Saturday, March 30, 2013

Art Studio Turned Study

As many of you know, I'm about to start graduate school and since my studio hasn't been used much in the past 9 months I decided to turn it into a study.

 I bought this super comfy chaise as a graduation present for myself. :)
Can you tell I love books?
I was worried that I would regret the decision to turn my art studio into a study. My studio was by far my favorite room in the house and I wasn't sure if I would like how it turned out. However, I love it! (Good thing too because it was A LOT of work!) I love reading in my chair every morning and I know I'll be spending a lot of time at that desk once school starts again.
I hope you all have a great Easter!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie Recipe

I can't take credit for this super yummy recipe as I obtained it from Tara Stiles. I have tweaked it a bit though.
Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie:
2 cups of organic frozen strawberries (you can use fresh but then you need to include some ice cubes)
1 cup organic raw cashews
1/4 cup organic oats
2 cups of almond milk
1/4 teaspoon organic cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
2 tablespoons organic maple syrup
You can tweak these amounts to suit your taste. Put all these ingredients in a blender (I use and recommend a Vitamix) and blend away!
Keep in mind that this smoothie, although healthy, contains just over 1000 calories, so you might want to split it with someone.
You can also try it with raspberries or blueberries!
What I love about this smoothie is that it's gluten free (assuming you use gluten free oats) and vegan!
It's super delicious so give it a try!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Future Plans

I thought I would take this opportunity to share my plans for my art. I’m almost ashamed to admit that I haven’t painted in over 6 months (which resulted in my turning my studio into a study). I’m on a little break from school right now and have been trying to decide where I want to go with my painting and quilting. For the last 6 – 9 months I have been cranking out one custom rag quilt after another and I’ve finally reached the point of being completely burnt out. Because I haven’t painted in such a long time and have been spending all of my time making rag quilts I realized that I haven’t actually been expressing my creativity. I want my quilts to be more like works of art, and one-of-a-kind items. I still intend to do some rag quilts, but I want to make more time for creating unique items. Of course the same would be true for my paintings.
As some of you may know I’m starting my master’s program in a couple months and I can’t imagine I will have much time for painting or quilting once I begin. However, I am determined to make time for either, or both. After all, I am an artist and need a creative outlet. But school will be my main priority.
I had briefly thought that I wanted to be a full time artist and quilter and had dreams of opening up my own studio/shop but for some reason I didn’t feel content with that idea. I absolutely love spending my time painting and quilting but I believe I have more to offer. I not only dreamed of being an artist when I was young but also of becoming a therapist; however that seemed like an impossible dream. Now it’s a dream coming true and I couldn’t be happier.
I plan to continue blogging, so I hope you’ll stick around. :)

"Almost" New Blog

I recently created a new blog, Beauty in Life, where I planned to share scriptures, quotes, advice, healthy recipes, photography, a little art and anything else I found inspiring and fun. However, I  decided to just expand this blog to include those types of posts. Rather than try to manage two blogs, this will be easier. Look for my first post soon! I think it will be a super yummy smoothie recipe! :)

Saturday, March 16, 2013

New Sewing Room/Studio

I've been very busy over the past week changing some rooms around. Considering that I haven't used my art studio in some time, I decided it would be best to turn it into my study. Therefore I had to move my painting stuff up to my sewing room.

 My new painting space. It's not much compared to what it used to be, but considering how little I've been painting, it will do for now. Besides, it's very cozy upstairs this time of year.


If you remember what my sewing room looked like before, it hasn't changed all that much. Somehow it looks and feels more spacious.
I hope you've enjoyed this little look around my sewing room/studio! Have a great weekend!