Friday, December 30, 2016

Happy New Year and moley spread

This is November's Moley journal for Will on the theme of Alice in Wonderland. She decided to use a different kind of journal so the paper was thinner and I had to use a different media than usually. These pages are colored with regular colored pencils.
Last weekend, actually on Christmas day, we went to a private ZOO park near us that had a live nativity display. Let me first tell you that I don't support ZOOs because animals don't belong in cages and poor living situations for our enjoyment and when my hubby wanted to take the kid to the city ZOO, they went without me. But this ZOO is rescued animals only. They rescue animals that would be put down by the other ZOOs and tend to injured, sick or orphaned wild animals. One way of raising money to keep the ZOO park is this nativity display.

Even though we're not religious and the reason we went is because the kid loves animals, I must admit it was magical. It was late afternoon when it's already dark, there was some mist because that's the kind of weather here at this time and they had torches along the path. The locals were dressed as nativity characters on different spots throughout the park including the animals and they were playing on these large bells that I don't know how to call but the sound was divine. 

I was most impressed by the bear which I thought would be hibernating at this time and white wolves. They closed off the bear's enclosure so he would be closer to the path and we could see him better. 

However, I had some issues with it. This was our second time visiting this ZOO park and I wasn't impressed by the enclosures then and it didn't get any better now. The owner said to us then that they plan on expanding and my friend was told the same some time before we went but to this day nothing changed apart from him getting some new animals for the ZOO. So the money can't be the issue since he told us he would be buying and importing those white wolves from another country. 

Ok, let me just get this off of my chest. Enclosures for the animals are too small. The wild boars are literally enclosed in 2x2 m cages. The first time I thought maybe it was because one had babies and it was for their protection but this time there was no reason for it apart from having them closer to the path so we could see them. One of them was exhibiting stress by rocking side to side. I saw the same behavior with a racoon that was pacing the same path up and down. I saw him the first time we were there and I saw him again this time. Another thing that bothered me was that animals had no inside shelter. There were roofs made but there was no closed stable to keep them warm. 

And call me crazy but it doesn't make sense to me to reproduce animals in captivity, if they're not on the brink of extinction. This place is rescuing animals, why would you make babies? It decreases the enclosure space for other animals that are already there and makes it harder for the place to get new rescues. It's like getting a cat and letting her reproduce and keeping all the kittens. You end up with 50 cats in an apartment and a title crazy cat lady. 

I saw several pregnant goats, a sheep with twin babies and already mentioned baby boars from a while back.  I don't know about the rest but I think it's safe to say that birds were reproducing as well since there was a whole flock of agapornis fischers along with a bunch of guinea pigs. 

I'm torn now whether to support this ZOO park or not. They have the right idea but execution of it is poor. I guess one could say the animals are better off here than dead but are they really?
I'm making an exception for this photo and showing you my baby boy because he's so darn cute. :)
 Happy New Year, everyone! 
Have a fabulous 2017!

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Friday, December 23, 2016

Antler Girls and Happy Holidays!

This is the closest I have for holiday art this week. For some reason I haven't done much wintery or festive art this year. So pretend they're Santa's reindeer. :)
Some randomness:
  • I still haven't bought a gift for my hubby but we tend to exchange gifts on New Year's so I'm good for a week
  • It's freaking freezing around here. I go out with the kid and we come back frozen but there's still no snow. 
  • I'm making a bucket list. In general not just for next year but I'll try to make it happen next year if possible.
  • I found a really tasty vegan cheese and I'm obsessed with making toast every day. Toast for me is two pieces of bread with cheese in between and toasted. I guess you call it grilled cheese?

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!


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Friday, December 16, 2016

Handprint snowmen tree ornaments

Last year I made Christmas tree ornaments from my kid's footprint and handprint. This year I wanted to do something different because his hands and feet are a bit too large for hanging on the tree. :)

However, things didn't go as planned. I painted his hand which he was curious about and then I had to do a bit of coaching for him to hold the bauble. Ok, not perfect but that's fine. I wanted him to do another one but things went downhill pretty fast. The kid does not like his hands dirty. He was freaking out because of it. I quickly made another handprint with his hand which turned out messy and then we had to wash his hands.

No matter what I said to him, he wasn't going to let his hand get painted again. Ok, so I resorted to idea #2. Just fingerprints. That should be ok, right? No, no really. He was telling me to do it, so I did. I showed him how to stamp with my fingertip. He was curious about the paint on my fingertip so I tricked him into stamping his finger with the yellow paint. But that's it. We had to wash his hand again.
Fine. Let's do stamping with a cork, so we can finish the bauble. He wasn't particularly interested in that either. I had to help him but we did it in the end. The kid obviously doesn't take painting after me.:)

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Penguins

Round Robin is a set of 3 cards which one artist starts, send to another to add something to the set and then sends to the third artist to finish everything. Each artist keeps a card that's why there are 3 in a set.

I started the set with the penguin, Miss M added the one with antlers and Linda4atc finished it with the background.

Since it's a holiday season and it's time for gifts let me confess I'm not very patient when it comes to gift giving. I'm the kind of person that gets what I want and/or need at the time when I want and/or need it. I suck at waiting and planning.

That's how my kid ends up with loads of toys. I bought some great stuff months ago thinking it would make a lovely gift but I ended up giving it to him straight away. I'm just so exited with new things and I can't wait to see my kid get excited when he gets new things.

I actually had to stop myself from buying gifts because I knew they won't last until holiday season. Now it's December and all bets are off. I bought a firefighter truck bed for him which already arrived but luckily we need to assemble it, that's why it's still waiting to be given as a gift to him. :) Oh, and since his birthday is in February, I did buy him one of those wooden balance bikes. Again I'm lucky it needs to be put together, so it's waiting in his room for now. I'm good at procrastinating so that works for me.

You can imagine how hard it is for me to plan any kind of sale. I already buy everything as I go along so when the sales come I bang my head against the wall for not waiting and getting a deal or I'm buying stuff I don't really need but you know, it's cheap so why not.

It's tricky though, buying gifts, because I want to wait until later but as I've been proven lately, something goes wrong and you can't get to the store on time and you're shopping for gifts on your way to the party. It's either the kid gets ill, or the car breaks down, or I'm sure it will start snowing soon and the roads will be a mess and so on.

We have three gift giving traditions here. First is on 6th Dec. when it's St. Nicholas bringing little something, usually fruit and maybe a toy. Our kid was given a kid accordion which he adores. :) Then it's Santa Claus on Christmas day and Grandpa Frost on New Years. Some celebrate all three, some only two or one. It depends on the family tradition. I grew up with Grandpa Frost and usually some fruit for St. Nicholas. Santa Claus came later when there was greater outside influence from abroad.

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Puple hair

I had a rant in my mind but then thought better of it. It would be wrong to write about all the stuff my parents do that I don't agree with so I left it without being too specific.

For a long time I didn't want to have children because I thought I wouldn't make a good mom. My biggest fear was since I couldn't raise a dog properly, how was I going to raise a child that wouldn't go crazy as a teenager and do drugs and all that.

Then as the years progressed I fell into "if I get pregnant fine, I'll  have a kid,  if not, that's fine too" mentality. Mind you, I've been with the same man since I was 21 so this was not about "let's have unprotected sex with random guys". But I never did get off the pill until I was I believe 31. Well, to make a long story short, it took us 6 years to finally get a child. And believe me I've done some research on parenting in the meantime.
I have a certain idea of how to raise my child and it clashes with my parents' idea on parenting. I get all that they're grandparents but they're pretty much acting the same way when they were raising me. And it triggers me. Big time. I see the connections between my childhood traumas and their words/actions. And I don't want my child to be the way I was.

I had a great childhood. I always thought that. But it took me until now that I have my own child and see how they communicate with him to see what all went wrong. We live together, my parents and us, so their influence on my child is daily and profound. I don't hold back when I see them saying or doing something to my child that I don't agree with. And it has gotten me into some fights with my parents. I've seen a side of my parents that I never saw before. It was heartbreaking. I never in a million years ever thought I would have these kinds of fights with my parents. It's like I never really knew them. I mean, I was always a good girl and didn't really fight with my parents growing up. We disagreed and raised our voices but never really had a fight the kind we have now.

It's not about them spoiling him. That's what grandparents are for, right?! I do it, too. But I told them from the very beginning, if they're going to spoil him with certain actions, they can't hold it against him later on when he grows up and starts demanding the same actions that you don't particularly like doing anymore. That's what I object. Don't make him expect something from you then scold him for it when he wants it.

I let my kid cry. I let my kid be angry. I let him express emotion the best he knows how. So I don't appreciate when my parents start distracting him with stuff so he would stop expressing himself. That's how they handled me and I suppressed everything. I know they have his best interest in mind. I know they're not doing it on purpose. But I don't agree with it and when I tell them to approach the situation differently, it falls on deaf ears.

I see them project their own beliefs/traumas on him. Especially my father. My father is disabled and in a wheelchair. He has a lot of health issues. And he projects his own discomfort onto my child.


My mom on the other hand doesn't know how to say no and lets the kid get away with everything. So when he protests because she doesn't want him to do something, she lies to him. And I'm like, stop lying to him. Sit him down, tell him no, explain the consequences. Kids understand. He'll cry a little but he'll get over it.

The biggest issue here is that talking to them doesn't bear fruit. They're set in their ways and see nothing wrong. And when I tell them what they're doing is wrong, they see me as a teenage brat that doesn't know what she's talking about. That's what pisses me off. I don't want them causing him the same traumas they did to me.

I won't even start on the vegetarian issue. The stuff that comes out of their mouths and mom sneaking behind my back?! Never in my life I thought my parents would act this way. It's like they're strangers.

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Gypsy Moley

Remember when I told you about the Moley journals? Well, here's my first spread in LucyMc's Moley on the theme Bohemian- Gypsy.

I added a quote by Michelle Rose Gilman that says: "She had a gypsy soul and a warrior spirit... and she was glorious."

Don't know if you noticed but I deleted all pictures of my kid here and on my FB. The thing is, I'm not one of those people that believes in the privacy of their kids by not posting their pictures, nor am I paranoid they'll be kidnapped or something. It's a personal choice and I'm fine with it either way. I have family all over the world and I want to share my life with them in this way.

But this summer someone I had a business transaction with mentioned the second time we met that they saw on my FB that I had pets and blah, blah. Because only those pics are set public, everything else is friends only.

Nevertheless it bugged the hell out of me because what the actual f*ck are you doing snooping around the internet about me? Because all they had was my e-mail and of course my name. Ok, if I had my FB page somewhere they could just click and check out I would understand the curiosity but they had to go google my name and find my FB for no reason at all because I was the one buying a service from them and there was no reason for them to be checking me out. Even if they found this blog and for some reason assumed I was the same person, they would only get my FB art page and not my personal FB.

I tried to ignore this feeling for a while but it wouldn't go away. So I just decided that I'm going to delete all pictures of my kid on the internet to ease my mind.

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Tim Burton characters

I made this cards for a Tim Burton swap.

In other news:
  • I have a cold. It appears we're just passing it around in our household for the past 3 weeks. One of us gets better for a couple of days and then gets a runny nose and a cough again. It's just annoying.
  • I fell down the stairs. It was such a surreal moment. Usually you realize when you're about to fall and try to catch yourself. But I was like hitting my butt on the stairs and wondering what is happening. I felt the pain but I couldn't quite phantom what happened. It's like I wasn't present in the situation. I'm ok apart from pain in my butt and my neck because you know how you sometimes stiffen when you fall, yes that's what I did. 
  • I might have hit my kidneys when I fell because yesterday I had to pee so badly when we we're driving home that my hubby had to pull over in the forest because I wouldn't make it home on time. That hasn't happened to me in decades. TMI? :) There was a blackberry bush poking me in my legs and trying to pull my hair out.
  • Things are going up in smoke around me. I was driving my parent's car that is automatic and has this button for an emergency brake. I stopped on a hill and when I tried to drive again the brake wouldn't give and something started smelling real bad. I still don't know what happened but it can't be good when you start smelling something burning. 
  • The other thing going up in smoke is my hairdryer. I tried to blow dry my hair and it started smoking. I don't have a spare one so I need to go out and buy one.
  • I have a new, bigger computer desk and a new monitor. I still had one of those old, boxy ones. I had it because cats would nap on top of it because it was warm. But there was no room for it on the new desk because it has a separate narrower shelve for it and it hardly fit on it. So, cats had to deal with disappointment. Now they nap on my desk because there's so much space that wasn't there before.
  • I saw this awesome kid bed in a shape of a firetruck but I'm not sure when to move the kid to a big kid bed. He's now 21 month old and still sleeps in his baby crib. He needs to be fenced in because he moves so much in his sleep that he ends up in different corners each time. Not to mention that one time he was sleeping next to me while hubby wasn't there and he fell off the bed in the middle of the night. We bought that bed safety rail thingy the next day.

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Halloween Lydia

I figured I quickly show the Halloween cards before Holiday cards kick in. :) Last week was hard in our household. The kid got a fever and an ear ache and he's been down the whole week. And then on early Sunday morning my dad had a gallbladder attack and had to be taken to ER. Everyone is ok now and thankfully the weather calmed down a bit so I could take the kid out again since he's been acting out while cooped up inside the whole time. Last week it's been raining and the wind blew way too hard for my comfort. This week we had our first snowfall but a few sunny days as well.

Round Robin is a set of 3 ATC cards that are worked on by 3 artists. The first player starts the set with a certain theme, the 2nd player adds to it and the 3rd player finishes it. Then each gets to keep one card for their collection.

MissM started this one with pumpkin on the wall, I added Lydia and Tandy finished it with the background. I forgot to scan the cards when I got them from MissM so I don't have a pic of just her starter set.

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Friday, November 4, 2016

#inktober day 26-31

These are the last of inktober for this year. Rules were, you make an ink drawing each day the whole October and post it online with #inktober and #inktober2016. I posted on my FB page every day and here's the last Friday recap.

I told you about the PAT swap last week. This is the second group I entered and that's why I colored them as well.
The below one is actually a Moley spread. Go HERE to see what's it all about. :) This is the October spread which means I didn't get to show you September one since Inktober took all the blog space. I'll show it to you another time. Nicky chose the theme for this one and it's Music. I forgot to scan it before I colored it.

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Friday, October 28, 2016

#inktober day 19-25

I signed up with a PAT (pick-a-theme swap) over at ATCsforAll where you make 4 cards with the players' chosen theme that's why they're all different. I added color later but I like them better just b&w.
I'm doing inktober this year. Rules are, you make an ink drawing each day the whole October and post it online with #inktober and #inktober2016. I won't be blogging every day but rather post on my FB page and do a recap here on Fridays.
The middle one had an accident with her eye that's why she combed her hair over it. :) It was such a stupid mistake. I was doing eyelashes but I had her upside down. When I turned her over I saw how hideous she looks because I put lashes too low. I tried to fix it with more lashes but it was even worse. Then I used white correction tape but it was too obvious. Then I scrapped it off and I made it worse. I refused to give up on her so I painted the hair black and combed them over her eye. :)

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Friday, October 21, 2016

#inktober day 13-18

No crazy hair for this bunch. :) I'm really having fun drawing these faces. I needed this challenge because I was getting tired of being in my comfort zone drawing the same face over and over. 

Some randomness:
  • I ordered shoes on the internet for the first time. Let's be pleasantly surprised. :)
  • The kid and I had our first afternoon playtime session in Montessori daycare. I'll put him in daycare next year, for now we'll try this group thing to see how it goes.
  • I started yoga again last month. 
  • I have a chiropractor appointment today again. It feels good to have my spine readjusted every now and then.
I'm doing inktober this year. Rules are, you make an ink drawing each day the whole October and post it online with #inktober and #inktober2016. I won't be blogging every day but rather post on my FB page and do a recap here on Fridays.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

#inktober day 7-12


I'm doing inktober this year. Rules are, you make an ink drawing each day the whole October and post it online with #inktober and #inktober2016. I won't be blogging every day but rather post on my FB page and do a recap here on Fridays.

I'm using "ek tools" journaling pens because my Microns gave up on me some time ago and one lovely lady sent these to me and I totally love them. I have 5 different sized nibs that do the trick. Minnie Mouse is my favorite so far. Which one is yours?

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Friday, October 7, 2016

#Inktober day 1-6

I'm doing inktober this year. Rules are, you make an ink drawing each day the whole October and post it online with #inktober and #inktober2016. I won't be blogging every day but rather post on my FB page and do a recap here on Fridays.

These are my first six drawings. They're ATC size. I like doing different expressions and apparently they all have something hiding in their hair.

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Mary had a little Lamb

I was thinking of doing inktober this year. Rules are, you make an ink drawing each day the whole October and post it online with #inktober and #inktober2016. I don't think I'll be blogging every day but rather post on my FB page and do a recap here on Fridays.

I probably won't follow the official prompts since I like drawing faces. Maybe I'll do different face expressions or something. Let's see what tomorrow brings. :)

Look at these two. How adorable are they?! :)

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Blue eyes, pink lips

I got a couple of shades of blue Copics that I love. They are perfect for blue eyes and even blue hair. I love it that the Copics don't streak when you color larger areas. Well as large as an ATC allows. :) The pink is Faber Castell india ink PITT pen. The lighter shade of pink dried out  on me when I wasn't using it so there leaves the darker one.
I'm trying to lose weight but it's not working and it's pissing me off. My meals are pretty healthy, the problem lies in snacks. And that wouldn't be a problem, if I didn't live in a house with people with sweet tooth. I mean I can say no to candy and chocolate but pastries are tough.

And then I'm told, "just don't eat them." Well, if I could possess that willpower then I wouldn't have a weight problem, would I? How about you don't buy them. But they are not about to deprive themselves because of me. Even though they should 'cause scale is not their friend either.

Not long ago I was on a juice fast for 4 days and I lost 3 kg but I gained it all back because my mind was like, "oh, you can eat now since you've lost some." Basically I was starving myself for nothing. If I would've just eaten normally, it would've worked, but pastries ... they don't seem to go with weight loss.
Look how crazy this kid is for any kind of vehicle. As long as it has a steering wheel, he's ecstatic. 

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Rouge and orange tabby

random ATCs
The struggles of modern world. When my Flip camera died my parents and hubby bought me a new one but I don't really use it as it's bigger than a phone and I can't take it with me unless I want to drag the special camera bag with me as well. I'm used to just taking the small Flip one and start filming.

So I found out that my new phone makes good videos as well and I started using it for my daily videos. I don't know if I ever mentioned that I started making daily videos on April 21, 2013. Just for personal use. I never missed a day but several daily videos were lost on 3 separate computer trouble related occasions.

Back to my vacation last week. To free the space on my phone I had to upload photos and videos to Google Drive daily. Here's the problem. Instead of recording the original date of the video, the Drive recorded when I uploaded them. Not to mention it caused some problems, when I wanted to make a daily video from the separate clips. It all got mixed up and I had to watch and sort all the clips so I could put them together correctly.

That in itself is a hassle. Put in a 1 and a half year old in the mix and it makes it practically impossible. Thanks to nap time, I finally managed.
P.S. Do you have any tips on quickly healing mosquito bites? I've been attacked while on the playground with the kid and my legs look like a battle field. I got something that stops the itching but I need something that will make the coin size splotches of red disappear. The kid got out bite free.

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Girls, girls, girls


I've been on vacation this week. We stayed close to home, only an hour or so away. I packed probably half of what we own. :) Mostly for the kid.
  • weather has been a bit weird. First two days it was cloudy but then the wind picked up. Seruously the kid fell over because of it.
  • We had somewhat of a morning routine. The kid would wake up and the two of us went exploring the old part of the town, stopping at a bakery and the smoothy shop to get our breakfast then played on the playground until hubby woke up.
  • We made several trips to neighboring towns so we didn't get bored.
  •  Hopefuly I'll get to go for a swim before we leave tomorrow.



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