Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Oh hai there

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Has it really been a week since my last post? Wow. My blog is getting dusty!!
Well something has been keeping me busy. I have become a bit of an addict...
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Yes friends I have been bitten by the True Blood bug. And sometimes I think the acting is over the top but I am sucked in! I just watched season 1 over a couple of days. As a mom I have to do my rated R viewing in the middle of the night so no little one learns new shocking vocabulary or asks me why people are wrestling.
I also saw some movies from my Netflix queue recently--The Watchmen and Rachel Getting Married. I could not get into either honestly. Have you seen them? What did you think? And I saw The Wrestler (it was just okay to me but I am not a wrestling fan) and Gran Torino. I LOVED Gran Torino.
So basically I have been sitting on my bottom and that is why there was a lack of posting LOL.
I remember some friends had trouble seeing my Parasol article from issue 3 (issue 4 is out now online) so here it is:
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I love Parasol magazine. Yasmine always works so hard on it.
Speaking of working hard look at these wonders I saw on the CakeWrecks blog:
Cake decorators had to take a tshirt and make it into a cake version.
Tshirt~
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I really want this one for my own birthday!!!!
Cake~
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Tshirt~
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Cupcakes~
These would be so cute at a birthday party for kids!
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(images from CakeWrecks)
Ah cake. I miss you! I have been dieting and trying to be more active (walking,swimming) with my husband Ben as my partner. We are doing really good and feeling good so that's all that matters I guess. Funny, how I was so unhappy with my pre-baby body and now I want it back!
So how was your week? What have you been up to?

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Wild Things

Today I took the wild things to the zoo LOL. Harrison and A.T.
I am a huge believer in kids with cameras. So I gave them both the digi and I did not take one picture.
I *love* the results!!!
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I finally got a photo of me and my husband Ben--we are never in pics together since becoming parents.
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Everytime I see an eagle my heart swells with Patriotism. It really does.
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The beaver
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and his freaky tail paddle thing.
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Are they in love? :)
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Bear in graceful pose.
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Best.photo.ever. The frog is like, "hey, how did you find me?"
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The new children's petting zoo is being built and will open next year.
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This was just a wild rabbit hanging out--not part of an exhibit or anything.
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Bobcat running.
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flying squirrel--I kept thinking about Sandy Cheeks from SpongeBob.
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Caracal. Love his ears.
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Of course, we had to touch the sharp tooth.
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A.T.'s foot.
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A little blurry but cute bird.
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Cougar. Grrrr.
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This quail was like a bird supermodel or something!!!
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Bees.
Even the wonky photos look cool...
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These were toads.
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A rain of light?
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Hehe you see the reflection of the camera lens but it makes the pic look like a monster thing or something.
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Ssssnake.
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I think this would make a good photoshop texture so if I use it as one I'll post that later.

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This one was blurry but I made it black and white and its so nice. It is of an alligator hiding under an old pick-up truck decoration.
A.T. is 11 and Harrison is 4 so A.T. took most of the shots.
Hand the camera on over to your little ones and you will be surprised!
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Friday, July 17, 2009

Featured Friday-Melanie's Creations

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This week we have a super Featured Friday artist, Melanie. I noticed her polymer clay creations on the Tip Junkie forum and took note of the fine detailed work she does!

1.Melanie,tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Melanie and I am from Buffalo, NY. I have been married for 11 years and I am stay at home mother of 2 children, a son age 8 and a daughter age 2. I have loved doing anything artistic since I can remember. I love to paint, draw, scrapbook, and to do many other crafty projects. Last year I painted prints to go with my friend's nursery bedding for a baby shower gift. My favorite items to make are my whimsical creations out of polymer clay.

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A golden snowflake.

2. What inspires you?
My family & friends are a big inspiration. Every time there is a new milestone I seem to create something new. I love creating things for weddings, birthdays, showers & holidays. Customers also inspire me. I love when someone sends me an e-mail asking me to make something special for them.

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Daisy pendant.

3.What advice would you give to a beginner?
Enjoy yourself. Don't go out and buy tons of tools. Your hands are your best tool. So are toothpicks, string and exacto knives.

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I love this posing sock monkey!

4. What is your favorite medium or tool to work with?
I mainly use Sculpey and Fimo polymer clay. My favorite tools are a needle tool I bought forever ago, my exacto knife and my pasta machine.

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Girl Scout ornament.

5. How do you find time to create?
Mmmmmm....I would love extra time in the day. Last Christmas I spent many evenings creating. Now that my daughter is getting a bit older I can work with my clay while she is awake. It's funny because she wants to play with "playdoh" like mommy.

6. Where do you spend most of your time creating?
I wish I had a craft room, but I do not. I work on my creations on my dining room table.

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Sweet!

7.What got you started?
I have been making my creations out of polymer clay for about 15 years. I started making ornaments out of salt dough as a child with my mother. I started working with polymer clay because it never dries and there are so many wonderful colors. In the beginning I made Christmas ornaments for family and friends. I even made daisy magnets for my wedding favors 11 years ago.

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Horse tags.

8.How would you describe your style?
Style...personally I am a t-shirt and velour sweats type of person. My husband calls it my uniform. Have to be comfy when you are chasing after a toddler...LOL. My creative style is whimsical & customizable. I love fun creations that I can customize & personalize for people.

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Birthday party jewelry favors.

9.What do you enjoy most about creating?
I find it relaxing. I also love giving my creations as gifts.

10.Where can we see more of your work?

my shop: http://melaniescrafts.etsy.com
my blog: http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
my flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniescrafts




Thank you, thank you Melanie!!!!


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