bowiethere were no digital effects used in that shot.
they actually had David Bowie hanging upsidedown

on this rig system with his boot glued to the brick.
then they just flipped him around and were like, ok David, don’t die.

So I've already started planning my Halloween party for my new friends in Florida. Thanks to letterboxing,  I have a built-in audience for all my crazy-ass stuff. This year, it's a Labyrinth theme. I've already re-watched the movie for the billionth time. Boy, is it ever 80s. I'm not sure I can watch it again, though I still adore the ideas, songs, and visuals. I'll just do the rest of my research online. I have an idea for taking those clear plastic bulbs used for making Christmas decorations, and putting scenes in them. I need to experiment with whoopie cushions to create a (non-smelly) Bog of Eternal Stench. A friend introduced me to the magic of hot glue masks, and I'm dying to make some for the masquerade. So many things.

Completely unrelated: ever notice how pretty much all Disney villains look like Anjelica Huston?

Stuff I already shared somewhere else:

Cake toppers for a Superhero Princess party
Barbara Eden looks better at 78 than I did at 28
We can all be Superman
Unnecessarily sexualized, but still beautiful calligraphy on girls
Ball joint doll tights

Stuff just for you:

Baby lizards
Amazing Lizards on Pinterest


This is a clue. When I planted the box,  it was easy to search for Lambert Script in Google and come up with something. This is no longer the case, and my poor box isn't getting found. So here you go. In future, this should be searchable.

Lambert Script


From the book Dragonology Code-Writing Kit: From the Desk of Dr. Ernest Drake by Dugald A. Steer.

This time last year I was recovering from pneumonia. I was barely able to drag myself through the OPA show. This year I happily traipsed through OPA and the Guild shows. The Guilds were all in one big hall this time. There was a large, unused space in the middle. They really need a multi-guild gallery there.

Unlike past years where we bought many small things, our strategy this year was to just get a few larger pieces. We are tickled as heck with what we brought home, though there was a small pang at not picking up something from all our old favorites. We'll probably go back to nibbling next year.

We did actually end up with a couple of small things. I got some dazzling roving from the Handweavers Guild show, and a couple of lovely beads from the Bead show.

Jenn Ferrante

I originally spotted the bowl on the right, but as we were checking out, the Spousal Unit decided it simply must be paired with the bowl on the left. He was right, of course. If you turn them around and hold them to the light, they are translucent. Gorgeous work.


We also couldn't resist adding to our collection of Michael Fromme critters. This mousie will join a rabbit and a fox.


Our method as we browse the OPA show is to bring a map, and mark the artists we want to come back and consider buying from. But sometimes we are thwarted by potlust. This wonderful Ginger Steele cried out to come home with us. We have a smaller piece by her, and it was high time we had something a bit larger. Speaking of Ginger...

James DeRosso & Ginger Steele

This was our great prize this year. Note: we named him, not the artists. We had just come from Ginger's booth, happily toting her pot in our basket, when we found an old favorite, James DeRosso. I have a collection of his tiny monsters. This is not tiny--it's about 10" high. I spotted it on the back shelf and said "Hey, that looks like James collaborated with Ginger Steele!" James just happened to be lurking behind us, and filled us in. He'd left this piece in Ginger's studio for her, and when it got leather hard "she just went nuts".  They then used her glazes on it. The result is one of my favorite pieces ever. The Spousal Unit is also completely smitten. And not only is it a delightful piece of art, that second fin comes off to reveal a slot--it's also a coin bank!

Good show, everyone! We really enjoyed the addition of the Handweavers Guild to the guild shows. We talked to lots of artists and saw many beautiful things. Can't wait for next year.


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I was at the end of my spice storage, so I went to Kitchen Kaboodle in search of ideas. I found some stainless steel canisters that are about the same size as my ceramics, but what I'm really proud of is the rack (hey, nice rack!). It is bamboo drawer organizers, mounted to the fridge, cupboard, and each other with light mounting squares. The organizers come in a couple sizes, so even though the rest of the counter isn't big enough to double storage, I can still expand using the smaller organizer.

It's finished!  From the bare idea for a color wheel tattoo came this gorgeous work of art.  Above is the pic Joe took right after the deed was done.  I was going to wait until everything was healed up, but I couldn't.  Here's the morning after:

I love the formal look of  the piece.  It's like someone dumped an illustration from a Victorian color primer on my arm.  From a distance, it looks as the artist intended--like a big piece of jewelry.  Amazing.  I'm so proud to have this on my arm.  I never liked long sleeves, and now I may never wear them again.


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There is a red-headed child of indeterminate sex in our apartment complex who shrieks a lot, and loves rain.

Today, it placed a blanket over a shopping cart, squeezed itself into the bottom, and was forging through a large puddle with the help of a piece of an abandoned dresser. Ingenious, and entertaining for the neighbors.