So I have one more week of State College! It's very weird to think about.
I'm enjoying the final days, and trying to experience all the things that only this town has to offer.
Creamery ice cream, Gemelli bread, Irving's sandwiches and Elk Creek Cafe.
Kevin and I are going there tonight for the last time! So sad! That's where we became official! So there are a lot of memories there.
One more week of The Tavern! Oh boy. I enjoy a lot of the people there and it has definitely become a comfort place but I am ready to get out of the food service for a little bit. (I might have to go back eventually, but I'm not thinking about that at the moment.) My two closest friends from work gave me a framed picture of themselves in their Tavern uniforms and I love it, it makes me smile every time I look at it!
So I am focusing on packing, we have so much stuff. And I'm trying to get everything in boxes before we leave. So when I drive back up all we have to do is put the stuff in the truck and GO. I decided I'm gonna take Moochie with me to State College and then to Tennessee so I hope her poor old heart can make the trip, while the other cat, Toffer will be having a meltdown. It's going to be a long trip down there. haha.
But I have made some stamps. And proofed them very quickly. I am trying not to create more anything, until I move. haha.
I was skimping on the ink, but I just wanted to get an idea of what they look like. The fox's nose I will probably make white, same with the bunny. The owl just cracks me up.
I am bringing a lot of linoleum down with me to Knoxville so I will be cutting bigger projects while making more stamps like the ones above. I want to get back to floral prints. I really enjoyed designing those and carving it out.
I'm not a hundred percent sure what I'll be doing down in Knoxville, and yes I am a little anxious about that but at the same time it's exciting. I kinda like not knowing. I'll figure it out as we go because I have to.
People have been having different reactions to my move. They'll ask where I am going, and then why, and I tell them that my boyfriend has a job down there and that I am going with him, they then ask what is he doing and quickly ask how long I have been with him because somehow that will validate me going with him? I'm sensitive to the questioning because I have always been independent and I know what people are thinking because I have thought it about other women in the past. But bottom line is, I love him, I'm choosing the relationship and I'm completely comfortable with that decision. It's funny one side is completely judgmental and then the other finds it romantic. I'm a little bit of both.
And here's a photo of Sebastian because I think it's cute! I will miss this fat little cat!
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Why hello! This week has been a blur. We had a couple friends come up this past weekend, it also happened to be State College's Arts Fest. Kevin bought some bowls, and I bought a cutting board! We have a few things from these people and their work is just beautiful. I don't know if I'll ever be able to use it! It's cherry wood I believe? And they gave me a spoon with it. It's shiny and smooth and just so pretty. The bowls Kevin bought are also beautiful, he bought plates from the guy last year. Now all we need are a few more plates and mugs. haha.
I drove home for the day on Tuesday to see my Aunt Laura, Uncle Dan and my two cousins, Lilly and Maggie! The weather people were saying a huge storm was coming so I didn't get to spend as much time as I'd like with them because I wanted to leave before the rain hit.
My mom made these little fairy houses for them! And they looked amazing! The girls really liked them. They're just growing so fast. Now I understand why everyone said to me, "I remember when you were just this big!" It's us adults gripping with reality. haha. But it was really nice seeing everyone!
And then yesterday I worked a double at The Tavern! Oh and the night before my lovely neighbors decided to have another night of just loud and so I went to Walmart and bought those noise protector earmuffs, the kind people wear when they're mowing or shooting a gun. AND I bought more earplugs and sleeping aid drugs. It surprisingly worked! I can't hear their vibrating sounds but the downfall is that I have to sleep on my back, which I don't normally do. So I did get a better nights sleep because I wasn't angry but my back and neck were sore the next day. Last night they actually kept quiet, but that's once in a blue moon. Two more weeks! And then I'll be in Pittsburgh for a week and then Tennessee!
I made a flamingo pattern. I added the grass just so it wouldn't all be pink flamingoes. It was fun to print!
I also finally put up the giraffe pattern up on Etsy if anyone was interested!
I had leftover green and pink ink, and I have these leftover odd shaped rubber cutouts and I was always curious if I could make a pattern or do something with them. It reminds me of something, I just don't know what! I mean I'm not blown away by the outcome but it is semi pleasant to look at. I like the way the ink laid out on the paper. So I'm thinking if I have leftover ink I'll just make things like this. Start a weird collection.
My parents are coming up tomorrow to take my press. If i'm only in Tennesse for three months I don't want to have to take it there just to take it back to possibly Pittsburgh. My parents are nice enough to store it for me for those months. The press is so lovely, I don't want to say goodbye. haha. But it's only three months! I can make this long distance relationship work!
I'm trying to work as much as possible until I leave for good. It'll be bittersweet, I like the people there, and it's also a comfort thing that you're leaving behind. I spent two and half years of my life there! But I feel this town is only really meant for students and 60 years old. (And I guess professors)
I am ready for new surroundings that's the only positive thing about my neighbor, he is making it very easy to say goodbye to State College.
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Hello! It's been awhile, I was on vacation last week with Kevin's family in Deep Creek, Maryland! It was nice, the weather could have been nicer, but I ate really well, went kayaking, and saw a bear! So overall it was really fun!
You know how when you get back from vacation you feel like you need another vacation...from your vacation? Its a transition for me to get back into the swing of things of my everyday life. Change is a hard adjustment for me, and that's just about vacation!
Tennessee is getting closer and closer and I'm getting very excited. I am done with State College, I am tired of the college town, college people and my roommate! She takes our glasses, bowls, and mugs down to her dirty basement and I have to awkwardly text her saying HELLO UH CAN I HAVE THOSE BACK!
I will never understand oblivious people, when I take or borrow something, I bring it back after a reasonable amount of time. I also don't understand messy people, how do you live in filth?
I have had to put her laundry in her room because it's always in the dryer, that's another thing she is always freaking doing laundry! And I am not exaggerating, I always hear the washer and dryer going?! I mean WHAT? WHY?
But anyway, I've seen her room when I put laundry in there and it's scary and musty.
The closet will flood when it downpours which it has done a few times, I told her this upfront, we gave her sand bags, and I suggested to not put any clothes in there. Well she has clothes in there (maybe that's why she always washing them!) and her mattress is very close to the closet, and it has had to have gotten wet.
AND now my lovely neighbor is going thru a break up I am assuming because he is now blasting loud sad country music, rascal flats, what hurts the most, to be exact. The other day he was outside having a very loud conversation with his ex. He was yelling, "Are you effing serious?! Oh my gawddd, I didn't do anyyything!!" And I'm all
cause helloooooo I'm a creep.
But anyway. I have only been sketching, not making any stamps lately. I want to reprint a few stamps just to look at them again and see if I can make new patterns. I drew a fox I really like and a bear.
I also created a new instagram, solely dedicated to my work! I'm using the pretty photos so everything looks sharp and there are not cats, unless I drew it.
But other than that, I'm just packing everything up, realizing I have too much stuff and trying to keep my anxiety level down for the next month, at this moment it is very high, I try to just breath slowly and count to three so I don't slap my neighbor.
It is also Arts Fest in State College this weekend, so all the stupid people are coming back. For some reason it has become a drinking holiday for the college kids, I mean any reason, right? I have a love/hate thing with Arts Fest. I see some great work, especially in the printmaking field. But other the other hand I see awful art, like it should be in the bargain bin at pier 1, but at the same time I think, "If they can sell this stuff, I can sell my stuff?!" I am starting to realize that the general public like commercial stuff and that's why it's popular and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that!
But I mean there was a tent last year where this woman made vintage like photos but instead of human heads it was dog and cat heads...and you have to be invited to this festival! I wanted to burn her photos. I'm being really sassy today, *breath 1 2 3*
Okay! That's it! I'll stop before I say something else rude! Thanks for reading, here are some photos from the trip!
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