Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Design Previews

Have I mentioned lately how much I enjoy doing freelance? Well I do! How could I not with the fun projects I have?! Here's just a preview of a few freelance projects I'm working on right now, what do you think? I am currently booked for freelance, but have another few spots opening in a few weeks. Contact me if you're interested in hiring me for your graphic design needs! Email me at alexibullock at gmail dot com.

Color Inspiration #105

This beautiful water reminds me of Tahiti, I miss it. Are there any places in the US where the water looks like this? Let's go there.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Running Isn't So Bad

This is monumental, guys. I just signed up for my FIRST TWO RACES EVER!!! The St. George Marathon in October (which is a lottery, so I'm not officially IN, yet) shown above and the American Fork half marathon in June, shown below!!

Rewind to a year ago.

I was the person who hated running. I never understood why people would put themselves through such torture. What was the appeal??? But there were so many people who ran and thoroughly enjoyed it, so there had to be something to this running thing. Turns out there was. And is. 

One day, about a year ago, I saw the "Couch to 5k" program that was circulating around Pinterest, and thought, I'll give it a shot. In the beginning, it was hard. I was SO OUT of shape, especially "running shape" but I kept going, and did the entire program. And by the end, I really was running 3.1 miles without stoping and I was elated! Slowly but surely, I've tried to continue running. When did I know I liked running? When I felt myself craving running, oddest feeling ever, but such a good feeling, too! 

Fast forward to now, and I'm doing a training program from Nike (I would totally recommend it, BTW) for the half marathon, then will continue my training for a full marathon in October (cross your fingers for me that I win the lottery for the St. George marathon!!) 

I'm just so excited that I've taken this huge step and signed up for my first two races, so thank you for letting me share!! 

Friday, April 26, 2013

Color Inspiration #104

These whispy clouds are so delicious, I'm suddenly craving the ice cream from the latest KINFOLK publication. Have you seen it yet? You NEED TO BUY IT, it will change how you live your life. It has already changed mine, truly.

Here are some previews of the latest issue to persuade you in doing so.

Did I persuade you??

Future Home

Remember that LAST POST about our future home? Well, I'm still obsessing (no surprise there). When I get something exciting in my head, my mind starts filling with ideas and I just can't get it out!! Anyone else have this problem? It doesn't help that I have a Pinterest board called My White House filled with interior styles like the ones above, sometimes I just stare at this board and daydream about our future home. I can't help it, I'm just really really loving this black and white style these days!

Image sources found on Pinterest.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Seattle Blues: Part 1

Missing my inspiration trip to Washington. Here are a few of my touristy shots of this beautiful state, enjoy!

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Color Inspiration #103

Let's go on an adventure. To here. Right now, all I want to play in pretty red sand and hike red rocks. At least summer is right around the corner...

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

How Bad Do You Want It

Watched this INSPIRATIONAL VIDEO today and felt empowered. You know the feeling? I was inspired so much that I wanted to take a reminder with me everywhere I go! So I made myself an iPhone wallpaper to keep the inspiration with me, and thought I might make it available for you, too! The one above is for an iPhone 5 and the image below is for an iPhone 4. Just click on either image to enlarge it, then save it!

If you download the image, please leave a quick comment so I know if there's any interest for me to do this type of thing in the future. Thanks!

Floating 3D Decoration

Today, I made an icosahedron and my obsession with 3D objects is starting to explode. How can such a simple, plain object bring me such joy? Thank you, icosahedron. Technically, no. I didn't even know what a icosahedron was until today, I had to google it. I'm sitting here writing this post and I figured I should know the name of what I just created so I ask Google, "What is a 20-sided object called?" And a whole lot of scientific mumbo jumbo came up in Wiki about why an icosahedron is so amazing. Do people actually understand this stuff??

Is it bad that I just like it because it's pretty? To make your own floating 3D object, follow these instructions.

Cut the tips of 15 skewers off, then in half, to make 30 sticks the same length. 

Use hot glue to connect the edges. Put a dot of glue, let it dry, then add one more small dot of glue to make sure the joint is secure. Make 7 triangles, two V's and leave 5 singular sticks (ignore that mine have glue on the singular sticks, I messed up). 

 Start off with hot gluing the topper like above. 

Finish the top with 3 singular sticks. 

From here, you add triangles, as shown above, at each bottom joint of the topper you just made. It's easy to see what I'm talking about above, but it will get confusing below. Just add each triangle to the base joints one by one, and connect the triangle points as you go. You'll see what I mean in a second. 

Add another triangle as shown above (see? Just add triangles around the base joints, you have two down, three to go!)

Then connect the corners of the triangles you just added that were wanting to touch. Now, do this all the way around the topper until all you need left is the other topper (or, um, bottom-er).

So here we are, adding the bottom-er. Add one V, as shown above. 

Add another V.

Add the last singular stick, as shown above, and then connect the joints, as shown below!! YOU ARE DONE!! Let me know if you have questions, I'd be happy to give your more details if you need them!!

Also, should I paint my 3D object black like the original example I saw HERE? What do you think, natural wood or black?

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Hanging Garden How To

It might not look like much, but that right there on the side of the shed is my new hanging garden!! I am going to try my hand at a green thumb this year, wish me luck!! If you want to make your own, here's how:

I made the hanging garden out of rain gutters. I bought all my supplies at Home Depot, and they even cut my gutters to size and drilled some water-drain holes in the bottom. So when I got home, all I had to do was assemble my garden! Once putting on the gutter ends, I waterproofed the edges with clear silicone. I fastened metal braces to each edge, and used metal cables to attach each tier together. I clamped aluminum stoppers to cinch all the cables together (I would recommend using the smallest aluminum stoppers as possible, mine were really thick and SO hard to clamp down). And the last step is to put some hooks into a shed, wall, or other surface (or you could hang it from a fence with wall hooks) to hang your garden!

Original idea found from Pinterest HERE.

This year, I'm planting (in order of planting time) varieties of lettuce, yellow onions, green onions, bell peppers, jalepen├Ás, cucumbers, green & yellow zucchini! I wrote the names of each plant on little popsicle sticks so I wouldn't forget where I planted each seed.

If you have questions, let me know, I'd be more than happy to answer any that you have!