Monday, December 29, 2008

The Holidays Are Over

But we still have next year! It will probably be here just a quickly as the last one came. Today is my birthday. Joy Joy...yeah. No, I'm happy. It isn't anything to be excited about though. All my milestones are hit except for being actually considered a senior citizen, and I believe I have 32 more years until that. I'm 23 today. For the most part it feels the same as 22 but I can definitely feel a bit more maturity. I'm a little more calm (hee hee) and a little more patient. And maybe even a little wiser. I think I've had a jump but I'm not sure that everyone else agrees. My Christmas was horrible. My Christmas Eve was great. Go figure. Everyone was unhappy and tense. My Grandpa doesn't seem to make it better with his attitude problem. And can you believe he thought we all were mad? Yeah right. The kids had a great Christmas only because they don't really value the reason for the season. This is definitely going to change next year though. Presents are not all it's about. We didn't put my Grandma's stocking up this year. I wanted to but my gpa said that "it's time" we leave it down. Never will I listen to him again. I don't know what happened but it just didn't feel like Christmas. If any of you know me, you'd know I'm an avid believer in supernatural and karma and all that good stuff. She's usually here with us every year. I notice it anyway. This year she wasn't. She wasn't even here when we were decorating the tree. She usually is. Maybe it's my imagination but I don't really think so. This year was full of anger and disappointment. I really hope 2009 has the making for a good year. Obama's here, it's got to be better. Saturday Noah took me out to dinner at Joe's. It was great food. I actually enjoyed myself at some point this weekend. We saw "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and it was soooooo good. Brad Pitt is delicious. Between him, Johnny Depp, and Gerard Butler, I could melt for years. Imagine if they all made a movie together!?! I think I'd have a heart attack. The closest "buncha hot boys in one movie" movie I can think of is "Oceans 11". Yeah......

Anyway, to end this boring post, I will wish you all a Happy New Year and a better 2009.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Weekend Bliss

Well, this weekend was great. We actually didn't do much of anything but it was still fun. Friday night was a blah night only because Noah fell asleep on the livingroom floor but it's okay, he was tired. Saturday was good. We woke up and got ready for the day and decided we'd go take a ride to Havasu. We started our trip by eating lunch at Chili's. Let me tell you, they have the most delicious broccoli cheese soup ever! I also ordered spinach artichoke dip but it wasn't that great. Applebee's is the place to go for dip, that's for sure. Anyway, I was mainly looking forward to eating my molten lava cake but with 3 pecking spoons, I didn't get as much as I anticipated. Lol. That's okay though. I had more than enough food. After that we went to Lighthouse Trail and walked a bit. It would have been much more enjoyable if I had known we were going there because I would have worn appropriate shoes and not have worn paper thin sandals. I tell you, I could feel every rock. It was still awesome though. You could see the lake so well and all the little duckies made the kids giggle. Once that was finished, we decided to take the kids to the park. The parks there and in Kingman are so much nicer than the ones here at home. Anyway, we did the park scene for a while until evil big kids came and shoved their way through. That's about the time I say "okay, let's find something else to do...." so we got in the car and headed down to the "village" area where they were having the boat light parade. There were sooooo many people!!! I did find us a good place to sit though. So we watch the pretty boats go by. I think there were 36 total. Something like that. Anyway, it lasted about an hour and it was worth it all. The kids had fun and so did we. That was that. The kids ate dinner and then fell asleep. Pretty fun filled day if you ask me. I didn't make anything over the weekend since I consider it "family time" and I would rather do it on weekdays when everyone's gone. It gives me something to keep me occupied. I hope to make many more holiday themed items to fill my house with. It seems difficult to make something and give it away to family. For example, I gave away and ornament that I made to someone in my family and their words were "oh.....thanks. It's cute" Now, if you're a collage artist or someone that uses vintage beat up stuff in your art, you will know exactly what I'm talking about. That look. The one that silently says "what the hell is this?!" and it's difficult to explain it. I guess those of us who understand and appreciate the art of yesteryear (I like to call it that. It sounds so vintage...heee hee) can appreciate the beauty in it. Those that don't get it, well, all I can say is....don't expect a card from me! HMPH! Lol, no I'm kidding. But seriously, it's frustrating having to explain what things are. I feel like yelling "NO I don't know this person on the card but it's pretty so shut up and be happy!!" but of course I don't do that. It would be rude. Lol. I know you know what I'm talking about. It's frustrating. Well, I think it's time to end this rant. It took 2 days in draft to actually publish it. Lol. I'm such a procrastinator. Hee hee.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

12 Tags? 2 for now....

So Tim Holtz has started his 12 Tags of Christmas again and I have been joyously checking in every night to see what he has come up with next. The girls over at ATT (no not the phone company, AllThingsTim Yahoo! Group) have already started theirs and are already on tag 4. Well, I happen to be a procrastinator and I also enjoy spending most of the day looking at others' work. I started with day 3 for some reason and after that one was done, I did day 2. Don't ask me why I skipped 4 and went backward but I did. It was fun nevertheless. I don't have much to say for tonight so I'm just gonna post the pics and probably go to bed. Nighty night all and hope you like them.

12 Tags of Christmas-Day 2 My Rendition

12 Tags of Christmas-Day 3 My Rendition

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Alice

Hey there everyone. Today is definitely feeling like a good day. Not that anything spectacular is going to happen, but it just seems like a nice, serene afternoon. Christmas decor is being put up finally. I've actually gotten off my lazy butt and did something productive. Lol. I believe I said something yesterday about coming back to post a project I just finished and of course, I never made it back. How typical of me right? Anyway, I have it now. It's a little piece I thought of while thrift shopping the other day. I was looking for some children's books and came across Alice in Wonderland. I absolutely LOVE this movie and the book had some great black and white images in it. So of course I scooped it up along with some other stuff. I knew I wanted to make something with the book so I decided on a canvas piece. I decided on a blue color scheme and it just went from there. I used acrylic as well as watercolor crayons. It worked out quite well. After all the book pages were glued down it got a layer of beeswax and it was dusted with perfect pearls. So in my opinion, it turned out just the way I had hoped. Crazy and fun. Hope you guys like it, and don't be shy....gimme some input :) Oh! Before I go, I just wanted to tell you guys that I am #2 on www.arnellsartcollection.gotop100.com! Yes, there's only about 30 blogs on there but I'm a little joyful about being #2 right now. Just below Pam Carriker! She's fantasmic! If you're a mixed-media artist, you should definitely go sign up and get your name out a little more. I'm like a giddy little dork. Hee heee.




Tuesday, December 2, 2008

My Newest Discovery

Now, maybe I have just had my head in the clouds but I have recently found an artist that sure does tickle my fancy. Her name is Audrey Hernandez and she is soooo spectacular, there aren't even words to describe the amount of inspiration I get from her work. She has created some of the most beautiful collage art I have ever seen! If you haven't already got the pleasure of seeing her gorgeous stuff, you can find it here on her blog http://www.smallcreations.blogspot.com/. You can also run off to your nearest book store (and I say book store because most general stores don't carry specialty magazines) and pick up Somerset Workshop and Somerset Studios where you can see her stuff in print. It's honestly breathtaking (for me anyway) and I will definitely be blog stalking her. Lol.


I kinda just wanted to inform about her and invite you to go look at her stuff. I will be back on in a bit with my latest project. See you then!

Monday, December 1, 2008

I'm Still Here

Wow long time no see huh? Welp, I have been busy busy with painting my art room and redecorating it a bit, as well as getting things ready for Thanksgiving. Mine was good. We had a somewhat stress free atmosphere and the food was great. 13 people total was very large and the table just about fit us all. I didn't take any pictures because, well, nobody likes having their picture taken so there's absolutely NO full family photos of us all. I'm not going to run around the house with the camera when everyone hides their face so I guess I say the hell with it. They'll wish they did someday. Well, no, I can't say I didn't take pictures....I did take a few photos of Noah and the kids and visa-versa. That's all though. Since all that is over until Christmas, I have some free time to blog and create. I really need to catch up on holiday decorating though. I only have one garland out and a few knick knacks here and there. My grandpa is going to start putting up the Christmas lights outside sometime this week. I can't wait until it's all done and we can be all warm and cozy with our cocoa and Christmas cheer. I think out of all the holidays, Christmas inspires me most. I love vintage Santa images and clip art of children playing in the snow. It's all so festive. I started some more holiday inspired art and thought you'd like to see it.


Vintage Santa on a mini canvas with grungeboard and beeswax


Denim fabric ATCBeeswax Christmas collage on canvas


Now these next 5 photos are of a Christmas card that I am sending to someone special so I can't reveal the whole thing. That's why there are little peeker pics so you can get a feel for it. Once the card is received, I will post a pic of the whole thing.





So there it is. My little bit of joy that accumulated to 5 overnight. I swear, by the time I realized what the clock said, it was already 5:00 in the morning!! Not to mention I had to get up at 6:45 to get Jimmy ready for school. It didn't work that way though, lol...he ended up getting out of bed a little late due to mom's long night. And I only have myself to blame. He wasn't late though, he just didn't have as much time to play on the playground as usual so it's all good. Anyway, I will be back probably tomorrow if not later tonight to ramble on about.

P.S. the Jalapeno burger from Carl's Jr. is immaculate!! It's the most delicious thing ever! (for now atleast, lol)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

I Love My Guy!

After having such a terrible week (or should I say so far a terrible month) I woke this morning to my love giving the kids breakfast and two beautiful bouquets of flowers! Noah is just the sweetest guy in the whole world and he always knows how to brighten my day. I was totally not expecting anything like this but he surprised me once again. It's funny how well he knows me too! he knew just what flowers to buy to make me a squishy inside! Lol. The first bouquet was a dozen beautiful roses. My favorite! The second bouquet was a dozen gorgeous and sweet smelling stargazer lilies! They smell like Heaven! The entire kitchen smells like these beauties! I decided I'd just mix the two together in a vase to fill it out and take up less space and it just looks soooo amazing. So very amazing that I decided to post pictures! I smile every time I walk into the kitchen. He knows how to keep me in the ups, that's for sure.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Apparently I Bother Some

So I got an e-mail this morning from a "group" member who said this about my post on Bush and all that stuff:

"I went to your blog hoping to see something inspiring and was greeted with a diatribe about Bush being the AntiChrist. Funny...we've been saying the same thing all along about Obama.
I won't be visiting again."

Well, the situation with this is merely personal opinion. If you're so bothered by my opinion on George Bush, then just don't read those posts. If all you care about is the artistic side of me, then only read those posts. And another thing, if you're mad at me about saying Bush is the anti-Christ, and you're offended by it, then shouldn't I be offended that you consider the man I trust, Obama, as the anti-Christ? Aren't you just contradicting yourself? Regardless of what anyone says, this is my blog. This is where I say what I want. This is where I post my thoughts and art and whatever else it is that I feel like posting. Right? Okay, if I'm not calling you up and nagging in your ear about my beliefs, then what are you so worried about? I'm going to quote myself here okay? :

"I know there are people who believe he is a good man with good intentions and I am not trying to take anyone's faith away, as I would hope you would try not to rob me of mine."

Am I being horribly harsh here? I'm telling you to take no offense to what I am saying. I'm stating my opinion on MY blog and that's the jest of it. I'm not coming to your site and ranting about it am I? And I could, but that would just be disrespectful. I like to hear anyone's opinion, even if it doesn't relate to mine. And I'm not the type who would tell you that you are wrong. It's YOUR thoughts and they belong to you. I respect that. So if you're going to come here and get upset about MY thoughts, then just don't come. I don't know what else to say. My art is completely separate from my opinions and if I'm offering you to come look at my art, then just look at my art. Nobody said you have to read through my other posts. Especially if they're not to your liking. So if there has been anybody to take offense to my political and spiritual opinions, then all I can say is, sorry you feel that way. I'm not chastising you for yours. Have a great day everyone.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Artistic Cheer

I've been feeling a bit strange lately and thought that I needed some artistic therapy to cheer me up so I made this Christmas tag along with this pendant. The pendant square is from 7gypsies and all I did was glue my paper to the backside of the square, as well as gluing the butterfly onto the paper. I put some glue on the inner rim of the square and then sprinkled micro beads all around. After that I filled it with Glossy Accents and let it dry overnight. The weird thing is, is that the Glossy Accents crackled. And no, I did not accidentally use Crackle Accents. Either way, it came out nice I think. As much as I'd like to have Tim Holtz's Christmas stamps, my LSS doesn't carry them and I'm not about to pay shipping so I deal with what I have. The dangling beads were originally clear but I wanted them to have Christmasy colors so I covered them with alcohol inks. And that's it. Gonna get ready to run to the store so I'll check in later. Bye!

It's Never Wrong to Have Faith

By now, all of you should know about my great hatred toward Bush right? And also my avid belief in Nostradamus. The predictions I've made about Bush being the anti-Christ and so on.....

Let me remind you that my predictions or should I say interpretations of this awful world right now are none other than my own and they are derived only from what the Higher Power is telling me. This hell is to be over with. Soon. The man is going to disappear much quicker than his undoing of this nation, but my stand is planted firmly on his role as the living devil. I know there are people who believe he is a good man with good intentions and I am not trying to take anyone's faith away, as I would hope you would try not to rob me of mine. My Savior has spoken and I hear Him so clearly. We WILL conquer this land bound hell we live in. We WILL have peace and serenity here on Earth. We have many, many more lifetimes to heal. It's not going to be easy or quick, but it will come. Famish will subside. The economy will rise. We WILL be in this Heaven on earth. I beg you all to just listen and open your eyes. those of you who are tired of the depression. Those of you who are tired of the lies. It will subside. I PROMISE. I'm sure you're thinking, "how can she PROMISE something like this?" and to be perfectly honest, I don't know. I don't know how I can promise this. But I can. And I will. I've done plenty of research and I find things that just enable me to share more of this confidence with you all. Society today has it's uptight opinions about all this stuff I'm talking about. That it's crazy. That it's absurd. That it's all a mirage that we carry with us. I'm just saying, for once, put down your biased-focals and see it my way. Even for just a minute. Breathe a little peace. I'm having a really hard time right now. My mind is constantly stirring and I feel like somebody is in my head, churning my mind with a spoon. But honestly, I think I know who it is. My faith has subsided over the years because of confusion and anger. I couldn't understand why things were spiraling so out of control for all of us. I began to think it was punishment. But what did I do? What did all these innocent people do? Well, I started thinking about life, and lessons. I started thinking about all the innocent, hurt individuals in this world who don't deserve to be put through this mess. The majority of the world is losing it's faith. There is anarchy and we have become so spiritually negligent. Then it came to me. I thought about how it was when we were in school. When one kid would do something bad, there would be a warning given. He would do it again, and he would receive a second warning. Still unruly, he would continue to misbehave until punishment was given. Majority of the time the punishment was upon the whole class. That's not fair, we all thought. We didn't do anything wrong! Why should we be punished?! BUT, did you follow in the boy's footsteps and misbehave the way he did? No, you didn't. You learned a lesson. You now know better than to disobey. This is what He is teaching us. He is showing us what can happen when we all disobey His word. He is telling us that we had better shape up or else. This is just a glimpse of what could come. The world is faithless. People are behaving like tyrants. But once we open our eyes and hearts to reality true reality, not the false reality we have given ourselves, we can begin to make anew. Nobody can hold you back from seeing what you want to see. It is time to see the truth. It's gonna take time but it can be undone, and it will be undone. To move on with this post, I want to redirect you here to read about Nostradamus' words on "The King of Terror" none other than.....well, you know. I wish I could let you all into my mind and the things that stir in there but I think if I went on about all those things, you'd be a bit frazzled. No matter what anyone says, I know, in my heart, that there is a divine force pushing me to think and imagine. As I said in a previous post, I was being guided by my faith and my trust and I still strongly feel that way. According to Nostradamus, the second coming of Christ is upon us. It's not in the future my friends, it's NOW. Don't expect to see Him in the flesh. He isn't here as Himself. He's here through another. Another who is going to bring the peace to us. I am so excited about the future and I really hope you all are too.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

My White Christmas

So living in Bullhead City, Arizona most of life means no snow. If I want snow I don't have to travel very far though, although I'd rather do without. I'm not one for the cold. But I do think that snow is beautiful and oh so festive. It's the ultimate Christmas scenery. I've had this little wooden fence thingy for a while and have been waiting to get an idea for it. Today was the day. Since Christmas decor is scattered through my house, the idea popped into my head for this little project. I am quite pleased with it and so is Breana. She's so proud of herself that she helped out. She definitely loves crafting and cooking. So here it is. My little snowy scene. BTW, the pictures do it no justice (hee hee).

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Disturbance in the Slumber

So here's an interesting little story I have to share with you tonight. It's 11:45 pm. Almost midnight. I am sitting here in front of my laptop trying to stay awake. I know I should be sleeping considering that I am forcing myself to sit here. However, I am just not looking forward to actually falling asleep. Okay, let me take you back to the beginning...


A week or so ago, I was having awful sleep and I think it was because of my pillow. It had become very flat and didn't have much support to it. After a few nights of painful sleep I decided it was time to go out and buy a new pillow. I went and searched and decided on a memory foam pillow. I had heard great things about them and figured I'd try it out. So I take it home and the first thing I do is air it out and put a little white musk oil on it to rid it of that "factory" smell it had. That was done, now to actually sleep on it. The first night was little different and it was a bit awkward since I've never really been used to anything like that (you'll really have to try for yourself to understand) but I pushed on with it. By the third night I was thinking, hey this isn't so bad. THEN...I started having these dreams...and let me say, I haven't had a dream in a very long time. Not too sure why, but I haven't. So anyway, I started having these dreams that involved my children. Not your happy go lucky dreams either. The first on was about my son Jimmy. He was with me at home with some other family members when all of a sudden, my aunt brings out a baby. It was HIM! Jimmy! As a baby. Yet he was still sitting next to me, as the six year old that he is right now. She handed him to me and I became very sad. Sad that my little boy wasn't a baby anymore. I held him and he just stared at me lovingly the way he had when he was a baby. I could actually feel his hair in my fingertips. It felt the way it did when he was a baby. And I could smell. I smelled him crazily. He smelled so sweet the way he always had after a bath. I started to cry and I guess unknowingly, I was REALLY crying. I woke up bawling. It wasn't a bad dream...but it wasn't the happiest either. It was just strange. The next night, I went to bed on my new pillow and fell asleep quickly. Good I say. NO...it was not good. I started dreaming. This time, it was about my little girl, Breana. For some reason she magically had a twin sister. All I can really remember was her, and her "sister" playing outside and then one of them was gone. All of a sudden people were screaming. There was a HUGE (and I mean HUGE) coyote or wolf or something running around the town. So HUGE that I could see it CLEARLY from about a mile away. I frantically took Breana inside but realized that Breana #2 was missing. My stomach turned (and I could really feel it) and I automatically thought she was eaten by that huge dog thing. I ran inside the house freaking out only to find her asleep in her grandpa's bed. I hugged her tightly and then...I woke up. What the hell kind of dream is THAT?!?! So that morning wasn't all that pleasant either. Going on with my day until nightfall....I was a bit apprehensive on going to sleep being that these last two nights bothered me so much....I lied down anyway. It's not like I can really stay awake forever right? So to sleep I go. On this damn pillow. Dream time please just leave me alone. No....no, why would you leave me alone? You apparently like to torture my fragile mind don't you?! Again with the wretchedness of it all. This dream was bit more disturbing. I for some reason, was in a house that I had never seen before. I think I remember a cruise ship but I can't seem to be able to piece it together all that well so I'll just leave that out. I was in this house with some other people...we were wandering around until we met this woman who showed us to our rooms. We settled in our rooms when all of a sudden I heard screaming (again with the damn screaming) and I rushed out of the room into what looked like a main foyer. Nothing. Okay...I'll head back to my room. Screaming again! What the hell is going on?!?! Back to the foyer. Nothing. I'm getting a little annoyed with this now. On my way back to my room there was the woman. She looked at me with an evil stare. Then all I remember was running around crazily and climbing on top of rafters and beams trying to get away from this scary lady who I'm assuming was trying to kill me. I met a boy, who seemed to be running from her too. We frantically fled from the maniacal woman and ended up outside. We ran through stalks of whatever the hell it was and reached a lone payphone. He called the police and then.....I woke up. What IS all this bullshit?! I'm really not enjoying this. Not one freaking bit. Then of course...last but not least. Yesterday night. I'm actually laying there in my bed, staring at the ceiling, praying to God that I DON'T dream of anything. I would like to have one peaceful night where I just don't dream. And I thought insomnia was bad. I fall asleep inevitably and head off into this hell I call dreamland. This dream was once again about Breana. I remember her playing outside with someone...don't remember who...and she was being happy and joyful until something made her mad. Noah (my honey and her daddy) came out to find out what was wrong. She was MAD! Really mad. Then the dream moved into a weird basement thing that was outside our house (we don't have a basement) and Breana was being so horrible to her dad that he took her down to this basement. She had something strange attached to her finger (pinky finger to be exact). It looked like a little metal claw. I told Noah about it and he asked her what it was. She turned and looked at him with this horrid, demonic look and just screamed. Then she tried to stab him with it. I'm thinking she was trying to actually kill him. I yelled and grabbed her begging her to stop. She was not gonna stop, that's for sure. I heard this horrible beeping noise and for some reason it made her calm down. It was so loud and she apparently didn't like it. She stopped fighting and went in the corner of the room. The beeping was still going strong when I realized it was my alarm clock and it was time to wake the hell up! Thank God for that alarm otherwise she might have gone even crazier and my awful dream would have continued. So here I sit tonight. Pondering on sleep. I want to so badly but I really am afraid to go to bed. Is it the new pillow? Can a pillow even do that to you? I'd like to think not, but then again I'd like to think so. If tonight turns into what these other night have been then maybe I will re-think this memory foam and possibly even go back to my flat friend. At least he never gave me nightmares.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Hi everyone! So I definitely had a productive weekend. I spent a good majority of the day snuggled up in my craft room. Inking and painting and sanding and all that other yummy stuff we love to do. I bought this little shelf thing (not really sure what it is) at the Salvation Army a while back ago, knowing I could do something with it. It has sat in my craft room for quite some time until I got a spark of creativity and went to town on it. I decided I wanted to turn it into something similar to a shrine. Not actually a shrine, but something similar. You get it. Right? Anyway, I got an idea so I went with it. I used some pictures out of a vintage Vatican painting book and made that my main focus. All the rest emerged from there. So in my opinion, it's a faith derived piece. Something meaningful. I plan to hang it in my livingroom and put a candle and some other little knick-knack on it. Maybe a Virgin Mary statue or something. Anyway, here it is. Plenty of mixed-media here.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Manila Tags For Sale

Just to let everyone know, along the sidebar on the right, I have for sale #8 Manila Shipping Tags. I will be selling them in bundles of 10 for $3.50. This includes shipping as well. I know many of you out there do not want to buy the tags in bulk. Especially since they are so expensive! I have many so I am offering to sell them in this allotment. You can purchase as many as you'd like as long as it is in multiples of 10. All you need to do is e-mail me from the link on the right and tell me how many you'd like as well as your name, address, and telephone number (just in case there is a problem). I will then send you an invoice through Google Checkout (secured site) and we can finish the process. If by chance you cannot send your payment through Google Checkout, I will take a check or money order and your items will be shipped once monies are received. Easy right?

I hope to help anyone out that needs some tags but cannot afford them in bulk.

Enjoy your night!

Natalie

Getting Back In The Groove

Hey there. I've been MIA for a couple days. Sure you didn't notice, lol. I plan to get back into the groove of blogging and crafting. Putting a little more effort in the post I make. I've been a bit busy lately. Cleaning up the house, taking down Halloween decor and pulling out Christmas decor. I can't believe it's so close. But if I decorate now, I will have it all up as long as possible and for me that's important. Christmastime brings me such joy and happiness. I get this perkiness and float about all giddily. But isn't that what Christmas is all about? Happiness? Yes indeed. I have some projects planned out. Although I hate to "plan" anything because it never seems to work out the way it was planned. So, let's just say I have some creative thoughts. Since I don't have anything interesting to show you or talk about tonight, I thought I'd post a picture to possible give some inspiration. This might be something I do with every post....

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


November 4th, 2008. A day that will be recorded in American history. The stories my great-grandchildren will learn about in their history class. The day that broke the mold for America and her citizens. A God send he is. The impact this election will make on us is immense and I will cherish this moment for the rest of my life. Our time is just beginning. This is a good thing.

Obama/Biden '08

Vintage Snowman

Good Morning everyone! I had quite the busy little night. I got my newest issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine and on the front cover was the most beautiful snowmen I had ever seen. I was instantly inspired. I went into my, as the pros say, "studio" and rummaged through some tid-bits until I found the perfect items to use for my Vintage Snowman. I was so overjoyed once it was done that I ran around the room trying to decide who to show first. Lol. Ahh, the joys that Christmastime will bring us. I had a great time and now have a gorgeous decorative piece to show for it. I definitely HAVE to make more. I just have to find some different sized glass bottles. So to express how wondeful I think it came out, I have some pictures for you. I do hope you enjoy him as much as I do. Until next time.....


Monday, November 3, 2008

Layout Time

I was a bit bored this morning and decided to make my friend Shannon a digi layout. I used everything from Christina Renee Designs although the "Ultimate Art Collection" is no longer available. So if you liked the stuff that much, maybe you could contact her and see if she could help you out. Anyway, this post is gonna be short. Just wanted to show you what I've made.

Late Night


Good morning guys! I woke this morning about 6:30am a bit groggy from the night before. Well, it wasn't really the night before, more like a few hours prior. Can't you tell by the horrid mess on my work table? Lol. I was up making some Christmas tags. Can you believe it's already that time???!! I still vividly remember last Christmas. I had a lot of fun making these.

OH! Before I forget to tell you.....go listen to the song "Where I Stood" by Missy Higgins. It's wonderful and I'm loving it right now. I'm sure I'll play it out like I do with every other song. But isn't that the joy of music?

Anyway, back to the main subject. The tags were sooooo fun!! Other than the fact I wish I had #8 tags instead of #5. The #8 is bigger but they don't sell them in stores. None here anyway. I'm gonna have to order them in bulk. Do I really need 1,000 tags? I guess so. I also wish I had some company while making them. Noah loves what I make but he doesn't really enjoy the process of actually making them. Lol. I don't blame him. I don't enjoy walking around Home Depot for 2 hours so I don't expect him to like to sit and watch me make my stuff. It's kinda nice sometimes to be alone though. Nobody can see your secrets or your creative process. That's something I like to keep cherished in me. I like to hear people ask, "how'd you do that??". It's very rewarding. So I decided to post some pictures of the tags. I will also post pictures of some of my creations, but that will be for later. I still haven't made that tutorial either. Thanks for reminding me Shella. Lol. I will. I promise. But for now, my photos.

Titled: Attic Santa


Titled: Rockefeller Christmas


Well, there it is. Hope you enjoy :)


Saturday, November 1, 2008

Young Crafters Society

I have created a Yahoo! group called "Young Crafters Society" where young art lovers can come and chit chat about whatever it is they enjoy. Whether it be mixed media, scrapbooking, painting, sewing, whatever! The sky's the limit. If you're interested in joining, you can go to www.groups.yahoo.com/groups/youngcrafterssociety or you can go the the sidebar on this site and enter your e-mail address to join. Once you send your request, I will receive an e-mail and I will accept your request. Easy peasy.

So, moving on...
I'm curious to know how everyone's Halloween went. Ours was good. There didn't seem to be very many people handing out goodies though. Not like in the past. And who can blame them? the economy is sickening right now. Either way, the kids had an awesome time and wanted to do it again today. Breana keeps asking me when the next Halloween is coming, and I have to explain that it's a whole year away. She's not too happy about that. Lol. Anyway, I'm headed off to the movies with my love. hope to hear from you soon!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

I Need People!

I need people in this town, that are like me and enjoy doing the same things I enjoy doing. Like, crafting, and overly obsessive supply shopping, and just being crazy. I am 22 years old (soon to be 23) and I have nobody that is like me. The good friends are long gone and most of the others have changed. I think a big part of the problem is that I usually tend to get along with men better. I feel like some girls don't have the same sense of humor and sarcasm like I do. The guys seem to understand it better. I don't like the girl drama. the crying and complaining about the other friends that have stabbed them in the back or didn't go to lunch with them that day. I don't work like that. I march to the beat of my own drum and it's pretty steady. How long is it gonna take until I can find someone, even if it's just one person, like me. One person would be enough. Noah is the epitome of a perfect best friend and that's why I am content with my life. He gets my silliness. He understands my sarcasm and joins right in with me. We can spend every minute together and not get tired of it. I just wish I had a girl to do that with too. Is that too much to ask for? Maybe a friend that has kids and we can take our kids out to play. I don't want to have to pretend I'm somebody else. Fake out people just to keep the mood easy. I hate that. Someday someone will get me. I'm just curious of when that day will actually come.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Inspire

I just came across this beautiful picture by David Choe. I felt a sense of peace and serenity when I saw this. Just another reminder from above that I'm chosing the right one. So here is this masterpiece for you to see. Enjoy.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Later On...

...I will be giving a technique tut on what I call "partial embossing". A friend asked me how I made a few things and I told her I would make a video for all to see. It's so very easy and many of you probably already know how it works. That will be for later. I have to make a trip to the SS and get some supplies but I will be back in a bit. See ya later!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Smile


I haven't made a layout in a loooong time and I thought I would today, since I had nothing to do. It's of Jimmy, Joshua, (my gorgeous and oh so plump nephew, whom I love with all my heart) and Breana. Johnathan was sleeping when I took this pic so he wasn't in it. I really wish I had a pic of all of them together so I could make a layout of all the cousins. They have so much fun together when they play. Usually it takes Breana a long time to warm up to other children but it must be instinct here because she takes to them like she sees them everyday! It really warms my little heart. Oh how I wish we could be together more often. So here it is. I used Shabby Princess' "Gabby" kit for the entire thing. Easy credit if I do say so myself.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Creative Spurt or Lack Thereof??

Have you ever had a huge spurt of creativity and then you run into your creative space and it looks like a bulldozer came and threw everything around and then you decide that your creative spurt isn't worth the time and energy put into undoing the bulldozer's destruction? Yeah, that's where I stand right now. Just because the rest of the house is clean doesn't mean my little area is. I should take a picture and show you but then again, I don't want you to see the severity of it. Lol. No actually it's not that bad, it just needs some tidying up. I went on a rampage and made a whole bunch of stuff one night when I was feeling frisky and now my craft desk is covered with bottles of paint, alcohol inks, stamps, scraps of paper, and of course embossing powder. Thank God for the "Tidy Tray" I just got because those damn powders seem to get everywhere when I get my hands on them. This tray will eliminate that hopefully. So then on the floor I have more stamps strewn about and my handy dandy scrap tray that's full of my scrap pieces of paper. Usually the ones I refuse to throw away like fancy patterned paper and sheet music. So that's down there. Then on my other desk (yes I have two desks, shush) I have more papers...this time mostly computer paper and notepads..along with some mail and other crap I don't need. And of course, I have my many bags of unopened supplies that are waiting to leave the bag they were bought in. I'm a supply junkie! Ugh! It's always fun pulling the stuff out and using it, it's just the putting away process that gets me. And damnit it gets me good. I can't create ANYTHING with a messy desk so that's why I've yet to go in there. But I do stand in the doorway and look it up and down for like 5 minutes at a time, telling myself that I will do this TODAY! And then today goes by and it's tomorrow and then tomorrow I say I will do this TODAY! And then by the time I know it, it's next week and I'm still talking to myself and I haven't gotten anywhere. Sooooo, I'm gonna say I will do it today, but I probably won't. I need a little bit of peace and a lotta bit of sanity. Anybody got some I could borrow?

Friday, October 17, 2008

Get The Good Things In Town

So here I am again. I spent most of my day in Lake Havasu buying Jimmy's Halloween costume. Guess what he's gonna be? Yeah, not my idea, but he's gonna be Freddy Krueger. Why? I dunno. Maybe he inherited it from me. Lol. If you know me well, you'd know that Freddy Krueger was my favorite horror character when I was young. Really young. Like 3 years old. Weird, I know. Anyway, I had to go to Lake Havasu because our store ran out of that particular costume and they had some there. I didn't mind either since I got to go into the scrapbook store that I have been itching to get in to. I've yet to go so this was a "yay" moment for me. The store is called "Stamps 'N Stuff" and I believe it was formerly "Deb's Rubber Room" which I was told closed. I just think they moved and changed their name but I'm not sure. Anyhow, they are full of great stuff and loads of stamps. I am a stamp fanatic so this was nice. I plan on taking more trips down there now that I know what they have. Now, if you like scrapbooking or crafting of any sort, and you don't want to buy all the crap that goes into making the stuff, you can go to Stamps 'N Stuff and create what they call a "make and take" for only $1. $1? That's crazy! So if you need to make a Halloween card, or Thank You card, or even a layout, you can go there, pick your supplies, snatch your paper, grab some glue, do whatever else it is that you need to do, make it, and you're done. For only one dollar! After tax it's about $1.08. That's insane if you ask me. Very much worth taking advantage of. It would make a great outing for you and a friend or family member. Take your mom, or sister. I will definitely take advantage of it. Another cool thing is when you shop there they give you a little card and for every $5 that you spend, you get a punch in the card. Once the card is filled up, you get $20 in free merchandise. Unless you're a big spender, it'll take you a bit to get a fully punched card but when it does fill up, you'll be one happy shopper.

I have another great chunka info for you. This being the best of all. If you already didn't know, and you don't mind driving a bit.....Michael's Arts and Crafts is coming to Lake Havasu City, opening date being February 2009!!!!!!!!!!! So even if your craft is one other than paper i.e., sewing, or candle making, you will be able to enjoy and take much advantage of this store. I know I have to drive out of town to get to a Michael's or a Joann's and I hate it. Although it gives me something to look forward to when we take a trip to California, I would rather have one at my fingertips. Especially since I plan on going, then something seems o interrupt my plans and then I don't even get to go. That's always a bummer. So, there you have it. A little bit of info for those of you interested and near town. Yay for crafts!! Lol.

For your convenience, I've provided the address and telephone numbers of the stores listed above.

Stamps 'N Stuff
2139 McCulloch Blvd. #A
Lake Havasu City, Az 86403
(928) 505-5266
(877) Stamp-2-U (toll free)
www.debsrubberroom.com
stampsnstuff@frontiernet.net
Owners, Debbie & Tim O'Neil

Michael's Arts and Crafts
inside "The Shops"
5695 Highway 95 N
Lake Havasu City, Az 86403

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Video Blogging

Soon enough here, when I get my craft room cleaned up a bit (God only knows it's a flippin' mess right now) I plan to do some video blogging. Tutorials, informative whatnot, and probably just me being a jibber jabberer. Just another little blah-de-blah to add to all my others. A fellow digiscrap internet friend of mine, Shella, asked me if I would take requests for tutorials. Umm....I guess I can say I would, except, if I don't know exactly how to do what's being requested, then I probably won't be of any help. So you can request and I'll try to make whatever it is you're asking for, but if I can't I'll let you know. I'm no expert that's for sure. Anyway, I'll be going now. Just wanted to fill you in on what the happs are. Asta.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Political Or Just Hopeful? Nostredame Tells My Tale.

Politics. Yada yada yada right? I am not the one in the know, or keeping tabs on stock market, or the wide spread council meetings. I am however, a concerned American, in America, thinking not only for my family and myself, but for all the other American people. Logically we would choose a leader for reasons of greater success for our lives and this country. In reality, it's a popularity contest that's leaning on the edge of disaster. I am an avid believer in prophets and all of their inner thoughts and visions. Michel de Nostredame, being my main link to prophecies, has envisioned not only minuscule events, but HUGE, wide spread, global catastrophes. We're not talking about his prophecy about Elvis Presley's death, or the nuptials of Princess Diana and Prince Charles (which he did call out to, by the way) but I'm talking about World War I, World War II, and hey....even our current situation, which nobody will "admittedly" call World War III. Yes, the prophecy states there will be fire in the skies and so on and so forth, I don't want to bore those who aren't interested in the actual literature. Michel de Nostredame, or as most know him as Nostradamus, pours out information you couldn't have even dreamed of. Most notably, in my opinion, is the heavy word "Anti-Christ". He gave exacts as to who the first anti-Christ would be, and was beyond correct. Napoleon Bonaparte. No denying that. Second, you know all too well, Adolf Hitler....and last but not least, the third anti-Christ. The one we aren't sure of yet. Nostradamus declared the name of this up and comer. I'm not saying it is the bold faced, mother given name but it is a name that will soon connect him to this disgust we live in. Erika Cheetham, who wrote the book Prophecies of Nostradamus knows that ‘MAIN' is the name of the third Antichrist. When we turn to quatrain II.28, she says Nostradamus gives the syllables han and da being in the spelling of the name of the third Antichrist. Syllable Han with syllable Da is Handa, which is clearly more than an approximation. The French word main is Hands. "Handa"= Hands, "Hands" is the apparent name of the third anti-Christ. Nostradamus gives the exact name of the Antichrist, "HANDS" three times. Where that leads us, I have yet to follow. He does state one other thing, the third will wear that of a blue cap. Do you know anybody that wears a blue cap....often?? I think I do. In my unknowing opinion, it's hard not to point my finger toward our President. The sickness, the slaughter. It's like a never ending trail of blood. If it's becoming a problem to the problem-less, then maybe something needs to be done. I stand tall for my choice in leader of this country. Barack Obama is the only one I can push for. All opinions respected but mine is mine and I have more spiritual faith in him than anything else. I feel that God is speaking out in him. He is the only one I could proudly choose. I believe that it's a person's right to feel what they want about whomever they want. I know what I feel about this. Faith in its definitive label means firm belief in something for which there is no proof. Complete trust. I'm being guided by my faith and this is who I trust. I am hopeful.

Comment Help

This is a silly thing, but I've received a few messages from friends telling me they didn't know where to comment on the blog. Lol. I understand why there's a confusion. You have to click on the word "comments" below the post, if there are none it will say "0 comments" and if there's some it will say "2 comments" or however many there are. So anyway, you have to click on that, and you'll be able to leave a comment. I actually should just post a CBox but I'm only one day into the alteration of the site...so gimme time. Also, there's apparently going to be an outage at 8:00 pm but I'm not sure in what time zone. I'm also not sure if it affects the page itself or if it's just my end of it. With all that said, hope you all have a great day and enjoy eachother.

Hereditary Eating Habits?

Sweet Breana. 3 years old. Full of amazement and wonder. However, this kid does not like to eat! I blame myself because I've grown up a picky eater, and I've never had much of an appetite. I'm curious as to whether that's hereditary or not. She always seems to have good intentions to eat, it's just when the food is in front of her face, she take a few bites and says she's done. Apparently the doctor says she's perfectly normal. She's 3. How big could her tummy be anyway?? She's the right height, weight, and all those other little things you worry about when seeing the doctor. She's a wonderfully healthy little girl. But gosh darnit I want her to EAT! Kids don't seem to mind how much food costs these days. They think it's free! So as far as they're concerned, they can take 1 bite of food and push it away, only to ask for something different. "NO!" says I. "You asked for eggs, now you eat them!" You may think I'm harsh, but if you saw what she wanted instead of the eggs, you'd say the same thing. "Mommy, I don't want my eggs, can I have a popsicle?"
"Breana, it's 7:30 in the morning, no you cannot have a popsicle. You can finish your eggs." That's when she starts the noises and the flippity flopping of the head and shoulders. At that point she either knows to knock it off and eat her eggs, or go to time out for throwing a mini-fit. she usually says she will eat her eggs and then Papa comes along and scoops them up. Ugh. The insanity of it all. Let's see what she has in store for lunch.

Welcome All!

Here I am again! No digiscrap though. Not now anyway. My interests tend to fly with the birds. So here I bring you Studio Mecca. My place to tippity type about all the little ramblings I want. A place for musing and amusing. I'll be (hopefully, don't quote me though) blogging frequently on all things in my life as well as arts and whimsy. Blackberry Bridge took me where I wanted to go in digiscrap but right now I'm focused on me, and my family. Don't get me wrong, I still love all things digital but the hours of sitting in front of the screen trying to conjure up designs and keep deadlines seemed a bit forced for me. I don't like to feel forced. I love art and if I'm forced to do something that just isn't there, it becomes a problem. I don't ever want to feel like I resent it. I enjoy what I do and plan to do it my way and on my own time. But yes, it's still very much a part of me. And who knows, maybe I'll post up some digi freebies when I'm feeling quirky. With that said, please enjoy what you may find. I hope to joy you a bit with my silly, philosophical ways. Hee Hee.