Showing posts from May, 2011

Great Glebe Finds

As always, Chris and I had a great time at the Great Glebe Garage Sale. I didn't end up finding anything on our list, but we did get some good deals.

Some of the best stuff we saw didn't wind up coming home with us.

a very Magritte door Chris, always the voice of reason, wouldn't let me drag home this awesome cutout door, nor another set of jumping stilts, even after I talked the seller down to $60 for them. $60 for jumping stilts! They weren't our size and we already have 2 pairs...  still....
But it's not like we went home empty handed.
hauling our loot home

Some of our finds:

awesome old martini shakers - $15 for both
aluminum frame backpack only $2.50
$4 Furby to add toour growing collection

The Mod Mischief Guide to the Great Glebe Garage Sale

Looks like it’s going rain folks. Best be prepared.

Friends have been asking me about my GGGS strategy, so, inspired by Scrimshaw’s and Zoom’s rules, I figured I should share my advice on how to get the most out of your Great Glebe Garage Sale experience.

1. The GGGS officially starts at 9am.

There’s no point in waking up before 6am to be the first ones there. It doesn’t make sense to arrive before everything is set up and people are far less willing to negotiate with you if you are the first person to stop by their yard. I’m sure that many glebites dislike mornings as much as I do – let them finish their first coffee before you try to convince them to part with a precious family heirloom for $5. The belief that “all the good stuff will be gone” is silly since this is a garage sale and what you think is a great find might not be appealing to anyone else.

An acceptable exception would be if you’re looking for a bike (have you considered getting one from re-cycles instead?) or another h…

Painted Records

I've donated a custom painted record to a United Way charity auction. If you've landed on my blog from there, welcome to my little piece of the internet!

You can see more of my painted records and clocks here.

We're still here

It's a little disappointing that the world didn't end yesterday. I had been looking forward to putting into practice all the skills I've learned from watching every post-apocalyptic movie I can get my hands on.

My recent favourite is Doomsday. It's like the best possible combination of Escape from New York, 28 Days Later, Mad Max (most obviously Thunderdome, but with  lots of Road Warrior elements too) and Omega Man.

Three Years

Yesterday, Chris and I celebrated the third anniversary of our first date.

photos from Promdemonium 2011 by Lydia Peltz
Since I'm a total dork, I made this little video full of memories from the last three years.


Chris' mom wants to see more photos of the cat.

So this is Simone, doing her best impersonation of Maru.

All the way from Dimension X

If you were wondering why I was taking apart Furbys again, it was because I wanted some animatronic eyes for my next big project.

The Furbys I found at Value Village were considerably more complicated than the Baby Furbys I used for Little Al. I love the fact that their eyes move sideways and their ears go up and down - those two features are perfect for what I have planned.

So what is it I'm building?
It's everyone's favourite evil warlord from Dimension X: Krang!

This is just the plasticine model, the real fun (i.e. tricky part) comes next when I need to figure out how to make it into a plaster mold.

Party of Awesome

Last week we threw a party. A party of awesome.
Basically, it was an excuse to test out a bunch of ideas for the Ultimate Party Challenge on Instructables, but since neither Chris nor I really did anything for our birthdays we were overdue for some celebrating.

Having recently organized the den (resolution #1) we were finally able to open up most of the apartment and throw a real party (as in more than 20 people mingling about).

We asked our friends to give us their best or craziest party ideas and this is what we wound up with:
Bubbles! While we couldn't pull off a full ballroom, we filled the stairs with bubbles thanks to a bubble machine picked up on clearance at Wal-mart.  Glow-in-the-dark drinks! A little tonic water and some B100 complex vitamins go a long way under the glow of black lights. Full instructable here.
Watermelon punch fountain! Unfortunately we left this one to the last minute and it shows, but version 2.0 should be epic.  French onion dip in a bacon bowl! Serious…

Another Furby bites the dust

I swear I don't have anything against stuffed animals, but I'm once again taking apart adorable fluffy creatures.

All in all, not a bad way to spend election night.