snowdrifts and snakeskin

Everything looks nice covered with a blanket of snow. Well, except maybe that vinyl tube lawn chair.

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!

how many bushes were there anyway?

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.

trying to get the scales off

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.

glue and leather to back the skin with

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.

allowing the two halves to dry to the 'tacky' stage required for contact cement

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.

smoothing the snakeskin onto the leather
waiting for the glue to dry

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!

more stuff around the premises…

cute little broccoli
leaves are almost gone
tulip poplar leaves are gone, baby, gone, but these trees still look pretty

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.

the neighbor's pasture and ridgeline as seen through my crape myrtle

If we get a measurable amount of snow, I will be surprised, and then I’ll take pictures.

Halloween shenanigans

Meat Head

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.

vaguely heart shaped cheese spread glob

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.

Autumn flowers medley

october 2010

It is really beautiful here right now and I’ve been taking some pictures of flowers and plants around the place again.  I notice that most of them are blue/purple.  I think these flowers look more blue in real life.  I don’t know what they are, but they’re all over the place around here.

black walnuts

We didn’t get a lot of black walnuts this year but I got enough to stain all my wooden display boxes at least.

tiny sedges
a larger sedge that is a lot like papyrus

I really like the sedges. They are aesthetically pleasing to me, especially this big variety which I like to use inside the house instead of  ‘flowers’.  They have the typical ‘sedges have edges’ triangular shape to the stem, and I can really see how people got the idea to make paper from papyrus whenever I handle them.   This is a shot of the top of the plant.

tiny toadstool
this guy was so tiny. Do you think he would like the tiny toadstool?

I think this frog was only about a 1/2 inch long. I was trying to get some good closeups of some ironweed flowers, Paz (kitty) was trying to get my attention and I heard a strange chirp.  Needless to say I wondered how the cat made that noise until I saw the tiny frog jump onto this leaf.


I brought home some yellowroot plants.

If you know what this plant is, please educate me!