Dec 31, 2009

Happy Mundane New Year!

I don't usually make resolutions, but here are some I've been meaning to do anyways....and January is a good enough start for it. :D

1) Exercise!

This will be with the Wii (I have Wii Fit Plus, Cardio, Winter Sports, and plan to get the new dance game ASAP). I will also be taking up ice skating with the Man. :) I REALLY enjoyed myself skating the other day, and there is an arena down the street from us...so I figure skating once a week will be good (low impact cardio FTW!).

My BFF and I will have to check out the warm water pool not far from where I live, too.

2) Eating Healthier.

Okay, I eat pretty healthy, I just don't eat regularly because of my sleep schedule (some days I forget to eat altogether until dinner). So I'm going to try to eat something small and healthy every 3 hours (like a bit of cheese, yogurt, a smoothie, lean meat or veggies).

3) Take Pride in My Home.

I love my house, and I need to show it more often. It's often difficult with the pain and tiredness from my illnesses, but I need to at least keep the kitchen straightened, the dishes done, and the living room and dining room clean! :D

4) Clean Up the Backyard This Spring.

It keeps getting put off and put off. We don't get much sun, so it's hard to find anything that actually grows...so even a rock garden would be nice. ;) Then we can have folks over for a barbeque.

5) Practice My Craft Daily.

I let my daily prayers and devotions slide. I need to continue my reading and learning (especially Chumbley's and Schulke's works).

6) Bring the Romance Back into Our Relationship.

Damn straight! :P

7) Get at least 85% in my next two classes for Makeup Artistry.

8) Clean Out the Basement!!!!

Dude, it sooooo needs to be cleaned out! Then we can have a photo studio for my friend to do portraits and shoots in. :)

9) Keep my blog updated, and more "Witchy"!

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I think that's it. If there are any more, I'll add it in comments. :)

Now...go on, share yours!!!!!

Dec 23, 2009

Web Crawling Wednesday!



So here's my insomnia, and I'm surfing through awesome vintage clip art and mixed media art blogs, and I find the AMAZING Elegia's Background Garden.

If you're looking for an awesome free layout, check out her blog. My favourite layout is "Basic Black and White" , and you can get the CSS info here (I might just have to use that for my upcoming makeup blog).

If you want something a little more special, check out her Etsy shop where she sells some pretty cool digital collage sheets. My favourite is "Cute Bats". These are great if you're into digital scrapbooking, making your own blogger layouts, or even regular scrapbooking (print and cut). And very affordable!

I hope you enjoy Elegia's site as much as I have. The more you look, the more you find! :) I also have her button over there -->

Dec 21, 2009

Happy Birfday to Me (and my sister)...

Yep, we're Yule babies (kinda). We had the extended birthday of a lifetime, I think.

November 27th: Went to see Blackie Jackett Jr. in Burlington
December 17th: Went to meet and see Three Days Grace (Default opened for them, so we got their autographs, too).
December 19th: Went to Westfield Heritage Village (in Copetown) for 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (It was sooooooo fun---but my camera crapped out that night, so I couldn't take any pics).
December 20th: Birthday lunch/dinner at my parents' house. Our Mum bought us Yule gifts (heehee...we're breaking them down...they're not overly religious, but my parents' are getting more and more in the spirit of Pagandom).

Somewhere in the middle there, I sprained my ankle, and have to someday get an xray (likely AFTER the New Year, 'cause Gods know most places close early this time of year). I got to go to Westfield (an outdoor village replication of Edwardian to Victorian living in Canada) in a wheelchair...LOL! My BFF had a little TOO much fun pushing me around. ;)

So the rest of this week is getting the house ready for the Holiday Open House, do some baking, and make my dad a hand made scarf (on my Knifty Knitter). :)

Oh--and tomorrow I get to see if the warranty on my camera is still good, and hope that if it is, they can send me a new one ASAP!

Dec 16, 2009

I Got Tagged!

The lovely Magaly Guerrero from Magaly Guerrero: The Official Blog of an Author in the Making and most well known Pagan Culture tagged me for the meme "Check Your Witch and TAG her Thrice!".

So I'm going to answer 15 questions as Magaly did...and then tag 13 more people. I'm going to change up the questions so they're inter-denominational, because I'll likely tag some non-Pagans. :) Why 13 people? Because it's Magaly's lucky number, and it's also MY lucky number too!

The Famous Fifteen:

1. Have you started Yule/Christmas shopping yet?

I've done it over the year, but realized in the first week of December that I didn't buy as much as I thought I did. But yep--it's ALL DONE! :) I'll have to post pics of what I got everyone after Yule.


2. Tell me about one of your special holiday traditions?


Wow, family traditions always evolve, and there's nothing that really "sticks". A little earlier than Yule/Christmas is my Mum's birthday (middle of November), and my sister and I always buy her an angel, or angel themed gift. I guess that would count.

I'm also starting a tradition of having a Holiday Open House on December 24th, where I have food and drink, and people come and go as they please. Last year was the first one, and it was a great success. My family, my man's extended family (his parents and sister live in Colorado), our friends all gathered together, and it was so much fun!

3. When do you put up your tree?

Still getting into the swing of that. We don't have much room for a real big tree in our house (we have a lot of furniture because we entertain a lot). Last year we had a real tree in a pot, but it died (I have a black thumb). This year my great friends Mav and Grimmy gave us their old fiber-optic tree that they had for many years while living in apartments (since they are having their first real Yule/Christmas in their own house and can have a large tree). So it's sitting on top of an unused plant stand (remember...black thumb) draped with Christmas/winter themed fabric. Gifts will go on the bottom tiers of the plant stand. :)

4. Are you a Black Friday Shopper?


Nope. I value my life and limbs.

5. Do you travel at Yule/Christmas or stay at home?

We once went to Sarnia for Christmas with my man's family, but they did Christmas dinner on the 12th this year in Brantford (20 minutes away from us). We usually do Christmas day at my parents, or sometimes on Boxing Day depending on my BIL's family. My parents live in the same city, and my sister just outside, so not much traveling. If we visit my man's immediate family, we don't do it during Christmas season...WAAAAAY too expensive and crazy.

6. What is your funniest Yule/Christmas memory?

My sister had moved home to finish up college. I moved home when I broke up with my fiance. We were around 20 years old. I woke up to my father running around with a T-shirt that said "Ho Ho Ho My Ass", a Santa hat with a fake beard (which is funny, because he HAS a beard), wearing Christmas themed brief style underwear over his jogging pants at 6am.

6am doesn't exist for me...I'm an insomniac, but I hauled my arse outta bed anyways (he was so excited).

He had woken me up by wiggling my feet. He went into my twin sister's room, and hadn't even gotten near her bed when she sat straight up (WWE Undertaker style), said "Touch me and die." and laid back down.

My Mum, Daddy and I had breakfast and waited for her to get herself up...LOL. She's less of a morning person than I am.

7. What is your favorite Yule/Christmas movie of all times?

Santa's Slay, Black Christmas, and Scrooged. Yeah, so I'm not overly traditional...LOL!

8. Do you do any Yule/Christmas baking and what's your favorite treat?

Darn Tootin'! My favourites are my fudge, Amish Ginger Cookies and White Chocolate Candy Cane Brittle. :)

9. Fake or real tree?

Fake...it's fiber-optic. I call it the "disco tree". I love it because it was passed down from my best friends.

10. What day does the actual panic set in to get it all done?

I usually don't have a panic button. This year, it was yesterday--but I think it was just a panic attack (I have clinical anxiety and bipolar, and my hormones are going all wacky).

11. Are you still wrapping presents on Yule/Christmas Eve?


Yup. LOL! :)

12. What is your favorite family fun time at Yule/Christmas?

Watching everyone open the gifts I bought them! I LOOOOOOVE giving gifts. :)

13. What Yule/Christmas craft do you like best?

Baking, and making chocolate and fudge. Not technically a craft, but I love doing it!

14. Yule/Christmas music? Yes or No, and if yes, what is your favorite song?

Yes! I used to hate it (working in retail makes it SUCK). My favourite is The Little Drummer Boy by David Bowie and Bing Crosby. I also love anything by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra!


15. Do you plan to finish all your shopping?


Already DONE! Woot!

The Thirteen Tagged:

1. The Screaming Meanie
2. Ugly Shyla's Secrets, Lies and Gossip
3. Voodoo Who Do
4. Witchy Chicks
5. A Fanciful Twist
6. A Secret Garden
7. Ruffles and Stuff
8. A Day In The Life of a Domestic Enchantress
9. Cat's Rants
10. Chasing Domestic Bliss
11. Craftwork of a Jewitch
12. Darkflame's Views
13. Lisa Joy

Dec 14, 2009

Musical Monday! A little heavier than usual....



Been a while since I did a post on Music Monday! So, here we go!

My sister discovered the world of Twitter, and that having a Blackberry (which she needs for work) that she can access it ALL THE TIME. So what did she use this ultimate power for? Winning awesome stuff, of course!

First she won a Finger Eleven prize pack. For those of you who don't know, I'm a big Finger Eleven fan, and my sister is a TOTAL goober for F11 (and Blackie Jackett Jr., a side project of two of the F11 guys).

THEN she won tickets to THREE DAYS GRACE! So we're going to the concert on Thursday the 17th, and we get to do a "meet the band during sound check" thing. Cool, eh? Even though we'll likely be 15 years older than their average fan...LOL! I've always been a "casual fan" of their music, but finding out about going to the concert and meeting them, I looked into their history (so I'm not a total goober when I meet them).

I discovered that the lead singer, Adam Gontier, is a recovering addict to oxycontin. A lot of the songs on their second most recent album (the one most people would recognize, "One-X") were written while he was in rehab in CAMH in Toronto, Ontario.

So after finding that out, I watched "Behind The Pain"** on YouTube, which was a look at his addiction and recovery.

I have a new found respect for their music, as a recovering alcoholic (specifically, a binge drinker), and a recovering cutter (I did it from the age of about 9 or 10 until I was 17...I hid it, unlike the Emo Kids of these days who think it's "cool", and at stressful times have a hard time not relapsing--it's actually harder to control than the alcohol).

I remember when I first got sick, when I was going through leaving alcohol completely behind in favour of meds to make me feel better. Of getting used to living as a person with multiple medical problems, and hearing the song "Pain" from the albume "One-X" by Three Days Grace. It spoke to me, about the physical pain I was in, the emotional pain, the pain and strain in my relationship (which, I have to say, is now stronger than ever), the pain of being bipolar for so many years and not being properly diagnosed. So here is the video for that, for Musical Monday:



And here is their newest video, "Break" from the album "Life Starts Now":



(** "Behind the Pain" Part Two, Part Three & Part Four)

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Dec 9, 2009

Hallowe'en Makeup!

Okay, so it's a tad late, but I figured after reading Rue's comment about Hallowe'en makeup, I figured I'd share the makeup I did this year. So here I am:



I was the last minute costume girl this year. So I decided on semi-traditional Día de los Muertos makeup. I completed the look with a black scarf around my head (my bangs actually OFF my forehead for the first time since middle school--LOL!), red roses on either side of my face, big hoop earrings, a dangly necklace, black chemise, black corset, red shawl tied around my waist, and carrying maracas from Mexico (a friend brought them back from her honeymoon) and a Virgin of Guadalupe candle.

Here is Chris, done up a our Doorkeeper:



This was a great picture that Crowskin took on a neighbour's front lawn, that was thoroughly covered in bright leaves.

Here is a close up shot of his makeup:



All he wanted was "something gothic and creepy", so that's what I ran with. Not bad for never having done aging makeup, eh?

Another Great Giveaway!

Check out Bringing Up Salamanders for the coolest little Yule giveaway!

And don't forget to check out Nydia's Etsy shop Carioca Witch!

Dec 8, 2009

School Update, and an Awesome Giveaway!

So I finished Makeup III last night with my exam (technically it's Makeup: Bridal, Glamour and Runway). I studied, and studied and studied. Our lovely teacher, Jakki, had said it would contain everything from Makeup I, Makeup II and Makeup III. So here I was with my giant binder of all three courses studying my wee brain out.

Everyone is in class, we get the exam, and it's only 3 pages long, with LOTS of space for answers. "WTF?" So I look it over (as I do with all tests) and realize it is full of what should be common sense answers for anyone who works as a Makeup Artist.

In thirty minutes I wrote it, checked it over twice, and handed it in (it likely would have taken less time but my arthritis makes handwriting difficult and slow). Then Lisa and I went to Timmie's at the cafeteria so I could treat myself to a hot chocolate. I was home by 8:30pm.

I even got to watch the new episode of Cake Boss at 9pm! I love that show.

So now I'm off of school until January, when I'll take Paramedical and Camouflage.

So here is what I need to take to complete my courses and get my two certificates (Makeup Artistry and Applied Cosmetics):

Makeup Artistry
Cosmetology
Makeup I
Makeup II
Theatrical and Special Effects
Paramedical and Camouflage
Business and Marketing
Colour Theory
Makeup: Bridal Glamour and Runway
Portfolio Development

Applied Cosmetics:
Professional Selling

What I have left to take is:
Paramedical
Special Effects
Business and Marketing
Portfolio Development
Professional Selling

So if I do one per semester, not counting the summer since there usually isn't a class available then, I should be done by Spring 2011 (a year ahead of what I thought it would take). :) Nice, eh?

So, onto the totally awesome giveaway!

Mrs. B at Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom is giving away a $25 gift certificate for EcoStoreUSA! So head over HERE to sign up for the giveaway (and don't forget to read the awesome REVIEW Mrs. B did on their Vanilla Shampoo and Vanilla Conditioner.
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