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Hawaii Getaway – I wish!

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HawaiiThis is the latest hubcap and the first one I have done in over 2 months.  It was great to get back painting.  Through a community service program, my team adopted twin, 11-year old girls and made them a part of the team.  One has down syndrome, but the two have become more like my little sisters than I would have ever imagined.

Although their birthday was a month ago, this is the hubcap I have painted for them.  Their favorite animal is a sea turtle and they absolutely love Hawaii, so I went for a bright, fun hubcap for the girls and I can’t wait to see their faces when I give it to them!  And, as with pretty much all of my hubcaps, I’ve fallen in love with it too and want to keep it.  I swear that’s always the case.

I think this is one of my best hubcaps though and it got me back into my creative space:)  Have a good Tuesday and dream a little bit of some summer weather when you look at this painting!

The Creative Space

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I know the area around me always has a huge impact on my mood, productivity, and also creativity.  I love color and need a space that makes me happy.  I also find I am a lot more apt to finish my projects if I have a place specifically set aside for crafting, painting, and anything that I am in the process of making.

Given my roommate’s dislike of times when I have paint, hubcaps, yarn scraps, scissors, brushes and who knows what else strewn across our kitchen table for days on end, I had to relocate to my bedroom.  My bedroom is tiny – as in I can’t even fit a queen size bed and I don’t have a dresser.

The small space has not killed my creative work place though!  I am currently restricted to only a cards table, but it is entirely mine and I never have to clean it up:)  And as you can see, it gets pretty messy.  But it gets me through the rough times and is my little place where I can sit in my own world and work.  I love it.craftspaceThings critical to my crafting space:

  • Materials (ranging from hubcaps and paint to paper and stickers)
  • My fish for inspiration (Diablo in the background)
  • Christmas lights lit up (could not capture in picture, but they are to the right)
  • Clutter
  • Color

I hope this inspires you to make your own crafting space.  It doesn’t have to be large, and there are no prerequisites.  Basically, it’s what my brain looks like if it were displayed on a table: multiple things happening at once, colorful, vibrant, detailed, and lively.

First Pastry Ever!

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photoThe Paris-Brest.  This is a French dessert described as both elegant and delicious.  Who knew I could pull it off with a broken food processor, no pastry bag, and zero experience!

The dessert consists of hazelnut cream between two layers of pastry puff and there is also a ring of pastry puff within the cream that is not visible in this picture.  Roasted, chopped hazelnuts are sprinkled on top for the finishing touch and all in all, one word comes to mind: delicious!  The cream is really what makes the dessert and it is well worth the effort.

Now, Paris-Brest; what is that supposed to mean?  The history behind this pastry is what intrigued me the most.  Dating back over 100 years to 1910, a baker located on the route of the 1,200 km Paris-Brest-Paris bicycle race invented it.  He invented the dessert in honor of the cyclists, hence the shape of a bicycle tire.  Even the inner pastry ring is meant to represent the inner tube of a bicycle tire.  Cool, right?  As a cyclist, I had to give this dessert a try and it was very rewarding to make:)

Way Too Long

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It has been much too long since I posted here. The past three months have been overwhelming with schoolwork and just life in general. I’m sorry!

But I miss it. I miss blogging. Having started the blog around 8 months ago, I never though I would’ve said that. My goal from now on is tone more regular about blogging and my creative activities. I will also continue to do the weekly photo and writing challenges.

So, starting tomorrow I will tackle my first weekly photo challenge in months and we will go from there. Thanks for not leaving me:) and here’s a late valentines cake: white chocolate cake with cherry preserves as layers and a homemade whipped cream frosting. It was delicious.

Owl Christmas Present

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P1030408Hopefully everyone had a wonderful day yesterday:)  Here is a hubcap I painted for my best friend for Christmas.  Her and her family absolutely love owls, so when I decided on the picture to paint, it was perfect.  I think this is one of my best hubcaps so far.  It’s not bright or cheerful, but subtle and beautiful.  I could be slightly bias after spending so much time on it though!

In the coming year, I really aim to be better about continuing my creative endeavors on a daily basis and being better about regularly updating my blog.  Hopefully I can hold myself to the goal.  Hope you all enjoy the owl and have a Happy New Year!

Mason Jar Painting

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Still using the mason jars from my cousin’s wedding, I decided to paint this one with chickens.  I think it has a bit of a kitchen-y feel to it now:)  They did not quite come out as well as I was hoping, but I still think they look pretty cute.

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While I should be painting hubcaps for Christmas presents (I have a to-do list of paintings!), these chickens just spoke to me.  It only took me a day and it was fun to paint something other than a hubcap.  On other creative news notes, I finally bought myself a new sketchbook.  There are now 50 blank pages of potential!  As for my next project, I’m not sure what is on the agenda.  There are a lot of possibilities, so we will see.

Hope you have a terrific Tuesday:)

Frog Hubcap

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P1030406Here is my latest hubcap creation.  Unfortunately, I was so excited about finishing another hubcap, I didn’t wait for the paint to dry to take the picture…. so you can see the wet paint.  Sorry!  I’ll update with a better picture when it dries.  This frog hubcap is going to be a gift to our local recycling center.  The women at this recycling center have designated themselves my hubcap suppliers I think!  They keep providing me with hubcaps and they were so excited to see all of the ones I have painted so far so I felt obligated to paint them one for the facility.

Although not my favorite, I think he came out pretty well.  At least he’s cheerful:)  Next on the agenda are some painted hubcaps as Christmas gifts and I still need to buy a new sketchbook so I can continue drawing.  Hopefully there will be another update soon and I hope everyone is starting to feel the holiday spirit!!

Finally… Some Art!

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CIMG1481It has been far too long since I have produced something artistic and it was really great to let my creative juices flow.  I haven’t done a pencil sketch in ages and I also haven’t done a horse either, so this was just meant to be:)  It’s not my best, but I definitely felt a bit rusty.  It’s been such a while since I have had the time to paint or draw, it’s kind of depressing!

I plan on starting my next hubcap now though.  This was also the last page in my sketchbook which is a serious accomplishment.  Of the 50 pages, I would say I produced 14 quality sketches.  Given the fact I have never had any formal art training, I am very pleased with that.

So, on that note, enjoy the rest of your Monday and do something creative tomorrow.  If you don’t think you have time, make it just 15 minutes!  It definitely frees the mind.

Reminders of You, Reminders of Heartbreak

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The song, “Sooner or Later,” by Mat Kearney is one that always brings up strong memories of one person.  This may come across as a very sad writing challenge, but it is just the memories.  This is what I feel when I hear the song.  It unlocks a part of me that is usually tightly tucked away.

We’re all standing with our backs against the wall, Sooner or later.

Waiting on a phone that never calls, at all.

Heartbreak comes rollin’ in like a storm, Sooner or later.

Trying to swim but your sinking like a stone, Alone.

I am now the one standing with my back against the wall.  I was the one – the phone that never called.  I came in as heartbreak, causing more damage than any storm.  We both tried to swim, and I know I know we both sank like stones.  Except there is no we; there’s you and then there’s me.

And I can feel fire in the night

Waiting here

Baby it’s like we’re

Walking on a wire through the fear

Take my hand

We’ll get there

There was fire in the night.  There was fire in our hearts.  There was fire when we held hands.  There were sparks when I thought of you.  The everyday reminders of you.  Hearing a song – this song – and thinking of you.  You would listen to it on repeat, and now it burns of you.  We thought we would get there.

Sooner or later I swear we’re gonna make it, we’re gonna make it,

Sooner or later I swear we’re gonna make it, we’re gonna make it

Milk and honey till we get our fill

I’ll keep chasing it I always will

Sooner or later, I swear

We’ll make it there

Sooner than later

It is now later, and there is no “we.”  What exactly happened, I’m not sure.  Maybe the milk went sour; the honey became bitter.  We thought we were going to make it, but I had my fill.  You kept chasing, but I was scared.  Sooner became later, and we did not make it there.

We’re all waiting on a dream that’s hard to own, Sooner or later

Trying to feel the high without the low, you know

It’s impossible to feel the high without the low.  There is always a low.  We had dreams together.  I had dreams of you and I know you had dreams of me.  And we had dreams for ourselves.  I hear this song and I remember those dreams.  We wanted to travel the world, camp in the mountains, go on adventures, and do it all together.  This song uncovers memories of your bedroom, listening to it on repeat, and traveling the world in our mind, through pictures and tourist books.

You can feel fire in the night

Lying here

Baby it’s like we’re

Walking on a wire through the fear

Take my hand

We’ll get there

It was not a wire we walked initially.  It was a reinforced, fenced in, sturdy bridge.  There was no doubt.  Then I broke the bridge.  To me, it had dwindled down to a wire.  To you, it looked like I came in with gale-force winds and annihilated what you thought was a secure bridge.  You reached to take me hand, but I pulled it away.

The fear inside

The hills we’ve climbed

The tears this side of heaven

All these dreams inside of me

I swear were gonna get there.

I wish I could have better explained the fear inside.  I was young, but we had conquered so much together.  There should not have been tears, because in your mind, we were heaven.  All of those dreams we had, I shattered.  I wish we were going to get there.  I wish hearing this song did not bring up the memories of heartbreak and sadness.  It now brings up a picture of you instead of the actual you.  What breaks my heart the most, is that I know when you hear this song even now, a piece of your heart still breaks too.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Eerie

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EerieBetter in color than in black and white I decided, this picture really encompasses eerie for me.  It is taken on the Danish island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea as I was riding the perimeter of the island by bicycle.  Outside of tourist season, the island is very empty and with the fog rolling in, I was a bit spooked alone, on a bicycle, without a cell phone!

Great challenge for the day after Halloween!