Monday, September 30

Please Help My Sister with Her Cancer Fund

My little sister Carin just started a fundraiser to help her get through Hodgkins Lymphoma. She's such a trooper, and I wanted to do my part to spread her message. If you, or anyone you know, can help her out by donating to her fundraiser, we would be forever grateful.

Here's a link to her page:

Also, until she meets her fundraising goal, I will be giving 50% of all proceeds from my shop here on CLAUDIASUTTON.blogspot to Carin. So head on over, and pick out something that you like. Not only will you get a lovely piece of artwork customized for you, but you'll also be supporting someone who seriously needs your help. Please email me directly at: claudia sutton at gmail dot com for any inquires.

My Shop:

Thank you so much,
Carin and Claudia

Thursday, September 26

5 Health Benefits of Saunas

The Garden Outdoor Dry Sauna

When I was younger my family and I would travel and stay at hotels a few times a year while on vacation. The highlight of that experience was usually going down to the pool and hitting the sauna with my sisters. It was so exhilarating, but calming all at the same time just because I knew how much of a treat it was. Well recently, I got back into the habit of going to the sauna. I was reminded of those amazing times, and I wanted to continue to benefit from going. Not only does it feel wonderful, but dry saunas have a number of different health benefits. It's definitely worth the time if you have one readily available.

Here's why saunas are beneficial:

1. Relaxation - Stress reduction is the number one reason to enjoy some sauna time. Stress affects every aspect of our lives and it's vitally important to keep that in check. Start the morning of right, or unwind after a long day with a bit of time in the soothing dry heat. Let the mind calm and enjoy the intoxicating aromatic smell of the wood.

2. Ease Soreness - Heat from the sauna helps to relax the muscles and also relieves stiffness in joints. This tranquil therapy is ideal if one is feeling a little achy after a workout. So turn the heat up, and enjoy!

3. Burns Calories - Saunas are like mini workouts and can help burn extra calories. The act of sweating alone is enough to get the heart rate up and can help in this department. Sauna bathing on top of vigorous exercise, good sleep, and a wonderful diet full of fresh whole foods is ideal for weight loss.

4. Better Sleep -  Saunas also stimulate the release of endorphins, just like a workout. Which at the end of the day helps to promote a deep sleep.

5. Beautifies Skin - Saunas make the skin look amazing, and this beautiful glow can specifically be achieved with hot and cold therapy. Not only is this the real secret to youthful skin, but the hot and cold therapy is also great for the arteries because it gets the blood pumping back and forth quickly. Just stay in the sauna for 10-15 minutes to work up a good sweat, and then jump in a cold shower, pool, or lake for another 10-15 minutes. This works wonders for the body, stimulates the immune system, and leaves the skin glowing!

So next time you have the opportunity to go, definitely take advantage of it. 
Rest, relax, and get your sauna on!

♡ Claudia

Wednesday, September 25

How to Clean HP Printer Cartridges

I've had my HP printer forever it seems. I love it; it's small and gets the job done. Unfortunately though, in this digital era, I haven't had to use it very often at all and every time I do my ink cartridges are dried up.

So because of this, I would go out and buy new ones because I didn't know any better. Well come to find out, the cartridges weren't empty. The printheads were just dried up and clogged so I wasn't getting good prints. I was thrilled when I learned this trick, because it's saved me so much money already and I don't have to waste perfectly good cartridges that still have some life left in them.

Soak the HP cartridge in a little boiling water for 15 minutes.

All one does is boil some water and place the ink cartridge, printer head down, into a container filled with just enough water to cover the head for about 15 minutes. That's it! The inks are water soluble so the hot stream will loosen the dry ink on the head and the cartridge is as good as new. Try it next time you notice that your prints are not coming out as good as normal. It might just be a clogged cartridge.


Monday, September 23

Think and Grow Rich

I'm sure that some of you have heard of this best-selling book, Think and Grow Rich, by author Napoleon Hill. The title itself it very attractive, but does it do what it says? Can one actually "think" and grow rich? Well, recently I set aside the time to answer that question, because like most, I continue to pursue success. Yes, I believe it's possible, and the information is useful for all sorts of things whether that's completing a project, learning a skill, earning money, or even mastering thought. That's up to the individual. Anything that's desired can be achieved. One just has to put the proper effort into it.

So I'm going to break it down, and give you the success formula in a condensed format. Again, it's not only about money. These steps can definitely be applied to anything that one wants to achieve, and personally I've started to implement them into my own life as well. 

Controlling One's Mind
One of the most useful lessons this book has to offer is teaching one how to maintain positive thoughts which can be done through autosuggestion. The concept is simple, but hard to master. We are our thoughts, period, and they're the only thing that we have complete control over. Whatever reality we perceive to be true typically manifests in one form or another. We choose to be positive or negative, and those thoughts either build up or tear down. To control one's thoughts is vital, because we start to believe whatever it is that we tell ourselves.   

Know Exactly What You Want 
It's not okay to be vague, because it will most likely never lead to anything or will not make one happy. One must have a clear definition of what they desire whether that's a specific job, an amount of money, learning a new skill, or any objective for that matter. It's important to have a clear picture of what it is because only then can one truly take massive action towards that goal.

Acquire Specialized Knowledge 
Traditionally this means school, but as the book points out that's not the only way to learn. Especially in this new era where information is readily available online. It makes learning so accessible and free for most people. Sure, taking a class or going to school is wonderful, but it's not for everyone. There are numinous examples of people that were successful without schooling or dropping out. Not that I'm condoning it, because my school years were some of the best years of my life and I wouldn't be where I am today without out it, but there are other paths for those that aren't interested or can't afford traditional schooling. Whatever it is that you seek, study it, make no excuses, and put the time into perfecting your skills.

Confide in Others
This goes hand in hand with studying. If you lack time, or know-how, work with someone that does. It's more efficient to have a group of people (this is called a mastermind group in the book) working toward a common goal than just one person. Or if that's not an option for you, study these people. Find someone that achieved what you want, and study everything about them. How did they succeed, and what made them successful? Surround yourself with like-minded people because it will help inspire. Sometimes it takes being around a good person to become motivated and benefit from their energy. The same can be said for a loving partner. The book talks about how some of the most influential people throughout time had a lover that's responsible for bringing out their genius. Sex is one of the most basic human needs, and that in and of itself has been responsible for many accomplishments throughout history because people find inspiration through the affection of another. The concept of a muse is something to be highly valued.

Create a Definite Plan for Success 
Knowing what you want is only half the battle; now it's time to plan how to make it happen. It's super important to make a thorough plan and take action without being indecisive. Write it down, execute the steps, learn from the mistakes, make better plans if necessary, and stick with it until the goal is realized. This is definitely trial and error, and most people give up at this stage. If the first plan didn't work out, go back, rework it, and keep trying something new until it does. A quitter never wins, and a winner never quits.

Master Fear
The chapters in the book about fear, by far, are the most valuable to me. Fear is a choice, and it holds most of us back for whatever reason. It's easy to make excuses and except our circumstances without even trying to make a difference. Procrastination is a big one as well because it's easier to be lazy, indifferent, or focus our energy on trivial things instead of facing the challenge. There are plenty of stories of people that lost everything, had no fear, stood their ground, and kept going when they believed in their dreams. If the plan didn't work, they tried something else and worked towards it no matter what.

So whenever you're struggling to accomplish something, return to this list, be honest with yourself, and figure out why it hasn't worked out yet. Remedy that and keep at it, because it will only bring you one step closer to the finish line each time until you finally cross it.

If you're interested in the entire book, look it up online because it's public domain. It can be found in a variety of different formats. So don't hesitate if you think that it can help you grow in some way. It's recommended to study it over and over again to condition the mind to be prosperous. It's even changed the way that I tackle a problem, and who knows, perhaps all of this new knowledge will also pad my wallet a bit so that I can continue to funds my dreams and help others.

If you've read the book let me know your thoughts on it.
What do you implement and swear by? I would love to hear from you.

Cheers and here's to a good life!

Wednesday, September 18

The Bling Ring

This film was something that I normally don't watch, but it was the Emma and Sofia combo that convinced me. To be quite forward, this was an interesting social commentary about a lot of real issues that I have strong feelings about. Perhaps that's why it was alluring. So I knew that it was going to be a stressful watch, and it was, because these kids get their just deserts in the end. It was so hard to sympathize with these characters in the slightest, but that was the point and the performances were spot on. One thing that still sticks with me is that these people got what they wanted. In a twisted way, they became famous because of this and became a part of the culture that they coveted so much. Even this post of mine is adding to it in an odd sort of way, but I write because the subjects are important to discuss.  

Overall it felt intelligent and self aware, almost a visual retelling of the Vanity Fair article itself. Truly a reflection of that flavor, but tasteful and stylish despite the atrocious themes. Consumerism, social media obsession, and celebrity infatuation are growing issues with the modern world, and it was challenging for me to come to grips with these topics while watching the film. Of course this tale is the real-life depiction of that extreme, but it's definitely still something to dwell on.

Has anyone seen it as well? Let me know your thoughts.

Cheers and happy movie watching.

Tuesday, September 17

Monday, September 16

Look of the Month :: Fall 2013 :: September

A fresh, natural, new look perfect for the season. Personally, September is a time to reinvent myself because of my birthday, but it's also true for some because of the new school season as well. A clean slate if you will, and this digital face chart is definitely a reflection of that. 

Silver is a soft color; it's alluring but gentle. So keeping focused on the color's message, this look is very much monochromatic once more, and is in tune with the themes of my first portrait with silver hair. It's the makeup I wear in that picture

The current look is:
S E P T E M B E R  2 0 1 3

Color inspiration:
Dove grey, ash brown, nude, white, and silver

Current motivation for the look:
 Hello Silver

Previous Looks this Year:

J A N U A R Y  2 0 1 3

F E B R U A R Y  2 0 1 3

M A R C H  2 0 1 3

A P R I L  2 0 1 3

M A Y  2 0 1 3

J U N E  2 0 1 3

J U L Y  2 0 1 3

A U G U S T  2 0 1 3

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.


Wednesday, September 11

How to Make: Animated Pixel Icons Using Photoshop

Learn how to animate pixel icons using Photoshop! With practice and dedication animation can become second nature. Use your animation online or even in your very own retro-style videogames or apps.

  How to Make: Animated Pixel Icons Using Photoshop
Level: Intermediate

For more information, please read the YouTube info box.

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.
♡ Claudia

Thursday, September 5

How to Make: Pixel Icons Using Photoshop

Learn how to create snazzy pixel icons! Use them to make any website more awesome,
or create neat retro-style art for your personal videogame or app concepts.

  How to Make: Pixel Icons Using Photoshop
Level: Intermediate

For more information, please read the YouTube info box.

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.
♡ Claudia

Tuesday, September 3


Oh boy, it's tag time again. Here's a fun tag from Ash.

Part One: Answer the 10 questions that have been asked of you.

1. What is your favorite dessert? 
I want to say something evil, but I'm going to go with my homemade vegan gluten-free brownies. They're actually delicious.

2. Who's your favorite music group?
The Red Hot Chili Peppers

3. Would you prefer drawing or using the computer for art?
Always Photoshop.

4. Favorite movie/cartoon/anime/book/T.V./video game characters?
I like a lot of pirates: Baltheir and Fran, The Dread Pirate Roberts, Jack Sparrow and Elizabeth Swann. Then of course there's Link and Zelda. I love Lady Amalthea and Hermione Granger as well.

5. What are your favorite websites? 
My sites, because I put so much work into them. They're like my digital home. 

6. Favorite movie of all time?
There are just too many! I have some listed here though.

7. Favorite sweets?
Fruit of all sorts.

8. Who would you like to meet in real life?
People that I admire from all walks of life.

9. What would you do if you met another person from online?
I would be ecstatic. I do plan on doing meetups soon.
10. Would you prefer a hug or fist bump?

Part Two: Invent 10 questions the people you tag will have to answer.

1. Is the glass half empty or half full?

2. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

3. Have you ever been to a convention?

4. Do you have a favorite cosplayer or cosplay?

5. Do you like your job if you have one?

6. What's in your refrigerator right now?

7. Do you believe in serendipity or fate?

8. What was your most memorable boss battle in a video game?

9. Do you spend more time indoors or outdoors?

10. What holds you back from doing the things you really want to?

You know me, I tag the whole world.

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