Wednesday, November 19, 2014

2014 Reader Survey Results

The results are in! Thank you to everyone who took the time to participate in my reader survey. I had a lot of fun going over your answers and each response gave me some super helpful insight and inspiration on how to improve this blog. :) Below I've nerded out over the stats and created this little infograph.

The print winner will be emailed later today! Congrats to Daughter Zion for winning the randomly selected print giveaway! If you don't win this time, don't fret. I plan on doing a few more art giveaways in the near future.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Moodboard - BrewPrint

I'm finishing up gathering the results from my reader survey, and one of the most frequent requests was that I post more of my design work and more of my process. Ask and you shall receive!

Here's a moodboard for a project I've been working on for the last couple months developing the branding system and UI for a 3D printing app. You may have remembered me post a similar board for a similar company. Welp, this is the same company, except they've decided to take an entirely different route with their model. Rather than introducing a new 3D printer to the market, they've instead developed 3D printing software. We stuck with the same general vibe of the previous design concept (energetic, people friendly, and approachable – technology with the human element) but this time, played off the name BrewPrint to bring in some fun stylistic elements of craft beer.

Hope you guys enjoyed this little sneak peek! I'll be sharing more from this project next week!

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Instafavorites - November

I've seen a few other bloggers doing these Instagram roundups, and I absolutely love the idea. Instagram is definitely my favorite social site for sharing photos, getting inspired, and building community with other creative minds all over the world. So I wanna share with you some of the inspirational, beautiful, and just plain awesome accounts I follow on the daily. Depending on how it goes, I might make this a monthly feature, so please feel free to share your favorite IG'ers and even your own account in the comments below! :)

I just discovered Becca's feed this week and I'm officially hooked. Not only is she a kickass creator and curator of taxidermy art, she also does the most incredibly beautiful stick-n-poke tattoos I've ever seen.

I found Cat a while back via Bloodmilk and I fell in love with her desaturated foggy photos of the Pacific Northwest. Not to mention she's absolutely adorable in a Zoey Deschannel meets Wednesday sort of way (haha). Plus her claws are fantastic.

Jessika is a dark artist and photographer from Sweden. Her images are gritty and haunting in the most beautiful way.

Mountaintalk's feed is full of nature, wilderness adventures, and wwoofing in North Carolina. I can smell the mountain air, fresh chopped wood, and sweet pipe tobacco in every one of her photos.

Another Swedish artist specializing in gloomy and witchy imagery. Mimmi is so uniquely beautiful, even her mirror selfies take on a mysterious ethereal vibe.

Hope you guys enjoyed this little roundup! Please do feel free to share some of your favorites or even your own link below! :)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Anniversary Overnight at Ace Hotel DTLA

This last weekend, Dave and I headed up to Los Angeles for an overnight anniversary trip. October 28th was our 7 year "first-date-iversary" and we figured that seemed like a pretty good date worth celebrating after all the chaos of October died down.

After a 4-hour drive from San Diego through brutal traffic, we finally made it to the newish Ace Hotel in the Broadway theater district of downtown LA. A bottle of wine and a handwritten note from the hotel greeted us in the room. Our king-sized bed faced out two large windows overlooking the LA skyline, which made for some really fun photos in the morning. It's still so bizarre to me that I get to wake up every morning next to this guy and call him my husband (anyone know when the weirdness of that normalizes?).

Anyways, here are the highlights:
• Our whole morning was spent lounging around in bed before checkout. Comic Con preregistration was that day, so we both had to stay near our computers. And after all the stress and waiting, tickets sold out before we had to chance to get em. :( At least we got to pass the time taking all these photos.
• We ate brunch at Square One, a little cafe in East Hollywood right across from the massive blue Scientology building. I ordered the brioche french toast with bourbon-pecan topping and vanilla whipped cream, which was absolutely delicious.
• Next on the agenda, we thought about going to the Hello Kitty exhibit, but decided we had enough of LA and headed down to Orange to do lots of antiquing. The historic Orange Circle has SO many antique malls, I can't believe I had never been before.

All in all, it was a great little anniversary getaway to kick off the next 7 years. ;)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Stuck with Pins Reader Survey & Print Giveaway

As we're quickly approaching a new year, resolutions and plans for improvement are on my mind. I've spent the last two years exploring the blogging world and trying to find my own niche, what things I enjoy sharing, what things you guys like reading, etc. It's been equal parts fun, confusing, frustrating, and rewarding. I'm still learning, but I really want to go into next year (and these last two months) strong. So I've put together a reader survey that will help me get a better idea of how to move forward from here. I want to hear your feedback on what you love or don't love about Stuck with Pins, and what you'd like to see more of here. I'd very much appreciate your honest feedback. So please help me out by taking my reader survey! :)

To give a little incentive, by filling out the survey, you'll be entered to win a 17x13" print of my piece Necromance. Just leave your email at the end of the survey so I can contact you if you win. I'll share the winner and the summary of the results sometime next week. Thanks so much everyone! Can't wait to read your input!

Friday, October 31, 2014

“Mediocre Shakespeare” Music Video for Being As An Ocean

I'm so excited to announce that the official music video I styled and directed for Being As An Ocean is now live! Thanks to the talented Michael Ko for filming, editing, and making my crazy ideas come to life (not to mention putting up with all my nit-picky revision requests). And thanks to the beautiful Alexandra Sweiss for being such a trooper walking barefoot through oak leaves and gettin' weird in the forest.

I had such a fun time creating this headdress, hauling my curios out into the woods, and seeing all of it come to life in the final video. Check it out below!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

DIY Skeleton Sweater

It still doesn't quite feel like fall around here in San Diego (does it ever?) and October is quickly passing (as it always does). I've been planning on trying my hand at freezer paper stenciling and making this skeleton sweater for a long time, but I'm still wearing crop tops and shorts over here…

Anyways. We had a nice gloomy morning the other day, so I finally set out to make this ribcage/skeleton sweater. This was my first time attempting freezer paper stenciling and I'm officially hooked! It was so easy to do and turned out better than I could have imagined. I wore my sweater all day immediately after finishing it (despite the 75 degree and sunny forecast) and got numerous compliments on it. Expect lots more DIY projects and freebies like this from me in the future.

Comfy sweater
Fabric paint
• Paint sponge
Freezer paper
• Scissors or xacto knife & cutting mat
• Cardboard
• Printer (optional - you can draw yours by hand if you like)
• Ribcage design (Click to download!)

I made arm bones as well, but decided not to use them. You can download those here!

01 // Print (or draw) your design & cut out

Download my ribcage design here and print on the paper side of the freezer paper. I have a 12in borderless printer, so I was able to print a nice large design on one sheet. Depending on your resources, you may need to tile together a few sheets or hand draw your stencil to achieve the size you want. Then cut out all the shapes, and take special care not to lose any of the internal pieces (I kept the right and left rib spaces in separate piles).

02 // Assemble the design on your sweater

On a smooth surface, lay the stencil on the sweater with the plastic side facing down and replace all the internal shapes to reform the ribcage design. If any of your internal shapes were cut a bit jagged, feel free to smooth them out with your scissors now.

03 // Iron down the freezer paper

Carefully iron over the freezer paper on medium heat. I didn't want to risk my inside pieces shifting around, so I gently placed the iron on top of each section versus dragging it across the design. Make sure all the edges are ironed down so no paint bleeds underneath the stencil. (Also don't burn yourself like I did…)

04 // Protect with cardboard & start painting

Slide a piece of cardboard into the sweater in case the paint seeps through the fabric. Use your sponge brush to dab the fabric paint onto the sweater. Be extra careful around those thin right and left sides. Ideally, you should probably have a lot more paper protecting the sides of your design so you don't accidentally get any paint outside the lines (like I did).

05 // Let dry & apply more layers

The first layer of paint will look fairly light as it soaks into the fabric. I got impatient and applied three more layers before allowing it to dry. (I don't got all day to paint a sweater.) But this didn't really work and only made it take much longer to dry. I waited overnight before applying the next layer. If you're patient, you should wait at least 30 minutes before applying another coat of paint. I applied my next and final layer the next day. Let dry and reapply until you've achieved your desired whiteness (3-5 layers).

06 // Carefully peel off the stencil

When the paint has completely dried, carefully peel away the stencil. The paint will be gummy and may cling to the paper, so be gentle so you don't tear any of the design off with it. For the center pieces, rather than picking at the corners to remove, I pinched the paper in the middle and peeled.

Protip! If any paint did happen to bleed outside of the stencil, no worries! Just use some black acrylic paint and lightly go over any mistakes. No one will notice. ;)

07 // Heat set

I don't really know how necessary this step is, but another blog said to do it, so I did. The directions on the paint don't require any heat setting, but the DIY instructions I read claimed it keeps the design from fading after washing. It also made the design feel less sticky. So place another piece of fabric (I used one of Dave's old t-shirts) on top of the design and iron over it.

And there you have it! Your very own pseudo-"screenprinted" freezer paper stenciled sweater! And you didn't have to pay $200 for it like a crazy person.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Halloween Mix - The Witching Hour

Back with another bewitching mix for the Halloween season. Lots of gritty lo-fi shoegaze with ghostly breathy vocals, experimental beats, and haunting electronics. Check out last year's mix for even more spooky tunes.

01. "Carousel" — Melanie Martinez
02. "Walk At Night" — Cults
03. "Blood On Your Hands" — Swans
04. "Caladan" — Grimes
05. "In Hiding From The Crow" — Zola Jesus
06. "Ghost Tonight" — Chairlift
07. "Dying Well" — Joywave
08. "Impending Doom" — Sweet Valley
09. "I Died With You" — Chelsea Wolfe
10. "The Ghost Who Walks" — Karen Elson
11. "Knife" — Keep Shelly in Athens
12. "Graveyard Dream Blues" — Josie Miles


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Bridesmaid Gifts That Don't Suck

The final weeks before our wedding, I was having the hardest time coming up with gift ideas for my bridesmaids that would make them feel special, fully express my gratitude for how much work they put into the parties leading up to the big day, and not be totally lame. Suggestions online really weren't much help. Monogramed tote bags? Bedazzled flip flops? Ick. No thank you. Here are 4 fun gifts I gave my girls that are guaranted not to end up in the trash after the wedding.

1 // Floral Robes - I knew I wanted robes my girls could wear during our weekend up at Bailey's, but those cotton floral ones from India every. single. bride. seems to use now were a bit outside my budget at $35 a pop. I searched and searched for something cheaper and better suited for my awesome ladies, and just as I was about to give up the hunt, I stumbled upon these adorable floral chiffon robes at Forever 21. Score!

2 // Flower Crowns - Next up, I made flower crowns for each of my girls to wear on rehearsal day. I love any excuse to dress up and put on fun over-the-top pieces you wouldn't normally pair with an everyday outfit. Plus they looked darling in photos. ;) Making 6 of these was a labor of love and my maids really appreciated them. And really - who doesn't love flower crowns?

3 // Personalized Hangers - These were mostly for photo op purposes, but I hand wrote each girl's name on a wood hanger from Target. At our venue, each couple had their own adorably vintage bedroom in the Bailey House, and the ladies hung their dresses on a hook on the backs of the doors with their name hanger.

4 // Memento Necklaces - I wanted to give each girl a little something to remember the day by, that didn't involve engraving our wedding date on the surface (seriously, people need to stop making these kinds of bridesmaids gifs; I'll never again use a flask that has your wedding date on it - stoppit). Antlers were a big theme at our wedding, so I bought these beautiful gold antler charms and put them on dainty gold chains. I still catch my girls wearing them even a month after the wedding!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Halloween Pinspiration - The Mad Naturalist

As much as I absolutely love Halloween, I loathe most of the tacky decor that starts popping up on my Pinterest feed when October rolls around. In past years, I was inspired by the sophisticated appeal of a shabby-chic-all-white Halloween. This year, I'm feeling something a bit darker. Admittedly, my house already looks like this year round. But I wanted to lend some inspiration your way for those looking for a change of scenery from all the orange and black.

Dusty Books - Try decorating with tattered books. Not all of us live in a library of antique vellum bound books, so instead take some old reads, scuff up the covers, and stain the pages with tea. Line your shelves with them or stack other spooky items on top with the stained pages turned out.

Mysterious Bottles - Tell me I'm not the only one obsessed with old bottles? Authentic antique medical bottles can cost a pretty penny. Save glass around the house (wine, liquor, jars, etc) and make your own props by painting them matte black, rolling 'em in dust, and maybe even printing and distressing your own labels.

Scientific Illustrations - I love love love the Victorian charm of vintage biological illustrations. The Biodiversity Heritage Library has a plethora of high resolution zoological, botanical, and entomological scans available on their Flickr. Print out some creepy crawlies and frame them on your mantel, or even decoupage them on a pumpkin.

Cobweb-covered Curiosities - If you're a collector like me, then you know how easy it is decorating for Halloween. Stretch some cobwebs thinly over your curios and call it a day.

Happy decorating everyone! I'd love to see any of your Halloween crafts and displays, so leave a link in the comments. :)

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