July Adventures

Still a very unproductive month on the art side of things. I have been in such a funk lately. I am starting to feel myself come out of it a bit. Looking back I realize this happens almost every summer. By the fall I end up getting my creative spark back. I just need to keep pushing forward.

I do have a few things to share that I have been up to this month.

At the beginning of the month the boyfriend and I decided to try out a new Japanese Restaurant called Osaka. The food was really good. They had these beautiful lit up cherry blossom trees.

Here are all my sky photos of the month. Most of them I shared on Instagram but a couple are ones I didn't get a chance to share.

It has been an unusually stormy summer.

I was finally able to buy the camera I have been wanting. I got a Canon Rebel SL1! I am so overwhelmed by this camera. I decided I am going to give it a little time playing with it. I found some great starter guides from a couple other blogs I follow. When I start feeling a bit more comfortable with it, I plan on doing a photography post, hopefully weekly.

I finally talked the boyfriend into helping me paint the walls in the house. I was getting so tired of the white walls. So 5 years later from purchasing the house we are finally painting.

Here are a couple before pictures. Please excuse our mess, I was starting to pack things up and move things around when I decided to take some before pictures.

Here are the after pictures. We chose a slightly grayish beige color. In the hallways we did a slightly darker color of the same grayish beige color. Then we have these 2 drop downs from the ceiling and I decided to color one yellow and the other blue. I wanted them to represent day and night. If you notice in the before picture you can see a sun hanging on one of the drop downs. I plan on hanging that back up and I need to find a moon to hang up on the blue side. I still have to get all the knick knacks and stuff put back where they belong. It is also pretty funny that I haven't cleaned off the sun I drew on the sliders from my Sun A Day project back in 2011. I think its time to let it go!

I had bought a print of the Almond Blossom painting by Van Gogh when I first moved into the house. I am taking that to go get framed this weekend to hang up behind the couch.

I was trying to get a nice picture of my dog and he didn't want anything to do with it, LOL!

Well I am starting to feel the excitement of fall coming. This weekend Yankee Candle is having their Halloween Preview Party, which means Halloween shopping season is just about here. This is my favorite time of year.

Hope everybody had a great July and look forward to an awesome August.


June Adventures

Another month has gone by and it was very unproductive in the art department. Before I went to Tennessee I had gotten some blood work done. The doctor's office called me and wanted to see me regarding my cholesterol levels. I went in towards the end of May and my numbers were very high. I had been eating bad and stopped going on my morning jogs, so this was to be expected. I got back on my medications and the boyfriend suggested we join Planet Fitness because it is only $10 a month, so that we both can get healthy. We started at the beginning of June and have been going 3 days a week for just about a month.  I have lost 3 pounds and I am starting to feel better. With this change of schedule I am trying to figure out how to add back in time for art. At first I was super tired but starting to feel like I am coming around with the new schedule. Look for some art coming up this July!

Another thing that I was using as an excuse is when I got back from my vacation. I piled a bunch of crap on top of my drafting table that I use for my art. This is such a horrible excuse, but I finally cleaned it up. This is what it looked like before I cleaned it.

I have some photos of the few flowers I have on my back porch. The frangipani finally bloomed and it is so pretty.

I found a recipe for a cold brewed iced coffee on pinterest from the blog tablefortwoblog. This comes out so delicious I have made this my go to way to make coffee. I love iced coffee compared to hot coffee!!!

Summertime here in Florida is our rainy season, so plenty of storms blow in. Here is a before the storm picture and the amazing sunset afterwards.

Most of the photos I share is from my Instagram account. If you would like to follow me find me at creativelytara.

I hope everybody had a wonderful June. I am looking forward to a more productive July.