Monday, July 21, 2014

Summer 2014 Gift Package Exchange!


Hey everyone! Long time no blog! I've been busy with work and summer classes, and I can't wait to show you all what I've made so far. But that's a story for another time. Today, I have some very exciting news. It's summer time, and here at Good Vibrations, that means it's gift package exchange time!! Are you guys excited or what?

Okay, without further ado, here's how it's going to work this year:

1. You email me your mailing address at aplleegrl@yahoo.com. 

3. You assemble your care package you are going to send. 

3. I randomly pick an address for you to send a care package to and email you the address by Sunday, August 3rd. 

4. You ship your package by August 4th, the Monday after next. 

5. You receive your own package and enjoy!!
Please note that you must join the swap by Sunday, August 3rd. 
I advise joining well ahead of the shipping date, which is the next day, August 4th. That way you will have a lot of time to prepare your package and make it look nice. Also, everyone must pay shipping for their own package

Sound good to you? Rad. So, now that you've decided to participate and have emailed me your address, you have a care package to assemble! But what are you going to put in it? Well, I happen to be participating in this swap myself, and I have a few ideas (of course!). 



- Some rad art prints for them to hang on their wall

- A cool movie for them to watch (VHSs are so cheap you guys)

- Delicious homemade cookies!

- A summer-themed mix CD

- A cute little zine, made by you! Try your hand at poetry, collaging, whatever you want! The recipient is sure to appreciate your artistic efforts. 

- Offer to be their pen pal :) Send a picture of yourself and a nice letter!

- A nice smelling mini body spray or lotion


- A handmade patch that says something sassy on it

- Glitter. Because why not?

- A cute folder or notebook to keep them organized

- Try writing a note to them with this theme: Your 5 best pieces of advice! Chances are they'll appreciate it. 

- Make them a mini photo album or scrapbook where they can put pictures from this summer

- Yummy homemade fudge

- 5 bucks, because they will definitely appreciate that!

- A cute little tin or box for them to use. You could paint it yourself!

Don't forget to look at my posts here  and here for other lists of ideas and look here to see what packages we sent and received last year! These are just a few ideas I cooked up, if you think of more, that's great! If you want to go the extra mile, try and make the package itself look pretty and festive as well! If you need inspiration, check out The Happy Mail Project, which is where the top photo is from. 

Please note that the last day to join the swap is Sunday, August 3rd. 
After this time I will not be accepting any more potential swappers. 

Email me at aplleegrl@yahoo.com if you're interested and tell your friends about it too! The more people we get involved, the more fun it will be!


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

June Playlist


Hello, friends! It sure is good to be back on the blog. I took some time off to focus on finals and moving out, and then I went on a vacation to Cape Cod for a week, so I've been really busy. I'm back now, and I'm starting up my new routine of summer classes and work, so I will also be back to blogging full time. Yay! Here's my playlist:

June Playlist

Higher Ground - Stevie Wonder

House of the Rising Sun - Animals

Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Don't Look Back in Anger - Oasis

Come With Me Now - Kongos

Tin Man - Future Islands

Genesis - Grimes

Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrisson

Good Times, Bad Times - Led Zeppelin

All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix

Hell's Bells - AC/DC



In May/most of June, I: 
Worked really hard on my projects, finished spring quarter and got good grades, said goodbye to all my friends and moved out, made red velvet cinnamon rolls with one of my high school friends, started my summer class, and went to NYC and Cape Cod. I've been very busy indeed. 

During the rest of June, I hope to: 

Finish cleaning my room, work on some travel plans, and start working on my Etsy shop. 

Hope you all have been having a wonderful June!


Friday, May 30, 2014

May Links

Cap off your month o' May with a little bit of web-surfin'! Enjoy!

I love Coco's tumblr! Super feminist and awesome to the max.
I love Lois's drawings! Her blog is super inspiring and I love her color schemes. The top illustration is by her.
This little tumblr rant about the presence of misogyny in modern society is on point! If you don't believe there is any misogyny in our society, give this one a little read, see what you think.
Lorde's video for "Royals" is so badass. Read the caption too!!
This little article about DIY Jorts is just silly and too cute!

I'm also enjoying Ana's blog, The Skinny Artist. I really want her Space Girl poster!!
Rookie featured these "film stills" made from photographs that one of their contributors took. What a neat idea!
I enjoyed Gala Darling's rapid fire advice post!
I love Wishcandy's art! I found lots of great artists this month.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

One Cool Chick: Nat P.



       Today I'd like to welcome the next installment in my Cool Person Series, an interview with Nat P.! I asked Nat to share some of her photos whit us, and you can see those below, along with a sample of her poetry. Read on to get to know her:

What do you like to do or create?
My greatest love is styling outfits that are out of the ordinary and ahead or even behind the current trend. I also love photography, especially of art in everyday cities or something out of the ordinary in a basic environment.

What do you do for fun?
Besides being glued to the tv when my favorite shows are on, I make an attempt to write poetry and do some journaling, pressing flowers is something I'm trying to get into more. I also spend mostly every weekend scouring my town for garage sales and heading to the local thrift stores. And I go to a pretty large amount of concerts per year but what can you do? The heart wants what the heart wants.



What do you draw inspiration from?
Tumblr is my main source of inspiration, there's just so many great pictures and ideas on there! Besides that nature and music are my number one influence when it comes to photography and poetry. Besides that I look to Lookbook for style ideas but sometimes I try to stay far away from it in order to avoid the crazy jealousy that comes with it.

How would you describe yourself?
I think I'm pretty contradictory to be honest. I love being alone but my greatest fear is being alone in a large group of people. I try to do my own thing and not be too influenced on societies beliefs and trends. I'm really quiet and shy but when I'm with my friends or family you can't get me to shut up.


What are some things you believe in?
There is no strict path in life. You can live how you want and do what you like and make your own plan. I also think that how good you are as a person is determined by your affect on others. You can drink, party and do drugs but at the end of the day its all about how happy you make the people you love feel.

What are you studying in college/ what career path will you pursue?
I haven't decided yet, I should've mentioned when I described myself that I am terribly indecisive, but I'm hoping to study styling or visual communications at FIDM or maybe up in Vancouver. If that doesn't work out maybe photography, but I always thought it'd be fun to be a tour guide in a country I'd love to live in.





Thursday, May 22, 2014

Things I Love Thursday! Spring Celebrations, Friendship, and Love


Hello friends! Since May is the month of gratitude in accordance with me Happiness Project, I thought I would take this excellent opportunity to do a Things I Love Thursday! Here are some things, people, and places that I've been super grateful for lately, in no particular order:

      I love.... Spring at UCSC! + Improving my painting skills + Mental clarity + Chill time + Looking forward to an upcoming vacation and awesome summer classes + My new job! + Morning breakfast adventures with my b + Deer, they are too adorable + Living in a beautiful and abundant forest + Santa Cruz in general + My wonderful roommates + Finding and trying new recipes! + Making new friends and keeping old ones + Sunshine and beautiful weather + Being a part of UCSC's Take Back the Tap campaign and being educated about water issues + Being involved with my school + Being able to go to UCSC + All the friends I'll get to see over summer + Organic foods! + Seeing other people's artworks + Living in California + Friendly people who say hi to me even if we don't talk very often + Getting lots of sleep + Feeding myself healthy foods + UCSC Summer Sessions + 


Having a solid babysitting gig this summer with an awesome family + Having a laundry machine again soon! + The fact that I have hiked to the top of Half Dome + Finding good new music + YouTube + Having enough money to pay for delicious foods, like apricots! + My supportive and loving parents + My creative sister + My awesome Volvo station wagon! + Eighties music because it's awesome + My Doc Marten Flanagans. I wore them almost every day this school year and they're barely worn out at all, and still very comfortable + Feeling beautiful without makeup + Gettin' my tan game on + Being able to communicate quickly through my cellphone + Having a fast Internet connection + Going to and hosting parties + Finding a free jump rope yesterday! + Printing mishaps with label makers + All the photos I've taken with disposable cameras + Having the freedom to do things that cost money + Sharing clothes with my roommates + Home-cooked meals! + My body, it does so much for me :)

What are you grateful for? 
Try giving it a little thought. 

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Simple Bacon and Corn Griddle Cakes


This morning I made bacon and corn griddle cakes for breakfast, and oh man, were they delicious. With the help of my co-chef, we whipped these out and had a regular feast this morning. I highly recommend these for a brunch, as they're an excellent combo of sweet and savory with warm honey on top. The original recipe and photo come from Recipe Girl. I tweaked the recipe a bit to make it more simple but it still tastes delicious!

Ingredients:

8 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup milk
1 large egg, beaten
1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
1 cup frozen, canned or fresh corn
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
warm maple syrup or honey, for serving

Directions: 

1. In a medium skillet, cook the bacon pieces until they begin to brown. Continue to cook until the bacon is crisp.
2. While the bacon is cooking, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Stir in the milk, egg and oil, just until moistened. Stir in the bacon, corn and cheese. The mixture will be thick. If you'd like the griddle cakes to be slightly thinner than those pictured, add a little more milk to thin out the batter.
3. Heat and grease a griddle or large skillet. Pour a heaping 1/4-cup of the batter onto the griddle and cook until it is golden brown- 3 to 4 minutes per side. Repeat with the remaining batter.
4. Serve stacks of griddle cakes topped with a good dose of warm maple syrup (or honey!). Enjoy!
Notes:
- I'm not a fan of syrup, so I used warm honey instead and I found it really brought out the flavor of the cheese, bacon, and corn in the griddle cakes. 
- I followed the recipe exactly and my griddle cakes were very thick. I might add a bit more milk next time, but that's up to you!
- I purchased frozen corn, the kind that comes in a bag that you can steam it in, and microwaved it for 1 minute before adding it to the mix, just to thaw out the kernels. 

Friday, May 16, 2014

Being a Loner and Liking It


      I recently read an amazing Rookie article about how to be alone, and it made me realize not only how awesome alone time is, but how much I've missed it! I've been so busy and so involved with classes, friends, events, my internship, my job, and my extracurriculars that I have little time by myself, and when I do, it's perplexing. I recently discovered I'd totally forgotten what it was like to not only have alone time, but to revel in it. But after reading that article and venturing into the unacknowledged frontier that is solitude once again, I realized something: Being alone can be really awesome!

      Often in our society we are encouraged to always be social, extroverted, and outgoing. We are encouraged to be busy with our work, or else with our play, which must be a social activity. And while those things are totally okay to strive for and enjoy, let us not look down on being alone. Being alone is very different from being lonely. When you are lonely, you are also usually sad or upset, but being alone is an awesomely enjoyable activity if you give it the chance. Often when I am going to eat in the dining hall or walking to class, I see other people I know, but I choose to avoid them because I am enjoying my own time. I'm free to think about whatever I want without interruption, and that is excellent.

      I think everyone should try alone time. Hang out with yourself! Take yourself out on dates! Take care of yourself! Remember my list of adventures to have with your friends? You can do almost all of those by yourself, so why not try?

     Hanging out with yourself gives you a great opportunity to get to know yourself, and to build up self-confidence. Imagine having the guts to do something you normally wouldn't do alone completely solo, like going to a restaurant or concert. You'd probably feel like a badass, just because you don't need company to enjoy something or handle a situation; you can depend on you.

     So go out by yourself. Take a walk around your block, climb a tree, or just hang out in your room. Cherish the silence, the lack of a need to keep up with the conversation. Now get out a notebook, and write down a solo adventure you'll have in the future. Go forth, and be alone :)