Sunday, September 15, 2013

New artwork in honor of the funny Geico commercial...

Happy Sunday!

Per usual all the inhabitants of the Green household are in a snit.  Oh Sunday, how I do not like you.

To cheer myself up recently between school and work I have been watching the Geico commercial on youtube.  The one with the camel who is walking around asking everyone what day it is (Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike).

For some reason watching this commercial makes me laugh out loud and then I watch it again, and again, and the more I watch it the more I laugh.

I had to honor something that made me so happy.  I am going to turn it into a card but right now this is the original watercolor painting.
I don't think it just has to just be about Wednesday either!

Lots of Love,


Sunday, September 8, 2013

Funny and slightly inappropriate cards that I am proud of....

Happy Sunday Everyone!

Does anyone else get very grumpy on Sunday?  Meridyth pointed my mood out to me today when I was stomping around the house making a list to go to grocery store.

If I look back on my behavior it seems that I get grumpy every Sunday, especially when I am in school too, and I think it is because Sunday means that my whole world collides again on Monday.

Something that has been putting me in a good mood is some of my new art work I have been working on that is now posted in my etsy shop LoveUPaperly!

I have been doing a lot of hand-lettering and have turned that into a new section in my shop of funny and slightly inappropriate cards.

This card makes me laugh!  It is currently listed for $2.25 on my site.  I was inspired partly by my grumpy moods and partly by the Jewish Holidays.

This card was made with colored pencils and I loved the way it looked once it was scanned digitally and printed.

Look for more fun things on LoveUPaperly and I will go back to trying not to be grumpy.

Lots of Love!


Friday, August 30, 2013

I Don't Want To Do Anything Today....

There...I said it.  I am late.  VERY LATE, and instead of running to get dressed, make my lunch, scoop the cat litter, and make my coffee, oh and clean up the mess that LooLoo (cat) made while she dumped the whole bowl of food on the floor, I am sitting here typing because I do not want to move.

I want to sit and work on my Etsy site, and finish some projects, and work on school work, and snuggle with my wife.  I would also like to peruse pinterest and dream of places I would like to go and things I would make (or not make).

I need to get moving.  I know I do.  It's Friday.  I hope people are nice today.  I hope you guys have a wonderful day.
Bench and Compass
By the way this Tumblr site is amazing...the photographs are Amazing!  All taken by one person but I can't find his name on his site.  If anyone can message me and I will post it.  Really, really beautiful.



Saturday, August 24, 2013

Finally Spending some Quality Time with my Etsy Shop LoveUPaperly

I have been thinking about posting so many new products to LoveUPaperly and trying to do a push for new items, but we all know how that goes!

While I was away in California on family vacation (I will post pictures of that eventually) I was able to do so many water color paintings and works on some hand calligraphy.  I also had the chance to really think about what I wanted my Etsy shop to be.  That was inbetween the fire pit and pool time!

Back to Etsy.  This is what I decided.  As an artist, I have never been able to focus on one thing.  If I should have been painting, I wanted to be printmaking, If I was printmaking, I wanted to be drawing.

My teachers always saw this as something that was a hindrance to my art.  The more I think about it the more I have decided to use it as a positive.  I love all different kinds of art and enjoy doing different kinds of things.

I have decided to not focus on only one thing on LoveUPaperly.  Instead I am going to sell my cards, and prints, and jewelry, and my sculpture.  I will take it as it goes and keep making art that makes me happy.

Here are some of the latest listings:
Original Watercolor Print

Original Watercolor Print

Original watercolor print

Polymer Clay Flower Miniature

Polymer Clay Flower Miniature

Polymer Clay Flower Miniature

Polymer Clay Flower Miniature
The Prints above are each selling for $8.50.  The Clay Flowers are selling for $4.50.  Look on LoveUPaperly for more items.

I have to say I am happy with the work I have put into the new items and school is starting on MONDAY.  Uhhhhggg.

Hope everyones weekend is going well.

Lots of love,


Sunday, August 18, 2013

California and Wanderlust...

Happy Sunday!  If anyone knows why Saturday and Sunday go by so much faster than the other days of the week I would like to know why.  It feels like some sort of phenomenon that requires a name.

Today all I wanted to do was lie in bed with the covers pulled over my head.  Sometimes the world feels like too much.  Instead I vacuumed the house, watched an episode of The Foster's with Meridyth (good t.v. show), and worked on a water color.

Tonight I also have a bit of Wanderlust.  I recently returned from a wonderful vacation in California and I keep wishing I could go back.

This is where I wish I was tonight...

I wish I was on a plane somewhere...(picture taken by me with my iphone 4)

lots of love,


Sunday, June 30, 2013

Lovely Sunday Photograph and an Update....

Hello Everyone!

I've missed you guys and i've missed blogging and writing, and finding interesting stuff!  I am just so damn busy with school.

I am taking two online classes right now and then I have a month off before school starts again at the end of August.  I am hoping with that month to start blogging again and!

Now:  Lovely Sunday Photograph.  My mind is on weddings of course.  It's summer and when I was shooting weddings this was the start of the busiest season.  Plus I would much rather think about pretty dresses and love than my Human Growth and Development class!

Alfred and Emma Photography
Isn't this image fantastic?!  Click on the link to check out Alfred and Emma Photography based in San Francisco.

Lots of Love,


Sunday, May 5, 2013

Slowly Coming Back and a New Purchase....

Hello All!

I looked at this blog the other day and I realized I had let it go stagnant for months.  Like many other things in my life including my Etsy site and my gym membership!

Like many of you I have a hard time with life sometimes and the last few months have been a time of reflection.  I haven't been happy these past few months.  Not necessarily with one thing, but with many things that have all added up to one big heaping pile.

I am currently taking the second anatomy and physiology and also physics which combined with working a forty hour week has been insane.  I was thinking about applying to sonography school, well, did apply to a sonography school.  I had all of the prerequisites and at first was denied an interview but went over the head of admissions head to the director and got an interview but alas was wait-listed.

When I received the e-mail I was wait-listed I realized a few things.  I was not upset that I didn't get into the school.  Really what I was upset about was that I had wanted something to fix all of my problems.  Fix my unhappiness at work, and my feeling of stagnation, and my lack of progress.  I wanted a panacea, a cure all for everything.

As I cried to my Mom and Meridyth and my best friend Stephanie they all agreed that I needed to get back to finding myself again.

Finding myself again has included a push to finish these two classes and only take online classes this summer so as not to kill myself, to make presents for people who have been very supportive in my time of crisis these past few months, and to go back to therapy!

Also, I bought myself an iphone!  I told Mer on days when she is not nice to me I may love my iphone more than her!  It is only an iphone four.  I have Tmobile, because of the cheap plans, and was not eligible for an upgrade but I found a gently used phone and I have to say it is the BEST present I have every bought for myself.  I AM IN LOVE!

I joined instagram and I love sharing photos.  I was a photography major in school and having a forum to share and comment and like photographs is amazing!  Check me out by clicking the link.

One more thing.  Happy Anniversary to Meridyth.  Though it has been ten years it is our first wedding anniversary today!

This was the top of our wedding cake.  We didn't wrap it well so it had freezer burn but it was still fun.

Lots of love,


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Its a Waiting Game...

Hello Everyone!

I just wanted to do a quick check in with everyone.

I can't even describe how this semester of school is kicking my Tush!  For all of you that have taken physics and have not had a mental breakdown I applaud you.  I am also taking the second anatomy and physiology and there is so much information some nights I think that definitions and models may leak out of my brain and end up on my pillow.

To add to my stress we are short staffed at work so my work load and what is expected of me has been added too.

Meridyth is also finishing her last class of her graduate program so she is in school too!

We are eating a lot of cereal and I thank my coworkers everyday who bought us our Keurig for our wedding!

On exciting news my oldest Niece and Nephew are flying in to Maryland to go to Florida with my parents but Mer and I are taking the day off to see them in-between trips.  I can't wait!

So that sums it up.  All I do is work, study, eat, and sleep.  I do not have time to make art, blog, watch movies, cook, or look at things on the internet!

When life change you will be the first to know.

Lots of Love,

This is an example of convex lenses for a physics project.  At least I got to hang with my kitties!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Lovely Sunday Photograph

Happy Sunday Everyone!  Remember Me your friendly Blogger?  School has started and it is kicking my tush, so until I figure out how to balance work, school, and sleep my dreams of blogging about all of the weird and pretty things in my head will have to wait!

For now I leave you with a Lovely Sunday Photograph...
Max Wanger Photography
 Lots of Love,


Friday, January 18, 2013

Where I have been this week and Products that Make my Life easier when I don't feel Good!

Hello, Hello!!!

Happy Friday!

I feel so bad, but another week has gone by, and my lofty goals of blogging everyday (I have some good posts started!) fell through when Monday came.

I didn't feel well all weekend, same things I have been in the hospital for previously but Monday at work was the worst I have been and I was in tears with Meridyth and my Mom asking if I should go to the hospital.

I didn't...we were able to put another plan in place that I have been working on all week.  I am happy to report that I seem to slowly be getting myself better and I am happy to say that I went to work Every Single Day!

So, I am hoping to post tonight an Artist showcase Friday tongiht but for this morning I wanted to highlight some products that I find myself loving this week that help me make my life easier/better, especially when I am not feeling well.

(reminder:  this is not a paid post, these are just things that I think are great!)

1.  Suave Dry Shampoo
What I love about this product is that it is inexpensive $2-$3 and I can use it on the mornings when I don't feel like showering but my hair looks horrible.  I spray it on, it takes the oil out of my hair and then I reblowdry my hair and it looks better!

2.  My K Cup
This product is a little more expensive.  We found it for $18 at Walmart.  Since I have been missing work our coffee/Keurig obsession has gotten a little too expensive for our budget.  I didn't not realize that they sold something that you could buy regular coffee and still use your single cup Keurig!  Expensive k-cup problem solved!

3.  Slushy Magic
This is quite possibly my favorite new thing, EVER!  I am always nauseous and therefore always craving Slurpee's from 711 and fountain sodas.  Meridyth brought this home and though I was skeptical at first it has been the best $15 she has spent.  I have used it everyday this week with diet gingerale.  Honestly it's awesome!  She bought it at Walmart.

Here is another Product for your Hair that I Love.
4.  Aussie Three Minute Miracle
This product is only $3-$4, I usually buy it at Walmart, and it is like going to the salon for a deep conditioning treatment.  My hair is always more manageable and it always makes me feel better.  Plus it smells really good!

The last thing is not a product but a website I have been using that I thought deserved credit.

I have been doing phase 1 of the South Beach diet since New Years with some breaks from being sick and having a colonoscopy inbetween!  A great website I have been using is Kalyn's Kitchen.

In 2008 her site had a round up of recipes for all different phases of the South Beach diet.  Thank goodness for the internet the recipes and the wonderful pictures are all still there!  Here is a link to the older recipes.

That's it for now.

I'm am so late!

Lots of Love,


Sunday, January 13, 2013

Lovely Sunday Photography

Photograph from Little Bits of Lovely Blog
Happy Rainy Sunday (at least in Maryland).

I went downstairs this morning and looked at the disaster that is my studio table.  Instead of cleaning or even attempting to organize I decided to find a picture of what I wish my studio room/table could look like.  Isn't it dreamy?

Lots of Love,


Friday, January 11, 2013

Artist Showcase Friday: Stephanie Dotson

Happy Happy Friday!  I do not think I could say TGIF enough this week!  I cannot wait for 5:00 pm to show up on my phone today so I can grab my stuff and run (and I mean run with my head down like a linebacker making his way for the winning touchdown) for the door and to freedom!

Today I would like to showcase an amazing artist who is currently working in Indiana and specializes in printmaking.

I personally find her work intricate and delicate but surrounded in an explosion of interesting details and colors.  I introduce to you:  Stephanie Dotson.
Drug Rug, Silkscreen

Fountain (detail) 2011, encaustic and resin on wood


Drift-A-Weight, Installation from VoxPopuli Gallery, Philadelphia PA
Plane Shift, intaglio collage
I love her work!  Check out her website and her blog if you want to see more.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Lots of Love,


Thursday, January 10, 2013

No pictures in this post....It's been a hard week.

Hello All!

How is everyone doing this week?

This week has been a rough one for me and to be truthful I am having a hard time.

Having this blog I always wonder how to handle these rough weeks.  Should I completely pretend they are not happening and continue posting about happiness and all the beautiful things that I love or should I address the suckiness that is life sometimes?

Truthfully, I set up the blog in the first place to get away from the realness of the world and to enjoy that I could have a place to escape and enjoy the beauty and the amazing things that are out there everywhere you look.

Yet, how I am as a person, how I have always been, is that when I am feeling very real emotions and going through things I can't ignore them.  I was a sensitive child and I grew up into a sensitive adult that has been able to channel those feelings into being an artist.

Therefore, I am usually silent on the blog when I am having a bad week because I can't force myself to post about a great dish that I made or a beautiful dress that I found because when I don't feel happy I don't usually want to post about happy things.

I constantly look at others blogs.  Lots of wedding blogs.  Style me Pretty, Green Weddings Shoes, Snippet and Ink, Rock and Roll Bride...I know the people that run these blogs can't be happy all the time but all of the posts week after week drip with gorgeousness and glam and prettiness and goodness.

I think maybe I am a little jealous that I can't bring myself to feel that happiness all the time.  Or the jealous feeling stems from the fact that I can't force myself to hit the post button and publish a happy post when I am not happy.

This post wraps into my New Years resolutions which is trying to figure out where I want this blog to go.  How truthful do I want it to be?  Do I want to show more of myself?  Do I only want happy posts with beautiful pictures and gorgeous products or should I talk about real issues in between the clouds of happiness?

So much to thing about don't you think? 

Lots of Love,


Friday, January 4, 2013

Artist Showcase Friday (Just a Little Late!)

Happy Friday Everyone!

I have decided to resurrect Artist Showcase Friday and I hope you are excited!

What gave me the push to do this is my best friend Stephanie.  She is in an MFA program in Boston and she recently sent me a long list of artists that she needed to pick from so she could have a mentor for her program for this coming semester.

As I began to look through the list of artists I became amazed by all of the amazing work that so many of them were making.  I was also amazed by the variety and extremes of the work.

Looking at the artists reminded me why I wanted to do the artist showcase in the first place.  It was really because there are so many artist out there and even if just a few people come across my blog and find them interesting or inspiring I think it's worth it.

For this Friday I came across Hannah Cole.

She is a painter and I am in love with some of her series of work.

I am going to highlight in on a particular series called love and demons which can also be found on her website along with many of her other works.

There is something about the detail in her work, and the reflections that she uses.  These paintings happen to be large in scale.  I could just stare at them for hours.  She also has a blog where she shows new things she is working on.  I think they are amazing.

Lots of Love,


Thursday, January 3, 2013

South Beath Diet Phase I , Cooking New Recipes, and Getting Motivated

Hello Everyone!

I am so excited that it is almost the weekend that I can almost taste sleeping late and drinking my coffee in bed!

A post or two a go I was talking about New Years Resolutions.  One of mine was to try and lose weight to help my health and just to plain feel better.  To start this off my wonderful Mother-in-Law bought me two books with recipes for the South Beach Diet.  I read them after Christmas and Mer and I decided that the diet would start January 2, 2013.

The South Beach diet has three phases and right now I am in phase I which is all about getting your sugars under control.  During phase one, for 14 days, you have to cut out carbohydrates completely and also most fruits, plus processed foods.  You can however eat many veggies including cucumbers, cauliflower, broccoli, and more.  You can also eat most meats, low fat cheeses, eggs, and many other foods that you can make some great recipes with.

I have actually found in the last two days that I am not getting the sugar shakes and looking for a granola bar which has been what I have done for most of my life.

It has also given me the opportunity to try new recipes and become more confident in my cooking.

Tonight I made "fake" mashed potatoes with cauliflower.  I think it might take another few tries to perfect this one, but here are the ingredients and recipe.

Head of Cauliflower
1/4 Cup Fat Free Half and Half
2 Tbsp I Can't Believe it's Not Butter
Garlic Salt

1.  First I boiled the Cauliflower head in a pot of water with a little bit of salt for about 15 minutes or until very tender.
2.  I then let the cauliflower cool and cut it up into small pieces putting it into the blender
3.  Then put the fat free half and half, the butter, salt, pepper, and pinch of garlic salt into blender with cauliflower
4.  Lastly blend it up, taste, and season as you go!
I did not take this picture (my camera battery died tonight!) but this is what it looked like.  I thought it was easy to make and tasted delicious.

So, I am definitely motivated on my diet and with my cooking and I have been working like crazy on new projects for LoveUPaperly for 2013, but I am having a hard time staying motivated finishing the projects!  I am hoping to take some pictures tomorrow to show you what I have been working on even if they are half finished.  Maybe posting them will make me make a push to finish at least one or two of them.

Happy Almost Friday.

Lots of Love,


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy 2013!!!

Happy, Happy New Year Dear Readers!

I hope everyone had a safe and fun night last night!

Have you made any New Years Resolutions?  Do you think you will keep them?

One New Years resolution I have made for 2013 for myself, and therefore for Meridyth as well, is for us to try not to spend so much time in our house with just each other.

We love our house, we love spending time with each other and honestly we are both happy doing both.  I am never happier when I am lying in bed reading a book on my kindle with Meridyth next to me playing video games. 

However, I realized that while we are happy doing this I think it would be healthy for us to go out at least once or twice a month, as a couple.  Mer and I need to force ourselves (that sounds horrible but you know that sometimes by the time you shower and get dressed you just don't want to even go out anymore?!) to go and see people.  We need to mingle with our friends, have dinner, and socialize.

To start off this resolution, last night a nurse from work who has become a good friend invited us to her house for a night of food and drinking and fun.

We had so much fun and all I can say is I am happy to not have to go to work today!  I definitely don't recover as fast as I used too!

I did make a few more resolutions as well.
-  Lose some weight so I can help my Fibro Myalgia pain
-  Apply to PA school in May
-  Define my vision for both this blog and for my Etsy site LoveUPaperly 
-  Try not to procrastinate with school work
-  Attempt to be more optimistic everyday!

My wish is for everyone to have a healthy and happy New Year!
Lots of Love for 2013,