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A wizard is never late…

22 Aug

 

“A wizard is never late nor is he early He arrives precisely when he needs to.”
-Gandalf

This is my motto from here on out concerning the arrival of our son:) We are 2 weeks-ish from his due date and I am taking the pressure off of this little one. I will try to make his home inside me as comfortable as possible until he is ready to meet us!

I’ve been keeping very busy this last month on my pregnancy. Daniel and I are trying to get our home in tip top shape, setting up the babies room, baby showers galore, day trips to the mountains, lots of crocheting and knitting, dog portraits all day long and the list goes on and on.

Highlights!

 

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Hey buddy!

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From my pie baby shower:)

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Some of my Art:)

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Vintage and new books for the child:)

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I had a PIE Themed baby shower! It was the bomb!

 

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Babies first crocheted blanket made by mama:)

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Our new baby Olivia the Subaru! Soccer mom realness!

 

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My mama feeling the baby kick. I adore this woman ❤

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Jemez day trip with the puppies:)

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My New Adventure in Digital Art

2 Jun

Due to some odd and unusual circumstances, I have become the owner of a iPad pro.

The miracle took place at our local Dave and Buster’s, an establishment I have yet to pay a visit to since I despise the concept. Putting my hard earned money into a machine that lights up, wail’s, and spits out tickets isn’t my idea of fun.  I have a 6 pack of beer in my fridge and unlimited Mario Kart at my disposal in the comforts of my own home, haha. (I know I’m no fun at all) Back to how I acquired the precious. My husband unlike me gets a thrill at D&B’s and frequents it with his law school buddies weekly. One week he hit some sort of golden ticket jackpot. The wonderful person he is, he decided to trade in his tickets for a shiny new iPad for his bonny bride. My birthday was near and he did some research and found out the best use for the pro was for art. He purchased me the apple pencil to go along with the gift and presented it to me a few days before my Birthday:)

Long story short; I am one happy owner of an ipad pro!

I immediately downloaded the highest rated drawing app and got started on my adventure into digital art. I went with Procreate. The capabilities of the iPad and pencil together surpassed anything I could have imagined. I have been putting pencil to paper since I could hold my head up so this new technology was mind-blowing. It is sensitive to pressure so you can glide your pencil along and manipulate it as you would a real pencil. There are so many different brushes that have pretty much endless customizations and preferences.

The first thing I usually do when I am starting to learn something new is find a teacher. I dove right into youtube and started streaming tons of videos watching  artists create masterpieces. Here is a link to one of the artists I watched religiously. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTEy6Nok4pMzhCp2TS2DmdA

Knowing what kind of power I had at my fingertips I started to create my own pieces. It started out a bit shaky but once I started to utilize all the tools things started to come together. Here are a few of my earlier pieces:)

The more videos I was watching on youtube I knew I wasn’t really creating the art I wanted to create. I wanted to create high-quality prints I could hang in my house.

My husband and I are expecting our first child:) We found out it was a boy and I wanted to create something to hang in his nursery. I was searching the web for a print of a bear and couldn’t find anything I really loved. So I decided to make my own!

That is how Rufus the Bear came to be:) One of the neat things about Procreate is it records all your steps. Here he is along with a time-lapse video of how I created him!Attachment-1 (1)

 

 

Lastly, which really shouldn’t come last, the case I put my ipad in! So my relationship with Otterbox is a long one. Otterbox has been protecting my gadgets since my first iphone a zillion years ago. I’ve even ran over my phone in one of their cases and the phone came out scratch free. That being said I went right over to their site to see what they had to offer. I snatched up a defender case right away. I got it and it was really nice. I was worried that the touch technology for the pencil wouldn’t work properly since it had the screen protector, but I was happy to say it wasn’t an issue in the slightest. This case isn’t for the faint of heart, it puts on some bulk but it really does protect it.  Luckily for me, they came out with something a little more sleek that suited my needs much better. It folds up more like a notebook and also has a little holder for my apple pencil which really comes in handy. The part that protects the screen doubles as a stand. The defender will still come in handy when I take my iPad on some mountain adventures which I’m sure will happen soon. Here are links to both cases. I highly recommend them!

http://www.otterbox.com/en-us/ipad-pro-12.9-inch/defender-series-case/apl2-ipad-pro.html#start=2

http://www.otterbox.com/en-us/ipad-pro-12.9-inch/symmetry-series-hybrid-case/apl2-ipad-pro-12.html?dwvar_apl2-ipad-pro-12_color=MB#start=1

 

 

I’m super excited about this new medium to create art. I am planning on doing a series of animals like Rufus and selling high-quality prints in my Etsy Shop:) Please look for an update of that soon!  https://www.etsy.com/shop/lovelymuggle

Hope to keep blogging and updating you more frequently on my life and art!

Tiffani

Fun Filled Weekend

22 Apr

This weekend was really jam packed with things and I didn’t quite get everything I wanted to get done done, but it was really fun.

Friday we were pretty tired from the week so instead of cooking we went to Sprouts and got all our favorite little snacks and finger foods and we noshed. There was hummus, olives, cheese, french bread, roast beef, horseradish, whole grain mustard, poblano peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, and some Castlerock Pinot noir. Afterwards we decided  go see Oblivion. I don’t really like going to the movies, I always feel like I’m getting ripped off, but we had free tickets from a while back and this was a movie that I was pretty interested in. I happen to LOVE sci fi, especially post apocalyptic movies. So we went to see Oblivion with Tom Cruise. I got really comfy in a hoodie and leggings ( I hate being uncomfortable and cold in the movies) put a scrunchy in my hair and we went. I really liked this movie, it had a nice little twist that I kinda guessed before it happened. Its weird, I might be the only one that does this, but when I watched the film I kept getting distracted by the personal beliefs of Tom Cruise and how he must really like doing Sci Fi films because of how it falls in line with his religion (which I don’t know too much about) I do have to say I really liked the movie, and I got to see my precious King Slayer, Jamie Lannister. (Can’t get enought GoT)

So on Saturday we went to the dog park. After being there for about 30 min we realized our dogs weren’t really having too much fun. Lily is kinda a loner and a little grouchy, and Molly is a alpha and wouldn’t let any dog smell her, get near her, or play. So we noticed a little patch of grass that was between two baseball fields that was vacant so we took the dogs there and played frisbee. It was a beautiful day and we really enjoyed ourselves. I have to say seeing my dogs happy and getting fresh air has to be one of the most satisfying things. I wish I had grass in my backyard. We are going to try to plant some this year. NM is just so dry and I hate feeling bad for using up our states water so I can have a lawn, but we are going to try a really resistant hardy grass.

After that we were exausted and accidentally took a 3 hour nap. When we woke up we went to a local brewery “La Cumbre” and picked up a growler of hefe for Daniel’s Dads Birthday. We went over and had beer, margarita’s, yummy appetizers, yuca, and pernil. Pernil is a way of cooking pork, Daniel’s step mom is from Panama and there food is pretty awesome. I think the highlight of the night for Daniel was playing with his little sister Sabina and doing experiments with her science kit.

Sunday it was Daniels B-Day Celebration with his friends and he wanted to go to HInkle Family Fun Center. Its not my favorite places (I like to avoid places with sticky children and all the chaos that comes with winning tickets and standing in line) But my husbands inner child loves this place and if it makes him happy then I am happy. We actually had a really fun time. I will post the pictures below! We finished the day off at O’Niells one of our favorite local irish pubs. We sat outside on the patio, and enjoyed good food and good drinks. Great way to finish of the weekend!

Friday Night Nosh

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Saturday Night Dinner

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Sunday

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Fall Family Photo’s

9 Nov

This past weekend I had a mission. A mission to take a great family picture, be very creative, natural, organic, with a touch of fun and class. With those ideas in hand I decided that I wanted it to be done in Belen, my hometown. It is a rural small town in New Mexico 30 minutes south of Albuquerque. I wanted to go by the Bosque, next to the river (which is completely dry btw) where there are lots of gorgeous trees, and its fall so the leaves were amazing. So before we went down to Belen I asked my mom if she could take the pictures for me, she is not a photographer but she has always enjoyed taking tons of pictures since I was little. She was excited to do it, and I assured her I would help set up the shots and manually program the camera for the lighting and what not.

We were in a bit of a rush to get down there since the lighting that I needed was going to be exactly from 4:00pm to about 6:00pm. We went to the mall in the morning where I found the cutest fasinator for my hair at Khols of 50% off, and a nice big gold menswear watch that was originally 30$ priced at 8.99$. You will see both purchases in the photos. I was very excited about the great finds and what they would add. You can say they inspired the look. Also check out my awesome red chair that I made Daniel lug around the whole universe:)  I’ll let the photo’s tell the rest of the story:) Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Quote of that day:

Me- “Well with that kinda of lighting we would of had to adjust the iso and fstop to make the shutter speed faster to capture the motion.”
Daniel- “All I just heard was blah blah blah I’m a nerd.”

I love my husband:)

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Green striped dress and Purple tights

26 Oct

This is the super fun outfit I wore yesterday. I started out in my closet pulled out the green dress I got on sale at Dillard’s for 8 bucks then built the outfit from there. I was going to go without tights till I realized I was running late and hadn’t shaved my legs, Purple.. with green…umm yes! and what goes better with purple green and stripes.. Red of course! Duh! When I came home from work I noticed that I was wearing my dress backwards all day, haha. The neckline is lower in the back which you can’t see. My advice to you is if you are tired of the way your old clothes are looking try wearing them backwards, it will revamp your whole look!

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Albuquerque Farmers Market

15 Jul

On  this beautiful Saturday morning Daniel and I decided to take out the pups and check out our local farmers market. It was the perfect sunny cloudless day, there was many different booths with tons of art and produce to check out. The best part about it was we got to be outside and get out of the house. The dogs enjoyed it very much as well. They always get lots of attention when we go with them which they love. We left with some good looking zucchini squash. It was a pretty successful trip:)ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

My dog is much cooler than yours

13 Jul

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