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Underpants

So I showed Hubster the waistband in the front of my underpants, and wouldn’t you know it was clearly meant to be in the rear.

Me: I was wondering why when I was sitting on the floor with the kids, my underpants were riding low in the back.
H: so you mean you’ve had them on backwards all day
Me: yep
H: and don’t you think you should correct that?
Me: we’ll that would require me to take off my shoes
H: do we need to get you Velcro shoes?

Art journal

So I recently posted about kiddo’s art journal and some people have asked me about mine. Mine is in no way as far along as hers, but I guess I can share. 🙂

My journal is an altered algebra book. I haven’t done anything to the cover. I don’t know if I’m going to wait until I’m done with the journal or just do it when I get the urge. We’ll have to see.

Here is the cover now.

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This is the first page. For about a week, all I had on the page were the distress and alcohol inks. I like the way they’ve blended. Then I added the stamped letters.  The white spots are white crayon explained later, but not meant to be on the page. To some, it may be a completed page, but when I look at it, I just feel there’s something missing, so I’m not calling it complete. I think I need to find a better white pen.

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This page is the first page I started working on at the beginning of July. It started out being black, blue, red and yellow. I wasn’t feeling the colors, so I covered the whole thing in black. I found the picture of the girl bound in ropes in one of my photography magazines. Since she was in black, white & gray tones, I wanted to keep that feel in my page. At the time of working on this page, I felt bound or restrained by things, like the girl. The stars are hopes, dreams, potential, whatever. I don’t call this one completed because I’m looking for that perfect quote to put somewhere….probably in the silver section at the bottom. The crayon I melted onto the page stuck to the prior page when I used my heat gun on another page. That’s why there’s a smidgen of colors.

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This is my first two page spread. I’m not sure where this one is going. I wanted to try out sequin scrim stenciling and using texture. For the swirl & stars I used tile putty. Proof that what you use is up to you & it doesn’t always have to be traditional art supplies. This one is definitely unfinished. I don’t know why it posted sideways.

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This one isn’t finished either. Again, I don’t know where it’s going. I hope it’s powerful. So far I used acrylic paint and wax that I melted. Using the heat gun on this wax is what caused the crayon on the other page to melt again.

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I actually started this page before the prior page. I was testing out new colors of my homemade alcohol inks. When I look at this, I picture a light, airy Asian scene. You know….with the pagodas perilously close to the cliff edges, but breathtakingly beautiful. Too bad I haven’t figured out how to transfer that picture in my mind onto the page. This one is definitely not finished. The white spot is paint pen. Oopsie.

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This is the only page that I consider to be finished. It’s another 2 page spread. I wanted to work with texture, and i just wanted to be free in my adventure. I started with torn pieces of paper bag. Glued them down. Added torn, dried baby wipes. Added drywall tape. I covered the entire page with a blue sheet of tissue paper. I spritzed a few places with alcohol ink. I wanted to bring out some of the texture of the drywall tape, so I brushed over it with a silver acrylic. I had a McDonald’s napkin I had used to clean my stamps when I was working on the baby album, so I tore that into pieces and glued it on. I also spritzed some pieces of the napkin with ink and added them to the page. I had some baby wipes kiddo and I had used to clean brushes, so on the page they went. I brushed over the page with a pearlizing medium to give it a shimmer. Lastly, I added the stenciling of “Make A Mess” because I felt that’s what I did on this page. But it’s a happy, experimental mess.

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Close up of one side.

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And the other page.

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I hope this inspires you to make your own beautiful mess. As always, comments are welcome.

Thank you

Today I was a bit humbled by the display of solidarity of humanity I witnessed. I had a lunch meeting to attend, so around 11 am, I hopped in my car to head to the restaurant. As I approached the highway, I noticed people of all shapes, sizes, and abilities lined along the overpass. I entered the highway, and at the next overpass was a flag hanging between the extended ladders of two firetrucks.

As I travelled down the road, traffic became thicker, and I could see cars pulling off the side of the road. People and flags lined the highway in patches for miles. Old, young, families, individuals, couples. I then realized that all these people were coming together to pay respect to Chris Kyle. Most of these people only knew of him, and had never actually met him. Most of these people did not know each other. Here were thousands of people, literally lining the highway to honor this fallen man and his family. They tore themselves away from their computers, their errands, their everyday lives. They took a brief moment to show that people do care about others. They could have gone about their day, working, reading, driving, shopping, but they chose to join together in this one act.

I have to say that i did have a moment of emotion, sadness for the family to have to experience such a tragedy, pride that these strangers were coming together, awe that i was witness to this. I arrived at the restaurant and took a moment to reflect on what I saw in my journey.

I want to take a moment from my day to thank each of those who took time from their day to remind me that there is hope, and that sometimes there is that common thread that binds us….thank you, each and every one of you.

What to do…..

So this past weekend, Hubster got raspberries to use to make raspberry butter to go on steaks. He made it, but we didn’t get to use it because it stuck to the wax paper he wrapped it inside. Well, he had about 2-2.5 cups of berries left, with nothing to make. He gave me the mission of doing something with them before they went bad. So off to search I went. I found oodles of things to make with raspberries: crepes, tarts, jams, jellies, cookies, cakes….. Those of you who follow me on Pinterest know I’ve been on a cupcakes kick, so I narrowed down my search to cupcakes. I found chocolate raspberry, raspberry raspberry, lemon raspberry, vanilla raspberry….none looked enticing enough. Plus I wanted to use the whole berry, not a purée or jam or flavoring. I just wanted something simple. Then a white chocolate cupcake with white chocolate cream cheese frosting caught my eye. White chocolate and raspberries got together, right? We were about to find out. I ran to the store for some final ingredients that we didn’t have readily on hand, and upon my return, I began to bake!

Now mind you…this is my first baking adventure since we got the new oven. I mixed up all the ingredients. Of course, I tasted the batter. Who mixes up a cupcake batter and doesn’t indulge in dipping in their finger to taste what’s become of all the mixing, and beating, and stirring, and folding?
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Once I was done sneaking my taste and approved the batter the batter was ready, I spooned it into the tins. I stuck a lone raspberry into the middle of each cupcake.
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I then spooned more batter on top of each berry to cover them up and encase their berriliciousness.
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Then they baked. And baked, and baked. And once they were cooled, I piped on the white chocolate cream cheese frosting, plopped on another raspberry, sprinkled on some almonds, and drizzled on some dark chocolate. And this is what appeared…..
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Unfortunately, I have yet to taste them, but my mother-in-law had one and she said it was delish. After dinner I’ll treat myself to one for dessert.

This glorious new website

So far I have only posted for my participation in the with.in movement, but that is not the only reason I created this site. (By the way, if you haven’t joined the with.in movement, head on over and check out the deets. It is a journey of self discovery, and for those who have the courage to share, you realize that you are not alone.)

Anyway…I’m trying to find my creative self. What that may be, who knows as I am still finding that out. However, I do think I have narrowed it down. I know that I am a creative photographer, but I already have a blog for that. If you want to see some of my photography, please visit my photography blogsite. With ArtsyCre8ive, I will try to focus more on things like my bath and beauty products (soaps and sugar scrubs – I have a page up for my scrubs like sizes, prices and flavors), wearables and props (hats, fascinators, and other crocheted items), and my dabbling in digital scrapbooking. I would like to work more on my scrapbooking as lately I have only worked on it once a year. I might throw some sketching or writing in (obviously writing with the with.in movement). It will be an adventure for me, or at least I’d like to try to make it an adventure. With the with.in movement, I am making one post a week. Hopefully, with all of my ambitiousness to be more creative, I will post more than that. I’ll have to see how well this takes flight.

I am hoping that this also drives me to finish more projects, as I tend to start them, but have so many unfinished knitted and crocheted items laying around. I promised my daughter that I would make her a tiger from Elizabeth Doherty’s book Amigurumi!: Super Happy Crochet Cute. I’ve been working on that for almost 2 years now. And it’s not that it’s a difficult project, it’s just that I haven’t focused on it. I’ve also got one of the wild things from where the wild things are from this pattern I found on Ravelry. (If you are a yarn-a-holic and haven’t found Ravelry, I suggest you go visit today!) I also have a set of Angry Birds that remains unfinished, and I bought those patterns. Again, not that they are difficult because I can knock one out in less than a weekend. I just have to focus.

I am proud to say that I did finish a crochet project for a friend who was expecting. I made her baby girl these. (iPhone picture – I said I was a creative photographer, not an iPhone photographer. LOL) Again, from a pattern found on Ravelry.

Oh and I’d like to get creative in my baking. It’s been a while since I made some cupcakes, but they seem to be what I like best, those and cookies. I’ve become addicted to Pinterest (if you haven’t tried it and need an invite, I’ll get you hooked up – just contact me) and Kevin and Amanda (follow their blog NOW! It’s a MUST!) have some uber yummy looking recipes. Maybe one day I’ll just take some time and try some out.

If you feel like it, leave a comment. It can be words of encouragement, a request for something that I make (that would make me focus focus focus if it was for someone else, right?), or just ramblings.