Ron Swanson Fan Day

Ron Swanson Paper Dolls FOR THE WIN!!!

paper dolls

There is a page called Ron Swanson Quotes which has a gallery of awesome pictures and quotes by the man himself.

My favorite Ron Swanson quote


Mustached mug and other Ron Swanson Etsy Finds

ron swanson mug

Ron Swanson street art.

street art

Really awesome, but really kind of weird, fan art

fan art

The greatest Ron Swanson scene ever!

greatest ever scene with ron swanson

Doctor Who Day, Mash-ups, and More

The Doctor is In and he is recommending a heavy dose of fandom glee in these fun Doctor Who finds that popped up on Pinterest.

First dose: A tree with a bow tie. It is probably only Whovians who would see Matt Smith in street art on a tree, but I immediately posted this picture to my Doctor Who board.

bow tie tree

Second dose: It’s the TARDIS in the shape of a motor vehicle with some left over attachments from its Police Box days.

blue box van

Third dose: Fan art of Tenant’s Doctor and a Dalek by ben rc using low poly.

doctor who fan art

Final dose of Doctor Who magic: A perfect mash-up for Super Wholockians of the Supernatural Impala and the TARDIS the Impardis by SirGeorgPrime.


Nodds & Nends: BookBub, KissCam, and Street Lights Dancing

Here are some nerdy odds and ends I’ve found the internets here of late.

My mother sent me a link to this website that will send you info on free or cheap ebooks from the genres that you like. I’ve downloaded one book so far, and … well, it’s a weird premise for a book. But anyway. The concept behind this website is really cool. So check out BookBub if you are interested in getting info on free ebooks.

This video popped up on the internets. I don’t know if it is so nerdy, as much as, well, funny. Also, it is a reminder that when you are with a person hanging out, try to stay off your phone and actually spend time with the person you are with. Or a giant red bull will cart away your lover and she will happily go.

Check out this hot/cold Tetris coffee mug. I hate Tetris with a passion. Hate it. But the mug is cool.


Remember my post about the guy who can make hoops dance? Well @LindzeePoi sent me a link to his latest video, Street Lights. His work is mesmerizing and always makes me smile. I find it amazing how the lights seem to be separate entities from him, chasing each other around his body, just wonderful work. Plus the music is by Lindsey Sterling, I love her!

I know how I always talk about Chris being a viking, well I decided to give it a try too. I think I managed fairly well. (I discovered its about angles and not showing my very short legs.)


Urban Remains and A Graffiti Portrait

We recently moved and the other day I went for a walk and found a mortuary, automobile repair shop, and art studio all in the same block. It was kind of amazing. I discovered this portrait on the back of the art studio. And I fell in love a little.

A Portrait on a Wall

A jaunt down the side street led to the discovery of a retaining wall and cement steps leading to nowhere. Homes that have been razed and grass now grows taking over the cement steps and sidewalk.


Abandoned Homes

Most interestingly, this row of abandoned houses is led by the most perfect little leave it to beaver house. The last one standing in a field of grass and cement and towering trees. A lone reminder of what once was.

the last one standing

If you want to see some more abandoned places from the safety of your home, check out Forbidden Places: Urban Exploration a website full of photographs from urban explorers.


Street Art of War(ms) My Heart

I love street art. I used to see more of it in Chicago than where I live now, but that is what the Internets is for. I’ve found some lovely street art on Pinterest and immediately threw it up on my Art of War(ms) My Heart board, which you should go and follow if you haven’t yet. Here are a few of my favorite new pieces.

What fun. I wish I could go there and be the puppet!

Art in Paradies – Chiang Mai 3

Art in Paradies – Chiang Mai 3

The interweaving of arms and roots and wall are just wonderful.

wall art

The concept of this piece is brilliant. The detail amazing. I love the little footsteps.

heart on the wall

And my absolute favorite is the following piece. What emotion.


Twerking, Disco, and Stormtroopers

I know as much about twerking as I do disco, which is to say only what I’ve seen on social media and So You Think You Can Dance. But these hip hoppers are amazing. Also, who knew stormtroopers could be sexy?

Honestly, I’m a bit envious of the twerkers (is that the right word?). My hips are Mennonite bred and evolutionarily made for birthing babies, not grinding on the dance floor. And no those two things are not the same. [Via Bonnie Burton at CNET]

My Very Own Found Street Art and Training a Street Artist

So, I’ve sort of a new job in Texas. In that, when I moved I transferred my part-time evening job and then got a small promotion to key holder. I only work part-time, but my hours are all wonky and putting together any kind of routine is nigh impossible, added to which I’m a caretaker for a four year old now and basically if I don’t have a panic attack in a day, I feel I’ve accomplished a monumental achievement. Like today when my car wouldn’t start because I left the lights on this morning and I didn’t even cry. That was a major achievement let me tell you.

There are plenty of wonderful moments in my new life here in Texas. For example, I saw this awesome chalk art as I was walking into work one morning and was able to take a  snapshot before it was washed away later that day.

dj chalk art

I also had a really great day with my niece. We went to a mall (there are only malls here in Texas, nothing else. They are very necessary when the heat index raises and my tolerance for being in the house decreases.), rode a carousel with a horse that had a purple saddle, and then my niece discovered this graffiti parking lot art as we were walking to my car. I honestly can’t tell if this person is for or against science with the Where’s Waldo/Jailer suit going on.

graffiti street art

I may have forgotten the stroller and the fact that the kid falls asleep in the car all the time and the soothing voices of a podcast telling Aesop’s fables meant that I carried a 45 lb girl past breakable dishes and down an escalator until I found a couch I could stake out in for twenty minutes, but I’m the cool aunt who will sit for ten minutes with a bowl of hot kool aid water to dye her hair. So I think I balance out to a win on the auntie scale.

Also, I sat for like thirty minutes and painstakingly painted with body glue and glitter a flower and a very suggestive fairy tattoo on each of her arms respectively. Because I’m hell bent on raising a my own street artist and you gotta start with fairy tattoos and pink ombre hair.

kool aid hair

 If only getting a real tattoo was as painless. I was going to say as easy, but honestly, putting temporary tattoos or glitter tattoos on a four year old is not that easy. Ah glitter, the herpes of the arts and craft world.

Yes, those are mushrooms she’s picking. No, I did not let her eat them. Sheesh, I may forget strollers, but remember? I’m winning in the auntie department. And I’m serious about the “raising my own street artist.”

street artist training