Thursday, October 18, 2012

Monday, September 10, 2012

an exercise in creativity

For the past few years, including this past summer my mother has tried in vain to get me to start creative journaling. It's not that I didn't want to, I did, but I just could not free myself up to really be able to do it.  I bought sketchbooks, I read books about it, I googled it...but the second my pen went to the page I froze. I could doodle, I could draw meaningless lines and write subpar poetry, but I just could not journal: creatively or otherwise.

I have two majors, one is Digital Communications, and the other is Art. One of my required courses for that major is a class called Visual Thinking. I was so excited for that class, until I heard my professor say the words creative journal and my stomach froze up in knots. In fact, I'm in my third week of class and my stomach is still in knots.

I had made a halfhearted attempt on one page when my friend Nicole made the 45 minute trek to come study with me. I was telling her about the class and she of course grabbed the journal to see it when I told her I hadn't really started yet. She asked why and I admitted I was scared to because I'm horrible at it. I got laughed at. And that laughter makes sense. Creativity can be more or less anything nowadays, so I can put anything in my journal, can't I? There is no right outcome.

I do have a few pages half finished, and I think I might be able to handle it, and possible enjoy the assignment now.

Source: via Molly on Pinterest
Source: via Molly on Pinterest

Some creative journaling via pintrest! ***none of these pics are my journal, just inspiration!!***

Source: via Molly on Pinterest

While I've been journaling away, I seem to have started listening to a lot of pop punk music, not really sure why considering my go to's have always been indie, folk, or psychadelic rock.
I've been really digging Man Overboard as of late.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

the Extra-Ordinary goes collegiate.

I've been a little remis in my posting this past month, but ill make up for it (not really) tonight.

This is my first post from college. As a freshman, in my dorm room, after all the awkward and entertaining orientation activities.

This was my life in august: waitressing job. gallery job. waitressing job. concert with Maureen (M83). gallery job. waitressing job. concert with Nicole (MGMT). pack (attempt to). waitressing job. gallery job. buy things. hang out with nicole. crochet. pack. waitressing job. gallery job... you get the gist.

but now I'm all moved in. (pics may follow later)

That's all I'll take time to say now, so i can go reply to all the comments I've ungraciously ignored the past month. Not to mention (try to) get some sleep.

Monday, July 30, 2012

What's up Bethany?

My last post was about me and Nicole's trip up to Phily to see Best Coast. This is during the show. 

These are my four favorite photos I was able to snap of Best Coast, it was my first time using my film camera at a show so I wasn't totally sure if they would all turn out or now. But the risk was worth it. They were opened by Those Darlins and DIIV (pronounced dive: as in "i want to 'dive' into the pool of mud" I used a whole roll of film up during those two performances, but somewhere between slipping the roll into my bag and coming home it vanished. I have the sinking feeling that it currently resides with the dust bunnies and 12ft ladder underneath the Union transfer stage. But if it one day miraculously turns up then I'll be sure to share those photos as well.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

quite a long drive, a very long walk and a wonderful night.

This is going back to 7/16, but I finally scanned in my pictures from Me and Nicole's adventure in Philly the other week so now I'm sitting on my bed at midnight listening to Girls (the band, not actually other human girls, they're also not even girls, definitely boys, slightly misleading but very good music) I should be painting, or cleaning, or packing for college...but I'm not, I'm doing this.

Our adventures start in the car

(nicole is wearing one of her crocheted flower rings, click the kitty at the bottom of the page for the link to her store)

So many spots, right outside Union Transfer too

 I made my skirt, and cut up and added embroidered detailing to the Pink Floyd shirt 


We walked for what felt like over a mile to get to Starbucks and kill some time

Waiting to get inside and see Best Coast

Pictures from the show will come later


(Click the kitty and it'll take you to nicole's shop!)

ps. did I mention that I'm now on tumblr too?

***all images taken with a vintage Nikon Nikkormat film SLR

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Ben Franklin Bridge

Saturday the 21st was Dr. Dog's closing show for the XPoNential festival. Well, it was actually Wilco's show, opened by Avett Brothers, opened by Dr. Dog, but they were reason we went. It took us a bit of while to get out of the hose. The night before, after spending a few hours shredding guitar with Nicole i decided I hated all my clothes, so instead of doing laundry until I found something forgotten about to wear (cause that would just take so much time and effort) I decided to make myself a new outfit! So I showed up at my friends house the next day with my clothes in pieces, and finished them in her basement while she watched old episodes of Gilmore Girls.

We got a bit of a late start, but somehow managed to make it from Lancaster to Camden just in time.

Photo cred: random girl outside the bathrooms

We were pretty happy

It's funny, whenever anyone uses my Nikkormat, once they take a picture they automatically tilt it to check the picture, and you can just see the flicker of confusion flash across their face, its been so long since they took a picture on something that didn't let them see it instantly.

Pulling into the parking lot, every car was playing Dr. Dog, even though they were opener, I guess because they're a Philly band and it was (more or less) Philly turf.

The drive, almost there on the Ben Franklin Bridge.

Maureen's the best because she always drives, even if it means burning gas in traffic jams

***all images are taken by me, (unless stated otherwise) with a vintage film Nikon Nikkormat SLR (unless stated otherwise)

ALSO: thanks to Pricilia at Panda Greentea for the Liebster Blog award

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Dawes 7/22/12

I think I'm about to post the past weeks events in a backwards order.

The other night I went to a free Dawes show at Longs Park in Lancaster with my Sister, we were sitting in chairs for most of the night, but I worked my way up to the front a few times to get these shots.

all images were taken without a flash using a vintage nikon nikkormat film slr

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Just Discovered

Whenever I'm bored or unable to sleep (generally equaling in boredom) I like to putter around youtube watching videos of bands. I actually just got back from a very long night and a Best Coast concert in Philly and logically I know i should go to bed right now and get some sleep and go to my internship in the morning, and on the other hand I really want to listen to Dead Ghosts (who I truly just discovered about 5 hours ago) and the growlers and play my electric guitar with the amp turned up, I am not (playing the guitar that is, I am listening to dead ghosts). Because it is 2:30 in the morning, and I would probably wake up the entire neighborhood. So I decided to blog. But because all my pictures from tonight are on rolls of film, and that film hasnt been developed I cant post those. So instead I'm going through some of the videos to some of my favorite songs to share them here. Whether you like them or not (although you should...just sayin)

I'm apologizing now for my attempts at humor and sarcasm, whenever i get really tired I also seem to get very "witty" (note the sarcastic quotations).

#1 (this is in NO particular order): Wandering Eyes by the Growlers

dont f*** it up
The face, the voice, what more can I say

#2 (if this were in any particular order this video would probably be number uno): Ty Segall live at Permanent Records

I love him I love him I love him
and dont even get me started on how much I would kill to be emily rose (the drummer)

#3: Easy/Lucky/Free by Bright eyes (aka Conor Oberst)

this is impossible not to like

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Into the Woods (sort of)

With Nicole Eyster of Cat Woman Crafts

(photo cred: nicole eyster)

(photo cred: nicole eyster)

a small oasis located behind a popular ice cream parlor located near our houses.

all these pictures were taken with a vintage Nikon Nikkormat. Although for some reason they scanned onto my computer a lot smaller than the other rolls, and I'm not entirely sure why.

**check out nicole's gorgeous crocheted flower hair pins and accessories at her etsy shop Cat Woman Crafts

Monday, July 9, 2012

the heat wave hits like a tidal wave hits the shore

my city, a heat wave, f21 dress, old navy cardigan, steve madden boots, vintage Etienne Aigner bag, vintage shades, a couple of store fronts, and some empty back alleys



Sunday, July 8, 2012

Las Flores

Roses, half dead and half alive, growing against my house

these window ledges used to be my favorite place to sit in the city, now they look prettier but there's no room for me

hanging flowers, outside and ice cream shoppe (above) and infront of the police station (below)

Saturday, July 7, 2012


so, i got a tumblr to post images and quotes, of things that i see/hear that intrigue me. You can find it here.
These are some images that I found on other people's tumblrs when i searched for "vintage", and thought I'd share.