Thursday, July 9, 2009

Carpe Smurf


The Smurfs: Season 1: Vol. 1

I'm returning The Smurfs Season 1: Volume 1 to Netflix today... I love the Smurfs! This is the first time I've watched them since waaaay back when they were on TV on Saturday mornings! (Remember SmurfBerry Crunch?) 

I watched only three of the six episodes, or, actually, mini-sodes. I thought, should I watch them all? I want to, but on the other hand, if there are only six on this DVD and six on the next (and last) DVD of the season... I want to save some for later. On the other hand, if the world ends tomorrow, I want to have seen all the Smurf episodes I can. At the same time, if it really is the end of the world, hopefully I am going to heaven, and I believe in my heart that there are real Smurfs in heaven. You can play with them, and if you want, live with them in their little Smurf village.

So it was a classic instance of the epic struggle (well, not epic, but let's say epic, because it sounds cooler): Carpé Smurf vs. Carpe-how-many-DVDs-are-they-going-to-release-and-I-don't-want-to-use-them-up-all-at-once.

Netflix has Smurfs Season 1, a two-DVD season; The Smurfs: True Blue Friends, which is a collection of episodes from Season 2; and The Smurfs and the Magic Flute, which is, I'm just going to tell you right now, not that great of a movie. It's one of the ones where they bring in humans or human-type creatures, and that takes the focus away from the Smurfs. Who wants that? Nobody.

I do love Smurfs and am happy to trade items in my online shops (handmade as well as supplies/ephemera) for Smurf-related items. I am especially interested in foreign (to me, non.-U.S.) items, such as Pitufos (Spanish), Puffos, etc. If you have an offer, please just leave me a comment below or contact me through my CreativeSundries Etsy shopor CuriousSundries or (preferred) ArtFire

For example, I can trade for some of these cool bottles in exchange for Smurf goods (I'm no longer selling them, but trades are fine). 
x5 Clear Glass Vials with Corks Tiny Bottles

Smurf you very much! 

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

How...?

   

I've been browsing Etsy for ephemera... and I've come across some shops with 400 items.. 900 items... and a shop with 4,000 ITEMS! Yiiiikes. How do you get 4,000 frelling items in your shop? Who does that? Etsy is loving those fees! Hahaha!

   

Ads in Your Inbox


Have you noticed how, when you sign up for an email mailing list these days, the new norm seems to be sending you advertisements and reminders, like, 5 times a week? Sheesh! When did this become the new frequency? 

I am going to unsubscribe from Hancock Fabrics and this one bead store's lists. I just don't need to hear from them every day! They're always having 75%-off sales off really low-quality stuff anyway. 

Dunn. Bros. and Caribou Coffee tell me at least twice a week about their new coffee blends. 

Even Move-on.org sends me stuff every day, but I probably won't unsubscribe to them because it is usually important info. I don't want to miss out on what Obama is doing! 

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Let's Get Something Straight...


Hello, everyone.

I have been exploring over at ArtFire, and working on my CreativeSundries shop there. So far I have my fawn necklace listed. I'll get more stuff up as time and motivation allow. I find the listing process there to be easy, even--enjoyable! Wow! It's all on one page, which is cool. It's really user-friendly. 

Now I'd like to address an issue I've seen on ArtFire, as well as Etsy.
I would like to get something straight, and, I hope, find others of the same mind:

Finding vintage images, cutting them out, and reproducing them, digitally or otherwise, and selling the finished, unaltered image... IS NOT ART! It is simply not art. There's no soul in getting a library book, scanning vintage images, and selling the scanned image. 

Why are people scanning and selling images that they didn't photograph or draw themselves, and that do not belong to them? 

I believe that there are two reasons: 1) because they can, either because a) the image's copyright is technically expired, or the original copyright owner is either no longer around to enforce the copyright, or because the image is technically in the public domain, or 2) They somehow just don't know any better. 

As for the first excuse, make sure you're reading the restrictions on "public domain" images. Images in the public domain are almost never designated for commercial--i.e., selling, no matter how much or how little. A perfect example is the illustrations in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The images are in the public domain. But they are not for commercial use--i.e., copying them and selling them as a digital collage sheet! Or, making rubber stamps out of them, and selling the stamps. 

As for the second--if people are selling images--not things made with the images, but the images themselves, I would really hope they would do research into what they're selling. 

It's different from collage. I don't use photocopies in my collages; I love the way the original images look. 

What if the images are from 15th century China and there is no way to trace the artist? It's still not cool to scan them, print them on cardstock, and sell them, unaltered.

I'm just not sure why people are so intent on selling (unaltered) images they themselves did not create. And it is frustrating that online selling venues are allowing it to continue.

I encourage you to use your own creativity! Take your own photographs! Make your own images! Carve your own stamps! If you like certain images, say, vintage 50s and 60s (like I do), why not buy an antique book and cut out some of the images for your collages? Make an original card that incorporates the image in your own way. As Shel Silverstein says, "Put something in the world that ain't been there before."

Discussion and comments welcome! 



Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Bewitching!


Bewitched!

I had a bewitching dream last night... that I met Elizabeth Montgomery, star of Bewitched, one of the best shows of all time. In the dream, I was at some party and she was there, and I went up to her and was gushing like crazy (which is sooooo unlike me, hahaha!) and I was like, you are the best! I loved you in Bewitched!! And I asked if I could have her autograph. 

She gave me not only an autograph, but wrote a two-page letter--it was about a magic spell and the effects it had on somebody she used it on. The cool thing was, the letter was written in shiny metallic purple ink that faded away, then immediately came back. I was freaking OUT! I couldn't believe I 1) Met Samantha Stevens, and 2) she wrote me this really cool letter with disappearing-reappearing metallic purple ink!!!!

My favorite Spanish word for the day is "ulular" -- to hoot! 

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Ordinary People and Money



At the books-on-sale cart at the library, the book Ordinary People, Extraordinary Wealth caught my eye. I paid two dollars for it, and after reading it, I'm glad I didn't pay full-price.


Pretty much its basic message is to save money and when you invest in stocks, etc., not to move it around. 


The contributors were overwhelmingly scientists and federal government workers from Maryland, Virginia, D.C., etc. Not exactly a representative sample! Federal Employee Retirement System, anyone? 


The part that made me most curious was that one person said they canceled their garbage pick-up to save money. Now... how are you getting rid of your garbage?


I will be donating this book to the local thrift shop. (Now there is one way to get rid of your unwanted items... But canceling garbage pick-up....?)

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Bird Listening


Photo: Birds in the CloudsEricka Bailie-Byrne, ELBfoto.

I got a CD from the library on bird sounds. I have only listened to it once, but today I heard some birds... and they all still sound to me like: 

Bird 1: Cheep-cheep-cheep-cheep-cheep

Bird 2: Twitter, twiiiiiiitter

Bird 3: Da-da-da-da-da

I'm definitely not an auditory learner!! I'll give the CD another whirl; in the meantime, I'm not going to quit my day job. Although I heard that you can volunteer with the Department of Natural Resources to record data like frog noises around your home, and you give them the data, and that helps them in their work. Maybe I'll look into doing that.

Thanks to Ericka Bailie-Byrne for permission to use her photo!

On another nature-related note, be sure to stop by the San Diego Zoo's Panda Cam. They also have a link to the new, magnificent-looking Elephant Odyssey.