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Thank You!

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Dear Followers,

Thank you very much for taking an interest in my blog.  This is a post dedicated to you and I baked a thank you cake in appreciation of your support.

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About 3 months ago I started this blog with no idea what I was doing.  I did not have a lot of direction and I had never blogged before either, but I loved to create and wanted to share my work with others.  That desire led to the creation of skreative – my savior during a really tough summer for me.  I love thinking about post ideas and interacting with fellow bloggers.

The reason for this post is that I have officially reached 100 followers – a goal I never even dreamed of!  It is an exciting moment for me and I look forward to future blogging accomplishments:)

Now, onto the cake.  It is a chocolate mousse – vanilla layered yellow cake.  This is the first homemade cake recipe I have ever baked.  It turned out delicious!  The cake is a lot heavier than the boxed cake mix, but I feel like I am actually eating something solid.  I love how it ended up and I don’t think I will go back to my boxed cake mix again.  The chocolate mousse was delicious, fluffy, and not too sweet.  All in all, a complete success.  So although you can’t taste it unfortunately, I promise it was perfect!

Thank you again and enjoy your Wednesday:)

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It’s Sunday…

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…You should get away.

And that’s exactly what I did.  A couple days away camping in the woods was a much needed break.  Here’s a little taste of the wildlife:

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If you can’t tell, I have a little bit of an obsession with birds.  I find them so beautiful and powerful and I have to say, the bald eagle was a real treat.  I spent the better part of that morning stalking the eagle who definitely now has a phobia of women in yellow kayaks.  But I got a picture of it and that was all I wanted.  The loon was stunning, and this cormorant just didn’t want to budge when I pulled up next to his rock (still stalking my eagle across the lake of course).

Besides the bird shots though, the past couple of days have been a great break from everything.  Sometimes it is just necessary to unplug; no phones, computers, ipods… nothing.  So what did we do?  We moved, laughed, talked, swam, ran, and just relaxed.  Not only was I unplugged from all electronics, but I unplugged my creativity, motivation, and ambition.  Back home now, I am ready to go and take it all on!  This was a necessary break and if you are feeling stressed, you should get away.  Even if it is just a walk down the street without your phone, it’s worth it.  The world won’t end.

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Hope these pictures free up your mind a bit.  They certainly still make me smell the fresh air.  Just wanted to share a little beauty and hope you all enjoy what is left of your  weekend!

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.

Some things are like potato chips…

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…You can’t have just one.

Whether it is the cat lady who lives down the road, or your daughter who collects rocks.  Everybody has something that they can’t have just one of.  We are humans and we collect things.  Some people have multiple pets, others have multiple shoes.

For me, I discovered I have an obsession with fish.  Betta fish to be exact.  Let me explain a little bit first, before you pass your judgement and label me as the crazy betta fish lady.

I bought my first betta fish around last Thanksgiving.  I wanted something to take care of, but it needed to be easy, inexpensive, and apartment friendly.  My best friend had just finished telling me the story of how she brought her betta fish all the way home on the train for the week of Thanksgiving and that’s when it hit me.  I did my research and decided my budget was going to be no more than $20.

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Upon entering the local Petco, I was greeted by racks of betta fish stacked on top of each other for me to choose from.  It was like Christmas!  After spending around 45 minutes pulling out fish, inspecting, and comparing, I finally decided on the one I wanted.  Anyone at that store most definitely thought I was crazy at this point.  Proud as a peacock, I brought my supplies to the counter to finish the deal.

This was over 6 months ago, Chipotle is doing great and I enjoy watching him every day; oh, and I just bought my third.  Yep, three betta fish.  I just can’t help myself.  #2, Diablo, came along around Memorial Day this year and I just bought my third, Casper.  I guess he’s a 4th of July baby.  The only issue with Casper is I don’t actually know if it is male or female!  I discovered the (even cheaper) baby betta fish.  They are tiny and it’s hard to tell their gender or color at this stage, but how can you say no to love?

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There are simple pleasures in life, and they are very different for different people.  I get so much enjoyment taking care of my bettas, feeding them in the morning and watching them swim around.  They make me smile, they inspire me, and just make my day… What more can you ask for?  So, I felt the need to share my little obsession, maybe this will make you smile too.  If not, indulge yourself today in something that does make you smile.  It’s worth it every once in a while:)

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Chipotle inspired me to pull out the sketchbook and draw this guy! They are good for me:)

Day 7 of 7

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It might not be pretty, but we had not leftovers... it vanished!  That's the ultimate compliment:)

It might not be pretty, but we had not leftovers… it vanished! That’s the ultimate compliment:)

If I was stuck on a deserted island and could only have one food, well, let’s just call it a desserted island to be more precise!  It would be ice cream.  I love all food, and I hate to discriminate, but ice cream is the most amazing food in the world.  Depressingly, I do not have an ice cream freezer and have never made homemade ice cream.  But, I did find a recipe that only uses a regular freezer and that was the project for today!

Ingredients:

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 14 oz can of condensed milk
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup crushed Oreo cookies
  • 2 cups heavy cream, whipped

Directions (20 min)

  • In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks and stir in the condensed milk and vanilla.  Fold in the crushed cookies and whipped cream.  Pour mixture into a 9×5-inch loaf pan lined with foil.  Cover and freeze for 6 hours or until firm.

Finally!  I have accomplished 6 new recipes in 7 days.  Other than the minor bump in the road on Sunday, I would call it a success:)  Now, back to some other projects – I think I am going to take a little break from the cooking and baking.  Don’t want to overwhelm you guys too much.  Be ready for some art updates soon… I’ve been working hard.

Day X of 7

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Zero success today:(. I hurt my back really badly and have been an absolute couch potato.  I also realized my soufflé ramekins are missing in action… My 7 day challenge has had a little speed bump.  I promise to pick back up tomorrow with some homemade ice cream though!  I’m still a blogging newbie.  I think I am going to print off a calendar to plan out my posts better.  But, the back is already feeling better which I am so thankful for.  Tomorrow is a new day!

“Creativity is contagious…

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Pass it on” -Albert Einstein

When I was younger, my mom always encouraged my creativity.  There was not much TV or computer time allotted in my childhood days.  Friends would come over and the options were play with your toys, go outside, or do a craft.  Whenever I was bored, the options stayed the same.  Along with playing in my make-believe fairy tales like any child, I was given a lot of opportunities to create my little 8-year-old masterpieces of art.

From ironing beads together, threading beads together to make animals, jewelry making, pipe cleaners, pom-poms, foam, designing holiday ornaments, to a multitude of other little crafty projects my mom could think of, there was always some sort of creation in progress at home.  I thrived off of it.

Looking back on those days at the kitchen table now, I realize how important it was for me and how it has influenced me today.  I was always doing something.  It taught me to be creative, resourceful, and manage my time.  It also instilled a love for productivity at an early age.  Now I look  at the computer games, television shows, and video games the kids do to occupy their time and it just wastes away the hours.  Before you know it, the day is gone.  But, I guess perhaps that is the goal; to occupy the kids until it is bedtime.

In our fast-paced society, people have moved away from the little projects that are more like hobbies at home.  They don’t introduce creativity to their children, and they have lost the time in their own days for little projects.  Picasso summed up my thoughts perfectly with his quote on creativity:

Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.”

 I believe it is an important aspect to have hobbies on the side, even if it may seem childish.  It gives you something to look forward to, to be proud of, and makes the day a little more interesting.  Always keep encouraging your creativity, it is worth it:)

Everybody Loves a Good List

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Good morning to you all.  Deep down inside, everybody loves a good list.  It’s in our human nature.  It helps to give structure where there is little.  When you think about it, we make lists often, but the most famous is the to-do list.  Now this has a bit of a bad reputation because most people instantly think of a list of things they know they need to do, but really don’t want to.  Making lists can be quite enjoyable actually.  Your morning mission for the day if you choose to accept it is to make a list.  It’s ok, everybody needs a little break from the cubicle on a Tuesday morning!

List of things to make a list from:

  1. Bucket list
  2. Places to visit
  3. Projects to do
  4. Places you have been
  5. Recipes to cook
  6. Adjectives that begin with “a”
  7. 100 facts about you
  8. Things you like
  9. Things you dislike
  10. Favorite books/movies/songs

Making lists gives your brain a chance to really think.  It sometimes can lead to some pretty creative ideas or help you realize things you never knew.  Perhaps you never knew you had that many places you want to travel to.  My list for the morning: List of animals I want to draw.

  • Elephant, rhino, giraffe, donkey, kookaburra, corgi, cockatoo

Now that you have the list, take action.  It will make for a pretty accomplished day.  And think, it’s still only the beginning of the week:)

Goal #1

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Week 1 of my blog project: I need help choosing my goal for the week! I will upload my most recent success soon. Set a craft goal for your week too… Get motivated!

Let the creative juices flow!

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You know that familiar feeling. An insatiable itch to produce something. It drills down into our primitive human nature where we were designed to make things. Designed to invent, create, engineer, and build. The brain never stops thinking, planning, working.

I get these impulses often. They are so strong, I’ve been compelled to cook, bake, draw, sculpt, or create something on a whim. In a world consisting of intangible work, there is something innately satisfying with producing something with your own bare hands.

This blog is a result of yet another one of those impulses. But, it will be a way to channel the inspirational successes and failures as I explore the creativity of my mind. There is nothing more self fulfilling than looking back on an accomplishment a couple days later and still thinking it looks good. Still believing it came out exactly the way you planned