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Last night’s supermoon appears as a huge, glowing orb over Cronan Ranch. At nearby Sutter’s Mill, the discovery of gold started the California gold rush. Now, the area is famous as one of the most popular whitewater rivers in the United States, and also features 12 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing and bird watching. If you missed the moon last night, be sure to check out moonrise tonight, which is projected to be equally spectacular. Photo by Bob Wick, @mypubliclands.

I finally took the plunge, my first attempt oils! I think it’s fair to say we are officially going steady at this point! i absolutely love them. Had fun converting one of my digital works into a traditional piece too. 7"x 5" on paper.


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METALLIC BLUE

If you haven’t already seen the editorial image for the new ‘Neo Noir’ collection from KIKO cosmetics then Google it now!!
It’s all about the eyes and subtle glowing skin, simply captivating! The PR company for KIKO contacted me and asked if would like to sample some of the new collection and naturally I said ‘YES’.
I just had to recreate the eyes from that image, and of course, I filmed it.

Here is a link to the tutorial: https://youtu.be/pwHyk5LicS8

Andy gives his toys away: IRL

This is Jessie! She loves critters…but none more than her best pal, Bullseye! 

This…is Rex! The meanest, most terrifying dinosaur who ever lived! RAWR!

The Potato Heads: Mr. and Mrs. You’ve got to keep ‘em together cause they’re madly in love! 

Now Slinky here is as loyal as any dog you could want. 

And Hamm…he’ll keep your money safe, but he’s also one of the most dastardly villains of all time: EVIL DR. PORK CHOP! 

These little dudes are from a strange alien world: PIZZA PLANET! 

And this…is Buzz Lightyear: the coolest toy EVER! He’s sworn to protect the galaxy from the Evil Emperor Zurg!

Now you’ve got to promise to take good care of these guys. They…mean…a lot to me.

What’s he doing in there?

Now Woody…he’s been my pal for…as long as I can remember. He’s brave, like a cowboy should be. And kind and smart. But the thing that makes woody special…is he’ll never give up on you. Ever. He’ll be there for you, no matter what. 

So long…

Partner.

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Visiting the New Gold Butte National Monument

The new Gold Butte National Monument covers nearly 300,000 acres of remote and rugged desert landscape in southeastern Nevada. The area is less than two hours from the Las Vegas Strip, but a world apart. Here dramatically chiseled red Navajo sandstone, twisting canyons, and tree-clad mountains of the adjoining Paiute Wilderness punctuate vast stretches of the Mojave Desert dotted with Joshua trees and desert shrubs.

The 99 mile long Gold Butte National Backcountry Byway provides access to a cross section of the area’s features and begins just south of Interstate 15 near Bunkerville, NV. The first 20 miles of the byway to Whitney Pockets are mostly paved and accessible by passenger vehicles. Other unpaved portions of the route can be accessed by high clearance vehicles and some may require 4-WD. Check visitor kiosks for area information.

The brightly hued sandstone provides a stunning canvas for the area’s famously beautiful rock art, and the desert provides critical habitat for the desert tortoise. The byway and other routes provide access outdoor recreation, and visitors to the monument can camp (undeveloped), hike to fantastic rock formations and hidden rock art sites, and visit the area’s namesake mining ghost town. Wildlife viewing and hunting opportunities are available and the area even has a population of majestic desert bighorn sheep. A full array of visitor services are available in Mesquite Nevada just north of the new monument. Stock up on supplies as no services are available on the byway or elsewhere in the monument.

A little while ago I attended Timeline Medieval Festival and as a last minute addition to my kit I made a simple open-front black wool hood. Here I am wearing it in this photo with some awesome WWII re-creationists. 

It was always my intention to make this hood a lot fancier, and this week I had some time off! I started by trying my hand at some embroidery, which is something I haven’t done before but always wanted to. I figured it was better to start off simple, and this was the result. I took this to my nieces christmas carols and sat on the ground hand stitching. I got a lot of interested looks and questions. :)

Next I used the wool hood as a pattern to cut out the green linen lining. I also removed my temporary leaf fastening. 

I used a sewing machine for the inner, un-seen stitching, but all of the exposed stitching is mostly hand sewn. I pinned the wool and linen together and got busy.

Hand stitching along the bottom seem of the hood:

Hand stitching along the front seem and around the face. Time-wise, all this stitching took me watching Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead and an episode of Teen Wolf ;P

Next up, cloth buttons made from the same black wool. You can see my step-by-step pictures of this process here. At this point I’m basing the design more on 14th century styles (plus I really like super long liripipes.)

And here is the mostly finished product after all of the buttons were sewed on!

I lightly sewed the button holes using my machine to get the consistent shape and spacing because the holes are all so close together. Then I went over the stitching by hand for reenforcement and aesthetics. 

Aaaaand that’s about it! I’m super happy with the outcome. The hood is both warm and comfortable, but not too hot that I couldn’t wear it in summer - I specifically used thin wool and linen for this reason. The colours are mostly based on the Melbourne HMB team, but I’ll end up taking it to Bicolline as well. 
I’m super excited to get more into embroidery too.