Friday, December 25, 2009

Yule, 2009

Wow! All the gift-giving and recieving has ended! However, there is still a mighty plethora of cookies awaiting consumption. But, with this holiday, have come many unforgettable memories with many still to come.

The tree; in splendor!

Alex's photo tree - made by me with credit to The Big Ass Book of Crafts's Mark Montano. Mine looks better than his though. Just a side.

Close up! Notice Alex Trebek there. Mmmm.

My Pep Pep and Mum (looking delirious) this morning. My father received a lovely NOSE COZY...which is a knitted hat for the nose. It really works. Jealous/want one? Let me know and I'll craft one up for little old you.

This here is a painting that I completed for my Early Religion class. It represents the Mesoamerican folk belief of the Nahual, who are witches that can shape-shift into turkeys, donkeys, dogs, cats, foxes (as shown), etc.

Friday, December 18, 2009


This is Serrasalminae, or rather, the Pacu. She is a very close relative to the piranha, but, unlike the piranha, possesses square-shaped teeth that look wonderfully like your own (if you happen to be a human).

Too Cute!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Desert Infatuation No. 1

I'm not quite sure as to where it came from, but one of my newest infatuations has been the wonderous sprawl of the open and pure desert. This curiousity brought about a craving for a cactus terrarium - so, I made one.
Thanks, Alex, for this little guy!


Hunted by early humans and later in 1830, when bounties were placed on Thylacine or Tasmanian Tigers' heads, these nocturnal mammals are now considered extinct. However, there have been countless numbers of unofficial sightings since 1936 when the tiger was perceived to be extinct. Now, researchers attempt to resurrect this incredible animal by using DNA found in old specimens such as embryos and fur.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Yule Tidings

My mind has become quite fertile with the changing season - zippy cold with azure, cloud-covered skies - frost stuck on trees and flower beds.

So she went to work (my mind, that is) and gave birth to a few gifts for a few special someones. The first two photos illustrate charms that I've made out of found driftwood and buffalo teeth. According to many Native American cultures, the buffalo symbolizes generosity, gratefulness, and peace. Next, are the two photos of my vertebrae necklace. I found, what looks to be, a large bird skeleton and recycled some of the bones into jewelry, as I did here. Lastly, is a pair of earrings for a friend made from fly fish hooks. There is still much work to be done.

Sunday, December 6, 2009


Musk: that lovely not-too-girly scent in many perfumes. However, it actually originates from a gland between the stomach and the testicles in the male Musk Deer that is used as an aphrodisiac to attract a female Musk Deer. Consequently, due to over hunting for that oh-so-luxuriously-smelling-wonder-gland, the Musk Deer has faced near extinction. So, now perfumeries get their musk elsewhere; other plants and animals with similar smells and artificial ones as well.