Sunday, December 28, 2008

On My Very Merry Christmas

My, I haven't written in ages! But I'm hoping you all will forgive me; I was busy enjoying Christmas with my family. I hope you all have enjoyed the holidays with your loved ones too! I was reorganizing some files, trying to clear off my desktop when I discovered a fun side-by-side comparison of two drawings.

The first is from when I was seven, and is a drawing of my shoe. Note the little flowers on the shoe? So cute! Little kids always have such sweet dear little articles of clothing. I am especially fond of the movement lines in the picture; is the shoe jumping? Cart-wheeling? Who knows! I like how unsteady the date is though.

Now, a drawing from when I was sixteen (I believe), another one of my shoe! (Sorry for the poor scan; I don't know where the original drawing is either, so I couldn't re-scan the image.) Apparently I like drawing my shoe! Haha~ :-) I just thought it was cute that I had two different versions of the same item in my life.

I've been doing some stuff in Photoshop lately, but nothing that isn't either a.) for work or b.) too silly and simple to post here. I had grand plans for churning out a dozen different little projects over break, but in the end I'm more grateful for the time I've had with the people I love. I hope everyone ends 2008 well, and I'll try to post at least once more before 2008 bows out. Let's get excited for the new year together!!

Love and Best,
your Bee ♥

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

On Some Good Cheer

Well hello again blogland! I have returned, bearing a holiday inspired doodle. I just love everything about the holidays; the warmth of home against the quiet hush of cold snow, the sense of expectation, the way friends and family come together again. It seems like everyone and everything I cherish gathers around the holidays, and I can't seem to keep a smile of my face even if I were to try! I meant to make some Christmas cards by hand this year, but as always time seems to have eluded my grasp once more. I might have to take up my mother's excellent suggestion that I make Valentine's Day cards instead. With the additional time, I have a much better chance of uh, actually completing the project haha! I am quite excellent at scheming up projects, but finding the time to carry them all out is another matter entirely. :D But I think at this time of year it's most important to try and slow down and appreciate all the wonderful blessings in our lives anyways, so I don't worry myself too much. After all, dreaming is half the fun!
Anyways, so here's a doodle for you all, my dear Tiny Makers. (There were a few others, but frankly on review I realized that they're not particularly good, so I'll have to work on some more fun little cards~) Happy holidays everyone!

Love and Best,
your Bee ♥

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

On An Aetiology

I realized that I never gave any reason for why I chose the url that I did for this blog... I will remedy this immediately~ :) So, an explanation! I chose Tiny Made because I wanted this to be a craft blog. I like creating things with my own hands, and in general my handmade things tend to be small. I can't mass produce things, so everything is made on a small scale, both literally as in I can only make one of anything at a time, but also in the sense that I like to make things that are tiny as well. So they're tiny made, just as they're handmade! Additionally, I'm a very small person, so I was "made tiny" as well, which I thought was a cute. I also like taking macro pictures. You focus on a small detail of an object as a whole, and all of a sudden you can find entire complex worlds hidden within the mundane. Everything is beautiful close up. Suddenly you can see all the color variations and graceful lines of veins in a single leaf, or you can marvel at the delicate precision in a tiny bug. I think it's astounding.

So there you have it! Welcome to Tiny Made; I hope you enjoy your stay! :D

Love and Best,
your Bee ♥

Sunday, December 14, 2008

On An End Of Roosters

Long time no write! Sorry blog-land, between gearing up for the holidays and then finals, I have been slightly neglectful. But no more! I return, with the last of some roosters for a while (I promise!) :)

The first is a stuffed animal rooster than I created just for kicks. The picture isn't amazing because I was too impatient to wait for better lighting, but you get the gist.

The second is another watercolor painting, this time slightly more realistic. Can you tell I love color? He's a regular rainbow fowl! But I like him.

That's it for now, although I might have some more later with a quilt I'm working on. We'll see if I have anything picture-worthy!

Until then, I hope you're staying warm and enjoying this holiday season as much as I am.

Love and Best
your Bee ♥

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

On A Series Of Roosters

..And you thought that I was kidding. Ha! That'll teach ya. ;D Anyways, this one is just another random painting I made (at the request of my mother, because she thinks roosters are pretty adorable). Sorry for the slightly bad quality photograph, I was too impatient to wait for the kitchen to be fully lit.

Done in acrylic. Can you tell I'm procrastinating on my next problem set? The bane of my existence, haha! (That's a mighty fine existence, if my only real concern is a series of questions on set theory. :D) I hope everyone is getting pumped for Thanksgiving, and I may or may not be back with some more stuff later. We'll see. I'm debating between cutting up some fabric, doodling, going on a music spree (don't think that I can afford this, haha! what a habit~) or going to the bookstore. I think I hear some books calling, so image-uploading might not occur... xD

Happy Wednesday, regardless!

Love and Best
your Bee ♥

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

On (A Lack Of) Creativity

So I realized that for a blog that is supposedly about my "creative" life, I have absolutely nothing creative up on here! So because I'm lazy, and I've done my part to deplete the world's natural resources, I've decided that if I want to make a quickie post, I'll just show some old art. Some of it's laughably bad. No, check that actually; ALL of it is laughably bad! But just so long as you promise not to laugh TOO much, I don't mind a good chuckle now and again. :) So for today's first reminiscing drabble, I give you some watercolor roosters.

Behold! Absolutely no technical skill, but geez I like roosters so much. Actually, I could probably do a series on roosters.. yeesh! (Maybe I will... LOL! A series of rooster posts anyways~) Don't get too excited now.. ;D

P.S.- I'm a cheater and got a Flickr, because I thought that perhaps that would be easier than trying to embed every single photo I'd like to share. Plus this way, you can browse at leisure! But it looks like I'll run against my monthly allotment of space in about.. twelve images. Oops! Time to resize~ :) Hope the link works, and that everyone is getting excited for Thanksgiving. I know I am!

Love and Best,
your Bee ♥

Monday, November 24, 2008

On Life's Simple Pleasures

Our outdoor Christmas lights are up. And I'm very very happy! I don't care how old I get, it never ceases to bring a smile to my face when I start to see Christmas lights. They're like warm little fairies, beckoning you home, each bright color a tiny lighthouse for your very own harbor.

Happy holidays everyone, this day and the next and all the rest. :D

Love and Best,
your Bee ♥

Sunday, November 23, 2008

On That State Up North

So when I said I would update later, I guess I really meant.. much later! Haha, oops~ Well for anyone wondering, we *did* in fact beat that state from up north, pretty thoroughly actually. (This is only proper. xD) Sadly Michigan State couldn't win their game, but ah well; can't get everything one wants in this world. ;D Anyways, enough about M*ch*g*n.. we don't give a.. particular care for them anyways!

Okay, so this long awaited story- I'm sorry that it isn't actually a very good story. Too much build up! Basically, it goes like this. I get to campus at around 8, but my first class of the day doesn't begin until 9:30, so usually I spend this time productively. You know, working on homework, catching up on reading, or at the very least checking my email. (I really need to go through and delete/respond to a bunch. I'm sorry!! I'm behind again..) But on this particular morning, I decided to instead go and revel in nature. So instead of sitting in a warm, if empty, classroom, I trekked around the Oval taking pictures. As I'm engrossed taking pictures of one tree in particular, all of a sudden out of nowhere someone asks if I want my picture taken.. with the tree. Startled, I jump, she jumps, and I realize it's my professor, unintentionally snuck up on me. I don't think that I can quite convey the very dubious way she looked at me, and the flat out hilarity of her expression as she asked me this. I politely declined, and then got stuck walking to class with her a full hour early, where we discussed a previous lab. So instead of some quiet time alone to reflect on the beauty of nature, I looked over my previous lab results. Haha! Oh goodness. (This also resulted in her telling me that I have "a very weird head" which additionally cracked me up. She meant in the sense of my pronunciation of the word "head" and the vowel therein, but that didn't stop me from enjoying the comment immensely. She sounded so scandalized, oh goodness! I guess I'm a deviant dialectal... :D)

So yes. That is the story. Aren't you all glad you waited for it?? No?! xD Too bad~

Love and Best
your Bee ♥

Friday, November 14, 2008

An Inaugural Post

I have considered getting a blog many times over. After all, who doesn't like to talk about their own life?! ;D But time restrictions and lack of content have always driven me away. However- no more! I am now the proud owner of a blog. I'm not entirely sure what I plan on doing with this space; I feel like I have to have some sort of target function and audience in mind. How personal should this be? I'd like to be able to talk about things that matter to me, but I also want to maintain my privacy. I'd really like for this to be a craft blog, but I am uncertain about my creative pacing; currently I'm in slow slow maybe-I'll-finish-this-before-I-die mode! So I think I'm going to settle on having a "happy life" blog. I want to collect, recollect, create happiness in my life and share it with you all. I think that having a blog to keep me accountable will make my goal of finding happiness everywhere much more tangible. So that's where I'd like to take this- phew! What a tall order~ :]

I guess I can only promise to do my best (and forewarn that sporadic updating will probably be the only constant around here, haha!)

Love and Best,
your Bee