Monthly Archives: July 2013

Patriotic Hubcap

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CIMG1334Well, it is about a month after the 4th of July, but I can still be patriotic!  This is the second hubcap I have officially finished and I am very pleased with how it came out.  Considering painting is still very new to me, I am learning a lot and although the shading on the eagle was a challenge, I think I captured the fierceness of the bird.

I definitely got a little obsessed with this project – it is just so addicting when you see results the second color touches the hubcap.  It is more exciting than pencil drawing.  I also did not get much sleep last night because I was so close to finishing this project:)  But, now I have great blogging material for this morning.  It all worked out.  I have two more hubcaps waiting to be painted, but after that I am going to have to keep my eyes peeled for future hubcaps.  I have enlisted the whole family; we drive around on our daily routes, but always on the lookout for abandoned hubcaps now.  It is a free medium to paint on – can’t go wrong.

CIMG1335I hope you enjoy my hubcap!  Now I need to start thinking about what to create next… I’ve been so absorbed in this project I have put everything else aside.  Have a great Wednesday.

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Exposure

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Noun

  1. The state of being exposed to contact with something.
  2. An act or instance of being uncovered or unprotected.turtle

In photography, exposure is the amount of light allowed to fall on each area unit of a photographic medium (photographic film or image sensor) during the process of taking a photograph.

The term “exposure,” applies to such a variety of situations.  Defined above, it can refer to a camera setting; there is indecent exposure; exposure to new things; and much more.  The feeling of revealing yourself to others, in my opinion, is best encompassed by the word exposure.  As an introvert looking at these definitions, exposure closely correlates with the feeling of being unprotected.

When you put yourself out there, you expose yourself.  It has nothing to do with revealing more skin, or wearing tighter clothing… not that type of exposure.  I am referring to stating your opinion.  It refers to making yourself known.  Whether that be speaking up about something you believe in strongly instead of silently accepting as usual, showing you artwork to people you know instead of anonymously online, or demonstrating a skill you know you have mastered but have never shared out of modesty.

The worst feeling in the world is when others “hate” you for what you do well.  In jealousy, they jokingly (but we all know, half seriously) say they don’t like you for something you have worked long and hard on.  In moments like these, our accomplishments burn to ashes when exposed to others.  We are introverts and greatly value what others think.  Our shyness makes it hard to openly expose ourselves and we quickly retreat back into the safety of our shells at the first sign of danger.

Publicly sharing our creations exposes our heart.  It exposes our way of thinking, our opinions, and our creative thought process.  It exposes something so dear to us; exposes it to rejection, challenge, and acceptance.  In writing this article, I realize the only way I share my artwork is anonymously through this blog, to strangers.  There is a comfort in the computer screen and username I hide behind.  It’s like wearing sunglasses in public.  I am afraid of the judgment that will be passed on my work.  Whether it be compliments or criticism, I fear it.  And yet, there is no reason.  I am proud of what I do and enjoy the time I spend crafting and creating.  What is there to fear?

No matter the judgment, exposure is vital.  Yes, making a statement goes against every fiber of my introverted being, but that is an introverted being that tries desperately to carry on anonymously hiding in the background of life.  I know there is a lot more to me, but people can’t realize that when I don’t even give them a reason to see me.

At a certain point, exposure is necessary.  It makes you who you are and allows everybody to see it.  Yes people will judge, and be jealous, and criticize.  But people will also be proud, applaud, and compliment.  Even better, the actions you fearlessly take may inspire fearlessness in someone else and that, is the ultimate reward.  Be yourself, and show others who you are and what you are proud of.  There really is nothing to lose especially in comparison to what you can gain.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece

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My favorite place in the world.  Enough said.

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Neuschwanstein Castle, nestled in the mountains of Southern Bavaria, is one of the most stunning masterpieces I have ever laid eyes on.  Although the interior was never completed, the exterior architecture is striking and the furnished rooms within are beautiful.  If I could live anywhere in the world, it would be in the Alps of Bavaria.

With this masterpiece in mind, I hope everyone has a great start to the week!

Domestic Diva Day

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CIMG1276It has been a couple of months since I have even picked up my knitting, but I decided to get back into it this morning.  I finished my patterned scarf first; which was a project I started about four months ago.  It always feels good to complete another project:)  Then I started knitting these little leaves experimenting with my different sized needles I just received.  They are quick and easy to make and I have already done two!  Now I just need to think of a project to incorporate them in because they are pretty cute.  Now i am going to do a little advertising for the site I found these knitting patterns on – Ravelry.com.  I am still kind of a beginner knitter, so having access to all of these patterns is fantastic.  I only just signed up and I am in love with the free patterns they offer!  If you’re a knitter, you should definitely check it out.  So many projects… so much potential… so little time haha.

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And to add to the morning productiveness, I have cleaned, cooked, and baked already.  Not too shabby for a Saturday morning!  Hope you all have a great start to your weekend.

Inspiration Australia

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CIMG1272Changing things up in your life and living somewhere else for a while can really provide new ideas for inspiration.  I will be the first to admit that Australia was beyond a tame fountain of possibilities; it was like a nonstop, raging waterfall of images and ideas I wanted to capture and recreate!  One of the first things that struck me was the exotic birds.  This cockatoo is just a start of a little taste of down under.

This sketch took me a lot longer than I anticipated.  I always think working with pencil is so detail oriented and time consuming; it never receives the credit it deserves.  I hope everyone has a fantastic Friday!

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Some real-life inspiration:) How can you not want to draw these guys if they would sit on your back deck?!

Happy Thursday Morning Breakfast!

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Breakfast is definitely my favorite meal of the day (although, I really hate to play favorites… Really, whatever meal is closest is my favorite).  If it was not already obvious, I love to eat.  After a rough week so far, I woke up this morning with the itch to bake.  With fresh zucchini straight from the garden, I whipped up to loaves of zucchini bread like a pro all before 6am.  The rest of the family was still fast asleep.

After losing my one good zucchini bread recipe, I finally found one I am going to stick with.  This came out deliciously; moist with great flavor.  If you’re in need of a pick-me-up one morning, definitely give this recipe a go!

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Ingredients:

  • 3 ¼ cups of flour
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 ½ cups shredded zucchini, squeezed dry

Directions (1 hr and 45 min):

  1. Preheat an oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Mix the all-purpose flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, white sugar, and light brown sugar together in a large bowl. Fold the vanilla extract, eggs, vegetable oil, lemon juice, and zucchini into the flour mixture one ingredient at a time with a rubber spatula; divide the mixture between 2 loaf pans.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 65 to 75 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

Tomorrow I should have my pencil sketch I have been working on finished.  It is taking me a lot longer than I expected, but it is looking good.  Until then!

Weekly Writing Challenge: A Pinch of Me

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For best results, bake under pressure and in a competitive environment.

Ingredients:

Outer Pastry Dough

  • 2 cups of dreams
  • 1 wild, all-natural athlete
  • 1 tsp. childhood animal obsession
  • 1 dash of hopeless romantic
  • 2 tbsp. witty remarks (hold the sarcasm for most appealing flavor)
  • A pinch of the outdoors
  • Neon food coloring

Inner Cream Filling

  • 1 pair of goggles
  • 1 racing bike
  • 1 pair of loved running shoes
  • 1 case of travel bugs

Directions:

  1. Combine ingredients for outer dough and knead until true flavor is achieved.  Dough will be tough at first, but softens with time.  Add a pinch of motivation, determination, and creativity for taste.
  2. In a cast iron pot over a campfire, add ingredients for the cream filling.  Stir until mixture begins to bubble energetically.
  3. Fill each pastry with cream filling to achieve the final outcome.  Tip: May be stubborn and not want to be filled the way you want to do it.  Be patient.
  4. Garnish with yarn, pencils, ribbon, paint, and anything brightly colored.

Store away from heat and humidity.

Will be happiest served for breakfast with chocolate, coffee, fruit, or all 3:)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh

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CIMG1270Many things came to my mind at the sound of that one word, “Fresh.”  Many things came to mind, and yet nothing was right.  Isn’t it funny to have so many ideas for a topic and after almost a week of contemplating it, still have nothing?  Fresh.  There is of course the classic drink picture, but that was used for the cover photo of the challenge.  That’s out.  Kids can be fresh when they are misbehaving, or have that mischievous twinkle in their eye.  Horses act fresh when they slick their ears back and give that knowing, “Don’t come near me,” look.  There is nothing like fresh food, whether it is a crisp salad just tossed together, or steaming bread rolls right out of the oven.  And after spending a weekend in the mountains, the rugged cliffs and carpet of pine trees was really invigorating to take in.

So, I took pictures of the mountains, of the spring water, of the wilderness.  I took pictures of my steaming cup of coffee and my chilled Margarita.  Pictures of vivid flowers, naughty children, gorgeous architecture, my dinner salad.  The list went on and on.  To say this challenge occupied my mind for majority of the weekend was an understatement.

Upon my arrival back home, I still had nothing for a Weekly Photo Challenge post.  I love this challenge because I love the opportunity is gives me to take pictures.  I went out to check the garden this morning to see what needed picking and what needed watering, and my photo was waiting there for me as simple as that.  When I think of fresh, I think of the natural, refreshing, simple, and bright.  My tomatoes were begging to be posted.  I know it is nothing extravagant, but to me, it is fresh.  And the tomato soup, tomato cheese pie, and broiled tomato slices to follow later on this week will encompass the freshness of home grown vegetables:)

Scrimshaw Practice

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CIMG1265After a weekend away (and 2 days of no blogging!), it is nice to be back and making something again.  This is an etching of a kookaburra on my practice piece of plastic that came with the kit.  I am pleased with how it came out, but I have to admit, it is not easy!

Now I want to carve on the little piece of ivory I have.  As you can see, it is tiny – a bit bigger than my fingernail.  I am also lacking inspiration.  Does anybody have any good ideas that would look classy on this little piece of ivory?  Let me know!

-A girl in need of inspiration

Project Hubcap the 2nd

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It did not take me very long to decide I am going to paint another hubcap.  It’s just a fun project that is really different than what I normally do!  So, here is the empty page, blank slate, unpainted hubcap… however you want to refer to it.  It all starts here:

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I got a little over excited and started priming it with the white paint before I remembered I needed to take a picture!  I am really excited for this one especially since I am pleased with how my first hubcap turned out.  For those of you who did not see the post on my first finished hubcap, here’s a quick picture:

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