Monday, December 27, 2010

New Year's Resolutions

Along with the traditional resolutions of exercise more, eat better, keep not smoking and try to be a general better person I feel like I should get a few more specific, task-oriented goals.

So, I'm considering:
Continuing and actually sticking with Project 365. Perhaps without striving to be overly artistic I can present an actual day in the life of me
Blogging everyday- or at least whenever feasible. Things like book and movie reviews, follow up on crafts I do, that sort of thing.
Getting some pen-pals- because I'm horrible at keeping in touch with my friends.

What are you resolving to do? Any suggestions?

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Some Christmas Stuff I Made

Although, no one really seemed to like them :(

Thursday, December 16, 2010

I Need Your Help.

Hey Guys,

I need your help. Things are getting really tight around here. Even without the holidays, I can't quite get to all my bills this month. The second job hunt is still going, but I really need an extra push.

I don't have a lot of skills, but I take some ok pictures. There's a week left before Christmas.
I'm offering to take free portraits of you, your family or your pets (or your cars, or your shoes, whatever!) in exchange for donations to the 'Save Laura's Electricity Fund'

Here are a few samples from the last year; if you like the, please call me and set up a time for weekend or after work even. I'd really appreciate it!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Getting my Christmas stuffs together

Most of the presents are going to be missing this year because of buget issues, but there are still a few that I'm mishmoshing together. Nothing like homemade, right?

Some of them I'm not even making but just re... well re-somethinging.

I can't claim to be the most creative person in my family, I fall pretty short. I know, some of you are always looking out for my ego, and will probably protest that. So as part of the Christmas stuff I'm working on, I wanted to show you these paintings my grandmother did of my brother and I and my sister that I finally got digitalized for my dad.

How can I compare to talent like this?

 Yes, we were that blond.

No, the eyes aren't messed up, she was a bug eyed little thing.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Halloween Flash Back

I kept meaning to do a post about Halloween, both to show you my awesome gun I made and to finally give a definition of Steampunk to those of you who are out of the loop.

Then I woke up and it was December. So, go ahead and google steampunk and have a look at this gem that just showed up on facebook:

 Ada the Witch Queen-Batman-Airship Captain!

I can just hear her now, "I'm Batman, get off of my derigible before I hex you!" (you have to imagine the Christian Bale Batman voice, no one else fits as well)

Monday, November 29, 2010

Check your Happy at the door, because this is going to make you overload.

Someone find me Matthew Ranzetta and help me get him to Vegas. 'Cause we'z gettin' married.

Found (as usual) through The Official Star Wars Blog, these babies are just what I need. Awesome covered in awesome with a side of AWESOME!

By Australian graphic designer Matt Ranzetta. He, for some reason unknown to me, apparently didn't realize how awesome these are and is unprepared to sell print, but.. oh well I'll just tell you what he said:
"I never anticipated people would show so much interest, let alone want them hanging on their own bedroom walls. So at the moment, I'm looking into the possibility of selling prints individually and as a set.

For now, if you are interested either keep checking back here for updates or simply email me - with 'star wars prints' in the subject. I'll start a little mailing list and keep everyone updated."

So, there you have it. A reason to be happy.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The 'Am I Old' Test

Want to know how to tell if you're old?

Ask yourself this. "By the standards of the place in which I live (or grew up) could I legitimately be someone's grandmother?"

For New Richmond the answer is a resounding yes. It was a stretch last year, but this year is entirely more possible. I have a feeling it gets more and more logistically sound from here on out.

Happy Birthday me!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

I have power!

I have the power to buy books! 

Ok, that might be an slight exaggeration.

I have the power to suggest purchases!
Look at the books the system is getting because I asked so nicely!

Night of the living Trekkies by Kevin David Anderson and Sam Stall

The Word Made Flesh : Literary Tattoos from Bookworms Worldwide

Cooking for geeks : real science, great hacks, and good food by Jeff Potter.

The Geometry of Past by Caz Hildebrand and Jacob Kenedy

Sunday, November 7, 2010


The key to happy is singing boys! As long as there are all-male acapella glee clubs out there, I'll never be TRULY unhappy. Straight No Chaser is going to be in town this week. ON MY BIRTHDAY. Who wants to buy me tickets?

My favorite acapella song? Do you really have to ask?

Sunday is for Deep Thinking

Or it might be for hangovers. I haven't quite decided yet.

But I wanted to start a new weekly blog post, so here's your deep thinking question:

Where do you draw the line between low self-esteem and pragmatism?

Friday, November 5, 2010

The Internet-based Awesome Has Been Stacking Up

I'm a few weeks behind on my attempts to be happy. There has been lots of cool stuff, but no initiative or oomph. Here goes:

1. These SWEET Star Wars pancake molds from Williams-Sonoma.

2. I googled 'awesome font' during a conversation with Deno, and found these two AWESOME head based fonts: The Beard font (which has been making the blog circuit apparently, but no one knows who made it :( ) And the Skullphabet designed by Mark Conahan.
Awesome, Right?

3. This cute birdhouse from Daily Danny, which is awesome in and of itself, not just because I used to have that exact same Fox and Hound  Little Golden Book. Library craft anyone?

4. From way back at Halloween- this awesome Banksey look-a-like costume from a fella named George Schnakenberg.

5. Snickers Salad. Yes I said it. Apparelty it counts as a salad. Apparently I'm the only one on the planet who hasn't heard of it. Dana from MADE fixed that. I'm going to make it for staff meeting.

6. I found this on The Brothers Brick page, but I guess it was originally by Dave Kaleta whom I might just start stalking now. It's just one of many LEGO pics I have saved up for the next few weeks.

Remember, this is Copyrighted to Dave Kaleta
 7. This giant clothespin sculpture by Turkish artist Mehmet Ali Uysal appears in Park Chaudfontaine in Belgium. It was hand delivered to my reader list by MAKE.

8. I made them order this book for me at work. I'm pretty stoked that they actually listened to me. The Word Made Flesh by Eva Talmadge and Justin Taylor

The Word Made Flesh - book trailer from Tattoolit on Vimeo.

9. Amy sent me this totally awesome Mexican Day of the Star Wars Dead print that she found on Neatorama, originally by California-based artist José Pulido. There is a whole series here.

10. And finally from Nature comes this amazing video of an CT scan of a barnacle-encrusted lump from a 17th century shipwreck. See if you can guess what it is.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Tonight's Happy

Season one of LXD is streaming on Netflix. AND season two started up on Hulu.

So, in honor of one Episode 9, one of the best, my happy is:

Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Cheer Jackpot

Want to get happy fast? I have the answer.

New Scandinavian Cooking with Andreas Viestad.

I tried to find a good clip that sums up why I love this show so much.
The best one was the very first one. It gives you great insite into Andreas.
He's cooking outside- check.
He's twitching around- check.
He's looking at you like this food is really turning him on- check.
He's making bizarre food- check.
He's swimming in his speedo- check.

In this clip he's making vegetable soup. Sounds innocent enough, right? Wrong! This soup is an awesome blend of: raw green pepper, roasted red pepper, over boiled carrot, baby cucumber, splash of beer all in the blender. No additional cooking necessary, just topped off with a raw egg yoke and served in a drinking glass. AWESOME!

Several other videos are available at their website such as this one about making colored fish cakes- ground pike colored with beets, because kids love pink food! Or this one about pickled rosemary halibut- that's jarred raw fish with red onions lightly cooked and kept forever. How about this one- deer and rutabaga stew cooked over a campfire (note the dead deer hanging in the background) with some sort of stranged condensed cheese whey caramel.

Hosted by the very strange and fidgety Andreas (pounced Anders) Viestad, every episode is a mini lesson on the culture and history of the Scandinavian people. Everytime you try and find this show it's not there. It just shows up on CET and PBS whenever you least expect it and most need it.

Anders takes his show on the road literally. He sets his kitchen up on mountains, beaches, ffords and ferry boats. I love this man. He brings my cheer level to top notch.

If you don't watch anything else I linked to in this post, watch this two part series. I wont tell you what it's about, it's just awesome!

Part one
Part two

And remember, you all love cheese AND bacon, so don't judge.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I'm downgrading from cheer...

We've moved into, lets find a reason to get out of bed. I'm running out of awesome.

1. This totally awesome and very creepy artificial reef being built off the coast of Cancun:

2. This Pumpkin Spice Latte Cheesecake recipe from Sprinkle Bakes:

3. The fact that I get a mileage check sometime soon and might just keep afloat!

4. Booturtle's Darth Fairy Costume. Check out the Death Star Wand. That's awesome:

And finally:
5. Castle does Steampunk:
6. Watching bad 90's movies in bed I happened to hear Ryan Reynolds voice coming out of my computer. Lo and behold, a 90's made for TV miracle.
Ryan Reynolds in the original Sabrian the Teenaged Witch

I should also mention, coming soon to a computer near you, my weekly update on Why I'm Going to Hell.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

I'm not cheered yet

But everyone's done a great job of getting me going on my way. It's no one's fault I have to find the money to invest in a new wardrobe because mine is no longer appropriate... because my job title changed.

Here are today's happy thoughts.

1.This awesome video, with an even more awesome song from the amazing Jeremy Messersmith, which I found on the Craftzine blog

2. Amy reminded me that I got a copy of Zombies vs. Unicorns yesterday. It's edited by Holly Black, who we all remember from Geektastic... because you read it when I told you to... right?

3. Continuing with the unicorn trend, Kat send me this Adult Swim game- Robot Unicorn Attack

4. This recipe from The Geometry of Pasta by Jacob Kennedy and illustrated by Caz Hildebrand

5. Finally, these Ninja Bread Men cookie cutters from Fred and Friends

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Cheering Up

Do you need some cheering up? I need some cheering up. I've had a shit week. Scratch that, a shit summer. I was minding my own business, getting my pathetic wallow on, when I read this post from The Bloggess about saying screw it and being frivolously happy.

Frivouls might be out of my reach, but I can enjoy the internet.

These are the things that caught my internet eye this week.

1. This puppy from Katie Sokoler's blog Color Me Katie. It made me happy.

2. This video I found in the same post by TheBloggess- Lisztomania by Phoenix featuring the cast of every John Hughes movie ever. (Except Home Alone... or Maid in Manhattan... or Drill Bit Taylor... Poor John Hughes, he really lost it at the end.)

3. This shot of Joshua Jackson and Random Girl with No Eyebrows from Fringe. I don't particularly like Fringe, and I've never really liked Joshua Jackson much (although the Pacey Con video he made for Funny or Die during Comic-Con was pretty awesome), and I really hate the Girl with No Eyebrows... But everytime I scrolled through Hulu looking for something new to watch, this picture was there, catching my eye. Judge not, as I can't explain why.

Yes, I had to google how to take a screen shot... seriously, stop judging me.

4. Picking a new background image for my blog everyday. Go Blogger for finally getting something right.

5. The entirety of Better Book Covers, especially this one:

Also known as: Joy of Cooking by Irma S Rombauer

6. Number 6 is a late add on, but totally awesome, posted on facebook by my friend Nick:
Apollo 11 Saturn V Launch (HD) Camera E-8 from Mark Gray on Vimeo.

I plan to pick three things that make me happy every week. Be prepared. And maybe send me the things that make you happy... so they can make me happy too.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Banned Books Week 2010

Banned Books Week 2010
Or How Censorship Affects Our Everyday Lives.

I don't have time now to tell you my epic story of censoring (but suffice it to say we will not be celebrating Banned Books Week in Clermont County) but there's only one day left in this year's Banned Books Week (my most favorite ALA holiday!), and I wanted to get my proclamation out. Now, mind you, the proclamation is set up to be delivered by a library, not an individual, so I had to do some text editing, but if I missed any bits, just pretend they make sense.


WHEREAS, the freedom to read is essential to our democracy, and reading is among our greatest freedoms; and
WHEREAS, privacy is essential to the exercise of that freedom, and the right to privacy is the right to open inquiry without having the subject of one's interest examined or scrutinized by others; and
WHEREAS, the freedom to read is protected by our Constitution; and
WHEREAS some individuals, groups, and public authorities work to remove or limit access to reading materials, to censor content in schools, to label "controversial" views, to distribute lists of "objectionable" books or authors, and to purge libraries of materials reflecting the diversity of society; and
WHEREAS, both governmental intimidation and the fear of censorship cause authors who seek to avoid controversy to practice self-censorship, thus limiting our access to new ideas; and
WHEREAS, every silencing of a heresy, every enforcement of an orthodoxy, diminishes the toughness and resilience of American society and leaves it less able to deal with controversy and difference; and
WHEREAS, Americans still favor free enterprise in ideas and expression, and can be trusted to exercise critical judgment, to recognize propaganda and misinformation, and to make their own decisions about what they read and believe, and to exercise the responsibilities that accompany this freedom; and
WHEREAS, intellectual freedom is essential to the preservation of a free society and a creative culture; and
WHEREAS, conformity limits the range and variety of inquiry and expression on which our democracy and our culture depend; and
WHEREAS, the American Library Association's Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read is observed during the last week of September each year as a reminder to Americans not to take their precious freedom for granted; and
WHEREAS, Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one's opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, that I, Laura Settle celebrate the American Library Association's Banned Books Week, September 25-October 2, 2010, and be it further
RESOLVED, that I, Laura Settle, encourage all libraries and bookstores to acquire and make available materials representative of all the people in our society; and be it further
RESOLVED, that I, Laura Settle encourage free people to read freely, now and forever.

Adopted by Laura C. Settle
October 1, 2010
New Richmond, Ohio

Sunday, September 19, 2010

T-shirt Upcycle Project

Mollie was the only one who answered my call for an up-cycle pen pal. She sent me not one, but two shirts, one for each catagory. If you recall the first was for a shirt you love but that is too nasty to wear anymore. The second was one you love to wear.

I didn't want to post just one half, but who knows when I'll get my hands on the things I need for the other part, so here is the first half of Mollie's present. Oh, and I know she doesn't read my blog, so don't tell her about it, I want it to be a surprise when she gets it!

So, unfortunately I didn't take too many before pictures, but here's the best I've got. As you can tell, this baby was wayyyyyy past the wearing point. I'd say ew, but I have way worse.

And this is what  I ended up with. Now, before you judge, I've never tried to embroider before. I think it might be awhile before I try again.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

NYPL Digital Gallery

As some of you have heard I've been attempting to rearrange my apartment to make it more hospitable in the hopes that someone will want to spend time with me. Anyone. Part of that mission is to finish hanging the artwork that I started last winter.

And it seems greedy of me to keep my favorite resource a secret. Especially when Kat wanted to know where to find vintage posters

So, let me tell you about the New York Public Library Digital Gallery
Their blurb says "NYPL Digital Gallery provides free and open access to over 700,000 images digitized from the The New York Public Library's vast collections, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, photographs and more."

Can you get cooler than that? I mean, honestly. Here are a few of my favorite that I found just browsing in the last 5 minutes. I think they would look great together in  little grouping my bathroom (the rug is that teal color!)

Affiche américaine When hearts... Digital ID: 118566. New York Public Library
Like this guy, from the 'Turn of the Century Posters' gallery

or this one, from the
Variety of stamps 2. Digital ID: 1221634. New York Public Library
'Asia and the Pacific Rim in Early Prints and Photographs' gallery

 Butterflies from 'Ornament and Pattern: Pre-Victorian to Art Deco'