How to Oil Paint – The Artist Path to Self Acknowledgment

Self Acknowledgment The road to self-acknowledgment can be a long one. I have been a painter for about 19 years and a self-acknowledged artist for about 10 of those. What do I mean by a self-acknowledged artist? Well, most artists go through a self-doubt phase. For several years especially when I was still learning how to work with the different mediums, I didn’t consider myself an artist. I considered my paintings a “hobby” or “just messing around with paints.” I was constantly looking for validation that my paintings were any good. I can’t tell you when exactly the shift in […]

Diaper Cake – How to Make a DIY Diaper Cake

I’m going to be a grandma! With this new title comes many new tasks including helping get my daughter’s baby shower prepared. So, when she said “Mom, I want a Paris-themed baby shower” and sent me a dozen pictures of Paris-themed diaper cakes, I couldn’t say no. I found colors I liked and went my own way with it. I have made several diaper cakes over the years for family and friends, so making one for my daughter is exciting.  Supplies:  Here is a list of supplies that I used, but you will want to choose your theme and collect […]

Oil Painting – Supplies

Getting Started:  When thinking of painters, the names of the greats come to our minds such as Michelangelo, Frida Kahlo, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, and many more. These artists were from different countries and yet,  today their work is known and treasured throughout the world.  But, even this small list of artists demonstrates the beauty of art. Not one of them had the same style of painting and all created beautiful pieces of work. Pieces that have survived through time and rendered their creators immortal through them.  With this romanticized idea of immortality and the various styles of artwork that […]

ManyCam – Basics for Beginners

ManyCam – Basics for Beginners   Getting Started: Online teaching is a growing industry that has exploded during the pandemic, but it isn’t a new thing. I started teaching online in 2018 when I took a little break from the brick-and-mortar schools. Many of the companies that I worked for required that you provide the students with some type of external reward. This reward could be anything from stickers to lining things up on a magnetic board. Some people were even creative and used a tablet with google slides. The problem with the external reward is that you needed a […]

How to Write an Essay – Tips to make it look right

Are you writing an essay by hand?  Blocks provide you with everything you need to build a larger page. Do not write past the pink lines into the margins.  Remember to indent the first line of a new paragraph.  If writing by hand this will be done by placing the tip of your index finger against the margin and writing on the other side.  Do not skip a line between paragraphs Try to avoid starting multiple lines with the same beginning word. Example: The dogs are brown. The dogs like to play outside. The dogs are big dogs.  Also, try […]

HOW TO WRITE AN ESSAY

          Writing an essay can have you yanking out your hair while curled in a corner crying at 2 am. Even for experienced writers, the process of thinking about what to write and figuring out the format to put it in can be frustrating. Also, because there are many different types of essays (persuasive, expository, argumentative, etc.) how you approach the topic will vary. In high school, these papers will usually be about a page or two in length. In college, they can be several pages in length and usually require research. With so many variables […]

Sweet Rice to Warm Your Cold Day

Sweet Rice 3 cups uncooked long-grain white rice  2 cinnamon sticks (optional) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional) 8 cups of water 4 boxes (1oz ea) of raisins 1 can (12 oz) of evaporated milk  Does not need to be Goat milk How much you add will depend on how much water the rice has left after boiling. 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon 1 ½ cups of sugar An inexpensive sweet treat that was popular in my house growing up with sweet rice. So, after going through the physical and emotional struggle of the Texas winter storm these last few days, […]

Cake Pop Fail – What NOT to do!

Cake pops have become the newest pretty treat for celebrations. I imagine this is partially due to their size but also because of how each pop can be uniquely decorated to meet the needs of almost any party, it helps that they taste good too. So when my daughter asked for cake pops, we decided to try our hand at making them ourselves. We started out with our ingredients which included: A standard over-the-counter boxed cake mix Three eggs ½ a cup of oil  1 cup of water,  Several bars of white chocolate The cake pop sticks And other items […]

Review of “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens – With Spoilers

“Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens – Review   In this review, I will be simply describing my thoughts and reactions to the story as a whole.    Delia Owens does a beautiful job in creating a marshy world colored with life. She begins her book by introducing you to the young Kaya, a small girl of about six years old. We are introduced to Kaya during a moment in her life that will send ripples through the ages and affect who she becomes in the end. When her mother left, there is a comparison to an injured fox […]

Hello World!

Welcome to my blog.  For the better part of my life, I have engaged in multiple artistic avenues from painting to bad poetry. I believe that art doesn’t need to be perfect and neat. It should be messy, fun, and perfectly imperfect. For me, art is a way to express the emotions that I can’t verbalize. It is a free feeling to create and engage in new ideas. So in this blog, I will talk about art, books, and life in general.  I will do the things that make me happiest, I will create and share. I was inspired to […]