DIY: How to tie a bow tie!

Tying a bow tie isn't the easiest thing to do.. it took me a while to figure it out! (and I still don't know how to tie a tie! haha..shh!)
1. Drape the tie around your neck with the ends at the same length.
2. Cross the left (their right side) over the right.
3. Tuck up through the loop and pull into a simple tie.
4. Take the piece on your right and place it in position to be wrapped around.
5. Take the other dangling piece and wrap it around the piece you were holding (so it's now behind the other and wrapped around it.
6. find the hole in the middle of the tie that you've made after step 5 and shove the other dangling piece through it.. then pull your tie until it's satisfactory!
love, polly :)


yellow ochre bow tie finished!

 yay! I finished my yellow ochre bow tie yesterday in the costume shop during my lunch break. I've found that I often take my lunch at ten and work through everyone else's regular lunch hour (12-1) because I like being alone in the shop or alone where ever I may be working.. for some reason I just like to work alone in my own environment.. so I often end up eating at strange times of the day or missing a meal (which is bad..) but it works for me!
this is the 3rd bow tie I have ever made! I just ordered my own labels that say, "Handmade by Polly Bland" pretty much a dream come true!
love, polly :)

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Dad, you mean the world to me. I hope you have a wonderful birthday. You pick me up when I'm down. Thank you so much for everything you do. You've been such a positive influence on my life and you never let me fail (as many times as I may have wanted to in the past.. especially with math!! haha) 
I love you!
Happy Birthday!
love, polly :)


it's a Sufjan Stevens bow tie day!

HI, there! My pattern making class got cancelled today so I am taking this time to cut out another bow tie! I am excited about this fabric.. it's my favorite color in the world! (yellow ochre!)
love, polly


paint and frozen grapes.

I awoke this morning at 7 AM only to grab some frozen grapes out of the fridge and throw some toast in the oven. After, I began to paint.. here are the results.. :D
I've REALLY become obsessed with freezing grapes.. I never really purchased them before because they would always end up going bad. Now I don't have that problem!
I ate them with cookies and cream ice cream the other day.. it was AMAZING. You should definitely try this!
love, polly :D


Everyday is a Holiday giveaway winner!

My AMAZING sponsors Jenny and Aaron from Everyday is a Holiday were SO kind to sponsor these wonderfully adorable items from their shop that they designed for one lucky winner! Check out their neat ebay shop, here!
They have so generously decided to give away a box of these adorable note cards and a custom hand made cupcake necklace from their shop to the winner of this giveaway!
And the winner is..
Josephine, congratulations! Thank you for following and being a wonderful blogging friend! I always enjoy your comments and you are SO sweet! Email Jenny at with your shipping info! ♥
love, polly


Meet Berloiz

I'm working on another still life tonight and Man of La Mancha.. it's going to be a long one! Hope your Tuesday is going swimmingly! What are you up to?
here's the still life I've been working on since 4 PM today!
goodnight! zzz...
love, polly


Random thoughts for Valentine's Day, 2004: today is a holiday invented by greeting card companies to make people feel like crap.

I ditched work today. Took a train out to Montauk. I don't know why. I'm not an impulsive person. I guess I just woke up in a funk this morning. I gotta get my car fixed.
So. Today is Valentine's Day 2011. Where has the time gone? If you know me or my situation, you know that Valentine's Day is a pretty monumental day for me. The whole story of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind revolves around Valentine's Day and what Joel and Clementine do to erase each other before that specific day comes. By erasing each other they can forget about the heart ache and anguish they might have felt going into Valentine's Day just after a break up.
You know how Joel wakes up and sees that his car needs to be fixed at the beginning of the film? 
Well, you might know that my car died over Christmas Break.. so Joel and I have that In common. I also just went through a break up a little over a month ago that was pretty hard for me. I feel like this year's Valentine's Day will be... strange. Strange enough, I suppose.. I'm sure there will be stranger in the future, though. 
I feel as though I have engrained this holiday to be weird from now on by getting this movie tattooed on my arm. In case if you don't know, the first and only tattoo I have is the Alexander Pope quote from 1717 entitled, "Eloisa to Abelard." It tells a love story that is forbidden. The quote is recited in the Elephant Parade scene of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The poem inspired the movie.
What does this mean for future Valentine's Days? It means that it will always be a big deal to me, no matter who I'm with or what happens. I will always remember the love I shared with a certain boy who was my Joel and I was his Clementine. We fit the parts perfectly. I already had the tattoo. I dyed my hair.. he tucked in one of his collars. The Joel Barish sweater we went searching for at Salvation Army was practically calling his name. What is this strange coincidence, and, "how do I erase it from my mind so I may move on with the future?" you ask. 
Well, that is actually a really thought provoking question that might take a few more years for me to figure out. As for now, I am content with my life the way it is unfolding. It's not easy by any means at the specific time, but I am learning so much and getting thrust into so much change. 
I know this is good for me because I have an extremely hard time adjusting to change. This is something I've come to learn about myself over the past few years or so. My mother keeps telling me that, "life is a series of adjustments," and I know she is right. As long as I keep changing myself, I need to learn that the people and surroundings around me are going to keep shifting. I need to embrace change and flow with it as a river does. 
I don't want people to get me wrong, though... I am not sad. This is a day for reflection, and I enjoy spending it alone (well, without a lover).. I am spending the evening with my girl friends and we are watching a movie. I am excited for the future and what it holds.. and regardless of my relationship status at one moment to the next.. I feel I am solidifying myself as a person in the process of finding myself. I won't ever forget about Joel and Clementine's story.. but they aren't me.. and never were. 
(all production stills provided by
Happy Valentine's Day.. I hope this finds you all in a happy place. Don't forget about who shaped you into the person you've become and most importantly, who you are as an individual.
love, polly :)


new bow tie materials

I took the bus to Joann Fabric yesterday and purchased these supplies for more bow ties! 
Miss Gee, this package is getting sent to you on Tuesday at the latest! You should have it by the end of the week!♥ A big thank you to Elsie Flannigan for providing this giveaway from her lovely shop, Red Velvet!
Also, my very first bow tie is now FOR SALE. I put a lot of love into it and spent a lot of time dreaming about the idea and how to make it a reality. 
This particular bow tie was featured on 
Thank you so much for being here, I truly appreciate every reader I have.
love, polly :D


a tour of my new room!

Hi, there! Thanks for visiting! Here is what my room looked like last week!
my little cat statue! I named her Angela.
More pictures to come soon of the entire room and my drawing table! I love my room so much more than my old room from last semester! Hope your weekend is lovely!
love, polly :)


Feed The Birdies giveaway aftermath

I am back with another giveaway aftermath edition from the cute little blog Feed the Birdies, my lovely sponsor who provided this beautiful vintage dress for one lucky reader of my blog! The winner, Miss Polly Davies, has been so kind to blog about getting the dress and she also took some pictures for us!
See the giveaway, here!
Isn't she cute? I can't believe we are so much alike and we EVEN have the same name! Her nick name is PJ, too! ;P
Trina from Feed the Birdies also included some wonderful little treats in with the parcel along with the dress! HOW SWEET! Thank you so much for sending the parcel to London, Trina! Both Pollys appreciate it more than you know!!
Isn't Polly gorgeous? I've never sent a letter to London before! (that's where she lives!)
Hope you're having a nice Tuesday! 
Congratulations, Polly!!
love, polly :)


simply breakfast!

Wow. I love the Simply Breakfast blog! So simple and elegant. I could look through the pictures all day! Breakfast is my favorite! What's your favorite meal?
It's MONDAY, yay! I have SO much to do today! Lots of school work and assisting with Man of La Mancha. Dress parade is TOMORROW! Yippee! Share more with you soon!
(this is for my friend Kyle who lives in Hollywood, CA!) He is sending me a letter, too!
love, polly