Hello everyone!


I’ve been absent from this blog for quite some time, and after much deliberation, have decided to go in a new direction.  I will be posting more along the lines of fashion design/illustration over on my other blog, Sweet and Spotty!  Take a gander if it sounds like something you’d be interested in!


Inspiring Blog Award!

So it’s been a while since I’ve posted, which I will explain in detail in a later publication…

But I danced in my desk chair when I found that I had been nominated by Sara for the Inspiring Blog Award!  (Thank you so much!)

Award Rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you

2.  Share 7 things about yourself

3.  Nominate 15 other bloggers that you admire or inspire you

4.  Go leave a comment and let the people know you have nominated them

7 Things about myself:

1.  I’m a night person all the way.  But I’m trying to change that.

2.  I love drawing naked people.  And trees.  But not feet.

3.  I get way too excited when I see dogs.

4.  I have too many jobs, and consider them all to be very temporary.  Except babysitting.

5.  Even though I’ve grown up skiing with my family, I can’t find a single reason to like winter past the first snowfall.

6.  Speaking of first snowfalls, I’m never wearing a scarf when it happens.  I know this because I love scarves (I’m rarely found without one) and I always wish I was wearing one during the first snowfall to make the occasion cuter, cozier and a lot more fun.  This time I’m going to be prepared.  Cross my heart.

7.  I will never be seen crying by anyone other than my mom, boyfriend and best friend.  My sincerest regrets to the three of them.

Okay now 15 bloggers who I find inspiring: (some of these will be repeats from the Sisterhood Award)

Olivia’s Opinions– I wish I could read as much as Olivia does.

Make Something Mondays

A Certain Shade of Black

Holistic Complications

Sadie & Dasie

Commander in Chic

Act Like a Lady, Eat like a Man

The Thread Affect



Not Just a Mummy


It’s Good to be Pham–  his fashion illustrations are amazing!

Just a Smidgen


I’m also supposed to comment and let everyone know that I nominated them, but I know I’m going to forget someone so sorry in advance!

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

It’s been a few days since I’ve signed into my blog (I was getting a little too ‘stats’ obsessed) so I’m just finding out now that this lovely lady has nominated me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!  Thank you so much HC!

I didn’t know too much about this award so I had to do some research, but just the name suggested that it would mean a lot to me.  I am a big fan of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books (and movies) so to be a part of a real life sisterhood must be great!  And besides being weirdly obsessed with the fictional characters of the aforementioned novels, I feel that we ladies should band together more often.  It has been observed in girls-only schools that in the absence of their male counterparts, female students tend to take on more leadership roles and voice their opinions more frequently, making for more active learners and better personal development.

So in order to accept, I have to post the award, tell you a few things about  myself and nominate other bloggers that inspire me.  A few things about myself:

1.  I wake up with a different random song stuck in my head every morning

2.  Breakfast is my favorite meal, but I’m not a morning person

3.  I don’t enjoy shoe shopping as much as I’m “supposed to”

4.  I’d much rather read or scrapbook on my Friday and Saturday nights than go “out”

5.  The Fourth of July is my number one favorite holiday (love fireworks!)

6.  I have been satisfied enough to call only two pieces of art “complete” in my entire life: one was given to my sister as a gift, the other was auctioned off at my high school to raise money for a friend’s sibling.

7.  I can’t see an animal without talking to it.  In a really weird voice (obviously).

And lastly, a list of bloggers I just can’t get enough of!  I’m not very vocal on all of these blogs but it’s important that they know I love their style!  I hope you’ll accept, and if not, no hard feelings.

1.  Make Something Mondays

2.  The Thread Affect

3.  Coco J. Ginger Says

4.  {Dream, Create}

5.  Olivia’s Opinions

6.  365 til 30

7.  The Educated Derelicts

8.  Commander in Chic

9.  My Thin Eats

10.  Her New Leaf

“I went to the…


“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

– Henry David Thoreau

Just something I do at work: sneak off to take pictures of trees.

Happy Saturday!

Handwriting analysis: what your signature says about you (other than your name)

Handwriting and signature analysis, commonly called graphology,  is used in many fields to understand personality traits.  It is used in crime investigations, as well as in clinical therapy to solve problems.  Your future boss may even use a few graphology tips to determine whether or not you are a good fit for the job and/or your future colleagues.

So I think it’s only fair that you can look at your own handwriting and have an idea as to how you are subconsciously portraying yourself to the world.

While a professional graphologist can identify up to 700 different personality traits just from looking at one sample of writing (crazy!),  I’m only going to cover things that are easier for a rookie to pick out.

Signature Analysis vs. Handwriting Analysis

Although both handwriting and signature analysis are included in graphology, they reveal completely different feelings.  In general, your signature displays what kind of person you want to be seen as, while your handwriting shows what you really think of yourself.  Your signature is just a facade: the “J.Lo” to the “Jenny from the Block” that is your handwriting.

Printing vs. Cursive

Printed writing is used most commonly for clarity (hence why you often have to print your name after signing something).  Many fields that rely on numbers or money use printing to avoid confusion.

Because printing is mainly used for clarity, it is less expressive than cursive writing.  However, there is one exception (isn’t there always?).  Those who print in ALL CAPITALS (Norman Lewis, Adolph Gottlieb) don’t want to be seen for who they really are.  They’re hiding behind the least adaptable letters, allowing for little creativity and little personality to show through.  (This was not surprising to me, as many guys write in “caps lock”).

Cursive writing is much more revealing.  The connectedness allows for much more variation in the loops, tails, and slant.


The size of your handwriting also says a lot about your personality, and how much importance you place on yourself.  Small writing signifies an introverted person who may be very self-conscious.  Large writing displays how much importance an extrovert places upon him or herself.

Lack of Capitals

Writing your name, or “I” without using a capital letter shows a lack of self-importance and confidence.  I found this great blog post about “graphotherapy”.  Graphotherapists claim that by changing certain aspects of your handwriting, you can change your attitude towards yourself and your overall outlook.  If you’re guilty of the name-without-a-capital syndrome, I suggest you start by fixing that one!


Little to no slant shows balance and independence

A slight slant to the right indicates emotional importance and sentimentality.  Extroverts usually have a right slant.  However, beware of the extreme right slant, which indicates an overly emotional and irresposible person.

Left slants show how reserved or self-conscious someone is.  Extreme lefty slants indicate emotional repression.

If your writing is a combination of these all the same time, that shows how unpredictable and mysterious you are.  (Girls must have loved you in your day).


A wavy baseline shows unpredictibility.

An upward slanted baseline (as in my signature and printed name above) shows optimism.

On the other hand, a downward slanted baseline shows negativity.  If you’re feeling sad, force your writing to form an upward slanted baseline.

What do you think: do these basic rules hold true for you and your writing?  Has changing the way you write ever made you feel different?

If you liked this post check out this book.  I found it very useful (and interesting) in doing my research.

Yours truly: signatures of various artists

“We were all betting on who had the neatest signature, but it was unanimous that it would be you.”  One of the most memorable  moments in my softball career was that very declaration from my coach after signing a waiver for a tournament.

I’ve always put a lot of thought into my signature.   It’s a representation of myself, and it has evolved with me: from variations of curly J’s, to hearts and open dots  over the i and an assortment of f’s.  I want someone to look at my signature and think that my life is just as beautiful and elegant as the cursive letters scrawled across the page.

So naturally the hardest thing for me to do is sign one of my paintings or drawings… it has to be perfect or the whole thing is ruined!  As a result of this insecurity, I found myself analyzing the signatures of the following artists while at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.  This is how the masters do it:

1. The Amazing Claude Monet

Poplars at Giverny, 1887

2.  Paul Signac

3. Theodore van Rysselberghe

4. Pierre-Auguste Renoir

5. Edouard Manet

6. Edgar Degas

7. James Jacques Joseph Tissot

8. Adolph Gottlieb

9. Norman Lewis

10. Jackson Pollock: Sorry for the lighting in this one, I was so excited I didn’t even notice the reflection issue!

11. Stuart Davis: He signed the top of his paintings!  I thought it was exciting!

12. Camille Pissarro

Which signature is your favorite?  Which is most like your own?

Next post:  what your signature says about your personality.

The messy truth

In my family, the notoriously “messy one” is me.  It wouldn’t bother me, except that in their minds, being the “messy one” is a result of also being the “lazy one”.  Let’s outline a day in the life and see what you think:

6AM alarm: snooze til 6:30 when I actually get up to do homework, shower and get ready (and check my blog obviously).

9 AM: leave for school

9:25AM- 1:30PM: class with no lunch break. Boo.

2 PM: made it home, now let’s finally have some lunch before I leave for work

2:30PM: leave for work

3PM-10PM: working at the stupid pharmacy job that I hate… and am leaving soon

10:30PM: home again, homework, quick snack, bed

REPEAT, working my second job every other day instead of the pharmacy

So there it is. Full time scholar, part-time employee at two jobs. That’s what I do.  No cleaning mentioned because there is simply no time.  Dishes pile up.  Laundry piles up.   Nothing I can do.  I have chemistry homework and a lab to write.  That is my priority.  Do you think I’m a lazy, slacking, mess of a person?

To be perfectly honest with you, even if I did have the time to be doing those neglected chores, I wouldn’t do them.  I’d be off doing things that make me feel like I’m leading a fulfilling life: meeting up with friends, going for a walk and/or jog, reading, learning a new language, writing a pen pal (any takers?), learning to cook something fancy and new from my vegan cookbook…  the options are endless.

And I wouldn’t regret it.  If anyone reading this post right now truly believes that when he or she is  110, on their  deathbed, reliving memories and (hopefully) fulfilled wishes, they will dwell on the regret of not having kept a spotless house at all times, then I want those people to click the little red “x” at the top right corner of this screen and never return.  Because that is simply atrocious.

My family, as do other people, always judge neighbors and friends on how neatly they keep their house.  My mom came home from bringing the neighbors some of my sister’s hand-me-downs one time and said “Oh my God, that was disgusting.  I was embarrassed for her at how messy her house was.  She doesn’t even work, what is she doing all day?”

And my answer: living a much better life than those of us who slave away over the stupid details, as if the queen is coming over with her precious white gloves, or the photographer from Martha Stuart Magazine could show up to photograph our little ordinary suburban house any day.

My neighbor is probably a genius, inventing time machines and using them to uncover secrets of the past: how Stonehenge came about, how the pyramids were build, decoding ancient languages allowing us to understand more about our own history.

She really could be doing that.

I mean, I’m not an animal.  I do enough to get by: I do laundry and dishes just often enough to make sure I have clean clothes to wear, and dishes to eat off of.  I also do a regular Spring and Fall cleaning.  Last Fall I tackled the Tupperware cabinet and recycled everything that didn’t have a matching cover, and eliminated everything in the  “junk drawer” to create a new and improved Saran wrap/sandwich bag/tin foil drawer.  This Spring I donated two trash bags full of clothes to make room for all my newer clothes that almost never make it into my dresser, and cleared off my shelves to make room for all my art supplies which had previously been taking over the house.

But I also find a certain safety in my own mess.

So the next time any one of you finds that little voice in your head judging someone based on how messy their house is, I want you to pretend it’s backwards day.  If the house is messy, this person obviously leads an awesome life.  If the house is picture perfect and spotless, how pathetic these people are.  Because while people normally think that with a perfect looking house comes a perfectly lived life…  in today’s reality, it’s impossibly time-consuming to have both.  Which one do you choose?