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+*Mystery, Intrigue, & A New Video!*+

Hello Lovely Stars!

In case you missed it, I uploaded this new video:

I also uploaded an origami crane tutorial video & a baby lips review video. So check them out when you have time, but wait…don’t forget to finish this blog post! XD

I wanted to talk with you all today about mysterious things, or as Coffey Chat’s Shannon Coffey likes to say…”Mister-y.” If you watch her videos, you know how to say that properly. I’ve gone on what I like to call a tangent…

Anyway, so mystery and intrigue…we all love it, want more of it, and try so hard to get it, right? You may be saying, “No, what are you talking about, MaceyLou??? I am completely confused!” Don’t fret about it. You may not even realize you crave mysterious things. I’ll shed some light on the subject first before I get into the meat of the conversation. Answer the following questions:

  1. When you were a tiny little one, did you get curious about a lot of different things? {yes or no}
  2. Have you ever eves-dropped on anyone? {yes or no}
  3. Do you like the idea of having a secret door or compartment in your future dream house? {yes or no}
  4. Have you ever gossiped with anyone, EVER? {yes or no}
  5. Do you enjoy reading mystery novels//thrillers or have you ever enjoyed reading them in the past? {yes or no}

If you answered “yes” to any or all of the above questions, than AH HA! I told you that you secretly desire mysterious things!

Now, on to the meat of the conversation…

Mysterious things draw us in, but they leave us wanting more. Not just mystery novels // thrillers do this. Mostly every good book does this. They pull you in, keeping you wanting to read, just so you can find out what might happen next. There is this curiosity inside each of us {I hope I’m not the only one…} that makes us this way. We want to learn more. We want to be in the know about things. We also don’t want to feel left out.

This is also how T.V. shows real us in. They keep certain details and facts from us until the last minute or the last episode in the series, when they finally spill. They’ve got to keep us on our toes. I may have mentioned this in the past, but I’ve been trying to write a novel. I haven’t worked on it in months. It can be very difficult to keep that “mystery” thread running throughout a story. A story is best if it constantly makes the reader ask questions and want to find out more, keeping him or her reading and reading, until finally they finish the book.

I’m finding it difficult to keep the mysterious ambiance going.

Are any of you writers? Do you have creative blocks like this? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading!!

-MaceyLou

Thursday Thoughts #2: When People Disappoint Us

Hi My Lovely Reader Wonder-Things,

Today is “Thursday Thoughts: When People Disappoint Us.”

Isn’t it funny and sad how often we as humans get disappointed at our fellow man? We move and writhe in the muck of humanity, and yet we judge each other and ridicule one another. At what gain? We see others make decisions we call mistakes, but when we make our own share of them, it’s called something quite different in our minds.

We touch, look, smell, hear, and taste, but do we really feel, see, listen, and take delight in the juxtapositions of life? There are endless streams flowing into streams flowing into more streams of knowledge, and depth, and height. All these things get pushed aside during the 9 to 5. It’s only: “Let me just survive” or “Let me make it out alive.” What we feel then is not really felt, only dreamt. Our lives become empty hallways of doors never opened, locks never picked, and sights never seen.

Oh, to be able to relax and just breathe. To be able to breathe it all in, feel every detail, every second, every moment standing still before our very eyes. All this so we can touch life again, like a toddler taking it all in. We don’t remember those days. We are far too old and blind to remember anything such as that. We are all dying, weeping, sighing, waiting, and fighting. We’re fighting life out of our very being. We don’t want to hold it in our own hands as we should. We want someone to do that for us, to feel for us.

If we continue this, it will only get worse. There’s only a fraction of our time left spent on our own lives, our own wishes, hopes, and dreams. This fraction will turn into a tiny shard of light, then it will be like a microscopic creature, then nonexistent.

I hope we all change this. I hope we all live free again and feel life again. Strive for it. Live for it.

Hearts & Stars,

MaceyLou

Adventurous Friday #1: Cherokee Dam & Beach

Hello Lovely Wonder-things,

Today’s blog post has been published so late, I know. I’m so sorry, but I think you all will enjoy this short and sweet photo/art representation of our little adventure.

We went to the Lake by Cherokee Dam. It is not too far from Jefferson City, TN. Just a little drive.

1} A Fisherman’s shop that was on the way there…

2} The signs pointing us to the beach & lake…

3} We’re here!!

4} Me playing around on the swing set in the park area where all the trees are.

5} Well, we got super hungry walking and acting silly and playing around…so we got Hibachi Chicken!!

We also took lots and lots of photos of squirrels, so I cut a jumping squirrel out of a photo and made a pattern of him. I put a color behind the pattern to soften it. I think it would make a lovely tote bag pattern! <3

BEFORE EDITING (only cropped):

AFTER EDITING {Made into a little pattern}:

Any thoughts on my pattern I created? He sort of looks like a little fox, doesn’t he? :)

Hearts & Stars,

MaceyLou

Thursday Thoughts #1: Thoughts on Movies & Drawings

Hello Lovelies,

So, I know this isn’t a sketchbook wednesday, but I also didn’t sketch in a sketchbook anyway. I sketched on printer paper and I did it with a crappy ballpoint pen. It’s all good, though, because I love how they turned out. I particularly love the cup with the ice. What inspired this sketch you ask? Well, I’m glad you asked…

Have you seen the commercial they play in the movie theater that shows the cup fill up with ice, then coke, and then they put the straw in it and all these bubbles are everywhere? (Wow, that was a horrible run-on sentence.) Anyway, so those amazingly spectacular visual effects inspired this drawing. I then played with color in photoshop.

Fun Fact: Last time I went to the movies, I saw Snow White & The Huntsman. It is now my new favorite film. I’m usually quite picky about movies, but this one was well-done.

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Above is the sketch before colored.

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Above is after the coloring. Instead of coke, mine is Dr. Pepper because it’s better than coke. Funny thing, though. I used to hate Dr. Pepper when I was younger, but now I love it most over other sodas.

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Above is a sketch of just some girl. I started it at work while waiting to meet with someone for an assignment, since I was in her office space and not at my desk able to work. I didn’t have enough time to finish sketching her at work, though, so she was finished at home.

That’s it for Thursday Thoughts…

Hearts & Stars,

MaceyLou

Introduction To Macey’s Misadventures

Hello All,

Macey’s Misadventures is about creativity, design, fun, adventure, illustration, writing, and so much more.

I will do my blog posts by a schedule. The not-so-written-in-stone schedule is below:

Monday = Recent Pins:

This means anything that I have pinned lately on a little site called Pinterest, and feel it would be good to share with you all, it will be included in a blog post on Mondays.

Tuesday = Tutorials:

This means the tutorial I have planned to share for the week will be posted on Tuesdays. Tutorials could be anything from the category of graphic design to the category of photography to the category of home improvement projects (maybe? I dunno). We will see where this one takes us. I know, I know. I didn’t post a tutorial today, but it’s my very first day here and I only thought of this schedule a few hours ago…and I got distracted by YouTube.

Wednesday = Sketchbook Entry:

Wednesdays will be all about sketching, and I will attempt to have a fresh sketch in my sketchbook and uploaded to this blog on Wednesdays…I really will try. Actually, I recently bought a new sketchbook and I want the entire sketchbook, once it is finished, to be a comic book. Oh, we shall see if that goal is accomplished or not.

Thursday = Thoughts:

Thursday Thoughts. It has a ring to it, doesn’t it. Thursdays will be all about me. That didn’t sound conceded at all, did it? Anyway, so on good old Thursday you will get a glimpse inside my brain. Scary, no?

Friday = Adventures:

Yes, FINALLY! The most important day of the week for the blog is Friday. Want to know why? It will be about my (mis)adventures. That’s what the blog is all about, isn’t it? Wait, yes, it is. Why did I ask you that?

So, what do I mean by “adventures”? Well, that’s where it gets interesting. I’ll leave it up to your imagination until a Friday adventure arrives in your RSS feed. Don’t forget to subscribe and follow me!

Hearts & Stars,

MaceyLou