Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Dino-peptic Germ

Because I was trying to remember what this thing looked like (from the Flintstones episode "The X-Ray Story") and couldn't find an image of it, I'm posting this so others can have this reference too. When ever I think of a "germ", I always seem to default to this thing! I guess because I was still fairly young when I first saw this episode on TV and there weren't many science shows on at the time to show me what a real germ looked like. I was a dumb kid.

Monday, November 22, 2010

A Toy Paramecium

I made a stuffed toy paramecium and my kids liked it! I think I'll make some more!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

More Grizelda Photos

My husband took these lovely photos of me in my Grizelda costume. Aren't I just gorgeous?

Friday, October 29, 2010

Hallowe'en Costume Contest

Here's a photo of me as Grizelda, the Ghastly Gourmet. It was difficult to photograph the make-up on my face. I may do a better job on Sunday.

Two girls from work, dressed as Poison Ivy and Cat Woman.

The group of them, Cat Woman, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy.

Rich Weston in his First Prize winning homemade Robot Costume.

Martin Geiger's Second Place winning costume, which I thought was sheer genius!!!! Ripley from Aliens!!!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Sneak Peek

This is my Grizelda costume test...without the make-up. I just applied the latex prosthetics with a little spirit gum, so I could remove them easily. The make-up test was done a few weeks ago and I didn't want to waste it because it's expensive. I'll post more photos after the big day, when I'll be in full make-up as well.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Kid's Hallowe'en Costumes 2010

This year, I didn't think providing the kids with their costumes was going to be my job....I thought their father was going to take care of it or else I wouldn't have made them costumes. So yesterday, off we went to the crowded mall to buy ready-made ones. My son recently turned 13, so of course he's getting into scarier he chose this one. Out of shear luck it fit him!

Of course my daughter, being still 9 years old, chose a Princess costume. It was the last one in that style at the store.....probably because it was slightly damaged....actually flawed. I noticed it seemed to have a tear in the front seam where the white fabric joined the coloured panel down the front...but on closer inspection, I realized the sewing was just off. This was actually a good thing because I was able to fix it by hand when we got home. She had tried it on over her regular clothes in the store, so we knew it would fit her. I got her a plastic tiara at an accessory store and she was done!

She borrowed my silver wedding shoes for this photo but she has silver ballet slippers at her Dad's that she can wear.
Mission accomplished!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

My Grizelda Cook Book

This thing was fun to make! I took an old hardcover sketchbook that my husband had lying around...which had only had a couple pages used from it and they had been torn out....I guess he didn't like the paper..... and I made it into the prop that will be accompanying my costume this year.

I looked up some of the weirdest sounding recipes I could find and copied them out with a calligraphy marker, then "weathered" the book with tea stains, Port stains, beet juice, cinnamon, paprika...even some Ovaltine powder.

They're all real recipes......nothing silly or made up....except for the Larks' Tongues in Aspic....but I wrote it so you could really make it if you wanted to.

The best thing that came of this though, is that I learned from my Birth Aunt about a book called Larousse Gastronomique and I got my hands on a copy of it from a used book store. WOW!!! What a great book! I copied recipes from it into my book as well, and information about hanging meat etc.
Anyway....I'll post photos of my costume after October the 29th...because that's when I'll be wearing it to a Hallowe'en Party!

Monday, September 20, 2010

My Half Sister!

I finally had the pleasure of meeting my half sister, Jacqui, yesterday as we celebrated my 46th birthday. She's 4 years younger than me....but much taller!
She also has a much more outgoing personality than me and is very witty! She's fun to be around!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

A Beautiful Dog

Our next door neighbour's father has a beautiful dog who is a Husky, but he's also part wolf!
He has the coveted "one brown eye, one blue eye". I was reading about "wolfdogs" and I believe this guy has a low percentage of wolf in him.

He was visiting yesterday as his owner cut down our 50 year old, half dead apple tree in our backyard.

I took these photos mostly for my daughter, because she thinks he's gorgeous and she wants one of his puppies! Apparently he gets studded every year and helps produce a batch of pups.

Although he's very beautiful, I don't have time to look after a dog, so my daughter won't be getting a puppy anytime soon! They're a lot of work and this one enjoys going for 3 hour walks every day!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Black Ladybug with No Spots

Today I saw something I'd never seen before...a black ladybug with no spots.
When I was in Holland, I saw a black ladybug with two red spots...which was pretty cool, but I've never seen a pure black ladybug here in Ontario in all my years.

Luckily I had my camera nearby, so I photographed the bug. We were cutting down our old, 50 year old apple tree in the backyard I suspect the ladybug was one of the tree's inhabitants.
Sadly, the tree had to go. It was dead in a lot of places and it dropped rotting apples everywhere attracting Yellow least favorite insect!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Minotaur Head

My 13 year old son is big enough to wear the Minotaur head I made for his step-father. He was playing around with it a bit today!

Maybe I should alter the costume so he can borrow it in the future.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

CNE 2010

I didn't take many photos this year....not sure why....but I at least took these of my husband and daughter riding the carousel together! It was coming to a stop in the second daughter wouldn't be that brave if it was going full tilt!

I was sure to photograph my favorite prog rock tribute band, Druckfarben when they played at the Budweiser Midway Stage, August 31st though!

Peter Murray on bass, Troy Feener on drums

Phil Naro

Ed Bernard and Will Hare on keys

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Cleaned Skulls

After a long maceration process and bleaching in the sun, I finally have my Cormorant skull ready for display. I believe it is the skull of a Double Crested Cormorant because they're so common and this one was found near Hamilton Harbour. The kids pointed it out to me among the rocks and thought it was from a Canada Goose, but as soon as I saw the beak I knew it wasn't a goose or duck. At first, I thought it was a large sea gull of some sort. There was still some flesh and feathers on it as well as the distinctive throat pouch leading me to the Cormorant conclusion.

Another one of my maceration projects was this deer skull. It was given to me by a hunter friend of ours after it had been buried for several months. That process rotted the outer skin and muscles off, but the brain was still a dried lump inside! After months of maceration outside in a bucket of water, I finally got it fairly clean.
When all the tissues where gone, I soaked it in a solution of hydrogen peroxide and a little water. I could only find bottles of 3% solution but that seems to have worked well. I bought 7 bottles and poured in enough to completely cover the skull.
I added a small amount of water in case of evaporation. I left it alone for a week and here is the final result.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Summer Photos

This is probably the clearest photo I've been able to manage through our window screen into the backyard so far! One of our frequent visitors was quite close and I photographed him...or her.
While visiting my brother-in-law, I not only photographed the old delapidated house, but some photos of his house and yard also. In the vast vegetable garden there was a grasshopper who didn't try to jump away as I got close.

And what would a visit be without photographing Clark....eternal puppy, killer of mice, voles and groundhogs.

Clark was eager to lick my husband's face! He was shedding like crazy though....Clark I mean...not my husband.

And here is the Dannys' residence.....after a lot of restoration work. The house is from the early 1900s I'm told.