Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween and not much time!

How come I always seem to start off my posts with "sorry I havn't blogged in a while!"???
 It kind of bugs me how little time I seem to have these days for the things that I want to do, rather than the things I have to do.
      That said; I really have to go work on my Halloween costume!
  For Halloween I've decided that I would like to be Anne Boleyn. Unfortuantly, Anne Boleyn costumes cost a fortune...much more than I'd be willing ot spend for Halloween! SO, I have to make my costume and, as I said earlier, I don't have much time for anything anymore, so, I haven't really started until today. That means that I should probably stop typing and go start sewing (I will post pictures of the final product, but our camera still needs new batteries.)
 Before I go: What are you going to be for Halloween? (I still love hearing from you, so don't be afraid to comment!)

Monday, October 18, 2010

Slow days--Quick walks {also: NaNoWriMo}

I often find that after a week of very productive work days, I have very slow days, where nothing seems to appeal to me. I've had many of those days and was having one today. Our solution? A short hike, we bring sketching and writing supplies with us, and we just take about a 20 minute walk (give or take) and spend the rest of the time drawing or writing. I find this a very inspirational time where I am able to write poetry, draw things, come up with blog ideas, or just clear my mind.
  Today, I tried to write a poem about the evil cold of October (hinting at Halloween) and about writing at the top of a rock. It could use a bit of work, so if you have any suggestions as to how I could change it, I would love to hear them!
                                                                        An October Gale
A cold October gust,
ruffles through the pages of my notebook,
'am I in there? will you write about me?'
it whips and whirls by,
weaving through my  tangled tresses,
breathing it's frozen breath on my neck.
The sun bursts into overcast skies,
 for a happy moment, it warms me
A drifting cloud swallows,
and my heat source! GONE
The cloud's grey underside cackles,
'now, for frozen fingers!'
I stand up,
warrior pose,
squinting into the distance
resisting the frozen chills
these moments,
not caught on film
A bird chirps
An airplane rumbles,
I give up, and
huddled against the cold
my white fingers grip the pencil,
I begin
"A cold October gust,
ruffles through the pages of my notebook,

It could use a bit more work (as I already said) but for now, I will stop erasing and rewriting...let me know what you think!

Two other things:
  1. I made amazing Snickerdoodles and will post about them as soon as I am able to upload my (surprisingly good) photos. (our camera needs a new battery...)
  2. NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is in November, basically it's where a bunch of writers decide that they want to participate, and  they try to write something every day. At the end of the month (on Nov. 30 at midnight) they try to have a novel written. I am going to do NaNoWriMo this year, (you should too) so, I'm sure you'll hear quite a bit more about it in the near future... but for now:  If you would like to sign up; click here, and to learn more about NaNoWriMo; click here
All right, I think that's all I need to say so, I'm off...

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Chocolate Lip gloss [yum, yum]

Hi again,
  After a hectic week, I've managed to snag some time to write a post! [so happy!]

So, the other day (after a bunch of holidays that took place on Thursdays) me and my friend finally got to have another Home Ec. class! It was tons of fun, we made two lip glosses, a vanilla one, and a chocolate one. (my friend got the vanilla, and I the chocolate.)
   I don't know where I got these recipes, but thanks to whoever made them.

Vanilla Lip Gloss

1 tablespoon grates beeswax
1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
1/8 teaspoon vitamin E oil
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

Slowly heat beeswax, coconut oil, and vitamin E oil until melted. Stir in the vanilla extract then cool

Chocolate Lip Gloss

1 1/2 tsp grated cocoa butter
1/2 tsp coconut oil
1/8 tsp vitamin E oil
1/4 tsp grated chocolate or 3 small chocolate chips

In a double boiler or microwave heat the cocoa butter, coconut oil, and vitamin E oil until melted. Stir in the chocolate chips and keep stirring until melted and well blended Pour into small container and allow to cool before using

   This time, we were set up in my kitchen...a little roomier, but not much! We started with the vanilla lip gloss (which I dont have any pictures of). So, we did the recipe and heated it up, and then we poured it into a little jar and it hardened......really quickly, oops! To get to the point: it was a bit too hars so,I recomend you do 'half a tablespoon' beeswax and 'half a tablespoon' cocoa butter. (or something like that)

Then we worked on the chocolate lip gloss.

[a few of the ingredients...DELICIOUS!]
This time it looked pretty promising in terms of being the right consistency for lip gloss (instead of rock hard). That is, until it didn't harden at all! So, I added a little bit of beeswax and everybody waas happy again!

If you're going to make these, I'd recomend seeing the consistency once they're mostly cooled and if you need to, you can always try to re-heat the gloss and add more beeswax or oil. As for my lip gloss, it sure is yummy!!!