Ahoy baby! 

A friend of mine recently welcomed a little baby nephew. This weekend I got to meet the little guy and decided to paint something for him. His room theme is ocean so I figured an anchor was fitting (they also happen to be one of my favourite things to draw). I wanted to share with you a bit of the process.

The first thing I did was find a picture of an anchor on google that I liked using my iPad. Once I found one I quickly traced it out. Then I take the time to fix it up until I like the over all shape. 

Then with my iPad I use a light box app to trace the anchor using my brush pen markers. 

Once that was done I used my aquash water pen to fill in the banner where i would be putting his name. 

Once the water colour was dry I picked a font for his name and wrote it in with a brush pen. 

Eh voila! A little anchor for a little man.  

  

 

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Mid-August Instagram Round Up

Sorry I’ve been a bit MIA (what’s new, thanks for sticking around). I have a few post on the way, one is a video post I’m having trouble loading so stay tuned for that. And one I will post tomorrow! 

So to keep you all entertained in the mean time I thought I would do another Instagram round up!

  
In the words of Drake “started from the bottom now we’re here!” 

Bottom row (left to right) 

Counting days till trailer views| vegan zucchini chocolate shake at the farmers market|wicked stormy nights 

Second row from the bottom 

A for Australia and Ashley (gift for a friend) | ladies night belini | oat and mill toast and jam (and wow butter) ice cream 

Third row 

Me and Other enjoying vacation | camp fires | trailer bound 

Top row 

Modern Renaissance Beauty| it’s here!| boat times 

Instagram Round Up 

Since my Instagram account is private (I’m a teacher and don’t want students creepin) I decided I should do an Instagram round up every once and a while to show you what I’m snappin pics of.

Here are me 12 most recent posts! 

  
Top row: homeade basil pesto and garlic chicken| my friends kitty I almost took home| our new faster internet that allows me to watch Mindy and Other to play video games 

Second row: long hair don’t care with my extensions | my gel polish at home refresher| a cute pj inspired outfit 

Third row:  vegan wow butter milkshake (so good)| vegan ice cream and brownie| delicious “blt” from pure kitchen

Last row: eats and exploration| reading | Ice coffee and mornings off 

Hi(atus)

Hi Friends! I’m BACK! and before I posted this I made sure to have some full drafts set up in my queue as to not lie like the past three time I said I was back. If you’ve noticed I’ve been away. On a self-inflicted, non-intentional hiatus I would like to say.

Sometimes life gets busy and the smaller things tend to get put on the back burner. I can’t lie I haven’t been that busy, and it’s not that I don’t love blogging but sometimes I see it as work. Especially if you want to make your blog worth following, you have to take pictures, edit posts, network etc. And it’s great, I love doing it but my mental health is my priority and sometimes I just don’t want to think about it, I just want to do and be.

I want to read a book.

I want to paint a picture.

I want to stay in bed all day and watch Masters of Flip.

I want to lay in the sun.

And that’s what I’ve been doing. At least of the past week, I’ve been more of less on vacation from work and I’ve been working from home here and there but mostly trying to enjoy my summer as much as I can before it is gone. And so I want to say I’m back for good and that I will work on being consistent but as you may have noticed in the past that’s a skill I need to work on. If I do take a hiatus is the future I will try and give you a heads up… we will see how this works. It is a journey after all.

 

Pink Hair, Don’t Care

As I sit here in my kitchen on a Saturday night (when this was written…SHH), I realize that one blog post a week is about all I can handle. I wish I could handle more but life is just too hectic. My goals for this week are a. to not burn out by Tuesday like last week, and b. to post two, that’s right TWO blog posts this week. So here comes number 1!

I did it, after over a year of deliberation I did it… What is it you say??

I dyed my hair pink, well not really dyed but I have pink hair.

How do I have pink hair without dying it you say…. I will tell you! just hold tight.

So around this time last year I started tossing around the idea of putting some pink in my hair, I was hoping to do something like this….

pink-brown-hair

but didn’t have the guts to, instead I decided to do a chunk on the right side of my head. 

 My hair dresser and I bleached my hair in chunks and then added 3 different colours to get to the desired pink I wanted. It first when orange and then purple then we found a middle ground that was a mix between pink and purple but I was okay with it. My hair dresser suggested I purchase the Revlon NutriColour in pink to keep it vibrant. This stuff is great, you leave it on for a few minutes and then rince it off. All it does is stain your hair by adding colour on top of your hair and not actually altering any of your colour.

So this summer, as always, I got bored and decided to go big or go home (I swear I should change my blog name to this, I feel like I say it once a post), and do the whole thing…

HOWEVER, my hair dressed and I have worked very hard to get my hair to the stage it is at now and I wasn’t ready to bleach my whole head. So instead I went and picked up two different NutriColours, a pinky, purple colour and then the vibrant pink I used last year. 

  I applied the pinky purple all over my head (be careful it will dye your scalp! so use your conditioner for around your part and face and try not to apply too much in those areas, AND WEAR GLOVES). I then applied the lighter pink at the bottom to create a fade effect (this didn’t really work but I still liked the outcome). I let it sit in my hair for about 8 minutes and this is the results. 

   
 (A little before and after)

I love it, love it, love it! Because my hair is pretty dark the colour doesn’t show to drastically which I like since I’m still  working at school and I need to be professional… In addition the product washes out in 3-5 washes (it says 8-10 but I assume that is for bleached hair), so I normally apply the colour on Friday and then by Monday have washed it at least once so it is not as intense.

I highly recommend this product if you want to jazz up your hair a bit! Obviously the lighter your hair is the better the colour will come through.

What do you guys think??

Inhale Courage Exhale Fear

Just over a year ago I was invited to a friends wedding. My partner was in the wedding party and I didn’t know many people who were attending. For those of you who don’t know I have been dealing with anxiety and depression for most of my life and in the past 5 years have taken many steps to become a happier and healthier person.

At the time of the wedding it had been about a year and a half since my last anxiety attack. I was really excited for the wedding since I love weddings, but was worried about being out of my comfort zone. A lot of my anxieties revolve around social situations, food (since I have many stomach issues) and drinking.
My anxiety was at bay for most of the wedding until it came time for dinner. I was sitting at a table with 9 other people I barely knew while my boyfriend was up at the head table. I couldn’t lean on him for the support I needed and I didn’t want to ruin his night. We had barely eaten all day so when the buffet was open I went and filled my plate up with things I was not sure I could have. I started to inhale my food and within minutes I felt sick. I tried to loosen up a bit by having a drink but that only made things worse. I excused myself from the part and went upstairs to the room we had rented at the hotel. I was sick and tired so I decided I would go back to the party at let my boyfriend know. Before the elevator doors could even open I knew I was not going to be able to return to the party. I went back upstairs, took some anxiety medication and slept for 2 hours. I later returned to the party once my anxiety had subsided and ended up having a great time in the evening.
Once returning to work the following week, I had 3 more anxiety attacks and had to take a week off work.
Since then my anxiety has been better, of course I still have bad days and starting a new job has been challenging at times. But what I am really proud of has been the past two weddings I attended.
In november I was lucky enough to be part of one of my best friends weddings, and this past weekend I was the maid of honour at my best friend’s wedding. With being the maid of honour comes having to make a speech. Luckily it was me and the other maid of honour doing the speech so I was not alone. But I got up there, took a deep breath and talked about how much I love this amazing couple in front of 100 people.
I’ve come a long way in just over a year. I don’t think I would have been able to make a speech in front of my friends and family a year ago, and I did it. Of course I was anxious, who wouldn’t be, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t accomplish something. And so I wanted to mark this occasion with a piece of art, to remember that you can overcome fear with a little bit of courage.
INHALE COURAGE, EXHALE FEAR.

Blog life vs. Real life

As you may have noticed I’ve been MIA lately. There are a few reasons for this but the main one is that I’ve been working between 9-10 hour days most days which leaves little time for blogging projects. The little bit of free time I do have is usually used to catch up on tv shows and relax. I’ve also been crazy busy with my friends wedding but they are now  happily married newly weds so we can all relax a little.

I am however working on a few posts coming up and once the school year is over I should be on here more. It’s all about balance so stay tuned, there is more to come here!

Thanks for sticking around!