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follow up to “mini-book” post

anyone? hellooo? lol

I’ve been working on my own “Who am I?” mini-book and I was wondering if anyone else was going to whip up their own version and if they would like to share their progress or finished book?

I would LOVE to see and post pics of your mini-book!  Please reply to this post or email pics to me at:

missyblakley@att.net

artsmypassion@hotmail.com

lookin forward to seeing your art!

(as always any other art is welcome and I’d love to post work from other artists)

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30 day blog challenge

Day 16 – Your Views on Mainstream Music

Yeecch.  In a nutshell, yeah.  I am odd – in many ways, but music is one of the biggies.  Oddly enough, my kids are the same as I am.  We listen to some of the new music, I am talking maybe 3 songs out of 6 months worth of ‘the latest top hits’ will get our attention enough for us not to turn the radio off should it come on.

I enjoy the old songs, and geesh I sound so old, but when the songs were about something.  This crap that passes for lyrics now, oh hell it turns my stomach, literally.  I enjoy Journey, Styx, Reo, Foreigner, Eagles, Meatloaf, even Queen.  Stevie Miller Band, Bad Company, some ac/dc, and just a few from bands like The Cars, & the Police, Sting.

So, today’s mainstream? Notsomuch.

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Day 17_Your highs and Lows this past year.

The low was definitely my son being expelled for having a trace of marijuana in his pocket at school.  It’s been 11 months and we are still dealing with the fallout – which is larger than you can imagine.

Highs?  This has been a very hard year.  Nothing even stands out and yells ‘hey, remember that awesome day?’.  I guess if I had to choose, I have to go with the fact that Frank finally got a motorcycle again.  Yeah, that’s about as good as it got.

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Day 18- A book you could read over and over & never get sick of

I will not be able to choose just one:

1. Midwives.  by: Chris Bohjalian.  I read this amazing book at least once a year.

can't put down, even though I've read it a hundred times

2.  Her Fearful Symmetry by: Audrey Niffenegger

awesome book!

3. Running With Scissors- by: Augusten Burroughs

I love his style, read everything he writes

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Still Alive/30 day blog challenge

I believe in my weakened state from the pancake murder attempt the flu bug was able to gang up on me and attack.  Lots of gross-ness and all that followed more gross-ness but today I finally feel almost human again.

I am so glad that fall is here, if not specifically by the date (not sure), the weather makes me feel like it is.  I have always loved this time of year in Leavenworth.  I was born in this town and I really do not like this town (there are two things to do here-park or go to a bar. There is literally a bar, parking lot or liquor store on every block in this town.  However, in the fall it really is a beautiful place.  It’s called ‘The city of trees’ and that’s due to the fact that we, unlike so many other towns, have not just kept our huge, old trees but we plant more all the time.  The main street, Broadway, runs from the very North part of town almost to the South point and it is lined with large, lovely and colorful trees.  IN the summertime the green is so vivid – it really is beautiful, but this time of year when they begin to change you can drive from one end of Broadway to the other and itk’s breathtaking all of the different colors and the trees so large that you feel you are driving in a covered tunnel, you can barely make out the sky above you.  The leaves are getting fire orange, red, bright bright yellow and my favorite are these huge leaves-must be six inches across and they cannot decide what color to be.  Vivid green mixed with firey reds and yellows – like a calico leaf.

Naturally all of this comes at school time once again.  Savannah, 6th grade and Franklin in his 2nd year at the High School in 10th grade and then Tyler is working at home online until he can return to normal public school in November.  He was expelled for a year shortly after school started last year for having a tiny bit of marijuana in his pocket.  Yes I wanted to throttle him (still do) but there was absolutely NO path/provision/plan for this child once they expelled him.  No BS, if you called the board of education after something like this happens, this is what you will get…”I’m so sorry but since he was expelled from this district there is absolutely nothing we can do.  We actually can’t even answer any questions or help because we aren’t allowed to.”

I’m sorry, WHAT?  So, a 14 year old kid can’t go to school (yes, his own fault. yes, he’s a big ol moron and deserves to be punished but…) and you can’t tell me what to do with him for the next year?

Oh, it gets better.  Not only is there no where for him to go, no one that can talk to me but since there is nothing available – we are now going to take you to court and threaten to take him from you because he is…TRUANT!!!   Oh, come on that is just darling.  No, I am not being dramatic.  I am rambling, though.  Sooo, let’s move on.

Autumn…ah yes.  I am working on some mixed media on wood and canvas with the colors inspired by all of those trees lining Broadway street.  I am having a difficult time keeping my art light or happy, the stress of everything keeps creeping into everything I do-and that annoys the shit out of me.  I want…I need to de-stress and just don’t know how.  I’d love to get on a plane and go to a beautiful Colorado Spa for a week or so.  Too bad I am poor, lol.  Not funny.

Now, in an attempt to think of other things I will  get through some of my 30 Day Blog Challenge questions:

Day 12; Bullet Your Whole Day

-I am going to make an executive decision here and skip this one altogether.  Laying on the couch and puking is just not a ‘bullet you day’ type list I want to make.  = (

Day 13;  Somewhere You’d Like To Move Or Visit

Since I was little and heard that my relatives were originally from Ireland I developed a curiosity about the country and people that just gets stronger every year.  The land itself is fantastically beautiful and unfortunately, the government is very stingy and over protective like a rabid first time mother.  Unless you can show that your immediate family was born there you may as well kiss any chance of getting in goodbye.

Same goes for my number two, England.  Someone living there posted on her blog that “unless you have a literal boatload of money you have practically zero chance of getting in and being allowed to stay.”  That’s always lovely to hear since the odds of that happening are quite slim (although I am aiming for the boatload of money to materialize in the future) so my chances of ever living where I would be happy every morning just to wake up and be in that country; are slimmer.

Day 14; Your Earliest Memory

I can, very clearly, remember being at my gramma and grampa Cooley’s house and being sick from one thing or the other, laying on the couch with what must have been 87 blankets and quilts; I can even see the bowl gramma had there for me in case I couldn’t get to the bathroom.  From the other people in the room I deduce that I was no more than 4 at the time.

Whenever I think of the words “comfort” or “cozy” I associate them with that house, gramma and grampa being in the same spots, always and being cared for like no one else ever was.

Gramma is an expert in the art of  loving and feeding little ones (and even the bigger ones) back to health.

Day 15; Write 15 Interesting Facts About Yourself

hmmm, ok I will try for 15…

  1. I am an artist – something that would have shocked the younger me.
  2. I have always wanted to write novels.  Realistic Fiction.
  3. I actually enjoy research.
  4. I screwed up so badly in school, when I had the opportunities that I was not smart enough to see, and I regret that every day.  I actually miss homework and would love to go back to school and do it right.
  5. I am lonely – even in (especially) a room filled with people.
  6. I have a list of anxieties as long as my arm.
  7. I am obsessive about and collect pens and markers.
  8. There are certain types of paper that I absolutely cannot touch or I will get goosebumps and shivers.  My 11 year old daughter has this exact same ‘thing’.
  9. As with the paper thing, my daughter and I also cannot touch certain types of plates and cups, like this ‘dry’ sort of ceramics…I don’t know what it is but we will avoid it like the plague.  Ditto for Styrofoam.
  10. I usually wake up 4 or 5 times during the night.
  11. I absolutely love night time thunderstorms, the louder the better.  The more lightening and thunder, the better I sleep.  Stormy nights are the only nights that I actually sleep through the night.
  12. My dad wasn’t around very long when I was a child but even though he worked two jobs, he was the one who got up with me at night (and like now, I hardly slept at night) and he would calm me by dancing to Elton John and AC/DC.
  13. By the records in my baby book I had been to/in/through 32 states by the time I was 3 years old.
  14. I hate to be photographed but I love to take pictures.
  15. I love movies and my oldest child (meg, 19) and I share the same taste in movies and t.v. shows.  We drive everyone else nuts by having entire conversations made up of nothing but quotes.
Okey dokey, that’s it for now  =)      I think I am going to live so I hope to be back to daily posting.

Smile, Sheldon

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30 Day Blog Challenge -still catching up-Day 10

Day 10-Your Guilty Pleasure (or pleasures)

 

First off, why must we feel guilty about pleasure?  America is so bold and free, open to the ‘New’ and on the cutting edge of everything, yet when we stop all of the work for a moment to do any activity just for the sheer delight of it we feel terribly guilty.

“I should be doing the laundry.  I should be mopping the floors.  I should be doing something constructive…etc.”

Even though I am intent on becoming an artist on a level that would provide income, I feel bad when I sit down and start drawing or painting – because I love it so much!

In so many other cultures (Italy comes to mind) pleasure is not just okay to pursue, it is encouraged.  I’ve never been, but I would guess that an Italian who worked like Americans do (monday-saturday) and did not stop to relish the rewards he has earned would be looked on as a madman.

And who can mention pleasure and a little decadence without thinking of lovely Marie Antoinette?  I think she got a bit of a raw deal…imagine becoming a Teen Queen and not going a little crazy with the dress, shoes, hair…chocolate budgets?

With that…on with my guilt-free pleasures!

1. Drawing, painting, collaging (is that a word?), art of any kind. LOVE it all!!

2. Reading! Oh…I’ve always adored books.  I see them as beautiful, love the smell of a library – Barnes and Noble , well I get lost for hours.  No one in my family will even get in the car if there’s a chance that we will end up there.

3. Same as with bookstores, the big art supply stores, the little mom & pop shops; love them all!  I browse and hem & haw, add things to the cart only to swap it out for something else later.  I go up and down aisles three and four times over.

4. Fresh fruit grape popsicles.  I eat the entire box by myself, in one day.

5. Thrift stores.  There’s a Spanish section of downtown Kansas City, Kansas about 35 minutes from my house and they have two of the best thrift stores in the world!  I’ve tried to go to the ‘upper-class’ thrift stores and – well they believe their crap is made of perfumed gold.  They charge about 50 cents less than retail and do so with a straight face.  No thanks!

I love a big semi-disorganized second hand shop.  This one in particular has name brand clothes, you know from those snooty shops that choke you to death with cologne as soon as you walk past the door?  Yeah, we all know what even a pair of underwear can run you in that place.

6. Energy drinks, well not drinks but the little energy shots.  5 hour power and the like.  I love them!  They actually do work pretty well and many a day they’ve kept me from zonking out mid-afternoon.

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Reblogging some “Blogging Tips”

 

 

 

Blogging Tips: What I Know Now – Nina Badzin’s Blog.

I usually find more than one article/post over at The Daily Post (by the wordpress people) that I really enjoy and I can always find tips & posts on learning the ins and outs of WordPress.  I wanted to share one such gem with anyone who cares to have a look see.  

Nina Badzin’s blog is well written and enjoyable to read, yes…but it’s also informative without boring you into a keyboard coma.  

I’m sure several people can agree with the post I’ve linked here, I sure can.  One that really struck me was “What I Thought About Audience”…it seems a given that your family and friends would read your damn blog-right?  Wrong!

What is up with that?  You send links, they ignore them.  Anyway – give it a peek & if you want let me know what you think  = )

(excerpt)

WHAT I THOUGHT ABOUT AUDIENCE: Family and friends would read my blog.

What I know now: They mostly don’t, not even my husband who gets a mention in nearly every post. But I’m 100% okay with that. In my first few weeks of blogging, I desperately sent links to my family and friends, begging them to “like” posts on Facebook and all the other nonsense that makes people curse you. I’m extremely grateful to any of my friends and family members who read the blog, but I do not expect it at all. The majority of my traffic come from other bloggers, Twitter friends, writers and even Google. Also, something for newbies to consider: I think I got decent traffic rather quickly because I was on Twitter for about nine months before I started a blog. In fact, my first post ever was about cheating on Twitter with WordPress.

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30 Day Blog Challenge (plus all 30 questions)

30 day challenge

Day 8: A moment you felt most satisfied with your life:

Hmmm, Things have been so rough & such a struggle that this one might have to wait to be answered.  If I had to be put on the spot right this minute, I’d say 1994-1998.  Frank and I were relaxed, happy, comfortable…went a lot of places and had so much fun.  I really miss that.

 

Day 9: If you could have any job in the world what would it be?

Easy peasy.  I would be a freelance artist specializing in mixed media.  I would publish books and a magazine to get art journaling out to as many artists and artists who are afraid to try.

 

 

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30 Day Blog Challenge – Day 7

Your Favorite Childhood Toys

 

As a child, I spent most of my days and nights with my grandparents (both sides) because my parents were still kids and – well I had to.  My grandpas became very, very important to me – more like dads.  One Christmas, right before my dad took off for good and went to start a new family, I was given a very special gift that I adored and I loved it not just for what it was, but because my grampas and my dad sat down on the floor and assembled it together.  I was in heaven.  It was a Barbie Dream House, the monster 3-piece deal and it took some time to get it together.  I will always remember that night and how I had them to myself.

Barbie Dream House (1980ish)

I also had a Radio Flyer Red Wagon with the removable sides and that stayed at gramma and grampa Cooley’s house.  When I started getting younger cousins I would pack them in and drag them up and down the street in front of their house.

Red Radio Flyer Wagon

The last one that I really remember and loved dearly was my Evil Knievel Big Wheel.  I was a total tom-boy  = )

Evil Knievel toy

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i. h.ave o.fficial p.ost-traumatic-pancake-syndrome (ihop)

Where have I been? Doubled up in pain since the local ihop tried to murder me.  A bit dramatic, yes…but so is the list of side effects from the demonic pancake platter that I ate and literally got sick in the middle of the meal.

So, just to catch up a tad, for I can now sit up for 10 minutes or so…

30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 6 – Your Zodiac Sign & Does it fit my personality


The Ram – March 21 to April 20

the good traits:

Adventurous and energetic
Pioneering and courageous
Enthusiastic and confident
Dynamic and quick-witted

 

On the dark side…

Selfish and quick-tempered
Impulsive and impatient
Foolhardy and daredevil

For the most part I agree with the “good” traits…and I am definitely in agreement with the crappy ones, also.  I am constantly stepping in messes of my own making.  And my temper, it sucks.  So, yeah I think I’m a typical Ram.

 

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30 Day Blog Challenge/Day 3

“your top 5 pet peeves”

ooooo, I can feel it already, just thinking about my top peeves makes me wanna slap a nun.  (j/k no hate mail thanks)  but seriously, doesn’t it just make you tense up and get a charlie horse in your intestines?  ook, here we go, big daddy:

Number Five:  Someone who loooves to talk but only has ten stories that they tell – and they NEVER remember that they have already told you this story (874 times); to make it even worse, they talk very slow and say “um” and “errr” and “uh” every three freakin words.   I seriously want to grab them by the shoulders, shake so hard that it knocks the next ten flippin stories down into the queue!

Number Four:  “I’ll be there in ten minutes”  Oh yeah…ok. Liar.  (and when they show up 2 hours later they don’t even have the decency to acknowledge that they totally caused you to sit there like a dipshit – in case they showed up right when you left for 5 minutes to run to the gas station.

Number Three:  Veiled threats.  Come out and say it, wuss.

Number Two:  Douche-bag inconsiderate drivers.  Get a bike.  Walk.  You are not human enough to operate dangerous machinery – jackass.

Styrofoam!!!!

Number ONE:  omg, someone scooting styrofoam across a table – and then when you tell them nicely “look dude, please don’t do that, it gives me the shivers and makes me want to eat my head”  their response?  “what…this?” (haha as they scoot it even harder.  Bastards!!!

(yes i have a few anger issues and am addressing them, lol)

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30 Day Blog Challenge- a tad late – my bad

DAY 2

“where you’d like to be in 10 years”

London

For one, this is where I’d like to physically be.  I want to be a ‘full fledged’ Artist, published author and I don’t wish to be absurdly rich…but I want to be VERY comfortable, I want my kids to be comfortable and my husband to be so comfy that he can stop working if he wants to (which he wouldn’t-he’d go nutso).

So, this is where and what I’d like to be in ten years.  Unfortunately, the research Meg and I have done suggests that if you are an American wanting to relocate to England you quite literally have to have a BUTTLOAD of cash or you just cannot possibly move there.  In that case, I hope to move to Vermont.  It’s been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember.  How about you??

How about you create an Art Journal page(s) about where you would like to be in ten years? Comment and link to your piece and I will blog everyone’s awesome art!

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