CHANDELIER DIY DARE

It's been a while, but I thought I'd jump back in with some interior inspiration....I've been consumed with the idea lately of DIY-ing a chandelier but keep putting it off (not unlike blogging).  I've got a couple good ideas but no real place to put a chandelier at the boyfriend's.  Maybe that's the problem...hmmmm? Anway, below are some of the awesome chandelier's that are keeping my brain buzzing while I'm trying to go to sleep every night.  Am I the only one who loses sleep over a long list of DIY's? There could be worse things.

 

photography by Jansje Klazinga, found on sfgirlbybay 

photography by Jansje Klazinga, found on sfgirlbybay 

photography by Carina Olander, found on sfgirlbybay

photography by Carina Olander, found on sfgirlbybay

Great Boho Chandelier tutorial from In Honor of Design

Great Boho Chandelier tutorial from In Honor of Design

the ever-popular Globe Pendant DIY from A Beautiful Mess ....put a basket on it! (portlandia reference)

the ever-popular Globe Pendant DIY from A Beautiful Mess ....put a basket on it! (portlandia reference)

Almost this exact whimsical little pendant light display will be used at the boyfriend's...we have a place for it and all! photography by David Foessel, found on Remodelista

Almost this exact whimsical little pendant light display will be used at the boyfriend's...we have a place for it and all! photography by David Foessel, found on Remodelista

Do I dare DIY a chandelier in every room??! 

we shall see...

Haiti//NOLA

As I mentioned in my previous post, my background is in Landscape Architecture.  I graduated with my BLA from LSU, which just so happens to be one of the best undergraduate programs in the country according to Design Intelligence.  I didn't know much about the field of landscape architecture when I signed up for classes after freshman orientation, but I knew I wanted to be somewhere within the College of Art and Design.  It turned out to be a perfect fit as I learned way more than just plants.  One of the many reasons why the LSU Landscape Architecture program is so badass (for lack of a better term) is due to the emphasis on travel, learning and experiencing other cultures to better inform landscape design (which is more than just plants).  

So one of the perks of being a College of Art and Design graduate, I recieve a biannual...maybe quarterly...I don't know...who really keeps up with all their mail these days...copy of the 2015 Winter Quad Magazine.  As I was going through it, I found the article Healing Haiti and was really impressed with the relationship growing between LSU and Haiti through the work of Professor Austin Allen (Landscape Arch.) and numerous other professors from differing disciplines.  Many people might not be aware of the large Haitian population here in Louisiana and the strong cultural influence Haiti has had on Southern Louisiana, particularly New Orleans.  

My boyfriend, who prefers to remain anonymous and will therefore be referred to as the boyfriend, was fortunate enough to go on one of Prof. Allen's first trips to Jacmel, Haiti where they witnessed first hand the astonishing similarities between the built environment in Jacmel and the New Orlean's French Quarter.

Jacmel, Haiti photo cred: the boyfriend

Jacmel, Haiti

photo cred: the boyfriend

Jacmel, Haiti photo cred: the boyfriend

Jacmel, Haiti

photo cred: the boyfriend

Jacmel, Haiti photo cred: the boyfriend

Jacmel, Haiti

photo cred: the boyfriend

Additionally, New Orleans and Jacmel share the common thread that both cities are recovering from catastrophic natural disasters, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in New Orleans in 2005 and the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that Haiti experienced in 2010.  Conditions in Haiti have not improved as quickly as we have seen in New Orleans; however, the spirit and social resiliency is palpable in both cities.  The Quad Magazine article mentioned the work being conducted by LSU Haitian Task Force committee member Dr. Joyce Jackson, professor in cultural anthropology and African and African American Studies.  Dr. Jackson's research is focused on the similarities between New Orleans' Mardi Gras and Jacmel's Carnival.  At first this research might seem trivial when considering post-disaster recovery, but anyone that was in New Orleans for Mardi Gras post-Katrina understands how much the celebration means to the city.  Both Mardi Gras and Carnival are street rituals that proclaim "the need and desire to celebrate life while expressing the complexities of politics and society in one large ceremonial" (Quad Magazine).  

Carnival in Haiti photo cred: google image search

Carnival in Haiti

photo cred: google image search

Aren't those costumes amazing?!?  photo cred: google image search

Aren't those costumes amazing?!? 

photo cred: google image search

I hope to be able to follow along as the Task Force and Dr. Jackson continue their research in both locations to better understand "the viability of theatrical ritual performance and representation in mask and music and the operation of street ritual as a social weapon and tool of resistance and tranformation" (Quad Magazine).  That last part...social weapon and tool of resistance and transformation...thats really exciting to me, to think of Mardi Gras and Carnival as not only amazing festivals but as a means for recovery and social resillience.  There is something really special about New Orleans during Mardi Gras and we owe a lot of that to Haiti.  

A quick something search led me to this book, that just in the abstract blows my mind with excitement.  Ordering it...now.  Short history lesson (in case you all don't care to click on the link):  the Haitian Revolution of 1791 resulted in major immigration of Haitians to New Orleans that ultimately influenced southern architecture, agriculture, religion, arts, medicine, politics and the American Slavery emancipation debate.  For those that weren't aware, voodoo was also introduced to New Orleans through Haitian immigrants, so I'm really enjoying this little history lesson as I prepare for Diva Day.

Speaking of which...here is the current state of my costume.  I'm going to strive for my next post to show more of our process as we build these (bullet proof) beauties....I'm convinced their bulletproof but the boyfriend says he doubts it.  SO MUCH HOT GLUE! 

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I'm still figuring out how to make the ribs look more like ribs that are peeking out from behind my ripped/torn/burned antebellum dress.  I'm also going to incorporate more wood and natural elements because my character is ....wait for it....Madame Cypress Bones....or Madame Everwaiting Evangeline Cypress....haven't worked out all the kinks in my story yet so...

we shall see...

Here we go...

Hello Internets and Happy 2015! I’ve decided to join the blog world and I’ll give you a few reasons why:

  • I work at a landscape architecture firm and want to further my creative expression.  I have so many design ideas going through my head daily so I plan to use the blog as my creative catch-all.  Here I will document who and what is inspiring me lately as well as personal after-work and weekend projects including home renovations (inside and out), costumes, clothes, jewelry, gifts, art, and planning my sister's wedding!  And probably a post or two about my struggles as a young female professional in a male dominated field and some other landscape architecture ramblings because I wasn’t awake for five straight years (equals bachelor degree) for nothing!
  •  I’m Southern Louisiana born and raised, and once a year I make a costume for the Diva Day Parade I’m a part of along with over 200 other beaded bustier beauties that chassé Bourbon St.  Every year my group of 6-10 twenty-something friends create head to toe costumes that are centered around the beaded bustier and choose a Louisiana culture-based theme. 
2014: King Cake Divas (Every King Cake Bakery you can think of from Alexandria to New Orleans pretty much...Mckenzie's, Haydel's, Randazzo's, Gambino's and so on)

2014: King Cake Divas (Every King Cake Bakery you can think of from Alexandria to New Orleans pretty much...Mckenzie's, Haydel's, Randazzo's, Gambino's and so on)

2013:  Louisiana Spicey Girls (Crystal, Louisiana, Slap Ya Mama, Tabassco, Tony's, Zatarain's)

2013:  Louisiana Spicey Girls (Crystal, Louisiana, Slap Ya Mama, Tabassco, Tony's, Zatarain's)

2012: New Orleans Snowball Divas (Dreamsicle, Strawberry, Spearmint, Bubblegum, Ice Cream, and DiVanilla)

2012: New Orleans Snowball Divas (Dreamsicle, Strawberry, Spearmint, Bubblegum, Ice Cream, and DiVanilla)

2011: Abita Six Pack of Divas (Jockamo IPA, Mardi Gras Bock, Andygator, SOS, Harvet Pecan, Purple Haze)

2011: Abita Six Pack of Divas (Jockamo IPA, Mardi Gras Bock, Andygator, SOS, Harvet Pecan, Purple Haze)

2010: New Orleans Saints Superbowl Divas (we were babies!) 

2010: New Orleans Saints Superbowl Divas (we were babies!) 

  • This year, the parade rolls (or rather marches since we are a walking parade) on February 13th which is a Friday; so one of our fellow Diva’s had the genius idea to be Voodoo Doll Divas!  For the sake of fashion fun (and making things harder for ourselves…shoot for the moon!) we are putting a scorned-southern-bell-lover twist on things.  Also Valentine’s Day is the following Saturday so that make sense too.  I’ll divulge more of our process from brainstorming to parade day on the blog as well as my Instagram account!  As Mardi Gras is unique to the southeastern region, particularly New Orleans, I thought it would be fun to share this cultural phenomenon with any out-of-state followers.  Fellow Divas are also scattered all across the states, so I’m taking the opportunity to share our journey to the beading finish line.
  • I spend most of my free time visiting over 20 different blogs and love the design sharing environment that has been made possible via the interweb.  It’s really amazing to be able to share, discuss, and learn from other design crazies (I use crazy in the most endearing way possible). 
  • So why now?  Why 2015?  Well, I will turn 25 this year, a quarter of a century old.  What better time?  I keep putting off starting a blog because I want it to be perfect, but as I have learned through following other bloggers/pioneering designers such as Justina Blakeney, Joy Cho, Sarah Sherman Samuel (to name some of my top favorites), design is messy and sometimes you just have to jump feet first.  Create, create, create! Keep creating because that’s the only way to get to the good stuff.  And so I will end this post with the wise words of Andy Warhol:
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Happy New Year and I hope you all will enjoy my journey to finding my voice as a blogger and designer. 

we shall see…