Friday, January 29, 2016

Budget Cut Rant

Okay guys, so this is a really personal post that hits close to home. Today at my college we are expecting an email that outlines all the majors and minors that will be cut followed soon by a list of faculty that will leave due to a combination of budget cuts and low enrollment. The more traditional majors are safe, but unfortunately, being a museum studies and art major, my programs aren't a guarantee. Even if the programs stay, I'm expecting to see a large decrease in department faculty which will greatly limit the classes I'm in and also really restrict the faculty that I have access to. Rumor has it that programs that will be cut will only be in affect to students who begin next year and you are guaranteed to be able to finish your major if it is already declared (which I am). The main worry here is that with no more freshmen coming into the programs, people will begin to drop out of the programs because there isn't any fresh blood in the program. I'm just super anxious that my program will be cut and I'll basically be forced to transfer colleges. I feel like I'm on a sinking ship right now. It's really sad watching such a great college go down like this. In case you were looking for more information on the situation, I've attached a news article here.
Thanks for listening to my rant,
Update (4:01 PM): We received the email with the programs being cut. Since I was not a declared German minor in the system, I can no longer get that minor, but that isn't as big of a deal. I've attached screen shots of the email sent to us below.

Update (4:31 PM): I made a really funny tweet regarding this cut and wanted to share. It still bothers me how the museum studies program which is brand new this year is heavily reliant on the classical studies program but then they cut the classical studies department.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Printable Coloring Page: Woodland Creatures

Hey guys, since the first coloring page that I posted went over so well, I decided to take one of my Sharpie and watercolor paintings and remove the color to make it into a coloring page. The painting was titled "Woodland Creatures" and I'll post a picture of what the actual painting looks like below. Please tell me what you think of the coloring page! Also, if you print one out and color it, I'd love to see your end product!

So the first image is the transparency of the painting that I made using the image preview feature on my Macbook. I used the smart lasso tool to crop it so that just the main circle of animals remained, and from there, I zoomed in super closely, and using that smart lasso tool, outlined all the colored areas one by one and deleted them.

The second image is the actual painting that I made last year in my AP art class. It was definitely one of my favorites and my grandparents currently have it hanging in their guest bedroom.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Weekend Update (Week One)

As you may have figured from the terribly photoshopped image of Tina Fey and I (sorry Amy Poehler), this is my weekend update! Aren't I so funny and talented?

Anyway, this week has been a big one for Constantly Katelyn. With the posting of my first coloring page, I doubled all the views I had ever received on my blog. Because of that, I decided that it would be a great idea to continue to post coloring pages that I've made. Right now I'm working on editing a painting I did in my AP art class last year so that just the line work remains. I've included my progress below. Hopefully this one will be ready to go sometime this week. The painting was titled "Woodland Creatures" so the coloring page is obviously called "Woodland Creatures Coloring Page". I know, super creative too. The first image is the current progress of me cutting out all of the colored areas and the second image is of the original painting.

I also have a painting of a french bulldog that is referenced from a photo I took of my grandmother's french bulldog, Chloe, that I did last year and will probably turn that one into a coloring page after I'm done with the woodland creatures. The french bulldog painting is much more complicated than this one, and it's probably going to need some line refining/redrawing, so don't expect it to be posted for at least another week. I actually gave that painting to my grandmother and it is currently hanging in her kitchen, which is really cool. I'm going to include an image of the painting below so that you guys can anticipate the coloring page that is yet to come.

Speaking of my grandmother, she recently started her own blog because she's the coolest grandmother ever. Her blog can be found at Although, I really wished that she had chosen to go with a Blogger blog, because I'm finally mastering this platform and I'd be of a little more assistance for questions. Also, I'm totally a Blogger user and not a Wordpress one. (It's just like you have to be a Coke person or a Pepsi one.) Fun fact: Blogger's spellcheck feature doesn't even recognize the word 'Wordpress'.

And briefly back on the topic of coloring pages, I really like making these coloring pages and my parents think it would be a super cool project for me to work on over the Summer. I'm starting to consider making my own coloring book. The theme would probably be different breeds of dogs made up of patterns (like the french bulldog painting above). Does anyone reading this have any knowledge on getting a book printed up? If so, please contact me. 

This week, I started my second semester classes. This semester, I'm taking U.S. women's history, my public speaking class, 2D art foundations and 3D art foundations. The art classes are starting off to be a lot of fun and I can't wait to show you guys some of the work that I make. I've never taken a real 3D class besides jewelry in high school, so I'm kind of nervous to see how that turns out. I also have to take my health class this semester, but that's only the second half of the semester.

I got all of my supplies for my art classes from Blick the other day, and it's super fun to open up new art supplies, but at the same time, I'm like, I spent how much on 6 jars of paint? I got a really nice exacto-knife set that I'm going to be using in my first design project which is about all over, repeating pattern that can accomplish visual ground reversal. (It's kind of a complicated project, but I'm still looking forward to it.)

I've been watching a lot of the TV show "Awkward" lately and it has really inspired me to start doing personal posts like these because of the main character's personal blog. Our lives don't really parallel except for the fact that we both have blogs, but I thought it may be fun to do some more personal posts like these. I'm going to try not to bore you all, so I'm going to do only about one a week. (Skip them if you'd like, it doesn't hurt my feelings.)

I'm also now realizing that I totally forgot to share a picture of the turducken I had when I went home for break. Turducken featuring my grandmother's homemade sourdough cheese bread, edamame, scalloped potatoes (which I helped make) and sparkling apple juice in a fancy glass. Our turducken was purchased at Costco this year and besides it being a chicken inside of a duck inside of a turkey, it is also sausage stuffed and bacon wrapped. And people assume I'm a vegetarian sometimes...

Now that all the important stuff is out of the way, it's time for me to go to sleep for the night. I hope everyone had a great weekend and I guess by the time I get around to posting this, it will already be Monday.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

10 Days of Turtlenecks Wrap-Up

Yesterday completed my Ten Days of Turtlenecks series and I complied this post as both a wrap up and a tribute to the wonderful photography that my younger sister, Erin, has done to make these blog posts possible. Have a favorite day from this series of posts? Make sure to let me know in the comments! I'm also looking into some ideas for what to do with my blog next, so if you have any ideas, I'd love to hear those in the comments too! Thanks for all of the wonderful feedback I have received so far this month and I owe it all to my fabulous readers! 2016 is definitely going to be a good year for this blog and can't wait to get to know some of my readers this year.

Here are the links for all the posts in the series along with some keywords to help you find the post you're looking for without having to scroll up and down:

  • Day One- Houndstooth cape and fascinator
  • Day Two- Statement necklace on fuchsia
  • Day Three- Brown polka dot jumper
  • Day Four- Black and white striped skirt and mint green blazer
  • Day Five- Plaid blanket scarf and bronze pumps
  • Day Six- Black sleeveless turtleneck and long necklace
  • Day Seven- Floral grey scarf, dusty rose turtleneck and quilted riding boots
  • Day Eight- Cheetah print vest and earmuffs
  • Day Nine- Blue flower hair clip and sea glass necklace
  • Day Ten- Pink derby hat and clustered charm necklace

Saturday, January 9, 2016

10 Days of Turtlenecks (Day Ten)

Today is the last day of Ten Days of Turtlenecks! I'm wrapping the series up with a simple outfit that has some bold accessories. It's so sad to see this series come to a close because I've become attached to it over the past couple of days, but this blog is on to bigger and better things!

I got the derby hat at a cute little shop in Racine, Wisconsin when we visited on an art field trip. Some similar hats/fascinators can be bought on Etsy from independent crafters. I selected a couple of my favorites that are the same concept as the one I'm wearing and link to them here, here and here. It is my personal belief that every woman should own at least one ridiculously over-the-top hat or fascinator. Even if you never plan on wearing it out of the house, they sure are a lot of fun to dress up in!

I bought the necklace at Charlotte Russe and though it is not on sale anymore, they have several similar long necklaces with clustered charms such as this one. Charlotte Russe jewelry isn't the most high quality thing you'd ever wear, but it sure is cheap. If you're looking for a more quality piece that won't break the bank, this Rita Rose Quartz Stone Pendant from Francesca's is a more minimalistic version of the necklace I'm wearing. (And as an added bonus, it's Pantone's color of the year.)

The jeans are a Refuge supper skinny jean that I also purchased at Charlotte Russe. The links for these jeans in both the dark wash denim and also in black can be found in yesterday's post. The turtleneck is just your basic black turtleneck sweater from Target and can be found here on clearance.

I hope you guys have enjoyed these posts as much as I have, the wrap up post will be posted tomorrow. In the meantime, make sure to answer my sidebar poll for what you'd like to see on my blog in the upcoming weeks!

Friday, January 8, 2016

10 Days of Turtlenecks (Day Nine)

Today is day nine of ten in my Ten Days of Turtlenecks post. Once this series of posts is done, I'm going to be starting some new projects on my blog. If you would like to have a say in what those will be, check out the poll that I'm going to be posting in the sidebar momentarily.

To start this outfit out, I'm wearing a silk flower hair clip that was actually from one of my old dance costumes. It's a beautiful blue color and is accented with a slightly darker toned glitter. A hair clip like this could be easily made with a silk flower from your local craft store, some glitter, hot glue and a clip, but if you're not feeling all that crafty, this one on Etsy is $7.

The necklace is one that I made myself using some sea-glass beads from a local craft store and a bigger piece of sea-glass I found on the Lake Michigan beach. I found this sea-glass trio necklace at Modern Artisans which can be viewed here, but there are also sea glass round beads available in a variety of colors at this website if you wanted to make your own necklace.

I bought the jeans at Charlotte Russe during one of their sales. They are the Refuge Hi-Waist Super Skinny Jean and can be bought here in black or here in the blue color that I'm shown wearing. I really like the wash of the denim and even though they're labeled as a "super-skinny jean" they aren't as hard to pull on as I anticipated. For those of you who know me, you'll know I hate wearing jeans, so this is one of the two pairs that I own because of how comfortable they are. I also really like the height of the waist, super easy to tuck in a blouse but also high enough to wear a crop top without it looking like too much stomach.

The turtleneck is the same black one from Target that I've been wearing in the last couple of posts. I'm not quite sure if it's in stock anymore, but the link can be found in some of my previous Ten Days of Turtlenecks posts.

Also, as a heads-up, Modcloth is having a 70% off sale that you all may want to check out. You can use my personal affiliate link here, and by using this link, I may be compensated for any subsequent purchases that you make.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

10 Days of Turtlenecks (Day Eight)

Today's Ten Days of Turtlenecks Post is a fun one! This outfit is perfect for a warmer Winter day when it's too warm for a jacket but cold enough that earmuffs are a must! 

The vest is one that I've had for a while and to be quite honest, I think it's from Delia's. I found a similar faux fur cheetah print vest at Forever 21 which can be viewed here. Faux fur vests are totally in this season, so I recommend buying one in a neutral like a black or grey before jumping into something as bold as cheetah. While I love having a cheetah print vest in my closet, it's such a statement piece that I can't wear it all that often.

I bought these earmuffs on Amazon. They're really warm and they double as headphones with a detachable cable. Generally, I wear them without the headphone capacity though. The pair I have are currently unavailable, but I put the link here just in case they go back on sale. Otherwise, this pair is the same but about triple the price that I paid but can be found here.

I'm wearing my black turtleneck from Target and black jeggings from Calvin Klein that can be found in my last post.

I decided to pair the outfit with my fascinator just for fun and it turned out pretty well in the photos.

I've gotten a lot of views on my dragonfly coloring page that I posted recently. (And by a lot, I mean around 2000 hits in the last 24 hours.) I'm definitely going to be posting more coloring pages in the future once I draw them up since you guys like them so much! I'm also thinking about publishing my own coloring book, but still thinking that one over.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Printable Coloring Page: Dragonfly and Flowers

I have fought through my terrible technology skills and created this coloring page that you can download and print! Coloring pages are all the rage now and I've been thinking about creating my own coloring book for friends and family, so we'll see where that goes. In the meantime, if you happen to print this page out and use it, I apologize for some of the line issues because it was super hard to convert all if the lines in the photo to one color and to make the background transparent. Also, if you color one of these, I would love to see your completed page! Send them to me at my email which is linked for convenience here.

Here are some photos from the process. The first one is when I figured out how to convert it to a solid line on transparency and the bottom one is a photo of the drawing in my sketchbook. I would also like to apologize for any blurriness in the image because I don't have access to a scanner, so I took the photo with my iPhone camera.

If I get a good response on this post, I'd be happy to make more in the future!

10 Days of Turtlenecks (Day Seven)

It's lucky number seven of the Ten Days of Turtlenecks series! Today I'm showing you guys one of my more casual outfits that is perfect for walking the dog around the block or going to the grocery store. I really like the neutral colors and how the dusty rose color accents them. If I was back in my dorm room when I took these photos, I would have also paired this outfit with my Pandora charm bracelet which is a silver colored leather band and also some silver earrings.

The grey scarf was purchased at TJ Maxx, and while it was a great deal, the quality is a little lacking. The dimensional rosettes that have beads in the middle continue to fray as I wear it, and I have already lost several of the beads because they aren't sewn on that well. Something similar to this scarf is this ruffled infinity scarf from Amazon. And, although it doesn't have the decorative flowers of beads, it's going to be a lot less work in the long run because you won't have to keep attaching them.

The turtleneck is the Target brand turtleneck that I've been wearing in several other posts, but this one is a dusty rose color. It's a similar color to this year's Pantone color of the year, rose quartz.

The pants are a Calvin Klein brand jegging with faux leather accents. These were surprisingly bought at Costco for around $20. The button on my pants fell off the first time I put them through the washer, but after replacing that with a spare button I had lying around, they were good as new. Macy's is currently selling the same pair of pants in both charcoal grey and olive green, but is a little more expensive than when they were on sale at Costco. The pants can be found here.

The boots are a Steve Madden quilted riding boot that I got around last Christmas at DSW for about $80. They are similar to the Steve Madden Quilla Riding Boot that DSW currently has in stock here and available in a wide-calf version here.