Vintage: Project from College Printing Class!

I had to take a printmaking class in college. While I found some of the projects fascinating and enjoyable, it was often excruciating, because for each exam, we had to turn in a certain number of prints of the current assignment as exactly alike as possible. The teacher also had a very obvious clique of little favorites from previous classes and it was really nauseating to watch him giggle with them as if they were all 12.

If there is anything I cannot stand, it is cliques–groups of people that seem to live to show you how cool they are, how much fun they’re having, how exclusive their club is,and what a loser you are because you aren’t part of their group.

Still,I made it through with some neat projects. This is a woodcut, and as you can clearly see I used nail heads to decorate the backs of these two lizards. I also had to work the design around the knot in the wood.

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Vintage Items: Checklist from my First Job!

I found my old checklist from my first few weeks working in the petting farm at WildLife Trails.  In the petting farm area, we took care of  chickens, ducks, geese, guineas,sheep, cows, goats, donkeys, miniature horses, llamas and pigs. After doing all this stuff on this list daily, caretaking for a large number of  assorted animals became almost second nature to me. Within a couple of years I graduated to Senior Keeper, and I was then able to learn working with the wild animals, which were all native Georgia wildlife such as deer and elk, owls and hawks, cougars, bobcats, possums, otters and raccoons, and even snakes and lizards!

It was a very exciting job, learning about all sorts of wild and farm animals and being with them all day, but it did get pretty exhausting. I was younger and fitter then, of course, but even then, being outside in the heat, rain and cold all day, every day wore me down after a while. I was in college and my parents were divorcing, and my mental state wasn’t that great. After four years I resigned, but I will always have very fond memories of the place.wildlife trails list.jpg

Vintage Toys: A Box from my Mother’s House!

Last night I got together with my two brothers and we went through some extremely dusty boxes in Mother’s basement. We had great fun and I came home with a box of treasures–things I had been wondering about but had thought they were scattered to the wind. I have a lot of my old toys at my house, in storage and in my home, but there were still some missing pieces….I found a lot of them. 🙂

Click on the pics to see the names and stories!

Dragons of North America: The Gowrow!

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A giant beast in the folklore of the Ozarks, the gowrow is a huge dragon-like creature, about twenty feet long, with thick green scales, two front legs with terrible claws, and enormous tusks in its jaws. The tail ends in a blade.
Gowrows are carnivorous and eat any large animals they can find, including humans. The live in caverns and under rock ledges.
The name “gowrow” comes from the vocalizations they make: “GOW ROW!”