Tattoosday: Literary Inspirations

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

It's that time of week again, TATTOOSDAY! (Okay, okay, it's actually Wednesday, but I got too distracted and didn't notice the time.  Forgive me friends!)  ANYHOO, this week, i wanted to focus on some of my favorite literary inspired tattoos that I've found on the internets.  As a voracious reader, I've been pondering a lit tattoo for a while, but there are so many to choose from.  Please enjoy a few of my recent favorites!

*It's no mystery that I love me some Potter.  (Yes, I may have sat on the couch this weekend watching my newly acquired Deathly Hallows 2 DVD sobbing.  I feel your judgement :)  There are DOZENS of sites dedicated to Potter tattoos, but these were a few of my favorites.  Personally, I've  wanted "Always" in white ink on my wrist, but just haven't had the time to go in.  Maybe soon?
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 * I read Kerouac's On the Road around the time that I had decided to move to Boston and have always associated that book with that time in my life.  I love the line... "What is that feeling when you're driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? — it's the too-huge world vaulting us, and it's good-by. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies."  I really love this tat...
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 *  This is probably my favorite e.e. cummings quote out there.  Love the typography as well~
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 *  It's amazing to me that no matter how it ages, Fahrenheit 451 remains relevant.  I can still remember reading this book in 7th grade English class.  I love the quote... "There must be something in books, things we can't imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don't stay for nothing."  This tattoo is such a beautiful interpretation of the cover.  
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* I recently joined the club and got on and was eagerly rating books that I had read when it pulled up the children's section and I was flooded with memories of some of my favorite childhood reads.  I love that these people were inspired by stories from their own childhoods, especially Ramona.  I have a serious fondness for miss Ramona Quimby... (I still have my library copy from the first grade...oops.  Sorry Della Ruth Harron!)
The Giving Tree, The Hungry Caterpillar, and Ramona Quimby, Age 8
* I absolutely adore ALL of Augusten Burroughs' books (read them, don't see the movie!) His honesty and humor surrounding some seriously traumatizing events in his life are so refreshing and create a serious page-turner.  I love that this quote from Magical Thinking ties in my craft love too!
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* This tattoo isn't specifically tied to any one Poe book, but I love the art itself.  It's dark and brooding, just like Poe.  "I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity."
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* Last, but certainly not least, I am loving the meaning behind this final tattoo.  It's inspired by one of my all time favorite books, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.  There is a quote that says... "Only a few months into our marriage," writes the grandfather, "we started marking off areas in the apartment as 'Nothing Places,' in which one could be assured of complete privacy, we agreed that we never would look at the marked-off zones, that they would be nonexistent territories in the apartment in which one could temporarily cease to exist." This tattoo represents her nothing place.  I WISH I had thought of this.  Lovely.
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Monthly Mixtape: Songs to trim the tree

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Photo Via: Retrogasm
 I don't know about y'all, but one of my favorite things about this time of year is all of the little traditions that come with the holidays.  Two of my favorite Thanksgiving weekend traditions are watching Home Alone on Thanksgiving night, and going to my aunt's house to help decorate for Christmas.  (Then going home and helping my momma :)  Though I couldn't go home this year for Thanksgiving I succeeded in forcing Nick into watching Home Alone with me and am getting very excited for my roommate to get home soon so that we can put up our own decorations!  For this month's mixtape I wanted to put together some of my favorite songs to trim your tree or play at the many Christmas sweater parties I'm sure you'll be having.  Enjoy!

What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?
  Trimming the Tree by Ashley Fears on Grooveshark

What's Making Me Happy

Friday, November 25, 2011

Happy Fridee friends!  I don't know about y'all but I'm just coming out of my Thanksgiving feast coma, it was so wonderful!  I even had...p.o.r.k.  (I am an avid bacon hater and tend to avoid all pork products.)  This just goes to the credit of miss Emilie and Marcia Bell, who made a wonderful ham thing that I gobbled up.  I won't be joining the bacon train any time soon, but ham. yes.  I'm now a believer.  Anyhoo, here's a few of this week's favorite things, enjoy!

*These fun flower hat DIY's.  What a fun idea for New Years!
Oh Happy Day
 *This Thanksgiving card... single and underemployed :)
Picture via: Someecards
* Brooklyn resident Katie O'Beirne's public art project.  She ties disposable cameras to benches all over New York and asks people to take any photos that they wish.  I love the idea of allowing people's self expression to become her art.  SO lovely.
To donate, go here. To view more photos, go here.
*I loved paper dolls as a child, and really, nothing has changed.  Hipster dress up? Yes please.
These are mine!  To play: boy & girl
*This beautiful vimeo.

Splitscreen: A Love Story from James W Griffiths on Vimeo.

*This tumblr, yelping with Cormac McCarthy.  It's SO funny.
Yelping with Cormac
*Oh, and this breathtaking vimeo as well...

Murmuration from Sophie Windsor Clive on Vimeo.

*And of course, official Christmas decorating time always makes me happy!  Have a wonderful long Thanksgiving weekend!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

I hope you all have a wonderful day gorging on turkey and stuffing, I'm about to head over to Emilie's to start cooking, she has all sorts of goodies planned!  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and I"ll talk to you soon!
What are you thankful for this year?

Tattoosday: Crafty Inspirations

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

It's tattoo time! It's no mystery that I love all things crafting and tattoos, so it's only natural that I am constantly pining over people's crafty tattoo ideas. I've been working on drawing out a rough draft of what I want to take to my tattoo consultation for my next shoulder piece (which I'm hoping to share with y'all next week) and am trying to decide if I'm going to brave a new shop here in Boston or wait until I'm home for Christmas in Springfield. I'm DYING for it! In the meantime,couldn't wait to show you just a few of the tattoos that aided my inspiration. Check out these lovelies...

*Elsie of A Beautiful Mess has so many great tattoos and I love that she incorporates just as much color in her tats as she does in her beautiful blog. My favorite is the Polaroid camera!
Photo Via: Elsie Larson
 * The Lone Knitta's pretty yarn tattoo.
* Dolly Cool Clare's embroidery themed tattoo.  I looove old stork scissors so much!
Photo Via: Dolly Cool Clare
* For myself, I really like the kind of old school look of outlining for tattoos, but I just think this one is so beautiful!  It's so intricate and airy.
* This sewing themed tattoo from Kaylah at The Dainty Squid.  I just LOVE this lady's blog and style, she's so wonderful and unique!
Photo Via: The Dainty Squid
* Miss Kaelah at Little Chief Honeybee has some of the most fun tattoos that I've ever seen, and though it's not really craft specific, I had to share her lovely leg tattoos.  They remind me so much of my hipster cameos that I've been making, and I love how whimsical and woodsy they are.
Photo Via: Kaelah Bee

*** Just as a side note, no one wants their tattoos to be blatantly ripped off, so please note that while these wonderful tattoos serve as great inspiration they are personal statements for each individual and shouldn't be copied.

Would you ever get a hobby themed tattoo?

move. learn. eat.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

I just stumbled across these three vimeos by Rick Mereki based on the three linear concepts of movement, learning and food.  In the video three guys, (Rick, Tim White, and Andrew Lees,) traveled over 33 thousand miles, to 11 countries over 44 days to create these three short films and I just found them so beautiful.  Take a minute to enjoy them, you surely won't regret it.  SO inspiring.

MOVE from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.

LEARN from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.

EAT from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.

What's Making Me Happy

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Oh goodness, I think winter has finally decided to show it's face  here in Boston, it's so chilly!  I always have a love/hate relationship with winter, I love the first couple of snows throughout the holiday season, but I'm definitely over it by January.  The good news is that cold weather gets me in the mood for two of my favorite things, crafting and decorating.  I won't lie to you all, I've already been bitten by the Christmas bug, and am busily getting together some fun Christmas decorating projects to post on the blog soon!  I've also been in a bit of an ebay bidding frenzy, I'm suddenly obsessed with vintage 50's tablecloths and Christmas records.  I can't wait to trim the tree to some festive music next weekend!  Anyhoo, enjoy just a few of these little treasures that are making me very, very, happy!  

* This entire ensemble & color palette is beautiful and springy.  And I love the bag!

Kate Spade ensemble 

 * This sentiment.  I need more of all of these.
* This movie trailer for the Hunger Games, if you haven't read the book run out and grab it! I'm sooo excited!

* This wonderful illustration (also featured on Her Library Adventures!) papergoods
* This Dolly Parton print I just bought. I love it so much!
Kii Arens
* This pretty pretty picture, love how colorful it is!
Mimi Haddon

* This funny sign, I love the Wire too!
Happy Place
* This German man who is confused by American idioms.  He just looks so distraught by the end. Can't stop giggling.

* Lastly, What's making me happy is my lovely friend Lauren's birthday! We're going to a concert and a night on the town to celebrate tonight, I can't wait!  Happy Birthday boo! 

 Happy Friday to you all, have a wonderful weekend!

Monthly Mixtape: Songs to Strut To

Thursday, November 17, 2011

One of the things I love most about music is it's ability to really create a mood or a feeling that can last throughout the day.  In Boston, there's a whole lot of time spent walking to a fro, and most mornings heading out the door all bleary eyed and bushy-tailed I often need a little pick me up. During these times, I love to put on my "strut mix," the music that puts a little kick in my step.  (I like to imagine it's some awesome soundtrack playing behind me, silly I know, but true! ) I've been known to dance down the street so next time you see a girl just jamming and walking, it's likely me :)

This month's mixtape is made up of those songs that just make you happy, make you want to jam, and just make you want to strut.  Enjoy!

What songs make you want to strut your stuff?

Songs to Strut To by Ashley Fears on Grooveshark

Tattoosday: Musical Inspirations

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

So I am pretty obsessed with tattoos. Really obsessed.  Ever since I was inked for the first time at 18 I had the bug and love to get new and interesting little pieces of art.  Recently as I've been planning a more elaborate tattoo for my right collarbone/shoulder area I've come across so many beautiful and unique ideas that I had to share them all with you!  Hopefully Tattoosday can become something of a weekly installment to share some of my fav's from the web and other bloggers.

For this week, I wanted to share some of my favorite tattoos with musical inspiration.  Whether it's a favorite band or a specific quote I just can't get enough of musical tats.  So without further adieu, enjoy!

*My friend Kaston has the following Simon and Garfunkel quote from "Bridge Over Troubled Water" on his forearm and I just love it.  Such a great reminder every day.

*I have to say that Everlong is one of my favorite Foo Fighters songs, so I was even more excited to see this tattoo.  Isn't the fox artwork beautiful too?
Doe a Deer

* Second up is this adorable husband and wife tattoo inspired by a She & Him album cover.
Croak & Hum

* My friend Lauren is just head over heels obsessed with the Beatles, as is much of the tattoo world.  I found way too many Beatles themed tattoos to share just one, here's a few!
F*** Yeah Beatles Tattoos
*And lastly, it's not artist specific, but I just love old phonographs and really want a tattoo of one...

If you'd like to share your art or be featured for a week please email me at Ashley dot Fears at gmail dot com.  I can't wait to see all of your work!

Life is Short

Monday, November 14, 2011

Just a quick little post today, but I couldn't wait to share this video with you all.  I don't know about y'all but I've been really stressing about life in general lately, and this helped put things in perspective. My favorite quote was "Life is about the people you meet and the things you create with them."  So appropriate. Watch. Love. Share. 

What's Making Me Happy

Friday, November 11, 2011

Hello again friends, happy Friday!  It's been such a beautiful fall week here in Boston, it's definitely one of the things that's making me incredibly happy this week!  (I'm not quite ready to bear the cold NE winter yet!)  I'm still busily crafting away and am getting ready to start on some new holiday projects that I can't wait to fill you in on!  For the time being, enjoy these lovely little things that are making me happy this week!

*To start off, I'm loving these illustrations from Nan Lawson on Etsy.  (Especially the mustache girl, it's like she drew me a portrait! Mom, this would make a wonderful little birthday gift...just saying :)
Nan Lawson
*This wonderful music video from artist Kinna Granis that was featured on Miss Eva's sound crush blog.  Can you believe that they're all jellybeans!  So creative!

*This seamstress bracelet, I don't care if there's a waiting list, I must have it!
Fancy French Cologne
*This carnival marquee DIY.  I've been wanting to buy those letters from Urban for so long, I'm so excited to make my own now!  Maybe even in cursive?
*This delightful little project from street artist Katie Sokoler.  She found rocks, painted them, and then took them back outside hiding them in little nooks to make people smile.  I just love it!  Her blog is just full of things to make you smile.
Color Me Katie
*This tumblr dedicated to the idea if GOB from Arrested Development were Steve Jobs.  I will literally love anything AD related. 
Steve GOBS
P.S. Thanks to everyone for all of the mustache art and decor, I'm loving it!  Keep it coming!

Ten Things I love about Boston...SOWA Market

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

I don't know about y'all, but I love seasonal fairs and markets.  When I was living back in Springfield, we had two craft festivals, 'Art Fest' and 'Cider Days,' that were one weekend a year, and while they were a great time, they just didn't last long enough!  When I moved to Boston, I was thrilled to find that not only did they have a market, but it was EVERY weekend from late spring to fall.  SOWA Market, (short for South of Washington....these city people love their acronyms :) has easily become one of my favorite things about Boston. SOWA is considered Boston's original 'Art and Indie Design' Marker, but in reality they have SO much more.  Artisans selling their wares, nearly all of the food trucks in the city, a farmers market, AND a vintage market...there's really something for everyone!  Check out just a few of the fun photos that we have taken throughout the SOWA season below, and be sure to check out their web page here, you can get directions, follow them on facebook and twitter, and read their blog which connects you to the artists and farmers directly!  I already can't wait for next year!

Oh my goodness isn't this little bean the cutest?! I want one!
Miss Lucy Jane about to eat easily the largest hot dog I've ever seen
My lovely roomie Kara and her mom at their first booth in SOWA!
Just a few of the goodies we came across
Carsten with some epic vintage finds
And oh yes my friends, this skirt exists. Three words. Get. In. Line. 

Craftgasm: it's beginning

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

I don't know about y'all, but I am the queen of dropping the line "I can totally make that." I have over committed myself to so many projects in the past year it's crazy. As a general rule, I tend to eventually follow through with the crafty creations, but it takes me some time. Previously, when living in Springvegas, I had plenty of room to store all of my crafty ambitions, however upon my move to Boston, especially since I moved to the North End (a.k.a. smallest living spaces ever,) I am seriously lacking in room.

With that in mind, I set to finishing some of these projects on top of preparing for all of my handmade gifts for the season. I made a list, I checked it twice, and got really excited about all of the homemade goodies I was about to create! First thing first, I laid out my fabrics and designated which I would use for different projects, which you can see below. (I get really excited to see all of my fabric possibilities, it's so inspiring!)

For craftgasm night one, I finally got around to finishing some wall art for miss Emilie, I've been meaning to complete it for FOREVER, but hey inspiration sometimes takes time!  I originally had intentions of painting the whole thing but couldn't seem to paint the words in a manner to my liking, resulting in approximately 12 cover up layers when I messed up. Finally, in a stroke of brilliance, I decided to embroider the quote directly on the painting, first by writing out the quote on paper, then taping it to the canvas and used a pushpin to create the holes for the embroidery. I'm pretty happy with how it came out, even if my fingers are a little tender from all that stitching! (Note to self, need thimble.) 

*If you're wondering, the quote is from a Bob Dylan song, With God On Our Side.

Tonight I'm planning on starting on the many pillows I've been commissioned to make, I'll keep you updated!
What projects are you excited to start this fall?