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.
I 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!
I’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.
Today 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!
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.
A 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.)
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.
I 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!
I’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?
The 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.)
My 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:
The 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!
This 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!
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.
I 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!