Instagram Fav + what's up August.

Well - this month hasn't quite turned out like I had hoped for. I haven't been able to get one thing done with my challenge I made. hah. I did so well the month before. But the beginning of the month we were hard-core looking for a new place to live. We have to move out of our current place because the rent is going up and we are trying to save up to get a house in the next couple of years so we decided to move out and get a room-mate to help this.

Luckily for us -one of my old co-workers was moving out so we teamed up with her and found a new huge spot that is a lot closer towards manhattan than our currently place - 6 stops actually. That cuts a lot off of all of our commutes so we are super stoked about that - plus each of our rooms are huge and we have a separate craft room as well!

So that was the beginning of the month - then I finally got more hours at work, and I have been trying to do more summer things before it's over and I'm crying again about the weather - we finally had a picnic, I went to a Vegan Expo with george, started a movie date idea, my little brother and step dad visited and we went to central park and the national history museum. Lots other little things sprinkled in there - I have been trying to keep up somewhat with my creative bits - and I finally finished reading The GoldFinch - which I was disappointed with the ending - and kind of sad I spent so much time reading it - when it really wasn't that good. Oh, well.

I've got a couple more books in my queue to go through currently. One on domesticity and then I'm going to read one on vegan pregnancy - because some lady at work inspired me to read up on it for later.

I'm a lavender / pink haired lady again! Was very happy when my work gave me the A-ok! I always feel more like myself with colored hair.

I will be happy when we move out and are settled in a new place. This place ended up holding a lot of  odd memories for me - I am always up for starting fresh in a new place. Plus we are investing in a new bed and mattress! It will be our first NEW one together!

Anyways - here are some things that have been inspiring me on Instagram lately :

^^^^ Crafty Inspiration ^^^^

^^^^ Style Inspiration ^^^^
^^^^ Gardening Inspiration ^^^^

And lastly a few pics of my old man and I the past month.

International Zine Month (Day 29) : Zine Collection Photo.

Day 29 : Post photo of you with your zine or zine collection.

So this has been kind of a tradition for me to pose with my zines for the photos on etsy where I sell them. It all started with Lolita Issue 1 :

I wanted to dress up like one of the girls that I had illustrated in the zine.

Lolita Issue 2 was all about panda's and I made a little panda mask to wear for this photoshoot!

Lolita Issue 4 was my Raw food issue.

Lolita Issue 5 was all about Robert Downey Jr. !

The 15 - a zine I did on 15 different topics. 

I loe you! - zine I did with different date ideas.

I haven't done a photoshoot for one of my zines since I first moved to NYC nearly 4 years ago. It's high time I get to it!

International Zine Month : (Day 28) : Cook a recipe from a Zine.

Day 28 : Cook with a recipe from a zine or cook zine!

Yesterday I did cook - I made Vegan Sushi bowls - which prompted my very meat eating boyfriend to add it to his Vegan list of repeat meals he wants me to make.

I cook at least 4-5 days out of the week for us - I mostly use recipes that I find from pinterest since that's the easiest for me to access when I am in the kitchen - but I do have a nice collection of vegan / gluten-free or raw cookbooks in my collection.

As for my zine cookbook collection I only have these two :

Banarachy Now ! : The further vegetarian adventures of soyboi and friends. Made in 2011 it's a really well put together zine - has the obviously different sections - tools that you would need - tips - etc. I don't know if I've ever cooked anything from it but I can't bare to part with it.

The Easy Vegan Zine : by Kendy from is a very simple very straightforward zine about simple recipes to cook that are all vegan. Great for someone just starting out!

Here are some things I've cooked in the past couple weeks/months:

Also if you are on pinterest and want to follow my recipes or find any of the recipes above check here :

International Zine Month (Day 27) : Organize a zine event!

Day 27 : Organize a zine event! : any size! big or small!

So I had been considering this since I started this challenge. Because I have enjoyed doing these challenges every day (or every other day when I have time) and well I wanted to keep on with this - it was helping me be so much more productive than I have in a VERY long time. But I couldn't find any other challenges that I liked - most of them were exercise related - or if they were creative they were one word prompts. I liked this challenge so much because it was specific and it had you do actual things - and different things. I would get bored if it was the same thing each day ( like with drawing challenges) so I decided to try my hand at coming up with my own Monthly challenge.

So here it is! I made it with the same dimensions as the Zine Monthly challenge so you can do as I did and print it out  (link for bigger one here) and keep it in front of your desk to influence and inspire you. I added pictures of some of the things you will be doing during the month to get you excited as well! 

I hope that some of you will be following along and doing the challenges as well. I've even created my own hashtag for this event to use on instagram and such (and if you use it I will post some of the photos here!) 

Hashtag : #JemChallenge 

Feel free to share this image on other social networks as well!

I am excited for next months challenges and I put some easy self indulgent ones in there as well. Because some days I was just too tired to do the challenge but really wanted to - and if it is an easy one like 'eat watermelon' I think I can press myself to do it!

International Zine Month (Day 26) : Submit something to a compilation zine.

Day 26 : Submit something to a compilation zine.

Another thing to check off my zine check-list that I've never done! It was actually a little bit difficult to find a zine that was looking for submissions that was something I was interested in - or had knowledge in.

But thankfully Sarah over at Winged Snail mail was looking for submissions for her snail mail themed zine! I mean how could you get any more me!

I shot her an email asking if I could mail her a copy of a pamphlet I made on pen palling would work for her zine - otherwise I could create something new for her as well!

International Zine Month (Day 25) : Teach someone about zines.

Day 25 : Teach a friend or family member about zines.

I would like to think that most people who know me (friends and family included) have to in some part know about zines considering I've been blabbering on about them in one way or another for the past 6 years.

I've given explanations as best as I can to people when they ask about them - or show them one as reference.

There have been a lot of 'What are zine' books I've read, or online articles I've come across in my time as a zinester so I decided that I will just post some of those links below as examples for people to check out!

Wikipedia's definition of 'What is a zine' :

The popular blog Rookie's explanation on what a zine is and how to make one!

The Barnard Zine Library gives an explanation from a zine of what a zine is


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