I've been super excited for the Sketchbook Project Limited Edition's opening reception. It was my sketchbook's official welcome to the world, and can now be checked out as a library book for viewing at the Brooklyn Art Library in Williamsburg!
The first book I checked out was my own. I practically know it by heart at this point, but I had trouble letting it go when I completed it... so we had a little reunion.
It was very cool to see everyone thumbing through the sketchbooks and passing them around to share. It was a proud moment.
I would highly recommend you visit the Art Library... it's a nice escape and a perfect respite on a rainy afternoon. If you go, check out my book! We appreciate the love and attention. ;) If you can't make it to the library, I photographed my sketchbook and made a special home for it on my blog here.
This person's sketchbook was all about secrets, and invited people to write down a secret of their own and share it in the envelope. I love interactive stuff like this, and of course added a secret. A lot of friends' reactions to my sketchbook were surprise that I would share so much of myself in such a public way. I think that artists often put a huge amount of private emotion into their work, so sharing any piece of work is a bit daunting. When you open up your creative work for criticism it's difficult not to take it personally, so I appreciate all of the warm feedback!
photo courtesy of moreloveletters.com
There's nothing quite like receiving a love letter. Whether it's the double-sided note in high school with the notebook fringe on the margin, a post-it in your lunchbag or a scribble on your foggy bathroom mirror, we love to be loved. The World Needs More Love Letters has made it their mission to encourage people to write more, and pass bits of sunshine on to those who need it. And couldn't we all use a little note of encouragement sometimes? The task is simple-- write a letter, jot "moreloveletters.com" on the note or envelope, and leave it somewhere where it will be found and read by someone. The idea is that it will make someone smile, and perhaps they'll pay it forward and write one of their own. I have always loved projects like this... I've left my own postcards in Postsecret books at Barnes & Noble, and have written letters and sent care packages to soldiers overseas who didn't know me. It's nice thinking you could possibly make a stranger's day. I've got tons of stationery and words of encouragement to share-- can't wait to leave a few letters around the city!
I have survived the first day of my juice cleanse! Coming from a girl who eats a bagel every day for breakfast, *loves* carbs and will never pass up a trip to Shake Shack, that's a pretty serious feat. I first heard about the Blueprint Cleanse a couple years ago, but it was a bit pricey for me at the time. They offer 3 levels (think 'beginner', 'intermediate' and 'advanced') and deliver the juice to your office or apartment the day before you start. I spend an hour at the gym every day, but my food choices are less than stellar. I figured this would give me a healthy boost in the right direction and hopefully inspire me to make healthier food choices going forward. I decided to do 3 days, which seemed like a safe number-- if I'm going to do this, let's do it! But... not for too long. You get 6 bottles of juice per day, that you spread out per your own schedule. They advise you to finish up your last juice at least 2 hours before bed so your tummy can have a rest overnight. My juice was delivered Wednesday afternoon to my office, and I promptly opened one of each juice to smell them (I smell everything...).
Thursday I came into the office, started off with herbal tea per their recommendation, and then started on juice #1-- Green Juice. It tastes like you're drinking the produce aisle at Stop & Shop... romaine, celery, cucumber, apple, spinach, kale, parsley and lemon. Not my fave, but not terrible. I had a bottle of water in between, then had #2- pineapple/apple/mint for "lunch". I found I was falling behind by late afternoon... my original plan was to drink a juice every 2 hours, but I was having a hard time drinking them so quickly. I was never hungry at any point during the day. That said, I would have killed for a bag of Doritos by 7pm... majorly craved salty, crunchy snacks. My delay wasn't so bad because I went to see The Hunger Games at midnight, so my last juice at 10p after the gym wasn't a problem. The lemonade (#4) was fab and I was able to drink it very quickly. After the lemonade I did my usual gym routine, although was feeling a bit weak and dizzy after 45 minutes, so cut my usual hour a bit short. The red juice (carrot, apple, beet, lemon, ginger) tastes much better than it smells and I actually enjoyed it. The last bottle is cashew milk with vanilla bean and cinnamon-- ended up tasted like a major treat after all the fruits and veggies all day. Day 1 complete-- no cheating, no hunger, feeling good!
Last week I lost a very important lady-- my nana Iris passed away following a couple years of hospital stays and declining health. I credit my nana with my obsession with tea among other things (she moved across the pond in her 20's to be with my grandfather who she met while he was stationed in England). She used to pick me up every day from preschool and I spent countless hours at her house coloring, watching cartoons, feeding the neighbors horses (who ran to the fence when you whistled), and dunking Vienna Fingers cookies in hot tea fixed with milk and sugar. She had 5 children, 11 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren-- who all adored her. *** After a very bittersweet week spent at home on Cape Cod with my family, I wanted to commemorate nana with some new ink. I did my research and found Studio 28, a tattoo studio that offers custom artwork and has a pristine reputation. I brought a bunch of photos of irises to my consultation, and made an appointment for a few days later. Alex Alien did an *amazing* job on my tattoo!
The details and colors are gorgeous-- I'm so happy with it! It's my 7th tattoo, but the first one that's really visible (it takes up my whole inner forearm, wrist to elbow). I can't wait for t-shirt weather so I can show it off!
My dad came to visit and he's never been to the top of the Empire State Building. I've only been at night, so we decided to go up in the afternoon. The city at night is beautiful from up there, but nothing beats the view on a clear day. Love this city.