Miyazaki Lantern Complete!

After plenty of time procrastinating here and there, I’ve finally completed my Miyazaki lantern! With four panels featuring fanart from my four faves of the Studio Ghibli films; My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke and Howl’s Moving Castle. 

I’m not sure that I have a favorite panel of the four, as I truly love all four films…From the nostalgia and fun loving spirit of Totoro, to the bravery of Princess Mononoke, to the adventures of Sen and the romance between Howl and Sophie, I love them all! I recently bought a square lantern and plan on starting a new lantern project–I’m thinking Sailor Moon, my next favorite ๐Ÿ˜

I absolutely love how it looks in black and white, and at night when I turn on the candles inside, the light flickers and feels so cozy! ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿฎ  Of course, being the paranoid person that I am, I use remote controlled fake candles ๐Ÿ˜…

Now just have to figure out where I want to put it! 

Until next time,


Art & Self-Discipline

After graduating art school, the hardest thing to do is to discipline yourself to make your own artwork. I am always envious of the artists on Instagram or Facebook, who seem to be uploading new art pieces at least once every few days. How do they do it!? For some, art inspiration comes easily, and for others, like me, not always. Couple that with a myriad of other reasons and excuses, like “I’m too tired after my day job” or “I have errands to run, a dog to take care of, a significant other or family to see, friends to meet up with” and then at night when you’re in bed, you find yourself thinking, “I used to be creative. I used to make art all the time. Now what am I doing? Why am I not doing what I love?”

It really came down to me just telling myself, “Just MAKE TIME and DO IT.” And while I missed making artwork, I also realized I missed being with my friends. It is so easy to become a hermit, so easy to say, “Nah, I’m not going out tonight, I’m too tired” after a long work day, so easy to say “we haven’t seen each other in so long, the other person or people probably wouldn’t care to see me anymore anyway”, and also so easy to give up and not work on your passion for fear of failure. I watched a film with a friend last night called “Hello, My Name is Doris”, and something they said resonated with me more deeply than before, even though I must have heard it a thousand times before. “There are seven days of the week, and someday is not one of them.” 

I always thought to myself “I’ll get back to my artwork someday.” or “I’ll start that cool project idea someday.” or “I’ll hang out with my friends again at some point.” But as days and months go by, that someday never comes around because someday literally doesn’t exist within the calendar week! It seemed, after a while of not seeing anybody other than my family and boyfriend, that I was pretty alone most of the time, and in some ways, kinda sad. I needed change, otherwise I knew I would keep going downhill. About a month ago, I created a Facebook event and invited a bunch of old art school classmates and friends to visit my home for a weekend, where we could all just hang out, catch up, and make artwork together like when we were in art school. I crossed my fingers, hoping dearly that someone would come. In my mind though, I thought, “Don’t get your hopes up, you haven’t talked to these people in ages, they have absolutely no reason, or motivation, to come and spend a weekend for you doing art that doesn’t benefit them!” Imagine my surprise, and how wonderful it felt, when several of my old friends told me they would definitely come and that my event sounded fun. It was incredibly humbling, and it touched my heart so deeply that despite all my worries, my friends still had me in their thoughts and took the time out of their schedules to come and make art with me, for fun. My faith in humanity, restored, haha.

Based on a poll on Facebook, we decided to make art based on a theme of Geeky/Popular culture–more specifically, Superheroes and Pokemon! Friends started trickling in and we truly had a wonderful time, chatting, working on art and being creative together. Upon speaking with them, I felt an echo of a lot of my own feelings where people also found it hard to dedicate time to do their personal artwork, because we were getting too busy, life got in the way, we were growing up with new responsibilities. We all missed our creativity and time for art, we missed being together. In the end, I was so glad to have taken the leap of faith in creating the event, and even happier that my friends actually came. There is no other feeling that’s better than knowing there are others just like you, feeling the same way, and who want to be with you and enjoy your company. We’re excited to plan future meetups and events together, and can’t wait for the next hangout ๐Ÿ˜

On another note, I’ve made some progress with my Miyazaki lantern, with one more panel to go! Once that’s done, I’ll post it! But for now, here are some photos from this weekend ๐Ÿ’—

Some snacks and goodies while we work and catch up ๐Ÿ™‚

My thor-kachu in progress…

My sweet Sophie taking a nap while we work ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ’—

Our progress at the end of the night. Larissa got two pieces done! She’s a fast worker!

I made eggs benedict from scratch with crab on garlic toast and a side of chicken apple sausage ๐Ÿด

My furry baby hehe

Yay for friends!! ๐Ÿ’—

My finished piece ๐Ÿ˜

Until next time!


Art in Life, Healthy Living & Fun

So yesterday Wilson and I went to our first ever Color Vibe 5K in Morris Plains! It was super fun despite having to wait for an ungodly amount of time to get into their off site parking lot and then get shuttled to Central Park of Morris Plains. We waited in line to get parking, although saw a whole lot of ย people parking in the Shop Rite parking lot nearby and walking over, or driving in the other more empty lane only to try to cut in at the front. It was pretty aggravating..but I digress. ๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿš—

When we finally parked, we had to wait in line for the shuttle buses. It was pretty interesting seeing the different outfits some runners wore, some sported tutus, others plain white tees like us, or some in full neon garb!

It was at this time that we dug out our race bibs and pinned them to our shirts. Clean white tshirts! But not for long haha ๐Ÿ˜‚

Once we got there, people were already throwing color on themselves and their friends. We joined in and got plenty on each other! Once the run started, there were stations throughout the course where volunteers would throw color at us!

Here’s the blue station! It was actually a little harder to run than we thought, as the course was a little more narrow with a lot of traffic going through. Not that we complained because both of us are not really runners anyway, haha! We did jog a little at times just to feel better though ๐Ÿ˜…

This is us fully pelted in color and at the finish line! ๐Ÿ˜€

The Color Vibe 5K was truly a great experience–a great family friendly run with a lot of people who were really nice and fun, and in general helpted to create a positive atmosphere. The myriad of bright colors flying ย through the air and on every surface seemed like we were inside a painting! We became human canvases! The feeling of a large group of happy people, from children and families, to teens, adults and seniors, all decked out in color, smiling, laughing and not being afraid of a little mess, was so invigorating and inspiring. I’m so glad we signed up for the event and we’ll remember it for years to come. Luckily it all washed out pretty easily afterwards ๐Ÿ˜…

Here’s a little video of our experience! Tried my hand at making my first video ever, and used the iMovie app on my phone ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐ŸŽž๐Ÿ“ฝ

2016 Color Vibe 5Kย video

Color Vibe Finish Line

Until next time!


New Lantern Project Sneak Peek

So I’ve finally gotten down to working on a new project, and it’s going to be a piece of fan art/home decor that will honor my favorite animated movies by Hayao Miyazaki! 

Here I’ve started frosting the glass with Elmer’s glue, an idea I got from Pinterest, best website ever for creative inspiration ๐Ÿ˜€ Anybody want to take a guess what this will become? I’ll post pics once it’s complete! So excited!!

Speaking of Hayao Miyazaki, I also made a Ponyo-esque ramen (Jenny style which means + spicy and other doodads) a little while ago and thought I’d share here ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿ’•

Other than creating art, I also love to cook and I love food styling and photography (I’m still a very much a noob at it though, but I try!) If anyone has tips, please let me know!

 This is something I made today, a curry spam ramen ๐Ÿ˜ I absolutely LOVE soft boiled egg and spam. Doesn’t matter what folks say about spam, I grew up with it and it goes great with any meal! And who doesn’t like an ooey gooey creamy soft boiled egg ๐Ÿ˜‡

Until next time (hopefully with more progress on my new project!),