As You Are Zine Issue #1

As I mentioned in my last post, As You Are #1 is done! First, I would like to say that if you don’t know what a zine is, it’s basically a self-published magazine that anyone can make about anything.

As You Are is the first zine I’ve done since 2010, which is crazy. I basically went an entire year without publishing a zine. I did actually work on a few throughout 2011, but I kept disliking the content and ended up never finishing them. THis zine however, I am very happy about, and I really feel like it’s something I need to do. Rather than just talking about my life, I am also incorporating (hopefully) inspirational and motivating pieces. I have learned a lot this past year, and I really want to share it with others. I literally can never think the same way again. I will never be able to get to the point of being so unhappy that I want to die. I know better now, and I really want to try to help others who are going through similar things that I did. Along with my last post, I have been thinking about making it a blog and podcast, but I’m still unsure. On one hand I want it to be something bigger than just a zine and I want people to get involved. But on the other hand, I want to be humble about it, and just keep it as my zine. Anyway, here is the little description for As You Are #1:

Part perzine, mostly inspirational zine, As You Are is my attempt to spread even just a seed of happiness to the world. Through it, I hope to help motivate, and remind people that they are not alone. Everything I write comes from experience, and what I have learned so far in my life.

Issue one contains some writing about happiness, waiting for the future, and how amazing we are. Also a few (probably lame) poems, and a fictional story I wrote. Some of my art is scattered throughout, as well as a contribution from my awesome cousin! There is also a list, a bit about my life up until this point, book and movie recommendations, and a challenge for you!

This zine is 1/2 page size, and 20 pages long. It is in black and white with a color cover.

So yes, you can buy it here, or feel free to ask me about trades. I’m on We Make Zines as well. That is about it. Have a lovely day!

~Chelsea

Super Awesome Sunday!

Yay! I’ve been waiting for this day for two weeks. haha. Half because I actually like football (GO GIANTS!), and half for my mom’s nachos. No lie.

But anyway, I am really excited about my zine, and I think I finally have everything for it. I really want to put the majority of it together today! I love zines so much. I’m thinking about if I should do zine reviews…I don’t know. I just really want to make crafts to sell, and work on my zine! I also need to get back to my novel that I haven’t worked on since November. 😦 I’m very neglectful.

Anyway, what type of crafts/things would you be interested in buying that I could make? I’m just wondering. Any ideas would be nice. Thanks, and enjoy the Super Bowl!

~Chelsea

 

Crafts for Sale!

Yay! So I finally updated my etsy shop! I have been on a friendship bracelet kick, and made a bunch, so I have those on there. I also made a kick-arse, one of a kind Hunger Games pin. And of course, there are a few doll sized items. I will also have some zines up when I get to making my new zine! I’m so pumped; I’m probably gonna start putting it together after I write this! So here are some pictures of some of my items. Please go check it out, and be on the look out for new stuff!

Also, if you have any requests of something similar that is in my shop now, or that has sold, or that you just think I could make, please feel free to send me a message on Etsy!

~Chelsea

Zines and Magazines

Lately I’ve had so much creativity building up inside me, but I can’t figure out how to get it out. On Sunday I repainted a Liv doll, which I will make a separate post about once I take some pictures of her. I painted a doll skirt today, and have been doing little tiny crafts like that.

However, I really have been inspired to make a zine again! I think I went an entire year without making or trading any zines. 😦 I want to make something inspirational, and motivating, and that will inspire people to be themselves. The only problem is that I don’t know where to start or what to put in it. I’ve tried writing something, but it’s not any good. I want to include some poems, but mostly I want to fill it with inspirational writing. I’m just so stuck! Also, I don’t even know if there is ink in my scanner! Anyway, yeah, I am going to make a zine, that I will post on my etsy when it’s done. I also want to put some of the friendship bracelets I’ve made on etsy. I need to make some money, and I would really love to be able to sell what I make.

I have also been thinking about making an online doll magazine. My cousin and I are planning to do an online magazine, but meanwhile, I think it would be fun to make one about American Girl Dolls (and possibly other dolls). Also, in case you didn’t know, which if you are reading this you probably didn’t, I collect various types of dolls, the major one being American Girl Dolls. I also have a youtube channel dedicated to them. So I really want to get submissions for that, and start putting it together.

Also, I can’t decide if I should rename my etsy shop. Right now it is called Kawaii Cupcakes, which I like. However, it isn’t very kawaii, nor cupcake..y. I don’t know what I should rename it if I do. Let me know what you think about the name.

Mostly, I just want to be able to focus a bit more and spend less time on the internet. Sorry that this post is all over the place, I just wanted to get out how I am feeling and what I’ve been up to.

Waking Up Before I Fall Asleep

Sky like a bruise out my window,

Clock reads eleven pm.

Peace of night invades my empty room.

Vision of fuzz without glasses,

And without words that fill my head.

 

Few lights on at the tire place,

Down the road a bit, to the left,

Space between the window and blinds.

Three, I think, I remember,

But I didn’t count anyway.

 

Trees still against road silent,

Which whisper back and forth,

Whisper back and forth.

And a car approaches,

Several miles down the road,

In a tiny hum that you can only hear,

If you listen.

You are Lovely, It’s True

The other night I severely just wanted to make some type of flier to hang out in public. So I made this one, by cutting through pretty patterned paper, and gluing it to plain white paper. I really like how it turned out, and I have it hanging in my room now, but I really would like to hang it somewhere in public.

What I really would like to do, is make a whole bunch of different inspirational artful fliers and hang them in stores and on street posts, and on mailboxes, and just everywhere for people to see and take and be inspired. I had wanted to do this before and also make a zine for it, but that was when I didn’t even believe myself to be the things I wrote about. Now I just want to spread my art and hopefully cheer up some people’s days. Plus, it is the truth, that you are lovely. Also, each one would be different so people would know that the artist of them actually cared about each one. I imagine I would have to make like, one hundred for them to actually be seen around here, but I think it would be awesome if I could really get them noticed, and have people all curious about it. I also have been daydreaming about if I actually did make a ton and stick ’em everywhere, and if they put it in the paper or on the local news station. Of course, right now I don’t think I want to sign them or anything. If I do end up making a zine about it, I would put something like a link to it on it, but other than that, no one would no who made them. I think that would spark people’s curiosity, because they wouldn’t be advertising anyone’s art or anything.

Really it just makes me happy to see people happy. Hence why my favorite part of Christmas is getting gifts for everyone. Plus, art makes people happy, too. Even though it’s nothing too fancy, I really do want to do it. Just have a day of making as many as I can, and then drive around to places and hang them up! I think it’s a good form of street art. It is hopefully motivating for people, and I don’t have to worry about getting caught if I were to do graffiti (which I have also thought about). Also, people would be able to take them down and keep them, or pass them along or whatever. (:

Also, it would be really cool if you would do it too, you know, if you want to. Like a little street art revolution of happy and pretty things! If anyone does, let me know, that would be so awesome!

And don’t forget:

Bone Jewelry

Lately I’ve been really obsessed with bone jewelry! There are so many pretty things on Etsy that I wish I could afford. Once I start my job and have paid the first month on my camera, I am going to buy something. Anyway, here are a few pretty pictures of some of the animal bone jewelry on Etsy that I’ve been loving. Most of them are real bones, but some aren’t, (well, at least the bird skull earrings aren’t.) The first picture will link you over to the Etsy Treasury that I made with some of my favorite items.

Hope those didn’t creep you out too much. Personally I think they are gorgeous pieces. Also, the animals weren’t killed for the purpose of making the jewelry. Obviously, then I would not like them. I wish I could find bones and make jewelry out of them, but I won’t be holding my breath to find any. XP

Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

I liked this picture on tumblr, and wanted to try to recreate it. And so I did.

Mine, of course, is different. However, the idea wasn’t to copy the original. I just wanted to try to recreate it with what I have. The lighting is obviously different. Also, I wanted to show more of my hands than she did. I tried a few varieties of bracelets, but I liked just the one the most. What I wish was more similar was the length of the shirt. Mine is much shorter, therefore showing more of my pants, making it so the pattern of the shirt doesn’t really follow through in the picture.

So yeah. I like doing pictures like this. Also, you get to see my tattoo.