2 Easy/Cheap DIY Room Decorations

Here's 2 simple DIY room decorations to try this week.

Chalkboard Quote
I actually got the idea to do this when walking through Hobby Lobby and noticing all the super cute wall decorations. One of them had this quote on it, so I took a picture and DIYed it. I think it turned out pretty good. I made it by covering a cheap plywood board with chalkboard paint (I did two coats so that it was nice and thick). Then I used a box of Crayola chalk to write the quote. I sprayed it with some fixative to make the writing permanent, but that's optional if you want to be able to change it.

 Recycled Flower Vase
This is pretty self explanatory. I didn't want to buy vases so I just peeled the labels of some HINT flavored water bottles. It is simple and good for the environment. I have these all over my room now! I love the fresh flowers.


Maximum Ride Forever Book Review

     Maximum Ride Forever is the supposedly final book in the Maximum Ride series. Maximum Ride is a fast paced action adventure and sci-fi series about a girl named Maximum (or Max for short) who was genetically modified and made into a human-bird hybrid. She and her flock of other mutant bird kids are on a quest to save the world from the evil scientists trying to destroy it.
     Like most Max fans, I was fairly excited but also a bit scared when I heard a ninth book was coming out. In my opinion, the series had pretty much fallen apart after the third book, what with the never ending and seemingly pointless plot twists, random unnecessary added characters (Dylan, I'm looking at you!) not to mention that one book where all they did was sit in Antartica- (what was that about anyway?). So overall after Nevermore I was exhausted with the endless torrent of mishmashed plot twists and fine to just leave the series where it was, despite the unsatisfactory and rather cheesy ending.
      So when I found out that Maximum Ride Forever was coming out on the 18th of May in 2015, I was torn between jumping up and down in excitement and kicking the wall in frustration. I love Maximum and the flock as much as any other fan, and was thrilled to get to revisit their world, but I also was disappointed that James Patterson was adding yet another book to a series that was already stretched to the limit.
     So what did I do? I logged on to my kindle and bought it the morning it came out of course! And then read the entire thing in a period of three days.

SPOILER ALERT-DO NOT CONTINUE READING IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK YET
    
    There were definitely some good parts about this book. The plot twist at there very end there about Max having Fang's child? I was not expecting that and it successfully shocked me. I actually thought James Patterson closed up the Angel-Max competition pretty well by allowing Angel to be a "prophet" which I thought was a clever twist and a good solution to the tension between those two, although I still think it should've been Max rallying the group to the final battle at the end. Also, the fact that Dylan was the horsemen and faking the flock's deaths was also an interesting piece of the story which I found surprisingly satisfactory. And of course the heartwarming ending was priceless and made me proud to be a Maximum Ride fan and to have seen the flock through their entire journey (no matter how strung out it was).
     But I'm afraid the good parts were accompanied by many bad parts that didn't do justice to our beloved characters. One of my biggest disappointments was the amount of recycled plot material I found in this book! It seemed that almost every plot twist had been used at least twice. When the Max-Dylan-Fang love triangle started right back up on the second or third page, I nearly broke my kindle. I thought we had solved that with the whole dramatic scene on the cliff of Fang and Max being each others one and only and all that. But no, apparently Max still had a soft spot for Dylan. Ugh. Anyways, when I read the part about Fang leaving Max for her own safety or whatever, I honestly was completely unfazed. I mean come on, how many times have we read that one?! I feel like Fang has been leaving at least once a book ever since they got together in the second book. So when I read Fang was leaving again I just rolled my eyes and moved on. And when he died I was like, please, you really think I'm gonna fall for that again? I mean come on, the guy's died at least twice by now and he somehow always makes it back. The flock splitting up was also totally reused, as well as the Max and Angel conflict that seems to have been a theme throughout the entire series. Dylan's sacrifice for Fang was also already used once except he actually died this time. Not to mention the fact that Dr. Häagen Daz was back again. I was sure he had died, but I admit I've gotten all the evil scientists a little mixed up considering the fact that there seems to be a new one every book.
     In total Maximum Ride Forever was a two or three star book. I wasn't to thrilled with the recycled plots, but I feel the end managed to salvage what little good was left in the series and finish it fairly well for the amount of damage there was to fix. At least Maximum Ride fans get to rest peacefully now that there was an ending that did justice to our beloved flock. The Maximum Ride series will be in my heart forever.

What did you think of the final book in the Maximum Ride series? Do you agree? Comment down below, but please keep it appropriate and polite.

Bird Inspired Art Show at Lotus Land

So I went to an art show that was bird themed. There were a bunch of amazing artworks. Sadly, I wasn't able to snap many photos because I didn't want to disturb the others enjoying the art. But here is a picture of a sculpture that I thought could be and interesting DIY, as well as a video of another sculpture that I really liked. I also threw in a couple pictures of Lotus land itself, which is a beautiful place to have an art show and is inspiring in itself. Enjoy!


video

Watercolor and Ink Floral Dress

This is a simple yet fun sketchbook project- great for inking practice and watercolor wash techniques.

Finished product -by moon*

Did pencil first, then went over it in pen and did the watercolor skirt. Added flower details after dry.
I used a 01 micron pen for the inking details, and filled in the top with an 05.

TED Talk on Flags

Interesting TED talk on flag design. I know I'll be trying some flag designs in my sketchbook soon.

Spring Flowers

I stopped by the grocery store yesterday and had to take pictures of the floral section. The buckets of flowers were crammed in every corner until the whole wall was a bouquet of pink, yellow, green, blue, purple, and every color of the rainbow. Might be fun to paint sometime? Or use as inspiration for a flower arrangement? Download this picture for Cell Phone/Tablet wallpaper here or in the downloads tab.

I Madonnari 2015!

It's Memorial Day weekend, and that means the I Madonnari chalk festival at the Santa Barbara Mission in California! This year there were so many inspiring artists with amazing chalk paintings. I took some pictures of my favorites- enjoy and be inspired!



Some of the artists hard at work.

Beautiful owl.

Incredible reflection on the glasses; looks awesome so far!

LOTS of chalk pastels.

Amazing chalk paintings in progress!

This shark was my favorite.

Beautiful Santa Barbara Mission.

Cute Art Tote

Saw this adorable tote at the art store. Maybe could DIY it with some fabric pens? I will at least copy the doodles onto a notebook or sketchbook I think. If you have a good idea then comment down below!