Ms. Retrospective

Catch a glimpse of the mundane adventures in my life, my artwork, and my warped night dreams!

My Own Font!


Thanks to Brian at Morning via Twitter, I was able to make my own font!  Brian linked to FontCapture and after following the directions, poof!, I can “write” on the computer.  I call it Becky G skinny Font. (I also made a Becky G Font which was made with a thicker marker).

Below is an image of a word document with my font being used:


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What My Appearance May Be In 60 Years!


I decided to be an old “me” for Halloween so I did some digging online, researching how people age.  I saw some Hollywood make up videos aging a 27 year old gal into a very old lady.  Since I don’t have 10,000 dollars for a professional to make a plastic overlay for my face, I will have to stick with stage make-up.

As I browsed the web, I also saw some Photo-shopped images of Hollywood stars as old people.  So, last night, I spent 3 hours on my own “older” self in Photoshop.  I added cloudy color in my eyes to depict glaucoma, sagged my cheeks, eyelids, and chin, grayed my hair, and used the burn tool to draw in each wrinkle, along with yellowing my teeth and thinning my lips.

I wonder if when I get to be 87 or so, if I will actually resemble this.  Only time will tell!  I only hope that is isn’t before 60 years that I look like this…

Below is a before and after picture of me, current and aged:

old becky

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Apple Dumplings Creation!



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“Celebrate” Wine Glass


wine glass

I used enamel glass paint and sparkle paint to create this celebratory wine glass!

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Jewelry Holder Project


Necklace Holder Project

Above is the jewelry holder that I made this weekend.   I bought an inexpensive bamboo cutlery holder and lined the inside with craft paper.  The paper was semi transparent and shows some of the wood grain behind.  I used rubber cement so that it wouldn’t wrinkle up.  Next I used screen door fixtures to hang the jewelry on.  The back screws were flat and worked nicely so that they wouldn’t stick out too much on the backside.  The screw went into the post like a drawer knob would.

I had an old skirt with lace at the bottom and used that for hanging my earrings.  I have used a screen before to hang my earrings before but I found that this kept them in a nice row.  I sewed the skirt together to make three rows: a short earring row, a medium size for larger earrings and a bottom row where my large, dangle earrings could hang.  I tacked the material onto the bottom edge of the cutlery holder and used a pink leather cord that was left from the skirt to hand the jewelry holder from.

This turned out nice since I can use wall space instead of sitting necklace trees and earring holders on my dresser.  So far, the cats haven’t discovered this jewelry holder yet and even when they do, it will be difficult for them to reach it.

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Case Cover Sewing Project



A co-worker of mine asked me to make a colorful cover for him last week.  He does balloon animals as a Jester at children’s birthday parties and uses a small air compressor to inflate the balloons.  The black case looked like a camera bag and wasn’t as festive as it should be when he is working.  I found some nice green and orange material and designed a bag casing.  He needed a pocket of some kind to hold the balloons for the kids to pick from so I made one with a snap flap to close it.  I made a button hole for the air nozzle opening and quilted the top flap.  I was happy with the way it turned out.

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Purse Sewing Project



To go with my handbag accessories, I decided to make a purse. In order to fit all of my accessories, I needed a larger purse for daily use. I haven’t used a pattern since middle school but as hard as I thought it would be, it wasn’t difficult at all! I used a See & Sew pattern and modified only a couple of details. I felt it necessary to add an additional inside pocket for pens and coin purse (as seen below).

The entire project took me roughly 8 hours to do (which included quilting the main fabric). I was mostly happy with how it turned out although when the pockets are full, the lining material is pulled down, collapsing in on the open purse space. That is not too large of a problem, however if I had designed it, that wouldn’t happen.

It was nice to be able to learn a few new tricks (like how to use a zipper foot) and use new tools (pattern haha) in sewing!


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My Own Desktop Organizer!


I enjoy organizing! One might even think I was a little OCD when it comes to items having their own place and label. At home it is a little less obsessive than at work because there isn’t as much to keep track of (or that want to). While visiting the Morning Toast web page, they posted an article and a linked to this computer desktop organizer. I thought about making my own and finally did on Picasa (which is the BEST free software out there for photographers/artists who can’t afford Photoshop). It isn’t flawless since I only spent 10 minutes gathering color/texture and using the collage feature in Picasa. It is organized though!

Before having this organizational tool, I had files and folders spread out on my desktop in groupings, hoping that one wouldn’t get confused with another. This was an important task since multiple copies of a letter were saved to the desktop that coworkers had sent me. I didn’t want to change the titles of the files so that I could send it back when they asked for it.

So below is my end result! (Just imaging the correct files and icons floating there as if it were your desktop!) Like a reader, Jen, from the Morning Toast article posted, “*Smacks forehead* That’s a good idea!”

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Red Laser Light Workout!


Tonight I decided that I needed to get some exercise into my winter evening routine.  Last night I tried to workout with “Mia” my McDonald’s digital personal trainer.  Amazingly enough, she is moderately effective!  Displayed as a graphic in a digital setting, she leads one through Cardio, Core, Strength, and Yoga workouts.  I have 3 of the four DVD’s but the drive through lady at McDonald’s didn’t have the Yoga disk when I ordered my salad.  Last year I burned some fat (or at least wasted my breath) on her workouts.  The background music is lacking in it’s enthusiasm and variety, but I was focused for a while, especially when she gave me commands while she omitted no sweat from her computer-generated body.  Every once in a while Dixie (my black, beagle-mix dog) would jump into the action and mess up my groove.

Last night with Mia I had some challenges, beyond being out of shape and fighting an uphill battle with the bit of flabbiness developing over my once skinny-ass abs!  Willey, my 3 month old kitten, was watching me bounce around the living room while also melting by the wood burning stove.  A couple of times she pounced at my feet but I quickly picked her up and plopped her back onto the couch pillow.  Unfortunately, one time is all it took to end my workout session.  Side stepping to the grapevine exercise move, I experienced what felt like needles piercing my left ankle.  I shrieked as I was knocked off balance and stumbled backwards.  I looked below me and tried to control my feet but Willey and her tiny needles, I mean claws, were skidding underneath.  Not knowing which way to go to avoid the big-footed, amazon-woman above, Willey’s body unwillingly met the rug.  What followed was not just a forced squeak coming from the feline creature, but also the end to my attempt at exercising that night.

Willey was fine, minus her little ego, but I figured that I would have to put all four of my pets away before working out again. The thought of them being confined more than necessary, frustrated me.  Brainstorming on how to still exercise, I decided to run around outside with the dogs after work tonight.  I got all bundled up and grabbed the mag light so that I could see the stick that I would throw to them.

As I opened the front door, I saw the laser light that I got for Christmas, and the girls and I pushed our way into the winter night.  As soon as the laser was on the ground, so were the dog’s noses.  Over our 5 acres of grass they ran as fast as I led them with the light beam.  Back and forth across the acreage they chased it’s bright red glow.  Not a bad workout for dogs, but what about me?  I started to jog around my house with the laser right along side me.  Of course I had dependable companions on my jog; those who were obsessed with the red spot, shakily following on the ground.  I wondered if any of my neighbors could see me, and if so, what they would think of the sight of me: winter boots (to keep my regular shoes from getting muddy), black sweatpants, black jacket, and a grey-fleeced balaclava topping off the outfit.

Running five laps and debating with myself on how far I had gone, I paused to take in the brisk air.  We all went inside for a quick water break and after asking Matt about the distance, he guessed I jogged a quarter mile–Maybe.  He was just humoring me by taking a wild guess no doubt. Going out again, I ran five more laps   Distance didn’t matter as long as I was being active I assumed.  Having the distraction of silly dogs huffing beside me, tracking imaginary prey, I was fairly entertained as well! One can only wager a guess if I have started a new exercise trend tonight: “The Laser-light Lope”!

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New blog!


Hello all!  I am writing a very short blog to say I am now blogging online!  I will post about my family, pets, art, and dreams… hope that is enough entertainment!