Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year

I hope the new year brings wonderful things for all of us. Better health, better financial situations, happy moments and lots of creativity. Thank you for sharing this creative journey with me, and thanks for all your encouragement in its many forms. I love you guys!

Now I'll go lie down, because it's time for another dose of Nyquil, and that stuff makes me stupid. Happy new year, everyone!
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Saturday, December 28, 2013

A Quick Heads Up... Townley Girl Polishes Are AWESOME!!

This is a very quick post because I am exhausted after a busy day, and we've got a busy day tomorrow as well. However, I found something amazing I need to share with you...

If you have a WalMart within driving distance, you need to go look at their sale stuff. Tonight while browsing I found a kit by Townley Girl that included 5 magnetic polishes and 4 magnets for $4.88. Since all holiday items are now 50% off, that means I got that kit for $2.44!

I debated whether I should get it because it's a child's kit, technically a toy. It says it's for 8 and up, but I figured it's $2.44 and I'm over 8, so if it's junk it's no big deal, right? And OMG, THEY ROCK!!! I don't have time or energy for a full review, so check back in a few days, but in the meantime? GO BUY THIS IF YOU CAN!!!

Seriously, they rock. I can't even say this enough... If you like magnetic polishes, you will want these. It also looks as if you may be able to buy the kit for full price online here, so check it out if you're interested.

Love and hugs,

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Whatever holiday you celebrate, I hope it's been filled with love and laughter, with joy and comfort and all the things you could hope for. My holiday has been amazing, and I feel like the greatest gift I received this year is something that isn't for sale, something that can't be bought. I'm finally regaining some of my physical strength and stamina, and it feels so, so wonderful.

I'm eagerly looking forward to the coming year. Something tells me it's going to be a good one!

Ho ho ho. :D
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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Tis the Season for Apocalyptic Dreams...

Some of you may be aware of this, while others aren't. I have REALLY messed up sleeping patterns. For example, I went to sleep around 10am yesterday, Christmas Eve, and woke up today, Christmas, at 6:30pm. I had the STRANGEST dreams that kept getting more and more apocalyptical as I slept.

Started out with me dreaming I was going to go to fairy school. Because of course, I'm a fabulous fairy. However, awesome fairy school turned into dreams of the apocalypse, complete with a beautiful-but-evil guy who was trying (and somewhat succeeding) in breeding earth life forms with... demon stuff? And I was so stupid that I was in love with him before I figured out how evil he was...

Then I was trying to run away, but he kept following me and getting me back. He had this huge underground lair, and there was technicolor in the dream, and smells... HORRIBLE smells. My brain clearly hates me, and doesn't let me dream happy things. I can't even dream I'm naked for my 10th grade English test, either.. I have  to dream about the destruction of life as we know it.

Stupid brain. I hope your Christmas is going better. Merry Christmas everyone, and happy holidays if you don't celebrate Christmas. Whatever you celebrate, I hope it's fantastic.

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Last Sketchbook Update of 2013!

The year is winding down, and I'm sharing a last few sketches of the year. There's not much here, mainly because I've been fascinated by intricate patterns lately.

For those of you who don't know, I find drawing to be a wonderful thing. It helps distract me when I'm worried about something or having a bad fibro night. Because of this I tend to carry art supplies with me wherever I go. Nothing too fancy, just a notebook and some pens.

Ok, that's not quite accurate. I generally carry 4 black gel pens in different weights (from extra fine point to extra heavy), a few pencils and erasers, and something like 30 or 40 gel pens. And maybe a ruler or two, and maybe a couple of stencils for drawing circles or other shapes. Oh, and then there are the sharpies...

Let's just say I love color, lots and lots of color. I carry more art supplies than anything, because they're important to me. If you ever see me in public, I'll probably be doodling! But enough of that... on to the sketches!!

I doodled this onto a napkin after Thanksgiving dinner.
Flowers. I absolutely LOVE flowers. When we went to my dad's house for Thanksgiving, I wound up doodling on my napkin after we ate. I get really caught up in my head sometimes, so when I'm having a conversation, doodling something simple helps me focus on the conversation.

It sounds silly, but there are even studies to show that doodling can help people focus in meetings! Having a simple, mindless task certainly helps me turn off the internal chatter that seems to run through my head. That way I can actually pay attention to what's happening around me!

These three are related, although it's hard to tell. The left image is a copy of a drawing by Lorri-Marie Jenkins I'd found while browsing Stuffed magazine. I copied it, then colored it and added the white patterns. A few days later, I tried to draw some sketches in a similar style, but I don't feel like I captured it. Maybe it's my own style, but I don't really know. Then I did the strangest one... it started out being a woman, and then ... I don't know. It turned into some sort of woman/Dalek/duck combination. Don't ask, I don't have any answers.

But hey... this is how creativity works. Sometimes you get the Sistine Chapel, other times you get a woman with duck legs, a plunger, and... umm... whatever that silver thing is. They can't all be winners, right?

It's 6:40am, and I haven't been to sleep yet. Let's just show the rest of the sketches without much commentary, shall we?

This is the sort of intricate pattern I've been experimenting with. These take a long time to complete, but they're so much fun to do. I really, really love doing these!!

I hope your holidays are going wonderfully, and that you're having a joyous time. I'll see you soon!

Drawing supplies are cheaper than therapy. :D
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Thursday, December 19, 2013

NailPolishCanada.com is giving away 3 BaByliss Miracurl’s ($600 value)

Have you seen the new BaByliss Miracurl? Apparently it's one of the hottest new hair tools, and it looks almost foolproof. How would you like to get your hands on one for free?

Enter NailPolishCanada.com! They're giving away not one but THREE Miracurls to the people who need them most! Is your hair flat and sad? Do people poke fun at you for your limp, lifeless hair? Does your partner yell about the time you spend trying to make your hair do something curly and pretty? Then you need to enter this giveaway!

Just look at how well this works... it's pretty flipping amazing if you ask me!

Let me share their description of things...
It’s a Christmas Miracurl! - NailPolishCanada.com is giving away 3 Babyliss Miracurls ($600 value)

Every holiday season millions experience a sense of sadness at the flatness in their life. In an effort to cope some find themselves straining important relationships.

I know my husband loves me, but another day where I’m running late trying to curl my hair in a mad dash is just a fight waiting to happen”
 - Katie B

Could people go without curled hair? They could, but experts agree such a lack of regard and care is sure to result in a coal filled stocking.

“After the economic downturn Santa has had limited resources and he too has to make cuts, it’s not only naughty or nice anymore, but how you present yourself.”
noted Mrs. Claus.

Today Nail Polish Canada has announced their plans to take a stand and solve this important issue with the Babyliss Miracurl. In just seconds the Miracurl literally sucks your hair right in, curls it, then beeps letting you know it's done.

In order to raise awareness Nail Polish Canada is giving away 3 Babyliss Miracurls, to whoever can convince us they are the most “in need” of one.

“This will impact people’s lives. Together we can make a Christmas Miracurl”  

- Nikki Smith, VP Glitter *This is our favorite pun ever and we’ve been using it around the office for weeks

Simply describe why you or a loved one is in need of a Christmas Miracurl at: http://www.nailpolishcanada.com/products/miracurl-by-babyliss.html

In the spirit of a true Christmas Miracurl the winners will be announced Christmas Day!

Notes about nominations: Feel free to stretch the truth a bit and most importantly have fun.
So scoot on over to NailPolishCanada.com and enter... I won't be far behind you!

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"Christmas Miracurl" photo illustration by Layniefingers.
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