Links: 19 June 2015

 

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RIP Nek Chand, who built an extraordinary rock garden over 18 years

“One of the sharks was a vampire.”

 

Henry Bourne portraits from obscure UK pagan festivals

Henry Bourne portraits from obscure UK pagan festivals

My Fairy Gardens

My Fairy Gardens

All the phone messages from The Rockford Files. Thanks, Aaron!

All the phone messages from The Rockford Files. Thanks, Aaron!

A discussion of space sex

A discussion of space sex

Namibia's mysterious fairy circles

Namibia’s mysterious fairy circles

Custom Car Emblems

You know those chrome (or in the case of Chevy, tacky gold plate) emblems that indicate the car maker? Did you know you can get your own? Yep, pry that Hyundai emblem off and replace it with, oh…

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Or maybe this.

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You don’t have to settle for chrome. You can get gold, or even colors. Most companies have stock designs (like an entire DC Comics line!) as well as custom from your own design.

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Most folks get these emblems to stick on their cars in addition to their regular emblem, rather than confusing people by prying off the old one. Which is probably good, because I would follow a Batman car to find out what it was.

One of the most subtle customizations I’ve seen is the vinyl overlay for BMW roundels.

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Bling that beemer!

And yeah, now I totally want a skull emblem. And a bearded dragon. And…

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Rook Music

Rook Music

Larklight

Larklight

Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp

Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp

Marianna and the Black Whippets

Marianna and the Black Whippets

The Magic Thief Found

The Magic Thief Found

 

David Wyatt Illustration

Grand Prismatic Spring

 

I may have subscribed to the Smithsonian channel.

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Miya Ando’s “Obon”

Miya Ando floats thousands of luminescent leaves in her installation, "Obon."

Miya Ando floats thousands of luminescent leaves in her installation, “Obon.”

Links: 12 June 2015

Chalkboard images from a class 100 years past

Chalkboard images from a class 100 years past

 

Bearded dragon bites Steve Irwin on the nose.

Gorgeous custom reupholstery of vintage pieces by  Renewal Home Decor

Gorgeous custom reupholstery of vintage pieces by Renewal Home Decor

 

Booklandia Trailer from SOJC on Vimeo. Via Kari

 

Sad Animal Facts

Sad Animal Facts

 

Tempescope ambient weather display.

Grassy ceramics by Alberto Bustos

Grassy ceramics by Alberto Bustos

Lovely seamless book, paper and other textures by jojo-ojoj. Via Propnomicon

Lovely seamless book, paper and other textures by jojo-ojoj. Via Propnomicon

 

Born Like Stars from Brent Hoff on Vimeo.

The beautiful birth of deep-sea squid.

Great overview of the infamous Max Headroom hack.

Great overview of the infamous Max Headroom hack.

The whimsical automata of Keith Newstead

The whimsical automata of Keith Newstead

Victorian mother-of-pearl book bindings. Via Godda

Victorian mother-of-pearl book bindings. Via Godda

Fairy Doors

I know I’m often the Queen of Creep, but I also have a softer side. Believe it or not, I subscribe to Faerie Magazine.  I love the idea of worlds hidden from our own–especially right under our noses.

I haven’t made one yet, but I adore (see what I did there?) fairy doors. So I thought I’d hunt around for some good shops on Etsy. Here are my picks:

Faekeepers

Faekeepers

This former boat builder makes gorgeous, substantial-looking works from wood.

Fairy Hill Woodworks

Fairy Hill Woodworks

Tinker Bob returned to his love of woodworking after retiring from the business world. His work features lovely shapes and delicate paintwork.

Nothin' But Wood

Nothin’ But Wood

Nothin’ But Wood calls these “Gnome Doors.” I love their outlet covers, but I wouldn’t put them in a house with children–it would make the outlet even more tempting.

Fairy Behind The Door

Fairy Behind The Door

Jassmond makes all sorts of fairy garden accessories, like this Leddiq door and path, from cast stone.

Hodden Worlds

Hodden Worlds

Bette and her husband make Hobbit and Fairy doors, and many other fairy garden accessories from resin.

Personally, I could go nuts in any of these shops!

 

Marthe Armitage, Handmade Wallpapers

 

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Thanks so much, Ivy, for sending this to me.

 

Diana Sudyka, Blackfox

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Lizard Shirt

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Da front

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Da back

Not much in the way of links this week, as I’ve been too busy to surf. Busy making a lizard shirt for the Spousal Unit’s birthday, which seems to be developing into an annual tradition.

I made this year’s shirt with Sulky Iron-On Transfer Pens. You draw on regular paper, then transfer the pattern with heat. Marvy also makes a marker that is similar. They are made to transfer patterns for embroidery and applique, and if used with regular paper, the image is pretty light. If used with something non-porous, you can get a darker image.

The Aftermath

The Aftermath

I did several experiments and decided on freezer paper. It’s non-porous on the plastic side, and when heated, it sticks, firmly but temporarily, to fabric. This is why lots of people use it for stencils. Also, the roll I have is very wide, and I was gonna need some space.

I did the pattern in three large sections. Because the paper was resistant, each line was gone over two or more times.

It isn’t perfect. The darkness is inconsistent, and there are splatters that didn’t turn up in my experiments. I’ll have to figure that out before I make another shirt. Which I’ll definitely do, because I love the overall effect.  Sure, I see the flaws like we all do when we make something, but I also find myself enjoying my favorite sections, like that flower near the end of the tail.

Happy birthday, love!

Da Spousal Unit

Da Spousal Unit