Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Bluer colors moving across teal
and I am extremely loving the parts
of that color today
moving through near dead silence
before the house awakens.
Monday I wore the blues well
I wore a bluish turtleneck with a teal paisley design
Yesterday I wore minty green
topped with evergeen branches, marrooned birds
and teal blue birds.
Today I am teal.
I will consume the color
or will it consume me?
I once knew a girl named Teal
Did she feel it?
Did she like her name?
Was it that different from Ruby or Jane?
Wonder who she is now?
Where she is?
What become of her life?
Did she live up to the name?
What color are you today?
I finished The Accidental Vampire. Now what?
She said, she said...
This afternoon I turned from teal to purple.... I let someone get to me today over something so childishly silly. She who will remain nameless did not not like it because another lady asked for whom the phone held. I simply answered, "Her" for the nameless one. Her told me she had a name. I told her I had food in my mouth when I said it. Then she said, "But you could say 'her'." So I said, "Well, E-X-C-U-S-E ME!" very sarcastically. She mumbled something else I couldn't hear, but I let that slide by. Why? Had I reached my boiling point? I HATE working with tempermental, moody women! Being an artist full time is looking better and better especially at moments like this one. But I have a family to support, bills to pay, supplies to buy so that is only a dream for now. I guess I just got a pissy attitude today. Sorry. I think I am entitled. I haven't had one for awhile. It just killed me to call her by her name moments ago but she wasn't in the room so it doesn't count.
"She Who Will Be Nameless"
The black eeriness is swirling
over the purple rages in the skies
over the the office at work again.
She who will be nameless arrives
Late as always
Dictating her time in hours
which isn't right
for I am the Keeper of Time
and her's is running out
as is my patience with her.
It became a pissing contest
about hearing her name spoken.
Those letters left unsaid.
I speak sarcastically to get my message across
then ending it with the eeriness of swearing silently
then total silence
where the devil awaits.
Now the black eeriness fades back
into lavendar haze
easing the devil one more.
Back to normal?
Far too much silence spoken
thickens the air.
Ask me if I care?
She shall remain nameless in my book
forever and ever.
Janet of Lavendar loft helped turn my day back around with a neat post about Bricks today. She took a photo of an unusual brick chimney she passes by frequently. I wasn't quite sure about the rules of the ABC Wedesday thing, but I went with my own B words... which seems kinda fitting... LOL Thanks for that, Janet.
buffer pads ordered
about to blare out her gospel screechings
by reaching for my Bon Jovi cd
or better yet the Rolling Stones'
"Sympathy for the Devil" anyone?
The old Becky is back.
Boisterous as ever.
I welcome her.
Three poems in one day. Hey! Hey! Hey! Maybe I should get pissed more often! I guess that is my word for the day since I have used it so much.
Because of this, I decided to wear a minty green top that just happens to have evergreen brances and dark red birds in a repeating pattern throught it. Color Coincidence?
I made someone smile this morning with a funny email I sent out yesterday. A great way to start Sabrina's day. Hope it continues for them longer than it did for me the day before...
Blog hopped. Discovered I had a comment on my blog about my lake post in the post entitled "Ole Baby Blue". Wow! I cannot believe someone out there in blog land actually knows the place I was writing about. That lake was one of my favorite places to go as a child and a teeneager going into adulthood. This person's father actually worked at the lake so he had perhaps as strong memories as mine. To think he had been there... before I was born and could describe it is strange, but exciting to read their history of the lake. Thanks, Marty for sharing with me. Cool. I'll have to ask my Daddy if he knew the family.
"Minty Green "
Minty green skies
a strange arrives
cool silver eeriness
Silver never fades
into minty green beginnings
unless it tarnishes
to a greenish tint
which can be polished off
with a polishing cloth.
The green disappears
as if by magic.
May your day be minty green fresh with creative ideas....
Did you know today is the day that Poe first printed "Quoth the RAVen"?
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
"I live in a very beautiful place: Durango, Colorado. I'm grateful that I can look out my windows and see mountains and evergreen trees, clear blue skies, and sometimes even deer and elk. But at times I've wondered why God bothered to make all this beauty - it seems so unnecessary, so extravagant.
But now I have a theory about beauty. I think it's one of the ways God brings healing to our hurt world. In appreciating beautiful things, we experience healing for our brokenness, and by sharing or creating beauty, we can extend that healing to others who are hurting.
Some years ago, in a time of great brokenness and pain in my life, I was staying with friends in their comfortable home. Every morning I woke up early, unable to sleep. And every morning I eould hear a light tap on my door, open it to find a lovely tea tray: a tiny vase of flowers; a brightly colored napkin, a silver spoon and china cup; a pot of tea. While the tea warmed my body, the beauty of the tray helped to bring healing to my soul.
All of us aren't artists and architects, poets and composers, but we still can participate in the creation of beauty. It doesn't take a lot of money, either: a few green sprigs in a glass of water; a word of hope and encouragement; an invitation to a leisurely walk in the park; a lighted candle on a dinner table, tulip bulbs planted in a window box; a plate of muffings hot out of the oven. In a multitude of ways, we can be channels of God's healing, putting a little more beauty into our world and into our lives."
~Mary Jane Clark~
"We watchers play an important role in the lives of other, who need to know that someone is cheering especially for them.
Hope you had a good long weekend especiall if you were off Monday as Rhett and I were. Yeah us! Don and I cleaned out the medicine cabinet. It's hard to believe something that small could hold so much. The garbage was almost filled. Don had the beginnings of a cold and did not hunt today. Are you as shocked as I am? It may be dreary out, but there is color inside my soul waiting to burst out in the form of some art. For now it is taking on the written word sent to you.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
he drinks from his bottle of ink
instead of his brandy.
Will his black pen poison him?
There are gray skies over the castle again.
Poe arrives, writes about the dark and dreary
Is there no end to this gloominess
from his poisoned pen?
The only bright part
is that poised pen
and the dead silence
where the raven awaits...
The black ink fades
into more grayness
The raven is once more.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
as London Tipton of the "Suite Life of Zack & Cody" would say. It was like a pat on the back for ALL the creating I have been doing lately. I will try to post the link, but if I am unsuccessful, just go to zazzle.com and type in " theRAV " in the box. Hopefully it will take you to my work.
Needless to say I did not feel the need to create any more once I got home unless you consider nuking Marie Callendar's lasgne and making garlic toast with the new Shed's Spread garlic butter. The garlic butter was very good.
I had a dream... where I decide to let others read my blog and get paid for it. All the advertisers on the sides of my blogs were good ones. Is it a sign I should do this?
Our cable was off this morning. On the way to work I heard a song "What a Night, December, 1963" by the 4 Seasons which took me back to yesterday. To the summer of 1975. The month of July. I know this because... I'd just gotten a job at JCPenney's. I'd just gotten my 1st car. It was the weekend I'd gotten my baby blue camero. Daddy and I drove up to Lake Houston. Daddy worked for Tom Houston Peanut CO which later became known as Tom's Peanuts which is no more. Lance bought them out last year. The company owned this beautiful lake property where employees could go. We loved it up there and had many family picnics. It was also where I took most of my pictures with my cameras and then my Minolta. There was a pool which was fed by a natural spring so it was freezing cold! Makes me cold just thinking about it. Brr. There was a jukebox you could play for free with a wooden dance floor. The only thing I didn't like about the place was all the bees!
On that day, my friend Katherine T. and her family happened to be staying up at the main cabin where the higher-ups such as president of the company and the vice-presidents could vacation. Whereas I could only walk up all those steps leading to it to view it from the outside, hoping no one was staying there at the time. I could only dream of one day being on the inside, but that dream never came true for me. Katherine had come down to the pool area. I told her about my new car and took her for a s-l-o-w drive around the lake. That song was playing on the radio. A good memory. I should email her about it... Wonder if she still remembers?
Much to my surprise I had an American Idol cup on my desk when arrived at work. I also had a fill-in-the-blanks email copy. The paranoid person in me was asking, "Who has been at my desk?" muchlike Goldilocks in "The Three Bears" asking, "Who's been sleeping in my bed?" Later I found out it was from Bubba Mason. He got it in New Orleans at a University of Georgia game. (YEAH!) The other was from Gil. I thought Gil had given me the cup. Nice surprises. Mystery solved.
My friend Jim had left me a message on my cell phone yesterday. Judy Orr's husband died. If I'd had my cell on, I could have stopped by the funeral home for the visitation. So I sent an email out to all my JCP buds.
Heath Ledger died yesterday. What a loss of someone so young, handsome and promising.
On a happier note, I was inspired again by Janet's paper dolls she made at Lavendar Loft. That is something I never would have thought of to create. It brought back some fond memories of my childhood. I remember having Haley Mills' paper dolls from a Disney movie she made where they played croquette. I can't remember the name of the movie now, but I do remember those paper dolls. There was one gorgeous blue ruffled layered gown I really liked because of the color of the blue. I wonder if Mom still has them? They probably have yellowed by now. The blue may be green! LOL So thanks for that memory, Janet. Today was several trips down Memory Lane for me. What did you remember today?
Quote of the Day:
Measure your wealth by the things you have that no one could buy at any price.
-H. Jackson Brown, Jr.-
Go to http://dreamergirl.typepad.com/dreamer_girl/2008/01/smile.html to read her poem entitled "Smile". After having worked in retail for 16 years, I could relate to it. Plus it is a cute poem that will make you smile. I will share it with my JCP buds.
Then I went to e-muse again. http://www.poetryexpress.org/emuse/emuse.html
and wrote another poem.
"Ole Baby Blue"
Today I heard an old song on the radio
where I was
who I was with
when I heard it.
I was in my 1975 baby blue camero
driving ever so slowly
for fear of wreaking.
There were clear blue skies over the lake house.
My friend Katherine arrived down from it,
walking to the icy cement pool of cold spring water.
I was remembering about
how happy we were to be driving teenagers,
but the golden part
was the car
driving ever so slowly
around those curves
surrounding the lake
where the fish awaited.
The light baby blue car faded
It was wrecked many times
but I survived.
Later it was painted IROC blue.
It made many trips to Orlando
until love had no more time for me.
The car lasted longer than most of my relationships.
It lasted until after I was married.
I can't remember the year we traded it in
for a T-bird.
The car was on its almost last journey.
We drove it to a dealership out-of-town.
It was smoking!
We diverted the salesman away
to the other side of the lot.
No sale that day.
I prayed we'd make it home
and we did.
I miss ole blue sometimes.
Then I discovered another blog by Karen Beth. Go to: http://zazazu.wordpress.com/2008/01/05/southern-bell/
I love the collage she made on this particular post, the woman in it with all the amazing colors that work so well. But being a true southern belle myself, I love the fact that she put "Ya'll spoken here." Sort of like I did with my fall postcard swap by putting, "Happy Fall, Ya'll!"
I just began reading The Accidental Vampire by Lynsay Sands. I had a good tuna sandwich for lunch today. May get another one tomorrow.
Because I wore a teal turtleneck, because I wrote about my baby blue camaro, I feel those colors calling to me..., but they will have to wait til tonight. What colors are calling your name?
Finally caught up with myself again. Need to check to see if the cable is working. If not, I will probably have to trade the box in which means I will have to take time off work.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Today I had a large, thick envelope in my big bag that once held pictures from Walmart. It now holds my latest doodlings and creations so they wouldn't get bent. The flap that folded over the back of it split in half. It sat on my desk for most of the day. When I picked it up later this afternoon, I noticed how it tore on one side. It reminded me to tearings for stamping. The only ink pad I had in my cabinet at work was a black micropore. I stamped the image several time on my doodle pad like a good stamper would do. It reminded me of roots which all of us have. I can see it becoming a desert picture... hopefully. I have proved once again inspiration can come from anywhere.
What I learned to day....
"emblem- figurative representation; symbol; distinctive badge; ensign.
A token is some object given or an act done as a pledge or expression of feeling or intent; a ring, the natural emblem of eternity and also its accepted symbol is frequently given as a token of friendship or love.
insignia - Badges, emblems, etc used as marks of office and distinction. Things significant or indicative of a calling."
-from the New International Webster's Comprehensive Dictionary (1996)
I went to Sonic for lunch so I could get more of those jr burgerswith lots of chopped onions! YUM! As I was eating them, I was checking blogs since I am not into a book at the moment. One blog always leads to another. Susannah's led me to one http://parisparfait.typepad.com/paris_parfait/ to read the poem entitled "At the crossroads" which I liked. That led me to the following:
where you can fill in the blanks to form a poem of sorts. I kept going back and changing my answers until it read better and fit me. Then I wrote my poem long hand adding more to it. I had to re-edit it as I typed it in Word Perfect. This is the poem I came up with today...
Oh, sweet Magenta, your brightness is inspiring to me
Your color takes me back to yesterday;
To cotton candy pink skies over Hawaii.
As I re-arrive in my mind's eye,
I am carrying on like an annoying tropical bird
going on and on about the most beautiful and undescribable;
mainly the most colorful parts of the mainland
every single inch of it
that is inspiring me in the silence of the awe factor
where the lamb awaits,
But not for slaughter.
Now Magenta's brightness fades slightly
Into new lavender beginnings.
Another perfect sunset ending another perfect day.
Go to the site and create your own poem today... I'd love to read what you wrote today.
Quote of the Day:
Life's a stove; cook on all four burners.
-H. Jackson Brown, Jr.-
(I usually only use the two front burners! LOL The only other time I have used all of them was during a holiday meal or when Don's family is here.)
I uploaded the pics from the camera to the computer, but I couldn't get them to upload in emails. I think because I used a title instead dates & uploaded differently than last time. I will have to re-do them. Again I was kicking myself. I know I shouldn't be so hard on myself; I should be more gentle with me, but some days I am hard on me. This was another one of those days.
Rhett wanted to go to the movies, but I wasn't really in the mood for it. By the time we got to Mom's to pick up his book bag, the 2nd choice movie we were going to see was not playing at the cheap movies. "Game Plan" was to be released on the 22nd. It has bloopers and other things on the video so I talked Rhett into renting it this weekend. To compensate, I told him he could rent one. We went to Sonic to eat dinner in the car with the heat on. I had a really good burger; so good in fact, I ordered another jr burger. Rhett picked out "Unaccompanied Minors". We picked up something from Wendy's for Don to eat. Don was feeling better, but said he had a bad coughing spell that morning at work.
Don wanted to watch "Kyle XY" so Rhett & and watched his movie in his room on his Sponge Bob tv. It was hilarious at times. As it ended, "Kyle" was ending also even though it seemed longer with all their adventures. I guess I was torn between watching a movie with my son and watching tv with my husband.
Once I settled on the couch, I was wondering what artistic thing I could do.... I picked up the construction pad we use to put newspaper clippings Rhett has to turn in every Thursday. What color to use? A lighter colored one. So I picked yellow. I drew two swirls. I thought they looked like eyes and it went from there.... It was a man with graying hair. Then I started writing around it, writing how I started with swirls and just wrote what came to mind. I called it "Channeling Poe." The bottom close-up reminds me of the actor Louie Nye so I am really dating myself here. It took me 15 minutes to make, I took pictures of it of course as you can see... Hope you can read the words. If not, let me know...
When my guys got home, I put the hat on, a t-shirt underneath a thick wool sweater with a cowl neck that would stay up around my ears, thick socks and my red clogs with the lining so we could go back to the Chinese place again. The semi-hot egg drop soup and hot tea finally warmed me up past thawed. Back at home, I cut out a lot of words and mostly red pieces til time to go back to church. Then the Basses told me I missed their artist friend. Oh, well, I guess it just wasn't meant to be... I would have thought Mrs. June would have let me know so I could have at least updated my portfolio. I guess I need to work on that.
I had our fortunes from our fortune cookies, but I left my notebook(s) at home. I will post those later...
Don had to watch his hunting channel so I checked emails and blogs. Our shows were re-runs so I stayed on the computer longer. Rhett wanted to make muffins and I supervise so I let him. I patiently showed him how to grease the pan and I let him do the rest. He even put the pan in the oven with oven mitts on. They turned out good. He took a picture of them himself. Don ate almost all of them!
Leah led me to another creative post about mugs so I followed the instructions and took a photo of my favorite coffee mug. Only I am not a coffee person. I am a Pepsi person. I do drink hot chocolate from this mug I bought at Disney world with my name on it. I think it holds more than our everyday china pattern. Beside it was one of Madge's mugs that said "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff". On the other side was one of my fave Pepsi glasses. I did not upload them to her flicker page because it is something I have never done before and was a bit afraid. Still I was excited and could see this as a scrapbook page about me. I have so few of those.
I put the finishing touches from the words I cut out on my B Creative card I made Friday.
Don and I cleaned out the medicine cabinet while he was looking for antibiotics. There was supposed to be a chance of snow. Rhett was all excited about it. I did not feel like it would snow. My friend Anne is supposed to send snow pics from Carollton, GA. Once Rhett sees them, he'll want to go there! Caught up on a few emails. I sent out a Guidepost greeting as well as my own quote of the day.
Cut out more scraps. Saw a theme... Cooked beef stew for supper. As I was cutting the potatoes for the stew, there was a hear-shape on the tater so I immediately got my camera and snapped it. Rhett showed me the peeling in the tin pan I was using to hold the peelings. That one peeling was heart-shaped also; a reverse of the potato. So I stood the potato in the pan next to the peeling and snapped the shutter. Talk about a meal made with love. LOL
We watched "The Terminal". My beef stew was good. I made the cornbread differently by cooking it in a cake pan. It wasn't as sweet as when I use Jiffy mix, but I have to use up what I have on hand by Martha White first.
I saw a book I think I'd like to read and possibly try to make. It is called Vogue Knitting The Ultimate Sock Book. How cool would it be to make my own socks or make a pair for someone else? Just what I need... another craft project. I have a box full of materials and ribbons to make Christmas balls like I started making last Christmas (see previous post). I did not make any more of them after the holidays like I said I was going to do. Because I needed somewhere to write the title of the sock book I wanted to read, the first thing I saw was the new notebook/journal Genie gave me yesterday. This palm sized journal will fit into my purse so I can take it to the library to see if they have the sock book. Even the sale price in the catalog was $14.98 plus shipping. I did not want to pay that. Another book of interest is one entitled Get the Most From Your Digital Camera. I'll have to check them out... If any of you out there has read them, please let me know.
I was mad at Don because he said he was sick and was not going to hunt. Instead he got up early, took a shower knowing I'd said I was going to wash my hair. There was no way I was going to start washing it then run out of hot water as cold as it was. I felt that he could have waited.
I created another good piece of artwork I was proud of. It took about an hour.
I had a few errands to run after work. I came home early for me. Don still wasn't home. I left him a message on his cell phone telling him where Rhett and I were going to eat. I wanted Applebee's. Rhett wanted Chinese. As we were pulling into the parking lot of the Chinese place, Don called me on my cell phone. He was just leaving the woods and said he'd eat something at home. We probably should have done that but the crab legs were good; just not as good as Red Lobster.
Don was home and on the couch by the time we got there. Just as I sat down, he the nerve to ask me if I'd fix him a bowl of tomato soup. I told him, "NO!" I felt as if he were sick, but could still go to the woods, not come home in time to eat with us, he could fix it himself! He knew I wanted to be home by 9 to watch my vamp show which he said he totally forgot about it. So I got the book off to a bad start by being mad at my husband.
Friday, January 18, 2008
I cut out the B this morning. I had the color red on my mind as Color Me Kyra did on her blog and since my few cuttings were a mostly red pieces. I played around with it for about an an hour, adding then subtracting and this is the results. I printed out my blog post for the day, cut out some words from it and titles from previous posts this year. I hand wrote the word Creative because I wanted it to stand out by itself. Swirls did not work despite what I posted earlier about them. I attempted a swirl over the i in Creative but I messed it up. That brought about my quote about "Don't stess if you mess up....". So I decided to dot the i with white out. I found this black strip of cardstock and was attempting to make a random exclaimation point. The white-out wasn't dry so it made a mess. The top of the mess looked sort of like a heart so I went "ok". I did not get mad. I did not get upset. I did not trash my work because I made a mistake. So I was very proud of myself. The black piece turned itself over and there was the repeated pattern on it. So I glued it to show the repeating pattern. So I made lemonade out of my mess. I am quite happy with it. I am amazed yet again.
I can only get into my blog so many times a day then it kicks me out and I keep going to some other site that does not lead me back to my blog. It is very frustrating. I quickly took a picture of it on a white background. I took the second one also, but I think I like the 1st one best.
Remember that who you are with is always more important than where you are.
-H. Jackson Brown, Jr-
Today I am thrilled to the max. I had two comments on yesterday's blog post. I "met" Janet of Lavendar Loft via an email. A new artisically creative fellow blogger/friend. If you visited her blog yesterday via my link, please do visit her flicker site at:
http://www.flicker.com/photos/jkbees. Click on her photostream to view all her wonderful work. It is well worth the visit. I will be thinking of her artwork the rest of the day... I love how all of us are different in our styles yet I see similarities in theme. I know it is a good thing our art is different yet the similarities are comforting to me.
I am loving this creative streak I am on. Long may it continue...
I knew it would be hard to top yesterday's creation and was not expecting to out-do myself. So it is just more bits and pieces that will eventually form a whole piece of work. Thus another quote from theRAV...
"When all else fails for inspiration, just start doodling. If it works it works. If it doesn't, it doesn't. Even if it's only swirls, you can save them and always use them later in another piece of artwork." ~theRAV~
It is ironically funny where the titles for a blog post can come from sometimes.... I began my morning with a single drop of water on my windshield. I knew I wanted to be that drop of water to someone today. I know that I am that to my husband as he is to me. I wanted to be a single drop of inspiration for others and I certainly hope that I am.
Some blog titles are simple and easy to pluck from the sky or are whispered in our ears from our muses. Some are quite obviously meant to be suited to a particular post. Those are the easy ones. Some are harder than others. Some of the hard ones that are not forthcoming may just be entry numbers, but then it becomes too hard a task to keep track of the numbers. Thus the title may become that day's date.
When I began writing this in my Gratitude journal, I had no title for today's post until now. I read my inspirational calendar as soon as I turned my computer on as always and knew that quote would be here. I blog surfed. I cut out a few red things. I have another idea using the same colors I used yesterday... Then I came across this quote...
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
... that ends with the exact words as the H. Jackson Brown, Jr. quote and I knew... that was my title. How cool is that? It's like coming full circle? Is there a name for it? A continuation of yesterday's seredipty spilling over into today. A reassurance that I am where I am supposed to be... Where are you?
"Don't stress when you make a mess. Make a collage instead." ~theRAV~
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Today was a clean page on my doodle pad. It has been a few days since my last doodle with the Y's and the hearts. What to do now? I attempted a new experiment using tips Leah and Lavendar Loft of http://jkbees.blogspot.com posted whom I discovered thru Leah's blog. I wanted to make something using these colors:
black for the unknown
violet for creativity
purple for passion
red for creation
orange for playfulness
yellow to stimulate the mind....
Hey! I was even creative with my ketup... it squirted out in a unique line which I photographed, but I didn't like the colors when I uploaded it here so I deleted it. The photo did incorporate the yellow and red I was going to use today, but the red looked almost black. How serendipitious. My chicken wrap from McDonald's was very good. I was cutting out words and designs while eating and writing this entry in my Gratitude journal. I have started "cuttings" here at work as well as at home. I want to try them as seperate entities for 2 different collages, but may have to combine them eventually if necessary. My findings today "cutting-wise" were small, scarce scraps, but my ideas were rolling in forcefully, crashing like the ocean's waves, non-stop. I have completed another piece of art in a matter of minutes. I drew it on an orange 5x7 Post-it note page using purple and lavendar markers as well as my everyday red and black pens. Once again I have totally amazed myself. Art is so awesome! And you can quote me on that! Art is so awesome especially on inspired days like today. So many thanks to Leah and Lavendar Loft for their parts in today's inspiration and art. Thanks, ladies.
It measures 5x5. First, I am sending it out as an email to all my friends. Cannot wait to hear their comments...! Today was a very, very good, creative day. Hope your's was as creative as mine. Hope that I inspired you the way that I have been inspired. ~theRAV~
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
I was reading my vamp book The Vampire's Kiss by Raven Hart as I ate my lunch at my desk. I cracked up laughing in a quiet office because it was just so funny to me. I shared this in an email with one of my fellow vamp/were readers... but first let me set the scene for you....
There are werewolves in a bar about to fight over a female were. Mean Nate is the werewoman's husband. This is what Jack the vamp says:
"Looking at Nate, I couldn't help but think:" (Nate had one of the hookers Jack was supposed to be watching after) "Cheap hooker, $50; drinks in a goth club, $15; getting bitten for the very first time by someone who wasn't a fellow werewolf?" (who is acutally a zombie Jack brought back to life!) "Priceless."
Well, I found it hilarious anyway. Luckily so did my fellow vamp reader.
I went to all my blogs as I always do daily looking at their new ideas and for inspiration. I first begin religiously every day with Susannah's blog http://inkonmyfingers.typepad.com/ then to Abby's blog at http://firstname.lastname@example.org/ where my blogging life began. I have a few things I want to share with you today... Thirdly, go to the following:
http://dancingmermaid.com/blog/2008/01/14/the-story-a-poem to read the most wonderful poem I have read in long time by McCabe from my 2nd postcard swap. Then go to http://www.creativeeveryday.com/creativeeveryday/2008/01/creativity-galo.html to Leah's blog on creativity which has helped me a lot over the past couple of months. In the midst of her post that day, she talks about an email I sent her with an idea on creativity. So I got see my name in print so to speak and sent the link so all my friends could see it as well. Cool, huh? Even my friend Anne was able to get into all the links for once and I was thankful for that small blessing. My friend Genie thought it was very neat. So I am very thankful to Leah and her blog. I am thankful for all the blogs that have become my favorites and are like old friends to me now.
I hope your life was good today and creative. I hope you found some humor and inspiration or whatever your soul needed to find.
Later that evening I fixed 3 birthday cards I'd meant to do long beforehand. I used the photo I took of Rhett's balloons as the card cover and put it on orange card stock paper. It looked good. I cropped it down some. Also I fixed Rhett's submission of the first race care he made to Lego Magazine. I used the better view of it which I think I uploaded in a previous post. I asked him what he wanted to call it. He said, "The Rhettmobile". What else? We watched "Commanche Moon". Rhett has trouble saying the word Commanche. When I correct him, he says, "Whatever..." and so it begins....
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
We met Amanda & Steph at Olive Garden. Don wanted to go to Logan's. So did Rhett. The food was better this time than when we there for Steph's birthday back in Sept. I got stuffed mushrooms which were wonderful especially dipped in the peppercorn dip they served. No marinara for me.
Only got to see the last 15 mins of "Moonlight".
My Uncle Bert had a stroke and is in the hospital.
I played more of Word Jong as I ate my free lunch. The laundry officer gave me $5 for my lunch today. Yesterday she went thru ALL my paperwork for the vendor who doesn't fill our orders I mentioned in a previous post. Last year all the paperwork for them broke my A-Z file folder! Later I realized her giving me money could be misconstrued as a bribe which it was not. She was just thanking me for all my hard work especially when I corrected her mistakes. I had to send her a reprimand email because once again she had me faxing an order to the wrong vendor. Still it was a good day. I discovered another creative blog that I only touched the surface of viewing. I forgot the link so I will have to rediscover it yet again. At least Anne was able to get into the site this time with the link to the post.
Rhett and I played more Word Jong. I am up to level 95 now but it is a challenge. Watched good tv. It stormed. I prayed, played my game and went to sleep.
Called Rhett's orthodontist yesterday. He's had a loose tooth; his "vampire tooth" as I call it. Another tooth was starting to come in over it. I wanted the ortho to look at it to see if he thought it needed to be extracted. I picked Rhett up from school & we went straight there. The ortho didn't like the looks of it any more than I did. Rhett started crying when asked if it could be pulled. Then he told Rhett if he went to his regual dentist, he'd give him a shot. That made Rhett change his mind immediately! I promised him a game for his new Nintendo. They sprayed his tooth and gum with a numbing spray then pulled it. I let him play with one of the video arcade games in the outer office before we left for Game Stop. He did not play long this time. At Game Stop, he didn't see a game he really liked there, but I did. I saw a word game called "Word Jong". We walked downt to FYE. He found a couple on sale he liked, but still couldn't decide which one he really wanted to buy. I had to pay my Discover bill so I told him we'd try the other Game Stop. He found one there. They also had the one I liked so we both got new games. The bad thing is my Game Stop card doesn't give discounts on NEW games. Nor did it his Nintendo. Bummer.
We stopped by mom's so she could see his missing tooth. The orthodontist gave him a white plastic tooth to hold his tooth which was neat. I liked it better than the green plastic treasure chest they gave him. Then we went home so he could get his Nintendo before church.
So I saved money by going to the orthodontist rather than our regular dentist. Yet I spent more money than I intended so it may have come out even or uneven. Money saved going to the orthodontist for free tooth extraction. Priceless. Mother/son time together. Priceless.
I had time to cut out my swirly Christmas trees before we left for church. I can see them on white cardstock... I may put them on water color paper and attempt to paint snow as if it is a field of them. .. we'll see... or I could safely put them on cardstock and do the shadowing of the snow with a pencil. Am I feeling dangerous? I can hear "Highway to the Danger Zone" from my fave movie "Top Gun" playing in my head...
I am going to let Larry, our preacher have or buy one of the white fish frames to use as a template for a future bulletin board at church. Must remember to bring it Sunday.
Quote of the Day:
You shouldn't rush art. ~theRAV
Jan. 8, 2008 Elvis' birthday. Genie's 25th anniversary. All I kept remembering was that it was Elvis' birthday so I forgot to send her an anniversary email until a few days later but she was thankful that I remembered it. Today I wore my new electric purple top bt Daisy Fuentes. The tag on it had a quote on it. Quotes and inspiration can come from the neatest places sometimes.
The quote said:
"If you are going to do something, do it with style." ~Daisy Fuentes~
I sent out more quotes but will post them later... I had a lot of reply emails about my latest doodles. My thrill for the day was a comment on my blog by Bella who was in my first postcard swap. She finally found my blog probably through Create Every Day thanks to Leah. It doesn't take much to bring me extreme joy. So thanks, Bella.
Watched some of the "People's Choice Awards" but it was terrible! Where were all the gowns and the glamor I love watching? I completely forgot about the writer's strike. You may have thought I have been on a strike too since there have not been as many words or posts as before. It is indeed a sad world without writers and their words. The good thing was "Moonlight" won! The actor that portrays the vampire is actually British! I loved his accent. Why don't they let him use it on the show? It would make him even more romantic, sexy and desirable. He'd really have women viewers swooning.
Speaking of vamps, I am enjoying the 3rd installment of the Savannah vampire series The Vampire's Kiss by Raven Hart. It is quite humorous and keeps me glued to the pages.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Monday, January 7, 2008
In case you can't read it, I used a quote:
"Hope is a thing with feathers that perches in the soul." ~Dickinson~
I used hope, art, faith, wish, wishing hours, time, dream, hearts and dots, a cup of creativi-tea, simple blessings, a tag that says "Today's the day to sparkle" and an unknown quote that said, "Let us be grateful to those who make our souls blossom." and
"treasure each moment".
I think it is finished. It took a few hours out of two days to make and inspired me with another idea which is my next post. So I am on a creative roll again.
Blogger's Note: I printed these out at Walmart yesterday and realized this one is blurry. Sorry. The 1st pic I took of it is better but it has less on it. It made me think LESS IS MORE. I will try to switch the pictures out. I got really good feedback on this from my friend Cheryl who really liked it.
It is amazing what you can do with a scrap of scrapbook paper.... This reminded me of a poodle. I like the effect the flash had on the paper. Without the flash, the orange paper looks almost red here... I held it in my lap to take the shots so does that mean I gave me dog it's shots? LOL I am not sure if it is finished or is still a work in progress. Still it is a creation and I am pleased with it. Tell me which one you prefer.
Friday, January 4, 2008
This is what I did today... I'd bought two India ink pens yesterday at Office Depot. I also got Steph a navy blue pencil case with silver stars on sale for her birthday in Sept., but I am thinking of getting one for myself to hold some most used colored pencils and pens. I even liked it better than the hot pink one. SHOCK I know. So I tried out my new pens and this is the result... I did not have a yellow highlighter to color the hair blonde like I wanted and my gold Pentel marker is at home (if not used up and drier than the Sahara!) so I had to use florescent orange again. This time it showed up better than my last attempt with the fish I drew. It did not turn another color altogether when photographed which was a good thing. Maybe because I did not use a flash. So I was not feeling like a redheaded stepchild when I drew this nor is it a self portrait. I used my red marker to put lowlights in the waves of the hair. Only I would do that. I seem to be into swirls now. I tried to repeat patterns again as always. Overall I am pleased with it. At least I created something today. I am not going to over analyze it nor keep adding to it. No over doing; No overkill. Art is knowing when to stop so I guess that makes me an artiste for sure now. Maybe all the art I have been looking at is starting to rub off on me. I think there is a story behind it that came from my sub conscious today, but I will keep it to myself. I know who she represents.