Tuesday, July 31, 2012

where's my mojo??

hi everyone! has anyone seen my crafting mojo? i seem to have lost it and don't know where to begin looking. it's depressing! i have a mental block and no motivation.
i have my dress still waiting just to be finished, my shorts cut waiting to be started, a hat cut waiting for assembly, and tons of other options of things to start
i can't bring myself to do any of them. my rainbow of creativity feels dull.
i spent all day yesterday and today on pinterest (click here to follow me) looking to be pinspired. i did play with hair and make-up and i really want to cook but its too hot (i have made strawberry shortcakes but i will post about them separately)
but no crafting... ugh!
has this ever happened to any of you? how did you get it back?

well, as you know my bempa came to town and i unveiled my tattoo to him and the rest of my family was finally allowed to see it.

when they got in to town i went to the hotel and read my bempa the letter i wrote him and then let him be the first to see the tat...
here's the few pix my kid bro snapped while the moment was in action
i started cryiing like a baby before i could even start reading. i was so overwhelmed with the emotions of dedicating ink to the greatest man in my life

 as you can see i strategically wore a sweater on my left arm until the moment was right to unveil it
 and when i got to just the right place in my letter i took off my sweater. here's my bempa getting the first look
 and this pic was taken just after everyone had seen the tat. i love this picture! we were both still teary eyed.

when i was done focusing directly on bempa i realized everyone in the room was crying. it was such a sweet moment!
all my friends had been waiting to hear what bempa though, so i grabbed my cell and interviewed him. sorry its sideways, i have no idea how to flip it.

isnt he the cutest!?!

heres a few snapshots from the trip before they headed back to california
here i am ordering at sonic's with my cousin and brother. they had never been to a sonic's before
 they were content with their junk food and i was content with  my milkshake
 we went bowling and played 3 rounds. we each one 1 game 
 i was obsessed with my cousin's awesome docs! if they werent 2 sizes too big i told her i would steal them
 we went to eat at Chico's Tacos... it a local favorite that i knew they'd enjoy
tony even drank the sauce haha
 here i am between my grandparents: mema and bempa
 and this is me with my baby cousin alyssa who is much bigger than me now lol
 thats my baby brother and our mom
 bempa's oldest and youngest grand daughters giving him some love

i enjoyed every minute of having my bempa in town. it was fun hanging with the kids too.

Lily Bean

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

My Bempa Tattoo - 12 days til unveiling

Hello there!
I went to get my Bempa tattoo today and i am ecstatic with the way it turned out
I will be seeing him in 12 days and have prepared a whole unveiling to make it a very special moment.
he still has no idea what i have done.
i know i am going to cry when i show him and explain the reasons behind my choice and i think he may just cry as well
i wrote him a letter and will read it to him before i show him the ink:

My dearest Bempa,
You have always been my greatest love. When I talk about you, I tell people you are my heart. Through all life you have made me feel special and loved. No matter what I have done or where I have been, I have always felt your love and pride in me. For years I have always said I wanted a tattoo for you and nothing has ever felt right. Nothing ever feels perfect for you because you are perfection to me. Even trying to pick a gift for you is hard! Imagine how much trouble I had picking something permanent to always remind me of you. You are always in my thoughts and strong in my heart but I wanted something the whole world could see to show how much you mean to me.
I finally was able to narrow down an image… i went through a million ideas! I finally narrowed it down to something that feels just right for how I feel about you! I chose an anchor with a rope tied around a heart. The definition of anchor: “a source of security or stability”. You have always made me feel safe, loved, and special. You have anchored me down on more than one occasion. Every time I need a pick me up or to be reminded I am worth something, I call you and you never fail me. You truly are my anchor.
I only strive to make you proud! I could not dream up a more perfect grandpa! Thank you for all you do for me, but mostly for all the love you give.
Now you are not only always on my mind and in my heart, but on my skin! My permanent tribute to the greatest grandpa ever!
I love you!

 here's the sketch i took to alex.
 i knew he would make it awesome but i was still completely taken aback by how awesome his design was. heres the stencil ready to start
 and here is when the outline was all done
 i am super happy with the way it turned out
once again, alex hasnt let me down
i will fill you in after i suprise my bempa with all this in a few days

i have spent the last few days catching up on sleep and housekeeping i had gotten behind on from the last few weeks. i need to clean up my sewing area and sew the zipper on my dress and start new projects before Fall semester starts

a very inky hug!
Lily Bean
(just look at how bright and happy my eyes ae after getting this done)

Friday, July 6, 2012

i survived summer semester (drinking lots of juice)

Hello! my how i have missed you. I took my pathophysiology final today and should know my grade after Tuesday. (keep those fingers crossed). my final grade in Interpretation of Lab Results was an A (99.2% overall average... pretty awesome! my best ever)
i am still in english and intro to computers but they are not labor intensive.
it is great to be done with the hard part of the semester!
so now i have 7 weeks (i think) until the beginning of fall semester. only 5 semesters to go until graduation!

this class was teaching about how the body gets sick at cellular levels... scared the crap out of me! so what did i do? started taking  my vitamins and juicing again.  i plan to start excercising now that i have free time as well.
so ive been making a mean green super food juice (almost) every day. i feel yucky when i dont drink it and so refreshed when i do. i was always starving when studying and only this juice made me feel full
what was in it you ask?
(for 1 person)
a good handful of kale
a good handful of spinach
a good handful of parsley
half a cucumber
a carrot
an orange
a lemon
a pear
an apple
a stalk of celery
and a piece of ginger
wash all veggies, remove rind from lemon and orange, cut as needed to fit in juicer, and juice them all
 drink in all the yummy nutrients
 i prefer healthy juice to the energy drinks and caffeine pills most students take, especially after pathophysiology class!
mmmmm mmmm! you cant even taste the celery (thank goodness! i hate fresh celery)

i still need to finish my dress... maybe this weekend i can get back on the wagon
i also want to make a few more mini pillbox hats and need to take pix for the tutorial i promised

i just found out that my bempa, mema, mom, cousin alyssa, and kid bro will be coming by for a short and sweet visit in 2 weeks. i want to have my dress done for sure by then so i can wear it and show it off <3 as i mentioned before, my next tat is for my bempa. but i hadnt planned on getting it until fall tuition and books were paid for. i was then going to save some cash, get it done, and send him some pix and a letter. now that i know hell be here in 2 weeks i decided to put it ahead of everything else and worry about paying for it later. thank goodness for credit cards haha. im not sure when i will get a chance to see him again and would rather he see it in person and get pictures of me and him and the tat. so i have sat and spinned my wheels to narrow down the image and have finally decided on something meaningful that i feel is perfect. i may go get it tomorrow... if the weather isnt awful!

monsoon season is upon us and it has rained all day. the rain has even caused some minor flooding in some areas to the east of the city (my tat parlour is to the east, thats why i didnt go today). the weather will decide tomorrows fate.
either way i have plenty to do if i just hang out at home and catch up on crafting

here's an awesome cloud i have snapped a fews days ago:
looks like my angel was watching over me

 glad to be back!
Super Mean Green Lily Bean