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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tattoo Commission for Howling At The Muse

Hello there!

Long time no see! Where have I been? My gosh, I don't know where to start! I'm terrible at keeping blogs updated, but I won't bore you guys with the randomness of my life.

My good friend, Howling At The Muse, commissioned me for a tattoo recently and I was extremely happy to take up this endeavor! I haven't drawn much in the past few years due to work and life so I was excited to get my motivation back.

She loves wolves and requested something geometric and galaxy influenced. I was doing some researching on constellations and was amazed to find that there was an actual "Lupus" constellation! I looked up its path and was EVEN more excited to see that it looked like a wolf running! My friend had requested a wolf running similar to a tattoo I had designed for fun for her years back.

The old tattoo design

Anywho, I am actually quite proud of what I came up with! Here are the results!
Original line work
Black line work with galaxy coloring done in Photoshop

Black line work with the mains stars of the constellation highlighted

Transparent/white lineart

 Well, that's it for now! More posts to come soon. I've been crafting up a storm! :)

Thursday, February 21, 2013



I swear! I'm alive, not a zombie! For those that actually read my blog, I apologize for disappearing off the face of the earthy and not posting Christmas and Thanksgiving crafts and recipes. 

The truth is, my husband and I kind of made a last minute decision to move to Texas in December. I accepted a job opening at Baylor in Fort Worth and moved in with my brother and started working at the end of November. By mid December, my husband had closed our lease on our rental house in Mississippi and we had (finally!) found a rental home in Texas! 

And here we are now! Yay! :D

It's probably been the most stressful 3 months of my life. In my short lifetime, I've only lived in Mississippi. My biggest move was moving from my hometown to college 2 hours away. For my husband, an out-of-state move wasn't much of a big deal since he moved a lot as a child. This was stress-out-ulimate-biotch-mode for me! Moving to Texas 3 weeks before my husband was stressful since it was the longest we had been apart since I studied abroad in London. I got stressed out over the smallest details during the move and not being able to find a house that would accept us as trustworthy renters didn't help either. Since I hadn't been employed for over 6 months prior to moving and my husband is a professional video gamer, realtors did not take our money seriously. 

No fear! We happened to find a realtor whose husband was a former member of a rock band and had a similar income situation as my husband. She's now our go-to realtor as we go through our slow and tedious process of buying a house. She's been so patient with us and is now helping us build up our credit scores so we can get qualified for a loan. Oh, the woes of not having credit cards in college...... we had no idea that would come back to bite us in the butt!

Anywhos, we've lived here for 2 1/2 months now and so far it's been pretty good! My job has its days, but I do love my patients and their appreciation of what I do. My coworkers are great and so fun to work with! We don't live in the super hustle and bustle of downtown Fort Worth, but we have just enough bustle to remind us we're now in the big city. There's ALOT of food choices here and TONS of places to shop. JoAnn's, Hobby Lobby, AND Michael's are now just a few miles from our house! It's so awesome! 

Today was a major milestone for us. WE BOTH GOT OUR TEXAS DRIVERS LICENSES! Phew! The process is much more complicated than getting a license in Mississippi, lemme tell you! We both now have fancy new Texas tags and our drivers licenses will be coming in the mail soon! :)

As for social lives, we don't have much of one. We may have family here, but they have their own lives and we haven't met new friends yet. I really miss my friends in Mississippi. Fiberluxe, Way To Blue, Creature and Creation, and here to eat catfish, I REALLY MISS YOU GUYS. LIKE SERIOUSLY. :( 

I hope to keep this updated more often. With a full time job, crafting has slowed down significantly, but I hope to pick it back up soon. Also, my husband and I are going to Boston in March for PAX East! I'm going as Ada Wong in her Resident Evil 6 and RE3 costumes! I'm still working on those but updates to come soon. Sorry for being so long winded! I've missed you guys! :)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Hope, Change, & A HOLIDAY SALE!

I'm back! Phew! It's been such a busy week! It feels like it's been a month with all the things I've been doing. My husband and I drove out to Texas last Wednesday to visit my brother and his family. Actually, our main goal was to look at prospective houses, go to job interviews (for me), and my husband had to go to the MLG Dallas gaming convention. 

We arrived on Halloween night which meant trick or treating with my nieces! I managed to finish my Kiki (from Kiki's Delivery Service) costume and tagged along. 

My other niece is not pictured. 
 The dress is actually my grandmother's dress that I resized to fit me.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Shiba Inu! Ozymandias! Batdog! Oh my!

It's art time! These were drawn to be shipped out with the Drift0r Ying-Yang Necklaces I made a couple weeks back. The two things my husband's fans love about him is his video game commentary and my dog, Ozymandias. Yes, he has his own Youtube channel and voice actor. 

So, with every necklace that's sold, I put a "signed" piece of art from my dog, Ozy, himself. The originals are still with me. I just scanned them in the computer and print one off whenever I need it. 2 out of 3 are inked and finished. The 3rd one may be inked. I haven't made up my mind about it yet. 

My favorite is the Batdog one. :)

Here are the comparison photos I based 2 of the 3 sketches from!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball YUM!

I LOVE cheese. In any shape, form, or fashion. Yes, I even like the string cheese from a can. One of my favorite forms of cheese is in the form of a cheese ball. No, not those cheese ball puffs that resemble Cheetos. The good ole Southern cream cheese cheese balls. 

I've had this recipe pinned on my Pinterest for awhile and made it a couple of weeks back. I've finally gotten around to blogging about it!

It was midnight when I made this and I was hungry. I ate about half of it before I realized that the recipe was blog-worthy and took a photo of it half eaten. (I admit... I ate about 90% of that half....)

Here's the link to the recipe!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Plus Sized Skirt to Cute Paper Bag Skirt

Things suddenly became a little busier in our house. With the last semester of school coming to an end for my husband, we are suddenly faced with decisions regarding our future. Some of you may know that my husband is a Machinima Youtube commentator. This means that he makes money from sponsors and video views on his video game commentary videos. 

Recently, we sat down and had a long chat. He revealed that he wanted to continue his Youtube career instead of pursuing a job in mechanical engineering. It may seem like a waste of a bachelor's and master's in business degrees, but the income he currently brings in is no small amount of pocket change. Since I've technically been unemployed, we've been living off his income alone for the past 5 months. I'm happy for him too! I'm glad that he's found something that he truly enjoys doing and while making some hard earned money.

Before Brad told me that he was taking on an internet career, I had hoped that we would move wherever he got an engineering job. Now that he'll be working from home, I actually get to choose where we move. 

So, I chose the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex area in Texas. My big brother's family lives there and the state is faring quite well in this down economy. Jobs are aplenty and the healthcare industry is bustling in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. This means I can expand my horizons in my nursing career. Along with applying for jobs and searching for houses, I've been cleaning and preparing for a visit from my sister, brother-in-law, and nephew this weekend. I'm so excited!

Since I've been too busy to craft new things I decided to post about something I made awhile back... a chambray skirt!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Acorns or Turdcorns?

The weather in Mississippi isn't getting cooler as fast as I'd like it to. This is very disappointing to me. Some of the inhabitants of the South are already wearing jackets and leggings. I don't believe it's jacket or jean weather until it's below 60°F. Ugh. Come on, +70°F weather! Go away! I want to wear my boots!

So, I'm still stuck indoors with the A/C trying to envision a cozy, warm house on a cool autumn day. To help achieve this, I decided my house needed some cute acorn decor. Since my kitchen is apple themed, the dividing wall  between the kitchen and dining area holds two glass apples (one green and one red). I made two giant acorns to replace them so it'd add more of an autumn feel.

The results weren't as great as I'd hope.... so are they acorns or turdcorns?

Here's a mini-tutorial on how I made them!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

New Jewelry!

I have been slacking at posting..... very badly. I apologize. I would say that I've been busy, but that hasn't really been the case. Fiberluxe and I have signed up to share a booth to be vendors at the Starkville Holiday Bazaar in November so I've been making lots of jewelry. If you saw one of my older posts, you'll probably remember I was working on some swag for my husband's fans.

But I finally finished them! 

Sunday, October 7, 2012

The Color Run, Pumpkin Carving, and New Running Shoes!

I've had such an exciting weekend! If you read my "Double Runbows" post, you'll know that my husband and I signed up to run in The Color Run in Tuscaloosa yesterday (Saturday)! We started the day at 5:45 am (we haven't woken up that early in over a year) and somehow managed to run/walk a very colorful 5K! I kinda of over-exerted myself the day before the run and messed up my left hip so I mostly walked it, but it's the first 5K I've ever walked/ran in so it was a pretty big deal for me!

Here's Team Double Runbows before we were colored!

And here's how we looked after the race!

Friday, October 5, 2012

I Am Sherlocked

If you follow my Twitter or Facebook page, you'll probably already know that I FREAKING LOVE the BBC series Sherlock. It's probably an unhealthy obsession that stemmed from the fact that I think my husband looks very similar (I think it's the dark fluffy/curly hair) to Benedict Cumberbatch, the actor that plays Sherlock. Both of which are very sexy. :D

Anywho, one of the indie nail polish shops I follow on Etsy, Metametics, had made her own line of Sherlock themed nail polish! AHHH! I immediately bought a mini bottle each of "High-functioning Sociopath" and "Honey, you should see me in a crown." I just got them in yesterday and I LOVE THEM


Aren't they gorgeous? I'm going to do a short review on each!