The first five people to respond to this post will get something made by me! My choice. For you.
This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:
The catch? Oh, the catch is that you have to re-post. We can all make stuff!!
WEEEE for Buy Nothing Day!!!
Check this out, kids:
MY original artwork, copyright 2005:
THIS PUNK's version:
AAAA!! What do I do? What do I do? I put in a Deviant complaint and commented at the bottom of theirs, but.... MAN!! People, can't you come up with your own ideas??????
OK, so I haven't been on here in a while. But I had to post this.
My hot older sister is in a biker Calendar. Miss December, Leisa. Oh--and she's NOT 41. Ahahaha....
Hope all are well with the world at the moment.
I've been a bad, bad livejournal girl. Must ... make... post....
OK. My belly is EUGE. Fun stuff. Due on Valentine's Day. Have a temporary name.... not sure if it'll last, but we'll see.
Life is good, though I'm hemmed in by the city Bountiful and the lack of internet.
Lots of lovely future opportunities coming up, not ready to say what they are as yet, but... we'll see.
Much love and kisses to all who have stared into the swollen white night sky recently. Ah, snow.
I must adieu.
Our computer impolitely decided to crash and burn about three weeks ago, so I can only get online at friends' houses/inlaw's house. Not exactly fun, but... what can you do?
I'm about 13 weeks along, almost into the second trimester, and ech. I really hate being pregnant.
This imvu chat ad next to me looks super freaky. I think she's even got a teddy bear tattooed on her cheek. Ech.
The Birch Book show was lovely, but.... alas, I actually kinda got bored listening to him. Should I be ashamed? He was definitely talented, but he didn't seem like he gave a rat's azz about the crowd, entertaining, or... I don't know. I'm sure he did, but...
I've been taking a month-long break from painting murals, and loving it. And feeling guilty about loving it. :(
Feeling of the week:
"What goes up must come down..."
Why does that 'down' always consist of a big (or small) pile of shi*?
And yes, I'm being dramatic. Is anyone surprised?
Have a .. .. day.
We took a spontaneous trip to Coral Reef Nat. Park, and stayed in Torrey.
WHY do people not know about this place??
It is a fruit orchard/valley/oasis nestled between HUGE red rocks, with tons of hiking trails ranging all over the mountains/cliffs. A few petroglyphs, a swimming hole, a small art gallery, some nice restaurants/coffee shops/outdoor music festivals, etc.
Oh-- and at the fruit orchards, visitors are ENCOURAGED to handpick (and eat) whatever fruit you can. If you take it with you, it's $1/lb. And this time of year, it was APRICOTS. They have ladders all over, and I probably saw about 20-30 deer not more than 10 feet away, unafraid of visitors and nibbling on the fruit on the ground! It was truly incredible.
My new treat (I know it sounds weird!!) is a Babybel cheese with fresh apricot.... bite of cheese, bite of apricot, mmmmmmmmm... ...
This time we copped out and stayed in a hotel, but NEXT time, we're grabbing the tent. The campsite is RIGHT in the fruit orchards.
Drove away later last night, and took a detour to FISH LAKE... it was so beautiful and different from Coral Reef that it felt like we'd gone on two vacations.
We'll be going back within the month, (staying 3 nights) leaving on Friday night, and camping one or two nights at Coral, then the remaining night(s) at Fish Lake with a newly acquired fish license.
I can't believe that sometimes I feel like I can't even break away for a vacation. We're doing this again SOON.
We just found out the lovely plants with green berries that are found all around our yard are Deadly Nightshade. (evil witch cackle)
Just finished a buttload of murals, some for the parade of homes, and some not. I'll post them after I get them watermarked....
And man, mural painting is the way to go. Making $1200 in the course of one week rocks, and this guy was only charged half-price, compared to what I'll be charging next.
And my hair is begging to be cut again, but... I just found out I'm pregnant. So, maybe I should let it grow?
Such an AMAZING night last night (Dark Arts Festival, night #2).... so many wonderful people, more compliments than I feel I deserved (by far), and just.... yea. Everyone and everything was incredible. We were told that it was the best performance they'd seen by us, and just.... we are very grateful.
Kelly gifted us with copies of the ghostly pics she did for her display (HOLY COW) and let me tag along for a while, until Jason came back. (Sorry for losing you, Honey.... I really didn't mean to!) I love talking to her-- she always demands intellectual conversation, and really keeps me on my toes. So interesting and kind.
And a long talk with Jasin from Carphax Files was inspiring, to say the least.
There were so many other good things to mention, but this is a bad one, and it's eating me up.
We were REALLY late getting there to get onstage, literally walking on as soon as we came through the door. Problem is, we had to park pretty far away. I had left my festival pass in the car, and the bouncer wouldn't let us in (doing his job, of course). Because I was hurried and freaked out about not getting onstage, I went through the side, from the patio, because it was open.
Later on after a couple hours, I went out of my way to get my ID and pass and brought them to the bouncer, to try and make up for it. He got super spitty at me, and told me he fired someone because of it, and that I shouldn't apologize to him, but to the guy he fired. I had a sneaking suspicion he was bluffing. I hope so. I really do.
SO, if anyone was fired last night for not staying at the side door, I'M FREAKING SORRY!!!!!! But if you had to work for that prick, then you're probably better off.
Lifechanging events happening recently:
Got my endowments this month, and then sealed in the Salt Lake Temple to my boyz... And it was crazier and cooler than I ever expected it to be.
Was told our inlaws had put an offer on a house in Bountiful that they want to rent out to us for $275 LESS than what we pay now, with more square footage, a bigger backyard, a jetted tub, fireplace, central air, crawling vines, and we can paint it pretty much any way we want as long as it is painted conservative upon leaving.
We went there with our first round of boxes tonight, and I got to see the inside. And my son kept saying, "I'm going to absolutely like it here." It was cute. It's in Bountiful... closer to family, closer to some friends, farther away from others... but not TOO far.
Just finished painting for the Parade of Homes. 4 MURALS... wow. I'm so glad I'm done.... and I'll post some pics soon.
Life is always so weird and wonderful... especially when I seek out the things that make me truly happy and joyful.
Things are on the up and up, and maybe this is why I don't write so often...
Do I need to be having a bad time to feel the urge to update?
I feel very blessed with friends... I have SO many good ones. And I feel like they truly care about me, and understand that I do the same for them (though I'm a frickin' busy woman).
Dark Arts Festival is coming up this next Saturday... and wow, lots to do to prepare. I hope it goes well.
OH-- and Trav, if you're reading, sorry I haven't called yet. I will, I promise.
I have been going through MAJOR revolutions in terms of spirituality and enlightenment as of late. Some good, some bad, most confusing... but, ... I now know which race I'm running in.
At what point to you tell the people you love most that you've been PROVEN what direction is the best, most enlightened one, especially if you know they may not receive it well? Even BADLY?
I hope that if people love me, and want me to be happy with whatever direction I choose, then it shouldn't matter what way I'm going.
But something tells me it may matter anyway-- people, having their own experiences, making their own judgments of their experiences upon my life decisions, etc. ... I really wish everyone the freedom to make their own decisions without others judging. That is our right.
Ah well-- my life is enlightened, nonetheless-- and I am shocked at the breadth and heighth of it.
And after all, it is my life, and I am making a conscious decision as an adult, with all of the knowledge and research I have done at this point. (Which is actually quite a bit, for me atleast).
Sorry if it's all vague--I may change that soon.
From here on out, NO APOLOGIES. PERIOD. I AM WHO I CHOOSE TO BE. And I am MORE FREE than I have ever remembered being.
I don't know if anyone knew about my website, but here it is (CAUTION: those still using Internet Explorer will not enjoy the view as much.) FIREFOX is better. (Though there may be better ones still.)
Any tips/changes you suggest would be nice. Constructive criticism.
I'm trying to lure the rich baby boomers away from their wallets.
The other day, I told J I would love to be one of those crazy old ladies who has long, white hair tied into two braids, raises her own sheep, cards her own wool, grows her own food, and all that. I love that idea.
Less 'stuff' is so appealing.
Oh MAN.... 16 Horsepower. Wow.
Sorry I have neglected my lj obligations (whips cracking).
I have basically had my head in a big proverbial paint bucket.
And it's only getting crazier, but that's good, right?
I just finished the YWCA mural, which took entirely too long. See pictures HERE and HERE and HERE.
It takes SO long to paint by brush. And I've got a Parade of Homes job coming up that requires an airbrushed sky, so I just ordered one. I have never used one before, so ... yea, I'm hoping that goes off well. I'll be practicing like mad, beforehand.
Pricing a mural is SUCH a hard thing.... especially when your clients are cheap or expect a fantastic job with the money they scraped up. Why do people expect this of artists? It's hard enough to eke out a living anyways, but I really am feeling the heat of crafty & cheap hobby muralists who charge next to nothing. I refuse to stoop to that level just to compete. I want the rich people using my work because of my talent, not because I'm willing to bend over and take it like an idjit.
Anyways, I really have not a lot to say concerning anything else-- I haven't been able to breathe lately, much less have much of a life.
"List seven songs you are into right now, no matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they're not any good but they must be songs you're really enjoying now. Post these instructions in your Live Journal along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they're listening to."
1: Jeff Buckley, "Corpus Christi Carol", from 'Grace'
2: John Frusciante, "Carvel", from 'Shadows Collide With People'
3: David Bowie, "Heroes"
4: Mojave 3, "Love Songs on the Radio" from 'Ask Me Tomorrow'
5: Nina Simone, "Wild is the Wind", from 'After Hours'
6: Bessie Smith, "Send Me to the 'Lectric Chair", from The Essential Bessie Smith
7: Bessie Smith, "Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl", from above
I'm tagging people who may have previously been tagged:
Oh.... and I just finished a mural for Dick Nourse.
I haven't really been paying attention to media the last few days.
So, when I finally gave into shaving my head today (for a lovely feeling of cleanliness, freedom, simplicity and nostalgia from 3 years ago), J came home and said, "That looks hot. But did you know Britney Spears just shaved her head?"
Her hairdresser said something like, "You know, Britney, you're going to have a lot of girls doing this--you're a major trendsetter".... that basically points that lovely media-copycat finger on ... me.
I may just play along with this, if people ask me if that's why I did it.
Here are a few pictures to cure the hair-ful boredom you may have had building up....
In representation of the coolness of old men (I'm pretty sure Jason will be one someday).
QstandsforQ just got Localized.... read the interview HERE!