Cooking, Typing, and Cheerin’ up a Friend…

So it’s been a fun and Ridiculously busy week!  Writing?  Ha!  What writing!

Arty-ing?  Ha!  What is that…although ALL of my stuff is sitting right where I left it from last week’s Create Date. Lols

…Okay,  scratch that last comment…I did go over to a friend’s house this week and she let me play with her Calligraphy set.  Thank you random citizen!  ;)-

Side note:  I’ve decided to learn calligraphy in my spare time..rofls!..so that I can use it in my picture books.  I think it will look Waaay cool with the watercolor or pencil or whatever it is I end up using on a book.

But back to my topic… Cooking, Typing, and Cheering up a Friendee.

Yesterday I was minding my own business…trying to finish up supper so I could attend my weekly Writer’s group Scribes Oasis.  When I was tagged by a friend to get in on a Rootin’ Tootin’ Sticker Party on Facebook.

That’s my Favorite activity on FB by the way…well, that and reposting comics, funny memes, exercise workouts, and grain-free foodie recipes. 😀

Now, I had a Wonderful time at the party, but sadly my supper did Not.

I burned my chicken twice…because some parties turn into Craziness.  This one did.  There were so many threads to keep track of.  When I finally got out to the kitchen my chicken was feeling a bit singed and tired of the whole FB thing.

So, I finished up my crispy chicken and threw in some garlicky green beans….Of course they were caught up in the whole Facebook party as well and took a turn at feeling overdone a bit…okay maybe blackened a smidge.

The fam said that it all tasted fine in the end, my friendee had a happy time on FB, and I was inspired to write this blog post. 😀

All’s well that ends well, and friends first – food second right?? Ha!  XD

Tomorrow I will be heading to the kick off of our Lancaster Christian Writer’s Group.  Hopefully I learn something fun.  😀

More on that Monday.

TTFN,

The Bluemoon Thinker  🙂

P.S.-  Always remember to attend any and all Facebook Sticker Wars, Partays, or Throw Downs.  They are heaps of fun and everyone Always has a great time.  Friends first- Food second.  Viva  La Stickers!!

Crud!  I think I just burned the bacon!  XD

Happy Overdone-ness! 😀

Create Date Awesomeness!!!

Yesterday I had a way cool Create Date with two lovely friends. 😀

We are all interested in writing, art, photography, and just all around in general Creative Type Stuff!  So we came up with an idea to have a Create Date.

How it works-

Everyone brings stuff that they would like to work on that they normally wouldn’t take the time to do on their own.

You know how those annoying excuses crop up to keep us away from being creative like:

I just cleaned the house and I don’t want to get it all messy again.

or

If I pull everything out I will want to let it sit out for a day or two while everything dries/hardens/insert other arty type term and then we won’t have a kitchen table to sit at.

or

I don’t want to pull the art stuff out for just Me, do I??

or

Kids: Look, Mom just pulled out the art stuff!

Me: No, wait…

Kids: Dog-pile!!

Me: Aaarrgh…blub..blub..blub.

…I don’t know what sound effect describes being drowned in kids. 😉

Anyhoo, so just us ladies got together and had a fun day of creativity!

I practiced some new art techniques that I’d like to use in the future with my books, one of my friends continued work on her poetry chapbook and experimented with watercolors, and my last friendee that came worked on a beautiful paper collage. 😀

I Absolutely enjoyed my time with my way imaginative friends.  There is something amazing about being creative in the company of a group of friends.

Whether it is writing with my wonderful Scribes Oasis friends or Creating with the ladeez yesterday, I feel inspired, challenged, and energized to express my artistic self more freely and easily.

I know it sounds kind of weird, but it is an uplifting event when you are around people with the same interests.  😀

I’m looking forward to our next meet-up in October.  We are going up north to visit a Hobby Lobby.  I’ve never been to one before!  Yay!  I’m soo excited!!  Hyper-Whoot! 😀 😀

…Sorry, I’m easily amused. Lols  XD

A smattering of what I worked on yesterday…

A Random Doodle turned Psychedelic Larryboy by Complete accident. XD

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Two More Worthy efforts…and without the Trippy Larryboy, I wouldn’t have gotten the color combos down. 😀  Thank you strange Larryboy Doodle. XD

Mandala-esque Practice on Watercolor Wash with Color Sharpie Markers~

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Mandala-esque Practice on Watercolor Wash with Sharpie Black Only~

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TTFN,

The Bluemoon Thinker 🙂

P.S.-  I know I’ve asked this before, but at the expense of repeating myself. ;)-

Do any of you out there in internet land have Creative-Type Groups that you’re involved in?  Do you feel that they enhance your originality or innovativeness?  Please leave a line or 3 in the comment box below. 🙂

Later Taters and Happy Creating!! 😀

 

Adventures in Tiny Gardening…

My lovely friend Susan… Yes, the Susan of Sue’s Nook.  😀

She made this Absolutely Adorable Tiny Garden for me!

Fairy Garden

She has become a Masterful Fairy Garden Creator.  Every miniature world she makes comes complete with it’s own original poem written by none other than Sue herself. 😀

Land of Stories

Susan even took the time to fit my special housing needs.  I have Very narrow window sills, but she compensated for this by hunting down a beautiful narrow planter and  a cute little accompanying planter to make up for the limited space in the bigger planter.  Isn’t it just the absolute Most!

I love it, and am absolutely honored to have been given one.

So thank you sooo much Susan! 😀

Please check out Sue’s site and peruse all the cool things there are to see.  🙂

TTFN,

The Bluemoon Thinker  🙂

P.S.- This wonderful gift inspired a Flash Fiction Story… Little Green Gardens.

Thanks Susan! 😀

Happiness Comes By Mail…

Look what I received in my cute little mailbox the other day!!!!

Happiness by Mail

Apparently Happiness Can be sent by mail. 😀

This is from my Totes Awesome Friendee Miss Laura Zimmerman.

She is a way coolio writer!

Please visit her and read her lovely works at her site:

Caffeinated Fiction

Her hubby, cutie patootie kiddos, and her all moved out west to follow God’s call.

… Ever heard of Michael W. Smith’s Go West Young Man?…apparently they did too. Lols

Anyhoo, she is a wonderful addition to our Scribes Oasis Writing Group, but now that she’s moved away I miss her Very much.  :’)

Her and the fam are living it large out there in her new home state of AZ.  Swimmin’ in the pools, Chillaxin’ at the fountain parks, and Checkin’ out the local scene.

Thank you lady for thinkin’ of me on my Bday!  You made my day awesome!  Poor Julie was here when I opened it up and started squealin’ like a five year old. 😮 😀

But I’m sure you’d expect nothing else and would be Extremely surprised if I didn’t react that way.  XD

Thank you again and as always I miss ya lotsa.

TTFN,

The Bluemoon Thinker 🙂

P.S.-  I mean it now.  Shoo.  Go check out Laura’s Site right now. 😀

In case ya didn’t get it the first time…

Caffeinated Fiction

Happy Mailbox Surprises!! 🙂

 

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

No, it’s not what you’re thinking.

It’s not Christmas yet, although most retail stores will have us thinking it is soon enough. :/

For those of us in the homeschool business it’s the time when we are getting serious about school.

Sure some of us start school in July, but that’s usually easy going if we get to it today, great kinda days.

But now, now is the time for Doin’ School.  Getttin’ er done everyday without fail.

Whoo!!! Smell that?  That’s the smell of pencil lead in the morning, overheating laptops at noon, and sweaty phys ed playin’ kiddos in the afternoon.

Come on year!  I’m ready for ya.

Four more years!  Four more years!

Well, I’m off to teach a cooking class…How to avoid grease splatter and other helpful tips.

TTFN,

The Bluemoon Thinker 🙂

P.S.- It’s Schooltime Baby!! Whoop! Whoop! Whoop!  Can I get a fistpound? ;)-

Anyone out there in Internet Land start school yet?  Public, private, cyber, homeschool, or any I’m missing?  Leave a comment or 2 in the box below. 🙂

Happy Schoolsville man. 😀

P.S.S.-

I thought this post needed some inspirational music so…

My Very First Writer Interview…

Hello everyone out there in internet landio.

I was asked to do a Writer Interview on a lovely friend’s blog the other day.

It was Extremely fun and I wanted to post it on my page as well. 😀

I will post a snippet on my blog, then please buzz on over to Tuna’s Cafe to finish the rest. 😀

Please take a moment to peruse the menu while your visiting the Cafe.  Kristina, the proprietor and inventive wordsmith of the business, has a variety of Creative Dishes to sample. 🙂

So without further ado~

Living a Creative Lifestyle with The Bluemoon Thinker

Hello there, my name is The Bluemoon Thinker ~AKA~ Mandy Perfetto.  I’m a homeschooling mom, and newbie in all the following:

Writer

Illustrator

Photographer

Artist

Random blogger

And generalized re-discoverer of doing cool things in my life.

I was asked by a Very Creative friend of mine…the Tuna inspired proprietor of this Online Café of sorts, to write something about living a creative lifestyle for her blog.

Her request made me think a bit…a very scary place to be for me.  Anyhoo, it brought me to an interesting pattern of thought.  Do I live a creative lifestyle?  What does that creative lifestyle look like to other people?

…For more please click on the Title below.

Living a Creative Lifestyle with The Bluemoon Thinker

TTFN,

Me 🙂

P.S.- Happy Interviewing!! 😀

Speeeiiiider Plants…

Speeiider Plants

I was at a garage sale over the weekend and the lady of the house was kind enough to give me two cuttings off of her Spider Plant.

I love spider plants and she just Happened to have the exact variety I wanted.

Soooo, I came home and stuck them in water to try and start the roots….apparently you don’t do that. :/

Soooo, now I’ve planted them in dirt…I hope they don’t die.

This is one of the few plants besides cactus that my mom couldn’t kill, so I figured I had half a decent shot…sigh.

TTFN,

The Bluemoon Thinker 🙂

P.S.-  Anyone out there in internet land have any tips on starting Speeiider Plants?  Please leave a line or 4 in the box below.

Happy Plant Prosperity…hopefully. 😀

Cheese Crisps… The Snack of Awesomeness!!!

Ever since my body decided to stage its little coup against all things grain, I have had a Very difficult time finding any type of truly delish snack. 😦

Until now. 😉

I was perusing around Pinterest and stumbled upon a forgotten Pin I saved for my Randomkids…who also have multitudinous food allergies. :/

Anyhoo, found this awesome and Waaaay easy recipe for Cheese Crisps.

Here’s the simple version:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees…Not good with the whole elevation, moisture content, etc.. baking thing so  you’ll have to figure that out for yourself by trial and error.

Place parchment paper on a baking sheet.

Take your fav. cheese and cut into 1/4 inch squares…remember cheese spreads…I tried to tell my hubby this, but he Reeeeally wanted a big piece done…it melted and filled the   Entire baking sheet….yeah, not our best cheese crisp attempt. 😮

Bake for 5 minutes…more or less..just keep an eye on them and pull them out when desired numminess is achieved. 😀

My results:

Cheese Crisps of Awesomeness

Crispy Cheesey Awesomeness!!  😮 😮 and a Yummo for good measure. 😉

TTFN,

The Bluemoon Thinker 🙂

P.S.- Have an awesome recipe to share?  Please leave a link to your blog or give us the 10 words or less version in the box below. 😀

Remember Cheese Crisps are Awesomeness! ;D

Months are Jerks and the Year is a Butthead

Did anyone notice how Ridiculously FAST the months of summer have literally Flown by??

For most of the summer I’ve been avoiding, steering clear of, sidestepping and completely ignoring as many of the Creative Leaning things in my life as I possibly could… but No More!

I smacked myself in the head and gave myself a good lecture about wasting time on what-ifs & and signed up for classes on living in the moment… okay, I post a lot of cool inspirational sayings, pictures, and articles on Facebook; that’s pretty much the same thing as taking a class right?…

Anyhoo, I sat down with my Ipod Calendar, dusted off the Notifications button, input my To Do List for the day and tapped repeat daily.

I also created an exercise plan for myself…basically do something Fun, New, and Movement Oriented every day for one hour.

…My hubby Looooves exercise anything so between the exercise equipment collection in the basement, my old workout DVD’s, the hubster’s self-defense and workout books, Youtube, Pinterest, Facebook, and Google I have NO probs finding Something to do. Lols

I was having a tough time avoiding binges on Netflix, Pinterest, Youtube, and Facebook feeds so I made a rule for myself.

Unless I am in motion on the treadmill, the exercise bike, or the elliptical I may NOT get on any of the above before 8:00pm.

…Let’s just say that my lower half would like to give me a Zets in the back of the head or just a full frontal facepalm.  Rofls!!

So, I’m back on track and trying to keep up with all of the Fun-ness!  😀

TTFN,

The Bluemoon Thinker  🙂

P.S.- So, does anyone else think that months are jerks?  Has time been flying while you were having fun or Not so much fun as the case may be this summer?  Leave a comment or two in the box below.

Have an awesome August and remember Keep up with all the Fun-ness!  =)