Monday, December 24, 2012

Disappearing act

I did it again, didn't I? I didn't keep up with my promise to blog more...I would love to say that that is changing...but I can't make those kinds of promises.

I started a new job, that I absolutely love. It's a wonderful company full of really creative people, which completely helps me want to create...the only downside? Now I want to spend all of my time at work, because I really enjoy what I'm doing. Don't get all excited...I'm not doing anything on the creative side for work (yet). I'm in the accounting department...which to anyone with a creative bone in their body, knows that the previous few statements sound completely batsh!t crazy....but it's true...I like working in accounting...while I'm working with numbers or doing data entry I'm creating my next project in my head...the work is pretty easy for me, so it leaves my mind time to wonder in the depths of the gooey creativeness that has been a little congealed for the past year or so.

Update to the post that was never originally published: I have literally been trying to post this for a month now...yes I could become unlazy and get on my computer and publish the post, but I am determined to make it work on my iPad...because that's just where my head is at right now.

So the new job, that I started in November is still awesome. I have knitted and drawn...although I can't really post about the latter until later, so I couldn't show you a picture even if I wanted to. I've been crafting and being creative, and all that good whenever I can figure out how to upload a picture again, I will share. Until then, here are words :)

PS. Merry Christmas to all who celebrate :)

Saturday, September 22, 2012

bloggy blog

I want to first address the previous post about the Samsung Galaxy Note.  There were lots of positives on it for me, but in the end, my 30 days to return it was up the day after the iphone 5 went on pre-order- and the android operating system and I were not getting along so I exchanged it for a pre-order...which I still have not received.  Can someone explain that for me? (sarcasm...please don't attempt to explain it)
I will say it was pretty awesome of AT&T to let me keep the Note until the iphone comes in...but with the pre-order release date getting pushed back, I don't trust myself to keep the phone in mint I'm back to using my 3GS...and the camera on it sucks, so there will be no pictures in this post.
You all left didn't you?
"No pictures"...and everyone stops reading.  Lovely.

I really don't have much to show anyway.  I did start on Gonzo's socks, but I haven't even finished one yet.  I'm almost done with Tania's baby shower gifts, hopefully I can get them both done by the shower date.  I did finish the logo and got that off my plate...but I'm still working on something else that goes along with that, which I think is better than the logo itself.  We'll see.

I'll keep you guys posted...hopefully I get my phone by the end of this week and I'll have some pictures for you on the next post.

Monday, September 03, 2012

Phone review: Samsung Galaxy Note

For all of those that came here for art...this post has very little to do with art- so feel free to stop reading.  Like wise for those of you who came looking to read about crafts...
This is not my typical blog post.  But something that I felt might help someone who is looking to purchase a new phone. 
I read a ton of reviews before I bought my new phone.  And after wrestling with stepping away from an apple product (I've had an Apple iPhone 3Gs for the last 2.5 years)- to an android device, I relied heavily on those reviews.  All of which were written from a technical standpoint.  And lets face it, I'm not very maybe this will dumb it all down for everyone.  I'm going to write this from a view point of someone who loves the iPhone, but needed a new phone and wasn't waiting for the iPhone 5 to maybe get on the market in a few months.

With that said...a few weeks ago, I purchased the Samsung Galaxy Note (about 4 days before the ruling in the case between Samsung and Apple).

  (sorry for the horrible pictures...using a digital camera to take these pics...a 4 year old digital camera)

Let's start on looks.  It's very sleek.  Very slim.  I opted for the white option, instead of the dark blue option that they offer.
It's much much larger than an iPhone (I'll post that picture later).
It's kind of awkward to hold and attempt one handed texting or even calling for that matter.  But it's perfect for two handed texting, which I was doing with the iphone anyway, because it felt more comfortable for me.  This phone, while being very sleek and slim, also feels like a wet bar of soap in your hands- so a case is a must.  I had a little bit of trouble finding one, but that may not be the case for everyone (I'm picky).  That's pretty much it for looks.
As for Functionality of the phone...Here's what I do like:
It has a stylus, that fits neatly into the back of the phone:
(It actually fits snug, but I didn't think you would see it if I didn't have it pulled out a little).  This is what truly sold me on the phone.  I use an app called "Sketchbook Pro" a lot...and on the iPhone I couldn't truly use that app to it's full potential on such a small screen.  With this phone, using that app was like being able to see for the first time-it's the same app, but with it being on a larger screen, the detail I'm able to accomplish is like I have my computer on and I'm using a wacom tablet.  I LOVE THE STYLUS.
I read reviews about how the position of the volume button and the power button is inconvenient, I didn't think that would be a huge problem.  It's not a huge problem, but it is annoying.  If you hold the phone in your left hand and go to turn the volume up with your thumb, the likely-hood of your fingers on the other side of the phone hitting the power button is pretty great. 
The battery on this phone is on par with an iPhone.  Granted it seemed like a lot less power when I first got the phone because I was on it ALL the time.  It was like I had never operated a smart phone before.  Everything was new and exciting...and on SUCH A BIG SCREEN.
The speaker is pretty decent if you are talking to someone on speaker phone (which lets face it, this phone is so large, I'm a little self conscious holding it to my ear to have a conversation, so most of my calls are on speaker)- it really sucks if you listen to music very loud through the speaker.  On a lower volume it sounds good, but I don't really do that very often.  With headphones I think the Note plays music more clearly than my iPhone did...and I'm using the same headphones I've had for the last 5 years. 
Speaking of talking on the phone, it's not awkward to do.  I do have some trouble finding exactly where the speaker is when placing it against my head, but it's easily detected once the other party starts talking.  I think this is just because of the size of the phone.
I mean this is what I'm talking about.  On the right is my old 3GS, on the left is the new Samsung Galaxy Note. 
Let's see what other things are there about this phone?
Oh, the fact that I feel like it is truly smarter than me, made me want to return it the first week.  I'm so used to having the iPhone, and my macbook, that I forgot how ridiculous other technology is.  I feel like I need an IT degree to locate settings on this phone.  Like the volume for instance- if you just turn the volume down with the volume controls on the side of the phone- that only controls the ring volume.  It doesn't control app volume, or have to get into the phones settings to adjust those, and they are all independently controlled.  That is a little annoying.
I do like that if I want to take a screenshot picture, all I have to do is swipe my hand across the screen.  There's YouTube videos of it, it's pretty sweet.  
The alarms on the clock have fun settings, like a slow wake up- where it plays a soothing melody to wake you up before the abrasive alarm sounds (you can select both the alarm and the melody it plays before- there's some good ones, IMO.)
The touch screen on the Note is so much quicker responding than the iPhone, from swiping from screen to screen to selecting apps, it's just more responsive, and that's with a screen protector on.  But that does make it touchy.  If I'm reading a news story and my finger is anywhere close to the screen, it tends to jump to the next screen.  
The phone automatically updates the apps (granted that's a setting you can turn off on your phone)- which is handy for me, because on the iPhone I would go weeks with the little number getting bigger and bigger on the apps icon, telling me I needed to update everything.  With the Note, it just does it for me.
Another thing about the apps- the Note is very much like a computer in your hand.  If you click on an app, and realize as it's loading that you really didn't want that app and try to get out of it, you will most likely crash the phone.  I've done this several times.  You have to let the app load before you get out of it.  I do miss the iPhone for that.  I could click on an app and within a few seconds before it was loaded, hit the home button and the phone would be fine.  iPhone is truly idiot proof...which sometimes I definitely need.
If I get a notification on the phone, wither it's a text message, a facebook notification, or an email; it does make a noise first, but if I forget about it, and swipe the screen to wake it up- on the top bar it will let me know what notifications I have, using little icons.  All I have to do is swipe the bar down and it will show more details about all of them.
The reception on this phone is a little weird.  The second day I had the Note, I was in a rural Texas town that my iPhone generally didn't get reception; and I was in the basement of a very old church, and I still had reception to make phone calls; text; and to surf the web.  However with that said, yesterday while sitting on the couch in my house I received a voicemail, without ever having had my phone ring.  But I can get text messages anywhere.  This is probably a provider issue, not a phone issue.
My biggest problem with the phone is the texting.  And this is a personal issue, not a phone issue.  I'm so used to the iPhone and how quickly it adapted to me, I tend to hate how this texting works.  The autocorrect has taken awhile to get used to how I type.  Meaning if there are certain words I use a lot, the iPhone learned after 3 times that I really meant the word I was typing.  This phone, just assumes you are typing incorrectly and will change the word while you type it.  Like "LMAO" because I assumed the Note was smart enough to know common abbreviations like that, I didn't bother to watch the screen while I typed, and would just send the message.  Which was actually being sent as "MAO"...I would love it if autocorrect could be turned off.  I haven't found that setting yet.
And the other big headache for going from an Apple product to an Android...getting my music and movies moved to the phone is the biggest headache on the planet.  If I had known it was going to be such a pain I probably would have stayed with an iPhone and complained a lot.  Any music that I bought thru iTunes in the last 3 years will not convert to MP3.  Apple has made it a pain.  When trying to move my music from iTunes to DoubleTwist (which was recommended to use to do this) I got a notification that if I wanted to move my music, I would have to update my iTunes (which my iTunes says there's no update available); and pay an additional .30 cents for every song that has this .m4v format.  An extra 30 cents for something I already own???  What a racket!  That actually made me mad at Apple.  Had I stayed with Apple, I never would have known about this.  There's ways around this, programs you can download that will rip the coding off the .m4v files to be able to convert them to .mp3, but I haven't had time to do this.  I haven't figured out how to get my movies moved at all.  Which is a little disappointing.  The larger screen on this phone will make watching movies that much more enjoyable.  I don't want to have to buy a new movie just to test this theory. 
I'm sure there's more about this phone that I forgot to mention, but I think this is long enough.

The conclusion?  I do like my Samsung Galaxy Note.  It is definitely smarter than me, because I still don't know where everything is...OOOHHHHHH- the camera on this thing is sick- the features that it is capable of doing, the clarity of the zoom, the clarity of the photos in general are amazing!!!  Great camera for a phone (completely better than my digital camera). 
Anyway, do I miss the iPhone?  Kind of.  I miss the simplicity of it.  The Note is definitely for someone who knows technology and probably hasn't been living in an Apple cave for the last 6 years.  It's been a difficult transition.  But I do love my Note.  It's getting easier and easier to use, and I'm getting more comfortable with it.  Although, if Apple did come out with a larger version of the iPhone, I might consider going back to them.  But that's just a personal preference.  The larger screen and the built in stylus make the Samsung Galaxy Note the phone that I want to have right now.  
I've been teased mercilessly by co-workers for the size of the Note, but I just laugh at them holding their phones so close to their faces to read news stories or play games or text...I don't have to do that anymore, I can see the screen just fine...finally...and I didn't have to buy a tablet to get there.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

'62 Galaxy and more update**

We lost a beloved member of the family last weekend.  The 62 Galaxy** wagon...Hadn't even gotten her running, but she was a beauty.  I'm sure it is only a matter of time before Gonzo finds his next project...

So more updates, since the last one was long and rambly...I drew the lovely galaxy** above...I still have a logo in the works...A giant painting for Gonzo to put in his office at work (I'm actually excited to paint this one...even though it's words and not my typical specialty.)
My friend posted some photos to facebook recently of some landscapes that I couldn't resist asking permission to as soon as I have something there I will post's been awhile since I've painted a landscape.
Also lovely friend Tania, is expecting her first child- a instead of getting her a diaper cake (you know...since she makes them...)- I'm working on knitting her something she will probably only put her baby in once for all of 5 seconds because the kid will grow out of it...and I maybe also might learn a little quilting from my mom, so I can make her a super cute quilt for the baby, that I saw on a quilt store excursion.  So yeah...I have until early December for that...fingers crossed the girl is early and I can share my bday with my friends' baby!
Oh...this has turned into crafty blog- my apologies- I will get back to arting- I swear, I've just been in a crafty cave...I sewed a skirt.  Yeah, I know.  I made the pattern myself, cut it; sewed it...the liner doesn't fit because I didn't put a zipper in it, but the actual skirt part fits without a zipper- gotta love stretchy one day I will go back and connect the two and add a zipper- but yeah...experimenting with sewing!!!  What is going on???
And last but not only took 30 years, but I finally found joy in cooking.  Baking really.  Muffins, cakes, cup cakes...all of it, I love it.  But my favorite?  frying up some cake donuts.  Yes.  Probably the least healthy thing I could do, but I'm only making them and maybe eating 3 at the most (not counting donut holes...lets face it, 6 donut holes are like the equivalent to one donut, right?)- I've been delivering the rest to hungry friends.  I also discovered that I can make some pretty good guacamole, some delicious pork chalupas, and several tasty chicken dishes.  There's other dishes too, but I won't bore you with that.  Just know that while I enjoy baking...I still hate washing the dishes- so I'm sorry have to clean up my messes.
Anyway, I wanted to completely update we're all on the same page.  Now we can start fresh and I won't have to be like "ooohhh, I forgot to tell you- back when I was on my eternal hiatus from blogging..."
So those of you reading for the art...I am working on it...those of you reading for the crafty?  I'll throw a little of that in as well.  Hopefully it's enough to satisfy the masses.  The art may just come from the lunch bag artwork I have started doing recently...but I'm sure you're all ok with that, right?
I may even have to do a post of a review on my new phone...I don't review anything online anywhere- but this phone is insane...and if Apple has their way, probably won't be on the market much longer...

9/1/12- I have been informed that Ford spelled Galaxie with an "ie" not a "y"...So yeah...Ford Galaxie...I refuse to change it in the title or in the body of the post because it looks ridiculous with an "ie"...

Sunday, August 19, 2012

A Much Needed Update

In honor of finding my blog feet again, I feel like I should update you from that last post all the way back from February...(or really just 2 blogs ago...which in that case doesn't make it feel like it's so far away...)
I had asked for your help in reminding me that I had things in my "pipe line" to complete- so that would act as a little nudge for me to get my butt in gear and work on something.  Which you all followed my advice and completely ignored...
So here's how that list is progressing:
- Gonzo's ski mask- still 1/2 way done sitting in my knitting bag.  It's not the fact that Gonzo no longer works in an outdoor environment that has prevented me from completing it, it was the shear fact that other things interested me more, that has left it incomplete.
-Gonzo's socks- still balls of yarn- haven't even started one stitch. (which also goes for my mom's socks...sock knitting- it's a mood I have to be in, to even get started...and even then, it lasts for exactly 1.5 socks- so it's a chore to get an entire pair finished)
-Water color of a relative; which is my grandma.  As far as I can tell it's done, but I also drew something on the same page that I wanted to complete and I haven't even set brush to water on that also- NOT COMPLETE
Are you seeing a pattern here?
-Great American Aran Afghan- since I lost track of the class, and never went back, because they never returned my call to let me know when they decided to start meeting again...I started a block, set it aside for a few months, attempted another few rows, which were screwed up, so I frogged the whole square and haven't gotten back to it.

But just because I'm an epic failure at finishing things I've started, I will share some things with you...I did draw a commissioned piece for a co-worker who was left with no clue what to get his wife and mother of his children, for mother's day. 
I was drafted after that to work on a logo for another co-worker.  Which I have stated for him and I will state again- I don't do logo's.  I'm not a graphic designer- I know graphic designers- that's the only reason I have a legitimate banner on this blog, or have it on my website, or even as the water mark on my drawings...I'M NOT A GRAPHIC DESIGNER.  So with that said, I've been "working" (I use this term loosely because lets face it- I work slow these days) on this "logo" since May.  It's morphed into a hand drawn exploration of the 1980's fonts and band logo's...and is turning into nothing that resembles any of that.  And quite frankly has led me to believe that computer art is not something I'm capable of.  I know Photoshop...I learned Illustrator in college- and promptly forgot everything the minute the class was over because "I'm not a graphic designer"...hey, guess what?  Illustrator is what it's name says...not just graphic design.  I maybe should have paid better attention to that class- I could be arting in it, instead of thinking "fonts...serifs...blah" (and yes I did just use art as a verb).  But that is a discussion for another time.  I have the concepts of this logo down on paper- in a finished format- it's just that I haven't completed them yet...But today is Sunday and I have no plans besides laundry- so it's quite possible things could be done on it.
Oh, and on the knitting front:

Knitted Zombie's are my thing now...I found this lovely woman online several years ago and bought her book to knit her monsters- which I've knitted a dozen of them, but then I decided to knit them as Zombies and give them away- because who doesn't want to receive a zombie as a present in the mail? I won't be posting tutorials on how I did the blood or the brains, so please contain yourselves. 
I drew this with white board crayons on Gonzo's work white board back in April and it's still there.  He hasn't erased it.  And I've been drawing on his lunch bags that he takes to work, so he has a collection of them at work.  So technically I've been drawing every day.
I think this is a long enough update for a blog, so I will leave you now.  I've added a reminder to my phone so I can update this more often. 
Hope everyone is doing well!  Until next time...

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Guess Who?

I'm here...I promise!  Preview of a little something I'm working on.  I have lots in the pipeline- and hopefully in the near future a whole heck of a lot more time to be working on my projects.  We shall see.

P.S. I'm so terribly sorry I've been absent for so long.  I'll try harder to check in more often. 

Sunday, February 05, 2012


I can't believe I haven't posted in so long!
I have been drawing, and painting...I promise! But with the new job I started in September and a promotion in October and now being fully hired on 2 weeks ago, I have NO time to do art- I literally have to force time for myself to draw.
The new job is good, by the way. I use my brain a lot more than I did as the receptionist, which is nice, but at the same time, it leaves me exhausted by the end of the day- the 45-60 minute drive home leaves me barely conscious when I unlock the door at night. I never thought a job could leave me "brain dead" after working 8 hours. So seriously, I don't get much done during the week. On the weekend is when creative things happen, unless the week was too stressful. I can fully admit, that I did not draw or paint this weekend. Lots of TV/movie watching and hanging out with my parents yesterday. I did work on planning out a new munny yesterday, but didn't actually do anything besides plan. Today, has been a lazy day. I'm only on the blog because I saw a comment was's so sad that because of the new job, I don't have a lot of time to check my emails, or reply to emails or comments or check facebook even. The blog has been neglected. But maybe you guys could hold me accountable? Here's some stuff I have on my "creative pipeline"- if you guys could either shoot me an email, or comment on the blog and just check to see if I've accomplished something in the next few months, that would be awesome:

-knitting a ski mask for Gonzo- it's 1/2 way done
-knitting a pair of socks for Gonzo, and a pair for my mom-haven't even started yet
-water color painting of a relative- it's about 1/2 way done
-knitting the Great American Aran Afghan- 4 squares of 9 complete- it's been a class I've been taking, but I missed last months class and I'm not sure I'm going to continue going (I know most of the stitches, and I don't really feel like there's any sort of connection being made with the other women in the group- 15-45 year age difference doesn't help.)- I do want to finish the afghan it's on the list
-any sorts of commission work that comes up

So yeah, check in, just say "hey" or flat out ask my why I'm being lazy...But it would help if someone could give me a nudge every once in awhile. :)
Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and a great new year!
Take care!