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Saturday, October 31, 2009

happy Halloween! Week 4

Here are my lovely five monsters for week 4 of my monster project. I know I missed a few weeks. Please forgive. Small personal crises are always sure to throw you off your game. I have yet to carve my pumpkin, just getting them last night. I work until 9 today so I think I will carve it when I get home. Interesting fact: when I was little we always used to paint our pumpkins. I thought this was normal/what everyone did. It was really fun to paint them. I would do that...but I don't have any paints.

I still need to add two monsters from the last batch into my store. I will make sure I add all of these guys this week. My days off this week are Thursday and Saturday, which is good so I can upload the new ones for week 5 on Saturday.

I made this cute little Christmas one. Figured I should make one early if I am going to so that he can sell for Holiday decor. One week I think I will just make ornaments. It's crazy, because ornaments and my key chains seem like they wouldn't take a lot of time, but they do! I think because they are so small and not stretchy like socks. Working with socks is like working with clay sometimes. You can definitely shape it easily to do what you want to do.

"I'm good at being uncomfortable so I can't stop changing all of the time."-Fiona Apple

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


I have been absent, from my blog and my project. It's been a rough couple weeks that has just now finally started to simmer down. I plan on starting up the monster project again this week. I am off work Friday so that will give me a nice long day to make some good ones. So...interesting tid bit. I randomly search "zerumpees" on yahoo occassionally to see if anything has been written about me in blogs etc. and I clicked on this one link tonight to a blog i guess that mentioned me and the title was "ahh monsters." there i saw one of my monsters that was sold a while back and there was something weird on it like a green plant. The page was still loading and then a snake picture popped up and then this close up of my monster with a giant hairy spider on it! All i saw was "these make great props!" I was so freaked out! It was this close up of this giant disgusting bug on my monster! I know, i know people can do whatever they want once they purchase something such as using them for props in gross bug reptile photo shoots, but totally freaky. I only looked at the page for maybe 5 seconds before screaming and exiting out! I was horrified! Weird....weird.

I love holidays and decorating for them. I made these ghosties a while back when my parents were visiting. They are so old school, but still fun :)

This is what Mogwai decided to do while I decided to bake a spiced cake.

I bought a new cook book called "Quick Meals" and it is huge. I love planning my meals and baking and cooking so it's just what I needed. I used to just get on the food network website but it's hard to just browse there to see what you want to eat, you kind of have to have an idea already.

The monsters grew curious as to what the treat would be.

it called for a half cup of honey. I've never heard of so much honey in a recipe before!

While my cake/bread was baking I went on a much needed therapuetic run. I ran by this little circle of stone blocks that you can sit on and that whole area was covered with red and yellow leaves. We don't get too long of a fall here in Chicago but I'm glad to get what I can before the ice and snow. The weather here can really affect things. Pretty soon the days get so short, only a few hours of sunlight. I can already tell my apartment is getting darker.
Back to the cake. It turned out great. It didn't poof up in the middle but that didn't really matter to me. Maybe on Friday I will try to make something really complicated. There's this parfait in there that looks yummy.
I will leave you with a poem that I love. I know, it's another ee cummings poem. But I love him. And sometimes he is just what you need to feel a bit better.

anyone lived in a pretty how town
(with up so floating many bells down)
spring summer autumn winter
he sang his didn't he danced his did.

Women and men (both little and small)
cared for anyone not at all
they sowed their isn't they reaped their same
sun moon stars rain

children guessed (but only a few
and down they forgot as up they grew
autumn winter spring summer)
that noone loved him more by more

when by now and tree by leaf
she laughed his joy she cried his grief
bird by snow and stir by still
anyone's any was all to her

someones married their everyones
laughed their cryings and did their dance
(sleep wake hope and then)they
said their nevers they slept their dream

stars rain sun moon
(and only the snow can begin to explain
how children are apt to forget to remember
with up so floating many bells down)

one day anyone died i guess
(and noone stooped to kiss his face)
busy folk buried them side by side
little by little and was by was

all by all and deep by deep
and more by more they dream their sleep
noone and anyone earth by april
with by spirit and if by yes.

Women and men (both dong and ding)
summer autumn winter spring
reaped their sowing and went their came
sun moon stars rain

Sunday, October 18, 2009

In a mood for poems

Sometimes I will get into really intense moods of needing to write a poem. One of my favorite activities from my poetry class in college is deconstructing already written poems and creating your own, only using the words from the poem, and using ALL of them. It gets hard, like a puzzle but it can be a lot of fun. One of my other favorites was constructing a poem using only this list of the most common words. Anyways, I was really in the mood tonight so I took an random e.e. cummings poem and made one out of it.
Here is the original:
Humanity i love you
because you would rather black the boots of
success than enquire whose soul dangles from his
watch-chain which would be embarrassing for both

parties and because you
unflinchingly applaud all
songs containing the words country home and
mother when sung at the old howard

Humanity i love you because
when you're hard up you pawn your
intelligence to buy a drink and when
you're flush pride keeps

you from the pawn shops and
because you are continually committing
nuisances but more
especially in your own house

Humanity i love you because you
are perpetually putting the secret of
life in your pants and forgetting
it's there and sitting down

on it
and because you are
forever making poems in the lap
of death Humanity

i hate you

Here is mine:
because you would rather
unflinchingly applaud success,
your flush pride
than Humanity.

buy a drink
and it keeps you from continually committing.

your soul dangles from the life
in your pants - embarrassing for both.


I love you because you are in your own home, The Old Howard.
putting the secret in the lap
and forgetting

perpetually I love you
and when you're hard up. Black on Boots. Making Songs.
of Humanity, death - it's there and sitting down at pawn shops.

I would be his watch chain, your pawn.
all because I love to enquire of intelligence, but
you are nuisances
(country home, mother, hate, humanity)
containing the words and forever making the poems.

"you love you, all because you are sung"

whose all, and when?

which because...because of the Humanity of you.

And I, but more especially, because of you.

More monsters are coming, no worries. Just one of those days.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Five Monsters Week 3

My lovely sewing machine. Go Plush Team!

Areas of my bedroom, no work studio yet! Some day...

Stuffed Bodies. Waiting to come to life!


Custom Order! He is setting off to the UK! What a little jet setter.

Five Monsters for the week! What Fall cuties! I think the striped one is very nightmare before xmas/ Halloween vibe.

Family Photo!

Tonight has been very productive and fun! I must be strategic with my monsters next week since my friends are coming in town. I will probably make one tomorrow and spread them out as the week goes on.
Plush love to everyone!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Five Monsters for 9/27-10/3

Excuse the lack of quality photos. I am feeling a bit under the weather today. Stayed inside in my sweats watching crime shows and working on these babes. It was my birthday Friday so I had special sales going to previous customers, plus I had a lot of new sales which was so exciting. I need to sew some blankets and get everyone's packages sent out on Monday. Such an exciting week of sales.