June 19, 2010

Where I Create

Happy June 19 and welcome to my blog! For those of you who don’t know, Karen Valentine from My Desert Cottage is having a Where Bloggers Create Party. Last year I loved looking at everyone’s spaces so much that I decided to jump in this year.


My “studio” is not much but I get lots of stuff done in there. From writing for my blog to writing poetry, as well as editing video, drawing and any and everything else…nearly all of it gets done in my little Provo apartment.



On each side of my room I have used string to hang cards I have received. Most are from Valentines Day (including the cute puppy card from Nick).



I love Converse shoes and just bought this new, black pair at Kohl’s after my red ones bit the dust. I also love Jones Soda. Last year, I drank enough to decorate a wooden cabinet that I am currently using to store all of my art supplies, such as pastels, a PC drawing tablet, papers, pencils and sketchbooks.



I love to dance. Often after I work out, I’ll put on my pointe shoes or flats, find an empty studio and dance. When I’m done, I store my shoes on a hook in my ceiling. It allows them to dry while they are being used as a decoration in my room.




Like every college student, I spend a lot of time at my desk. It may be old, but it has enough space for me to spread out my work and enough drawers to store even more artsy things.


     



Throughout my room, I have a few things that I have made myself. The mirror was decorated at a Relief Society activity and I made this Hebrew mobile type thing while Nick was out of town. The upper part has the alphabet on it and the lower part says shalom (except with a regular mem…because I thought it looked better that way).


 

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Some of my favorite parts of my room include my perfume collection on my shelf, and my earrings and makeup on my dresser. Mmm…Mmm.

I hope that you have enjoyed my small space and I cannot wait to check out everyone else’s.

 

To go back to the list of blogs click here:

http://mydesertcottage.blogspot.com/2010/06/welcome-to-party.html

If you would like to see some of the art I’ve done, feel free to check out a few of these links:

-The Pen Is Mightier

-Be My Valentine

-Copy & Paste

-Tid-Bits

-Paisley Tube

-I Enjoy Myself The Occasional Collage

-All Hallows’ Eve

-La Femme

June 15, 2010

Photoshop’s Greatest Hits

It seems like whenever I’m on the phone with someone, it provokes me to start photoshopping pictures together. Here are some of my favorites:

My friend Gary was telling me about how he was talking to a girl while he was fixer her order at Starbucks, where he worked. He though this girl was his age, but all of his coworkers thought (and were correct as they found out later) that the girl was VERY young. Thus his “pedodar” was broken. So here is a creepy picture of Gary with some mustachioed Pok√©mon…complete with lollypops and glow sticks.




This was for Arianne’s birthday. Mr. Tilney from Northanger Abbey is so cute…so here’s a picture of Arianne waking arm in arm with her dreamboat.



Gary still can’t get a handle on the ages of women.



…And just for kicks

Newsies!

This was also for Arianne.

June 12, 2010

Tid-Bits

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For an art class I took we had to draw potatoes with charcoal so we could practice shading and because they have unique textures. Don’t they look delicious?

 

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Did this not too long ago when I was playing with my tablet and Corel.

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Ignore the poem in the middle that is blurred out (I didn’t write it). This is a border I did using felt pens for my High School’s literary magazine. I had another ink piece that also appeared in it.

June 11, 2010

Mmm, Mmm Good

Okay, so that’s not the motto for Kraft, but lately I have been loving Mac and Cheese. The regular old Western Family is not bad at all but the Velveeta Shells and Cheese from Kraft is AMAZING!!!

…So buy some and eat it. You will love it.

Also watch my favorite commercial in the whole world:

Claaaaassy.

And for dessert, try this commercial from the 90s that I (and apparently everyone else) have been looking for for a long time. It made quite and impact.

This came out when my youngest sister was about one and a half or two. She loved it and would say in the most monotone voice “Ahhhh. The atmosphere.”

June 5, 2010

Copy & Paste

One of my favorite projects to do in school was block printing. We would draw a picture, copy it onto a linoleum or rubber block, carve said block, slather with coloured inks and make prints. While I was at home in April, I scanned some of my prints from middle and high school.

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I did this print of a ballet shoe in grass in middle school. I like the original pencil drawing a lot, but I like how just changing the medium gave it such a different look. This is definitely something I wish I could do more often…i.e. for free.

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This one is from high school. Now check it out as I have a little bit of fun with it:

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O Mount Si! You Never Cease to be in the News

On June 3, 2010, The Seattle Times published a story about a student who was severely injured in a locker room fight at Mount Si High School. You can read the story online, but to summarize, the story states that the victim was a fourteen year old boy who had a friend that was constantly harassed about being gay (the article never says that he was homosexual, just that that is how he was being teased). In a courageous act, the victim stood up for his friend resulting in him being beaten, as his mother described, beyond recognition. This happened in November of 2009 and is only being reported now.

My argument is not with the facts of the story. While I would not consider The Seattle Times to be a completely honest source, that is not what I would like the address. In regards to the article itself, it accomplished what it was meant to accomplish. As anyone in the Seattle area knows, the Snoqualmie Valley and especially Mount Si High School are considered a hot-bed in a gay-civil-rights-sort-of clash. Since the school’s GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) club was formed it has worked to increase the amount of turmoil in a school system plagued by poor and mismanagement. In 2008, this created an even bigger problem as people throughout King County got involved in Day of Silence protests and rallies at the school. Of course, the good old Seattle Times brought this up first. It does not matter that one student smashed the face of his own peer. It does not matter that harassment in general is wrong. What matters is that the whole issue revolves around homosexuality and how Mount Si is apparently full of people who hate them and administrators who either do not seem to care or support the anti-gay students.

Now, as someone who graduated from Mount Si, I would say that I know the principal, Randy Taylor as well as any of the other students in the school who read the notices he would send home and listen to countless rambling monologues over the intercom or assembly pulpit. Having said that, I can say that unless Mr. Taylor is overcompensating for something else, the man is FAR from anti-gay. While that does not make him a champion of gay rights or anything like that, the man does not have enough of a backbone to be on either side of the issue.

And there is where the problem lies. Not in that he cannot choose a side to fight for (or at least sit around and write pointless letters home for), but in that he has no backbone. Ever since he arrived, the school has spun out of control. What power the administration does have left comes from Ms. Castle, but she derives her power from scaring teens, not by solving problems. Elsewhere, the power had been absorbed by teachers (who without authority act out worse than the students) and clubs…primarily the GSA.

While reading the response of one student I know, she pointed out that this incident should not have been covered up or hidden from the students. I disagree strongly with that statement. I view this incident not as Mr. Taylor and the administrators acting out of fear, but acting with responsibility. I believe that in order to protect the citizens of a country, there are some things that cannot be public knowledge. Likewise, not only was it not the business of every student in the district to know that such a thing happened at school. Frightening a captive audience does no good. Plus we all see what has happened now. Mr. Taylor’s life has once again been inundated with angry e-mails and meetings suggesting that the violence was his fault. Now, I am not a fan of the guy, but I think that that is beyond harsh. While the people inside of the school are often unruly, I would argue that Mount Si has done well managing violent students (in the sense that they are usually expelled promptly). As much as some students wish, Mr. Taylor cannot stop crime before it happens unless it is expected. Safe to say, nobody expected one kid to start slamming another kid around in the locker room. The assailant was expelled and the victim has since transferred to another school despite counseling in which he allegedly said he believed he was safe at Mount Si after the attack. The problem has been dealt with.

But of course, at Mount Si, it’s not over until everyone and their mother writes to every paper in King County about the ordeal.

I will admit, I do have a problem with the part of the story where Mount Si waited an hour to call emergency services to take care of the boy (especially since I have been to “the nurse” before and not once did I ever see a nurse). I do not know whether that is the truth or a Seattle Times original, but I hope that it is the latter. There is always time to figure out who did the crime after 911 has been called.

In conclusion (there’s a fun thing you learned in school), I do not think that this incident can be blamed on the administrators at Mount Si, and that they were only trying to do good by not publishing the story when it happened. While the assailant may have been anti-gay (but more likely just a troublemaker), the climate of the school regarding homosexuality did not contribute to his behavior.

To see what some people are saying about this, check out:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=116237251752682