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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: There's a Dalek in my front yard!!! on: April 05, 2014 11:23:00 PM
This is the greatest thing ever. And also reminds me vaguely of the Bloggess and her giant rooster. ("It's an anniversary present! FIFTEEN YEARS IS BIG METAL CHICKENS!")
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: A New Garden Gnome on: April 05, 2014 11:17:37 PM
Cute. I love, love, love lawn gnomes. The weather eventually wore their faces off, but I used to have a set I'd tricked out to look like the KISS Army. My most recent project -- completed just last night, and posted a minute ago, actually -- is a garden gnome cosplaying the Tenth Doctor. (Somebody's got to protect my garden from the Weeping Angels, right?)
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Doctor Who lawn gnome on: April 05, 2014 11:11:19 PM
This guy started his little concrete life as a biker, complete with chaps, engineer boots, and a skull brooch/bolo tie/whatever, but my interests run more toward Weeping Angels than Hell's Angels, so here we have a lawn gnome cosplaying the Tenth Doctor:





I know we don't meet the Silence until the Matt Smith era, but that skull was just begging, y'know?

Ten doesn't have a hat, unless you count that straw beachcomber he wore in his last regular appearance, so I just gave this guy a TARDIS blue gnome hat and called it a day. (For my next project, I've got my eye on a gnome wearing suspenders. I'm pretty sure if I take a hacksaw to the top of *his* hat, I can turn it into a fez easily enough.)
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Across the Universe on: February 09, 2013 05:53:23 PM
Thanks! I'm really looking forward to giving it to him.
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Across the Universe on: February 09, 2013 02:58:21 PM
A dear friend of mine has been under a lot of stress lately, and he's contemplating the possibility of taking a job that will require him to move halfway around the world for three years. I decided to make him a little painting to cheer him up and remind him that I've got his back no matter what. Here it is:





And an explanation:

I chose a blue color scheme to make sure the painting would look right to my friend, who is red-green colorblind.

The labyrinth at the center symbolizes the path of life -- the idea that we are all exactly where we are supposed to be, and all our choices lead us to the places we need to go. (You can get lost in a maze, but you can't get lost in a labyrinth, because there's only one path in and out, with no dead ends or wrong turns.) For reasons too complicated to go into, labyrinths have kind of become a symbol of our friendship.

The 12-pointed sun is a Choctaw symbol that represents happiness, which is obviously my wish for my friend -- and a nod to his Choctaw heritage.

The stars are constellations. Aquila, the eagle, is in the upper right; a Choctaw symbol of strength and peace and a spiritual messenger, he also represents flight and freedom to many cultures and seemed a fitting symbol for my friend. Equuleus, the "little horse," is in the upper left and represents my friend's wife, an accomplished equestrian, who is the most understanding and supportive woman I know. In the lower left, Canis Major represents their faithful dog, and in the lower right, Ursa Major -- the Great Bear -- represents my infamous "Mama Bear" streak protecting him wherever he goes. In Zuni mythology, the bear also symbolizes strength, healing, and wisdom and peace during times of transition.

Finally, the song lyrics are from "Across the Universe." I chose them because he's a Beatles fan. The Sanskrit refrain, jai guru deva, translates to something like, "Glory to the divine dispeller of darkness," followed by the "OM" that supposedly mimics the vibration of the universe.

I hope he likes it. If he doesn't, maybe he can swap it to some hippie for a bag of weed or a copy of Rubber Soul on vinyl or something. Wink
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Wild Things mural (a bit photo heavy) on: May 08, 2012 08:17:47 PM
I feel as if I should light some candles in front of this tonight. Sad God bless you, Maurice Sendak. You will forever be King of All Wild Things.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Cinematic Titanic/MST3K shadow box and ticket display- signed! on: April 08, 2012 05:23:36 PM
Stealing this idea. I think a teacher with a terrific sense of humor is going to inherit my classroom next year, so I'm going to leave him some Easter eggs. MST3K Smartboard and/or TV screen trim seems like a good start. Smiley
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Dreamcatchers from the Wild on: April 08, 2012 05:14:09 PM
Gorgeous. I bought a similar dreamcatcher for a young friend who was scared to go to sleep because he'd been troubled by nightmares. His mom said he was so excited that he was actually looking forward to sleeping under it. Smiley
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: glitter holga! on: April 08, 2012 05:10:52 PM
Very cute. I love Holgas. They take the most intimate portraits.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Love the one you're with (UPDATED) on: April 08, 2012 05:08:09 PM
I think I'm in love with your car!  I'm now looking at my boring white mini van in a whole new light. 

Yes! Go for it! If you use spray paint, you'll want to top it with a coat of automotive sealer (available at the auto parts store), or else you'll have to redo it a couple of times a year after it fades. :/ Also, the craft paint made for exterior use (Patio Paint or similar) holds up really well. It costs about a quarter a bottle more than the regular stuff, but it's definitely worth it.
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