Category Archives: Cacti & Succulents

Chili Tattoos For Spoonflower

Sun, Sand & Chili, Duvet. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Sun, Sand & Chili, Duvet. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

This week, the Spoonflower design challenge is Flash tattoo sheets. They are collections of tattoo designs. It is how the artist displays ideas for those who do not have a custom design in mind. Yeah, I didn’t know that either.

I found the expected while researching. Bikers themes, skulls, spiders, hearts with thorns. Military and the occult. I was stuck for a bit. Thought of flowers, then settled on a desert theme. Duh, Sheila.

Sun, Sand & Chili, sample. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Sun, Sand & Chili, sample. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

I recycled some native symbols from one of my first designs (2014). But this time I created them from scratch. I used the pen tool in Photoshop to make the cacti, and the chilies. And basic shapes to make the sun. I added thorns to the cacti, but they are not as visible in the low res images here.

Voting is now open, until the 8th. Thank you, thank you, thank you! 😆

Biscuits & Bones. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Biscuits & Bones. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

Biscuits & Bones placed at 284 of 628 entries with 43 votes. That is 45.2%. I made some changes to the original, using suggestions from Laurelle Cidoncha. Thank you Laurelle! 🙂 I flipped some of the words around.

I’m so grateful for your time, voters! Thank you! These challenges wouldn’t be nearly as fun without the curious wondering and waiting. 😆🤔😉

We had snow briefly early this morning. Sun comes and goes, and it is cold and windy. We were supposed to have rain most of the day, but it has yet to start. Fingers crossed.

Happy day to you! 😉

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What draws us into the desert is the search
for something intimate in the remote.
 Edward Abbey

I left a piece of my soul that will always
rightfully belong in the desert.
M.B. Dallocchio

If seeds waited for perfect conditions to grow,
there would be no plants in the desert.
Matshona Dhliwayo

Otherworldly Botanicals, Spoonflower Challenge

Desert Dune Buds, Pillow, SMDelgado
Desert Dune Buds, Pillow, SMDelgado

Well, not too otherworldly. The desert was my inspiration. There is a bloom that looks like a striped starfish. It grows in Africa, and has a horrible odor. Which of course attracts bugs. The Starfish Flower Cactus. Haha. Appropriate. Combines my love of the sea, and of the desert. It is more of a succulent than a cactus. The smaller “bloom” in this design was inspired by String of Pearls. With a twist. I love those plants. And yes, I love peas. And I do think they look like they are from a distant planet.

I created a few more blooms, but felt like I needed to keep it sparse. Like the desert. I reworked the background I had used for the roadrunner design. I copied more of the sandy, jagged markings and placed them throughout. I started with more of a caramel background. A very warm sand. But here it looks more orange. Works for fall though! And Mars is reddish orange.😂 Voting is open now thru the 20th.

So grateful for your votes! I know it is a chore. Time for me to vote, and check out the fabulous designers! 😂

Desert Dune Buds, Table Runner, SMDelgado
Desert Dune Buds, Table Runner, SMDelgado
Desert Dune Buds, Sample, SMDelgado
Desert Dune Buds, Sample, SMDelgado

Wishing you JOY!

Giving Thanks For Another Day

Snake Plant, 4 x 6 in. watercolor on Arches cold pressed paper. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Snake Plant, 4 x 6 in. watercolor on Arches cold pressed paper. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

For it is by grace you have been saved,
through faith
– and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.
Ephesians 2:8 NIV

Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery,
by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

O LORD my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me.
Psalms 30:2

These quotes came to me. I did not search them out. I find it so interesting when that happens. When words find you. These echoed my thoughts.

Grace. Gifts. God. Friendship and family. Prayers. Healed.

I’ve had a busy couple of weeks. Appointments mostly. I had to fast for blood work. Afterwards, we had planned to have Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizza for lunch. For those who don’t know, it was removed from the menu almost 2 years ago. We had eagerly awaited its return for months. For the first day, it was only available through the app. I never use restaurant apps. But for the pizza, OK.

I tried to order twice, but the app froze and would not let me choose dine in or drive thru. What? Hungry and mildly perturbed, we drove to the restaurant. Construction trash was piled up outside of the rear entry. A huge dumpster was taking up half of the parking lot. Closed. Whyyy! 😂

It is 30 minutes to another Taco Bell, so we opted for something nearby. The next day, another appointment, and another Taco Bell. Open, open, open! 😂 We placed our order and enjoyed our pizza al fresco.

A few days later, I ventured out to see the Downton Abbey movie. It’s a long walk to the theater entry, and I needed to be wheeled part of the way. Our neighbor blessed me with the use of her Rollator. A walker with a seat. It has really come in handy, and I was very grateful to be able to see a movie. Soon after I stopped using a walker at home. About a week and a half now. I am still building my strength with exercise.

So grateful for each day. Another day to get strong. Another day to tackle my to-do’s. One more day to pray, give thanks for friends and family, and their prayers on my behalf.

Thank you friends. Thank you. 😢🙏