Just Love ♥

Nothing but love and xoxo's from the Tran twins.

John Ashcroft for the Just Love Project
Order his print here.


Hello ZSO

PROJECT: Piece for Creative Cards
 I ♥ Sara Blake's drawing style!

PROJECT: Calavera, welcoming the fated year of 2012

PROJECT: Yen Magazine

PROJECT: Rib cage, personal illustration

✩ Check out my previous post―the reason why I love her so much!


Scuttle and the Posterior Tibial Artery

Who doesn't love The Little Mermaid?! I used to sing "Part of Your World" over and over again, pretend Lisa's dog was Max, and prayed for a beach vacation so I could impersonate Ariel for a week. Now, as I think back on all the memories, I realize the characters had given me some great tips and reminders over the years:
  1. true friends will always be there, no matter what
  2. don't be afraid to follow your dreams; persistence will pay off
  3. actions speak way louder than words 
  4. pulses can be found on the chest, neck, wrists, inside of the elbows, behind the knees, and by the ankles

    I think julieyumi summarized it perfectly:
    Ah, the Little Mermaid! ♥
    I used to think it was pretty funny that Scuttle tried to listen to Prince Eric’s foot for signs of life, but he wasn’t so far off.  He has his thumb-feather placed exactly where he should be able to feel a pulse! The artery that’s located there is called the posterior tibial artery and it runs just underneath the ankle bone on the big-toe side of the foot (a.k.a., the medial malleolus). Try place your index and middle fingers there on your own foot and feel it!

    Throwback to Anatomy and cadaver lab: Tom, Dick, and Harry.
    The acronym used to remember the order of the artery, nerve, and three tendons of the the lower leg. 
    Tibialis posterior, flexor digitorum longus, posterior tibial artery, tibial nerve, flexor hallicus longus

    Anyway. The Little Mermaid is coming back to theaters September 2013 in 3D and I can't wait! Bet I won't be the only 30ish year old singing along with Ariel.


    Happy Earth Day

    Lately, I've been thinking about all the places I've visited... and realized I've seen a lot more than I previously thought. I've never been outside of the country, but I've traveled all over the southern US and a small part of the NE and MidWest. That'll change one day... because I've got way too much more to explore. For Earth day last year, I posted pictures of nature that I loved. This year, I'm sharing some of the most memorable locations I've been to.

    via road trip... always
    Joshua Tree National Park - trees, rocks, and so many jackrabbits
    Appalachian Trail in NC (with my dad) - I love this memory
    Cumberland Island in southern GA - so much colorful wildlife
    Redwood Forest in northern CA - just... awestruck

    I've also seen Alabama's natural bridge, the hilly Smokey Mountains, Laguna Beach's incredible landscapes, a group of migrating manatees in Blue Springs, FL, the corridors of Carlsbad Caverns, and have ridden horseback through the Blue Ridge Mountains. Earth, you are wonderful! Can't wait to see more of you.


    Don't Eat the Makeup

    This quote makes me laugh every time I read it, but it's so true. Makeup can definitely make a person attractive, but if you have an ugly personality (like some of the ones I've come across my time living in NYC) than it'll just alter your image all together. That's why I always try to keep my sweet southern mentality... Fiddle-dee-dee!

    Everyone who knows me, knows that I have a sick obsession with makeup :( But it's ok. I can change the color of my YSL lippies as many times as I want, just as long as I don't change what's in the inside.


    Kari Herer Revisited

    Just a small bit of information: my dad, Lis, and I love the bunny sightings in our neighborhood. They are so sweet! Speaking of, I found these images online and instantly knew these were Kari Herer's.

    This is the second post I've made about Keri. I love that she combines flowers with simple illustrations on bright white paper―the result brings a feeling of life into her images. Her prints are available for purchase at her Etsy shop. And while you're there, check out her other botanical pieces... they're really beautiful.

    Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter!

    ✩ My previous post on Kari Herer


    Mary Blair Concept Art

    Mary Blair's illustrations are so fun and bright. I love looking at the backbones of Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, and Peter Pan.

    Lisa and I grew up watching Disney. I remember how we used to go to the movie theaters (directly after waking up and still in our nightgowns) to catch the first show times of Snow White. I also remember how we used to reproduce our favorite Disney characters on paper: Lisa drew in pencil―I finished them off in watercolor. We loved everything about the story lines, the songs, and especially the animations.

    The movies are still such an inspiration to us today that we started our own Pinterest Disney board.