Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Wedding Porn on a Tuesday and a new card on LoveUPaperly

Hello friends!

So happy that today is over....well at least the "real" work part!

Today I am going to show you a new card I put up on the shop this morning.  I adore it.  I really do, and I hope you like it too!

Who wouldn't want to get a UR AWESOME card in the mail?!!

Now I believe it is time for some wedding porn for a lovely and unusually warm Tuesday! 

As you all know, I love wedding photos!  They make me happy, they make me swoon, and I adore looking at people in love.  So without further ado, ENJOY!   
FYI: all images that have sources will be sited under the photos.
Katie Jane New York Elopement Photographer
Kelly Prizel Photography
Seattle wedding photographer Jenny Jimenez
Sasha Wedding Photography in San Francisco
Kim Thiel Photography, aren't her details amazing?!
Kim Thiel Photography
Paris elopement shot by Sean Flanigan
Sean Flanigan, isn't he amazing?!

Heather Waraksa Photography
Kella Macphee Photography, She is why I had become a Wedding Photographer!
Lots of Love,


Monday, January 30, 2012

Two New Cards on LoveUPaperly and a bit of the nerves

Hello lovelies!

I hope everyone's Monday went spectacularly well!

As I type I am sitting with an icepack on my neck and hoping that I can handle what is about to start in my life.

Meaning:  Two classes, Medical Terminology which is actually going to be fascinating and I will have to update you on all the new meanings of words I am learning, and Microbiology.

As I say Microbiology my stomach starts to churn.  Before my surgery I was smack in the middle of Micro and I was living and breathing it because I wanted that A so badly.  Let me tell you, I had that A but I am nervous that with my neck and working and keeping up with everything I will not have the stamina I did to get the grade I need.

Needless to say, my stomach is currently churning and as Katy Perry say's in her song Friday night, "I think I need a gingerale".

So wish me luck as I am about to go out the door and go to class!

With that I am going to leave you with two new cards I made.  I hope you are all going to etsy to look!

Until Tomorrow (or perhaps tonight if i'm excited about class!)



Sunday, January 29, 2012

Lovely Sunday Photograph

Hope everyone is having a great Sunday!

Tomorrow I start school (two classes), so with work and school and trying to keep up an etsy shop we will see how life goes!  Posts might be appearing very late in the day!
Image source unknown.  Please let me know if anyone knows creator/owner. 
Isn't this image lovely?  To wake up with hundreds of balloons around you!  I wonder if this was for a special occasion?!

Also, do you remember when I told you my amazing father wrote a book?  Original blog post can be found here.  It is entitled Forgotten Hostages and is a true first hand account of the first terrorist attack in Washington D.C. that happened on March 9, 1977.

It is now available on kindle for only $4.99!

I am actually reading the book myself right now and it is fantastic!

Until tomorrow,



Saturday, January 28, 2012

Artist Saturday...I told you it was coming!

Goodmorning to Saturday!

I told you all yesterday I just needed a night to hide from the world and it worked!

This artist I am featuring today is..........Animal and Conservation Photographer Stefano Unterthiner.

His series entitled Animals Face to Face is absolutely amazing!!!  Every time I look at the images they make me smile.  I hope you feel the same way and are as enthralled with them as I am!
Aren't they great?!  Definitely check out more of his work if you have time.  I feel like he connects with these animals in a way that really shows through in his images!

Until Tomorrow,



Friday, January 27, 2012

Friday Blues...

Hello lovelies!

I will be doing artist Friday tomorrow, making it Artist Saturday for this week!

Today has been a bit of a crap day so I am going to get into bed and allow myself to hide from the world for tonight.

Tomorrow I am going to face the day with a new outlook and a bright smile. 

I do recommend this approach at times when everything is just too overwhelming!  Giving yourself a chance to say F*** it today, tomorrow will be better usually does wonders!

So until tomorrow.  I hope everyone has a good Friday night!


original source unknown

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Two new cards, Insomnia, and Mer's wedding inspiration board...

Hello out there!

Sorry for the radio silence yesterday! 

I have been having such a hard time sleeping (not sure if it is insomnia or the neck pain) that around 8 last night when I thought about blogging I couldn't get up! 

I was FINALLY comfortable in bed, with the icepack just right, my curly hair not bothering me, and my smushy pillows lumps in just the right place!  There was no way I was going to move to even go to the bathroom! 

I did get up in the middle of the night for an ice pack replacement but I finally slept pretty well!

How has everyone else's week been?

The really exciting thing about today was that I worked on two new cards yesterday that I put up this morning on LoveUPaperly

One is a set of three Thank You note-cards and the other card say's Hugs & Kisses.  Particularly good for Valentine's Day which is right around the corner!

The other images I wanted to show you was from an inspiration board I made for Meridyth for our wedding.

Remember I made one for myself from this blog post?  Well, I made one for her as well which I consider to be "classy".  Let me know what you think!
If one of these images is yours or you know the person who owns it please tell me and I would be happy to cite it!
I Love, Love, Love the ruffled cake on the bottom.  Gorgeous!

So, I think we are getting pizza and salad tonight which I could not be more excited for!

Until tomorrow,



Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Found street art and a dumb thing

Hello, Hello!!!

Hope Tuesday has been good to everyone today.

I on the other hand did something very dumb yesterday.

I have been feeling so good and have really felt no pain in my back/neck at all!  Well, I turned my head to look at something yesterday and today I am sooo swollen and my back is really painful.  This was a not so nice reminder that I am still healing and have to be very careful.

Lucky for you dear readers since I was in pain and didn't sleep well last night I found some awesome images to share with you!

I want to introduce you to Street Art.

For those of you that don't know, this term means visual art, developed in public spaces, that is usually/never sanctioned by a group or a government.

This artwork totally blew my mind.

The original images are from Odd Stuff Magazine featuring the best found street art of 2011.

FYI:  There are no artists listed by the images, I do not no the original creator of the art or the person who took the image.  If anyone does feel free to e-mail me and I will cite it.

Aren't these amazing?!  I am particularly drawn to the image of the men walking in the puddle.  I can see them just trudging to work doing the same thing day in and day out.  I find that image to be really powerful.

Or the knitted tree?!  So cool.

Until tomorrow,



Monday, January 23, 2012

New Card on LoveUPaperly and a tired, cold, Monday

Hello all you gorgeous readers!

To tell you the truth I am pooped tonight!  I had to see the doctor this morning, worked most of the day, and then came home to crash with an icepack!

I have been working on some new cards.  I think this one is cute, look for more on LoveUPaperly.

I am OBSESSED with this cow stamp!
I don't have much else in the land of this blog right now.  Meridyth and I are planning the wedding and I have soo much work to do!  I need to start figuring out what we want the invite to say and then I need to start working on the ceremony, and hire a photographer.

Plus, school starts next week.  For those of you that don't know, I have a master's in graphic design but found my true calling accidentally when I started working for a cardiology practice.  So, now I am taking classes to hopefully apply to PA school in a year or two!  The two classes this semester are microbiology and medical terminology.

I love working all day and using the analytical part of my brain and then coming home to blog and work on my shop which is so much more artsy.

Do any of you have arty jobs and then go home and do math or work as a doctor and love to blow glass on the weekends?  I love the dichotomy of that and my life feels fuller than it has ever been.

Until tomorrow lovelies.  Yes it is 6:30 p.m. but I am going to lie down and watch t.v. with my eyes close while my body heals!



Sunday, January 22, 2012

Lovely Sunday Photograph

Happy Sunday everyone!

I hope everyone had a productive, fun, and relaxing weekend.  Not sure if all of those things go together, but why not!

Here's the lovely photograph for today.  It is a wedding themed photo.  Not just because I LOVE weddings, but also because Meridyth and I spent the afternoon with our mama's planning ours.

The image taken by talented a very talented wedding photographer Kelly Prizel.  The lighting, the framing, I think the image is just beautiful.




Friday, January 20, 2012

Artist Friday featuring

I was using the app Stumble which I am addicted too when I want find cool things on the web (I also talked about it in this blog post), and I came across this artist/photographer who I found to be really, really cool.

Her name is Ariana Page Russell and her photography is mostly about her skin condition.  She has dermotagraphia.  This is a condition where the skin is highly sensitive even when lightly scratched. 
With this touch her body produces an excessive amount of histamines which causes capilleries to dilate and therefore produces welts.

She is therefore able to painlessly draw on her skin.

I have always been fascinated by body image.  Being a woman myself and an artist I found in my late teens/early twenties I focused a lot on self perception and how that related to other's views. 

I am absolutely enthralled with how this artist has taken something that could have made her feel self conscious and instead shows it to the whole world as her art.

In some of her pieces she also uses photographs of her skin and turns them into collages or temporary tattoos and uses those in her photographs. 

I find myself comparing her to a modern day Francesca Woodman.  I think this comparison could be that both artist's images make me vaguely uncomfortable.

I have always found that the artists I am drawn to the most are those that push my boundries and comfort.   To me feeling unsettled by a work of art means that it is truly saying something.
Flora 2006

Flora (Knee) 2006

Index 2005
Cameo Deux
Net 2011
Interesting, right?  Definitely check out her website and read her artist statement.  I think she is really relavent and interesting.

What do you guys think?

I hope everyone has a great weekend!



Thursday, January 19, 2012

A New Card on LoveUPaperly

Hello Lovelies!

It is so very cold here in Maryland but we are also very lucky that we are not getting a blizzard like those in the west, a.k.a. my sister in Seattle!

I wanted to post a new card I made that I am sort of in love with.  Check out more work on LoveUPaperly.

I know everything I make is not going to make everyone fall in love, but the image of the pink cow makes me laugh!  It could be that I am tired and delirious, but if it makes me laugh then I will take it!

Also, I have pinned a few images on pinterest that I am digging so I am going to share them with you!
I found this lone image using Stumble so if any of you know the owner/or are the owner let me know!  It is an amazing image and I want to give it, it's proper credit!  
I love abandoned buildings.  Something about the imprint of life that was left from the people that used to go there fills me with awe.  Does anyone know where this is/who took it?!  I am in LOVE!

I also found an amazing website that shows views of different cities/countries from the sky.
original source from Flickr showing Chicago in the fog
Cargill Salt Ponds in San Francisco Bay.  Original source from Flickr
Go to this website to see more amazing images from the Sky.  Looking at the world from above can really be amazing!  That color red/pink of the salt ponds makes me want to eat strawberries!

So, tomorrow is artist Friday!  Are you excited?!  If you are an artist and would like to be featured please e-mail me at loveupaperly@yahoo.com.

Until tomorrow my friends,