Wednesday, August 22, 2012

First Day of College

So yesterday was my first day of college. Yikes. When did this happen? On top of that, my birthday is on the 28th! Whaaaaaa? Did I miss something important? When did I "officially" become an adult? I'm so confused right now. 
:/

Anywhooo.
Here's something awesome from the awesome Clare of Sisters Grimm!


The priest of our little parish used to say, "Are you going to be the first saint from [...this town]? Are we someday going to be celebrating your feast day?" He reminded us every Sunday that we are all called to be saints.
Father M. has moved away now, and the new priest Father W. is no less awesome, but I will never forget that stunningly simple thought. 
Will you be saint YOUR NAME HERE of YOUR TOWN HERE?
Silly sounding, yes, but amazing all the same.
Will you?

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Etsy - New Item!

New item available in my Etsy shop
Vintage 1960's salt & pepper shakers that look like a butterfly!Love the retro look. :)





Click any of the images to check them out!

Monday, August 13, 2012

D'AWWWWW


Meet this blog's unofficial mascot.

asdfjkl the cuteness burns.

In a good way.



Saturday, August 11, 2012

Final Craft Compilation

Final fair post.  I've assembled the rest of my fair crafts here.
 Some I may have already posted in the past, but here they are anyway.


First off, a wallet made of felt scraps and liquid stitch.







Four digital art pieces.






A large 2x3 foot acrylic painting.


A book page bracelet based off the Chronicles of Narnia.


And my baby "Sock-tapus"


So that's everything. Hope you've all enjoyed them! 

Last note: I'm planning on making another book page bracelet to sell in my Etsy shop, so keep an eye out for it! 



Friday, August 10, 2012

Concerning OCTMS

O.C.T.M.S.
noun. 
1.  an album formally titled "The Midsummer Station",  composed primarily of electronic music, to be released in late August of the year 2012. 

2.  something that the blogger has been looking forward to for nearly one half of a year.



So the Midsummer Station previews were finally released to iTunes. 
Being the Owl Citizen that I am, I rush in to listen. 
Then..
I...
Find...
THIS.




NO.


(I mean seriously, "her love is a drug laced with ecstasy, hot mess in that dress gets the best of me-"?! What in Niflheim is this?!)


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Craft: Pottery Whales


Craft #6

Hey everybody! Sorry for the wait. 
So for my craft today I have some of the most adorable little smudgie muffins you will ever see. I mean really, just look at their squidgy wittle faces! Have you ever ever ever seen a fuzzymudgecake as coodgely as these bumbledumplings?! They're just so wublydubly and-um....

Let's just forget you ever heard that...

Anyway... So yeah.

Pottery whales. 
They're kinda cute and stuff.





They're made entirely of clay, glazed with an opaque kind of glaze called sapphire (I think), and they took FOREVER and a day to make! The process included several near-heart-attack-inducing slip ups, including breaking one of the fins off while working on the other one, and splashing red glaze on the tail of the littler one. Of course, I just had to stress over the details for a week or so while we waited for the drying and firing, but in the end they turned out cute as buttons and not a trace of red on them!

And the best part? 
This.


GRAND CHAMPION
sajdaljfkljaslfjlaf too excited to form coherent words anymore so
 k bye

~Heather

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

mindfulness.



Be happy in the moment, that's enough. Each moment is all we need, not more. 
-Mother Teresa



Original from For Love of You

Sunday, August 5, 2012

SciFi For the Fiction Challenged: Book Series Review



Howdy guys, it's been a while since I posted something on here for all you fiction challenge out there so i thought I'd give you something to chew on.

This here is the full (spoiler free) review of The Lost Fleet Book Series by Jack Campbell. 
Hopefully sometime tomorrow I should have the spoiler filled review up (Will probably be in two parts) and I would recommend AVOIDING the spoiler filled review if you have ANY interest in reading this book series...anyway, on to the review/video/me rambling :P


Saturday, August 4, 2012

Craft: T.A.R.D.I.S.


Craft #5

So.
 There's this show. 
It's British.
It's science fiction.
It's about a 906 year old alien who has two hearts, thirteen lives and travels time and space in a blue phone booth from the 1950's. 
He calls himself the Doctor.
And he is awesome. 




Not to mention that the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary is coming up! (See above video for related awesomeness)
Unfortunately, the next season of Doctor Who is not scheduled to air until this Autumn, and after that God knows when it will hit the U.S.of A.
So to bide the time until then, I made a T.A.R.D.I.S.




(That's "Time And Relative Dimensions In Space" for newbies and non-Whovians.)




Cool like bowties.
:)


This beauty is crafted entirely from wood, with a lift-off cookie jar style top and foam padding on the bottom of inside. I owe a huge thanks to my dad and his power tools! The outside is hand painted. The windows, light on the roof, and the letters of "POLICE BOX" are coated in invisible day glow paint.

And, it won a lovely purple ribbon, in case you couldn't tell from the image. Who knows? Maybe I have some colorblind readers? LOL

Final note: This was actually the second T.A.R.D.I.S. I made, the first belongs to my co-author Hunter (KexFett) now.



Merry not-even-close-to-Christmas Hunter!


Now if you'll excuse me I must be off. Worlds to save, homework to conquer, the usual. Until next time! Geronimo!



~Heather


Baked beans anyone?

The Land of Milk & Honey: Garden Produce During Drought: Thanks to this year's drought, we are harvesting some unique crops here at CrossRoads End Acres. Today I would like to share with you several...
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Just wanted to share. My mom is hilarious! 




Also I just learned how to use tags on my posts (uber derp) and so far I've tagged all of my projects with the "craft" tag. So if you want to see oodles of my silly crafts, feel free to click the craft tag. 


WARNING: CLICKING THE CRAFT TAG MAY RESULT IN ACUTE "WHAT THE HECK?" SYNDROME, UNCONTROLLABLE URGES TO MAKE SOMETHING SHINY-FUL, DIABEETUS, AND A STRANGE OBSESSION WITH DUCK TAPE. WE AT A.D.D. ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY CONTAGIOUS DERPITUDE, BRAIN MUSH, PUKING RAINBOWS, OR OTHER MENTAL OR BODILY HARM YOU MAY EXPERIENCE. CLICK AT YOUR OWN RISK.



Friday, August 3, 2012

Craft: Faux Stained Glass

Craft #4

Today I've got a shiny winey thing I call 
"faux stained glass".
(creative name, I know. lol)
All you need to make it is Elmer's glue and acrylic paint!



Step One:  Gather your ingredients
  • a sheet of glass 
  • acrylic paints
  • white glue
  • clear glue
  • brushes 
  • something to stir with


For the glass, you could use cheap picture frames from Wal-Mart, or even an old window like I did. Also, firmer brushes work best to keep bubbles from forming. I recommend acrylic brushes if you can find them.

Step Two:  Mix your colors

To make the black lines, you'll need black acrylic paint, and white Elmer's glue. Squirt some of the glue out to make room in the bottle. Then pour the black paint into the glue drop by drop, mixing after each drop until the glue is completely black.Make sure not to leave white on the inside walls of the bottle, it must be mixed thoroughly.

For the colored areas, pick or mix the color of your choice in paint. Fill a small (preferably disposable) container with glue, then drip a drop of paint into it and stir. The average ratio should be a drop of paint to a Tbsp of glue, but I've learned the hard way it's not nearly so simple. In truth, you're probably going to have to go through some trial and error before you find the mixture that's just thick enough. Remember it should be consistent in color, and thin enough to see silhouettes through at least. It's hard to tell while the mixture is in a container, so I highly recommend finding some broken glass or something to test it on.


Step Three: Make lines

You can do this part freehand if you'd like, or you can draw a design on paper and trace it. Either way, you'll need to take the bottle of black glue and use it to "draw" lines on your glass. Beware: It tends to *glob* at the ends. This one could probably use some practice as well. 

Step Four: Apply color

Now's the part where you take your brushes and brush/dab all of your pretty color in between the lines. The color needs to touch the lines. If your color is too strong it may show on top of the black, but if your mix is thin enough it should be more or less invisible. Even so I've found it's easiest to just display the glass from the opposite side. (lol lazy me XD) If your mix turns out to be too thin, feel free to apply several layers. 

And there you go.
Of course mine doesn't look exactly like stained glass, but I wasn't trying too hard for that either. Next time maybe I'll use a reference? I dunno. As usual I dare you all to top me ( which shouldn't be hard) and let me know about it. 

Now go out and make something beautiful!


P.S. This piece has been chosen for the state fair! Wish me luck!