May 30, 2009

My Life's a TV Show. Live, Love, and Learn.

Okay, I admit that I am a huge fan of many TV couples. I have a hard time deciding who is my absolute favorite. Obviously it takes forever for my favorite couple to get together. It takes time for their relationship to develop. Okay, time is an understatement. In the TV world it takes two or three seasons for your fave couple to finally get together. Then, when they are finally together, they split up. Then the show gets canceled and the producers throw your favorite characters back together during the last minute and you feel cheated. At least this is how I feel it always plays out. Or, if I am lucky, they stay together, get married, and live happily ever after. Sigh. Don't I wish.

I feel like it is that way in life sometimes too. I always feel bad when some of my girlfriends tell me their lives are boring. I feel bad because I feel like my life has played out like a TV show, to an extent. I won't get into details, but just trust me on this one, okay? I'm talking about being in love with my best friend, dating my best friend, thinking I am going to marry my love, yada, yada, yada. Then, poof! One day he falls for someone else. He leaves me and I am never the same. Then I meet someone new, but I resist. I was tainted by love and a cynic. Sometimes I feel like I still am, but somewhere deep inside I find reason to believe in love again, after much resistance. I still resist sometimes, to this day. But, my favorite TV couples help me believe in love again. God teaches me to love again. I learn through life and get tired of being apathetic, and I find my joy again. Then I realize that my Big Kiddo is all I need. Every girl gets a second chance at love, and maybe someday, just someday she will leave her past and first love behind.

Oops, I just said I wasn't going to get into details, but I did. Well, now you know why I feel bad sometimes. My life isn't boring and I don't think it will ever be. I don't want it to get boring either. Call me a Gossip Girl. Well, my life isn't quite like that. I would hope not!! But, I have lived my own TV show, and it has only made me a stronger person. It also helps me relate to all of these characters, and no, a drama in real life is not as fun as watching it on TV.

Side note: obviously I'm not 5'10 and a size zero. Ha ha. Or my leading man doesn't have long flowing brown hair, even though I would love that. I perfectly love my Big Kiddo and his great smile for who he is. ;) Well, to pay tribute to some of my favorite TV couples, I wanted to post a few pics. Enjoy their soapy romance, and maybe, just maybe, you enjoyed my little post about my soapy romance story! Believe me, that isn't all of the story. All I can say is, I have been redeemed and each day I am learning to live, love, and learn. Period.

Lyla and Tim Riggins...need I say more?
Friday Night Lights

Dr. Quinn and Byron Sully, aka Michaela and Sully.
Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman
I love this couple and I grew up watching all six seasons, each week, with my family. Aww, a great TV testimony of marriage and family.

Sex and the City.
Carrie and Big.
Independent write your heart out woman meets Investment Banker man.
This couple reminds me of me and my Big Kiddo.

Max and Liz, our alien lovers.
They meet and fall in love in Roswell, New Mexico, on the show Roswell.
Their love just transcends time and space. Literally. ;)

OH WAIT...I FORGOT ONE FAMOUS TV COUPLE I KNOW. Alright, here they are. Haven't you heard of them? Oh yeah, it's Little Kiddo and Big Kiddo from the show Ocean Dreams...keep dreaming, I think your life is or will become a TV show too. Is it? Do you have a TV show in your own life? Please, do tell. I'm all ears.

May 29, 2009

Tag - You're It!

Thanks Joshley and the Charles for the fun tag! Now it's my turn. I hope everyone is having a happy Friday. :)

1) Mention who tagged you

2) List 6 unimportant things that make you happy

* reorganizing my room and always looking for ways to enhance or beautify it. I love making things organized and buying new decor! I never have enough room though!
* snuggling with my Big Kiddo on a lazy Sunday and falling asleep while we are watching a movie
* lately I have been watching Gossip Girls with my roomie Bri. I am totally addicted and it makes me happy! Ha ha.
* going to the beach whenever I get the chance. I love ocean dreaming!
* rain drops on my window while I am reading a good book and listening to deep music
* painting, journaling, creating, and making friends with all of you!

Now...who am I going to tag? Have fun and spread the love and happiness! :)

Jupiter designs

A Vintage Muse

A Bella Cene

Copper Colored Skies

Couture Carrie

Dishy-Girls Photography

Just Something Nana Made

Well, that's all for now. Oh, I wanted to leave you with the picture of this lovely and adorable doll that I just purchased. I am not usually gaga over dolls, but this one caught my attention because of her adorable face, turquoise colors, and pink shoes!! Enjoy, Jupiter designs made her. You'll have to check out her Etsy. Speaking of happiness, Eloise the beautiful doll makes me happy.

May 28, 2009

Blog Award

I was pleasantly surprised when I was given an award by *,* who I have enjoyed her posts on her blog so much! Please check out her blog. She has wonderful style and great questions that she poses about relationship dynamics and more! Being a Communications major, I have honestly enjoyed her blog and the inspiration to keep on seeking positive ways to build stronger relationships with my family, friends, and co-workers.

Drum roll, please. ;) Here are my award winners:

1. Lovely Clusters: lives in Hawaii, makes and seeks lovely items, and encourages business owners!
2. Goodbye Martha: a wonderful fun loving gal who lives in Kansas and inspires!
3. Lucky Denver Mint: tells lovely stories and is waiting for her Edward. I'm so glad that I've gotten to know her!
4. Joshley and the Charles: is new to SITS, has a charming doggie and family.
5. New York Nat: is a classic beauty who loves grace, intellect, and who is searching for constant inspiration.

The goals of this award:
1)As a dedication for those who love blogging and love to encourage friendships through blogging.
2)To seek the reasons why we all love blogging.
3)Put the award in one post as soon as you receive it.
4)Don't forget to mention the person who gives you the award.
5)Answer the award's question by writing the reason why you love blogging.

I love blogging because I am making new friends, being myself, and learning about myself in the process. I also have always loved to write and absolutely love art, almost of every form. I am either writing in a journal, on facebook, on twitter, or somewhere. I consider myself very complicated, yet simple at the same time. I have so many interests and a true passion for life. That is why I call myself an Ocean Dreamer, because I so often dream of all of the possibilities that life can bring me, and each and every one of us.

6)Tag and distribute the award to as many people as you like. (Hope you like it girls!!)
7)Don't forget to notify the award receivers and put their links in your post.

Thanks again Lifestyle Artist!

May 25, 2009

Vintage Design

I should be asleep right now but I decided to go exploring on the web for vintage interior design. I wanted to see some beautiful images that would inspire me to learn more about interior design. I also love staring at the ideas and all there is to learn about style, arrangement, space, and color. Here are some pictures that caused me to drool!

Furniture by a company called Bokja, is dubbed with Swivel Talia and is made of some vintage lakii from central Asia mixed with a decorative texture. Love it!

This gorgeous blog called A Heart in Provence made me want to hop on a plane and go to Paris this instant! The beautiful and elegant mannequin seems like it is full of whispers and secrets, waiting to be divulged.

Next I need a vintage clock to take up some of my wall space. What do you think of this one from Melody Maison, a lovely shop in the UK?

This is certainly the style I want to capture and incorporate into my daily living. I want to walk into a room and not be able to tear my eyes away from it. I want the simplicity of details to ensnare me. Lights will encompass my being and the pure bliss in the room will never let me go. Oh to live, eat, and breath imagination and learn true designer art.

May 19, 2009

Dear Brother

Dear Brother,

I can't believe you are graduating on Friday. It seems like just yesterday you were playing with Legos and watching Scooby Doo. Remember when we used to hang out in the loft and watch Cutthroat Island and other action adventures? I got so frustrated with you that I threatened to throw the remote. Or maybe I did. Ha ha, now that is true brotherly and sisterly love. I won't ever tell, but remember when you watched Saved By the Bell with me? We always loved our TV shows. Other memories were when we would always ride with mom in the Toyota and tease each other until she was sick and tired of us. Then we would get home and listen to music on those summer nights. Road trips were always a blast and it drove me crazy when you came up with that nick name "Hera." I don't know why it rubbed me the wrong way for so long! Also, remember when I took you for your first "drive" when you hadn't driven yet and then when you finally could drive we did spins in the snow at a near by church? Those were the good times. I am so proud of your for all of your accomplishments. It is hard for me to comprehend that you will be moving away. You are a man now and you have so many hobbies and interests. I am so glad that you love to do motocross and you are so good at it too! I am so glad that you have become such a wonderful man of God. You are a man of conviction and wonderful character. Never change and never let anyone bring you down. I can't wait to see how your classes go and you are going to be a wonderful mechanical engineer! Don't lose your teasing nature and know that I will always be there, during a heartbreak (even if you don't tell me who she is until later, ha ha), during a hard class, or if you just want to talk. You can always text me across the table if you want to have some fun and pretend you are someone else even though it says it's you on the text. Your life is going to take you in a wonderful direction, and I can't wait to be there with you every step of the way. Happy graduation my bro! Love you.

Your Sister

May 12, 2009

Searching For My Carrie Dress

Ever since I got hooked on Sex and the City I fell in love with Carrie's tutu dress at the opening sequence. She walks down the street in New York unbeatable and confident, until a bus comes by and splashes dirt all over her adorable dress! Often I think of my life as a series of events such as this. Just when I get a beautiful outfit it gets a stain on it, gets a seam ripped, is too small, shrinks, or gets old. My new dresses only last for so long! It is the same way in my life. Just when I get something beautiful or have something wonderful, I know it may be temporary. I try to cherish it the best I can and not take anything for granted. Even though this happens, however, I always find joy in finding "a new dress." It may not be the perfect dress, but I will love it none the less. I am constantly changing and that is alright with me. I want to be the type of person who is not afraid of change and is willing to learn more about life and more about myself. God is constantly teaching me to let go and even though I am a fan of fashion for example, fashion will change. Obviously the things that count in life should be constant, don't get me wrong. However, there are many things that He encourages us to let go of. Fear for example, which is a huge vice. I want to continue to seek out a "new dress" and not let fear get in the way of my dreaming. I am learning to let go, one day at a time and to seize a "new dress" and opportunities along the way.


by Sierra Paige

Slowly falling
Like rain on a window
Like a sun setting
No direction
Like a blind bat
Like a slow turtle
Still believing
Love will find a way
Love is here to stay
Hurting mind
Hurting heart
Broken record
Skipping a beat
Skipping a note
Lying through my teeth
Lying to myself
Two hearts linking
Two minds loving
What does it mean?
What will I do?

Two years ago someone broke my heart. Two years ago I thought my heart would never love again. My heart still hurts from time to time. You never forget your first love.
"Now it's too late for you and your white horse to catch me now...
Try and catch me now..."

Here a few flickr photos that I found...they aren't mine, but I loved how the artists captured the song that captured my mood!

via Flickr

May 7, 2009

The Mermaid Den

So I got this idea into my head the last couple of days of what next to create, and I couldn't shake it! Normally when I get ideas in my head I have to run to Michael's or JoAnn's and get the materials that are going to allow my creative juices to continue and seize the moment! The problem with this, however, is that I quickly become a shopaholic because I have so many ideas, yet so little time and money! So I am currently developing some new ideas for my Etsy OceanDreamsStudio...stay tuned for more, but one of the sections in my Etsy will be called The Mermaid Den, and this is a glimpse of what will be inside. Come and join my wondrous mermaid den, full of imagination and flights of fancy!

May 4, 2009

I Heart Photoshop

I love Photoshop. Love is an understatement. The only problem with Photoshop is that it takes up so much time! I could spend hours upon end on this amazing progam, and create until my heart's content. I have taken two classes, but I feel like there is so much more to learn! I took a picture of a statue this past weekend at the French hotel that I stayed at with my mom and aunt, and I came up with what I call on my Etsy, The Water Enchantress. I also bought a vintage photo at a shop in Orange which I created into digital art. I incorporated lace from my dress, a vintage bottle with a crown, and a glistening chandelier from the hotel as well on this photo. I feel like I am finally improving, but I know there is so much more to master and learn. At least I have the rest of my life to figure it out and create to my heart's content. The only problem is that I have so many interests, so often I make my head hurt because I want to do too much! Oh well, one step at a time. For now, I will continue to do with my interests with whatever time allows and what I make of it...

May 1, 2009

The Tale of Two Streets

This is the tale of two streets. Since the early '80s, the stretch of Melrose between Fairfax and La Brea avenues have defined eclectic shopping in Los Angeles. The storefronts alone are works of pop art, and the dozen blocks are still packed with hipsters trying to score the latest cool attire. La Brea is located between Wilshire Blvd. and Hollywood Blvd. in LA. This boulevard is seen by most as a major north-south tributary and by others as a east-west dividing line between the west side of L.A. and the rest of the city. So it is easy to overlook the many fine establishments. If you want to uncover that rare piece of hardware for your house (Liz's hardware), a great skirt or jeans at L.A.'s best vintage store (Jet Rag), some simply great duds (American Rag), an obscure foreign film (Rocket Video), or the best hot dog in the city (Pink's), you can find it here. You can even have lunch at a flower shop (Rita Flora) or find amazing Peking Duck (Lucky Duck).

This is a perfect description of these two streets, that captured my heart last weekend from the Los Angeles Shopping web site. Little did I know that in my own back yard that Melrose Avenue and La Brea existed. Sure, I had heard of them and was curious about them, but I had no idea that these two marvelous streets were so close to where I lived! I had been to LA before but not to Melrose. My boyfriend had business last weekend and asked if I wanted to come along, and I whole heatedly said yes! I was excited about going on another adventure with him and a chance to go to LA was just what I needed. So off we went to LA, where he said he would drop me off at Melrose Ave. while he measured up a building for his architectural drawings. I was skeptical at first, asking him if that was a good place to shop. He responded that I would love it and jokingly said that he would probably pick me up with lots of bags in my hands. Boy was he serious.

I loved Melrose Ave. and La Brea. They were full of enchantments and shopping bliss. Despite the fact that I got huge blisters that caused my ankles to bleed from walking so much, I had a blast. It gave me reason to buy new shoes. :) These streets energized me and allowed me to find some great vintage treasures along the way. I was fascinated with all of the art that covered the streets, and the exciting outfits that I found along the way.

When my boyfriend came and got me, arms full of bags, we gaped at the restaurant Pink's when we drove by. He was so curious that we had to pull over and just see what all of the hype was about. We walked inside and there were ginormous hot dogs covered in chili, BLT, you name it. This yummyness seemed to attract all sorts of people and they were willing to wait all around the building in line for it. After we checked out Pink's he took me to a French restaurant, inside American Rag on La Brea. I absolutely loved their food! It was sooo good!

After the French cuisine we spontaneously decided to go to the IMAX theatre where we saw Under The Sea 3D, where we cracked up and were laughing hysterically at one another when we saw how huge the glasses looked on our face. I couldn't help but like the cute song that played at the end of the show - "Octopus's garden..." and my jaw dropped open as I gazed at the beautiful whale that gracefully swam in the screen in front of my eyes.

It was the perfect day and I found a new interest in Melrose Ave.,the home decor, and the french restaurant in American Rag that graced the street of La Brea. I liked all of the pictures that I took - some vintage doors in a vintage shop, Sierra Bonita Ave. (my name is Sierra), Pink's, Kor Gym (loved the art and doors), Little Paris Antiques on La Brea, the hollywood star pictures above a shop, IMAX Under the Sea sign, and a western clothing shop. Love it! The tale of these two streets has only just begun...