Collecting Postcards

I can’t quite remember but I know I was young when I first started collecting postcards. Most likely I was in elementary school and just old enough for my parents to let me earn pocket money and spend it on what I wanted.

On vacations I would want to get a souvenir and postcards are always the cheapest thing in the gift shop. Plus they don’t take up a lot of room in your suitcase!

Now that I’m older I love collecting them even more since not only are they cheap but they are a nice visual reference for what I saw when I was on my vacation. For a while I just had my whole collection in a shoe box, then multiple shoeboxes when one was too small.

Recently I’ve started finding ways to display my collection. I’ve bought two large frames and created colleges of the postcards within. They are a wonderful, unique art piece on my walls. I’ve also bought a photo album to keep some of them in which makes it much easier for me to look over them all. They don’t all fit in the album though since postcards come in many different sizes. I’m hoping to get some more frames soon so I can display even more of my collection.

Throwback Thursday: Study Abroad in Italy – Week One

In 2014 I was fortunate enough to participate in an Art History Study Abroad in Italy. Funnily enough I had learned about it the previous year when I was taking an first Art History course but I couldn’t go that year as I would have missed my brother’s wedding. The trip was four weeks long. Three of those weeks were spent in Florence and the last week in Rome with day trips to places such as Piza, Ostia Antica, and more.

The first day was a just a basic tour of Florence by the school we were partnered with then a more personal tour by my teacher. The second day we went inside the Duomo and saw the Cathedral climbing up to the top. The third day we climbed the Campinale. My teacher said normally she wouldn’t have had us climb so many stairs (around 900 I believe all together) back to back especially not so soon! However, there was a discount going on so doing so we some money.

Continuing on the third day we went to the museum to view the Baptistry doors created by Lorenzo Ghiberti. Then finished the day seeing Michelangelo’s “Pieta”. It’s amazing seeing things in person that you had only learned about in books. Everything so much bigger than I imagined.

The fourth day we toured the San Marco which consists of a church and a convent and has some AMAZING frescos. The fifth day we visited Clet Abraham’s studio who does some really cool street art. Sadly, he wasn’t in but I did buy some post cards and stickers there. Then we went to the San Miniato al Monte where we saw the beautiful “Christ between the Virigin and St Minias” mosaic.

That’s all for the first week! It’s hard to remember everything I saw. I might have to break back out my Art History books to help my identify artwork I took pictures of and the different places I went.

Pokémon Day

It’s Pokémon Day! I just learned about this day a few weeks go. I feel kind of bad about that considering how long I have been a fan…

I’ve owned at least one game for every generation of handheld that came out. I love starting a new journey and going through the regions defeating the gyms. My top game was Soul Silver because you got to travel through both Johto and Kanto plus one of your Pokémon followed you around! My second favorite is the more recent Sun game because of how great the graphics are plus the new Island Challenge you have to work through instead of battling gym leaders.

Most of favorite Pokémon are fire types so that’s the one I normally choose as my starter. However, sometimes I choose differently depending on if I really like the design of a different one. For the 5th Generation, in Unova, I chose Oshawott and in the 8th Generation, Alola, I chose Rowlet.

I downloaded the Pokémon GO app soon after it came out (I had to wait a few weeks until I could buy a phone that would support the game) and I’ve been playing it ever since. It’s my go to game whenever I’m traveling and it’s definitely motivated me to exercise more.

Recently, I bought Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! and even though it only has the first generation (except for Meltan and Melmetal) it’s a lot of fun! I love how each of the Pokémon have their animation to follow you. Also, the riding Pokémon are great. My favorite is Haunter!

Naval Bridal Shower Invite

Late last year I got asked to create an invite to a bridal shower. The person asking was my mom; she and the mother of the bride, a good friend of hers, were planning on throwing a bridal shower of their own. Their shower would be geared towards the mother of the brides friends so then the brides friends could throw their own shower.

The bride’s husband serves in the navy so my mom asked if I could incorporate that into the design. Hence the blue and yellow color scheme and tiny navy hat in the corner. I didn’t want the navy influence to overpower the fact this was an invitation to a bridal shower though. I also went for a more modern look in the design which was definitely not my first inclination and required lots of Googling to see ideas for different types of invitations.

Overall though I am quite happy with how it turned out, especially since it’s been quite a few years since I’ve played around in Illustrator.

Galentine’s Day

So I should preface this by saying I don’t watch Park & Rec, my younger sister does. What little I’ve seen of the show is from when I’ve been in the room when she’s watching it.

However, this year she introduced me to concept from it called Galentine’s Day: a day for ladies celebrating ladies. I love, love, love this idea! What a fun excuse to get all of my girlfriends together and go out and spoil ourselves and each other! As an introvert, I sometimes need reasons like this to get out of my house, go out, and have some fun! Plus, for ladies who have significant others, this gives them back-to-back days of spoiling!

This year, going out was the plan, but sadly, my younger sister is currently sick. So instead, we will stay in, order some delicious food, and binge watch one of our TV shows together. Which, to me, is just as much fun!