Life

Life is a river

Will you be a pebble on the bottom

Or a leaf floating on top?

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NC Japan Summer Festival August 4, 2018

If you’re looking for something to do in Raleigh NC on August 4th, the 13th annual NC Summer Festival is returning from 1-7 pm. This year, it will be at a larger venue: the Exposition Center at the NC State Fairgrounds.

It will feature traditional Japanese foods, entertainment, beer, martial arts, dancing, and a karaoke contest.

Advance tickets available here. $5 online, $6 at the door. Kids 12 and under are free!

As an added perk, if you buy your ticket in advance, you’ll get Early Access to the festival from 11-1.

I’m so looking forward to attending! Hope you can make it too!

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Experiments in Paper Quilling

First, let me apologize for how long it’s been since my last post. This should have been uploaded a while ago but the truth is that I let time get away from me.

Anyway, true to my word, I’ve been experimenting with paper quilling. Thinking that I could easily create the strips that I needed for a project, I went to the store and bought some colorful paper. Then, I sliced it.

It didn’t come out quite the way I’d been hoping.

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Since that failed, I went to Amazon and bought the following beginner’s kit for about $15:

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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017BFL6JU/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Once I received these basic tools, it was time to start experimenting with shapes and colors.

In the end, I created a turtle:

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Thinking that it looked lonely and unfinished, I experimented with dyed sand and glue, re-painted the wood backing a deeper shade and the sides of the box navy. My goal was to make it appear as though the turtle were floating about the ocean’s sandy bottom.

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Like most artists, I’m not 100% satisfied. If I had it to do over, there are things I would have done differently. But for my first attempt, I’m quite proud of the finished product.

How about you, my fellow artists and bloggers? Have you given the ancient art of paper quilling a try?

What is Paper Quilling?

Recently, I was searching online for some inspiration, and found these beautiful and vibrant images that were 3-D in nature and completely intriguing to me. After another Google search, I found out that these pieces were created using the ancient art of Paper Quilling.

But what, exactly, is Paper quilling?

According to Wikipedia, it is, “Quilling or paper filigree is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs.”

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Turkish artist Sena Runa

My god, how am I am just now finding this? Why didn’t someone tell me that I could cut strips of colored paper into various lengths, and by rolling them tightly and using a bit of glue, I transform those strips into beautiful, intriguing images?

I want to be mad, but frankly, I’m not. I’m too damn excited.

I’m off to the store to buy some paper that I hope to transform into art. I’ll post the results here, later this week.

Wish me luck. I’m going to need it.

Full tutorial on Paper Quilling: https://www.craftsy.com/paper-crafts/article/paper-quilling-tips-for-beginners/

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Aftermath of Valentine’s Day

Around 9:30 last night, my husband turned to me as we were watching Netflix and said, “Oh yeah, Happy Valentine’s Day.”

Luckily for him, I’m not the sentimental type. I already knew that he hadn’t remembered and frankly, I didn’t care. But most of the population doesn’t share in my non-sentimental, pragmatic nature. If you Google, “What to do when he forgets Valentine’s Day,” there are a plethora of horrible results, including this one:

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https://www.quora.com/What-happens-when-a-boyfriend-forgets-Valentines-Day

I don’t believe that just because that special someone in your life didn’t run to the store to buy you flowers, balloons, chocolates, or some other similar item, that it means that you’re “not special enough to him.”

Sadly, this entire concept of shopping for Valentine’s Day revolves around the idea that the amount someone loves you is directly tied to the amount that they spend on you.

I’m not buying that.

The amount that someone loves me has no direct relation to the amount that they spend on me. My dogs love me unconditionally and have never spent a dime on me. Why? Well, first they can’t. They’re dogs. Secondly, they show me their love, excitement, and affection every day. And frankly, they love me unconditionally.

The same cannot be said for every person in my life that loves me.

But that doesn’t matter. We’re human and we’re imperfect and we’re all going to make mistakes.

Luckily, forgetting that it’s Valentine’s Day isn’t one of them.

So, for us, there will be no aftermath to his forgetting this Hallmark Holiday. There will be no repercussions, arguments, or hurt feelings.

Instead, I turned to him with a smile and said, “Happy Valentine’s Day to you too, baby.”

 

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https://imgur.com/gallery/fuEhFAw

 

The Journey Begins

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

Welcome to my new blog!

A little bit about me: I work full time in accounting (hate it), am a full-time student going for my 2nd associate’s degree and eventually my master’s (beyond stressful), have been married for over 15 years (feels like forever), am a pet-parent to two beautiful Shih Tzu’s (one of which is actually a Havanese), and feel like I have been languishing in a field that I hate for too long. This blog will be my way of breaking out and exploring, of connecting with a world that I feel I have been away from for far too long.

Because of my hectic schedule, unfortunately, I’ll only be able to post once a week. But I’m hopeful that someday soon, I’ll be able to post more often. This sentence translated means: as soon as I’m done with this accelerated Spanish introductory class (which my brain despises), I will be able to post more often.

Anyway, every week I will delve into the artists’ world – sharing agent lists, writing tips and trips, resume writing tips, what’s trending in the art world, popular music, and more. Here, we will explore what it means to be an artist – because that is what we all are. Regardless of whether you paint, write, bang out, cosplay, or build, we are all living this experience together. And I look forward to exploring what this really means with you.