Saturday, February 26, 2011

I'm sorry to say so but, sadly it's true that bang-ups and hang-upscan happen to you.

Thank you Dr. Seuss.

I'm starting to wonder if peoples brains are getting progressively smaller by the snow storm. Seriously, it's like this is Utah, learn how to drive and operate yourself during questionable weather. Use your head.

I was dreading driving home last night because I know how ridiculous people get when its dumping snow outside. On a side note, the last snow storm we had my two friends and I decided we were going to go up to a work out class on campus. I drove, and on our way back I got infuriated at a truck speeding past us on the steep road... Alisa then pointed out I was going 12 miles an hour. Hahaha embarrassing. It was pretty funny tho. I was shouting, "who does this fool think he is?" Turns out, I was being the brainless fool.

Anyway back to the real story. I'm driving home and the roads are BAD. Of course the snow plows have yet to grace us with their presence. I decided to drive down 10th North, thinking it wouldn't be as steep... Nope, my memory failed me. There were 5 cars pulled over on the side of the road. People were out trying to push each other up the hill. First I see this car drive past me with a girl sitting on the hood of the car? What an idiot. It's snowing profusely and you think its a good idea to be cruising down the road sitting on the hood of a car going 20... Ya smart. It gets worse. As I am slowly (due to the large amount of people on the road) driving down the hill, this love couple has decided it would be fun to skip down the middle of the road. I am pretty ticked off by this point. I had to follow these moronic fools down the hill going under 5 miles an hour. I haven't gone that slow since drivers ed. My car was sliding and I flashed my lights several times and yet this couple just thought it was so fun to be in love sliding down the hill together. NO. You are dimwits. ONE, you are out skipping around in a blizzard. TWO, you are on a very steep road with a million cars sliding around and yet you don't have any hesitation for you idiotic acts. Three, I was secretly hoping they would fall. Be glad I was decent enough to put up with you DSH (dumb stupid humans).

Friday, February 18, 2011

There's just something about little prints

I have been meaning to post about my prints for a while now.  I have been making these small 2"x2" prints for the last year or so. I've been using copper plates and woodcuts to layer and create these prints. It's been a lot of experimenting (with plenty of weird results) my initial goal with these was an attempt to be more spontaneous with my work. I love what has developed over the past year. I'm planning to make a book with a series of these small prints... I'm going to have it finished hopefully by the end of the semester.  So I'll post about the end result when I finish. I think I'll post about my printmaking work more often. What do you think?


OK I am obsessed. Have you ever been to this site? Wow. Seriously. You can click on the sketches people have done and you can watch the sketch in progression. It is so much fun! Seriously you must check this out! The colors are fantastic and seriously entertaining. Make your own sketch, it's addicting!

Stylish Blog Award

The rules go like this: 
First...Thank the person who gave you the award
Second...Share 7 facts about yourself
Third...Award 7 new bloggers with the award (and comment them so they know they've won!)

Thanks Devri for the award!

Seven Facts.... Lets see

1 I love art. Printmaking and Design are my loves.

2 I am a diabetic (type one, and if you ever ask me if I got diabetes because I used to be fat I WILL punch your face, you ignorant fool.)

3 I won a car, a lovely green Subaru in high school. My number was 13. It's lucky.

4 I am married to a man named Steve. He has beautiful blue/green eyes and grows an occasional mullet. I love him.

5 I come from a family of book lovers. In turn I LOVE to read. There is nothing like reading a book well into the night.

6 I don't like to wear socks, they make my feet claustrophobic. Exception: when I wear sneakers to work out, then it is a must.

7 The giraffe is my favorite animal. It's a lovely animal.

Seven other Lovelies (you should check them out!)

Joni Severe
Love this girl, she always has some really great art and insights.
Courtney Winnie
She has an incredible portfolio, her photos are beautiful.
Lexi Politis
Did my flowers for my wedding, she has a lovely style.
Tosha Seeholzer
Oh Tosh, So creative and design savvy 
Pam Wilkins
A witty and creative girl, I love her posts
Bonnie Herrmann
I can't read a post without laughing, this girl is hilarious!
Mandi Christensen
So stylin, I love her 30 for 30 challenges. Beautiful taste!

Monday, February 14, 2011

So I like to cook... sometimes. ok, ok, just sweets.

Are you drooling yet? Homemade peanut butter cups. How bout now? I made these for Steve for V-day since he is addicted to the things. They are SO simple, and if I do say so myself they are DELICIOUS. So you want to make them yourself? You can. Here's how

Before I start I apologize if my directions seem strange... My dad always just makes things up for recipes to improve them and experiment, maybe that's where I get it. I tried to make it more exact so you folks could actually try this and succeed. You cant really go wrong though. I forgot the salt and they were still delicious. 

All you will need

One bag of chocolate chips. Anything that is sweetened should work. You could probably even melt chocolate bars and use that. Why not?
I cup Peanut butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup crushed graham cracker crumbs
I just stuck them in a bag and smashed them with my hands.

First Melt a bag of chocolate chips

I put them all in a pan and added a bit of oil (sorry this isn't exact, id say maybe a tablespoon) just enough to make it a bit creamier and prevent it from sticking to the sides of the pan.

Put your cupcake liners in the cupcake pan. (I used the minis)

Fill each cup making sure to get the chocolate up on the side. I just used a knife to push the chocolate up on the edges. Don't be afraid to use a lot.

Make sure you leave enough chocolate for the top of the cups (about a 1/4 of the mix)

Stick the liners with chocolate in the fridge for about 20 minutes or until hardened.

While those are cooling you can make the peanut butter mix

Stir together Peanut butter, powdered sugar, graham crackers and salt (I just stirred them together with a spoon until they were mixed well)

Put the peanut butter mixture in a zip lock back and cut a small corner off. This is my homemade, ghetto version of an icing bag. Works great and is less messy. fill the cups with peanut butter. Try not to fill above the line of chocolate on the side. You can spread the peanut butter around if you like to even it out. It doesn't have to be perfect, no stress.

Use the remaining chocolate (use the same zip lock bag method) and add chocolate to the top of the cup. Then smooth out the chocolate so it covers the peanut butter and seals the edges.

Stick them in the fridge to cool the chocolate and there you have it, you have delicious peanut butter cups!

They are so much better then the store bought kind. Seriously. Steve almost ate the entire pan in one day! I had a few as well.

Friday, February 11, 2011

No Fair

Why is it so easy for guys to lose weight? I swear I can spend a whole semester going to the gym, taking workout classes and eating reasonably well and I see minor results. Then there is Steve. He goes to the gym twice and his arms look twice as big. Ugh. I know I sound like a 5 year old when I say this, but gosh NO FAIR! Oh well I guess I can live with having a sexy husband, even if I'll always have to live with blasted love handles.

Monday, February 7, 2011


No I am not pregnant. Just to be clear.

I've been baffled at the subject of this post for a time, and I wasn't quite sure what or how I wanted to present my thoughts, but I need to get it out. So, I live in Utah. People are obsessed with having babies here. I get it, you want to start a family, that is great. And yes babies are adorable. I really don't have a problem with that as long as you have decided it on your own terms. I am so happy for all of my friends who are having babies, or already have them. It's when people start feeling like they have some obligation to get pregnant now and start having babies ASAP when they get married that I see a problem. These kinds of decisions are completely personal... at least I believe they should be.  No one should be telling you when you should be having kids, or badgering you to start. Now I am not one to fall for this sort of pressuring, but there are plenty who do.

The past few weeks I have been to church there has been a lot of talk about "your duty to become a mother." First, I believe becoming a mother is a wonderful thing, but come on people lets be sensitive here. There are so many wonderful things that women can do, and not all of them include being a mother. I want to go to grad school. How could I possibly start raising kids (and doing a good job of it) while doing that? I'm sure it has been done, but I wouldn't be able to do my best in both areas at the level I would hope for if I was doing both at the same time. Also, what about all those women out there who have never been married, or who cannot have children? How does it make them feel when people are obsessing, saying it's "a commandment to multiply and replenish," and "why wait?" Seriously? There are plenty of reasons to wait. Lets see, financial reasons, personal readiness.. I think you need to truly have a desire to be parents before you become parents, Schooling (like I mentioned earlier). There are plenty more I could list, but you get the idea. My point is, everyone is there own individual and everyone wants different things at different times. It's nobody else's business when you choose to do what.

To get to the point of why I was posting about this is something that happened a few weeks ago at church... Sitting in relief society/priesthood a sister announced an upcoming activity for the women. She said to come pick up a handout after class. Later, I saw all the girls holding these boxes? Kind of strange for a handout, so I went to check it out. Imagine my surprise when I pulled this out of the basket.....
Yes. They passed pregnancy tests out at church. Anyone else find that extremely weird? Not to mention inappropriate? Like I mentioned at the beginning of this post. I am Baffled. Steve and I were laughing so hard trying to figure out why on earth you would ever think to pass this out at church?

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Brain Dead Milk

I went to the store to buy some milk. I was talking to my mom on the phone as I walked to the back of the store. I opened the freezer and started checking the dates on the milk. (If you don't check the dates you are a fool. The dates can vary by a week sometimes. Can you believe that? My Dad taught me this and I have to do it).  It couldn't have been more then a few seconds, when I grabbed the milk and turned around. An older gentleman (probably in his 70s to 80s) was standing right behind me. It kind of startled me, but I apologized and started to walk away. I all of a sudden hear some one yelling behind me and turn around. The man proceeds to tell me that in 30 years all of us "cell phone junkies" will be brain dead.... Puzzled I walked way. It was so strange. I usually don't have run-ins with the elderly. I guess I should be more careful.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Mullet anybody?

This is Steve. He is my husband. I am not ashamed. He is freakin the coolest! Enjoy

the After

A little close up... just to disturb haha

 Explanation.... In high school Steve played for the Rugby team and every season he would grow out his hair and then cut it into a mullet for a few weeks before their first game. Now his senior year it was EXTRA long and EXTRA... well lets just say mullety. So many people asked me if I was embarrassed by my ridiculous red neck boyfriend. My response to these fools.  No you heartless idiots, this kid is the shiz and I love him. (I may be fudging the wording just a little, but I was definitely thinking those exact words every time.) Who can say their husband/significant other has the guts to pull off this do? Me. me alone. Anyway so he grew his hair and conquered once again. I love my mullet Stephen!

Just another post

I haven't posted in a while so.... what's new, lets see. I started my last semester of school at Utah State in January. I think I have mentioned that. I am taking a lot of printmaking this semester (which I LOVE) and then two BFA classes for our end of the year/graduation shows. I think we are going to have some really great shows. I am excited! I also got an internship with the University this semester. I am helping the College of Humanities and Social Sciences with their design. It should be pretty fun. I have enjoyed it so far. Ill have some good experience at least. And I love the people I work with. I guess that's all you can ask for... well maybe some money to go along with it might be nice, but such is life. You have to start somewhere right?

On another note, my brother Marcus leaves for Germany on Monday! I am extremely excited and "overfloating" with jealousy. (made up that word in my early childhood) He is going to be great. He is an understanding and peaceful person. I'm sure he will do great things out there!

For the biggest news..... drum roll please. I am going to St Louis in March for the Southern Graphics Print conference! I am so excited. Kathy (printmaking professor) is taking us the week after spring break! (two weeks off, yes ill take it!) Its going to be amazing! Ill have more to share when I go :) Can't wait!