Posts Tagged ‘Julian’

let’s celebrate!
We had Julian’s graduation party last Saturday, at the clubhouse where my Grammom lives. Our house is smiply too small for more than 15 people, and even that is pushing it. Anyway, it turned out quite nice – everyone enjoyed themselves (I think!) and Felicia got to meet the rest of the family (poor girl!). I made most of the food, and then we bought hoagies, tomato pie, and soft pretzels. My Mom of course had to make a speech. Some photos…oh, and I never did make Julian’s scrapbook – I realized about two weeks before the party that there was no way it was going to happen. I decided to focus on making a photoboard instead, with the plan of finishing (and starting!) the scrapbook at a later date.

my little boy

my little boy

my little boy

my little boy

my little boy

To make the photoboard, I bought a foamcore poster board and covered one side with white cardstock, folding it over the edges to make it look nice. My Mom had jotted down notes about Julian when he was a baby and then a toddler – things he did, things he liked. I typed these in Word and then printed them out onto blue and green cardstock. I trimmed these and glued them on top of the white cardstock. I gathered my photos, scanned them, edited them in Photoshop, and printed them onto white cardstock. Then I glued them on the photoboard – most of them I glued flat down, but for several I used foam squares to give the photoboard some dimension and extra interest. Silver star stickers were the final touch. I like how it turned out, and besides gathering, scanning, and editing the photos, really did not take that long to put together.

not a fan of country, but…
I recently bought Jewel’s last album Perfectly Clear. This is her foray into country music. Now I am not a fan of country music, although I have tried it out from time to time (I like to try out different musical genres occasionally – you never know what might strike your fancy!). But Jewel is one of my favorite artists, so I figured I’d give it a try.

I’m not loving it, but it’s not too bad. It’s just…country music. Which to me seems to be simpler in terms of lyrics and messages, whereas I prefer music that is poetical and metaphorical and the more complicated the better.

I do think her songs on this album are simpler than on her previous albums – I miss the political edge and social commentary from her other work. The songs on Perfectly Clear are pretty much all about relationships, which does not do a lot for me.

Jewel has a new album – Sweet and Wild – again a country album. I’ll get it eventually. I’m willing to give it a chance, only because it’s Jewel.

Lately I’ve been listening to The Beekeeper by Tori Amos. I purposely chose to listen to this album when the weather got hot – it’s a very “summery” sort of album. The vocals and music are lush and warm, and it’s definitely her “lightest” album in terms of sound. I don’t know why, but certain of her albums I will only listen to during certain seasons.

~bon soir!

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what becomes a legend most
So look what I got in the mail the other day….

sister kinderhook

Rasputina’s new album, Sister Kinderhook – yay! After Tori, Rasputina is my favorite music artist. Rasputina is really Melora Creagor – singer/songwriter/cello player. These days she usually has one other cello player and a drummer on the albums as well. She has a penchant for the past, particularly the 1800s and early 1900s. Her albums always have a historical bent to them, in both the artwork and the songs themselves, and this is one of the reasons I love Rasputina (some of the artwork even features embroidery – like this album cover – pretty cool!). Melora is an intriguing storyteller as well.

Through Rasputina I have come to love the cello, and I must agree with Melora when she says that the cello is the saddest instrument. I call her music Victorian/goth cello rock. That’s the best description I can come up with. Other words that come to mind – beautiful, weird, humorous, piognant, fun, poetical, intelligent, haunting. If this sounds like your kind of thing, check it out Rasputina.

this artistic mother
I finished reading The Artistic Mother and I loved it – I think it’s a wonderful book, very informative and inspiring. I didn’t do the projects although there were certainly some I’d like to try. My favorite parts were the chapters on Motivation and Planning and the sections about digital photography and poetry.

I think it’s pretty cool that Ms Cole included a section on poetry and encouraged her readers to give it a try. The suggestions she gave make writing poetry seem doable, and I’ve decided to give it a try, and have even received inspiration for two poems.

Ms Cole’s Art Action Plan is great – I’ve been diligently writing mine every Sunday for the coming week, and I find it extremely helpful for staying focused and on track with my goals.

Throughout the book were profiles of other artistic mothers. I always love reading about how other artists manage their time, but I felt a bit frustrated because it seemed like none of them work outside of the home. There is certainly nothing wrong with that, but I would love to read about other moms who have outside jobs and how they manage to still find time to create.

I’m thinking perhaps I need to write my own book for the working-outside-the-home artistic mother!

scrapbooking away
I’m working on a scrapbook for Julian, to commemorate his journey in life up to this point. I’m planning on having it done in time for his graduation party which is at the end of July. All I’ve done so far is scan some photos, come up with a concept, and order an acrylic album. So I have a lot to do still, but I’m planning on keeping it very simple, clean, and modern, which hopefully will help keep the amount of time under control. Here’s one of my favorite photos of him, when he was one or two months old. So cute!



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my young man.

Julian graduated on Monday, and I am so proud of what a wonderful young man he’s become. I know his future has great things in store for him.

First post-graduation photo.

Me, Julian, Marc, and Lily – our little family.
my little family

Cholly, my Mom, Julian, and GGMom (GG stands for great-grandmother!)
julian & co

Cap & gown.

~to a bright future!

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getting it together
I started reading The Artistic Mother by Shona Cole. It’s really good. I have especially enjoyed the chapter Motivation, which encourages writing an artistic vision and determining long- and short-term goals. I took the time to write my own artistic vision and goals.

Some of my long-term goals (over the next 2 to 5 years) include participating in art retreats and classes, learning to solder (perenially on my to-do list), submitting my work to various magazines, creating mixed media jewelry, and further exploration of digital art.

My short-term goals (from now through July) include submitting a couple things to magazines, spending a half-hour per week on digital art, updating my sadly-neglected flickr page, and making a scrapbook for my son.

The other chapter that I’ve really enjoyed is the one called Planning, in which Miss Cole describes the art action plan. Basically you take your short-term goals and break them down into individual steps. You then plan for the coming week which steps you will do each day, taking into consideration how much time you have. So I made an art action plan for the past week….and failed utterly at accomplishing pretty much everything that was on my plan. The only things I got done were a blog post and some things for Mother’s Day. The blog post took way longer than I was expecting. I am hopeful however that my art action plan for this week will fair better.

prom time!
So yesterday was my son’s girlfriend’s senior prom, and today is his. He decided to go with an all-white tux with a blue vest and bowtie to match her dress. They make a lovely couple, don’t they? She is very sweet. I have to say these pictures don’t do them justice.

This is yesterday, at her house.

Also yesterday, at her house.

This is from earlier today, at our house.

and finally
I did manage to fit in a little digital play this past week, with this photo that I took of Lily. She’s wearing her new favorite Disney princess nightgown and a pair of my shoes.


I played with the color a bit and applied a filter to get the “drawing” look. I think it turned out very nicely!


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I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars. – Walt Whitman

On Saturday we went to Hong Kong King Buffet for my son Julian’s birthday. We have eaten there many times but not within the past few years. The food was yummy, just as I remember it. Everyone (us, my mom and stepfather, my sister and brother-in-law and my niece, and my grandmother) enjoyed the food. We let Julian choose the restaurant, and he went with this one for the all-you-can-eat crab legs.

Saturday night I actually got to work on my green carnelian piece again. I added two more cabs and started a third. I’m very pleased with how much I’ve gotten done between last Saturday and this. There is hope after all!

This week promises to be busy with preparations for Lily’s birthday party this coming Saturday. It’s hard to grasp the fact that two years have gone by since we were blessed with a little bundle of joy, who immediately upon arriving home threw our lives into turmoil, servitude, and poverty, and now rules over the house like a little Catherine de Medici.

She’s adorable when she’s sleeping.

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