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Intermission [Apr. 8th, 2014|07:09 pm]
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So. There was this plug, plugged into a power supply on the floor, and i had to unplug it. i leaned down and, balancing myself on my right hand, reached for the plug with my left. Used the thumb and forefinger to grasp the plug, and pressed against the power supply with the other fingers to release the plug. No wait ouch ouch ouch PAIN PAIN PAIN.

Yep, broken finger is still broken. Or, i should say, not completely healed. It's sweet that it wants to remind me from time to time.

So, while i wait to resume making art, i will update you with the progress on my flowers. The orchids are still opening up.

large_orchids_opening


small_orchids_opening


Also, behold my snowdrops, pushing through the soil. For a while i was worried that the squirrels might have gotten them since i only planted them last fall, but here they are! The other greenery creeping around on the ground is trailing periwinkle, which has lovely purple flowers.

snowdrops_emerging


And now, something fun. As long as i've been painting these little model horses, i never thought about exhibiting them. However, i recently found out from a friend that model horse shows (yes there are shows for model horses, kinda cool, eh?) have classes for "decorator" style paint jobs like what i do. And she's been encouraging me to show my horses in a local show. She has one of mine, meet Shui:

ChineseNewYearWater

Shui is Chinese for water. My friend exhibited him in a live show on April 5. A live show is one in which the models are physically present (compared to photo shows, where a photograph is submitted for judging).:


springfling_1


grandreserve
He got ribbons for Champion of the Division, Reserve Champion of the Decorator Division, and Grand Reserve Champion of the Mini Custom/Artist Resin Section. Sooooooooo, a big day for the little guy!

So hurry up and heal, finger! No wait, stop knocking unhealed finger around, brain! It's time to art!
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Two steps forward, three steps back [Mar. 19th, 2014|11:20 pm]
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It's official, i did break my finger three weeks ago. i suppose my estimation of pain is a bit off: about 10 years ago i broke my leg, and even though at that moment, the pain was fierce, i remember lying on the ground wondering, is it broken, or just sprained? Sooooooo, yeah, like that. But after a resurgence of the pain last Friday (long past when a sprain should have healed), i had to admit it might be broken, and Monday's x-rays have verified it.

x-ray

And now my finger is safely encased in a splint.

splint


But i had managed to get a couple of prototypes done without too much damage to the break. One of my projects is sculpting bonsai that are part tree, part dragon. i have one that is mostly dragon, and one that is mostly tree:

bonsai_prototypes

Poppet is there for scale. Here is the tree bonsai fully painted:

bonsai_prototype_1


This is probably one of the smallest sculptures i've made, it's roughly an inch square, not including the pot. The dragon is wrapped around the tree, so it might not be so easy to see.

When the splint comes off, i'll start working with finishing up Foppets. And a few dragons in between :-)
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Hello, Proto [Mar. 6th, 2014|02:53 pm]
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So, i am a little behind in my Foppet schedule, due to work, weather, and an accidental attempt to break my finger a week ago. Which is still very tender, though i think i can work with clay now.

But because of all that, i still have some Foppets stuck in rehab:

foppet_rehab

In preparation for fixing Foppet ears, and just a couple of nights before i slammed my finger, i got out some Super Sculpey and made a little dragon. He is a little soft and crude, not much detailing, but a good starting point. i named him ProtoDragon, and my mom has already offered him a home when he's ready. Say hello to Proto:

proto-dragon

He's Poppet-sized and very curly. And in the photo, you can see some miniature Bonsai pots. i used to grow bonsai, small ones of course. i love working small. The pots are for an upcoming project since i don't have any trees right now. Just orchids, two of which are budding now.

orchid_budding

Spring is coming. And with it, Foppets, dragons, and orchids. Here we go!
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Time for a little shameless self-promotion! [Feb. 17th, 2014|09:17 pm]
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i've started the snowball rolling (well, it's still winter), and i've put up two auctions on eBay. Wow it's been a while, i'm glad to see that the process is a bit friendlier than i remember.

So! Tell all your horsie-type friends, this is just what they need to fill the empty space on their shelves/desks/nightstands :-)


Breyer Stablemate Freisian (G3) CM/custom Mehndi-inspired fantasy repaint

and


Breyer Stablemate Saddlebred & Trotting Foal, CM/custom design Chinese New Year

Enjoy :-)
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Back to basics [Feb. 17th, 2014|11:24 am]
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So.

Long time no art. Well, almost no art. In between juggling life and work, i've done the odd piece of art, including a couple of hand-sculpted Foppets, and a fabulous "thunder gourd". i'll dig up some photos soon. Most of my artistic energy has gone into the day job, which is a good place for it, believe me.

But i missed creating things with my hands. i still have a drawer of Breyer model horses in the small Stablemate size, and i started painting a couple as gifts. Now i'm kind of on a roll, and i have a few lovelies ready to be released into the world. Or eBay. Some of them have Mehndi/Henna-inspired designs on them (i like to do henna body art too).

Like this one:


And this one:


And the pair in my previous post, the mother and foal painted up for the Chinese New Year, year of the horse of course :-) It's been an exercise in getting back into the swing of painting again; soon i'll be getting back to sculpting :-D
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she's baaaaaaaack [Feb. 15th, 2014|06:16 pm]
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Hello LiveJournal, how are you?

i've been gone a long time, and yet, i've been right here. Somewhere in the internets.

But it's time to come back, because Art is coming. And Art is good.



It's good to be back.
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In which there is bowling, but especially DUCKPINS! [Jun. 16th, 2011|05:47 pm]
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Poppets love duckpins:



Last year i introduced some good friends of mine to the love that is duckpins bowling. The weekend was nicknamed #BowlingOdyssey2010, and we had so much fun that one year wasn't enough - it will be an annual event.

i'm putting together a little website for it, but while i'm doing that, i want to set down some details here for everyone who is interested in coming to #BowlingOdyssey2011:

July 30 ETA:
Dates: Friday-Sunday August 26-28, PLUS the "bookend" days of Thursday and Monday for anyone interested in making a long weekend out of it.

Activities: DUCKPINS! (of course) but also tenpins, wii bowling, gaming, eating and talking. AND, a trip to the American Visionary Art Museum to see the "Smile!" exhibit which includes a selection of Lisa Snellings' wonderful kinetic sculptures. This exhibit ends in early September, after which her sculptures won't be in display for a while.

Special Bowling Events: Friday and Saturday nights, Terrace Lanes (tenpins) has Rock-n-Bowl from 10pm to 1am. Also on Friday and Saturday nights, Walkersville Lanes (DUCKPINS) has Karaoke Bowling from 9:30pm to 1:30am. We did this last year (no we didn't sing) and it was a blast.

Sunday 11am-1pm, Terrace Lanes offers a 2-hr lane rental for $28 for up to 6 people on a lane. During the same time, Walkersville offers 50 cent games. Walkersville then from 2pm-6pm has their "family plan" of a 2-hour rental for $25, no limit on bowlers, and shoes included.

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights from 8pm-11pm, Terrace Lanes has "buck-fifty" night - "Enjoy bowling, shoe rental, regular hot dog, slice of cheese pizza, small 12oz soda, 4oz Regular Cut Fries all for $1.50 each."

SO. That about covers the local bowling offers for #BowlingOdyssey2011. Lemme know what you'd like to do throughout the weekend.

And for my friends who can't make it this year, do you have weekends that work or DON'T work for you? i'm quite happy to start arranging a weekend for #BowlingOdyssey2012 or should that be #BowlingApocalypse2012???? ETA - The best time of year for me is from mid-June to mid-August, if that helps.


ETA - There will be HENNA! i gots me some fresh henna powder and i've been very happy with it so i'll mix some up for the weekend :-D





(7/10/11) ETA: i have put up a very last minute, style-less web page with some photos of duckpins, when Lisa was visiting in October. She is wicked with a camera.

Oh and i just added a few pics from #BowlingOdyssey2010!:

Get 'em while they're hot! DUCKPINS PHOTOS!
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Twitter: It isn't just for (posting) Breakfast Anymore! [Mar. 20th, 2011|07:01 pm]
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i like watching movies. i like having movies running as "background music" when i work. i like going to the movies with friends and family. Redbox has been my friend, LOL.

But recently i've found a new way to enjoy movies with friends. Through the magic of Twitter, my fiends get together, put on a movie simultaneously (or you know, as close as we can, heh), and start tweeting. i like it, especially when so many of my friends are hours or even TIME ZONES away from me. It's a way to bring everyone together for a couple of hours, having fun doing the same thing.

But, how to choose a movie? Sometimes there's a theme, sometimes it's just an idea. So here i'm going to post a list of movies as ideas for future movie tweet-ups. These are movies i have, so it's biased. Also, i have MOAR movies than what's listed here, so if any of my fiends out there want to add to the list, let's do it!

Movies i've Tweeted-up/Live-tweeted so far:

LOTR 3: Return of the King
The Matrix
Spirited Away

(Some of the) Movies i own that i'd like to Tweet-up:

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
BladeRunner
Alien, Aliens
Sherlock Holmes
LOTR 1, 2
Pirates of the Carribbean 1, 2, 3
Star Wars 4,5,6 (i just got the pre-Special Edition, yes! Old special effects FTW! and Han Shot First(TM) But i also have the Special Edition. And 1,2 and 3, but not the enthusiasm, LOL)
Avatar
Indiana Jones 1, 2, 3
Harry Potter 1-6
A Fish Called Wanda
Logan's Run
Die Hard
The Dark Knight
Mirrormask
Stardust
Coraline
Up
The Nightmare Before Christmas

***ETA:
Wall-E
The Addams Family (Raul Julia FTW!)
Time Bandits
Jurassic Park

What say you, my fiends???

***ETA:


Tweet-up Movies i don't have (yet):

Back to the Future, 1, 2, 3
Let the Right One In (original)
The Animatrix
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Why yes it's a meme! [Feb. 28th, 2011|01:15 pm]
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</form>
What American accent do you have?
Created by Xavier on Memegen.net

Mid-Atlantic. This is what everyone calls a Philadelphia accent although it's also the accent of south Jersey, Baltimore, and Wilmington. Well, everyone that lives near there, that is. Outsiders can tell you talk differently from them even though they can't tell what your accent is.

If you are not from there, you are probably one of the following:
(a) A New Yorker who, unlike most New Yorkers, rhymes "on" with "dawn"; or
(b) A Yat from New Orleans.
You are probably not from Eastern New England or the Great Lakes area, and certainly not from anywhere in the West or Canada.

Take this quiz now - it's easy!
We're going to start with "cot" and "caught." When you say those words do they sound the same or different?



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SONIC BOOM Foppet [Jan. 18th, 2010|12:45 am]
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Things have been quiet for me on the Foppet front, mainly cause i'm still working on my house in between working on work. But a friend of mine asked for my help, and it is leading to a special Foppet.

Some of you familiar with the podcasting community have probably already heard of the sudden death of Tee Morris' wife Natalie, leaving behind Tee and their 5-year-old daughter Serena (a.k.a "Sonic Boom"). My own involvement with the podcasting community goes back to 2005, when i chaired my first Balticon (39), and my good friend Paul Fischer suggested we do a Balticon Podcast.  It's since been my pleasure to get to know such a warm and generous group of people.

Which brings me back to Foppet.  An auction is going on right now to raise money for Sonic Boom's future.  All the details can be found here on The Boom Effect site. During my talk with Paul, the idea for a SONIC BOOM Foppet solidified in my head, and as soon as i've finished painting her, i'll add her to the auction.

The unfinished paint job isn't much to see, so instead i have the design i did in Photoshop. The end result will be different of course, but, when Paul said it would have to be LOUD to be a SONIC BOOM, i told him, it just has to be loudly PAINTED....





So go check out the auction, SONIC BOOM Foppet will be there in a day or two, depending on how long it takes paint to dry so i can photo her, heh.
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stardust [Jul. 6th, 2009|02:17 am]
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i saw a shooting star. About an hour ago, on my way home from helping daecabhir sort our book collection, i was preparing to turn into the gas company parking lot to drop off the gas bill night drop. i just happened to look up and see what looked like a stray firework flashing across the sky, except it was arcing down rather than up, and there was no noise (i had my car window open). It lasted about a second, maybe a second and a half.

i looked online for images and this is the closest thing to what i saw (after i massaged it in Photoshop, that is):




Huge it was, just like a firework. And yet, it was silent. The moon will be officially full in about three hours. i think i found a bit of faerie tonight.

Anyone else seen something similar?
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In which the blog lives up to its subname [May. 9th, 2009|12:29 am]
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Well! My baby's birthday was on Wednesday, she is officially six years old. Today she had her feet trimmed, which for a horse who isn't used to having her feet handled a lot, is a big deal, LOL. But first, isn't **this** the life?

naptime

Ravyn is showing her best side on the left, LOL, Gallant is sprawled out in the center, and Pepsi the quarter horse is visible on the right.
More photo goodness inside...Collapse )
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Poppets On Tour: Birthday Edition! [Apr. 2nd, 2009|12:25 am]
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My birthday was on Friday (and THANK YOU all for the birthday wishes!!!!!), and my good friend vandaluna drove up with her daughter to pay me a nice extended visit. They arrived late Thursday night and we kicked off the weekend with carryout Ledo's pizza, yum!

large photos and verbosity this way!Collapse )
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(no subject) [Jul. 25th, 2008|08:24 am]
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Happy Birthday daecabhir!!!!
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Poppets On Tour: Balticon 42 [May. 31st, 2008|09:35 am]
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It did feel a little weird, not running Balticon anymore, but it wasn't completely work-free, heh. i was sort of the con "ottoman" - when the Chair wasn't available, people put their feet on me, LOL. And by all accounts, our Guests of Honor had the best convention they'd had in a while.

Poppets were there, in the Art Show, and in the company of myself and a few others :-). Poppets let you know what they want. A year ago, i carried three in my purse. During Balticon last year, two of them disappeared, and i couldn't find them right away. Turns out, they preferred my car, 'cause i found them on the floor of the driver's side, almost under the seat. Now they ride in my car in the ashtray (clean since i don't smoke). The last poppet, who stayed in my purse, is now my "Ambassador" :-)

So to lead off the photo dump, here is my Poppet with our Ghost of Honor, Douglas Adams:




More Poppety goodness here:Collapse )
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The Answer...... [Mar. 27th, 2008|11:23 pm]
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42!

(same as Balticon, hehe)

Thank you, everyone, for the birthday wishes! Life is good!
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shameless plug :-) [Mar. 19th, 2008|09:39 pm]
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Because, face it, it's all about the poppets.




The easter poppet sale is here! Get 'em before they're gone!
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Zeitgeist Movie [Mar. 17th, 2008|01:25 pm]
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Zeitgeist Movie.com.

Watch. Discuss. THINK.
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Foppet and Poppet for St. Paddy's Day [Mar. 5th, 2008|12:38 pm]
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Back from the Spring '08 Artist Boot Camp (TM), with happy foppet and poppet for St. Paddy's, and lots of ideas to come.

There are lots of new goodies in the Poppet Planet ebay store. Including a treat for you cat lovers out there, so check it out!
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Poppets Love February [Feb. 2nd, 2008|12:13 am]
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i am still Sick Girl, having had the worst January in a long time, yeesh. But not too sick to help out my friends who need to shop for their honies for Valentine's Day:




Have a look around, she has plenty of unique treats that i guarantee you will NOT find in your local card or candy shop <grin>.
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i kan haz LOL? KTHXBAI [Jan. 6th, 2008|12:17 am]
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Argh i hate being sick. Especially when i lose my voice, though i'm sure those around me appreciate the silence more than they dare to say <cackle>.

i followed a link to the ongoing Greatestjournal drama and found some way cool LOLcats i hadn't seen before, and being the generous sort, i'd like to share them here :-D .




LOTS of LOLcat goodness behind the curtainCollapse )

Thank you and good evening! <cough cough cough>
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Last minute holiday horsey goodness [Dec. 18th, 2007|12:40 pm]
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i'm way overdue for an update, but it'll have to wait til later. Right now, i only have time for some Shameless Self Promotion(TM), i have sales going up on eBay today! These are three-day auctions so that i can mail them out before xmas. i'll update the links as the auctions go live. Enjoy!
















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Play In the Dark!!!!! [Oct. 4th, 2007|12:17 pm]
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It's that time of the year, Halloween season. We loves it, Precioussssss. Poppets of the season abound in Lisa Snellings-Clark's Play In The Dark Sale. One of my contributions is here:

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Artist Bootcamp TM - Summer in the Desert [Aug. 19th, 2007|10:38 pm]
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The good thing about an early flight west is that i don't spend the full day traveling. The not so good thing about it is Oh-my-gawd-it's-early (thank you Robin Williams).

Yesterday was for planning and working on something i brought with me for a future Poppet Planet sale.

Today was for photography, in and out of the water. It is hot here. The heat is oppressive, reminding me of a week ago in Frederick where it went just over 100 but the humidity was fairly high. Here it's not so humid, but the heat still surrounds you, reminding you where you are. Um, inside a giant convection oven i think.

i saw a hummingbird get a snack at the feeder on Lisa's back porch. Then it landed on a nearby hanging plant. And it stayed there. Long minutes. i mean, more than 5 minutes. i had time to get my camera and take photos, that's how long that bird stayed on that plant.



Maybe it was so hot the bird didn't want to spend the energy to fly. i told Lisa it was too hot for a hummer. LOL. i think it wasn't even noon yet, here's how hot it was:




Lisa prepped some poppets for underwater photography, and in the afternoon we drove to Ben's place, with a quick detour to Tatooine to take some photos of me trying not to faint in the heat, LOL.



We took underwater photos with Lisa's digital camera inside a waterproof bag i brought with me, and also an underwater film camera of Lisa's. The digital photos, which are super cool, are here on Lisa's blog, i highly recommend you check them out :-D

Tomorrow is for art. Tuesday is more art. And more photography.

Wednesday is for home.
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Looking for a good home.... [Jul. 29th, 2007|10:53 pm]
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Lisa Snellings-Clark has put this sweet Alice In Wonderland - costumed poppet on sale. Check her out, as well as some other lovely treats.....

Get some early gift shopping done <wink>.
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Hyper-detailed repaint [Jul. 15th, 2007|10:52 pm]
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i likes me a small canvas. Very small. LOL. Released this evidence of my insanity to eBay today:

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Sneak Peak [Jun. 30th, 2007|01:46 am]
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In a little over 12 hours, these two lovelies will be up on ebay:



Try this search link, it should show my current listings. And don't forget Saturday is the last day of Lisa Snellings-Clark's Summer Solstice Sale. Little Red Poppets need homes!
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Patriotic Ponies!!!!!1111ONE [Jun. 25th, 2007|10:49 pm]
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i have a pair of Patriotic Ponies up on ebay now, aren't they cute..... :-)






And while you're browsing ebay, don't forget to check out Lisa Snellings-Clark's Summer Solstice Sale. Little Red Poppets, and the cool brand new Little Blue Poppets, Little Pinks, very cool Harlequin Candlesticks, this is the perfect place to do some gift shopping :-D .
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poppets celebrate summer [Jun. 24th, 2007|04:23 pm]
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Poppet Planet has kicked off its Summer Solstice Sale and goodies abound this time. Alice in Wonderland costumed Poppets, Poppets acting out A Midsummer Night's Dream, Little Red and Little Blue Poppets and more.

One of the offerings is a stunning handmade Poppet puppet, which Lisa captured on video....



Also, an original sculpture i've been working on this spring is making its debut: "Ocean's Amethyst"



And later today, i'll be putting some "patriotic ponies" up on ebay, hehe.
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Poppets on Video [Jun. 5th, 2007|01:34 am]
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In case you haven't seen this on Lisa Snellings-Clark's blog, she shot some video of diving for poppets, which i then set to a very cool Hopeful Machines song. Yes, poppets are preparing to take over YouTube! There will be a "night" version, as soon as i've had some sleep and more time to play with the very cool night footage Lisa sent me...... Enjoy!





Here is the nighttime version, hot off the (You)Tube :-D
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