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I’m notorious for multitasking, though I have been known to get stuck in certain loops, like my papercraft obession. I can’t help it, I love making things.

So for all you fine folks out there, I give you a roundup of the latest things I’ve made!

To kick things off, I present you with two more members of Aido’s Monkey Army, complete with personas:

The Mad Scientist

The Mad Scientist

I’m really pleased that I managed to get the lab coat mostly right! Oh, he’s totally crazy.ย  You should see some of his experiments.

Mutant Monkey

Mutant Monkey

The very first of the Mad Scientists’ experiments. Whether the experiment was successful or not remains unclear, as a 3 tailed monkey could prove to be quite useful for certain missions.

Next, I have some vinyl art for you. Not much but there will be much more on the way!

House of The Rising Sun

House of The Rising Sun

I found a vinyl EP of the Animals singing “House of The Rising Sun” in a charity shop. It’s a track that I’ve always loved ever since I was a kid listening to my Dads’ records but I don’t have a record player so I decided to turn it into art. I painted a (modern) New Orleans skyline against a rising sun. I’m still unsure as to whether it’s finished but I’ll update again if I do “finish” it.

Vinyl Heads

Vinyl Heads

A simple piece but I like it nonetheless.

Next up, still on the stencil theme:

No Face from the Studio Ghibli movie Spirited Away

No Face from the Studio Ghibli movie "Spirited Away

Flying Towards The Sun

Flying Towards The Sun

The Great Wave of Kanagawa

The Great Wave of Kanagawa

Credit where it’s due, the link for this template is here!

Taks SIIR (Standard-Issue Information Retrieval) robot from the cartoon Invader Zim

Tak's SIIR (Standard-Issue Information Retrieval) robot from the cartoon "Invader Zim"

A piece of jewellery next:

Blue Beaded Necklace

Blue Beaded Necklace

And finally…

In case you’re wondering what this has to do with my blog, I made him play the piano.

See? I’m constantly making things!

Let me know what you think of them in the comments, cheers!

Skin Art

This is just a brief post.

Some of you Internet travellers may have seen the photos of a girl with writing all over her skin. Her name is Ariana Page Russell and she has a skin condition called dermographia (which is a bit of a loose term). The link is here:

http://www.arianapagerussell.com/work/skin-two/

Well, I have a similar, if not the same, condition which is called urticaria. It’s basically hives all over my body and it’s immensely painful and itchy. I take a lot of antihistamines and use lotion but it still returns a few hours later. It doesn’t really affect the things I do but I’ve almost torn my skin to shreds at times.

Recently, I wondered if I could do the same thing as that girl Ariana did with her skin.

It turns out I can but it’s not an experiment I’ll try again. It upsets my boyfriend so I’ve promised him that after taking one photo that I would stop.

So, here you are, the one and only photo that I will take of my urticaria.

Ouch My Leg

Ouch My Leg

Yes, I messed it up but it does spell ouch!

I AM THE CONQUEROR OF MY SEWING MACHINE!

Sorry about that, I’ve been pretty excited about that. I’ll back up and explain a little.

Before my mam became a missus and a mother, she used to be a seamstress in a factory (not in that Discworld “Guild of Seamstresses” sort of way). After she left her job, she continued to make outfits for various occasions. She made my communion dress, a flowergirl dress and 2 debs dresses. (For all non-Irish-school-attended-people, a Debs is sorta like a prom, but it usually happens a few months after leaving school.) Of course, all of that was for me, I can’t even think of how many other dresses and outfits she’s made for several other people.

So you’d think that my mam would have taught me how to use a sewing machine from a youngish age but no. I never really found out why (maybe she was afraid I’d break it?) so I learnt to sew by hand. Which is all fine and well for a while but a sewing machine is far superior to hand sewing. So, off I toddled to Dunnes Stores to pick up a cheap one and after much cursing, practising, slightly more cursing and finally re-reading the manual, I finally figured out to master it!

NOW you can see why I got excited!

Anyways, today I present you with my latest skills:

Totoro from the Studio Ghibli movie My Neighbour Totoro

Totoro from the Studio Ghibli movie "My Neighbour Totoro"

Greetings fellow allergists! You may recognise the next creature!

Snot Monster will devour all of your tissues!

Snot Monster will devour all of your tissues!

The next two were made for my boyfriend who REALLY wants an army of monkeys. I’m doing the best I can with recycled materials such as old tshirts and whatnot but don’t you worry my love, you will have your army!

BW Bush

BW Bush

This monkey’s talents lie in being a Class 1 Distract-O-Mime. Ever been distracted by a mime? No? Well, you will be. How can you resist? It’s a miming monkey! Oh noes, ambushed again!

Ninja Monkey - deadliest of all ninjas!

Ninja Monkey - deadliest of all ninjas!

I managed to get a picture of this secretive simian while he was posing but as soon as he heard the “click” of the camera, he was gone! Now who knows where he could be…

I do have more plans for Aido’s Monkey Army! Many more plans, but I won’t tell you what they are yet (in case they turn out badly!) but guaranteed, I will post more pictures!

Jewellery

Wow, my last post received a lot of views! Now I’ve got standards to live up to I guess ๐Ÿ˜€

So, today’s post is all about the jewellery I make. I’ve made and fixed jewellery for over 10 years but not much, mostly due to lack of the right tools. However, that changed about a month or two ago and ever since I’ve been making jewellery almost every day.

Here’s a few examples:

Flying Spaghetti Monster - Im not a Pastafarian but I enjoy his noodly goodness

Flying Spaghetti Monster - I'm not a Pastafarian but I enjoy his noodly goodness

Instructions from:

http://www.winonatong.com/archives/2006/06/flying_spaghetti_monster_jewellery.php

Butterfly Necklace

Butterfly Necklace

4 Earrings

4 Earrings

Necklace Mandala - my own design

Necklace Mandala - my own design

Origami Crane Earrings

Origami Crane Earrings

Well, that’s all I have for the moment, I still have a lot of works in progress. I’m hoping to sell a few of these at an arts and crafts fair soon enough so let me know what you think!

As a birthday present to myself, my two best friends took me to Bristol last Friday. We were only there for 2 days and a night so we wanted to get in as much as we could.

After we devoured the most delicious breakfast, we made our way to the Bristol City Musuem, to wait in line for 2 and a half hours to see the Banksy Exhibition. (If you don’t know who Banksy is, well then, I gotta ask, where have you been hiding? Use your Google powers to see who I mean.)

It was totally worth the wait, I’m really glad that we got through that crowd!

This was only PART of the queue. This shows nothing of the crowd behind me, nor the crowd around the corner in front of me!

The queues have been like that for a month. People begin queuing at 7AM but the doors don’t open until 9AM. However, admission is free and I do recommend visiting it yourself if you can.

Here’s some of the shots I got, as always, the rest are on my Flickr page.

Suicidal Ronald

Suicidal Ronald

Skanky Angel

Skanky Angel

Animatronic Bunny Filing Her Nails

Animatronic Bunny Filing Her Nails

Escape from Guantamo Bay

Escape from Guantamo Bay

Venus De Homeless

Venus De Homeless

Nanny

Nanny

Workers Of The World Unite!

Workers Of The World Unite!

As promised (to whoever may be reading), here are photos from Sunday 26th July at the Kings Of Concrete:

Artist: Splinky

Artist: Splinky

Thats my boyfriend with the camera :D

That's my boyfriend with the camera ๐Ÿ˜€

Right, well, that’s enough for now. My eyes hurt and I dream about layers and presets these days, but it was all totally worth it!

If you want to see more Kings Of Concrete photos, you can check them out here.

‘Til next time yo!

Yes! It’s that time of the year again, when I get to be an official photographer for the Kings of Concrete festival, woohoo!

The Kings of Concrete is a 2 day festival held in the ground of the Dublin Civic Offices in Wood Quay, Dublin. It’s a brilliant festival that features and focuses on mostly ignored activites, like skateboarding, parkour, B-boy dancing, MC-ing (not sure what the verb to MC is), graffiti/street art, rollerblading, BMXing…and that’s all I can think of right now but there’s also workshops so anyone can learn these same skills. You can learn how to print your own tshirts, how to breakdance, do caperoia (prob spelt wrong, I’m tired right now), how to MC and lots more.

It’s also a chance to be able to approach graffiti artists, which isn’t something I can normally do. I managed to overcome my aweness/shyness and talk to a few of them about their work and just in general talk to them.

So, here are some of my favourite street art pieces from Saturday 25th July 2009:

Happy Martian

Happy Martian by Gene

Angry Bear by iamdoom

Angry Bear by iamdoom

Deer playing Organic Violin by iamdoom

Deer playing Organic Violin by iamdoom

Colurful Face

Colurful Face

Monopoly Guy gets Arrested by ADW

Monopoly Guy gets Arrested by ADW

Lion by Master Z

Lion by Master Z

Spray Boy

Spray Boy

Nothing To See Here by Canvaz

Nothing To See Here by Canvaz

Deer Heart by iamdoom

Deer Heart by iamdoom

And here’s other shots from the day:

They love the Kings Of Concrete!

That’s all I’m gonna show you of Day 1, but there’s more on my Flickr page!

Day 2 pictures will be put up sometime this week, my eyes need a rest from going through 1000 photos!

Oh and one more thing: a poster that I made of His Noodliness, Flying Spaghetti Monster proclaiming his love of the Kings Of Concrete

He loves the Kings Of Concrete!

He loves the Kings Of Concrete!

Alien Abduction Lamp

I was using Stumbleupon when I read this article on how to make your own alien abduction lamp for under $5 and I laughed heartily at the idea. Then, almost instantly, I leapt upon the challenge of making my own.

I was slightly hampered by some minor details, such as the lack of owning a drill so I modified slightly and made my own version with paper-maiche on a cassarole dish.ย  (It was extremely difficult to get the UFO shape off the dish!)

Anyways, here’s my version and it cost me roughly about โ‚ฌ5:

Alien Abduction Lamp

Alien Abduction Lamp

Now all of my friends are asking me to make one for them! I made a much bigger version for a friend’s gig recently, I hung it over the dancefloor so people could pretend they were being abducted while they danced ๐Ÿ˜€

Karma

I spent a lot of my life wondering what the deal was with religion. Having grown up in Ireland, I was constantly bombarded with Catholicism from birth. I’ve been baptised, had my Communion at age 7, my Confirmation at age 12 and have seen the inside of many a church with all the christenings, weddings and funerals I’ve been to. I was also forced to go to Mass every Sunday for about 5 years (by myself, I often wondered why my parents made me go when they rarely went). But I never saw the point in it all, even though I honestly tried. I just can’t take a leap of faith, I need proof.

I’ve researched a lot of religions, partially out of curiousity as to what they’re like and partially to see if there was anything I could put my belief in. Paganism was close but not quite it. Belief has power and while I’m not going into any details, belief in paganism works.

Back in 2007, I started having all sorts of ephiphanies about all sorts of things. I was going through a major change in my life so it’s not surprising that I figured out a lot of stuff in my head. One of the biggest discoveries within my own head was a new way of thinking, a new belief.

Karma.

Okay, so it’s not a new concept but I took it and adapted it for myself. I wrote up some guidelines to always remember and every time I practise it, karma presents me with proof. Brilliant!

  1. Do random nice things for people, even strangers. Walk up to someone on the street and compliment them, then walk away leaving them slightly confused and flattered. Make a kickass CD/DVD/mix/folder/whatever for someone who’ll appreciate it. Make a cup of tea for your mam. You get the idea, and being inventive with your random acts of kindness can be a lot of fun.
  2. Don’t live the karma way of life if you expect the 3 Fold Law to work in every circumstance. It doesn’t work like that. Sometimes, a person can do many a great deed and still have a string of bad luck for a while but the karma will build up and be released eventually. You can’t really appreciate the highs until you’ve suffered the lows. Besides, karma isn’t about what you get back from it. You should expect nothing back except maybe for a smile and/or a hug.
  3. You must learn the difference between Right and Wrong. Completely essential stuff.
  4. Try to have manners. They don’t hurt or cost anything and can really brighten up someone’s day. (Talking from experience here!)
  5. Help those who cannot help themselves.
  6. All religions can be celebrated. Karma is not an exclusive club.
  7. Be kind and interested in our environment/nature/planet. We’ve taken a lot from all around us and it’s mostly taken for granted.
  8. Be kind to yourself every now and then. Do something you want to do. Do something exciting and different that you’ve never done before. If nobody wants to join you, well go ahead and do it by yourself anyway!
  9. Give the world as much love and karma and as little destruction and chaos as possible.
  10. Enjoy life but do no harm to anyone. This includes making people worry about you.

I know it might sound a bit sappy and all, but it’s something I’ve created and something I can truly believe in. Besides, it’s an easy religion to celebrate. All I have to do is share my karma with everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

“To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest of places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.” ~ Arundhati Roy

Looking for some new music to listen to? Intrigued by that new sound that’s called Dubstep? Well then, I’ve got a treat for you.

I’ve added a new tab on my blog (as well as giving the blog a bit of a makeover and making it more personalised) called Mixes, Music, Videos and if you scamper over there you’ll find some free mixes to download and some links to videos too. Now, I know this is a blog about things that I’ve made but my friends are talented and I’m involved in the design side of things so I’ve included them here. So nyah ๐Ÿ˜€

No doubt I’ll be adding more mixes and links but I’ll also start adding some of my involvement too, such as cover designs, visualisations and whatever else comes to mind.

Well, that’s all from me tonight, have a good weekend!

(By the way, the new picture on the header is a Laputa robot that I made out of modelling clay. I just wanted to let you know that it was something made by me, that’s all. Oh, and if you have no clue what a Laputa robot is, then go watch “Laputa –ย  Castle In The Sky” by Studio Ghibli!)