Friday, November 30, 2012

A Passion for Blue

 I've been in the most passionate mood for blue. Remember in last post I said I'd be sharing some new goodies and finished projects? Well here they are. ^_^

Above, the most interesting paper folder I've ever seen. Found it at the office store not long back, and was immediately attracted to it. The wonder of cyber space, mixed with a modern twist on the style of Art Deco, I just couldn't walk away from it. The flow of electric wire and a computer chip for hair, a headphone with its cord coiling downward, and a restful face of a cyber woman enjoying the music just pulled me in. Reminds me of something directly out of Tron. There was also a red version of this picture, but red doesn't appeal like blue when it comes to cyber space. 

Next on my blue goody line are these celestial nail polish colors. I've had such a craving for color, and these little 99 Cent bottles of polish were just so tempting. I don't wear nail polish often; in fact these are the first paints I've put on my nails in the last nine to ten years. I got the metallic base coat, and clear sealant later after my first try with the bottle of super sparkly glitter polish. It didn't dry quite as blue as I hoped, and became a very light purple shade with sparkles the longer it sat. That's when I decided it needed a base coat of blue, then a layer of sparkles, and then a clear coat to seal it, and prevent the rough feeling of dry glitter. 

Even the nail polish remover is blue (above left) they had it in pink too, but I wanted blue.

I've always loved celestial themes, which is why I love royal tones and sparkly things; exactly why I fell in love with these polishes so quickly. ^.^

This notebook (also from the office store) isn't entirely blue, but has that really pretty blue purple color in its details. My mom is the one who was first attracted to the book, and we were amazed by its holographic depth. So we got it to keep as an idea, feeling that someday this kind of hologram would be very interesting to apply as a wall paper in our dream coffee shop... if we ever get one.

And last on my blue list is the final page of my small purple journal, which I've been working in since late Setember of 2010, all the way through November 2012. Being that the last page happens to have lots of blue, I'm pitching it in to this post. 

I will be getting back to the subject of my journal sometime; it needs some decorative end papers and some painted inner covers; I may make a video on it, and share a few images on here along with the video itself. It will likely be some time till I get around to it (being that I have a load of projects as it is, and new ideas come swirling in every day), but sometime I'm going to try to get to it.

So happy blogging, stick around, and hope your projects are going well for this upcoming holiday season. ^_^

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Reflection in Autumn

Reflection in Autumn

Another simple illustration I did during 2009 from my favorite sketch book.
I played around with the image a bit, couldn't decide if it looked better with an orange tint like an evening sunset, or whether it was fine the way it was. So I provide both versions above and below (above the enhanced version, and below the original).

The girl in the image is a representation of me, the artists. I guess I made the image dreaming of somewhere I'd like to be, so I could reflect and write in one of my many journals (which is why I drew a book in her lap, covered with her hands like she's protecting a treasure.) 

The mediums I used for this image were Prismacolor colored pencils, and watercolor pencils by Reeves.

I have many projects waiting to be started, and some being finished. Hopefully I can get up another post soon to show you my last journal page I'm doing in one of my small books (which is nearly complete). ^_^ I may also talk about some recent goodies I got, practically all of them in shades of blue, and so much more for later sharing.... so stick around, and stay tuned. :D

Happy blogging. ^_~

Monday, November 26, 2012

Study Time Dress

  This study time dress, a design based around library visits and schooling, was a simple outfit I thought up in bed one night after watching The Music Man, out of all things.

To pick up on the feel of study, books, writing; and reading in old libraries, I felt the dress should be displayed on an backdrop that picks up on that old, dusty feel. The background came from Graphics Fairy in the background section. I then added some Nouveau motif patterns to help frame the image. I used leaf and vine patterns, since leaves and vines pick up on the feel of Autumn, and fading shrubbery. 

I figure this outfit fits Autumn best, so I'm sharing it before the winter months come around. And truthfully, when I think of books and study, I think of Autumn. Even the outfit's colors, a pleasant yellow with a mix of brown, makes me think of Autumn leaves and cups of coffee.

This image might make a good journal insert in my opinion. Maybe someday I'll print it out and add it to a page, give it some cute ruled paper backing in the same dusty tone, and write something about it, or use it as just a journal spot. 

Hope you're having a good week. Happy blogging. ^_^

Monday, November 19, 2012

Pumpkin Cake Roll, Recipe

I finally finished! Yes, I finally made the pumpkin cake video, and did it before Thanks Giving. ^_^
Now for the most important part to this video, the recipe.  
  Pumpkin Pie Cream Cheese Roll Cake

3 eggs
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup powdered sugar
3/8 tsp. cream of tartar
2/3 cup pumpkin puree
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup chopped pecans


1 cup powdered sugar
8 oz. cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla
3 Tbsp. whipping cream

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.Place a sheet of parchment paper
on a 15x10x1 inch baking sheet making sure the parchment paper
is wider than the sheet.DO NOT GREASE!Separate eggs and bring to
room temperature. Mix flour, spices,and soda together. In separate
bowl beat egg whites with cream of tartar till foamy, slowly add
sifted powdered sugar while whipping till soft peaks form. Cover
with a damp cloth. In another bowl beat egg yolks, adding sugar
gradually, till it traces. Then add pumpkin puree and beat well.
Next fold 1/3 of the egg whites into the pumpkin yolk mixture
till it lightens then fold in rest of egg whites in two batches.
Dust the mixture with the flour folding it in a little at a time
till all the flour is incorporated.Gently pour batter onto ungreased
sheet pan and spread out evenly. Sprinkle with the nuts. Bake for 10-15 minutes or untill it springs back when touched. When done let cool slightly on a rack but leave in pan covered with a towel. Once it is cool enough to touch, remove from pan using the parchment paper. Place another piece of paper on top of the cake and flip it over. Remove the paper from the cake.Now dust a cloth or towel with sugar and flip the cake onto it.Cut off the edges,roll the cake up in the cloth and allow to fully cool.

To make the filling let the cheese soften. mix cheese, sugar,
cream and vanilla. Beat until fluffy.

Unroll cake and frost all but one inch from the  sides.
 Using the cloth, roll cake up from the short
side being careful not to squeeze all the frosting out. Once it is
fully rolled put cloth over it.Using a long stick or knife,hold
the upper cloth in place and pull the under cloth to close the roll
Chill the cake until ready to serve.
This recipe has been perfected and used by my older sister, all right are hers, and the cake is wonderful.

The thing that was a pain for me, and was so troubling for me to finish, was adding music to the video. This is the first YouTube video I've ever added music to, so it was a first, and it kind of hurt my head during the process. I'm happy to say though, that I took that challenge, and got through it. I also used annotations for the first time in making this video, and had to work purely from memory for details and tips on making the cake. 

That's it, enjoy, and have a great Thanks Giving. ^_^

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Farmer's Wall

 Farmer's Wall, 2009

 Yet another old piece from 2009, done with colored pencil, water color pencil, and marker.

 Being that the end of Autumn is nearing fast, I'm in a hurry to share seasonal images and projects, before Christmas whips around the corner and hits me in the back.

For many days I've been cracking down on video editing, specifically on a pumpkin cake recipe video. Hopefully I can get that made into a video, and uploaded to YouTube in the next few days. 

Being that the next blog subject is about pumpkin, I felt my old image, "Farmer's Wall" fit for an intro post. I do believe I based this image off a day dream of Cinderella checking her nails for dirt; Which is why the girl in this picture is gazing at her hand.

The warm glow of an Autumn sunset, with the scent of hay bales and pumpkins fit perfectly for the upcoming holiday, "Thanks Giving", day of hardy eating...mmmm. 

Farmer's Wall, before color adjustments

The original image of "Farmer's Wall", is far milkier in color since the scanner doesn't capture exact tone. Someday I may make a little post on what might have gone on in this day dream, with the question of what this girl was thinking, while looking at her nails. ^_^

Till next post, happy blogging. ^_~

Saturday, November 10, 2012

A sudden time of creativity

Autumn wind fairy.  An inspiration of color from 2009

Lately my creative side has been bustling about; so many colorful ideas passing by like colorful Autumn leaves in a cool wind.

I honestly don't know what's making me have such a surge of artfulness, but I like it, and am wanting to embrace it while I can.

In this month I've been working on a pumpkin cake role cooking video, hopefully I'll get to share it soon. I've also had several book ideas, all of them made of recycled material, with some scrapbook stuff thrown in. One of them is a Smoked Salmon book, another one a cute girly book for anything I please; and the last one a homemade sticker book for fun, and easy storage. Not sure if I'll actually get those made this month, but the idea is what counts, and I've sketched them out so I can go back and make them later.

I've also had several photography ideas, and several more video ideas, piled in with extra projects yet to be made. 

Besides the artsy side of making things, I also observed how to make lip balm last night, and am so pleased to have more for my poor little lips. I was at the end of my bottle, scraping out any bit of cream left to moisten my lips just a little. Next skin care project is to make lotion for my hands and legs, hopefully I can have some of that made in a few days.

A few more details on the picture above. I made it back in October 2009; using watercolor pencil, colored pencil, and pastel. I felt she fit the subject, since she's a colorful Autumn fairy, walking on the wind while colored leaves dance passed her, like colorful ideas carried by the wind.  

I hope to blog about more soon. Hope Autumn is going well for you, happy viewing, and stay tuned. ^_^