I need to preface this with the fact that I don't normally paint. If I do, it is almost always something small like the faces on my nutcrackers or something like that. I have done a few projects over the years, but I've never felt like I was very good at it. When I took… Continue reading Today’s Project… Painting
As is so often the case when I work with a project like this, the finished piece is a little different that what I originally pictured. The pictures also NEVER do the finished piece justice, especially when it comes to stones that have any kind of flash in them, and this one is full of… Continue reading Thank You Gift Completed
Today is my day to get my butt back into my studio and work on a long overdue piece of jewelry. It has been a couple of years since I've done anything in my jewelry studio and this is not going to be an easy piece because, as usual, I can't do it the way… Continue reading Another Busy Day
I have uploaded over 30 new images to my Pixels site. Lots of macro images including quite a few I haven't posted here yet. So, for anyone that ever thought "Hey, that is a cool photo! That'd look great on my wall!" Here's your chance. They even have cool things like notebooks, phone cases, coffee… Continue reading New Photos Available On Pixels
Self confidence has never been my strong suit. I know that I am probably a lot harder on myself than most other people will be, especially friends and family. That plays into doubting what they say and fueling that doubt. This is one of those things that I do know and recognize about myself and… Continue reading Seeing Myself
Some people are just assholes. If you are a reader and follow authors, especially those in the romance genre, you may have already seen the current uproar regarding blatant plagiarism. If not, I'll summarize. There are apparently people out there, this case is one in particular, but it is apparently not an uncommon thing, that… Continue reading Copyright/Plagiarism
I've uploaded a whole slew of new photos to my Pixels site! Most are photos I've posted here before, but there are several shots that haven't been seen here.
There are reasons I do not do cakes for a living. One is that, even though I can make a cake that looks really cool, they aren't always very clean or truly professional quality polished. I seriously love this cake. It is so pretty, but it is a tad sloppy in places. That and, no… Continue reading 2019 Pointe Costume Cake
I just hit send on my first round of revisions back to my editor! Now I'm back in sit and wait mode for round 2. All in all, I think I'm really pleased with where everything stands. In this process and fixing many of his issues, I fixed all of the areas that I had… Continue reading Edits & Revisions Round 1 Done!
That crazy kick in the butt from my creative muse? It was another nutcracker project. My amazingly wonderful cousin collects santas. I had considered buying her one this year, but could never find one that I really liked. After decorating this year and pulling out my giant nutcrackers I made last year I got to… Continue reading Santa “Nutcracker” Project
I finished that craft project my crazy muse demanded I work on. I'm only giving a sneak peak because it is a gift and I don't want to spoil the surprise. Pictures of the finished project will come after the gift has been received. That said, I'm really pleased with how this turned out as,… Continue reading Craft Project Sneak Peak
I figured now would be a perfect time to repost this in case anyone is feeling ambitious this season! Oodles of hours, multiple trips to both the hardware store and the craft store later and my life size giant nutcrackers are done! Supply List for Each Nutcracker Pot or Bucket for Lower Body Pot or… Continue reading Repost: Giant Nutcrackers How To
Stating the obvious, I take a lot of photos. They aren't always perfect or awesome. Some aren't even very good, but there is something I liked enough about it to share. I have a very large majority of my hard drive (and an external one to boot) dedicated to storing all those photos. I've even… Continue reading Shameless Self Promotion
When I said that this whole book writing thing had been a wild and crazy experience, I wasn't joking. People say all the time, "Hey, I had this crazy dream!" Well, that is exactly how this whole thing started. With a dream. It isn't often that I remember my dreams. They are usually emotionally gut… Continue reading The Story Behind The Story
The Universe, Luck, Coincidence, Random Moments of Inspiration... whatever you want to call it, it looks like I'm going to have to rewrite at least a small section of my about page. While I may consider myself relatively talented when it comes to being creative and artistic, writing is so not one of the talents… Continue reading The Universe Made A Liar Out Of Me
I hate labels. I always have. Labels create boxes that we then feel the need to try and fit into. The problem comes when you realize that the box for your Label #1 isn't the same box as someone else's Label #1. If you aren't x, y, & z, then you don't fit their Label… Continue reading Fighting Labels
Oodles of hours, multiple trips to both the hardware store and the craft store later and my life size giant nutcrackers are done! Supply List for Each Nutcracker Pot or Bucket for Lower Body Pot or Bucket for Main Body Pot or Bucket for Head Pot or Bucket for Hat 15 inch wood base (I… Continue reading Giant Life Size Nutcracker Done!
I made huge progress today with Hubby's help, but I'm so done for the day. Seems like we kept running into design issues with just about every step. Not so much the general plan, but with some of the execution or the materials I'd gotten. I knew pretty much what I needed to do to… Continue reading Gaah! So Close!
I got started on the giant nutcrackers today. I wasn't even 10 minutes into the project when I realized that the one part I thought I'd be able to re-purpose, the smaller PVC pipe, is the wrong size. *Sigh* So this project that started with the idea I'd be able to use lots of things… Continue reading Gettin’ Busy!
I have a new project I'm getting ready to start. I've spent the last several days getting all the stuff I need and I'm about 90% there. I still have at least one more trip to a craft store and I'm waiting on an order delivery, then I can really dig in. The end goal… Continue reading Planning, Crafting, Crazy
MC is in science club this year. It will be his first time, but after just absolutely falling in love last year during his pre-AP biology course, he decided he would rather do that than robotics. One of the things they do is have students submit ideas for their club T-shirt. Apparently, since I was… Continue reading Challenge Accepted