Spring Things

In all honesty I hate shopping in person. I don’t like the process or digging through options to find what I am looking for. Online shopping is my jam. I can search for what I want in the size, color, or material I need without talking to a single person. Am I antisocial or just lazy you decide? Anyway lets get to the goods..

  1. 12th Tribe Lone Ranger Army Green Blazer

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    I love this blazer its so soft and comfy. I love it cause it can easily dress up a tshirt and jeans with minimal effort. This beauty is linked above but you can also use TRIBEKY at checkout for a little discount!

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2. Sonkir Soil pH Meter

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Would it really be a Kylie blog post without the mention of plants. I got this little $9.49 tool on amazon and as soon as I got I spent an hour poking all my plants checking their moisture level. This guy is create if you are a little clueless about plant moisture but also if you hate sticking your fingers in the dirt. I got it to help me with plants I have covered in rocks, especially my cacti. I honestly have nightmares of overwatering Franklin, my huge euphorbia, and it dieing of root rot.

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3. Top Knot Goods Be Kind To Woman Kind

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Not only is the shirt super comfy but is also fits in with the theme of march! Woman’s month wooo! I discovered this female owned business awhile back and it made my throwback lovin’ heart swoon.

This lovely photo was taken by:Gabby Mcgarry

I have another little discount code for ya: KYLIEDELANE

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4. Urban Outfitters Lou Collared Mini Shirt Dress

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I am so happy about this pick. I am in love with the color and the shape. It is very comfortable!! No discount code on this guy but it is on sale. Perfect for spring!

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5. Top Knot Goods Leather backpack

I bought this a while back but just started using it, which means it is sold out and no longer available. But still I love it it is big enough for all my things including my camera but small enough that I enjoy caring it.

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Artist Block

Usually I let the images in my blog posts speak for themselves and try not to ramble on forever. If you have read any of my other blog posts you know I am no writer but I do my best. This is why today’s post is kinda a stretch out of my comfort zone but I think it needs to be said. 

Graduating from the University of North Texas last May I had a very dream like idea about post college art making. Throughout my four years there coming up with conceptual based art did not take me long to figure out. I would dream up ideas overnight and sleepily text them to Mark (my boyfriend) or right them down in my art journal the next morning. I had so much I wanted to talk about and express in my art I figured when I graduated it would be the same. The last dream I had was not about a moving concept or imagery but instead business analytics of Pinterest. Yep you read that right what once were magical dreams of floating prints or seeing my hands sewing pieces of myself back together but now mundane day to day life events. Honestly my biggest worry graduating was lack of access to printers and a darkroom not a complete art block.

In all honesty there were times that I thought I had artist block but I now understand that was not the case. I understand artist block now better then ever. He is like a rude upstairs neighbor throwing parties every night leaving me pissed off, restless, and unsatisfied.

As much as I try to force by going to galleries, shooting pointless self portraits, exercising, and mindmapping. Nothing comes to together… Honestly its come to the point where something so natural feels forced.

My entire intention on writing this post is not to throw an internet pity party but to put a label on my personal struggle and get some internet accountability. So this is where I google How to beat artists block and try to do the suggestions and see if it works.

The below list comes from Creative Bloq and all are linked

Alright so suggestion one:

1: Tap into your unconscious
"Strange things happen in a semi-sleep state, when your unconscious takes over," says Shotopop's Casper Franken. "Wake up and write down whatever was happening before you forget it."

Starting off strong jk because like mentioned above this was my prior art idea maker but now its so boring even I can’t tell if they are dreams or reality. No more magic art making dreams going on in this head.

2: Get it down on paper
Write your main ideas down in columns, and list absolutely everything that comes to mind. You can mix and match the lists for unusual combinations.

Okay this might be a more applicable suggestion. I already keep about three notebooks with me at all times a work notebook, a work calendar, and a personal notebook. I feel a bit lost without them. Okay here is where the internet comes into hold me accountable I shall now at this point attempt at this new column list idea.

I am already planning on writing a little artist block update if any of these suggestions work so if you don’t see one in like lets say a month I still be struggling.

3: Always carry a sketchbook
Don't go looking for inspiration: "A visually loaded word or phrase can jump out from a passage of text, or a song," proposes Craig Ward. "Be sure to sketch those ideas down when they come."

..for me this is like the same idea as two…

4: Don't be afraid to step away
Completely open briefs can be the worst for causing creative block. Try to distance yourself from the project and come back to it with a clear head.

I think at this point I am as far as I can get

5: Finish what you've started
"There's no such thing as a bad idea: the creative part is in seeing it though to completion, and turning dreams into reality," argues Mills, creative director at ustwo.

okay so there is a tiny project I kinda started that its time to look back on in finish… so we shall see.. this is where if I could i would like but in some mystical music or something fancy so just imagine it in your head

6: Put some fun in your studio
"Sterility leads to an empty void of nothingness," says Mills. Always try to inject some colour and life into your studio, and don't run it like a clinic or a prison.

well since my “studio” is my little one bedroom apartment that is FILLED with plants I think I can put a big check by this one

7: Don't retread your steps
"Inspiration is intangible: you can't do it on purpose," believes illustrator Alex Trochut. "If you just try to reproduce how a good project happened in the past, you'll never get the same result."

well they really got me on this one..they were like hey kylie think you are so funny by saying you already do this stuff bam stop repeating a system that does not work.. lets keep going shall we

8: Expect the unexpected
"The best ideas don't need to be sought out at all; you just have to train yourself not to swerve out of the way when they jump out in front of you," remarks Jon Forss, co-founder of Non-Format.

Boy do I love this one I think so often I am trying to force it to happen or I see something and think that is not a mature art concept. I think its smart to not let any spark of inspiration go to waste and start pursuing it all.

9: Look in unlikely places
Go and do something else entirely. You'd be amazed at where new ideas are hiding out. They're often where you would least expect them to be.

I have thought about this a lot and I at one point had a brief love affair with watercolor. I think its time I re explore this avenue

10: Expand your mind
"It's like mushroom picking: you wander through the magical woods of inspiration and see a big, beautiful mushroom," are the surreal musings of Slovenian duo Kitsch-Nitsch. "Pick it, make a delicious meal, and if your friends like it, go into the woods for more."

11: Explore other creative disciplines
Inspiration can come from anywhere. Look beyond other illustrators and designers: photography, typography, fashion, film, packaging and signage, for instance.

LIke I said preciously I am going to dive back into watercolor lets see if it smarks anything creative.

12: Go against the flow
Try to approach every brief with the opposite of what everyone else would do. It might not be the direction you choose in the end, but it can help to avoid clichd scenarios.

Again not a bad suggestion just easier said then done. I think it is time I step back from my usual path and try something new

13: Grab some 'you time'
Working on too many projects at once can stifle your creativity. If you're feeling burned out, take some time to yourself and turn everything off for a couple of days.

THIS ONE IS HARD WHEN YOU WORK MULTIPLE JOBS. But I am actually doing my best to make this happen more often.

14: Take notes on life
"The best ideas often come when doing completely random, uncreative tasks," confesses Johanna Basford. Jot them down as they come to you, or snap a photo of things that catch your eye.

I use to have to write in a journal for an english class I took it might be helpful to start this up again.

I think this is a good start and a step in the right direction. Like I said earlier I am writing this all out for some accountability. I know I am not the only one struggling with this issue but hopefully you find some tips that will also help you out. I will post a update in a few weeks with how these tips worked or didn’t work for me.

My Favorite Plant

Not only is this specimen my first plant but it is also my favorite. Yep I pick favorites amongst all my plant babies.

Here he is Franklin or more commonly called a Dragon Bones Euphorbia.

There are thousands of varieties of Euphorbias and it has taken me forever to nail down what this once little guy is. Below you can see him and some other now dead succulents I first owned.

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Now this guy I got my junior year of high school as a gift from my amazing boyfriend, Mark, so about seven years ago. I graduated high school with this plant, moved to college, survived a car wreck, graduated college, and moved to Fort Worth. This plant has been along for the entire ride and some how survived.

It took him awhile to start growing but after that each summer he took off. I eventually had to start removing arms because he was becoming too top heavy. But the great thing about this plant is it is super easy to propagate. You simply use a sharp CLEAN knife remove the arm and let it stop bleeding. Yeah you heard that right it has to stop bleeding. Euphorbias are filled with a white liquid that burns the skin. You have to handle these babies with care to make sure you don’t get hurt. But once it is dry you can pop your arm in the dirt and it will start growing roots.

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Plant Wishlist

I’ll tell you what I want what I really really want..and it’s plants. Yes I know what you are asking do you really have a plant wishlist and that’s a BIG yes.

I understand that I probably won’t have a chance to own them all because well lighting and environment is a big factor. But these are what I call the dream plants the beautiful leafy greens that would be amazing to wake up to everyday. I honestly just want an in home jungle but I think Toby (my pup) might not be happy.

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moonlight caladium

I actually tried this guy out in my current apartment and well it’s dead now. I love how the light passes through and looks almost ghostly

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those tiny little leaf patterns are sooo pretty. I love a plant with large leaves.

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Cacti

This isn’t a specific specimen but I want a lot of tall cacti of all different shapes and sizes. I mean how amazing would it be to have these tall lovely structures in every corner.

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Staghorn Fern

I love the idea of a plant I can mount and hang on my wall. The shape of these leaves make my heart swoon.

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Bird of Paradise

Again look at those leaves.

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Plant Wall

Again not a specific plant but more of an idea. A grid plant wall with all different leaf shapes would be amazing. Not only because it would be so cool but also an amazing photo background.

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Silver Bay Chinese Evergreen

Last but not least I have been eyeing the beauty at The Greenhouse 817 everyday since it arrived in the shop. It can tolerate low light and has such stunning coloring.

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House plant Tour

Welcome home.. or at least that’s what I say to each new plant I buy.. I have acquired quite the collection of plants at this point. If there is a window there is a plant, and if there is money in my bank account it seems to disappear pretty quickly (sorry mom and dad).

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Since my little apartment is at a decorating place I actually enjoy I thought it was the perfect time to do a little blog post apartment/plant tour. So welcome in mi casa es su casa.

L I V I N G R O O M

Starting off strong this is my little front door/ entry way section. Since I consider this room very very low light with just a single window it features some easy care and low light tolerant specimens.

The plant in the hanging basket is a golden pothos and probably the easiest plant to propagate. I have bottles everywhere filled with cuttings from the lengthy guy. Below him are two plants on stands from The Greenhouse 817. The tallest is a very large aloe vera (who needs to be repotted) and the one below that is a sansevieria again from The Greenhouse 817. The plant all the way at the bottom is another little aloe vera and just to be repetitive I also go this little guy from The Greenhouse 817.

K I T C H E N

Another one window room lined with plants. In here I dedicate it to all my trouble makers and cuttings. What I mean by trouble makers is I have had that palm on the far right for three years and it has tried to die on me about 30 times. Right now in this window and in this pot he seems to be happy (fingers crossed). I try to collect or recycle cool glass bottles I find and use them for water propagating. The smaller little glass container was actually a yogurt jar. I couldn’t throw the thing away so now its my jar for rooting a sansevieria.

Other then the small plants the other plants in my kitchen are a huge mass cane and rubber tree. Both in terracotta the two big guys are framed by some hanging plants. Both the hangers I got from urban outfitters they are so cute (I actually just got two more to put in my bedroom).

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B E D R O O M

Last but not least my favorite place in the apartment. It wasn’t my smartest decision to purchase a light comforter with a dog who loves to sleep, but you know I am here for the aesthetics. Another reason this is my fav place, it has the most windows. With majority of them facing east, I am drenched in morning light. It’s a very warm and cozy place and this was definitely the vibe I was going for.

It would take me forever to list out the different plants and containers in this room so all are pictured below. Hope you love it as much as I do!