2017 Calendar

Oliver Endahl

Hey everyone,

I just wanted to let you know that the 2017 Ballet Zaida Calendar is now available.

The calendar features 12 original images from Ballet Zaida.

To see the full preview of all the images in the calendar, click the link above, & then click "Preview"

I always love putting the calendar together & this year was no different. This year I feel my editing & compositions evolved again, & the talent of the dancers is out of control. 

This is definitely one of the most visually stunning calendars yet. 

This year we're also offering them at a slightly cheaper price. In the past the calendars were 24.99 & this year they're only 19.99. 

I always love hearing everyone's thoughts on the images that represent each month. Snap a photo of your favorite month on Instagram & tag us in the photo to let us know your favorite. 

-Oliver Endahl 

Spreading kindness

Nicole Voris

It has been a really rough week.  The United States election did not go the way we expected it to, and it's been difficult grappling with the reality of what it means.

I have decided to take this opportunity to try to spread kindness.  As individuals we can work to make the world a better place, but when we do it collectively, it can be momentous.

Here are some of the ways I choose to be kind and spread positivity:

Charitable Donations:  We have already made a donation to Planned Parenthood.  Our plan is to donate to a different charity we believe in each month.  So far we plan to donate to Planned Parenthood, ACLU, Greenpeace,  Kind,  and NILC.  If you have more suggestions, please let me know.

Vegetarian Diet:  We don't eat that much meat, but  are going to start cutting even the little meat we do.  There are many reasons to do it including animal welfare, the environment, and concerns about the ethics.  I am choosing to vote with my dollar and eat mostly plant based meals.  Yayyy for green chile bean enchiladas!

Supporting Public Programs: I regularly take public transit, but I will make an effort to take it more.  I also plan on utilizing the services of the Public Library more often.  I want to continue to educate myself and help educate others.  In the past I have taken steps to volunteer at my local teen homeless shelter, but for various reasons, did not end up volunteering.  I plan to finish what I need to do and volunteer for this important organization.

Kind to Strangers:  Because I walk and take public transit often, I encounter many strangers from different walks of life.  I have never been unkind, but I will try to be more open and kind. For example, offering my seat, allowing someone to pass in front of me, or just a simple smile.  I will also work to protect people if I see them being harassed or if they feel unsafe.

Make Art:  I encourage you to put your feelings into art and to share it with the world.  Channel your feelings into your creativity and add some thought and beauty into the world.

If you have any ideas for how else we can spread kindness, let me know in the comments!

 

DIY Distressed Photo Frames

Jeanette Kakareka

One thing that I've been itching to do, is to transform some mix and matched photo frames of mine. A number of them are really standard (boring) frames, but a lot of them have been collected over time--often giveaways from coworkers trying to declutter. This has made a really fun assortment of shapes and sizes, which is to my taste.

I had to decide exactly how to go about transforming them in a way that they'd all have something in common when I collage them on the walls. I decided to "distress" my photo frames by using layers of spray paint.

You will need:

Photo frames

Vaseline

Paper towels

A hard sponge

White spray paint

 

Optional: a contrasting colour of spray paint

Firstly, it is always advisable to head outside for spray painting projects. Lay down some old newspapers, broken cardboard boxes, etc. If the frames are dusty, clean them up. But otherwise, texture and imperfections are good here. Place the frames spread apart.

Option one: Apply Vaseline in the areas you will want to expose the original colour. This is what I went for with my wooden frames. Next, apply white spray paint directly and skip the contrasting colour.

As you see, I had used painters tape to cover up the inside of one photo frame. This is because there was a beautiful gold colour there that I decided to keep.

TIP: I suggest not over-applying the Vaseline because otherwise you won't be able to clean it all up (it's hard to see since it's clear), and the frames will always feel "wet". 

Option two: Spray on contrasting colour. This is best for plain frames. Wait for the paint to dry as per instructions (I waited at least an hour between coats).

TIP: At first, I just evenly spray painted the whole frames my contrasting colour (black and brown). I later realised that if I have certain spots in mind to distress, I can choose to only spray paint those spots, making the top layer of white easier and save on paint!

After you have applied the contrasting colour and it has dried, apply Vaseline and spray paint the frame white as in option one.

Once it has all dried: You can go about the fun part, wiping away the Vaseline and thereby "distressing" your frames. I even purposefully scratched the white paint on non-Vaseline areas to make it look more convincing.

Viola, your frames are now faux distressed and so modern farmhouse

-Jeanette

Fall

                                                                     Oliver Endahl

                                                                   Oliver Endahl

Hey everyone,

It's finally fall here in California & I am a big sucker for anything related to Autumn. I recently purchased a Pumpkin Spice Latte, pumpkin bagels, pumpkin cream cheese, pumpkin lotion and 2 actual pumpkins. 

So today I wanted to share a few of my favorite fall themed Ballet Zaida photos, to celebrate the time of year. 

Happy Autumn!

-Oliver