Archive for January, 2010

Mary & Max

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

I just finished watching a great film “Mary & Max”. A beautiful correspondence between two unlikely people. As a kid, I always wanted a pen pal and the thrill of getting things in the mail. Now I’m jaded and wary of crazy strangers, but it’s still nice to get things in the mail, especially when everyone relies on email these days. So go send a friend a letter, or even better, a package! There’s nothing like getting a delightful surprise in the mail that you can hold.

The film has delightful details and interesting advice. Perhaps I should rub onions in my arm pits to deter unwanted suitors.

It’s available on itunes and worth checking out! It deals with some more serious themes, so not for young children.

~ Lurgs

Kuna

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

On a recent trip to Costa Rica, I was walking through the market and drawn to these colourful patches and panels of embroidery. The market vendor explained that these were the work of the Kuna, an indigenous group of people from Panama and Columbia. They are known for their molas, the beautiful panels made with applique, reverse applique and embroidery. The Kuna women wear a panel on the front and the back of a blouse as their traditional dress.  I found some images here.

As I was down to my last few Colones, I furiously digged through a bag of patches of all sorts of birds and animals. I finally decided on this little toucan and said “au revoir!” to the vendor who decided to try some french on us.

~ Lurgs

Toys…

Friday, January 29th, 2010

I looked up “toy” in the Webster dictionary (here). It’s not very flattering and dare I say it? Accurate. Because I highly doubt, anybody, ANYBODY, who owns a blind box toy would call it “paltry” or “something a child plays with”.

I have a love. It’s called the blind box toy. You know. That genius idea of wrapping a collectible artist decorated “toy” in non-x-ray-able foil and leaving it to 2/15, 1/15, or ?/??? chance. I often find myself getting caught up in the madness…not that I don’t have my limits or lack of space. But that rush, that THRILL of anticipation as I rip open the package in hopes of that rare ?/??? or that equally cute figurine…is all that I need. It’s addictive. And I don’t mind getting all giddy & silly with the shop staff as I open my package. Honestly though, I have the worst luck. And more often than not, I get the one I DON’T want. Like that ONE scary/ugly/boring one in the WHOLE collection? That’s the one I usually get. Still, I’m a believer. That the next time. The next time, I crack open that small cardboard box. I’m going to get the one I want.

I play the game of chance

And that’s why I come back for more.

~y

Fringe

Friday, January 29th, 2010

A new year, a new blog, a new haircut! I now have bangs, or “fringe” as my fancy hair stylist called it. I catch myself in reflections and I’m not sure who that is. But that’s all in the sense of experiment and adventure that I hope 2010 will be filled with, both in life and craft. It’s already started with some great leaps forward. So cheers to my partner in crime of “mylittlesweatshop” as we start this little project and plunge into the new year!

~ Lurgs