Making History

I hope you all went out and voted today. Because if urban outfitters had this little Icon made for today for nothing then I don't think they'll be too happy!!! <3a


Hallow's Eve

Well, it's almost halloween in a few hours. I have a Padme costume from 'star wars'. Lets see how I pull this off. I started a new photo project titled a Day In The Life . Where I just take pictures of things that I encounter everyday. My new classes started on Tuesday. Principles of Adverstising and Design 2. I now have one teacher, 4 days out of the week. During this class I learned something that gave me confidence in a weird sort of way. Ray Bradbury, author of 'Farenheit 451' and 'The Martian Chronicles', never learned to drive so he gets around LA on the bus. I still have yet to learn how to drive and I too, take the bus everywhere. Thanks Ray Bradbury for letting me be confident in taking public transportation when half of California spends their time on the 405.
So this is some stationary that I designed. little 3.5x4 notecards. They'll be up for sale in my esty. Speaking of Etsy. The shop is coming together. I know that it sounds redundant but I'm still working on it. The opening date has been pushed back due to time constraints and trying to get everything made. I had an idea of making some bracelets in support of breast cancer awareness and having 25% of the proceeds go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. It sounds like a good idea to me and I think I might do it. Here's some pictures.


Betcha didn't know

Something that I secretly indulge in every once in awhile is 'the hills'. Oh the drama. Anywho. I was disappointed last wednesday night. Not only did the dodgers lose the pennant but Korto didn't win on Project Runway. I've devoted every wednesday night to PR for the last 3 seasons. Kenley was absolutely annoying and reminded me of Rami last season. One trick pony. Doing the same thing over and over again. But watching Korto's line go down the runway, Everything was on point. I'd Love her to design my (what I dream) my wedding dress even though it's Kenley's style. I definitely thought Korto deserved to win. On to other news. I know i've been saying for awhile now that i'll be opening my etsy shop soon and I promise I will be. I just need to gather some loose ends and take pictures of my merch. It's coming along and I'm so excited for it. I'm also resolving to blog more consistently. It's hard for me to do it but I can assure you that i'll be putting forth more of an effort to blog. I've been having so many ideas running through my head that I need to jot them down and figure out the schematics before I forgt it all.


Uh Oh!!!

So I did a terribly bad thing on saturday. Art and I and some of his friends went mini golfing. One of his friends brought another friend who happened to piss the crap out of me and it just so happened that they had batting cages at this particular place and just my luck one of the cages was set on free so it was just spewing out balls. With my current obsession with batting cages I hopped right in to get my frustration out. 30 minutes later I finally get out of the cage. When I got home I tried picking myself up from sitting on the floor and my hand just gave way. SPLAT!!! Now my whole forearm is sore and I can barely hold a pen to write with. Oops. Talk about over doing it. Well with a tag from Elsie I leave with this.

7 Very Random Facts About Me

1. For a year I lived without a TV
2. still obsessed with hand embroidery
3. I've learned I enjoy micromanaging
4. I watched 'inside the actors studio' today
5. I haven't had my eyebrows waxed in 3 months
6. I want to play rockband 2
7. i need to finish my last piece that I started

Pictures coming soon.

XO manda


Recipe for fall

I've been thinking about my ideal day since the new season has started. It didn't take long until i realized what it was.

gloomy day+ hot tea+ pajamas+ fireplace+ movie+ blanket.

it's my dream this season but sadly enough I know that the chances of this are slim to none since we don't have a fireplace in the apartment. Oh but I can wish can't I?


Remember what you were doing today?

Because I sure do. It was the beginning of my sophomore year in high school. We lived on market Street. I was brushing my teeth when I heard my mom say "Oh My God!" Being the ever curious Leo that I am I ask what and walk into her room. One of the twin towers had smoke and fire coming out of the side and all I remember thinking was "terrorist". A couple minutes later another airplane hits the other building and erupts into a ball of flames. My mom made me go to school that day and all I could think about was what if one hits something in LA or Long Beach. We are one of the biggest ports in the world. Everyone at school was talking about it and all the TV's were on CNN. I don't remember what classes I was taking because nobody was teaching anything. Teachers had looks of disbelief and concern. Our bubble had been broken. We had been attacked on our own soil. You just knew that nothing would be like it was. When I got home I sat in front of the TV for what turned out to be hours holding my dog Nina in my lap. Being bombarded with images of people running from giant clouds of smoke. Seeing the brisges packed with people trying to get off the island. People being comforted by total strangers and posts covered in pictures of people trying to find their loved ones. That city came together as a family.
And honestly I can't look at any footage of that day without crying.

what do you remember?



That target commercial always gets stuck in my head. Well, please excuse the absence of pictures but i'm being lazy. Hey do you want the truth or some excuse. Anywho, for some odd reason i'm feeling very nostalgic about my boyfriend and I. All tonight i've been having memories of him and I from different moments and it's making me feel romantic.

As far as the etsy shop goes, things are getting done slowly but surely. If you weren't sure about the last post I believe the first picture was of a panel that i covered with tissue paper a la elementary school. The second was a necklace that I made and the third was a picture of some bookmarks that I made. Now I have to say that the bookmarks aren't duplicated. They were hand drawn so whatever design appeared is what I drew so... I've also been thinking about adding some prints of photos that I've taken. I'm also working on an art journal kit but i'm having a tough decision on whether I want it to be a fall art journal kit or one based on 'the jungle book'. I'll make the decision in a couple of days and let you know.

So for now, buona notte

XO Manda


Little Britches

So as of lately i've been wanting to watch 'the jungle book' and since i don't own it it's come down to one of two things. 1.) hope they play it on the disney channel or b.) hope they're still selling it since i know that disney likes to lock up their movies. But i have been reading it online and like most times, the book seems much more interesting than the movie.
So this is a little sneak peek at some of the stuff that i'll be putting in my etsy shop.
im excited for it. The goal is to get it open by october, so hopefully it'll all be together by then. Key word: hopefully.

I also bought some stuff to make block prints. working on that right now so i'll put alittle sneak when i'm done with it. well Hope everyones day is going swell.

XO manda