Thursday, February 28, 2008

Stinkin' Cute!

I found this limited edition print on Etsy tonight. It's so very evocative of the first time a little fat girl goes out to the pool with a swimsuit. At least that's how I read it 'cuz I was that fat girl. I think it could tell so many stories. Maybe she just got caught doing something wrong? In any event, so very, very sweet and so cute. You can find this print here: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=9850568 . The talented artist's blog is here: www.kittygenius.com

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Pilgrimage

When I see a photo of a pilgrimage or a large demonstration, I often wonder how many people in the photo are thinking:
  • How the hell will I get out of here?
  • You know I'm here just 'cuz my dad wants me to be...
  • If I fall...I am so dead, dude.
  • Shoot...Where did I park??
  • Maybe I don't feel like everyone else in the crowd, but how do I dare say something?
  • I could soooo be home playing Guitar Hero right now.
  • Before this moment, I had no idea how claustrophobia felt.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The Heathers

Riddle me this...why are heathered knits so often poly-cotton? Not
always, of course, but just often enough to be annoying. My personal
anti-poly-cotton knit theory is that clothing manufacturers KNOW that
the frickadellic fabric WILL pill, but they figure on a heathered
fabric no one will notice. Thoughts?

Monday, February 25, 2008

Once

If you haven't seen this movie, go out and rent it. It's simple, a little slow at times which adds to the charm, and exceedingly sweet. Oh, and excellent music as Oscar nodded yesterday. We saw it about a month ago and Ivan immediately went to ITunes and bought the album. He was hooked! http://www.foxsearchlight.com/once/ for more info on the film.

Can I call it Art yet? Nah...still Crippy Craft!

    I've been working on more Crippy Craft for my work's "Art Show". They've had the art show for several years and I have yet to be in town for it, so I have no idea how much of it is crafty and how much is art. The line between the two is so often blurred as I believe it is in my stuff, but I am curious to see what others are showing/sellling. If these Crippy craft don't sell there, I will be putting them up on Etsy. I think they'll have a good shot of finding a good home there. By the way, I've been dabbling with the beauty of velum in these illustrations -- the transluscent nature lends itself well to adding additional detail and depth.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Another Crippy Craft

...this is from last night's craft fest. Whee!

By the way, I've got some jams listed at Etsy -- finally! I hope to have the rest listed shortly. Jam on, everyone!http://catay.etsy.com/
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Monday, February 18, 2008

New Photo Selection of the Week

And to end my posting blitz this evening, I give you this week's Photo Selection of the Week. I don't think I publicized last week's or the week before that, either, so be sure to click the "back" link at the top of this week's pic.

More Cut Paper Illustration!

Because I thought you'd like to know...

Don't forget, you can get the all-too-crafty "HowTo" instructions here. (linky stinky!)

Those "Fat Looks"...

If you're super fat, you definitely know what I mean. The looks that you get from rude individuals who nudge, comment or make faces as you walk by. I mention "super fat" because while I do believe that fat people of all sizes have received "the look" at some point, only the super fat get to see it on a nearly daily basis. Let me give you an example of why I say that. If a person who is just on the cusp of being "fat"--say a size 14 or so-- walks into a restaurant, of the other patrons there, only ~5% of them will even take note of your girth. If you're a size 20, maybe 10%. At 300lbs, you're probably garnering 50% attention, even if it's just a passing glance. If someone comes in at 600lbs, you can be sure that 90% of the restaurant will look. It's not something they see often, so even if the look is one of admiration, they will have their eyes caught by the girth of the individual coming in.

I probably get a good 60% of the patron's attention at my size, so I feel pretty attune to those looks to the point where I can predict within a fairly good margin whether or not someone will do the negative "look/nudge/comment". You have your basic young punks, insecure teenage girls and then...you have the old people. Those are the ones that really surprise me even after years of being this fat and getting ~the look~.

How can someone who has made it to a ripe age of 65+ be so shallow/bitter/rude? Did they learn nothing in all those years? Apparently, wisdom and grace is NOT an automatic token granted upon old age. I fear that all too often, idiots will be idiots to the day they die. I do wonder, too, if the old women who make comments didn't diet their entire grace away. They're bitter about denying every last chocolate chip cookie or other indulgence. I guess I'll never know.

What came to mind this weekend while in Vegas...I think I should start carrying business cards that say something like, "You're rude!", "Buy a clue", "Apparently Grace Doesn't Come with Age", etc, etc. I would simply drop off the card as I pass, or maybe stop and go back to drop it off if I hear something offensive after passing by the idiot. I was thinking I could include a website address for those to look for further information. The following URLs are available:

YouShouldBeEmbarassed.com
INeedtoLearnManners.com
NeedtoLearnManners.com
UNeedManners.com
IWasAnIdiotInPublic.com
PublicManners.com
HowToBehaveinPublic.com
HowToPlayNiceWithOthers.com and
PublicIdiocy.com.
What do you think?

Munch Munch

A recommendation for some yummy, yummy macadamia nut toffee -- V Chocolates in Salt Lake City: http://www.vchocolates.com/toffees.php. We received a box of this yummy (did I say that yet?) confection right before a trip to Vegas. It's delicate, choc full of macadamias and so, so...ummm...yummy! It came in an almost-Tiffany colored box, so you know, if you want to send someone a gift that is almost as nice as a fine piece of jewelry, this may be the trick.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Trapped!

We went to an early dinner at Tucanos in Orem today...and ended up ~trapped~ on the highway for three hours. Our departure was about 25 miles from home. Much of the time we were at a complete stop while the heavy snow and high winds pelted the car. It was kind of fun for the five of us...for the first hour. The second hour the cramped car seemed to become ever more cramped with each passing minute. There were cars off the road all along the stretch of I-15, but luckily, we arrived home safely and without incident. Well, except if you count the missing three hours that were deducted from our lives along the short stretch of highway...we shall never see those hours again...
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Tooting my own horn. Published in a Cookbook!

  I'm published! Well, not me, but a photo of herbs I sold on Istockphoto has been used in a book entitled, "Apples Recipes from Canada's Best Chefs" by Elaine Elliot & Virginia Lee. I found my photo credit on Amazon (here) through a Google search. If you haven't done it lately, Google yourself and see what you can find! You never know what you may have been up to. ;-) If you'd like to see, and or buy, the photo that was used in the book, go to my Istockphoto.com portfolio here. I think it's cool to be published in a cookbook. I appreciate that the authors granted me a named credit, too. This goes on my resume, right?
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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Touring with Friends

  I've been busy the last couple of days visiting and touring around with a couple of friends of mine from Minnesota. During our little day trips to the Golden Spike, the Idaho border, Evanston, Wyoming and the canyons in the Wasatch valley, we've been had the pleasure of seeing a LOT of wildlife. Pheasants, deer, mountain goats, elk, and moose are all closer to the roads due to the overabundance of snow in the mountains. Their misfortune, while beyond my control, is not beyond my sympathy nor my camera lens. I'm hoping that the warm weather we're experiencing now brings them closer to plentiful nourishment.
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Thursday, February 07, 2008

Oh dear. I've got to talk Politics

I really haven't seen much need to post about politics for several years...until now. I see that Romney has stopped his campaign bid. Not that I was ever a Romney fan, but he was one of the lesser evils of the Republican party. Now it looks like evil McCain is going to get the elephant party nod. A scary thought. I would even swallow Huckabee easier than McCain even though I feel Huckabee is a bit too much of a religious zealot.

Oh, the pain...the pain that comes with the thought that McCain could be in the White House. We'll have four more years of war. Four more years of economic disaster. Please. Make. It. Stop. Now, regardless of who wins the Democratic nod, I'll have to vote for them. My Utah vote won't really count in the "electoral college" since this is a red-red state, but at the very least the popular vote count will get one more for the anti-McCain front.

Recommended Yummy Goodness

I'm a sucker for oaty and nutty granola type bars although I can go for months without ever missing them. THIS, however, is a different story. It's all nuts...and a little bit of sweetness. Think of it like a peanut or almond brittle that won't --1. drive your blood sugar through to the next county and ---2. cut your gums into tiny shreds. The latter is really the big reason why brittle doesn't ever get eaten aside from one bite. Ouch!

Anyway, it's also not a chemist's wet dream. The simple ingredient list: Nuts (peanuts and/or almonds depending upon the variety), sunflower seeds, sugar, corn syrup, salt, and almond flour. That's it.

I bought 'em a couple of weeks ago when Smith's was having a "Buy General Mills crap for a $1.00 days". A buck a box? Heck, I thought, I'll try 'em. So, yeah, they were good. I went back and bought four more boxes. Now I'm lamenting the fact that I didn't buy 10.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

You Suck at Photoshop. No, really.

If you have any interest in digital graphics and humor...you'll love this. Be sure to check out all of the "You Suck at Photoshop" ~tutorials~ by Donnie at YouTube.com. Learn and laugh!

Saturday, February 02, 2008

A Brilliant Idea

The other night, after I saw my waitress with the drawn-on eyebrows, I was thinking that there should be press-on eyebrows. The beauty of this idea is that they could actually look like real brows...not just a line of ink across your face. Either they'd be made up of fine ink "hairs" that would be applied like a wet'n'press tattoo or they could actually be made of fine hairs that are applied with some sort of glue. Both the cheap and high-end press-ons could be printed on a lycra base which could be stretched to the appropriate width. I really like the idea, too, of providing a package of press-on-brows that have a variety of expressions -- if you want to look surprised one day, use the high arch. If you're really depressed or puzzled, get the low, furrowed brow. If you want to look like spock, don the Vulcan version. The possibilities are endless. Just remember, you saw it here first!