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Thursday, January 5, 2012


I am working on updating the mushroom links over on the left there. Please excuse the bizarre look, while I try to figure out how to work this. (Gimme a break! I'm a lover of the tangible)
I took all these photos in the last year and a half. Fungi from all across Canada!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

what to do with your old calendars

I saw this in Readymade, years and years ago, back when the magazine was full of fun and easy DIY projects (I find now it's mostly geared towards professional designers). It's a perfect project for end-of-the-year treat giving. Functional and pretty! Here I used my old calendar of Hajime Namiki prints.

The paper you start with needs to be square. Find the center, either by folding gently or using a straight edge and marking with a pencil

fold each corner to the center

Ok, now fold the flat edge to the center. Or, not quite to the center. The further from the center you fold, the wider (but shorter) your box will be. This is useful information if you are trying to make lids and bottoms.

Fold each edge in.

Cut in between the two folded corners. You should only be cutting one layer of paper. Only cut to where the folds of the previous step intersect.

Hmmm. How do I explain this step? Unfold two opposite edges. Fold in two triangles on each side of the unfolded flap. Sound confusing? That's why I took photos.

Now the box comes together. Press the sides that you haven't unfolded up at a 90 degree angle. The little triangles that you have cut fold in so that the other sides that you have unfolded fold over them. Sheesh. I should have made little diagrams with labels and arrows. Maybe I'll do that. Photos are such an easy-out.

If you want, you can put a little tape on the inside of the box, where all the corners come together. But it seems to stay together fairly good on it's own.

Ta-da! Near-instant gift boxes! Make a slightly wider box for a lid.

Step whatever we're at (ten?): fill with goodies. This year I made candy. Some vanilla bean meringue mushrooms, the most delicious English toffee with dark chocolate and roasted almonds, and pistachio and macadamia nut brittle (a recipe I unfortunately got from a grocery chain I hate. I like this recipe, but Sobeys can eat a dick)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Happy Santamas!

My brother wanted a crib board. I figured a crib board is just a chunk of wood with 367 holes in it, I can probably make one! Here it is, in all of it's bean-shaped glory:

I had help from Sandy, who is the sole propietor of Old Town Carpentry. He doesn't have a wesite so I can't imbed any useful links.

Happy Solstice!

For the Giant Solstice Fire, my moms and I made paper lanterns.

Tom helped. He made a vase-lantern, that was shuffled about and accidently not hung up and lit for the celebration. Sorry Tom!

My mom made some spheres

I made one shaped like a diamond, and one shaped like a girdle

Jill made a fish lantern

I didn't get very good pictures of them, because
a) I was drunk
b) My camera doesn't take very good low-light photos. It's time for a new one. Any reccomendations?

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The In-Famous Winter Solstice BonFire!

I always confuse in-famous and infamous, thanks to the Three Amigos, which I must have seen about a hundred bazillion times.

Solstice! It's happening again this year. Let's celebrate the return of the sun by making a giant ball of fire of our own!

I printed this poster at Transformazium's amazing Neighborhood Silkscreen Studio.

Stacey thought her new basement room needed a little sumthin'-sumthin'

So I whipped up a li'l mural

I'm not sure I like the addition of the birds. It gives the tree a definite scale, which was wonderfully ambiguous before hand.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

(wolf whistle)

A drawing of me, nekkid. (Or 'nude' if you want to get hoity-toity about it). I found it while re-organizing my old sketchbooks, amoung a pile of other figure studies of myself and people I know.

I haven't done any figure drawing in a very loooong time. However, this made me want to get back into it. I will check around for posers.