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You Run Away So Often, How do You Get Back Home? (Poem and Images Included)

Running Away to Get Back Home

a poem

by Jessica B. Hensley aka Jess(Sketchwriterjess), the author of the Sketchwriterjess Blog and Owner of the Shop, JBHensleySWJ.

This poem may not be copied and sold or used on another website without the Author's permission. Nor can the Images be used the same way.






And now for the poem:


. A night at the bar

drawing with Crayola Colored Pencils

on cheap sketch paper

you catch reds, brasses, and browns

like gems

of memory you want to keep

Why I Went Broke While I Was Making Money, Happy Holidays President Trump (Inspirational Infographic Included)

Why I Went Broke While I Was Making Money, Happy Holidays President Trump (An Inspirational Infographic Included),



Dear President Trump,



Money is on Everyone’s mind these days, those on disability due to Mental Illness even more so.

As a Bipolar Disorder I survivor, I can attest to how creating coping skills, both healthy and unhealthy, helped me understand why I’m in a vicious cycle of being blocked when it comes to dealing with life.

Any same person can tell you to “Suck it up, deal with it!”

However, as someone who has been through her own special Hell, I can tell you with accuracy that you can’t “make a deal” with illness.

So many niches, so little time.




So many niches, so little time by Jessica B. Hensley Author of the Sketchwriterjess Blog and Owner of the Shop JBHensleySWJ.


If you are a serial blogger like I am, then you’ve noticed a trend in the last couple of years, the trend of finding yours...your niche, your passions, your desires, all to make a business from the essence of your core being.

So, I’ve had a couple of blogs with different names, this blog is my best attempt to make a business from what I know.

Its also my best effort to earn a living from something I like to do.

I like to draw. I like to make jewelry. I thought, hey combine them together and see what happens.

Well, its cool. I like what I’ve come up with so far. However, I also like to write poetry too.

I have a few on this blog, one even has a book that is being published again next year after some reworking on the graphics so it prints more clear.

Plus I’m designing the font for it too.

I sketch, write, and sometimes combine both because sometimes I can’t make up the weirdness of life, though many times I want to dream, I want to imagine, that my life isn’t full of weirdness and icky moments, and feelings of downright awkwardness...as a Gen Xr it’s unheard of. Millenials do that, Gen Xrs suck it up, pull themselves up by their boot straps, get stuff done...blah...blah...blah...Oh brother where are thou when I need to just take a break and relax and do nothing...at all.

Like sit and stare at the wall

And pretend I will fall

At the mall

and some skateboarder will rescue me

like it’s 1986 somewhere in New Jersey.

Does this make sense.

No? It shouldn’t make sense, if it does, then you are just as strange as me.

An easy way to laminate paper charms for jewelry. Charmed BE bracelet series.

If you would like to see how the Charmed BE elastic bracelet band is made, read this:

Why Your Elastic Bracelet Breaks and How to Prevent it from Happening Again

If you would like to see how the bookmark portion of the Charmed BE bracelet is made, then read this:

Why Now is the Best Time to Make a Bookmark Bracelet...Now Where Did I Put That Bookmark?

If you've already read those, or you just want to view how the charm is made, then keep reading...

I decided since I had to make some tough decisions recently, I thought it best to have something here for you, a sketch showing my process for the charm. I'm adding more pictures today if you have already viewed this article. There will not be a graphic for this piece, just pictures and some words about how I feel about this project.

Here is an explanation and pictures of how the charms for the Charmed BE bracelet are made.


All right, I know it's not easy to see in this sketch, however, I will explain how the lamination process works with simple plastic packing tape and paper colored with colored pencil mediums.

Why now is the best time to make a bookmark bracelet...Now where did I put that bookmark?

Why now is the best time to make a bookmark bracelet...Now where did I put that bookmark?

by Jessica B. Hensley author of the Sketchwriterjess Blog and owner of the JBHensleySWJ shop.


If you haven't seen the first part of this series on how to make a Bookmark Bracelet, please read this post first to see how to make the bracelet. Why Your Elastic Bracelet Breaks and How to Prevent it From Happening Again

If you already have a bracelet ready made with a ring to allow charms to hang from, then read on. : ).

Why Your Elastic Bracelet Breaks and How to Prevent it From Happening Again

Why Your Elastic Bracelet Breaks and How to Prevent it From Happening Again 

by Jessica B. Hensley, Author of The Sketchwriterjess Blog and owner of the shop newsletter for her business JBHensleySWJ


You’ve Finished your bracelet, you’ve given them to friends and sold them to more friends and then one day, one of your friends writes to tell you that the elastic bracelet you made for her broke and beads flew everywhere, at her favorite restaurant!

Embarrassing for her and for you as a maker, it can be tough to get over the fear of this happening again and again.

Here are a few reasons this happens:

- The Knots Are not tied tight enough, the wrong knots are used, and there is no glue to hold them together.

- The elastic cord size is not correct and the beads are too heavy, so the bracelet breaks apart.

- One large knot is used to tie the bracelet ends together. This puts so much weight on the strand that with wear, the strand will rub against the beads too many times and it will break.

So, what is the solution to this problem?

The 5 Step Solution Artists Know About Connecting With People That You May Not

The 5 Step Solution Artists Know About Connecting With People That You May Not


by Jessica B. Hensley


Dear Friends,

Did you know that Artists make art for reasons other then to be famous and become rich? I know you don’t got all day.

To be brief...


Artists are a lot like you. They have to roll out of bed, get dressed, and eat, plus they’ve got places to go, and many put at least 30 hours into their business’ a week.

However, here is something you may not know about Artists who own their own business’ though; they develop good, strong connections not only with other artists, but with their friends from any profession.

Really?


Sometimes, artists are caught up in self doubt about their careers, so when they socialize with each other, they may have something in common even though they may not know each other.

Here is the 5 Step Solution to connecting with people like Artists Do:

Stress? This Time The Result is The Charmed "Be" Bracelet

This post shows a photo I took of the process of making my bracelet charm. It also shows bracelets too.

Weather permmiting I will have a post up sometime in the next two weeks.

Where ever you are, Stay Safe,

-Jess aka Sketchwriterjess

https://swjreads.tumblr.com/post/164779204905/this-is-a-photo-i-posted-yesterday-that-is-related



Ugh the typos...Sorry, just stressed, isn't everyone? What is stressing you out today? is it silly? Is it serious? or is it both?

Feel free to reply in the comment section... : ). Take Care friends.

Why complete a creative project you want to give up on? Artist to Artist tough talk ahead.

Why complete a creative project you want to give up on? Artist to Artist tough talk ahead.




Disclaimer: I originally used a name to describe feminist explanation in my original title and posts around the web. I forgot to follow the #1 rule of the internet, which is to do research on made up words that sound like they’ll go viral. Yes, I had a feeling people coined it already, I had no idea that it was deeper then just a word to describe a woman explaining why something is the way it is, just like men do.

Now that’s out of the way, I want to share with you to post I posted the other day, but it will not have a bunch of images. It will not be showy. It is truth and words and one picture is the only way to share this. I will also post on Tumblr, there will be a process picture on there that shows how I finished this project that has been nagging me. I will post other pictures on other social media throughout the week.

Here it is, with one picture at the beginning of this post to share:

Maintanence, posting the same content as yesterday, didn't realized I used a potentially trademarked term.

Sorry guys, had no idea Femsplain could be trademarked at some point, I will be posting the same thing with a few changes that I did yesterday.

Update: I'm posting the new post now, I've got a disclaimer in there about what I did, and I'm sorry I didn't look it up. This post is a record that I took anything down with the word that could be trademarked at some point.

I learned my lesson, which I explain in my revamped Artist to Artist talk.

See you soon.

Jess

Why Title a Mixed Media Art Sketch-Painting? The answers in the Islands...

swjreads from tumblr is now syndicated on the Sketchwriterjess blog:

Here is the follow up post to 2 months ago. It was posted the same night. However, I will not syndicate these posts anywhere from a week or more after post them. Follow my Tumblr Blog to see these extra posts first. Have a good one!

Jess

https://swjreads.tumblr.com/post/162417930460/the-islands-ahead-this-picture-gives-you-a-peek


Notice I asked why title art, not why one should? There's a difference I think. More on that thought in future posts.

Done? Oh No!

Done? Oh No!

Copyright 2017 Jessica B. Hensley


So after you’ve been fired from a job you thought you could count on, what do you do?

Watercolor Pencil and Crayon: Abstract Mixed Media Study


Watercolor Pencil and Crayon: Abstract Mixed Media Study

Copyright 2017 Jessica B. Hensley

Hello everyone,

I am writing a series of posts about Mixed Media. If you want to read my fresh take on Mixed Media you can go to my Tumblr Blog for extra insight on my Mixed Media Series. Fresh Reads about my mixed media art post Thursdayish on Tumblr.

This post is about the technique of how to combine Watercolor Pencil and Crayon to form an abstract work of art that has depth and meaning.


Materials used: Crayola Crayons, Fantasia Watercolor Pencils, Thin Small Paint Brush, Elmer's Purple Disappearing Glue Stick, Water, Cup for Water, Stylus, Mixed Media Paper.



To the right is a picture showing the two mediums on their own and combined. In my opinion, mixed media adds depth to a piece of art. Watercolor Pencil and Crayon on their own are not bad, but together they are dynamic...









Techniques for to make this study:

Pig-Out And Portion: Triple Your Take-Out!

Pig-Out and Portion: Triple Your Take-Out

Copyright 2017 Jessica B. Hensley






If you are committed to losing weight to get healthier like I am, you may have some things that you do that are habits that block you from losing weight. They can also keep you from saving money and splurging with the rest.

When Doubt Creeps In, Take Recovery!


When Doubt Creeps In, Take Recovery!


Copyright 2017 by Jessica B. Hensley 



And The Hook Flew Away From The Needles.
Crayon on Mixed Media Paper.
6.5"x 8.5" (this file is a .png file to load better on the web).
 Jessica B. Hensley aka Sketchwriterjess

There are days when I believe the people in my life who tell me, "You'll be fine." And there are days I think back to when I was first diagnosed Bipolar and even my doctor said, "Don't worry you won't be in Section 8 Housing." I think sure...and then I think of the day I met someone at a Crochet meetup who said "Oh you're not so bad, my Grandson has Bipolar and (Another condition I don't remember)." What is this? A contest to see who has "Serious Bipolar" and "Bipolar Light"?



I doubt all of them. Surely they are missing some information about me.

Just Two Coupons Can Help You Save On A Month's Worth Of Groceries!

Just Two Coupons Can Help You Save On A Month's Worth of Groceries! 


by Jessica B. Hensley, Jess aka Sketchwriterjess for "Savings and Splurges"


All graphics are pictures I have taken and have varied the colors and shapes in a photo editing program. I hope I did justice to the brands in the photos. I love the brands discussed in this post and I wanted to infuse my artistic vibe into them...







If you are in a situation where you need to budget your money because if you don't you may not have much money buy anything at the end of the month. I have a solution that might just make budgeting a little easier to stick too.

For this week's post about how I saved and splurged, this time at the grocery store, I am writing about shopping with coupons.

Got Fired? Great!


Got Fired? Great! a pep-talk by Sketchwriterjess. 

Copyright 2017 Jessica B. Hensley



I got fired from an architectural firm in 2007. Ever since then I’ve found it difficult to stick to finishing projects I start. It’s a classic Bipolar symptom to go start many projects without finishing them. However, from talking to other Crafters, starting projects and ditching them is a universal habit.

What I’m about to tell you is my experience as to why I do this. Having bipolar disorder gives me insights into this habit that are off-track, yet being fired sent me off the tracks, what I am going to say is sensible despite how my firing happened. If you love music, like I do...

How To Make Thai Iced Tea Even If You Use Less Fat and Sugar

Need a refreshment? Look no further then this low fat, low sugar recipe for Thai Iced Tea.


This drink gets me through a night of blogging, and it is even a good refreshing drink to relax with too. This Thai Iced Tea drink is great for diabetics!

(In my opinion. This is an opinion by a Type 2 Diabetic. If you have concerns please ask your doctor before trying this drink. In fact, there is no reason why you can't use an artificial sweetener instead of sugar. However, I explain more as to why I use raw sugar in my post.)


The Three part solution to finish projects you start and put aside, for days, months, or even years!

Answer, by beating rejection.

There comes a time when a person lives the handmade life and asks herself “Why am I unable to finish the projects that I start?” 

I can tell you that I can go days, months, and even years before I finish a project. I do finish 1 in 5 projects, and have at least 20 plus to choose from. And that doesn’t include the new projects that I start at least once every 2 weeks.