Monday, June 27, 2011

The Great Outdoors...

Hello Lovelies!

I hope you are all doing well out there. I just got back from a lovely three day weekend in the woods with friends. It's an annual tradition, and each year we have more fun. The high points included; capsizing a canoe (yes, that's me immediately after), catching a fish, seeing 2 huge water snakes, finding an old dump full of old glass bottles and tons of laughs. So much fun. Here are some hi-light shots from the trip; you can see more at my Flickr stream here.

While we're on the topic of the outdoors, I have discovered a wonderful photographer whose on-location shoots are amazing: Eliot Lee Hazel. Heard of him? His work is haunting and otherworldly, despite being very simple and stark, which says a lot regarding his ability. My favorite series is the Poppy Field Gang (I even like the name, some samples are shown below.) Peruse the work, it's inspiring.

While we're on the topic of the great outdoors, do you guys like incense? I grew up with it and I love how it makes my house smell. I have been looking for cedar incense for years. (It was really easy to find when I lived out in Oregon.) Well, imagine my surprise when I found Paine's Red Cedar Incense made right here in Auburn, Maine! It's wonderful and real smelling and not overpowering at all. Do yourself a favor if you love incense, and get some and try it. They even sell little log cabins you can burn it in so it looks like there's a fire inside! Cute!

Let's wrap up our outdoor theme with this picture below. What the?! Yes. Apparently, a resourceful inventor back in the early 1900's, felt that both the eyes and the nose should be protected from the sun while out in the summertime. So, here you have a "Nose and Eye Sheath." I imagine you'd look like a reverse raccoon if you ever burned around this thing, not to mention like an idiot whilst actually wearing it. Yikes. No thanks.

Until next time; unpleasant dreams...

Monday, June 20, 2011

Monsters Under the Bed...

Hello Lovelies~

I hope you are all well out there!

Let me start off with some business news, I have listed the entire Everything's Alright Here series in my shop! I have gotten some really positive feedback on this series which is great. It's encouragement like that (mixed with a love for it), that keeps me at it, so thank you all!

You who've followed for awhile know I'm a sucker for a carnival (or circus). So, it was with glee that I went to one over the weekend with some friends and one of my nieces. I got some great shots of the kids enjoying themselves. Perfect summer day. Here are some fun shots of the day:

Speaking of fun carnival related stuff. Have you guys stumbled across The Secret Fun Spot site? Brainchild of artist and designer Kirk Demarais, the site is chock full of vintage dime store packaging, vintage Halloween photos, toys, jokes. It's nuts, in a good way. Go do yourselves a favor and peruse, I dare you to take less than an hour.

Do you use a wallet? Do you know someone who does? (I realize that includes almost everyone on Earth.) The Poketo store has a ton of artistic, fun things, but their limited edition wallets are top knotch. My two current favorites are by Andrea Wan and Gary Baseman, pictured below. (You can't really go wrong with naked ladies running through the woods led by wolves...) Take a peek!

Let's wrap up with some movie talk. I was perusing old sci fi posters for source material for my big secret project, and I came across this little gem of a movie: Bedazzled, starring Raquel Welsh. I have it on my docket for viewing this week, but I have not done so yet. Suffice it to say, it should be interesting and cheap, just the way we like it around here. I read she seduces Dudley Moore in one scene? Gross. I'll let you know how it goes, or you can tell me in the comments if you see it first!

Until next time: unpleasant dreams...

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Manly Man Father's Day Print Sale

Hello Lovelies~

So, I decided (since boys tend to like my prints) that I would run a little storewide Father's Day print sale for the dudes/men/husbands/brothers/sons/dads/boyfriends out there (and ladies who want to treat themselves).

Here are the details: 25% off all prints storewide (that's $15 a print!), June 14-19th. Enter "MANLYMAN" in the coupon code section of my store at check out to receive the discount. Simple as that. I'll ship as quickly as I can. (You're welcome, Ladies.) :)

Until next time: unpleasant dreams...

Monday, June 13, 2011

A Little R & R

Hello Lovelies!

I was on vacation last week and took a ton of pics and did some really fun stuff with a friend who was visiting. Here are some random shots from the week:

And, I discovered some great things while I was out and about. First, if you're local to Portland, you may have heard of the International Cryptozoology Museum. Well, I went there with my friend and did the tour and it was fascinating. In addition, there is a great book store attached that's well organized and had a ton of stuff that was right down my alley, including 2 Ray Bradbury books I didn't have! Both the museum and the bookstore are worth a trip.

I also did a bit of junking and found this really fun scarf that has good luck charms all over it. I'm probably not going to use it, but it may show up in a future shoot, so keep your peepers peeled.

Speaking of shoots, I am working on my big annual photography project and it's going wonderfully so far. Those of you who have followed for awhile may remember my Cigar, Creeper & Dark Circus and Sideshow Series and my Zom-B-Vex Series last year. This year's project is the biggest and the best so far and I'm keeping it under wraps until I release the whole thing October 1st. But, I will give you a hint, it sort of involves this:

I will give more hints as we go along and maybe do some other fun promo stuff. The shot above is from a great Galactically Hot Women of Star Trek Flickr stream that you Kiddies may enjoy. So many neat characters from that show.

And let's wrap up with a movie recommendation. This one is not for the faint of heart (or those who hate clowns/marionettes). Dead Silence is a surprisingly good thriller that I just bought because I liked it so much. The plot is good and has some twists, the characters are terrifying and the mood is dark and creepy. All these things equal at least 4 corn cobs out of 5 on my scale for this one. Check it out and don't watch it alone...

...and don't scream.

Until next time: unpleasant dreams.