Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Bamboo Fun

My Wacom tablet cam in today!  :D  YAY!  I was happier than a fat kid in a candy store. Honestly it was very very tricky to get the hang of and at first the CD that it came with to install the drivers for it wasn't working, so I was totally panicking.. Luckily you can download the drivers in their website, though, so my awesome day wasn't ruined.
I ~love~ it.  It's just the right size, too. Anything bigger would have been too cumbersome, and anything smaller and I would have felt jipped.
I definitely need to practice like, a ton with it before I attempted any serious artwork, or graphic designing. After fooling around with it for the past 4 hours I have managed to paint a work in progress of one of the wedding portraits of Carson and I.

I have no idea why I plan on finishing this, it's nothing to be taken too seriously, just practicing with the tablet in photoshop, tracing over the picture, then coloring it accordingly.  The clothing it no where near finished.  The heads will probably not require anymore touch ups, imo.
I recommend clicking on the pic to see the larger version to get all the detail..
I obviously have a long way to go in working with my new medium, but I suppose I'm off to a pretty good start (?)

Oh! And the new tat seems to be healing up nicely so far. :)
Just in case anyone was wondering.


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Living Room and Tattoo

My sister came over last Friday and helped me organize my living room area.. It was just so cluttered and made our apartment feel so small. I wish I had taken a picture of it before, but I forgot to. :(  Anyway, she came over and we basically rearranged it all and cleaned it up and threw away old unnecessary junk and it looks awesome now. I'm so happy with it.  She's coming back this week possibly to help me with the rest of the house (bathroom and bedroom). I can't wait. :D It's so exciting to have a clean fresh house.  Here are a few pics of the area that we organized.

After much waiting, I also got my new tattoo Friday! :) I already talked about why I wanted it, what it means, a post a while back. Here's a pic of it:

Also!!  I ordered my Wacom Tablet with my birthday money!  My dad had sent me some money with a really pretty birthday card, which was just the right amount with my other b-day money that I received to buy the tablet! :) I'm excited.  I'll take pics of it when it gets here and when I get to practice with it I'll be sure to update.

Ok, well time to go clean the kitchen and bathroom now I guess.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Soy Milk and Birthday

So, unfortunately I recently discovered I have a sensitivity to milk products.  But it's only some of them... Cream in my coffee is ok so are most cheeses, but butter on anything, milk, yogurt, ice cream, and cottage cheese upset my stomach so bad with horrible cramps and give me terrible acid reflux.. So... sad to say I can't indulge in my favorite breakfast anymore which consisted of toast with eggs and cottage cheese on top... nor can I have ice cream which I loved... And I had just started drinking more milk and eating cereal again which I hadn't done in forever, but alas, no more... No, instead now I'm learning to enjoy soy milk.  It definitely tastes very different, almost like milk that has been sitting in cereal for a while. But it's not bad, just like two times more expensive as regular fat free milk.. and you only get half the product. :(
Because of my new found stomach problem, I have been on a health kick (more like thinking about being healthy rather than actually doing it in some cases, though). It has been difficult staying healthy however with my birthday being last weekend. 

Needless to say there was much Chinese food, Sushi, and lemon bars which were my replacement for a cake.  I had a pretty good birthday.. It's getting spread out into this week, however, because one of my presents is on hold until we can get things sorted out.
What I did get I was very happy with, to name a few things, I got a wind sock, a new shirt, some new shoes since my hand me down ones were pretty much worn completely out beyond recognition, some jewelry, a cook book, and many many more great gifts from my family. :)  I also got a decent amount of cash, which I have decided I will put toward a Wacom tablet.  The problem of course being that generally the good quality ones are an upwards of $300 or more, and well, I just don't have that kind of money.  Ever.  So I am doing a little research and Carson said he would talk to his brother about it since he knows more about tablets and computer art than either of us do... Hopefully I'll get one before it turns into a Christmas present instead. :/
Anyway, if anything new happens I'll be sure to write about it, until then, enjoy some pictures of me opening gifts and drinking coffee. :P


Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Greatest Story Ever Told

Probably the most epic live performance I have ever seen.

Everything about it was pretty much amazing.  If you haven't seen it, the next time it comes to a church near you, GO SEE IT.
The actors were awesome, the Aeriel Acrobat person was like the best part, the pyro technics were awesome, like seriously everything was so amazing!  Hands down this portrayal of the Jesus story is up there on my list of favorites right next to the Passion of the Christ movie. The only part that made it better for me was that they went through like the whole Bible (of course skipping some of the events for time sake and limited props and scenery), hitting the major parts we all remember.  There was no dialogue, which I loved, other than the narrator, Doubting Thomas, who added a bit of humor to the whole thing.  In place of the dialogue there was music all throughout pretty much the whole thing.  Again, never seen anything like it, would love to see it again when it comes around.
I feel really lucky that I was in Austin on my birthday yesterday.  the tickets were a GREAT birthday present from my mom. :)

2011 Thorn Trailer #1 from Thorn Productions on Vimeo.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Waiting for God's Promises

My baby Strider is feeling sick. :(
He had an accident in the hallway two days in a row and vomited three times yesterday.  Poor baby.  He's all curled up looking sad. Maybe it's the peanut butter Carson gives him to keep him quiet when he takes him out to potty.  Hmm, no more peanut butter for this baby. :(  I'll have to pick up some more dog treats next time I go to the store.

Anyway, now for the relevant part of this post. lol.
I was reading my new devotional bible last night and thought I would share, considering it seemed to hit home so well.
The subject of the devotion was "Promises Worth Waiting For".  It talked about the story of Abram, Sarai, and Hagar.. And about how Sarai took matters into her own hands when it came to having a child, and now we see the consequences of it even today with the Arabs fighting the Jews for control over Israel.  Eventually, however, God did fulfill his promise and blessed her with a child of her own.
The point is that God always keeps his promises, it just may not be in our timing.  Jeremiah 29:11-13 says "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."
God knows the desires of our hearts, and he wants to give us those desires if we will only wait for his perfect timing.
This was a really good read for me.  It's something I need to keep reminding myself to calm down and have patience.  I want that perfect marriage right now, I want that perfect house right now, and I want those perfect children right now! haha. Number one, nothing in life will ever be perfect. That however is another lesson for another day.  Number two, if God doesn't want me to have it RIGHT NOW, then I'm definitely not going to get it RIGHT NOW.  And if I decided to take matters into my own hands, the result will be years of heartbreak before God eventually turns it into a blessing.  I could do it that way... or I could just pray about all of it, work a little at a time and WAIT for God's perfect timing of his perfect plan for my life.