Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A Quick Update

I figured I needed to make a post just to say that I'm still here and I plan to start posting again regularly as soon as possible. A few things have set me back recently. I've dealt with a bunch of computer problems over the past month. First the internet got shut off for a few days, then the power cord to my laptop stopped working so I had to wait for a new one to come in the mail, then the cord for my laptop cooler died and I couldn't do much of anything without my computer shutting itself down. I just got the new cord for my cooler over the weekend and everything seems to be up and running ok now.

Even with my computer in working order I'm having a hard time getting together the posts I want to make because I've been very very sick the past few weeks. Pretty much all of my projects have been put on hold as of now and I'm just trying to rest and not stress too much. Hopefully I'll start feeling more like myself soon and posting will resume but until then you might not see much from me here. You can always find me on Twitter if you want to keep up with my day to day stuff. I have a lot of cool ideas I want to share with all of you and I'm positive that they will be realized in time, but for now I just have to sit and wait this out. Thank you for understanding.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Save Criminal Records!

Criminal Records is set to go out of business on November 1st unless something can be done to help their financial position. Please like the Save Criminal Records Facebook page and help spread the word to anyone you know. If you know or are someone with a lot of followers on Twitter or who has a large blog following please use your platform to help get the word out there. I don't want to let Criminal Records go down without a fight.

People who have made appearances or are friends of Criminal Records that have Twitter accounts. Spread the word!

Edgar Wright- @edgarwright

Yeah Yeah Yeahs- @YYYs

TheWood Brothers- @theWoodBrothers

Meg Golding (The Damn Hipsters)- @thedamnhipsters

Gossip- @GossipMusic

Janell Monae- @JanelleMonae 

Mr. Lif- @therealMrLif 

El-P- @therealelp 


Rainn Wilson- @rainnwilson

Foster The People- @fosterthepeople 

Eddie Meeks- @CappuccinoMeeks

J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr)- @jmascis

Lou Barlow (Dinosaur Jr)- @LouBarlow 

British Sea Power- @BSPOfficial 

Ben Sollee- @BenSollee

Other Lives- @Otherlives

The Low Anthem- @thelowanthem

The Coathangers- @TheCoathangers

 Brett Dennen- @BrettDennen

Dawes The Band- @Dawestheband

Black Lips- @theblacklips 

Adam WarRock- @Eugewarrock

Tribe One Won- @Tribeonewon

Turf War@Turfwarusa

Orxy and Crake- @oryxncrake

AkuYou- @AkuYou

Jason Isbell- @JasonIsbell
 

Feel free to leave more in the comments! 

 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Quirky Love: Vinyl, Pizza and Comic Books (Little Five Points)


There's a place in Atlanta called Little Five Points that's one of my boyfriend and my favorite places to visit when we get the chance. It's a really bright place so I tried to make these pages reflect that. There are walls of absolutely beautiful graffiti, bright fliers, bright signs, and brightly dressed people everywhere. There are record stores, comic book stores, funky clothing stores, restaurants, music and theater venues, and tons of other little places. If you're ever in Atlanta be sure to check it out especially around Halloween if you can make it to the badass parade the put on.  For these pages I also cut a slit to make a little pocket and inside there's a gift card for Savage Pizza, which is a really delicious pizza place, so that we can go there next time we visit. I'm excited to go again.

Blank templates and all the credits for the pages can be found here. If you use them there's no need to credit me but it's always appreciated. Feel free to leave me a comment with your projects if you use them because I'd love to see what you make. Enjoy :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Chad Love Lieberman The Art Thief: Art4Love.com Scam Link Roundup

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Art4Love.com (owned by Chad Love Lieberman who also goes by Craig Pravda and Chad Love) is stealing artists work without permission or compensation. I thought I would make a link round up of everything that's found.

Official Sites:
Chad Love Lieberman around the web:
PR Releases:
  • #1
  • #2
  • #3 (This one is about Electcollect) [Added 8-18-11]
  • #4 (Another about Electcollect) [Added 8-18-11]
Articles:
Evidence:
Misc.:
All personal information about Craig Pravda has been removed. [Updated 3-26-12]
    If you recognize any artwork please alter the artist! Also you can use TinEye to reverse image search and find the original artists to alert them. 

    If you are one of the artists that was stolen from you can contact the Better Business Bureau and/or file a complaint with IC3, part of the FBI. (Info thanks to JopezStags and Dametora

    Tuesday, August 16, 2011

    Quirky Love: Music


    My boyfriend and I are super passionate about music. So passionate in fact that we'd like to learn more about making it. He goes more of the digital route and is learning a bunch of music making programs where I would be happy just to learn to play the keyboards again (I taught myself when I was younger but it was so long ago that I have to re-learn everything). I think it's the perfect thing to learn together and help each other with. I love being able to share creative outlets with the people I care about.

    In the polariod frame on these pages I wrote the poem Ode by Arthur O'Shaughnessy. You may recognize the first couple of lines from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
    We are the music makers,
    And we are the dreamers of dreams,
    Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
    And sitting by desolate streams;—
    World-losers and world-forsakers,
    On whom the pale moon gleams:
    Yet we are the movers and shakers
    Of the world for ever, it seems.
    I also got my boyfriend an iPod to go with this page and had the back engraved with "We are the music makers."

    Blank templates and all the credits for the pages can be found here. If you use them there's no need to credit me but it's always appreciated. Feel free to leave me a comment with your projects if you use them because I'd love to see what you make. Enjoy :)


    Friday, August 5, 2011

    My Goals For August 2011


    First lets go over my goals for July:
    • I want to make time to meet up with friends I haven't seen in awhile even if that just means having them over to play some board games and watch a movie. I didn't get to do this. I don't know when I will because I've been so sick lately.
    • I want to make some new polymer clay charms. I have so many pretty colors I want to experiment with. I did this along with editing some photos and doing some painting.
    • I would like to keep updating my blog regularly and keep working on graphics and things like that. I think I did the best I could this month and that's good enough for me.
     Now on to August!
    • I want to finish posting all of the pages from my Adventure Book.
    • Continue to make more charms and other art.
    • Photograph my charms.
    • Work on making some Artist Trading Cards. I'm not sure if I'll swap or sell them yet (maybe both).
    • Continue to update my new DeviantART page. Please check it out!
    What do you want to accomplish this month?   


    Monday, August 1, 2011

    Music Monday: What I've Been Listening To Lately

    I haven't done a Music Monday post in quite some time but I've recently gotten into a lot of really cool (in my opinion at least) bands and I wanted to share them with you guys. And away we go!

    KatieJane Garside


    I've posted briefly about the lovely KatieJane Garside before and one of her older projects, Queen Adreena. They have quickly become one of my favorite and most listened to bands. I seem to fall in love with anything KatieJane Garside touches. Her art, her style, her various musical projects are all so perfectly beautiful and speak to me on many different levels. Even though I don't know how to properly categorize any of them she covers a wide range of styles which you can see in these videos.

    Pretty Like Drugs by Queen Adreena



    Barebating by Ruby Throat




     One-Eyed Doll 

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    One-Eyed Doll is full of energy and mega-fun, not to mention super talented. I have a hard time defining their style because they switch from beautifully melodic to loud in your face guitar riffs. Either way they rock and Kimberly Freeman's voice is pure magic. You can get a bunch of tracks for free from their Last.fm page. They're definitely worth checking out (my favorites are See Jane Run and Resurrection). There is also a free documentary about them on YouTube if you're interested.

    You're A Vampire by One-Eyed Doll



    Die So Fluid
     
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    Die So Fluid should really get more recognition than they do. They make perfect harmonic metal. And the lead singer, Grog, just outright rocks.

    Existential Baby by Die So Fluid



    Porcelain Black/ Porcelain and The Tramps

    Whether she's under the name Porcelain and The Tramps or Porcelain Black Alaina Beaton delivers fun gritty pop goodness. I'm really excited to see what new stuff we'll be getting from her in the future.

    This Is What Rock N Roll Looks Like by Porcelain Black (feat. Lil' Wayne) 




    Japanese Voyeurs


    The Japanese Voyeurs are a female fronted grunge revival band so they're right up my alley as a lover of grunge/ the 90s.

    Cry Baby by Japanese Voyeurs



    I hope you found this post to be enjoyable. I'll probably do periodic posts like this to gush about my current music crushes.

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