Friday, April 29

They Cut Down the Trees...

Yesterday, I decided to go on a walk through our gardens and down to the beach like I normally do. It had been about a week ago since I had last gone, because it has been rather cold outside.

And that's when I noticed it... The landscapers had cut down so many of my beloved trees. It was awful finding tree stump after tree stump; I quickly grew quite sad and angry seeing all of them like that. I have no idea why they did it. The trees were not in the way of anything. No power-lines that were far more important to some company; no tree roots growing into someones house. It made no sense to me.

 Sad Trees

The last straw, was when I reached my favorite tree, the tree that I showed to all of my visitors. "There it is! That's my favorite one," I would tell people. I was even inspired to paint this same tree in a very special piece of artwork and took numerous photos of it. There was just something so beautiful about the way that it arched over the walkway, ancient and gnarled, but still incredibly inviting.

My heart sank when I found it.



Trees are so timeless and symbolic, so destroying them is upsetting. Some of these trees were big too. Can you imagine how long it took for them to grow? Decades, for sure. I felt like Neytiri from Avatar after they cut down her Hometree. Even though these people didn't destroy my home, they destroyed a part of it.

Thanks for listening,
~Claudia

Thursday, April 28

Alien

Painted in Photoshop in 30 minutes.

This painting was done on a whim with a default brush that I've never used before. It's always fun to see what happens with a new brush.

Wednesday, April 27

Sugar's Effect On Your Health

 "Listen attentively. You will come out ahead in the next few days." - Fortune Cookie

This UCSF lecture is a must watch for anyone that is curious about what processed sugar does to one's body. In short, a diet abundant in refined sugar is causing a lot of our modern health issues.

Watch the Video Here:

Now, this is why I cut the white sugar out and only consume natural sugars like fruit, maple syrup, and honey. Homemade smoothies are great too, because they will supply you with the needed fiber and vitamins as well as the sugar. The reason being is that the whole plant goes into the blender, unlike a juicer which separates the juice (fructose) from the fiber. This can be beneficial if one needs to lose a lot of weight or are trying to recover from disease. The body gets a pure dose of carbohydrates and nutrients from the fresh juice and doesn't need to use energy to digest the fiber like in the smoothies. Also, this lecture inspired me to eat more raw food. I'm doing my best with addictions, which can take a little getting used to, but I love it now.

Love from Claudia

Tuesday, April 26

Daily Inspiration: Freedom from Clutter and Debt

"How much does your life weigh? Imagine for a second that you're carrying a backpack. I want you to pack
it with all the stuff that you have in your life... you start with the little things. The shelves, the drawers, the knickknacks, then you start adding larger stuff. Clothes, tabletop appliances, lamps, your TV... the
backpack should be getting pretty heavy now." - Ryan Bingham (George Clooney), Up in the Air

Wow! I absolutely love this video and it's truly inspiring to watch. When one has less, one can truly value what they have. I also like the fact that living in such a small space motivates people to spend more time outdoors and in the city.

Woman's 90-Square-Foot Apartment in Manhattan



Now that's minimalism! Good for her! I really like the part where she talks about living within your means and how "stuff" can be such a burden; I totally agree.

Want less clutter? Want less debt? Just live within your means and buy less. It's really that simple.

Best,
~Claudia

Thursday, April 21

13 Personal Questions Tag

An amusing little tag from Robert.

Questions:
 
1. What do you order at Starbucks? 
Nothing, I don't go there too often at all. I do drink organic, fair trade green and herbal teas at home though.

2. What's one thing in your closet that you cannot live without?
The jewelry in my jewelry box; every piece is special to me and irreplaceable. I have so many memories from them, and most have been given to me by a loved one. 

3. What's one thing that most people probably wouldn't know about you?
I'm related to Abraham Lincoln. Apparently our families came over to American on the same boat, so we have some history (my aunt did ancestral research and discovered this). So I'm his something, something, cousin/niece something? Whatever title that is.

4. Name one thing that you want to do before you die.
Travel the world, and I wish I could start now.

5. What's one food that you cannot live without?
Vegetables - I eat way too many to be without them.

6. What quote/phrase do you live your life by?
"Hurray!" I tend to be a very happy person most of the time. Life is good!

7. What do you like and dislike about the YouTube community? (This was originally for YT video tags)
I wish that we could leave each other proper links. I'm guessing that with was abused, so sending useful links to people is so annoying. I've tried sending pieced-up ones, but nobody is going to spend the time to put together a broken link. They are just going to think it doesn't work. So yeah, links would be very helpful to communicate with others.

8. What's your number one most listened to song on iTunes?
I don't use to iTunes. Foobar2000 is my player of choice, and recently it's been La Roux - In for the Kill (Skream's Let's Get Ravey Mix) And yes, it's Bayonetta's fault! This song is sexssay!

9. What kind of style would you define yourself as having?
 I'm such a chameleon. Whatever I feel like being that day.

10. Favorite number?
16

11. Two hobbies?
Art and travel.

12. Two pet peeves?
Mean people. I just don't get it, and never will. Hum... and chewing with your mouth open. That's always fun to watch.

13. Guilty Pleasure?
Junk food. I always feel like crap after I eat it. My body just rejects it now and I get sick.

I tag everyone in the whole world! Love and Peace!
~Claudia

Wednesday, April 20

Indie Hit Aqualux - BlackBerry Playbook Launch Title

SOOOOOO! I'm super excited to reveal this finally. A game that I worked on shipped yesterday for the new BlackBerry Playbook.

~~Aqualux~~

"It's official.  Milkman Games is very excited to announce that Aqualux is live on Blackberry App World.  We've done a major overhaul for this release- all the art has been repainted in HD, there's a new storybook mode, (That's me! Hurray!) some beautiful voice acting, and much more!  If you've gotten your hands on a Playbook already, head on over to Blackberry App World and pick it up!"

"Aqualux follows the story of a girl name Lux, who together with her Persian cat Oliver, embarks on a journey to restore color to the world of dreams. Players will swap, twist, and teleport a flow of goo over 100 brain-challenging layouts of colorful tubes while unlocking the secrets of Lux's slumber. Aqualux became available on the Mac and PC early last year." - Milkman Games

So give it some love and go check it out!
Oliver the Kitteh is totally my favorite. KeeKeeKee





Happy gaming,
~Claudia

Tuesday, April 19

Mortal Kombat Midnight Release

As the title suggests, I went to my local GameStop to pick up the pre-release of Mortal Kombat at midnight. Which is always fun. Of course they had a bunch of people there and the game was demoed, so we could all play as we waited in line. Prior to the event, my partner traded in a ton of games, so this one was kinda like a freebie for him.

First off, let me be quiet clear: This game is yucky... with a capital YUK. So you're probably like, "Why in the hell did you buy it then?" I didn't, he did.

Taken at E3 last year, perhaps it was a warning

This will definitely be a love/hate relationship for me. I absolutely love the old games, but can't stand the new realistic next-gen violence. So stick around, because I'll give this a proper review in the weeks to come.

What do you think; did anyone play it yet?

Cheers and happy gaming.
 ~Claudia

Monday, April 18

The Gerson Miracle


"Lucky you made this choice. Everything comes out for the best." - Fortune Cookie

Recently, I watched another documentary about the Gerson Therapy, and like before I found it to be quite fascinating. This therapy is one of the reasons I got into making organic smoothies and juices at home, and a good reminder to keep eating raw foods.

I'm thankful that I'm not terminally ill, and can take advantage of changing my lifestyle. However, coffee enemas are unnecessary and dangerous. Colonics and enemas are fine, so long as one uses only water or herbs instead of a stimulant. Keep this in mind when you watch it.

Another thing that I found very disturbing is the concept of "hits."  Meaning, one's body can only take so many "hits" throughout the years before it inevitably becomes diseased. This could mean consumption or exposure to the many pollutants and toxins that we just accept as being normal or don't know anything about. 

It's all here in this documentary, The Gerson Miracle



For fun, here are some blended juice recipes from my sister Carla and me:

~~Carla's Tropical Recipe~~
2 cups of raw apple cider for the base
1 mango
1/2 a pineapple 
2 bananas

~~My Springtime Recipe~~
1.5 cups of raw apple cider for the base
1/2 teaspoon of flaxseed oil
A dash of cinnamon
A cucumber with peels
3 stalks of celery
1/2 a grapefruit
3 medium mandarin 

Cheers and here's to happy, healthy living.
~Claudia

Monday, April 11

Google Wildflowers

Awhile back I received a postcard from Google about a service offer, which I didn't need at the time. However, I did notice that the postcard was made with recycled paper and soy inks. How cool is that. Thanks Google for being environmental responsive. BUT! The icing on the cake was that the card contained embedded wildflower seeds that would grow if one planted them.

 *~Those little dots on the ground are snail trails 
reflecting the light from the blue sky.~*

So of course I had to and look what happened! Now I have a little baby flower growing outside in my pot. It made me so incredibly happy yesterday when I discovered it for the first time. Something so magnificent came from a tiny piece of paper.

I hope you all have a wonderful day, and take a moment to appreciate the little things. 

Best,
~Claudia

Thursday, April 7

Look of the Month :: Spring 2011 :: April

Goodness! I've been a busy busy girl, but of course I had to find the time for my monthly digital face chart. Inspired by the lovely spring weather, all of the amazing superhero cosplayers at WonderCon, and my current movie watching binge. 1960s inspiration is a huge fashion trend right now,  and I couldn't help but notice how incredibly beautiful Jane Fonda is when I recently watched Barbarella. So pop in those bright blue contact lenses and go heavy-handed with the winged eyeliner, because this is a fun bold look that still remains soft enough for the season. 

The current look is:
A P R I L  2 0 1 1


Color trends for this month:
Orange, cobalt, sky blue, white, and gold

Current motivation for the look:
Jane Fonda, the 1960s, and warm weather


Previous Looks this Year:


Please feel free to express yourself as well! Share links, tips, or any other suggestions in the comments. I would love to hear from you.

 xoxo,
~Claudia

Wednesday, April 6

Fascinating! - 7 Basic Things You Won't Believe You're All Doing Wrong

I bet everyone could learn a little something from this Cracked.com article. The writing is extremely humorous (especially the photo captions) and they source all of their references in red. Which is great, because I always like to research the topics more.

Get all the goodness here:



So now I'm going to try to implement these tips more into my daily routines. Especially the #1 thing: Sitting for too long. As an artist, I sit at my desk way too often and I need learn how to adapt. Does anyone out there do the whole standing desk thing?

Anywho, read it and let me know what you think!
Love from Claudia

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