Wednesday, December 14, 2011

African Awesome

Hi viewers!
I haven't posted in a while because of both finals and making new things!! I just happened to get my hands on some amazing hand made African beads before I left school. I ran into one of my professors that I had freshman year of college and she had so many beads from all her trips to Africa! Some of the beads were actually used as currency within various villages and were buried for safe keeping. After being dug up, cleaned and re-fired the beads were re sold. 

I loved that the beads were from an interesting place with a great story and now I'm adding to their journey because these creations will be on sale at the jewelry show I am having this Saturday. I am donating 15% of the proceeds from my show to the MS Walk. MS has had quite an impact on my family; my Aunt Nancy passed away from the disease when I was very young and I decided that instead of donating part of my show money to a school event or organization that I wanted to donate to a cause that is close to me. 

Fuschia and turquoise glass bead ladder bracelet ($12)

Fuschia and turquoise glass bead ladder bracelet ($12)

Leaf green glass disc bar necklace 

Leaf green glass disc bar necklace 

vinyl disc and washer bar necklace 

vinyl disc and washer bar necklace 

Green fogged glass disc bar necklace 

Green fogged glass disc bar necklace 

Leaf green glass disc bead bar necklace

Leaf green glass disc bead bar necklace

Leaf green glass disc bar necklace 

Leaf green glass disc bar necklace 

Leaf green glass disc bead choker 

Leaf green glass disc bead choker

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Hi viewers!
Just thought I would wish  you all a Happy Thanksgiving and for those of you international viewers, happy regular day. Either way I hope all of you have a great day and find something to make you smile☼

and yes I made my feather head dress... of course :P

Friday, November 11, 2011

Color Craze!

Hi viewers! As you can see I have gone a little color crazy this past week. I was trolling around Joann Fabrics armed with a 40% off coupon AND a 20% entire purchase coupon when I found a GIANT package of embroidery thread. I couldn't help myself! I had to get it!! When I got home, I looked up how to make those cool knots around chain to make it look crocheted. After a few practice runs, I perfected the knot and got to work!

Silver chunk chain $12
 I get so excited when I work with a lot of color combinations because they are so fun to pick out!!

Bronze chunk chain $12

Gold chunk chain...This one is mine and you cant have it :P

Mini silver chain $5

Gold chunk and silver mini chain $7

I made three necklaces, one for myself in gold, one silver and one bronze.

The mini bracelet was the prototype but it came out so adorable!

I made a combo bracelet with some of the scraps left over from the necklaces. I added elastic to the back instead of a clasp for easy wearability☼

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Occupying New York City Pt.2

On day two of my New York trip (Monday Oct. 17th) I got to take a tour of wall street with a guide who works there for a trading company. We learned all about the history of the buildings and the significance of each company's existence. It was really interesting to find out how much change all of the buildings have gone through and how many companies had moved in and out of each one. For instance: one of the oldest banks left standing on wall street has recently been turned into gym. It was so funny looking through the windows and seeing treadmills next to teller booths. We ended the tour at the Federal reserve pictured above. It's a pretty cool looking building but it was even cooler to find out that underneath its modest exterior lays the entirety of the United States gold! If my memory serves me right, I think our tour guide said there are 8000 tons of gold in the vault! We got to go inside of the building and there were all these crazy displays of money; shredded money, counterfeit money, old and new money; it was SO AWESOME! There was a little video game station that let you adjust government spending, consumer spending and interest rate to see what the economy would be like in different scenarios. I played with it for a while starting out with a totally failed economy and then ending my time in a mild's a good thing I'm not president right now. (I'm not really sure where I currently stand with our political situation, I just know the economy is hurtin pretty bad).

After my group was done with the Wall Street tour we headed over to the world financial center where the twin towers once stood. To get a good look at the rebuild project and also to see a little glimpse of some of the business that goes on in the city, we went to the third floor of the AMEX Merrill Lynch building. It was so amazing inside, I don't know why I didn't take pictures! In any case, we headed upstairs and were able to get a good view of the new world trade plaza construction. There was sort of a heavy feeling actually seeing the sight and remembering how long ago it was and how young we all were. I still remember sitting in my fifth grade class (Mrs. Acres) and seeing all the kids get called out of class. And then we turned on the TV to see what had happened. I caught a glimpse of a crane that was at the site (pictured above to the right) and took a picture. I know I've heard people say "never forget" in speeches and on TV, even on t-shirts but for some reason, seeing it spray painted on the side of that crane lift made it all real again.                

To lighten the mood a little bit after our heavy hitting financial tours of the morning, we headed over the Rockefeller center for some typical touristy pictures.

My friend had the idea of taking these awesome pictures with the 30-rock building...

Unfortunately, in order to take these awesome pics he had to transform into "that guy". Oh that's right people, he was laying on the ground in Rockefeller center. I couldn't contain my laughter which made this scene all the more amusing to the group of Italian tourists standing near us. 

Also, just thought I should throw in a picture of the adorable outfit I was sporting on that fine Monday. My black and gray cotton dress that I hemmed to perfection 2 days prior. A thrifted purple leather Talbots waste belt. Purple GAP hoodie layered with my favorite Volcom blazer with a recycled Ali Brin Creations broach on the lapel. Cotton hair rosette. Black opaque tights with black flats and to top it all off...the Betsey Johnson side bag that my parents got me for my 20th birthday this past August.  

Oh yea and did I mention I went shopping at H&M after we took pictures... 

AND I forced my friends to come into the Lego store with me. I was with all boys so I thought for sure they would want to go in but I guess I'm more of a 12 year old boy than all of them. In any rate, they came with me and we had so much fun making Lego people. Unfortunately I couldn't find the specialty pieces that I wanted to make Lego hair bows like Marc Jacobs spring collection in 2007.

Here are some of the awesome characters we made!

           After a quick wardrobe change at the hotel I headed back out by my self to meet up with my cousin Jessie. She is one of my crafty family members and likes making jewelry in her spare time. We both really would love a store front in the city and hey maybe in a few years that will happen. If you haven't guessed already from the picture, we went to the garment district...specifically Mood Fabrics!!! Yea, ya know, the one from project runway!! When I was little I had been in the building before and had passed it a few times. I knew it was a fabric store when I was little but it wasn't until I was older and actually started making clothes and watching project runway that I realized how awesome Mood is. 

 The place is seriously the holy land of awesome fabric! There was so much to choose from and so notions and buttons and feathers and trimmings and amazing textures! I didn't know where to start! Jessie and I sort of just explored around the place for a little bit before I decided on what cut of fabric I was going to get. I went with a leopard print canvas of course! I also got myself a tote and Jessie got me a "thank you mood" T-shirt. They only had giant sizes but I'm Ali Brin...I can fix that AND make it look awesome! 

 We sort of had a mini photo shoot in the store...I couldn't help myself! I practically walked the isles like a runway I just figured there needed to be some fierce documentation!

Everyone there was really awesome and nice and I want to go back to NYC soon so I can explore the rest of the garment district.

Finally, I ended my night by meeting up with the boys. I switched out my cousin Jessie for my cousin Zach, who met me at the Jazz Standard to see the Mingus Big Band. The show was really great and the music was even better! I loved that I got to meet up with my family and adventure around the city ☼

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Some new things

Of course I made some new hair bows! They're my favorite thing to do!
I made one of my good friends a special edition orange plastic wrist band that says "with faith we have it all". I thought up the quote myself (thought it was witty).
 I've started making some new "love" wrist bands because they were such a big hit at the last Art Walk.
 This past Thursday there was a concert on campus and We The Kings was playing. I knew that Charles Trippy is the new bassist for the band so I made him and his fiance Alli "internet killed television" wrist bands.
I you dont already know, Charles and Alli are youtube sensations who are from Florida (yay). Check them out at:
 I put together a little accessory package for Alli because I see her wearing awesome accessories on their vlog all the time. Luckily I got to meet up with the guys of We The Kings and not only got to hang out with them for a short lived minute but Alli was with them so I got to personally give her the little package I put together.
I had a hard time giving up the key necklace I made for her. I love two toned metal pieces and her copper and silver key necklace came out super cool!

We took a picture (of course) but in true Ali Brin fashion we took a video first because I left the camera on video mode...classic Ali Brin☼

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Occupying New York City Pt.1

Hi viewers!
This past Sunday through Wednesday I was given the opportunity to take a trip to New York city with my honors intermediate economics class. The honors department has awesome trips like this every semester and this time I was able to go! The main reason for going is to see Wall Street, learn about the economic goings on there, see the NY stock exchange and learn about how it works. In our free time on the trip we got to explore the city and do whatever we wanted! I was so pumped for this trip!!

FUN FACT: I'm actually from New York (hurray Long Island)

On Sunday we went to Liberty Island to say hello to
Lady Liberty herself and also Ellis Island to learn about how most of our families immigrated to the
lovely land that is: America!
FUN FACT: The seven points on Lady Liberty's crown are to represent the 7 continents and her right foot is raised to show that she was on the move and had the freedom to do so. Yay freedom!!

 ...and of course I had to strike a fierce pose with Ms. Liberty!
 On the ferry ride back into the city my friends and i decided that we would go the the Brooklyn bridge to watch the sunset. Instead of taking the subway there....we walked....from the Ellis Island the Brooklyn bridge...crazy I KNOW!

On the epic journey to the bridge we passed some of the occupy Wall Street protesters and it was so insane! There were SO MANY people crammed onto this one city block and they all had signs and were shouting things. In the middle of the block there were blankets couches and tents set up for people to sleep and even a makeshift kitchen
where they were passing out food.  I really felt like I was in a history book.

There was a drum circle at the end of the block where people were dancing and hula hooping and streets were lined with a mix of news vans and NYPD officers.

The intense smell of patchouli oil made me feel like I was witnessing a revolution.

Here are some more of the pictures I took of the protesters, there were some crazy things going on!

 Finally after our crazy occupy Wall Street experience, my group and I headed to the Brooklyn bridge. The weather was so perfect and we made it to the half way point just as the sun was going down. By the time we made it to the other side we were all starving so we found a pizza place in Brooklyn to get out nom on!

 Such an amazing night☼