24 5 / 2013

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Glenn Arthur

Beautiful art work!

10 3 / 2013

Once in a while, you come across a place that thoroughly impresses you to the point that you feel like you need to share with the world.

I found two of those places.

One is a beauty supply store; the other an art store.

Beauty: beau·ty  [ bytee ]   

  1. pleasing and impressive qualities of something: the combination of qualities that make something pleasing and impressive to look at, listen to, touch, smell, or taste
  2. pleasing personal appearance: personal physical attractiveness, especially with regard to the use of cosmetics and other methods of enhancing it

This perfectly describes #Tallahassee’s new beauty supply store, #Ulta.  I was shopping at #Michael’s, when I noticed the store. My daughter and I went in to check it out. I was floored by the size of this store. It was like Sephora on steroids! I love Sehora, and I love makeup. I just don’t like paying an arm and a leg for it.

Ulta was not only large in size, it was well-lit, bright, and massive in their selections of products. My daughter and I were in makeup heaven! We looked at the products that you see in the upscale fashion magazines (Nars, Smashbox), and we also saw that they carry typical drugstore brands (Maybelline, Revlon). Of course, I had to check the prices.  Some items were comparable to Sephora, but most items were several dollars less, including the drugstore brands!  Of course, it helped to walk in the store and get handed a coupon for 20% off my entire purchase!

It was a great experience - many helpful associates, wide selection of products, great prices, great lighting to see the products… if you live in Tallahassee, and you love makeup - you MUST check out Ulta, in the Michael’s plaza, right up from #BedBathandBeyond.  Well worth the trip! (Not in Tallahassee and still want to check it out?  You’re in luck - they have a website: http://www.ulta.com/

The other #Tallahassee find - a great art store near the #FSU campus - #Utrecht.  My daughter’s friend had been telling her about this store for weeks, but I was doubtful about seeking out an art store because my experience has been that they are very expensive - after all, they specialize in selling art supplies.

That was not the case with this store. We had gone to HobbyLobby prior, and I saw some decent prices on some of their art supplies. I was FLOORED by Utrecht’s prices! PrismaColor pencils almost HALF the price of what I had just seen at Hobby Lobby. HALF!! This is an art store! We were in art heaven! They had an entire row of colored pencils and pastels, sketch books, rows of paint, T-squares, designer templates, canvases - if you need an art supply, they have it!  I was so impressed - I will not be getting art supplies at any other place but this one. And what’s even better? My daughter qualified for student discount, an extra 10% off their already low prices. And this store too has a website if you are not in Tallahassee: http://www.utrechtart.com/

These are two great stores here in Tallahassee, and I couldn’t be happier to have discovered them. I’m all about getting the most for my dollar, and these stores qualify. So, if you want great products for great prices, I highly recommend checking out these stores: Ulta for your beauty needs, and Utrecht for your art needs.

Make Life beautiful!

07 1 / 2013

My delightfully messy desk! Some need sanding, some need bails and some need chains and good homes!

My delightfully messy desk! Some need sanding, some need bails and some need chains and good homes!

07 1 / 2013

Some of the new stuff I just released feom the molds. I’m in love with many of them!

Some of the new stuff I just released feom the molds. I’m in love with many of them!

05 1 / 2013

martinekenblog:

Beautiful drawings by Debra aka Illusionality.

I didn’t find more information about this artist, but I like this style! And, if you want see more illustrations, click here.

Wow!

05 1 / 2013

04 1 / 2013

martinekenblog:

The DSLR Wheel of Filters

How cool is this?

01 1 / 2013

Okay, as I posted earlier, I made a potholder via a pattern I found on @Pinterest (my latest addiction). It was difficult for me to handle while stitching so I figured I’d make one similar. The original pattern is on the left, my “easier” version is on the right. 
I found making a rectangle and folding it over was much more simple (and better for my hands/wrists). I prefer the look of the original pattern, but my alternate is a bit thicker. 
Here is my version: 
Chain 33. SC in 9th chain from hook. This makes your hanging loop. SC in remaining 25. CH 1, turn. 
SC in each 25 to end, ch 1, turn. 
Crochet 25 rows total.
On 26 row, sc in back loop only. Ch 1, turn. (This is your folder over point.) 
SC in each row for another 25 rows, until your last row lines up with your first row via the fold over point. 
To join, use slip stitch to join all three open sides. Tie off and finish loose ends. 
This pot holder can be made as wide or long as you like. 

For this sample, I just eyeballed my rows, but I like it all the same.

Be happy, get a hobby!

Okay, as I posted earlier, I made a potholder via a pattern I found on @Pinterest (my latest addiction). It was difficult for me to handle while stitching so I figured I’d make one similar. The original pattern is on the left, my “easier” version is on the right.
I found making a rectangle and folding it over was much more simple (and better for my hands/wrists). I prefer the look of the original pattern, but my alternate is a bit thicker.
Here is my version:
Chain 33. SC in 9th chain from hook. This makes your hanging loop. SC in remaining 25. CH 1, turn.
SC in each 25 to end, ch 1, turn.
Crochet 25 rows total.
On 26 row, sc in back loop only. Ch 1, turn. (This is your folder over point.)
SC in each row for another 25 rows, until your last row lines up with your first row via the fold over point.
To join, use slip stitch to join all three open sides. Tie off and finish loose ends.
This pot holder can be made as wide or long as you like.

For this sample, I just eyeballed my rows, but I like it all the same.

Be happy, get a hobby!

01 1 / 2013

So I tried my hand at something I saw on @Pinterest. Came pretty close. It was hard to start, but once I got past the first few rows (and increasing by a stitch, oops) - the pattern went pretty smooth and I could see it coming together. I like the pattern,  I like the stitch, I love the end result. 
My only problem was how to hold the item while working the stitches. It was very hard on my hands and I had to stop often due to tingling in my hands. I’m going to try to work a long rectangular piece that I can fold in half and sew up the sides. It won’t have the same stitch pattern but the end result should be similar. 
I’ll keep you posted (like you care!) :-)
Here is the link / pattern I tried:
The Best Crocheted Potholder - Crocheted Kitchen My Patterns - - Mama’s Stitchery Projects - http://pinterest.com/pin/284712007664766437/

Be happy - Get a hobby!

So I tried my hand at something I saw on @Pinterest. Came pretty close. It was hard to start, but once I got past the first few rows (and increasing by a stitch, oops) - the pattern went pretty smooth and I could see it coming together. I like the pattern, I like the stitch, I love the end result.
My only problem was how to hold the item while working the stitches. It was very hard on my hands and I had to stop often due to tingling in my hands. I’m going to try to work a long rectangular piece that I can fold in half and sew up the sides. It won’t have the same stitch pattern but the end result should be similar.
I’ll keep you posted (like you care!) :-)
Here is the link / pattern I tried:
The Best Crocheted Potholder - Crocheted Kitchen My Patterns - - Mama’s Stitchery Projects - http://pinterest.com/pin/284712007664766437/

Be happy - Get a hobby!

10 12 / 2012

Saturday, I was at Hobby Lobby looking at the jewelry section. I had to squat down to look at something on the bottom display, and when I stood up I remarked, “Oh I’m getting too old for this!”

A woman pushing her cart through the aisle stopped and replied, “Oh honey, you are just a spring chicken!”

"I don’t feel like one," I said.

She said, “Salonpas.”

"Salonpas?"

"Yes, when I was nurse in the Navy during Vietnam, I used it all the time." She took a package out of her purse and opened a packet, "Where do hurt?"

"My elbow," I replied, holding my arm and showing her where my elbow has bothered me for months. No Icy Hot or warming gel has helped with the pain.

She slapped on two of these Salonpas strips on my arm and said, “Leave it for 4 hours. Get yourself some of these at CVS and replace. Always use two treatments. You’ll feel relief in about 15 minutes.”

I thanked her and we went our separate ways.

I have to say that my arm DID feel better with this strip - I was skeptical, but I could feel the warmth on and off for the 4 hours I had the strip on my arm. And even after I had taken it off.

Amazing stuff, and an amazing encounter with a former military nurse still tending to the medical needs of strangers. Thank you, wherever you are!

Merry Christmas!!