Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Playa dust and pickletinis party


After being gone for a month, Chris and I were eager to see all our friends again and tell them all about our travels. What better way to show them what we saw on the road than to subject them to a slideshow party?
With the help of a borrowed projector and gifted screen, we projected the best of the 1065 photos we took on the way to and from Burning Man onto our living room wall.

What we ate: Since we were already feeling a little nostalgic about our vacation, we served foods that reminded us of the road trip.
Most popular drink: Thanks to Duty Free we currently have a very well stocked bar, so we were happy to serve up some potent mixed drinks for our friends. 

Chris and I discovered the awesomeness that is a Black Rock City Pickletini after one of our bikes broke down and we spent an afternoon hanging out at pimp-yr-bike while the guys there tried to fix the vintage European folding bike's inner tube.

Chris' Dirty Playatini
2 parts dill pickle juice
1 part vermouth
4 parts vodka
shake over ice and garnish with a mini dill pickle

Allison's Sweet Pickletini
2 parts sweet gerkin juice (strained)
1 part vodka
stirred and served with a mini gerkin

Soundtrack for the night: For road trip tunes, I highly recommend CBC Radio 3's mix tapes. The podcasts for 2006 and 2007 are especially good.

Monday, September 20, 2010

More More More!

Billy Idol

It's been a while since I posted a painted record, eh? I've got a bunch of record requests to take care of, so there should be many more soon.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Superman Saga

I previously posted that Chris and I were making Superman costumes for Burning Man. In honour of the Metropolis theme, a world record breaking gathering of people dressed as Superman was scheduled for noon on Burn Day and we didn't want to miss out on the fun.

On top of our own costumes, I was making S shield patches to give out to anyone who may have forgotten their superhero outfits at home. Unfortunately, I didn't buy the iron-on interfacing for the patches (and read the instructions) until I had already traced and cut out a couple dozen red logos. Only afterwards did I realize that it would be much easier to iron the interfacing to the red fabric before cutting it all out.

So I started over. Luckily I had plenty of free red t-shirts to use and many many hours of riding in Bertha to spend cutting.

I ironed the red shields onto a $2 yellow sheet in our hotel room in Reno and then added another layer of interfacing so the patches could be ironed onto shirts. Since I didn't have a sewing machine to finish the edges, they probably won't last in the wash, but they held up well enough on the playa.

Full costume breakdown:
  • red capes: made from old skirt & volunteer t-shirts
  • blue t-shirts: $5 for 3 at Wal-mart in the mens underwear section!
  • yellow belts: duct tape generously donated by another burner so our outfits would pass Guiness's record requirements (I later added a yellow belt that had become moop)
  • undies: mine are from Wal-mart, Chris' are from H&M
  • blue tights: $5 for 3 pairs at Ardene!

We smashed the previous world record of 122 people dressed as Superman. While I'm not sure of the final count, I was Superman #135 and Chris was #138.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Tiny adventures

Peering into our finished diorama

Remember when I said we were participating in a group art project for Burning Man this year? Despite a few little hiccups along the way,  our finished box made it to the playa to be part of a very awesome installation.

not much to look at yet

Circumstances prevented us from completing our diorama in time to mail it to Team Tiny, so we took our 12 x 12 x 8 box on the road with us.

craft time in Edmonton

By the time we were ready to leave BC, the diorama was mostly done, but I was still working on wrapping it in white duct tape when we pulled into Vancouver, Washington, to hand our box over to the tiny artist who generously offered to deliver it to the playa for us.

progress in Kamloops

After setting up camp at Burning Man, we were very eager to go see our diorama in place, but were disappointed when we discovered that something had broken on route and our box was not lighting up.

emergency on-playa surgery

Fortunately, we had tools back at our camp and were able to rewire the lights and return our diorama to it's place so it could be enjoyed by burners all day and night.

sealing it up again

Here's what they saw inside:

 by day
 by night (my camera doesn't do it justice)

Ten points if you can spot two Canadian landmarks, two New York landmarks and two Metropolis landmarks!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Enough with the travel photos already!

Don't worry this is the last of the Chris with Signs and Allison with Large Objects series. 11911 km later, we're finally back in the capital and I have lots of fun projects on the go that I'll be posting about soon.

If you are here looking for photos of my painted records, you can see them all at this link.

riding a jackalope - Wall Drug

Wisconsin cheese curds

Green Giant - Blue Earth

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Allison with Large Objects - part 3

Cowboy - Wendover

Sinclair dinosaur - Little America

Jackalope - Douglas

Friday, September 10, 2010

Chris with Signs - part 3

The signs just keep on coming!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Allison with Large Objects - part 2

 Sushi guy - Seal Rock

T Rex - Prehistoric Gardens

Babe - Trees of Mystery

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Chris with Signs - part 2

More shots of Chris and signage.