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☼

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Circuit Board Necklaces

 Hey everyone! Hope you all have had a great weekend (I cant believe it's already Sunday)
Last weekend I went home and my dad gave me a new circuit board to make jewelry with. I always get really excited when I have cool things to tear apart and create from; it's sort of the little 12 year old boy inside me. I spent all day yesterday cutting, sanding and drilling some computer board charms and I think they came out looking pretty cool! I cut and shaped 6 pieces and made 2 necklaces. My hands were so scratched up by the time I was done making the pieces but I didn't want to do all that work and not have anything to show off to my roommates when I was done.
Copper circuit board necklace ($15)

Silver circuit board necklace ($15)

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When I was little I used to think circuit boards looked like tiny
maps of towns. I still think they do ☼
 Ever since I was little I used to look through all of my dads electronic parts and make jewelry out of them. When my dad would take my sister and I to work we used to twist together transistors, resistors and transformers to make rings while he carried on with his day. He had so many bins just filled with all sorts of cool goodies for us to play with. I guess the little girl instinct of "anything can be jewelry" never left me. The picture to right is a circuit board from my broken DVD player. I took all the cool parts off of it (for earrings and charms) and left the actual board to be cut up. I'm never really sure of what I'm going to do with all of the little parts but like any good artist would, I hoard them in little plastic bags and throw them in with all my other crafty junk until I have a really great project to use them for ☼