There have been some terrible storms over the past month that have destroyed areas of the South. Hundreds have died, and many families have lost their homes. A lot of my friend’s hometowns have been ruined. This time last year my hometown Yazoo City was a trending topic on Twitter and on the front page of the New York Times because of a massive tornado.
I don’t know why the weather has been so bad. I don’t understand why this has been happening. It is haunting to see video footage of some of these tornados, like the one in Tuscaloosa. It has really made me appreciate it when the weather is nice outside. I don’t know about you, but I take it for granted far too often when the sun is shining and there is a light breeze blowing.
My prayers and thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones and their homes in these storms. I am personally not a fan of giving out links to big non-profits (after seeing ineffective use of money during Hurricane Katrina). But I will say to contact your friends who live in these areas. Ask what you can do for them. Find one of the local churches and mail a check directly to help, to be used however they see fit. I know that First United Methodist in Yazoo City used every cent they were given with responsibility and care to go directly to those who needed it.
These are some photos I’ve taken out at Noxubee Refuge outside of Starkville.
I graduated a semester early, which was great because I didn’t have to pay that tuition, but I was put ahead of my friends in working on portfolios. So that means I now get to just gaze at all their amazing work. The class website it called The Freak Show. Here are some of my personal favorites from their portfolios. Please visit their sites. And someone hire them! (Unless you are Target or Kate Spade, then you should hire ME!)
(Above) Cristina Jucan
Cristina Jucan & Sara Renfroe
Joey Brennan & Kayla Stone
Allison Parker & Rob Toombs
Tim Cook & Sara Renfroe
I’m so proud to say that I went to school with them. These are some pretty dang talented designers and some all around great friends.
I think Kathryn Wiggins is brilliant artist. I love how she thinks and processes. Her work feels fresh and new, yet reminds you of the ancient past. I really got to know Kathryn’s work when I worked on her website. I learned so much from just talking with her about her work. And I really studied her paintings when I was renaming/resizing. It was such an honor to do. I plan on doing several posts of hers. So this first post is about her latest series “Home.” She knows that I LOVE these paintings. And she is selling them on etsy. (***Side note – get a painting now while she is producing a lower-priced originals. She is going to be famous. You heard it here on Little Things Studio. Yep. FAMOUS.)
Above: Domestic 2
AND for all of you lucky folks who live near Jackson, Mississippi, Kathryn and I are sharing a booth at an art festival Art on the Greens. You can find more details on the facebook event we created! It’s THIS weekend. And you’ll LOVE seeing her work in person. And if that wasn’t enough, you can meet her CUTE baby Harris!
I have finally expanded the Little Things’ line to stationery and greeting cards, folks. It has been a long time coming.
First is the sets of colored patterns, sets of four for $8. I haven’t figured out how to ship them, so you either have to come to Yazoo City to get them or come to an art festival. And to find out the latest places I’m hopping around, become a fan on facebook. I put good stuff on it, I promise!!!!
Here are a few of the greeting cards for $3 each.
Weezie has had to stay in my bedroom locked up because one of my mother’s cats really doesn’t like her. I had been opening my shutters so she could look out the window. But she could only sit on my bed to look out. She couldn’t get really close to the window. But I found a stool yesterday and put it by the window. Weezie now spends most of her day just staring out the window. And it was such a little thing to do for her. There is not a happier cat on the planet now.