for everyone who asked to see the finished product, here is the pork enhanced bird. It was really delicious, but I have to say I think the onion/garlic/celery/herb under the skin rub was as responsible for that as the bacon. Just my opinion, others may vary. The gravy rocked, though, I must say.
Already this winter has given us more snow than we’ve really been accustomed to. Last year we had a lot of heavy snows and we usually have some snow every winter but not like this. Today we’re getting snow from what I think is the fourth significant storm already this season and it’s just January 10!
So obviously I can’t get out of here for a few days. If you have not seen my driveway, allow me to simply say that it is responsible for many a tale of woe, mostly when in it’s icy glacial snow or post-snow state. I will not be posting pictures of the devilish driveway because the last time I walked down there to check on the condition of the driving surface I slipped on the scary part so you will just have to take my word for it for the time being.
I decided to get to work on an art project. I have been waiting for the chance to get to work on that snakeskin, so here are some pictures of how far I got with it today.
The dry snakeskin was shedding it’s scales. I found that the easiest way to get them off was to just pass it over my thumb while rubbing them off with my finger.
I had some concerns about the leather, mostly that the grain on the non-smooth side would give me problems, but I definitely wanted the smooth side of the leather out so I decided to go for it and hope for the best.
So I put a thin layer of contact cement on both halves, the back of the snakeskin and the inner suede grain of the leather. The leather was just a scrap I got out of the bin at Earth Guild.
The problem is that I don’t think I have any grommets or snaps to finish the piece. It may have to wait until after the snow melts!
Well, it’s supposed to snow, and there were, in fact, a few teeny icy bits falling here, but I don’t know if it’s legally snowing yet.
If we get a measurable amount of snow, I will be surprised, and then I’ll take pictures.
So, by now you’ve probably figured out that shenanigans factor prominently in my lifestyle. What can I say? I demand a high level of stimulation from the world. The latest bit was our Halloween party last Friday. I acquired this styrofoam head from a vegan friend of ours with the intention of using it as a meat delivery device. I like the irony of that, although the donor may not. Sorry! I think it looks awesome for a first attempt though. The eyes are made of a radish which I cut in half, shaved a bit of the skin off for this lovely bloodshot effect, cut holes in which I inserted olives to be the iris/pupil. The Meat Head idea is shamelessly taken from Makezine’s Halloween issue from a few years ago (what? it’s there for me to copy!) and the eye-dea I got from the great one’s (that would be Martha Stewart to you) Halloween book, although hers were frozen in ice cubes for libations.
I was also trying to get all fancy with the cheese there. I clearly need a better understanding of cheese sculpting to make my next chili powder covered organ look more realistic. Still, not a bad shape in all. There is that aortically shaped protuberance there, although it is probably in the wrong place. What? I never had to take anatomy, and I sort of molded it on a whim anyway.
Unfortunately I don’t feel I can post more pictures of the actual shenanigans since I did not get everyone’s consent. I wish I got a picture of the punchbowl with the lovely dry ice fog, but alas, it was not to be. Next year perhaps.