Flower Canvas Process







This was the first time I've free-handed a major design element (the flowers) and this is the biggest canvas (I pretty sure it measures 24in x 24in) I have ever painted on! It was really awesome to just trust my gut and go for it! It really felt like an adventure. The colors aren't showing up that great which is probably because some photos were taken during the day with the lovely sunlight and the others were taken at night with crummy lamp lights. I worked on it bit by bit throughout the past few days and I think it's complete, but I might go back later to see if it needs a little something more. 



Merry Christmas!


This was our adorable Christmas 'card' this year. We forgot to send out cards until yesterday so I took a picture of Max, added words and my mom texted it out to everyone. Problem solved! 

I hope you all have a lovely holiday! 



My 2014 Playlist

I wanted to write down the songs I listened to most throughout 2014. My music taste changes quite a bit every year, but I have always loved songs with meaningful lyrics. I usually make a new playlist for each month, so I just went through my iPod to find a song from each month that I remembered playing a lot. Here are those songs in no particular order.


1. From Eden - Hozier
2. Back to You - Twin Forks
3. Mona Lisa - The All-American Rejects
4. Love and Drugs - The Maine
5. Some Nights - Fun
6. Wagon Wheel - Darius Rucker
7. Everybody Loves Me - One Republic
8. Cruise - Florida Georgia Line
9. Not a Bad Thing - Justin Timberlake
10. Why Georgia - John Mayer
11. Flowers in Your Hair - The Lumineers
12. Dirt - Florida Georgia Line

What were some of your most played songs this year?


Fractals


Winter semester is officially over and grades have been finalized so I'm now on break! Woo! 
These past two days have been spent catching up on some much needed sleep and haphazardly looking for my sanity which I must have misplaced somewhere between logarithms and attempting to learn what a fractal is... I still have no idea what they are, all I kept thinking of was that one part in Frozen's song 'Let It Go', My soul is spiraling in frozen fractals all around and one thought crystallizes like an icy blast! 

Anyways, I'm celebrating because this semester was the last math class that I will ever have to take. YES! Math and I just don't get along, I'd say the whole 'it's not me, it's you thing' to it, but it totally is Math. I just can't deal with all it's problems, it has to go. 

What I'm listening to:

On another note, a lot of what I have been posting isn't exactly what I had planned for December. When I was neatly writing everything out on my calendar I think I gave way too much credit to only the planning. I actually have to, you know, work on the blog posts beforehand if I want to do more artsy stuff along with my life and book posts. 

Even though I've been blogging for quite a long time I suppose I still have things to learn, especially since I want to grow from only focusing on the topic of books. Despite my content being not exactly what I was expecting, I still want to continue on with my goal of posting every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in December. 



Ornaments

Something I look forward to each Christmas is going to Hallmark with my mom to pick out a new ornament for our tree. Even before I was born my mom would choose a new ornament for that year and she carried on that tradition after she married my dad and they had me. I love how the ornaments on our tree don't match, but that each of them has a story and a memory attached to it. 


My parents and I get along great, but we don't always have the same taste in a lot of things. The Marvel superhero movies are definitely something my mom and I agree on. Usually when my mom is sewing and I'm painting we'll put on a Marvel movie. Iron Man is our favorite! 


My mom made this train ornament over thirty five years ago during the Winter of her first year at her job. It's small enough to fit in your hand, but it's still so detailed! I alway look forward to hanging this little guy up every year! 


This Christmasified cupcake is from last year's trip to visit my great aunt in Michigan. She's one of the best people I know and I love being able to spend time with her and my mom. My aunt, also like my mom, gives all of us (my cousins, aunts, uncles, pretty much everyone) an ornament each year. 

Last year we went with her to pick out ours, which is different than any other year because my aunt loves to surprise all of us. I'm pretty sure her motto is 'the bigger the ornament the better' and I so love her for that, haha! It's easy to look at our tree and know which ones are from her. 
This year I talked her into a smaller (yet still pretty big) cupcake. She said she wished it were real, she wanted a bite! 


This is the oldest ornament on our tree, it's from when my dad was little. It's pretty beat up, but I love the meaning it holds and how it's survived all these years. 


This unique ornament is from the first year my parents were together. 
My dad got it for my mom because he knew, even back then, she got a new ornament for her tree each year. 
These series of ornaments are still made and next December will be their thirty fifth Christmas together so next year I'm planning on buying the 2015 version to hang on the tree beside this one. I know this ornament style has a new design/ornament released each year and I'm pretty certain the very first one was released in 1980, their first Christmas, so that's awesome too. 


This is my ornament for this year! I completely love it! My mom and I chose it because I was really into gardening this summer so we thought it was perfect for this year's ornament! 


I love the traditions my parents made surrounding Christmas, especially our ornaments. Each ornament has a story. It's amazing to be able to look at the tree and be able to find so many wonderful memories of our family's story. 


Mango


Lately I've been thinking a lot about old friends. About those childhood promises made in crumpled up blanket forts and whisphered over entwined fingers. About how, as we grow, those promises that lit our eyes with hope, slowly lose their strength.

Around this time of year people return home, or at least to what was once their home. That's probably why my mind has been circling around the subject of old friends. It's like I know I'm going to run into them and I know I'm going to be cringing the entire time. I know I'm going to think about our end and about how I didn't want it to be the last of us.

There's this song, Inside of You, by favorite band The Maine and I've always loved it, but I don't think I fully connected with it before or fully understand what it meant. Maybe I still don't and I'm just applying it to my own life, but I feel like that's when music becomes so much more. When it can be applied to so many different lives and different situations that even if it wasn't what the writer was exactly going through, it's still somehow valid.


I was seventeen when I first listened to this song. That was almost five years ago.
Holy cow.

Anyways, there's a part in the song that says
"Don't say that you just want to runaway, replay all the things that I tried to say." 
I was listening to the album this weekend and those lyrics, well the entire song really, just hit me. I feel like I needed to listen to this song with new ears so many years ago. I was at a concert loudly singing off key to these same exact words and they're just now, four years later, hitting me.
Maybe I wasn't ready then, but I am now.

I said everything I could have said, but if someone wants to leave, they're going to leave.
Most of my friendships have ended because there was a lot left unsaid, but this is the one instance where everything was laid out on the table and it ended up just being left there to rot.

I said everything but don't leave me. 
I told myself I wasn't going to ask her to stay and I didn't.
I don't regret that.... well, at least most of the time I don't.




Books I Want to Finish Before 2015

This year I've read so many seriously awesome books, but I've also only made it halfway through three, also very awesome, books. Before 2015 arrives I'd like to finish up these three books. 

-Of Neptune (The Syrena Legacy 3) by Anna Banks
In November I marathon read the first two books in The Syrena Legacy and in December I started Of Neptune. I only made it about halfway through before I got burnt out. It's not that the story is bad or anything like that, I think it has more to do with the beginning of my December being super busy with an art show and finals for school. This is the last book in the trilogy so I'd really like to finish it before January comes around.

-Hollow City (Miss Peregrine's Children 2) by Ransom Riggs
Hollow City has been sitting on my floating bookshelf that holds the books that I plan to-read-next all year. Seriously, I keep picking up a book before it and going 'for sure, I'll read this Hollow City next' and it's been twelve months and it's still unread. It's so great too! I need to finish it!

-Cress (The Lunar Chronicles 3) by Marissa Meyer
The Lunar Chronicles is one of my absolute favorite series. Meyer's world building and plot are incredible and each book is better than the last. Right next to Hollow City on my next-to-be-read shelf sits Cress. Another seriously incredible book that I can't wait to finish.


I know I won't be able to start reading again until after my finals are over, but the middle to end of December is always when I get the most reading done so I'm very excited to start reading again! 


My Happy Place


I remember when I was younger I was always trying to create this perfect room. It had a theme, because in my mind everything had to have a theme, a sitting area, a secret fort and a bookshelf full of books. 

As I got older  I stopped holding onto that perfect idea of a room and focused more on making my room mine. In high school I changed the color to a light pink and a year ago I painted one wall with dark pink chalkboard paint. I hung fairy lights and throughout the past few years I collected random things that I loved. 


It's definitely not the fanciest or most organized place out there, but I feel like it reflects myself so well. There's two big bookshelves, photos on the wall, tons of pillows, homemade quilts and lanterns.  It feels so peaceful and inspiring. I truly love it. 



The Most Wonderful Time of the Year


The semester ends next Wednesday and I’m trying not to fall into a total panic. I have a huge paper due on Friday that I’m still uncertain what it’s about because I’ve yet to read the rubric. Not to mention two exams and a whole string of math homework. I know I’m not alone on being completely stressed out by finals, but it’s still so frustrating.

This time of the semester always has me questioning why I’m in college and if it’s the right decision for. I’m still unsure about my major and I don’t agree with how the educational system is run. I’ve always felt that school would be great if there was actually time to learn. It seems that there’s only time to study for tests and take tests. Only to be followed up with dumping out that information so we can cram for next week’s exam.

I’m so sick of it, you know? It’s like our learning and knowledge isn’t valid unless we can chose the correct answer on a test that rarely is even about what we were fed during the week.

It’s just the more I think about it, the more I think why. I thought when you got older you would get the answers to the questions you had when you were younger. If anything I feel like there’s even more questions. Or that the answer is simply ‘because’ which isn’t much of an answer at all.

I know I’m not the only one stressed out with finals, but I guess I just want to know why this is necessary and what am I doing this for? Who am I doing this for?

I guess all of those questions will have to wait because I have other math related questions that need answering. At least I have my cute study buddy helping me out. That's his 'hey, why did you stop scratching my ears?' face.





My December Daily 2014

 I always feel like the month of December flies by way too quickly. This year I wanted to find a way to document the holiday season in a new and creative way. Last year, I saw 'December Daily' journals all over Pinterest and thought it looked like fun, but it wasn't until this year that I decided to participate.


The goal of December Daily is to document each day of December. 
Since I knew I wasn't always going to have time to create a new scrapbook page everyday, I decided to make the entire journal beforehand, during my Thanksgiving break.

I seriously had a blast! I loved creating a sort of 'junk journal' to remember December and just the process of creating this was so fun for me! I've tried so many different ways to scrapbook, but could never get back into it so I think I just found a new way to creatively document life in a sort-of-scrapbookish way.


Everything except the washi tape (from Dollar Tree!) is from Michael's. I went when Christmas stuff was forty percent off so I got a pretty good deal on all of my journaling goodies.

The scrapbook paper was also found at Michaels. It's a paper pad/stack by Recollections for the Christmas season called Falalala. I couldn't find a link to it on Michael's website (or even on Amazon) but I found it at the store with all of the other Christmas scrapbooking paper stacks.


I'll post another video/ post when my journal is all filled up with my December adventures! 




A Quick Visit


It was drop off day for the the art show I'll be in this weekend.
It's always so surreal visiting here, it's like a past memory that's come back to life. 

I remember coming here with my mom when I was little and listening to the stories of her time spent creating within these walls. So much has changed, but it still has those little quirks that remind me of the beautiful place that it is. 

Those hands (I believe they are for displaying gloves) are one of my favorite pieces. 
Every time I visit I can't help but fawn all over them!


Another one of my favorite bits about this place: the quiet. 
It leaves so much open space for creativity and inspiration.
My mom and I are planning on taking a class here in the Spring and I truly cannot wait!


If you'd like to see more of this lovely location you can check out last year's post here


Also, a huge thank you to my mom for helping me bring in all of my paintings! 


21 Things About Me

I first started blogging when I was only sixteen years old and it’s crazy to think that almost five years have already gone by! I’ve changed quite a bit since 2010 so I thought I’d make a list with twenty-one fairly random things about myself as a sort of re-introduction. 

Here we go!

1. Hello, my name is Katie Marie.
2. I’m twenty-one years old.
3. I’m from a small farming town in the Midwest.
4. I’m a total introvert.
5. I have the absolute sweetest dog named Max.


6. I love reading! Books are such an amazing escape and I adore getting swept up into new stories.

7. One of my hobbies is painting. I love creating mixed media pieces on canvas!

8. I want to learn more about photography. I really enjoy taking photos, but I definitely want to understand what my camera can fully do. I also want to learn about composition and editing too!

9. Whether it’s the good or the not-so-good times, I love being able to document and look back at my life through photos, journaling and my artwork.

10. I love organizing! From color coordinating my books to organizing my weekly tasks, I love knowing that at least some parts of my life are in order.


11. I keep a journal. I'm not always super consistent with writing in it, but I'd say a good chunk of my thoughts get written down on paper.

12. Even though my hand writing is pretty hard to read, I love the feeling of pen on paper.

13. I love quotes! I keep track of my favorite ones in my journal or on my ginormous pink chalkboard wall.

14. I have a horrible memory for the little things, like where I just put something and other random everyday things.

15. I currently have one tattoo and definitely plan on getting more.

16. I love driving! Just the feeling of having the windows down and music up is really therapeutic to me.


17. Feeling paint on my fingers or even building bookshelves with tools are some things I never tire of. I just love creating with my hands.

18. My current television obsessions are The Office, Once Upon A Time, Ghost Adventures, The Mindy Project, Scrubs, Reign, and Supernatural.

19. My mom and I are totally in love with the Marvel superhero movies. Iron Man/Tony Stark is our favorite!

20. I have a pretty diverse taste in music, but lately you probably wouldn't notice because I've been listening to Christmas music non-stop!

21. I’m currently attending college to become a children’s librarian. I really can't wait to share my passion of literature with others and I hope to incorporate art with children's library programs too!


Welcome to Katie Marie Blogs! (Previously Call Me Crazy)

Hello and welcome to Katie Marie Blogs, make yourself at home!
The blog may look pretty different with the new design and name, but all the old posts and homey goodnesses are still here, just spruced up a bit!

I’ve been blogging for almost five years at Call Me Crazy. I started CMC when I was around sixteen years old and have definitely changed a lot since then. Previously on this blog I would mainly talk about books and it would only have the occasional life post, but I really want to begin blogging more about the other things that I love too.

I’ve been thinking about a name change for two years now. I knew I wanted a new name and a place to grow, but unfortunately I didn’t feel that with my old blog’s title.
Ahh, that name! ‘Call Me Crazy’ is something I randomly picked one day thinking it was clever. The twenty-one year old me and sixteen year old me have very differing opinions of what’s clever!

On Katie Marie Blogs I’ll be talking about my life, but there will also be lots of posts that include DIYs, easy recipes (I’m just learning how to cook, so trust me, they’re easy peasy) music, movies and of course books!

I have all of the month of December and the beginning of January planned out.
I’ll be posting on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
The amount of times I post a week might change later on, (maybe I’ll only do every other Saturday) but I really want to post three days a week in December. I think if I stick to the schedule I made I can definitely accomplish this!

Throughout the month I’ll have some fun seasonal DIY’s, a three ingredient taco dip, a movie night with homemade snacks watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and a book talk about the young adult mermaid trilogy The Syrena Legacy by Anna Banks. There will definitely be plenty of other awesome posts in December too, these are just a few of my favorites.

Some random tidbits about the new blog design:
I’m still getting all settled in so if something seems a bit wonky I’ll try and fix it right away.
I’ve updated my ‘Contact’ and ‘Policies’ pages. There have been some changes in my contact info so you can totally check that out if you’d like.

I’ll be adding an easy way to navigate through the posts’ tags to the sidebar. That way it’ll hopefully be simple to find what topic of post your looking for super quickly.

If you’d like an easy way to share a post, at the bottom of each blogpost is a little paper airplane. You can hover your mouse over it and options will come up with all the different ways you can share a post.


I’m seriously beyond excited to start blogging again. I'm so grateful for every reader and really appreciate you deciding to stick with me through all this time. It means so incredibly much to me. Some of my best memories from the past few years are of the awesome opportunities and people I have met through this incredible blogging community. I just can’t wait to finally begin again!

I Tend to Overcomplicate Things

I've been completely overthinking this entire name change thing, seriously.

I've checked out library books and endlessly googled ways to 'seamlessly' change my blog's name. Unfortunately all these preparations made me totally overlook the simple way of doing things and complicate things for not only me, but my readers as well.
I'm so sorry for all of the past updates that didn't really make sense (probably very much like this one). All of the posts about 'name updates', 'new blogs' and all the other related topic posts ends with this one.

I'm just going to say it simply (since I've been complicating things lately) so we can all finally move on from this name change thing. Yay!

Five things to know about the blog changes that happened today:
1. Call Me Crazy Reviews is now Katie Marie Blogs.
2. This is the exact same blog as before, it just has a different name and web address.
3. The new web address is www.katiemarieblogs.com
4. www.callmecrazyreviews.com is no longer available and will not direct you to Katie Marie Blogs.

To stay updated with Katie Marie Blogs you can...
1. Follow Katie Marie Blogs on bloglovin' by clicking here.
2. Subscribe by email (near the top in the right sidebar under 'Subscribe by email')
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(If you were already a subscriber to Call Me Crazy, I have redirected the feed so you should continue to get post updates.)
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Thank you all so much for sticking with me throughout this name change. I'm so sorry that I completely overcomplicated it, but now it's finished now. *sigh of relief* Woo!

I have an introduction post scheduled for tonight, so you'll be hearing from me again soon.

I hope you all are having a lovely Monday!

Thank you all so much!