It's Monday... and I'm Sick

Hello! It's Monday, and after spending my morning trudging to student health, and then to multiple CVS pharmacies to find Tamiflu, I spent many consecutive hours in my room, sleeping and watching TV and YouTube. Lots and lots of YouTube.

So, today, here's what I've been watching. It's not quite "Mind-Blown Monday," but I have the flu. Give me a break.

1. The VlogBrothers, because when I'm sick, I enjoy nerdy entertainment.

2. This video about the fibonacci sequence. Granted, my friend actually shared this with me last week, but I've been watching her other videos because it's all so interesting and mathey.

3. This mini-musical, entitled "Procrastination the Musical." Because, let's be honest. That's kind of what I've been doing all day.

Stay healthy, people! The flu sucks, and the flu shot may not protect you! 
(It certainly didn't protect me...)

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It Snowed Last Night!

Locust Walk
It snowed last night for the first (measurable) since I got to Philly! Now, I'm feeling right at home with the brisk, below freezing temperatures and the light dusting of snow on campus. It's not quite Alaska, but it'll do.

Snow Angel
At 8:30, my friend from Florida asked if I wanted to come play in the snow. It was kinda like we were in elementary school again.

Together, we built Reuben, the snowman. Isn't he a cutie?

And then we finished with a late night Starbucks run. It was the perfect ending to a perfect three day weekend.

"We do not remember days, we remember moments."
 –Cesare Pavese

Inspiration: Su Blackwell

How cool is this book sculpture art by Su Blackwell?! When I found these on the good ol' internet, I was just in awe. I don't even know how this kind of thing is done. I do know it'd be super cool if I could do something like this. Heck, I could drop out of school and become a book sculptor. Then again, I probably wouldn't be able to get a job because, who needs another book sculptor when there's one this good on the market already. Yeah, I'd better stay in school.

Aren't those just awesome? 

Anyway, just as a side note, this is the first post in a new "series" that I'm going to call "Mind-Blown Monday," mostly because alliteration is Awesome, with a capital A. If you have any suggestions or leads to really cool artists, let me know! 

Inspiration: From the Jealous Curator

I stumbled upon a pin of the image above (the sketches are by Lehel Kovacs), and it led me to the website, The Jealous Curator–and I've been poring over it ever since. It's so full of awesome inspiration, and frankly makes me a little green with envy too. It's a good kind of envy though. The kind that makes me want to pick up my sketchbook and make some art! 

More about the sketches. They are sketches of Google Street View images! How cool is that?! I could totally do that. And maybe I will. (If you want to see more sketches, go here).

Back to the site. There's a little bit of everything on there. Photography, mixed media, ink, paintings, sculpture. It's really awesome–like really.

I absolutely love this paper-cut art by Donna Ruff. Maybe with some practice, I could do it myself? Granted, it wouldn't look this nice–but it's still a possibility, right? Maybe this'll be a future project. 

What's been inspiring you lately?

New Goodies for the Still New Year

I bought myself a new Bible and a "for-realsies" set of watercolors with my Christmas gift cards! The watercolor set is Winsor & Newton–and I'm super excited! 

Both of these things will help me achieve my goals for 2013: to be more creative and to read the whole Bible this year. I already have an NIV Study Bible, but it was too big for me to bring with me when I travel. A lot of the churches in Philly use ESV, so I thought I'd give it a shot. The Bible is really pretty, and the faux leather cover is actually really nice and spiffy.

As for the paints, they seem awesome so far. :0) I need to teach myself some techniques and practice a bit though. I tried my hand at it once they came and realized my skills were a tad rusty and lacking. Oh well. It'll be a fun adventure (or a "funventure," courtesy of Anne of Panicky Pigeon) learning how to use them. 

I Dreamed a Dream

This weekend, I got to watch the stage production of Les Mis with friends! It was amazing as ever. I loved the movie, but I love the musical more. It was my second time seeing it, so I should be sated for quite a few years now. 

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend!

Christmas Gifts and Rowena Ravenclaw

Click Clack Clunk reached 50,000 views today! It's not a huge number, but I'm still proud to have reached that milestone number. :0) Next up is my first blogiversary! 

Just wanted to share a few of my awesome-sauce Christmas gifts with you guys. One of my honorary aunts got me a Cath Kidston pouch, which will be my pencil case starting from this semester. She has been living in England, so she gets really neat and just generally cute things for us. Another honorary aunt got me a One Line A Day journal. It has spaces for 5 years worth of entries–a big commitment, but I'm excited to read it all by the end of it. And, one of my other favorites is a devotional from my mum and dad. It's really pretty with an embossed "leather" cover, and (frankly), the prettiness makes it more fun to read. (Ignore the bottom two books. Those are textbooks I'm currently trying to sell on eBay... any takers?)

Today's been a chill sort of day (similar to every day of my break so far). I made this to practice my hand lettering and watercoloring. I only used the Crayola set for the yellow–the rest was with tube watercolors. I am ordering a "real" watercolor pan set (super excited for that!). At any rate, the quote was inspired by my family's recent semi-marathon of the Harry Potter movies. My parents bought the whole series for me for Christmas (thanks!) so I've had Hogwarts on the brain for a few days now, plus I love this Rowena Ravenclaw (or Luna Lovegood) quote.

I'm getting ready to head back to school in a few days, so I'm soaking in all the relaxation possible before the chaos begins anew. What's your favorite way to relax? I'm partial to reading and doodling myself. How about you?

New Year, Minty Fresh New Look

Since I've been home for break, I have a little more time on my hands than I do at school. So, I gave the ol' blog a redesign today. Everything is hand drawn, and then digitally illustrated. I really like the personal feel of seeing my own handwriting and such in my space. It's just a nice touch.

This year I'm going to start offering hand drawn blog and web elements--and probably hand drawn printables and portraits as well. It's coming soon, so I'll keep you posted.