Display Shelves for the Upcoming Craft Fair

I had seen a pattern for a Christmas Tree Doll House on Mr. Printables a few months ago and thought it was really cute. It’s a great design for a very simple doll house for a little kiddo to play with (I think I’d get those little wooden peg-people and paint them as the little doll house people); I just couldn’t justify building myself a doll house knowing that we’re going to be moving to Finland in (as of today), 105 days. What I decided to do was make the doll house, but use it for vertical display of my artwork for the upcoming craft show.

DSC08961 DSC08963I used recycled cardboard to make all of the doll house/shelves. I had enough to make five of them! I have a lot of small dolls, ornaments, handmade books, handmade beads and jewelry to sell and I thought these would be great display shelves! They need a little more paint here and there, and I think I would like to add some ribbon or lace to some of the edges. All of the materials I used were either recycled or just what I had on hand. That’s why the doll house/shelves are all green, yellow or red, because that’s what I had on hand!

DSC08966I’m going to use some of the paper I have on hand and create some origami boxes to hold smaller merchandise more securely on the shelves. I also have some signs I use (with the aid of a small clothespin) to go along with the items I’m selling.

Sleepy Indiana Toe-Beans

DSC08924 DSC08925 DSC08928 DSC08920Indiana has gotten a lot older in the past six months. She’s no longer Alpha-Cat, Bebe is. She’s started doing what I can the “old cat sleep” which means she sleeps so hard and so deeply that it really takes a lot of noise or movement to wake her up. She’s gotten a lot thinner too. Her teeth are bad and I hesitate in taking her to the vet because of the stories I’ve read online in which people recount their experiences taking elderly cats to the vet to have teeth removed and their cats health went downhill and they passed away soon afterward. She’s enjoying her new squishy food and actively reminds me when it’s foodie time. The new food has given her ‘spoiled milk farts’, but hey, she loves the food so that’s all that matters. She still sits in the sink and wants me to turn on her fountain for her. She still gets the woolie-boogers and runs around the house like a little freak. She’s just getting old. Really old. I realized a couple weeks ago, she’s coming up on 18 years old herself. Gibson was just about eight or nine months older than she is.

Of all the things that I’m nervous about when it comes to moving to Finland, Indiana is one of them. I don’t worry about Bella and Bebe. Bella loves everyone with hands and is a total sweetheart who would be comfortable in any household. Bebe is gorgeous and will have no problem being adopted. Indiana’s pretty  old for a cat and finding a home for her is going to be very hard for me. Okay. Very emotionally hard for me.  She’s my cat. She loves people and is very affectionate to everyone, but still….she’s my cat. If you’ve ever played D&D, she’s basically my bonded animal companion; I should be with her until the end of her life or mine. Indiana doesn’t have much time left and I hope I can find her a good, kind, loving home where she can live out her last years in happiness and contentment. (Please note: suggestions for how I should go about finding Indiana a good home would be most welcomed!)

My Father’s Birthday

Nils1937Today would have been my father’s 83′rd birthday. He passed away May 20th, 2011. The picture above was taken when he was about six years old, so about 1937. I believe he and his family were still living in Detroit, or had just moved back to Terre Haute. I love the picture. He was a really cute little kid, although, I can’t imagine calling a little boy Nils; it seems like such an adult name!

Pop&Taylor(Age3?)This is the Pop I remember the best. The Marine Pop. The little guy in the lower right is my nephew Taylor (who is graduating from college in a couple of weeks). I think Taylor was around 3 or 4 in this picture. Pop was very, very active in the Marine Corps League, organizing and helping to implement all kinds of fund raisers and special events.

g0a0000000000000000874190edaac599c21e34ed109230afd83326c894 g0a000000000000000080ba5d9775e0a3a4c0617a801ebe0104172bd022A while back, I was talking to a teacher friend about losing my Pop and how much I missed him. I wondered aloud if the pain ever got easier to live with. She said “No. It never goes away.” then she started to cry. She’d lost her father a decade before. “The pain never, ever leaves and it will hit you out of the blue and you’ll feel like it was yesterday that he died.

Berin and I are going out for cherry pie today. Pop loved, loved, LOVED cherry pie. It was his total favourite! Any time I asked him what he wanted for his birthday his answer was either “Cherry pie!” or “A big box of keys/locks!” or both. (It should be noted that my Pop was an avid collector and restorer of antique locks and padlocks. Here’s a site you can look at to give you an idea.)

ST_Yale&Towne_Warded(2996)Yale was one of his favourites. I have a small, circular Yale medallion on my keyring that was once my Pop’s.

When I was a kid, he told me his idea of Heaven. It had plants and trees and animals, and all of our pets would be waiting for us when we got there. I hope he’s got a nice place to sit, where Sam and Charlie (family cats) are snoozing on his lap, and Augie and Woody (our dogs) are running around hunting for rabbits and he’s got a crate full of locks and keys to work on and some cherry pie waiting for him when he wants to take a break, and above all, I hope he’s proud of me. I always wanted to know he was proud of me.

Little Clay Dolls: Part 1

DSC08917 DSC08915I had some Model Magic clay that needed to be used so I thought I’d go ahead and make some more little monster dolls for the upcoming Spring La Cueva Craft Show. I also need to make some additional little Matchbox Monsters for the magnets I’m making. I think I should have no problem using up the clay!

DSC08911I’ve got a fairly limited palette of colors to work with, lots of blues, violets, greens and a few reds and oranges. I’m trying out some new designs and revisiting some older ones that I’ve had customers like a lot. It’s strange. Making the slightly larger ones is so much harder then making the miniature ones! Maybe it’s just my natural affinity for anything in miniature form?

DSC08912The ones pictured are just the ones that I finished this morning. I’m make another batch (using up the remainder of the clay) this evening. By tomorrow, they’ll be dry enough that I can give them the first round of painting for their faces. It’ll be next weekend before they’re dry enough that I can attach their arms and legs, so stay tuned for pictures!

(All proceeds from the sale of my artwork will be going towards getting myself and my husband to Finland where I will be beginning work on my Masters in Education at the University of Jyväskylä in September 2014.)

Yes. I’m a Geek. I know it.

CampbellFillion-439x550My husband found this on the interwebs yesterday evening and showed it to me (I found it on The Mary Sue). He’s a HUGE Bruce Campbell fan and thought the picture was insanely funny — and it is! I’m a bigger Nathan Fillion fan (I love Captain Tightpants!). One of the things I like a lot about Nathan Fillion as just a regular person is that he’s just as much of a sci-fan fan and geek as I am and doesn’t think twice about showing his geek love. This love can be seen in the picture below:

LightSaberHollywood-580x435The addition of Alan Tudyk and Sean Astin makes the picture even better! I also found this picture over on The Mary Sue! Fillion also teases that he may be in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy. Damnit man! Don’t tease us!

Twin Cats Sketch

Twin CatsThis needs some work, but as a sketch, it’s not too bad. I’ve been feeling rather rotten for a couple of days now. It’s not abnormal for me to be perfectly healthy for months and months, and then suddenly get sick right before a vacation (in this case, Spring Break). Bleh. I have so much to do over my week off of school! I can’t be sick! Not now!


These People are AWESOME PEOPLE.

This couple is so sweet! They find the kittens abandoned in the woods and couldn’t leave them. They took them home, fed them and cleaned them up. This couple has helped restore my faith in humanity. As for the people who dumped the kittens in the woods to die from exposure to the elements, attack by a wild animal or starvation — well, their place card at a table in the restaurant in hell has been reserved.

No Sleep ‘Til Finland Sketches….and then MORE Sketches!

Screen shot 2014-04-06 at 1.53.55 PM Screen shot 2014-04-06 at 1.55.00 PM Screen shot 2014-04-06 at 2.08.56 PM Screen shot 2014-04-06 at 2.41.20 PM Screen shot 2014-04-06 at 4.52.12 PM Screen shot 2014-04-06 at 5.33.20 PMI spent the day yesterday trying to hammer-out a design for our No Sleep ‘Til Finland t-shirts. By the end of the day, I remembered why I was a bad graphic designer. I loved drawing the Zia that we decided to use for the final design. I went with the swirled pattern because I liked how it plays off the main circle in the center and the straight rays of the sun. I hand drew them because I don’t like how the swirl patterns looked when I drew them or generated them in Illustrator. Berin is going over these sketches — and about a hundred more today — narrowing down our choices for the final design. Hopefully (fingers crossed everyone!) it will be finalized by Friday and available for t-shirts soon after.

No Sleep Til Finland Trial Run Shirt Design

NSTF Mummy PatternI spent part of today messing around with the No Sleep Til Finland logo work. What I ended-up with was some really quick and dirty work. I picked up a couple of different shades of blue mircon-type pens at Michaels and tried each of them out to see what kinds of blues they would turn into after being scanned and processed through my laptop. I now have a better idea of what I want to do with a couple versions of this logo and hopefully, I’ll have something way better to post soon! Berin would like to use this logo for t-shirts and some other things he’s cooking up!