Art That Makes Me Think of Art History

Last week’s “Art That Makes Me…” post made me think of the Japanese artist, Yasumasa Morimura. Morimura’s Art History series features self portraits of the artist in reproductions of famous works of Western art. They are large scale photographs made to look like paintings and they are AMAZING!

Of course, all this talk about self portraits also makes me think of Cindy Sherman’s work.

I could go on and on and it would be a never ending game of 6 Degrees of Separation, Art Edition.

Do you know of any other artists who play with the idea of self-portraiture and repurposing of art history?

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Rainy Day Fashion for Kids

Spring is here and we have had our fair share of “April showers.” Dex and I were tired of being stuck in the house so I threw on some rain gear and we went for a little stroll in the garden. I think there is nothing cuter than a kid splashing in puddles. What do you love about rainy days?

Here he comes!

And there he goes!

Discovering rain on the peonies.

Sweater: Old Navy
Sailor Pants: Harajuku Mini
Boots: Kidorable

Keep Calm & Carry On

On Easter Sunday I prepared a lovely spring meal of roast chicken, quinoa salad, field greens, and a homemade rustic bread loaf. It was all homemade and lovely. My daughter and I made some tie die inspired colored eggs to decorate the table, and the piece de resistance was my homemade lemonade with mint leaves. I had planned to photograph the whole set up to share it with you but, before the festivities could begin, we received a call from my sister that her kids had been in a horrible car wreck. So off I went to Texas! Good news, while the accident was bad, everybody came out of it alive. In fact, when I left my sister’s house after a week, my nephew who had undergone brain surgery was up and about playing Star Wars! Needless to say, this little blog was left untouched and I didn’t think once about future posts. I’m going to take a few days of R&R for myself and Popsicles&Pearls will be back in a few days! Until then, I’ll leave you with this reminder:

 

DIY Day!

The other day my very lovely and crafty friend, Yvette, who runs Abernathy Crafts came over with some bundles of fabric, plain boxes, some glue and we got crafty! Check out her blog for more tutorials and crafty goodness.

We’d like to show you how you can decorate a simple box with fabric. This is a very easy project anyone can do. I recommend reading the entire tutorial before starting on the project. You can contact Yvette on her blog if you have any questions!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the list of supplies you will need:

  • boxes (Yvette bought these for $1 and $2 at Michael’s)
  • fabric (amount depends on size of box but for these boxes, a fat quarter is more than enough)
  • glue
  • scissors
  • paint brush (optional)
  • ribbon (optional)

After you pick out the fabric you want to use on your box, you really don’t have to be precise on the measurement. Just set the box on top of the fabric (wrong side up) and pull up around the edges to make sure you have enough to fold over to the inside.

The first two sides you will start on will be opposite of each other. Cut two slits in the fabric to the corners of the box and repeat on the other side. You might also like to cut the excess off the corners of the fabric to minimize bulk on the remaining sides of the box. (Be sure not to cut too much on the corner, you will want to leave a little for folding over.)

Using a paintbrush, spread the glue on your first side of the box and on the top portion of the inside.

Fold up the fabric and flip it over the edge. Use your brush to paste it flat. Repeat on the opposite side.

Now on the remaining sides you will first fold over the sides to make a nice crease for the corners. Glue those down.

Flip fabric up and over like you did on the first two sides. With your brush or finger, really press the corners down so you get a nice finished edge. Then repeat this process on the other side.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now for the lid, just repeat the same steps you did on the bottom part of the box. After you have it covered, you can add a bow with the ribbon or any other embellishments you choose. I had better luck attaching the bow with a glue gun than with school glue.

I gave a box to my 5 year old who is always finding things for her “collection” which consists of colored stones, marbles, plastic jewelry, and other random chokables that need to be kept out of her little brother’s hands. She loved it! Thanks Yvette! I hope you enjoy this simple and fun craft too!

Popsicles and Pearls Goes to Dallas

Disclosure: I am from Dallas. I lived there from the time I was 6 years old until I was 22. I know a lot of people have their own ideas of Dallas, most likely gleamed from a brief visit and all they remember is the oppressive heat and constant traffic, or from “reality shows.” Yes, it’s hot. Yes, there’s traffic. Yes, there are women with big hair. But if you look past all that and know where to go, you will have a fine time. My new cousin-in-law took me to a few new hotspots when I was in town last week for her wedding and I thought I would share them you.

First, head over to the Knox-Henderson neighborhood and visit We Are 1976. This hip little shop is part design studio, part book store, part art gallery. They feature prints, books, and cards from local artists. There’s also jewelry and toys that celebrate the art of design available.

My husband and I picked up this print by Justin Cox for our son, Dexter!

Now ladies, send your man over to the Pearl Cup for a cup of joe while you step next door to Milk and Honey. Milk and Honey reminded me a lot of Anthropologie, with wallet friendly prices. The selection was excellently curated, with feminine and flirty pieces.

Finally, end your afternoon with a margarita and some of the best Tex-Mex in the world at Chuy’s! Don’t bother counting calories here and load up on their creamy jalapeno dressing and chips. Be sure to smother your “big as yo’ face burrito” in deluxe tomatillo sauce!

 Finally, end your day in some AIR CONDITIONING or a dip in the pool!

Do you have a favorite hotspot in Dallas?