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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Day 60: Gettysburg Lampshade Abe

I saw this idea on some craft blog surfing around. Not the writing on the lampshade, just the upcycling of an old one.  When I found an alphabet stencil,  I knew that lampshade needed to have the Gettysburg Address printed on it immediately.  This makes me want to find a bunch of old lamps and give them new Lincoln lives.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Day 59: Emancipation Pandamation Redux

Day 58: Puzzling Abe Love

This is project done by Garett and I again.  I painted the heart, glued on the yarn and told him I wanted a mosaic Abe. I had the Gman make the mosaic out of paint sample cards.
I recently went crazy at some local stores and took a bunch of the paint samples.  I've seen so many different projects that involved them online that I figured it was time that I started my collection.  I love the names of all the colors. My favorite at the moment is Peacock Blue.

Day 57: Abe's Banana

Turns out that if you scratch a banana it will get all kinds of pissed and show all the crazy designs. I think I'm going to start doing this to all of my bananas.  Everyone will leave my house wondering what exotic country I order my designed bananas from. Or, they will just assume and understand that I'm bananas.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Day 56: Jeopardized Abe

Anyone that knows me learns a few things really fast.  Obviously, the Lincoln thing....the evidence is everywhere in my house. The other thing that is almost equally important is my love and obsession with Jeopardy.  I love Alex. I love his little remarks, his suits....I'm just into it. I'm no Ken Jennings, but I enjoy playing my friends.  It's a good way to learn about what topics interest people.  For example, I will get so excited and scream profanities at my opponents if the topics include mythology, the bible, astronomy, authors, or in this case, Young Abe Lincoln.  I will be honest and say I got everyone right except the $1000 question, which was of course the Daily Double (Ba Ding Dang Dong Chong) and I risked everything.  The hubris of it all. 

Day 55: Babe Abe

Day 54: Making Sangria with Abe

I am a sangria making factory.  I always have a pitcher in the fridge brewing.  Lately, since oranges are in such abundance I've been doing a red wine/orange syrup/oranges/apples/triple sec/juice concoction.  The days just go down so much easier when you have a mason jar full of alcohol and antioxidants at your fingertips.  This Abe was made while I was playing around slicing the oranges.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Day 52: Meeting Mr. Lincoln

My BFF's boyfriend told me about an animatronic Lincoln located in a mall in Sparks. I had to go check it out. He said the Gettysburg Address and announced the Emancipation Proclamation. I wore the Abe shirt that my BFF bought me for the special occasion of meeting Mr. Lincoln.

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Day 51: Sweet Abe

Today is President's Day! You know what that means, tons of Abraham Lincoln documentaries on all day! I guess you could say I had a good day.  I watched a new one I hadn't seen, Stealing Lincoln's Body.  It was great, they had picture reenactments and a killer actor that looked just like Abe. I always try to act like I'm tough, but that documentary made me cry a couple times.  There was a part where they were talking about the train Lincoln's body back to Illinois and they said something like, "it was time to take the President home." Is that not insanely touching?  Or that they took Willie, who had died two years earlier, and "put him on the train with his father to go home." Going home is always a very close subject to my heart.
Today's project was inspired by book I have about 365 projects.  One of the suggestions is to use only materials in your immediate surroundings to create your piece. Anyone who knows me, knows that I always have a ton of candy nearby....and that's how this Abe came about. He's made of banana Now and Laters, Vanilla Tootsie Rolls for the beard, and some sour cherry candies for the eyes and mouth.  This is the bottom, last of the last of my candy bowl which is why there are banana and vanilla flavored shenanigans in there. Never eat a banana flavored candy, it will ruin your day. Trust me.

Day 50: Imaginary Abe

I'm not that great at drawing.  I feel like maybe I should challenge myself a bit and at least try it every once and awhile.  I wanted to do something that was honest and from the heart because I knew it would be easier to translate from my mind onto the paper if it wasn't too complicated. I began daydreaming and thought about what Abe would be like if had been born in modern times. Then I started thinking about the characteristics I would want him to have.  This is a total projection piece on my part, but whatever, it's a fantasy.

It says: Abe, I know it's just my wild imagination, but I think if you were alive today you would have the filthy sense of humor of Louis CK, the musical taste of Bob Boilen, the integrity of Ned Stark, and a heart as big as Adi's.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Day 49: Light Switch Abe

The light switches at my house are the most horrible things on the planet. I don't feel bad at all about painting them even though I only rent this house. I think they will see it as a bizarre improvement. If they hate it, I can't wait to get a phone call about all the Abraham Lincoln light switches. I guess that means I have to do all of them. I like this challenge.


Day 48: Desktop Abe

I found these stickers in the dollar bin at Michael's. This project is going to be a two parter. I got his name done, now I'm going to take contact paper and cut out a silhouette of Abe to put underneath it.

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Day 47: Abe on a Box

I have a big little sister. This meaning she's younger than me, but she's somehow taller than me. Actually, the only person I'm taller than in my family at the moment is my 11 year-old sister. I'm a tiny person. Whatever.
Anyway, it will be my little big sister's birthday on the Ides of March. Every year I like to buy her something with blue roses printed on it since we both love the Ryan Adam's album Cold Roses so much. It's an inside thing, but she get's it right away. I found a box for her this year that I will have to fill with tasty treats.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Day 46: Abes & Beans

Well, it's not really plural Abes, but it is lots of beans. I've been working on this project while watching tv for the past week. Glueing a bit here and there, taking my time.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Day 45: Reading With a Friend Abe

Today I am babysitting my friend's 5 year old that's staying home from school sick while his parents are at work. I couldn't ask for a better way to start a day that I know is going to be insanely rough. Our laid back morning has included breakfast with hot tea, watching The Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Sword and the Stone, playing board games, and having fun. It's damn near impossible to be sad around a smiling child. Our activities have also included me sharing my enthusiasm for Abraham Lincoln. Today's Abe is my reading this children's story to my friend London. Happy Valentine's Day, folks.

Day 44: Honest Valentine Abe

I made this before the demise of my relationship. I feel pretty stupid when I look at it for investing so much time in it, but c'est la vie, right? I guess, but it's hard not to feel like crap. It's your fault, greeting card companies.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Day 43: Happy Birthday, Abraham Lincoln!

I'm starting my project over.  Whatever, don't judge me.  It's Abraham Lincoln's 203rd birthday today, so it makes perfect sense to make it my restart day.  To make it clear, I'll make 366 ABES, starting today, ending one year from now....if I can keep up with it this time. But, I do have a broken heart, and when I have one of those stupid things I tend to become ridiculously productive. All I need in this cruel world is my boy Lincoln.
For the great Lincoln birthday event I know my family in Vegas went crazy eating Abe's favorite foods, watching documentaries....dressing up, if I know them as well as I think they do.  I, being 450 miles away from my fellow Abe-ians, took some chalk to my neighborhood sidewalk and wrote one of my favorite Lincoln quotes on it for the world to see.  It says, "It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues." So very wise. 
I wonder how long it will last on the sidewalk in my very high traffic neighborhood.  I can't wait to do more public installments, I just need to grow some balls.