Friday, April 30

Photoshop Basics: Creating a Canvas

Learn how to create a canvas in Photoshop, so that your beautiful masterpieces can come to life.

Photoshop Basics: Creating a Canvas
Level: Über Beginner

Content, editing, and compositing by Claudia Sutton.
Music composed by Alvin Muolic.


Please let me know what you think and if you have any questions feel free to ask.


Sunday, April 25

My Beautiful Little Palm

I got another plant this week in honor of Earth Day and I am sooo happy! It's a Kentia Palm (also commonly known as the Thatch Palm). The tree is only native to Lord Howe Island (Oh how I would love to go there), which is off the east coast of Australia. So, obviously I had to name it appropriately. I chose Kiah (K-EYE-UH), an Australian name meaning: "from the beautiful place."

Kiah's already so big. About 4' or so, but because of our high ceiling, I'm hoping that it has plenty of room to grow nice and tall. It will be like an Oasis in the bedroom. Hurray for that.

If any of you have any advice on how to care for this type of palm, definitely leave a comment and let me know. I want to do my best to keep it healthy and happy.


Saturday, April 17


Yes, stuff... I know this video isn't new, but I only stumbled upon it yesterday and wanted to pass on the word. It's about consumerism and how it is destroying our world.

Well, I love the earth and if any of you know me personally, you know that I strongly believe in helping out. I like to call myself a minimalist, in which I really try to only buy what I fundamental need.

Watch the Story of Stuff:


Let's all do our part and buy less stuff.

Thursday, April 8

The 4-Hour Workweek

This is a great book! I highly recommend it to everyone. Basically the book is about how to be successful in life, not only monetarily, but living better all round.

Again, go read this book.
It has really changed the way I think about work:

The 4-Hour Workweek

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, 
it is time to pause and reflect."
-Mark Twain, quoted from The 4-Hour Workweek.

Cheers and happy living.

Wednesday, April 7

17 Travel

Up the treacherous mountain we go....

Tuesday, April 6

WonderCon 2010

WonderCon was fun this year, as usual. I always get a kick out of meeting talented people and seeing old friends.

This year was no exception, with the Peter S. Beagle panel being the highlight of my experience. I really loved hearing him speak. He is such a great storyteller and truly a gifted person! His words made me smile ear to ear and I could listen to his wonderful stories all day long.

After the panel, I spoke with him and he kindly signed my The Last Unicorn book. I told him about how his work has inspired me and that I was only 4 years old when I started becoming obsessed with The Last Unicorn film. Or at least I hope that is the message I delivered, because I still get a bit nervous when I meet people that I really admire.  He was nice to me though and told me that he has never met or signed a book for a Claudia, and that he really liked my name.  I will NEVER forget that. Again, thanks Peter. If you ever read this, it was wonderful meeting you.

Let’s see, I also got to meet some snazzy R2D2s. They were so adorable and apparently the creator told me it took 7 year to construct! They were truly amazing because they lite up, could speak (beepbupbeadup) and were remote controlled so they could roll around all cute. I just wanted to hug them all day long.

Also!! I got to finally meet Dan the creator of Mr. Toast and he was awesome! As some of you might know, I have a Toast. And he is the nicest Toast in all the land. Charles, a good friend of mine, (and Mr. Toast animator) gave him to me and Toast has been loved ever since. So yes,
it was very cool to meet Dan.

See you next year!

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