October 31, 2015
It's NaNoWriMo time! This is the third year I've planned to participate, but things are always so hectic this time of year that I've never finished. This year is going to be crazier than ever before, but I'm determined to do it this time. I've been preparing for a couple of months now so hopefully that will help.
What is NaNoWriMo? Well it stands for National Novel Writing Month. You write 50,000 words in 30 days...the month of November. That's right at 1,667 words each day. Not an impossible number by any means.
The other thing is that I'm doing it all by hand. I've already got the notebooks and pens prepared. Believe it or not, handwriting is easier on my hands than typing these days.
But, just to make this really hare-brained, we have a school trip the first week of November. The second week of November, I have to go to the US. The third week, there's jet lag and a lot of things to do and, oh, wait, that's the fourth week, too. As you can imagine, fitting in time to sit down and write 1600+ words every day for the entire month of November is going to be nuts. That's another reason for handwriting...I can take it anywhere.
Plus, this year, I already know I can do it. Earlier this year, I decided to see if it was possible and ended up writing 50,000 words in 10 days. So, 30 days should be a breeze, right?
Additionally, I've got an outline, character sketches, scene sketches and other notes. I am so full of ideas just waiting to get put down on paper. Waiting to actually start writing has been hard, but no more. Tomorrow is the first day of NaNoWriMo. Let the writing craziness begin!
October 29, 2015
October 28, 2015
October 27, 2015
October 26, 2015
This could be done in Christmas colors or fall colors for a holiday flair.
October 23, 2015
October 22, 2015
October 21, 2015
October 20, 2015
1-3 tomatoes, diced
2-4 cucumbers, diced
1-2 cups cooked chickpeas
2 TBSP flax seeds/chia seeds/hemp nuts
2 TBSP olive oil
2-4 TBSP apple cider vinegar
1-2 TBSP lemon juice (optional)
1-3 cloves garlic, pressed
Parmesan cheese (optional)
Combine the ingredients in the amounts you have or according to how many people are eating and according to your own taste. Each batch is a little different depending on what I've got on hand. This is a very flexible recipe.
October 19, 2015
October 16, 2015
October 15, 2015
Anyway, if you decide to use your sewing machine and sew paper, do yourself a favor and dedicate a needle or two to paper only and label them. Paper dulls the needles quickly and you wouldn't want to use them on fabric afterward. And yes, my sewing machine is held together by rubber bands. I'm out of duct tape. I also couldn't figure out how to lower the feed dogs, but that would probably be a safer pursuit especially if you do smaller circles.
The next day, cut out a bunch of wonky circles and ink the edges. I used some of Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Distress Paints. Just remember, if you wet Distress stuff, the paint/ink is going to move. If you don't want that, use something more permanent.
October 14, 2015
Then, I took a piece of muslin and dyed it with turmeric. I'd gotten a set of Inktense blocks on clearance a few years ago and used a wet paintbrush to add gingko leaves with the stencil. I'm still not sure what I'm going to use it for.
In the fall, yellow gingko leaves cover the sidewalks since gingko trees are planted all over here. I'm always picking them up, fascinated by their shape. So, this will probably eventually become part of an art quilt.
October 13, 2015
October 12, 2015
October 6, 2015
I custom mixed the sky colors so that I could get the exact shade of blue I wanted. I used gesso and even some iridescent blue to get just the right blue.
The clouds were the most fun to make. I used brushes and my fingers. At the bottom I made fields of camellia in bloom which Yunnan is known for.
The baskets on the balloon were the hardest. I painted one layer first and then added some woven lines and then painted over that to get a hit of basketry.
As for the balloons, several of them are highlighted with iridescent paints and two of them are stenciled with the Tim Holtz doily stencil which is my absolute favorite stencil. The lacy effect is just perfect for so man applications.
This was a really fun painting to do.
October 3, 2015
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