What's Making Me Happy

As many of you know, I have a job that allows me to spend a pretty intense amount of time on the Internet.  We often joke that the amount of work I have is directly proportional to the amount of pins I have on Pinterest. (If you're interested in following me, click here!) So, in an attempt to somehow justify this incredible expenditure of time, I've decided to do a weekly 'What's Making Me Happy' post, where I can share all of my favorite Internet memes with you and you can join me in endless surfing of the Internet.  So grab a Diet Pepsi, (it's my favorite,) lean back in your chair, and enjoy some serious Internet fun....

  • Everyone knows my love for crafting and vintage, and I'm a pretty religious follower of Elsie Larson's blog A Beautiful Mess.  When I first started reading her blog, I kept thinking to myself, these places seem so familiar..., and lo and behold, I come to find out that she's from my hometown of Springfield, MO!  Whodathunkit?  Elsie has a fierce sense of fashion, some fantastic tattoos, and an adorable little shop Red Velvet.  This week she posted a could of really great DIY's that I can't wait to try.  So click on over to read more about her posts about adding elbow patches to sweaters, (the hearts are tooo cute!) and making your own woodgrain rug.  
Elsie Larson of A Beautiful Mess

  • I'm loving performance artist's Miranda July's "Handy Tip for the Easily Distracted."  As someone who often has her phone attached to her fingers, I probably need to do this.

  • Does anyone else love watching Bravo TV?  I won't lie that I occasionally sneak a view of the housewives, (I mean really, it's a TRAINWRECK,)  but my favorite shows are the ones focused around creative competition.  The model created by Project Runway, has been duplicated by Top Chef, Top Chef  Desserts, and my new favorite, Work of Art.  I absolutely loved watching it last year in it's first season, and if this new season's premiere is any indication, it's going to be pretty epic.  It's also a great way to derive some inspiration for your own art projects, every night I watch I can't wait to go and paint something!  I haven't picked a favorite yet, but there seem to be a couple of people who will definitely be entertaining to watch! (Hello, the Sucklord?!?!)  On top of religiously watching this amazing show, I have to let you all in on a little secret that is Jerry Saltz.  In addition to being an incredibly respected art critic and writer for New York Magazine, Jerry is one of the critics for WoA, probably my favorite.  Following the airing of each episode, Jerry writes a recap with his thoughts after seeing the whole show, explaining more behind his and the other decisions and other goodies.(Here's a link to his first crit for Season 2, Kitsch Me If You Can.)   He's such a thoughtful and humorous critic of the artists and even himself,  and I can't get enough of him, (even when I disagree with his decisions.)  Do yourself a favor and watch/read these little gems!
  •  Scared Bros At a Haunted House is a collection of hidden camera pictures at the Nightmare Fear Factory in Niagara Falls, CA.  As someone who nearly wets herself when visiting haunted houses, I can't stop giggling at these!
Bro is SCARED via Buzzfeed
  •  I'm not sure if you've noticed, but I have some fantastic new photos on my blog all because of a sassy little lady named Khalilah.  She was so wonderful to trek down to the North End and take photos for Emilie and I and they turned out soo well!  We had so much fun, and I think I tricked a tour group into thinking that I was going to be uuber famous.  Tricksy...  Thanks so much Khaliliah!  To see more of Khali's amazing photography and read her super addictive blog Concrete Magnolia.  You won't regret it! 

 Hope you all have a wonderful Friday and I'll see you soon!


  1. Eeeee! This is great! Not that I need more things to do on the internet but...you always find the greatest things! Love it. Love you.

  2. I love everything about this! I'm glad you opted for this vs something about fears and fists. ;-)

  3. Hahahaha for you Christine, I can definitely still take some fears and fists photos. It's a backburner project :)