Friday, April 26, 2013

Geeky Art Projects . . .

I have added a couple of geeky artworks to the house recently, 
and have a longer-term project on the go too.
I bought a great 'Game of Thrones' print from Redbubble earlier in the year - 
it's the vow taken by new members of the Night's Watch.
It's by the artist mcgani , and I love it. I'm such a sucker for word art!
Anyway, it sat untouched for a month or so because it's 49cm x 52cm
and I just didn't have a frame that big.
Luckily for me, I found one, with glass, at Lifeline for $4. The colour was not great 
and it was a bit banged up, but it was big! The print fit nicely over the 
ugly picture that was already in the frame, leaving a crisp white border.
Some light sanding, a thin coat of watered-down chocolate-coloured craft paint and some
 double sided tape later. . .
The other addition to the house is a frame of little gamer stickers for the boys' TV room
(where the X-Box and other such game nonsense lives). These are also from Redbubble.
It was a difficult project . . . not!
Step 1. Pick your favourite stickers from the website and order them while ordering T-shirts as gifts. 
Wait impatiently for the package to arrive from the States by snail mail.
Step 2. Find an unused  frame in your stash. Buy a piece of poster card that matches the 
TV room couch (navy).
Step 3. Cut the poster card to fit the fame. Play with the sticker arrangement on the card 
with helpful hints from sons 2 and 3.
Step 4. Carefully peel the stickers off their backing and attach them to the card in their final positions.
Step 5. Put the card into the frame and attach the mandatory (at our house) 3M picture hangers.
Step 6. Hang on TV room wall and smile each time you go past.
The final project I'm working on involves one of these . . .
But I'll show you that in a new post soon! Let's just say that I've taken the saying
 "If you can't beat them, join them" as my own.
P.S. "There is no place like"

Thursday, April 25, 2013

We will remember them . . .

I have to admit, when my alarm went off in the dark at 4.40am this morning, I did think about 
how easy it would be just to turn it off and snuggle back into my cosy bed for a nice
 public holiday sleep-in. But a nagging voice in my head kept reminding me that in many places 
in the world there are, and have been through history, Australian Defence Force personnel 
getting up in the dark to undertake dangerous patrols or secret manoeuvres 
and face violent hostility, on my behalf. 
This selfless force included my grandfather, gone from us now for a year. 
Could I get my lazy bum out of bed and go to the ANZAC Day dawn service on a mild 
Queensland morning to say a quiet 'thank you'? Hell, yes. 
I was not alone . . .
There were so many people at this service that I had to stand with a crowd on the footpath 
outside the fence, behind the stage!
As the sun rises on a beautiful day in our lucky country, " lest we forget."


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