Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year has always been a sort of wonder for me. The abundance of reds, golds, whites, creams, and other warm colors, the beautiful envelopes, and of coarse the dragons! This year is the Year of the Rabbit which starts on February 3rd, and I want to start looking at how I can adapt some of this holiday into my life in the near or far future even though I am not of Asian decent. (Mostly because there are no festivals around me for this holiday...)

I, like I said, love the Chinese New Year Dragon costumes. They are so awe inspiring, that I can't imagine a new years celebration without it. So, for the celebration, I would have a dragon themed project. A mask or a puppet, or even jewelry would be perfect for my own little celebration.

I could also send my friends handmade red envelopes with a little goody inside to spread the excitement. I love the red envelopes and such that are created for the celebration as well. Then maybe go out to some place that serves awesome Chinese Food. Yum Yum! :D

I find that events and celebrations should not be limited to just the people that the holiday belongs to, but to everyone who wants to be a part of it. Now oogle at y favorite chinese food and I bid you Ado!

P.S. Oh and here are some of my dragons that my Grandfather brought back from China for me when I was little. As well as my origami crane that my best friend made me a couple summers ago.

(All images except the last are from Google Images)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Shelby's Film Fest :: ROBIN HOOD (2010)

The newest Robin Hood related film, with Robin being played by Russel Crowe is a very new take on the old legend. An archer in the Crusades, under the comand of King Richard "The Lionheart", he finds himself running for his life after the death of the king in battle. When he swears to return to England with something of value, he finds himself facing his past for the first time.

The Actors: Russel Crowe played the part of Robin Hood very well, though the acting resembled the acting he did for his character in the movie Gladiator. Cate Blanchett was fantastic though!! She added a more rough and less perfect face to the character of Marian. Though she was quiet for some parts of the movie, her satirical and moodiness added more to the story than normal words could have in this case. Also, Robin's friends there were absolutely adorable and hysterical. Friar Tuck was a lot different in this story. He was more calm, funny, and philosophical. 

The Story: The story was really slow and jumbled up at first but as more characters and depth were added to the story, it became much more exciting.

The Music: The music is really sweet and has a Celtic ring to it (which makes me very happy.) There is also one character who plays a small instument and even sings. It is quite awesome and funny.

The Good: Fantastic story and twists! It was very different from the other versions of Robin Hood. It is just a fun movie.

The Bad: Some parts of the movie were slow and confusing. It takes a second look at the movie to really figure it out. Then there were some weird scenes.

I have to say, I was so ready for this to be a good movie. However, I was not expecting it to surpass the expectations and thoughts I had prior to watching it, and even more surprised when it (in my opinion) surpassed my love for the Kevin Costner Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. I was very shocked! This movie by far is ranked as one of my absolute favorite movies, hands down! But that really depends on personal preference. If your someone who likes lower budget movies, long movies, music and singing, and/or this sort of genre, you will like it if not love it.

Movie Snack: Snickerdoodle Cookies and Coke Cola. Rough and Sweet! <3

(image from myrecipes.com)


Little Wolf Little Wolf

So, this week has been kinda bleh. I went to the bank and a woman at the counter saw my father and brother and said to me after they left "Oh your son is so cute!" I was so shocked. How old did she think I was? Like, I get it is the times we live in now, but that is just so ODD! If he was my son, I would have had to have him when I was 13 or so! EWEWEWEWEWEW! 'O.o Aside from that vomit worthy weird experience, I have recently taken on making a Gloomy Bear for a friend of mine (whom I hardly see even though we go to the same school) as well as fixing a class mate's bracelet. She and another classmate of mine tried to fix the magnetic clasp of a bracelet by putting super glue on it, however, they ended up gluing the two magnets together. So I being the odd person I am took the bracelet and tried to get the two magnets apart. Nothing worked. So now I have a few options;

Option A: Run the clasp under water and see if that works.
Option B: Try and pry them apart using tools.
Option C: Combine both A and B.
Option D: Replace it. But that costs money.

I am leaning towards C. Anywho, moving on.

I have had a project on my desk that I have neglected to finish or even take a stab at since I came up with it. But today I did! (o * *)o
A while ago, while I was making my xmas wish list, I came across westernmountain's wonderful wolf ring. Gods, I wanted that thing so bad, but ended up not getting it because my parents had already bought me a laptop. Defiantly not complaining there. But me being the stubborn sort said that if I couldn't have that wolf ring, I'd make my own. So I grabbed my wolf statue and some spare polymer clay and made a mold.

It took me a while to figure out how to do it mostly because the clay refused to come out of it once I shoved it in. But bit by bit I pieced together a wolfy face! It's kinda demented looking, but I like it none the less. He's so odd he needs love!

I am thinking that I am going to be making many different colors (Hint: I'm thinking metalic blue, metalic red, white marble, cream 'n' black, and solid black?) of these and once I get wire, I'll make them into rings! WOOT! I am really enjoying working with polymer clay. There aren't as many limits to it as natural clay (though I like that too.) Well, that's all I have on that for today. Ado <3

P.S. I went out to dinner last night and the restaurant had the most awesome idea of using glass jars for cups, to stick to their country theme. So cute!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


So, yeah, it's been boring. Too boring. Projects have been sitting on my desk, my mind is full of ideas but no juice to write, and well...the usual. xD Though I do have to say, I finally found the perfect subjects to write about and I changed the discombobulated color scheme to a nice neon blue and red on black layout, though that may change once I have an idea for a layout that I can design. u-u'

In other news, my birthday is in a couple of weeks.Yippee? I am going to try and hype myself up about it, but no guarentees, but I'll tell you more about it later. xD I am also going to start doing film reviews once I get time to watch a movie.

Just letting you all know I didn't fall off the face of the earth. LOL!

Well, this is all I have for today, I wanted to post what I have been able to do through my art block but I can not for the life of me find the darn cord to get the photos in the computer D:< And with that I bid you ado for the night!