Monday, November 16, 2015

Calabrese Needlework (Part 2 of 3)

Another 9 months of work equals another finished project. Boy, these things take a lot of time, but the are sure worth it. My second Calabrese needlework is of Davey. I decided to do him in full color because there is so much going on in this picture.  We have drums, a killer banner, stage lights, and of course, the subject of our project, Davey, himself.

Below are my progress photos followed by photos of the final product, close-ups included. The progress shots are taken roughly a month apart.

Isn't it beautiful?

Coming next year: Bobby Calabrese, the last and final of this set. Stay tuned.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Calabrese Needlework (Part 1 of 3)

     I've recently (but not really) taken up cross stitching again, and by recently, I mean months ago. I did it pretty often a few years ago for reasons, but I haven't done it much since then. Anyway, I picked it back up because I needed a new way to fill my down time. I found myself getting bored very easily. I started with something simple, a set of angel wings surrounding a Castiel quote from Supernatural. I'm going to turn it into a pillow...eventually. Ha.

     So, as I finished(ish) that one, I wanted to do something more challenging. I was scrolling through the few pictures I have on my phone when the idea hit me. I want to do a needlework portrait of each of the boys from Calabrese (because I love them and fun). Genius idea, if I do say so myself.

     I decided to do Jimmy first. I don't know why, maybe it's because he's the oldest, or maybe it just seemed like the easiest, whatever. Instead of doing one off a promo shot (because common), I went with a picture I took during their Atlanta show back in March 2014.

Here's the photo:

Here's the final project:

76,176 stitches in total, 9 months of work (It's like I grew a baby!), and measuring 18 3/4 inches by 18 3/4 inches. I'm particularly proud of how it turned out. It's awesome if I do say so myself.

                                         Keep scrolling for progress photos and close ups:

Friday, April 25, 2014

Love Life

     Welcome to "Story time with Rob Lowe". I feel that's an accurate description of Love Life.  Now, it's no secret that I adore Rob Lowe, and when I learned that he was writing a second book, well I couldn't have been more thrilled. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: some people have stories that need to be told, and boy, does he have some stories. With quite a range, too. Sweet, funny, and sometimes a little... intense, but all highly entertaining.
     One of the things I love most about his writing is his openness about everything. He shares his feelings and tells it like it is. It's like nothing is kept secret... except maybe a few identities, which is completely understandable.
     In Love Life, Rob takes you on multiple adventures, even behind the scenes of what it's like to be an actor. I'll admit, it sounds a lot rougher than I ever imagined it to be. You can also see, clear as crystal, how much he lives his family. It's a touching thing to read when he talks about his wife and his boys.
     In almost every story, I found a gem of encouragement to strive to be a better me. To quote him, "We are the authors of our own lives; it falls only to us."
     If you're in need of entertainment, or just want to learn a little about an interesting man, I definitely recommend this book. And if you haven't yet, you should get Stories I Only Tell My Friends, too.
     As he so wonderfully ended his book, "Our life is ours. It is the only one we will ever have. And we should love it."
     Very inspiring words, Mr. Lowe. Once again, I was not disappointed in my decision to purchase your work. I wish you the best on your road ahead, and hope that you enjoy every turn life takes you on.

Friday, February 22, 2013

A Man I Once Knew

In a land where raccoons start drum circles and sleep is non-existent, I met a man. I knew him but for a moment in time, but he will remain with me forever. In his eyes, I saw a mystery I had to solve, but I also found a piece of me I never knew. His name is unimportant, but we shall call him KandleSmoke, for he is with you when he's not, and he's not when he is. He changed my life forever.

I have nothing to remember him by but a few scribbles on walls and tables and memories. I don't know if I can do him justice in painting a portrait of words, but I'll give it my best.

KandleSmoke was a nomad. A man with no home, but a home everywhere he went. With him, he carried a bag of things, everything he owned. Among it's contents was a book. This book had no name, and it never will. In this book he scibbled his thoughts in words and pictures. Very few people have seen this book, but somehow, I made the cut. This nameless book of words and pictures painted a story of a beautiful tragedy, though it was not a story. It seemed but a bunch of randomness at the time, but as I look back, it was the most beautiful piece of tragic poetry I've ever seen, for it told his life story. Every thought, good or bad, found it's way into this book. What I found most interesting, is that one page stayed spotless. Absolutely clean and white. Pure.

To the outer world, he appeared merely a vagabond, a worthless vagrant, dirty and broken. To me, he appeared an angel, a saving grace in a tattered shell.  He showed me how to look beneath the surface to find the treasure of people. He taught me that no matter what happens to us in this world, it's up to us to find joy. He showed me that I am beautiful, and I make the world a better place. I will never regret the time I spent with him, only the time I didn't.

I know not where he is, whether he is even still alive in an earthly form, but I shall always have a love for KandleSmoke. Memories can be powerful things if you let them live, and in this, he will live on forever.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

No Turning Back

No Turning Back by Andy Deane

I was psyched when I read that Andy Deane had released his latest literary work. I love every one of his creations that I've encountered. Be it music or literature, it'll knock your socks off with its awesomeness.

That being said, No Turning Back is a fast-paced, quick read (I killed it in less than two hours.) This book definately holds true to its genre of horror, and is not for the faint of heart. It's cover to cover violence and death complete with gruesome descriptions. Unlike his other works (The Sticks, All The Darkness in The World, & The Third House), this book has no comic relief. It sucks you in to its dark, twisted world and makes you pray that it'll spit you out in one peice. Mr. Deane, I give you five stars.

As of right now, it is only available in eBook form, as all hardback copies are already sold out. For those of you interested in catching a glimpse into Deane's twisted imagination, and bravely venturing into this new world, it is available here:

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Stories I Only Tell My Friends

After reading a literary classic, I decided to take a spin in a completely different direction: autobiography. There's been one out for a little while that I've been very interested in picking up, so I did. Rob Lowe's Stories I Only Tell My Friends definitely lived up to all the hype I've been hearing, and then some. In the very beginning, he says he was an 'outsider' before he played one. It was touching, and had just enough humor in it to completely draw me in. I was instantly hooked. He has a way of writing like he's talking directly to you, as if you're there with him when it happened. For example, when he was describing the look and feel of the West Wing set. I felt like I was there looking at right at it. Another thing I really like about Stories I Only Tell My Friends, is that Rob Lowe can present you with stories of failure, and death, and the ups and downs of fame in a way that reaches out to you and makes you feel things, but never is there a feeling that he's asking for sympathy or pity. He simply tells it like it is, good or bad.

In this book, Lowe weaves his way through how his dreams became realities and his battle with alcohol in semi-playful, yet serious way. When he recounts shooting his most dramatic scene of The Outsiders with C. Thomas Howell, he brings you fully into that scene. His description of how Howell helped him get back into the emotion of the scene with a tale of the Curtis brothers family back story is so touching that you can feel the emotion that he felt. I'm not ashamed to say that it was only one of the moments that brought tears to my eyes.

Reading Stories I Only Tell My Friends is entertaining, but also inspiring. If you need inspiration in your life to follow your dreams, read this book. And to Mr. Lowe, if ever you should read this, thank you for being awesome. Thank you for taking your life, your highlights and your lowly mistakes, and putting them on paper for the world to read. Mike Myers had it right when he said you needed to write a book. You have a story that definitely needed to be told, and I'm glad it did. I have a new outlook on life now. As you said, Life isn't unfair, it's just life. Make of it what you can.