Funny Face 1957

“The opening monologue of this movie is perfect for a drama class project” my little sister pointed out as we were watching this the other night.

Had I been into older movies when I was in high school I would have chosen this one to do for my own monologue. It is spoken by Maggie Prescott the editor of the magazine.

“A magazine must be like a human being. If it comes into the home it must contribute. It just can’t lie around. A magazine must have blood and brains and pizzazz. This is just paper. If I send paper to the American woman, I will have let her down”.

“No, Miss Prescott, you mustn’t say that”.

“Yes. D for down. D for dreary. D for dull and for depressing, dismal and deadly! Ahh! Here it is. Here is our theme. Here is our answer. Pink. I want dresses made up in this pink. Babs, take this to Kaiser Delmont. I want shoes and stockings in this colour. Laura, everything goes pink!

I want the whole issue pink. I want the whole country pink! Lettie, take an editorial. ‘To the women of America…’No, make it ‘To the women everywhere’. Banish the black, burn the blue, and bury the beige”.

Another quote that I love is originally an Inuit poem but I heard it once while watching True Blood.

I think over again my small adventures,
My fears,
Those small ones that seemed so big,
For all the vital things
I had to get and to reach;
And yet there is only one great thing,
The only thing,
To live to see the great day that dawns
And the light that fills the world.

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Zombie Teena

**N.B. I obviously did not actually transform into a zombie I’m referring to the ‘Living Dad Girl’ state I’m in this fine Saturday morning at this ungodly hour.**

 

So I went to watch paranormal eff-with-ur-mind-tivity last night with one of my girl friends.

 

Two things happened:

#1) I screamed a couple of times in the theater… but so did other people so I didn’t feel so lame.

#2) I couldn’t fall asleep until 4:00 in the a.m. thus, making it extremely difficult to wake up for work on time…

(My hair looks like it belongs on a mangy little bush pig today.)

My suggestions for preparation before you see Paranormal Activity:

#1) Wear a diaper

#2) Don’t eat popcorn while watching movie (if u gasp you’ll choke and possibly die)

If you are ever faced with a situation in which paranormal activity occurs in your own domain:

#1) Always listen to people who tell you they saw/felt/or heard something when there is CLEAR evidence of happenings within the domestic domain or around loved ones.

#2) If you heard noises DO NOT go investigate therefore leaving your very young and extremely defenseless child by him or herself.

#3) You cannot defeat a demon on your own. HIRE a priest, an EXORCIST, or buy a butt-load of holy water and douse your home and family members.

#4) The family pet is always the first to go. If you think a big dog will save you from the paranormal you are sadly mistaken and that poor animal will suffer to protect your dense self.

Til next time 🙂


 

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Stress

The word itself makes my muscles tense up and my head pound so I decided to do a little research.  Some of the things I hope to cover are:


  1. What is stress?
  2. How does it happen (symptoms and signs)?
  3. How to manage stress?

1.) In general, stress is related to both external and internal factors. External factors include the physical environment, including your job, your relationships with others, your home, and all the situations, challenges, difficulties, and expectations you’re confronted with on a daily basis. Internal factors determine your body’s ability to respond to, and deal with, the external stress-inducing factors. Internal factors which influence your ability to handle stress include your nutritional status, overall health and fitness levels, emotional well-being, and the amount of sleep and rest you get.

2.) Excess stress can manifest itself in a variety of emotional, behavioral, and even physical symptoms, and the symptoms of stress vary enormously among different individuals. Common physical symptoms often reported by those experiencing excess stress include sleep disturbances, muscle tension, headache, gastrointestinal disturbances, and fatigue.

Emotional and behavioral symptoms that can accompany excess stress include nervousness, anxiety, changes in eating habits including overeating, loss of enthusiasm or energy, and mood changes. Of course, none of these signs or symptoms means for certain that there is an elevated stress level since all of these symptoms can be caused by other medical and/or psychological conditions.

It is also known that people under stress have a greater tendency to engage in unhealthy behaviors, such as excessive use or abuse of alcohol and drugs, cigarette smoking, and making poor nutritional choices, than their less-stressed counterparts. These unhealthy behaviors can further increase the severity of symptoms related to stress, often leading to a “vicious cycle” of symptoms and unhealthy behaviors.

The experience of stress is highly individualized. What constitutes overwhelming stress for one person may not be perceived as stress by another. Likewise, the symptoms and signs of poorly managed stress will be different for each person.

3.) If we think about the causes of stress, the nature of the stress response, and the negative effects of some types of stress (prolonged, unexpected, or unmanageable stress), several healthy management strategies become clear. A first step in stress management is exercise. Since the stress response prepares us to fight or flee, our bodies are primed for action. Unfortunately, however, we usually handle our stresses while sitting at our desk, standing at the watercooler, or behind the wheel stuck in traffic.

  • Exercise on a regular basis helps to turn down the production of stress hormones and associated neurochemicals. Thus, exercise can help avoid the damage to our health that prolonged stress can cause. In fact, studies have found that exercise is a potent antidepressant and sleeping aid for many people.
  • One or two 20-30 minute meditation sessions a day can have lasting beneficial effects on health. Indeed, advanced meditators can even significantly control their blood pressure and heart rate as well.
  • Elimination of drug use and no more than moderate alcohol use are important for the successful management of stress. We know that people, when stressed, seek these outlets, but we also know that many of these substances make us even more responsive to stress. As a result, small problems produce big surges of stress chemicals. What’s more, these attempts with drugs and alcohol to mask stress often prevent the person from facing the problem directly. Consequently, they are not able to develop effective ways to cope with or eliminate the stress.
  • Chronic or uninterrupted stress is very harmful. It is important, therefore, to take breaks and decompress. Take a lunch break and don’t talk about work. Take a walk instead of a coffee break. Use weekends to relax, and don’t schedule so many events that Monday morning will seem like a relief. Learn your stress signals. Take regular vacations or even long weekends or mental-health days at intervals that you have learned are right for you.
  • For those who may need help dealing with stress, stress-management counseling in the form of individual or group therapy is offered by various mental-health-care providers. Stress counseling and group discussion therapy have proven to reduce stress symptoms and improve overall health and attitude.

This information was found at : http://www.medicinenet.com/stress/article.htm


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Inside a Creative Mind

If I could paint a picture of what the inside of my mind looks like…well, it would take a really long time and it probably wouldn’t make much sense to you. Essentially it is absolute chaos in fact, it very closely resembles my bedroom (I will not post a picture of it you would probably have terrible nightmares).

A creative mind must be, what one of my professors refers to as, “A Culture Vulture,” a collector of things. When a creative mind goes to work it picks tidbits of information from all types of media and real life experiences and makes a fat, juicy sandwich out of it. I suppose its sort of like a pack rat that produces great ‘art’ or a million bottled up emotions mid-catharsis.

How does a creative mind work best?

Personally I find my mind works best when I have an extreme interest in something or when I’m feeling overly emotional (melancholy-ish or majorly pee’d off). I usually write my best pieces when I’m in a state of distress. For instance, I did a piece for one of the 7 Deadly Sins and decided to use a sin that most people would avoid, wrath.

The assignment was to portray one of the 7 Deadly Sins with minimal copy. I decided to use the copy as my visual. I guess it worked because I’m a “wrath-a-holic”. No , not really (although my poor boyfriend may disagree depending on what time of the month it is) it worked because I drew from real life experience. My work was selected along with 6 others (one for each sin) to hang in the president of my school’s personal office. The copy read this:

“My chest feels like caving in and my head feels like it’s going to explode. I hate all of their

fake smiles. Their gossip stabs deep into me and their laughter twists and rips the wound wide apart. I hate their whispers and all of their painful stares. I HATE

BEING TRAPPED LIKE THIS IN A TOMB OF SUPERFICIAL BULLSHIT! This ends right now. I’ll give them all something to talk about…”

I tried to find the final layout but it seems I’ve misplaced my first and second semester jump drives. Here is what the piece somewhat looked like although in the end it was justified into one block of a paragraph with the word ‘ wrath’ written in uppercase letters behind the rest of the paragraph.

Putting my creativity into words or into a design or into any form of art is very therapeutic for me. It is a way for me to have a catharsis without anyone getting hurt… well physically at least. 😉

Ladies and gents I bid you adieu and I wish you a wonderful rest of the day.

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Direct Mail Piece for R.S.

So I’ve been working on a direct mail piece for one of my professors. Its for Big Boy Restaurants… well it’s for the back of a cereal box and the assignment is to sell a Big Boy piggy bank. Anyway I think my layout is absolutely terrible but its done a whole week ahead of schedule so there IS room for improvement.

Also, he hated the idea of me calling it a “Biggy Bank” even though I thought it was a little clever since I’m trying to sell it to kids. I’m going to post a PDF for what I have now and I’ll show you the finished version once that is done.

Ugliest thing I've made in a while

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Kusudama Flower Balls

These are my latest obsession.

I’m working on different sizes and with different colours but so far this is what I’ve got.

They don’t even look like they are made of paper. and I love the end result hanging from a tree. 🙂 Gorgeous!

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Photoshop Artwork

I’ve been very inspired lately and decided to create some art work for my friends on Photoshop. Most of the images I used to make the designs are Photoshop brushes that I’ve made using other people’s art which I have collected over the years. I don’t remember where most of them are taken from because I just save tons of images to my computer when I’m surfing and see something that amazes me.

  • The first one was made for my friend Joanna who is absolutely in-lalalalaloove with Mexican culture. The translations is something along the lines of “Death is a life lived, and life is a death that comes”.

    Dias de los Muertos

    Mexican culture

  • The second for my friend Amanda who is a collector and breaker of men’s hearts. 🙂
  • The third is still in progress. It’s for my friend Andrea who thinks I’m the most creative person she knows. 😀 (Thanks Ange Love you for that-among many other things!)

    Imagination is Life

    Andrea's wish

I hope you enjoy!

I’ll post some more of my artwork as it comes along.

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