Thursday, August 19

Mirror Makeover - Inspire My Spirit

I love this project!! Do you remember those two cheap mirrors that I paid £1 for at car boot? Can you say FUNKY REDO?

The Funkiest of Redos!
Two basic mirrors with wood around them, painted white with pink cupcakes.  Yuck!

Don't get me wrong though, I do love real cupcakes! :D

But these mirrors, as they were, weren't really to my taste, so I painted the first one back with Acrylic paint. As you can see, my sewing machine is right there also, because my creative space is so small, I can only use the edge of my kitchen table to work. :D (enter your jealousy here)

I tend to horde old Ebony magazines, but decided to use some for my mirror project. I was determined to make something inspiring! :D  
  

I cut out all the pictures that I could find of women with a certain look. I wanted to feature an afro hairstyle or a natural, simple lowcut style. These women where to inspire me to keep up with my own afro hair style that sometimes challenges me.

  I wanted the pictures to be rough edged so I carefully tore around the images with my two fingers.
 
 I manoeuvred them around the mirror, seeing what worked best. Not all of them were keepers. I then glued down the ones I felt were perfect.
 

 Hmmm, something feels missing, I thought. There's a certain vibe that I want when I look at the mirror. A unique individuality vibe! And with that, I knew just the person who should grace the top spot!!!


 Fabulous Model Nikia Phoenix!!!!

She's so gorgeous! She's one of the most uniquely talented models out there! She's smart, opinionated, speaks out on the ills of her industry, uses her strength to the pinnacle, makes clothes look like a million bucks and screams confidence!

Have you ever seen her?

She's quite hard to forget!


Nikia's industry is plagued with cookie cutter images, many runway models look the same, and many designers and casting agents like it and prefer to keep it that way. Nikia's look is very different. She has a freckled face, unique features and a killer, ripped body. And guess what, she's a nice person too.

How do I know?

Because I didn't have a magazine picture of her, but desperately wanted to include her on my mirror. So I did what I thought was right, and asked Nikia if I could use one of her own blog pictures, and she said yes. That's right, I said I ASKED HER, and SHE SAID YES!!!!   :D

She is so nice, she said she's looking forward to seeing what I do with my mirror!! Check out Nikia Phoenix's blog,  it's awesome!!  Model Liberation is so informative, fun, serious, heartfelt, fashionable, stylish and not at all boastful. She has a very beautiful spirit about her. 

So rightly fitting, I've decided to call my mirror Inspire My Spirit!


To make it really personally me, I gathered all the things I like; lace, beads, buttons, jewellery, stickers, fabric flowers, and dried grass weeds. I brought out the hot glue gun, wires, and white screw hooks that I found in my husbands tool box (To all my artsy sisters, I advise you to raid your man's tool box every now and then, you could find some nice items in there.) 

 Ladies, do you ever look in the mirror sometimes and not like what you see? Is there something physically about you that makes you stand out from other people? Tough going? When I see Nikia I think of doing my own thing, not letting anyone stop my flow, being who I am, knowing what my strengths are and going for it!

Pictured below is my new mirror that hangs on my bedroom wall. I love it and am so happy with the end result. It's very useful as I can hang some of my necklaces, bracelets and earrings on it. It hangs over my Mother's old mantel piece that I had shipped to England from the States. 



Hmmm, now what should I do with my hair today?
Uh oooh, I'm getting ideas.  But would it work? Well, if I don some funky jewellery with it, I just might end up hot! Oh yes, this is working. So glad I purchased this wide toothed comb.




 

I'm just going to do me, and be the best me I can be.

 Thank you all for reading this post.   ANd thank you Nikia. You inspire me to enjoy uniqueness and individual style.  ~ Happy Weekend Everybody!

psss... want to know what I did with the other mirror?

Saturday, August 14

Car boot loot

Check this out!!!!!!  You couldn't PAY ME to have this!!!


Hubs and I went to a carboot/outside flea market recently, our favourite thing, just looking really.  And when I came across this fox head I Freaked!  I know I embarrassed my husband because he looked at me and calmly said, "It's taxidermy, sweetheart."

I've seen birds, I've seen a fish, but never a whole real snarling mounted fox head! YUCK!  As if!

Anyway... this is more of a better look at what a carboot is, if you aren't used to that name.

Here in England, the trunk of a car is call the boot, so when you pull up your car in a field or lot, and sell things from your car or set up tables around it, it's called a carboot sale.  There had to have been something like 300 cars here I reckon! It takes hours if you want to see everything being sold. Sometimes we sell our household extras this way too. Your junk stuff can be someone else's treasure! :D

Oh lookie what the hubs found. His favourite animal besides the squirrel is a big cat, don't ask, so he purchased this tiger for a few pence/cents. It is now featured in our livingroom. It looks cute, we like nick knacks, and we like toys too.


Speaking of toys,  after the carboot sale we headed to a Toy Collectors Fair at Westpoint Exhibition Centre. The entry fee was £3.50 ($5.49 USD) which I thought would be a waste considering most people outside on line looked like either old model train collectors or sci-fi figure freaks.

But when I got inside I found a few tables selling what I love, DOLLS!!  I'm on a really tight budget so couldn't get buck wild about it, but I did pick a few really nice pieces for my doll collection.
This is my stash! The purple lady was £2 ($1.50 USD), the two brown babies together were only £1 (£1.56USD) and the Asian doll was also £1.  The girl baby sweetly giggles when you touch her plump belly, the boy baby is anatomically correct :o and unfortunately has a mark on his head, and the Asian doll is wearing a dirty tight dress, but I can work on these and make them so cute. I'll show a picture when I do.

I hope you all are having a great weekend!
Do you like going to carboots sales or flea markets? 
Does anyone else collect dolls like I do?  
(Link Partied on)

 Thrift Thursday

Monday, August 9

Creativity

Are you Creative?
Where does your Creativity come from??

Is it forced, is it inherited, is it borrowed, is it home grown,
Is it fleeting, is it out of hand, is it lacking, is it overblown?

What does your Creativity look like? What does your Creativity feel like?
Does it inspire, does it renew? Is it all not what it seems like?

Does it get you in trouble, is it misunderstood, is it lawful?
Is it safe, sane, soldiering?
Simple, joyful, sobering?

Would you defend it? 

Is it all over you?
Are you Creative?
Who can take it from you?
And from whom does your Creativity come?

(Poem by Eve)
(Dedicated in honour of Charles Henri Joseph Cordier and his many subjects)

Charles Henri Joseph Cordier born 1827 - died 1905. 

(Cordier's biography) "A firm believer in racial equality, he became well known for his bust of Saïd Abdallah, a former Nubian slave.


In 1848, Charles Cordier caused a sensation at the Paris salon by exhibiting the bust of a Sudanese man. It was derided by critics for showing an African man as a subject of beauty.

Although greatly admired by many artists during his lifetime, throughout his career Cordier was forced to defend not only his subjects, but also his materials. Setting aside the standard white marble, Cordier traveled to Algeria, Greece, and Egypt to explore their quarries for black onyx and rare translucent marble veined with blue, peach, and red hues. The confidence of his artistry is captured in every detail, revealing the vibrant humanity of each subject. Cordier is recognized for both his academic and anthropological contributions to French art as well as his technical inventiveness."

Charles Henri Joseph Cordier was "forced to defend not only his subjects, but also his materials."
Can you believe it, his Creativity got him in trouble, and he had to defend it. Well I, for one, am glad he didn't allow anyone to extinguish the creativity inside of him and that he traveled far and wide for the black onyx and the colourful veined marble that he wanted to use. Wasn't it enough that his subjects most likely suffered enough of such a stifling fate of crushed creativity? Look at these busts. I believe his subjects, from the way they twisted their scarves, to the way they curled their hair, used their awesome creativity even when stripped of everything else and enslaved. That's why I wrote in my poem "Is it all over you?" "Who can take it from you?"   

Remember both Charles Cordier and his awesome subjects and how they both held on to their Creativity in spite of the different pressures. Let us shake off anything or anyone who tries to squash our creativity, simply because the world didn't give it to us, and the world couldn't take it away.
Eve at the Musee d'Orsay, Paris

So Many Projects - So Few Fingers

Eve is a busy beaver! And a happy one too! There are so many Artsy projects around my apartment just screaming out my name!  Check some of them out:

My sewing machine has been smoking! Can you tell what I'm making? Here's a peak at a project I'm working on for my Mum-in-Law. She loves cats and I've been making cat hot water bottle covers for her.


Guess what, I've just purchased my 1st professional Hot Glue Gun! Is this girl excited! I've been in such a creative mood lately, I think I'll be wearing my gun around my waist. I'll glue anything that moves and feels lucky!

Below are two picture framed mirrors measuring 10" x 10" (pictured front and back). I don't have a clue what I'll do with them yet. Got these last weekend at a car boot sale/outside flea market. They were priced at £1 each, but the seller gave them to me at .25 pence each (.39 cents).  I might paint them, and hot clue something around the wood. Any ideas what?


On a different trip to a Car Boot Sale, I made off with these!

Check out the price, (Only £2/ $3.18 each) They are discontinued, notice the X, fabric sample books from an upholstrey store. The really Humungous books with quality fabrics!

This doesn't show how large they are and how many are in each book, but they are jam packed and so heavy to carry. The embroidering and colours are amazing! And the seller took my name and number, next time she shows up at a car boot sale, she's going to call me to purchase tons more books from her!

The back sides of the fabrics are just as pretty as the front sides. I have big plans for these fabric pieces. Stick around my friend, and I'll show ya one day really soon :D


At a different Car Boot Sale I purchased these 3 canvas boards for £1 the set ($1.54).  Don't know what I'll do with them yet, the suede coverings are nice, but I want them to match my livingroom colours which I'm changing to red, and brown. These measure around 12" X12" and should hang in succession on my living room wall.

In between working on all of these super fun craft projects, I'm still looking for work and trying to cope with my health issues. Remember I said I was having doctor visits and eye exams all last week? Well the outcome wasn't so great, but instead of getting bummed out over things I'm going to focus on all that's good and lovely.

Like my blog followers; the new and not so new :D

THANK YOU to ALL you WONDERFUL blog FOLLOWERS!

Friday, August 6

Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips


I've been trying to make Banana Tear and Share Bread but my yeast WONT rise!

I found this Banana Bread w/ Chocolate Chips recipe on a blog, that for the life of me I can't remember the name. (Plz contact me) It's an excellent recipe, and doesn't require my arch enemy yeast. It's sweet and moist and yummy, and smells so delightful. Try it yourself.

The Ingredients are:
1/2 cup softened butter (not melted)
1 cup sugar (or artificial sweetener)
3 ripe bananas
2 eggs well beaten
1/4 cup of flour
1/2 tsp. salt (I would leave this out myself)
1 tsp. baking soda
 1/2 cup plain oats or oatmeal
1/2 cup nuts (I used chopped walnuts)
1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 F/180 C degrees

In a bowl mix butter, sugar, eggs and chopped bananas with a hand mixer until soft. (It will be a little lumpy because of the bananas)

I don't own an electrical hand mixer, so I tend to go crazy handmixing with a fork. 
 

 In a separate bowl, sift flour, salt and baking soda. Then add the oatmeal into the dry ingredients.






Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients a little at a time until completely mixed. Then add nuts and chocolate chips.

 Pour into a greased loaf pan.
 


Bake for 50-55 minutes.


Slice and enjoy! Yummy!

Monday, August 2

Weekend Fun

Hiya, I hope you've had yourself a wonderful weekend.
I surely did, and have a wonderful week ahead full of doctor visits and eye exams. Yippie me! :D

I've realized that for this blog I haven't shared a lot about my surroundings, which is a shame because I live in such a beautiful county called Devon. I'm surrounded by stunning countryside areas and lovely beaches, one of which I live straight down the road from.  There's lots to do here, and my town is actually a tourist hot spot! It really comes alive in the summer with art exhibits, festivals, carnival, aquatic events, etc.

Hubs and I went for a tradition Sunday walk this weekend. Here's a look.  

A beautiful wheat field

Great sunshine and blue skies.

Walking forest grounds (or resting the puppies I should say)

The greenery is just awesome, although sometimes I still get afraid that a wild tiger or lion might eat me in the forest. And by the size of me, that'll be no small feat, giving my husband plenty of time to go run for help. heeheee

But he says he wouldn't run and would defend me to the death and besides there are no wild lions or tigers in England.


But I'm not the type to stand around waiting to see what's about to eat me. Right here is where I almost became a complete blur of lightening, but it turned out that it was only two squirrels making noise in the grass (this time).
Hey, whatever can catch this, deserves to catch this, is what I say :D 



I'm not afraid in the city, I'm scared to death in the forest! But overall I do have a wonderful time enjoying the great outdoors with my hubs.

Do you find that it's always last on your list to explore and enjoy the area where you reside, preferring to have adventures in other cities, towns, counties, states, countries?? :D

When I lived in New York, I'm kicking myself now, I never quite enjoyed the city to the extent to which I wish I could now. And if I should ever move out of Devon, because one never knows where God might place you, I pray not to look back on my time here and wish I'd spent more time enjoyed it.

And so after hubs and I enjoyed the walking, the fresh air, and wonderful nature, we went to the most manufactured place on earth. McDonalds!! :D



Happy Trails!

Here's to Enjoying All That's Good in Your Area!
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