Monday, April 29, 2013

A Garden Planet

I am no decorator.

I am no dictator either....yet.

But there's a trend this year in fancying up gardens that I find intriguing. In between talking mushrooms, amphibians forced to hold chive signs, and shattered glass stands for birds to crap all over, small stakeable planets are a big thing.

Most are far to put this delicately...ugly and overwrought for me.
So imagine my surprise that it was Target, the lynchpin in the overwrought and trying too hard to out fancy other middle class ladder climbers would have the most understated and perfect planets for my little zucchini infested solar system.

But the real fun is at night.

They're solar powered because I don't have the attention span to remember to turn my little planets on every night, or ever really.

They also had a crackled LED changing one, but I hate LED color change anything. In my day lights stayed one color AND WE LIKED IT THAT WAY!

They're about $13 each, and a surprisingly hefty sized glass ball. So if you want to start your own little garden solar system they're at Target next to the freaky wire skeleton peacocks that no one ever buys.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Tentacle Bookmark & Free Book

I had a crazy, wacky, possibly dangerous idea to make a clay bookmark that's a bit more three dimensional than usual.

I wanted to have something poking out of the top of the book, so tentacles. Super tiny tentacles with super tiny suckers, that in no way drove me super tiny mad.

The bass relief (crazy overworked fish) of the tentacles was a bit easier. Again more suckers but rolled up flattened bits of clay isn't so hard, and I had lots of fun gouging to make the waves. Gouge Gouge Gouge!

I have some crazy idea to make a Tardis bookmark next so look for that any other Whovians out there.

Oh and the free book.

For a week my first book Tin Hero is totally free from Smashwords. You can download any version you'd like: Kindle, Nook, PDF, RTF, HMO, PCP, POE, OPE, must stop commies from poisoning our drinking water...

So there ya go, a wacky bookmark and a free book. Have at it.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Mass Effect Scarf

When it comes to matters of the yarn, I am as bumbling as the turnip truck that just fell off itself. All manner of yarn, thread, textiles is left up to the other side of my partnership.

 I asked my husband how he doesn't get tangled in a web of yarn while knitting. He says "I'm the spider."

 But the scarf you're looking for. It started simple enough, with winter in its panging death throes I asked doe eyed if he could stitch together that red and white stripe that's Shepard's emblem in the fight against the Reapers. And if he wanted to try a crack at the N7, go for it.

A couple of weeks later, this is what he made.

And here to model said N7 scarf is the most photogenic member of our household:

This is a face that says "I'm getting a treat after this humiliation."

Monday, April 1, 2013

The King's Blood

My book, all 700 pages of it, has gone into that silent unbreakable stasis that is beta reading, which means I'm probably not supposed to be reading it myself. But I never listen to myself, I see no reason to start now.

This is during a rather rousing party where our heroes find themselves having to perform in front of the enemy.