Friday, April 24, 2015

School Work and Craft Show

   Wow it feels like I haven't been here in forever! And the reason for that is, is because I have been busy with college reports and such. When that happens I usually like to only concentrate on my homework rather then spend time writing something else, otherwise I get distracted and thrown off track. So you can bet that as soon as I'm done with my reports, I will return to my special little place known as my blog/journal, where I have a post planned on the subject of my recently passed 20th birthday.
    Along with reports, I have been squeezing in a little time to finish up some craft show items that still need a bit more work. I have been at my sewing machine this week stitching up some fabric dolls so that I can later hand paint their faces and sew little bows and buttons onto them. I am hoping the results will be adorable!
    So there it is my excuse for being late to blog, luckily it is spent doing things of value rather then laziness.

Monday, April 13, 2015

My First WonderCon Experience

So I had a complete blast at the WonderCon! 
Never before have I ever seen so much art, films and fans all rolled into one,
or in one place. 

So here is the first pic I took after I finished going through artists alley 
and purchasing a white pen and bronze sharpie from a art booth. 

Oh gosh! This was actually signed by Sebastian Stan!

I really loved this girl's work and art style. 

This autographed photo cost close to a hundred dollars,
But I think it would have been worth spending that much
for this photo haha. 


I saw this skirt online and had thought about ordering it, 
only to find out that it was being sold at a clothing booth in the WonderCon.
Of course I bought it, and so far it has become my go to skirt. 


Can never have too many Winter Soldiers. 

My sister with our favorite Spider-Gwen. 

An artist and his trusty art bunny. 

This dude's costume was intensely awesome.

Stopped to hear some children's books illustrators and authors talk about 
what it is like working in that field and give some great advice. 

Pretty nerdy jewelry tree.

I made it my mission to take a picture with every Winter Soldier that came my way.

Marvel helmets.

And here is my small haul which doesn't include the two pens that I bought. 
In Artists Alley I bought a 8x10 print of the Winter Soldier that a girl had done. I really wanted my 
money to go to helping a fellow artist out. I already said that I bought the Toothless skirt, but I also got a Funko Pop of Ronan the Accuser from Guardians of the Galaxy, which is sitting on a shelf over my head at the moment. 
So I really had a great time there and I'm hoping to come again next year or go to ComicCon! 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Steampunk Ballad Poem

Steampunk Ballad Part 1 

There was once a small woman 
Off the coast of Maine 
And she was dubbed insane 
By her father and mother, 
Anyone other then her friend 
Which was just a tiny hen,
With a golden feather on her back 
Matching the young woman's cap 

As she sang, mountains began to cry
For her voice was so high 
Causing villagers to fall and die!

But yet her words divine
regardless of the time,
When her songs carried on 
Three hours after nine,
Then she was gone! 

-Lynn N 

  So lately I've been listening to a lot of steampunk music on youtube. Because of it's kooky sounds and beautiful poetic lyrics, I have become inspired to write my own songs using a common ballad melody. So hopefully I can turn this little lyric into a full song and maybe tweak up the words a bit, because it still sounds to me like it's in the rough draft group. 

Oh yes! Soon I will get my WonderCon experience post up, 
I've just been busy with school and stuff, but it will come!

Friday, April 3, 2015

6th Month Dreadlock Update| Gifts and Clothing

Yay! April is here and the days are getting warmer! 

  If your wondering why my dreads don't look much like dreads, it's because I washed them today and they are extra frizzy and crazy. But anyway, April marks the 6th month that I've had dreads in my head, meaning that they are locking up pretty well and nothing has really changed much since my last update back in March, other then I added a new baby dread near the side of my face because that section of hair was just bothering me with the way it looked. 

  I was busy all day yesterday making this pixie/hippie/gypsy tattered skirt from almost every piece of scrap fabric I had in my room. Started with a thick elastic waistband covered in fabric and then I began adding little by little random fabric bits to the band, and just kept going until the whole thing was covered. And if your wondering if I really do plan to wear this out in public, the answer is yes! Thing is though I have to wear either shorts or leggings underneath. 

(Excuse the mess.)

  Few weeks ago in my church we heard about an organization that takes care of Holocaust survivors in Israel, preparing food, clothing and giving them comfort for those that are lonely. Well they explained about one woman in particular with an incredible back story and life altogether. Her name is Maria and as you can easily guess she is an elderly woman who lives on her own and gets lonely with no one around. So a few members in the church are going to send her some greeting cards and small gifts to lift her spirits, my gift happens to be a small mixed media canvas with a bible verse near the top. I think it's themed nicely around Easter and I do hope she likes it. 

 My siblings and I are going to WonderCon this Sunday, which will be are very first time going to a "Con" anything, probably the reason being is that the tickets were so cheap. So yeah I'll take some pictures and then post my experience here. 

Happy Easter everybody! 

Monday, March 30, 2015

Spring Break | Music Studies

Big things are happening to me right now,
but more importantly I want to talk about music. 

   I am on spring break and trying to enjoy every second of it, cramming in all the things I've been wanting to make and do but didn't have the time for. 
  I made a silent promise to my professors that I would practice everyday while on my vacation, which isn't to hard because it's fun! Every morning I wake up at 5am snatch my sheet music and my classical guitar and begin to start playing, followed by some singing practice when I've eaten my breakfast, soon after that is piano practice and then lastly studio guitar in the afternoon. I know it's a rigorous morning routine, but I enjoy doing it and have noticed my playing starting to slowly improve . Mainly the reason why I practice so early is because I have morning classes at around 9am, and so I try to practice as much as I can before those classes. 
   But with this free time I am able to play my ukulele, which I feel like I haven't played in forever! I've searched some songs to play and might possibly do a cover on my youtube channel when I have the time. If anyone hasn't seen Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart you really need to! That film has some of the BEST songs to cover on your ukulele! 

  Funny just yesterday that I stumbled upon these wise words of wisdom in my intermediate guitar book written by my studio professor who is the best teacher around. I find this very refreshing and encouraging to my brain, because sometimes I feel like I can't keep up with some of the studies in class, then to hear "Don't be in a hurry" is the best thing ever in those situations, though it mustn't be confused with procrastination. 

 As I was saying in the beginning, I have many exciting things going on right now in my life. One is my 20th birthday in April, when I will be saying goodbye to my teen years forever and entering into the world as a full blown adult. The other is my idea for a class/workshop coming together so beautifully! I've contacted some ladies at my church, who liked my idea for a beginners jewelry workshop in the summer. Lastly is the Madame Ink shop receiving it's very own business cards and having my artwork made into postcards. 

  So having all this activity on my plate at the moment may seem tiring at times, still I am very grateful for it all! 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Vlog | Madame Ink Shop Preparation

        Ok so this is my first ever "Vlog" that I've ever posted on my blog, 
hopefully it's something that I'll keep up with and not just get 
lazy about recording myself and quit. 


  I didn't say as much as I'd liked to have said and that is because I was trying to keep the video under five minutes, so that it wouldn't take hours to upload on my iPhone. What I really wanted to talk about was the preparations I have been tackling for the upcoming flea market in June. So far I've painted a few mixed media works on small canvases, painted up a frilly girly sign for my booth, looked up to getting a square card reader, attaching clasps to my hemp jewelry and ordered a 48 set of
Prismacolor colored pencils to use on future works.

  Oh! And I forgot to mention that I order some business cards to have around at my shop, the thing is that they were already pre-decorated, I just changed the text, next time though I plan on creating my own cards with an original logo (Like the one you see above). Speaking of which, that wooden plank happens to be the sign and official logo for Madame Ink, which I plan to use during the times that I sell in boutiques and markets. 

A small glimpse at what I've been working on. 
This one has a cute story. There once lived a toymaker who everyone thought was a little crazy and lonely. While he never thought that of himself, he actually liked to be alone except for the few times he would wish to be like the fathers he saw taking their children out to play.  One day, while working hard on a new doll (that he had put the most care and heart into creating,) began to realize that her joints would move on their own and that she could speak, but only one word "Daddy". He realized that he accidentally carved his want for a child on to her heart, thus causing her to come alive. 

  Eh, it was not so good of an original story. But I guess I could work on it a bit more until it gets to be good. So yeah, it's been nothing but planning, running around, practicing and preparing. Hopefully I'll manage to get everything done for college and selling.