September 20

Photo Albums – Week 3

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Last week, in an attempt to  focus myself so I could organize and deal with my photos, I wrote down what I want to accomplish.  Here’s my list:

1.  All of my photos upstairs.  No photos in boxes in the basement.

2.  My photos organized in categories in photo boxes.

3.  Identify photos I’d like to frame/display.  Put them in a separate box.

4.  Stop thinking about photo albums.  Just get the photos in photo boxes.

A pretty good list to get me started, but I couldn’t quit thinking about #4.  If I don’t do “something” with my photos, all I’ve essentially accomplished is moving my photos from plastic boxes in the basement to prettier boxes upstairs.  Maybe a little more organized, but basically the same.

 

While moving things around, I found this book, Scrapbooking Your Family History. It says that it’s “a guided plan for organizing and telling your family stories.”  It hit me that that’s what’s missing in my plan.  I long to record the stories behind the photos, not just preserve the photos.  I thought about all the photos I see in antique stores…they are photos that have lost their stories.  So, I’m going to start gathering my stories and then put photos with them.

 

The book suggests getting started by selecting a topic.  I’m going to start with “School Memories.”  I picked this because the pictures are easy to identify and the timeline is very clear (Kindergarten-12th Grade).

 

If you’d like to join along, gather up your school photos and we’ll tackle this step-by-step.

Daily Inspiration

 

Education is not filling a pail but the lighting of a fire.

William Butler Yeats 

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September 19

Try This – Background 3

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This month, I’m preparing some backgrounds because I want to paint more of the girls I learned to paint in Juliette Crane’s How To Paint A Girl e-course.

Sometimes, when I’m painting backgrounds, I really get into them and add a lot of interesting details.  Sometimes, I keep them kind of plain, knowing that I can add more details once I get painting my subject (in this case, a girl).  All the paints I used are Golden Acrylics.

I painted the background Ultramarine Blue.

I add swipes and dots of paint in Titanium White.

Then a few side swipes, also in Titanium White.

In anticipation of adding a girl, I smoothed out the area in the middle of the painting.  I learned that early on…it’s no fun having a big, bumpy dot right where you want to paint a face.

Daily Inspiration

 

I felt it shelter to speak to you.

Emily Dickinson

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September 18

Love This – The Purvis Burger

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My first thought when I saw this on the menu was, “That doesn’t sound good,” but my daughter said it was good so we split one.  YUM!

The Duane Purvis Burger’s secret (well, not secret) ingredient is peanut butter.  Featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives,  the Purvis Burger is served at Triple XXX Family Restaurant, Indiana’s first and oldest drive-in restaurant.  Opened in 1929, Triple XXX was named after a brand of root beer sold in the early 1900’s.  I had my Purvis Burger at Route 66 Diner, which is Triple XXX’s second location.  There are a lot of other tasty offerings on the menu, but I think I’m hooked.

Daily Inspiration

 

If at first, the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.

Albert Einstein

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September 17

In My Studio – September 17

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Here’s what’s been going on this past week…

September’s “Try This” posts will feature step-by-step background canvases.  Then, in the future, I’ll paint girls on them.

Slowly, slowly I’m finishing up the Mixed Devotions class by Cristina Zinnia Galliher.  This week, I painted the Interpretive Bottle.

Yesterday, I went to Art On The Wabash 2012 in West Lafayette, Indiana.  If you are a regular reader of What Remains Now, you were probably SHOCKED that I didn’t mention buying anything.  You know I bought something.

 

I bought this horse hair pottery flower sconce by Coal Creek Clay.  I wasn’t familiar with horse hair pottery.  Here’s what it is (from a card included with my sconce):

This unique application begins with a piece of clay.  Once dry, it is glazed and burnished.  Then, it is fired up to 1800 degrees.  Once it is removed from the kiln, strands of horse hair are burnt into the pottery using a blow torch.  Each handcrafted piece of pottery is a one-of-a-kind piece of art.

 

And, these lovely cards from Becky Chapman Design.

I also bought my daughter a painting for her apartment from Mitchell Austin Schuring.  Mitchell doesn’t have a website, but he does have a Twitter and Instagram account (@doenome).  Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture.  I’ll get one for a future post.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could just buy everything you wanted?  If my money tree had been producing more money, I would have purchased necklaces by EB Bead and Metal Works and Deborah Waymire, and a cute little pottery piggy bank by Angi Peterson Pottery.  This is just the short-list…sigh.

Daily Inspiration

 Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.

Judy Garland

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September 16

Art On The Wabash 2012

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Today, I drove to West Lafayette, Indiana to visit my daughter and future son-in-law. 

 

We went to Art On The Wabash 2012.

It was held at Tapawingo Park…

on the Wabash Riverfront.

There were 34 awesome artists displaying their art…pottery, jewelry, glass, sculpture, mixed-media, watercolor, woodwork, clothing, metalwork and more.

A special treat…my daughter and I got our first henna tattoos from The Henna Dude.

Henna tattoos last anywhere from a day to 3 weeks, depending on your skin-type and where the tattoo is applied.

Isn’t it pretty?

This was a dog-friendly event…

 

and there were many four-leggers in attendance.

It was a lovely day.

Daily Inspiration

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.

Aristotle

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September 15

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

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This list comes from the October 2012 O Magazine...How To Make The Most Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie.  These tips come from Alton Brown, the host of The Next Iron Chef.  I don’t bake often, but the next time I make chocolate chip cookies, I’m going to give these tips a try.

1.  Include dark, milk, and semisweet chocolate.  Otherwise you’ll hit the same flavor notes with every bite, and your palate will get bored.

2.  For a chewier cookie, try baking with bread flour instead of all-purpose flour.

3.  Use room-temperature eggs.  Cold eggs are hard to work into a batter.

4.  Never bake the dough immediately.  Instead, scoop it onto cookie sheets and refrigerate.

5.  Before you bake, toss the dough in sugar, which will caramelize into a sweet-smelling, crispy crust.

Daily Inspiration

 

If your heart is a volcano, how shall you expect flowers to bloom?
 
Khalil Gibran
 

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September 14

Mixed Devotions – Week 4

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This summer, I took three Artful Gathering classes.  I ordered the DVD for the Mixed Devotions class by Cristina Zinnia Galliher because the classes are over.  I’ll probably get the DVD this coming week, but in the meantime, I painted the Interpretive Bottle.

 

I used these colors…avocado green, burnt umber, golden bronze, warm grey, phthalo turquoise and quinacridone nickel azo gold.

Daily Inspiration

 

Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.
 
James Dean
 

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September 13

Photo Albums – Week 2

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Last week, I wrote down the things that prevent me from resolving my photo mess.  The issue that really stuck out to me was, “I don’t have a clear vision of what I want in the end.”  So, I spent the week thinking about that.  Here’s what I want:

1.  All of my photos upstairs.  No photos in boxes in the basement.

2.  My photos organized in categories in photo boxes.

3.  Identify photos I’d like to frame/display.  Put them in a separate box.

4.  Stop thinking about photo albums.  Just get the photos in photo boxes.

That’s all I’m going to think about for now.  I hope this makes the project a little less HUGE in my mind.

Daily Inspiration

 

The shortest answer is doing.

Lord Herbert 

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September 12

Try This – Background 2

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This month, I’m preparing some backgrounds because I want to paint more of the girls I learned to paint in Juliette Crane’s How To Paint A Girl e-course.

This week’s background was a little experiment.  All the paints I used are Martha Stewart Crafts Satin Acrylics.

I painted the background Blue Calico.

After that coat of paint dried, I painted over it with Tartan Red.  Using stamps, I pushed into the wet paint to reveal the blue paint underneath.

This didn’t give me the effect I was looking for.  When I try this again, I will use something with more substance, like a sponge.

To get more blue into the background, I wadded up a piece of aluminum foil, applied some blue paint and dabbed it on to the canvas.

It’s a simple background, but I think it will work.  I may add more color once I get a girl painted on it.

Daily Inspiration

 

Labor gives birth to ideas.

Jim Rohn 

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September 11

Love This – Good Smells

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I love products that promote nice smells.  Here are a few of my favorites…

Don Aslett X-O Odor Neutralizer

This is my favorite odor neutralizer.  Twinkie is very good about using her litter box, but one day I shut her in our bedroom and, being a lady of a certain age, I understand that she couldn’t hold it.  I treated the area with this product, and I couldn’t smell it after it dried.  I also use it on the dog beds and after cooking anything stinky.  I purchase this from QVC and one 32 oz. concentrate makes 32 more 8 oz. bottles.

method Brand Products

 I like the whole line of method products.  They have great smells, they’re eco-friendly, the products work and the bottles are stylish.

 

Poo-Pourri

This is a funny little product, but it works.  You spray this in the toilet bowl before you poo, then the poo does not smell.  It works by creating a protective barrier on the water’s surface.  The barrier keeps unpleasant odors from coming into contact with the air.

Daily Inspiration

 

Sometimes we must unfocus our way to clarity.

Terri Guillemets

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