To Save the World…

My little sister got this video in an e-mail from our aunt the other day.

“Make sure you read as well as listen.
This is a video that was submitted in a contest by a 20 year old.

The contest was Titled “u @ 50”, by the AARP

This video won second place. When they showed it , everyone in the
room was awe-struck and broke into spontaneous applause.

So simple and yet so brilliant. Take a minute and watch it.”

– Olio ❤

Many Appologies

To all of my wonderful followers, friends, and fans: I sincerely appologize for my absence from this page and from my blogs. There is no excuse. The best I can give to you is that sometimes life outside of the virtual world gets the better of me. I promise to make a better effort to log in everyday and read all of your comments and give you new articles! Won’t happen again. Scouts honour!


– Olio

For What It’s Worth

As the social butterflies we all are, most of us are looking for new and exciting things to do with our friends – or – in the very least, new and interesting hobbies to take up on our own time.
In general I always have a camera with me, but rarely do I think to pull it out for anything less than a “Kodak Moment”. But! I do remember what I used to do for fun on the weekends with my friends growing up.
– My best friend’s mom had a Polaroid camera and would all gather up as much cash as we could and buy up tons of film for it then go and take crazy pictures of each other. I probably still have at least a shoe-box full in my closet at my parent’s house!
– Over the past summer, one of my friends and I did a lot of “traveling for the hell of it” around the state and everywhere we’d go we’d buy disposable cameras and take the most ridiculous pictures of each other, i.e. pulling a wagon that is clearly too heavy for one person to pull but posing such that the picture is convincing, yet ludicrous!
– Another friend of mine would cut lighting gels into different shapes and place them over the lens of her Polaroid camera. The effect was very interesting!
– Does anyone remember the Polaroids with the tiny film that would come out as stickers? In class when we were bored we’d take double exposure images. We used to come up with some pretty cool stuff that way.

So… think up some ideas of your own, or use these and see what you can come up with! Anything can become art, all you have to do is apply yourself! So get your friends together and see what you can come up with! In fact – I’d LOVE it if you’d post some of your creations! And remember, a picture’s worth a thousand words!

For more ideas check this out!

-Olio ❤

It’s All About Style; Not Fashion

Image, of me, by my very own brother, GCTIII

By no means would I refer to myself as a fashion guru of any sort. I live in Nowhereville, USA, I don”t have the money to buy very fashionable outfits or accessories, and I’m kind of “out there” in my thinking. On the other hand, I constantly get compliments on the way that I’m dressed, or have put an out fit together, or my intense make-up. (I love love LOVE make-up, and plan to write an article all about it later on.) I’ve had all kinds of hair styles from luscious, curly, layered hair down to my derriere – to a crazy colorful mohawk – to short short boy cuts – to dreadlocks, and any color/style in between. I have gobs of piercings (thirty-two is the latest count) and tattoos. I’m my own person, and I don’t really care how other people perceive me as long as I am happy with the way that I look.
Which brings me to my point. In every day life, it’s not about fashion, it’s about style. It’s not about designer labels or even designer knock-offs. For me, it’s about taking the common jeans and a t-shirt look, for example, and making it my own. In muy line of work I get tons of free t-shirts, that are already super fly, but always come in a men’s large. What I generally do is cut the collars out and sometimes slit up the sides and lace them back together or something of that nature to make that generic t-shirt my own. I’ll pair it with my comfy jeans, crazy belts, fun shoes (I LOVE shoes and have tons and tons) and fancy, matchy matchy make-up.
People are coming to me constantly asking for advice on how to do something I’ve done with my look or complimenting me on what I’ve done. It’s a fun way for me to express myself, and I always tell people, make a fashion your own, thus becoming style. Take it and run with it, you can still be hip and trendy, but you’ll stand out from the crowd with a perfectly placed twist added into the mix.
– Olio ❤

Never Leave Home Without It!

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I’ve been known to carry a journal on me no matter where I go or what I’m doing. It may just be my favorite hobby. I always have random thoughts in my head that I want to spill out – so – I pour them across the pages of my journals.
Generally I’m not that picky on the kind of journal, I just pick up whichever one catches my eye at the time. Also, I’m fairly sparatic and never fill up a journal consecutively. Infact, I tend to stick to one journal for two or three days and then change, but eventually, when I’m going through all of them I go back to one I’d used in the past. That makes it more fun to discover what it was I was going through at the time.
One day about six or seven months back, in the hunt for a new journal I stumbled across a really fun journal called
Wreck this Journal, by Keri Smith. It’s delightfully silly. I highly recommend checking it out.

I’ve found journalling to be quite therapeutic as well. In flipping back through the pages of one of my older journals, I found and entry that said something to the effect of “my journal is like my best friend, I can tell it all my deepest, darkest secrets and it won’t judge. It knows me better than I know myself.

-Olio ❤

Balloons and Cupcakes vs. Flowers and Chocolates

With St. Valentine’s Day fast approaching, ads for flowers and chocolates are becoming more and more evident. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a sweet gesture, flowers smell great look beautiful and bring a genuine smile to your face when you get them. Chocolates are so cute and wonderful and tasty tasty mmmm. But personally, I’d rather have balloons and cupcakes.

Balloons are so whimsical and bright and shiny and they can seem to float away to anywhere, balloons tend to let my imagination run free and keep me from being too grounded (something I like to avoid). And cupcakes… Well, it’s not so much about getting them for me as it is about the time spent making them with someone special. This time of year, in most place around me anyway, it’s pretty chilly outside – so being inside next a nice cozy oven is idealistic for me. Cupcakes can have so many flavors and colors and decorations, always make a great gift, and well… are wonderful to bite into as soon as you’re done decorating. Taste the glory!
Personally my favorite memory of decorating cupcakes with someone is of a couple of summer’s ago my sister and I were getting ready to go to visit her boyfriend who lived in another town so we decided to make a big old batch of cupcakes and decorated them in all kinds of silly ways. It was one of the most enjoyable times I’d ever spent with my sister.
The best part in all of this is when you get either the balloons or flowers not for Valentine’s Day, or your birthday, but simply just because. Those are always the most heart warming gifts. I like to just get balloons for people I know at random, because it always makes their day!
So my question, really is, in a knock-down, drag-out fight between Balloons and Cupcakes vs. Flowers and Chocolates, who do you think would win, and why?
– Olio ❤

Delicious Cupcake Recipe (not to be attempted alone!*)

Scrumptious Strawberry Cupcakes with Real Strawberries!**

– 10 tablespoons butter, room temperature
– 3/4 cup white sugar
– 3 eggs
– 1 teaspoon strawberry extract
– 1 3/4 cups self-rising flour
– 1/4 teaspoon salt
– 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries, drained

– Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease 12 cupcake pan cups or line with paper liners.
– In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the strawberry extract. Combine the self-rising flour and salt; stir into the batter just until blended. Fold in strawberries last. Spoon the batter into the prepared cups, dividing evenly.
– Bake in the preheated oven until the tops spring back when lightly pressed, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in the pan set over a wire rack. When cool, arrange the cupcakes on a serving platter. Frost with desired frosting.

*Decorating tip! Use rolled fondant or marzipan to create fun designs!
**Recipe found at