Dear Me: A Letter to Woodstock at 16

I have been a fan of OutQ radio on Sirius for a number of years, I especially like Derek & Romaine and listen to them on my long ride home.  A few days ago they had a guest on author Joseph Galliano who wrote a book called Dear Me: Letters to my Sixteen Year Old Self and Dear Me: More Letters to My Sixteen Year Old Self.  In this book he asked famous people to write and submit to him letters they have written to their sixteen year old selves.  The concept is brilliant, kind of in the vain if I knew then what I know now what would I change.  I have not read the book yet it is on my wish list, but the idea of what you would tell your sixteen year old self is amazing and cathartic.  So I decide to challenge myself to this task here is my letter and picture of myself at sixteen.  I challenge you to do the same and if you do leave a comment so I can find out what you had to say. 

This is when I got the nickname Woodstock
October 27, 2011

Dear Woodstock,

Greetings from the future I come in peace.  I know at this moment your whole world seems like it is in a tail spin with no safety net to catch you and that mom has just gotten out of the hospital acting like a zombie, but soon everything will be explained.  The past 3 years have felt like a war in the house and the only casualty is you, but you are not the only casualty, you need to remember the people you are fighting against the hardest are the one that one day will be your ally.  I know I am vague about what the future will hold for you, but I don’t want you to avoid all the pain, suffering and positives that will happen as you grow older.  You will do things in your youth that are unwise, burn bridges, seek solace in the wrong places, date a lot of assholes, but one thing is you will survive with a better understanding of the world and people.  These life lessons you have to learn on your own because you are so bull headed something that does change as you grow older.  You will learn that the argument is not about rebellion but about your beliefs that beauty is just as your mom said skin deep and that a personality will get you farther in life then having huge breast and straight hair.  You will learn to love yourself and accept your fault; you will wear them like a badge of honor like a solider coming home from battle.

Woody, do not give up on your dreams though they will change so much just keep believing in them.  I know that things with dad are crazy, but try to remember he is in pain too.  Listen to him when he tells you stories of the past one day they will guide your memories when you long for them the most.  Forgive him now so later the rage doesn’t eat you alive. Be patient with him his heart is suffering more than yours, his wife is suffering as is your mother. Learn from him about unconditional love though you don’t feel it now you will understand soon what it truly means. Spend more time with mom in the next few years, hold her, read to her, sing to her , do not get angry when she forget your name, soon it will become clear and the regret you will carry later on will be devastating.  As for our family give them a break sometimes the constant meddling get to be to much but their hearts in the right place. Stop blaming your sister for being who see is, no she is not your mother, but she is a close second.  Put away your selfish ways and open your heart to what you can learn from her during this time.  You will always butt heads, but not so much out of anger as love.  Talk with your brothers more try to let them get to know you better you have a lot of perspective to give so don’t let your fear get in the way.  I will tell you this my sweet hard head self that life will get better you will find love and peace and yes along the way you will fall sometime truly far down the hole, but you will always remember what dad said, “pull yourself up by your boot straps, because the way you can go now is up” believe me it will save you more times than you can imagine. 

So remember to eat your vegetables (trust me they are good), get plenty of sleep, love yourself, and every night thank God for the gifts you receive (they are plentiful) and stop blaming God for all of this because he does answer prayer sometimes it is not the answer you want to hear, but it is an answer you will appreciate later.

I love you


WIP: The Digital Version

To say I go from one project to the next like an OCD rabbit would be an understatement since I was a small child my interest have been wide never truly settling on one genre I seem to float from vintage to futuristic, sewing to paper art, photograph to digital art the list goes on.  With my camera down (hubby accidentally sent my memory card to parts unknown when he mailed out a package) and hoping that Newegg sends me a new one soon I am unable to start my photo journal, but knowing Texas weather it should arrive once we get a cold snap.  In the interim I decide to research on how to make my blog represent my various sides so as usual I goggled how to and found the mother lode of tutorials.   I found wonderful tutorials on using Picasa for making banners and scrap booking from Clover Lane her blog is informative a must see.  I also found multiple tutorials at The Cutest Blog on the Block which helps me to create the background.   As the days get short I hope to create more I have two binders full of tutorials to help me learn how to use Photoshop, Photoshop Element and Gimp I shall be a happy girl indeed.

Inspired and Privileged

That sums up how a feel this week.  I was privileged to have won something from my favorite blogger Elizabeth at Creative Breathing a blog which is like home to me, you know a place that is cozy and warm, where you can sit at the table sipping your hot tea sharing stories, a place that lingers with you all day.  Her blog is like that a sanctuary from all the bustle and noise of the day.  I came home to find a package on my desk at home with a familiar name it was like when you where young the excitement you got when your pen pal wrote you back.  I opened to find the most beautiful creations the detail and love that goes into her work is told through her creations. 

I can’t wait for the weekend when I go on my trek through downtown Houston on a mission to find the perfect poor baby shop tree to hang these treasures onto in my craft room.  A tree is the symbol of growth and inspiration to me, so having these pieces hanging from a tree will give me daily inspiration for my own journey through crafting.  Thank you Elizabeth. 

My son is in his last year of Junior College working on his Associate Degree in Arts and decided to take Photography to meet his art requirement. Of course this meant purchasing a 35 mm camera with a lens both of which I have no knowledge about.  We went to a local camera shop and purchased a used Nikon N90 with a basic lens, the purchase of black in white film and other equipment he needs to develop his pictures.  I am so excited about this venture for him having Asperger’s sometimes you forget there is a creative soul inside that just has a different way of expressing their creative side.  My son is extremely sarcastic (a trait he gets from me), dry sense of humor and a giving soul, but sometimes you have to dig to see it shine through.  So his taking photography will give people an insight to what he finds to be inspiring or beautiful in his own unique way and I think they will be shocked by his vision.  Being mom I always knew it was there.  So this week he started to learn to develop film, these are two of his favorite one he developed one is the lights from his ceiling fan and the other is from Huntsville State Park one weekend. I can’t wait to see where this goes, he told me that he is not into nature photography because everyone does it and he is not inspired.  He is inspired by buildings, lines and unique angles as he put it “What I loved about working in Theater Tech in High School building the stage.”  So this weekend we are going exploring through parts of Downtown Houston in search of unique structures and a new lens for the camera. Can’t wait for the next round Christmas Gifts are looking good this year. 

September Happy Homemaker Tag Along

For this month along with my art piece a day I have also completed my September Happy Homemaker Tag.  I call it Post Mod it is simple but I made it with my Aunt Hattie in mind.   She and my Uncle Henry where two extremely hip people in the 70’s I remember their apartment being done up in post modern furniture from the 60’s.  I was just a small girl but my memories of them are still strong when you went to their place there was always a candy dish full of smarty’s a hug and soda to keep you occupied while the adults talked.  Aunt Hattie wore these great black cat eye glasses, wore Capri pants and cardigan set but it was her laugh that was like a witches hackle that was enduring.  She and my Uncle passed away when I was still quite young but their spirits still linger within me every time I have a smarty candy I think of them. 

I used spray ink to create the background, the bodice is from a stamp along with the head and I used blue rick rack to create a chocker and embellished with steam punk sprockets.  The sides are created with a Martha punch.  

Also while you are here please check out my giveaway for free software.  Thanks and come back soon.

My Memories Suite Giveaway (Closed)

Congratulations Amanda I will sending you an email with everything. Thank you for your comment.

I was asked to try and review MyMemories Suite It is  a wonderful digital scrapbooking software.  In case you have never heard about them here is a little snippet from their site:

My Memories Suite version 2 software is a complete digital scrapbooking solution that provides a powerful set of creative tools and multiple sharing options that no other software can offer. Its intuitive workspace and enhanced time-saving features are perfect for a beginner to build an entire album in minutes, or to empower the design pro to build a scrapbook album masterpiece.

First off the software was easy to download and install on my computer and once installed the user friendly tabs made creating a snap.  On the first night I had so much fun creating pages that I stayed up well past my normal bed time.  But it is just not for scrapbooking pages I was able to create a wonderful digital slideshow with music, this too was a snap and the ability to share this with friends, family and you is all the more reason I am knocked out by the software. 

I also like that there are numerous designs that you can download along with embellishments, and paper this gives you a variety to display your precious photos to mark those unique occasions. 
My Memories has also given me the opportunity to giveaway one mymemories suite to one of you guys so here are the ways you can win:

First leave a comment go to My Memories and tell me which design you like the most. (this will count as one entry)

Following them on twitter so you can get the latest and let me know that you did (this will count as one entry) My Memories Twitter

Like them on facebook and let me know you did:  My Memories Facebook

I will be drawing a winner using you have until September 13th and I will announce the winner on September 14th
They also have a wonderful blog with tutorials, weekly challenges and more check them out at My Memories Blog
 So since I am doing an art piece a day I have decided to add this:


I made it with my memories making it into a slideshow.  It is for the letter F for Fiest her song is the backdrop.

Thanks again until tomorrow and the Letter G.
Good luck

E is for Echo and the Bunnymen

Sorry so late getting this up but with Labor Day events with the in-laws I am a bit behind.  I first heard Echo and the Bunnymen while staying at my friends house, he was a great influence in my musical taste introducing me to more British music along with underground acts of the 80's.  It was due to him that I first heard the Sex Pistols, Dead Kennedy's and Echo he was one of the reasons during Junior High I wore a shirt with cockroaches all over it (screen painted) black hammer pants, red bowling shoes, army jacket and shaved the side of my head. Punk and alternative music was my choice during that decade and Echo was just one of the bands that I adored. They had a Gothic overtone for a rebellious youth it was perfect music for the mood.  In 1984 I got to see them live back in the day I was notorious for winning concert tickets off the radio most of the concert I saw was because I won the tickets either for answering trivia questions or just being the lucky caller.  Of course I had to take my friend who got me into their music in the first place as you can see from the ticket I still have we also meet the opening act The Fleshtones who happened to be out in the lobby while we where getting drinks they where nice enough to sign the ticket.  I have spoken about my son meeting his tech celebrities and how I get giddy when that happens, because once when I was young I to had the opportunity to meet some of my musical idols, by chance, or by design and those memories are still vivid.  

My art tonight is something I threw together I drew it and as you can see drawing is not my forte.  It is very grade school chic, but it is a piece of art all the same. The song today is "Lips Like Sugar" as you can see her lips are made of sugar.   I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday weekend and that you where blessed with family, friends and good weather.  We are enjoying the cool front that took us from 102 to 91 I need to see if my sweater still fits for this cool weather :).  Until tomorrow which will be brought to you by the Letter F. 

Good Night

D is for The Dresden Dolls

I found the Dresden Dolls one day about 5 years ago while searching on You Tube for “Mien Herr” from Cabaret when the Dresden Dolls version pop up so I had to listen to it all I can say it was love at first note.  I feel in love with what they call Brechtian Punk Cabaret, a little performance art with a laid back approach to the music and their writing is emotional to the core.  The band is made up of two people Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione yet their sound is powerful and well rounded.  Upon hearing their earlier work I was hooked so much so that I had their cd in my car to run continually for over a month.  They tap into my theatrical sensibility with the over the top way they perform seeing them is like going to the theater you leave feeling like you witness history.  My niece and I constantly share music what we are listening to at the moment from her I have found some amazing artist so when I found The Dresden Dolls I had to share my find and she shared the love I did so much so we had to let my young nephew hear them too.  Last year the Dresden Dolls came to Houston to play in a small venue called Fitzgerald’s this concert fell close to my Niece’s birthday so as a gift I took her and my nephew to see them.  We stood on the balcony level overlooking the stage as we witness’s pure magic as they performed all of our favorite songs we sang along together with about 300 people.  The best part of the night was sharing the moment with my family seeing the joy in their eyes as for a moment we were chained together in mutual respect for the music we shared a passion for. I have seen tons of concerts in my life and this one was one of the best I had ever seen.  Amanda Palmer did a solo album which is also on my continually playlist along with other projects she has done, both are an extraordinary talent.

So for The Dresden Dolls I did a Coin Operated Boy.  He is manipulated by the beautiful marionette who in her search for love has been hurt so much that it is easier for her to live with her coin operated boy.
Until tomorrow with the letter E…..


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