Saturday, January 30, 2016

Out of the Box Saturday

This post is all about me discovering something that is different. I don't want to post things that you and I have more than likely heard before. I want to find something different. I'll cover something sing | songy one week, and artsy | fartsy the next.

I ran into a really cool video! The artist is someone I've never heard of. His name is Medi. He is a French singer, songwriter, guitar player, and drummer. He basically does it all when it comes to music. He is a true talent in today’s industry.

Some people know of him as being the drummer for Charlie Winston’s band, but he's now making a name for himself as a solo artist across the world. Born and raised in France, Medi spent some time in London where he learned to speak English remarkably well.

I love the typography that pops up in the video below.

He can sing live as well!

Check out Medi's website.
Like Medi's facebook page.
Follow Medi's twitter page.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Random Tid Bits

  1. Tomorrow a friend that we haven't seen for at least 11 years is coming into town. We made plans, but we forgot about Isaak's basket ball practice. Do you ever double book yourself? That's my downfall. I tend to be horrible with what's going on. Dates and time are not my thing. If I had a kid in sports all the time I'd be a horrible mom. I told Travis and Mica to hang out with our friend, and Isaak and I can meet up with them for dinner.

  2. We're supposedly supposed to get hammered with snow next week - midweek. I have students asking me if they are going to call school off. I have no idea. The weather man doesn't even know for sure if we'll get a little, or a lot of snow. Colleges hardly cancel anyhow. I gave them the school's phone number, and told them it will be put on there as a message regardless.

  3. I have a student from Russia. She's older than most of my students. She's a super great student, but she's never touched computers. It didn't help that she fell, dropped her laptop the 2nd week of having it, and cracked her screen. I told her that she needs to slow down. I watched it happen. I wanted to catch her laptop! Week 3 she had car issues. I hope things start to click for her.
  4. We went to see Iron Giant last weekend on the big screen. Film Streams in Omaha brings old movies back, and artsy movies to the screen as well.

    My husband bought me a shirt for Christmas, the shirt was out of stock, so they let him choose any shirt. He chose an Iron Giant sweater. I had never even watched the movie in its entirety. I've still worn the sweater a few times. When it was time for us to go to the movie he stole my Iron Giant sweater. 

  5. On Monday I went to be a juror for the Nebraska Art Scholastic awards.

    When I went in there and I saw who else was on the panel I cringed. One of the other jurors was a guy that picked Travis' sculpture up from the top, it slammed into the ground and it broke. His sculpture is very high end. Travis asked him to pay for the materials, but not the piece. He never did pay for anything. He was a complete ass about the whole situation. He acted like he didn't know me that day when I we were there to vote. I've been to the gallery where his work is, and have seen him a lot. I just do not have a good vibe about that artist. Apparently a lot of other people do not like him either. Travis has talked to other artists about the situation he had with him.

    We had to vote pieces in or out, go through another round where we tallied up a rubric, and lastly figured out our highest points to pick which ones would get a gold award. The punk of an artist argued to get pieces in that the two other (me included) voted out. I could see some of his points, so I let it go through. Later he wanted it to go up to a silver, and finally gold. I stood my ground saying, "Come on we voted this out to begin with. It does not magically get a gold. I see your points in them being painterly, but they don't have backgrounds, and they are muddy in spots. Nope! They don't get golds!" I finally got my way.

    I did like the other juror. She's my co-worker. My boss paid us to go. I liked the lady that ran it to. It was a fun experience, so not all negative came out of the experience. 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


I got a text from my Mom telling me that my Dad was in the hospital. He was dizzy, faint feeling, and his heart was racing.

My Dad has already had 2 heart ablation surgeries. The last time they said that he wouldn't have another surgery.

Atrial fibrillation is fairly common. It usually can be controlled with meds. My Dad's heart would start beating super fast at times, and hospitals could not control it for a few days.

This time he was only in the hospital overnight. We're thinking the cold triggered it.

When I woke up the next morning there was an article about a funeral home by my parent's house that has been there for as long as I can remember that was on fire. That whole main street was shut down. I texted my mom about it, so she'd know to go around the area.

Lunch time happened. I still didn't hear from my Mom about my Dad. I texted her, "How's Dad?" She said, "Still in the hospital. One Cardiologist is out of town, and the other one is visiting a small town." 30 minutes later she texted, "Dad's going home."

I said, "WTH! Did they do anything for him?"

My Mom is in grey and I'm in green...

I guess my Dad is on meds once again.

I called tonight to see how he's doing. I said, "Dad I think the cold might be triggering it! You should not be out there scooping snow! There are businesses that do that you know." He said, "I don't want them to use some kind of blade on my driveway. It's horrible on driveways!" I said, "Well we live too far to trot over to scoop for you. Plus you live on a steep hill. Businesses have the equipment to get the job done. Yes they have a blade, but what are your other options? One day you're just going to pass out, out there and die. If you don't want a blade to mess up your driveway move somewhere warm like Florida." He said, "You're trying to get rid of me." I said, "No I'll follow you." He said, "I don't want to live in Florida." I said, "Ok anywhere warm."

I texted one of my sisters about this. Here's what she said (I'm blue, she's grey)...

Of course early next week we're supposed to get slammed with snow. 

Do you have any stubborn people in your family?

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

WW: Basketball Novice {Linky}

Isaak just started playing basketball at the Y. He couldn't understand why he just couldn't go into playing full fledged basketball. I'm a firm believer that you need to know the basics before jumping in to do anything - like dribbling with his head up. He only wants to use his right hand to dribble. All these things he needs to work on are normal. Practice makes perfect. He's having fun with it.

Don't take a picture Mom!


He did make some baskets.

Head up son!

I've never been a sports person, but if I had to choose one to play it would be soccer. What about you?

Polly Plastics Moldable Plastic & Color Pellet Kit Review

I knew Travis would love Polly Plastics Moldable Plastic & Color Pellet Kit Review. He's always making molds for sculpture, rings, and teeth for his full time job.

One thing I love about this set of moldable plastics is that is comes in some fun colors!

  • White
  • Red
  • Blue
  • Yellow
  • More White
  • Black
  • Silver
  • Gold

I'm not sure why some bags are colored, while other bags are clear. I would think it would be cheaper to package all their plastic pellets in the same small clear bags. 

I love how it has a chart on how to mix the colors to get other colors.

Here are the primaries:

Black and White:

Silver and Gold:

The big tub of White:

Like I said in the previous post my husband wanted a cast of a fossil lepidodendron. He found a few of them when he was younger. He loves the texture on them. He plans to use the texture in some of his sculptures. First he sprayed it with a mold release. Then he used Polly Plastics Silicon Molding Putty to put on the the lepidodendron. After that he wanted to use Polly Plastics Moldable Plastic to make the mold more durable.

In order to make it moldable you have to heat water up. Travis used the microwave. Make it so hot that it almost boils over.

Add the plastic in the water.

You can see it starts to turn more transparent when it's melting down.

When it's played with it reminds me of Flubber. Keep in mind that this is the stage you have to work fast. If you don't work fast enough it's not the end of the world. This stuff can be melted down again and again.

Lay it into, or onto your mold (whatever you are using it for).

You can tell when it's ready to lift up. It turns opaque. Mica said, "It feels like coconut oil."

It was used to harden this mold.

Cost: $29.95 $18.95

Made in the USA

What would you use this for? I think I want to try dripping it on a painted canvas. Much like an encaustic painting.

Disclaimer: I received the product above in exchange for a review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Polly Plastics Silicone Molding Putty Review

Travis was super excited when I got Polly Plastics Silicone Molding Putty to review. He's always making molds for sculpture, rings, and teeth for his full time job.

The package design is just ok. I'm quick to judge with that.

It comes with a Part A and a Part B. They have to be mixed up in equal parts.

Travis decided he wanted to a cast of a fossil lepidodendron. He found a few of them when he was younger. He loves the texture on them. He plans to use the texture in some of his sculptures. First he sprayed it with a mold release.

Then he mixed up Part A and Part B equally to put over the fossil.

Here he is mixing the both parts together. It's a little sticky, but not so sticky that it sticks to your fingers.

Here he's pushing it into the fossil.

He stuck holes in it, so he could put a harder shell over it.

The instructions said the mold would set up in 4 minutes. It took a lot longer than that. It was a little flimsy.

It didn't pick up a lot of texture in the middle, but there isn't a lot of texture in the middle of the fossil.

Buy this on Amazon for $24.95 $18.95. Made in the USA.

Other Uses Besides Sculpture:
  • Molds for soaps
  • Molds for candy
  • Candle Molds
Disclaimer: I received the product above in exchange for a review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

2PM Essentials Frosted Glass Roll On Bottles Review

I'm happy to get 2PM Essentials Frosted Glass Roll On Bottles.

Inside these bottles you can use:
  • Perfume
  • Wax
  • Lip Balm
  • Essential Oils
  • Deodorant
The bottles are frosted cobalt blue. They hold 10ml

I'm using these roll on bottles for essential oils.

I have a mixture I love to help with sinus trouble:

  • 3 drops of peppermint oil
  • 3 drops of lemon oil
  • 3 drops of lemongrass oil
  • 3 drops of lavender oil
  • fill the rest with 1/2 olive oil and 1/2 water
Roll on your temples, or the back of your neck.

It comes in pieces, which works great to fill the bottles.

I didn't have any problem getting the roller on the bottle. I did find that the roller would roll very smooth. I'm not sure how much oil I got on my skin. It does say on their product page on Amazon that they do make the balls fairly tight, so that they don't leak. I'm hoping I just need to work it more.

Certain oils & chemicals do not interact well with cheap plastic balls and possibly ruin the rolling mechanism. Stainless steel roller balls do not erode and will continue to roll on smoothly every time.

The caps fit perfectly! I have experienced no leaks.

I like that these bottles can be used for different things. My boys love helping me put drops of this and that in them. 

Cost wise they are not expensive at all: $39.95, and on a steep sale $8.95!

What would you make in these bottles?

Disclaimer: I received the product above in exchange for a review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


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