Friday, August 22, 2014

binky's Auburn graduation

My sweet little sissy graduated from Auburn this May! I'm so proud!

Get ready for a million "I've got to turn in my cap and gown right after the ceremony so let's get as many pics as possible in front of Samford Hall" photos! 

Of course I made her do my pose several times. 

Binky didn't pose in front of the Auburn University sign because there were a million people in line. We went over to the less populated wall. 

Inside Samford Hall were the eagles from Toomer's Corner. They were taken down while there was construction on the corner due to the poisoned trees. I told Binky to put her arms up on them because it would look better than just standing there. She disagreed. 

I had to prove how cool it really was..

Maybe not.

Of course we had to take some Christmas card options. 

I got that dress from Ross, if you can believe. They had a ton of Auburn game day options, and I'll be debuting a few more this fall. 

Mom came to join us by this point! 

We found someone to take a couple of pictures of us. 

Auburn grads! 

Dad couldn't make it because he had had eye surgery right before this and was having quite the painful recovery. He also was suppose to look straight down for about 3 weeks to keep his retina from detaching, so I took a lot of pics so he could feel like he was there. I'll spare you about 40 of them because they all pretty much look the same. 

In the beginning, they of course recognized the faculty, students, etc. but they also had all the alumni in the audience stand. As you can image, I had the biggest smile plastered on my face. 

Here's Bink walking across the stage. 

And going to sit down. 

After the ceremony was over, they played the fight song like they always do, and Aubie came out in his little grad gear!

A lot of the fam jam came, including Neanie! 

The Herring's with Neanie

Binky's roommates Caroline and Tom came too! 

Of course we had to celebrate next! 

Had to get some mommy-daughter pics of course.

I just had to show this pic of me and my babies from 6 or so years beforehand in the same spot! I miss this house. 

We continued the celebration and met up with the fam

at Mikata! I hadn't been there in forever! 

My little cousin Andrea turned TWENTY ONE earlier this year. I still think of her as being 10 years old. Naturally we all made a big deal out of her getting a drink. 

So funny! 

Uncle Al told this joke: 

Some people graduated Magna Cum Laude, some Summa Cum Laude, and Binky graduated Oh Thank Laude! 

Hilarious! I had so much fun celebrating with everyone. 

Con-grad-ulations, Binkster! 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

spring art shows 2014

I did several art shows earlier this year, but these were my favorites! My mom decided that Dothan (my hometown) needed an art walk after I drug her all over going to shows in Birmingham, Auburn, etc. Instead of just talking about it, she got off her tush and got a committee together to put on this great event! 

It's called the Mural City Art Walk. Dothan is considered a mural city due to all the great murals downtown. Ma worked her hiney off getting it off the ground. I was so proud! I was kind of an art-show-question-answerer to give an artist's point of view of different shows, and I tried to give some good advice. This show had food trucks, bands, booze, and lots of local artists! Success!

Since Mom was just getting it off the ground (aka little funding), I was able to help with the promotional posters, logo, etc. 

It was a really pretty day! I was able to get this picture from one of the businesses downtown of people setting up. 

I was setup inside the Grand. 

This show was fun because a lot of my family came to support mom's event! 

Me, Aunt Dale, Uncle Clyde, and Aunt Robin

I stood and strung the big orange and blue tree while manning the booth. People seemed to like that at a previous show in Auburn, so I did it here too. 

I made some new pieces for this show, including the Hey Y'all string art and the war damn eagle & roll tide roll pieces (you can barely see the WDE one in the bottom left corner). 

My daddio came as well! I think he was shocked at how early I was up. 

Colby, one of my besties that lives in Dtown, came to visit! Here with his awesome mama. I was able to see a lot of friends at this show, which I always love. 

And one of us together!

Sidenote: I've realized my eyes are completely black in every. single. picture. How does one prevent this? 

The Grand is an awesome venue in Dothan where you can have wedding receptions, dinners, etc. Aren't the exposed beams awesome? There was an artist's reception at the end of the event with yummy food and entertainment inside. 

The band was set up in the background there, and one of my favorites in the front: the bar. 

One of Aunt Dale's favorites as well :) 

CuTeSt CoUpLe AwArD! 

The BEST part of this art show was that my grandmother Neanie got to come! She lives in Dothan, and she hasn't been able to come to one of my shows yet. This was the perfect one for her to attend. I love her so! 

The next show I had was in my favorite place: Auburn!

I made more of these bitty bama string arts for this show. I make these out of the leftover pieces from the bigger string arts. 

Posing with the booth

I had to display pro-Auburn at this show, meaning orange and blue always on top!

I made these nifty spirograph pieces. I like the way they turned out, so I think I'm going to make some bigger ones with more elaborate shapes. 

Guess who came to this show too?! Colbs!

Along with the best parentals in the world! Everyone is always so helpful going to grab lunch or drinks or watching the booth if I need to step away. I couldn't do art shows without these people! 

I got to meet one of my instagram friends in real life at this show! This is Jen Adger and she's an amazing artist that does watercolor distortions. She lives in NYC, but is from Alabama and does a lot of Alabama themed pieces. Go check out her website here: 

I somehow stumbled upon her instagram account, saw some Samford Hall (the clock tower building in the background) pieces of art, and knew we would be friends! Sometimes social media is awesome like that. 

While we were taking that pic, this happened: 

Yes, that's Aubie hanging out the window while driving through the Toomer's Corner intersection. FATE!