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I love God, my family, & this beautiful life I've been given. Josh is my MCM forever. I enjoy crafting, dancing, reading, baking, drawing, & being with those I love ❤

Saturday, March 28, 2015

A Time for Everything

Ladies and gentlemen *drumroll please*!
I finally did it! That's right, I finally opened an Etsy shop. ( No no, please, you don't have to clap for me) I've only been talking/wishing/planning of doing it for years and yesterday, I guess I finally ran out of excuses. I listed 8 items to start with. I am happy with this start, but I have so many more ideas for things I want to make and list. Please check out some photos of what I'm offering below:

1 Red and Yellow Scrapbook/Crafting/ Inspiration Kit 
1 Black and White Vintage Scrapbook/Crafting/ Inspiration Kit

1 Spring-Themed Scrapbook/Crafting/ Inspiration Kit

1 Easter-Themed Scrapbook/Crafting/ Inspiration Kit

1 Beach-Themed Scrapbook/Crafting/ Inspiration Kit

And three listings of decorative Epoxy stickers: 

For not info go to my shop on Etsy by clicking the gadget on the top right ⬆️➡️

Happy Saturday :)

Friday, January 30, 2015

The little things

No I'm not talking about me( I'm 4'10"). I'm talking about the little unexpected surprises that bring a smile to your face. We all have them. You know when you find 5 bucks you didn't know you lost? Or when you get mail that's not a bill? Sometimes the little things, like my best friend bringing me a chili covered mango lollipop to cheer up my study time, or my boss at work saying that I did a good job, can literally make my entire day. I had some good moments today but my favorite was walking out and seeing the beautiful color explosion that was the sky. It's been gray all day predicting rain, but I didn't predict the most perfect rainbow I've ever seen in the distance, and a fire-orange sunset [although in my picture it looks a little more pink/purple].

Here's the images, no filter used or needed 

Doesn't it kind of remind you of the lucky charms rainbow? 

Beautiful. There's nothing like being reminded that God keeps his promises and that He makes beautiful things. 

"I set my rainbow in the cloud and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between me and the earth" Genesis 6:13

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Awake, harp and lyre

I have known one of my best friend's, Zoƫ, for about 3 years now and I couldn't ask for a better friend. She is kind, loving, funny, supportive, brilliant, an excellent soup maker and one of my favorite people to go to Disneyland with. One of her many skills and passions is playing the harp. The sad truth is, in all the time I have known her, I haven't heard her play. Until the other night that is, when I was treated to a behind-the-scenes sneak peek of her concert coming up this weekend and next.

It was beautiful! Now I know why harps are so often associated with angels ;) I learned so many things about the harp, like that they have around 47 strings made of metal wire, sheep gut, and nylon. The material the strings are made of, as well as the size and width of the string, and the movement of the pedal determine the note and pitch produced. She showed me her music and described the work that's gone into her cadenza (solo part).

It was great, learning about the harp and seeing the dizzying notes on her sheet music. But what really struck me was watching her as she played. She seemed so connected to the music, and so expressive of a passion and happiness that comes with creating something meaningful. It was inspiring, seeing a side of her I only could know through the sound she made. I cannot wait to see her perform on stage, I know it's going to be amazing :)

My heart is steadfast, O God; I will sing, I will sing praises, even with my soul. Awake, harp and lyre; I will awaken the dawn!  - Psalms 108: 1-2

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Yep, that just happened.

You know those moments where you literally ask yourself, did that just happen? Well, I had a couple of those moments yesterday:

1) I walked to the cafeteria to get some food and walked out with a box, a bowl, and a drink. Naturally, my hands were full but I went to re-position so that I could grab my keys from my pocket and open the door. (You might be seeing where this is headed) I looked down at my hands and instead noticed that one of my buttons, closest to my chest,was undone. I was showing a far greater amount of myself than I wanted to. My thoughts? How long since my button popped out?? Did I walk around ALL day like that? Surely someone would have said something? Why hadn't I noticed? Hmm maybe that's why I thought people were staring at the cafeteria . . Not to mention, why did it just pop open? Maybe I should cut back on the cookies  . . . Blah.

2) I'm taking a beginning painting class. As a beginner I've needed a lot of help and instruction from my teacher, an interesting guy who talks in metaphors and aphorisms. When it came to my self-portrait, I started out tracing my picture onto a canvas so that I could ensure an accurate head shape and proportions. My teacher came by and said, it needs to bigger, here, let me show you. He then proceeded to take red and blue paint, and slosh lines on the canvas. He put the brush down, turned to me, and said, "Now go fix it".

This is what I was left with. You can still see my meek pencil sketch underneath in the middle.

In my head, my reaction was something like:

Courtesy of Giphy.com

But I simply responded "Okay . . ."

Now, I understand that this, and my sketched outline, where not at all meant to look like the finished product. It is just that, an outline meant to block out general shapes so that you can add fine detail later. But seriously? He completely covered my sketch with unevenly places highly saturated and unrelated colors and I'm supposed to use this as my starting point? 

Rant over, I'd better get to work!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

My Entertainment Tonight

Happy Tuesday!

My Monday was productive. I went to work and then Neuroscience where I had my first midterm of this quarter (*they're just beginning, sigh*)  Then I had a two hour lab where we started dissecting sheep's brains. I just couldn't believe how squishy it was!

I just thought I'd share some things I've found entertaining, because, well, they need to be shared:

1) My fiance Josh first introduced me to the video "Disney Dudez" and I immediately fell in love. With the medley that is; Upbeat, funny, lighthearted, guys-hilariously-parodying-girls, and featuring lyrics from classic Menkin-era songs, what more could you ask for? Then, in stumbling upon the video again, I discovered there was a Disney Dudez 2 and 3! I was particularly impressed by Disney Dudez 3. I've watched it [at least] twice a day . . .  here's the link: Disney Dudez <3 You're welcome

2) I read a story on the blog I Love Typography titled "Murder in Italic". I don't know if it's because it's basically a short drama murder mystery about two 15th century typographers, or because the author is so dedicated to the subject matter, but I found myself intrigued.I love how they love letters, as I do.

Wishing you a terrific Tuesday!

p.s. in case you were curious, I present to you, my sheep's brain: I think I'll name him squishy and he will be mine. too much?

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Saying Goodbye

     Today, August 13th,  was our last day in Kuala Lumpur. After taking our exam and presenting our research for class, we enjoyed a trip to the Petronis ( a.k.a. the Twin) Towers, a famous landmark of KL and one of the tallest buildings in the world at 1,483 feet. 

The entrance of the towers contain a large high-end mall.
What a view!

     After going through the mall at the bottom of the building we made it to the courtyard on the other side. We were greeted by colored light fountains, rising and falling and creating an aqueous rainbow. It was beautiful, but the real fun began when the music started. What commenced was a fantastic performance, with the stars of the show being water, light, and sound. It was a synchronized light/fountain show similar to the World of Color show at Disney's California Adventure Theme Park. This show however was even better, because its lights danced to classical masterpieces. 
It was a great way to end our trip and to say goodbye to Malaysia.
    The next morning we headed to Singapore, and back to the SAUM guesthouse. Zoe and I headed to the shops on Orchard street, and looked around the fanciest malls I've ever been in. We had dinner and shopped around Chinatown before heading home. We were particularly proud of that, that we were able to travel around Singapore on our own. It helped that the public transportation system was highly organized and efficient. But then again, this was Singapore, where everything was highly organized and efficient. 
    The next morning we had an early start to head to be Changgi Airport. Our return flight would be long, about 16 hours in total, with a connecting flight in Tokyo as before. But it was worth it, because after three weeks of being away from home, I was ready to see my family and share all of my adventures. 
I took this when we were close to landing. They say 'there's no place like home', and I don't think you appreciate that phrase quite as much as when you travel internationally. 
     There were several points on the trip where we heard the phrase, "do it, it's part of the experience". I found this very hard sometimes, as there were many experiences that pushed me out of my shell and into a strange new world of bathing in rivers and trying foods I couldn't pronounce. But in the end, I'm grateful to everyone for pushing me to places I probably wouldn't have gone without this opportunity and without the encouragement to truly learn something new. I learned in a way that you only can through personal experience and although I might not always recall how high the Petronis towers are or how many days we stayed at the longhouse, I will remember the kind people and what they have taught me about tolerance for differences. People of different ethnic backgrounds and religions can and do call the same places home, and respect each other's ways of life. I will remember how although there was a language barrier for me, the many smiles and kind gestures I received were a kind of universal language of friendship. I will remember that durian is the king fruit of Malaysia and that as hard as it is to admit, I did not love it like everyone else did (sorry Dr. Perumal!) I will remember that this trip was one of the greatest experiences of my life, and I am forever grateful to have gotten the opportunity to be a part of it. 

The Capital City

    Day 2 in KL we got to explore the city further. It's a large and bustling place, always alive with goods and consumers alike. I noticed that some food stalls for example where open at the crack of dawn. Others didn't open until the evening. With such a revolving restaurant fare, you could find a vast array of street food options at any time during the day. 
I liked this building because of it's subtle call to Islamic design, specifically the pointed arch and geometric patterns.
This was an Indian house for meditation that was designed in the British style. 
I'm not sure what type of building this is but it sure is different!

      Down the street from our hotel was the Central Market. 

As the building boasts, it has been selling it's wares to locals since 1888. 

     It's two stories hold a vast array of food, textiles, and uniquely crafted items. Needless to say I purchased many items in there! 

     Next, we got to see the oldest mosque in Kuala Lumpur. 

Built in 1909, it is a vast complex that is designed after Mogul architecture. It is located so close to the marketplace because it is so essential to Muslims to have a place to worship after eating or shopping or other every day activities. 
     After we took the metro to the Indian area of town.

We got to shop around for about an hour before lunch. 

If there's on thing I loved about the littles India's, it was the vibrant colors.

     After lunch we made our way to the Malaysia NationalMuseum. It was pouring by this time, but we braved through it. Because of construction, it was difficult to find the entrance. We then entered through a side gate that looked like it would lead to the entryway. We ended up crashing a Hari Raya Celebration! 
The museum was beautiful and filled with information about the beginnings and progressions of the people and culture of Malayasia. 
I was fascinated by this throne, which I originally thought was a bed. It is so ornate, and fitting for a posh Arabic monarchy. 
After my initial excitement over the Peranakan Museum in Singapore, I was so glad to see this display of traditional Peranakan dinnerware and dress. 
Before we left I took this picture of the museum building itself, which was gorgeous. 

After that we headed back to our hotel, and studied for our exam. It was only a day away!