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The Traveler – A Journey Of the Soul (Video)

23 Sep

I made a video for yesterday’s writing and posted it on Youtube. Hope you enjoy.

 

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The Traveler

22 Sep
English: Lower AuSable Lake in the Adirondack ...

Lower AuSable Lake in the Adirondack High Peaks. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One spring day, a man climbed to the top of a mountain, and beheld a view so breathtakingly beautiful it brought tears to his eyes.

He sat on the ground, and found himself more comfortable than he’d ever been, and decided that he would not move from this place, he would stay here, enjoying this amazing view for the rest of his life.

Each day, others came to the top of the mountain, many stayed, but others only gazed around them, and then continued on their way.

At first, the man didn’t notice the others, only the view in front of him, and each day he wept at its beauty.

As the man wept, he began to notice the others, those who only stopped for a moment, and then continued on their journey.

He called out to one and asked, ‘Brother, brother, how can you walk away from the most beautiful view in the world?’

The other man paused, smiled down at him and said, ‘I am not walking away, brother.  I journey to become a part of it.’

The man looked at the traveler in confusion, ‘I don’t understand.’

The traveler reached out his hand, and helped the man to his feet.  He pointed to the path that led up the mountain and said, ‘To get here, you traveled very far, and the way was not easy.’

He pointed to where the man had been sitting, ‘Here you found comfort, in order to regain your strength…’

He then turned, and pointed to the view, ‘… and a glimpse of where you’re going, in order to regain your will.’

He turned back to the man, joy and kindness shining from his eyes and said, ‘But this is not the end, brother.’

The man looked down the mountain and said, ‘But there is no path from here to there.  Will I not get lost?’

The traveler smiled at him and said, ‘There is no path until you begin the journey.  Each man’s path is his own, but throughout the journey, you will find signs to point you in the direction you should go, and there will be guides to help you along the way.’

The man said, ‘But I am afraid.  I do not want to take the long journey alone.’

The traveler smiled again and said, ‘Brother, you will not be alone.  Although each man’s path is his own, there are many of us taking the journey, and each place you need a friend, one will be there waiting, to share the path with you, until you’re ready to continue on alone.’

The man looked back at the path he had taken up the mountain, then at the place he had rested, then at the view he’d admired for so long, then finally he looked back at the traveler, ‘How do you know these things?’

The traveler smiled, and pointed to the edge of the clearing, where a faint path was slowly appearing.  He held out his hand.

‘Because, brother, I have already begun my journey.  I was sent back to help you begin yours.’

Thank you to all of my friends who have taken the time to help me along my own journey.  I love you all so very dearly… this story is in honor of you.

Art & Life Updates, A Fire In My Kitchen

18 Sep

I know I’ve been all over the map lately, and I apologize for that, however, my life has been all over the map, so of course my blog will reflect that. 🙂

I’m excited to get my hands on the 4×5 set of my artwork that I ordered the other day (it should be in either today or tomorrow).  I’m excited to see how it looks, and to get it in an album to show off to people, and to show potential buyers what I’ve got.

I managed to get a few more photos that have potential to be turned into artwork, but as of yet, I haven’t had a chance to upload them to my computer, much less work with them. Continue reading

Lunch Should Not Be A Sin

17 Sep

… but this one comes REALLY close!

Words can not express how good this sandwich was!

Words can not express how good this sandwich was!

I know the picture is crap, but I was in a hurry to EAT it, LOL!

What you’re looking at here is:

Ham, Turkey, Roast Beef, Cheddar, and Provolone on homemade Parmesan Oregano bread, topped with Red Onion, Oregano, Mayo and Olive Oil.

I thought my sandwich from last night was good… I was wrong.  This is the closest non-dessert I’ve come to sin on a plate.

I also made some Apple Cinnamon Macadamia Bread with Cinnamon & Brown Sugar Crust, for which I got the base recipe here, added a few ingredients (like Macadamia nuts and a handful of oatmeal), substituted a couple of ingredients (sunflower oil for canola, pumpkin pie spice mix for ground clove and allspice).  It turned out pretty tasty, if I do say so myself!

Apple Cinnamon Macadamia Nut Bread, fresh out the oven!

Apple Cinnamon Macadamia Nut Bread, fresh out the oven!

Apple Cinnamon Macadamia Nut Bread, sans a slice or two!

Apple Cinnamon Macadamia Nut Bread, sans a slice or two!

Updates & Homemade Bread

17 Sep

WARNING! – This post will probably make you REALLY want a sandwich!

Hey guys!  Sorry I’ve been MIA lately, I’ve just had LOTS of stuff going on in the offline world 🙂

My Love has gotten a new job that he wanted, he started today (and those of you who have followed for a while know that when he’s home, I’m not online much, lol).

This past weekend, I was out in the hayfield all day, BOTH days, and I have finally understood the love affair my parents seemed to have with Icy Hot!  After a long day throwing 75 lb. hay bales up onto a moving trailer, then pulling them back off again to stack them in a barn, Icy Hot was my best friend.  It helped so much, in fact, that I didn’t have to take any pain medication at all for my shoulders, back or knees (all of which were screaming in protest!).  This is the first year doing hay that I didn’t take any pain medication whatsoever.

Before we started doing the hay on Saturday, I did get a few shots with my camera, which I will be checking out sometime soon to see if any will be able to be made into ‘art’.  Speaking of, I did manage to get by the print shop yesterday and ordered a 4×5 set of all of my work, so that I will have a set of my art ready to show people that isn’t on my phone or my laptop, lol.  As far as my art display goes, I haven’t gotten a chance to sit down with the woman to narrow down which pieces to use in her gallery/shop and work out sizes, because she’s been out of town.

Now I know you’re all wondering about my title and when I’m going to get to the ‘Homemade Bread’ part of my post, well, wait no longer!

While we were out and about last weekend, my Love and I stopped at subway and got a sandwich.  I thought about how much I like their Parmesan Oregano bread, and decided that I’d like to try my hand at making some, to see how it would turn out, and let me just say… YUM!  I found the recipe for this bread here, and when she says it’s difficult to write about the bread because they’ve eaten it all and there’s none left in the kitchen, I believe her.  She’s done a fantastic job of replicating it, and I am eternally grateful to her for sharing it with the rest of us!  A word of caution, though… I think there is an error on the TEMPERATURE, at least in US ovens.  250 for 30 minutes left me with a pale, undercooked loaf, I ended up cranking up the temp to get it to brown.  I’m going to try this recipe again and experiment with the temps, because 250 is definitely not the right temp in my oven!

First Attempt, Parmesan Oregano Bread, reminiscent of Subway.

First Attempt, Parmesan Oregano Bread, reminiscent of Subway.

This is a photo of a loaf from my first attempt… I will admit that there were two loaves originally, but, well, let’s just say I couldn’t wait to try it and the first loaf disappeared VERY quickly!  This attempt turned out better than my second attempt.  I’m not sure what I did wrong the second time, but I’m thinking it was either too much flour, or it got too hot during the rising.  Whatever went wrong, my second attempt turned out less like a ‘roll’ or loaf of bread, and more like ciabatta bread instead… not that I’m complaining…

Second Attempt, Parmesan Oregano (ciabatta) bread

Second Attempt, Parmesan Oregano (ciabatta) bread

As you can see, the loaves spread OUT instead of UP, and I forgot to make the fancy slits in the top like I did the first time, but it still turned out edible… and eat it I did!  I waited ALL DAY and even made a special trip to the store to buy the right type of lunchmeat to make a Subway Club (I also bought the meat for a Cold Cut Combo for my Love).  I will admit that the resulting sandwich didn’t really taste like a Subway Club (although my ‘mishap’ with my second round of bread may have contributed to this) but boy oh boy was it a tasty sandwich!

 

Now THIS is a sandwich!

Now THIS is a sandwich!

If you will notice, I made the picture big so you could see in detail all the delicious goodness that I created!  Yes, I know there’s enough mayo on the sandwich to choke a goat… in fact, I actually say that when I order a sub from Subway.  I hate a dry sandwich.  Mayo, onions, lettuce, tomato, pickles, ham, roast beef, and turkey… and that yummy homemade Parmesan Oregano (accidentally ciabatta-esque) Bread!

As a final note about my bread… my house smelled like Subway the whole day, LOL… so now I guess I know which of their breads gives off that aroma!

Oh, and an update on my babies!  I’ve had a few more sprouts come up, one of my bean plants is just going to town!  After their initial growth spurts, they seem to have slowed down a bit.  I’ll try to get some pictures up either later today or tomorrow to show everyone how they’re doing.

Have a great day!

Singing Plants – This Is Amazing!

10 Sep

This is the most amazing thing I think I’ve ever seen/heard… it was all I could do not to cry while listening to this.  Please give it a look, and let me know what you think in the comments!

Did you hear how the music changed for each person?  I just can’t get over this!

I found the link to this video here, when I was searching the benefits of singing to plants… little did I know that the plants would be singing to ME!

I just bought the CD they made with the music of the plants, if you are interested in purchasing it also, it can be found here, on the left side of the page about halfway down, under the heading ‘Plant and Music Study’.

Update: The Miracle of Life

10 Sep

Well, here’s an update for about my babies, compared to what they (it, actually, since there was only one at that time) looked like on 9-8-13.

There’s been lots of activity on the sprout front, having several grow up, and the following pictures were taken on 9-9-13, so a mere 24 hours after the first post photos were taken.

Tomato Sprout 1, Day 2

Tomato Sprout 1, Day 2

Tomato Sprout 3, Day 1

Tomato Sprout 3, Day 1

Tomato Sprout 2, Day 1

Tomato Sprout 2, Day 1

Aren’t they just ADORABLE?  Here’s a picture of all three of them together:

The Tomato 'Triplets'

The Tomato ‘Triplets’

They’re just SO cute!  Those white cups on the side are green beans that I started yesterday (and as of now, one has already sprouted out of its shell!) on a wet cottonball, because I wanted to be able to watch them grow, instead of it all happening underneath dirt, where I couldn’t see what was going on!

There’s also a little baby Dill sprout which came up right before we went to sleep, and here he is: Continue reading

The Miracle Of Life

8 Sep

Hello all!  I apologize for my unexpected absence, I have been busy with my art, got a new toy that I’ve been playing with, and have just had a lot going on and haven’t had taken the time to make posts this last week or so.

In today’s post, I wanted to tell you all about a new little project I’ve been working on.  I’ve decided to try my hand at a bit of indoor gardening!

I’m not very ‘plant‘ smart, I’ve always considered myself to have a relatively brown thumb, but back at the beginning of July, I decided to buy a couple plants, and I bought two New Guinea Impatients, and they seem to be doing quite well, they’ve doubled in size since then, and I think they look great!

This is the Little Impatient when I bought it in early July.

This is the Little Impatient when I bought it in early July.

The Little Impatient as of yesterday.

The Little Impatient as of yesterday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above is my small Impatient when I first got it, and what it looks like now.  The following pictures are of the big Impatient. Continue reading

Am I ‘Officially’ An Artist Now?

31 Aug

So, a friend of ours came by last night, and she’s been telling me for a few weeks now that she had something ‘up her sleeve’ regarding my art, and has been very excited about it while at the same time leaving me in total suspense.  She has finally shared what the big secret was, and she is opening up an art gallery-like business, but instead of just being art, it will have all sorts of artistic mediums, including jewelry, etc., and she has asked me if I would be interested in being one of the artists whose art they will be displaying on the walls (and for sale)!

I’m extremely excited about this, and it means I will have to pick out, print, mount and frame several pieces.  No one except my mother has ever wanted to display my artwork before, so I am very excited about this opportunity!

It will surely be a few weeks or months before the work is hung, but when it is, I’ll be sure to post a picture of it!

That’s all, I just wanted to share that bit of exciting news with all of my wonderful followers and friends!

Art With A Heart – Giving Back

17 Aug

Art With A Heart

I’ve decided to donate 25% of the purchase price of my art to either charity or committing acts of kindness.

Everyone I’ve spoken to about how to price my art has told me to take my production cost and multiply it by three, and that should be my sale price.  While I obviously need the production cost to produce more artwork, the remaining 2/3 of the price is for my time, equipment upkeep, etc. so obviously, at least for the equipment part, I need to keep some money for myself, and I need to pay a few bills.  Outside of that, I don’t need the money, personally, and I think it would be a great idea to use that money for doing good.  (I should note here that the first few sales will need to all go back into production cost, because I can’t afford to professionally ‘produce’ more than one at a time at the moment, and having several on hand to show prospective local buyers is likely to garner more sales in the end than having just one- I figure the first four ought to cover it.)

I’ve decided to split that 25% into two parts, and donate the first half to charity and the second half to committing acts of kindness (or do you guys think I should just put all of it toward charity?  Please let me know your thoughts in the comments!)

One of my favorite charities of all time is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  If you can afford treatment or are insured, you of course are charged, but if a child is sick and their family doesn’t have the money to pay for treatment, they are not turned away, they are treated thanks to donations from people all over the country.  It is absolutely one of the most worthy causes I know of, and is the first charity to which I will donate through sales of my art.

Below are examples of my artwork.  All of my work comes from my own photographs, which I then digitally alter in a series of steps (sometimes more than 50 different processes) to arrive at the end result.

If you are interested in purchasing any of my art, please feel free to contact me at kraftedkhaos@gmail.com for pricing information or details.  All art will come matted and in a protective sleeve.  I have others, and there are more to come.  Please share this with anyone you know who may be interested in participating, or may simply be interested in my type of artwork.  I will have a website as soon as I have sold a few pieces and can afford to purchase a domain name and pay someone to create it for me.  At the moment, I can only accept Paypal (or cash if you’re local).

You can click (or right-click to open in a new tab or window) to see enlarged views (some of these definitely lose something in the translation, so I apologize).

The very last picture is the one I gave to my mom as a gift… don’t blame me for the frame, she picked it out, I just gave it to her matted… but it at least gives an idea of what they look like off screen. 🙂

Mystery of Life

Mystery of Life

Psychedelic Shroom

Psychedelic Shroom

Uplifting Outlook

Uplifting Outlook

Springtime

Springtime

Star Attraction

Star Attraction

Technical Tulip

Technical Tulip

Blossoms

Blossoms

My artwork, in a really bad frame!

My artwork, in a really bad frame!

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