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Makin’shit up

April 29, 2019

When I retire, I’ll spend all day just thinking up, awesomely creative shit for the Iron Church. That includes workouts as well. No doubt.

“I’m an idea bank bitches.” ~Felicia

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A Darker Side

October 8, 2016

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I’ve been working on my latest cosplay. This year I’ll transform into the dark side of June Moone. I loved her in the Suicide Squad movie. I’d say it was time for a darker look. Enchantress will be my 4th rendition of a villainous, female DC character. I think the first and last Marvel cosplay I entertained was Natasha Romanova, better known as Black Widow. I’ll be sticking to my love of DC from here on out.

I’ll get good use out of this costume because I’ll be wearing it 3x. Once to a Halloween party with some gym peeps (which I’m excited for)… to work on Halloween… and then to the 2017 ABQ ComicCon. This costume looks simple, but I’d say it is the most intricate I’ve crafted to date. I’ve made most of the accessories, as well as 95% of the bra and it hasn’t been easy! I believe this is the first time that the majority of what I needed to craft a costume came from a hardware store.

I’m hoping this cosplay will come together perfectly. I’ll be a little more covered up for the first two rounds, but I’ll definitely show more strangely marked and blackened skin at ComicCon. I would wear the more riskaay costume to my 1st soirée, but the work party falls in between!

▪Creativity Keeps Me Alive!▪

Lovely Soothing Bubbly

January 13, 2015

This was the new batch of soaps I made a couple of weeks ago. Most of the bars were given to 5 fellow bodybuilders and the owner of my gym to soothe sore muscles. I also reserved a few for others I felt would appreciate them and who take the time to think about me. Over the last few years, I have significantly improved my soap making techniques. They were beautiful bars.

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San Diego, California

October 15, 2014

The Diplomatic Post

We will be continuing the travel series, highlighting American cities and states, which we began on our former blog. You can find a summary of the progress of our great American road trip, thus far, here.

Introducing our guest travel blogger and State Department Virtual Student Foreign Service Intern, Hanna Bourne.

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My name is Hanna Bourne, born and raised on the Californian coast. I am an avid swimmer, hiker, and traveler. Whether it be cruising alongside the Pacific Highway, rafting through white water rapids, or hunting down the best curry in town, I am eager for adventure. While my wandering feet have taken me all over the United States, I have also had the pleasure of traveling abroad. Whether it be studying in Barcelona, visiting a friend in Stockholm, or saying hello to my Kiwi family outside of Auckland, I am happiest with a…

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Lil Tyke Fishing Derby

June 14, 2014

This morning we met Meghan and her husband Andrew (the water expert) at the Santa Fe River. The vital vein in Santa Fe was stocked with 500 fish for a lil tyke fishing derby. We took lil man out for a bit before his first flag football game of the day. It was his first time fishing, but he made sure I knew he was going to “catch and release.” I love my considerate, Earth loving son. I think he needs lessons from the expert fisherman~ my brother, Thomas. We saw a grip of people we knew near the river. It was a nice morning. Glad to show my love for our precious river.

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A Bright Mind

August 24, 2013

Sometimes the little things are the ones that blow my mind. Last night my son pegged down his bazillionth LEGO set. For years he has been an addict and his last wish was to secure LEGO Legends of Chima. The Lion Temple set had 1,258 pieces. I have to admit that I was doubtful, but within a couple hours last night and a few hours today, little man erected that temple.

He was up at the crack of dawn with his glasses on. He was determined and ready to work. It was so cute that he kept saying “I’m on fire” because he wasn’t running into any problems. It seriously blows my mind that at 7 years old he can follow those instruction manuals flawlessly. I can’t even do that! He was so proud that I wanted “to post about him.” What an amazing kid with a bright mind. Maybe he will be an engineer some day? 🙂 

Developing Wings

August 20, 2013
~ Taking Flight a book by Kelly Rae Roberts ~

~ Taking Flight a book by Kelly Rae Roberts ~

I love being immersed in creativity. Being creative makes me feel good. It gives me a certain energy that I need. Over the years, I have embarked on countless projects, each fulfilling me in a unique way. Most recently, I created my very first dreamcatcher. My heart and soul went into that piece.

Art is something I enjoy talking about. In talking with one of my friends from work, I discovered a wonderful artist full of life and inspiration. Meghan was sure that I would like this particular artist. Visiting the web site of an amazing woman confirmed that. Today Meghan brought me “Taking Flight: Inspiration and Techniques to Give Your Creative Spirit Wings” by Kelly Rae Roberts. It is indeed a lovely book filled with symbolically thoughtful project ideas.

The chapters in the book by Roberts include: Unearthing Buried Dreams; Facing Your Fears; Creating Community; Finding the Sacred in the Ordinary; Honoring Memories; Speaking the Truth; Embracing the Journey; and Places to Fly. After talking to Meghan about the project ideas, she suggested that we get together to create! What a great idea!

The introduction of the book says “I am just like you. A girl who is always learning. A woman whose soul is vibrant with inspiration. A creative spirit that is expressive and sensitive. We are all connected, intertwining in this creative life. It’s because of this that I believe in the power of telling our stories- the stories of how we muster up our courage and leap and dance and breathe our way into our creative dreams. This is how we learn from one another. How we inspire one another. How we begin to finally see the potential and possibilities that live inside our hearts.” Kelly Rae Roberts is awesome!

This creative gem of a book is loaded with inspirational quotes and ways to be inspired. Roberts opened with a Leonardo Da Vinci quote. Ahhh… A quote by the master who said, “when once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” At some point, we must all develop our wings. I think mine have always been there. Sometimes I feel that I will head towards the sky and never return.


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