Friday, October 14, 2011

The Hills Are Alive With...

I made my first treasury tonight on Etsy. It was delightful.
I chose the theme of The Sound of Music-- 'Why,' you ask. Well, I'll tell you all about that later in a post with more pictures.

This image will direct you to the site, should you wish to purchase something... like a Boatswain Whistle. Come on, admit it, you have always wanted your very own Boatswain Whistle. I know I sure have. I would only have to teach the signals to each person in my life (James is going to love this.) and if they happen to be within earshot, they will know that I desire their presence. If they don't hear their assigned toot, I do not wish to see them. Genius.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Sherlockian Profiles

I must say, I've always been fond of side profiles, so clearly I was ecstatic to see the latest posters for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

I find that they have vastly improved since the last movie. Did anyone else find them slightly creepy? And I was not impressed with the teal background which was not alluring in the slightest.

This was from the first film. I love it, but it's a tad creepy. Don't you agree?

And then check out that chincy turquoise background! What is this- a video game? In my opinion, it doesn't reflect the beauty of the film at all! 
Who am I kidding? It's Sherlock Holmes, so it's already better than anything else out there. I really can't rip it apart. For the record, I am still relieved that they aren't trying to incorporate the deerstalker cap into the sequel, so I really have nothing to gripe about.

So tell me, Watson, what do you think?

Collage Credits

I do not expect anyone to understand what is pictured here. 

You may think it resembles scraps of paper strewn together in a hurried fashion.

Or you thought, "Has she heard of scissors?"

Perhaps you said, "Ew, Ry-an, Is that a feather? Gross."

Or simply,"What am I looking at?!?! I'm on my lunch break. Wow, they let anyone have a blog these days!!" (It's true, anyone can have a blog...even Creed Bratton.)

Maybe you thought, "Oh, look it's a pile of junk."

Ah, but it is merely a card.

A card that I made for my best friend which I am hoping she sees it as a form of art that illustrates how much I am thankful to have her in my life.  I really enjoyed making this collage. I had been saving all these trinkets and bits of paper for scores. And, I just love working with a hot glue gun. It's so choice.

This was an illustration I drew a while ago. My friend has been transfixed by Abraham Lincoln as of late and has been sending me reminders of his virtue and wisdom. How can one fail to be inspired by these words?
"Adhere to your purpose and you will soon feel as well as you ever did. On the contrary, if you falter, and give up, you will lose the power of keeping any resolution, and will regret it all your life." (I need to write this out so I can see it more often. Maybe I'll hang it on the wall of my lair. Great motivation.)

"...I know that the Lord is always on the side of the right. But it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation should be on the Lord's side."

"With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan - to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations."

"If you're a racist, I will attack you with the North" ---Ah, wait, that was only Michael Scott in an attempt to quote Abraham Lincoln. I was just making sure you were awake.

Until next post, Reader.


Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Twilight Saga Pillows

I just bought my tickets to the midnight showing of Breaking Dawn: Part 1 which will be in theatres next month. EEEE!!!! Perhaps other Twihards are thirsty for memorabilia to decorate their Twilight inspired rooms. Feast your golden vampire eyes on these! If you click on the picture you will be directed to my etsy page...that is if you're interested in making a purchase...

I will be featuring the Breaking Dawn pillow in a giveaway with in November. I'll tell y'all more about that later.

Oh, and they are for decorative use, of course. I'm well aware that vampires do not need to sleep, therefore do not require pillows. ;)

Monday, October 3, 2011

John Hancock

Yesterday I was watching Notting Hill as I worked on a project.  I always get a kick out of the scene when Anna Scott walks into William Thacker's Travel Book Shop and considers purchasing a book about India that is signed by the author. Here you can watch it if you want.

Or I'll just summarize it for you:

Anna says, "Ooh! Signed by the author I see."
And William replies, "Couldn't stop him. If you can find an unsigned one, it's worth a fortune."

Then some hoodlum who was trying to shoplift has the gall to ask Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) for her autograph. She signs:
"Dear Rufus, You belong in jail. "

That made me think about how odd it is to ask someone for their autograph. I have several items autographed, although I haven't personally asked for all of them. Is it really as weird as it's portrayed in Notting Hill for the person who is signing? It's weird asking. What purpose do these scribbles serve? How famous does one need to be in order for their John Hancock to be worth something? Is there even a market for autographs? It's all rather odd.

For example: My Sondre Lerche t-shirt.  I loved this shirt before the autograph. I should have had him sign the album. I've been trying to wash this out ever since because when I wear it, it looks like I had him sign my chest. Take my word, I wasn't wearing it when he signed it.
In his defense, he was so charming and actually conversational.  It was one of the best memories and his concert has spoiled all other concert experiences for me.

Here's a shirt that I feel I wasted my money on. I only wore it once...That's one time too many. I won tickets from the local radio station which included an opportunity to meet DC and his band backstage. We were all ushered into a room. I felt like I stuck out like a sore thumb because I wasn't trying to seduce the band members. I just wanted to meet them and possibly gain some advice. While under the watchful eyes of their sultry groupies, DC told me to continue to write and not be afraid to play a gig even if it might not be a paying one. All the band members cordially signed their smudges on the dark shirt although I can't even tell you which one belongs to the Season 7- American Idol Winner.

Ah! Here's a great autograph! I cherish this one.  Margaret O' Brien was a famous child actor of the Golden Era. She played the morbid, imaginative Tootie Smith in my favourite Judy Garland film, Meet Me In St. Louis. She danced the cake walk and sang "Under the Bamboo Tree" with the incomparable Ms. Garland. She's the little one that Judy held while she originally sang "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas".  I'll give you a second to think about that. Her little ears were among the first in the world to hear that song.  I met her at the Judy Garland Festival and she signed this for me. True Story.
Here's an autograph from one of the wee boys who represented the Lollipop Guild. 66 years later and he was still young at heart.

This was signed by Bryan Adams' lead guitarist, Keith Scott after a BA concert. This is a REALLY big deal for me.
This one, not so much.

I got this for Christmas 2 years ago. Isn't it grand? I really need to frame it! Sigh.

I can't find the actual autograph, but here is proof that my dad saw Steven Curtis Chapman back in the day. That little blond boy is Jim Bob ("Uh, Jena, Get a life."). I don't know where I was. I think I would have liked to have been there. SCC was really genuine so I'm told.

I love this one too! SO I have a friend who worked at this little hole-in-the-wall joint that tourists and celebrities frequent in Nashvegas. She waited on the one and only Keith Urban and knew I was a big fan and asked him for his autograph for me. So sweet! And one of the most thoughtful things anyone has ever given me.

Here's another one that someone requested for me. (Drawn by my dad of!)
I started listening to Lesley's 45's when I was still in diapers. 'Tis true! She sang the first songs I ever learned. He gave me this card when I was unable to make the concert.

Yeah, this Lesley.

Here's my Sean Bean autograph...

I mean...where he would have signed. I had the book, I had the Sharpie, I had the celeb...I just didn't have the nerve. I mean, why wreck a great memory?
Does the autograph just prove that I saw him? How's this for proof?

Here's an album I could have had signed. I worked with one of these guys for a while, but that would have been a risk to ask him to sign it. That may have been humiliating for both of us.  I used to be star struck every time I worked with him knowing that he more than likely had met the members of *NSYNC and BSB. My thirteen year-old-self couldn't handle knowing that. He proved to be a personable and unassuming co-worker over time.

Alright reader, so whose signature do you have? Do you have any weird stories? Do tell. ;)

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Looking Forward

Things I'm looking forward to...
Robert Schwartzman's solo album which drops the second week of October...The imagery I've used makes it look like I'm looking forward to this concert. If only...

Recording my new Christmas song in the studio. Hopefully Kris will still want to play the jingle bells for it!

Award Season

Going to Moldova. I wish this was next week.

Being in Moldova...
Having camp with kiddos in Moldova...

Mariah Carey's next album whenever that may be.

Shania Twain's next album. - Her television series on Oprah's network was so inspiring. Has anyone else out there seen it? I had to watch it every time it aired. And having read her autobiography this summer, I can't wait to hear what she writes next.

She & Him's Christmas Album

Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game of Shadows which will be in theatres December 16th. (This really should be higher on my list.)

The Hobbit: Part 1

The Hobbit: Part 2

A Dangerous Method

Award Season

Going to England-walking through a maze, visiting Stokesay and Highclere Castle.

The announcement of PBS's Masterpiece Classic Season

Starting a Book Club with Makayla and Sara K....anyone else want to join us?

Listening to my Fellowship of the Rings soundtrack while driving to Bayfield to observe the autumn colours. I don't care what people say about the Cheese State. It is truly a beautiful place this time of year.

Finding something in this store.

Award Season

Having a Titanic Party next April  2012 - I'm still trying to convince the party members to try caviar...

Sound of Music at the Playhouse. I've never been more excited to don a habit in my life.

Holding the Winter 2011 Line of Ice Box Cards in my hand.

Downton Abbey: Season 2

And as much as I hate to admit it...Breaking Dawn: Part 1

Did I mention Award Season?
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