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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Last night, I was reminded why I do what I do and why I love theatre so much. I know without a shadow of a doubt that this is what I am meant to do for the rest of my life. I saw Baylor Theatre's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream last night for the first time and I was absolutely blown away. The show is beautiful, the actors are brilliant, and I want to see it again and again!

First and foremost I was blown away by the beauty and wildness of the fairies. The costumes were stunning, their movement flawless, and the ambiance and mood they brought to the show was incredible. It has been so interesting to watch the transformation of my friends into these other-worldly creatures.

Below are my friends Emily and Josh in their costumes and make up for Titania the fairy queen and Robin Goodfellow or Puck, the fairy king's right hand man... er, fairy.

I am so proud to know and support such incredible designers. They bring so much to each production, giving themselves to collaboration and creation of marvelous sets, costumes, and lighting designs. Below are pictures from our newspaper of the production. Ah, I wish you all could see it in person!

{source for Baylor Lariat Images}

Isn't it gorgeous? Aren't THEY gorgeous?! I am still in awe of this show. I may have to see it again tomorrow :) 

April Showers: What I'm Loving

In all the craziness of last week, I missed the link up over at Michaela Noelle Designs for She Loves Me/She Loves Me Not. I've always been a fan of that series and wanted to do something similar. So I am returning to an old favorite from a previous blog of mine called What I'm Loving. Every other week I will share with you a few things I'm loving. This has always served as a good reminder for me to think on those little joys in life, be they mine or others'. The things that make me smile have a way of turning my day around, and maybe they'll add a little color to yours too.

1. Christmas lights.

I am a firm believer that Christmas lights can and should be used all year round. They add a touch of whimsy and elegance to any room, if used well. I love seeing them used in the theatre and we made great use of them decorating for Winter Banquet as well as incorporating them into scenes. I have dozens of boxes of them that are going to be used in the living room and in my room next year.

2. Instagram Crafts!

I am a HUGE fan of Instagram. I instagram all the time. (Can I mention I love that instagram has become a verb?) The filters are so fun and it has a great sharing function to keep connected with what friends are doing via their pictures. Pinterest is loaded with Instagram crafts, ways to turn these nifty square pictures into practical household objects or decorations. I have been working on a large collage of instagrams from Quartet with Grand Piano that I'm hoping to print this summer, and I definitely think some instagram coasters will grace my coffee table soon.

3. Katie Daisy Products & Prints


This post could easily be called "Things That Make Me Smile" and Katie Daisy's prints would be at the top of that list. They are so colorful and whimsical, full of inspirational thoughts and quotes. You can find something for everyone in her etsy shop.

4. Anthropologie Displays

I told my best friend last week that one of my dream jobs is to be a display coordinator for Anthropologie. Their stores and windows are always so inventive and unique, made from vintage and recycled items. Have you seen their earth day collection of displays? Check out their facebook page and be prepared for your mind to explode at the creativity and beauty! I was in awe and spent half my time in the store last week admiring and figuring out their displays. So stunning.

5. Colorful Garlands

Smile and Wave has been one of my favorite blogs over the past year and the above garland is her beautiful creation. I have been searching garland ideas for a bridal shower I'm planning and I now know that I want to incorporate them into my home decor next year. They're simple, festive, and typically pretty cheap. Be on the look out for a DIY soon.

6. Wedding/Proposal Videos on Vimeo

I am obsessed. I love being filled with joy every time I watch a wedding or proposal video on Vimeo. This one in particular came across my tumblr feed last week and it brought tears to my eyes. So thoughtful and so fun. I love seeing guys get creative in their proposals (and thinking to have someone film it!) and watching as a girl's dreams come true. So sweet. It is a must watch.

{Reader's Review} The Bailey Flanigan Series

AUTHOR: Karen Kingsbury
GENRE: Christian Fiction Novels
PLOT: Bailey Flanigan is the oldest Flanigan child and the only girl. Growing up in Bloomington, Indiana as the daughter of a former NFL player and big time coach, she has learned to love her home and has blossomed in the nurturing, Christian environment her parents have provided. After attending the University of Indiana for theatre, she is readying herself to fly off to New York and pursue a career on Broadway, something Bailey has dreamed of since she was a young girl. Of course, leaving means separating herself from the people she loves, even if only for a while, and this is the hardest part. She must leave behind two significant people:  her boyfriend Brandon Paul, the hollywood heartthrob, and a young man from her past, Cody Coleman. Leaving her home behind, she must also choose to leave her heart to the Lord, for He knows the plans He has for her, and that plan just might include her name in lights on the New York City Stage. The ride won't be easy, but she knows the Lord will see her through.

***Leaving is the first of four books in the Bailey Flanigan Series. The others include Learning, Longing, and Loving.

MY THOUGHTS: I first picked up Leaving at the Library last summer and after reading the first three pages I noticed a few things: (1) the main character's name was Bailey (how had I missed that when I checked it out??), (2) she was pursuing a career in theatre (crazy coincidence or what?), and (3) there was a back story to this series that I wanted to know. The Bailey Flanigan Series is the fifth series in a set of series by Karen Kingsbury, all centering around two families living in Bloomington. Throughout the books, we follow Bailey as she grows from being a timid but beautiful fifteen year old, to a confident twenty-something following her dreams and finding the love of her life.

It was pretty amusing to read about another Bailey whose life was so similar to mine and yet so different. I loved reading another's perspective on what it means to be a Christian in the theatre world and how to keep true to your values while sharing the love of Jesus in what is often a dark place. If anything, these books made me stronger in my convictions to pour into the theatre realm as well as reminded me of why I love doing what I do. The Lord uses our gifts to bring both us and Him joy as well as to further his Kingdom. Bailey Flanigan was a great example of that.

There were many twists and turns in her story, even back from the beginning. I grew with her, ached for her, cheered her on and cried for her many times. These books have a special place in my heart and in this season of life for me. I highly recommend them, but I would suggest starting from the first series and following through them all. I enjoyed the journey with the Flanigan and Baxter families very much.

MY RATINGFive out of five stars, without a doubt. I'd give it a sixth if I could, and you know, I just might! :)

THE SET OF SERIES:  The Redemption Series: Redemption, Remember, Return, Rejoice, Reunion. The Firstborn Series: Fame, Forgiven, Found, Family, Forever. The Sunrise Series: Sunrise, Summer, Someday, Sunset. The Above the Line Series: Take One, Take Two, Take Three, Take Four. The Bailey Flanigan Series: Leaving, Learning, Longing, Loving.

Painting at Practically Pikasso

I have always wanted to paint ceramics. For years. It simply looked fun. And guess what? It was! After dinner on Saturday night, Cameron and I headed to a local place called Practically Pikasso. We had no idea what we were doing. After wandering around for twenty minutes, we chose our cups and saucers then set to work.

We first scouted our Pinterest apps in search of inspiration for our designs, and once they were found we dove right in. It took about three hours but was so relaxing and fun, the time flew by.

Practically Pikasso is so cute! The walls and floors are bright colors, neon signs in the windows, and painted ceramics and mosaics cover the shelves, counters, and walls. It was kind of pricey, but so worth it. I definitely plan to go back sometime this summer.

The before, during, and after! They kept them during the week to fire them (I think that's the term..) and we will pick them up before church on Wednesday night. Aren't they cute?!

Do anything creative this weekend? Please share!

Dia del Three Musketeers; To Austin We Go

Every year in mid-April, my university has a day called Dia del Oso, day of the bear. All classes are cancelled and it is a day-long celebration. They bring in big name artists and other smaller ones for concerts all day long as well as have activities across campus for the students. In previous years they had Colbie Caillat and Jack Ingram, and this year they brought in Parachute. There was tug of war, camel rides, and a multitude of other games and activities.

I, however, did not spend a minute on campus during Dia. Instead Hannah, Claire and I headed to Austin for our very own Dia del Three Musketeers. We have called ourselves the three musketeers since freshman year and really needed a day out of town. We shopped, we ate, and we tweeted/ instagramed up a storm. It was quite an adventure of a day!

First stop was a Chick-fil-a on the way. The three of us are so predictable: three chicken biscuits with hash-browns and three sweet teas. Delicious! Once we hit Austin I had my first adventure in backwards angled parking. Talk about stressful! But I made it safe and sound, then we hit the shops :)

Uncommon Objects, Feathers, and New Bohemia were our first stops, full of vintage and antique clothing and furniture. We mostly window shopped and sighed in want and wonder at the beauty, but Hannah came away with an adorable pink romper and plenty of ideas for our new apartments. We hit a few bookstores as well and I was in heaven.

Once we headed further down SoCo, we veered off into downtown Austin. We couldn't pass Whole Foods without stopping, and Claire bought the most amazing gelato flavor I have ever tasted. AVOCADO flavored! I'm not much of an avocado girl, but this was so good. And lastly, Hannah and I had to pull #totalfreshmanmoves to pose under a Baylor sign and Henderson. Sic'em.

We stopped at Freebirds for lunch and are all now anxious for one to appear near BU. We have Chipotle, but it's just not the same. I spent twenty minutes playing with the aluminum foil and we were quite entertained. Good food and great fun means a lunch well spent.

The Paper Source was probably my favorite stop of the day (next to Anthropologie; I am always amazed by their displays!). I bought a Smash Journal and quite a few of its accessories and embellishments to use as an inspiration notebook for Advanced Directing next year. The girls found octopus tentacles at the counter while I was checking out; they are too funny. 

After hitting Buffalo Exchange (too busy trying on dozens of dresses to take pictures), Hannah led us into Toy Joys. This was the strangest toy store I have ever been in, but never the less we found some fun. The bins of toy dolls had hilarious tags on them, and Hannah almost brought the pink hand chair home with us. Almost. It probably wouldn't have fit in my Volkswagen. 

Once we were on the road back to school, the traffic was horrendous. So what did we do? Stopped at Ikea of course. Just to browse. We had dinner there and perched ourselves in the kid's area to watch The Aristocats while we ate. No shame :)

By the time we got home, I was exhausted. I marched straight up the stairs to my bedroom only to have Claire yell for me to come back down. Apparently our water heater had burst and was spewing into the closet under the stairs. It seemed like it had been doing that ALL DAY because the carpets were soaked and my Christmas decorations were destroyed. Overwhelmed by the mess and amount of water, we had a five minute pity party where we splashed around in the hallway before setting to work. All you can do in those moments is laugh, so we did. 

We spent the next hour cleaning out the closet (water still spraying since we couldn't turn it off) and waiting for maintenance to show up. Claire, of course, stress-baked and provided us with chocolate chip cookies and milk while we waited :)

Once they and the carpet cleaners appeared around 11:00pm, we had to move everything into the kitchen from the living room so they could rip up the carpet. Our apartment is in disarray, the closet is empty, and half of what was in it is now in the dumpster. At least it started us on the packing process, right?

Trying to see the good in that mess was difficult, but praise the Lord for best friends to help me deal with it. Several of the freshmen came over to comfort and wait with us so we made a little party out of it. Pathetic, but still a party. 

But you know, it could have been worse. And we will never forget this Dia. Ever.

The 21st Annual Dia del Ernie!

Ernie is our shop foreman. He is the most precious man, a friend and father-figure to all of us who go through the scenic classes, and he has been at Baylor for over 30 years. Every spring on the Wednesday before Dia del Oso, the unviersity's campus wide holiday/celebration, the theatre department has Dia del Ernie, a BBQ on the dock of the scenic shop. We all wear plaid and celebrate this well-loved man! This year was the 21st Dia del Ernie and it was quite the success!

Isn't he adorable?

Wedding Whims; Book of Love

It's wedding season! And bridal shower season. And crafting, pinteresting, and wedding site scouting season. Three of my favorite seasons of the year ;) I've mentioned before that I am one of fourteen bridesmaids helping Priscilla brainstorm for her wedding this fall, and it seems every time we are together a laptop is opened to 100 Layer Cake or Green Wedding Shoes in search of inspiration. A few details have been settled on, others still to come, and I ordered my bridesmaid dress late last week.

However, even with all of these resources, I still head to Pinterest and my favorite Tumblrs for inspiring shots and videos. Here are the latest finds:

This video is one of the most beautiful wedding stories I have seen in a while. Their hearts and the ceremony are so Christ-centered, her voice is stunning in the song she sings halfway through, and I am OBSESSED with the idea of having the bridal party surround the couple's first dance holding sparklers. Let's just hope when it's my turn that I can find a venue that will allow me to do so!

InstaFriday; The Easter Bunny's Wake

After a four-day-weekend, I must say coming back to college and getting into a routine wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. Especially with only three weeks of classes left. But going home for an extended amount of time was exactly what I needed. I was more than happy to spend the Easter holiday with my family :)

1. Mitchell is the best little brother a girl could ask for. He is such a treat to be around, so mellow and sweet. I miss him so much while I'm at school. This weekend we watched Transformers three times and played plenty of xbox and nintendo games. Well, he played and I watched. He still needs to learn how to share the controller. 

2. His best friend Zach came over several time this weekend, and while I was on kid-duty they planted themselves on the couch with Shelby and Mom's ipads playing angry birds and other games. They are both quite competitive, but so quiet about it. The most precious things, too!

3. After the annual Easter egg hunt, we had to hunt around the house for our "Easter Bunny" gifts. This year mine included a new mouse for my laptop and a $25 gift card to Starbucks. The packaging on that thing was ridiculous! I almost couldn't get it open. But I put the card to work as soon as I got back to campus, don't you worry.

4. My home is full of pictures, large ones and small ones, hung and set all over every room. It would take hours to examine them all. I stumbled across this one from Easter 2008. Aren't we cute?

5. Pop's 77th birthday was last Wednesday, so Easter dinner was a joint celebration. We cake and ice cream during which he opened his gift and cards. Last year he convinced Mitchell to get my dad a Transformer for his birthday, so this year we pulled the trick back on him and gave him Pokemon cards. He actually might have been more excited than Mitchell to open them. It was hilarious to watch when he realized what happened.

6. Our favorite part of the Easter egg hunt are the quarters tucked in each one. This year, Nanny put gummy bears in the eggs for Mitchell, but didn't want them to get dirty because of the coins. So what did she do? She wrapped the coins in aluminum foil, that's what. Needless to say we had a great laugh unwrapping all of our quarters.

7. Reminiscing through my journal led me to some scriptures that have been quite the encouragement this week. This one is Psalm 16:11. "You will make known to me the path of life. In your presence is fullness of joy; in your right hand there are pleasures forever more."

8. Lastly, I already shared that I took my sister's senior pictures this weekend. I've been editing a few more this week and am really still taken aback by how beautiful she is and how much she's grown up! Plus, Photoshop brings me endless joy. Add a little RadLab and I'm a truly happy camper.

{Viewer's Review} Once Upon a Time

GENRE: Television Series
PLOT: At the wedding of Snow White and Prince Charming, the Evil Queen set out for her final revenge. She placed a curse on all those in their world, banishing them to a timeless prison where love was lost and everyone would be in turmoil. That place is Storybrooke, Maine in modern day 2012. None of the characters know who they are and have indeed been trapped in new lives where everything they once knew is gone and it is up to one woman to right things again: Emma. Emma's son, Henry, was adopted by the Mayor of Storybrooke (the Evil Queen) and is the only one that knows the small town residents' true identities. He does his best to convince Emma of the truth and together they work with a wild cast of characters to stop the Queen's revenge.

MY THOUGHTS: As a Disney princess at heart, I am easily drawn to most productions of my favorite "happily ever after" stories. However, I was at first hesitant to watch Once Upon A Time. Upon the insistence of my roommate Claire, I watched the first five episodes on Hulu over Christmas and by the end was absolutely begging for more! The show is fast paced and the plot is complicated, with new and unexpected twists and turns in each episode. Your favorite fairytale characters are woven together in a magical way and each cliffhanger is incredibly well done. Sundays cannot come fast enough for me. While the show teeters on the edge of cheesy, and has bold allusions to very popular movies from years past, I cannot recommend this show enough!

The artist in me also adores the care and detail put into costuming and set dressing. Some of the effects might be a bit much when it comes to the fantastical creatures, but those are easily forgivable with how well everything else is accomplished. By far my favorite elements are the costumes, for both the modern and fairytale worlds. Someone certainly had fun designing and I'm sure I would so enjoy being part of the production.

MY RATING: Four and a half out of five stars. And a whole-hearted recommendation!

Sister, Sister; Shelby's Senior Shoot

It's always nice to go home for the weekend. This semester has been so crazy that I've only made it back to F-Town twice. Easter brought a four-day-weekend in which I gladly rejoiced and celebrated with my family! They are quite wonderful people.

After church on Sunday, my sister and I headed to our small town's downtown to shoot some senior pictures. However, neither of us payed any attention to the weather apps on our phones and rain began to fall minutes later. I was able to capture a few shots before it started to pour and I'm rather pleased with how they turned out. 

Plus, Shelby is stunning and hilarious, which made her both fun and easy to work with. I also got to play with a new editing program and I am absolutely in love. For such a short trip, I think we came out pretty well :)

Gorgeous right? My little sister is growing up. She'll graduate in May and head off to TWU in the fall. Goodness, how time flies! Funny thing about us: people either think she's adopted or that we're twins. It's one extreme or the other. I can finally see a faint resemblance, but the twins thing? They must be crazy.

 then, she {snapped}
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HAPPY EASTER; He is Risen!

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”
So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.” ~Matthew 28:1-10, The real meaning of Easter.