Design school kids are a breed of our own, we play by a different set of rules and sometimes just seem “off.” A great example of this is Mark Dudlik, he graduated the year before me from the School of Design with a Graphic Design Degree from ASU. Among other accomplishments (which will remain nameless so as not to further boost his stoked ego ;) He recently started a site about pandas, or rather a collection of drawn pandas. Below are a few examples
Or one of my favorites “pandoala”
Quirky, yes, (some are slightly disturbing, which I omitted) But thoroughly entertaining. Recently, he added a buy feature, so for $5 he’ll draw/print/mail a unique panda postcard, for $7 he’ll customize it to you, or you can buy a reprint for $4. Naturally, I wanted a custom postcard, so I payed my $7 and eagerly awaited my personalized panda postcard (say that 5 times fast!;)
What would he draw about me? my haircut…Asian heritage…graphic designer.ASU? Oh how naive I was, remember my earlier post? Yep we’re those people, Q: what do they want?” A: anything with a corgi!
I got a pandorgi!
How cute is panda version of a lilu though? I mean, this an a awesome genetic mix! The little black feet, the big black ears! But Dudlik wasn’t done, on the back he wrote “In case you wanted the corgi by itself” I looked down at the mail and there was another postcard!
Kat & Lilu as Ed & Ein….as pandas
Love it! Kudos to you Mark! For those of you who don’t know Ed & Ein (which among corgi lovers, I can only imagine is few and far between) They are two characters from the Japanese Anime, Cowboy Bebop
So he got my hair and Asian heritage/anime nerd in it after all. Bravo, $7 well spent! Maybe I’ll have to copy Kelly and dress us up as this for halloween!
Anyways, go visit http://penandpandas.tumblr.com and buy lots of cards to keep Mark nice and busy (don’t hate Mark)!
Recently some new friends moved from Fort Collins, CO to help out our church. One of them, Jen Smith (fellow blogger), needed some help sprucing up their new apartment. Their apartment had a light switch that connects to an outlet but they needed a ceiling light. To add to the dilemma Jen likes modern style, whereas her husband Eddie prefers country style, and as always we wanted to do this on a tight budget. After some hardcore brain storming we came up with a solution….now to implement!
We got some dollar store frames
Took of the metal brackets with pliers
The frames were soft wood so they came out easily
Then we lightly sanded the frames to bring in the rustic look (the stain of wood also brought in the rustic look)
We got fabric at Joann’s and stapled one layer of the patterned fabric and one layer of white fabric to the back of the frame
We used the additional layer of white fabric to ensure the light would be diffused
Once all 6 frames were done we stapled them to a large embroidery hoop
This secured the top and kept it in a spherical shape
The Bottom of the lamp was still unsecured and I really didn’t know how to solve it, but Jen (with her engineering mind) cut a wire hanger and bent it into the right angles. We stapled it in place and the lampshade was done. (blurry pictures, darnit we needed light!)
Next we took twine and and looped around the knot and embroidery hoop
Next we looped the rope, tied with twine, screwed a hook into the ceiling and voila!
Quite a success, I think this really brightened up the room, brought in some color & “light”
Eddie was impressed and, if I may, “in awe” of our new light. Always good when the husband likes it!
I hope that title isn’t true, I like to think she just has a healthy appetite and she thankfully appreciates every morsel we give her. But if actions speak louder than grunts and grumbles, we might be #2 place in her heart. Exhibit A: we got a large barrel, if you will, of utz cheese puffs. (I love my cheesy snacks and that’s a lot for $4. sold!)After munching on them for a few weeks they finally ran out, all that was left is the cheesy goodness crumbles, I couldn’t let all that cheese powder go to waste, not to mention this kept us entertained for a good 15 minutes. I’ll say right now that this post is long, but too funny to condense (in my opinion)
First Lilu analyzed her opponent
She tried growling her way into it…
Then, she stared wistfully
She looked to us for help but to no avail
She ventured in barely and gnawed on the rim
Then, ever so gingerly edged her face in
Feeling claustrophobic, as I can imagine, she pulled out, and Jack tried to edge in
Well, Lilu was not about to have her food claimed by a cat so she took a deep breath
and in she went, using the cat as support
Once she committed she kept at it, astronaut corgi!
Black tailed corgi butt, This one’s for you Kelly!
That is the end of my little story, Lilu’s belly was full and her little face covered in artificial flavored cheese, Happy Thursday!