Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Great Courses

A couple of weeks ago, in the daily pile of junk mail, was a magazine, that really drew my attention.
It was large flat book, the front cover filled with images from so many genres we see and use in everyday life, the title; The Great Courses....  But what drew me in was the big red box in the middle of the front cover announcing in large letters, a sale for new customers.  I was so taken in with looking through it, that even though it was very cold outside (about 15-20 degrees) I took my time walking to the door as I glanced through it's pages.....
Okay out of the dramatic intro! Anyway, my attention was drawn to 2 separate courses Fundamentals of Photography, and How to Draw.
 Both classes have many lectures on various subjects.
Now I tend to be a bit impulsive and dive headlong into things, without research or thinking things through, but this year I told myself I would not be doing that!
 I guess you could call that one of my new  year "resolutions", but being the weird person that I am, I never liked the term, so I usually avoid it...
However I took it only slightly more in stride, checking my accounts, and flipping through the book periodically over several days, I finally caved in and purchased both classes, needless to say I immediately accessed the online version, and watched the first 2 courses on drawing, while waiting for the hard copies to arrive.
I have already completed 2 assignments, the first was just drawing positive and negative shapes to create a simple fractal image, the second using that shape from simple lines into a 2D object.
In this case a piece of cheese.

I know this is very simplistic, and not even worthy of praise, but I'm really looking forward to perfecting my skills, starting at the very basics and not just have some knowledge, and only able to draw one subject fairly well.  This class looks very promising!
There is so many classes or lectures on so many things like history, cooking, travel, art, science, and music. If you want to learn more on any of these subjects, they have a great sale till January 25th 2018 just go Here and check them out

Thanks for Stopping by!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

New year, New challenges, New Goals

So here I am again, attempting to keep up with this blog.  This year I hope to blog as frequently as possible.
 Last year was very interesting, we, my family and I, flew to  California in August to visit my older Brother, and stayed for 2 weeks. The longest vacation I've had in my whole lifetime so far, and was the highlight of the entire year.  We began packing on August 21st which many of you may remember to be a historic day...The Solar Eclipse! we purchased the necessary glasses and amidst packing looked outside frequently to see the sun slowly darken, it didn't get fully dark in our location, but it definitely got very close, only a small fraction of the sun remained and it was an amazing sight! What little sun there was, reflected through the trees and off of glass lampposts and windows, leaving ripples of light everywhere, it reminded me of the waves on an ocean.  So beautiful! my only regret was to not be able to take good pictures, I did not have the right equipment, and the pictures I did get with my phone seem to have disappeared.
Back to the Trip to California.... we spent the 1st few days in my brothers studio apartment, which was a bit crowded for 6 people, but we managed okay,  our first outing was kayaking in La Jolla (pronounced La Hoya) it was the very first time for both my younger siblings and I, my sister and I shared a boat, which was a tad scary for both of us, to be out on the ocean by ourselves in a little boat and be able to get somewhere by paddling as a team, of course we were paddling together with a large group, but we were unsure if we could manage to keep up, we had some difficulty at first and end up going in circles a lot trying to figure out a paddling system and working together, but it was so much fun and we would gladly do it again! and it was also tons of fun to ride the wave to shore.

Back row, left to right: Josh, Dad, Me,  Front row Left to right: Mom, Caleb, Kirsten

Our next outing was several hours away and up the mountains to visit the Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park and we stayed there for 3 days, everything looked so different from the time we came here during the winter when I was only 8 or so, it was pretty neat to see during the summer.
we went on hikes to see the General Grant Tree, and farther down in the mountains to see waterfalls lakes, and woods, the scenery was breath taking!
Josh Mom and I years ago during winter

Josh Mom and I, 2017 in Summer time
+ 2 more Siblings

on our way back we stopped for 2 days in Carmel, there was lots of boutiques, artists, fine dining, and shops,  and before heading back out we stopped at the beach to watch the sunset on the ocean I took so many pictures I could make a flip book of the waves coming in,

Driving back to my brothers home, in the wee hours of the morning we drove through a fire on both sides of the highway, it almost looked like a volcano had erupted.
On Labor day our last full day there we spent on Huntington Beach where we went boogie boarding all afternoon.
Back in Missouri it took us a week just for our schedules to go back to normal, and time just went so quickly and the new year arrived, now ready for new things to come .
First, finally being able to finish our basement,  and me to finally get the new piano installed, which I'm quite excited about! I can hardly play on our current piano now.
Second, I think I'm finally ready to try driving again, it's about time to get my full license.
Third, set aside time for more creativity and social networking ( I'm terrible at that) and get prepared to attempt vending at a craft fair.
Fourth, my current jobs have slowed down tremendously, I'm not needed as much as a nanny since the boys are growing, and my subbing job has not been needed as much either, so I'm hoping to get a full time position somewhere, but my first application will be for Hobby Lobby.

Oh I almost forgot : ) this is the first creative thing I've done so far this year, 
I Love Chai Latte's so I made this label for my jar, using my new favorite stamp from Hero Arts Monthly kit back in September for the background and I've been dabbling in calligraphy, so I put the 2 together and laminated it before adhering to my jar.

Here's to Hoping for a productive New Year, and more blog posts!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Where to Begin?

Since the start of the new year, my family has gotten a lot of things done, we started in the basement just getting rid of things, and cleaning things out, and while it still has a ways to go, it has begun to look more spacious, and now we have started on the garage, years ago when I was still in the single digits, we could easily fit 2 cars, but it soon became a storage area, and the cars remained outside, no matter the weather.  Now I'm excited to say we can now fit 1 car and pushing to get the other in before next winter, It's lookin' good!

Now I'm in the process of remodeling my small artspace/ bedroom, I finally purchased some shelving off Amazon that has sat in my cart for nearly 3 years, Yikes! I know right? I just didn't have the gumption to get a move on things, I'd share pictures, but in my excitement I have already rotated and moved furniture so I have no "before" pictures, but will definitely share when I have everything situated.

Honestly, I'm not sure there was a time when I was not busy so far this year, if I wasn't at home taking care of the chores and housework, I was off  babysitting, or working my Substitute teaching job, or taking care of my 3 boys I nanny part time, which I think has to be my favorite job, and a blessing to both me and the parents, I won't deny some days those boys can be hard to handle but through it all I gain experience, and when talking about them in public I refer to them as my Boys.

They Also make for good photography practice!
 left to right Colten, Luke, and Evan 

As to my Art and papercrafting, I haven't had a whole lot of time to do, and as I hope to make digital stamps of my own, I purchased an Intous drawing tablet, which puts my drawings straight to the computer.
Here is my first test drawing
I don't pretend to be a wonderful artist, but I was pretty impressed how this turned out.

 My card making has really slacked, I barely got this card done in time for Mothers Day, but I made it! phew!!

I made this card for Junes Challenge over at the Die Cut Diva's Blog, using the feather embossing folder from Kaisercraft who is our Sponsor for the month, and will be offering a prize worth $50 to the winner check it out here ------->

Well that's it for today, thanks for stopping by!