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Lab Rats

25 Mar

For the most part, I love being an art student. At times when I don’t like it, I have Cara Gould to both keep me company and keep me entertained. For our graphics class right now, we have to redesign the packaging for a kind of food we don’t like. That’s besides the point. At this moment, Cara and I are stuck in the matting room, waiting for food to be delivered and finishing up on our templates. Thank goodness we have Macbooks, otherwise it’d be too obvious if we used a camera to take pictures of ourselves : )

bored 1

bored 2

so cool

'what if someone walked past the matting room and saw us right now?'

'If this is going into the blog, we might as well smile for one.'

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Free smiles

6 Dec

I know I’m not alone when I sometimes feel like nothing seems to be going my way. There isn’t a soul on this earth that hasn’t felt that way before. Maybe it’s because I’ve been feeling that way lately (& maybe it’s because I’m running a fever & can only hope I have enough coffee grounds in this apartment to keep me awake all night to complete the work & studying I need done for tomorrow) but I thought I’d throw together a hodge-podge collection of things I’ve found online that make me laugh, smile & sometimes provide a very necessary distraction from the troubling things in life. I hope they help you too when you’re having just “one of those days”. : )

This one has been my absolute favorite lately. Michelle & I can’t stop watching/quoting it:

If you love McD’s, check this out. Some things look good, others are just scary…

http://foodnetworkhumor.com/2009/07/mcdonalds-menu-items-from-around-the-world-40-pics/

I’ll never get enough of Apple’s movie trailer website.

BWW recipes? Ummm… COOL?! http://www.epicportions.com/2009/02/25/buffalo-wild-wings-recipes/

How many words per minute can you get with Type Racer?

Cubescape is like legos on your computer but cooler. 

James Jean‘s artwork is absolutely stunning.

Have you ever heard of the Blood Type Diet? This is crazy.

Create your own Jackson Pollock masterpiece.

Hopefully you’ll enjoy all of these as much as I do. I have no new photography to share with you but in light of the holiday spirit (notice the snow on my page), I’ll leave you with this:

“People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel” -Maya Angelou

Remember that quote whenever someone’s made you upset, feel taken advantage of, or hurt. Be respectful and kind to others. It will get you farther in life that you could ever imagine.

Happy weekend!

19 Nov

It’s officially… MY WEEKEND!! That means I get to relax, right? WRONG. I work Friday, Saturday & Sunday. I’m volunteering at my job on Saturday for a pizza-eating contest they’re hosting (it’s okay, I get free beer!)… That’s the work stuff. Here’s all the FUN I get to have!!- NEW MOON comes out at midnight tonight but I have to wait until tomorrow to see it. I’m doing holiday family portraits for the Carlson sisters, portraits for the Caldwell sisters and portraits for my friends Kara & Lacy. LOTS of pictures to be taken!

Actually, aside from the friends that I’ve asked to model for me for projects of mine, I’ve had quite a few requests for portraits. Ohhh if you could see my smile & feel my excitement right now : ) Here is the portrait work I have lined up for myself with all this photography business (either by request, promises to friends, etc):

  • Carlson sisters (holiday)
  • Caldwell sisters (gift for mom & dad)
  • Sarah Boogren (pregnancy progression portraits for the next 7 months)
  • Kara Nordlof
  • Lacy Lafave
  • Jennifer Engstrom (portraits of her children)
  • Colton Newton & Brianna Ebenstein (couple portraits… maybe some engagement photos soon?!)
  • Valerie Sue Peterson
  • Sarah O’Neill
  • Christine Smessaert
  • Mandy Cowell
  • Scott Wanhala (bike stuff)
  • Chris Thomas
  • Jessica Katie Ohlsen (my final series for a class)
  • Cara Gould (my final series for a class)
  • Gene Ross (my final series for a class)
  • Jesse Carlson (my final series for a class)
  • Matt Mckindles (my final series for a class)
  • Cecily Browne (my final series for a class)

I have a lot of editing on my hands coming up : ) If you want to be a part of the portrait craze too and are in my area, please contact me about it!

Besides that, if you’re in the Marquette area this weekend, I’d highly advise you to come to Aubree’s on Washington St. on Saturday at 1 pm for the pizza-eating contest we’re hosting! Bring 3 cans of non-perishable food to enter the competition. Even if you’re not a part of the competition, we have a SWEET DEAL for those of you 21 & up- $4 pitchers of Labatt Blue & $5 pitchers of KBC Red Jacket ALL DAY!! It’s an insane deal and I hope a lot of people take advantage of it.

Okay FINE I guess I’ll let you see the final products for my mock 303 project. Also, since this blog is a smorgasbord of a million thoughts & ideas anyway, I’ll provide you with another one of my mom’s awesome recipes to try for Thanksgiving and a little something to get you even more in the mood for New Moon. Have fun!

Michelle: Caffeine (paint is still drying!)

Jessica: Laughter

Okay, this recipe is a family favorite for us. Mom makes it for every holiday, family get-together, whatever. She gets yelled at if she doesn’t so you’d better try it and see what I’m talking about…

Mom’s Cream Puff Dessert

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
  • 4 cups milk
  • 3 pkgs. instant vanilla pudding (3 oz. each)
  • 1 large tub of Cool Whip
  • Chocolate Syrup

Melt butter in water. Add flour & cook, stirring constantly until it forms a ball (this will happen quickly). Turn into a bowl and beat in the eggs one at a time. Spread in a grease 9×13 pan. Bake at 400°F for 35-40 minutes. Cool. Mix together cream cheese and milk, beat until smooth. Add pudding, one at a time and beat. Spread over the shell once it’s cooled. Top with Cool Whip & drizzle with chocolate syrup. Chill for at least one hour.

Mom’s Tip: Add the chocolate syrup just before serving. The lines will stay more delicate-looking rather than running into the whipped cream. Use the chocolate drizzle sparingly. Dig in!!

And since midnight just can’t come soon enough for many of you:

Mock 303

18 Nov

At NMU, 303 is individual art review for the art students. I’m taking a prep course for that right now so we have a mock 303 project that we’re doing for it right now. Mine’s due tomorrowUGH!!  I asked a few friends to choose one word that’s descriptive of what’s helped them get through college so far. Then I photographed them in a setting to portray that word. I painted some canvas’ which is what I’m going to mount them on. I need to find something cool to mount a paper print to canvas though…. hmmm…..

Here are some pictures of my process, though. Once i get the final pieces done, I’ll be able to post them up! : )

Canvas' 1 & 2! Thank God my apartment has an extra room for art space : )

Michelle: Caffeine

Jessica: Laughter

It runs in my blood

16 Nov

Let’s just cut to the chase- my Uncle Craig is seriously one of the coolest people on this planet. You think I’m joking or making a crazy exaggeration, but I’m not. A quick and less-than-thorough rundown of his life: graduated high school & joined the U.S. Coast Guard in 1980, met & married my awesome Aunt Sue, had 2 of the greatest cousins I could ever ask for, Dana & Ryan, worked at the U.S. Embassy in Venezuala for a really long time, retired from the Coast Guard but still works I dunno… like 3 jobs? One of them puts him over in Abu Dhabi for a couple weeks every month. Like I said, definitely not thorough, but you get the idea.

He got me my first hookah (which I named Aaminah, meaning ‘lady of peace & harmony’) from Abu Dhabi, which I’m totally in love with. Oh and here’s my favorite part: he’s an amazing photographer. I’m starting to think this hobby runs in the family! He’s gotten into a lot of hdr photography and if you want to see some really stunning pictures of his time he spends in Abu Dhabi, visit his photography blog: http://craigcorlphotography.blogspot.com/. The best part about his blog is that he gives you advice for improving your own photography & shares with you all of his awesome experiences. Seriously, camel races?!! That’s not something that most of us get to see everyday. I urge you to check it out. Whether you like taking your own pictures or not, you’ll be amazed at everything you see on his blog. (He’s also got a wicked sense of humor which makes the reading even more fun.)

Meanwhile, I’m stuck here in Marquette, which is no U.A.E. and I’ve got a few projects, presentations & papers due in the next 3 days. Thank you, blog, for providing me with another unnecessary distraction. Now I get to go hunt down a friend who’d like to be my next portrait victim for this mock art review presentation that I have due on Wednesday. I’m seeing a lot of caffeinated beverages in my immediate future.

Want to see my first, lame attempt at hdr?! please don’t judge too harshly- I just sat my camera on the table surface and shot what was already there. It’s no sweet landscape but the moment I read about it, I wanted to try it out.

HDRlily

so lame in comparison to uncle craig, but i had to start somewhere!