RSS Feed

Puppets!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Photo by me.

I was commissioned to make a set of 9 fairy-tale hand puppets! For The National Czech & Slovak Museum! It was an awesome challenge – cuz I’d never made a puppets before…  After a couple failed attempts I got the hang of it.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Wolf.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Jester.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Granny/witch.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA King.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Queen.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Frog.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Hedgehog.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Princess.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Red Riding Hood.

Which one is your favorite?

Advertisements

Pearl & Bear’s Photo Adventures

8587611414_d348bf8aa6_zPhoto by me 

My sister Pearl Beerhorst is killing it lately with her amazing photography! She has taken some heart-stopping photos, and I just wanted to post some of my favorites to draw your attention to her talent.

8545470910_39f57947ce_c

Photo by pearlbeerhorst

Pearl is often accompanied by her friend Laura Clarke (aka Bear) who is a beautiful model & willing adventurer.

8583380362_d55e268bc4_c

Film photo by pearlbeerhorst

She is working in both film and digital.

8582288541_f774a6705d_c

Film photo of Pearl taken by Bear with Pearl’s camera at pearlbeerhorst

8583387964_7284bd5f37_cFilm photo by pearlbeerhorst

They are a great team! See more at on Pearl’s flickr pearlbeerhorst.

START

3161211111_886f044d00_z

Art by doodles.

Lately it seems like almost everyone I talk to around my age, is stuck on some variation of this problem:

(Imagine “THEM” as group of 20-somethings screaming)

THEM: I DON’T KNOW WHAT I WANT TO BE WHEN I GROW UP AND IT’S STRESSING ME OUT.

ME: you don’t have to know what you want to do with the rest of your life, just start doing something you care about – and start as soon as possible.

THEM: I KNOW, BUT STARTING IS THE HARDEST PART.

These are smart, passionate, talented, people so why is this happening?

I realize that this is a symptom of being in your 20s, but it sure seems like my generation is hitting this particular brick wall again and again.

I don’t always feel inspired, in fact I literally NEVER feel like blogging, but I always feel proud after I’ve finished a post… Not because I think I wrote some sort of amazing gift to society (LOL), but because it’s something I always thought I couldn’t do, cuz of my dyslexia, and this will be 135th post! So suck on that personal bullshit!

All that being said, I still think if someone locked me in a room with a typewriter, and said I will free you once you’ve finished a novel of at least 100,000 words I would jump out the window… A blank page is one of the scariest things that exists.

5904908783_abfbe74acc_z

Photo by me.

Starting is hard, it requires a lot of self-discipline. Hopefully once you’ve started, at some point in the process you’ll drop into your flow — and that is a beautiful thing.

(by flow mean your artist groove, not your period!)

START every day, and think of finishing – as optional… but personally I find finishing a lot easier.

“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.” 
~ Kurt Vonnegut

Flawed

il_570xN.411169601_p5l6Badge by me in my shop.

 It’s an odd fact that although it’s my “job” to make beautiful // functional things, with the hope that they bring a joy of colors and patterns to other’s homes and lives,  my room has a constant case of craft floor – and I’ve never kept  a rug of my own… Another fact is – that often a whole day of self-employed craftiness looks like me crocheting in bed while watching Jersey Shore.  Am I lucky?? – fuck yes — I am not complaining! I am flawed, and I am learning to accept my flaws with love and most of all without shame.

Culture will shame you for so many things in your life that it has no business to.

I feel like once you’ve come to terms with your flaws – it becomes easier to deal with them, after all,  you will never be completely rid of them, though they may change over time. When you’re able to laugh at your flaws, it gives you back your power, and sharing them lets others know that they are not alone.

People love perfect things, I love perfect things… Out of 65 digital photos I might post 3 to flickr and of those chosen 3  I might edit out my acne scars.

7762631454_5fbf096716_z

By the constant emptying.

It is important to strive, but know that perfection is not attainable. I need to see people struggle sometimes — not to feel superior, but to feel ok. That’s why I’m drawn to shows like GIRLS or Louie. Shows with characters whose flaws are on display or possibly even exaggerated, but as you watch the show you root for them anyway, and their vulnerability makes them lovable. In loving them (warts and all) it becomes easier to love yourself.

“I am not an angel,” I asserted; “and I will not be one till I die: I will be myself.” 
― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

21!

IMG_8529

Photo by Pearl Beerhorst.

Last Saturday was my 21st birthday party, Organized by my dear friend Rosie Runnels. It was a dance party, with local musicians covering my favorite dance music —  50’s – 60’s oldies! It was one of the best nights of my life. I felt, feel very loved.

Things are looking good in general, it’s March and the days are getting sunnier & longer.

I haven’t been blogging as much as I’d like because I’ve been concentrating a lot on my Etsy shop… Last week I was featured on the front page!

804261_10151876923852224_1705266257_n

I got more views in that one hour than I’d normally get in a month! In any case, I plan on starting to blog much more often.

On a random note, I wanted to share a website that has has brought me a great deal of joy this week: Good Show Sir they posts in their words: “Only the worst Sci-fi/Fantasy book covers”–  but in my opinion, it’s only the best (: Here is one of my personal favorites…

kesrick-768x1024

Now that I’m 21 –  I should probably start reading adult fantasy, starting with this gem.

Balance

3499186284_69ae7a6c85_z

Art by aidankoch.

I work for myself.  I don’t have to wake up at a set time. I don’t have to work from 9-5, and weekends aren’t relevant… what I choose to do, or not do is completely up to me – every day.

As I grew up unschooled this is pretty much how I’ve always lived – and it feels comfortable.

I’ve learned to live within my seemingly “total freedom” by imposing structure and routine onto my life.

An average day for me starts at about 9am upon waking I make a cup of green tea, surf the web for around 30 minutes then start stretching, dressing for a morning run.

I run about a mile every day it helps improve my mood and adds some much-needed exercise to an otherwise mostly sedentary day of crafting.

8109507056_ac42c6f1c3_c

Photo by me.

After my run, I make breakfast (usually egg and toast) then it’s time to get to work… I turn on an audio book or podcast — and  I “make” from around 11am-6pm, paused only by a lunch break.

At around 6pm my crafting abilities practically run dry, and I know it’s time to go out  and spend time with friends.

Freedom is a wonderful thing, and I feel lucky to have so much at this point in my life – but as a functioning artist, I need to create and maintain a routine.

2256874441_24f8991df0_z

photo by davidwallace.

I blow everything off every once in a while (because I can!!!) – to explore and have adventures and recharge.

February Blues

8189567404_f4a86d2ef3_c

Photo of me by roise+nate

Well it’s the middle of February in Michigan.

Between not being able to go anywhere or do anything it gets tough to hold on to a positive outlook. In a time of year where traditionally people participated in lent to beg god to hasten the return of spring so they wouldn’t die from starvation, cold, or boredom(?)

4763069309_5c4fa1fc96_z

Photo by kaye blegvard

I’m hanging on though, I just did my taxes…. Self-employment taxes are no joke! I have to write and save receipts for every sale I make during a year and you can just forget about getting any money back — no, you’ll be paying a quite a bit….

No one ever says how freaking organized you have to be to run a small business… here I was thinking I’d taken the easy way out, when actually I have to be a little accountant and record EVERYTHING.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Photo by me.

Don’t worry ’bout it though, me and the government we’re all good now.

When I’m feeling really low, I’ve been looking at this picture to remember that there is good in the world, this is also helping.

I’m in serous need of some fun and or excitement!  one thing I am looking forward to lately – is my 21 birthday! on 2/27/13

My only real hope for turning 21 is sweaty dancing… if that happens, I will forgive this month for its recent hardcore suckage.

PRAY FOR ME.