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)