How do you like them Apples?

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Hooray for Applecup!! Today is the rivalry football game between the Washington State colleges, University of Washington (boo) and My Love: Washington State! It’s playing right now on the Fox Network and the score is 0-3 UW with 2:45 left … Continue reading

Thoughts to begin your week….

The internet isn’t all bad! Being a student majoring in Communications, it’s hard to believe all the stories you hear on the Internet. Or be thrilled with what you see. For example, yesterday my WSU cougar football team played the University of Arizona’s wildcats. The sports editor of the Arizona Daily Wildcat newspaper, wrote and posted a very condescending and arrogant article about how much we suck…And then we beat them 24-17!! HA!! Honestly I’m surprised they published this article. Even though it is a student newspaper, you would think they would still strive to be professional.

So besides the bad, I do very much appreciate the good content that can be found on the Internet. For example, the many creative and inspiring blogs and DIY websites!!

So find a comfy spot to sit, grab a blanket and maybe some tea, and get ready for some thought-provoking articles, photographs and art.

This weekend I was Stumbling and came across this AMAZING artist. I made this picture by Daniel Lieske my computer background.

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Please click and explore! This piece screams childhood adventure and it brought back so many memories for me. There are so many aspects of this piece that you won’t notice for some time. This artist is incredible and has so many more pieces, and he shows you different creation techniques and drawings for each piece.

Our lives have become so busy, especially with the evolution of technology. Humans are so focused on time, being productive, and have little attention spans nowadays. This next post by Brianna West from the Thought Catalog, gives a lot of great points, on activities that we should start making time for again.
A couple of my favorites include #5: Getting really dressed up for no other reason than just wanting to. Growing up my mother always said never pass up an opportunity to look you best! I think she told me this partially because I dressed in sweat pants for three consecutive years of my teenage existence. But now, I’ll even dress up for an exam. Because it’s important to walk into that classroom with confidence! Plus you have to feel good about something, even if it isn’t the exam!
#8: Disconnecting from technology frequently enough that we won’t be anxious and feeling like we’re missing something when we try to do so for an extended period of time. I think this one is incredibly important, because I have gotten into the habit of checking all my social media when I wake up, and before I go to bed. Or when I have nothing else to do. Whether you taking the bus, walking downtown, or are in a populated area, check to see how many people are on their phones. It’s a bit depressing.
#17: Planning something, especially with someone else, as simple as dinner or as grandiose as a long vacation next year. You always need something to look forward to. I believe it! Sometimes it helps make the time go faster when you need it to, but also gives you the opportunity to focus on your relationship with this person, and/or yourself. These things are very important.

This is beautiful.

As is this! close your eyes and just listen.

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And lastly:

Enjoy your week!

Who will you become on the night of All Hallow’s Eve?

As Halloween gets closer, I’m sure everyone is thinking of what to dress up as! #lifedecisions

This year on Halloween, the Washington State Cougar football team has a game against Arizona State University ((BOO) (pun intended)). My brother is currently down in Arizona so this rivalry makes me want to win that much more!! So of course, I’ll be attending. But because it’s already October and because Pullman is notoriously known for the cold weather, I doubt many people will be dressing up-except for me! It’s Halloween, how can you not?? I’m not sure if I mentioned this in a previous post or not, but I’m going to be a bunny for Halloween. And no, not the super revealing Playboy bunny. Just your typical adorable white bunny. I have a big, puffy, warm, white jacket and white pants and white bunny ears to match! I’m going for comfort over fashion here. Since it’s supposed to be in the 30 degree weather.

But I have already discovered my costume for next year!! If you haven’t decided on a costume yet for the All Hallow’s Eve of 2013, maybe this will help!

I was browsing A Beautiful Mess, because there is still so much to see! And this last week, the ladies featured Katie, of Skunkboy Creatures, and her DIY mother-daughter ragdoll costume!
Quick disclaimer: I do not have a daughter, but I think the ‘mother’ version of this costume is absolutely adorable!!

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How creative is that?? Major props to Katie. This costume screams DIY and is perfect for a crafting-obsessed gal like me!

The ladies from A Beautiful Mess also feature an owl costume in this post, that is worth checking out!

Have you decided what you’re going to be for Halloween?

My Inspiration-A love story

Starting a blog where I post about anything I want, though it sounds perfect, has been a struggle for me! This semester is crazy busy and I barely have any time for myself. How does your blog stand apart from the millions of others out there? I am exactly the same as any girl from my generation, who loves to bake and craft.

I started with the theme of my blog, focusing on my last year here at WSU (sad). With this blog being a class assignment but also my secret want to be a blogger, I began looking at the details of each blog page I visited, trying to get ideas for my own.

But this isn’t where my story begins.

It begins on Instagram. Surprise!

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This was the first Instagram I ever posted, that wasn’t of other pictures or of my cats. That was four years ago, crazy how times flies.

Anyway, I started following @elsiecake on Instagram because I liked her pictures, though I never looked at her blog. Then when she promoted her new app A Beautiful Mess, a photo editing app (see above), I was psyched!! And then I finally discovered what would soon become my obsession and inspiration, the blog A Beautiful Mess. I never though someone could make a living off of blogging, for real, but Elsie and her sister Emma have done just that! Among many other small businesses off the side, including the smart phone app. It’s amazing how much these girls have on their plates yet their posts are consistent and always insightful and entertaining! I WANT TO BE THEM.

If you have read past posts on my blog, you can easily tell that I have had multiple end-of-college-crises. I work at a Mexican restaurant right now and it’s easy money and I work with great people, but I’m ready to find something new. And the only problem with working in a college town, is if you don’t find a job at the beginning of the semester, good luck finding anything at all! Unfortunately, that’s the only long time job I’ve ever had. I worked for my dad last summer and I got great experience. But don’t employers poo-poo working for family?

My 18-year-old brother already has his own business selling used golf balls, and he encouraged me to start my own business. So with A Beautiful Mess as my inspiration, I’m looking to start my own business in the next year selling embroidered stationary. I made everyone personalized embroidered cards for Christmas last year ad they loved them! I would post a picture, but I don’t want anyone stealing my idea 🙂

So off to creating!! I will be keeping you posted if I ever get this thing going.

Digital Photography: A Basic Manual

Within this last year, I took my second college class on photography. My professor assigned the book Digital Photography: A Basic Model, by Henry Horenstein. I had just learned how to actually use my camera without always having it on the automatic settings. And for an amateur photographer who is till open and willing to learn any kind of new information, this book was my life saver when it came to the different elements and aspects of digital photography. However, this book-like it says in the title-is a manual, teaching you how to use your camera.

I got this book locally at the BookPeople of Moscow for about $30. This book got me through the semester and helped me produce photos like this one! I learned all about lighting from this book.

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This second class, was the first time I had ever worked with flash. I’ll admit, I was really hesitant about buying one. I can take great pictures without it,Ii thought. But the flash opens up another world of lighting when it comes to photography. This book helps in learning about the characteristics of light and how the direction of light, can change the textural quality of a photo.

But of course this book isn’t just on lighting. There are chapters discussing digital capture, camera lenses, the shutter, camera exposure, scanning, image editing, and printing. All you need to know to start out! The author gives great examples and is really thorough with each step of the process. This is the only textbook for photography that I’ve ever been assigned, and purchased, and I’m never letting it go!

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