Happy List 1/25

I used to write happy lists often on a writing blog that’s now defunct. It’s a standard practice for me on my social media networks, as well as with my friends. Although this blog mostly serves my artistic purposes, I decided to bring them back. They bring me a lot of joy, whether they’re a coping mechanism through a rough patch or a reflection on some blessings.

Because I have the flu right now, I could use some perking up — so without further ado, here are some of the moments and things that have graced my happy list lately.

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What’s on your happy list today?

grace smith
Back to School (Slowly)

Hey y’all!

It’s been a while. Although I expected to somehow be churning out art content as often as I do on my “real” blog, realistically most of my words live over there. I have some posts in the works that I’m brainstorming that feel, most likely, as if they live over here though. How I stay organized, what my latest photo obsessions are, etc,.

In the meantime, I love putting together my mood pages, which are static and in the header bar. My September one especially, since I’ve started embedding songs. I’ve fit some personal bits in there as well as some purely aesthetic moods. Mostly though, I’ve associated September with a slew of sensory details, like the scent of eucalyptus and sweet cream body wash. I can’t wait to get more of those feelings onto the blog somehow.

ALSO, I finally got into an art class that I needed in order to stay on track to be a studio art minor. So I’m happy for my academic track to finally display more of my interests. I’ll be in printmaking this semester, which feels like where I’ll thrive.

Have any ideas of what you’d like to see? Let me know in the comments or via my social media.

grace smith
June Mood
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Now that I've finally got a few of these pages up and running (in the loosest sense of the word), I've started to think about what all I want to have on here in terms of regular content. In many ways, this blog serves to alleviate some of the burden on my Instagram followers -- since I'm addicted to stories -- as well as to track my progress in teaching myself new artistic skills.

This little site was one of my goals for the summer, so it feels damn good to have it up and running. I'd love to learn more about how Squarespace operates though, as I've been a Wordpress girl until now.

As for structure: I love the idea of having a mood page. I've gotten big on mood boards, on visual collections of my obsessions. I like having a static explanation of the way that my creative mind works, and a space I defer to when people ask. It's all part of getting to what I want to do and where I want to be.

I don't have a schedule for when I make things. While I've been at home, my creation has been a pretty constant flow. While I don't want to have that disciplined (yet), I would love to have a schedule for when I update the website. As you may see if you've been scrolling through the galleries -- art and calligraphy, respectively -- I'd like to upload new work on Fridays.

My next goal involves getting the shop up and running so I'm no longer handling commissions exclusively through the Instagram (although I'll still continue to do so because it's all about the 'gram.)

Cheers,

G

grace smith