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August 30, 2006

Meet Gabriella!

My new niece! Born on August 18, 2006.


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August 29, 2006

Rainy day activities

It's been raining for the past 4 days so I started and finished some swaps I'm in on swap-bot. I made this domino pin for the Handmade Item swap and I was going for something like this but didn't want to stamp in black. Instead I stamped in purple and it wasn't dark enough. So I decided to start coloring it in with my new favorite pens by Sakura, the souffle and glaze. It's kinda cool, maybe I got carried away, I don't know but I hope my swap partner likes it.


I also sent her this stamped vase with flower stamps and alcohol ink (she likes gardening).


For the Decorate a switchplate, I used a daisy picture I took and decoupaged it onto the switchplate. I think it came out cute!


Of course I noticed some little dirt that must have stuck on there with the decoupage but I hope the person likes it anyway.

A couple of weeks ago, Yves asked me to make him a little pouch for his sharpie markers and I finally made it today!!


I've had the fabric and the zippers for a long time. I used this tutorial and only had to redo something once but also noticed one tiny, forgiveable mistake. I was so excited! And Yves loves it, he thinks it's cute. The inside is lined with tan felt since I don't have very many 'manly' type fabrics. I was so excited, I made another one but I will definitely have to do it over. Not sure why the zipper is sticking out, maybe I didn't sew far enough up and it's a little too long. HAHA


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August 28, 2006

Rozee is a monkey


You may have guessed that we have a thing for bunnies even though we don't actually have one. We also have a thing for monkeys and obviously, we don't have one nor do we want one. So it's a good thing if we call you a monkey. We are actually liking Rozee here and I took the barracade down last Thursday night and haven't put it back up. There were a couple of altercations with Neo but he basically tries to keep out of Rozee's way. Rozee even slept with me the couple of nights Yves was away for work. It seems like she stays in the same spot, not like Skippy, who jumps off after a little while. She even gets super excited after I come back after being out and greets me at the door. It doesn't matter if I've been gone 5 minutes or 5 hours, she's always excited to see me. Don't get me wrong, Skippy gets excited too but it's usually only if I've been gone a few hours. It will be sad to see Rozee go on Wednesday.

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August 23, 2006

Rozee's here


Rozee, who is Skippy's daughter, is staying with us for a week while Liz and co. went down to Jamaica to visit the rest of the family. Carol-Anne had the baby on Friday, Gabriela. I hope to have a picture of her soon. Apparently she has a head full of black hair. Anyway, Rozee is very different from Skippy, more energetic, more licking and not as disciplined when it comes to bowel functions. She promptly peed and crapped everywhere five minutes after Liz dropped her off. And today, within an hour of walking her, she peed in the kitchen. At least now she is keeping it in the kitchen. Poor Neo didn't come out of the bedroom for a day and a half. We barracaded the back of the house for Neo but he's been staying in the bedroom most of the time. Rozie really isn't too bad and maybe by the end of the week, we can take the barracade down.


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August 22, 2006

2nd Anniversary!



Friday night we celebrated the 2nd year of exchanging mix CDs. You can see all my mixes here. The theme for my mix this month centered on two, for obvious reasons. Pete gave me the idea of two hit wonders and there were so many of them, it became a 2 cd mix. So hence the subtitle "a 2 cd mix of two hit wonders that made the top 20 compiled by 2 people for the 2 year anniversary." Pete really did all the work with compiling the information and getting the songs together. All I did was pick and choose the songs, re-organize the order and designed the cover. Yves burned the copies for me. So it actually took 3 people to put this together. Shhhh!

We had the mixer at the Frying Pan and since it was on a Friday night, Yves even came. It was a beautiful night although the boat was a bit more rocky than I would have liked. I think that kept the drinking down to a minimum, which is a shame since last year we had drunken fun taking head shots. The Frying Pan is really very cool and next to it is a tugboat that's all rusted out but they put tables and chairs on there so people can hang out there as well. Here are a couple of shots of the tugboat.




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August 21, 2006



Back to museum Friday and the museum was MOMA. After having lunch with Pete's visiting friend, Jess, at Pancho Villa (and taking a goofy picture with the host dressed up in Mexican regala), me and Pete headed over around 3. We only had an hour before the free time starts so we headed straight up to the DADA exhibit. No photos were allowed inside the exhibit. I'm still not sure how I feel about the DADA movement. I was expecting something else and I'm not even sure what it was I was expecting. Anyhow, we continued on to the other floors.



No goofy pictures of Peter this time since my camera ran out of batteries and my other rechargeables are crap. But he got some fun ones of me!



In that last photo, we were making fun of the tourists who pose in front of the paintings without smiling. It was really hard not to smile and open my mouth wide! haha. We were also cackling like little kids after taking the picture between the legs of the statue.

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August 18, 2006

Gov'nor's Island

Last Saturday we took a trip over to Governors Island. It really didn't take that long to get there via the ferry and it was a pleasant enough ride. We weren't prepared for our trip since the only food they had was from the vending machine. A lot of people were picnicing. There was a Living History Demonstration so they had people dressed in civil war era clothing. It was pretty interesting. They still had most of the island closed off and there really wasn't all that much to see but it was a nice day.

Yves on the ferry boat

View from the ferry boat of the other ferry boat




We went to Chinatown afterwards to get soup dumplings for lunch. Later on that night we met up with Maureen and Tommy for dinner. We went to Coco Roco on Smith Street and sat in the garden. Me and Yves agreed we like the original one on 5th avenue instead.

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August 14, 2006

The Latest and Greatest ATCs

So I've been lacking in updating my blog with the ATC swaps I've been involved in. So I'm going to post a whole bunch! All these swaps are from nervousness.

Things that Scare Me ATC swap
This is what I sent. I made it a folded ATC so the top left hand side is the back.


This is what I got back.

Everything French ATC swap
This is what I sent. I used actual photographs from my trip to Paris.

This is what I got back.
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Mad Libs ATC swap
This is what I sent. This one was really fun. We had to send in 5 cards, each with a number, adjective, verb, noun, and adverb. I sent in 4 silly girls laugh loudly.

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This is what I got back. Sixteen spotted cows fornicate quickly.

Song Lyrics ATC swap
This is what I sent. My ATCs were inspired by Death Cab for Cutie's Soul Meets Body, The Smiths Bigmouth Strikes Again and the Bee Gees You Should Be Dancing.


I did receive cards back but I can't find them on the mess of my desk.

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Where were you during the Blackout of '03?

So today is the 2nd year anniversary of the North American Blackout. I actually would have forgotten if I didn't read about it somewhere. So it happened a little after 4 on a Thursday afternoon. I was working in midtown. Me and my fellow Brooklynites decided to start walking home. We've done it before, 2 years ago, but this walk was more lighter and we were even making jokes on the way. Yves was already home at that time and he picked me and a co-worker up somewhere between Atlantic and Union street. Thank goodness I was weariing comfortable sandals and it was until I stopped walking and sat down before I realized how tired my feet were. We drove my co-worker the rest of the way home and it was getting dark on the way back home so it was kinda scary. I don't remember what we did that night. Here are some pictures I took along the walk.




That's my co-worker helping an old man over the divider on the Manhattan Bridge. I didn't notice that they both had cigarettes in their mouths until later on!


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August 12, 2006

Adorning my neck...

Here is my first piece of PMC that I worked on at home. I have to tell you, I was quite nervous doing this at home because I was afraid I would forget something. I was so anxious that I did forget to texture the piece. And I think I made it too thin. But no matter, I just gotta keep it up.


Originally, I had the big pinkish bead hanging from the bottom but once I put it on realized it was too big. I switched it to crystals instead and looks a lot better. The pink that fills the heart is resin colored with perfect pearls. I read people mix resin with Pearl Ex but I didn't have any of that.


Here is the microscope slide necklace I finally finished of Yves and Skippy. First it got delayed because I wanted to print the picture on better paper, like photo paper but found that the heat (I think) was affecting the emulsion of the paper underneath the glass so it messed it up. I made another one on matte paper instead but then realized the photo was too red probably because my monitor is not calibrated with my printer. Or maybe my printer just sucks because I'm using cheap ink. Then the 3rd one I made was delayed by waiting forever for my new soldering iron to come. One of the extra tips I ordered with it wasn't in stock (which turned out to be the wrong tip) so they didn't send it out until it was complete. The LOVE charm is the second PMC piece I did at home and I do like it better. I want to fill the heart with colored resin but I'm not mixing anymore resin until I have a bunch of pieces to fill. I still want to get a tumbler so it could really shine the little crevices.



The silver heart chain is actually a bracelet I cut in half. And actually, the photo makes the picture in the slide more red than it actually is. Obviously, I didn't color correct these photos!

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August 10, 2006

This means get off the computer!


I've been freelancing most of this week and last week so I haven't had a chance to take good pictures of some of the silver pieces I've done. I couldn't resist posting this picture of Skippy. He is so freakin' cute!

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August 07, 2006

Never seen a Farm like this!


Saturday, Yves and I went to Staten Island (yep, folks I know I rag on Staten Island a lot but we actually wanted to go there!). We went to take photos of the Farm Colony, an old abandoned poorhouse.Let me tell you, I didn't think it would be as spooky as it was. I should have known better but I didn't expect to have to get in through a hole in the chain link fence. Yves took a picture of me coming out of the hole instead of helping me out! We didn't explore that long because my ankles were getting bitten by mosquitos and I was creeped out. I guess I watch too many horror movies but I didn't want to go inside the actual buildings. We'll go back with more people, strength in numbers!



Afterwards, we went for lunch at Lentos, the same family of the greatly missed Lentos of Bay Ridge as written about here. Happy to report it was just as good.

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August 03, 2006

We Came Out to Plaaaayaaaay




Come out to plaaayaaay!!

Me and Pete met up with Nuno and his friends Ray and Rebecca to catch the free screening of the Warriors as part of the Netflix Roadshow where they are showing movies at the place inspired by or filmed at. Hence the Warriors showing at Coney Island. What fun! I've always loved the Warriors for it's cheasy 70's goodness and I never did see it on the big screen and I was with 2 Warriors Virgins! I'm so glad I went as the bail ratio was very high due to the intense heatwave we've been having. Oh, it was great seeing it with a big crowd, cheering for the Warriors and reciting funny lines. The best was this little girl next to us, probably around 5 years old. Cutest thing ever! Reciting the words right before they were spoken. We found out she saw the movie by 'accident' and loved it and watches it every week, or at least requests to watch it every week. It was the best hearing a 5 year old screaming 'Can You Dig it?' After the screening, most of the gang was there for a Q&A, including Cyrus even though he wasn't listed. He recited his famous words of 'Can You Dig It?' Freakin' awesome!! Sorry for my super grainy pictures but here they are:



Too bad James Remar (Ajax) wasn't there but apparently he's the only working, successful actor out of all of them. I had difficulty recognizing some of the cast so I hope I didn't screw them up.


The Warriors bopped their way home all the way from the Bronx. Home Sweet Home.

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