Salem! But not the place that burns witches.

We’ve all gone through it.

Moving back home after the semester ends, and wondering how we ever lived there before. Mom would worry about you staying out late, while Dad actually gets angry about it.

The moment he sat me down and gave me a curfew, I decided to move out again.

Salem Oregon!

My brother Seth offered me a job working at his store, Plato’s Closet.

Quick Fact: Dry days average about 300 days a year, leaving about 65 days of seemingly constant rain. The first week I was here it rained so much that schools were cancelled, roads were closed, and a few people died. šŸ˜¦

It’s was nice to visit home, but better to get away. Better for my sanity.

On another note,

Fender C60. Bought it on craigslist. EPIC deal. Guy was asking $225, I got him to $200. Then I go to look at it, and it’s brand new! I mean perfect condition. Great body, good resinating sound… beautiful. Also came with a capo, shoulder strap, and extra picks.

I feel like I got an extraordinary deal.Ā I’m loving the acoustics.

I feel unsettled though. Unsatisfied. Like I am yearning for the answer to where my life is going.

I’ve always been the soul-searching kind of person.Ā I never realized how long it took for me to get ready for bed; often I end up being pensive by the end of the night.. It wasn’t until I was at college that I noticed that all my roommates had long been dreaming, and I was still awake. That’s just the way I unwind I guess, thinking and wondering.

I’ve been thinking a lot about someone I dated in high school. It’s been a year now since we broke up, but I still feel the hole in my heart. Dreams come about him, even though I never dream. He was my first love.

I guess I just feel a little sad, and definitely lonely in a new place. It helps knowing that I can always pray, and know someone is listening.

At a time like this, I just gotta keep moving on, keeping my chin up, and look to what the future could bring. There’s really nothing else I can do.

http://www.nj.com/sunbeam-news/index.ssf/2011/08/torrential_rains_flood_damage.html

http://davidmartinho.deviantart.com/art/Looking-into-the-Horizon-261435250

Crayon Art

You know this guy?

Yeah, he’s pretty much a viral sensation, Yao Ming is. Why you may ask? Just look at that face! Every time I look at it I laugh, haha… haha.

There has been a project circulating the internet: Crayon Art! The concept is to melt crayons Ā over a canvas. It is so pretty; I just can’t stand it. So of course I had to try it. And since I love this picture of Yao Ming, I decided that somehow, this beautiful man and art must be combined.

You will need:

Poster board or canvas(size of your choice)

Crayons (for the size of my poster board I bought a 120 pack)

Picture to be transferred

Masking tape

Exacto Knife

Hot glue gun

So start out by taping a big rectangle area on a box. I realized soon that it’s hard to pull off tape from a box, because the box peels off with it. You know those Mac Laptop boxes? Those are perfect because they are smooth and non-stick. You could also use the shiny side of a poster board probably because it’s non-stick. Don’t use the poster board you’re going to mount your art on.

Once you tape the picture on theĀ maskingĀ tape layout, use the exact knife to cut out all black areas of your picture. Yeah, this is time consuming.

Getting the tape off and into the right places on the poster board is a little tough. It takes a while, definitely a process.

Hot glue Crayons up top, finish laying out your taped image. How did mine turn out? Eh, not perfect, but I was satisfied.

Lay out some protection because we’re going to start melting crayons. I ended up using two trash bags.

Use a hair dryer and melt the crayons as much as you wish. Give the hair dryer breaks sometimes, I wouldn’t let it overheat.

So I stopped at this point. Now all that needs to be done is taking off the tape.

It’s done! Now, I’m not an expert when it comes to crayon meltage, but I think this looks pretty good.

Doesn’t he look happy?
Yeah, maybe just a little demented.
Just don’t stand too close.