Mandala Monday 4

Mandala_4I quite like the way this mandala turned out.  The repetition of the shapes turned out better than I thought it would.

I’ve been working on some larger mandalas, with an eye towards turning them into a coloring book.  Interestingly, as I’ve worked on them, I struggle with them more than the mandalas I was drawing just for my own enjoyment.

So maybe my own enjoyment of the process has an effect on the final product.  Something to keep in mind as I go forward.

Mandala Monday 3

Mandala 3I’ve been playing around in Procreate and creating these mandalas.  The symmetry and lines of mandalas are appealing to me – so much so that I’m hoping to create (and finish!) a project with them.

I love to color while I’m watching TV or feeling stressed, and intricate images like mandalas are a favorite of mine.  I’ve also been experimenting with adding zentangle tile patterns into some of the mandalas.

I did some internet searching last week and found all kinds of uses for mandalas – wall stencils, wall decals, car/phone/laptop stickers, coloring pages, and more.  Who knew?

Who Should I Follow?

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A few days ago, past me was be-bopping along, writing some posts (ahead of time, gasp!) and reading through the other blogs I follow.  And I thought, I need some new blogs to add to my reader feed.  So I’ll do a search and find some new and interesting and exciting blogs to follow.  Right?

Sigh.

Maybe it’s because my blog isn’t really a ‘niche’ blog.  Or maybe it’s because I’m interested in everything. (Except creepy crawlies – those can f*ck right off.)

I’m interested in photography, editing photographs, writing, blogging, creating, dungeons and dragons, painting miniatures, mandalas, stickers, self-publishing, running my own business, virtual reality – the list goes on and on.

But I have had no luck just doing searches on WordPress and trying to find other bloggers/writers to support and read.  I mean, I’ve found some that look interesting, but I feel like I must be missing a whole huge lot of them.

So – who do you follow?  Who’s funny? Who makes you think? Who posts pretty things?  I need AALLLLL the links!  Post them below – don’t forget to include your own blog so I can follow you too!

 

Music Fail

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A few days ago I decided that I wanted to add some music to my smartphone.  I’m a music lover and I have a large collection of music files that I’ve compiled over the years – CD’s I owned that I ripped the music from, songs I’ve purchased at various places (including Amazon and iTunes), even some old cassettes and vinyl that I converted into digital files.

I have Amazon music on my phone, but it only lets me play songs I’ve purchased from Amazon.  You used to be able to upload other songs you owned, but I never did that.  You still can, but you are limited to 250 songs.  With something like 12,000 songs in my library, that didn’t seem feasible.

I do have an iPod, but rather than carry two items (my phone and iPod) around, I thought, “Why not put some of the music files on my phone?”  Easy, right?

I spent an hour or so pulling out some music and putting it in a file on my PC so that I could drag/drop it onto my phone.  Unfortunately, I forgot something.

I own an iPhone.  😦

So when I hooked up my iPhone, it wanted to sync with my iTunes account.  Which wouldn’t have worked, because I have two different apple IDs – one on my phone and one for iTunes.  And which I didn’t want anyway, because I didn’t want my entire iTunes library on my phone.

Now, I own the music in my library.  I also own the phone.  So why can I not just simply drag/drop files from my PC onto my phone?  Oh, right, because it’s Apple.  :/

I could go out and get a third party app/software that would let me transfer the music files.  But it would still put them in the iTunes library on my phone, which I also do not want.  My husband doesn’t understand my frustration.  Maybe you won’t either.

Regardless, I am incredibly frustrated.  After two hours and bunch of internet searches later, I am disgusted with the whole process.  All I wanted was to have my music (again, which I own) be portable so that I could take it with me.

Guess I’ll go dig out my Sony Walkman.  😛

Mandala Monday 2

Mandala_1I’ve had a challenging couple of weeks with some health concerns.  Drawing mandalas has been therapeutic for me.  Maybe I’ll gather them together as I continue and make a coloring book of mandalas.

This one has some zentangle elements in it.  The symmetry of the mandalas is appealing to me – it’s almost like drawing with my old friend, Spirograph.

Success!

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I’m feeling pretty proud of myself today.  For the last 9 years or so, it’s been a project of mine to scan in all our old family photos.

All of them.  :/

It started out with a small box and then the pile just kept getting bigger.  And the bigger the pile got, the further the project moved down on my to-do list.  I mean, some of the photos are so old I don’t even know who the people are in them.  So unless there are names on the back, I haven’t got a clue.

While I was off this summer, I made a list of projects I wanted to try and complete.  The photo scanning was one of them.  I started off with the most recent ones – the ones that were me and my kids, and then worked my way backwards in time.

And I’m done!

I have a pile of photos for each of my siblings (all extras of the scanned photos) and the rest are stored away in photo albums after scanning.  Why store them after scanning?  I don’t know.  I mean, that was the original intention – scan them so that I could have a digital copy rather than a physical one.

But I just couldn’t bring myself to destroy them.  Trashing photos of my kids or family members seemed wrong.  So, I have both – a digital and physical copy.  But now they’re not sitting around in a box in the floor of my closet, so I’m calling it a success!

Mandala Monday

Mandala_2Since I got the Procreate app for my iPad, I’ve discovered one of the things I like to do is draw mandalas.  I found some templates that aid in drawing them and I’ve experimented with several of them.

I also discovered that the Procreate app has a function that lets you draw symmetrically, which helps immensely when I am creating a mandala.

So I decided that I would try to share some of them here.  Hopefully that will give me the push to keep creating and learning, plus I might be able to put some of them up for sale on my (so far theoretical) Etsy store.

This one has some mistakes, but I thought that made it more authentic.  That’s what I’m telling myself, anyway.  😛

Gnome Rogue

Gnome RogueOne of the things I like to do is paint miniatures for my Dungeons and Dragons© games.  My children love to play as well and so we’ve purchased various miniatures for use in our games.

When 3D printing hit the scene years ago, I was excited to see what that would mean for miniatures.  One of the cool things we discovered was a website called Hero Forge.  Using their site, you can customize your miniatures for your player characters.  You can either have them print the mini and ship it to you, or you can purchase the file and print it yourself.  We’ve done both, but our 3D printer just doesn’t do quality minis.

The picture above is a gnome rogue that one of my kids designed for their character.  It’s a gnome rogue printed by Hero Forge in their basic plastic.  I think it turned out pretty well.  Now if I could just figure out how to take better photos!

Lightening the Load

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I am many things, but a hoarder is not one of them.

I despise having lots of things cluttering up my mind and home.  So when I feel stressed, cleaning or decluttering are some of my go-to activities for reducing that stress.

Last weekend I decided to declutter my closet and dresser.  My husband and I both had drawers and racks stuffed so full there was no room for anything else.

I have a rule that when you buy something new, you have to get rid of something old.  That way you don’t get overtaken by clutter.  But my husband is a hoarder and getting him to throw something away can be like pulling teeth.

Since we had a long weekend, I asked him to go through everything with me and get rid of stuff we weren’t wearing.  He gamely agreed, and we started.  We pulled everything out of the closet and dresser and put it on the bed, then started sorting.  Things we were keeping got put back in the closet (but organized this time).  Things we didn’t want anymore went into the donate pile.

After about an hour, everything we were keeping was hanging neatly in the closet or folded neatly in drawers.  And there was room left over.  Which is good, because I’m sure my husband will start filling in the empty space as soon as possible.  😛

We had three large trash bags full of clothes to donate.  My husband gamely piled them in the car and headed off to the thrift shop.  It felt so good to go through everything and get rid of things that were weighing me down!

Are you a hoarder?  What do you hoard?