I miss my blog and my youtube channel so much. I looked at it the other day and realized that it has been almost two years since I’ve touched it, and that makes me so sad. There have been a ton of reasons why and when I looked at my last entry I realized that was the very day that I had to start applying for a night job. I always had a part time morning job, but then I would supplement that job with a few side jobs and that would still give me enough freedom to work on all of my creative endeavors. 2016 was probably the worst year I had had in a long time. And both of those jobs let me go a week apart. Then my Ebay and Etsy stores seemed to be getting very little traffic after the sites reconfigured their SEO. Also, my youtube channel hadn’t really taken off so I had to make the very difficult decision. I needed to get a second job at night. This job I knew would be very stressful and difficult for an introvert like myself, and make me so tired that I would probably have very little time for anything else. But I figured it would only be for six months or maybe a year then something else would come along. Or the youtube thing would make a little money so I could cut back on hours. But now I’m looking at almost two years later. Youtube has restructured their partner program so earning with them seems impossible. I can’t possibly pay all my bills without both of these jobs, and I’m completely frustrated that I am constantly too tired to create anything. I’m going to try to restructure a few things so that I will have time for making things again. I really can’t live without creating so I’m going to give it my best shot to carve out some me time in my craftroom. I’m so happy to be back, I’ve missed this part of me so much!
So, I was clicking around Netflix for a little bit before I was going to go to sleep on Saturday. It was already pretty late, but I do that sometimes just to assure myself there is nothing on and I can go to sleep. Then something happened! I saw a show called The Paradise. From reading the excerpt I could tell it had many things I liked in a show, but still I was skeptical. Well... I'll give it about 15 minutes then I'm off to bed. Before I knew it, it was 5 am and I was just about two episodes away from the finale. Yes I stayed up the entire night watching this series, greeting the dawn with The Paradise and a cup of tea. The show is sooooo good I didn't even notice the time passing! I can't wait for the new season to air!
My lunch options have always been dismal. My mother was never good at packing my lunches (though she did write the best lunch box notes EVER, with the best images of her being grumpy and vacuuming at home while I was at school). And I have never been good at packing my lunches. Even when I did pack my lunches I would never eat them. So lunch has devolved into fast food doldrums, or getting so hungry that I run into the 7/11 for something. Which is sort of terrifying, I know. I've been trying to keep my desk stuffed with good healthy snacks so that I don't get too hungry and just grab the first lunch that passes in front of me. But with the heat of summer my patience/ will power goes COMPLETELY out the window. Planning, and making the lunch the night before is really the only solution, BUT I JUST DON'T WANNA!!! Well, I probably just don't wanna because I don't have any fun options. So while thinking of this very thing I was rummaging around Facebook one day. A friend of mine started posting her pictures of the lunches she was making her toddler. They were so cute, and they looked just like really yummy homemade lunchables. Now, I seriously love lunchables, not so much for what they have in them, but I love the compartmentalized food options. And I think it goes back to when I was studying Japanese culture while eating tons and tons of bento boxes for lunch. So I did a little search on the internet and found a GREAT site on homemade, healthy lunchable like meals. And really they are all so cute after you make them how could you not eat them! Ooooo and there is a whole pin board for ideas as well !!! She even has a book on making lunches just from Trader Joe's store. Which besides Target is pretty much the only place I shop now. So I might have to check that book out. If I end up getting it I'll report back on my findings. Anything to get me excited about making my lunches would be EXTREMELY helpful. I swear when the heat of summer is over, and I start caring again about life, and things I am going to be all over making some of these.
I was innocently running into Michael's just for some quick dry glue. Nothing more, just minding my own busniess. And what do I run into? THE CUTEST FELT PUMPKINS YOU HAVE EVER SEEN!!! Now exactly how am I supposed to resist that? Well, as you can see I can't. So it started with the pumpkins. Then I saw the little wood owls, and a few other things. Before you know it I was fully immersed into decorating for Halloween. Yeah, I know it's August, but if they are going to put it out this early to sell. Then I am going to start decorating this early! The flowers were 50% off which is the nice thing about shopping so early. And then all of a sudden one of my holiday focal shelves was completely decorated in my head. I usually go mostly black, and green for Fall, but since I fell in love with the pumpkins I decided to go yellow, purple, and orange. Then I think I will paint up the little paper mache pumpkins I bought (not pictured) in antique rustic creme, and brown with black, and gold accent.
So here are pictures of the beginning of my project. I painted the owls a lovely eggplant color with purple glitter on their wings. I also bought a flower frog so they could stand up behind the flowers. I arranged the flowers into a bunch. Wired them together with floral wire, and then glued the stems together to reinforce them. Then assembled the felt pumpkin kit so I could see their smiling faces gleaming back at me. I'll post updates in the next few weeks as the decorations continue.
I ran across this illustration by Mary Blair today. I just love her work. No matter which one, all of her piece of art work always makes me so happy when I look at them. It's a concept picture for a section of the Small World ride at Disneyland. Below that is a painting by Uwe Heidschottery of Mary Blair with similar themes in the background. And then below that are my two favorite pictures of her. One the glamorous artist at work, and the next the smart 1960's artist and business woman taking her rightful place by Walt's side.
I am just completely in love with this artist! Her name is Heather Theurer, and if you like certian Disney movies just a little bit her paintings will bring a tear to your eye. This one of Lilo and Stitch just chokes me up every time. And a close second is the one below of the beautiful Mulan. Simply stunning.
So for the last week I've been sick with some sort of strange flu. I've had a little bit of sinus issues, but it has mostly been fatigue. I'd be fine in the morning then 3 pm would hit me like a sledgehammer, and once I could drag myself home I'd be bed ridden till about 10 pm. And the only foods I'd want to eat were just weird. But as always my boyfriend has been amazing. He started the flu a week before me so he has been recovering, thus can bring me orange juice, and tea. So Saturday I had the worse craving for pancakes. I'm not a huge pancake person, I kind of prefer crepes, and I really don't actually like breakfast foods at all. But there it was a strong craving for pancakes, non the less. So I knew I had one of those jugs of mix that you just add water to in the back of the pantry. I probably bought it half a year ago. And I knew I would have enough energy to add the water, but not stand over the stove and flip. Then my Japanese training kicked in. While studying urban Japanese culture in my Anthropology classes I remembered that they had a treat that tasted like pancakes, but were baked in the oven. My brain clicked, a smile crept across my face, and I blurted out "PANCAKE MUFFINS IT WILL BE!!!!" And this lovely creation was born. I didn't want to deal with syrup either so I made a simple syrup out of 1/3 C. turbinado sugar and 1/3 C. water heated in the microwave for 2 minutes to dissolve. Then I mixed up the pancake mix, added the simple syrup, pouring it into muffin tins, and cooking at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes depending on how brown you want the tops to be. They were super moist, yummy, and pancakeie. Just want I wanted, with the added bonus of a surprising springy texture. See my Anthropology degree did not go to waste my teachers would be proud.
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