I get it figured out.
This is how my day is beginning today, I'm confident that it will be a better day. : )

"You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; 
you stoop down to make me great." - Psalm 18:35

May 12, 2013

For All the Countless Hours

Shout out to all moms today! For all their hard work, love, sacrifice, encouragement, and so much more that words cannot express.

Today I want to especially celebrate my Mom. She has been a great Mom; loving me, encouraging me and simply being there for me when I needed her most. Do you ever have those hard moments, when you're really emotional and nothing makes sense, but Mom's always know exactly what to say and how to say it and everything seems to make sense again? My Mom is great at doing that for me. So much so that Husband jokes sometimes and says, "maybe you should call your Mom."

Thank you Mom, for being my mom. For all the great memories, for loving me in my not so lovable moments, and holding my hand when I needed it.
(photo credit Angela J Martin Photography)
Thank you Mom; for the great memories, for moving me across the country, for being fun and goofy, for watching endless hours of Gilmore Girls, and for countlessly encouraging my marriage and life!

I love you Mom!

May 10, 2013

Party Style: Vintage Threads

Sunday, Husband and I were invited to our friend Arut's house for a house warming party. The theme that was discussed was "vintage," but nothing specific, which ended up making the party really fun, because we all came dressed in different outfits from different decades. We had 1950's, 1960's, and 1980's.
Husband and I decided on the 1950's for our attire, so we stopped at Goodwill Saturday morning and picked up this skirt and shirt. Total outfit cost: $10! Whoop! The skirt is currently one of my favorite items in my wardrobe and I kind of want to dress like that all the time now.
I scowered Google and Pinterest for hair inspiration and this was what I managed to create.
Husband looks so good! He told me that I kind of reminded him of a Panam Stewardess.
 Tim and Liz came as out 1960's couple. 
Then came our 1980's couple, Dennis and Serena, decked out in all things 80's... and 90's.
And the couple that joined us in the 1950's - Arut and Pinky! 1950's Shanghai!
The evening included really really good food, croquet, music, and games.
Arut and Pinky made Drunken Doodle. So so good!
We had a wonderful evening! I almost didn't make to the end, it was way past my bed time.

Live dangerously. Take the whole day. - Joe Bradley, Roman Holiday

May 7, 2013

Our Weekend in Fresno

One of my favorite things is going to Fresno, if it wasn't a three and a half hour drive we would probably go every other weekend. I enjoy getting away, not having to think about projects that need to be done. And I especially enjoy spending time with family. Last weekend, Husband and I spent the weekend in Fresno; stopping at the antique shops, the Clovis Rodeo Parade, Harley's Birthday, going to the lake, and ending the weekend at the rodeo.

Our first stop was the 4th Street Antique Mall. It was so great! It reminded me of hanging out at the Carthage square, shop hopping.
One can find the best things at antique shops and I love every single one of them. The above photo was one of my favorite finds. It was too big of course to take home. 
Saturday morning I went to my first Clovis Rodeo parade and it was Harley's first parade too! 
The horses were one of my favorite parts of the parade. I'm kind of like a crazy dog and horse lady.
We ended our Saturday at the lake, no camera's allowed on the boat, family rule. ; ) And we ended our weekend at the Rodeo, where no camera's were allowed either, which we thought was odd.

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