A wife. A teacher. A daughter. A sister. A friend. All of these things describe me and I am adding one more. An artist. "The Suburban Artist" is just a way to record the days of a regular suburbanite going about her life and trying her best to create.
Today is Giving Tuesday. Make a donation for a good cause today :) It will make your heart sing :) We gave to the Wounded Warriors Project and I hope even our tiny amount helps. They gave so much and we should thank them and help them however we can!
Onto Suburban Art...
The stickers are doing really, really well. As in I can't keep up some days. Other days there is a lull. Like no orders for days then in 1 day 10. Its amazing. Check out our new website:
It will tell you about the shop and bring you right to the Etsy store! Pretty awesome.
I also have started doing JAMBERRY NAILS! I am now an independent consultant! What IS Jamberry? It is just the latest craze in nails! It is a vinyl, heat activated sticker that lasts up to 2 weeks on finger nails and up to 4-6 on toes! Check it out and if you want to host a party or join my team, just let me know!
Its been a while since I last posted.
I have been busy being a new mommy. And seriously I love every minute of it.
The little guy is already 5 months old, almost 6.
He is such a good baby. Lots of smiles and giggles and seriously, I wouldn't trade my time home with him for anything in the world. I know, you must think I live in Utopia, but after waiting for a miracle, he is here and that IS Utopia.
When he naps and between cleaning and laundry etc... I am making onesie stickers. And selling them on Etsy. I know, I swore I would never ever use them again but hey, if I can make some cash and satisfy my creative energy then why the hell not?
I have a new website. My time with Other People's Pixels was coming to an end in March. So I began to look around and found Virb. I liked their templates and it was easier to do than OPP. The price with a coupon was 5$ a month for 5 months then 10$ a month. And the choices were much, much better. Not many font choices but overall a much cleaner site.
I named this blog The Suburban Artist to really embrace what and who I am. I am now a mother. Does this mean I stop being a creative person? Taking photographs, even though these days mostly from an iPhone? Even if I am taking endless photos of my beautiful baby, does that make me less of an artist?
Some would say yes and that I am more mundane than ever. That being a SUBURBAN ARTIST is bad, not truly an artist.
But as I look at my most recent photo that I took today, yes with my iphone, I think not. I think being a Suburban Artist is amazing. And I will continue to be one and be proud that I am a Suburban Artist.
Well we are home. With our SON. We are thrilled. We are ecstatic. We are happy. He is home, and healthy. And a dream come true. We were joined by my parents, sister and brother, and my aunt and cousin. It was really great to have everyone there. But to have my cousin, who is adopted like me, hold my son was just amazing. And the three of us are all 18 years apart! I am 36, he is 18 and my son was 4 days old. Life is amazing.
I stole AGOG IN PRAGUE from Laura's blog AGOG IN PRAGUE. She is my brother's friend and former roomie. So I went to Prauge! After a false start: 28 hour delay in NJ and courtesy of United I stayed at a lovely hotel that was a few blocks from some former Frat houses that I spent many a night in during my college days in the heart of NEWARK, NJ. When a fellow passenger asked me if the neighborhood was safe I just said not to leave the hotel. So my first night of vacay was spent in Newark, NJ. Silver lining? Got to see my mom and my sister and went to the outlet mall in Elizabeth, NJ. So not a bad day... It just wasn't PRAGUE.
It looks like we are outside.
In reality we are in the safe haven known to
all Jersey Girls as the mall.
So after lunch I set of for PRAGUE (PRAHA). I landed in Brussels and got to Prague around 1pm Czech time. PJ was there to greet me and after a very harrowing cab ride (the driver didn't even acknowledge lights or posted speed limits) we got to his apartment and I got to meet Shannon. Whom I now adore.
Shannon and I at the bus stop.
PJ and I on the bus.
We went to lunch where I naturally had some pasta. It was pretty good. Then we went back to the apartment for a little nap time then we went out for the night where I did have traditional Goulash. It was fantastic. Not a fan of the dumplings with bacon. I know, bacon is supposed to make everything better, but not this time.
I won't chronicle the entire trip but I will post the pics. I used the Fujifilm X20 exclusively during the day and for the first night. Excellent camera. Love it. I used my Canon 60D for all of my night shots (not the first night) in conjunction with my MeFoto Backpacker tripod. I ADORE THIS TRIPOD. Run, do not walk, to your nearest dealer or order online (I got mine through Amazon as I had a free Prime Membership to try out and got 2 day free shipping). For $139 you will not find a better travel tripod. Or hell, better tripod at all. It is very light. PJ carried it for me all night (the first night shoot we went to see RENT, a musical about Bohemia in Bohemia?! Natch), and he said he could barely feel it. Then the set up was super easy. And its my first ball head tripod. I thought I could't afford one and had a Sunpack panhead that cost just as much. I looked at Manfrotto and SLIK and for the price and the reviews, chose MeFoto Backpacker. And I am so glad that I did. The Roadtripper is a bit heavier and I almost went with that model. But MeFoto assured me (via their FB page) that it would hold my 60D. And it did. I wasn't nervous at all. It was spectacular.
My brother outside his office.
On the way to the clock.
Next to Mucha's work.
View from the Mucha exhibit.
X20 no tripod. Not bad.
Heading to the clock. X20.
X20. On the way to the clock.
Center of Praha. X20.
Apparently it was a blue moon that night.
My brother leading the way.
Some famous building. X20.
Bridge and Palace. X20.
View from the bridge. X20.
Close up. X20.
Heading towards the train.
Outside the palace.
Heading towards the Charles Bridge. Waterwheel.
Outside the stairs by Charles Bridge.
The Charles Bridge.
(Across from the wood gate and the location of the opening
scene of Mission Impossible movie).
Charles Bridge. For about 4 minutes the lights by the
statues were on. Then they turned off.
Other end of the bridge.
I cranked up the ISO to 1000 so my brother
wouldn't have to stand still for minutes.
Self-portrait. But my brother hit the remote :)
I could post a lot more photos. But I will end it here. With these pics from the 2nd night shoot at Vyšehrad. All shot with the D60.