My project tonight was to make this video. It is my first edited movie and I used windows movie maker.
I’ve been wanting to make it for a week, but finally just made the time. This was just a little project to see how other bigger project ideas might go.
Archive for September, 2008
and the winner of the paper pack giveaway is…
Comment number 17! Jamie you are the lucky winner, I will be sending you an email shortly where I can get the address you would like your paper pack sent to.
Thanks everyone for playing. That was exciting, but kind of sad at the same time. I wish I could have given each of you a package. Honestly. That probably sounds cliche, but I keep thinking, but oh, so-and-so didn’t win and oh, so-and-so didn’t win either. There were only 17 of you, maybe I could send each of you a little sumthin’-sumthin’ else. If you are interested in a lil sumthin’ sumthin, send me your address to robayre (at) aol dot commmmm. I love mail.
oh, and just in case you are wondering. That’s my boyfriend Matt and I gave him the honors of picking the number randomly so he had to geek out and do it with some program on the computer.
I’m bursting at the seams. Today was a wonderful day. Wait, before you read any further you should hit play on the youtube video below. I’ve been so happy and energetic today and this song is definitely a song that makes me happy and makes me want to get up and jump around.
It’s just been one of those days where I keep thinking “I’m in such a good mood”. It actually started last night, so I’ll take that as a good sign for my 31st year. Thank you everyone for your warm birthday wishes! I woke up this morning well rested, had a busy and productive day at work. I was happy to get a handful of comments on my post yesterday. After work I got to hang out and chat with several friends, two of which/whom? eloped this weekend. Congratulations Tom and Nikki, I love you both!
And then finally, when I get home late tonight, I discovered that the treasury I curated (top picture) on etsy made it to the front page. You can see a partial screen capture of it here. I was soooo excited to find that out. So many people left comments praising my collection that they filled up the allotment and I couldn’t even share with them how excited I was that it made front page, let alone to thank them all for commenting and being so kind. It feels like a huge honor to be recognized by etsy admin for selecting my treasury.
Oh yeah, and I’m wearing these amazing socks that my very own sister made for me for my birthday. I think they are the best birthday present I’ve ever received. Green, absolutely gorgeous and unbelievably comfortable to boot. I’m just about blissed out to maximum capacity.
Ok, the special day is here, special, not only because it is the first day of fall this year but because it is my birthday! This morning I read a blog where someone said they will be celebrating not just a birthday, but a whole birthday week. I like the sound of that. Above is the description of personality of people who are born on September 22nd. A friend found it in a book at anthropologie and her jaw just dropped when she read it. Pretty acurate if I don’t say so myself.
I had to work early hours last night. While I was adjusting the pictures this afternoon I started getting so tired I decided to lay down and take a nap. While I was asleep my brother called to wish me a happy birthday and remind me that today was not only my birthday but also the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation as well as the day that Lost’s flight 815 crashed. While I napped I dreamt that I could fly as long as I really tried hard enough and as long as I carried a stick to swat away the peacocks, naturally. There you go… I am a dreamer with a vivid imagination.
So, in honor of my birthday, I have decided to have my very first giveaway on this blog. This weekend I have been putting together more paper packs to add to my shop and I created one extra to give to a random reader. So the idea is, just leave a comment right here on this post sharing your favorite thing about autumn. Hopefully I’ll have more than three comments, lol. On Wednesday evening, let’s say 6 p.m. CST, I will return and select one random comment and that commenter will receive the prize. These paper packs are very cool this time around. Each pack contains over 100 paper, ribbon, and sticker randomosities. Each pack has pieces 6 x 6.5 inches in size all the way down to 1 x1 inch in size. Here is a link to the sold paper packs from last time and the glowing feedback left by buyers.
Woah, as I was composing this post I just got an email from Fred Flare and in the email it says “The Randomosity of dreams”. Weird. 1. I named my paper packs “Paper kit of Randomosity” and I thought I had just made up that word earlier today. In fact I asked matt if I was spelling it correctly and he said “I don’t know because IT’S.NOT.A.REAL.WORD”, but Fred Flare would probably disagree, and then 2.There was just all this talk of dreams above. I’m spooked. It’s like somebody has been watching me.
On Saturday we (my siblings and matt and I) finally took our Segway tour of Chicago for my sisters birthday. In 2007 when my sister and I went to lollapalooza we saw people on these tours and my sister was so excited and stated that she wanted to do that for her birthday the next year. Well, her birthday is actually in the spring, and the weekend we planned on going it was raining or booked up. So, we finally did it this weekend. I was anxious and worried that I would wipe out, or that people from the city would harass us as we drove by, but none of that happened. In fact it was the most fun I’ve had in a looooong time. We all want segways now. I wonder how long it would take to return on investment if we bought them and gave tours in DeKalb, lol. “Okay, for our first stop on our left you will see the historic Ellwood house, and thank you that concludes our tour.”
I’ve been to chicago bajillions of time, but I had never known that Chicago had a prairie preserve right near the lake front. We rode all the way from the heart of the city out to this preserve, going through Grant Park, Buckingham Fountain, the Museum District, Soldier Field, Michigan Avenue Millennium Park. It was pretty cool because one person on our tour asked if we could ride around the perimeter of the Planetarium and although the guide had never done that before he was up for it. Only problem the end of the path ends and so we had to climb up a steep grassy hill on our segways. The guide was very nice, but I don’t think he got out of the city often and thought DeKalb was lightyears away, rather than the hour and a half (with traffic) drive that it actually is. He told us about the Chicago fire as if we had never heard of it before. Then when we got to the location of the old Meigs Field he told us about how the mayor went in and bulldozed big X’s in the landing strips in the dead of night. Unfortunately, Daley had not thought things out because all the pilots who had planes there had no way of flying them out and had to disassemble them to remove them, to which my brother interjected: “If my plane had been there this is the part of the tour where we’d be talking about The Great Chicago Fire Number Two.”
On the way back into the city on the tour we rode down Michigan Avenue and passed this (top picture) knitted graffiti in front of the Art Institute. Very cool. I’ve seen a lot of it online, but never seen any in real life. It made me want to do some right here in my own city.
Okay, if you’ve made it this far in the post congratulations. The few of you who have will be sure to check back in tomorrow, a very special day, for the special announcement of my very first contest on this blog. Special day? Yes, you will have to check back tomorrow to find out more.
Check it out, I found this great artist on flickr named Amanda Blake.
I’m going through her work favoriting this image, favoriting that image until I get to this one.
It’s me don’t you think?
It’s really titled Matilda, but if it’s based off of a real person now I know that I have a doppelganger out there named matilda and she likes striped scarves too.
Anyway, check out Amanda Blake’s work, I really enjoy it.
Here is a little moleskine cahier that I filled with an assortment of papers. It would be fun to collage, paint or write over the pages. I’ve actually made several of these in the past and they are really fun so I decided to add this one to my etsy shop.
Okay, here are my purchases. I felt there was a lot more, but I think my sister’s purchases tainted my view. I think she bought more than I did.
Clockwise starting at top left: stump picture holder from Kindling shop, tie necklace from Prix-Prix made from an old tie with recycled mardi gras beads inside, Chicago poster from Ork Posters, Lumberjack punching a bear t-shirt that made me laugh so hard that I had to buy it by Sharpshirter, Nerd buttons and tape cassette iron-on patches by Re-Conceived, and last but not least jar with tree stump topper lid by Pickalapoopa.
I found this video on Mati Rose’s blog yesterday but I didn’t have a chance to view it until this morning.
If you haven’t seen it yet, please watch. I’m kicking myself that I had not even heard of it any of it until right now. I’ve stood where they filmed that dozens of times and might have enjoyed participating as well. Regardless, I’m thankful that this video exists and it’s inspiration is now out there for everyone to enjoy. After it was done I immediately thought of Found Art Tuesday, what do ya think Rosa?
I made this collection from flickr of little girls dressed up in cowboy costumes.
I have been drawn to these types of old pictures ever since I saw Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
It seems to me like all little girls from the 50′s – 70′s had a cowgirl costume. It must have been a right of passage at the time.
This is my favorite of the group.