rowkey: (trees)
2012-06-17 01:48 am
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Toolbox? COOLbox.

 

At the moment I'm actually snug in an Ozark condo for the remainder of the weekend, but I found the little doohickey above during anantiquing excursion earlier in the week.  Until I have enough money to buy the really cool stuff at antique shops, I satiate my hunger with old tins, containers, and airbrushed ceramic figures from the '60s.  Bonus points if they're functional like this guy...

 

 
...a new, if unorganized home for my essential art supplies- it's long enough to store my brushes and deep enough to fit my watercolor palette, a bundle of colored pencils, a knife or two, and miscellaneous pens, inks, and nibs.   This thing will be a lifesaver next semester when I'm hopping between work, homework, and classes without a chance to run home betwixt them.

Didn't do so well with the dietary restrictions, what with this impromptu, parent-induced vacation, but a friend and I are going to try to be a bit healthier together for the next few weeks.  What I can be proud of is finally working a dentist-suggested phosphate and fluoride paste into my dental routine- it's so hard for me to introduce new things and drop old habits.
rowkey: (flowers)
2012-06-09 11:07 am

A New Plan

 
Hello, Dreamwidth!  I fell off of the blogging radar for a while thanks to the evils of Tumblr and Twitter.  Recently I've begun to feel down in thedumps again, as I am apt, so I've decided to turn this place into a bit of a happyblog.  Every few days, or perhaps twice a week, I want to update with a photo and a bullet-list of good things and positive feelings followed by something I need to pay attention to or work on.  Much better than my previous plan of running away, I think.  So let's begin:
  • Pictured above is a newfound love of mine: succulent gardening!  I've turned to this almost out of necessity due to living in a fourth-story apartment for most of the year, and while I've always had a succulent or two, my interest has really exploded in the past fewmonths.  At the moment I'm working with my guinea pigs up here, trying to figure out proper soil mixtures watering times, andsunshine tastes.  The stringy guy on the left, Rhipsalis clavata, and the small spiky aloe to its right, Hawthornia attenuata, have been with me since high school, the aloe for almost ten years.  It's started to look pretty bad recently, so I trimmed it back a LOT tohopefully spur some growth, but even if it dies, I've got a pup from the plant sitting in the front-right pot.  :]  This is too fun, haha.
  • A week or two back I decided to start volunteering at the Shoal Creek Living History Museum (the place I may have spoken of before with all of the preserved cabins and houses from the 1860's).  Turns out the gardens are kept nice and functional by a handful of  70-something-year-old women who volunteer on Mondays and Wednesdays, so I'm happy to lend a hand.  One of their husbands thought I was "doing hard time" for community service, haha. :D  I guess twenty-somethings aren't normally out and about volunteering...Anyway, I've mostly been watering the extensive gardens since it hasn't rained in almost two weeks.  Everything except the established perennials and theyarrow is wasting away.
And as for something to work on, my dietary health has been abysmal to the point of putting on something like five pounds since getting home for the summer.  In the best of all worlds I'd go for the Paleo Diet, but the truth of the matter is I am a lazy ass.  For now I'll simply focus on redirecting my snacking habits to fruits and veggies instead of chips and such- frozen peas are a godsend, and by that I mean just eating them frozen out of the bag.  Who knew they'd be so lovely?  The hard part is finding a source for 'em that doesn't add salt to the package- in Ohio, Kroger offers them without salt, but here in Missouri the only place I've found is Walmart.  And that's always a problem.
rowkey: (Default)
2012-02-06 03:15 am

Oops, hello!


 
I've been spreading myself far too thinly o'er the internet lately, hence my absence. Went back home to Missouri for a month, and now I've settled back in my apartment for next semester at art school here in Ohio. Here's a photo of my partner in crime, Libby, taken over break. I'll have you know, that's the only snow I've seen this winter, which is ridiculous compared to the ballin' ice storms of the few years' past! I'll just sit here in the relative warmth and wait for February to pull a fast one on the entire midwest. 

My art jive took a huge hit over break, so in my creative down time I took to a few activities I've been meaning to play with; simple 'bookbinding' and yeast loaf bread baking! Two weeks back I made my first loaves, one white with herbs and one whole-wheat, and they were quite successful! Tomorrow I'm attempting the 'French' recipe in my handy little cookbook, so I'll keep tabs on what happens there. The bookbinding is a joke as far as the true art goes, but it'll come in handy when I want to make a personal gift to someone- my little sister was enthralled. I used this awesome little guide here.

And below the cut is a crosspost from my LJ:

Moves I've seen lately... )
rowkey: (Default)
2011-12-23 11:39 am
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Me on a couch and also paintings
 
 ...and then I went and didn't update for a full month and a few days- yet another case of finals and my inherent laziness.  Given my disposition for escapsim, my academic accomplishments are fairly mind-blowing [PIC RELATED].  I've been back in Missouri for only a few days and it already seems like the time is flying by.

The weather's been a stereotypical midwestern winter- cold rain.  The damp soil has made it really easy to uproot entire invasive honeysuckle plants from the 'woods' behind my house...I'm simply grabbing their bases and working them back and forth 'til they can be ripped out.  It's not the ideal way to get rid of them (at all), but the physical work feels very nice after three months of barely moving!  My dog gets quite a kick out of this activity- she rushes at the base of the plants and digs at the roots as I work them free, 'helping' me.  c: 

Other adventures in the yard have proffered a recently dead robin.  I'm going to harvest the skull for my collection and give the rest of the little guy a proper burial farther back in the forest.  But speaking of live birds instead, I saw a tufted titmouse at the feeder earlier- I never saw them in our yard until just a few years ago!
rowkey: (decemberists)
2011-11-17 08:06 am
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A Little Hobby


I like to make a point of exploring cemeteries I come across while traveling.  The the only grave I've actually set out to see was E. Poe's in the Westminster Cemetery in Baltimore- and then I found the layout of that church and cemetery was far more interesting than the man's grave itself; to save space, the new church was constructed on top of existing headstones!  Back to the point, grave sites are so quiet and fascinating, so full of history and genealogy...the stones themselves are enough for me to spend an hour or two at even a smallish plot.  The above photo was taken at St. Mary's Cemetery in Altoona, PA last week.  Easily the hilliest cemetery I've ever visited!  There's a few more photos at the end of my livejournal entry here.

I'm doing a landscape series based in the Greenlawn Cemetery in Columbus, OH for my landscape painting class, but might include one of the infamous 'specimen' stones at the TICO Mental Hospital cemetery if I can manage to find it.
rowkey: (bear)
2011-11-02 12:03 pm
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Met a hero of mine...

Gurney's signature in my Dinotopia: The World Beneath book! 
Met and spoke to James Gurney on Monday.  It was strange, almost, meeting the man who pretty much illustrated my childhood, seeing him flesh and blood.  I'm dubbing this the year of Meeting Illustrators In Real Life, from Chris Payne being one of my main instructors this semester, seeing a presentation by Nathan Greeno [co-director of 'Tangled'], and hell, I'll be at Illuxcon in Pennsylvania next weekend staring up at Petar Meseldzija!  I can't believe all of this is really happening sometimes.  :]


rowkey: (mountain)
2011-10-28 07:01 pm
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An Intro


 
Hello!  I'm a creaky old vagrant from the land of Livejournal, finally making the jump to this place thanks to a friend- <user name=thisleburr>.  I'd like to be a bit more social here, get involved in more communities, learn things, meet new people, maybe maintain my actual journal as a slice-of-life kind of thing...

To start off on a delicious note, this here is the cider I've been saving for the past few weeks- and I'm harboring that horrible feeling when you know it'll be gone within three days of opening the lid.  It'll happen soon enough.  Just need to get myself to a grocery store and pick up some yogurt and canola oil so I can attempt to make some cider donuts with maple glaze.  8]