A new book!

My husband has finally finished his book, and it should be online within this week… Just wish that places like Amazon (and others) would tell you upfront that once you hit publish now you still have to wait 72+/- hours before it can be purchased! Anyways, here is what to look for if you are interested.

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The sketch is my handiwork! Hope you take a peek and enjoy it!

Exploring in 2015 ~ Part 1

As the days of the year slowly tick away, I feel that I must explore the world anew. I see that there is a lot of things happening out in the world, the cities are way busy while the small towns seem to be sinking into their shallow lives. I wondered what was happening, and noticed that there is a decline in many of the smaller towns. Reasons are that many of the older towns and the smaller towns, which are isolated, are loosing those who are younger who want to spread their wings. These towns seem to have a very shallow gene pool and narrow minds to match. Yes, I am living in one of those dying (on soon to be dead) towns. Now this is not to say that I don’t like small towns. Far from it! I happen to love a smaller town where you can relax and not have to worry about crime, traffic, nor idiots who think you don’t belong. Well, strike that. There are always idiots who think you don’t belong.
This evening I am thinking about the area. Unlike most people who seem to think they have sense, I LOVE snow. I even love the cold weather, which comes with it! So far, I have enjoyed the below zero temps, the snow and even the days when I couldn’t go outside! I have set up some things to make the rest of the winter go a lot better. I will be working with leather stamping and wood burning. It seems that this year I feel like I must start and (hopefully) finish these projects. As the projects progress, I will post photos of the finish products. Let me know what you think and if you would be interested in what I produce. Have fun!

What is it with people who want to take over???

I have probably have posted something like this before, but it is becoming a problem again. I want to start something so I can make money. I buy product. I get ready to put things together, and WHAM! I get “You need to do it this way!” “You can’t sell this, no one will buy it!” “You are wasting MY money.” and the ever popular “You procrastinate! Your projects will never get off the ground!”

I don’t mind advice, as a matter of fact I like “constructive” criticism. But when someone who doesn’t have an ounce of craft experience nor has taking the art classes I have taken, then says he knows better how to do what I enjoyed doing (until he stuck his nose into it) then I want to pull out my hair and scream to the top of my lungs. As it is (an example) I decide I want to make a few dollars selling cookies, breads and muffins. His thought? I should open a bakery and sell fancy pastries. I want to paint (whimsical/abstract) His thoughts? I should be painting JUST flowers, and slow down on what I am doing or I will “RUIN” it. I decide to try my hand a wood burning… You need to do heraldry, etc. Something which should relax me is now suppose to be this super project! I can’t win!

Time, stress, the holidays, and the results there in.

As the year rushes to a close (again) I have come to the conclusion that we are relying too much on technology, and the clock. We have become a slave to time and technology and because of this we become too wrapped up in these things and let them rule our lives. I also seem to see that with the upcoming holidays as well. All three tend to stress us out without us realizing it. We become wrapped up in presents, decorations, fancy clothes/parties. We want to emulate those who have money and yet no matter how hard we strive to reach that perfection we find ourselves no closer and full of stress. When we get stressed, our reaction is to eat, binge, cry a lot and want to pull our hair out. We gain weight we do not need, and tension we can do without. I know. I don’t work in the business world, so I don’t have a steady income which may or may not rid me of some of that stress. I also have let go of some of the technology, or rather refuse it. Time? I hope that I am trying not to get wound up in the hectic world ruled by time and it’s restraints.  I know that I am trying hard to become more comfortable in the world without being trapped by its hooks of having to do something by a certain time. I am trying to get my crafts out to those who might be looking for something different and yet not be tied down by the need for deadlines and money. It may never work out, or maybe it might. My wish for all you who read this is that your can find your ground and not be caught in the web which tightens its grip around us all and tries to get us hooked on all these things which stress us out and make us ill.

My Art work 1

For those who may not know it I love art and love to sketch/draw. Here are a few samples of my art work I have done in the last couple of days. The first one is how I envisioned The Deity Gaea in her human guise in the books Cobweb Bride Trilogy.

My interpretation of the human form of Gaea from the book Cobweb Bride.

My interpretation of the human form of Gaea from the book Cobweb Bride.

 

This second one (didn’t come out too well) is one someone wanted for a tattoo. She has yet to see it so I am not sure if she wants it or not.

Hearts and roses

Hearts and roses

 

This third picture I made a sketch of an outfit I bought, but added a couple tweaks to it.

Lady in purple

Lady in purple

 

This last one is in honor of “Catsinabar” which posts here quite a bit. I do like the cats and thought the author might like this pix.

In honor of "Catsatabar"

In honor of “Catsatabar”

 

I may post more later, but I thought these might be fun to show off. Let me know what you think. Any ideas, suggestions, etc., would be appreciated a lot! Thanks!

For the love of the fountain pen.

For those of us who happen to enjoy the art of well, ART and writing, I find that there is nothing like a fountain pen to do the job. They come with various nibs, colored ink and they can be smoother than most. I happen to like the brand Retro 52. I own three which use cartridges. Black, red and green are the colors I use for most of my writings and art. Someone posted that also love using the fountain pen to do all their writing. I agree with them. AND (believe it or not) I have in my stash of writing utensils, porcupine quills. That and bottled ink are fun to practice and play with as well!

My kind of nib!

My kind of nib!

Retro 51 Fountain Pen 2