•March 8, 2014 • Leave a Comment
I finally bought the copy of Black Leather Lucifer I’ve been coveting from Unabridged Bookstore since Yuletide.
The text font, chapter headings, and even the black and white photo layouts are modeled after Hollywood Babylon. It’s giving me fond, childhood flashbacks.
An Anger-related raft may be on the horizon. I haven’t decided yet…
•March 5, 2014 • Leave a Comment
A month ago, I told my friends on Facebook that the first to load my comments feed with quotes from Clockwork Orange would get a handmade or bakery item of their choice. My brother, Jason, asked for my best bread and a necklace for his fiancé: “Hello Sweetie” in either old high or circular Gallifreyan.
•March 3, 2014 • Leave a Comment
This probably falls more under “tedious things in the lives of crafty road-trippers” but I’m sure we’ve all been there, no matter how many trips we make in a year. Not only do we prioritize knitting, cross stitch, and jewelry craft supplies over clothing and toiletries — if we live in large metropolitan areas and rely heavily on public transport to get around, we frequently end up having to leave things behind to prevent our bags from being too heavy (that cordless drill never seems that heavy, until you have to think about lugging it back home on two trains and a bus in five inches of snow)
I just got back from a trip to St. Louis visiting with my family, including my older brother and his fiance. I was in the process of finishing up a commission for him and a few other projects in the mean time and ended up bringing my letter stamp set, my metal stamp set, both of my hammers, and my jewelry anvil (which, for those who don’t know, is a MacGyvered brick wrapped in painter’s tape) just in case I needed them. When the time came to pack up and head to the train station, I managed to fit everything into my backpack and two travel bags… but couldn’t quite bring myself to shove a 12 lb. brick on top of everything else.
So, I left it sitting on the end table in my friend’s guest room. Fortunately, he’ll be visiting me in a couple weeks and I can put off metal stamping work until then.
What’s the oddest thing you’ve ever been forced to leave behind or postpone bringing home?
•February 28, 2014 • Leave a Comment
…and since it’s a present for a dear friend of mine, I also don’t feel comfortable posting an “in progress” shot of the design.
So, small consolation, here’s a shot of Zoe meeting Madonna:
•February 27, 2014 • Leave a Comment
For a good friend of mine, I didn’t want you to think I’d forgotten you! The baby’s gift is done. It took me a bit more time to design and make your present than I thought (sorry, sweetie!). But it’s nearly done and will be on it’s way soon
•February 21, 2014 • Leave a Comment
I ended up abandoning my shut-in lifestyle to go to a play last weekend. Liz, a friend and former colleague from the art college, left Chicago a few years ago to go to NYU and now co-manages miR Theatre, a non-profit theater company in south Florida. The play, Cereus Moonlight, is gorgeous and the narrative has a wonderful sense of melancholy derived from the mythology of the area its depicting (Rockledge, FL and the Indian River). During the curtain call, the cast and crew danced out on stage to this song.
The song, as well as the play, has stayed with me for most of this week and, subsequently, it revived some ruminations I’ve been having since the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, much of which the Count sums up perfectly here.
•February 20, 2014 • Leave a Comment
In my quest to make my Bloody Starbucks Tea Cup a little more bloody, I made an elephant. With a starry cape.
Because, apparently, I can’t outrun whimsy.
(Her name is Madonna, BTW, and she wants you to respect her lifestyle choices).