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Podcast Fun

on Feb 8, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I would like to lift up the Good Christian Fun podcast. Go download an episode and finish reading this while it downloads. Seriously, go do it. So, I was raised VERY Christian. Like, church at least 3 times a week, Christian. It wasn’t until recently I realized, “Holy crap! When people say evangelical, they are talking about how I was raised.” It was a weird moment for me. The thing is, I don’t think I’m alone. Most of the kids I knew attended church too but their experience was often very different from mine. My youth group was lead by a younger guy who was still finishing seminary. He was good about letting us explore our ideas and ask questions. When he started we really gave him a hard time but instead of giving up, he just doubled his efforts. As a result our group became very close knit. We were active in the community, we went on mission trips and...

History and Stickers

on Feb 1, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

One of the reasons I started this site was to work out problems and stay motivated. Goals are a good thing and I find that writing about what I’m doing helps me clarify my thoughts. One of the things I’m struggling with right now is how to balance history, present and future. This might be a little navel-gazey but bear with me. If we don’t take the past into account we can’t learn from our mistakes but if we dwell too much on the past we don’t credit ourselves or others when we change. I guess that is why I have a hard time holding a grudge. I am concerned more with moving forward than dealing in debts. Blah Blah Blah… Here is a new drawing I started. Hopefully it will turn into a sticker....

The Evolution of Clouds

on Jan 26, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I have settled on the shape of my clouds. I think I documented some of the process but looking back I thought it was interesting so I’m going to try to be brief but thorough. When I started the mobile project I was trying for something simple and quick. This is where it all started…     Simple, easy, fun and stylized. It has a little “Avatar the Last Airbender” feel to it. Once I started stringing things together and everything fell apart. I realized I was going to have to get a little more substantial in order to balance the weight of the mutilated coat hanger. I started with the basic shape I was looking for and started experimenting…   I really liked the boxy look and the crumpled edges really worked for me but the construction made them really heavy and making small ones would prove difficult so I started thinking about different shapes. I kept looking...

Rage Against the Machine

on Jan 25, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

    Not that machine… I hate cars. I just do. They are always a pain in the butt. We have an old van and a newer car. The car is the newest car I’ve ever owned. I primarily drive the van because if anything bad happens I want to be the one driving it. The other day I took some vacation to get some work done around the house. I painted a hallway. I painted, rewired some light switches that haven’t worked correctly since we moved in and replaced all the outlets. All-in-all it turned out fairly well. The more I do these things the better I’m getting at them. Anyway, all this work required a trip to the local hardware store. In addition to my supplies, I also picked up a nail… in my brand new tire. Like the home improvements, I was able to take it in stride and it only put me a couple hours off schedule. Vans have the weirdest system for storing the spare...

Valentine’s Day

on Jan 16, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Christmas has past but the cold snowy weather has not. So now is when winter becomes its most punishing. The kids want to go outside but with subzero temperatures and wicked winds we are all stuck in doors. We go to the Milwaukee Public Museum and the mall so the kids can run around a little but it does little to help. So after a trip to Michaels we are working on Valentine’s Day crafts. I used to sluff off Valentine’s Day. I felt like it was a “Hallmark Holiday” for people who were crappy to their partners every other day of the year except for that day, when a magical card erases all their previous misdeeds. I would say things like, “I don’t need a special day to treat you right.” I really did mean it and I really did try to treat the people in my life right, actually I still do. I wasn’t violently opposed to Valentine’s Day, I...

Building Clouds

on Jan 9, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  I told you I am not giving up on this mobile. I am working through the design elements. I am pretty happy with the way the stars look with the beads so I wanted to carry that look and feel over to the other elements. So I’ve been building clouds. I’ve worked through a couple different ideas. Some were better than others. I am definitely going with papercraft clouds: that much I...

Couldn’t help it.

on Jan 5, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

    I couldn’t just give up on it. It’s in my head. So I’m going back to it. I was trying to rush before, but I’m going to take my time. I was looking back at last year and it was one of my most productive. I had fun making things last year. I have this huge list of things I would like to try or do and last year I started to work away at that list. I made some cool magnets, some jewelry and I did some drawings that had been rattling around in my head for years. The jewelry wasn’t that great but it was fun to make. My oldest is pretty good at art and making things but she has a hard time staying focused. She never wants to draw or paint or play with Play D’0h anymore, but when we picked up a big pack of heavy construction paper, she planned out, drew and cut out Emojis for 3 1/2 hours straight. Now she wants nothing to do with: emojis, construction...

Starting a New Year on a Good Foot?

on Jan 2, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I wasn’t even a full day into 2018 and I failed miserably. I was doing some cleaning and came across the last wire hanger that exists in my house. It has taken years of disciplined, methodical dedication but we have finally succeeded in our purge. Foolishly I thought, “Hey let’s make a mobile!” I mean I used to make crap like that all the time when I was a kid. Apparently, I was raised by geniuses. I failed so incredibly that there was almost a fire. I cut myself and then stabbed myself right in the fleshy part of my hand. If I would have taken pictures, I would have won Pinterest for the day for “Nailed It!” Oh man it was so bad. As I progressed it only got worse and more tangled. Nothing was weighed correctly. It was bad. Boondoggle. The more time I invested the worse it got. My wife couldn’t be in the room it was so bad. Nothing but knots,...