Archive for January, 2009

Happy New Year!

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

I hope you all had a happy and joy-filled holiday season. I received a variety of coolie-cool presents: I got two hand-blown glass ornaments from my parents (I haven’t taken a picture of my glass ornaments in my apartment yet, don’t worry, it’s a-comin’), one of which is from Europe, which is pretty rad, all of my orbs are made in the U.S. I buy them mostly from the glassmakers themselves, or a store called An American Craftsman. From Cricket I got the coolest gift imaginable, and what’s better is that I wanted it but told no one, and Cricket KNEW. He KNEW. I adore this gift.

http://www.thinkgeek.com/tshirts-apparel/interactive/a5bf/

I have a boombox IN MY CHEST. I’ve programmed it with the Imperial March from Star Wars and the A-Team theme song so when I enter a room, I can play either of those. So freakin’ great. Also on the shirt’s soundtrack: The theme song from Dr. Horrible, Stayin’ Alive from Saturday Night Fever, Call On Me by Eric Prydz, and a variety of sound effects for various situations.

I went to B.’s house the day after Christmas, and his parents were in town. They gave me homemade apple leather (so delish) and homemade grape jelly (haven’t had it yet, but I’m guessing delish as well). They also gave me a burl. A maple burl. For those of you who don’t know what a burl is, it is a big knot of wood. It’s heavy and it’s dense and it’s hard to carve, but when you do carve it, you reveal beautiful markings inside. It’s now sitting in my studio until I figure what to do with it.

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Mmm, burlicious. B. asked me to paint him a moth, and I banged that out this week. I chose the comet, or moon, moth because it has pretty markings and ruffled wing tips. Here is a pic of the moth:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/thrumyeye/2220283493/

And here is my artistic interpretation of the comet moth:

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I was originally going to color the moth, but I decided to color in the outside and leave the moth pure and clean. I used a brown pen to draw it and brown watercolors to do the background. It kind of gives it a Victorian butterfly-in-a-case feel. Hopefully B. will like it.