Thursday, December 17, 2009
Well, this is the last post for Bella Fortuna Studios. I had originally chosen the name because it was going to be the name of my jewelry line. However, things have changed over the last couple years and I have decided on a different name for my new jewelry business. You can get the scoop on my jewelry, my other art work and my crazy little life at my new blog www.shop1031.blogspot.com. I also have a new shop opening up on etsy.com at www.irisgonyea.etsy.com that I'll be filling with my brand new jewelry designs that you can take home for yourself. I think it's going to be an awesome year with lots of exciting things happening, so I hope to see you there!
Saturday, December 12, 2009
I did want to share a couple quick pics from our weekend in South Carolina though. We had a great time visiting the boy's family and participating in a big surprise birthday party and an early Christmas. All in less than 3 days!
And on Thursday, Stella and I visited the dog park for the first time. At first, she didn't know what to do with so many other dogs running around but eventually she relaxed and started running around with some new friends. The whole thing was so cute.Looking around at all the other dogs.
Finally chasing a new friend around. I forget she's still such a baby compared to adult dogs.
Okay gotta go make some jewelry! Hopefully I can post some pics later, but in the meantime if you're in Austin on Sunday I'll be at the Tapestry Dance Company from 10-3 for their Holiday Open House complete with food, drink, crafts and dance demonstrations! It's free and open to the public- find the directions here.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
So, I hope you all have a super fantastic weekend and when I get back I will be sure to post some pictures of the last few necklaces I've made and a few pairs of earrings. I tried today, but I've run out of time and it's very overcast so the pictures were awful. Okay, gotta go pack!
Friday, November 27, 2009
So instead, I'm going to make a list. These are the things I'm thankful for- and I'm only going to list the first 10 that pop into my head because I need to throw the pooch in the car and head over to my mom's house!
I'm thankful for:
1. My family.
2. That my family gets along with each other.
3. My mom's cooking.
4. Pumpkin pie.
5. D. (otherwise known on this blog as "the boy")
6. Stella, my pooch. (otherwise known as "monster", "crazytown", and "wingnut")
7. Technology that helps me keep in touch with my friends and family that are far away, like cell phones, facebook, email, text messages, and smoke signals.
8. The opportunity to visit D's family in South Carolina this coming week.
9. The holidays. I'm one of those suckers that really believes in the spirit of Christmas and that everyone is really the best version of themselves this time of year.
10. Financial Security. I'm not talking about being rich, because I'm not. I'm talking about knowing you'll be able to make the mortgage payment because you're not living beyond your means and your partner (or whoever you share a bank account with) is responsible and doesn't drain the bank account without telling you and you're both on the same page about what to spend money on. Having similar financial goals and spending habits is so important for your peace of mind. It really is a blessing.
Okay, that's it! I'm off to spend some time with my crazy mom and aunt. Trust me, I say crazy with all the love in my heart. I look at their love for each other and friendship as adults and I can only hope that I have that in the future. Of course, I don't have a sister so.... I'll have make do with some really good girlfriends or cousins perhaps.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
1. Watching New Moon 12:01am Friday morning with my mom and a million giggling, screaming teenage girls. It was great. And it made remember how cool my mom has always been. Not the you-can-drink-alcohol-when-you're-underage-in-my-house-as-long-as-you-don't-drive-type of cool. But the kind of mom who's up for anything as long as it's not life-threatening, like waking up at 3am to take two freshmen girls to the cowboy breakfast (San Antonio rodeo tradition) and THEN going to work, or taking the bus down to the coast at the spur of the moment to surprise my dad while he was working out of town, or hosting a sleepover for all the girls in the eighth grade knowing full well there would be no sleeping that night. I hope when I have kids and I'm in the middle of work and mortgages and homework and PTA meetings, I can remember to have the same enthusiasm for otherwise foolish pursuits.
2. Watching New Moon the Friday night with a twenty-something friend who is also un-apologetically enamored with the Twilight saga.
3. Watching New Moon with D on Sunday. Yes, for the third time. What?
4. Trying to tire Stella out in the backyard so she doesn't try to eat my laptop.
5. Paying for molto expensive vet visits. $320 for x-rays! Really?
So here's a couple shots of my crazy pooch outside to make you smile.
She's obsessed with rolling around in the grass and doing somersaults over and over. So funny.
I have a tough time getting pictures of her that aren't blurry since she isn't still for long, but I like them anyway. Ciao for now!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Tell me what you think.
The large focal bead is carved bone on an aged brass chain. The other beads are wood cylinders, crazy lace agate rondelles, aquamarine rondelles, and violet and gold glass beads.
And, of course, a couple pictures of my little dog. The light is bad at night in my living room but she's just so cute! I bought this little shirt for her on clearance to make the boy happy and I totally expected her to go crazy and promptly tear it to shreds, but once we got it on her she just pranced around and went about her business chewing on every item in the living room.
And a black and white portrait once she tired herself out. I know she'll be small for such a short time, I feel like I need to record as much as possible. She's growing so fast- in the ten days between vet visits she gained 4 pounds! 9 and 1/2 weeks old and she's 14 pounds. Big puppy.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
So tonight I made some green chicken enchiladas that were really good and really easy- which makes them taste even better, I think. Want the recipe? Okay, shred some chicken (the rotisserie kind from the grocery store or used the canned kind in a pinch). Toss it in a pot with a can of Rotel tomatoes and green chiles, season with some minced/chopped garlic, salt, black pepper and cumin. Bring the mixture to a simmer and let it reduce down. Now warm up some white corn tortillas in the microwave and spray some Pam in a casserole dish. Place a tortilla in the dish, place some of the chicken mixture in the center and add a little monterrey jack cheese or some of that yummy white Mexican cheese and then roll up the tortilla to make an enchilada. Repeat this until you fill the casserole dish or have made as many as you'd like. Now pour about a third of a can of Green Chicken Enchilada sauce over the top of the tortillas to keep them moist and pop it in the oven (350-375 degrees) for about 5 minutes. Then add some more cheese on top (if you're a cheese hound like the boy) and the rest of the green sauce and put it back in the oven til it's bubbly, probably 10-15 minutes. I served it with some white rice with corn and poblano peppers mixed in and a salad, but you could also use mexican rice or some squash and zucchini. I should have taken a picture, but I didn't think about it at the time. Oh, and this little dish came courtesy of my mom. She's awesome.
And finally, here's a couple of pictures of Stella in my car. She's so funny when she gets tired, it's like she......just.........can't.........go.............on.
And instead of snuggling up on the seat, she finds comfort in laying on my purse. I guess she likes Juicy.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thank goodness she sleeps a lot, because between the middle of the night and the 7am walks, I'm wishing I could take 3 naps during the day! So while she's sleeping and not needing constant supervision (to make sure there's no potty accidents in the house), I'm trying to get some work done- creative and otherwise. I started making jewelry again and I really am looking forward to working in my journal again and maybe even making some books. I miss books. So more soon on the puppy and maybe pictures of my work.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Well, you should be.
Why are we undertaking this particular challenge at this particular time? It just so happens that each of us are in a period of transition. I am moving on from school back to work, and she (oddly enough) is moving from work to school and then back to work again. Make sense? Well, it doesn't have to, people! (Sorry, I already had my Red Bull this morning- sugar-free of course.) The point is this: Each of us are ready to start living the life we've imagined. And this book, which has been patiently residing on my bookshelf for about 2 years, has really great principles and exercises and tools to help you get from where you are to where you want to be. So if you're interested you can find the book here or get it used here, and take this little journey with us. I know it will be worth your while.
And finally I just wanted to show you two cranes I made last night while I yakked with Cris. They're made from junk mail. Just needed to make something, anything.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Tomorrow I'm going to try to upload the photos from my recent trip to California and post a couple of the best here. We visited some family north of Sacramento and then tacked on a couple days in San Francisco. The weather was beautiful (no humidity!) and everything was in bloom and green. Such a nice change of pace from dead, brown grass. That's what happens when you heed the water restrictions, people!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Okay, this is gonna be quick. I just wanted to let you all know I'm still alive and well. I finished up my first summer semester on Friday and started class for the second session yesterday. No rest for the weary my friends.
A short I-List or a couple of things I'm into right now:
1. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott Odell. Actually a young adult book written in 1960, it's required reading for my new Youth Literature class. It's so good and heartbreaking at the same time and it's really short so I finished it in a day.
2. Julie and Julia by Julie Powell. I bought this book on super clearance at my campus bookstore like 3 semesters ago and I said, "oh, I'll read this when I have some free time." Of course, I hadn't read it and the book hibernated on my bookshelves until this weekend when I saw the preview for the movie coming out with Amy Adams and Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci, whom I love. And I'm loving it- how she writes really long sentences going in several directions all at the same time.
Okay, this was supposed to be short. I have to stop and take care of some commitments, but I'll be back tonight with a couple pictures and the rest of my list. I know you're on pins and needles. I can feel it.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Lists are easy, so here's a list for you.
Things I'm loving right now, otherwise known as the "I-List"
1. Jason's deli party trays and free delivery. They let me be the hostess with the mostest with minimal effort.
2. Keeping the house clean all the time. Makes it so much easier for last minute entertaining.
3. My mom. She's the best, hands down.
4. My boyfriend. I asked for a huge favor and he said yes when he really didn't have to and it would have been perfectly acceptable to say no. And as he said yes over the phone without hesitation I thought to myself, "Wow, he really does love me." And I felt so grateful. And, by the way, I didn't take advantage of his generosity and go through with my plan because really, it was too much. But I thanked him nonetheless.
5. Facebook. It's just nice to see what my cousins and friends are up to.
6. Iced coffee from starbucks.
7. Summer dresses and flip flops.
8. Twilight. The movie, the book, the saga.
9. Rice Dream rice milk.
10. Air Conditioning. Today it was 102 degrees outside, heat index was like 115. Basically hot enough to make you want to jump off a bridge and end the suffering -- as long as you landed in a nice cold river or lake, or ocean.
Okay, people it's bed time. Til tomorrow...
Saturday, June 20, 2009
I must go get some rest because tomorrow is a busy day- farmer's market, shop for baby gift, drop off at airport, baby shower, and the rest of the day I need to get ready for flea-marketing with my mom on Sunday. Oh yeah, we're gonna go sell some junk! Tomorrow I'll share a new technique I learned - well, I think I learned it a long time ago, but just found out about it again.
Oh, one more thing, we have some crazy-ass bird in our front yard that is determined to sing every night.... in the middle of the night!! Like at 2 and 3 am! Right now he/she is singing at the top of his ever-loving lungs! (I just decided that he's a he. We don't need to further encourage the stereotype of a crazy female.) Omigosh, this bird is so loud! You have no idea.
Friday, June 19, 2009
First, I want to share our newest addition. And no, I'm not expecting. In fact, I purposely have stopped drinking the water because every girl I know it seems is having a baby. Anyhow, D and I were exploring a local furniture store a few weeks ago and stumbled across this artist's work. Not only were the pieces affordable, but D and I both really liked the work without either one of us launching into a sales pitch to persuade the other.
Unfortunately this photo isn't great, but I wanted to share right away. So that's our new painting leaning on our mantle next to an antique mirror that came with D and a black ceramic lantern I picked up in Cabo. There's also a sunset photo of the Catalina foothills in Tucson, AZ and a vintage photo of an estate on the edge of a cliff I picked up at an estate sale. I love it (the painting) in my living room, I think the blue and aqua play off the pumpkin walls well and there's just a touch orange to pop off the canvas.
Okay, very quickly, because I absolutely must go to bed- I've got school tomorrow, people! I wanted to share some little projects I've been working on. In an effort to make art-making a daily practice, I've been trying to complete some type of little project each day. So a couple nights ago I was curious to try a transfer/collage technique I had been tossing around in my brain. This is the result- it's about 5 x 7 inches and again not the greatest picture, but it's better than asking you to imagine, isn't it? (I'm having to rely on my iphone because I've got some iPhoto/camera issues going on.)
I'm pressing it right now to hopefully correct the warp that took place. The second collage I will share with you tomorrow.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
There's no excuse.
So I'm home from dropping Cristalynn at the airport. She flies home today and I'm sad to see my oldest friend go. We've known each other since we were teeny little 17 year old freshmen. We had a great visit though and it was so nice to have someone to hang out with and talk to about creative endeavors and artists and art and gardens and perhaps most importantly, the future we each want to create for ourselves. I feel as though each of us are at a turning point in our lives, myself with an impending college graduation and reentry into the full-time-trying-to-make-something-of-yourself world and her in the midst of a career change. I find that unless you yourself have a passion for art (or some other typically right brained vocation), then it is very hard to explain how important it is to have it be a part of your day, everyday. And how when you haven't been creating at least something, then you feel not-quite-right and unfulfilled and you're just not you're usual laid-back, happy self. So it is very nice to have someone that can relate. And someone to "make stuff" with.
We had a great time visiting the McNay Art Museum and the Botanical Gardens, even though we almost melted in the South Texas sun. And she even introduced me to 30 Rock, which by the way, in case you haven't heard is by far one of the best shows on television. We watched the entire first season in a span of 48 hours I think. I hadn't laughed that hard in a very long time. She helped me get my studio in order and helped me organize my photos and actually put them into albums! Major accomplishment. And I taught her how to carve stamps and work with water soluble oil pastels. All in all, we had a great visit and although being between jobs is hard, I'm thankful that we had the opportunity to spend that time together. When else would you be able to take off for three weeks unless you were unemployed?!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
I thought the bark on this tree was really cool, I think it would make a great background texture for a piece. D, on the other hand, said it looked dead and reminded him of the trees in Missouri... depressed.
Aaahh, back to work- I have much to do before I leave on Friday.
So, here's a thought for today:
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
It's harder than you think.
Anyhow, enough with the mathematical revelry. I thought I'd share some photos from my recent jaunt to Colorado. We shared a condo with some friends and spent a few days attacking the mountain. Well, they attacked, I really just tried to survive. Fortunately it snowed every day so most of my falls were cushioned by all the fresh powder on the ground. I think I did pretty good for my first time skiing and I even handled being in the cold again like a champ.
This is a view from the lift of one of the ski runs. (I didn't attempt this one.)
A view from the condo. Love all the snow! It makes everything white and shimmery and lovely.
Look at me! I crashed immediately after that picture was taken. Ha! just kidding
I loved Colorado! The mountains were beautiful, so different from the landscape I'm used to.
I love trying new things and going new places, doing things for the first time. First time to Colorado, first time skiing, first time on a ski lift, first time skidding down a mountain on my backside... good times.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are
for what we could become. -Charles Dubois
I can't remember where I first saw this, but I know the words struck me as I read them. That might be one of the hardest things about change- letting go of who you used to be in order to be someone better, happier, healthier. I have been an artist that doesn't make art for a long time, but that's not who I really want to be. I want to be someone who creates everyday, someone whose life is infused with art and color and beauty. But in order to be that person I have to let go of all the habits that prevent me from living that life. I have to write and sketch and draw and paint and photograph every day, not just once in a while. Because I want to make a living as a creative, I have to make studio time a priority and fight for it when daily life interferes. And I have to be willing to share my work with others no matter the response, because if I never show anything to anyone I'll always wonder if I made anything worth looking at. Let's face it, I love my parents and I think they have great taste, but between you and me I think they're a little biased.
*Okay, I was going to post a couple pages from my sketchbook, but I'm having some technical difficulties. I'll have to figure it out in the morning. Sorry kids.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
What tops the list, you ask?
I have resolved that this year I'm not going to hold on to the memory of all the things I haven't done. I'm not going to feel guilty about my lack of accomplishment. I'm not going to lament the dreams that didn't come true or the plans that never saw fruition. I'm not going to regret the opportunities I let slip through my hands or berate myself for not doing more. In short, I'm going to let go of the past. Because no matter how much I beat myself up, it doesn't change a thing. I think I've finally realized that.
In honor of this new Anti-Resolution, I'm posting the lyrics to one of my most favorite songs by one of my most favorite bands, Toad the Wet Sprocket, from their album Coil. I happened upon this song as I was completing my workout yesterday, and I just had to share it.
Throw It All Away
Take your cautionary tales
Take your incremental gain
And all the sychophantic games
And throw 'em all away
Burn your tv in your yard
And gather 'round it with your friends
And warm your hands upon the fire
And start again
Take the story you've been told
The lies that justify the pain
The guilt the weighs upon your soul
And throw 'em all away
Tear up the calendar you've bought
And throw the pieces to the sky
Confetti falling down like rain
Like a parade to usher in your life
Take the dreams that should have died
The ones that kept you lying awake
When you should've been all right
And throw 'em all away
With the time i waste on the life i never had
I could've turned myself into a better man
'cause there ain't nothing you can buy
And there is nothing you can save
To fill the whole inside your heart
So throw it all away
Won't fill the whole inside your heart
Help me empty out this house
The wool i've gathered all these days
And thought i couldn't do without
And throw it all away
Music by glen phillips and toad. lyrics by glen phillips.
Monday, January 5, 2009
A short list of things I love right now. We'll call it the "I List". Not only is that a great knock off, but it sounds very of the moment and apple-y, don't you think.
- Blogs. I love to read other people's blogs, all the time, everyday.
- My new iphone. It's amazing and I love it. Really, love it.
- Coupons. Just started clipping coupons again. Last week I saved over $40! Can we say new shoes? Well, shoes that are 75% off anyway!
- Podcasts. I am addicted to podcasts. That I can hear on my little ipod at the gym to distract from my burning muscles as I log hour after hour on the elliptical.
- Technology. Right now, I am in love with all the amazing things we can do from anywhere in the world.