Pages

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Why Eat Chocolate?

Are You A Chocolate Lover?

Are you like me and love chocolate? I love anything chocolate, chocolate pudding, chocolate cake, chocolate bars, chocolate cookies, and oh my all time favorite chocolate ice-cream. The best tasting ice-cream I ever had was chocoholic Ice-cream. It had three different kinds of chocolate in it. Oh and how my mouth waters just thinking about it. I love chocolate. It takes a of imagination to come up with excuses why I should eat it. I can't tell you the guilt I felt when I did occasionally indulge in some of that mouth watering delicacy. Oh how I was tormented from thoughts of the extra inches the chocolate would cause to grow on my hips and waist. Can you imagine the big sigh of relieve I let out when I read an article about the health benefits of chocolate. No more guilty feelings! Just more reasons to eat chocolate.

Photo Credit: Photobucket

Thanks Montezuma For Introducing Chocolate.

Keep Calm, Eat Chocolate
Keep Calm, Eat...

According to Mark Stibich, Ph.D., in his article Health Benefits of Chocolate Chocolate has the same health benefits as dark vegetables. Yes chocolate comes from a plant. Which means it has flavonoids. Flavonoids are antioxidants that protect us from those pesky free radicals that cause aging and heart disease. Chocolate has eight times more antioxidants than strawberries. Flavonoids also help produce nitric oxide which are important for lowing your blood pressure. Here's some good news from Dr. Stibich. Eating one dark chocolate bar a day improves your your heart health. It can lower your LDL cholesterol,that's the bad stuff, by ten percent. Alright I'm sold. Where's the chocolate. Caution though a dark chocolate bar can have up to 400 calories so you need to balance out the calories by eliminating some other snack. After all chocolate maybe good for you but being over weight isn't.

Read Why About The Health Benefits Of Chocolate

Chocolate - A Healthy PassionChocolate - A Healthy PassionCHECK PRICE

The Great Book of ChocolateThe Great Book of ChocolateCHECK PRICE

Chocolate Unwrapped: The Surprising Health Benefits of America's Favorite PassionChocolate Unwrapped: The Surprising Health Benefits of America's Favorite PassionCHECK PRICE

The Chocolate Therapist: A User's Guide to the Extraordinary Health Benefits of ChocolateThe Chocolate Therapist: A User's Guide to the Extraordinary Health Benefits of ChocolateCHECK PRICE


Chocolate Contains Serotonin The Feeling Good Hormone.

Hershey's Kiss for You
Hershey's Kiss...

Buy This at Allposters.com

Merriam-Webster Dictionary Definition of CHOCOHOLIC: a person who craves or compulsively consumes chocolate

Take the Chocoholic Test

Chocolate Gifts

Ghirardelli Chocolate Lovers Gift BasketGhirardelli Chocolate Lovers Gift BasketCHECK PRICE

Broadway Basketeers Gourmet Chocolate Gift Tower Broadway Basketeers Gourmet Chocolate Gift Tower CHECK PRICE

Godiva Gold Premium Chocolate Gift BasketGodiva Gold Premium Chocolate Gift BasketCHECK PRICE

Victorian Lace Gourmet Food and Spa Gift Basket Set with ClockVictorian Lace Gourmet Food and Spa Gift Basket Set with ClockCHECK PRICE


Eating Chocolate Can Lower Your LDL Cholesterol

Chocolate Truffles Oh Yum!

Chocmod Truffettes de France Natural TrufflesChocmod Truffettes de France Natural TrufflesCHECK PRICE

Donckels Cocoa Dusted Belgian TrufflesDonckels Cocoa Dusted Belgian TrufflesCHECK PRICE

Lang's Chocolates Artisan Truffles Kosher-DairyLang's Chocolates Artisan Truffles Kosher-DairyCHECK PRICE

See's Candies 1 lb. TrufflesSee's Candies 1 lb. TrufflesCHECK PRICE


Eating Chocolate Lowers Blood Pressure

Dark Chocolate Helps Lower Blood Sugar It Has A low Glycemic Index

Pouring Hot Chocolate into a Cup
Pouring Hot...
Armin Zogbaum
Buy This at Allposters.com

Non Eatable Chocolate Gifts

 Chocolate Ice Cream Bar 4GB Flash Drive Chocolate Ice Cream Bar 4GB Flash DriveCHECK PRICE

Chocolate Shop Ice Cream Lip Gloss and PenChocolate Shop Ice Cream Lip Gloss and PenCHECK PRICE

 Chocolate Ice Cream Cone Silver Plated European Charm Dangle Bead Chocolate Ice Cream Cone Silver Plated European Charm Dangle BeadCHECK PRICE

Cupcake Lip GlossCupcake Lip GlossCHECK PRICE


Friday, 3 January 2014

The Art Of Lino Print Making

How It All Started

Have you ever heard of Lino print making? I have to admit that up until a few years ago I hadn't. I learned the art of Lino print making when I went to university. One of my goals to achieve while going to university was to find an art form that I could incorporate my poetry with. I decided to do extended minors in English and Visual Arts. As you can gather to complete the visual arts requirements I had to take several art classes. This was no hardship because being creative is like playing. I took two years of photography and two years of print making. It was while taking the print making classes that I learned to and fell in love with lino print making I'll have to admit I was rather intimated by my ability to draw at first. During the first semester and part of the second one my pieces consisted of traced images from some old photographs I had. Part way during my second semester my instructor said she was surprised that she hadn't seen more of my poetry in my work. I took this as a challenge. I said fine I will do a piece from start to finish and won't show her until it was ready to be printed. I didn't want to risk her telling me that it wasn't any good until I was done. I had a reading break and a weekend to do my piece. I had a picture in my head to go with one of my poems and decided to start with that one. I finished the piece to the point that it was ready to print. I took it to class to show my instructor. I tell you the her reaction was completely unexpected. She was so excited when she saw it that she hooped and hallowed. She went out and got a few more instructors to show them my work. She said that I was a folk artist with my own style and I should do very little to change it. As you can imagine that her reaction was a great confidence booster. I spent the next few semesters producing a body of work that incorporated both my poetry and my drawings.

Protected by Copyscape Original Content Check

Hope For Tomorrow My First Lino

This was the first lino I did. It was inspired by a poem I wrote after laying in my bed crying thinking I had lost all hope for tomorrow. I felt as if the creator came, leaned over my bed and whispered my name in my ear. The poem came to me then. I thought you know what I don't feel like getting up and writing the poem now. If it's still in my head in the morning I'll write it. I still remembered the poem the next morning and wrote it.

The Bay Watcher

This poem was loosely inspired by my grandfather. It tells the story of a man standing by the bay thinking about his life, all the good and bad things he had done.

Dad's Chair

Who doesn't have or had a dad that had a favorite chair. I wrote this poem after my dad passed away. In the poem and the picture I am a adult standing looking at his chair remembering the events around that chair wishing he was still in it.

Early Morning Struggle

I actually wrote this poem after sitting on my doorstep at one in the morning. I felt like the whole world was against me. Everything that could go wrong had gone wrong and frankly I just didn't have the energy to go on. Sadly I toyed with the idea of ending my life that night. Instead I got up pushed the dust off the seat of my pants and went to bed hoping that the next day would be better.Sad but true, life just isn't a quiet lay in the rug.

A Hiding Place

While being in abusive marriage I found myself gaining a huge amount of weight. I lost the weight after I lost the relationship. I began to look at the weight gain as a way to hide my inner self and protect it from getting completely destroyed.

Horse And Train

This poem was written as an assignment for a poetry writing course. We were shown a painting and had to write a poem about it.

Horse Wait

This poem was inspired by my love for horses. The theme of the poem is a rider trying to convince a wild horse to let them ride it.

In Memory Of Granddad (In Blue)

I did the picture in memory of my grandfather who my grandmother affectionately called Granddad. My grandparents lived on the coast in Victoria British Columbia. Grandpa used to take his row boat out in the ocean and feed the seagulls. I remember visiting my grandparents when we were young children. It was during this visit when Grandpa told us kids how he went out in the boat to feed the seagulls. He told us how the seagulls would come and eat the bread right out of his hand.

In Memory Of Granddad (Blended Colors)

While some lino prints are done in one color there is a technique where two or more colors of ink are blended together. The colors change with each print you make as the colors come together.

It's My Grief

Written in the memory of Donald Philip Nelson 1936-1994 He died a young man to you to die. He never ate right. He smoke like a chimney and drank like a fish. He never saw a doctor. He was dysfunctional in all his ways. He never tried to spend time with his children or grandchildren, well at least some of them. He never once came to my house to see where I lived. But he was my dad and I still loved him. Don't be like him! ©1999 Patricia M. Penner

Maker Of My Soul

I was inspired to write this poem when I realized that the creator could see me and knew all about me. The thought was rather inspiring since I had grown up feeling rather invisible.

My Tea Tipping Friend

I wrote this poem for a friend who I spent a lot of time with having tea. We both had small children and loved to steal moments where we could just sit and chat over a cup of tea. She went away for several months and as you can guess I missed her and our tea time chatter.

It Touched Me Again ( This Could Be Me)

I wrote this poem one day after a local woman was killed by her ex husband. After leaving an abusive marriage a few years before I was struck by the realization that this woman very well could have been me.

Tommy A Bony Little Boy (In Green)

This poem was fun to write. It actually was written as an assignment in a poetry writing class. We were given a list a words and had to write a poem using all of them.

Tommy A Bony Little Boy (Blended Colors)

To Much Coffee

I wrote this poem after not being able to sleep one night. I had a coffee with a friend earlier in the evening and couldn't sleep.

You Were My Friend

Some poems come out of terrible times this poem is one of those. My son was beaten up at a church youth event. Sadly he didn't receive any support from the church youth staff. Fortunately a group of kids from another church and another community took him under their wing and supported him. I wrote this poem for them.

Your Promises

I had heard several songs and poems about being able to see God's promises in good times. I thought it would be cool to write a poem about being able to see God's promises in good and bad times. In this poem God's promises are flowers you can pick and put in your hair.

Yes They Are For Sale

All my prints are signed and numbered. They are all done on acid free archival paper. All my images are 16"x20" I have several prints for sale. If you see one that you like you can email me at hellodolly_3@hotmail.com I have a paypal account which I will accept payments through. The cost for the prints are $175.00 which includes postage and handling anywhere in Canada or the United States Of course you can buy a print if you live anywhere else in the world. Just let me know so I can adjust the price accordingly. If you're interested you can contact me through my blog or email me at hellodolly_3@hotmail.com You can also see some more of my art in my Zazzle stores at http://www.zazzle.com/peppypatricia And Please Don`t Forget The Copyright

Protected by Copyscape Web Plagiarism Check

Your Promises In Pink

Lino Printing Supplies

Now that I've introduced you to this fabulous art form I bet you can't wait to try it yourself. So here are some supplies that you'll need.

Speedball Printmaster Press for Printmaking

Speedball Printmaster Press for PrintmakingSpeedball Printmaster Press for PrintmakingCHECK PRICE

Speedball Block Printers PressSpeedball Block Printers PressCHECK PRICE

Etching PressEtching PressCHECK PRICE

Blick 906 Etching PressBlick 906 Etching PressCHECK PRICE


Lino Blocks

Speedball Speedycut BlocSpeedball Speedycut BlocCHECK PRICE

Inovart Smooth-Cut Printing And Stamping Lino BloxInovart Smooth-Cut Printing And Stamping Lino BloxCHECK PRICE

Easy to Cut Printmaking LinoleumEasy to Cut Printmaking LinoleumCHECK PRICE

Speedball Linoleum BlocksSpeedball Linoleum BlocksCHECK PRICE


Printing Tools/ Ink

Speedball Linoleum Cutter with HandleSpeedball Linoleum Cutter with HandleCHECK PRICE

Speedball Super Value Block Printing Starter KitSpeedball Super Value Block Printing Starter KitCHECK PRICE

6 Pack Linocutter #1 Small V 2-Pac6 Pack Linocutter #1 Small V 2-PacCHECK PRICE

Speedball Deluxe Block Printing KitSpeedball Deluxe Block Printing KitCHECK PRICE


Rubber Brayer

Speedball Rubber Brayer hard 4 in.Speedball Rubber Brayer hard 4 in.CHECK PRICE

Brayer Rubber 2in SoftBrayer Rubber 2in SoftCHECK PRICE

PROF RUBBER BRAYER 2 X 6PROF RUBBER BRAYER 2 X 6CHECK PRICE

Eight Inch Wide Hard Rubber Printmaking BrayerEight Inch Wide Hard Rubber Printmaking BrayerCHECK PRICE


Just Ink

Speedball Fabric & Paper Block Printing Ink KitSpeedball Fabric & Paper Block Printing Ink KitCHECK PRICE

Block Print Ink Block Print Ink CHECK PRICE

Speedball Printmasters Professional Relief Ink SetSpeedball Printmasters Professional Relief Ink SetCHECK PRICE

Speedball 5-Color Pigmented Acrylic Ink Palette SetSpeedball 5-Color Pigmented Acrylic Ink Palette SetCHECK PRICE


Acid Free Paper

Borden & Riley 90 lb Acid Free Drawing PaperBorden & Riley 90 lb Acid Free Drawing PaperCHECK PRICE

3 Pack Unbuffered Acid Free Paper3 Pack Unbuffered Acid Free PaperCHECK PRICE


Thanks for dropping by and looking at my art work. I hope you enjoyed your stay. As I said earlier you can purchase my lino prints. If you're interested you can contact me through my blog or email me at hellodolly_3@hotmail.com

You can also see some more of my art in my Zazzle stores at http://www.zazzle.com/peppypatricia