Sunday, June 27, 2010

Hey It's my 200th Post!

With that I would like to do a giveaway!!

I have a pretty shell that I picked up somewhere along the way during my travels. I would like for some random person to be chosen to have it!

I need:

-Any random fact about you

(This giveaway is open to any part of the country)

Ends July 15


I was thinking and just a week giveaway didn't seem long enough and anyone from any part of this globe can enter!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Saturday Special: James Gang singing Walk Away

Friday, June 25, 2010

bunch of pulp

PULP ART BOOK COMMERCIAL from Neil Krug on Vimeo


A bunch of really creative pictures put together to sell at a pretty cost. The Indian ones are my favorite. 

so the tides roll

I love watching low humidity clouds fly across the sky while dark storm clouds loom ahead. The temperature drops and it feels so good to be outside. Standing there waiting for the rain to arrive and touch my skin as the wind blows threw my hair. I close my eyes and feel relaxed. Looking to the right I see the rain pouring down and steadily making it's way toward me. As it pours I feel the troubles wash away. Invisible arms wrap around me and the assurance that everything will be okay. Then the door opened, my creativity flew in. I painted all day today, my mind racing with how to spread the paint. It's exciting to feel the urge to hold paint brushes in my hand and transfer what I'm seeing in my mind onto scrap wood. Amazing.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Saturday Special: Band of Skulls- Friends

It's ridiculously hot in Tennessee this year and especially since my driver side window stopped working today. Of all things, really. I have had no A/C since 08 because I had my heater core replaced and just haven't put freon back in. However I can no because another problem come up with a pipe leaking Anti-Freeze like no one's business. Let's see, the problems with my car are endless. I must, must, must, buy new tires. I just wish, for once, I could have a job that takes care of me, and I can support myself. It's hard working so little and trying to make a few hundreds stretch for two weeks.

I would like to sell that Dalmatian painting. Save that money towards a better car/truck. Jeep Wrangler. :)

Dallas Wonderland

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Lemon Drops

"The stars at night are big and bright 
Deep in the heart of Texas 
The prairie sky is wide and high 
Deep in the heart of Texas 
The sage in bloom is like perfume 
Deep in the heart of Texas 
Reminds me of the one that I love 
Deep in the heart of Texas"

Unedited Texas pictures

Wind Turbines 

ACU and the beautiful campus

On ACU campus, Jacob's Dream

I really enjoyed visiting Abilene and Dallas. They are full of character and I just wanted to walk all over both with my camera. When we left Abilene we headed back to Dallas and explored a little bit. We toured the 6th Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and gazed at the grassy knoll. Elm Street is marked with two X's on the road to mark where the Motorcade was under fire, it gives you this kind of chill when you look at them. Many conspiracy theories are brought up when you walk down that street.

After the museum and the wonderful experience I gained, we headed out. I have many car photography pictures when we entered and excited Dallas. This great city has me wanting to live there so bad.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Twice As nice

Texas steak is better than Tennessee steak, unless you grill it at home. Joe Allen's has some of the best and man, I was in heaven for a brief moment in time. I hope to go back and eat more steak some day from Abilene.

Abilene reminds something straight from the 1950s or Norman Rockwell painting. Which, I am a Rockwell fan. Everything opens early and closes about 2PM, the downtown area at least. As told by someone, it's better to visit than live here. Well, I'm rather tired from our long trip from Abilene to Texarkana. Maps do not do the great state of Texas justice. I'm used to maps from home that it doesn't really seem so far. More in a few days.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Saturday Special: JJ - Ecstasy

Friday, June 11, 2010

On the Road Update

Good Morning! I am in Rockwall, Texas, until the tires are balanced. Nathan is out finding a place that can help my moms poor car. We were 97 miles from Dallas when we hit some rough weather and the car started to feel different. Then we heard this strange noise that we though was from a tractor trailer. It turned out it wasn't and when we pulled over, the tire on the back right side was flat! Ack! So, we got the spare tire out, but could find the size tire iron. Turns out my mom has a "key" for her tire and if that key was not in there, well, we would be kind of lost. In short a State Trooper called a tow man and this nice gentle man came out changed our tire and only charged $20 dollars. He also had to call another man to get a four-way because the tire iron in my mom's care was the wrong size. Crazy. I did not take pictures of the flat but I did when we got a few miles to another town so we could go to Autozone.

This is the patch Nathan put on the tire. By the way, they work! So does the little thing that looks like a radio. It fills the tire with air in 8 1/2 mins!

He looks so hot working on a car. :)

However, when we got back on the interstate the car was wobbling, more like vibrating. More later, gotta get things together and check out.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

I'm 23 and aging with grace

happy birthday to moi. 23 today. i think i feel light headed.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Oh la la

Ray Bans: Mom's, Scarf: Sugarees 

Top Necklace: Mom's Onyx, Bottom Necklace: Gift from my grandmother

Things I'm taking...

besides clothes, shoes, lap top, and camera.

-Sketch pad
- Zen for Christians: a beginner's guide by Kim Boykin
-Natural Witchery: Intuitive, Personal & Pratical Magick by Ellen Dugan ( I'm open minded, no need to judge)
- The Secert Language of Dreams: A Visual Key to Dreams and Their Meanings by David Fontana
- Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger
- Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger
- Literature and Society by Pamela J. Annas and Robert C. Rosen
- Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham

Of course I may have to trim these all down. I just like having choices. Just like my very large suit case filled with clothing. I will not make the silly mistake of not being without my suit case with wheels.

I do need suggestions to a few books. I'm even, sigh, open to the Twilight Saga.  I can't believe I said that and I work a store that sells the merch. I should know a little more about it so that I can relate to the customers. That and I'm curious. I just feel that the books have been made into this crazy marketing tool. Has anyone ever watch Josie and the Pussy Cat Dolls from 2001? Were music become this crazy way of having people go with the latest trends? That's how I see it with this Justin Bieber fellow also. It almost makes me sick, well it does make me sick. I hear these crazy stories from parents who say that girls aren't allowed to speak his name in schools. Coo-coo.

Speaking of work, I gotta run some errands before I head in. Fin.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Random Thought

Everyday, women like myself have to be reminded that 'we are gorgeous for who we are.' To stand tall and not have the media or other people put us down because we simply do not look right. That's how I have always felt. This world can be hard and cruel yet beauty is all over. Beauty is what you make of things. Beauty has endless meaning.

This is a painting I finished up sometime last year. It started in 2009 when I was trying to figure out what I had to become. Trying to found new ground and land right. However I'm still trying to find balance. This painting has too many meanings to name out but it is about me. The blue feet, I think anyone could guess, is cold feet. The paper is coals that are on fire. Those two symbols equal being uneasy with life. I have this painting by the front door to remind me to try and land on two feet while walking out to the world. The world is a cruel and a loving place.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Muse me

Art Journal Technique | Woodcut Mimic from The One Minute Muse on Vimeo.

I thought instead of a music video today I would post The One Minute Muse. This is something I used to do with ESP kids when I worked with them. I also taught these to children when I wanted to be an art teacher. It's fun and magical!

Texas Bound

It has been settled! We chill on my birthday and leave the day after, early. After talking about it, leaving on the 9th seemed like a pretty cool idea, however I would have to sleep for most of my birthday! So I figured we can sleep and be well rested for the next day and leave bright and earlier. I think before the sun comes up. Leave west for Texas. Sadly we have to go threw Arkansas. I wonder if  I-30 going into Little Rock is still under construction? Hmm.

I counted the change jar and we have saved $33.57! I know there is more change around here and of course there is like 3.97 in pennies. I always need like a few more it seems to round it out. I found a $.2.00 Wal-Mart gift card under the bed, so maybe they could contribute. I'm just so excited!

I'm so excited to be taking a road trip again with my better half and enjoying a nice weekend and part of a week with him. Tis going to be fun, fun, fun!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

freedom awaits us

Oh man, oh man. I can not wait for this trip and I can not wait till my birthday. It's just another year to age with grace but birthdays are a milestones to living! I feel people should always be happy that they lived such a crazy/happy/ whatever year. Besides Thanksgiving, birthdays are my favorite.

I thought I would share some things I found while I thrifted my money away.

A little Avon owl that had Moonwind Cream Sachet in it.

A very belated birthday gift to Nathan. An Avon bottle that Wild Country Aftershave in it. Still kind of smelled good.

A pretty shirt I wish I bought but sadly did not.

A shirt I did buy and feels so nice on my skin.

My mother got me started on Avon bottles a few years back. She has a 98yr old friend who to give me a kitten bottle and ever since that gift I've been hooked. If I can find it I'll do a show and tell.  I even found some chess pieces and I'm hoping to complete the set. There were two more at the thrift store but I really didn't want to spend anymore money. I think I'll look back on my bad habits one day to my weakness at thrift stores and laugh at myself. Ones persons give aways are soon to be my treasures and so on.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Happy Birthday Lovely Lady

"To put it bluntly, I seem to have a whole superstructure with no foundation. But I'm working on the foundation."
Marilyn Monroe 

O, Time
Be Kind
Help this weary being
To forget what is sad to remember
Loose my loneliness,
Ease my mind,
While you eat my flesh.

-Marilyn Monroe 

June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962

I collected these pictures over a period of time and have forgotten the links. I did however Googled Norma Jean Marilyn Monroe together and came up with these images. The ones with her reading I typed in Marilyn Monroe reading.

She was an amazing woman with a kind gentle spirit. May she rest in peace.

I never question what to do, it tells me what to do. The photographs make themselves with my help. ~Ruth Bernhard
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