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“Here’s my card…”

10 Mar

For a project in my 318 Graphics class we had to create our own business card that would be viewed as a reflection of ourselves, personalities and/or personal style. I made one with a graphic that’s similar to the accent under my tattoo on my ribcage (I took the ‘reflection’ pretty literally) and for you type-lovers out there, I went with Bell MT as my font. We finally got them back from the print press yesterday evening and so I’ve made it my photo of the day! I guess now I’m a professional student… or something.

please, no stalkers contacting me haha

The alignment was a little off when they cropped it but it took me about 5 minutes before I noticed that so I’m not too worried. : )

This was the first song on my itunes this morning- good wake-me-up!

P.S. DID YOU HEAR?!! The ECLIPSE trailer will be released tomorrow morning!! Love me some Twilight.

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Helloooooo Twenty-ten

20 Jan

I’m about halfway through my second week of the new semester & I can say this much: I was right. I have a lot of work on my hands with these classes. However, I know I really let my blog fall by the wayside while I was home for break so I’m going to make a conscious effort to stay up-to-date with it now, even if it kills me (or just cuts off an hour of sleep). It shouldn’t be that bad though, considering I’m trying to adopt the “old lady” habit & only going out one night a week instead of two…. Three… Wait, isn’t that called acting “grown up”? My apologies to any elderly I may have offended.

Well I can definitely say that I FEEL older. I definitely don’t have the crazy energy I used to have. I have little-to-no tolerance for listening about petty fights & stupid gossip/rumors. I’ve decided to take up sewing as a new hobby. OH, and the number one reason why I feel older: the most exciting thing coming to me in my life right now is the cat I plan on adopting. Other than that, I’m the same old Ashley. Promise : )

I took very few pictures while I was home. That’s always more of a time for me to lounge, nap with my dog & hang out with my mom. Don’t worry though, now that the semester’s started again, you won’t be seeing a lack of photos for much longer!

My little bruva, Ty Dwight

 

We played in the snow one day & I got these close-ups : )

 

post-new years, packing up the decorations until next year!

 

And of course, I can’t resist showing off my mom’s Christmas tree. She works so hard on it every year : )

O Christmas Tree

SNOW DAY!!

10 Dec

 Only 3 more semesters of hearing those 2 wonderful words before I have to be a ‘big girl‘ & face our awesome economy head-on & try to find a job. Anyone need a bubbly, scatterbrained, smart-mouthed female with a graphics degree? I MEAN punctual, responsible, reliable & accountable female with a degree in graphic design…. ; )

Anyway, this snow day has given me extra spare time I didn’t originally have. So while I haven’t been watching out my window as cars struggle just to make it up the street & the poor girls at Cruise ‘N’ Coffee (popular coffee establishment up here) freeze their little faces off each time they open the window to serve a drink, I’ve gotten to spend some real quality time with one of my favorite websites: StumbleUpon.

I’m a big Harry Potter fan so imagine how much this piqued my interest when I stumbled upon this Wikipedia page (I’m a self-proclaimed nerd so don’t bother with teasing me about it): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Potter_and_the_Hall_of_Elders’_Crossing

Know what that is? No, I didn’t either until I read further into it. Author George Norman Lippert (who I’ve never heard of before this) has written a spinoff of the Harry Potter series based on Harry’s son, James. The book is called James Potter & the Hall of Elders’ Crossing. I was skeptical, of course. Nothing can compare to J.K. Rowling’s writing style with her book series & when I first realized what I’d stumbled upon, my initial thought was “Ridiculous!”.

Being the H.P. fanatic I am, however, I couldn’t just click the ‘Stumble’ icon again & go to another webpage. I had to investigate further. After the infamous Google search that everything gets nowadays, I came upon 2 links of interest. The first I’ll share with you is a review of Lippert’s book by blogger, Oonae. It contains some spoilers, yes, but depending on how much of a Potter fan you are, it may convince you to read or not to read the spinoff series. Yes, I said series. Apparently there are 3 books thus far & I haven’t learned enough about it yet to know if Lippert will continue with more. SO, without further delay, I link you to James Potter & the Hall of Elders’ Crossing site, that will provide you with a downloadable PDF file of the book. Yeah, the music & sound on the page is annoying so I’d recommend bookmarking it & closing the heck out of the window. I was on page 6 when I realized that it would just be rude of me not to share this with anyone who doesn’t know. Hopefully it’ll be a good read for some over their approaching winter break!

: )

Gotta say, I like the Harry Potter series illustrator better… but I guess that’s to be expected.

Last Minute Final

3 Dec

I couldn’t be happier that this semester is coming to and end- it’s put me through enough already. Here I am & it’s not even 8 am yet & this is the only time available that I have to blog today. Okay, I’ll be honest, a lot of that is because tonight is my job’s employee Christmas party & I’ll be spending a good portion of the evening getting ready for that & the majority of my day studying for my menu test for said job- which I have to take tomorrow & I haven’t the slightest clue how I’m going to pass it with only one day of studying :-/

My photography final series is due this morning at 9. I did a portrait series & I asked my subjects “How do you feel about the approaching Marquette winter?” For those of you who don’t know, Marquette winters are INTENSE (as is winter all throughout Michigan’s U.P.). It gets insanely cold & before I moved up here, I’d never seen such high snow banks in my life. Once my subjects decided how they felt about it, I asked them to make a facial expression according to how they felt about it- it was hilarious to watch them make it as exaggerated as they could!

I printed a series of 5 photos, which are the first 5 I’ll show. Matt’s and Gene’s are a little out of focus, which I couldn’t tell by looking at my camera’s screen. Only once I loaded the images onto my computer did I realize that but by then I had no time to go back and reshoot. Like my title describes, it was pretty last minute.

Cecily: excited, thrilled

 

Matt: annoyed, frustrated (he's lived up here for too long!)

 

Cara: scared

 

Gene: ecstatic, euphoric

 

Jesse: angry, pissed off

 

Then I edited just a couple extras because they were fun : )

Cec- she loooooves the snow!

 

Cartoonish Gene. He doesn't like color selection in a photo but I say he can just get over it.

Finished!

19 Nov

After tomorrow morning, my week from hell will finally be over! No more projects & papers! Then it will be the weekend, followed by 2 days of [easy] classes & I’ll be headed home to Grand Rapids for THANKSGIVING!!! It won’t be a moment too soon either because my body NEEDS mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie- mmmmmm : ) For a week straight I’ll be able to concentrate on photographs that I want to take and no one  else can tell me what to do!

Remember my friend Katie that I raved about (see: I like your FACE!)? Her sister, Jesse got a hold of me yesterday & their parents want me to take pictures of the 3 sisters for holiday cards! Then today my friend Kim asked me to do portraits of her & her sister for a christmas gift they’re doing for their parents– pics, pics, pics!! I’m crazy excited for it all!

BACK ON TRACK- I presented my mock 303 piece today and no, I don’t have the final pieces to show you yet, but I have the next best thing! I went through and edited a few extra photos so I thought I’d share them with you here : )

Click on the images to see them in their full resolution!

Brittany aka B.Pops : )

B.Pops

Jess- i took a gajillion of her b/c the light was difficult....

... but then we just ended up with a ton of awesome ones : )

tree swings are sa-WEET!

jess

told you i had a million of her...

michelle 🙂

and here's britt's that i wasn't able to get onto a canvas : (

P.S. NEW MOON comes out in 2 DAYS!! I’d say I’m definitely Team Edward but WOW does Jacob look good in this one ; )

Oh you know what? what the hell- while I’m at it, I’m going to go ahead and pull the awesome card and give you guys my mom’s pumpkin pie recipe in light of the Thanksgiving spirit. It’s probably close to the same as any other pumpkin pie recipe but it was in the recipe book SHE made for me so it’s HERS!!

Mom’s Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 cloves
  • 1 can (2 cups) pumpkin solid pack
  • 1 can (13 oz.) evaporated milk
  • single crust

Heat oven to 425°. Prepare crust. In large bowl, beat eggs slightly. Add remaining ingredients, mix well. Pour into crust-lined pan. Once oven is heated, bake for 15 min. then reduce oven temperature to 350° & continue baking for an additional 45 minutes. Knife should come out clean.

TIPS: Cover the crust around the edge with tin foil for the last 15 minutes so it doesn’t burn. If you’re going to use store-bought crust, stick with Pillsbury. Other off-brand crusts can be much dryer. For the Pillsbury crust, roll it out with a rolling pin to make it slightly larger than what they are in order to fit your pie pan well.

Woo Hoo, pumpkin pie!! Top it with a dollop of whipped cream– and I mean the REAL stuff that you have to use beaters to make and add sugar to! Hope this gets you as excited for Thanksgiving as I am!

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