Monday, December 5, 2011

Excited Adie

Hi everyone!
December has been a pretty great month already. I can feel it in my bones, guys. This is going to be one for the books.

Here are some things that have me pumped this month (so far):

Already we have gotten a good amount of snow, which equals LOTS of Adie grumbles. More importantly, however, this also equals lots of quality time with mah man friend. We've been drinking wine, getting all wild and crazy, and doing cool stuff like watching Titanic (we are WILD, I say! Wild!). Speaking of, raise your hand if you're as excited as I am for Titanic 3D to come to theaters in 2012? That right there is reason enough to count down until next year, amirightoramiright ;)

Got this flat out righteous screen shot the other day. Quick! Name that B list celebrity!(wait, C list?)

P.S. Sorry it's so blurry. In the awkward screenshot business, it all happens so fast. You know?

ANNNNDDD, remember when I mentioned how hard I've been working in my studio? Well, I made another update to Adiemade and I'm pretty darn excited about it. There are more to come, so stay tuned. I gotta say, when fun things start a-brewin' for me in my creative mind, I can not even begin to tell you how centered and balanced it makes me feel in every.single.other.area of my life. Amazing! 

I also went ahead and created an Adiemade Facebook page, so if you all are on there and would like to recieve more regular updates about my jewelry, hop over there and become a pal! I'm not going to give tooooo much away right here, but let's just say I have a couple of surprises up my sleeve that FB pals will want to keep up with, if you know what I'm saying ;)

www.adiemade.bigcartel.com

I hope December has you all as excited as I am! As always, thanks for stopping by.
xoxo,
Adie

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Grateful for it all

November was a real doosie for me(by the way, THANK YOU to everyone for your kind words on my last post!)...it was filled with really high highs and really low lows. 

Now that it's officially December and all, a part of me would really like to say "alright, November, I wash my hands of you" and move right along, but I feel that I have to take a minute and be thankful for that dang ol November anyway. Sure, November 2011 tested the SHIT out of me. Sure, it gave me some serious curves in the road but that's all they were. Tests and curves. And did I pass? YES! And did I make it around each and every one of those sick little twists? Yes I did! So, here's to that, and making some damn tasty lemonade if you know what I mean.


A few things I am grateful November gave me:

Studio time almost every day and working on the new Adiemade collection with the passion it deserves.
My sweet, loving, patient boyfriend and his love for cooking. My soul thrives on it, I swear.
I love photobooth-what can I say?, a stunning way to wake up, Dog-sitting the coolest wiener dog in all of AZ, Irvin Rex
My sweet 18 year old cat, tulips for heads during Thanksgiving, giving my jewelry collection the love it needed (antler and Japanese 'lunch box' are from my amazing Grandpa Tom)

Retail therapy in the form of an amazing deal on Sam Edelman Adena flats, studio video chat sessions with my gal Alex


This is what I'm looking forward to in December:

Pouring more passion into Adiemade
Making time each day for tea
Eating. LOTS.
Watching "Captain Ron" and "Overboard" more
Retaking my math assessments and not failing (anyone wanna tutor me over the internet? haha)
Leaving more and more space for gratitude in every area of my life
Having my family in one place again
Resuming video chat dates with my long-distance best pals


xoxo,
Adie
 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I love my home

Have you ever looked up at the sky right at dusk and felt like you could taste the billows above you? 
Like the puffs of water vapor and fractals of sun would taste like buttery lemon pound-cake with creme on top...strawberry cheesecake smothered in a sugary glaze

Or give you that sweet sweet sensation of raspberry meringue lightly disintegrating on your toungue? 

That sky above you tastes like angel-food cake
airy and light
floating along
dipping into piles of strawberries, lemons, and powdered sugar
like the finest creme brule 
with its sugar crystals dancing like sugar plum fairies...
aaaalll over your taste buds


...do those clouds ever make your mouth water?

Have you ever looked up at the sky right at dusk and felt like you could feel the billows above you? 
Like the finest Egyptian cotton...1500 thread count...
wrapped around you with a cool touch
Like turning over the pillow in the middle of the night
being kissed by the cold side
Like the love of your life
snuggling up close as the sun rises and the temperature drops
wrapping their arms and legs around you
pulling those sheets up high

Everything is clean
Everything is calm
Everything is bright
Everything is beautiful


That, my friends, is the Arizona sunset. Mystical.magical. every.single.day.No editing. No filters. No "hipsta" or "insta". This is AZ.


I love my home.
The Sun also rises


xo,
Adie



Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Minerals for Mom





My Mom appreciated the little things


My Mom told me the story of rocks


Of Turquoise, Agate, Opal, Pearl, Citrine, Schist, Tourmaline, Obsidian, Quartz.
Of fossils, of petrified wood, of Diamands, of Pearls.
Of way too many life lessons learned in the most abstract ways...


We would drive along the highway and she would slow way down sometimes to stare at the cuts made in the mountains. She would tell me about each layer, how slow and fascinating the process was that formed our Earth. Igneous, sedimentary, metamorphic...I learned those words before 1st grade, and I felt like I was there as it was all happening...the heat, the pressure, water and wind...synchronicity and harmony...resistance and struggle...

This weekend I took her beautiful spirit with me to a local Gem and Mineral show, just like the ones we used to go to when I was young. My best friend and I scanned each and every booth in the college gymnasium where it was held. We blushed and exclaimed at times, unable to contain our amazement. We saw all of the raw rocks and minerals, all of the polished and unpolished precious and semi-precious stones.

I couldn't help it as I gravitated towards a Turquoise ring with the most beautiful coloring. The patina on the Silver seemed to speak to me and before I knew it, I turned to Becky and said "I need to buy this". As I caught the eye of the woman behind the table, she smiled and said she thinks it's a piece from the 40's, and that the Turquiose is from Southern Colorado. I cried a little as I thought of my Momma. That's where she grew up. I bought it.


This is probably a lot for me to be letting out here on the interweb, and I may end up deleting this because this whole thing is hard...really hard. But for now it feels good to get it out there. No matter what, this will be good for me. For all of us, maybe?


Turquoise is one of my connections to my Mother. When I was small and she would leave the house for a meeting or an event, I would go into her room and take out all of her jewelry and wear it. After her passing, I wear each day a piece from that beautiful collection of hers and it's usually Turquoise. It brings protection and support. And its hers. So, that day I bought a Turquoise ring of my own...with my own money...something that spoke to me...and that means something to me. Something huge. It means now that I can wear her protection with my own, that I am finally starting to see the grief process pay off. That I am starting to find my legs, my feet, and feel my own path as a woman emerge. For that, I am grateful and I'll continue to wear my rocks with pride. I take her everywhere in those bracelets she left for me. So, when people tell me they like my jewelry or they just love Turquoise I tell them "thank you. I do too." ...She does too. I love my Mommy always and forever and she's not going anywhere as long as she's on my wrists.


Thank you, sweet friends, for reading. Intense, I know. But hopeful. I do have hope. So much love to you all, and I hope your Tuesday brings beauty to your life. xoxo

Sunday, July 31, 2011

We're lovers and we love to cook.

My boyfriend Addison knows his way around the kitchen...and into my heart(insert jealousy/envy/whatever here, I'm grateful and lucky! hehe ;) and his passion for cooking has slowly started to trickle into my life too. If any of you are pals of mine on Facebook or Twitter, chances are you have already gotten many a glimpse into that part of our relationship (the one that happens in the kitchen) and have also probably asked us for recipes or tips or what have you. Well, wait no longer buddies! We decided we'd start sharing photographs and recipes of our adventures in the kitchen with all of you right here, and that we'd make a little date-night out of it, too. How's that for mutually beneficial? Eh?

For this meal, being that it's Summer in Arizona and all, we wanted something sort of on the light side with minimal stove-slaving. Also, I was craving zucchini for no dang reason at all. I wanted to prepare an old standard of mine (zucchini with ricotta, pine nuts, garlic and lemon) but then we realized we're poor as dirt and pine nuts are plenty spendy. Enter Foodnetwork.com and their super snazzy appetizer recipe for Grilled Zucchini rolls with herbs and cheese.  

Side note: I don't know about you guys, but when I was a kid and my parents would let me order a bad ass appetizer like bruschetta or nachos for dinner instead of a meal, I felt like the Queen of the Universe...that feeling never goes away, apearently. So tonight we dined like royalty and had appetizers for dinner.

Here are the Deets:
(recipe adapted from this one. Our very few edits will be seen in italics)

Ingredients


3 zucchini (about 1/2 pound each), sliced lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/8 teaspoon salt
Pinch freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 ounces reduced-fat soft goat's cheese (if you're a cheese addict like me, don't be stingy here...throw in at least 2-3 oz)
1 tablespoon freshly minced parsley leaves Dill leaves
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
2 cups baby spinach leaves
1/3 cup basil leaves
little sprinkle of onion powder

Would also be delicious with a little bit of prosciutto or tomato tapenade rolled up in there, too.

Directions


Discard Save the outermost slices of zucchini for an omelet or something and brush the rest of the slices with the oil on both sides. Season with salt and pepper. Place on a preheated grill or grill pan for about 4 minutes on each side, or until tender.
In a small bowl combine the goat cheese, parsley leaves dill leaves, onion powder, and lemon juice, mashing with a fork.
Put 1/2 teaspoon of the cheese mixture about 1/2-inch from the end of a zucchini slice. Top with a few spinach leaves and 1 small, or half of a large basil leaf. Roll up and place seam side down on a platter. Repeat with the rest of the zucchini slices. 

Tips from Adie and Addy:
This recipe was sssuuuppper easy, so there isn't a lot to change! The main thing I would note is when slicing the zucchini, try to be as consistent with the slices as possible and keep em thin...1/4 inch as recommended is a little on the thick side, so I'd aim for 1/8. Also, don't be afraid to get those slices super floppy (it'll help you with the whole rolling part of this activity).
Happy cooking!

Wine spritzers on our front porch, too :)

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Motivating Myself: The Simpsons Style


I'm starting a new series over here on the Adie blog. 

This week, I'm talking about something near and dear to my heart... "The Simpsons" and how while watching just one episode this morning, breakfast burrito in hand, with my boyfriend next to me, I became motivated (I mean, I'm still on the couch and all...but hey, I feel motivated...isn't that enough? Hahaa). Each installment will feature something or someone else that motivates me...so, without further ado, here is round one. How The Simpsons inspired me this morning. 


In "real life" we have Chicken Soup for the Soul, Deepak Chopra, The Happiness Project (a good read, guys), Oprah, and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. In The Simpsons, they have Brad Goodman, "Smoke yourself Thin", "Do What you Feel Day", "Adjusting your Self-o-Stat" and "Get confidence, Stupid". Now, what The Simpsons also has is Bart, Homer, Lisa, Marge and Maggie. And Santa's Little Helper. And Mo. And Larry. And Krusty...etc etc. So, we watch how they all interact on the boob-tube, right? We laugh, we mock, we cringe, and man...we all probably think "wow, whatever those writers are on, give me some, cause seriously, WHO thinks of this stuff!?". Well, here's the deal. I took a step back and looked around....

We ALL have our own Bart in our lives. We all have Homer, Lisa, Marge and Maggie...they're probably sitting right next to you as you're reading this (Hi, Homer!). We ALL get excited over little things, just as Homer did when reading an add for a free trampoline in the newspaper, we all have weird hair days just like Marge does every day, we all want to say "I just do what I want" ala Bart, we all have moments where we feel like we're the only one that's not a nincompoop just like Lisa does, we all get proven wrong...just like Lisa does, and we all want snacks sometimes so bad we feel like we could lose an arm reaching into a vending machine and just not care, like Homer.

I guess I have a few points to make here. 

1. when you boil it down, life is simple. There is no need for artifice, faking it, or any sort of inauthentic acts , because as I just saw in this episode...one minute you can feel like a God, and the next minute you realize you're sitting on an ice cream sandwich.

2. In Springfield, they had a "Do What You Feel" Festival in honor of Bart's outlook on life, and I gotta say... that sounds pretty good right now. So, why not guys!? Why don't we all stop saying "no" to things, and start saying "yes" to stuff that makes us happy. Let down our guards and run in the sprinklers naked, pick up a little pebble and keep it with you always just cause it makes you happy,laugh as loud as you want at whatever you want, and just sit on that swingset and swiiiinnnggg for hours, until you get sick. 

3. It's also important to remember "doing what you want" really means just THAT. Nothing more, nothing less. I don't know, I could say the typical stuff here and say "do something crazy, cause life is short"...but I don't agree. I think that life is rich, and life is real, so if sitting on the couch eating donuts and watching "Clueless" makes you happy, than that is "crazy" enough! As Bart says "I'm blue. Time for my patented spitting off of the overpass."...simple as that.

4. You know how when you're dating a new guy and people sometimes tell you "love him for who he is now, not who you think he'll be later" or something like that? Well, same thing for YOU. Take Homer, for example. He has Marge who loves him even though he sticks weird things in electrical sockets and shit. But he also seems to have such a good level of self confidence just as he is...so take it from him...self love first :)



Whew!
I hope that was inspiring to you guys too! I know I'll need to return to this entry in the future to remind myself of the sage teachings of The Simpsons lest I forget :) OK, now I'm off to watch some garbage on TV and eat food. Then, my best bud and I are heading off to Prescott's Gem and Mineral Show. Should be righteous!




Monday, July 25, 2011

Guest Post!

Welp, I'm brewing up some awesome things over here on ye ol blog. In the meantime, check me out on my girl Danielle's blog, Sometimes Sweet. Stoked! Hope you all are having a great night and I'll be back with some neat posts soon!...do I smell a little DIY, too? Hmmm...stay tuned, sweet people :)

xoxo,
Adie

One of my most radical Farmer's Market scores...prettiest onions evvvaarr!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Design Crush: William Haines

Dear Mr. Haines,
I'm sorry to admit this, but I just recently fell in love with your work. Sure, I'd heard about you on the street and stuff, and in design school people sung your praises. But it wasn't until an awesome customer at work shared his passion for your work with me that I really started seeing my feelings shift in your direction. 

Now, Billy (can I call you that?), first I have to tell you I am proud of you. Being openly gay in the 1920's and being one of the most famous silent film actors at the time? Yep, nothing but proud of you. When MGM dropped your contract in 1930 because of your refusal to deny your sexual orientation...I gotta say, knowing that you remained proud and stuck to your guns, fills me with hope. 

At that point, you turned away from film forever and let your design talents soar. This is where my heart flutters....You designed interiors for Joan Crawford, Gloria Swanson, Carole Lombard, George Cukor,(who were all your friends from your film days),Betsy Bloomingdale, Nancy and Ronald Reagan, and Leonore Annenberg, to name a few. 

Billy, let's talk about your furtniture. While you were one of the biggest to popularize the "Hollywood Regency" style, I admire your ability to span so many different (although they are all modern) design styles, such as "California Modern", "Mid Century Modern" and "American Modern". Billy, you were a rule breaker! You combined Antiques with Modern pieces, and English and Continental furniture which was a major shake up for your times...man after my own heart, you are!!


William Haines, your life's work is inspiring. Your story is inspiring. Your lifestyle is inspiring. YOU are inspiring. To be a man that struggled with the predominating culture, still coming out of it with a partner who loves you, a career that is inspiring to current designers everywhere (uuhh, ME! For one), and to have a true legacy that continues even after your death? WOW. Take that, MGM studios! You clearly didn't need them.


And now, I will share some photos so we can all drool.

Handsome, to boot! Lucky Mr. Shields. Source
Pull Up Chair. Source

Valentine Sofa. Source
Ice Crystal Wall Sconce. Source
Modern man, modern design. Source

"You can hide things behind veils and ruffles, but when you come to simplicity, the truth comes out." -William Haines

"The only real freedom we have left is the home. Only there can we express anything we want." -William Haines

What a design master, am I right? Am I right?

XoXo,
Adie

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Had to Post This Gem of a Photograph

Had to Post This Gem of a Photograph by adiebug


My Gal Molly and me posing red carpet style at the Vibe Magazine B.E.T Awards Mixer. This is just after our Project Accessory casting in LA. Yeeeepppp!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Sooo...I just auditioned for a Television Show.

Wow. I just did that. Wait, really? Yep, I did.

So, remember how I asked you guys to cross your fingers at the end of this post? Well, it was because I was anxiously awaiting the day I would try out for Lifetime's newest Project Runway spin-off called Project Accessory. Yep, Project-flipping-Runway for my jewelry creations!? Adie, on TV? Adie, driving to Los Angeles on a whim to audition for TELEVISION, of all things? Whaaa? EEeeee!

Let me begin. 
I had my birthday on June 11th, and not even three days later I came home and saw a message from my friend from College, Rich. He said he thought of me for an email he'd recieved from the casting crew of a new Lifetime show called Project Accessory. The email was sent to people at my school asking for alumni or current students that were passionate about accessory design and would be good on TV. Commence freaking out...right..HERE.

First thing I did was write back thanking him one million times for even thinking about me (it was an open call, but had he not messaged me, I never would have known about it...), and then I texted Danielle saying I thought I was going to just do it. Why not, right?  This was all before I'd even really thought it out, but from the get-go I had no qualms...all I envisioned was one big, fat, huge, ginormous OPEN DOOR so I jumped on. Of course, since I'd already told Danielle (let's not forget she's one of the biggest supporters in my life, and one of the most passionate go-getters I know) and I was already stoked, I knew of no other way to turn but in the direction of this casting call. So I began. I called my boyfriend, my best friend, my Dad, sent it out to the twitter-verse (because once it's out there on Twitter and all, you KNOW there ain't no turnin back! haha!), and immediately got the weekend off of work.
riiiiggghhtt as I left the door for the casting call
Now the tough stuff starts in. 
My portfolio was in shambles, I had a website, but I had grown out of it in the past year since graduation, and I had way too many ideas that I'd yet to create. But I didn't let it bog me down. I was filled with forward momentum, a positive outlook and an attitude that didn't allow me to turn back, even for a second. My friends dropped everything to do photo shoots for me (Thanks Becky and Danielle!), my co-workers gathered around and gave me hugs, open ears and took my shifts, my sister gave me awesome legal advice (totally on my level and everything!?), and my Dad encouraged me while also giving me bits of Dad-logic (where would I be without that, anyway?). And you know what? The biggest thing that helped me through was picturing my Mom smiling...oh, that smile...

So, I fixed my website(check it out hereeeee: www.adiemade.com). I made two new pieces, I created a portfolio that for the first time ever in my life I was actually happy with, continued to work, and was the busiest that I'd been since I was killing myself with all-nighters back in art school. Let's just say that, even if something catastrophic happened and I couldn't make it to said casting call, I was completely proud and content with all of the work I'd put in to get me to that point alone.
Wooo! Screen shot of my brand-new homepage.


Now, the fun part begins.
After getting off work early on Friday the 24th, and having to turn back several times after departing because my scatter brain forgot many many things (one of which being the entire outfit I had planned out for the next day's casting call...uh, kind of big) I was finally on my way! I arrived in LA at about 3AM, groggy and in disbelief. I slept at my old house in Venice so that I would feel at least some of the comforts of home as I embarked on the craziest thing I'd ever done.
"what's in my bag" -TV audition edition :)
The morning of the casting rolled around and after telling myself I would be in line at the Sofitel no later than 8:30 (the casting started at 9), I decided I would be kind to myself and wake up when my body damn well pleased. That ended up being around 9:30 and I figured that wasn't too bad, especially after driving 6+ hours across the desert that morning. I dusted myself off, fixed my bed-head, put on my Bruce Springsteen shirt, my favorite jewels (with one of my Mom's turquoise bracelets and all of my family rings for good luck) and my best Jeffrey Campbell heels. I tried to do a really awesome job of documenting myself pre-audition, but we all know how that went :)
Sassy Adie


 Outfit deets
Jacket: Urban Outfitters
Necklace: adiemade
Shirt: Thrifted, fave since I was 15
Shorts: H&M
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell, LF warehouse sale

I stepped out of my car at the Beverly Center with shaky legs and a strong will, and as I walked passed the mall I spied a lady bug at my feet. Lady bugs are my spirit bug(squirrels are my spirit animal, for the record) and I've been in love with them since I was little. My Mom and my oldest friends used to call me "Adie Bug", so as I bent down to pet the little guy while I balanced my portfolio and my overstuffed bag, I felt all of that power pushing me. That little lady bug told me I'd be alright, and not only alright, but that I'd do great things. Thanks, lady bug. You're the coolest!
 When I arrived in the big ol room with all of the other hopefuls, I couldn't help but be overcome with how much talent was right there surrounding me. I sat down next to the most amazing gal, Molly (peep her jewels here!) and said "Woah. This is pretty amazing, huh?" and she agreed as we both took out our cameras to document. This was really happening.
We just might be watching some of these people on TV come August :)
 After 5 hours of waiting and much more bonding with Molly and some of the other awesome designers in the room, it was finally my time to talk with the judges. It was set up so that groups of five or so were taken from that big ol room where we started to a table to meet with the first judge and her assistant. Once "passing" that table, it was on to the interview in front of the panel of judges and a camera. I kept telling people that I'd already fufilled my expectations for the day and in fact, I'd exceeded them, and that even if I got turned away at that first table it would still be win-win. Well, I did make it passed that first table and in front of the panel (and the camera...whaaaa?). Let's just say those few minutes were a blurr. I don't really remember what I said, how I looked or how well I did. I do remember there being like 12 people in that little room, and all of them with eyes on me. Now, I'm sure that's an over-statement, but good god...it was something else. The judges seemed to like me, and said that my work is a good mix between commercial and artistic and they did seem to respond when I used words like "passion" and "fantasy", so that's a good thing, right? Haha!


And, just like that, it was all over.
Molly and I went downstairs to get drinks.
Mojitos, to be precise. At a VIP party. For B.E.T. week. 

There was good music, amazing people and an infectious spirit. My new pal Molly made some connections and spread the word about our audition and we soaked it all in, pausing the whole time to say to each other "we really just did that". We did, and we did awesome. 

As we left the party after making plans for visits to San Fransisco and the Tucson Gem show, we walked the red carpet that was set up for the B.E.T. event. Why the hell not, right? As we walked in front of the camera guys, Molly said "hey, you guys want to take our pictures? We're ABOUT to be famous..." and two guys we don't know paused to get in the frame with us. The photographers were visibly confused. I mean, seriously, who are these two ladies with portfolios and huge bags on their shoulders? Well, guys, just like Molly said, we're about to be famous. They finally snapped a photograph and we were on our merry ways with hugs and affirmations that we were amazing and no matter what, we felt like we'd already won.


You guys, I know that was a grueling post. I thank you for sticking through that! This was honestly the craziest, most amazing thing I've done in my life. I am proud of myself, and completely inspired. I know that from now on, I will live my life a lot like I did this passed weekend because nothing (and I mean nothing) is too big for little old Adie. And nothing, I mean nothing, is too big for any of you! So, if you see me on T.V. be sure to smile for me and send good vibes my way, and if you don't, be smiling anyway because I know I will be! Yayayay!


I now leave you with a few pictures from the rest of my weekend, which I spent with all of my ladies from art school. I stayed with one of my best friends, Alex, in Long Beach. More photos of that to come, but here are a few to wet your palette! hehe!

Love. Her.
On Alex's bathroom mirror. Sing it, sister. Sing it loud!
Coolest dooood ever! Hope he found some treasure

 Goodnight, everyone! xoxo

Monday, June 20, 2011

20 Years of Friendship

Dear Becky Rae McLemore (AKA: Beh, Berky, Bucky, Beckorator, etc),

You have been my Best of all buds, greatest of all pals, friendliest of all friends for 20 years. That's right...TWENTY years. Last week we celebrated turning a quarter of a century old together, and I feel like there is no better time to tell you how much you mean to me.

You know how when someone special walks into your life and you just know they're not going anywhere? Well, when you walked into Ms. Blackley's Kindergarten class wearing your pink Minnie Mouse sweater, with your cute pony tail and your Oklahoma accent, let's just say I knew (in my 5 year old heart) that you were gonna be BIG in my life. I know you didn't talk much, and you were a shy little booger until recess, but. Girl. I knew. I'm telling you. I knew.


Remember how we used to sneak out at night in high school and go to our special spot on Mosher and Prescott Hights to stare at the stars (wait..Sandra (Becky's Mom), and my Dad, if you're reading this, you know we love you and nothing bad ever happened! haha)? When we were each other's only reaaaall friends? When we would turn up Rancid and AFI on the speakers I stole from my Brother when he moved out? When we would jump on my two twin beds that we pushed together? When we would tell eachother goodnight in our "devil voices" and freak ourselves out and beg eachother to stop? When you would giggle incessantly in your sleep and finally, at 4AM, I would say "BECKY! Shuuutt uppppp!" and you would scoff and walk into the bathroom? When we made videos while you pushed me around in a K-Mart cart pumping punk tunes into the camera with headphones? Straight up not giving a fuck? Remember that? Remember when we would eat Slim-Jims on the swing sets in the Safeway shopping center and talk about moving in together when we turned 18....


(uuhhmmkk, here I get a lil more serious)
Remember how, when we were about to graduate High School and we weren't always good friends to eachother? How we totally broke down when you were cutting my hair one day that Summer and we apologized and vowed to love each other forever? Becky, I knew after that that you aren't just my best friend...you are my sister...and we had to do that in order to part ways and embark on our next adventure without the one friend that knew us the best. Remember when my Mom passed just three years ago, and while we lived in two different (very distant) cities, I knew it was you that could help me through despite the distance in your own special way? How I would call you and we would talk for hours as if no time had passed and you would give me reassurance that I was going about everything right and that I could still graduate College and make my Mom proud? Remember how much I love your family just as much as my own, and how many times your Mom gave me guidance and hugs right when I needed them? How your sister would drive us around and you guys would sing Jewel and a few other embarrassing artists?


Becky, remember how you have always been patient with me? Remember how you bring out the best in me even when I'm being an insane butthole? How I've never told you this, but I see so much in you that makes me want to do better, to be better, and how I know that you love me even if I don't do all that? Well, you do. And you are. Seriously, if we were ever going to be lesbians, I think we'd do that together (don't you?).


I love you, Becky Rae McLemore. So I put it on the internet, on my little blog so you can always read this and know I'm always here. 

Love you big time,
Adiebug (because you're one of the few friends that knows me well enough and long enough to call me that)


Below are pictures of Becky and me celebrating our 25th birthdays together (we were born a day apart), and I will cherish them forever and ever and ever. I can't wait to add our 40th birthday party to this, our 62nd, our 70th, our 80th....



Goodnight, everyone. I'll be back soon with some incredible news and a request for each and every one of you to cross your fingers:) eeee! 




Thursday, June 9, 2011

I'm almost 25






Can I just say that this Summer is shaping up to be incredible? Yesterday one of my bestest gal pals, Danielle  and I went out on the town with her adorable babe Henry.  Right up there is a video we took throughout our day.

Growing up here in Prescott, my pals and I would do little else other than go downtown, walk, talk, lay in the grass, stare at the trees, drive around eating Chex-mix and Jelly Bellies, and wrap it up with a radical sleepover (with ice cream, playing in the sprinklers, watching movies..all the good stuff). Then, we'd rinse and repeat, over and over, almost every day for those three beautiful months. 

I'm about to turn 25, so (naturally) for the past few weeks I've been really missing those days. You know, the ones where you feel like the sun will never set on your day with your friends, when you meet a new boy and your heart skips a beat (Hi, Addison, I'm talking about you here!) and each day seems full of endless possibility. 

Well, yesterday I felt that again! Let's just say that yesterday reminded my quarter of a century old-self of life's cycles. It reminded me that, while I may miss being 15 and meeting the love of my life while playing Gameboy on the square with my best friend, I am now a woman. That's right...A WOMAN...(yikes!) and not only did I meet the love of my life, I fostered an almost 10 year long relationship with him, and we are now living together talking about what's to come. 

Same thing with other aspects of my life. I may miss having endless nights and no responsibility when meeting new friends, but now I can call those pals up, hang out at their houses talk about graduating College, Grad School, their babies new milestones, new careers, engagements, and all of us blossoming into the most beautiful women I know. Honestly, it doesn't get more beautiful than that. 

Anyway, I really, really think Summer 2011 is going to be something special! I hope you all are having a beautiful start to the season as well. This video is something I'm going to cherish for so long! When I'm about to turn 40, I just know I'm going to miss this being 25 business and being on the cusp of adulthood. But at least I'll have this lil video to remind me again...each new page in life is just as beautiful as the last one :)

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Art Crush: Rosmarie Fiore

OK. It's time to come clean. Rosemarie Fiore, I have the BIGGEST art-crush on you! It's been growing and growing for something like 3 years. It's about time I told you how I feel!
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I first fell in love with your "Pyrotechnics" Firework Drawings. I happened upon your website while searching for inspiration in one of my studio classes, and... girlfriend, inspire you did. When I saw this picture of your process, I think my mind was perma-blown. 
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I mean...you actually draw..with FIREWORKS!? My heart started beating faster, my thoughts started racing, my hands were eager to MAKE! Then, I googled your name and explored your website more, and found this video of your   "Good-Time Mix Machine: Scrambler Drawings". OK, really? As if I couldn't art-crush on you any harder...
 

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This amazing drawing got even more amazing when I found out it was made by a machine you built with a gas generator, an air compressor and buckets of paint secured to seats taken from a Scrambler amusement park ride. Be still my art-heart!

Ok, ok...You were once told your work is like "Hunter S. Thompson meets Kandinsky" and I'd say that is a pretty apt comparison. It seems you have an insatiable need to just DO art, maybe it's because the frenetic lines in your work start singing to me...or maybe it's because the colors you let manifest have me drunk. But, I gotta say that if I ever have an idea as good as drawing with fireworks, making a monster sized Spirograph, or painting with my waffle maker, I'm just going to take a cue from you, and get off my ass and do it. Rosemarie Fiore, your spirit is infectious, and for me, that is the most amazing gift you could have ever given me...am I coming on too strong?...I'm just sayin.

I think everyone needs to start crushin' on this gal. She is worthy.




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Also, be sure to watch this YouTube video where she talks about her process as well artists that inspire her like Wolfgang Paalen, Dali, and Christine Tarkowski

Welp, I'm off to bed inspired. Gonna dream some beautiful stuff, I have the feeling!