Thursday, May 31, 2012

Stalking my Future Husband

Disclaimer: This is a true story that happened about a year ago.  Candice and I were being very silly and very dramatic.  I don't actually believe he is my future husband (I hadn't met Peter yet).  Also, some names have been changed.

   The fact that Candice was visiting from out of town was only a lame excuse for another reason to go back to the restaurant.  I had already been there 3 times in the past week and a half.  He’s not going to fall in love with me on his own, is he?  The first time I went there, I saw him – he was so handsome – I made small talk, introduced myself, ordered my food - the usual.  I mean, I was with a group of friends, what more could I do?  The second time I went there, he didn’t remember me.  But he felt really bad about it – that’s an in!  Then I took Candice there.

   Once she saw him, she understood.  He always acted awkward.  Kind of shy, self-conscious.  But his looks made up for it.  Then I met his brother.  Taller, equally as handsome, friendly, personable, not awkward...  Hey, if younger brother isn’t stepping up to the plate…

   Older brother made sure he waited on us.  He came to refill my water glass and ended up talking for 15 minutes.  Fifteen minutes.  Candice and I kept eating, he kept talking.  He had refilled my water glass 3 times before he realized he should probably wait on other tables.  But by then I was lost, hopelessly in love - younger brother completely forgotten.  There was only one small problem…

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Art Journal Update


Another small peek inside my journal.  See part 1 and part 2.


Watercolor and flower and leaves.

Permanent marker and watercolor

Skyline- marker sketch

Monday, May 28, 2012

Christian likes butter

Random occurrences at Laura's house...

Christian likes butter

Ryan likes chocolate

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Ideas for framing photos - DIY (Do It Yourself)

Inspired by this: 
(Martha Stewart, from here)

I made this:

I found a frame with a small matte at the Dollar Tree for $1.  
I took the matte out and painted it yellow with watercolor paint (you can use whatever kind of paint you have on hand).  

I took a photo from Romania and printed it with my home printer on photo paper.  I printed it black and white but I think a light sepia (how it appears in the above snapshot) might look better.  

I quite like how it turned out.  Can't wait to do another!

I chose yellow for the matte because the church in the original photo is yellow: 

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Sleepy Peruvian

I love this photo but wish it weren't so dark.  
It was about 4:30 in the morning, the sun was thinking about getting up, and every 5 minutes or so a lone canoe-er would glide by on the river.  I would have enjoyed it so much more if it weren't 4 in the morning!

Photo taken by me.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Triangle Collage

I was inspired by a geometric collage I saw on the blog A Beautiful Mess.  So I made my own version of it.  I used pictures from when Peter was here and we visited the tide pools in San Diego.  I printed out pictures of really old postcards from the internet (on regular paper), and I used some fabric scraps I had lying around.  I also used some card stock as filler colors. 

Instructions:  Cut out an equilateral triangle (I googled a template), trace onto pictures, fabric, etc, cut out, line up and glue (I used mod podge) onto card stock or cardboard.  Cut to desired size.  Display.

I'm not satisfied with my result.  It just looks a little lopsided to me...  I'm also not extremely fond of the colors.  I do like how the ocean picture (top middle) looks in a triangle like that.  Kinda cool.  

Thursday, May 24, 2012

More of Brazil - Graffiti in Sao Paulo

There is a lot of interesting graffiti in Sao Paulo.  Some is gross,  some is artistic.  I didn't get as many pictures as I would have liked.  Here's a little taste for you.

You should have seen the other side of the wall... it had all the rest of the Disney movie characters.  :)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


(Photo by my good friend, Samuel Pitts)

Some thought-provoking

      awe-inspiring thought:

[insert here].

Yet,           nothing.

Is this how I shall feel
                                   until I die?


Tuesday, May 22, 2012


Some Instagram photos.  Follow me, if you so desire.

from my journal

I want to make a painting of this door.  I'll show you how it turns out.
At the First Presbyterian Church in Brawley.  

Why do I love trees so much?  

From the Betty Crocker Gluten-Free mix, homemade frosting.  I recommend. 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Korean palace ** details **

In a recent post I posted pictures of a Korean palace.  Here are some more photos of details around the palace that I thought were interesting.  Click on a photo to view it larger.

Print available in my Etsy shop

Print available in my Etsy shop

All photos were taken by me.  Check out my Etsy shop.  If there are any pictures from this post or elsewhere on my blog that you would like to order, please send me a message!  They come as plain prints or matted.  JulieSmithMusic (at) gmail (dot) com

Sunday, May 20, 2012

A palace in Korea - photos

According to Wikipedia: Gyeongbok "is a royal palace located in northern Seoul, South Korea. First constructed in 1394 and reconstructed in 1867, it was the main and largest palace of the Five Grand Palaces built by the Joseon Dynasty. The name of the palace, Gyeongbokgung, translates in English as 'Palace of Shining Happiness.'

"Nearly destroyed by the Japanese government in the early 20th century, the walled palace complex is slowly being restored to its original form prior to destruction. As of 2009, roughly 40 percent of the original number of palace buildings still stand or are reconstructed." source: 

Click on a photo to view it larger.

(Proof I was there)

Check back soon for another post of more detailed pictures from the palace.

All photos taken by me.

Saturday, May 19, 2012


The Camu-Camu fruit in Peru.  Yucky when eaten raw... yummy when made into a slushy-lemonadey type of drink!  It's very beneficial, too - lots of vitamin C!

Friday, May 18, 2012


     Little, silent
            Floaty thoughts
            Wafting through
                        Rosebud air.
Tell the time,           
            - No! -
Know it well.
  It fleets away,
Like little whispers do-
Mindlessly floating away.

I often get in E. E. Cummings "phases."  This was written during such a time.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

By the cathedral *

* also the title of a song I like by Keren Ann... Listen:

Photos from in, around, near the cathedral in Sao Paulo...
Click on a picture to view it larger...

Well I'm no sax player, but I believe that's bad technique...

Yes, I may have taken many of the pictures merely for the trees... but aren't they so cool?
I love trees.

All photos taken by me (except the one I'm in...obviously).