Month: September 2012

Private Bubble of Art

This week was rather stressful for me for reasons I will not go into. Those are rather personal and I want to sort through them in the peace and quiet of my own head. Sometimes when I have trouble or an issue or problem I like to talk to friends and I do not always do it for advice. Sometimes I just want someone to listen and give me a hug or do something fun with me. Other times I would appreciate advice. There are also times when I prefer to search the internet and after doing so take a while to let the thoughts or options or what have you broil slowly in my head until I can write it out or come to a resolution on my own because the voices of my friends and family are much too loud. It’s like standing under a barrage of arrows, crouching in the shade with the Spartans, when you need at least the cloud-shielded earth if not sunlight to just be able to breathe. In the end I picture myself in space and produce a bubble that acts as a shield. While everything else bangs constantly to permeate the membrane I make myself like a cell nucleus and regulate the one to three items allowed in at a time. It’s that or fixate an image of the things that calms me down the most in my mind.

So, after leaving you with a rather ambiguous opening I will show you a picture.

The pillow for my friend is done! Also, they are not paying me to advertise by showing and telling about this pillow. It was very fun to complete this gift for a long time friend of mine. Also I’ve been just sketching to practice a few things. Take a look, and enjoy until next week!


Art Requests

Not much doing has gone on for me this week but a lot of planning and stressing has occurred. One of the ways I take off that stress is making myself tap into doing more than thinking. As it is I have art requests to get working on and some illustrations for a friend’s children’s story. Here’s what happened so far:

for a dA friend whose favorite marine animal is an octopus



sketch for a request I’m currently working on

That’s it so far. I did get to volunteer at the horse rescue center this past Thursday and hopefully I will be going next Thursday. Now to prepare for a trip to see friends and the beach! Tell me how your week’s been or anything you’d like to see on this blog. I’ll consider it.

Mac Embroidery

I mentioned that I dabble in many areas of art. This week in particular I am finishing off a pillow gift for a friend. I sew two different colors together years ago and now I’m getting to embroider each side before stuffing it. I have not done embroidery in a few years so I am constantly nervous that I will mess something up.

One side of the pillow has a happy mac image and the other side has the sad mac counterpart. Apple started using these in 1984 but retired them as a standard start up image around 2002. They’re really cute! I remember seeing them on the screens when I was younger and to be honest I kind of miss them.

Anyways, here is how I mapped out the design on the pillow:


I sketched the icon on a pice of paper, folded the edges of said paper, and then traced around it for the border. I averaged the inner lines but if you would like an exact placement I’d recommend the ruler or a stencil. For this fabric I used a pencil for the lighter side and a white colored pencil for the darker side. If the material you’re using is as stretchy as mine go slowly and try not to get frustrated and make your line too dark. It will wash out but in the case that you make a wrong dark mark you may not want to chance it. Next:

I started at one corner and used a simple back stitch. If you use a really really long thread like me be careful not to let it get tangled and knotted when pilling it through the hole. The thread my twist and knot on its own so I suggest holding part of the threat you’re pulling through away from the hole and let it slip through your fingers, neutralizing any potential knots, while you pull it through the hole with your other hand. In the end:

The finished embroidery looks like this. This is just one side of the pillow.

I recommend a size 1-5 embroidery needle for small projects. I used white embroidery floss, which is six threads thick so I only used two threads at a time. The whole project took me only about one packet of eight yard embroidery floss.

Now go out and try something new!


Exploring and Marinating

Alright, so I told you I was going to travel around and let the ideas marinate while I explored. For more details take a look at my previous post if you like.

I did go to Honeymoon Island but the beach was not that impressive to me. I tried a different beach nearby but obviously my GPS cannot be trusted 100% because it led me to a place I did not consider a beach to walk and swim at. It was about the length of three large yachts but not much for a long walk or jog. I had heard of Caladesi Island and was told by a good friend that it was worth visiting. I followed the directions I had written down from an online search and took close-quarters suggestions from my GPS. I seem to have gotten lost, however and I never reached. Still, I did really want to go to the beach for a little bit that day and luckily for me Clearwater Beach was just five to ten minutes south of where I was. What turned out to be unlucky was that the time at which I was searching for parking was the time when everyone else was doing the same thing. Clearwater Beach is more commercialized than any beach I visited in Cocoa Beach or Cape Canaveral where there is free parking less than sixty seconds walking distance from the sand. However, if you do know of a space for free parking near Clearwater Beach do let me know! Right now the price isn’t too bad here at about $2.75 per hour of park time. The beach itself is rather pretty and you can rent out the chair and umbrella stations along the sand. Personally I like walking on the beach so I did not have much desire to pay for one. Besides, there is a common curtesy on the beaches where if you leave your items on a towel or at the umbrella and chairs it is to be respected and left alone, something I observed many people doing. The beach right now is nice in the mornings; any time after noon and you’ll get baking hot sun, a clamor for parking and a thronging crowd of tourists and fanatics.

Also nearby is a biking trail that follows along with some roadways but breaks away and leads you under bridges and amongst trees. I have not tried it out yet but I’ll be more willing when the weather here cools down. I have to admit that while I do like being outdoors and exploring if it’s too hot I shut down. All that means is my better adventures will occur later in the year and will at least get a mention on this blog after they occur. Still to do: visit the bike trail, go to Fort Desoto (the beach for I have visited the fort and nature trail), schedule a horseback trail ride with friends, start art requests, edit next week’s blog post, and prepare for a self-published novel contest.

As for marinating ideas, the following makes me thing putting aside the writing for at least a little while was a good idea: I’ve been commissioned for a project that is now going smoothly, and is one I will tell you about later; I managed to rewrite an underdeveloped section of Poker Face, story two in the Kaleidoscope series, sufficiently and now it is ready for edits; and I look forward to waking up early and taking that average half an hour drive to the beach for a run and a swim on occasional mornings. Yes, it has only been a week but right now it feels good. I talk big about wanting to leave Florida because I cannot stand the weather, but that does not mean that when the weather is good I’m going to closet myself inside and not enjoy the better parts of Florida while I am here. Wherever you are, whether it is somewhere you are tired of or somewhere you cannot stand, learn to enjoy the better parts of it while you have it, because when you are finally gone the things you miss will be behind you as well. If you really have nothing good in your area then take a risk. Step out of it. Take trips, walk out, make a change, but most of all, stop talking about it and do it~

On that note I’ll leave you with a picture from a scene in my long term novel:

Want to read my short story Ointment for free? Go here. The next installment in the Kaleidoscope series is Poker Face which is currently undergoing edits and is due out in October.

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Tell me what you think! Are there places a city or two away from you you would like to explore? Are there places in Florida you want me to visit and review? Let me know in the comments below or on my Twitter account!