Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Fingers Crossed & Eyes Looking Forward

Yesterday Brad picked me up from work, and was driving me home.
I said, let's go a different way home. 
I wanted to drive by my old house, and see the old park I used to take Mowgli to.
We drove there, and saw a For Rent sign.
I made him pull over as I called the number.
The lady on the other line told me that place was rented out.
BUT they had another place.
We drove to the other location to see the cutest house in the world.

And today we are going to get to look inside.

I'm beyond excited about this guys.

It has a huge gated backyard for the doggies.
A beautiful tree out front with space for a flower garden
A dishwasher for when I'm lazy.
A little room for an art studio. (Yes?!)
It's walking distance from a grocery store, AND an autozone.

Okay, that's all I know from just visiting, and looking in through the windows like a creeper.
I can't wait to see the inside, and I'm hoping things work out.

So far, things have kind of unfolded like it was meant to be.. and I like that.

I've been wanting to move for months.

Our current place is so tiny, but I can handle that.
The upstairs neighbors get to control the heat. So, it's always too cold, but I can handle that.
But what I can't handle, is the lack of sleep I've been experiencing.

If you are a twitter follower, you've probably heard.
I don't sleep anymore.
The neighbors never sleep, and the floors are so weak.
I get woken up with ever step and creak.
I'm not meaning to rhyme! 
Anyways, it's caused all sorts of problems for me.
Anxiety, nightmares, depression, headaches, sleepless nights, etc.

I'm ready to move.

So, let's please keep our fingers crossed 
that the inside is big enough for the bedrooms,
and that I will be able to afford this move.

But things work out the way they are meant to.
And if this one doesn't work out, 
another one will.

And I have a whole slew of paintings to show you..
But I will show you only three today.

"Eyes Looking Forward"
16x20 mixed media on stretched canvas
8x10 and 5x7 prints available
"Moonlit Snow"
16x20 Acrylic and stucco on stretched canvas
10x8 and 7x5 prints available. 

"What a Wonderful World"
11x17 Mixed Media Painting with vintage lace, photos and paper.
8x10 and 5x7 prints available

I'm going to be listing these ASAP,
crossing my fingers that sales will come my way for deposits and rent.
And eyes looking forward for what's meant to be.
What's meant to be, will always find a way.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Holga Camera Giveaway!

Today's Giveaway is hosted by me! 
I love my Holga so much, I wanted to give one away!
Originally, I wanted to do this in December, but the flood took off with the original one I purchased..
So I had to get another.
Below are some sample photos I took with my Holga.

You can do single and double exposures.
It takes black & white film, and color.
It even gives photos the wonderful light-leaks that are ever so popular.
Photos turn out best in good lighting, 
but you get the extra grainy out of focusy ones with darker light.
I love playing around with mine, experimenting, and learning what works best.

Here are some details about the camera:
  • Multiple exposure capability
  • Hot shoe for flash
  • Standard tripod mount (1/4 - 20)
  • Black plastic body
  • Format: all 120 medium format film (color negative, slide, b&w)
  • Aperture settings: f/8, f/11
  • Shutter speeds: 1/125, "B"
  • Lens: Plastic 60mm, f/8
If you don't understand any of that, don't worry, it's not that hard to figure out! 

The camera is brand new, in it's original packaging.
 It comes with a lens cap, a camera strap, AND I'm throwing in two rolls of color film.

Here is how to enter:

1. Follow  this blog,
And leave me a comment letting me know.

2. Like my page on Facebook,
And leave me a comment letting me know.

3. Share this giveaway's link on facebook,
And leave me a comment letting me know.

4. And lastly, tweet or blog about this giveaway,
And leave me a link telling me about it. 

And that's it!
You can do just one, or all four.
There are 4 ways to enter, so be sure to leave 4 separate comments.
This giveaway IS international. 
The giveaway winner will be announced next Monday. (Feb-6th)
So you've got one week!
And here is the winner to last week's giveaway with Forever Stone.

Congrats Alma! I'll be emailing you soon.

And for those of you who didn't win, there is a coupon code!
Enter VS2012 at checkout to receive 30% off! 

This Giveaway is now closed! 
The Holga Camera has been won! 
Congrats to Sarah!!!
I'll be hosting another giveaway real soon! 

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Weekend Rituals

Yesterday was a nice quiet day of watching Dr. Who, Painting, eating chips and hummus, 
and cleaning up after Charlie. Who I now refer to as, Up Chuck.
Now that Up Chuck is feeling better,
today I'll be going out to some thrift stores and craft stores with Brad. 
And of course we will be stopping at our two favorite places, Bajio, and Starbucks.
It's our every other weekend ritual. 

Friday, January 27, 2012

Caught On Film

There is nothing like a film camera.
I love my holga so much.
I love the fun pictures it takes.
The light leaks, the out of focus, the grain, and the unpredictability.
I love not being able to look at a photo after I take it.
I love taking double exposure photos. 
I love hoping a photo will turn out when I get the film delevoped.
And I love getting photos developed and finding I have old photos of Mowgli before he passed away.
This is my first film camera, and a lot of these pictures didn't turn out nearly at all.
I was getting used to the settings, and what kind of light to take photos in. 
Some of these pictures are extra grainy and dark.
But I still love em.
And check back soon... cause this is kind of hint for next week.