The Tree

I’m trying to stay up-to-date with December Daily this year. It’s been pretty exciting and I think it’s because I’ve got new gadgets: the new computer, new Selphy printer (my previous one died in August), and new Canon 12×12 printer; and new software. I went for it. Got Photoshop CC. It comes with Lightroom which I am clueless to. Not sure how I’ll find the time to learn it. Photoshop is, for the most part, similar to CS6. There are a few things that are different but I just need to explore. I’m mostly thrown off by the size of the computer screen. I don’t normally fill the whole screen with one app. I section it out, otherwise I’d have to sit pretty far back. With Photoshop, I do fill the screen (which I like), but then it makes the photo I’m editing look tiny. Anyway, I’m not complaining. Just getting used to technology.

We went and got a Christmas tree at Costco this morning. Before that, daughter came home from school for lunch. We got a quick glance of her before we headed out and she headed back to school.

Hope this holiday month is treating you well.

The Burning White Book Signing

It was a few years back when I first stumbled upon The Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks. I can’t remember how I found this trilogy but I loved it so much that I couldn’t find it in me to read his new release, The Lightbringer. I waited about a year before I gave in and I wish I hadn’t waited because it was so much more amazing than Night Angel. Don’t get me wrong. Night Angel was pretty good but it’s just your average fantasy. Lightbringer, however, is in a slightly different sub-genre…an epic fantasy.

The Burning White is the final book in The Lightbringer 5-book series. The series follows multiple characters and has a strong magic system that is thoroughly designed. The first book starts out fairly slow because of all the world-building and character development but I find it necessary. My favorite book of the four that I’ve read is the third book, The Broken Eye. It’s because there’s one main character that really shines in this one.

This was my first book signing ever and I really enjoyed it. Weeks’ talked about his journey through the series and did a Q&A session. Lots of good questions were asked and answered. I was so in awe that when I got up to have him sign my book, I was speechless. I wanted to thank him for writing such a beautiful story. Alas, I didn’t squeak out much of anything, except for “Will you take a photo of us” to his wife, and “Thank you,” and “Bye” to both of them before we left. My husband did more talking than I did. And, most embarrassing was when Weeks’ reached out to shake my daughter’s hand and she said, no. He and his wife understood and we all laughed.

We got a thingy of tissue paper during the signing. I’m so not ready for it, but I am at the same time.

Cutting Flowers

Working on finishing up the Artventure course by Wilna Furstenberg and loving these beautiful florals she designed. I’m using the Silhouette Portrait to cut them.

Dumplings with Chili Sauce

I’ve been wanting to try dumplings with a really hot chili sauce for some time now all because of the food pics on Instagram. Earlier this week, I bought frozen veggie and chicken dumplings from the grocery store to try it out with the chili sauce I made following a recipe I Googled. It was pretty easy to make: combine dried crushed hot peppers and non-aromatic oil in a pan over medium heat for a few minutes. Let cool completely and jar. I had the dumplings with the chili oil and a bit of soy sauce (pictured). It was really tasty. Today, I made more and added dried shallots. It was even better. I’d say, this is one of the simplest and quickest tasty food ever.

Foxy Fix Traveler’s Notebook in Spice Latte

I shared a few images on my Instagram of the Spice Latte Traveler’s Notebook I purchased but here’s a few more. I’m loving this TN so much. It’s a very soft and pliable leather. It feels so good in my hands. The color is a light taupe but more on the brownish beige side. I opted for a spine design of the moon phase in rose gold. If you didn’t already know, my name in Hmong means moon. I was given the name because my oldest sister kept getting ear infections (based on Hmong superstition, they said because she kept pointing to the moon, the moon lady would cut her ears). So, when I was born, they gave me the name and her ears never got cut again. Not sure how that works but my guess is, it tricked the moon lady to think my sister was also a moon lady because she was close to a moon. Who knows, but I really should study up on these superstitions though.

 

 

Crafting Haul

I promised not to buy too much crafting supplies but somehow I broke that promise. These will all come in useful though.

Separate views:

I have a huge 8.5″ x 11″ stack that I’ve been collecting. The papers are so pretty I’m afraid to use them, but I really need to.

Portrait Draw In Your Style

In April I tried to follow through with an Instragam “draw in your style” type drawing. Draw in your style is where an artist shares a drawing and others follow along by either drawing it in their style or try to draw it the way the artist drew (which is how I did it). I managed to sketch the drawing but it wasn’t until late May that I was able to color it. Originally, I was going to paint in Photoshop but I’m really stiff with digital painting so I decided to just watecolor. Maybe another time.

Here’s mine next to the original piece by the original artist.

Sketch:

Close-up:

I used mainly the Daniel Smith watercolors I added to the Schmincke set.

I hope to do more of these. They really help me practice my drawing and painting.