Hello again! Plus the Museum of Ice Cream

Hey everyone! I’ve been super busy the past couple of months and am so happy to be writing again! Truthfully, I’ve been wanting to blog for a really long time, but I never got the chance to do so. Finally I decided today that I would make an earnest effort to write a blog post and get back in touch with all of you. Thanks for being so supportive while I was gone and hopefully I can make time to blog more often! There’s been one major change to the site since the last time I’ve posted—I’ve changed my public display name to Joy. But feel free to call me whatever feels most comfortable! Recently I had the opportunity to visit the LA Museum of Ice Cream and it was absolutely spectacular. I have to say my favorite part was the Sprinkle Pool, although everything on display was incredible. The rooms are beautiful and give off such a great vibe. There are so many photo opportunities and the staff is amazing as well! The best part? There are sweets in almost every room. And since the Museum of Ice Cream is an art museum, I thought I’d document my visit with some photos!

The museum is located in a bright pink warehouse decorated with some awesome wall art. Pink and white ice cream cones on the ground trace a path from the parking lot to the museum.

In the California Room, pastel pink palm trees accompany a Venice Cream sign and Museum of Ice Cream wall art. Pink stars on the ground mimick the Hollywood Walk of fame, bearing the names of honorees like Scoop Dogg and Brad Pittstachio. We were offered delicious piñata ice cream, my favorite treat of all!

The Banana Split Room! I thought this was so creative—literally splitting the bananas down the middle by making half of them yellow and the other half pink. A beautiful installation, too!

I loved the color scheme of the Mint Room. Instead of the usual pink, the walls are a soft mint blue. We got to try mint chocolate chip mochi and sniff the chocolate-smelling soil in which the mint plants are growing!

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The sherbert room was awesome as well—rainbows and mirrors line the walls, and we all got to try the claw machine containing prizes ranging from cotton candy to ice cream phone cases. It was also a really great spot for a selfie!

The Popsicle Room was just how I had imagined it. The colors of the popsicles are bright and loud in contrast to the white walls, and all of the popsicle sticks are engraved! There were no treats in this room, but admiring the popsicles was more than amazing.

In my opinion, the Gummy Bear Room was the most colorful room of all. Several giant gummy bear sculptures sat on blocks around the room, and whimsical shapes and neon lights decorated the walls. And, we were offered a handful of—wait for it—gummy bears!

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My favorite art installation of all was the black ice cream cone installation. Unlike all of the other rooms, this room is entirely black and white save for the cones, which are a silvery brown. I loved it because it gives off a totally different vibe than the rest of the rooms.

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And of course, there is the Sprinkle Pool—the best part of all!

Thanks for stopping by and have an amazing day!

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Acrylics

Hey there! I know I haven’t posted much lately, so I thought I’d share some of my acrylics with you! Usually I prefer digital art or sketching, but every so often I enjoy trying out a different medium. I painted a bird a couple of years ago, but the hot air balloons and the Latte paintings are more recent. It was a little difficult to mix the colors, but the great thing about painting in general is that it is very forgiving. As Bob Ross says, there are no mistakes in art—just happy little accidents!

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The hardest part about this one was painting the clouds. I did enjoy painting the water and the hot air balloons, though.

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For this one, I spent quite a long time trying to perfect the folds in the fabric. Of course, my favorite part was painting the Latte plush!

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This painting is based on a photo of a black-crowned night heron I observed in Hawaii.

What is your favorite medium of art? Do you enjoy painting with acrylics? Have an amazing day!

Autumn

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.

Albert Camus

The sun is bright

but not blinding,

coating the world

in a hazy afternoon light.

The orange and yellow leaves

drift gently to the ground,

and you are lost,

lost in the beauty

of the world around you.

You pause to think, only about

how lucky you must be

to live in this incredibly

wonderful world.

Happy autumn everyone!

Photo credit: pixel2013 on Pixabay.

Niagara Falls Photography

Hello lovely people! I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am right now. First of all, thank you so much for 200 followers! You guys are the best! Thanks for all of your encouragement and support as well; it really motivates me to write more. This week I have finally gotten around to going through my photos from Niagara Falls—and have chosen a few of them to share with you today! Of course, none of these photos come close to capturing the full beauty of the Falls. They are absolutely breathtaking, and if you haven’t been, I strongly encourage it!

In the morning, we hiked across Rainbow Bridge to the American side of the Falls. From the bridge, we could see a lovely view of both the Horseshoe Falls and the American Falls.

We visited each of the three lookouts on the American side, and stumbled upon a beautiful rainbow when we visited the lookout between the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. It was gorgeous!

Later, we took a Hornblower boat tour on the Canadian side of the Falls and got incredibly misted. The tour provided an excellent close-up view of Horseshoe Falls.

There was, of course, the occasional brave seagull (make that fifty). They all seemed to be quite unperturbed by the loud, rushing water.

After a long day of walking, however, it was quite obvious that the best view of all was from the balcony of our own hotel room. The Falls were not only spectacular during the day, but overnight as well—as they were illuminated in the dark.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have you ever been to the Falls? Let me know in the comments!

P.S. I had so much fun watching the eclipse unfold through my pinhole projector! The other picture was taken with my camera through a solar filter.

Dream Bigger

Hey there! Sorry about the absence of posts recently—I’ve been extremely busy this past week getting ready for an exciting trip to the east coast with my family (surprise, surprise!)! I’ve missed you all! As of now, we’ve just gotten settled in our hotel rooms by Niagara Falls. Don’t worry, I’ll keep you posted with photos and all—but since it’s pretty dark out right now, I thought I’d share a poem in the meantime. Enjoy!

Dream bigger, dream bigger,

reach higher, reach higher.

Believe in your ambitions,

have faith in what you seek.

Dream bigger, dream bigger,

reach higher, reach higher.

Look far and deep into your soul,

fly until you reach your goal.

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Dragon Fruit Blossoms

Hello lovely people! Guess what? The dragon fruit blossoms in my backyard finally opened—and they are absolutely gorgeous! Since each blossom only opens once for a mere 12 hours or so, I seized the opportunity to take a few photos. Hope you enjoy!

By the way, have you ever tried dragon fruit? It’s so sweet and delicious, and if you haven’t, I strongly recommend it!

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P.S. This week I also had the pleasure to design a logo for another fellow blogger—Nel over at Reactionary Tales. Go check out her blog as it is filled with educational information, book reviews, and stories that never fail to make me laugh! Although I’m no longer offering logo design for the time being, I will most likely do so again next summer when I have more free time.

Liebster Award

Rules of the Award

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Answer 11 questions asked by your nominator
  3. Nominate 11 bloggers and inform them of the nomination
  4. Ask your nominees 11 questions

A huge thank you to the lovely My Thoughts blog for nominating me! She posts on “a little bit of everything”—from beauty and fashion to food and charming DIYs. Do stop by her blog, I’m sure you’ll love it!

My Questions Answered

  1. Where do you see your blog in 5 years? Honestly I’m not sure, but I’m excited to see what the future holds!
  2. What was the most challenging post (in terms of editing pictures, writing/explaining) you’ve done so far? Most likely my latest post, Bird Sketches—there were quite a few elements involved, but it was definitely worth it!
  3. What is your favorite movie? The live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast!
  4. How do you find ideas for posts? I write a post whenever inspiration strikes—which can happen anywhere and anytime.
  5. What is your favorite post that you’ve written? I would have to go with one of my more recent ones, One Butterfly.
  6. What is a pet peeve of yours? When people chew with their mouths open.
  7. What is your favorite quote? Ooh, this is a hard one. Of all of the wonderful quotes in the world, “simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication” (Leonardo da Vinci) is probably my favorite.
  8. What are the characteristics of a good blog post, in your opinion? Every blogger has a different writing style, but in my opinion, the best blog posts have at least one image and interesting and relevant content that draws the reader in.
  9. What have you learned from blogging? Everyone has a different point of view.
  10. When not blogging, what do you do for fun? In my spare time, I enjoy doing art, solving puzzles, writing, playing volleyball, and singing.
  11. Two random facts about you. 1) My favorite animals are ducks and turtles, and 2) ever since I was little, I’ve loved folding origami.

Nominees

  1. Living vs Existing
  2. Reactionary Tales
  3. We’re Going to Make it
  4. Living for Experiences
  5. The Travelling Diary of a Dippy-Dotty Girl
  6. This Is My Truth Now
  7. Growing Self
  8. Inspiration Pie
  9. Invisibly Me
  10. Roads Bel Travelled
  11. Busy Bee DIY

Forgive me for recycling these questions, but I’d really love to see your answers! As always, no pressure to do the award—just keep writing!