Thursday, January 28, 2010

crocodile tears

And now it's time for...
"What Happens in Forty Seconds"
starring Josiah Joplin

First we have Mr. Awesome riding a scooter.
2:22:25 pm.

Oh, but what's this? He falls! Ow!

Then he notices I'm watching him.
2:22:34 pm.

Oh, let's get a close up of that face.
2:22:37 pm.

I take a picture of Caleb.
Look over at Josiah, and whoa, he's fine!
2:22:45 pm.

Look at that smiley happy face.

On a totally different note, I'm beginning to gather webcomic ideas. This may or may not mean that I'll be starting a webcomic soon. We'll see. Like I need another thing on my plate, right? At the same time, this is something I've wanted to do for a very long time, and now that I have the means (graphics tablet, ftw), I really want to start. You guys'll be updated as it happens!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

toast with legs

Toast plays hide and seek with Gumdrop.
b&w digital sketch

I just wanted to do a quick drawing while Hawthorne was hooked up (check the Flickr bar for January 26th's tablet-edited photo). This one took about five minutes.

Monday, January 25, 2010

i love the sun.

Someone (won't mention any names, you know who you are) said that he or she (cough ahem etc) is bored of my last post and so of course I need to write another one. Because I am a kind, generous, and giving person, I am writing another one.

I could be really mean and literal and end it here, but I won't do that. :D

I've been working on a few projects here and there, but haven't really been able to complete much of anything. One of my friends had a birthday last week, though, so that gave me a change to make a birthday card. (I love making cards, it's like a mini-project and so satisfying.)
The idea came from How About Orange's mini bunting card.

Basically it's little strips of paper, embroidery floss, ink and watercolors. Simple, but fun and pretty awesome, actually.

I had some leftover little bunting triangles (okay, I had a a lot of leftovers...), so I made a really long mini bunting and put it in my room.

It's sorta hard to take a good picture of a huge string of really small triangles. That in the back is my painting "Mono" from last year. I just recently put it up.

Another project that isn't quite complete (but desperately needs to be) involves my room being completely turned around and rearranged. I wish I had taken "before" photos (actually, not, because it was sorta messy), but either way it looks so much nicer this way.

Bookshelf, table (with awesome drawer to keep my books and journals), bed. Pretend that stuff in the corner doesn't exist; it's the "not complete" part of the project. Not shown and directly behind the me that is taking the photo is my "studio." I have two desks and a bookshelf sorta sectioned off from the rest of the room, but it still has some misplaced objects cluttering the area, so those photos will have to come later.

But look at how beautiful it looks with the window open and the sun coming through. Very awesome.

I bought a bunch of flowers last Thursday, and this is my favorite. I haven't named her yet. Flowers are pretty cool things. I've never owned anything more than a cut bouquet, so I sorta freaked out when the flower kept moving around and being in a different spot every time I saw it. The thing is aliiiiivvveeeeeeee. What with having to water it and then feeding it every once in a while, it's sorta like having a little semi-stationary animal on my table.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

friday linkage

And Friday's links in less than 120 seconds - on your mark, get set, GO.

This was supposed to be on last week's list but somehow was left behind: Winter Solstice by Michele Mclaughlin. It's an absolutely gorgeous piano piece, and I fell in love instantly. I bought the sheet music and I memorized it the same day, because that is how awesome it is.

My American readers, this is how you make tea. Not like this. You needed to know.

Oh, and you know how Wikipedia is generally not reliable and definitely not a good source for any sort of credible research? Here's a way to change that. Hacking and trolling and generally being stupid? Of course we want to do that, especially on Wikipedia. So, I know, let's only do it on one page. The Chicken page, to be exact.

The most useless machine ever. Can I have one?

One of the best digital artworks I've seen in some time. I did only a tiny bit of research and wasn't able to find the artist in that tiny bit, so if anyone knows to whom I can give credit (and see the rest of their work), that'd be great.

I wonder if I can make my own cloud-shaped marshmallows somehow. There's DIY for everything, right?

Someone somewhere searched the term "little tiph" in google and arrived at this blog. I want to know who is googling me as little. Seriously. But hey, I'm the second in the results so I guess that's me.

Also, I seem to have a monopoly on terms with the word "sharpie" in it. Like, "How to best avoid getting sick from a sharpie." Because that's very important.

Have a great weekend, guys - over and out!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

snazzy, etc

Since I was unable to get the photos up yesterday, here they are today. All 18 of them. Usually, for the collage's sake (and for your sanity...), I try to stay with about 8 photos per week, but since I didn't have one last week, I felt compelled to add even more pictures than necessary. Click the collage for the individual photos and accompanying captions. My 365 Flickr project is going strong, so I'm happy about that. :D

The heavens are telling the glory of God;
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours forth speech,
and night to night declares knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words;
their voice is not heard;
yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.

Psalm 19:1-4

Friday, January 15, 2010

the word of the day is: cute

It's cold; it's wet; it's dreary outside, so what better than to start this Friday with some lovely miniature gardens?! So this might be the little girl in me, attracted to the utter cuteness of the teeny-tiny fairy garden, but I'm going to say that the designer and artist part of my brain says that this is a highly beautiful and aesthetic piece of workmanship, so lemme go get some mini stuff and make it right now *squeal*!!!!

Since I'm already losing my street cred, have a link to the beautiful film/photography work of some people whose names I can't remember. Not important anyway, just watch the video.

Eat, drink, and... be married?

This hand-embroidered, giant picture book is very impressive. So impressive, I'm not even going to pretend like I'm going to attempt to copy it.

Why is this Margay tiger-cat an endangered species? They're so cute. I'll take two, please.

Ack, it seems my mind has been filled with cute things this past week. My new favorite blog?

It should be your favorite blog too.

Lastly and not leastly, a little yellow drummer robot. Also cute, actually. But he can be filed into the "geek" category as well, and so I'm saved on that one.

So I shall stop while I'm ahead. Happy Friday!

here and now

"For one to want something so fiercely yet know one is not ready for it in it's entirety... how does one deal with that?"
— Melinda Sanford

Monday, January 11, 2010

Super Awesome Fantasic Flip

I could play with photos all day.

But of course I can't.
Starting next week, I'll be leading a homeschool co-op class for 5- and 6-year-olds. I'm looking forward to it, but of course it means more school planning in addition to my siblings'. I'm learning more and more how to prioritize and I'm trying to get better at not wasting time.

Last night, Josiah kept pestering me about making a cake ("Are you making a cake? Why aren't you making a cake? Can you make me a cake?"), so today I whipped up a caramel cake. It's sweet enough to not need frosting, but since I had some leftover buttercream from the cupcakes from last week, we used that. I forgot to get pics and it might be gone by tomorrow, so sorry!

The kids have been perfecting their acrobatic jumps on the trampoline. They name them all sorts of weird things that everyone knows; it's like a code to walk out there and listen to them. "Do a Daredevil! A Daredevil with an X! Can you do the Cross Backflip? Move from the edge, I need the extra bounce for the Super [insert random word here] Flip!"

But they're really good at it, though I can't say they haven't broken any bones...

Sunday, January 10, 2010

fan of double negatives

After only three days in the hospital, my brother Joshua is back home.
He has six small incisions, three on either side of his spine, where his kidneys were removed, and he has a catheter for dialysis on the left side of his neck.

But the kid is doing amazing!
Proof: His catheter (it's sorta like a permanent IV line) has two tube-y things that extend to just above his left ear.
Today, he comes up to me and says, "Hey Tiph, these things kinda look like little arrows, right?" And to go along with it (I guess they could, arrows without the feathers), I respond, "Yeah, okay."
"Okay, so like say I'm walking, and pretend like two arrows hit me, and it's like zoom, zoom, aahhhow, and then I go - " and he falls forward onto a nearby chair and stays limp for two seconds. He stands back up and continues, "And so people are like 'Oh man, he really died!' So then I stand back up and they're like, 'What? What's going on? Why are there arrows in his neck?' Haha. That'd be funny."
I tell him it would be funny, but I don't tell him that it's even funnier that he even thought that up. He's a goof.

random irrelevant firework photo, yay!

So, yesterday I was sick (and feverish and deathly ill), so I sat on the couch inside blankets pretty much all day. At one point, I played the Wii - all the non-motion ones. Some of the kids kept wanting me to play sword-fighting, but man, you could get your cardio exercise doing sword-fighting.

No more fever today, but I'm still all stuffed up and runny-nosed (I always fail to see how that's even possible, but it always is), and it's really annoying. I can't even put my contacts on yet.

So I missed Friday links (I actually thought today was Friday), and also Saturday photos, so we'll just say today is my vacation week because of all the stuff that's been going on. Now that I'm not sick... I want me some gingerbread cookies.

OH YEAH. I finished my Brit Lit class (and got a B), but not before not turning in my paper that took me hours to write, and not finishing the test because 1. I didn't realize it was a 3 hour test, and 2. my teacher did not inform me, as she did other students, that the deadline was extended seven hours. So the paper that was originally a 95/100, lost 20 points because it was two days late and so turned into a 75/100. But that's just 'cause I'm stupid sometimes. A B is still a good grade though. I'll live.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

some reflections upon today

Random thought - I remember when I used to think this blog needed to have a niche. You know, to maximize views or something. It'd be awesome to have one, but the cycles I go through like I mentioned yesterday makes it fairly impossible. I guess I don't have a niche!

Moving on.

Today marked the last day of my winter semester of British Literature. Tomorrow I have the final exam, and then that'll be it. For the most part, I really enjoyed reading the various works. I liked that I knew what was going on in history at the times of the writings, and that I have a decent enough background in general literature to catch most of the allusions in poetry and such.

The class ended with an 8-10 page analysis on a piece of literature that I chose, or a compare/contrast on whatever two. Because I find it easier to analyze something when I can hold it against something else, I did the latter. And you know what really annoyed me? I couldn't bring in information about literature from other times. I've had this issue before, and it doesn't make sense to me. Literature is defined by other literature. Yes, by the current events, but by what came before them, and then their influence is measured by what came after.

But no matter.
Since I used Mary Astell's "Some Reflections Upon Marriage" as the first source, it was a fairly feminist essay. While I may not be as extremely feminist as some women (I'm pro-life and believe in marriage!), I don't think that a woman's worth is based on her marital status. Even Biblically, a single woman has more power than a married one because she isn't tied to the responsibilities of a husband/home/family.

So anyway... just a teeny rant.
I feel like I may be getting sick - not good. Hopefully a nice night's sleep will make me feel better... and keep me from ranting anymore. Next thing you know, I'll be raving mad.
But that's only if the zombies get me.

Yeah, sleep's a good idea now.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

cyclical obsessions!

My eyes are probably being ruined because I keep taking photos like this. It doesn't feel like my retinas are being seared, but then I stop taking photos and everything has green and purple dots. Not good.

I vaguely remember that I used to sew.
I haven't used my art desk in about a month.
Two unused canvases still sit in their packaging, and have been there for two months now.

All this to say that I do things in cycles, and apparently I don't have enough focus/talent to do more than one thing at a time. It's no surprise to me that I'm bad at multi-tasking (yeah, girls are supposed to be good at that, but girls are supposed to be a lot of things that I'm not), but I had never actually realized this. I wonder if, since I've noticed it, I can get around it.

I'm sorta in photography-obsession mode right now.

Today, we broke out our chopsticks and soy sauce and I made Thai meatballs with fried rice for lunch. It was really convenient for me, since we had white rice leftover from last night, and leftover ribs from Sunday that I shredded and threw in there. Not a fan of eggs, so those were skipped.

Oh and then I forgot to put a roast in the oven and had to order pizza. It was a total accident, really. And Domino's has the best pizza on the planet.

And back to the photography thing. I have a ton of extra photos I never upload because they aren't the best ones, or because I can't exactly have 2,751 photos of all the same thing up. So I'll probably be putting them here. Yay. :D
So long as no one minds that I'll be in them every once in a while.

Today's Flickr upload pretty much sums up my emotional state right now.

I am constantly amazed by the beauty of the sun, and then hours later, by the beauty from the lack thereof. God has made so much beauty.

P.S. I finished my final paper for British Literature, hoorah. :)

the sun is a heartbeat

Some days, I open up my blog editing thingy and think, Dood, I blog every day. What on earth do I say all those times?!
And then I draw a blank.
This is one of those days.

I've been more in a visual mood lately (notice photo above, and photos in Flickr stream to your left. No no, other left. MILITARY LEFT. Yeah, there). It's pretty annoying when one has a Brit Lit paper due, but at the same time, it makes things beautiful.

I somehow got over my irrational fear of digital photography and (*gasp*)
I know, aren't you proud of me?

It turns out I'm pretty decent at editing, and I'm having so, so, sooooo sosososo so so much fun with Jem now. Why did I never do this before? Most of the time I have too many photos, more than I think is healthy to post, and some of them are repetitive. But I need to print these and put them on walls or something, because when I look at them my brain gets all smiley.

Oh yeah, this is how I blog.
Funny, I temporarily forgot.

Comments (especially on photos) are encouraging, and are encouraged.

Also, small brother Josh (who is eight) is in the hospital right now, preparing for kidney surgery that starts tomorrow at 11:45 am. Prayers appreciated. He'll have both his kidneys removed; next month he'll be getting a transplant from my mom. We're expecting him home in about a week, and we're praying for sooner!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

fireworks are the bomb

I can't really remember a lot that happened this week. Wednesday we visited a few good friends, and then on Friday I got to see them again for New Year's (yay!).

Click through the image for the individual photos and commentary. I'm pretty tired tonight, so I'll let the photos do the talking for me tonight.

Friday, January 1, 2010

best of 2009

Happy birthday to you, Sharpie Chronicles.
Okay, so I'm a few days late, but that's generally how I do things anyway. Oh, I'm supposed to be at work at 10 am Monday? Okay, I'll see ya Thursday!*

So, in honor of a year's worth of Sharpie Chronicles, I'm picking out some of my favorite posts.

The first one. The one that started it all, December 30th, 2008.

My Spring 2009 semester started two weeks after that, which led to a lot of stupid, "there should be a post here but there's not" posts, but also some funny stories. Man, I'm so weird.
After reading through my blog, I'm remembering why I have a whole entire tag for procrastination. That's pretty much the gist of the entire semester.

Speaking of weird, though, read a story about "Out of Order" straws.

You know how my blog's tagline is "sleep is a symptom of caffeine deprivation"? This is why. It occurred to me the other day that, since I don't really consume much caffeine anymore, it's a largely inaccurate statement now. So, hm, I need a new tagline. Suggestions please, kthx.

In April, I had this brilliant idea to do lists of 7. It was cool, but then I forgot about it. But this list of my favorite things, I think, is worth repeating for this year. Also in April, I went to Scotland. That was an amazing trip, and one of the highlights of the year.

In June, our dog sired puppies!

In July, I got a DSLR named Jem!

In August, I almost hit a deer but didn't.

In September, October, and a lot of November, I posted very little. But for my birthday, October 30th, my dad gave me Hawthorne the Wacom Intuos 4.

I can't even believe all the things that have happened in that one year. On the one hand, it seems like sooo many things crammed themselves into a really small space, and I'm thinking - whoa, that happened in November? That just happened. At the same time, paradoxically, things feel so far away. Last summer was forever ago.

Actually, this trip through my own blog has made me a bit reminiscent, and possibly slightly emotional as well. Other memories surface with the more general blog posts, and even my lengthy absences tell a story.
Last year hurt. But it also was incredibly joyous, amazingly beautiful. I learned how to be content, and I know it's something I have to continue to work on. I had my share of confusion and struggles, even some that I brought with me from 2008, but last year was, without a doubt, the best year of my life.

I pray that God will show me more of Himself this year,
I plan to make this year more productive and awesome,
I hope to reach others and be a blessing to them.

Happy New Year, everyone, and here's to awesomeness.

*I have never, ever done that. But once, when I was supposed to be at work at 5 am, I woke up at 11 am.

hello new year

The new year sneaked up on me. I'm telling you, 2010 conspired with December to make the days go by so fast I wasn't able to prepare. I didn't even have a New Year's painting!!

Now it's well past midnight, and I wish I had the energy to go through my blog and link to all....
my interesting... posts...


I'm such a failure. Poor Sharpie Chronicles, one year old two days ago and not even a mention.
Okay, so that means that tomorrow's link post will have to be honorable mentions from my blog posts. Any suggestions will be considered.

But now let's talk about next year - ahem, I mean this year. Resolutions? I've never made any. That is, I make them, just not specifically for the new year. But some things I want to do this year:

  • Read 100 books.
  • Bake my way through every single cake in Rose's Heavenly Cakes.
  • Fill up a diary.
  • Read through the Bible.
  • Make a quilt.
  • Paint at least two paintings a month.
  • Fill up four sketchbooks/mixed media journals.
  • Begin and complete the 365 Days photo project. I'm a bit daunted by this one - 365 days is a long time. I'll probably be adding a sidebar addition to this blog of my Flickr photostream.
  • Start following my own creativity when it comes to art and photography, instead of trying (vainly) to copy others.
So that's that. I borrowed a book from the library called something like "Organizing Your Time," or something similar - I thought it was appropriate for the new year.

What are your 2010 resolutions?

All the best to you and yours for 2010 - here's to awesomeness!

who i am!

Tiph used to be this weird hippie chick who sewed things and drank tea and rode bikes and wrote silly things. Then, college came along, and now she's this weird hippie chick with math in her brain and notebooks full of indefinite integrals. And hardly any time to write. This is her space. Thankfully, space is a vacuum and any complaints you may have cannot be heard.


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