Small update…here, takes some doodles…

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So, the plan is, in the next week or so, to start on some tutorials in preparation for Valentine’s Day. Sound like a good plan? I thought it did.

I’ve planned a couple thus far, and have also been avoiding my computer like the plague. Until last week anyhow. My husband finally located my tablet which had been buried in a forgotten box that was left unpacked. So, I’ve been spending a tad bit of time drawing. drawing, drawing, and more drawing.
Before I show you, does anyone remember Neopets? That cute little game online from years back? I’ve had an account for 13 years, believe it or not. Though, I will admit, I hadn’t touched it until one day I was looking at some old pictures and found one of m holding a brand new hand held Neopets game my dad had bought me when I was little. I had to check it out. Of course, it is completely different now, and the interest is no longer there, but my son finds the little games interesting, and though he can’t really play them yet, I think it’s cute watching him clicking away like mad in his attempt.
Well, long story short, seeing those old Neopets of mine, I got bored one night and decided to draw them…and have since just been drawing more. Nerdy? Yes. Childish? Possibly. But, when you are bored, there are a lot worse things you could do, right?

Anyhow, the doodles!
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And the work in progress:
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Yep, THAT’S what I have been doing. Not exactly the most exciting thing int he world, but hey, it keeps me occupied!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Polymer Clay Tutorial

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Today, I’m going to show you a super quick tutorial for this chocolate chip cookie:
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These could make adorable last minute gift ideas. They are super quick and easy to make, and using the basic idea, you can customize it anyway you seem fit (i.e making it into an M&M cookie, leaving out the chocolate chips and making it a sugar cookie, changing the color, whatever you wish).

Chocolate Chip Cookie:
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What you will need:
Tan Clay (Mine is Sculpy Brand, bought at Michael’s)
Brown Clay (Sculpy, bought at Michael’s)
Chalk Pastels in the colors pictured above (I bought mine on E-Bay)
A tooth brush or bottle brush like the one pictured for texture (I bought my tool at Michael’s)
Eye Pin (also bought at Michael’s)
Soft Bristle Paint Brush (bought at Wal-Mart)
Blade (I am using an X-acto I bought at Michael’s)
Parchment Paper (bought at Wal-Mart) (not pictured)
Cookie Sheet (not pictured)
Oven (not pictured)
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1. Start by rolling your brown clay into a long, skinny snake. Bake for 3-5 minutes at 275 degrees on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
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2. Once the brown log, snake piece has cooled, begin cutting small pieces off. This will serve as your chocolate chunks.
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3. Next, using a piece of tan clay the size you will want your finished cookie to be, condition and start including your chocolate pieces. You are going to smash and pull the clay. Make sure that you can see a good amount of chocolate pieces when you are done.
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4. Now, use your brush to add a bit of texture.
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5. Use your blade to scrape off some of your chalk pastels. Mix the colors a bit and brush them on where a cookie would normally begin to brown.
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6. Add your eye pin (this might be a little tricky since you now have to work around hardened clay pieces), and bake at 275 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
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And there you have it!

Christmas Dress!

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With my husband’s assistance, my daughter’s Christmas dress was completed just in time. Her great grandfather has a dinner every year around this time where the Christmas gifts are exchanged. This year, it’s being held, well….tomorrow. Lol.

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I had been working on her dress for a few days, but, unfortunately, I hit a bit of a bump in the road…namely that every needle that we own wound up missing. Of course.

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But, here it is, done and she looks completely adorable. Not that that is a shocker. I mean, look at that face. She could make a gunny sack look cute.πŸ˜‰ We even got her hair fixed up the way it will be tomorrow.

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The front, inside of the dress is lined with a fluffy white fabric to keep her warm.

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The back is almost floor length.

Is it a bit much for a simple dinner? Probably. But, what can I say? I looooooove dressing up my little girl.πŸ™‚

Disney’s Frozen Inspired Cameo

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My friend is coming into town this week, and after Christmas we have made plans to go to the movies. Him, my husband, the kids, and myself.

I’ve been looking forward to seeing Frozen for a while now, and wanted to make a necklace to wear when I go. Meh, why not, right? At first I thought I might just make a chibi of Elsa. However, after looking through all the findings I have, I settled on making a cameo.

6 hours later and I finally pulled it out of the oven, completed.

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I’m not entirely happy with it, but I’m not unhappy either. I think I could be fairly proud to wear this…into a dark theater. x)

So I tried my hand at sewing…

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My sister loves Narwhals. Now, granted, I could have stayed within my comfort zone and just make her a Narwhal necklace out of clay or something, but I decided to try my hand at making her a mustachioed, monocle wearing, Narwhal PLUSHIE.

The first time I had ever seen these horned whales depicted, I was watching one of my mother’s favorite movies, The Last Unicorn. I thought they were fascinating, and have since learned that infamous horn is actually an extremely large tooth, much like an elephant tusk.

Anyhow, enough of marine life lessons.

For this plushie, I followed a tutorial and used a pattern I found online, and dressed him up like a little Sir, because, well, my sister just loves mustaches and monocles as well. I had some blue, plush fabric left over from a failed attempt to make a baby blanket for one of my husband’s friends who had just welcomed his first child into the world (I ended up making bow tie onesies and some burp cloths instead. They didn’t mind the blanket being missing, they still seemed very happy).

You can find the tutorial and pattern here on this site called Craftster. I would also recommend visiting her Etsy shop, if you are thinking about adopting a little Narwhal buddy for yourself. She has a lot of other cute and colorful creations, and honestly, I’m thinking about putting an order in for one of those little Corgis, “for my daughter”, of course.πŸ˜‰

I did a search on Google for mustachioed Narwhals to give me an idea of what I wanted to do, and believe it or not, there are already a lot of cute gentleman Narwhals out there. However, this one here was most like what I had in mind.

It took 4 hours of sewing (did I mention that I don’t know how to sew?) and two days to actually finish with the monocle and all. In the end though, I think my little sister will like it. If not…I might lock myself in my room and cry for a week. No big deal. ;P
Anyhow, say hello to her new whimsical horned whale of the deep blue, yet to be named, of course.
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The Moon Chibi

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So, this is going to be the first in my planetary chibi’s. Yes, I am well aware the moon is not a planet. It’s a moon. However, it was after completing this and showing a dear friend that they suggested making a chibi to represent all the planets. Personally, I adore this idea, and will slowly be making these.
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I was sort of think of adding her to the POSSIBLE giveaway in the near future. Idk, we will see what happens.πŸ™‚

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And it still hurts: Just a Rant

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What is it about the invention of social media that has made everyone feel like they need to plaster their daily life on it? I do it too. That’s not even what my rant is about.
I know some things are best kept to yourself, but there are times when it feels just so dang GOOD to get it out for all the world to read!
I suppose it might be a good thing I deactivated my FaceBook account a while back.

Anyway, to the point of this rant. A while back, someone I put a lot of trust in hurt me pretty badly. Someone who any person should be able to go to when they need help. And honestly, her word weren’t meant to be hurtful, I don’t think. But she used a conversation we had as a springboard, and that is what made them so painful. You see, that day something that cost her a pretty penny had went missing, and we spent a good portion of the morning searching. One spot in particular had all 4 sets of searching eyes on and inside of it at one point, but the item was never found.
When she arrived to work, we got out of the car and she decided to check that spot one more time….and wouldn’t you know it, there the missing item was, tucked away safe. She pulled it out and says to me, “See Portia?! God WILL answer your prayers if you actually have faith.”
Now, normally, this wouldn’t bother me, but the conversation on the way to her place of work passed to my daughter, and the moments when the officer knelt down and told me there was nothing they could do. I dropped to me knees, I prayed, I begged, I pleaded for God to let me take her place. But we all know that’s not how these things work. God gives you the things you need, not what you want.

And so, I couldn’t help myself, I was angry. “Oh, I am so sure God thought your stupid *insert item here* was just SOOOOOO much more important than my daughter’s life, right?!” I shouted at her, not even thinking before I decided to open my mouth. Now see, smart Portia would have just kept her mouth shut and smiled. SMART Portia would have nodded and said “I’m so glad you found it”. But no, this was stupid, angry Portia speaking.

And so, she says back to me, “No, you just didn’t have faith. That’s why you lost her. This is God’s way of telling you that you need to live for HIM.” And she just kept making me angrier. Shut up Portia, just let it go. You KNOW you won’t win here.

“I HAD faith until she died! Don’t you DARE tell me that I didn’t. Don’t you DARE tell me my daughter’s death was a LESSON.” I hissed this last word.
Dang it! That is NOT what you were supposed to say. You were supposed to just keep your mouth shut.
“I am NOT going to argue with you on this. I prayed to God that this would be found, and it was. I have my faith. That should be enough proof for you.”
Β Smart Portia took over here. This is where I shut my trap. She won, and I got to stop listening to the most insulting things to come out of the person I trusted more than anyone.

It’s been a couple months since then, but there are nights, like tonight, when I am sitting all alone, when my husband is at work and my children are asleep, when there is nothing good on TV to watch, and my heart is already aching like it does every time the memory of that little red haired baby floats into my mind, that those nasty words replay themselves. And I start to cry, and I start to shake, and my resolve to let it go and forgive start to weaken.
My relationship with that person is more important than some stupid words that I am sure she didn’t mean to be hurtful, but I am weak, and I am angry, and I am easily offended these days.

Does that not make me human?