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Gardening fun...  
02:41pm 27/01/2012
Spent some time on the patio taking care of our little cement farm. I think this weekend Irving will have to come down, he's got 6 tiny tomatoes on him, but they've been the same size and same degree of not getting red for about 2 months now, (you know because it's winter and all...wtf weather?) so I think it's time to chop him down and see how the bag held up. The seedling superbush for next summer is doing great in the mini green house, not sure yet if the hanging bag gets another shot or not.

Here's the thing, The bag worked FUCKING awesome, as far as growth, and keeping pests off. (there was a little bit of a fly issue late in the summer those little white ones, but a sticky trap took care of that PDQ.) And even bloom wise it was pretty impressive. The Problem with it was No Pollinators visited. I do not know if this was caused by the bag itself, like the plastic or the pattern weren't attractive smells and sights for the little buggers or if it was because for the first time the cement farm had no flowers besides the blooms on the tomato itself. (not for lack of trying but the marigolds just didn't come up this year) So it is possible the garden just didn't look yummy enough to attract anyone.

Irving got to be about 6 feet long and for the most part grew down and out a little, A few vines branched off and up, but the central stalk of the vine is thick and healthy, about 4 inches around and a good color and not rotted at all. (which are a few of the concerns reviews of the bags brought up before I tried it)

So I think if the bag held up its' integrity (no holes or patches that look like they are about to be holes) and turns out to be relatively easy to clean out, I will try it again with the superbush, only this year as soon as there are open blooms I will go out there with a qtip and hand pollinate right away, just in case.

I do think I will try one of the strawberry ones, though, since the basics of the bag worked out so well, and I may get a second one for a bell pepper.

The first set of Chili Peppers is now hanging and drying in the dining room. The orange fogo. And so far (fingers crossed) the plant is surviving the winter and may make it to next spring. If it does then YAY but I do have a seedling ready to replace it just in case in the greenhouse.

The loofah have come up in the greenhouse just fine, so that should be interesting, they look really healthy and they could be transplanted now if the weather were going to stay like today. but I doubt it so they are staying in the greenhouse for now.

The tree experimental seedlings are looking good too, so far I have what 5 different 4 inch tree seedlings, and they are either apple, pear, lemon or limes. Judging by the leaves I believe I have apples. So the next step there is to transplant them in the spring to bigger planters, I will most likely get a set of quart pots and put them each in one, by the end of next summer I may have some to give away if they all grow like gangbusters, but if you comment and say you think you'll want one for your yard, keep in mind I am not 100% sure they are apples, and it will be a few years before you'll know for sure since they started from seed this past summer. They are definitely a tree and they are definitely a fruit tree, but I failed at labeling which row of the tray had which seed, All I know is they are not the row that is bell pepper seeds cause they are all down the center and the peppers are along one edge (and, oddly enough haven't sprouted)

Anyway we will only be keeping one, so if they are all doing well in the fall I will let everyone know and ask who wants to come grab one. (even if you comment here you want one, look for that and comment again so I don't forget)

The Bearded Iris are still leafing and looking nice each year, but that pot is really only big enough to keep the corms alive, I really need to get those into a bigger pot so they'll actually come up and bloom

The garlic looks good, got about 70% on actual viable plants there so not bad.
The basil was fantastic all season long it was really nice to be able to walk out and grab a few leaves every night for cooking, and we have jar of dried fromt he last harvest in the kitchen, plus the plants themselves are wintering over really nicely so far, so I think those should make a nice comeback in the spring. Also the chamomile is looking fantastic and I expect beautiful things from it when it's time for bloomage, however I do not care for chamomile tea so when harvest time comes around a bag of dried chamomile will be made available for whoever wants it. (I just like the flowers and my mom sent me a beautiful packet of a lovely heirloom seed for them, so I had to plant them)

The nicotiana is growing well (I had to re-start it) but it did not get enough heat to actually go to town last summer, so I expect a good show from it this coming season.

Adding to the garden this coming year I plan on starting another hot pepper variety, the aforementioned strawberry bagsket (I made that word up!), and some herbage past basil. Bottled herbs are so F'ing expensive, so I am going to grow the ones I use the most from now on. So Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Oregano, and such.

Dill worked out really well last time I did it, but I only use it for a few recipes and I still have a GIANT bag of frozen vacuum sealed dill in the freezer from last time I did dill, so I think I am gonna skip dill this year, but I will probably add it next year.

Flower wise I am going to go for a few butterfly and hummer bird attractors, and probably direct sow into a big planter a mix of things that have about the same season. Whatever comes up comes up.

I'd really love to try a potato bag or some baby carrots, but I think that will have to wait, I don't think I will have enough room for those this year.

As far as other pipe dreams for the cement farm, I'd really love to get the rack and the cabinet moved so I can get lime and lemon container trees in front of the patio sliding door we never use. (If you've never seen our patio, the front wall of our apartment has two windows, then the front door then the sliding glass door then the kitchen window, so the sliding glass door pretty much acts like a clear wall we never use and usually have the blinds pulled in front of. But I like the idea of getting some small container trees along it. So eventually I want a small japanese maple and a lime and a lemon and if I can find one locally, the tree you harvest cinnamon bark from. They have them here, but are sold out. The can grow up to 32 feet! But since we plan on eventually having a yard to put these trees in, I'm not real worried about it, if anything, when it starts to puncture the balcony awning, this will be our queue to start house hunting. lol

Anyway I've had a nice gardening babble, if you want to call dibs on spare

1) possible apples (next fall)
2) Loofah seedling (early spring)
3) bag of dried chamomile (next fall)
4) Possible spare fresh herbage (late summer)

Please keep in mind you will have to come get them yourself, since I am still carless and don't know when that will be fixed, and you'll need to comment again when I say they are ready and come and get em, to ensure I do not give your thing away to someone else because I forgot.
where the hell am I? The Cement Farm
Brain is Painted cheerfulcheerful
Palette: garden, our garden
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Shut it, stupid brain!  
05:10am 12/09/2011
*scene: our bed, 3 am*

Amy's brain: That was really fun today
Amy: wha--hunh?
Amy's Brain: Oh nothing... hey even though Tony isn't snoring particularly loud or un-rhythmically, I'm gonna have that wake you up, K?
Amy: oh crap
Amy's Brian: SO I was thinking...
Amy: Shut up brain... need more sleeping.
Amy's brain: Oh, sorry. *whistles innocently*
Amy's brain: Wow listen to that snoring! You should put some earplugs in. But first you should q-tip your ears... the right one feels a little itchy...earplug probably be annoying on that, and while you're up you should pee.
Amy: GAH! *gets up, q-tips ears, pees, comes back to bed, puts in earplugs* There! Now, shut up!

a few minutes pass

Amy's Brain: Hey you know what song I like? that one from the end of that episode of futurama... no not the one you know all the words to and own so you could get it out of your head relatively easily... that other one...(sings) little bird little bird fly through my window..... yah that one... I'm gonna loop that part of it about for about 20 minutes now, k?"
Amy: grrrrrrrr
Amy's brain: Oh btw remember how tony won that thing at the picnic today? I wonder if he can trade it for that other thing with that guy? what do you think? Wow you can seriously still hear the snoring through these earplugs.
Amy: Don't make me come in there and kill you!

10 minutes go by

Amy's brain: Hey you know what? I think you're hungry! Yah! you had lunch like at 2 o'clock and then only had a couple of tortillas with cinnamon sugar at around 8... you're really hungry! Hey! you know what's tasty but you can't have? A sausage McMuffin! Man those things are great... and you have to be some sort of logistics genius to get one, cause you're broke, have no car and they only serve them for like 10 seconds every day! But damn, that would taste really good!

Amy's stomach: oh yah I love those things!

Amy: argh! *gets up" That is it! I have had it! *puts on glasses and goes to living room*

Welcome to why I have been up since 4 in the morning.
where the hell am I? Home
Brain is Painted awakeawake
Background Noise is that song
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A vote and a share means more than you think  
09:27am 25/06/2011
Vote Here!

Okay this tote bag contest means a little more than you may think to me, and there is a reason I am stumping so hard for votes.

My car has been stored in a garage, non operational, since shortly after the divorce. Part of the arrangement with Ken was during the separation while waiting on the actual divorce was that since I had not yet found a job, he would continue to make the car payments on it and also take care of the registration. Of course it turns out he did neither of those things. So once the registration was up, I tried to get the forms from him, he claimed he never got them, and I parked the car off street in the garage and started to try and get the appropriate paperwork and such and the car paid off.

Many things happened that prevented this from working out, mainly of which is the car is kind of needed to get a job around here, cause the public transport sucks in the south bay. everything, even the nearest useful transit area is a half hour drive away. (the closest bus to me doesn't even go to the most useful transit hub without like 3 hours worth of transferring) So with one thing and another and other more pressing bills piling up and trying at one point to force the finance company to take the remaining blue book value on the car (which they refused to take and actually got nasty at me for trying to give them money, I still don't understand what that was all about, but at least that part is taken care of now.)

Basically where the car sits now, situationally, is I need to register it and insure it and fix the things that happen to a car when it is sitting in a garage for a few years not being used. (tires, battery , oil change, possibly having the gas tank drained, and hopefully paying someone braver than me to clean the spiders and cobwebs out of it) The prize money from winning this competition is enough to do the things the car needs to be running again, which means I can get a job, take stuff to galleries and art fairs and make some money.

All you would need to do to help me achieve this is vote for my design and share the link as much as possible. Voting ends three days from this writing. I can see who has voted and you all I say thank you, very much so!

To everyone else, PLEASE take the time to vote, it costs you nothing and could make a world of difference to me.

Also I think the design turned out pretty cool and it's worth voting for!
where the hell am I? Home
Brain is Painted hopefulhopeful
Palette: art, car
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so here's the scoop on hero  
01:22pm 23/05/2011
Okay so as you may or may not remember, almost 7 years ago tony and me found a little kitten who needed a lot of love and some vet care sitting on our doorstep. Cindi took him to be her kitty cause tony and me couldn't have kitties in that apartment.

Well we took him to the vet today because he's been having a hind leg weakness issue, which sounds like (after a little research) might be diabetes related. Chances are, if that is indeed the problem, he'll be fine with some medication. Cindi is really stressed out, cause Hero is her special little guy, so please think good thoughts at Hero, but try to do so in a way that does not further stress Cindi out.
where the hell am I? Home
Brain is Painted worriedworried
Palette: hero, kitten
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07:55pm 09/09/2010
just an FYI

I stopped doing the daily painting UPDATE on LJ, just because it was too many uploads and Links in a day...

Basically once I am done painting, I scan or photograph the finished daily, then I go into Photoshop, crop it (possibly run some camera correction filters if the lighting is off in the picture) add the file info (work details meta tags and copyright notice) and then save the PSD , then I take the PSD and rezize it for Etsy, and make four 1000 X 1000 pixel detail views of the piece (also for etsy) and save those as jpgs...

THEN I make a 144 dpi resolution for the fan page, and a 72 dpi, 252 pixel high thumbnail for the website.

THEN re-open the original PSD and resize it and if necessary clean the edges (to make it print pretty for one thing but also so the original will be easy to spot if anyone tries to pass off a print) and save that as a PNG Then I make a text file with all the file info and tags for cutting and pasting into the listings.

Then I upload to redbubble, fill in the info, share it on twitter save the link int he text file for the "Buy this " page

Then I upload to etsy, including the link to buy prints on redbubble after the etsy listing is up I share that on twitter,

Then I pop back to redbubble , edit the print with a link to purchase the original (I do it like that because redbubble's uploader is slow so I like to get that done first, but etsy is a pain in the ass to go back and edit the listings, so it is imperative that I do not have to edit the listing on etsy, editing the redbubble listing text takes like two seconds)

Then I go t o the fan page, upload the it into the album there and caption it, then I link the sales page for the original and the prints.

THEN i got into Dreamweaver and add the thumbnail to the daily gallery...

and by the time I finish all of that I really am done with the whole thing and making an LJ entry just seems like an added level of "Sick of Looking at it now"

So to that end....
Here is a link to the daily gallery on Leechco

I would love to get back in the habit of sharing new stuff here, but I also like being able to use this space as a private/friends only ranting and venting space. You guys get to see the stuff I don't want anyone but my friends seeing. The Lack of such entries lately should be seen as "Everything is going pretty good and nothing in particular needs ranting about right now"

(although I do feel a rant about book burning jackasses coming on)
where the hell am I? Right Side Of Brain
Brain is Painted dorkydorky
Palette: art
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Votes for Arts!  
07:34pm 09/09/2010
I have four challenges I am entered in in redbubble right now, and I could really use some votes, it is free to vote, free to register, they don't spam you.

for the cost of 5 minutes of your time you could help me win some free publicity. Please take a few to pop over and vote in one of the challenges
Register for a redbubble ID here, if you haven't already

Then go here and follow the links and scroll thru the entries to vote on my pieces
This Link Goes to My facebook fanpage entry with pictures and links to the challenges, It will open a new window.

The links and Pictures of the works to vote for under this cut if you don't want to go to facebookCollapse )

where the hell am I? Right Side Of Brain
Brain is Painted cheerfulcheerful
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01:07pm 17/06/2010
Oxide of Chromium and Ducks
where the hell am I? Studio
Brain is Painted hungryhungry
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12:33pm 07/06/2010
Beach Ball
where the hell am I? Studio
Brain is Painted awakeawake
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Exciting thing from yesterday and today's daily  
09:51am 04/06/2010
I FINALLY had a Sale on etsy, it was for an ACEO*, so it was only 10$ but it was ten dollars I didn't have before, unfortunately after the fees, shipping and buying some emergency cat food and litter to see the little monsters till Tony's Unemployment check gets here (hopefully today) it comes out to a whopping dollar and twenty four cents I didn't have before. But still, it's a sale from etsy.

so to honor the loss of one ACEO*, I replaced it with another for yesterday's daily
Gazing Ball

2.5" x3.5" india ink on illustration board

Today's Daily, "Red Bell"

Red Bell

à la Prima Oil on 6"x6" Museum Wrap Canvas, #4 Filbert Synthetic Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red, Mixing White added to palette

Daily Painting for 6-4-2010
where the hell am I? The Right Side of the Brain
Brain is Painted accomplishedaccomplished
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Today's Painting  
12:18pm 02/06/2010
Rooster Doo-Dad

"Rooster Doo-Dad"

à la Prima Oil on Gallery Wrapped 8" x 10" Canvas, Fresh Palette, #6 round hog bristle, #2 round synthetic, #4 filbert synthetic

Daily Painting for 6-2-2010

©2010 Amy-Elyse Neer
where the hell am I? Studio
Brain is Painted artisticartistic
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Today's Daily  
04:13pm 31/05/2010
Dance Night

Daily Painting- Dance Night -

©2010 Amy-Elyse Neer

Daily Painting à la Prima Oil on 8" x 10" gallery wrap canvas, Multiple brushes, Stil De Grain, Lamp Black, Indian Yellow added to palette

Amy-Elyse Neer; Art; Daily Painting; dancers; night; blue dress; green shirt
where the hell am I? The Right Side of the Brain
Brain is Painted calmcalm
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Today's Painting  
11:05am 29/05/2010
"San José Morning"

San José Morning

Daily Painting à la Prima Oil on 6" x 6" Museum Wrap Canvas, Fresh Palette, #2 Hog bristle Filbert. View out my Studio Window.

Daily Painting for 5-29-2010

©2010 Amy-Elyse Neer
where the hell am I? The Right Side of the Brain
Brain is Painted bouncybouncy
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Yesterday's and today's  
10:30am 28/05/2010
So here is yesterday's

I posted it on redbubble yesterday, the original is not for sale so no etsy listing, and I brain farted on putting it here, in the Lj.

Today we have two tee's...not exactly paintings, but still some daily art. (I HAD an idea for a subject for today, BUT I woke at 6 am and the studio was ass-biting cold, so I decided to make some tee designs in the nice warm living room instead. I will either paint later today, or save my idea for tomorrow)

Here's this one
This is available in baby, children's & adult sizes and also as stickers so you can deface your own shirt.

and here's this other one

This one is only available in baby to age 12 kids sizes, and also as stickers, so you can deface your own baby.

definitely check out the stickers, they run a deal where you can mix and match 6 for a 50 percent discount (basically you'd be paying for 3 stickers, I get paid for 6 stickers and redbubble eats the discount) and ALL my tee designs are available as stickers,

and these are nice stickers too, they are perfect for laptops as they are removable, heavy stock, vinyl, and coated, so if you want to take it off at some point, it comes off clean with out leaving a residue.

(not re-positionable, they aren't gonna slide around and if you take it off it won't stick to something else, removable means it won't ruin, bond with or leave glue on most surfaces)
where the hell am I? Studio
Brain is Painted chipperchipper
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