Friday, December 15, 2017

Winter days...

have hit, even though it's not exactly winter, per se...  been chilly here in middle Tennessee!

I've been making cards and even have a commission! Yay.  Just wanted to share my latest, as it incorporates my newest endeavor - watercolor. I've been learning a lot from a Youtuber who goes by the name of the Watercolor Misfit and she is an awesome teacher. You can find her here: Watercolor Misfit

And here is my latest card and watercolor creation.

I found the inspiration for this on Pinterest, and had it sketched and painted before I found out there is actually a rubber stamp for it! So, yeah, I have that stamp on order. But it was fun to get it sketched and painted. I've some decent supplies on order that should be in Saturday, and hopefully will be able to start my first official course with the Misfit to learn more watercolor techniques.

This one done on commission from my wonderful hubby - for a co-worker and his wife. Not a good picture of it, and I'm having such trouble with the cheap watercolor paper I have. I can't wait until my good paper arrives - hopefully very soon!

I did get into my trains this past week, in spite of an oncoming flu bug.

I decided to put them on narrow shelves above my computer.  This is the Flying Scotsman and the Hogwart's Express, as well as a little toy train my daughter gave me from the Rainforest Cafe at Nashville's own Opry Mill's mall at the new Opryland. Most know that Nashville is known as the Country music capital of the world, but did you know that Nashville is also home to the Barbershop Harmony Society, which is the Barbershop Quartet music folks?  So awesome to live in the Nashville area!  Speaking of music, once Christmas is over, I hope to be getting back to my piano lessons as well as the mandolin and violin (remember the purple violin?) once I can get all the decorations off the piano!!

And, as everyone who knows me knows, I dearly love barbershop music!  I wish I had the voice to do this, and even sing a Capella again.

Minecraft. Ah, I've not had much chance to do this of late with the holidays, but I have been following Direwolf's Season 9 let's play and downloading his worlds.  I so love his modpack.  So chock full of great mods and easy for beginners.  Interested? Check him out here: Season 9

Anyway, that's all for now. Back to my cards and art!


Friday, December 8, 2017

Stay tuned...

I've been rather under the weather lately and having a lot of tests and stuff done to figure out why I can't seem to keep food in my system, so I've not been doing a whole lot. But... I have plans! Bwaahahaahaa... many plans.

I have a lot of new dies and embossing plates in for the Sizzix Big Shot Plus, as well as stamps and things.

More importantly... I have the Flying Scotsman! Yes!
This baby was a gift from my wonderful hubby a while back, which took its place next to the Harry Potter train (yes, I still have that lovely little collector item, currently selling for $425 on Amazon).  I just wish I had the space to permanently set these up! But, I will be getting this one out shortly and testing it out, and posting some pics, hopefully.

So, yes, plans in the making! In the meantime, I've been watching more of Direwolf20, cataloging my incoming Sizzix stuff, listening to more Main Street (Congrats on your gold, boys!) and other barbershop, and designing cards and other artsy things.

Stay tuned!


Thursday, November 30, 2017

All the cards...


Black Friday was spent with my daughter at our local art studio, just hanging out with our friend, Tami and some other folk, enjoying the day.  While I didn't make any cards, I did some painting with her help and had a very relaxing day.

The really great thing was that when I got home, my new Sizzix embosser had arrived. I don't know who was more excited about it, me or my husband.

My new toy to replace my torch and kiln. Kind of the slicer and dicer of the paper world, This is the Big Shot Plus. I can now emboss and cut shapes like a pro. Pro what, I have no clue, but it's fun.  Tami even loaned me some of her plates and folders to play with. And gave me  her mulled wine recipe (I so love that woman). For those who wonder, all my glass stuff is going to Tami.

The nice thing about making cards and such is that they are relatively small and can incorporate so many different media. No big commitment and I can walk away from it without worrying about forgetting to leave a torch on and possibly burning down a house.  These are some of my first cards post-embosser. I did a few cards for friends for the holidays, but forgot to get pictures of them.

Since discovering this hobby venue, I've found so many ideas on sites like Pinterest and the supplier sites like Sizzix, Altenew and Hero Arts.  Stamps and Embossing plates and Dies, oh my!


Other than that, I've been following Direwolf20's Season 9 in his Modded Minecraft Series, but not had a lot of time to actually play.  Now that he's getting into the Actually Additions mod I'm just going to have to make more time. It's quite the therapy.

Modified 9x9 - the Direwolf Special
Episode 1 of his series:

Ad Nauseum

And the days go on. Still dealing with health issues.  Gearing up for the holidays and doing a lot of cooking. I made all my mirepoix, bouillons, and relishes yesterday.  All is well in our little corner of the world.

Carry on.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

On a personal note...

This page is under complete revision as my health issues have made it necessary to adjust my hobbies from glasswork to more gentler venues, such as card making. Arthritis and fibromyalgia are nasty bitches, as is the physiological brain damage issues (yes, things like bipolar and schitzo that I am not ashamed to admit) that make it difficult to continue working with a flame that melts glass at 1500 plus degrees f.  Crazy? Honey, I'm the love child of the Joker and Harley Quinn.

I will be posting here mostly on goings-on, neat-findings, yummy wines and recipes, cool Minecraft vids I've found, and other things I find of interest. Because, hey, it's my blog and I can.  I have removed all the previous posts (not deleted, simply removed from this blog) in order to start anew.

I fell it necessary to clarify a few concerns:

1. My family has NOT, I repeat NOT, fallen apart. I realize there are still those out there in the world who wish our demise, sadly enough. But, no. My husband and I, along with our lovely daughter, are still going strong.  In fact, we're even stronger, having come through the fire, as it were. The only changes to our lives of late is my wonderful husband's decision to come off the road as a truck driver and change to another type of work which brings him home every night and every weekend, utilizes his excellent supervisory skills, and has not diminished his salary. He's lost considerable weight and has become so much healthier, even now as he has celebrated his 62nd birthday.  Again, issues in our family have only served to make us even stronger as a couple and as a family. I have to say I am so grateful for such a wonderful, loving, and supportive husband, as well as the most awesome daughter in the universe. In short, we are EXCEEDINGLY happy and secure and will remain so.  And I am back after a serious and lengthy illness! Thank you to those who stood by me through it all.

2. Yes, I have given up most of my accounts on social media. The rest are heavily locked down. This is due mainly to my increasing health issues. And, I just don't tolerate drama well. I have also given up playing Minecraft on servers, mainly due to the drama and other issues I have encountered.  I still play Minecraft, mostly modded, on my own and enjoy it immensely. My main MC "crush" is Direwolf20 and I tend to ignore the rest.  My family takes precedence, however. No, I (nor my husband) do not have to communicate with those I do not wish to communicate with, and no, I do not have to force my child to communicate with those she does not wish to communicate with. I will not allow myself to be abused in any fashion, nor will I allow others to abuse my family. For those who do not agree, I can only say, "Too bad, so sad."  Yes, I do have friends. Very good friends, and more than enough to sustain my needed levels of friendship and support.  We associate with healthy, happy, and non-abusive people.

Some may find it odd that I do not respond to their communication efforts.  This may be because I have their emails and phone numbers blocked due to their persistent harassment. For me, unwanted contact is considered harassment. If I have not contacted you, it may be because you are blocked.  If I have had issues with you in the past, this is likely the case. If not, it may be that your email is going to spam, or you may be calling an old, defunct number. For the former, please note that I have become even less tolerant of drama and harassment than in the past. For the latter, I will endeavor to check my spam folders more often. My "grillintheroad" email is still functional. We do not associate with dysfunctional people, especially those who choose to wallow in drama and choose to live hateful, spiteful lives. Life is too short.

Speaking of Grillin' The Road, the revision of the book is still on hold due to the need of editing I have to get done.  This is in the works.  I plan on completely revamping the book (name and all) and putting it back on the market, but there are other projects that are on the list of higher priority. You can still download the original book in PDF format, for free, on the webpage, errors and all. The original book will be removed from publication.

Future projects will, of course, depend on my health issues. My priority right now is my family.  I still homeschool my daughter, and take care of my family and household. That takes a lot of my dwindling energies, unfortunately. The rest I fill in as I can, contributing to the community as I can, cutting and pasting paper, being a gypsy, and chasing skellies and zombies when possible.


Lisa, aka Ysabet