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What have I been reading

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 Books that I've just read or currently reading:) 1) Reacher: Killing Floor by Lee Child         Loved the series on Amazon (and the Tom Cruise movies) so I decided to finally read the first book. I liked it a lot, but is it the best written? Not really, but still a great read.                     2) Fangs by Sarah Andersen I've wanted to get my hands on this for a long time and finally did. I love this graphic novel! Such a quirky story, and Sarah's comedic timing when it comes to her comic panels is just perfect. Currently reading... 3) The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway I've always loved Ernest Hemingway since reading A Moveable Feast and some of his short stories, but have not really read any of his fiction work. (Crazy, right?!?) I am reading this right now, and am also loving it so far. I've always admired his writing style. 4) Making Comics by Scott McCloud This is a re-read for me. I'm currently loving this idea of doing a graphic novel in the future

Just in the nick of time....

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 Soooo....I did end up getting Covid. I guess it was only a matter of time since everyone else got it. Thank you to everyone who reached out to ask how we were all doing:) XOXO Anyhoo, in a way, the timing was perfect, coz we all were out of isolation, and negative again this weekend when my daughter's Confirmation happened. (I must admit, though, that my energy level is still not what it used to be:( ) As a Catholic, this is a pretty big deal for us. My daughter prepared for it for about half a year...mostly virtual. The actual ceremony happened in person, and thought I'd just share some pics here:) I sewed these outfits awhile back...both for me but my daughter can wear my clothes now! (Tilly and the Buttons pattern for her jumpsuit, and the Alabama Chanin Panel Tank dress pattern for my dress) with her godmother:) with the Bishop who officiated the ceremony Family picture time!:D How was your weekend?

The Last of Us

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 If you guys watch my YouTube videos, then this is not news...COVID has finally entered our house. As of right now, everyone except for moi has tested positive. It started off with my two older boys. We thought we had a pretty good system in terms of isolation, but then, my youngest and husband tested positive over the weekend. And now...it's just me.... I will update here if/when I do get it...wish me luck! Update May 4/2022- Finally tested positive today:( PS Just in case you have some time...:)

What have I been watching #30

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 So, I thought I'd just share the ones I've seen lately that I've liked...I've been re-watching a lot of old films so I won't include that here:) 1) The Secrets of Dumbledore I was originally not going to watch this in support of Johnny Depp (who was fabulous as Grindelwald in the previous movie), but as big fan of the franchise, I was curious and gave in. I actually liked this film a lot, but I still think this would have been much better with Johnny (Sorry Mads Mikkelsen.). My fave is definitely Jude Law, but I also loved Callum Turner as Theseus and Jessica Williams as Prof. Hicks. 2) Moon Knight Oscar Isaac....enough said. 3) Halloween Kills I liked the Halloween film that preceded this more, but this was still ok. I think the main reason I wasn't too impressed was because of the ending...sigh.... What have you been watching lately?

Easter 2022

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 This is the first time in two years that we were able to go to church for Easter, which is an important event for us Catholics. It's a bittersweet event, because it's great to finally be able to celebrate it as a community again, but also a bit sad and scary, as cases are going up again in our city, and who knows what will happen in the future.  Anyhoo, thought I'd share an outfit pic of what I wore:D I sewed this dress years ago, and I still like wearing it.:) Excuse the scowl...the sun was right on my face, and my photographer (aka my daughter) wanted to the pic in a hurry...LOL inside the church with my eldest and youngest My middle child is an altar server every Sunday, and here he was during Easter service. Do you celebrate Easter? How was your weekend anyhoo?

Already torn

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 Will I ever get tired of wearing these jeans I've had for forever? No....not at all... I remember wearing these jeans a lot when I was a volunteer at my kids' school. One of the moms there (who actually became a good friend but sadly passed away from cancer)  thought I was in dire need of money.  #TrueStory old Evil Twins jeans from Urban Outfitters, UNIQLO turtleneck, Adidas sneakers Are you a fan of the distressed look in fashion? It comes and goes, like any trend, but it's something I will always gravitate to. 

A new beginning

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 If you guys have been following me for awhile now here or on Twitter, you might know that I am more of a traditional artist and use oil paints (on a canvas) as my main method of painting. This year, however, I decided to learn digital painting. I figured...why not? I've always loved learning (have always been a nerd), and life is too short not to try, right? Mainly using Loish's tutorials on Patreon (I just did a blog post on her here ), I created my first official digital art using Procreate (on an iPad). Here's a 30-second time lapse: Since I've had Photoshop for forever (used it for photography and even took a class on it), I decided it's about time to learn how to use it for art...wut?!?! Here's my first setup using the Huion Inspiroy drawing tablet (inherited from my middle child): Here's my setup now, using Wacom One Using another Loish tutorial on Patreon, here's a water rendering painting I did...not my best but I learned a lot! Just in case you