Monday, May 30, 2005


An old cadillac hearse attached to a 4 x 4 truck bed... This specimen was found in Squamish, the next town south of Whistler on Highway 99. Inside, it looked as though it once served as living quarters (creepy). It is currently rusting away while parked at the town's industrial centre as someone's hodge podge collection of construction detritus.

He's good!

The same tulips again and this time taken by Dave. This is what happens after 21 years practice and more or less 1,000,000 shots... practically every photo he takes is perfect.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Wind vane

This is a vane I made it out of the busted parts of a revolving spice rack. It lives on our street facing porch. The tree (plagerized from the Weyrehauser logo) side comes off in the winter to avoid snow from pulling it down. In the last two years though, there hasn't been enough snow to worry about that sort of thing.

Little Shop of Horrors

Here's Dave the Husband getting too close to a carnivorous tulip. So pretty yet so deadly.

Summer's here!

Geez, it's gotten warm so quickly here that I haven't had time to acclimatize. The front garden went from green to pink and red in no time.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005


From '' an example of outdoor ad art from 1950-70's. House o' Weenies makes me imagine a building full of people suffering under a hubris of fair to middling talent. And large lapels.

Separated at Birth

I could very well be subjective to a fault but I thought this toy found long ago at a thrift shop looked a lot like Dave. The main difference of the two are the small screws and slotted lever in the toy's back.

Also, a big credit to Dave for shooting all my bears and my headshot with the pink flowery hat with studio lighting and a Nikon F5/D1X. If you wanna see more of his stuff, click the link in the sidebar.

Tribal Leaders

Here's some of the first bears to come into fruition. Big momma on the right is a whopping 2 feet long and made of 1 1/2" x 1' pine. Cub is of the same ilk and 1/4 size.

Sunday, May 22, 2005


I found this while making space in the kitchen cupboards, the ones under the counter. This schedule was stuck to the underside of a drawer. Upon reading it, I note that the bus routes, times and fares have scarcely changed. A note to my Mumsy dearest; I'm running out of room for the annual gift-to-the-house you give every christmas. The George Foreman Grill, computerized breadmaker, salad spinner, popcorn popper, fondue pot, poached egg pan, waffle iron, blender, rice cooker, 4-slice toaster, coffee carafes, cookie jars and tupperware containers are quite adequate for Me & Dave. Thank you. Really.

And another bear...

Mae is one of my favorite sculptures and reminds me of all the prolific female bears who live in Whistler's mountains, Jeanie in particular. This bear sow is more than 11 years old and hasn't missed a mating season yet.

Illustration friday: Aquatic

My first ever entry into Illustration Friday. It's been years since I've drawn anything for submission... reminds me of the days I used to do nude life drawing at the Vancouver Film School. I had to will myself to go to those 3 hour long sunday afternoon classes (boooring). They did serve its purpose; I improved my sketching skills very, very quickly.

May Month of Softies

Yeah yeah it's not soft, rather it is within my realm of keeping my crafting sustainable... always made of recycled/discarded materials. This is my May entry to MOS.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Best Bird Perch Ever

It's supposed to be Spring at the moment and the bear on my shed roof is looking for a sign of warmer temps. I made it out of discarded plywood from the neighbours two doors up who used it to shape a concrete foundation... Anyway, I've noticed the smallest of birds like to perch themselves between the ears. The extra height from the roof make it a great vantage point against predators.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Albinos of the Animal World

I'm not impressed by eBay sellers proffering the virgin mary on toast or grampa's gallstones... However I do take note of oddities such as this specimen I found on eBay's taxidermy section in late 2003. The description mentioned facts like the hunter's age (12) and this being the boy's first beaver (kill). I recall the auction ended at over $2000us.

Friday, May 13, 2005

Small, Medium & 'Silence of the Lambs' Size

Dave the husband alerted me today to this big ass, saucer sized moth on our shed. The West Coast rainforests around here can produce rather gigantic bugs.

An Unwieldy Pattern

Once in a long while I find myself using my latent sewing skills for something purposeful, like making money (contract jobs) or saving money. Under that slip cover is a tired 11 year old couch I wasn't about to throw away just yet. The 9 metres I bought barely covered it all, save for the pattern being upside down on the back and uneven looking front skirt. It's named after the tacky-licious Jimmy Buffet-esque character in that 'Club Dread' movie.

Fruity names besides 'Apple'

A name like Peaches conjures up images of Texan debutantes and denim cut-offs, well endowed from behind. This bear would love to be snorfling about in a vat of canned peaches in syrup.

Monday, May 09, 2005

Dedicated to the one I love

Fubar was the name of my first car, a rust bucket of a 1983 Volvo station wagon with 321,000km on it. Purchased for $100 from a neighbour three houses uphill from me. I rolled it home without starting the engine. If I still had that car I would've bolted this bear on the hood.

A Girl's Gotta Move...

Good luck to my friend and ex-Whistlerite Colleen who is at the moment taking England by storm!


Curious signage near Pike Place Market in Seattle WA.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

A Thousand Meters

You crafters out there, ever muse about what a kilometer (or 1300 yards) of crepe back satin would look like pooled on the floor? My profile doesn't mention it but I also do contract sewing from time to time. This particular job was for a 12' x 300' curtain and had more than a 200lb finished weight. Needless to say, wood carving has replaced sewing as my main interest for now.