Halloween Countdown 2017: Gifts from my Nephew!

Sometimes I really enjoy being the crazy aunt. For one thing, my beloved nephew and niece send me fun stuff, like this:

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My nephew works for a logistics company,so he’s conscientious about including a “shipping manifest” for a box of stuff he sends. In the box were all kinds of things for me, my husband, my other brother,and my mother and stepdad, and my nephew Bryan neatly wrote a description of everything and who it all should be distributed to. 🙂

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Here is most of my stuff before I uncovered a few more things. I should note that my oldest sibling’s children attend the University of Arkansas and therefore are big Razorbacks fans. I by default apparently now have to support the team —Bryan asked me if I would send some good juju—–so.uh..WooO PIGS! SOOOIIIEEEEE!(did I do that right, kids?)

Anyway, I got a kitty candleholder and candles, a lighter with an awesome reptilian eye(I don’t smoke, of course,but people can send me stuff like this anyway if it looks cool), a couple of Oreo Halloween eggs that I have to share with Steve, a sweet kitty and pumpkin magnet, and a great drawing of a Jack o’ lantern face on the envelope with my card. 🙂

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Vintage Pic: I Survived the Fourth!

I forgot to post this for the day AFTER the Fourth of July. A great vintage pic! Probably ’91 or ’92.
We got these t-shirts(“I Survived the Fourth of July at Stone Mountain Park”, with firecrackers sticking out of you) for surviving the Fourth at Stone Mountain Park. When I worked there–and probably this still holds true—our boss said “Do not try to leave the park today. Do not even try to leave your parking space, unless of course you have an emergency. Because you will never get back in.” Stone Mountain Park is a massive, massive destination on the Fourth for Atlanta Metro Area citizens, and it is a complete MADHOUSE.
To avoid the problems of having to go get lunch, our boss also had a cookout for us. That was great. Good times, good times.
The snake I am holding is King Henry, our wild-caught king snake who was so patient with visitors wanting to touch him during demonstrations and anyone needing to pick him up to clean out his exhibit. He was a really great little guy.

 

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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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