Sweet Giveaway!

There’s a sweet giveaway going on my sister’s blog at www.bittybitebakery.com .

giveaway, woodburning, pyrography, illustrated

I made the things she’s giving away (and I just opened my etsy shop) so I’m just as excited about it! I hope you join in! 

DETAILS:

  • There will be two winners!
  • Each winner will receive 2 bamboo spoons and 1 illustrated “Cooking is Love Made Edible” piece (frame not included) 
  • The giveaway will last till next Friday (23rd), and the winners will be announced Saturday!
  • To Enter the giveaway, visit my sister’s Facebook page, and Instagram account!

 

For all early birds out there, this is also a great time to get Christmas gifts or Thanksgiving decor! Check out my Etsy shop for a variety of cute woodburned home-decor you can get for your friends, family and loved ones! They make for great stocking stuffers, housewarming gifts, or just because gifts. I plan on adding a lot more items on there soon. A little something for everybody! 

Midweek Music XV: A Day Late

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I have an exquisite piece of music to share today, though this posting is a day late. I’ve been working more than 12 hours today and though I’m tired…here I am writing this post.

Interestingly enough, I realize most of the orchestra music that I shared here is by Vivaldi! I promise he’s not the only classical composer I like, it just happens that I’ve found a lot of beautiful pieces of his on youtube. After this, I’ll share more worship and other genres I enjoy, to keep things fresh. The thing is, I get excited about a new video I find and can’t wait to share it with you, so then I put the rest of the songs on the backburner.

Speaking of music, I have to start burning some songs on CD’s to take on an upcoming roadtrip! Yikes, I know I’ll end up with a little stack of CD’s to carry around.

This Vivaldi piece is a Mandolin Concerto. The players are so passionate, so skilled, they live the music! It’s a beauty to watch, and nearly makes you want to be among them playing along. It’s also a perfect example of God’s workmanship, how He endowed man with the ability and talent to compose such complex music, and use hands, fingers, mouth, mind, everything, moving in perfect coordination to make melody that feeds the soul and praises God!

I do hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Do you enjoy classical music? 

If so, who is your favorite composer?

If not, why not? 

A Collection of Horse Sketches

Like I mentioned here, I love drawing horses. When I was young, I was that type of little girl who if you would asked what her favorite animal is, she would promptly reply “a horse!”, and would dream of owning a horse, and riding a horse across rolling hills into the sunset, and whatever scrap of paper was on hand, the first thing you would find her doodle would be a horse.

Curiously enough, I hardly owned any accessories, clothes, or toys with horse prints, my bedroom was not decorated with horses, and I think I only ever rode a pony once when I was young.

But I still do enjoy drawing horses and I strive to get better at it. This is a collection of a few of my horse sketches throughout the years. Some of the drawings are from five years ago, others are more recent, while some are drawings from my preteen-ish years. But now that I stop to think of it, I realize none are from the last 3 years! Wow, I haven’t been drawing horses in awhile!

You may recognize some horses from cartoons. The movie “Spirit Stallion of the Cimmaron” was a little addictive for me when it came out (though I wouldn’t endorse it now because of the New Age-y and anti-white/western expansion messages it has). I loved the way the horses were illustrated in the movie.

There are a few unfinished sketches sprinkled among the rest. I thought I would share them anyway because they have their own charm. Cowgirls and cowboys are naturally characters present in my horse drawings, yes, Toy Story too! I also have a sketch of a little donkey with a cart that I copied from a historical book.

I hope you enjoy scrolling through my sketches. Let me know which one was your favorite!

Would you like to see more posts with my sketches on the blog? Let me know in the comments below!

horse sketch{Horse sketch prototype}

 

 

pony sketch{Mongolian Pony}

irish horse sketch{An Irish damsel and her stallion}

horse sketch{A girl and her horse – unfinished}

horse cartoon sketch{Altivo}

horseman sketch{A soldier from antiquity, A.D. times}

war horse sketch{A war horse jumping a hurdle}

Spirit Stallion sketch{Rain, from Spirit Stallion of the Cimarron} 

donkey cart sketch{A donkey with merchandise}

Spirit Stallion sketch{Spirit and Rain}

cowgirl horse barrel racing sketch{Cowgirl barrel racing}

horse drawing sketch{Equesterian I}

horse drawing sketch{Equesterian II}

cowboy horse drawing{Cowboy feeding his horse}

Jesse Toy Story drawing{Jessie and Bullseye from Toy Story}

horse stable drawing{In the stables}

horse bust drawing{A Morgan}

Discovering rare and interesting instruments

~ Music is what feelings sound like

Today is not just another Sunday in June, it is not just another weekend, today is National Music DayAbout 120 countries and 700 cities participate in this musical celebration day. If you didn’t know that, you’re not the only one. I never heard about this day before in my life, until this year. Sad, I know. I love music, I play music, I sing. So I am excited to take part in this musical day with a very special blog post! You will get to read about and hear music from some rare and unique musical instruments. I am intrigued by every one of the instruments listed in this post! And…psst, you know what? My dream and hope is that in the future, I will be able to collect and play each of these instruments myself. Probably sounds silly, but hey, at least one can dream! national music day

Kalimba “Thumb Piano”

It is a cute little instrument that almost sounds like a xylophone. To many people it’s known as the “thumb piano”, and it is also known as mbira. This instrument originates in Africa, and was discovered by European explorers such as the Portugese as early as the 1400s. It is often used in accompaniment to singing. Many charming little songs can be made by using the kalimba, and as the video below shows, it can be quite versatile!

(more info on kalimba)

Nyckelharpa

This odd looking instrument has a surprisingly beautiful, resounding and earthy tone. It is an ancient Swedish instrument, and the name means something like “key-harp”. It is a medieval instrument and variations of the instrument were from as early as 1408. I think it looks like a combination of a violin with a type of accordion. What do you think?

(more info on nyckelharpa here and here)

Ocarina

The name ocarina comes from a Bolognese dialect of Italy, and means “little goose”. The ocarina is quite ancient, and found in many cultures such as the Aztecs, India, China, and then in Europe. It is as old as 5000 B.C. In Europe, the Italians adopted the instrument from Central America in the 1500s, and later, Guiseppe Donati an Italian baker refined the instrument as we know it today. There are many different styles of ocarinas. An interesting historical note: In WWI and WWII, soldiers were given ocarinas to carry with them in war so it will keep their spirits up. I would love to get myself an ocarina! To me it sounds like a Celtic instrument. Listen to these short videos to see how lovely it sounds! The last video may be familiar, one I featured before on the blog. It has a Celtic style song with the ocarina.

(more info on the ocarina here)

Glockenspiel

Glockenspiel means “bell play” in German. This instrument is a combination of two types instruments, one with bells and another instrument called the “metallophone” from Eastern Asia. In the 17th century, the Dutch refined the instrument and arranged it in the shape that it is today, with the rows of metal bars. George Friedrich Handel was the first composer to write music for the Glockenspiel and include it in his orchestra. I just love the sound of the Glockenspiel! It has such a sweet, charming, peppy sound! Listen to this short clip in this video.

(more info on the ocarina here and here)

Bowed Psaltery

The psaltery is originally an instrument that is plucked with the fingers. An ancient instrument, it is referred to in the Bible too. However, the bowed psaltery, which is played with bows like a violin, was invented in the 20th century. It has an interesting sound, and it looks like a fun instrument to play. I think it goes along well in combination with other stringed instruments.

(more info on the psaltery here)

Mountain Dulcimer The Mountain Dulcimer is another hybrid of an instrument. It originated in the Shenandoah River Valley in Eastern United States, from a combination of Scottish and other European folk musical instruments such as German, Swedish, Norwegian and French. It was also an Appalachian mountain instrument. The Mountain Dulcimer has a nice tone.  It reminds me sometimes of fingerpicking guitar. I love it!

(more info on mountain dulcimer here)

Which instrument do you like best? Which would you choose to play? Which do you think is the oddest instrument? 

From my little studio – a sample of handmade cards

Hello lovely readers!

It’s Memorial Day weekend, and that means a long weekend here in the United States. It kind of marks the beginning of summer, though ironically we’ve been having weather quite the contrary! In any case, this weekend will find me working long hours, not relaxing. That’s why I’m writing this blog post late at night 😀

I wanted to give you a glimpse of handmade art from my little studio. I don’t have a studio per-se, just a bunch of art and craft supplies in different drawers and boxes in my room, and my school desk, but I like to call it a studio. It makes me feel more important and creative, ha, ha!

I like to combine drawing and sketches with card-making, so I practically make most of the cards for every occasion in my family. Even in last-minute situations when we may have unexpected guests or we need a ‘thank you’ card, my dad may say “quick, make a card for so and so!”  In fact, I don’t remember the last time I bought a card.

These cards are just a small sample I made over the course of several months for friends and family. I’ve been making a lot less than I used to do in the past just because as a student, I have less time to dedicate to creativity :/ But I always try to squeeze in a bit of time for that whenever I can.

Some cards are exact replicas of examples I saw online, others are my own creation or a combo.

 

handmade cardsFor Mother’s Day

 

handmade cardsFor a friend’s newborn baby

handmade cardsFor a friend’s birthday

handmade cards For another friend’s birthday

handmade cardsIn gratitude for a gift

handmade cardsFor a young friend’s birthday

Which card do you like best?