Welcome Aboard the Intern-SHIP

Hello. Yes. I do in fact have a job this summer, thanks for asking. I am branching outside the world of DCNR to something new! An internship with an engineering firm. There are two landscape architects that I’m working for. The first day was pretty much like any other first day of an internship. A bunch of HR “onboarding” paperwork and then you are led around the office and introduced to all the people who’s names you will immediately forget. They all say “welcome aboard” or “glad to have you on board”. What is with all the nautical language? I think it’s funny.

It’s only the beginning of the second week so not too much is going on. I am getting to do some design concepts for some old tennis and basketball courts near an elementary school that may get turned into a little park! Very cool.

In the picture above, you can see my desk area for the summer! There’s no door or walls to enclose the space so people can walk by and see what I’m doing fairly easily. This is not great for me because my computer and I face away from where the people are walking. I’m thinking of bringing in a mirror so I can see what’s happening behind me. On the wall you can see a window that I drew that overlooks Yosemite Valley. I also have a plant on my windowsill which you probably can’t see.

In more exciting news, my “business” (if you can even call it a business) is thriving this summer! After posting my very first “Ad” on the Creative Wake facebook page (which you should really follow if you haven’t already) I got responses for actual people who want me to paint stuff for them! I guess there is some merit to advertising. One of the people who contacted me asked if I could paint part of their fence.    Their FENCE. I’ve definitely never done something like this before and have no idea what I’ve gotten myself in to but I’m very excited about this! I start on Thursday. In the meantime, I have been painting some other things:

A second Frida Kahlo-inspired shelf!

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A cool stool with leaves for my parents who are incredibly tolerant that the den is a constant mess of paint and furniture and is never used for its intended purpose.

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And finally a table my friend found in the dumpster!

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Also, I found this cool website called, Design Crowd. People who need graphic things can post their project on the website and all the graphic designers signed up with the website can make their best design and a winner is picked for the massive pile of entries. I am currently ranked #552,690 out of 627,942 designers so y’know, I have a ways to go.

Yeah, I’ve been pretty busy.

Fence update to come!

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Home Now, But Not for Long

Home Now!

Yay! I am home! I actually have been home for a week. I was pretty productive. I got an internship, painted a coffee table, finished an essay and cleaned my room (sorta). My internship is with an engineering firm but they have a few landscape architects on staff. It’s also close to home which is good. I plan on biking at least a few times per week because I am out of shape yo.

Graduation is Boring

I’m sorry. But it is. Last weekend, I went back up to State College for my BFF Haleigh’s graduation. It was held in the BJC because she’s in (or was in) the Eberly College of Science which is pretty big. Anyway, the whole ceremony could be run so much more effiencently. But I guess tradition trumps speed. About half the time was taken up by people introducing other people and the other half was taken up by people who cheered for way too long when their graduate’s name got called.

Coffee Table

Here is a picture of the coffee table I painted for my friend. He wanted a radioactive waste barrel, an eel with three eyes, and a fish with a cowboy hat hidden somewhere. The resolution of this photo is definitely not good enough for  you to be able to tell which fish has the hat on.

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Not for Long (Because I am going to Germany!)

STAY TUNED FOR A VERY IMPORTANT POST!!!!!!!

Spring Break, Spring Ahead

Where is this “Spring” anyway. It is a cool 30 degrees Fahrenheit right now in always partially sunny State College. Despite the cold, I have been busy over the break. (It is now the Friday of my first week back at school).

Painting Underwater

I was very excited for spring break because I got to paint a lot of furniture and try out my cute new electric sander. (Thanks internet!)

I painted a small shelf and table in an “under water” theme, which was an interesting and new challenge since the only things I’ve really painted are flowers.

Here are some progress pics of the shelf:

And here are the final pics of the table and the shelf:

 

 

Android Defector

I broke my iPhone screen right before break, and my nice mother offered to buy me a new one. I have been considering the switch from Apple to Samsung for a long time and after an extremely long case of indecision, I finally decided to try out android. It’s taking me a little getting used to but I think the switch was worth it and that battery life is no joke.

Birds

More bird pics!

 

Time for a Short Break

I have been pretty busy over break, even though I did a very very minimal amount of school work.

Bookshelf in the Style of Frida Kahlo

This took FOREVER. But I did it! Actually I need to go put another layer of clear coat on it soon. Anyway, this book shelf is a Frida Kahlo-esque painting. Her life was actually kind of depressing so her art has some macabre undertones but I tried to avoid the depressing art since it is a piece of furniture that people will be looking at and I also didn’t want to paint depressing things.

So here it is. The pictures are not great quality but that’s ok. (PS you should follow Creative Wake on Facebook cause I guess I’m now a shameless self-promoter. Sigh. LINK TO FACEBOOK PAGE)

A Visit to the Governor’s Mansion

I figured since I was on break, I could stop by and check on my rain gardens. Everyone was so friendly! Hugs and everything! The rain gardens are actually in pretty good shape as well! Here are more terrible photos:

A Small Cat

Or “kitten” has made a home here for the week, while my sister is watching him for her friend. He is nice, but he climbs on my keyboard while I’m typinaefj; adf. At least he’s cute…

Update, he just sat down on my computer:

Oh, and Thanksgiving was lovely and delicious. Dinner at the grandparents in State College.

So that’s about it. I have to go back to school tomorrow 😦 Ugh. It’s fine. Two more weeks.

Rain Barrel Painting

The Governor’s Residence wanted me to paint a rain barrel! So I did! Here are some pictures:

 

The Residence has an event called “Second Sunday” where the grounds opens up to the public and activities happen throughout the day. The theme for August’s is “Creatures in the Garden”. I will be bringing in my rain barrel and letting kids add their hand prints to the sky and the clouds. Yeah, I’m a little nervous that they’ll mess everything up but at least I got pictures first!

ALSO!!!! You can follow my facebook page creative wake to see more pictures and video of my rain barrel and some of my other on going projects!

If My Life Were A TV Show, This Would be Season Two

WHERE DID MY SUMMER GO?!?!?!

I have to start school next week! Ack! I’m not ready for this. But I guess I actually did a lot this summer.

I did lots of painting! I painted some ukulele cases…

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and the doors of the gym where I do gymnastics… (sorry about the reflection)

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And finally, after putting it off for most of the summer, I painted my mom’s rain barrel!

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I also drove on the highway for the first time ALL BY MY SELF. This to you may seem like not much of an accomplishment but I am very proud of not chickening out 🙂

My family vacation was to the one and only Yosemite National Park! It certainly lived up to the hype, but there were a ton of tourists there. As much effort as the NPS puts into preserving the natural landscape for everyone to enjoy, it still gets trampled all over by people who are trying to get the experience. Don’t get me wrong, this place is amazing.

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On top of Sentinal Dome

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A lovely shot of the iconic “Half Dome” (which is actually 80% dome), glowing at dusk

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Me doing a cool handstand on the hike up to the top of Vernal Falls (seen in the background) Photo credits to my cool sister

After we visited Yosemite, we made our way to San Francisco where we also did some cool stuff.

My mom drove down Lombard Street, also called the Crooked Street, which was super cool! Even though you can’t tell from my poor photography skills, the street was very pretty. There were also plenty of tourists sanding along the sides taking pictures and watching all the cars brave the crooked road.

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And we also went by the Mythbusters studio, “M5 Industries”

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And also, I accidentally made a scrambled egg in the shape of a chick!

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