[day 3] Thirty Day Photo Challenge: September 2012 Edition

Most everyone in the US was celebrating Labor day today. Not my family. We celebrated it on Saturday. Today, life was normal. My dad had to work. I had to work. One brother was out of town. The other on the xbox. My mom was sick and that was the only not normal thing of the day. Boring would be an appropriate word for some people, but boring is never normal for me. Today held clay modeling, choreography for music and memory verses, recipe research, cooking while tasting, and watercolor painting. Pretty awesome :)

Sooo day 3 watercolors (I’ll show what I painted later):


The Hue Hue Hue Man


I told you two weeks ago that I had a Subway napkin story to tell you and this is it. If you haven’t noticed I have a category called Misc Self Entertainment. I just like to entertain myself and others. It’s an effective way to practice creativity and keep smiling. Basically, I like just to smile :) I drew the first picture and Anna added what you see in the second. Every picture represents a change of hands. First me, then Anna, then me, then Anna, then me… you get the idea. Here’s the story! Continue reading

Graphic Tee DIY (with bleach and a fabric pen)

I got the idea for bleach tees off pinterest. But first a warning about the post:

Warning! This post contains a ridiculous amount of pictures. Some of these images may contain mustaches, llamas and Darth Vader.

Well, that’s the warning :) I promised a bleach tee tutorial and this is it!

Materials (at least the ones I used):

  • shirt of some kind
  • design, preferably a clever and entertaining one ;)
  • bleach or bleach pen
  • fabric pen
  • freezer paper
  • x-acto knives
  • iron
  • sink with cold water
  • pen or pencil
  • cutting board
  • cardboard


1) Find or create a design. These are my designs. I created all of them except the Alice in Wonderland one :)

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The greatest of these is…

LOVE. That’s the answer. Love is the greatest.

Back in December of last year, I found out about Art Journaling. Basically, it’s taking a day, word, time of life, question, etc and making art from it. (If you want to see other people’s journal pictures/inspirations my Blogged and Paper boards on pinterest have links to them.) I used the word “love.” AND with my art journal, some paint, colored pencils, homemade modge podge, some oil pastels, and a couple of pages ripped from an old stinky book (no way I was gonna read a smell that bad. GROSS!) this is what happened :)

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple (aka iPod Nails)

iPod Nails  by laurenichole89
iPod Nails , a photo by laurenichole89 on Flickr.

Yes, this is another nail post :) BUT that’s okay because nail design is a perfectly good way to express yourself.

This one was unintentionally intentional. I know that makes zero sense right now, but hear me out. I intentionally painted my ring fingers purple and the rest white. Why? Because it looked cool. I unintentionally caused my family to question my sanity by doing this, though. Rather than explain that I had no good reason other than liking my fingers to be different, I painted little flowers on the white fingers (again in purple) and etched a white stick design into my ring fingers. Eh, it works…. sort of. Two days later I changed them to the beautiful blue ones I showed you here :)

My other reason for posting again today was to join the weekly challenge. I think it will be fun to have my creativity sparked by the random pictures they ask to be posted. For obvious reasons, this is my purple post. (It was almost the flowers on the front porch, but nail art seemed more creative.)

Becker Boredom

Classroom Boredom by laurenichole89
Classroom Boredom, a photo by laurenichole89 on Flickr.

Some things never change and I’m afraid that being totally distracted in class is one of them.

In 4th and 5th grade (yes, both!) I got in trouble sooooooo many times for drawing when I shouldn’t and on things (or people) I shouldn’t. Unfortunately, college and graduate school didn’t change that. In freshman year, I drew on the desk during calculus. In grad school I drew on my soda cup.

In my defense, the art on my soda cup was convincing enough that the professor didn’t notice that I had drawn it. He thought it came that way!! You would think that a cup in the air with a highlighter in one hand would be slightly suspicious, wouldn’t you? Ah well, hats off to Dr. Kerr for boosting my cup design confidence :)

Doodling again…

My camera was never fixed. It still says “file is unreadable” every time I try to access it. [insert sadface] But the great thing about broken things is that new ones can be bought. I finally got a new camera last week so the new quilt block can now be posted.

Crazy Quilt BlockThat is the entire thing. All that is left to do is add the date and my signature to the corner. This block was so much fun. It was worked on the bus during a family vacation, sitting around the house and I don’t know how many other locations. It was also my first time using a marking pen to outline some of my designs. The owls were sketched and then embroidered. The black flower swirl wasn’t however because the pen is pink. For some reason pink doesn’t show up on pink…. hmmm… I wonder why.

Here are some close-ups.

Cute little owlsAren’t they so cute???

Black flower swirl

Cherry BranchRibbon TanglesThe fun thing about the ribbon tangles is that they tangled themselves into a little rosette, which was really neat.

Floral OverlayConversationVines of BloomLace the FlowerLittle BearThe cute little bear. My brother told me that he has creepy eyes, but I still like him. I think I like his little bouquet of flowers and his fat nose most of all.

Hopefully more will be completed soon. It’s recruitment season right now so between socials, interviews and classwork, this university girl’s life is a bit full. The bright side is that life is less busy now than it will be come January when I start the CPA exam. Ahhhh optimism.

Doodling with Thread…

In my post about things that didn’t seem to go together I mentioned “Embroidery and Tax.” Unfortunately, everyone knows what tax is so no examples need be given of that particular profession. However, embroidery is an entirely different animal. It seems to be an almost lost craft that has recently come bursting forth back into life. I had never seen it before the spring of last year, when my mum bought a quilting book that happened to have a section on embroidery. That is a long way to say that I love it!! It satisfies my love of sketching and coloring while creating long-term projects that are actually useful! Perfect?? Yes.

This is my very first block. I was so happy with it that I framed and photographed it.Here are some close-ups of the individual areas:

It is hanging on the wall as I type. The original purpose for this thread doodle was to quilt several squares together into a crazy lap quilt. But that idea quickly left as soon as I pressed my hand on those tiny glass beads…. not a pleasant impression to cuddle up with. My newest blocks (only one of which has been finished) have no beads or buttons or any other hard object that could leave an interesting impression in one’s hand (or face if you happened to nap just right.) As soon as my camera becomes unbroken, my foreign object-less blocks will be posted.

Hooray for thread doodles!