Saturday, September 23, 2017

Bento from Foodland


Wendell and I went to Ala Moana Foodland for the first time yesterday. 

I got this bento. It was perfect for me. I think it was $7.49. It's not on my receipt. Instead there's a Teriyaki Fish for $7.49 that I didn't get so I'm guessing that's it.

Everything was good!
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Well, almost everything.
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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Hand Lettering


Maybe it was just a matter of time . . . it's kinda related . . .  although it's a whole 'nother can of worms.  

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Like watercoloring, hand lettering requires practice, practice, practice . . . but maybe not being perfect makes it kinda quaint . . . no?
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Simple Pleasure


Geri actually discovered this blue bird at the swap meet and showed it to me. It was $1. She said I could have it if I wanted. 

This is now my window view while I sit at my computer desk. It's pretty amazing to me how such a simple thing can bring me such joy.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Prang Watercolor Set


Does anybody wanna try watercolor painting?

You can have this Prang set. 
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This guy gave a good review on it so I got it when I first started my new hobby, but I have a bunch of different sets now so I probably won't be using it.


Let me know . . . JalnaA@aol.com.

Addendum:  I got a taker!!!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Maremi's Small Art

For you, Kevin

Hi peoples!!! I give you one guess what this blog post is about. 

Yup. Painting. You just know how one-track minded I get. All I think about now is painting, painting, painting. Fixing watches? What was that all about?

New paint set!! So exciting! No? This set is by Prima Marketing.
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It's actually a birthday present that I got from Leslie. And my birthday is not for another couple weeks! We're so bad yah. That's how we are with each other. We don't even wrap our presents. Hahahaha!
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I've made a bunch of these cards. I loooooove doing this design. It's such good practice. And it's so gratifying.
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Here's the green first wash layer. It's the easiest part. 
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And here's the hardest and most challenging part . . . blending. I do a lot of screaming when things don't work out. But I also do a lot of "oooh"ing and "aaaah"ing when things do.
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I had planned to take step-by-step pictures for you but it didn't happen. Along the way, I kinda forgot. Shucks.

Anyway, the title of this post is Maremi's Small Art. "Maremi" is a combined name . . . "Marta" (my new favorite instructor) and her daughter "Emi".  I just love love love Marta and her carefree attitude regarding her art process.  

Marta admits that she is not a painter but a crafter (just like me), and I admire her for her willingness to put herself out there. And I just love how she gets all excited when she makes a new discovery. Her delight is infectious to me. 

Below are three of Marta's videos. I've watched most of her videos several times, not just for the tutorials but also to enjoy her words . . .

"Sit down. Do it. Enjoy it.
Relax about that.
Don't be afraid.
We are who we are." 




"Only by trying you will learn.
Stop it, Marta.
Why nooottt?
You will have a next time."




"Allow yourself to play and enjoy and make a mistake.
You gain so much more when trying to play."




Here is my Marta-inspired card . . . my latest. 
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I'll be back to posting again but probably only once in awhile and not on a daily basis. I think it's time I "relax about that". 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Break Time


Sorry peoples, I decided it's time for me to take a break from blogging again. I'm really getting into this watercolor painting thing and I just wanna cruise and enjoy doing that for awhile. 

This will be my view instead of my computer monitor for the time being. Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 will pretty much be playing all the time. I love that movie. The part that's on now is where I cry and cry and cry . . . so touching.

The paint set in the lower right corner is da bomb! I used it for the first time after taking this picture. OMG it's so vibrant that I wasn't prepared and struggled with it for a bit. It's hard to describe, but I love the look of it.  One of the YouTube watercolor painting instructors said that it's the brand that he uses. It wasn't too expensive on Amazon so I ordered it.  You can check it out here

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K den . . . laytahs!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Dream (Spiral Corridor) - ? date


I'm in a narrow corridor that is only a shoulder width wide. There's a line of people in front of me and a line of people behind me. We are all walking forward. I'm worried because I can't stop if I wanted to. 

The corridor starts going into a spiral and gets narrower and narrower. It gets so tight that it's hard to breathe. After awhile, I can see that there's a tiny opening at the very end of the corridor up ahead. The people are squeezing through the opening.

It's my turn. I don't think that I can fit, but I have no choice. With some effort I manage to squeeze through, and I exit on the other side.

It is very, very bright. I can hardly see.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Portabella Mushroom Wrap


This is from Kahai Street Kitchen. I liked it a lot! Landon ate it without the cheese and thought it tasted like a veggie wrap and wasn't special.


Fire Roasted Portabella Mushroom Wrap (Veggie Meal of the Day).$10.25 

Marinated charbroiled portabella mushrooms, fire roasted red bell peppers, green leaf lettuce, tomatoes, caramelized onions, carrots, cucumbers, clover sprouts, provolone cheese, with a chipotle aioli drizzle, wrapped in a flour tortilla, served with choice of fries, tossed or potato macaroni salad 
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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Dream (In the Woods) - 08/09/1988


I live in a shack in the woods. I am deaf and live alone. Once in awhile a married man comes to visit me. His visits are the highlight of my life. 

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I got the idea for this from a painting by Annya Kai found here

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Dream (Vietnam) - 02/02/1991


I am a woman living in a remote village in Vietnam. My sister comes and leaves her baby with me. She says that she has to go and find her husband who is off fighting somewhere. She is gone a long time, and I feel really sad because I don't know what happened to her.


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