Papier Mache- May 2010 Highlights

I needed a break last week.  I can feel the pressure of calendar overload with the Summer coming, so I needed a teeny break from crafting and extra-curricular designing.

I received my papier mache e-magazine over the weekend and I thought I would highlight some of the fantastic items and image in it.  It's a children's design/clothing magazine that is truly inspired.  You can browse it and subscribe to get this magazine for free here.

I love this clean wood carved forest.  I wish I had a spare $300 to spend on a toy, but I don't mind dreaming about it.

Besides the fact that Blackbird is my favorite Beatles song, I think the costume is inspired and it makes me want to start planning a Halloween outfit now.  With the level of detail shown above, I really would need to start now!

This might be the most elaborate cardboard castle I have ever seen.


Handwritten Note

A few months ago I was asked to talk to a number of Fourth Grade classes about architecture during a field trip to a local museum.  I didn't know what to think and architecture can be a dry subject to talk about unless you have a lot of visuals, but I did my best.

I showed the kids (and teacher's) the software we use and the explained, in basic terms, how to design buildings.  A few kids even had questions for me after the "lecture" like, "Can a building really be built in a day?"  That one made me laugh.

This morning the organizer of the field trip brought me Dutch Iris bulbs, Cannas bulbs, and a number of handwritten notes from the children.  The one above is one of my favorites.

A Sailboat with a Heart of Gold

Our Sailboat (in our backyard) with a Name!

We officially named our sailboat last night and, although there wasn't any champagne or fancy ribbons to cut, the celebration voyage is tomorrow on a small lake in Northwest Indiana.

I designed the vinyl decal in AutoCAD and based it on the spaceship from Douglas Adam's "A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy".  The flower pot goes along with the story.  A company, downstairs from my office, can make any sign I want and he charged me only $10 to create this for me.  It should be weather proof and last a long time.  I love it!


Flower Caddy

I have been busy, busy, busy and I hate neglecting you, dear reader.  I thought I would pass along this easy tutorial and gift for Mothers everywhere.  You can find out how to make this great flower caddy here.


Prilosec Sponsorship

An interior photo of me with a flash

My New Camera

My camera and equipment arrived!  I received a check from Prilosec OTC a few weeks ago and ordered my camera and photography equipment.  I am so impressed with the quality of the photos that I can now take. 

I chose to purchase this camera:
Canon EOS Rebel T2i 18 MP CMOS APS-C Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD and EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens found here.

and this set of equipment:
Pro 220 Watt 2-MonoLight Strobe Softbox Flash Lighting kits, Background Support, and Backgrounds found here.

The last couple of posts have photos with this new camera and I'm very pleased with the results.

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