DIY Cheap + Chic Wreath, Plus Some Rabbits

Ok guys, it’s been foreverrrrr since I last posted. I’ve gone through a job-change, breakup and more since I last wrote, so bear with me! But just today I made this amazing spring wreath for my front door. It was cheap to make yet also looks very chic and very much real! This was made from a very inexpensive grapevine wreath that you can fine at your local hobby store along with cheap, dollar-store flowers!

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Another Easter-y post I wanted to share with you all is my collection of bunnies. I have had a thing for rabbits since I was young and actually had a pet rabbit who lived for 9 years (this was long for a rabbit when their average lifespan is 5-7 years). Below is a collage of all the rabbit-y things I’ve collected over the years.

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Magical Lighting

My mom has been interested in photography for awhile now and her Facebook is usually riddled with lovely images like the one below of Tower Grove Park. This photograph makes me feel as though I’m in an enchanted dream. What do you guys think? Visit my mom’s website here to see more of her lovely work!

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Out With the Old, In With the New

After 12 years of dancing flamenco, I have officially hung up my flamenco shoes and “retired.” I began this form of dance through my ballet studio (I took ballet for 10 years). Dance has always been a part of my life since my mom was a ballet dancer when she was young. It’s in my genes and it’s definitely in my blood. So it’s a little bit strange knowing I don’t have any dance class to go to every Monday and Wednesday. No shows on the weekends. It’s bittersweet.

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All photos taken by Kari R. Frey, FREYtography

All my life I have loved Irish hardshoe dancing and actually bought my own pair to teach myself using Olive Hurley’s DVD program. Perhaps this is the new dance form I’ll start next! Who know? All I know is change is good and new beginnings are fantastic.

xoxo

Mas Flamenco, Por Favor!

As a lot of you know, I have been dancing flamenco for almost 12 years, and it’s something that has been a BIG part of my life. Not only is it something that I’m passionate about, but it’s also something I use as a stress reliever!

A few weeks ago, I performed with the flamenco company in which I dance–the St. Louis Cultural Flamenco Society–at the Tavern of Fine Arts in St. Louis. We were holding a fundraising show in order to drum up some funds for our upcoming shows/programs. Here are a few stills, courtesy of Freytography (my mom’s photography business). Enjoy!

P.S. Our next fundraising event at the Tavern of Fine Arts will be on Friday, Jan. 24th, 2014, at 8pm!

A little manton action

Footwork, a staple to flamenco

Seriously serious

Dancing Sevillanas

My Modern Artifact

I’ve had a few meetings with Sara Patino, the owner and designer of Sara Patino Jewelry. Her collection, Modern Artifacts,  is a unique blend of simplicity, artistry and class. She and I met just last night to share ideas for promoting her business and my blog simultaneously. As a “thank-you” to me for being willing to collaborate, Sara let me choose for myself a piece of her jewelry. Last night at our meeting, Sara brought with her the Gold Beam Necklace–my piece of choice. It’s just ethereally beautiful, and I cannot wait to start really promoting this line! If you haven’t already, check out Sara’s own page on my blog!

Gold Beam Necklace with Topaz, Sara Patino Jewelry

 

It’s All In The Hands

I’m sure many of you know that I take flamenco classes as both a hobby and as exercise. About 11 years ago I started taking lessons and I completely fell in love with this new dance form. It’s sensual, passionate and thoroughly invigorating. For those of you who are completely clueless about flamenco, please click here and here to learn more!

One of the neatest things about flamenco is how much the hands are incorporated into the dance. They can be very expressive and can make or break the dance. One of my all-time favorite idols of flamenco is the world-renowned Maria Pages. She owns the most beautiful and most expressive pair of hands I have EVER seen. Take a peek here at my favorite performance by Maria–Firedance. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdDD9JX-Tyg

Fractals

I just now learned about a new thing and I wanted to share it with those of you who are in the same state of my “un-knowledge”. I had just completed a new artwork from my Dot Art book, and had posted in on Facebook. One of my friends commented that I should look up “fractals” online. I did so, and found that these cool shapes exist in nature! They are so cool! Look at my picture and then at the neat ones of nature that I found! Just gorgeous!

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nature’s own fractals: