OCCY 2015...a november challenge from cindy!

my november challenge is from my cousin cindy. (you've seen her before - helping out with my march project.) how to even begin? cindy is more than my cousin, she's also one of my very best friends. i'm so lucky to have such a positive, funny, caring, generous, smart, and adventurous person in my life. and she can also totally relate to all the crazy stories about my/our family!

BONUS! plus, she jokes about changing my diapers, but doesn't seem to hold any of that against me.


the heather! running, jumping, dancing...loving minneapolis!

what's the most creative way to show our MNPLS love? maybe it's publicly freaking out about how much joy a gorgeous october day in this beautiful and unique city can give us? maybe. you be the judge.

i present: the heather.

ps. heather! thanks for this fun challenge and for going off the path...fearlessly, confidently and open to the possibilities. i'm so glad that we got to create our own 'love letter' to the city - together.
pps. thank you imovie...for being so easy to figure out.


OCCY 2015...an october challenge from heather!

the amazing thing about this challenge is that heather suggested it BEFORE she helped me make the video for my january project. was she psychic? maybe. maybe she knew what sort of embarrassing/joyful/magic could be had by just PUTTING YOURSELF OUT THERE...among the people...while being filmed by a laughing friend.


the julie & rob: a tribute to philly and hipstamatic and friendship!

well, hello...i'd like to introduce you to my ninth project! i'm kinda realizing late in the game that i should periodically review the actual challenge about half-way through the month...to see if i'm staying on task. not that i totally went off the rails, but perhaps took a sharp right turn. but i couldn't resist combining some elements that screamed JULIE AND ROB! like pictures i took with hipstamatic (my beloved iphone photo app) and images of PHILADELPHIA - the mummers, south street and independence park. and traveling and taking chances and going through the doors that may lead to the magic.


the amy & corrina - seasonal confusion in the best way!

august is almost over. how did that freaking happen? never-mind the gory details, i knew that this amazing summer would eventually end. is it fitting that this project is a gateway to a new season...or rather a mash up of warm weather flora i basically stole out of my neighbor's yards - with a nod (albeit an abstract one) to the cold winter months? which, for the record i hate. winter sucketh.

wait, am i saying the same things i said in the intro post? maybe. but i'm too lazy to check. plus my internet connection is slow and also i have a sunburn. #summeryo


OOCY 2015...an august challenge from amy & corrina!

so, i sent this challenge to my friend amy, but her daughter corrina came up with the idea and really i couldn't be more happy about it. corrina is cool, sweet & smart. just like her mom!


the bri! a return to mystery!

ahhh...july. you were so GREAT. and i got to take this project to an island...in the middle of a beautiful lake. seriously. of course, i wish i could have taken bri as well.


OCCY 2015...a july challenge from bri!

my july challenge has been waiting in the wings...or maybe i'm just feeling all lazy in the summer heat! but i don't want to put it off too long because it's from a totally AWESOME lady (and my bestest friend) bri crowley. even though bri lives in philly, so i don't get to see her enough at all, i did just get to spend over 12 glorious days with her...having adventures on our way to machu picchu, peru. how lucky.


the niles & annie! a summer celebration...

i have a sunburn and just rang in the solstice with two days of rock concerting. how is this month happening so fast and so strong? i mean, summer really came in swinging. and a creativity project to figure out - on top of all the fun and mayhem and trip packing that i am and am not doing. whoa. 

so to refresh your memory, the general goal was to celebrate one of most magical months (i think) MN has to offer - june yo! my mind settled on a HAPPENING, so to speak, since it was going to be something we participated in/with. and then a tent - or a type of adult fort image popped into my head. and would't leave. so last thursday we went down to the river and built a tent.


OCCY 2015...a june challenge from niles & annie!

look at these wonderful people...not me, the other two - niles and annie! i get to call them my friends AND i get to see them each day at work! lucky me. i've known niles since we both had horrible college fashion..ugh...and wow, his wife annie has been nothing short of welcoming and caring from the first moment we met. plus, she's a really great dancer.

and what did they give me to work on for the month of june? a lot. seriously...holy smokes, what isn't in this challenge!?


the alisun! revealed! positivity pajaki style...

as you can see above - my lovely and talented (and continually compliment giving) friend alisun proposed a project this month that would force me to pay attention to what people say...especially the nice things they may direct my way. i mean WHAT? yikes. not good with compliments over here. but hey, i was ready to see where this challenge would take me. i have to say right away that i got a fair amount of practice looking someone in the eye and sincerely saying "thank you."

i hope this makes clear why there was secrecy surrounding the project...i mean, i didn't want it to feel like i was soliciting compliments/kind words because that would be cheating right?

but how to create something artsy out of these words...that was also a challenge! luckily, i randomly saw a picture of a pajaki (polish folk art chandelier) and thought A-HA. it's bright and whimsical like alisun and it has a lot of paper components...to write on of course!


OCCY 2015...a may challenge from alisun!

holy moly, it's may already and thus time for another project! this challenge is from my dear friend alisun. we met at the soap factory's haunted basement event and i felt instantly that she was a dazzling lady i wanted to get to know better (cheesy but true)...the term "kindred spirit" comes to mind. plus she's makes me laugh like crazy and she's super talented - check out her work here.

but folks, i'm in a bit of a dilemma. i would normally be crafting a way to announce my next project (and believe me i'm totally excited about this one!!!)...but i'm flummoxed about how to actually tell you about it without your knowledge of it having an influence on the whole thing. confused yet? basically, what i'm trying to say is that there's a chance that YOU could be involved in this project. but, don't worry, it's not like i'm secretly filming you or anything.

so, i'm leaning towards keeping it a SECRET. well, until the end of the month at least. i CAN tell you that this challenge is another one that takes me a little bit out of my comfort zone while also forcing me to be present. is that vague enough? believe me, it's a wonderful challenge from a wonderful lady and i can't wait to tell you all about it in a few weeks. until then, just act normal.


the mary! up up and away!

another project completed!

plus, now i can build a kite without looking at the directions...progress/knowledge! no guarantee that it will fly though. and since i learned about the downside of spray-paint on garbage bags (or not on garbage bags), finishing these kites for mary felt like i was opening the door to something new and exciting. my brain started to dart from one material to the next - kites with fabric, kites with twigs, kites with paper, etc x infinity.