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Portraiture and Me Made May 2016

the artyologist self portrait with straw hat

You know when you have a bunch of photos to post and you don’t really have anything to say about them? Yep, that would be the case with these.

I was trying to take a picture of what I wore, earlier this week, because I am taking part in Me Made May this year, and then I just decided, why not do a self portrait photo shoot? I used to take self portraits when I lived on my own, but now¬†my sister usually takes outfit photos for me, since we live together. She wasn’t around so I decided to play around with the self portrait style again. That’s why these images have a bit more serious of a style- usually when she is taking photos the majority of the photos end up being outtakes where I am either laughing or making funny faces. Usually making funny faces ūüėČ

the artyologist image of tulips and portrait for me made may

But anyways, yes I am participating in Me Made May, which I was going to blog about on here, and 7 days into the month I still haven’t done so! Oops:¬†time flies by!¬†I, of course, decided to join at the last moment- literally on the 1st of the month when I saw a bunch of people posting photos of their outfits on the morning of ūüôā¬†The idea behind Me Made May is to wear the clothes you have made yourself. I never participated before because I just don’t have enough homemade items to last an entire month (without recycling outfits I mean, which would be super boring for a documented challenge) But I still wanted to participate, so I came up with a twist on the challenge.¬†I do have a fair share of garments, and odds and ends like purses and hats that I have made for myself, yet¬†never seem to reach for on a daily basis. So, my challenge is¬†to wear EACH of my homemade garments and accessories at least once this month. (While I will actually wear some of them many times, I won’t bore you with taking pictures of them over and over!) This challenge of course excludes¬†seasonally inappropriate garments as well. (Unless it snows this month- not unheard of- although I sincerely hope not!) I’ll be posting my pictures, when I take them, on instagram, and I’ll probably do a round up here as well.

the artyologist image of tulips

Anyways, if you want to find out about Me Made May 2016 you can just click on that little button on the side that says “#MMM16I’m taking part”, (go figure!) and it will take you to the page of the lady who is hosting it.

the artyologist self portrait for me made may

And, well there you go. I said I didn’t have anything to say, and here I have managed to ramble on for a few paragraphs ūüôā

the artyologist self portrait

the artyologist image of tulips

Oh and aren’t these tulips sweet? My lovely sister got them for me as a wonderful Spring surprise!

Spring Cometh

the artyologist image of spring leaves budding on a tree

April

They promised me a flower-bed that truly should be mine,

Out in the garden by the wall beneath the ivy vine.

The box-wood bush would have to stay; the daily rose bush too;

But for the rest they’d let me plant just as I chose to do.

Though not a daffodil was up the garden smelled of Spring,

and in the trees beyond the wall I heard the blackbirds sing.

I worked there all the afternoon; the sun shone warm and still;

 I set it thick with flower seeds and roots of daffodil.

And all the while I dug I planned, that when my flowers grew,

I’d train them in a loverly bower and cut a window through;

The visitors who drove from town would come out there to see;

Perhaps I’d five them each a bunch and then how pleased they’d be!

I made my plans- and then for weeks forgot my roots and seeds,

So when I came that way again they all were choked with weeds.

-Katherine Pyle

the artyologist image of spring leaves and grass

the artyologist image of peony leaves coming up in april

the artyologist image of tree budding in april

 

Vintage Styled Wax Print

the artyologist- image of vintage styled wax print skirt

Do you ever have that situation where all of your favourite clothes suddenly decide to simultaneously die premature deaths?

One day you look at your wardrobe and you think to yourself, “Wow, my wardrobe is really coming together, I think I’ve got all the bases covered.” and the next thing you know you’ve got stains and rips on everything. No? Anyone? Just me? (To offer an excuse:¬†I used to work in a hardware store, which was pretty hard on clothes, and I wasn’t always smart, and I wore “good” clothes to work. Ahem.) Anyways,¬†I recently had to remove a bunch¬†of garments from circulation as they had all hit the end of their life, and I really needed some clothes that were not gungy, especially with the change in season.

My other issue with my wardrobe, is that I am a slow and distracted seamstress, so I don’t add clothes as quickly to my closet as they sometimes get taken away. Those “Easy 2 Hour” patterns, are more like “2 Week” projects. ūüôĀ So, I decided that it was time to sew up something quick, and bolstered by the success of my last black floral skirt, which came together quite¬†easily, I decided to make another pleated skirt. And this one actually turned out even better. (I guess I made most of the mistakes the first time around!) And it only took about 6 hours spread out over two days, so that meant there¬†is one less “gap” to fill.

the artyologist- image of vintage styled wax print skirt paired with blue purse

So, here is my new favourite skirt. (Yes, even though I have only had it for three days, I have worn it twice already! Actually I am wearing it right now as I type this.) It is made out of a Dutch wax print fabric I found at the thrift store, (I will tell you more about that later this week.) and is the perfect thing to wear everyday, but I was able to dress it up nicely for church on Sunday. It is quite a bold fabric, but by pairing it with a cardigan, navy blue heels and purse the outfit still had a classic, vintage look to it.

Oh- and look at that would you- the grass is starting to turn green, and the trees are budding!

the artyologist- image of vintage styled gold black and navy coloured wax print skirt

the artyologist- image of sparkly black earring

the artyologist- image of spring cattails

the artyologist- image of vintage styled wax print skirt

the artyologist- image of a country road and spring in the prairies

the artyologist- a portrait

the artyologist- image of a graineries on a cloudy day the sentinels of the prairies

(The Sentinels of the Prairies)

Tulip Study

the artyologist- image of tulips

Nothing heralds the arrival of spring as much as tulips do.

My mom received this glorious bouquet of tulips for an Easter gift- and what a wonderful gift it was for all of us! This was one of the most beautiful bouquets I have ever seen.

The thing that I love about tulip bouquets is that they are so wild and untamed. Tulips keep growing even after¬†they are cut,¬†and try as you might to¬†arrange them in some semblance of order, when you come back to look at them later,¬†they will be sprawled in every which way and doing their own thing. Some people put a penny in the water to keep the flowers upright, but I love them like this. It was sad when they were finished blooming, but now we get to wait for the tulips coming up in the ground now, which won’t be far off!

the artyologist- image of tulips

the artyologist- image of tulips

the artyologist- image of tulips

the artyologist- image of tulips

the artyologist- image of tulips