Daily Prompt: A Jolt of Spring at Hidden Lake Gardens

When I saw “Jolt” I immediately thought of the Jolt cola that supposedly they are still making.

Hidden Lake Gardens has become a big dog walking place lately.  Cool as long as you clean up so they don’t ban this practice for everyone.

Daily Prompt: Purple

One of my favorite colors!  Heard purple was a royal color and loved pairing it with yellow or gold in my clothing years ago.  Nature wears it well too!


Purple also reminds me of Prince and his movie “Purple Rain!”

Daily Prompt: The Luck O’ The Irish

Love that expression!  Of course I am part Irish.  Once when I was a kid I found a $10.00 bill floating in the breeze while out walking on Saint Patrick’s Day and that expression came to mind.  Of course to my knowledge, that was the only St. Paddy’s Day I had this kind of luck of “found money.”  We’ll see when the Mega Millions is drawn tonight!

I swore I was not going to bother making another Irish meal and had the urge for boiled dinner or corned beef and cabbage.  Apparently it’s not really a traditional dish of Ireland, according to my Irish cookbook “Irish Pub Cooking.”  So glad I kept it.  I sold a number of my cookbooks I didn’t use very much before I moved at the end of 2015.  I like the simple recipes in this book.  Beef in Stout with Herb Dumplings, Bleu Cheese & Walnut Tartlets, Savory Oat Crackers and my favorite comfort food, Colcannon, often served around Halloween.  I would never mix in lucky coins or charms for someone to choke on, though some follow that tradition.  Basically mashed potatoes with cabbage and scallions.  Very yummy.  If you like potato and onions you should like this.


Daily Prompt: Patterns for Creative Living

When I think of patterns, I think of sewing right off the bat.  Some could think of a pattern of conduct or behavior, I think of it as something that repeats on wallpaper or on a piece of patterned cloth that you would cut out a pattern from.

A while back I worked for a major decorating company for a number of years.  The majority of the time I worked as a vendor representative with many companies from drapery and curtains to wallpaper and rugs and everything in between.  It was a very fulfilling and creative time in my life.  Unfortunately I chose to leave it for more money somewhere else.  A place where there were no patterns except for those evading their taxes.  There was a similar pattern in that respect.

Please see the short video I prepared to walk you through the way I created a flat panel from cotton muslin to hang on a cafe curtain in my tiny bathroom which previously had 2″ window blinds that stuck out when you opened them. I wanted to try something different so instead of just painting everything freehand on my panel, I found some colorful fish in my PhotoDraw clip gallery that I printed separately onto vellum/frosted paper.   It’s a nice texture to print from.   You can get them in the printer paper area or cheaper in scrap booking or paper craft area of any hobby or office store.

I placed pins to mask the general area for the fish patterns to go and used my inkjet printer to print directly on the sheets. You may have to place masking tape along the feed edge so the printer can see it. My printer is fussy with certain papers.   You can see it on the transfer paper when I lay it inkside down on the fabric after I coat the area with gloss, semi-gloss or matte medium, liquid or gel. I have used them all with similar results. Don’t over saturate, but use enough. Experiment on scrap fabric before you ever start an actual project you care about to see the various effects you get from each type of transfer medium and what you prefer.

After I place the transfer ink side down on the medium I burnish the back of the entire picture with a plastic utensil I have. Many use a bone folder you can get at crafting stores. Don’t press too hard, but hard enough to push all the ink into the fabric from the paper. I use vellum because it does not come apart from the medium like other papers can do.   It’s almost plastic like in texture.   You will see that if you have used too much medium, the colors will squish out all over and the picture will blur and not look as good. Again, experiment for a while first.

Once I think that the transfer has been complete, I carefully lift up the paper and let it dry for at least a day. I don’t rush my drying when I need it completely dry. After that I hand painted various corals, plants and sea horses.   I would have used a transfer for the seahorses as well but they were an after thought so I didn’t bother because I had already started some painting with acrylics. If you need to thin the paint you can use water or more medium depending on the thickness and intensity of color you wish to have.

Naturally I measured the panel and had all the edges finishes and sewed my rod pocket at the top to allow for the cafe rod, which is very small. Please see some of the finished pictures as well for an idea of how this looked from the outside of the window at night.

Daily Prompt: Expectations

No more Valentine expectations!

That’s how it is when you are completely single for valentine.  Click here if you are having a problem dealing with this fact.

Please enjoy a few older shots.  I was going to find and scan a picture from years ago of one of my Valentine’s Day hauls but my apartment is too disheveled at this time to look.  Early spring cleaning.  It’s in the 40’s this week and expected to actually hit the upper 50’s in a few days around here.

 

Now I am a mere ghost to Valentine's Days of the past!

Now I am a mere ghost to Valentine’s Days of the past!

Can't find my favorite teacup since I moved.

Can’t find my favorite teacup since I moved.

Daily Prompt: Overview of Some Crafts I Do

 

Please enjoy an over view of some of the various crafts I have fooled around with. I plan on doing a separate post with an over-view of fabric art projects.

I used to watch those Quilting Arts programs on PBS for years which gave me so many ideas to play with. Working in mixed media was making me such a pack rat because there are so many ways to repurpose items and just another way to recycle. Since I’ve temporarily moved to an apartment I had to downsize but decided to start selling more of my art or finished pieces because I created but then didn’t want to part with most of my creations unless they were gifts. I would rather make space for more things to create with than to keep holding on to that which is finished, done, over, unless I’m really in love with it.
God bless!

Daily Prompt: Simple Tax Information

The following is taken in part from my Finances & Taxes page. It offers simple information on filing and what to do if you ever find yourself with any Federal Tax Problem. Since most can be resolved by the taxpayer, this book will walk you through the needed steps to resolution as well as direct you to how to get help from the IRS if they are stonewalling you for any reason. You will be advised as to your rights and how to get the quick resolution you need without paying a third party thousands of dollars to do it for you.

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Taxes

It goes without saying that most of us pay various taxes.  I am going to do an overview of income tax or Federal tax.

We need to file by the same date every year, April 15th unless it falls on some half-baked holiday that DC cooked up a few years ago just to keep things interesting.  You know someone did this just to Mess With The IRS!  I will do a special post each year to advise you on the current due date.  Even if you decide to file a six month extension, you still have to have your taxes paid in full by that April 15th deadline.  This year, 2017, our tax deadline has been moved again to April 18th, a Tuesday.

Please be sure to always stay current on your filing or the IRS can file for you and they will not always be accurate, especially if you are self-employed because you will not be given credit for your expenses.  You can also receive various late filing and paying fines and penalties for being delinquent.

If you are self-employed always keep all your receipts and in an orderly fashion.  Some shove them helter skelter so that it would take forever for you or your accountant to file when you finally decide to and if it’s at the last-minute, time is of the essence.  I still know accountants who allow people to “tell” them what their expenses are without ever producing documents.  Be aware, they will file this for you, because you are paying them to do so but you are the one who will be held liable in any audit for coming up with proof of expenses.  A good accountant would not allow you to do this and would never tell you to “just say” you have a certain amount of expenses that you do not.  Some try to risk it, but you will have to pay back any refund received as well as interest and penalties due.

Filing timely and paying timely and sufficiently are the most important things to remember for everyone, wage earners as well.  Please be sure to fill out your W-4’s correctly when you hire on so that enough withholding is being taken out.  I used to purposely do less withholding to get more back at the end of the year as a “forced savings” for myself.  I got a letter from the IRS telling me not to do this.  They do not appreciate sending refunds, if they can avoid it.  You have to remember this was money they withheld on good faith trusting that the employee filled everything out accurately for their withholding.  There are some that claim way more dependents than they really have so that they can receive more of their money during the year and then play hell trying to pay everything they now owe because of it.  Most that pull this have no intention on paying it back.  They are the delusional that think they can hide from the IRS.  But as I explain in my book “Don’t Mess With The IRS” you can run, but you can’t hide!

I am not going over anything for the small business at this time right here and I would prefer that anyone owning their own business with questions refer to all the information and help that is offered at irs.gov for small business self-employed.

If you ever find yourself with any Federal Tax problem or issue Don’t Mess With The IRS” has all the information you need to resolve any and all tax problems by yourself.  In almost all cases, you seldom if ever need a tax specialist or third-party to do this for you.  They charge a lot of money and cannot do anything that you can do yourself.  In other words, they may know more than you, right now, but they do not have any special jurisdiction or immunity when it comes to tax resolution than anyone else even if they are certified or licensed in their specific occupation.  That two thousand dollars you pay them, at least because they don’t work cheap, will go to them needlessly instead of being applied to your tax due.  Believe me, it is rare to ever qualify for “pennies on the dollar” or what is known as an Offer in Compromise.

This book takes you through what to do before you call the ACS collection area of the IRS, how to secure legitimate legal representation if needed, what to expect to do to resolve the basic problems most taxpayers have with the IRS and find out all the rights you really do have as a taxpayer.  You cannot play games with them and I don’t show you anything that foolish.  I offer the legal way to resolve your tax problems to your benefit and what to do if your problems are not being resolved timely or properly by the agency.

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