Easter Eggin’ It

This weekend I got to do egg dying for the first time! …You know, I’m realizing now that I didn’t do a lot of the traditional artsy holiday traditions growing up! I’m getting to experience some of them for the first time with my partner’s family.

I admittedly went a little overboard for my second egg (left).

We then used them to go egg hunting after we were done! Winner got a chocolate bunny. 🙂 And then they went into the egg salad the next day, hah.

Isn’t my partner funny? 😛

I hope you had a great easter break!

 

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That Time We Went Sorta-Viral: Double King – Part 2

See Part 1 here, the making of. 🙂

So, the tweet that made my account unusable for a couple of days (and my life… a little tiny bit less productive):

The character’s creator, Felix Colgrave, saw it pretty quickly after I tweeted it. I realize now I tweeted it out late at night when I had a moment to edit everything together, and he happens to live in Australia… total accident.

He retweeted it, and the rest is internet history. Almost 11k likes, over 2.6k retweets, and 641k “impressions” (times people scrolled past it I guess, hah!). We even managed to get some fan art during the flurry of retweets and likes.

I included a couple other photos in a follow-up tweet, but GIFs man, gotta love ’em. They really grab people’s attention.

If you haven’t seen the video, it went viral early last year (2017). I highly recommend it if you have a spare 10 minutes. The animator, Felix Colgrave, did everything on his own, over TWO YEARS. Character designs, animation, music (bits and pieces fair-use samples), EVERYTHING! It’s absolutely insane; I can’t imagine the amount of work that went into this.

Thanks again, Felix! It was fun.

That Time We Went Sorta-Viral: Double King – Part 1

Skip ahead to the good part! Part 2, internet famous.

Halloween is by far my favorite holiday. Candy and an excuse for everyone to dress up, what’s not to like? So my significant other decided what he wanted to be, two weeks before Halloween. Double King. We gotta make it!

Cue us running out to the fabric and craft stores. Some hasty geometry at the fabric counter and two styrofoam balls later, we had our raw materials.

The biggest component of the costume is the cape, which has three colors, two lining the edge. We had to take over the living room table and extend our working area with another folding table right next to it. I can mend things but neither of us are particularly strong sew-ers (sewists? had to look that up). We did some binge-watching (I think I watched some of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend?) and late weekends, and busted out this bad boy in a little over a week. I also put a clasp below where his chin would be, so it would stay closed.

The boy took care of the eyes and crown since I admittedly did more of the sewing (sewing is so relaxing… and an excuse to “productively” watch TV). Some old Bristol board I had under the bed in my art box and gold spray paint worked pretty well, and kept things light-weight for attaching to the eyes. That piece then was attached to a black baseball cap from an old uniform.

He wore it out on Halloween (and since Halloween fell on a weekday last year, to a few other events before and after), and he got lots of attention and compliments. He had shown the Double King YouTube video to most people in our immediate circle, so a lot of them knew who it was. But aside from that, it’s a pretty cute character, so that helped too.

I didn’t do our informal photoshoot (where that GIF came from) in a field until December when it had cooled off a bit. As usual, it was still pretty hot during the day at the end of October. And then I didn’t tweet it to the creator until March of this year! Some weird combination of procrastination and nervousness of “approaching” him on Twitter (I don’t tweet a whole lot). I’ll go ahead and put that in another post; this one’s getting a mite long.

Little Texas in Tokyo: Follow Up

I had the good fortune of visiting Japan in 2016 (jeez, time flies) and we made a point of going to a bar called Little Texas while we were in Tokyo. My dad and I made a sign out of license plates and scrap metal, and I posted about it here.

Well guess what. One of the people I went with went back recently, and they had hung it on the wall! My friend just texted me a picture.

I know, this picture looks like it could be from just about anywhere in Texas, but I swear it’s in Tokyo, Japan!

Eclipse: The Totality

I got to go visit my sister for the solar eclipse! She lives only two hours away from the path of the totality, so I made a miniature vacation out of it. It’s also the first time I’ve gotten to visit her since she moved away from Texas. My cousin and a good friend of his also came out for a visit.

My sister nabbed the special glasses ahead of time online. It’s a good thing too; they were in high demand and sold out everywhere (and I’m sure you saw the news articles about fakes floating around).

My cousin was wearing an odd shirt that let you draw on it with a silver sharpie, and he asked me to draw an eclipse! He wore it the day of the event, and then afterward I added the date and we all signed it and took a picture with it to commemorate the event. It was a little goofy, but sweet.

Georgia was so lovely (and so green!!!). After the eclipse we drove for a bit to some falls my sister knew about, just in a park in a secluded area.

By the way, the next eclipse will take place April 8, 2024, and the totality will be over Texas! My sister said “We can take our kids!” Neither of us have kids yet. Hah. Hah hah.