August 21

Love This – Amy’s Faves 3.0

visit my mother’s family in Tennessee.  I can’t imagine how many times I’ve driven past the

Amy when she first got Miura (or the other way around) 

This month, my friend, Amy, is sharing her favorite things on Tuesday’s “Love This” posts.  Amy will tell you that she is a cosmetics junkie, but she’s also a savvy shopper, so she unearths some real goodies.  Here are a few of her beauty faves:

Notice how it goes on shimmery and develops color

It Cosmetics Lip Flush

This is really intriguing to me.  It takes the place of four products–lipstick, anti-aging conditioning lip balm, ultra-hydrating lip gloss and lip stain.  Amy loves it because it brings back the flush baby lips have.  It’s a lasting stain, yet doesn’t leave a mark on a cup, and it’s super moisturizing.  I’ve got to try this.

 

philosophy Just Release Me Eye Makeup Remover

Amy swears this removes anything, probably even Sharpie.  It doesn’t leave an oily residue, so you don’t need to to rinse it off, and it leaves the undereye moisturized.  You gotta love an effective eye makeup remover…an absolute essential.

 More pressure = Darker & thicker lines

It Cosmetics Brow Power Eyebrow Pencil

Here’s something to ponder…the top 3 signs of aging are thin sparse brows, thin pale lips and dull hair, so if  you have time for anything, do brow pencil, lip stain and hair shine solution.  I want to know why all the “thin” is happening on my face.  I digress.

Before & After

This is Amy’s favorite eyebrow pencil.  One shade works for everyone!  More pressure makes darker lines, and there is a brush on the other end so you can groom your brows as a final touch.  Kudos to Amy for providing “real” before and after photos.

DeVita Solar Protective Moisturizer SPF 30+

According to Amy, being the color of skim milk makes her an expert on sunblock.  She told me that she buys this over and over again.  One of the top safest sunblocks according to Environmental Working Group, it is light feeling and leaves no white residue or sunblock smell.  It’s organic, vegan, gluten-safe and made in the USA.  In Amy’s words, “Best. Sunblock. Ever!”

Daily Inspiration

History is who we are and why we are the way we are.

David McCullough

About the photo (taken on August 18)…This little antique store is in Fulton, Indiana.  I pass it when I visit my daughter at Purdue.  I love when I drive by and it’s open.

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August 20

In My Studio – August 20

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Here’s what I did this past week…

I made a new flower for my “Try This” post.  Very easy and fun to make.  Instructions are here.

I stopped work on my Mixed Devotions bottles and started work on my Make Every Minute Count Art Doll.  I only have until August 25 to take advantage of the online tutorials.  After that, the only way to see the lessons is to purchase the class DVD.  I want order the DVD for the Mixed Devotions class, so I need to speed up on the Make Every Minute Count Art Doll class.

I did a little travelin’ last week for work and for pleasure, so there wasn’t too much going on my studio.  I did have a chance to do more photography though.

I’ll repeat this information about The August Break 2012, every Monday in August. 

During August, I’m participating in The August Break 2012 that is sponsored by Susannah Conway.  Here’s what The August Break 2012 is all about:

How it works: you simply share one photo (or more!) each day on your blog – Monday to Friday, or every day. Or whenever you feel moved to share. Using any camera – DSLR, compact, Polaroid, Holga, iPhone (my choice), Instax, film or digital – with or without words – anything goes! – for the whole of August. No pressure – just looking at August through your camera lens as a way to be more present this summer. And to have a little break from the pressures and expectations of regular blogging.

There are NO RULES, people! Just sunshine (hopefully) + a bit of fun. And lots of lovely photos to look at and new blogs to discover.

I use photos I’ve taken every day for my “Daily Inspiration” segment, but they are not always taken that day or that week.  To challenge myself for The August Break 2012, all my “Daily Inspiration” photos for August will be taken within a day or two of when they appear.  I’ll also include a line or two about the photograph. 

Daily Inspiration

  

I am my best work— a series of road maps, reports, recipes, doodles, and prayers from the front lines.

Audre Lorde

About the photo (taken on August 18)…These silos are a part of the landscape of my life.  Situated on US 31 South outside of LaPaz, Indiana, I first remember them while traveling south to visit my mother’s family in Tennessee.  I can’t imagine how many times I’ve driven past them.  They are an enduring image in my life.  I took a picture of these silos in March 2012 and posted it on May 27.  Definitely two different “looks.”
 

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August 19

Wolf Park – 2012 Pups

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This weekend, I visited my daughter at Purdue University.  Close to Purdue is Wolf Park in Battle Ground, Indiana.  We first visited Wolf Park in October 2011.  I thought we’d visit once, it would be great and that would be it, but we have become Wolf Park fans.

 

We went back on Saturday because Dharma, the pack’s alpha female had 6 puppies on April 6, 2012 and this weekend, they joined the main pack.

 

Puppies at Wolf Park are taken out of the den when they are around 10 days old to undergo the socialization process. In order to fully socialize the puppies to humans, the pups have contact with humans 24 hours a day for the first 5 months or so of their lives, for a total of over 2,000 contact hours. 

 

“Puppy Mothers” live onsite to help raise the puppies. They work in shifts to provide 24-hour a day human contact. The puppies also get to spend time socializing with wolves once they about 6 weeks old, so they learn how to be part of a pack as well.

 

You can learn more about Wolf Park by visiting their website or Facebook page.

It was a beautiful day…temperature in the 70s, blue sky, fluffy white clouds, people I love, good food and wolf pups.

Daily Inspiration

 

I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.
 
e. e. cummings
 
About the photo (taken on August 18)…This picture was taken at Wolf Park, Battle Ground, Indiana.  It was a beautiful summer day.  Everything was vivid and full of life.  My heart was full of gratitude.  It was a perfect day.
 

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August 18

25 Ways To Get & Stay Creative

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1.  Make lists.

2.  Carry a notebook and camera everywhere.

3.  Try freewriting.

4.  Get away from the computer.

5.  Be otherwordly (you decide what that means).

6.  Quit beating yourself up.

7.  Take breaks.

8.  Know your roots.

9.  Listen to new music.

10.  Be open.

11.  Surround yourself with creative people.

12.  Get feedback.

13.  Collaborate.

14.  Don’t give up.

15.  Practice, practice, practice.

16.  Allow yourself to make mistakes.

17.  Go somewhere new.

18.  Count your blessings.

19.  Get lots of rest.

20.  Take risks. 

21.  Do more of what makes you happy.

22.  Stop trying to be someone else’s perfect.

23.  Clean your workspace.

24.  Finish something.

25.  Have fun and play.

Daily Inspiration

 

Learn to be what you are, and learn to resign with a good grace all that you are not.

Henry Frederic Amiel

About the photo (taken on August 16)…I took this picture at Whitewater Crossing Christian Church in Cleves, OH.  I went there for a Facilities Forum.  This was a wallhanging that I thought was interesting.

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August 17

Make Every Minute Count – Week 1

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Currently, I’m taking two Artful Gathering classes.  The classes run until August 25.  I started with Mixed Devotions by Cristina Zinnia Galliher, but I’m changing over to Make Every Minute Count Art Doll with Cat Kerr.  The reason I’m switching…I’m working slower than I thought I would.  Each class offers a DVD of the lessons after the session is over.  Because I’ve enjoyed making the mixed-media bottles so much, I plan on purchasing the Mixed Devotions DVD; so I need to finish up the art doll by August 25, then I’ll have the DVD to finish up the bottles.  Here’s what I’ve done on my art doll project:

I built the base.

I worked on the head and the hands.  I started with a vinyl blank (I forgot to take a picture).

I added decals, crackle and antiquing.

I think she looks neat.

  Daily Inspiration

 

 Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.

Aristotle

About the photo (taken on August 16)…I took this picture at Whitewater Crossing Christian Church in Cleves, Ohio.  I went there for a Facilities Forum, and in their children’s area, these streamers were hanging down in the colors of the rainbow.  It was very pretty.

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August 16

Great Questions – Part 8

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Back in May, I ran a series of five questions that were meant to get you (and me) thinking about memorabilia and hopefully identifying some of the special treasures.  When I originally posted these questions, I didn’t answer them, but now I am.  Here’s the third question:

What 5 things tell the story of your life?

I used these categories when picking my items:  childhood, military, motherhood, marriage and family.

1.  First Frog

I’ve collected frogs all my life.  This was my first frog; a gift from my grandma.

2.  Class A Uniform

A soldier’s dress uniform is a “history” of their military career, and it’s a lesson in humilty when you try it on years after you retire.  “Yes,” I can’t button mine.

3.  Pink Hippo

I don’t even want to think about all the stuffed animals that have passed through our lives during my daughter’s childhood, but only two make “treasured” status for me.  Pink Hippo is one of them.

 

4.  Wedding Band

It’s simple, but the most meaningful symbol of my marriage.

5.  Quilling Picture

I’ve shared many of the wonderful things my mother made.  This is a shadow box picture made with quilling paper.  It’s one of my favorite things.  The details are amazing, and I treasure it.

Daily Inspiration

 

 Life is a long lesson in humility.

James M. Barrie

About the photo (taken August 15) …I spent a little time taking pictures of some of my favorite knickknacks.  My mom picked up this owl secondhand and my daughter and I loved him.  When my mom was ready to get rid of him, she passed him on to us.  I think one day he’ll be an “heirloom.”  He’s perfect for sitting amongst the books.

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August 15

Try This – Cut It Up

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In August, my “Try This” posts are going to feature some things you can do with thrift store finds.

If you want to craft on a shoestring and enjoy working with a variety of fabrics, secondhand clothes are perfect.  Garage sales are a really great place to pick up clothes to cut into fabric because you can find things that are ridiculously inexpensive.  There is a fabulous tutorial on Emily’s Little World for a flower made from a t-shirt.  This flower is similar to the folded petal flower I made on June 13.

Make a flower template.

Cut out 9 flowers and a felt circle.

To make the petals, fold a flower in half and in half again.  I applied a little Fabri-Tac glue in the fold.

Arrange 4 petals so their corners meet in the center of the felt circle.  Glue the petals to the felt circle.

 

Arrange a second layer of 4 petals by placing them in-between the petals of the first layer.

 

The remaining flower makes up the center.  Fold the flower in half and then in half again.  Roll the petal to make a cone.

 

Glue the rosebud cone in the center of the flower.

Fluff the flower and add dabs of glue where necessary to hold the petals in place.  Isn’t that a pretty flower?

Daily Inspiration

 

 The entire universe is a great theater of mirrors.

Alice Bailey

About the photo (taken August 15) …I took this photo to go along with the quote I selected for today’s Daily Inspiration.  It’s been a lot of fun this year, pairing up quotations with pictures.

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August 14

Love This – Amy’s Faves 2.0

 

Amy on her wedding day

One of the things my friend, Amy, misses from What Remains Now 2011 is my “4 Faves” posts.  So for my “Love This” posts in August, she’s going to tell you about some her favorite things.  The picture above is of a canvas print Amy had made from Canvas On Demand…a bonus fave.

La Rochere Napoleon Bee Glassware

Amy found and purchased these because she kept breaking her more “delicate” wine glass and wanted to replace her remaining mismatched glasses.  Tip to Amy:  Amy, you’re supposed to stop drinking before you’re stumbling around breaking your delicate stemware.  I digress. Stylish, sturdy and reasonably priced, these glasses from Open Sky filled the bill.

See the embossed bee design?  These are inspired by a travel set belonging to Napoleon and are made by the oldest glass factory in France, founded in 1475.

Fig Butter

Amy is a “foodie” and always finding cool and unusual treats.  A current favorite…fig butter on mini pita breads.  If you love Fig Newtons, give this a try.  1 Tbsp is only 45 calories.

Sliding Measuring Spoon

Along with being a “foodie,” Amy is an AWESOME cook and always interested in helpful items in the kitchen.  How could you not love this?  It works with both dry and wet ingredients and is dishwasher-safe.  Also, you can adjust it with one hand…very convenient for the busy cook.

Salts & Peppers

Amy recently discovered the thrill of a variety of unusual salts and peppers.  Some of Amy’s favorite combinations are Pink Peppercorn on fruit or eggs because it has a sweet peppery taste, and Pink Himalyan Salt on anything including chocolate milk.  It’s a fun and inexpensive treat for yourself or when you have guests.

Daily Inspiration

 

The first step binds one to the second.

French Proverb

About the photo (taken August 12) …Probably because I feel I’m on a new “leg” of my journey through life, I find myself attracked to “paths”  This picture was taken outside the Polish Worker’s Home (Dom Robotnika) at the Center For History in South Bend, Indiana.

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August 13

In My Studio – August 13

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Here’s what I’ve been working on…

My “Try This” posts for August will feature re-imagined thrift store treasures.  One of my favorite things to do is find something pretty and paint it.  This past week, I painted some old candlesticks.

I’m taking two classes in Session 2 of Artful Gathering.  Currently, I’m working on the Mixed Devotions class with Cristina Zinnia Galliher.  We’re making 3 mixed-media bottles.

This is the Far East Laughing Buddha Art Bottle (so far).

This is the start of the Interpretive Bottle.

I got together with one of my card clubs.

We made a little Halloween treat bag.

And, we made a Christmas card.  If you papercraft, it’s not too early to be thinking of these two holidays.

I also finished July’s project for the 2012 Creative Color Challenge.  The color palette was Multi Colors & Letters.  Each month, I’m making a yarn vase for the challenge.  July’s challenge had me stumped. 

I finally decided to do a set of vase. 

Three of them have “letter” necklaces.

 

One has a heart necklace. 

 

It took me a long time to decide on something but once I did, I like them as a set.

I’ll repeat this information about The August Break 2012, every Monday in August. 

During August, I’m participating in The August Break 2012 that is sponsored by Susannah Conway.  Here’s what The August Break 2012 is all about:

How it works: you simply share one photo (or more!) each day on your blog – Monday to Friday, or every day. Or whenever you feel moved to share. Using any camera – DSLR, compact, Polaroid, Holga, iPhone (my choice), Instax, film or digital – with or without words – anything goes! – for the whole of August. No pressure – just looking at August through your camera lens as a way to be more present this summer. And to have a little break from the pressures and expectations of regular blogging.

There are NO RULES, people! Just sunshine (hopefully) + a bit of fun. And lots of lovely photos to look at and new blogs to discover.

I use photos I’ve taken every day for my “Daily Inspiration” segment, but they are not always taken that day or that week.  To challenge myself for The August Break 2012, all my “Daily Inspiration” photos for August will be taken within a day or two of when they appear.  I’ll also include a line or two about the photograph.

Daily Inspiration

If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.

Saint Thomas

About the photo (taken August 12) …I took this photo yesterday while volunteering at the Center for History.  These little apple trees are in the backyard of the Polish Worker’s Home (Dom Robotnika), a house set-up to show what the home of a 1930’s industrial worker would look like.  The backyard would have had a vegetable garden, fruit trees and a grape arbor.

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August 12

Closets – Studio Closet (After)

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This week, I started cleaning my studio closet and my studio.  I was overwhelmed with this project.  My blessing and my curse is that I am interested in everything.  A key for me is to begin to focus on the projects and skills I love the most.  Right now, it is painting, yarn vases, flowers and mixed-media bottles.  As I was sorting through my supplies, I kept this in mind.  I still have more work to do in my studio, but I got a good start with the closet.  Here are the “befores” and “afters:”

 

Left Side (Before)

 

Left Side (After)

 

Right Side (Before)

 

Right Side (After)

Daily Inspiration

 

 History is a cyclic poem written by Time upon the memories of man.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

About the photo (taken on August 12)…I volunteer at the Center For History as a docent.  I was there today and took this picture of the front of the building.  The facade is made to resemble row houses.

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