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Hacking The Satch

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There are just some people out there that can make you laugh, and the dumbest of things just hit home.. whether you get caught by the cops doing something dumb in public,  give your best buddy a barbie cell phone because her cat gave her a real phone a bath or you give her crayons for her birthday!

These folks get you to the core, they ingrain themselves to you and can even get Rosa’s to smile! My husband lost 5.00 on that bet, but the leftovers they forgot where delicious.

I know you know who you are, and thanks for giving me the inspiration to draw again, BEEN a little busy! But well deserved kick in the butt.. that now sports a glittery butterfly pasty tattoo.. !

THANKS for a great birthday.. ELVIS has now left the building!.

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Vote for Sarah and Let’s Get In An Uproar… here is why…

I have a friend, I call “sissy” or I call her “jilly” or I just call her friend…I can even call her at 3:00 in the morning if need be.. but I won’t howl into the phone.. “I’m a king snake baby and I rule my den!” Well, maybe I would..but that’s been used.

In her own words she writes…

“I have a beautiful young daughter, the kind any mother would love to have, she was there for me every step of the way.  Rubbing my bald head, cheering me on, and influencing me to find strength.  Mother and daughter share a common passion which bonds them.”

They discuss it.  They travel with it.  They eat with it.  They wake up to it.  They BREATHE it.  Music.

“Sarah, is somewhat an introvert who also likes to sketch.  Aunty Susie introduced her to the concept of sketching.  The first thing she started drawing when she was young was dresses.  She’d fantasize about some day making one.  She stopped sketching dresses till a few days ago, when I, affectionately known among her musical friends as “Pipey”, found a dress contest on our “favorite new” band’s site.  What a perfect blend!  Sketching dresses and one of her favorite bands!

I didn’t have to ask my daughter twice, Sarah immediately picked up her charcoal and went to work sketching a dress for Lzzy Hale of Halestorm.  I was on cloud nine to see my daughter truly excited about something again and is determined to boost Sarah’s self esteem by fostering her passion for sketching AND her love of music.  I want to give back and show the same support and strength to my daughter, that she gave to me,  during an ugly situation when she needed it the most.  So…set the wheels in motion for Pipey Jr’s Prom Crasher Dress titled “Classy Crasher”.

As a self taught artist, internet marketer and groupie at heart.. I put this out to all of  you and hope that you will support the passion and excitement  for Sarah by logging in and voting for her!

She’s also excited she’ll be attending the Uproar Tour where she will see Halestorm live for the first time on August 21st in Tinley Park, IL.

Music calms the heart, it soothes the soul, it brings people together….

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HALESTORM official site:

(vote here by clicking on the 5th star to the right)

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Practicing What You Preach

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Martha Vaughan And Stevie Ray VaughanStevie & Martha Vaughan, in progress.  We are all works in progress, and recently I found myself in a situation where, I did not practice what I preached and forward progress stood still in my brain!!

What happened you ask?

A site I worked on got Hacked! This isn’t a tech site by any means, but there is a lesson to be learned.

Back Up.. Back UP and BACK UP! I sat wondering.. and did used several tricks that were in the bag o’ goodies, but to no avail.

My first bit of advice if you are working on a blogging platform, keep a good copy of the theme, actually keep two copies, one locally and one on an external hard drive.   Don’t rely on the wordpress back up’s completely dump your site and it’s contents onto that external drive.

It couldn’t possibly have been in the theme I saved a month ago.. WRONG.. it can be.  After realizing the errors of my ways, I put my plea’s for help to some friends that are guru’s – some help was received but not a complete fix… it forced me to sit, and concentrate on that fix.

I got myself miffed that there was no one to come to my rescue… I finally sat down and mentally got myself into the problem and began the rebuild.  I knew it was going to be tedious, and I was being lazy…I wanted someone to fix it for me… bwahhhh (as my nephew says)

Well the fact of the matter is, I learned a few lessons! When we put our mind to things, we can figure them out.  When we call out for help and perhaps it’s not there, maybe there is a lesson to be learned, I re-honed some of my skills and was not allowed the easy way out! I walked away with a sense of accomplishment, I knew I could do it, but I was taking the lower road! Oh yeah.. and back up your data!.

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We all have hero's

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Pencil Sketch, Brett Favre, Johnny Depp, Bob DylanHave you ever wondered what it would be like to meet your “hero”?

In life you may not get that chance, but you can get it on paper.  Here is a sketch I did for a gift, from a father to his son.

Titled appropriately “The Magnificent Four” Featuring his son, Bob Dylan, Brett Favre and Johnny Depp.

We all have hero’s, mentor’s and teachers, have you ever wondered what you would talk about if you met one of them? I do often, and I also wonder if perhaps, I would be to tongue tied to ask them anything.

I’d like to have met Crazy Horse and listen to the thoughts of a warrior fighting for all he believes in.

I’d like to have been able to sit down with Jim Morrison and ask him how some of his music was so enchanting, yet his poetry so disturbing.

I’d like to ask Stevie Ray where he felt his passion came from, and hear his stories of his teen years.

I’d like to sit down with Morgan Freeman and just listen to one of his stories, about anything, he has a great story telling voice that is somewhat hypnotic.

Can you imagine going out with the girls for cocktails if you were in the company of  Katherine Hepburn, Betty White and Candice Bergen?

Whose your hero in the real world? What would you like to ask yours?.

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Breaking Through The Clouds

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I’d like to think that for every corner, north,south,east & west there is a balance… I stare out the window today at a damp, dreary and puddle filled picture.

Somewhere, the sun is shining, above or below us – here in Chicago it is not and it’s the beginning of a dismal season in my book.  But, so be it – here I am.

The weather and this nasty bug that has gone through 5 or 6 houses, 2 or 3 places of employment and back home again.

WAHHHHHHHHHHHHH – I feel like whining today!

My sister posted on facebook today, what is one thing to be happy about or something like that, the fog of those mucinex people are sifting through my head and I ain’t all that clear today..

One thing that came to mind when I thought of that was…

The moment when after the plane lifts off and you break through miles of cloud cover, and the sun is revealed.  It’s there, even though we don’t see it..

It would be nice to grow wings today! Or book a flight!


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Close to You – Pencil Sketch From Photo

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Couple In Love SketchI chose that title, because if you have not heard the song by Stevie Ray Vaughan or The Doors, please check it out.  It’s throaty, heartfelt blues.

It’s by Willie Dixon who had an influence over many musicians worldwide.

I wanna be close to you baby as I can get
Close to you baby as water is wet
Close to you baby as hair on your head
Close to you babe you better believe what I said

This is Miguel & Lleraldy and from his words to me, this is why he had this picture drawn, in his own words, let his lady hear them…

I chose this gift because I think its something unique, its not something you get as gift all the time, not like just a regular ole picture in a frame and these kind of drawings are hard to get sometimes and sometimes people don’t make em look alike.  So I think its something people will appreciate and I think that every time my girlfriend sees this sketch it will remind her of that special day, because this is a unique gift, so that’s why I chose this gift.

Now…I can tell what this person means to me.

Lleraldy means so much, she just plain and simple makes me happy.  She can turn my worst days into better ones with just a aimple  smile.  She’s a great and special person in my life and I’m very thankful for that.  She deserves the best and I want her to have the best Birthday ever.  I’m always gona be here for her and….. I LOVE HER!

Happy belated birthday Lleradly – I have had many conversations with many people through-out the country and through out life, and Miquel’s excitement and enthusiasm over this project made it easier!

When I do a sketch from a photo it’s a little tough, being self taught,   Many people do not grasp the concept that this is a sketch and not a photograph, it’s an artist’s interpretation, when I am given pictures of people, it sometimes is hard to see the real person behind the photo,  this project was one that through Miquel’s  excitement came to life very easily..

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Artist In Residence – Jon Bon Jovi

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jon-bon-jovi-pencil-sketchThe man behind the glasses is Jon Bon Jovi.

This was done about 3 years ago, for Jilly, my little sister that I never had.

I ran across Bon Jovi on MSN this morning and this is a guy that has extreme talent and shares his gifts with the world, making a difference.

Bon Jovi’s new We Weren’t Born to Follow is a must see, must listen, it’s got spunk, but more so it has a clear message in it and has a heart of it’s own full of  meaning.

We were not born to follow, we were born to be part of a team, any team you desire, it’s at your fingertips.  There is always someone out there that needs help.  There are no problems, there are only solutions.

We have to hold onto what we believe!! Why is it that we stray from that so often.  Finding our voice and using it, that’s a real tough thing to do.  With singers and musicians, it comes through so clearly, that’s why we find so much peace within the music.  They say often times what it is that we can’t.

Follow what you believe! Stand tall, stand strong, stand up for someone who needs your help.  Stand up for someone who just needs to hear that they have someone in their corner!.

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Lend a Hand

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This was an original sketch that was on put on the chopping block for Children of Fallen Riders,  the one that made the cut for the T-Shirts can be seen below, but I thought it a good one to go with this post.

Lend a hand…why? BECAUSE you can!

Yes, Buck, Mickey & all anyone else that would like to chime in, I am one of the worse culprits of taking help.  My strong suit is giving it, I have now worked for two months on the COFR project, it’s brought some interesting folks into my life.

I am not a rider, but have listened to some stories that raised the erector pili’s (look it up), and have heard the passion in several voices about the cause.  This is not a post to push the cause, it’s a post to push lending a hand, no matter what or where you do so, you will walk away with a sense of pride and satisfaction.

It’s all about learning, walking away with an education on something you know nothing about.   Forming new networks, whether in your everyday life, or online, there is a plethora of people out there that can help, IF they so choose.

Realizing that what you hold passionate, other’s may not, but you know…respect them for trying!

There are those that step up to the plate, and there are those that just sit in the dug out.  Do you want to be in the dug out all the time? Or do you want to get up to bat and give it your all?

I am not sure where you can find a driving force but when you look deep down within yourself, you can find something to put your all into.  Why is it, that so many people seem to be putting their all into Negative B.S. ? Move on folks, and spread your wings, be happy for someone.  Learn from someone, take a chance and put your B.S. to rest!

If you don’t, it will come back to you someday, in some way and you may have just bitten off the hand that holds your fate..

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Children Of Fallen Riders

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Children Of Fallen Riders

Soul-to-Soul and TechJaws together are raising money to support Children of Fallen Riders, an upcoming charity event being held on September 13th, in Fox Lake Illinois, called The Magic Carpet Ride.

Bikers come from many walks of life from business men to blue collar workers. No matter what kind of person you are the wind through your hair and the two wheels beneath you are like no feeling that compares.

Bikers are husbands, fathers, mothers, sons, daughters and friends. When the loss of any one of those happens there are people left behind with financial burden. Children of Fallen Riders support those that are left behind and we are asking you to reach down in your heart and donate to this great charity. Whether it be a $1.00 or $2.00 every little bit counts, you can make the difference.

Whatever amount you donate, your name and a permanent link to your website will be placed below as a thank you from Soul-to-Soul, TechJaws and Children of Fallen Riders. (Please do not forget to provide us your website when you donate)

Our Thanks goes to:
Connect with Your Teens – Jennifer your donation is appreciated!
Jason – Thanks Brother in Art –
The HART Empire – Thanks
Frank – You all know where he’s at!


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For some reason, at the time of Stevie’s death, I was unfamiliar with his music, yeah, I heard him on the radio, but did not pay much attention.

I will tell you though, I remember exactly where I was and who I was with.  The who I was with, I’d much rather leave out of this post, but I was at Kelsey Road House in Lake Barrington having lunch.

I heard the breaking news, and said, “wow, my husband always talked about seeing him at Poplar Creek, and he was phenominal, Buck will miss him.

After that, his music and his soul came into my life in a powerful way.  My passion for drawing Stevie is something I doubt will ever die.  I have become friends with someone who knew him personally and the guy opened his life and his generosity to me in more ways than I can tell you about.

If you haven’t spent the money, go check out – You Can’t Stop a Comet by Cutter Brandenburg. This is by far worth the money and it’s written in Texas hick and chaulked full of awesome pictures.

Thanks Cee !

Watching Stevie video’s you will see the passion he had for music and playing guitar, I understand that he had this passion about life and people as well.  Dedicated to friends and family and dedicated to his fans.

Would Vaughan have continued on a course of fame? Some say no, I have to believe for some reason he was leant to us for the short amount of time to impact us.  19 years later and local radio stations here in Chicago on a daily basis play his shattering blues tunes.  19 years later, his name is known worldwide, 19 years later people still debate if he was better than Clapton – The answer to that last question is – by far in my opinion as a musician and a person.

19 years after his demise, Stevie Ray Vaughan and his legacy are still alive and well in many hearts.  To quote Cee – “Stevie knows your passion for music”

In June of this year, another Vaughan went to heaven to hear the angels sing, his mother passed away.   4 years prior to Stevie’s death in 1990 – his father died on the same day of August 27th..

Pump up the volume and listen to what Stevie has to say, his spirit lives within each of us through every cord recorded..

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