Thursday, August 22, 2013

Thursday Theme: Schnippy Schnappy

Bunch of small projects this time, and a really short post because I'm exhausted.  While we were in Germany, Mr. Pocket's youngest uncle showed us (and let us taste) his homemade schnapps, and then explained that it's not that hard to do.  No need to set up a still, you just use fruit and sugar and store-bought clear grain alcohol that's not too strong.  So with the abundance of delicious Summer fruit around, we've been experimenting with different flavors, and it's been a delicious experience.  But of course, we need some way to tell all the bottles apart.  So I've been making little tags as labels.  Here's the tour of the fruits of our labors... :)
Strawberry on the left, and red currant on the right.  Both fruits from my mother-in-law's garden.

Wild raspberry... mmm...
Blackberry, made with blackberries from a local farm stand.

More of some of the same flavors - red currant, wild raspberry, and blackberry - portioned out for my parents.

For flavors that aren't ready yet:  peach, plum, and more strawberry.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Thursday Theme: Close Encounters

Wow, has it really been almost a month?  Time flies.  Like a spaceship.  And unlike most times when I miss Thursday posts because I don't have anything to post, this time I haven't posted because I've been beset by UFOs.  UnFinished Objects. 

See, I've started several projects and haven't finished them.  Until this week, I'd finished one project, and it's a contest entry.  So I'll just show you the UFOs that have been hovering over my head, and hopefully that'll kickstart me to get them finished.

I may have shown part of this project before, but it's getting along.  I still need to draw the vines around the rose window, and paint the rest of the vines. 
This one will remain unfinished.  I have to start over, because I didn't really think through the logistics of putting it all together.  I'll share what it is when I'm done re-doing it.  I think it's going to be cool, though :)
These are made with leftovers from a first attempt at my contest entry that I mentioned above.  RWBY is a new original animated webseries from RoosterTeeth Productions.  It's also my new favorite thing in the world!  You should check it out, right here:  RWBY, created by Monty Oum.  It'll load the most recent episode first, so scroll down slightly to find the full selection of episodes and start with episode one, or even better, start with the Red trailer and work your way through White, Black, and Yellow before starting the series.  And if you want to see it, here's my poster contest entry:  ta-daa!

And this one is going to be a gift.  If I ever get it finished.  This, too, is one of several attempts, all but this one being unsatisfactory false starts.  Here, though, I finally feel like I'm onto something.
This week I'm back on a roll, though.  Stay tuned, because I will gather my thoughts and soon post about the awesome workshops that Mom and I took from Finnabair this week.  Totally awesome.  Til then, though, I'm off to try and finish some of these projects...