Sunday, November 2, 2014

Into My Own

One of my wishes is those dark trees,
So old and so firm the scarcely show the breeze,
Were not, as 'twere, the merest mask of gloom,
But stretched away into the edge of doom.

I should not be withheld but that some day,
Into their vastness I should steal away,
Fearless of ever finding open land,
Or highway where the slow wheel pours the sand.

I do not see why I should e'er turn back,
Or those should not set forth upon my track
To overtake me, who miss me here
And long to know if still I held them dear.

They would not find me changed from him they knew-
Only more sure of all I thought was true.

-Robert Frost

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

It's Been a Bit.....

It's been a bit since I've been on my blog....
Not like I've been feeling guilty about it or anything.
Okay, so I lied, I've missed it.
And I felt guilty, not sure why though.
Blogging has never been like a chore or anything, and it's
not really like I've done it consistently in the history of ever.

But I'm back! Sort of I guess.
Who knows if this will be the first of many posts to come
or the last of any for ages. 

News news news!
For example, I am a transcript away from graduation!
Let's celebrate! 

And after that.....after that, let's take a nap.
A nap that will be like a memorial to all those nights
I spent awake worried about my tests,
worried about the drive, panicked at the prospect of getting lost.
All those breathless moments when I was sure I was going to fail
and, only by God's grace, didn't (expect that one time, but we won't dwell on that).
And shoutout to all the awesome people who have prayed for me.
And the people that told me I couldn't quit (thanks mom and dad).
And the people that told me I wouldn't fail.
All your support has been awesome,
and when I cried and shouted and slapped my forehead
you kept me going :)
This is starting to sound like a bad graduation speech.
I don't do speeches.

And the moon has been gorgeous lately.

So yeah :)
I'm trying to get the hang of this again,
forgive me for rambling like a weirdo.
Wait, no, nevermind don't.
Cause I am, and I did, and I'm not sorry :)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

April shower, even though it's March

It's March!! (did you know that?)
And I feel like it's been ages since I blogged.
And if 2 weeks+ is ages,
then it has been.

We have had some really marvelous weather lately.
Rain, in point of fact.
And 50 degrees. 

And all this loverly weather has inspired me to
grab my pencils. All two of them.
And some blank paper that stares back at me,
asking for kindness, and requesting not to be wrinkled up
and thrown away.

Four pages made it! 
Those less fortunate were....less fortunate.
My mom is a genius and recommended
this pseudo-clothesline for my wall,
I love it, and it was so easy.

To be 100% truthful, the one on the right was done
several months ago, and was stuck in a stack
of old sketches. It fit my theme perfectly though :)

I definitely think the little girl in the rain is my favorite :)

And now I need your help! 
I have room for one more sketch on my line,
and I need an idea! 
Comment below with ideas-remember it
has to be umbrella related :)
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Let's Paint our Shoes!!!

We are going to paint shoes today!
So run over t o Walmart, and grab a pair
of those 7.00 white tennis shoes that look
super boring, and we are going to make them more fun!
Boring, right?

Pull out those laces, and tuck the tongue into the
toe of the shoe! Now, we are ready to paint!
I used my Tulip fabric paint, the
same ones I've used to my t-shirt projects.

 I really wanted a nice teal color, but I didn't have
any, so I had to mix it.

This is what it looked like before I stirred it up. 
Probably 60% blue, 20% white, 15% green, 5% yellow.

I didn't get a pic of just the teal *bummer*, but I painted the middle
part of both shoes teal. Next, I did black stripes.
I was using scotch tape (cut in half down the center) for a guideline, like painters tape.
I also did the stripes on the toes of both shoes.
It was a little time consuming, but I really like how they turned out!

Can't wait to wear them!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Planes, Posters, and other things :)

First off-my camera cord came off of strike-so now I have photos!

Have you seen the movie Planes yet? 
It is pretty decent, all things considered. 
The plot has some pretty close ties to the original Cars film,
but overall it is a good, family movie night film. 

Needless to say, it has become rather popular here
at our house! And even though birthdays a re a bit off, 
one of the kids has decided on a Planes party.
Yes! I get to make stuff now!

So, the above photo is my attempt at 
"Pin the Prop on the Plane"
In case you haven't seen the movie, the plane
on the poster is the main character-special request 
from the Birthday Kid :)
Everything on the poster is paper, except for like, 
four lines I did with a marker. I am so excited
about this birthday-can you tell?!
Planes and I were already friends (remember my mural?)
so I was more than happy to get to play along! 

And the other thing I wanted to share with you 
is that Kid #6 has arrived! And they came home from the
hospital with a free diaper bag

I think we can all agree that this is a bit boring,
at least everyone at our house did....
So my mom gave it to me to make cool and kid-friendly!
Here's what I did:

Excuse my mad photo-taking skills, lol!
And that's all I have for you today,
than ks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Remember this?

So, I had a post all planned out.
And then my camera USB cord decided to run away.

Remember looking for stuff as a kid,
and you would tell your mom you didn't have it last 
(no one had it last!)
and she always said "well, I guess it just grew legs and walked off then!"
I always thought that would be cool.
Pretty sure Toy Story just fueled that idea.

Oh-remember VHS tapes?! 
They are the real reason we "rewind" DVDs now.

My mom got rid of all of our VHS tapes in the past year.
We had those two-tapes sets, for Fiddler on the Roof,
and Sound of Music. I was so sad, I loved those films.
On the bright side though, we can no longer
just pop in those insanely embarrassing home videos
of my sister and I singing music from the "Aristocats" in shower caps
and pajamas. We were so young. Don't judge.

I remember my mom always telling us to stop the tape 
before we rewound or fast forwarded parts we didn't like.
I never did know for sure why we had to do that....

Remember Barney tapes were white, with purple letters
and Blues Clues were (usually) orange (then they came out with that 
blue one and it threw everyone off) and green Veggie Tales....
Oh, how poorly animated the originals were. 

Remember ours were like this:

And then we were so thoroughly impressed with "Jonah", and the 

Pretty sure Larry had a lisp back then too....

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Puffy paint

Some people  never learn.
That would be me.
I have not learned that it is a bad idea to make 
giant messes and try new projects while
mom is out. 

Just for clarification-this one was not my idea.
My mom emailed me this happy little link
for puff paints, that said
"You could make this while I'm gone!"

I never learn.
But! We had fun.

We're thinking of taking our gallery on tour now that we are experts
at puff paint. 
I let each kid pick their best picture for the blog :)

Kid #5-it's a heart. definitely a heart.


Kid#3-couldn't decide which one was his best work,
so he chose two.

What? I tried okay, I tried so hard.