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Through Etsy I have sold 2 pieces from my beadwork collection, and I tell you what it just feels GREAT!  

Over the last 5 years I was introduced to 1800 reenactments with my fiance's family.  My mother in law is a basket weaver and we participate in one annual rendezvous here in Iowa.  This last summer however we started to visit a few more and since we have expanded our "set up" (Over the last year our family bought 2 separate 16ft tipi's) we have been looking at the possibilities of setting up at other events.  There is one held in Prairie du Chen WI every June and while visiting this last years event I found a couple who were selling a lot of their craft supplies at a discount because they were planning to retire.  Since then I have been on a beading binge of sorts!  Ive acquired everything from a beading loom to do the loom work with seed beads, to my hairpipe bone, bone spacers and crow beads.  Just lots and lots of beads!  That is why you see me only uploading photos of the necklaces and other projects I have made.  It has been a very fun venture to get into and I look forward to making more and more and expanding my supplies and knowledge!

Thats not to say I dont still have colourful digital art on the brain!  While I havent made anything like that with photoshop in a very long time I still do reminisce from time to time about past projects or the unfinished ones.  Old ideas that I wonder if Ill ever put into play...  And logging onto dA here its certainly hard to ignore all of the changes that signify just how long I have been away lol.  The old logo is gone, the layout is still kind of what I remember it to be, but Ill admit I dont know where to find everything just yet lol.  

So as always, thank you to those people who are reading this, or browsing my uploads!  
Hope all is well with everyone!!  
  • Listening to: Oldies on Slacker Radio
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  • Watching: -
  • Playing: Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D
  • Eating: Homemade Chicken Spätzle
  • Drinking: Water
My favorite month is here!  :dance:

Ill admit I'm bias, my birthday is at the end of the month, but isn't this truly a lovely time of year?  While only speaking from my personal observations, August is filled with a sort of hope.  A planning for the future that is instilled in us as children going back to school.  Summer is over and its time to start a new, focusing and working hard.  =]  I can feel it!  I can get into a sort of end of summer resolutions list!  Where I live lovely colours come out this time of year.  As the weather and the trees turn, its like a Disney movie moment for me sometimes, to feel the changing of the seasons I want to burst into song!  

Lately I've been horrible however.  I've not made time for much of anything.  Days go by where I think of making some photoshop art, but I do not.  The only thing I can use to pull myself out of this slump is the fact that I have been making a good handful of necklaces and beadwork crafts :aww:  Not nearly as much as I would like to claim.  Its so much fun making these necklaces and planning new designs!  I'm currently waiting on a shipment of new beads off of Etsy so that will be neat to get some new stuff made with!  

Right now the items I've been making are a mixture of items for sale and items for my household.  I've recently subscribed to instagram and have been trying to update my twitter with pictures of these items.  Here in another month and a half is when we have our annual rendezvous that I'm excited to experiment with some of my new stuff.  But for the time being, the things I do have up in my Etsy shop are on sale! 

On random update side note news; my son just turned 8 years old!  We have been really enjoying the new Mario Kart, it seems like every night our household goes through a prix or 2!  He will be in second grade this next year, and his favorite books are the "Bad Kitty" series, which coincidentally enough was the nick name to my very first car!  Im trying to quit smoking, for the umteenth time in my existence, but with the intentions of being the last!  And I just made a delicious zucchini bread, so I am going to taste test it ;P
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  • Reading: Tipi: Home of the Nomadic Buffalo Hunters
  • Watching: -
  • Playing: Mario Kart 8
  • Eating: Zucchini Bread
  • Drinking: Water

413 scores total making an average of 2.81 I doubt that will be enough for printing, but that is why I shamelessly ask for so so so much help! Thank you to everyone who helped vote for my design, and especially to those people who took the time to spread the word!

Thanks bunches!!

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In other news, this past weekend my lil family went up to the Prairie du Chien rendezvous to walk around and we found some great deals on hairpipe bone beads, some leather, and some other items that we will be able to use!  We did not get any more work done to our tipi poles because my man friend is without a left hand thumb (still doing real well though and we are starting some tendon recovery exercises of sorts).  

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  • Reading: Tipi: Home of the Nomadic Buffalo Hunters
  • Watching: -
  • Playing: Mario Kart 8
  • Eating: -
  • Drinking: Water
Hey so, I finally checked my email, cause I guess its important to do that every now and then ;P

And my "bit Player Terrain" pullover hoodie submission was accepted!!  

pullover-Bit Player Terrain by jugga-lizzle

You can visit:  www.threadless.com/designs/bit…

To vote and help me out =]  Its quite simple, just score the design as a 5 and thats that!  

I will keep everyone updated, Im just now out the door on my way to work so Ill be back around over the next few days.  Voting runs for another week, until the 16th. 

Hope everyone is having a good day!!  :hug:
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  • Reading: Tipi: Home of the Nomadic Buffalo Hunters
  • Watching: -
  • Playing: Mario Kart 8
  • Eating: -
  • Drinking: Water
A week ago, my man-friend who is an Arborist, had an unfortunate accident at work.  Specifically, a chainsaw accident.  Ill start off by mentioning that he is ok, he is all in one piece, he is doing way ok (considering it was a gosh darn chainsaw!)  He has been working in trees for about 10 years now and during that time he has found a certain finesse.  Coworkers, employers and homeowners all mention how easy he makes things look.  How fluid he gets up into a tree with his ropes and swings around with a chainsaw cutting branches and limbs and all of a sudden *poof* what was a tree is now and empty space in your yard.  Its not my current intentions to get lost in the details of explaining his tree ballet, so Ill spare all of that chatter.  There for a bit he was using a helmet cam to record some of the bigger jobs he was doing and I know one of them even made its round reddit, You can check out his YouTube channel:  www.youtube.com/user/intotrees…

So yes, chainsaw accident, bad news!  This happened just below his left thumb you could say.  Pretty much one big cut, straight down to the bone, and then it mangled up the skin there on his hand pretty well.  As of right we anticipate at least 4 weeks of pretty strict no use of that hand.  He is having to learn the hard way just how important our thumbs are in everyday life!  

Ive been trying to get some stuff worked on though during this down time.  We sat and made a Tshirt design that we would like to print for our family to wear during this next Ft Rendezvous while we are setting up and taking down our stuff.  Sort of like the shirts your aunts and uncles would hand out at the yearly family reunion!  Crazy  

Hopefully Ill have some good new stuff to submit here and keep the good ole dA veins pumping!  

Anyone reading this want to toss out some random themes or colour palettes to keep in mind for future imagery?  
I miss chatting about all of those tid bits *yawn and stretch* 

Hope peoples are having a good day, good night, good goodness Wink/Razz 
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  • Reading: Tipi: Home of the Nomadic Buffalo Hunters
  • Watching: -
  • Playing: Mario Golf 3DS
  • Eating: -
  • Drinking: Water


"Lodgepole Pine, as the name suggests, makes the ideal tipi pole, although any other straight, stiff, and slim tree will do.  Young trees that have grown up close together, struggling for the light, are the best because they are straight and almost without branches.  It is easiest to peel pine bark in the spring when the sap is flowing.  This leaves the poles smooth and almost polished when they are dry.  Any remaining rough spots from twig stems then need to be smoothed to prevent wear on the cover and allow rain to run down the poles."

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Hello dA world :aww: how goes it?  Good I hope!

This is a picture of the 37(ish) tipi poles that my family received about 2 weeks ago.  We are going to have 2 different 16 foot tipis set up, as well as a lodge and an overhang of sorts that will be our cooking and eating area.  So pretty much, our little family when we set up for our next 1840s reenactment, will be taking up 4 sites.  The picture you see here is a bit disheartening however.  Things arent like they were 200 years ago, and a household like ours can simply order these things through a trading post offline, or through a magazine.  These poles that we ordered are good quality, but as you can see in that picture, they are not pointed at the ends.  So this weekend my man-friend and I spent time using a shave horse to whittle down those ends into a point, we used a sander to then smooth them out from top to bottom, and out of those 37(ish) poles we have there, only about 10 of them got done!  So it is a big ole project!


  • Listening to: My son and his singing monsters
  • Reading: Tipi: Home of the Nomadic Buffalo Hunters
  • Watching: -
  • Playing: Mario Golf 3DS
  • Eating: -
  • Drinking: Water
It has been another full year, pretty much, since Ive been active here on dA.  I used to type these journals with a sense of poetry, wanting to reflect and find resolution for myself and whatever thought of the day I was confronting.  Im not sure Ill be able to do that anymore.  Realistically I have spent the last 2 years now telling myself I would be more active on here.  Whether to be making my own imagery and posting that, or at the very least browsing and commenting, keeping up with inspirations :aww:  That has not happened.  Now granted a lot of things in my everyday life that I tell myself Ill get done go long periods of time without actually getting done ^^;  I guess that is why typing up a journal is a good place to start on this journey of "get stuff done!"  

    Employment:   

    My last journal talked about an opportunity to go and be assistant store manager at my local GameStop.  Hey, yea, I did that!  It was the end of last summer, so just as things like Diablo III for consoles, Rayman Legends, GTA V, and such were coming out.  I had such a blast!  The reason why Im talking about it in past tense is simple, and Ill get right to it:  I am a 28 year old woman.  I have worked retail for about 5 years straight.  I've also had a septum piercing for the last 10 years.  After a course of events, it was brought to my attention that my nose ring is outside of dress code, and I was asked if I would take it out.  My response was to point out that Ive had it this whole time, and expressed confusion as to why other members of stores have clearly visible tattoos, however my small nose ring is a problem?  

Anywhoozle, while I really (really really really!) enjoyed my time with the store and meeting new people from my area, I was not willing to sacrifice something that truly is a part of who I am.
(Plus my previous employer was more than willing to take me back at close to the same pay, less responsibility, and never once has my lovely little bauble been an issue! :hug: )

Growing up, both of my parents had disabilities, my father is blind (today is his Bday!) and my mom was in a wheelchair.  I can remember other kids, other adults even, pointing and staring.  They would whisper behind their hands to each other, or snicker.  People unfortunately do that when presented with things they are unfamiliar with.  As completely different as it is, my nose ring is the same.  People snicker and whisper, they stare.  Usually the worst that happens is a gal will proclaim that she is "surprised they let you work here with that thing!" as we are standing in a more posh(ish) type retail establishment.  Then the gal who was waiting behind her will say something in turn of me and my face being A'ok ;)  Such is life, such is humanity!  Or at least where I live it is, and I am ok with that daily reminder!  Hence the gosh darn nose ring!  Past that, part of my job is to spread excitement, knowledge, and confidence in products and information.  I will not apologize to anyone who cant understand, but I get confidence from my nose ring!  It is comparable to a mans favorite suite, or a woman's fresh new hair cut for spring.   Whatever your personal confidence boost, someone else's is going to be different!
So yea, gosh darn funnest job ever!  I met a lot of really spectacular people!  Got to feel a bit more of what its like inside Gamers' perspective's. 

    Personal:

    Lethargic.  Its been about a year and a half now that I just cant shake this overwhelming tiredness :|  So, I push past it.  I get what I can done, I plan for tomorrow, and try to enjoy whatever time is left.  Each year my family participates in an 1840's Rendezvous, that sure is something to enjoy!  Over the years however some things have changed.  The first year my son and I participated with my man-friend and his family (they are the ones who have been doing it for 20+ years) we set up the tipi and stayed in it over the weekend.  What an experience!  This was a painted 18 ft tipi and we had our skins and blankets laid out inside with the fire going and everything!  However Jim was also with us that year, my mother in law's fiance at the time.  It was the following year which he had been diagnosed with a brain tumor and was in too poor of health to participate, so we all spent time out at the farm together...  Fast forward another year and we set up the tipi but did not stay in it.  Each night we would drive back to the farm and stay, we just hung around all day up at the Fort.  Which brings us to this last years Rendezvous, Sept 2013, and unfortunately the canvas of the tipi had started to decay because of poor storage conditions (and it being old as heck!) so we have what is called a lodge that we set up.  The lodge is more of a rectangular set up.  Lots of tie off ropes coming off this thing, and its just not really too big.  So there we are, Myself, my son Jedrek, my man-friend BJ, his sister Jen, and her girlfriend Missy.  5 of us, hanging out around this lil lodge, 1 of us a crazy 7 year old who doesnt understand the concepts of "dont touch that, dont jump over that, dont run through those, dont break that, please watch out this is hot, those arent for touching" and my favorite, "dont throw those tomahawks!!!!!"  Which to top it all off our site had constantly been right at the top of the entry stairs, so there is lots of foot traffic from visitors.  It was not too pleasant, trying to cook, trying to sit, trying to keep up with the kid!  *whew*

So our plan going forward is to move out of that site.  We no longer have the ginormous painted tipi that was such an attraction, there is no point in us being in that area.  We will set up the lodge next year, but with a bigger canvas overhang coming off the back that we are calling the fly.  Under the fly we will have our camp cooking fire, chairs, dining table, wash basin, yadda yadda.  Then BJs mom will stay in the lodge, all by her comfortable lonesome because us kids are getting...   wait for it...  2 16 FT TIPIS!  So Jen and Missy get one, and then we get one, and we get to paint it, and make tipi chairs, and order lanterns, and rugs and blankets and !!!!!!!!!  :excited:
Ive started my preparations, bead work!  While my mom was alive I can remember doing very basic seed bead bracelets with her, and after she passed for a little bit I had a beading loom.  Ill be mainly doing period authentic stuff for our family, but who knows what another 5 years will bring!  

Art.  Worried  Another thing that goes thought of, but nothing accomplished.  Ok, no, wait.  I take that back.  I made a facebook banner of 2 colourful owls for a friend of mine.  In like the last year.  Worried 

No point in typing much more than that, I could use that same time to open photoshop and start something!

    Gaming:

    If one thing was made exceptionally clear to me over this last year it is that I belong somehow immersed in the gaming culture!  There is so much to offer now a days, and with newly found friends and contacts I am at a perfect place to experiment!  Here in my local town a few guys started a sort of local gaming blog called LevelSkip.  They arent overly active, but they do toss out a few articles and heavy insight.  Another fella I met, GrindheadJim, on YouTube, does reviews, opinions, and the such.  He is on a PS4 and with the new sharing update we now have the perfect tool at our disposal to make bigger better videos!  On some level or another I will be joining these teams and hopefully keeping myself in touch with other gamers out there.  Perhaps things can blend nicely here on the internet and I can incorporate my dA with those personal ventures and stay more active :thanks:
  • Reading: Beadwork Techniques of the Native Americans
  • Watching: Star Trek: Next Generation
  • Playing: Mario Golf 3DS
  • Drinking: Water
My last journal talked a lot.  This one, not so much ;P

The decision to take on a new challenge and get myself into the assistant manager position with GameStop is happening!  Things are not finalized yet, however it could be within the next couple of days that everything comes though, and then I will start asap.  So what was a whirlwind of emotions and excitement has continued and turned into a whirlwind of learning new things and reminding myself what I feel it is to be a gamer.

I really wanted to take a moment and acknowledge the DD I was given a few weeks ago!  
Ive tried to get messages replied to, but really have not made a dent in all of the favs given towards that image.  
So thank you anyone and everyone, as always, for all of the support you provide me with!  

Special thanks to :iconnichrysalis: for suggesting one of my wallpapers!!

And to the fabulocity of :iconvsconcepts: for featuring!  

The 2 of you really did add some confidence and ever appreciated inspiration!  :thanks:

Quick, but sweet right?  :glomp:

Hope that everyone out there is having an awesome summer so far!
  • Listening to: Random on my DS, Woop there it is =D
  • Reading: Game Informer
  • Playing: Rayman Origins
  • Drinking: Water
Something personal about me, I have horrible anxiety!  Walking to work sometimes I feel like just crossing a busy street is the hardest thing that I will ever do.  Why?  Im not entirely sure.  I just know that facing my anxiety head on has helped me immensely!  If this were 5 years ago, it bogged me down to the point that I wouldnt leave the house because I was too "scared."  But then life changed, and I had to get over it.  Started working a retail job where Im looking people in the eye everyday, Im showing myself that I am capable of things and that just because my mind can come up with 57 different scenarios for any given situation does not mean that anything bad will happen.  

In fact it was right around 5 years ago that I had to start making some changes.  All personal stuff aside, my sons father and I had hit a point where we needed to really work on our relationship, and on my end I figured that perhaps getting a part time job would help ease my mind.  Game Stop has always been a sort of dream job of mine.  Yes, I say that with the customer perspective of when Im in there I love asking them every single question I can think of, really testing their knowledge and passion for their product.  So I did an interview (it was holiday time so they were of course hiring!) and completely failed!  Gosh that stuck with me for months.  I would think of what I could have said, what I should have said, and even 2 months later thinking about it would make me cringe.  

Fast forward to last week.  Im walking around my store, I work @ Younkers in the clothing departments, and I see a friendly face who I know to be the manager down at my local Game Stop.  I say hey, ask if he is going shopping and if I can help him with anything, he says no, he is here to talk to me!  Okie Dokie, whatchya got?  He says that he has his assistant manager position open and was wondering if I would be interested.  I try to not do a kartwheel while answering yes :giggle:  So I went in and had an interview with the district manager, which went well, and then another interview with Taylor himself, which also went well.  Yesterday, he came back into the store, this time with an official offer of an hourly wage, and the paperwork to start the hiring process!  Major YAY!  There was another hour or so of my shift, so when I did clock out I went upstairs to start the process of my 2 week notice with my HR manager (human resources for anyone who might not know that off the top of their heads.)  However he says right away, "let me fill out this paperwork to request we match this offer, and you can just stay doing what your doing!"  Oh my gosh talk about an empowering feeling!   So as of right now, my plans are to stay where Im at.  This allows me to make more an hour, but keep at part time hours and be able to focus on the Artsy Bits :XD:  

My biggest apprehension right now, or thing that I just dont want to do, is have to look Taylor in the eye and say "thank you, but no thank you."  He came to me, this opportunity found me, and I do feel like it would be a good fit.  He and I have always had good communications, and like I already said, Game Stop is a dream job of mine!  So today's anxiety is way different than 5 years ago!  And who knows where we will be in another 5!  Out of all of my life stories, especially the ones that illustrate how times change and things from the past can come full circle, I think this is one of the most motivational things I have experienced!  

I have a few more days of hanging out with my son before he goes to stay a few weeks with his dad, and then its on to Artsy Bits!  

Im hoping to get an entry made for the Make Ugly contest, and then my plans are to do a 30 day challenge(ish) with photoshop and illustrator.  

Thanks again for all the support with my Chanunpa Threadless submission, I still have not heard anything back on if it will be printed or not, but here were the results:
Final Tally was @ 487 scores.
62 fives.
113 ones.
Average... 2.59

There were also 124 FB +Likes, so thats pretty spectacular ;]
  • Listening to: Hits of the 2000's... for some reason.
  • Reading: Crafts of the North American Indians
  • Watching: -
  • Playing: San Andreas!!
  • Eating: -
  • Drinking: Water
This will be a quick journal, cause there is one short point to it;

Thanks for voting for my Tshirt design here:  thrdl.es/~/2bL0
:thanks:

It was of my Chanunpa image which I'd made about a year ago.  
Chanunpa by jugga-lizzle

Redone to not have the wallpaper constraints and fitted onto a Threadless Template:
Chanunpa Tee Submission! by jugga-lizzle

Any and all votes really meant a lot to me, not only because this is my first submission, but also because this image is one of my personal favorites!  

:glomp: :manhug:
THANK YOU!!  :XD:
  • Listening to: Parabola @ 800X slower!
  • Reading: Crafts of the North American Indians
  • Watching: -
  • Playing: EA Sports Active 2
  • Eating: -
  • Drinking: Water
Time is fun.  Its friendly, mostly.  Its informative.  It goes on and on, and is largely under appreciated some days.

Lately Ive been thinking a lot.  Everything from personal stuff, what would I like to go to college for?  Life stuff, how exactly is society effected by *insert adjective and noun here?*  Little stuffs, what song would help me feel better right now?  Larger stuffs, how do I contribute to the future of humanity?  :crazy:  Sometimes thinking too much is not so fun.

dA has always been so fun to browse around.  I can remember when I first joined and could sit here for hours just browsing.  Then I got enough courage to comment on forums and deviations and that was all very nice.  For my part the images I was making were not anything special.  But it was through dA that I found the drive to progress.  There have always been helpful people here on the site, let alone all of the resources that we the people provide.  

Sitting on the front page and looking at the newest uploads has become an enjoyable pastime for me :)

That leads to looking at galleries and profiles.  Here on dA I enjoy going out of my way to say whatever comes to mind.  Sometimes it is a sincere compliment, sometimes it is a random thought that popped into my mind when seeing whatever piece of imagery.  Most enjoyable are the times when I find someones journal or newest deviation that contains within it some life thought or plight, and a response forms in my mind and swoosh out onto the page.  Some of the best conversations Ive had on dA were completely by chance in that way.  

Then for me the time came to start really making things as much out of default photoshop as possible.  What had happened, is I was experimenting with the start of what would be my love of vector.  Harry Potter :squee: was and is a huge staple of my life.  So I had done some blends with stills from the movies, and at least at the time they couldnt be on dA.  But one of those had been a still of Emma, with a background that I had spent a lot of time on and was very disappointed when it was no longer part of my gallery.  But, what do we do when our bubbles get popped?  Get an extra big wand, some more soap, and blow bigger better bubbles!!  So my very next image was the Rainbow Concepts II, my very first DD here on the site, and what has to date been the most viewed.  (As well as redistributed unfortunately.)

So my most favorite thing about dA is how inspiring and regenerating the site can be.
If you let it.  As with anything in life, you are in control of what you walk away with :thanks:
  • Listening to: Maynard. Everything Maynard!
  • Reading: Old game guides
  • Watching: Tool - The Ultimate Review
  • Playing: EA Sports Active 2
  • Eating: -
  • Drinking: Water
This past weekend a few friends and myself went on what we call a random photo road trip.  Which for all intents is not as random as the name implies.  This one was focused around Des Moines, IA, my birthplace!  See, the thing is, my friend Ashley is a bit crazy.  The good kind of crazy mind you.  There was once this trip where both Ashley and Tracy found themselves in a sort of a photo taking challenge.  So, they rose to that challenge!  Such was the birth of our random photo road trips.  Admittedly, those started out really very random.  Things like hats and shoes from the local stores.  Inevitably, the seed was planted.  Since then it has turned into a goal, especially for my friend Ashley =]  On almost all of her trips now she has a list.  She has a website she is a member of.  She has an app for that.  She has some GPS thingy which really did a good job helping us.  Our trip focused around:

Midland, IA - High Trestle Bridge

Ames, IA - Reiman Gardens
             - Stainless Steel Turkey

Winterset, IA - John Wayne Birthplace
                   - Roseman Bridge (Bridges of Madison County)

Menlo, IA - The Freedom Rock

Adair, IA - July 21, 1873 - The site of the first train robbery in the west, committed by Jesse James and his gang.

Audubon, IA - Albert the Bull

Elk Horn, IA - Only working Danish Windmill in America

On a completely personal note, my camera stinks these days!  Cant say I own anything spectacular for photography.  Having something is better than having nothing however, so I took my crappy lil camera and took some pics.  There are a few of them that I think photoshop can help, so that is on todays to do list :thanks:

To do List:
1.  Edit road trip photos [5-8]
2.  Finish revamped Rainbow Concepts image...   :dance:
3.  Still work on journal for dA

=]
  • Listening to: A little bif of everything ;]
  • Reading: The Magic of Reality
  • Watching: -
  • Playing: EA Sports Active 2
  • Eating: -
  • Drinking: Water
"A'Ramble on, and now's the time, the time is now!"

Why is it so easy to spend time thinking?  Yet when it comes to doing, there are many different terms that we use as reasons not to do.  
"Oh I was unmotivated...  uninspired."  
Distracted.  Busy.  Unavailable.  :doh:

Recently my resolve has been to do.  

So here I am, doing stuff on dA!  

Ive been browsing the site all day so far and there are some fun changes Ive noticed.  Somethings that will of course just take time to get used to.  All in all however its almost as if Ive only been on vacation for a week or so, just now getting back on the computer and dA is an old friend of mine waving a happy Hello :thanks:

To keep myself focused, Id like to mention 3 things that Id like to accomplish, dA related.  
1.  Update my profile/ Update some of my image descriptions
2.  Create a new, improved! avatar
3.  Find and/ or talk about and/or create a journal layout just for me ^_^
  • Listening to: A little bif of everything ;]
  • Reading: The Magic of Reality
  • Watching: -
  • Playing: EA Sports Active 2
  • Eating: -
  • Drinking: Water
Thanks to everyone for favs, watches, comments!!  
Everything!!

There is lots of personal stuff going on in life right now, so Im not able to find as much time for anything really.  Let alone dA, and art :(  
We are slowely getting things figured out however, which is what we all must do in life right?  :thanks:
  • Listening to: -
  • Reading: American Indian Myth's and Legends
  • Watching: -
  • Playing: EA Sports Active 2
  • Eating: -
  • Drinking: Water
Ill be gone for a few days.
Today is my Sons 5th Birthday!!

Tomorrow we will take him to the zoo, and on Thurs I should be back around ;]

Have a lovely few days peoples!!
  • Listening to: -
  • Reading: American Indian Myth's and Legends
  • Watching: -
  • Playing: EA Sports Active 2
  • Eating: -
  • Drinking: Water
Just upgraded to premium again in...  oh gosh, pri like 2 years...  

Complete YAY moment!

:dance:

Ill actually do stuff with it later, pork is on the grill *mmm*
  • Listening to: Cage the Elephant
  • Reading: American Indian Myth's and Legends
  • Watching: -
  • Playing: EA Sports Active 2
  • Eating: -
  • Drinking: Water
There is a lot of stuff always going on in life.  This week our AC unit has broken, everyone is having to deal with this heat.  Putting a for sure schedule together for our household over this next year has proved to be quite the challenge.  A member of the family has been hospitalized and loved ones are feeling that sadness...  
But no matter what happens throughout your day, if you have people in your life who you can lean on, confide in, or who can make you laugh even after youve cried yourself dry...  Then its time to take a moment and appreciate that!

Dont forget to do something for yourself either ;]
  • Listening to: Nothing
  • Reading: American Indian Myth's and Legends
  • Watching: Rango!
  • Playing: EA Sports Active 2
  • Eating: Frosted Mini Wheats
  • Drinking: Water
Hello, and welcome to my story of dumbness.  
It all started about a half hour ago when I decided I would update my journal.
Got a whole bunch of stuff typed out...
Then the boyfriend came home and while we were chatting I start clicking.  
Went to the Facebook tab, looked at a couple status's, came back and just clicked away...  Lost my journal.

So instead Im going to copy and paste the last thinger that I wrote as a facebook note, cause it kinda says what I was saying anyways ;)


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"We arrived at Lidtke Mill just after 8:30 am.  Only had coffee and excitment flowing through us at that point.  The sun was of course perfect, a word we found ourselves proclaiming throughout the journey.  BJ has made this voyage countless times before.  Myself, only the once.

After the canoe was packed, the fishing equipment at the handy, and sun lotion sufficently rubbed on, we set off.  Probably a little before 10 we had paddles in hand and the dam quickly dissapearing behind us.

Quiet.

Thats all you hear!  The river wasnt up, so especially on the straightaways its placid.  We spent the first 2 hours Im sure, just gawking around as if we hadnt seen it before.  Every colour everywhere.  Trees growing in fantastic shapes.  I really like the ones that kind of look like one stick, just heading straight up, but with a lollypop like clump of leaves towards their tops.  At some points you can see open expanse of the sky.  Sometimes only the trees.  My favorite, the bluffs!  The first time I was out there, Ill admit, I was too preoccupied with those things to notice just how beautiful the water itself is!

And then, we started to fish!


Something I hope to be fascinated by time and time again are the fresh water springs.  Keep in mind, Ive never had too much opportunity to go out and explore.  So things like an exceptionally cold spring running into the refreshingly warm river, intruiges me.  They do come off as more pristine.  We stopped at one to snack on some veggies and the way it felt running through my sandals was enough to stimulate the senses as they say ;]

We worked our way down.  Curve after beautiful curve.  Fishing spots galore, although we werent cathcing anything...  yet.  One of the best things for us, is imagining what it was like 400 years ago, or 1000 years ago.  People of the land and their rituals, their tools and ways of getting things done.  The river was pretty low at a couple of points, and with that sun having gotten higher in the afternoon sky, we just walked the canoe a few times.  Looking around and thinking, they probably did this too.

It goes without saying there is nature everywhere.  Bald Eagles soaring around every bend.  There was a Great Blue Heron that seemed as if he wanted to be our river mate there for awhile.  We would get close to him, and he would fly downstream a bit more, and the process would repeat.  He didnt seem bothered by us however, more as if he were guiding us down.  Swallows, turkey vultures, even deer made an appearance on that first day.  The owl that stood on a bank about 15 ft away from us before silently taking off was the most breathtaking in my opinion.


Then we camped!

Last year we had camped here, with friends.  And this year we felt it more then fitting for our trip.  Its a little under halfway to Granger from Lidtke if Im not mistaken.  Just a nice sandy island with lots of dead wood, and a pretty good habitat of bats to keep the bugs away!  It reallydoes feel like the best camping spot ever, just out in the middle of a river is all.  For supper we had hobo dinners, although I had forgotten the mixed veggies.  After the fun filled day, we pretty much feel asleep as soon as our heads hit our camping pillows!

Saturday was just as perfect, beautiful, and serene as Friday had been.  Only this time, the fish were bitting!!  The amount of bites were pretty even, but BJ really outfished me this time around because he caught a little of everything, and pretty darn often too!  I learned to do alot more paddeling that day, especially to try and help him be able to fish good spots.  There was some wind resistance towards the evening hours that we had to paddle our way through, but working together made it much easier of course =]

Bonding is really what this whole trip was for us.  We have been out camping together, we have even been on one of these trips last year.  But being by ourselves, just the 2 of us was really very different.  More so then I think either of us anticipated.  He made things easier for me, and I made things easier for him.  Fishing together, helping each other out, traversing the river together, and of course all of the setting up and taking down of camp.

That 2nd day flew by, and before we knew it, it was getting close to 8 pm, and we were not even near our campsite yet.  We paddled, and paddled, talked about stopping at a few different places, but instead just trudged on so we could make it to the other place we had camped at last year.  We knew it was there, just a matter of getting ourselves there.


Tired, achey, and hungry as ever, we started the process of setting up camp.  It turned out that the same exact area we were at last year, had just a bit.  So we were not but 30 ft further downstream on what turned out to be quite a cozy little island.  There were a few weird noises, and as the sun went down, and the moon even started to dissapear behind the tree line...  we did KIND of wish our wood burned brighter.  After another delicious meal cooked from the coals, we found ourselves entranced by the fire.  I had the camera out, taking picture after picture.  BJ has his stick out, poking the fire.  And we still arent sure if we made it past midnight, or just how long we stayed up.

Sunday morning came with what we thought was a vengance.  2 seconds were spent realizing that the sky looked stormy.  10 minutes was spend deciding that we were just going to stay in the tent, and wait it out, but at least try and get some coffee going for ourselves.  But then the next 5 minutes were spent deciding we would pack quick, do without coffee, and get in the canoe!  So, that is what we did.  Packed, and before you know it we were with paddles in hand yet again.

It did not rain!

The Upper Iowa River is quickly becoming a complete love affair of mine.  This weekend brought us closer to ourselves, and closer to each other.  I honestly cannot stop thinking about being up there, and of course cant wait till I am!  For those of us in Iowa who always complain that there isnt anything to do, I am calling a big ole Bllsh!T!  You dont have to go out and trek the wild for 3 days straight, but you could hop in a boat for 3 hours!  Go for a hike, go fishing, go bird watching even!  Why not take the magnificent things that are around us, and appreciate them?



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  • Listening to: Nothing
  • Reading: American Indian Myth's and Legends
  • Watching: -
  • Playing: EA Sports Active 2
  • Eating: -
  • Drinking: Water
Brief update;  

Just got internet hooked up.
Moved @ the beginning of the year.
Havnt made anything in ages!
Working @ Younkers now, loving it!
My son is about to turn 4!!!!

Hope anyone catching this is doing FANTABULOUS!
  • Listening to: Scooter
  • Reading: harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Watching: -
  • Playing: Red Dead and Borderlands still =D
  • Eating: -
  • Drinking: Water
So I dont have a whole lot to talk about, but I felt an update was needed;

Im currently checking dA almost daily, and am finding time to work on images.  Although like with the last one I submitted (Pineapple Pushup's) Im not pushing my creative limits, in fact Im really just trying to brush back up on PS and get to a point where Im feeling capable again.  I know alot of people can relate with this, but Ive been going through a huge artistic block.  Alot of the images I have worked on over the past 6 months even havnt been pushing my creativity to new levels.  Ive just kind of been sitting in my comport zone, while wishing I was doing more.  And when you find yourself wishing for more, theres only one thing you can do about it really, start working for more :)

As before I have been updating my facebook more often with slightly edited pics, so if your interested in keeping updated there as well here is my link-a-T-link:  www.facebook.com/ThyLizzle
  • Listening to: Blue October
  • Reading: The Elfstones of Shannara
  • Watching: -
  • Playing: BioShock
  • Eating: -
  • Drinking: Water