Saturday, January 29, 2011

Finished Jackalope

In the end we decided to go with the vintage fur.  But with a twist.

Buck
 I still wasn't happy with the fur I had on hand, so I dyed it with Nice n' Easy. I remembered hearing somewhere that the Museum of Nature used Nice 'n Easy hair dye to restore the caribou in their dioramas after their fur had faded from decades under the exhibit lights. So I thought I might as well give it a try.

Full instructions on how I made the jackalope are over on Instructables.

Kings of Leon

A special request all the way from France.

Kings of Leon
 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Jackalope: to fur or not to fur



My jackalope is starting to look like a rabbit with antlers, but now I'm not sure what to do. I had originally planned to cover it with some lovely vintage fur I have lying around, but the more I think about it, the more I think that I might prefer a more modern look.

Chris thinks I should cover it in old book pages like this rhino from Anthropologie.


I suggested making it sparkly but unfortunately he nixed that idea.

photo from Ramshackle Glam

Friday, January 7, 2011

Resolutions for 2011

 taking down the tree last week

Now that the craziness of Christmas is over, I've been thinking a lot about what the year ahead will be like. Around this time last year I was dreaming up a big adventure for Chris and I. It was something to look forward to while in the middle of an Ottawa winter; something to make me feel a little less like a grown-up.

My resolutions for 2011 seem to be pointing me in the opposite direction but, strangely, I'm still looking forward to crossing them off my big to do list.

1. Get organized: this will likely be an ongoing struggle, but I want to start 2011 off right by turning our "den" into useful space and sorting out a solution for my dresser-breaking collection of clothes

2. Buy a house: while Chris and I have already been actively house hunting for over a year, I think we can finally "find the one," and hopefully the finances to buy it, in 2011

And since those two resolutions (especially #2) are very likely to turn me into a mature, responsible adult, I'd better add one more.

3. Whenever possible, don't be boring: costumes, crafts and general craziness are de rigueur for 2011

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

What I'm working on right now

I really liked using papier maché pulp when I was working on Little Al's head. If you've got scrap paper and glue on hand it doesn't cost anything to make and gives you a lot more freedom than strips of paper dipped in paste.


It's really easy to make. First you shred, rip and cut up paper until you have a bucket full of little paper pieces and then you fill the bucket with water and let it soak for a few hours. This time around I used a lot of black tissue paper that came with a gift basket Chris got at work and it gave the pulp a darker colour.


The paper and water go for a spin in the blender and then the mixture gets strained and all the water gets squeezed out.



You then add flour and water paste to hold it all together and salt to keep it from going gross.




I also like to add a generous helping of white glue. The end result is a clay-like substance than can be molded like play-dough and becomes very hard when dry.


So what am I using it for this time?


Inspired by our adventures south of the border, I'm making a jackalope!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Introducing Juniper and Potato


Here are the newest additions to our little household: Juniper and Potato. Born October 29, 2010 at La Ratterie des Trois-Rives, these two little girls are settling into life at the tta quite nicely.

We thought naming them Juniper and Potato was a step up from calling them Gin and Vodka.

Other rejected names (mostly cut because they'd be better suited for boys than our lovely little ladies):
-Bebop & Rocksteady
-Threepio & Artoo
-Rosencrantz & Guildenstern

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Jasimuddin




This was a special request for one of Bengali songwriter and poet Jasimuddin's relatives.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!


2010 was so much fun! Here's to hoping 2011 turns out just as great!