Fashion

Adventurous Friday #4: Sort of…

Hello My Lovely Starfishes!!

I’m sorry to say there will not be an adventure today, mostly because it’s rainy and yucky outside. I can’t think of much to do as an “adventure” that’s worth blogging about that I could go on tonight. However, I am going to tell you what I did today:

  1. Worked, worked, worked some more…
  2. & went to Hobby Lobby

Why did I go to Hobby Lobby? I bought me some red tulle fabric for only 31 cents! 31 cents! There isn’t much in this world that’s under 50 cents, much less as low as 31 cents. Total came out to 34 cents with tax added in. It’s not a ton of tulle, but since I’ll be using it for a doll outfit, it’s more than plenty!

I guess I didn’t mention to you guys that I’m obsessed with Blythe dolls…

Well, I am. I can’t help it. They’re so cute, and I absolutely love almost all things cute. Notice I said “almost” all. Some things are too cutesy girly that they make me wanna puke, but now I’m going off on a tangent. For the most part, though, I love all things cute. Hello Kitty is another thing I adore. I mean, I don’t have Hello Kitty posters plastered on my walls, but I do enjoy Hello Kitty and I have since I was little.

Blythe dolls, however, are another creature entirely. I knew NOTHING about them when I was a kid. The originals were produced in 1972 by Kenner in USA and only out for about a year before they were discontinued. Kids were terrified of either their huge heads or their huge eyes. However, Gina Garan, took photos of them and brought them back “in style” so to speak and they began being produced again, this time, by Takara (a toy company). That was back in 2000 or 2001 (not sure). Well, that’s a rough history. Sorry, I don’t know why I spat all that out, but yeah.

Anyway, my point is Blythe dolls are beloved by women and girls, both. Actually I’ve seen more women between the ages of 20 and 50 have the dolls than little girls. This is probably because of their price and the fact that they can be customized majorly and then resold if the owner wishes. That’s one of the things I love most about them: the creativity. You can either keep them regular (with stock make-up and not customize them) or you can customize them. We’re talking carving of the face, doing new make-up, changing eye-chip colors, hair colors, making clothing for them, making miniature items and accessories for them, and the list goes on and on and on.

For more information:

I would post a photo, but I don’t want to use someone’s photo without permission, and I’m still waiting on my blythe doll to come in the mail. :)

Hearts & Stars,

MaceyLou

Monday & Tuesday #3 {Hybrid Post: Pins + Tutorial}

Hi My Lovely Star Fishies!

I took an extra day off! I know. Shame on me. But hey, I only got one day off (the 4th) from real world work…Well, I’m back now, and this post is a hybrid Pin + Tutorial post. Latest pins below:

My page contains my pins and will contain all credits for images so you can see where they came from and find out all about them! :)

http://pinterest.com/maceylou/

TUTORIAL:

I know most people by now probably already know how to do this, but this is going be my tutorial. Hopefully it will be helpful to someone. The tutorial will be me showing you how to pin something from an outside website to pinterest

1. First, I’m guessing you are already signed up on the Pinterest site.

2. Go to the top drop-down menu and pick the link shown below:

3. Next, you put the button in your bookmark bar.

4. Then, visit one of your favorite sites and if you find an image you have to save and look at later or share with the world. I chose for the tutorial, an image from my blog as an example:

5. Then, go to that pin it button that you have on your bookmark bar…

6. Next, you will see a block-like layout with a sort of “catalogue” of photos/images you can choose to pin…unless there is only one image on the page. {There will be a “pin it” button link overlaying the image when you roll-over it.}

7. Click the image you want to pin. It will show you a little dialogue box like in the screenshot below. You can name it whatever you like and choose a category above it. If you want to share it on twitter as well, you have that option, too, if you signed up/linked your twitter with Pinterest.

That’s about it! I hope you enjoyed this hybrid post! Thanks followers and likers! Feel free to leave me feedback. :)

Hearts & Stars,

MaceyLou

Bloggy Break This Week! For the Fourth of July Holiday!

Sorry all my lovely mermaids and starfishies! I will be taking a blog vacation this week for the 4th of July! Stay tuned for more adventures, tutorials, pins, sketches, thoughts, and more! Have a fun & safe 4th of July, everyone!

In the meantime, you can check out Paper Aquarium Magazine. It will be updating to the brand new design soon, maybe even this week! It will have not only the usual art submissions, but it will also have articles, as well as videos and an art shop in the future! Check it out today, and stay tuned for updates really soon!

If that is boring to you, you can also check out my portfolio site. It’s still under construction a bit, but the main page has samples of my work that you can take a look at if you are interested.

If you’re still bored to tears, you can socialize with me on twitter, if you wish.

Or if that doesn’t even strike your fancy, you can find some music I like to be a part of here.

Hearts & Stars,

MaceyLou

Recent Pins Monday #2: Relax After Work On A Tree Swing

Hi My Lovely Stars,

Today, I’m pinning some new pins as well as couple not-so-new ones. When I saw this swing above this water, my jaw almost dropped. It’s gorgeous! My dream place to be is there. Right there on that little swing, dangling my feet above the water.

When I think of this group of pins, I think of being at work most of the day in this cute outfit and shoes, then retreating home to this lovely swing in a tree. I’m too eager to change, so I just get straight on the swing in my work clothes, only kicking my heels off before going outside.

You can find me on Pinterest and view more of my pins here.

Hearts & Stars,

MaceyLou

Recent Pins Monday #1: Fashion, Beauty, & Fun in the Sun

Hi My Lovely Readers,

Monday is Recent Pin Day and so below I’ve compiled some of my recent and favorite pins all in one image as a sort of mood board or inspiration collage.

I had a very stressful day at work today, but fortunately we have an amazing team at the newspaper I work at, so we all put our talents together and pulled through. Seems like we always do somehow. I feel like this pin compilation is a reflection of the serenity we all strive for in life. Having fun, feeling alive–it’s what we all want out of life, isn’t it?

Even though the below pins are my most recent, they are not brand new. I haven’t been pinning lately, but you better believe this post will inspire me to do just that. The emotions and messages I get out of this image of pins is a message of a fun time full of girlyness and summer breezes. The dress is the focal point of the outfit one would wear in this little “inspiration board world.” The necklace gives a sense of whimsy and playfulness as do the delicious Eiffel Bon Bons candies. I actually ate those when I was in high school during my semesters of French. They are hands down my favorite candy in the entire world (so far, haha) and if it were allowed {and healthy} I would buy a ton of them and eat them for every meal. As for the photo of Lucy Hale, I pinned her to my “people” board, but I feel more like in this context she has the make-up and hair that would go perfectly with the outfit and the summer day itself.

The swansea beach radio is, of course, perfect for the seaside, keeping along with our fun summer theme. The bright and cheerful pink room in the backdrop gives us a sense of contemporary color schemes mixed with traditional textures, and let’s face it, it’s just to die for. The molding and every detail in the ceiling is magnificent by itself, without even taking into account the rest of the room.

Notice I didn’t exactly mention prices. I felt like the dress and necklace were quite expensive. Therefore, they are only meant to be a jumping-off point. I’m sure there is a more practical and affordable version of them both out there somewhere. I can’t see myself paying hundreds of dollars for one dress, but maybe that’s just me. Go find your own versions in your local thrift stores, clearance sales, and yard sales!

Another thing I wanted to talk to you guys and gals about is that I, along with Derek Brown, have an online creative magazine called Paper Aquarium Magazine. It’s a magazine full of contributed art, photography, and other creative tid-bits. You can check it out here.

Thanks so much, my lovelies, for reading, liking, and commenting. I can’t express how much I appreciate the time you all take out of your busy lives to read my blog entries.

Hearts & Stars,

MaceyLou