Thursday, November 6, 2014

A Special Birthday Gift

When I talk about miniatures I am talking about working in 1/12 scale. That is 1 inch = 1 foot. I played with them for years but then I started getting into the more expensive settings and had to stop because I couldn't afford it.

The last one I did was a Wizard's lab for my partner's birthday. His online name at the time was Warlock and it seemed appropriate. He still has it on display in his bedroom.

This is not it but it is similar.
I have another project sitting in my closet that has been there since I completed the lab because I didn't have the time or money to create it. Since these days I have a lot of time I've been collecting ideas and supplies to make the image in my head become a reality. I hope to have it completed in time for his next birthday his 48th.



This is his personal computer setup. What I want to do is recreate this in miniature for him as a gift. Do you remember 5 1/4 " floppy disks?



I managed to find enough that I can use them for the frame and still have a few leftover to make the monitors. So that is what I'm beginning with. Now all I have to do is get started on it.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Thoughts

Do you ever wish that the future would open its doors and let you see what was coming?

Have you ever wished that you knew exactly what to do and when to have the best thing in the world happen for you?

How about just having what it takes to make that one step, that first step that could change your life all together?

I would love for one of these things to happen for me. I am lazy, I want something to happen without any effort on my part. At least that is what the "normals" say. You have to expend energy to get energy. I have no energy, all I seem to want to do is sleep, in the winter months. All those grey days and long nights cause me to curl up and sleep until the sun comes back. It has been like that for as long as I can remember.

No amount of wishing can change a habit so engrained. Ambition is needed and I have none, I have never felt the need to be more than I was. Ok not strictly true, I want to have enough income so that if I desire to spend money I can. Enough so that my bills are paid and I have food enough that I do not starve. I have reached that point in my life where I have few needs but oh so many wants.

In the end though unless my partner wins the lottery and shares with me most of my dreams will not come true. I simply do not care enough nor do I have energy enough to do more than get through the day to day of living.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Pinterest

For months I lived and breathed Pinterest and I still find myself there almost every day. That link will take you to my boards but I thought today I would share with you a few things I've pinned. How ever google doesn't like pinterest urls so I can't show them to you properly.

  

Silly I know but I have a whole board that is just "C" and another that is just "M" for my initials.

I also have boards dedicated to Art Journal Challenges, Collections of everything from Angels to Herbal Magic to Wreaths. Images and Green living resources and even a fashion one. Please do go check it our and look around at other peoples pins too.


Monday, November 3, 2014

Meditative Doodling

Lots of us do it.  While on the phone or when we are thinking. Doodling can be as simple as a bunch of circles in the margin of a page while you listen to your boss drone on at a meeting to as complicated as the  Zentangle which is used for meditation by creative types. The Zentangle is similar to a Mandala in that it is meant to help you access your creativity and open you to spiritual message but they are different in many ways.

A Mandala is circular; the Zentangle square. The Mandala requires balance; the Zentangle is about chaos. I could go on but perhaps a image would explain it better.


Mandala
Zentangle

Carol Edmonston is a two-time breast cancer survivor and it was her story that got me to thinking today. I have been under a lot of stress for a long time between Fibromyalgia, depression and obesity with all their side affects maybe I should try my hand at some meditative doodling and see if it helps.

The instructions were easy enough

1) Draw a border
2) Add some dots inside the border
3) Join the dots any way you like
4) Fill in the resulting spaces with doodles

That's it! If you want after you have done doodling color in the patterns or leave it as is. Heck if you want you can use colors to do the doodles. Have fun and share if you want.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Weekends are for Collaborate, Gather and Experiment

Hello, how are you this fine Sunday?

Yesterday we saw our first snow flurries, none stuck but it is the first time this fall that it has been cold enough for snow to form. And time went back today as well a sure sign that the dark days of winter are on their way.

I don't know about you but winter turns me into a hibernator and rather than become bored I turn to crafty things. With that thought in mind I decided to pull out an old book I have for some inspiration.

The book is called "Crafter's Devotional: 365 Days of Tips, Tricks, and Techniques for Unlocking Your Creative Spirit " and is still available at Amazon for around ten bucks USD.  Barbara Call Bourassa the author/editor of this book originally published it in 2009 but it is still just as useful now as it was when it first came out.

It is separated into daily pages with each page having a creative idea to get you started making  or exploring something you may have never considered before. The weekends are combined because there are several steps involved . Yesterday's and Today is entitled Experimental Research: Shrink Plastic By Jenn Mason I don't know anything about shrink plastic so my first step was to go looking for information on it. 

One of the first things I found was this board on Pinterest. It has a lot of neat pictures of things you can make from the plastic once you have it but not much info on where to find it. Next I followed this link from Google. Since I had one of those containers in my recycling bin I decided to try the tutorial out.

Here is the container before I began:


And this is what I created with it:


And this is what happened :


So it did shrink them and I have to admit the Goddess turned out really well considering  how much it curled. The directions said they would uncurl but they didn't. My assumption as to the cause is that I used waxed paper instead of parchment paper. Parchment paper has a non-stick surface which would have allowed more action from the pieces. That would also explain why I can't get them off the paper without tearing it.

Give it a try and let me know how you do. The instructions I used are at ABOUT. About is my second most favorite site for learning new things. The first of course being Pinterest.

Hope you had a good weekend!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Empty Spaces Given New Purpose

Imagine 42,000 square feet of space standing empty not for days or weeks or months but for years. Or even consider a small 3200 square foot place in the same situation. 

Every time I see another vacant store front on our main street I think about what I would put there if I had unlimited wealth. For instance the small space I mentioned above, it was a well patronized, small diner in our bus terminal for 20 years. Ill health required the owners to retire and their son did not want to continue running the place. So it sits there empty.


It is too small to be anything but a diner or a variety store besides there is already a variety store in the terminal. So what can be done with it?


Well obviously someone could reopen the diner but there have been no takers. What I would like to see there is a coffee shop. Oh not like Tim Hortons but a nice place a person who is waiting for a bus can come into and warm up with a coffee. Sort of like an Airport Lounge except for no alcohol and reasonable prices.


One other thing ... I would like it to me a place where even the needy can come and get warm even if they can't buy anything. Everybody has a skill of some sort that they can share and because it is a bus terminal the needy can hook up with those who are looking for people with special skills so both win.


The Brand: I have a blog called "The Church of Kindness". When I created it I was thinking of the move "Pay it Forward" and that is how I would see this and any other similar endeavors being marketed. Also as much as possible they would be non-profit. My goal is not to make money but to make the world a better place for those who want a hand up not a hand out.


Rest assured there are some ideas in my head that are not for the needy but for creative types, teenagers and others who have some need I could meet. All I need is financial backing so I can rent or purchase the empty storefronts and refurbish them enough so they can fulfill the use I would see them put to.


While this helps the citizens of my town it would also bring in some recognition for our town and maybe some employers who like what we are doing and wish to bring their businesses here. Everyone wins!



Prompt: Write about an amazing imaginary brand or organization you'd love to work with. What would their pitch to you look like? What would your post say?