To the Market!

As promised, here are some snapshots from the Anchorage Saturday Market last weekend. I loved these street signs in the market. So very Alaskan.

Here's my sister, blending in with her surroundings.

Here's Beanie, one of our three dogs.

There was a super fun illustration booth at the market, but unfortunately I forgot the name of it once I got home. If anyone knows who this artist is, kindly let me know. :0)

Pretty bunting. I want some of this for my apartment next year. (Perhaps a DIY is on the horizon?)

My favorite herb and spice stand! They sell the best cayenne pepper. 140,000 SKU. I don't know what that means, but it sounds impressive. Gotta have my food spicy. If my tongue isn't on fire, I'm not eating right. I bought some to take with me to Philly.

And finally, a guy singing about how his exes all live in Texas. You're never too old to pursue creative outlets. That's what seeing this guy--as well as many other musicians and vendors at the market-- reminded me of.

Happy Solstice!

This week was summer solstice, which is a big deal in Alaska because we literally will get a full day's worth of sunlight. Well, in Anchorage we only got about 20 hours. But that's still a ton by anyone's standards, I believe. 

In celebration of solstice there was this huge festival downtown. It was tons of fun, and the most alive I've ever seen Anchorage. My family spent a good chunk of time just wandering the streets and sampling different foods. It was quite a good time to say the least.

 R.E.I. had this awesome little kayaking pool set up. I would totally have done this if I wasn't twice the age of the other participants.

 And I found this piece of Philadelphia in the streets of Anchorage.

This sign basically says everything there is to say about Anchorage... and Alaska in general. Kind of kidding, but mostly serious. We've have had tons of wildlife activity this summer. Perhaps because of the awesome weather we've been having.

And that's it. My family also went to the Saturday Market. I'll be posting photos of that later on this week. 

I hope everyone had a fantastic solstice weekend!

Geeking Out About {11} // Bags Edition

Modcloth | Cambridge Satchel Co. | BaggU
I didn't realize until recently that I am somewhat of a bag enthusiast. I have way more bags than I could ever use in my closet, and even more in storage back in Philadelphia. Of course, none of that stopped me from browsing online and finding these pretties (that would be unreasonable, after all). 

Out of these three bags, I will most likely only be buying the one from BaggU in the near future. After all, a girl's gotta be able to carry her groceries in style. Because I'll be traveling a good distance to Trader Joe's and the Korean market next year, investing in a couple sturdy bags will probably be worth it. Plus, these bags will also prevent me from contributing to the ever growing piles of plastic in our landfills. Of course, compared to looking stylish, saving the Earth is small potatoes.

On a final note, despite not quite being quite ready to pay the high price for a Cambridge Satchel, I'd love to buy the above backpack satchel in red...

so that I could walk around Penn's campus with Ivy League style. And, I already have a red coat and a very similar hat. I think that's the universe telling me that I need to have that bag. 

Yup. Surely it's a sign.

P.S. I've updated my "About" page, and I'd love it if you popped over and took a gander.

Working Hard, or Hardly Working?

This past week I've been assigned to work in a digital photography camp at work. It's awesome because it means that walking around Anchorage and taking photos for hours at a time gets to be part of my daily (PAID!) routine. Since improving my photography skills was part of my 20 Before 20 list, this is a perfect set-up for me. 

Don't get me wrong. It's still not an easy job to keep track of a herd of middle schoolers all day–but it's a job that I can honestly say I love. I consider it a blessing that I get to spend my summer working at such an amazing place. In fact, the above photo of the red sculpture is part of my workplace. Cool beans, yes?

Anyway, here are a few photos from our walks earlier this week. The highlights from later in the week are still to come.

 These little worms were all suspended under the pine trees in Valley of the Moon Park. All the kids ran away from them–but the camp counselors all stayed and tried to get some good shots. This was the best I could do.

I had to document the botanical activity in Anchorage, of course. After a freak snowfall in mid-May, all the plants are just starting to do their thing. Thank goodness! 

This little garden shed was just so adorable. I would totally live there. I don't care if it's only 150 square feet. It'd be bigger than last year's (shared!) dorm room anyway–I'm sure I would be fine. 

The Whole Kit and Ca-Doodle {1}

I don't know what it is, but lately I've been doodling a lot more frequently than I have been previously this year. Perhaps working with kids for my job has helped spark my imagination? I'm not sure. 

At any rate, first came this random concoction above...

Which led to this even more random doodle. I'm extremely happy with this one. As you can see, it is gracing the header of this blog right now.

 Since I'm working at a summer camp, I hear a lot of talk from the boys about dinosaurs. I also hear a lot of whining. This doodle combined those two things into one image.

And finally, one of my dogs. Because no doodle book is complete unless at least one-third of the doodling is a dog of some kind.

I'm excited that I have some creativity up and running again. Hopefully sometime soon I'll get my hands on some Micron pens so I can start doing some light watercolor washes on my illustrations. Of course, I'm not sure if I can procure those locally up here in Alaska... Oh the joys of northern living.
(Just kidding... I love it here–Micron pens or not!)


Allow Me to (Re)Introduce Myself

Before I begin this post, I just wanted to remind any readers who are using Google Reader to switch to BlogLovin' (or another similar service) before July 1st. That's when Google is "cleaning" out Reader. Now to return to my actual intended content.

Okay, so I've been doing this "blogging" thing for over a year now, and a wonderful community of readers has developed since then. I was browsing through my archives and realized I have never really written much about myself. I don't mean that to sound egotistical, by the way. I just mean to say that as the blogger, it is probably common courtesy to introduce myself to my readers a little better than I have previously.

If you've read my blog for a little bit, you know that I am kind of obsessed with lists. So, I am going to make a list of a few things you should know about me. 

1. I am an Army brat, an Alaskan, and most importantly a follower of Christ.

2. I love to draw, but sometimes I'm so scared of failing to make something nice that I decide to just not try at all. I'm working on that though.

3. I am a college student in Philadelphia. This basically means I've had less time to blog, and no time (or supplies) to really do crafty things. To clarify, "art" and "craft" is very different in my book.

4. Speaking of books, I love to read! My dream is to have a house full of books when I "grow up." Also, at this point, "grown up" is a synonym for "when I have disposable income." 

5. I am also a pre-med. So, hopefully "grown up" will happen after about... 11 more years of schooling? I try my best not to think about it.

6. Since the summer of last year, I have been a free-lance blog designer. I specialize in Blogger blogs, so if you need a revamp, check out my shop

7. I don't believe in segregating my foods into specific mealtimes. If I feel like eating spaghetti for breakfast, I will. If I feel like have waffles for dinner, I will also do that. 

8. I am Korean-American, but I am not fluent in Korean and I feel kind of guilty about it. (To fix this, I am taking Korean at my university). 

9. Because I live in Alaska, I really enjoy hiking and the outdoors in general. Of course, this summer has been incredibly hot, so I've been hiding inside pretty frequently. And by hot, I mean 88 degrees, which I think is hot in anyone's book.

10. My family has more dogs in it than kids–and I love it!

And there you go! A nice, neat list of some key facts about me. If you have any questions for me, leave a comment for me below, and maybe I'll do an answer post (provided the questions are within reason). 

Update: 20 Before 20

Since my 19th birthday, I have been hard at work completing my 20 Before 20 list of goals. Here's a quick update on some of the stuff I've been up to (from the list, I mean). I figured since I haven't really posted in a while, this was warranted.

3. Make my 50th sale on my Etsy shop
I made my 50th sale back in May, during finals season, actually. Balancing freelance designing and my school work was a challenge. I think consistently putting priority on my courses helped keep me focused though. LoloMade has made 58 sales as of today!

6. Go to a real concert
I went to 2 "real" concerts in Philly. My school actually paid for Train and John Legend to come perform, which was my first "concert". Then, my friend Phoebe and I actually got tickets to see Sara Bareilles on her Brave Enough Tour. It was AMAZERATING! (Yes, that's a word in the Lauren lexicon). As a bonus, I got a free autographed lithograph at the concert. Did I mention how fantastic it was?!