Monday, August 31, 2009

Inspirational Quotes


Life isn't always easy, all of us can most likely vouch for that! There are times when one gets discouraged or overwhelmed and probably wonders, what is this all for!? Who am I and where am I going!? The anxiety of it all can be oppressive, to say the least... It can squash your creativity and park a gloomy cloud above your life. So, here's to eradicating those feelings, a little inspiration I received in an e-mail today from a close friend... We aren't too sure who said it, but it is beautiful and inspirational nonetheless! Words to live by... enjoy :)

Catherine
xoxo


To laugh is to risk appearing the fool
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental
To reach out for another is to risk involvement
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self
To play your ideas, your dreams before the crowd is to risk their loss
To love is to risk not being loved in return
To live is to risk dying
To hope is to risk despair
To try is to risk failure
But risk must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing
The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing and is nothing
He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love

Chained by his certitudes, he is a slave
He has forfeited freedom
Only a person who risks is free

[Unknown Author]

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(Photos via Vi.sualize.us)

Weekend Bargain Hunting at Goodwill


I love bargain hunting! On the weekends I love to hop in the car, cruise around town soaking up the sun and hitting up our favorite thrift shops, Goodwill's, antique shops and of course, garage sales... I'm a Garage Sale Bandit, ha! This weekend (and last weekend too for that matter) were great bargain weekends, I found some wonderful little additions to my eclectic abode! 


Craigslist chair: 
my before and after transformation



I got this small wood vintage side table from the same person that sold me the chair.

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As for Goodwill...


I couldn't resist!


On my way in...


My treasure: a cute little foot stool for $5!
I'm gonna revamp it!


Not too shabby!



Some more milk glass vases for my rapidly growing collection :D


Some of my little owls sitting on the antique shelf I picked up for $3...


I also picked up this brass treasure box from India, aqua blue glass pitcher, small blue vase AND the hand painted replica of Van Gogh's Cafe Terrace at Night hanging on the wall in the background.


And, my favorite (and least expensive @ $1!) find of the entire weekend: a set of fine china teacups and their respective plates, made in Japan, with a beautiful Ikat-like flower print...
*sigh* :)

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And as for TJMaxx... (hahahaha)....


Yes, I drove around with my new awesome navy blue and white Ikat scarf today... It made me feel glamorous, almost as though I was cruising around another country on vacation. Ha!  I hope you all enjoyed your weekend as much as I did... Have a good night!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Contemplating time: Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman



Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman is one of the most compelling little books I have ever read. And when I say little, I am in no way diminishing the scope of its fictional creativity! On the contrary, it is a masterpiece... I like to think of it as a creative literary elaboration, or a literary analogy for Einstein's theories on time.

I was required to read this book for a Literary Analysis class in college that focused on fiction. Suffice it to say, the second I picked it up and began to read, I was forever mystified. Ever since I read Einstein's Dreams I have been telling everyone about it, it's just that interesting...

Through its detail this book communicates to the reader a realm of ideas that might otherwise seem difficult to understand. Each chapter is a different scenario, representing a different theory of what time is or could be, the way it is perceived by people and the different effects it has on the course of life. It's a short book, which makes it good for those of you anti-book or ADD readers, haha... And that's what I call it when you're too hyped up to focus on a book. Hell, it happens to me a lot and I love to read! I get stuck on a line, like a computer glitch, rereading it over and over for a couple seconds before I realize what I'm doing... ha =)

Anyway, this book is amazing, believe me, you will be telling all of your friends about it once you read it... It jump starts your imagination and piques your curiosity about the mystery of life. Go get it! On Half.com for a used alternative... which is perfectly fine folks, it's how I bought/buy all my college books! Also, more recently, all of the books I want at the book store... I just write down ISBNS, stifle my urges for instant gratification, come home and buy them on Half.com. I don't have the money to pay full price all the time, plus buying used is better anyway.

Here is an excerpt from the book, this is one chapter, thus one story/theory:

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"It is Tuesday morning in Berne. The thick-fingered baker on Marktgasse is shouting at a woman who has not paid her last bill, is flailing his arms while she quietly puts her new purchases of zwieback in her bag. Outside the baker's shop, a child is skating after a ball tossed from a first-floor window, the child's skates clicking on the stone street. On the east end of Marktgasse, where the street joins Kramgasse, a man and a woman are standing close in the shadow of an arcade. Two men are walking past with newspapers under their arms. Three hundred meters to the south, a warbler is flying lazily over the Aare.

The world stops.

The baker's mouth halts in mid-sentence. The child floats in mid-stride, the ball hangs in the air. The man and woman become statues under the arcade. The two men become statues, their conversation stopped as if the needle of the phonograph had been lifted. The bird freezes in flight, fixed like a stage prop suspended over the river.

A microsecond later, the world starts again.

The baker continues his harangue as if nothing had happened. So, too, the child races after the ball. The two men continue debating the rise in the beef market. The bird flaps its wings and continues its arc over the Aare.

Minutes later, the world stops again. Then starts again. Stops. Starts.

What world is this? In this world time is not continuous. In this world time is discontinuous. Time is a stretch of nerve fibers: seemingly continuous from a distance but disjointed close up, with microscopic gaps between fibers. Nervous action flows through one segment of time, abruptly stops, pauses, leaps through a vacuum, and resumes in the neighboring segment.

So tiny are the disconnections in time that a single second would have to be magnified and dissected into one thousand parts and each of those parts into one thousand parts before a single missing part of time could be spotted. So tiny are the disconnections in time that the gaps between segments are practically imperceptible. After each restart of time, the new world looks just like the old. The positions and motions of the clouds appear exactly the same, the trajectories of birds, the flow of conversations, thoughts.

The segments of time fit together almost perfectly, but not quite perfectly. On occasion, very slight displacements occur. For example, on this Tuesday in Berne, a young man and woman, in their late twenties, stand beneath a street lamp on Gerberngasse. They met one month ago. He loves her desperately, but he has already been crushed by a woman who left him without warning, and he is frightened of love. He must be sure with this woman. He studies her face, pleads silently for her true feelings, searches, for the smallest sign, the slightest movement of hr brow, the vaguest reddening of her cheeks, the moistness of her eyes.

In truth, she loves him back, but she cannot put her love in words. Instead, she smiles at him, unaware of her fear. As they stand beneath the street lamp, time stops and restarts. Afterwards, the tilt of their heads is precisely the same, the cycle of their heartbeats shows no alteration. But somewhere in the deep pools of the woman's mind, a dim thought has appeared that was not there before. The young woman reaches for this new thought, into her unconscious, and as she does so a gossamer vacancy crosses her smile. This slight hesitation would be invisible to any but to the closest scrutiny, yet the urgent young man has noticed it and taken it for a sign. He tells the young woman that he cannot see her again, returns to his small apartment on Zeughausgasse, decides to move to Zurich and work in his uncle's bank. The young woman walks slowly home from the lamppost on Gerberngasse and wonders why the young man did not love her."

- Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman

More of my arts and crafts....


These are some simple dollar store shadow boxes that I happened upon and decided to pack with a few of the billion corks I have piling up around here... I decorated the edges of the frame with puffy paint for a little detail. I dubbed them "Shadow Corks" :)


Catherine
xoxo


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I turned a $2 broken sterling silver tray from Goodwill into this little masterpiece using some fringe and trim, a small mirror, a coin from my European travels and an old chandelier crystal...



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And, last but not least, some painted wooden electrical outlet covers... I've done many of these, but they're installed all over my apartment. These two are more recent, and the only ones I've photographed thus far.



(All images in this post are my personal photographs of my personal artwork.  Please do not use any of these images without my written permission, contact me at InspireBohemia(at)gmail.com.  Thank you!)

Saturday, August 29, 2009

A Little Taste of My Artwork


Here is some of my artwork, I made all of these from dollar store wood shadow boxes that were originally hot pink with a fake daisy inside! Hahaha... I made the major transformation using simple acrylic paints and "puffy" paints, wall covering and leather samples from my past interior design jobs, and coins from my travels to Europe...

Let me know what you think...

Catherine
xoxo

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(All images in this post are my personal photographs of my personal artwork. Please do not use any of these images without my written permission, contact me at InspireBohemia(at)gmail.com. Thank you!)

Art Prints and Renegade Craft Fair


So, here I am on a Saturday afternoon, jammin' to the Beatles on Pandora and surfing through an array of sites including my Gmail, Craigslist, eBay, Facebook and then my favorite blogs such as Design*Sponge, SFGirlByBay, and others... And suddenly I notice a banner on SFGirlByBay for a Renegade Craft Fair! To say the very least, I am pretty disappointed that this Renegade Craft Fair only takes place in Brooklyn, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago. Bah! Get with the program Miami, sheesh.

Anyway, all the other fairs have passed this year except for the Chicago Fair, which takes place this upcoming weekend of September 12th & 13th at Wicker Park. Hmmm... It's so soon, but I would love to go... Not to mention, I have really been wanting to go to Chicago for a while. Artistic communities galore, so I hear. That's where I want to be! So, if you're in the Chicago area or would otherwise be able to attend, check this out...


Also take a look at the Renegade Handmade Store for online goodies =)

Catherine
xoxo

The store features handmade items from various artists, including these funky prints by Matte Stephens, a painter from Portland, Oregon:

"Happy Owl"
(print)
"Neato Owl"

For more Matte Stephens, check out the following:



Prints @ Poster Cabaret

Here are some additional Stephens' prints that I really like:

"Lord Admiral Hiratio"

"New Orleans"
(print)

"Dancing"
(original painting)

"Pologne Bird"

"The Duchess of Deauville"
(print)

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While on Etsy.com I came across some adorable print art by an artist named Laura George! Wow! I love her style, here, see for yourself....


"Beard of Love"

"Bonsai Portrait"

"Gibran Tree"

"Hookah Party"

"Lumilop Band 1"

"Lumilop Band 2"

"Sumo Clearing"

"Mind"




"Mushroom Friends"


"One-Two-Three Guitar"

"One-Two Hookah"

"Pantless"

"Skyfall" - green


Be sure to check out her entire shop, LauraGeorge @ Etsy.com

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And just to wrap up this overflow of images, here are a last few art prints I liked from Poster Cabaret...

"Recuerdos" by Alberto Cerriteno

"The Enamored Owl" by Alberto Cerriteno

"Peacock 2" by Nate Duval
Mogwai Concert Poster" by Doublenaut

"Road Trip" by Delicious Design League


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I'm on a roll today, so I'll most likely be posting more later on in the day... Right now I'm off to do my weekend bargain hunting, I can still hit up a Goodwill or two! Hahahaha... ;)

Have a great afternoon!

(All images in this post are individually cited and sourced from individual artists.)