1/15/2015

The Creative Money Hole...


I often wonder why we need to buy so much junk to feel creative. New projects that showcase new techs, new machines, new ways of doing things. Stencils, paint, inks, sprays, markers, stuff-stuff-stuff....

I dunno about you, but I can't be that liberal with my earnings.

But that doesn't stop me from wanting all the new fancy shit that comes out on a regular basis. My paper art supplies are a good ten years old. And since getting back to it, and jumping into art journaling, I have found that I am not satisfied with what I already own in art supply. I have a lot of it already! I don't need anymore!!



So what I want to do is use what I have THEN buy more. Why should I stuff my shelves with new stuff just because everyone else has it? A lot of the new things like alcohol inks are easy to make with cheap $1 spray bottles. And distress inks?? Has no one ever heard of dry brushing to get that look? Or using a make-up sponge? Every time I go into Joanns or Micheals, I stand in front of the Tim Holtz line ( both stores now have an entire section devoted to this line now), and argue with myself about getting some distress ink to try. Or a pack of alcohol inks. Or some Dylusions ink spray....which are all $10 a pack (2 - 3 items). I also what some alcohol markers in the worst way...but I can't buy them in a pack of primaries or brights?? No. You must buy them in packs of 8, in one color scheme...for $20 a pack. WHY?! I don't want a whole package of just one color in multiple tones! Why can't I get the primaries and black? It's rather frustrating on my budget the way they market these things.

There are ways to make (or make-do) with what I already own.

I must admit. I am very tempted to get a die cutting machine. But the prices of the dies!!!

OYE!!

But I have punches, a bunch of them actually, and I have templates (you know, those plastic things with shapes you trace and cut by hand? Yea, THOSE things) that I use on a regular basis. Do I really need THAT too? If I get it, will I use it once or twice and never again because of the price of the dies? I have a Xyron sticker machine that I have barely touched in the many years I have had it. I thought I would use it when I bought it, but I barely have.

I hope that someday I will be able to live with someone who adores me enough to buy me art supplies I don't need, or enjoys watching me create, or enjoys seeing me happy when I create.

Someday....

"We must endure the hard times and BELIEVE that the good times are coming."

When? How long? Where?!

Oh el sigh o.

Not a very inspiring post I'm afraid.





Until next time...
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1/07/2015

Drumming in the New Year


Drumming in the New Year - 2015


New art journal page arrived in time for the new year. I found the photo of the maker of my favorite bass drum (below) and decided to include the photo as an insert after taking the photo of the page. I do not know if he still lives, probably not because he was getting pretty old when the photo was taken. He was a nice guy and let me buy the drum for $50. A LOT LESS than it could have been sold for. Money well spent. It has a lovely, deep tone to it that carries over the air. I miss being able to drum. The walls here are so thin. The page on the right I made back in June of last year. The facing page was still white so I made it to match. The tree was an ATC I received in a swap sometime last year. It was just a tree stamped and embossed...not something I would put with my traded ATC collection so it got added to the page rather than tossed. It's appropriate enough for this time of year. The "Chinese lanterns" were cut from a Gelli plate page I received in a different swap last year. I want to do an art journal on just the full moons and whatever sign they are in. This month's full moon is in Cancer and I've picked three words to use on this months full moon page: Compassion, Nourish, Protect with a giant heart somewhere on the page. That's the plan, at least....we'll see what happens....

"Crow" maker of my drum

The next image is of a pinterest find that I wanted to try out. You pull out the center of a TP roll and stuff it into an aluminum can, then fill with rubbing alcohol. It works! Yes, yes, calm down. It was burned safely. I do have an inkling of common sense. I posted this to facebook and my friends went crazy! LOL! The idea behind this is that it is an emergency source for heat. It did put off a ton of heat. The flames look intimidating, they aren't. LOL


 I received this card with some washi tapes yesterday. It's so simple!! Why can't I do simple cards?


I made a card last week and recorded the process after I figured out the time lapse setting on my camera. I bought a gorilla tripod off Amazon just for this purpose.



And what a fridged day it was. School canceled because of dangerously cold windchills. I don't know if they will cancel tomorrow but I'm kind of glad they did. At my new employer I wash buses between routes for extra income. During this butt ugly cold spell it's just not possible because it would freeze everything up as most of the buses are stored outside. So instead they ask me to clean the insides and I just hate doing the insides. I end up all achy and hurty. It's a huge trigger for my back pain. I don't have the courage, yet to say something about it. I really enjoy washing them, I dunno what it is about washing a giant bus but it's oddly satisfying...and a great workout that doesn't seem to hurt me as much as trying to get the insides cleaned.
Dispite the cold, I did go out in it. I was on my way to work when they called to tell me school canceled. Couldn't they make this decision sooner in the morning?? I leave before 6am...I kind of have to if I want to warm the engine of the Little Paseo, get coffee and get to work in time to warm up my bus. I wasn't too far into my drive to work so I turned around and went back home. I didn't think I wanted to go back to bed but I ended up doing just that and slept another three hours.

My friend Bellezza sent me a rice bag that you put in the microwave to heat up. It has been so WONDERFUL to have at night. The heating in this apartment is pretty shitty so my bedroom is an icebox in this kind of weather....and an oven in the summer. I warm the rice bag up and stick it under the covers while I get ready for bed (brushing teeth, etc). When I get to bed there is a nice warm patch right where my lower back lays. It helps me warm up rather quickly under the covers, and helps my back to relax, so I tend to fall asleep sooner. It really is a blessing to have this hand-made gift to use!

Cafe window all frosted up



Until next time...
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1/02/2015

Another year...



I'm still around, mostly. Between the nearly 30 days of cloudy weather through December to my work scheduled I've rarely had time, nor the energy, do do much else. If you didn't already know, as a follower of this blog, I have S.A.D. I do not have health insurance, nor do I have faith in our health care system, so I deal with it the best way I can using herbals and light therapy. SAD has hit me hard this season. We've had more dark than sunny days and it really takes a toll on my energy and emotional levels. I've also felt extremely lonely and isolated this holiday season. Many thoughts go back to the years when I had someone to share it with, and sometimes I miss it, and then I think about how aweful I was treated and then I don't really miss it as much. You'd think three years into being single I wouldn't be thinking about those times anymore!! *shaking my damned head*

A friend suggested that I should do another ritual of cutting ties because I keep dreaming and thinking of the ex. I see him here and there and have even...almost, said hi and attempted conversation...but then I think of all the HURT he caused me and I turn sour. I don't know how people stay friends with their ex's. I don't think I could do it. Being around them, talking to them, would just drudge up old, painful, memories. BAH! Matters of the heart are strange and alien.

I did get some quilting done over the days off I've had for the holiday season. This one used a pack of Moda precuts called "Turning Leaves" that I sewed together in a sashed 9-patch, then cut into half both ways (Disappearing Nine Patch or D9P). This is only one pack and I think I will need to buy another one next month when I visit Patches and Petals again for the monthly block meeting. Bellezza said it looked like presents. They really do!


Then I finished this "Waffle Time" topper that I started back in October. I stopped working on it when my arm was bothering me. I think I have the start of Carpel Tunnel in my right arm.  But it isn't bothering me as much now. The middle pumpkin on this topper is hand stitched.
 A journal page entry. I received a random gift card from a secret santa coworker. I was told they felt I deserved it because I was always nice and in a cheery mood. The card was so pretty I decided to add it to my art journal. I was able to buy the next expansion pack to my favorite game World of Warcraft. They really out did themselves on that one!
 This was an awesome feast that I made. My last pantry visit gave me PURPLE sweet potatoes and Italian sausages. So I made me some purple sweet potatoes and bangers with beer cooked red onion. OOoooohhhh, it was DIVINE and the potatoes were such a novelty that I took a photo of the finished product.
 The next two photos are gifts I recieved from a couple of my riders. So cute!!! It's been a very long time since I have recieved any gifts for driving the bus. Small towns make all the difference because people think of each other more, I think, than they do in the more densely populated areas. I love this town!



















If you do the instagram thing, I have been posting a lot to there.

http://instagram.com/crafting4goddess/










Until next time...
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11/09/2014

Halloween!!

Halloween was fun again this year! I dressed up as a Hobbit from the LOTR. I made the beard via this website which I found on Pinterest. Hurrah for a Pinterest win!! It cost me a whole $8 to make.
The helmet I found at Goodwill for $.69 and painted the "horns" to look more like...well...horn rather than they gray plastic they were. The hatchet was $2 and the rest of the gear a friend loaned me (shield, clothes, and drinking horn). You can see one my best friends in the slideshow dressed up as a creepy Shaman. I think she nailed it!






video
A goofy Dwarven me jamming to Diggy-Diggy Hole.

Diggy Diggy Hole







In other news!
Hibiscus Bloom!!

My Hibiscus finally is blooming after three years of growth. She started as a 6" cutting from a tree my friend had. I read that if you wait till it blooms to trim, it'll bloom more. I trim her every year because she has grown to over 6 feet tall. I didn't this year and she grew all summer. As soon as I brought her inside she started blooming!! YAY!!












View from Work


This is a snapshot of the view of the sky and land around work. Isn't that gorgeous!!! We are expecting snow overnight tonight and I am NOT looking forward to getting out in it. My car is super tiny and is a manual shift. Sometimes I forget I am driving a manual and I am afriad I'll fuck up and land in a ditch.








Hallows Card



Is finally finished the last swap I signed up for before work started. This one was a Samhain card swap. I haven't gotten feedback from it yet, so I dunno if the recipient appreciated it or not.













Inside

I have also been dealing with a lot of odd, random, numbing of my arms and hands. I am hoping it is just because I am in dire need of a Chiro visit. It's made fine movements needed to hand sew or write a bit painful. That'll be happening next week. I've had two painful spasms in the last couple of months and I think it's pulled shit out of place. Ugh. It's never ending isn't it, the problems in life we have to deal with. 




Well now we are moving into the big gift giving holiday season and I am hosting a local Handmade Holiday gift exchange. I'm not sure how well I will deal with that with the current conditions of my back and arms that I am dealing with. Sewing by hand is a beotch right now (as I found out when I tried to do some embroidery). I don't really have the time nor energy to plan an event, but whatevs...I had fun at the Hallows one and I am sure I will have fun at this one as well.

Thanks to some sales in my etsy store I've gotten several major repairs completed on the car with the help of a friends husband who was a mechanic for 12 years and has access to a lift and all the tools he could ever need. So it's mostly road safe now. The brakes are doing some vibrating when stopping at higher speeds, so we still have that to deal with....and the heat. I have no heat in the cab at all. It's gonna be a long winter if we can't figure that one out. I went out this afternoon and tightened the lighter socket as it was loose. It is probably going to be one of the easiest repairs I will ever do. I had to take some of the dash apart and take out the entire stereo unit to get to it, but it wasn't hard at all.

Now on to make some Thanksgiving cards and get started on my handmade gifts.


Until next time...
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10/12/2014

What I have been working


Custom Journal Cover
 I thought since I've not posted in a while I would post a bit about what I had been working on through the last couple of months. Quilting has gone to the back burner while my passion for the paper arts has come around again. 
I have so many interests and talents that they make their rounds as the year goes.
The first one is an altered $1 journal found at Joanns. I sanded the cover and then gesso'd it, which made a very interesting texture with the sanding.  On top of that I worked in some oil pastels to make a sunrise like scene. The old tree was made with black...paper rope? I have no idea what it is called but it was sent to me some time ago in a swap. It makes a great looking tree!! It just needs an owl or crow on a branch. 





Fall Card




This is a fall themed card that I made for a swap, but then found that I had already sent out that swap. Whoops! This particular design was inspired from fall themes I looked at in the magazine "Card Maker Fall 2014". It's a mag that the library carries. So I go in and browse through it and take photos with the phone of what inspires me since I cannot check-out the current issues. Library rules. Meh. I like it so much I was considering making a set of five to add to the shop for $20. The background is mono-printed. I don't think I have enough gems though for all five...might have to mix it up a bit but micro beads or even leaf punchies.







Full Moon 



This next one of the moon was the day after the full moon eclipse. It was picture perfect sitting above work. It was auto-awesomed by google.














Sacred Hallows

This Sacred Hallows journal page was done for a swap on swapbot called "Sacred Hallows". I also included a pressed leaf, some "Sacred Wood" incense and a crow feather for my partner. 













Bookpage Dragonfly













Bookpage Dragonfly and Ladybug ATC's were done for a swap on swapbot.com. I had a fun time swapping through that site over the summer but I just don't have time for it now.



Bookpage Ladybug



















Pumpkin ATC


A nice fall scene for a pumpkin ATC,











Rare Urban Trashcan Squirrel


 And while out for a coffee run last weekend, a squirrel decided to explore the trashcan next to the window where I sat. He stretched all the way down inside of it but I was too slow at getting the phone out to catch that bit of funny squirrel fun. See the blue car? That's mine!! Eeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!




Fall ATC


Another ATC for a swap over there on swapbot.











Halloween ATC Swap



These were fun to create. I didn't realize when I signed up that it was a three-for-three. I had fun creating these none-the-less. Used some mono-printed background that I experimented with adding texture with undiluted gesso.









That's all for now me thinks. I worked on a lot over the summer. I'll try to stay more active on here. After I get home I usually don't have energy for much more than making dinner, doing a few dishes, eating said dinner and heading off to bed.

TTFN!



Until next time...
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