Saturday, December 17, 2011

How To Make an Owl Ornament

Hey everyone!  It has been a while since my last post!  I saw this really cute idea 
for making owl ornaments on Swiss Miss.  While I thought the idea was super cute, I also thought that the owls could use a little extra craft magic, so I set out to make it a little more special.  With Christmas around the corner, this would make a great DIY gift for family or friends.  Try making one!

Here is how I did it...

The first thing is getting a toilet paper roll and pressing the top down until you create two points.

Then, take a pencil and draw your owl design.  Be creative!

Next, take a sharpie or dark marker and draw over the pencil.  I used my old Prismacolor marker.

When you've finished outlining in marker, you can get to the fun stuff.  Time to choose your color palette.  I chose the colors from a vintage fabric that I bought at a garage sale years ago.

Here is the color palette I used.  I got most of the colors from the vintage fabric.

Just like a rainbow!  kinda.

Before I started painting, I made the owl's eye glittery by using a packet of purple glitter and some craft glue.  I have found that using a brush to paint on the glue in tight spaces works really well to create clean lines.  I used makeup brushes since they are good quality and I get them at a discount :).

Now it is time to paint your owl!

I got about half way through painting, got impatient and wanted to apply the fabric, so I measured out the fabric to just a little past the diameter of the toilet paper roll, then used craft glue to glue it to the back of the owl.

I glued the fabric to the back of the owl and held it with clothes pins until it dried.  Tip: Cut a little more fabric then you will need, then fold in the edges about a quarter inch.  Glue the folded in edge of the fabric wherever you would like it to start on the owl, then lightly brush on glue to the owl's back and apply the fabric.

The next morning when the fabric glue was dry,  I continued to paint the front of the owl.

If the paint looks a little messy you can clean up the lines with a marker, as long as you are using dark colors like I did for the feathers.  After that I went over it with more paint to fill the yellow back in.  I kept doing that until I got the result that I wanted.  The picture below still has messy lines.

To make the owl into an ornament,  I used ornament string that I got when I bought a bunch of ornaments at what I like to call "the fake 99 cents store".  I used a sewing pin to push the ornament string through the top of the owl.  I then tied a super tight knot.  I super glued the knot to make sure that sucker doesn't come undone.

Here is what it looks like finished!

I think it would look super cute on a Christmas tree around other ornaments and strings of lights.  Unfortunately this little Jewish girl doesn't have a tree.

I think I might do my next owl using this vintage fabric and color palette

And here she is all finished...

Happy crafting and Merry Christmas everyone!!!

One last note:

If you don't have all of the supplies that I have mentioned, you can still decorate an owl any way you like!  Check out these owls that my friend did.  They look amazing, and she didn't use any fabric or paint...

Sunday, November 6, 2011

My Baby

That's right.  I have a new baby. Not really the crying, napping, diaper and bib wearing kind.  More of the staying out all hours of the night, memory making, sleek, sophisticated-ish, electronic kind of baby.  It is...

The Canon EOS Rebel T3. I bought it just a couple of weeks before I shot my first wedding, so I was in a crunch to learn how to use it properly.  Luckily, my new baby didn't fail me, and along with the help from my extra fabulous camera assistant Rachelle, and from my seriously awesome new buddy Brian R. for letting me borrow his 50mm lens, I think I actually pulled the wedding off with a (hopefully) satisfied customer :)

I think Rachelle and I shot around 3000 pictures.  I sent them around 750 of the best ones!

The most difficult part of shooting the wedding was timing.  I was hoping to get some really nice shots of the bride in the hotel room, but we were on a time crunch and that didn't happen.  Another difficult aspect of shooting the wedding was choosing a flattering location to do family pictures.  Parking lots are generally not so beautiful, but we didn't have many options since at that particular time the courtyard was off limits,  and for whatever reason, the family gravitated toward the parking lot.

Next time if I do this again, I will be more demanding with a schedule, mostly to ensure the bride and groom get the great pictures and cherished memories that they are paying for.  I think I might also have to buy a second external flash for the assistant's camera (my old G9), since a lot of the pictures came out dark just from using the built-in camera flash.

Next time I need to also wear black.  I was in a flowered dress at the ceremony right next to the preacher and all up in the bride's grill just to get a shot.  The least I can do next time is wear black, so I blend in a little better.  I need a nice black dress with pockets.  If you see one, let me know!

Pictures of the wedding to come soon!!

For now, here are some pictures of me and my baby...

Halloween Party  (i.e. flash photography bootcamp)

Snapping pictures at the wedding (snapped by Rachelle)

Business cards/magnets I made for the event

Have a great week everyone!

Friday, October 14, 2011


My first wedding photography gig is today!

Wish me luck!!!


Monday, October 3, 2011



It should be illegal to be as busy as I have!  So much blogging to do, and so little time!

Anyway,  a couple of weeks ago, my dear friend and style blogger extraordinaire Rebekah came to visit from a land far far away.  We spent the weekend adventuring around Los Angeles, playing dress up, and taking pictures!  You can see more of what we did here and here. (hmmm, maybe those pictures are a bit incriminating).  No matter! I had a blast and I can hardly wait to do it again!  Rebs, you should stop living so far away...


Meandering around Downtown Culver City

Having a relaxing morning at my house :)

Exploring Venice Beach and Abbott Kinney

Rebekah and I have known each other for many years. We went to the same high school, but didn't really start hanging out until after.  We spent many years as close friends, wandering around the streets of West Los Angeles and Culver City.  We had a good crew back then, and times were good.  I'll never forget "The Bitch" or "The Entry System", and James Bond for N64.  hah.

DTCC meandering pics:
Shirt+ Thrifted
Skirt+ Ruche
Necklace+ ModCloth
Shoes+ Blowfish
Tights+ ModCloth

Relaxed tea party pics:
  Trollied Dolly Dress+ ModCloth
Necklace+ ModCloth

Beach adventure pics:
Shirt+ ModCloth
Cardigan+ Victoria's Secret

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


1000 pageviews!!! (and they weren't even all from me!!)


These are my favs:


Thai Style


Check 'em out if you haven't already :)

Saturday, September 3, 2011


Hazel and I have known each other for years.  We went to the same high school, and during that time our paths had crossed here and there.  She was a grade ahead of me.  I used to eat lunch with her sister everyday.  It wasn't until Halloween of last year that we started hanging out like nobody's business, and the timing couldn't have been more perfect :)

Oh yeah, not only is Hazel an awesome friend, but she is also my neighbor! 

How can you not enjoy being able to cry on someone's shoulder when you need to, and also borrow some sugar?

Whenever I go out with Hazel, I can always expect the unexpected, and I like that...


Getty Center Grass Pics:
Dress+ Forever XX1
Leggings+  Victorias Secret

    Royal T Trip Pics:
Dress+ Forever XXI 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Lighting Up The Dark

In about two months, I'm going to have my very first wedding photographer gig.  I'm really excited, but also terrified! I consider myself pretty comfortable with natural light, but what I'm comfortable with isn't always going to be available, and if I don't want to be eaten by a bridezilla,  I know that I am going to have to make fast friends with flash photography.

This isn't a bad thing.  Flash photo certainly has its merits, but I think its often seen in a negative light (hah, get it?) because we mostly know flash photo as something produced from the little built in pop up lens that cameras come with. And really, those little flashes just ain't so great.  If you have a minute, check out this awesome website.  This guy has flash photography down to a T, and his pictures really prove how powerful and wonderful it can be.  I wanna be like him someday, but its gonna take work.

I bought a flash about a year ago, and I'm glad I did.  Because now I'm gonna need it.  The only problem?  I don't know how to use it. I mean really use it.  The only way to fix that is to try, and try again.  I had fun experimenting with my flash this past couple of weeks.  Here are some pictures that were created as a result...

Light bouncing a drag queen at Sheddy's
Scott and I getting some air :P

Flash pointed straight ahead

flash pointed straight ahead

Light bouncing in a dark dance club from behind the DJ booth
Art and I experimenting with light bouncing at The Bigfoot West


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

a mile a minute.

Sometimes I think of Blogger as Live Journal for adults. Lots of people post everyday and really, I have no idea how they do it.  I get the feeling there is probably a lot of talking about what they put on their toast, and how much their bosses suck.  I try to post about once a week, but even once a week is hard (unless you are fine with not sleeping). 

This whole damn blog is kind of like an art project, and because of this I would prefer to choose words wisely, and do things carefully.  In a nutshell, I want things to look pretty.

I am always curious about what other people think is beautiful.  I can do a whole post on just this subject, and probably will (good idea, self!)  I was always completely under the impression that what I thought was beautiful was the general consensus, however, one day I was proved very very wrong. (and that's two verys for the two people that proved me wrong).

In any case, I hope you find my pictures generally pretty, or at least, ugly in a good way?

Words are not my first choice of expression, and I keep erasing things because it is past the moment when I was inspired to write.

I'll give you a hint on what my next post will be about...


Monday, August 15, 2011


 She's sharp as a tac...

cute as a button...

and sexy as hell!

I must have done something right to have her as my friend!

Whenever we go out to bars, or anywhere together, we always get the question, "so how did you two meet?"  Long story short, Aly and I met at SURFAS. She worked at the cheese counter, and I stopped by to check out the store every once in a while (ok, maybe more like obsessively, but whatever :P)  Since our meeting, we have bonded over a very important things like food, craft beer, and Los Angeles adventures!  I don't think I've ever had more fun :)

This last picture just kinda "happened".  We had just finished eating at Wurstk├╝che and we were stuffed with sausage, french fries and beer.  We were well on our way to a food coma and it was a hot day so we walked around the corner and found a shady spot to sit down, only we could barely sit up. That is when I snapped a picture of Aly laying down on this ledge. It's hard to make pictures larger in blogger and it is unfortunately hard to see, but larger it looks really cool.

So many of the pictures from this shoot came out great that it was hard to choose which ones to put up.
If you're interested in seeing more (pre processed photos) from this shoot please e-mail me at  Thanks to all who have been checking out and following my blog since the beginning! Over 600 hits seems like a lot for a newbie like me :)

Have a great week!

    Graff wall pics (shot in West Los Angeles):
Dress and belt+ Aryn K. 
Flip Flops+ Reef

    Comfortable cowgirl pics (shot in Downtown Los Angeles):
Sweatpants+ Forever XXI 
 Shirt+ thrifted 
Horse Scarf+ Forever XXI 
Felt Wide brim Fedora+ Christy's London
     Shoes+ Steve Madden

   Sexy librarian pics (Shot at Central Library in Downtown Los Angeles):
Blazer+ Have & Have 
Trousers+ Gap 
Eyewear+ Vintage ((and prescription!))

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Urban Dictionary's definition of the Instagram app for iphone:


Every hipster's favorite way to make it look like they take really classy pictures when really they are still using their phones. Yeah, you might look really cute/old school/vintage/retro, but it's still a cell phone picture.
Photographer: Hey man, look at this picture I took with my Canon 5D Mark II camera and edited in photoshop!
Hipster: No way man, look at this picture that I took on my phone with instagram! It's even better!
Photgrapher: *FACEPALM*
Let's face it.  Whoever invented the Instagram is probably very rich.  It capitalizes on nostalgia, and with over 4 million users, apparently we have A LOT of it (and hipsters).  I haven't been up close and personal with the program too much, but the instant results are often phenomenal.  From what I see around town, it can make an otherwise horrible picture not so bad, and it can make a great picture amazing.

There are also similar programs on other operating systems, but it seems like the name Instagram rolls off of the tongue in the same vein as the Kleenex, or the Xerox machine  (let me know if you think of any others).  If you want to take a snazzy picture with your phone, no matter the program, I bet you'll call it an Instagram.  Call it a PicPlz and you might get a funny look.  Call it an instagram, and we'll all understand.  I have a feeling that as long as there are camera phones, this will be the case.

Unfortunately, my downfall is that I don't have Instagram!  I don't even have a smart phone.  And the sad truth is that I DO KNOW WHAT I AM MISSING.  I am missing out on an opportunity of instant camera gratification magnified past that of the digital camera.  With Instagram, photos "instantly" look like they came out of a time capsule, or your grandmother's photo album.  This is something that not having the app inhibits me from doing, but nonetheless, I still strive to recreate the look in Photoshop.

So I give you, in no particular order, my version of Instagram photography- a picture taken from a digital camera and manipulated in Photoshop. We don't want to make anymore poor photographers facepalm, do we?

I think the hardest part about trying to replicate an Instagram in Photoshop is trying to make to photo borders.  If anyone has a good technique on how to do this, I would love to know!  I was just sort of testing different things out, as you may be able to see in the pictures.

These pictures came about when I was helping my cousin in law move a couple of weekends ago.  I plan on doing more cool picture posts of all of the crazy things I do around Los Angeles on the weekend.  So much fun!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Wisdom Spots

Call me a late bloomer, but I learned something last year that I probably should have figured out long ago:

If there is one thing you can depend on in life, it is that things are going to change.

This can be a scary realization for some, and for others, it is one which is met with eager anticipation.
Last year I made some of the biggest changes in my life so far, and for me...

it was a little bit of both.

When it comes to change, some people are forced into it and they don't have a choice.
Other people may see a need or an opportunity, and they create their own.

In the midst of all this change, maybe it is important to have something to remind us of who we are, who we were, and something to help us stay grounded as life propels us towards who we will become.

How do you do this?

Everyone has something to keep them grounded- something rooted in the past, but ready to go along for the ride into the future.  For me,  it is the jewelry that I never take off. I'm not even sure when I started wearing each piece, but I've come to realize that having my necklace and bracelet on everyday is sort of a personal safety net.

What keeps you grounded?  What are some of the things in your life that give you a daily reminder of who you are?

Bracelet chain+ Ritual Adornments (closed)
Bracelet charm+ Gifted
Necklace+ JC Penny
Shirt+ Nordstrom

*Ok, I was really tired so I decided to lay in my bed for this shoot.  The book I am reading is Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling.  I'm almost finished with book 1.  I am also more eagerly reading book 2 of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and I can't wait to see how they will translate the book into a live action film!

*I didn't mean to do that effect with the owl, it just sort of happened? I liked it so I kept it.  :)

*Yes, I have a Hello Kitty comforter.