Saturday, July 26, 2014

Too Fast To Type

Hello there!  You'll have to forgive me for such a delay between posts.  Life has just been super busy since moving to Orange County.  We've been here almost a year now and my closet still isn't completely unpacked.  I just don't have time to write a full blog post every week, but I still want you guys to see all the cool stuff I get into.  So I've created a Facebook page as a way to bridge the gap.  I can post quick pics of what I'm working on and if I'm feeling wordy I'll come back here.  I think this will be the best of both worlds.  Here's the FB link: https://www.facebook.com/tinapasadena143

See you on the world wide web.



Thursday, September 26, 2013

Orange you Glad?

HeeeLLLOOOOOooooo!
Wow it's been a while since I've written!  What have you guys been up to?
Me? Oh you know, a little of this, a little of that... Let's see - I got a new job YAY and we moved to the city of Orange... What? The OC?!?  I know, right?!?!  Tina Pasadena is in the OC - WHOOP WHOOP. 

My refrigerator is in the dining room.  Oh, you read that right.  My fat fridge doesn't fit in the allotted space, so it lives in the dining room.  Thereby occupying the space where my craft table should be, and thus giving me this twitch in my eye, because *twitch* everything isn't in its *twitch twitch* proper place.  Deep Breath.  *teeth clenched* It.Will.Be.Fine. 

Since I don't have a crafting table, my larger crafting is on hold.  I WOULD use the coffee table, but SOMEONE got upset that the remote and table have some tiny resin drops on them.  They're NOT that bad STEVEN... ahem... so for the time being I'm crocheting my heart away working on a super secret project. 

I also participated in my first craft fair!


Aren't my assistants handsome?


 


I've also done a few poetry readings and am still working on my book.




AND I've got a few projects to tell you about too, but I'll leave that for the next post.

So, any OC tips for this newbie?


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

How Many Cephalopods Does it Take to Change a Lightbulb?

Wow! I can't believe how long it's been since I've updated my blog!  I'm so sorry about that you guys.  I didn't mean to leave you hanging. 

So here's the update.  I decided to finally stop messing with my book.  I've re-written it like three times and each time it's turned into something else.  Part of the problem is that I don't write linear.  I come up with an idea, write that, and then try to make it all stick together.  And well... it's not working.  So I decided instead of making a casserole with all the parts, to just serve them separately as a collection.  Yay progress! 

If you know me even a little bit, you know I'm weird and like weird things.  That being said, I found the best website: Roadside America Your Online Guide to Offbeat Tourist Attractions  You just type in a town and it'll show you the thing you gotta see.  That sounded so fun that I just had to share it with you guys.  But I didn't want a bunch of pictures of me at odd places - so I decided to send one of my top reporters.  Everyone, meet Oscar the Octopus.


Oscar is interning here at our little blog.  He's fresh from the Cephalopod School of Journalism and he's ready to see the world!  Just to get his feet wet, we sent him somewhere local. 

Here's Oscar and Mark Twain.  Ok, not the real Mark Twain, but an awesome bench in Monrovia where you can cozy up to Mr. Twain and enjoy the sunshine. 








The plaque reads “The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”









The next stop for Oscar was Livermore, California.  This cute little town is home to picturesque vineyards and a yearly wine, beer and, art festival. 


 









It's also the proud home of the longest running light bulb! This bad boy was 110 years old as of June 2011. 

















The bulb currently lives at
Fire Station 6
4550 East Ave.,
Livermore, California

But Oscar must have lingered at a wine tasting room a little too long, because when he got to Station 6, it was closed. 

Field Reporter Tip: Always call ahead.






Luckily, there is a BulbCam on Centennialbulb.org where we can look in on the little guy.  The site also has facts on the bulb and pictures ranging from the historical to the recent parade in honor of the bulb's centennial birthday. 
 
If you want to see a map of Oscar's travels, click the tab at the top: Map of Oscar's Odd Adventures 
 
So what do you think of our new intern?  Should we keep him?  

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Analyze This

I've lost my mojo recently.  I've been sick and my depression/anxiety has been bad.  However, my meds have been adjusted and my antibiotics are kicking butt.  I feel the tingle of creativity bubbling under the surface.  I imagine it's like the tingle of the start of an erection after a long time of being unable to get it up.  It's scary but exciting.  You don't want to rush it, in case it's a false alarm.  But what if it's the real deal?  This is could be it!  A real honest to goodness surge of blood to the head!  I better not waste it - quick give me something to put it into.  Funny - you could read that last bit as an erection or creativity.  I'll let you decided how you want to read it...

I often wonder why I just don't commit to writing.  I think it's partially due to me getting so excited when I see something new.  I get these wild hairs of "I like that.  I have to know everything there is to know about it.  I must do it!"  But then I do and it gets out of my system and I move on.  That explains why my house looks like it does.  Roller derby gear in one corner, art stuff in the other.  Bar tending class notes mixed in with theatre books.  I want to do everything.  But I can't do it half-way. Oh no!  It must be done right now and with the right equipment.  Is that so bad?  It's not my fault that I have a hunger for life.

But (as my freshman year psychology would deduce) what if I'm doing this to distract myself from what I know I should really be doing?  What if I'm just procrastinating to keep me from fulfilling my purpose in life?  Maybe I'm so scared of success that I will do ANYTHING to keep it from happening... NAH I'm just a free spirit.  Right?

In other news, this is Toby.  He is wearing a bow tie.  Why?  Because bow ties are cool.






Thursday, February 21, 2013

Button Heart

Well hello there!  I've got a quick craft to share with you today. 

My craft room walls still needed a little something so I found a small canvas and painted it blue with a red-ish heart on it. Simple enough right?






Then I wanted to add some texture and depth to it. So I added a base layer of red buttons using hot glue to keep them in place.


















But it still needed more.  So I added a layer of colorful and fun shaped buttons.
                 GAG! I hated it! 
I know my stuff is far from professional but I'm pretty sure I could have made the same thing in the third grade.  BTW, I would have hated it then too.










In the end, I decided to keep it simple.  Just two layers of circular red buttons in various sizes, all held together with hot glue. 







Did you notice how that last picture is clear and bright?  I FINALLY got a Light Tent Kit! Not a bad pic for a cell phone right?  I think it made a big difference.  The next big purchase is a new camera.  Any suggestions?







Friday, February 8, 2013

Smushy Crayons

Hey guys.  Sorry it's taken so long to get this post up, my anxiety/depression has been acting up, so I've been dragging my feet.  But, as promised, here are the steps on how I made the drip crayon art.


 Step 1: Hot glue crayons to canvas. 
*Please note that adorable smiling panda is not necessary for this step, but is encouraged. Because really, how could you not love that guy?













Step 2: Take out your expensive hair dryer and point at crayons, while your ceramic bird gives you a look that says "are you sure you want to do that?"







Step 3: Realize that a hair dryer blows hot air in too wide of a direction and just causes everything to melt and get all smushy, even after you held an envelope between the crayons trying to direct the heat.

How do you know it's smushy?  Because you tried to catch the hot crayon that fell off the canvas right after the other crayon slipped out of it's paper wrapper and in doing so, managed to simultaneously smush them and burn your fingers.

*Don't forget to tell the bird to shut up after he gives you that "I told you so" look.



Step 4:   Problem: Need for concentrated heat.

Solution: Blowtorch (minus the envelope as it turns out that paper is flammable).

See the difference?  The drips on the left were caused by the hair dryer.  See how they all ran together?  The drips on the right were caused by the blowtorch.  Much easier to manipulate.







Step 5:  Add something cute holding an umbrella.

Ta Da! And there you have it.  One more reason to use your blowtorch.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Craft Room 2.0

 The last time you saw my craft room it looked like this:


And we all agreed that it was missing something. 

I present to you, my newest creation... CRAFT ROOM 2.0!

Applause!
Thank you! *wave* Thank you! *blow kiss* No, you're the best.  No you! 
ahem... where was I? Oh right!  The detail shots!




Why yes, that is my paint in spice racks. Oh and those spice jars on the bottom?  Buttons!














And yes, that is a jar full of crayons! So much nicer than a bunch of half-empty boxes.  (pst the crayons are left over from another project.  I'll get to that later)




Please note two important changes to this shelf. 
1) It now has brackets
2) My yarn bowl has been replaced due to the former lack of brackets causing said shelf to fall and the previous jar to crash and shatter.
Always.Use.Brackets!









And of course we needed some art on the wall. So I whipped up this little darling.  Not bad for a writer, right?











And those crayons?  Just a cute owl stuck in the rainbow rain.
 
Squee!  Little rain boots!






















Since this post is running a little long, I'll leave the progress shots for the next post.  But if you really love this little guy, you can buy him on my store page.


P.S.  What do you guys think of the larger font I've been using lately?  Too big?  Just right?  Let me know in the comments.