Wednesday, July 17, 2013

FIND YOUR VOICE Lesson 3- Crafty Prompt

This Lesson 3's crafty prompt.. was to create something that makes me smile.  Well.. This did it for me!!  I had no idea what I would do, but I was going through the mail.. and BOOM!!  http://www.essence.com/2013/07/02/dwayne-rock-johnson-graces-august-cover-essence/ 

I was suddenly inspired to create a art journaling page.. lol

This page makes me happy because-
I LOVE CHOCOLATE!  I don't know if I say that enough.. sometimes I mean the color and sometimes I mean the food (big ole' cheesey grin.. take that however you like, ha-ha)  The background of the page pops with my favorite colors of blues and purples.  I am stepping outside my comfort zone by using yellow.. trying layers.. adding objects.. using decoupage with magazine photos, dictionary papers. adding stickles, a little washi tape, and taking a picture outside for once.. to see if I get better color!!  I am also posting about it.. so many things get done.. and never ever posted about.. Then again.. everyone doesn't have a great group of pals like I do over on FACEBOOK @ FIND YOUR VOICE




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FIND YOUR VOICE Lesson 2- Part 2



Who am I? I am an introvert, until I feel comfortable around you.  Then I let my hair down, the little I have left, lol.. I become a Good Girl, lol!  In the best way.. :-)



                                                                                                                                    Who hasn't been in love? Felt like they have been a fool for someone? Even for a little while?   Each experience has been  different. I have learned to not be afraid of love even if who I chose to love, isn't capable of reciprocating the same type of love I need. People show love differently.. Some with words of affirmation, some through acts of service, some by receiving gifts, some physically, and some through quality time spent.. If you don't show love the same way. You need to determine if your partner needs to come to your side or you to theirs..  Or it can be an epic fail. 
 When I got sick for a while.. I scared not just me.. but my family and friends.  I had three major surgeries in twenty-four days.  Two on my heart.   I still have some serious changes to make. I've lost over 125lbs. Still much more to go.. I'm doing my art.. it makes me happy.. Almost as happy as being able to keep up with my daughter..  Anyway... Who knew it would come with theme music.. lol. Appropriate too. The second one comes with a touch of humor.. :-)



Tuesday, July 16, 2013

July's Creative Dare

This creative dare for July is to pick a Monday.. any Monday with Tracy.. create a piece, inspired by her and share it.  She also wants to know what part Mixed Media Mondays plays in our lives.. :-)  As for me.. as I learn not to not be so critical of my art.. and be more accepting of it and love it.. I too learn to be more accepting of myself.. and my choices.  My art makes me happy.  at the time I created it.  I can always see ways to improve it, but just like with many things.. some times you just have to do the best you can, then walk away.. knowing what you did was enough. Tracy Weinzapfel, she said,"  The friendships I have formed have changed me as a person as my Art tells a bigger picture......it defines me at times."    

 Old piece revisited for July's Creative Dare.. Got my grunge on with Tracy Weinzapfel.

I love coffee.. and this was one of the very few times.. I created right along with Tracy.  


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Sunday, July 7, 2013

FIND YOUR VOICE Lesson 2: Who Are YOU? Part 1

My name is Tamiko, known by family and most of my family and friends as Meko/Miko; Meatloafia to my brothers when we were kiddos, lol.  Miss Minnie to my daddy; and Meeko and YO MAMA to my daughter Brook. :-)  I am a 41 year old gemini thats hails from Hillside, IL.  but originally from Chicago, IL.



My favorite colors are hues of purples and blues.  Believe it or not, as much as I LOVE PURPLE.. it's my POWER COLOR... :-) I don't wear it much in clothing.  I will wear it in accessories (earrings, rings, watches,charms, pens, purses, phones, shoes.. you get my drift) .  I also will choose it as a room/car/house color.. lol  Blue.. I will wear.. it's my goto to color.. especially in denim!  I also love black.. I hear it's slimming.. LOL :::pulling stomach in as I type::  I am not a big reader unless FB/TWITTER/BLOGS/AOL/COOKING and CRAFT MAGS count.. ::grinning like I got dimples to show::  if they don't.. original statement stands..  My hobbies would include anything social media; arts and crafts of every freaking kind; computers.. and to be honest.. computers started this all!! and my music- I love music.. as a matter of fact I am missing the Chosen Few Deep House Picnic.  Speaking of music.. I need to make a playlist to add to my blog.. I think that will be part of my lesson 2.. in place of something else I'm suppose to do. :-)  My favorite foods.. while they may not be the best for me in ample amounts.. dark chocolate.. and coffee would be at the head of the list!!  I could talk about the pleasure that comes from eating those.. forever!  Combine them? It's HEAVEN on EARTH!! :-)  I also enjoy a good steak.. I could never be a vegan.. I love meat.. and potatoes.. but I am learning potatoes are not my friend.. ::big overly dramatic sigh and moment of silence inserted here::: lol I love seafood as well..but nothing SLIMY in TEXTURE!!  My favorite holiday for a very long time has always been Christmas.. Especially after I had my daughter, but my dad died on Christmas.. and it's had a lil gray cloud over the day's activities for me every since.  My daughter doesn't understand or know.. So I try to enjoy the day.. despite the want to sometimes just crawl in bed and feel sad.. Anywho.. Dad wouldn't want that for his granddaughter.. so I suck it up.. and try to have a better rest of the day.. but the whole season feels a lil tainted for me and filled with sadness till I do some crafting.. or something.. for someone else. My favorite kinds of music would be deep house, disco, r&b, hip hop, carribean/reggae, jazz and  lil light country (yes... there is such a thing as light country.. its my term and I'm sticking to it!!)

My best accomplishment would be living.. :-)  I say that now with a smile.. but believe me.. for a while.. I wasn't very sure.  I received a pacemaker in September on 2012 on my mother's birthday.  No one saw this coming.  Apparently I have some genetic heart disease that went undetected for 40 years that could have been fatal. So again.. not ignoring my health and going to the doctor and choosing to live makes that one of my biggest accomplishments. The worst day I encountered was not being able to attend my father's funeral service.  I was only 50 feet away, but my daughter, who has autism.. didn't like the crowd of people gathering or their loudness.  So we forced into the dark limo early.. where I sat and held her close and thought of my dad.  I thought of a bunch of things.. but I won't go there..My longest trip my car.. was to Niagara Falls, NY.  We did the US and the Canadian side.  Liked it so much we did it two summers in a row!  By plane the longest trip was Los Angeles, CA.  Furtherst I have ever been from home is when  lived in Brooklyn, NY for a about three months. My smartest topic is not for this blog, which is rated, my mama may one day read it.. my funniest quirk.. is not liking the juices of my foods to mix on my plate.. lol   Anyway, more about me ... later...



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