Arizona Renaissance Festival- March 11, 2017

The 2017 Arizona Renaissance Festival is over for the year and I have some more photos I took while there to post and talk about.

The weekend of March 11th and 12th was Time Traveler’s Weekend. It is my favorite of the themed weekends at the festival because there is a Tardis from Doctor Who in front of the front gate and there are Star Wars characters from the 501st Legion in the festival. It’s always amusing to see the storm troopers serve as body guards of the royal court or Darth Vader watch the joust.

Like the last time I went to the festival, I mostly took photos of the joust. I was intending on taking photos of other acts, but I ran into problems with my camera’s batteries so I couldn’t take photos of anything or anyone else. In addition to this, I didn’t stay the whole day. It was unseasonably hot (Over 90 degrees Fahrenheit) and I didn’t want to over exhaust myself. As usual, I had a great time and I’m glad I went on this weekend!

That’s all for now! Thank you for reading!

January 2017 Sunset Photos

Sorry about not posting in a few weeks. I’m still playing catch up with my side projects due to the stomach flu I had a few weeks ago. Since I’m not done working on them yet, this week’s post is about some photos I took of a sunset in January!

I took these photos after a winter storm on January 24, 2017. I’m happy with the way the photos I took that day turned out. In addition to these photos, I also took some other photos that will be used for future fabric designs. Right now they are not available for sale or public viewing, but once they are I’ll make a post about them!

That’s all for now! Thank you for reading!

Peach Tree Blossoms 2017

I realized that I have a lot of photos that I never posted here on my blog, so here is another photography post! This time, the peach tree blossoms!

The peach tree outside my house has begun to bloom again… so that means a new batch of peach tree blossom photos! I’m not sure if anyone likes my photos of the peach blossoms, but I enjoy taking the photos anyway.

That’s all for now and thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed looking at the photos!

Arizona Renaissance Festival- February 12, 2017

Last week I got sick with a nasty stomach flu so I was unable to sew, draw, or basically do anything besides rest. Because of this, my blogging plans for the next few weeks are going to be off by at least a week. While I work on my sewing, I decided to write a few posts about photos I recently took. Well, photos took before I got sick. XD

On February 12th, I went to the Arizona Renaissance Festival. Last year, when my family member died, I decided to go on multiple days to the festival because I have the freedom on the weekends to do “fun” things this year without elaborate planning that will end up not working out in the end. So, although I didn’t have a costume ready to be worn, I didn’t mind because I already planned to go on other weekends. :)

On this weekend I ended up not staying as long as I normally like to because I was starting to not feel well. I think the flu was starting to creep up on me back then, but it didn’t make me so ill I couldn’t do things until last week. In spite of this, I was able to take photos of the festival. Continue reading

2016 Sewing, Photography, and Art Roundup

Excuse the reflective beginning of this post, but to put it bluntly, 2016 was not a fun year for me. Also, please excuse the amount of photos in this post. I wanted I worked on this year that I’m pleased with to get mentioned in my post.

2016 is almost over and I’m happy to see it over. This year, like many people I talked to, I didn’t really have a great year. My year wasn’t good mostly because I took care of an ill family member and that family member eventually passed away. When it sunk in that my family member wasn’t going to live as long as I believed they could, I had a very hard time talking care of my family member knowing that there was nothing I could do to help them. But, with the assistance of my immediate family, friends, and faith, I got through it. I feel a lot better than I did a few months ago, but when I decided to go through 2016’s post to see what I can talk about in this end of year post, I felt sad because I didn’t get to do nearly as much as I planned to this year.

If I learned anything from 2017, it is that life is unpredictable in both good and bad ways and no amount of planning can save you from the unpredictable. Although I am sad my family member is no longer with me, I know they are in a better place and that I did my best taking care of them. I also learned how important family and friends are in a person’s life, how much grit and strength I truly have, and what loyalty really looks and feels like. I am a different person now and, although what I went through was very painful, I am glad I went through it. I may be a different person than I was in the beginning of the year, but I am a better person now. And I’m thankful for it.

Since I had a hard time with my personal life, I didn’t have the time or energy to work on anything “artistic”. I would draw, sew, and take photos, but everything would fall to the waist side because I was more worried about other, more important things. Still, I tried to work the last half of the year so I could start blogging again. :) Continue reading

October 2016 Flower Photos

In a post last week, I talked about having so many posts backlogged that I decided to make two posts a week for a while, but last week my cold came back so I stopped working on my Inktober sketches and most of my blog posts so I could rest more. Because of this, I will be making only one post this week. Also, next week will be busy for me so there will be only one post that week as well. I hope by the end of next week I finished my Inktober sketches and can make a post dedicated to the sketches from week 3 and 4. :)

This week I’m doing something a little different from art and sewing, I’m going to talk about photos I took last week of flowers!

Before I became too ill to go out for anything besides work, I went to the downtown area in my local town and to a mall I used to go to a lot when I was in college. I don’t normally take photos of my town, mostly because I don’t have a reason to, but I did last week because there was supposed to be a parade. While taking pictures of the decorations in downtown for the parade, I took pictures of the flowers that grew in flower boxes on the sidewalk as well.

After I took photos of downtown, I went to a mall I used to go to when I was in college. I got some great photos of the mall and the buildings there, but I want to go back and take some more. As for the photos of the flowers, they turned out well. Here are a few of them…

Most of the flowers are found in the downtown area of my town, but there are a few from the mall. The mall’s flowers weren’t that impressive, but I found a few blossoms nice enough to take photos of.

That’s all for now! Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed my post!

2016 Orange Tree Blossom

Last week I posted about this year’s peach blossoms. This week’s post will be about the orange tree blossoms.

The blossoms on my orange tree are never as large, attention grabbing, or spectacular looking as the peach tree’s blossoms, but what they lack in looks they make up for in their sent. In previous years, the orange trees did not smell when the blossomed, but this year they did! I like the smell of orange tree blossoms, so to walk outside and smell the trees made me very happy.

Since the orange tree blossoms are not as nice to look at, I only took a few photos of the blossoms. Actually, I only took four.

I keep telling myself that next year I’ll take more photos of the orange tree blossoms, but I never do. Sometimes the blossoms don’t look “perfect” enough to take a photo of them, other times there aren’t enough blossoms to take photos of. Still, I hope next year I’ll take more photos of the orange tree blossoms.

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2016 Peach Tree Blossoms

I was so busy earlier this year that I forgot to post photos of this year’s peach tree blossoms!

Since the temperatures in Arizona were unseasonably warm, the peach trees bloomed a month early. Other plants bloomed early as well, but the peach trees where the ones that drew the most attention from bees, butterflies, beetles, and even a hummingbird. Although I was unable to take pictures of all the animals visiting the peach trees, I still have some very nice pictures of the blossoms!

Since I took so many pictures of the blossoms, I’m posting a few here. The rest can be found in my Flickr albums for February 2016 and Mach 2016 nature photos. Since I normally put all the nature photos I took during that particular month in the albums, you will probably see photos of different blossoms and sunset photos in it. Enjoy the photos!

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Sunset Photo Dump- July 31-August 6, 2016

Right now I’m working on sewing new things that I hope to blog about soon, but in the mean time, I need to blog about something!

The first week of August, there was a lot of storms in Arizona. Since it’s Arizona’s monsoon season, the time when we get summer storms and lots of rain, there was a lot of clouds, humidity, and heat with a dash of dust storms, called haboobs. I was born and raised in Arizona, so I expect it to happen every summer. My favorite part of monsoon season is the sunsets. That’s when the clouds make some very spectacular sunset and I pull my camera out to take as many as I can.

Since I have so many photos, I decided to share some of my favorites from the first week of August. (And July 31, but there wasn’t a storm or pretty sunset to photograph) I do share some on my Instagram account, but I try to spread out the amount of times I post sunset photos there to make sure no one’s Instagram is overloaded with my sunset photos. :)

Anyway, here are some of the photos I took!

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