Crafted

Pom Pom Pillow

May 18, 2017     Like This Post!

A few months ago, I decided to embark on a frustrating journey to make a pillow with one side covered in pom poms. I had the fabric, I had the yarn, but I didn’t have the pom poms pre-made, so I had to spend the time to make them.

I wanted to make a generously large pillow, so I knew that it would need a big chunk of fabric and ton of pom poms.

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Typography

Buzzkill

May 17, 2017     Like This Post!

Instagram is a useful source of inspiration if you use it to your advantage. I follow a lot of artists and illustrators, and when I come across their t-shirt designs, I am both in awe and envious of what they can spit out.

I’ve tried to do the “screenprinted t-shirt” thing on Etsy but it’s too much work for what I want to put into it, and really just doesn’t seem worth it. You gotta love it enough to do it because screenprinting can be quite a hassle. This is why I like sites like Redbubble and Society6. They do the work for you and all you have to do is to create the content. I love doing fan art, and people love buying fan art. The down side is that the corporations and top guys think they own the rights to people faces (mostly artists and entertainers), and as a result I’ve had three original pieces taken down.

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Tarot To-Go

Tarot To-Go // Mother’s Day Edition

Guest post written by Victoria

May 14, 2017     Like This Post!

In honor of all the moms in the Universe, this week we’re focusing on the women of one of the most popular tarot decks out there!

The Rider-Waite deck was first issued in England in 1910 and is probably what most people think of when they hear the word “tarot.” However! The use of illustrated cards like these can be dated back to 1397 when King Charles VI of France declared the use of playing cards illegal, excepting holidays.

And today is a holiday. So here we go.

What are our mothers? Well. For starters, they’re our Queens…

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Playlist

Mother’s Day Playlist

May 13, 2017     Like This Post!
  1. All For One [Feat. Sting & Rod Stewart] Bryan Adams 4:47
  2. Desert Rose Sting 4:46
  3. November Rain Guns N' Roses 8:58
  4. Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman Bryan Adams 4:52
  5. Kiss From A Rose Seal 4:50
  6. Love Song For A Vampire Annie Lennox 4:16
  7. Goody Two Shoes Adam Ant 3:31
  8. Rio Duran Duran 4:45
  9. Rocket Man Elton John 4:46
  10. Just Another Day [Without You] Jon Secada 5:28
  11. What You Wont Do For Love Bobby Caldwell 4:47
  12. Right Here Waiting Richard Marx 4:24
  13. I Dont Wanna Miss A Thing Aerosmith 4:57
  14. It's My Life Bon Jovi 3:45
  15. Brand New Key Melanie 2:25

Years ago, probably back in high school, I began making a playlist for my mom full of her favorite songs. She didn’t know about this, but I made note of the songs she said she loved, which made it a bit of a long process for me to put this list together. I never quite finished it, and to be honest, I was working off of memory when I made this specific playlist today. I have the original list written somewhere at my parent’s house which I plan on searching for, but I’m secretly hoping I included all the songs from that list.

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Action Reaction

Music For The Future

May 5, 2017     Like This Post!

Two weeks ago, my friend put on a charity event/fundraiser to help raise money for music education. He worked with an organization called Little Kids Rock, who help give teachers the tools and knowledge to incorporate music into their classes. It feels super appropriate to team up with an organization like this these days since our music and arts are being stepped on and discarded by the top guys.

The idea originated at the beginning of the year, and I offered to help in any way I could to make sure this event was successful and went smoothly. The first thing I offered to do was to put together the event flyer (see above 👆). I was asked to keep it simple and fun. I hand wrote the type, and kept everything else basic. I then was asked to help plan and organize a Chinese auction. The auction ended up being a bust which felt discouraging, but in the end, we realized that an auction would have only been a distraction since the main part of the event consisted of the music performances.

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Pop Words

Pop Words // Lies

May 2, 2017     Like This Post!

01. The past few months, my coworker has had an 80’s station playing on Pandora, and Little Lies by Fleetwood Mac plays every day. I won’t complain because it’s a great song, but it definitely made me appreciate their other vocalist, Christine McVie. Don’t get me wrong, I love Stevie Nicks and I want to hear her sing everything all the time, but it’s hard to imagine Stevie singing lead on this track. I love bands that share vocal duties, which is what makes Fleetwood Mac such a classic.

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Illustration

This Is Jamaica, Queens

April 29, 2017     Like This Post!

Back in December, I was commissioned to do artwork for a local magazine called Edible Queens for their Winter 2017 issue.

My artwork was featured on this piece called “This Is My Queens” which was written about Melinda Katz. She’s currently the Queens Borough President, and is working hard to fix up Jamaica, Queens. She grew up in Jamaica and knows of the potential it has to become a great neighborhood. The piece was written about her experience and thoughts about Jamaica.

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