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Ah, December 1st

Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar

Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar

Today, my friends, promises to be a good day.  I awoke to a world covered in frost, hopefully killing all those allergy inducing plants, a work schedule telling me I have until 10:30am before work calls, and my Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar.  In the weeks since I received it for my birthday, it’s sat on my table calling my name, but I’ve managed to resist its siren call until the appointed day.  Today is that day.  December 1st.

IMG_2514No, I am not between the ages of six and fourteen.  However, my enthusiasm is undimmed. This morning, I eagerly cleared a place on my book case, released the top of the box to create a backdrop for my new Lego creations, opened that door and built…something.

IMG_2515I don’t know what it is, actually.  A speeder?  Maybe?  I have no idea.  If you have a thought, let me know, because on this one, I’m clueless. (Try and restrain your hilarity there folks.)  It doesn’t matter that I don’t know what it is, it was still fun.

What?  Will you be treated to daily pictures of the Lego creations?  Well, who would I be to deprive you of such joy.  Of course I will!

‘Til next time,

Jessica

P.S. The more I look at this thing,  the less I know what it is, except it flies…right?

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What’s Eating My Brain?

TYPEWRITER - STOCK PHOTOHello!  Long time, no blog.  I know, believe me.  The absence has been felt.  However, I’m back.  In part, thanks to my 2015 New Year’s Resolutions, but mostly because I missed this too much not make it a part of my life.

Things I’ve discovered since starting my new job.  A job in which I talk with people all day long eats my words if I don’t nurture them carefully.  For too long, I’ve come home exhausted and unable to string together a coherent sentence. (Hopefully, that is better now.)  This will stifle writing like…well, like forgetting how to talk will stifle a conversation.

However, this did not stop my creative drive. At.  All.  In fact, without the wonderful outlet of the written word, the need to create got a little manic sometimes.  Drawings, paintings, quilting, crocheting, playing music, Legos (of course) all stepped in to take over, and I’ve produced some really great stuff.

I missed my words though.  Like most of us who are driven to write, it is more who we are than what we do, and when that part gets locked away for whatever reason, it feels, for me anyway, like a wound that won’t stop aching.  During the  “wordless time” whenever I tried to write, the ache got worse because if the mocking cursor on the blank screen drew anything out of me, it was disjointed. Reviewing what I’d written was more painful, because the form (rambling though my style may be) was shoddy and little sense could be made from the pitiful scraps I was trying to sew together.

This being said.  Please bear with me as I try to find my voice again. I feel a bit like Peter Pan with his wayward shadow.  It is out there somewhere.  I. Just. Have. To. Find. It.

I’ve also been left with stacks of really great art, and no idea what to do with it.  I may be turning to all of you for some advice once I get an idea of how to part with these pieces…if I can part with it.

Art is a funny thing.  I feel deeply that it is meant to be shared, for what good is a vision no one else sees.  Why put pen to paper or brush to canvas unless you want to share your vision with someone else.  Right?  However, as an artist I feel particularly vulnerable whenever I let someone look at my pieces, much less go home with them.  Luckily, I’m convinced I’m not alone in this. (Thank you Amanda Palmer for The Art of Asking.  I’ll tell you guys more about that one a little later.) I also need to part with some of this so I can make room for more new pieces. (My house should not overflow with stuff.)

Life ate my brain for a while.  I’m sorry.  I think it is better now.  I hope.  Maybe?
‘Til next time,

Jessica


How Can I Get A Job Like This?

 

LEGO logo

LEGO logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

LEGO Master Builder Steve Gerling has one of the best jobs…like ever.  He builds Lego models for a living.  The tiger at the Bronx zoo is one of his creations. (check out the interview to see even more awesome pictures).  Have I mentioned how much I love Legos?  Hmm?

How would you like this dude’s job?  I really enjoy Legos.  Now, my creations are nothing compared to Steve Gerling’s, but oh, the ideas I have now.  Sign me up!

LegoHelmsDeep

Photo from Huffington Post. 150,000 piece recreation of Helms Deep

Just in case that wasn’t enough to inspire you to get playing, Huffington Post has some fun Lego facts for you.  This is an image from their article…that looks a bit different from the Helms Deep I made…photo (21)

Well, I don’t even know if the big one would fit in…any one room in my house.   It just goes to show “You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.” (Eames, Inception)

‘Til next time,

Jessica

P.S. I want to send a “thank you” out to all of my friends and family who send me awesome little tidbits like this one!  You guys are awesome.

 

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Hulk Smash

Hulk Smash

You’ll be completely surprised by this, because I never post anything about Legos (Just, you know, here and here and here and here and here?) I have Loki, and now I have Hulk…this is going to happen…very very soon.

‘Til next time,

Jessica

P.S. Okay, so there are enough Lego posts that I finally just gave the fabulous toys and effective alarm systems their own category.  (What haven’t you seen Home Alone?)