Sunday, August 30, 2009

Beautiful Sunday

They give us shade while we boil in the heat.

It's another Beautiful Sunday. And this week, I am thankful for the trees.

Now, I speak for the trees when I say it annoys me when people love the trees because they suck up CO2 and give off Oxygen. Yes, this is important, and without the trees we would probably be blue raisins right now, but...

Let's say the female race was going extinct. "Oh no! Now we have no one to make babies for us and clean our houses!" someone may say. Offensive! I wonder how the trees must feel...

I appreciate trees in this hot weather. They give us shade. They are beautiful. Beautiful animals grow up in beautiful trees. And as I am about to go spend the whole day outside, the trees will protect me, somewhatly, from the heat.

I am thankful for where there is heat, there is a tree to love you. (Hopefully.)

Now, what is beautiful in your life? What are you thankful for?

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Six Word Saturday

My six words:

Normal broadcasting will continue tomorrow. Promise.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Totally Awkward Tuesday

This Totally Awkward Tuesday post is brought to you by the legendary Tova Darling.

Sometimes I really want to say, "My dear readers, I am running out of awkward stories for you!" But in reality, I just don't want to go into the vault of very, very awkward stories. But now, I must.

When I was in the peak of my middle school years, I was in a group from my church that got to go on a trip to Georgia.

I think that going on the trip was awkward enough. I was probably the weirdest, ugliest, and strangest kid there. But yet, these people still faked liking me. Maybe they were being for real, but whatever, back to the story.

So after the trip, we stopped at a beach.

Now, my readers know what Moxie does when she goes to the beach, right? Yes, I hunt for shells. So I did just that. I didn't find much worth a crap, but I really wanted to take one or two home as a souvenir.

But, I was addressed with a problem.

The group leader had called me up to the side, "Moxie, you can only take one shell home."

"What?! Why!?!" I cried out. "I want to take them as souvenirs to my parents, my grandma, and my nephew."

"Moxie, they are going to stink up the car. Please, just put them back," he said, and walked away.

Now, in my childhood years, I thought I was sneaky. There was the ceramic incident, which I got away with. I could totally get away with this too!

So, I put my shells in a cup, and wrapped the cup in a sweater. And I had a big ball. It was huge. And obvious. I made it home, and I felt horrible. I disobeyed my group leader. But oh well, I got my shells, right?

A few years later, as I got home from the beach, I went to youth group. I was talking with one of the other leaders there, and said group leader was there too. Then, after I said that I hunted for shells while I was on vacation, he blurted out...


Oh crap. What do I say?

"Oh... Heheh... Yeah, I was wondering when you'd bring that up?!"

Smooth move Moxie.

None the less, I am MUCH more picky about shell hunting that I once was. There HAVE been times where I went to the beach and didn't pick anything up. AREN'T YOU PROUD OF ME NOW?! :)

And I'm sure you're wondering what happened to the cup of "prohibited" shells, aren't you?

Well, they are still sitting in that cup.

If you are reading this, Mr. Group Leader, I am really sorry I disobeyed you. I shouldn't of. It wasn't worth the guilt. And the awkwardness. But mostly the awkwardness.

Monday, August 24, 2009

The Start of a New Year

I had a very good first day of school. I am looking forward to all the challenges I am soon to face.

I am going to be very active in Thespians this year. I also have a college level course, which I am nervous about. I am going to get a lot of Totally Awkward Tuesdays out of that! And, of course, I am in Chorus.

I want to try to create a crocheting club at my church, because I'm tired of crocheting by myself! D:

So, we'll see. No worries though, this blog is going to stay alive. Even it kills me. (Haha, no crappy pun intended!)

Stay beautiful!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Beautiful Sundays

My backpack is packed. I'm ready for school tomorrow.

Yes, this is my last day of freedom. But, tomorrow I start school, and there is no fighting that. Yes, school can be very unpleasant for me. Yes, a lot of people thought I was weird last year, and since I have a ball of yarn packed in my awesome Hello Kitty Backpack, they will probably think I'm a freak of nature. But you know what? That's okay.

I'm still thankful that for the past 11 years, I've had a good education and, for the most part, have been blessed with being rather smart. I am thankful that women can go to school, because in some countries the women have to stay home and clean (eew, cleaning!). I am thankful that my education, along with a lot of other worthy and unworthy people, is mostly free of charge.

It just hurts me, now that I think of it, that some other people aren't thankful for this.

I'm glad this weekly post makes me see the good in the most unpleasant things.

Now, what is beautiful in your life? What are you thankful for?

Friday, August 21, 2009

Six Word Saturdays

As always, I participate in Cate's Six Word Saturday.

So, here are my six words: (haha, that was six!)

School starts Monday. Not ready. Bah!

Nevermind, I am changing my six words.

Cate changed 6WS posting time. BOO!

Now, where are your six words? (Again, that's six. I like to count. Sorry.) Go visit Cate's blog! :)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Life is going to get boring in a few days...

I don't like showing up here without a craft project in hand, but... I really think you guys aren't going to get much out of me for a while...

This is what I've got to do before I go back to school on Monday:


And this is all I've got done so far:


Procrastination? Yes.

Will I do this during the school year? HOPEFULLY NOT!

My education will be the death of my blog... Or My blog will be the death of my education?

I hope not either.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Our Painted Creations are BACK!

Remember the skull and monkey that Kae and I painted at the pottery place?

Well, my mother picked them up, and they look gorgeous!

Even the skull, which had a bit of a mishap last Tuesday, turned out to be in better shape than I thought it was.

In fact, I think there is no need to cut out a hole to make a planter. It's nothing a flower or something can't cover.

So here we go, pictures!!

Kae's Monkey. "Ooh, eee, ooh, ah, ah. Ting, tang, walla walla bing bang!" :)

My very girlie skull...

And this is the hole in it's head. Not that bad, really. I expected way worse.

Now, what do you think I should do to cover up my skull's boo boo? :)

Monday, August 17, 2009

Totally Awkward Tuesday- Totally Distracted

It's Tuesday again, and you know what that means? TOTALLY AWKWARD TUESDAY WITH TOVA DARLING! Yay!

This week we shall address one of my craziest qualities: how easily distracted I am.

One day, during my Women's Chorus class, we were all sitting in a semi circle. We practicing one of our songs for a competition. The Soprano II section were getting picked on this particular day, leaving my Alto Buttocks sitting upright in my chair.

Mind you, my chorus class is always at the end of the day. It's right after lunch, I'm tired. And to top it all off, my mother probably packed me a bit too much sugary goodness that day.

Now, focus up at the air vents. Hmm... Interesting. There are these moldy spots on the four corners. Air Vent A's mold spot on Corner one is bigger than corner two, three, or four! BUT, look at Air Vent B... It is 6 tiles away from Air Vent A, but Corner two's mold spot is...

While I am looking up at the air vents, in a daze, one of my friends in the Soprano I is trying to find out what I am looking at. Also, my friend sitting beside me is curious. "What are you looking at, Moxie?"

I don't want to get in trouble by my sort-of-not-in-a-good-mood-at-the-moment chorus teacher, so I whisper, "Nothing."

I put my head back in the clouds. Okay, Corner two's mold spot is bigger than Corner 1 , 3, or 4! OOOH man, that's annoying. Air vent A is 6 tiles away from Air vent B. Air Vent C is 6 tiles away from Corner B. We almost have a square here, but stupid...

My friend who was sitting next to me is now looking at the ceiling with me. "I really don't see what you're looking at," she whispers.

My chorus teacher notices. Oh crap. "What's wrong?!" She says angrily, not like you would say if someone was crying or had just broken a bone.

My friend in the Soprano 1 section spoke. "Moxie is looking at something on the ceiling."

"What's up there Moxie?" She says impatiently.

"Nothing. I'm just observing the air vents. They are kind of interesting."

A friend of mine in the Soprano 2 section giggle. So typical of Moxie, I'm sure she's thinking.

My chorus teacher rolls her eyes and continues practicing with the Soprano 2 section.

Alright, here we go again. But stupid Air Vent D is 5 squares away from Air Vent A. NOW IT'S SOME KIND OF WEIRD POLYGON. NO! IT'S GOTTA BE A SQUARE!

Now my chorus teacher was getting mad. She slammed on the piano and had hate in her voice, "YOU'RE DISTRACTING MY SOPRANO 2s!!! STOP LOOKING AT THE AIR VENTS."

D: "Why can't you guys just let me look at the air vents in peace?!?!" I begged.

She gives me an evil glare.

"Okay. I won't do it again... Sorry."

Now I look at the air vents and wonder, "Why hasn't anyone cleaned those things?"

Coquina Jewelry Box, Part 2

"How do you clean those stinky shells, Moxie?"

Well, no one asked that question besides myself. I took one whiff of them and was like, "Eew, how am I going to clean these putrid things?"

Everyone knows that anything that comes out of the ocean is going to stink. So, here's my gentle way of cleaning those shells that you don't want to clean in bleach.

1. Get a cute little water pail, bucket, sifter, and your shells.


2. Put your shells in the sifter. Place the sifter on top of the bucket.


3. Fill up your cute little water pail with water.

4. Pour the water onto the shells. Repeat.


5. Let the shells soak in soapy water over night.

6. Repeat step 3 and 4 the day, pouring the water on the shells until most of the soap is gone.

7. Let the shells soak in clean water over night.


8. Repeat step 3 and 4 COMPULSIVELY!

And there you go. They should be clean. And if they still smell... Do it again. If not, use the last resort... Mild bleach solution.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Beautiful Sunday/The one where Moxie falls off a golf cart

One of the decorated pews.

BEAUTIFUL WEEKEND! My sister got married, and everything went beautifully. I am so thankful that she found the love of her life and that we all got to celebrate this together as family and friends.

Thing that kind of sucks... Today, I totally fell off the back of a golf cart. I am very thankful that I didn't get hurt that badly, just a few scratches and a few bruises that really hurt. I got checked out by a doctor and everything, I am alright.

I am greatful that this happened today, and not before the wedding. :)

Now, what are you greatful for? What's beautiful in your life?

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Six Word Saturday

My sister's wedding is today. NERVOUS!

Go contribute your six words! ;)

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Crocheted Flowers

Yesterday, I was inspired to make some crocheted flowers. So, I looked up the pattern on the internet and after a few tries, finally got it. Crochet patterns are confusing to read at first. It's like reading a second language! Hehe.

So anyway, this is what I did!

The flower in the middle is suppose to be yellow and purple, not yellow and blue. My camera is starting to make me sad. :/

Which one is your favorite? I want to know!

Mine is the purple one. It was the first one I did, and I was so happy when I finished it. :)

I'll be making more of these in the future. THEY ARE SO ADDICTING!

I found the pattern here. You have to register to the website before you can download the PDF file. There is also a very nice directory with many different types of flowers here.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Coquina Jewelry Box, Part 1

"The Box, before awesomeness"

Surprise! I am starting a very new project. I am making a jewelry box COVERED in Coquina Shells that I found while I was at the beach.

I am going to take you step by step through this project. What does this mean? I will update you periodically about how the project is going, what I am doing, and of course, pictures! It'll be like watching a baby grow up. :3

So, here are some pictures of the box. Enjoy!


The box full of stuff. The heart shape box is my old jewelry box that one of my sisters made for me. We aren't on good terms right now, so looking at the box kind of gives me pain. Plus, it's way too small for all my jewelry. That's why I am making this new one, because it will remind me of the place I love; the ocean!

I dumped everything out so you could see how deep the box is. It's pretty big! Can I fill it? DUH!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The one where Moxie seems to have a lot of bad luck....

You guys remember that skull I made about a week ago?

Well, while it was being fired in the kiln, it fused itself to the shelf... and cracked on the top of it's... head.

Just my luck, right?

At least the pottery shop is giving me another opportunity to paint another piece of pottery just like it, for free.

I guess I have to look on the bright side, but it's still a bummer that all that work went to nothing.

Then yet, we'll see. They aren't throwing my skull away, so I am still going to take it home and see what I can do about it.

I have no idea if it is possible to cut through pottery, but if I can just find a way to do cut a hole around the crack without damaging the rest of the skull, then I could make a planter or something out of it.

So there would be a double bright side... NO! Triple.

1) I'd get to have fun painting another piece of pottery FOR FREE.
2) I still get my original skull, and I may get a planter out of it too.
3) I may learn something new.

So, wish me luck, and if you have any idea how to cut into pottery... Then SPEAK UP. :) Please and thank you!

Much love,

Monday, August 10, 2009

Totally Awkward Tuesday- I'm with Stupid (Yeah, That'd Be Me...)

Hello my loving readers, old and new both. Today I will be participating in Tova's Totally Awkward Tuesday, like I do almost every week.

As you all know, I went to New Jersey this year for almost four weeks. We drove both ways, 19 hours each way. Yes, that was a very long ride.

On the way home, we had 5 people in my aunt's van: My aunt, my 87 year old grandmother, my two cousins, and myself. No matter where we go, it is my job to guide my grandmother out of the car, into where ever we were going, and back out to the car. This is a job I am glad to take. I love both my grandmothers, and this grandmother has a history of falling, and I don't want her to fall again.

But that's not the awkward part. It's not my cute grandmother's fault I got embarrassed, it's my silly loud mouth! :)

Anyway, on the way back from New Jersey, we stopped at a McDonald's for a pit stop. I walked my grandmother into the bathroom and I walked her out once she was done.

Now, while we were walking, this HUGE party was walking by us. I automatically assumed that they were a family. Whether or not they were, I don't know. But still, that's not what caught my eye, but the little, skinny boy caught me by surprise.

The boy was wearing a shirt, much like this:


And next to him, there was a lady. And since the group seemed to be together, I automatically assumed it his mother. So, in an attempt to make some humor, I spoke up.

"Well, that's not very nice!"

Someone in their party said, "What?"

"His shirt, it says 'I'm with stupid. That's not nice to say about your mother."

Then the lady that I thought was his mother spoke up, "I'm not his mother!"

Oops. My bad. "Just kidding!" I said, then walked off slowly with my grandmother. I would of run, but I didn't want to leave my grandmother behind.

We got back to the car and I told my cousins and my aunt what had just happened. Of course, they were really interested. And I really don't think my grandmother knew was going on. But that's okay. All I was thinking was "DUDE, I AM SO POSTING THIS AS A TOTALLY AWKWARD TUESDAY POST! YAY!"

So, thanks Tova Darling. I can now cope with awkward moments more efficiently.

Well, hope you enjoyed my awkward story. Now, I think it's time for you to post YOURS! Go check out Tova's blog for details. I want to hear your awkward stories. :) It makes me happy when people are as blonde as Moxie is!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Life is beautiful


I took the picture above at a gas station, which is probably one of the most un-beautiful places on the earth (unless you are on a long road trip and have to pee really badly, then by far, a gas station's dirty bathrooms win).

Now, I am as guilty as many people. We don't frequently notice the beautiful in our lives, especially when faced with lots of ugly.

But I don't know, the sky last night was beautiful in my eyes. I'm glad it made me realize how beautiful life was.

Now, take time to think about how beautiful life is. What seems the most beautiful to you right now?

Have a beautiful Sunday everyone!

Stay beautiful,

UPDATE: Whether you people like it or not, I am now making it TRADITION to post a "Beautiful Sunday" post weekly. I just realized how lucky I am to living right now. I didn't have a near death experience, but even worse... A "That Could of Been Me" experience. I am now counting my blessings, and will do so every Sunday on this blog.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Six Word Saturday

It's that time of the week again!

So here's mine.

Today: Babysitting while everyone parties. Jealousy!

Go do your's on Cate's blog. Like, now!

Stay beautiful!
Moxie <3

Another Ring Pop Creation

This is the forth Ring Pop Creation I have made.

My nieces saw my Button Ring and had to have one. I made one for my eldest niece, and still [may] have to make another one for the other.


Kae figured out how to get the nobby thing off the ring pop. Of course, it involves a very large knife. Moxie does not do well with knives. Therefore, I will now be giving Kae all my empty ring pops so she can do the dirty work for me. That's what friends are for, right? :)

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Our Painted Creations

I went to go paint pottery yesterday with Kae. We had to go an hour away from home to get our creativity on. And here is the results:

Of course, this is what I painted. It's a very girly skull. It's so Moxie, isn't it?

This is what Kae painted. It's a monkey, of course. I guess she painted this because she feel bad that she hasn't gotten a pet monkey yet. Poor Kae. This will have to do. :)

And they will be friends until death do them part. Uh oh. I think it's too a little too late for my skull!

Right now they are both in a kiln, and won't be ready for a week and a half. But, we won't have time to go fetch it for another two weeks. So, I'll take pics of the final results then.

Stay beautiful!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Six Things That Make You Happy

Hello beautiful people! :)

I was just recently tagged by Lee Beth, because I obviously make her feel happy. (and this makes me very happy!) Now, I must list six things that make me happy, and tag people whose blogs also make me happy. This is exciting! Let's get started.

1. My Family. I have a very, very strange family. Yet, we are all so similar. Creative, crazy, beautiful personalities.
2. Dollface. Our 2 year anniversary is coming up. It makes me happy that I could love someone for that long, and that someone could love me for that long. Plus, we're just silly together. Can't get any better than that.
3. My friends. I wouldn't be anywhere without my friends. If there is something crazy I want to do that Dollface isn't that into, I call up Kae. If I want to talk serious talk, I call up Rae. And I have so many friends, between them, and my Women Chorus family.
4. Music. It makes up a big part of my soul. I am very involved into chorus, theatre, and Thespians at school. I sing all the time, I listen to music all the time. It's amazing.
5. Traveling. I love seeing different things. I love the ocean, yet I love the climate and history of New Jersey. I love seeing all these things, but still getting to come home to my normal life at the end of it all.
6. Creativity. Of course, this is the one thing that always makes me happy. I love crafts. I love art. I love being creative. This is one thing that no one could EVER take away from me. Being creative makes me... Me! And keeps me happy.

Hurrah! Now, for the people who make me mucha happy. Go on and spread the happiness, and also stay beautiful!

[I am going in alphabetical order of the blog's url. So, don't feel discriminated if you aren't the first on the list. Just wanted to throw that out there, I don't like people's feelings being hurt. :)]

Katie @ Color Me Katie
Julie @ Joy's Hope
Call Me Kate @ Show My Face
Ebony @ Sizzling Productions
Tabatha @ Tabulous
Chris @ The MiniFridge and the Microwave

Call that irony, but that's six people! :)

I will be letting all the tagged victims know through email... Because that's how I roll.

Stay beautiful,
Moxie <3

Monday, August 3, 2009

Totally Awkward Tuesday- Hippie Glasses Equals NO GO

I have been so bummed out that I was unable to participate in Tova Darling's Totally Awkward Tuesday for two whole weeks. But now that I'm back, I shall share yet another totally awkward puzzle piece of my life.

Now I will take you back to my middle school days. Back in middle school, I was an odd ball. I was obsessed with black clothes, skirts, and for a period of time, had a pair of pink tinted glasses. They were, in fact, so UGLY, that Google does not a have a good picture example because they would just break the internet.

School started that 7th grade year. I was out of my very much awkward phase where I didn't have any friends at all, but I was still crammed in a shell that I am no longer stuck in today. In a very bad attempt to look cool [and improve my eyesight, for they were REAL perscription glasses] and up my popularity with my friends, I wore my ugly pink glasses with stride.

Anyway, I had this very weird teacher in the 7th grade. He was a strange man, poor fellow had some injuries occur to him while he was in some war, and that's why he was so weird. But still, he probably makes up forty percent of my totally awkward stories. We'll call him Mr. Weird Teacher, or Mr. WT for short.

I had Mr. WT forth period. After lunch, I rolled into his class with my best friend, Kae, and Rae, who I just befriended.

Mr. WT notices my glasses. "Hey Moxie, I like your glasses."

I'm satisfied, although I had no idea how weird Mr. WT was at the time, so I didn't know what was coming would be a struggle through the whole year. "Thanks!" I say.

Mr. WT would eventually mention that the glasses I was wearing reminded him of the hippie days. This may of been cool to him, because he was totally jealous that I was rocking the hippie look he never go to wear because he was stuck in the war, but this was not something to be overlooked by my teasing classmates.

Every time Mr. WT would see me, he would call me a hippie. Every time one of my classmates would see me, they'd do the same. I remember going home crushed because of this. This continued on the whole year, regardless of me putting the shamed glasses to rest two weeks later. They were totally a waste of money.

I look back on this and laugh. I really do. Back then, I actually thought it was an insult to be a hippie. Now, not so much.

But still, those glasses are ugly. If I could actually find them, I don't think you could possibly pay me to wear them. Lesson learned, unnaturally tinted glass equals NO GO.

I'm back!

I am back from the beach, finally. I had a ton of fun, and couldn't get on the internet at all. Saddening, but oh well! I got a whole crapload of shells (just what I need, more shells). But I'm still extremely happy that I'm back to my lovely home with lovely Wi-Fi.

I am thinking about making a new blog. Once school starts in a few weeks, I won't be able to craft as much as I can now. Therefore, if I just have an extra blog for my awesomeness (because you all just love me, I know you do!), then I will be able to update it more.

My only fear is making a new layout... O.o

Creative Explosion would still be open for posts about my crafts, but only my crafts.

I am not completely sure about this decision, so feedback is greatly appreciated.