Self-Portraiture : Take 1

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I wouldn’t say portraiture is my strong point.

And self-portraiture? Count me out!

But, -sigh-, my art teacher is absolutely sold on doing lit self portraits, and in oil pastels too… So here is the product of my first attempts at practicing this foreign media. Bask in the scary intensity of my expression!

-slowly melts into oblivion-

Art to Adore

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Happy Friday friends!

It has been a little while since I last posted. I’ve missed you. Life has just been crazy! Summer is speeding by and my little girl just turned one! I’ve finally finished processing the pics from her party, so I will be sharing those very soon but today – I have a collection of art for you to adore with me. I couldn’t decide on just one artist to feature so, I chose some of my favorite pieces. Enjoy.

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{ kathe fraga }

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{ angela stasio }

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{ jill ricci }

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{ judith geher }

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{ kristen neveu }

Have a beautiful weekend!

xo,

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Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

With the Christmas festivites gone and over, I’m always left with some cravings for more holiday treats.

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Mmm… soft and chewy, these cookies are the perfect fix for any post-holiday dessert or snack. 8D

You will need:

            1 tsp ground ginger

            1/2 tsp pumpkin-pie spice (or cinnamon with hint of nutmeg)

            2/3 cup brown sugar

            1/3 cup white sugar

            1/4 cup cocoa powder

            1 ½ tsp baking soda

            1/2 cup all-purpose flour

            1/4 cup chocolate chunks (or chips,)

            4 tbsp applesauce

            2 tsp pure vanilla extract

            2 eggs

Preheat oven to 350oF. Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl. In separate bowl, beat the egg, adding in the applesauce and vanilla extract. Add mixture to the dry ingredients, blending well. Roll the dough into 1tbsp balls with your hands, and place in fridge to chill for half an hour. Bake for 8 minutes, and remove from heat, allowing them to harden for at least 10 minutes. Serve warm or store in airtight container.

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Christmas Cookie Inspiration – Round One

Sugar + cookies = delicious-ness in a single bite!

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To kick of the holidays, I decided to make some holiday sugar cookies and go absolutely wild with the decorating…

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Even if not all of them turned out perfect, they still tasted amazing… and that’s what counts, right?

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Happy Holidays everyone! <3

Wednesday Quote : suckin’ at something

For the days where I just feel like collapsing into my bed and hibernating until summer time, or the days where everything I do is a screw up, all I ever need is an inspirational Jake quote:

Now I can’t seem to find the source for this one, but none the less, it’s honestly some sound piece of advice.

Sometimes, I get down on myself. I think to myself “I’ll never succeed… I suck.” But you know what? I might suck now. But that’s alright. If I persist, I know that I’ll improve, and who knows – maybe one day I’ll look back see how far I’ve come.

Happy Wednesday~

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