I was scrolling through my photos the other day and realized I’ve taken a lot more photos as of late, as I do things and send them to friends to keep them updated and as they do the same in return. I also have been doing lots of projects lately, reading lots of books, trying out new things, so I have lots of interesting things to take pictures of.
These are taken by a second hand device (a cracked screen and all) so the quality isn’t glamourous, but they still each have stories behind them.
With that, here are some things I’ve been up to lately! Maybe you will glean a couple project ideas yourself.
In March (I think?) I made lembas bread from this recipe and ended up sending the recipe (slightly edited to sound more precise, sophisticated, and elvish) to a friend in a pen pal letter. They turned out pretty good! I liked them and the best description I could come up with was very compact biscuit-tasting scones. They were not super sweet (which I liked) and were more tasty (in the sense of a biscuit) and well complemented a good cup of tea.
I’ve been making quilts, one out of old plaid scraps, another from a really cute woodland jellyroll. I added some fabric I already had into the mix and I’m making a baby quilt from that one for a family that lives two doors down that I’ve babysat for. They are expecting their sixth. ❤
For the plaid quilt I am using the quilt-as-you-go method, and for the woodland baby blanket I am using the traditional method of quilting.
I’m also making a blanket out of my sister’s old Mock Trial high school t-shirts.
The first picture there are of me reorganizing my bookself yet again. I have finally found the perfect way in my mind to do it. Instead of organizing the whole shelf by color as I had been doing, I organize it by categories of series, fiction, non fiction, and poetry, and then in each of those sections sort by color. I am convinced there is no better way to do it.
The second picture was from the day I created that collage there on the side of my bookshelf with art from friends and various other cards and clippings.
da beach ❤
More pictures from the beach… subway sandwiches that we asked to be cut in “1/2” but their system read as cut into “12” pieces.
I read The Martian (a very particular copy – my brothers copy – which has it’s copious amounts of swearing taken out with white-out thank goodness)
Exquisite cake from my talented sister for mothers day. Extremely picturesque as you can see.
(that one was actually taken by my mother but for some reason I have it saved on my phone)
A super nice used book store we found at the beach, eating ice-cream on a hot afternoon on the beach house porch, drawing hands while playing the strategy game, Dominion, online with friends.
Phantom of the Opera: I went over to a friends house the other afternoon and we watched it together. ❤ Since then I have been listening to the music even more now.
Phone screenshot: my friend and my brother told me to organize my apps by color and I really like how it turned out.
Laptop: my friend made me an elephant sticker ❤
Lots and lots of decorating envelopes, making cards, writing letters to friends, and receiving them. ❤
Pressing flowers, and taking old dried rose pedals and stringing them to hang in my room. I’m very happy with how both of those pastimes turned out.
Lots of adventures with watercolor: Progress on an attempted illustration of the swan princess, copying birds from a 1945 edition of Birds of America (a treasure found at a used book store at the beach that my sister bought for me for my birthday). I tried both colored pencil and watercolor. And then my painting of Maximus Decimus Meridius (aka Russel Crowe) from the movie Gladiator. That’s one I would like to try again maybe on actually watercolor paper instead of my sketchbook.
A picture of my view from my floor reading one night which I think I have because I sent it randomly to a friend with the caption “floors are underrated,” and then a Frappuccino drink from a Starbucks gift card (thanks Mom for sharing ❤ )
I have been walking a mile or so to/from the free little library in our neighborhood and I got caught in a downpour last time I went. I was drenched but the rain was worth it as always. It was glorious.
During this time at home, I’ve started a new hobby of taking pictures of things in books that I love…
"Father. No, no look: you be the author! Director. Me? What are you talking about? Father. Yes, you. You. Why not? Director. Because I've never been an author, that's why not! Father. Couldn't you be one now, hm? There's nothing to it. Everyone's doing it." - Six Character in Search of an Author, Luigi Pirandello
This passage just was too relatable to not take a picture of. Again the same play. The notes are not mine.
One of the best things about creating art. ❤
(From Go To The Room of the Eyes)
Bahaha this is gold. “Why, you’re acting like an artist,” Mom said, “temperamental.”
My friend let me borrow her copy of The Phantom of the Opera (is there inside your mind) and I took some dramatic pictures while I was reading it the other day to please her (and because I was drinking hot chocolate and it looked fancy)
“Who is that Erik?” ~ Phantom of the Opera basically summed up in one sentence. 😆
“Music has the power to abolish everything in the outside world except its sounds, which go straight to the heart.” ~ so true
Next is Frankenstein and speaking of which…
A friend and I were in the mall and looking for a good copy of Frankenstein. We didn’t find what we were looking for, but we found this display that cracked us up and she took a picture and later sent it to me.
Frankenstein: “The best book ever written about parenting”
My friend: “Yeah basically don’t let your kid try to bring up back to life.” Tip #1 to parenting guys.
The other two pictures there are from JoAnn’s when my brother and I were wandering around, and I found the fancy art pen section and, looking through all the scribbles covered the shelves and walls, found those two conversations.
I am pretty concerned about the mental wellbeing of JoAnn customers.
Other things I’ve done while at home:
- swapped lots of clothes with sisters, and gotten rid of even more
- played lots of frisbee
- spent (lots of) time playing videogames with my brothers
- started watching two shows: The Mandalorian and The Chosen
- written the random occasional poetry and one short story (give or take a plot)
- tried drawing faces with colored pencils and brought yet two more mentally disturbed characters into the world and decided not to to burn them because 1.) for future amusement 2.) if I don’t share at them too long I can make myself believe that I might be fond of them.
What I have not done while I’m stuck at home:
- written much fiction
- learned a new language
- learned a new instrument
- practiced an instrument I already knew how to play
- basically anything actually impressive
What have you been up to?
Have you ever made Lembas bread? Do you take pictures of quotes in books and randomly send them to people? Do you tend to burn the mentally disturbed/disturbing people you draw?
*Note: all but two of these pictures are mine and are about my life. if you want to use one you may ask but i’ll probably say no, thank ye very much