Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween

I don't plan to dress up this year. I have to get a mammogram and a bone density today. (It's important to do these things, y'all, so get yours!) When I was told my appointment would be today, I asked if I needed to wear a costume. The appointment clerk replied, "Only if it's easy to get out of. Maybe you can go as a stripper." I'm considering it.

I enjoy dressing up for Halloween. Coming up with an idea, gathering the stuff to put the costume together, perfecting the look. When my son was younger, it was a lot fun when we would both dress up. I think one of the best costumes we came up with for him was the Mummy. We used gauze - lots of gauze! We made it look dirty, and I used a lipliner pencil around his eyes. It was great. My best costume was Cousin It. I used 4 or 5 natural colored grass skirts. I made a spider-web design on a derby, and completed the outfit with sunglasses, which allowed me to peek through the grass.

Tomorrow will be the start of NaBloPoMo. This stand for the National Blog Posting Month, which means exactly what it sounds like - posting to your blog every day for a month. It's writing exercise, similar to NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month where you commit to writing on your novel every day for the month of November. I decided to sign up for NaBloPoMo in an effort to get in the habit of writing on my blog. I thought if I blogged daily for a month, maybe it would set in. I read somewhere that it takes 12 days to create a habit. If this is true, by the end of November, the habit should be set in stone - providing I manage to blog everyday.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Who Am I

I was invited to write on the question, "Who Am I?" This was not an easy task as I was only given five minutes, but I'm not sure that it would have been much easier if I'd been given a week! After reflecting for a few seconds, I began this list:

I am Matt's mom.
I am Randy's wife.
I am a sister and a sister-in-law.
I am a daughter, a daughter-in-law, and a grand-daughter.
I am a niece, an aunt, and a cousin.
I am a friend.
I am a woman - hear me roar (thank you Helen Reddy).
I am a poet, a writer, an artist.
I am a survivor, NOT a victim, of abuse, incest, and rape.
I am not like anyone else - I am unique - I am Me.

After I had done this little project and read over what I had written, I realized that I had listed roles that I fill, but I had not really answered the question, "Who AM I?" It's true, I am all of those roles, but I am also someone else behind the roles. I wish I could just zip off a bunch of words to describe who I am, but I'm finding it very hard to find the words. My usually flippant self can't even come up with anything facetious, which tells me how scary this whole subject really is! So, let me turn the table and ask you, how would you answer the question? What roles do you fill, and who are you behind the roles?

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Halloween ATC's

I haven't done very well with keeping up with my blog. I really just don't know what happens to the time! And where did September go?!?! In fact, where has this whole year gone?!?! Does anybody else feel like it's just zooming past?
Anyway, I thought I would show some pictures of these ATC's that I just finished. They are for a swap at the ATC forum. If you do ATC's, you must check this site out. Personally, I think it's the best for info on techniques, help, swaps - and not just for ATC's, all sorts of art! I've learned a lot there, and I've had so much fun swapping and trading ATC's.

The first one is "Trick or Treat." It is a papercutting with a little quilled pumpkin added for color. Everyone who knows me knows how much I love my martinis, and how I love experimenting with them. In honor of the season, I have come up with the "Halloweenie-tini", with a pumpkin instead of an olive. It's done in watercolors.
Next is another papercutting and collage with some inkjet transfers. The background is done with a china marker. The caption says, "So whatever you do, don't open the door." It doesn't show up well here, but it shows up pretty well on the actual ATC.

This was my first attempt at a folded ATC. I think I did his hands too big, but I wanted them to cover his face. He's done in watercolors and the caption is an inkjet transfer: "Trick or Treat, Smell my Feet, Give me Something Good to Eat." I found a cool font that would put a black cat in for a comma and I put cats at the beginning and end.
It was hard to let these go, but it always is with these swaps, but then you have the anticipation of waiting for the mail to see what you'll get in return. I've never been disappointed - they are always works of art!
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