Happy Halloween!

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CIMG1480Happy Halloween everybody!  These three crafts are based off of something I found on Pinterest (my knew obsession)!  My cousin was married in the middle of October and as a party favor, we were able to keep our glasses which were mason jars.  Now, I’ve been dying to get my hands on some mason jars.  I did not know what I would do with them yet, but I knew I was going to paint them.  Given the proximity to Halloween, I thought I would do something festive and this is what it turned out to be – a pumpkin, ghost, and Frankenstein.

I think they came out well and I love seeing them every day on my stove:)  Hope all of you have a ghoulish evening and take advantage of opportunity to eat lots of candy!

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An Image of Summer

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P1030375It has been quite a while since I have posted something and I apologize!  With final weeks and project presentations, there just has been no time for anything outside of work.  But, I just finished another hubcap:)  This is the second hubcap I have painted for someone – it is for my grandmother.  Over the past couple month, my grandparents have become my number one supplier of hubcaps.  They drive around and stop everything, no matter the location, to pick up hubcaps for me to paint.  This one in particular my grandmother loved and I know she wanted to have one painted for her, but she would never ask me directly.  She did mention it to my mother multiple times though!  So, I know she loves hummingbirds and this is what I created.

I chose a yellow background because it is unlike any other I have done before.  They are coming over for dinner tonight, and I am very critical of my work (as always).  Is this worthy of being given away?  Let me know what your first impressions are!  Hope everyone has a great start to their weekends!

A 1,000 Words can Translate a Picture

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A picture is worth 1,000 words.

This is a saying I live by.  Why would I write about something beautiful when I can show you.  I will admit, I have an infatuation with beautiful things.  Whether it’s majestic horses, dancing couples, brilliant flowers, towering mountains, or a starry night, I love the beauty there.  I then get the itch to capture and share what I see.  I find myself wishing for a camera, a pencil and pad of sketch paper, or paint and brushes.  It is a feeling that consumes me until I capture the image in my mind and have it in the flesh.

I will admit, I never have the urge to write a descriptive narrative that “paints” the picture for the reader.  As a part of this Weekly Writing Challenge, I aim to draw for you images I have been itching to capture and post.  So, instead of simply sharing the pictures, I plan to share it through words as a challenge for myself.

To everyone else, I’m sure it was just a typical October day.  For me, no day in October is typical, and that day in particular was a perfect fall day.  I stepped outside for a walk on that cool afternoon.  The crisp air bit at my exposed cheeks, but I had made sure to bundle up.  It was a refreshing welcome to the outside.  The air was dry and had that invigorating smell that resembles a combination of fallen leaves and home.

As a wandered through the park, the wind stirred the brittle leaves in the trees and the sound of the crunching under my feet stood out in stark contrast to the passive silence the world had already taken on.  Tree after tree lined up along the walking path were no longer vibrant and green, but had taken on the classic, New England palette of reds, oranges, and yellows.  The brilliant collage of colors was magnificent.

Being an overcast day, the sky had taken on a deep, threatening grey as if it was ready to start pouring.  The contrast of the brilliantly colored leaves against this deep sky was beautiful.  Of particular interest was a small maple that had a combination of flaming red and pumpkin orange leaves.  The tree looked on fire with a backdrop of larger, ancient, yellow-leaved oak trees and the ominous sky.  Transfixed by this tree, I felt alive.

Nothing can compare to all of the sensory feelings that come together on autumn days.  It is invigorating to have the bite of the refreshing air, explosion of colors in the trees, and homey smell in the woods.

I know it is just a short description, but I feel I have captured what I saw and felt.  Now I have to include a picture below simply because I’m still me, and I love pictures:)  This was a great exercise though and it really forced me to think about what I saw instead of simply replicate it as I usually do with my art.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Good Morning!

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CIMG1144Now I know this closely mimics the cover photo for this challenge, but I still couldn’t help myself.  This was the breakfast I treated myself to one morning on vacation in Germany.  The woman gave me the strangest look when I asked for a giant slice of cake at 7am in the morning!  But, I will admit, it was a very good morning for me.  Somehow my toast with butter on this Saturday morning just doesn’t live up to that picture.

I wish everyone out there a great morning:)

I Love Donkeys:)

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CIMG1478Here is my latest hubcap.  I have never drawn or painted a miniature donkey before, but considering they are my favorite animal, I thought it was about time I tackled the challenge.  It came out a lot better than I was expecting and it is very different from any of the other hubcaps I have painted yet.  It was also the fasted I have ever completed a painting, so I am excited about that.

I also was going to wait to post this painting, but I am too excited about it that I have to share.  Hope everyone has a great Wednesday evening!

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:)

A Day’s Inheritance

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P1020548When I was younger, I wanted to be just like my parents.  I refused to have my ears pierced because my mom never had hers pierced.  I wanted to work in a finance job and travel the world.  I wanted to be a division 1 swimmer who specialized in butterfly.  I obviously was going to go to college close to home, because how could I ever be a combined clone of my parents if I couldn’t be near them to make sure I stayed on the right track?

Ok, of course that was a little ridiculous, but in my 10-year-old mind, it made perfect sense.  I have my ears pierced now because I love earrings and I have branched away from my parents and become independent.  I could not be happier about that either; I wouldn’t want to be just like them.  But, every day I am reminded how much of my parents’ child I am.  I don’t need to be around them every day to know that I am just like them.  And I am proud of that.

Typical Weekend Day:

4:30 am: Bound out of bed.  Note to the readers: No, I didn’t set my alarm.  Nope, there’s no reason for me to be up this early and my body clock has taken the term “early bird” WAY too far.  Check my phone – message from Dad at 4:22 am.  You got me today.  Thanks Dad – at least when you inherit genes like these, you have someone out there with you in the same boat.

4:31 am:  Breakfast of course.  I think a love of food can be traced back centuries in my family.

5:00 am: Psych myself up for the swim meet today.  At a towering (not) 5’2’’, my height, or lack thereof, does not give me any extra benefits in the middle of a swim race.  I outdid my mom by a quarter of an inch, but despite what my dad kept saying, I never got that growth spurt in college that sent him to a respectable 6 feet tall.  Then there’s the bubble butt and that’s definitely from his side of the family.  And to balance it out on the front, yep, you got it.  Thanks mom for making sure I was well-endowed.  I am slim and in shape, but majority of the athletes I compete against have no butt and no chest.  You just don’t see it in the swimming world.  Well, gotta love it.  Onward and outward.

8:17 am:  Start of the 1650 free – my race.  I’m feeling the jitters, but my body is ready.  With swimming and long distance running in the genes, I could not feel more primed for this race.  I love that feeling of working so hard and my body was made for it.

8:22 am: About halfway through the race.  It’s a close call for first between me and the girl next to me.  Battling away the first 30 lengths side-by-side, it’s going to come down to who wants it more.  Who’s got more fight.  Who just hates to lose.  If I could look in the stands, I think my parents would probably have their fists clenched, sitting on the edge of their seats, tense and in a world not to be disturbed until the race is over.  This is a competition and if I win, they win.  Some people have that competitive blood in them and even though swimming is one of the most boring, un-spectator-friendly sports out there, it still brings out the competitive side in my parents.  And as I’m sure you have figured out by now, it certainly brings out the competitive side in me.

8:35 am: Race is over.  I’m exhausted, but invigorated.  Inside, I am a raging ball of fury, but that will never be seen by the rest of the world.  Unfortunately, it was not a win.  I shake the girl’s hand and thank her for what a great race it was.  We both did best times so we both won.  Always be a good sport.  That was instilled in my character at an extremely young age.  You would never know just how competitive my family is until you see us in the midst of a race.  That’s the way to do it.

12:00 pm: Swim meet’s over and now it’s back to school things; it’s time to work on my project – and with my (slightly incapable) project group, I can feel the frustration building.

12:15 pm:  Think peaceful thoughts. Pretend you’re floating in the ocean, self.  Positive self-talk.

12:30 pm:  I might be balding because I am starting to pull out my hair.

1:00 pm: Ok, my parents are as white as can be and I’m white as a ghost as well of course.  But right now my face is about as red as it gets after being in the sun on a hot summer day without my SPF 50.  I’m texting my mom my frustrations and she’s getting just as angry.  A lot of help she is – wonder where I get it from.

3:30 pm:  I’m out the door for a 6 mile run.  I know there was a swim meet today, but I just like to do things.  I come from a family of do-ers.  It’s in our blood and people think I’m crazy, but my family doesn’t even think twice.  Probably because they’re all out going for their runs too, or bike ride, or rock climbing, or swim.  We do a lot.

9:30 pm:  Desperately struggling to stay awake, I am sprawled on the couch hoping to make it until 10pm tonight.  Sadly, staying up later does not directly coordinate to sleeping later in the morning.  Send the parents a goodnight text – no response.  Oh wait, my little early birds are already out for the night.  On that note, looks like I should be a good offspring a follow suit!  As much as I may sometimes try to deny it, this apple did not fall far from the tree at all.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated

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Looking at this picture, I feel it is saturated with sunshine.  I know it is probably not the most traditional depiction of saturated, but this is what I think of with saturation.  I can almost feel the sun on my skin.  Hope you enjoy this picture and have a great rest of your day:)

Hogwarts Hubcap!

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CIMG1443Hubcap #5 is complete!  There is a story behind this one too.  My brother’s girlfriend bought me a present right before she left for her freshman year in college.  First off, I thought she should be the one to be receiving gifts, but I wasn’t going to say no to a present.  Knowing I had just started painting hubcaps, she bought me a set of 4 hubcaps from Wal-Mart!  Wrapped up and everything – I was thrilled especially because I’ve never painted a clean, new hubcap.

Obviously, the first one I painted had to go to her.  I have never painted or drawn something for anyone else and I’ve also never given away a piece of my work.  After the hours I put in, I have a hard time parting with it.

Although a freshman in college, she is an unashamed Harry Potter fanatic and I admire her for that.  I decided the Hogwarts emblem is what this painting had to be and it turned out pretty well.  The shading does not come out in the photo very well, but it looks better in person.  Can’t wait to hear about her reaction when he gives it to her this weekend:)  I will have a tough time parting with it (even though I’m not a huge HP fan), but it is good practice.  She deserves it.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

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I liked the idea of this photo more than I like how it came out, but here’s my Weekly Photo Challenge.  It’s a picture of my kitchen from inside the fish bowl:)  Hope you all enjoy it – just tried to do something a little bit different!  Also, this is my fish Zeus, just thought I would give him some credit.  Have a great Thursday everybody… the weekend is coming!