Analyze This

Selfies – The New Self Portraits?

March 6, 2015     Like This Post!

Is it me, or does it feel like the art of photography and self portraits have kinda gone to hell? Well, that’s a little harsh, but the point is that photography is not what it used to be. It seems after the ‘selfie’ became more accepted, photography seemed to have declined.

Where did we go wrong? My guess around the rise of Myspace, but to jump to conclusions and determine something that isn’t factual ain’t right on my part. That’s just my observation though.
Profile pictures for social media is where the need for selfies seemed to increase. I don’t know about you but I was always uncomfortable asking people to take my photo so I can have a nice profile picture. Sometimes you just gotta do it yourself. The new era of DIY?

// READ MORE

★ Follow on Instagram @oddballera ✚ on Bloglovin' to keep up with this blog ★


Crafted

Paper Mâché With Cookie Cutters

March 3, 2015     Like This Post!

Paper Mache With Cookie Cutters

You can call me a bit of a collector (the kinder word for hoarder). I “collect” things that can be used for art projects. One thing I will rarely throw out is paper. I have like three large drawers in my desk dedicated to scrap paper.

I started up a new hobby about a year ago involving paper mâché, and having so much paper is perfect for this hobby. I like making paper mâché canvases, like little baby canvases. I usually shape them by hand but this time around I used a cookie cutter to shape them and they’re adorbz.

// READ MORE

★ Follow on Instagram @oddballera ✚ on Bloglovin' to keep up with this blog ★


Dailies

Spicey Stuffing

March 2, 2015     Like This Post!

I have a lot expectations for how I want to run this new blog o’ mine. And I really can’t wait to get started. A new blog is exciting, but the first few posts are always the awkward part.
Having to introduce yourself, create categories and repeat topics, clever titles, finding a nice flow for your voice, developing the site layout, etc.
The beginning can be sort of dreadful. “Filler” posts are useful, although it feels like cheating.

It’s been brought to my attention that I’ve become quite cynical lately, although I’d like to consider it as extra spice. I’d like to think said extra spice is what’s really encouraging me to get past the awkward beginnings and get ready to tackle topics I would have never thought to talk about on my other blog. As much as other people don’t appreciate it, I’m kinda thankful for my extra spice, which I would’t have gotten this far without it.

So this post is an extension of my introduction, leading to actual content coming soon.
Thanks for letting me blab.

★ Follow on Instagram @oddballera ✚ on Bloglovin' to keep up with this blog ★


Dailies

Introduction

February 28, 2015     Like This Post!

Where to start?
I’m Maria. I’ve had my blog marsenroute.blogspot.com for over three years now. I love my blog; it’s my three year old baby. But I felt things have gotten stale over the past five months. I’ve had major life changes that affected me, and the domino effect affected my internet presence. I’m not abandoning, but more along the lines of expanding.
I basically need a new project. And not any little crafty project. I need something more.
I feel my blog has reached a roadblock and I can’t seem to get past a certain point. Starting a new blog seems like a good way to go about breaking into areas that I never wanted to expand on in the past.

Three years of blogging has taught me so much, and I want to bring what I learned into a fresh new space. I want to explore new things, and get my friends involved as well.
I want to write more, take more professional photos, and get myself to draw more often than I already do. I have a vision on how I want to run this blog, and tackle areas of blogging that I lack in. I’m not a writer nor a photographer, but I want to dive into those areas because what better way to learn than to just do? I see this being as a place for me to let loose and have fun with writing and documenting more than what I’m currently documenting. I’m setting myself up for way too much but I really need a new outlet to explore. And hopefully this will be that outlet.

★ Follow on Instagram @oddballera ✚ on Bloglovin' to keep up with this blog ★