Monthly Archives: September 2012

My Nail Polish and Some Disney Stuff

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I woke up to a very gray, gloomy and foggy morning. Perfect day for soup, pea soup because that’s what it looks like outside..haha. I guess fall is here finally.

Yesterday I received a package from my sister in law (they had gone to Disneyland a few weeks ago). In it was one of those super cute cones from Cars Land, the kind you get drinks in. I am beyond thrilled and will be drinking out of it as soon as I find a straw tall enough. She also sent me a really cute Oswald pin (we collect the pins in a big way). Also included in the box were gifts for the rest of the family, issue 3 of the “Buena Vista Bugle” (the newspaper they give out on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure (DCA)), a menu from Flo’s, a Walt and Mickey postage stamp, maps and brochures from their hotel and and a HUGE stack of maps from both Disneyland and DCA.

I had asked her to send me some because I am going to make a back splash with them in my bathroom, around the sink area and probably on the counter too. I am going to make a collage on a thin board, add 3-4 coats of a product called Helmsman (it is used on boats to waterproof) and then we will screw them to the wall and I will patch the screw holes after it is up. I am super excited to get started on this project! I have enough maps that I might be able to make a back slash for the kitchen too. Still thinking about that. For those who know us, it comes as no surprise that our whole house will be decorated in Disney. We have been working on getting the house finished for a long long time and I hope we get it done this winter. I am tired of living in a project. I am especially looking forward to finally getting the units built that will house the Disney figure collection. It is going to be 2 units, about 6 feet tall and 30” – 32” wide with glass shelves and lighting. We have other collectibles that will go in them but it is mainly for the Disney stuff.

One project that we did get finished is the shelves for my nail polish (see blog post below). I painted it white this weekend and Kevin put it up last night. Below is a picture of the finished project! I couldn’t get it all in so this is a section, there are 4 just like it. I was hoping for a little room for growth but most of the shelves are 2 deep…there may be a message there….

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin also built a shelf for the coffee pot to sit up on so we can store things underneath. We live in a very small house (950 square feet) which we love but it does make you build in storage where ever you can find it. I haven’t finished painting that one.

So, that is my week so far. It is nice to get something accomplished. This weekend I hope we will be able to go see Nemo in 3D before it leaves the theaters.

Dana

I am back!

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When I started this blog, I fully intended to write at least twice a week and hopefully more. Unfortunately though, commitments got in the way. My sisters father-in-law died last week and she needed to go to southern California for the funeral. Our Mother lives with her and so I needed to go up and stay with her. I got home last night and I am trying to catch up with everything.

Having said that, I have found it hard to come up with something to say. It isn’t that I have nothing to say, it is that I am having a hard time believing that what I have to say is interesting to others. I am really trying to get over that because I love to write and I really want to do this. Please bear with me as I try to sort all this out. I expect most people go through this too, at least I hope I am not the only one (haha).

I do have a piece of news that is very exciting to me: I am now the very proud owner of a Cricut Expression 2!! For those who are not familiar with them they are an electronic die cutting machine.

The website says:

With the Cricut Expression® 2 , you’ll be able to bring all those wonderful ideas swirling around inside to life, because it’s chock-full of all-new features to love. Cricut Expression® 2 is perfect for new and not-quite-so-new users alike — it’s easy and fun to use for all your personal creative projects. A sleek, new exterior and thoughtful innovations make Cricut Expression® 2 a must-have for any craft room.”

I have wanted one of these since the original one came out but I am glad I waited because this one does so much more. It cuts everything from tissue paper to light metal. I will use it more for cutting paper and fabric. I takes cartridges that have many images, organized by theme. Since I just got home last night and this came while I was gone, I haven’t actually taken it out of the box yet. I am planning on learning how to use it on sunday and I will post some photos of what I cut and some of the things it can do. I am beyond excited!

Also while I was gone, my wonderful husband built me new nail polish shelves. I know, you are thinking just how much shelf space does a few bottle of nail polish take…..yes well, I have more than a few bottles and this shelf is around four feet long and four shelves high. Yes, I am addicted. I haven’t painted it yet but will take pictures when it is done and I have put all the bottle on it.

Well, that’s it for now. Everyone have a great weekend!

Dana 

The Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis

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In December, I am going to be walking in the Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk for Arthritis!! It is being held December 9th, in Seattle. This is the first event I have ever participated in and I am very excited. I know it is only 5K (3.1 miles) but I am very out of shape and this is the kick start I need to get much healthier. My daughter sent me a training program call “Couch to 5K” which I am trying to stick to. I need to stick to it better but I am trying.

The Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis is being held all over the country and is sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation. So far they have raised $1,635,216! Something I didn’t know was that there are 140 types of arthritis. I am guessing most people don’t know that, it was a big surprise to me.

I will be reporting on my training regularly and if you would like to help out with my fund raising please please click the Jingle Bell 5K link above.

If you would like to just make a donation to the cause, use this link: http://www.kintera.org/faf/home/ccp.asp?ievent=1022939&lis=1&kntae1022939=C3CCC09CF42647EFA980E0B8B59F9EA7&ccp=624472

Dana

Post PAX

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I have been to my fist PAX. I really didn’t have any idea what to expect since my convention experience has been limited to the Emerald City Con (a comic book convention…no I don’t read them, I went with my daughter), PNW Mouse Meet (in Lynnwood for 4 years now. If you are a Disney geek like me, this is a must do) and Sew Expo (in Puyallup, not just sewing and quilting but also yarn, spinning and classes). To say this was different would be an understatement!

We got there about 10am and there weren’t all that many people so we were able to get right in. The crowds did build up by about noon to the point where it was difficult to walk. This is not a show with a lot of vendors selling things, although there was a little of that. It is mostly for gaming companies to show off their biggest and brightest new things and let people try them out. All the big companies where there: Disney, Nintendo, Warner Brothers, Sega, Microsoft, EA, well you name them and they were probably here. But it wasn’t all about the big companies because there were a lot of very small companies and new start-ups. It was nice to see regular people making a go of their business and to be so excited about what they were doing. Many of the small businesses are trying to get funding through Kickstarter. They also had large areas set up on multiple floors just so people could play table top games. They all seemed to be having fun.

Something else that struck me about this show was the graphics. I know that sounds odd but I don’t play games much, mostly confined to my older gameboy where the pictures are not the best. I haven’t looked at a “real” video games in a long time and suddenly tI am in the middle of these huge rooms with screens 20-5- feet tall and with the most stunning graphics I have ever seen! These are animated masterpieces. Even if the subject isn’t to my taste, the artistry is amazing. Oh and did I mention the sound? Oh my gosh, it was over whelming and it was everywhere. It is possible I need to get out more but I was blown away by the sheer experience of it all. I had a great time!!

My only 2 disappointments were that Disney was giving a way Oswald Ear Hats if you played a demo of Epic Mickey. Well the line at the beginning of the day was about 2 hours and I wasn’t going to was that much time when we only had one day (even for Oswald Ears) and Wil Wheaton was there and I didn’t get to see him. I didn’t want to talk to him, I just wanted to lay eyes on him.

So, would I go again? In a heart beat! My daughter says we have to get the 3 day tickets next year and I think I will. It was more fun than I thought it might be and I really learned a lot. And boy did I get a lot of “art materials” Wow. I haven’t created anything with it yet but I will.

Dana

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Going To PAX

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Tomorrow I am going to PAX in Seattle. I am told that PAX stands for “Penny Arcade Expo” (Thanks Jennifer) and it is a huge gaming convention. I am going with my daughter and her husband and I am prepared to be the oldest one there and probably the only one who doesn’t “game”. Well, I have a gameboy and with the help of my daughter, I was able to finally learn to play Lego Harry Potter, Years 1-4. I learned to play it on a long train trip we took so I got pretty good but didn’t come anywhere near to finishing this game that is geared towards children. I also love Bejeweled and any game like that (also known as a match 3 game). But that doesn’t make me a gamer in any way. I am hoping no one asks what game I like to play because really, what am I going to say, “Well, I have Harry Potter and Tinker Bell on my gameboy”? They well back away and run the other way I’m sure! So why am I going? Well, I see art in everything and I would really like to get back to designing jewelry and going to conventions like this gets me around a lot of people and I can study what they are wearing, what colors they like and what interests them. Even though I am much older than most of them I tend to like the steampunk and eclectic jewelery that they like and that is what I am going to make and sell. I used to do this, a long time ago and dream about getting back into designing and selling.

From an artists view, especially one who loves ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) and collage, conventions are an ephemera gold mine!!! The paper and swag that is handed out at conventions might just be advertisements to some but to me it is like paint. Paper to glue down, funny little figures or buttons to add to a collage piece. Pure gold!!

So that is what I am doing tomorrow. Today I am cleaning because I just don’t get around to it during the week. Boring but necessary.

Dana