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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Day 31: Abe and My Mother

There have been a lot of questions this month from those that are new to my weird project or just new to my weirdness in general. Curious disbelief is usually the first reaction followed by questions relating to my sanity and if I have some. You know who made this Abe Motherfucking Lincoln magnet? My mother did, for Christmas, probably five or six years ago. This weirdness and interest in Lincoln is ingrained into all my siblings. And my lovely Grandmas! They are the best and crazy as sin! You ask why I do this project. I'm weird, I come from a long line of weird, and I love my family. Thanks for the motherf#cking magnet, Mom.

Thank you to everyone who liked my picture for the selfie contest, especially
 Garett Grow, Melanie, Eben, Felix, Michael, & Kristine 
just to name a few out of the 70+ of you that I convinced to help me in my dream for an award asserting that I am, truly, Boss Nerd. (drop mic) 
You guys are the bees knees.

If you didn't vote for me, I don't know, you're dead to me for starters. All of 2015.  Don't ever call me and ask to use my truck to help you move.  I simply will not do it and I will remind you why.  Then hopefully for the remaining 11 months of 2015 I hope the ghost of Abraham Lincoln haunts your days. 
Maybe bad luck and misfortune possesses your pathetic soul for all eternity? You could have just voted for me, but Oh, Noooooo liking a picture was just too hard. No pity! 

Make sure you become a fan of my page at 2015 Abe A Day 365 Challenge as well.  
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Friday, January 30, 2015

Day 30: Abolish Sleevery, Bro

I've been sleeping on getting this one on the interwebs.  This is the last installment in my extremely late birthday gift for my 1 year old nephew, little Levi.  He is absolutely the sweetest, snuggliest baby I've known.  His laugh slays me. He doesn't even know it yet, but I'm totally wrapped around his finger for life.  Here is his ironic meeting chicks on the playground sleeveless shirt he'll be sporting this summer!  

I used the Sharpie fabric pens again, and I have to say that this time it did not go as smoothly as the first.  It got a bit smudged in the middle?  I just expect these types of products to be more precise.  C- Sharpie Fabric Pens! Not impressed

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Day 29: Throwback Thursday,1860s Style

My dear friend Nicholas did the stellar job of helping me time travel and visit my boy Lincoln! 

He's a wizard with photo imaging software, he did a great job of matching them up...just one thing doesn't seem right...

Unless I'm sitting on four phone books, or standing while he's sitting, there is no way I am that tall.  
Hey, I was given this world. I didn't make it. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Day 28: Lincoln Licorice?

Confession Time...and maybe this is TMI.  Maybe this will be deleted in an hour.  Last year was the worst year that's ever happened to me.  I lost two sisters, my dog, a really good friend, my entire immediate family picked up and moved to the other side of the country.  

With all of that drama brewing somewhere in my mind in various states of sadness and anger it is a breath of fresh air to have friends that are interested in my project and get excited when they spot Abe in public.  I love being a part of their lives like that.  
Matthew and Kristen are some of the coolest, creative, intelligent, and genuine humans that I have ever met.  Theirs is a dying race, but if you look hard enough there are a few still among us today. They find some of the funniest Abes I've ever seen, including this one...

I'm not sure what affiliation Lincoln had with licorice, but I bet it wasn't a good one.  An honest man is bound to have a nefarious relationship with tasty treats, especially those created in his own image. 

Now it's your turn!
 Send me pictures of the Abes you find in your daily lives.  Where has Abe touched you?
 Keep your eyes open because Abe will show himself to you in mysterious ways, if you are open to it.  

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Day 27: Abe In the Rain

It would be an act of extreme hubris to think that every project you attempt is going to go as planned... This would be an example of one of those times.  This is a projectI don't especially like or stand behind. Go ahead and try this crayon art thing, but I was not a fan.   

I'm sure if you've ever poked around Pinterest long enough that you've stumbled upon crayon art. If not, check out some examples HERE  If not, it's just people melting a line of crayons[with a heating gun] to create interesting effect on canvases [we used a hairdryer, not the same thing as a heating gun, apparently].  Any craft project that requires very specific materials [heating gun] that I don't foresee myself using on another project really bums me out and I'll go to great lengths to make it work with what I have on hand or move on to the next one. 

This picture is of Abe and his horse, Old Bob. 
Two hardworking fellas just avoiding the rain together

Monday, January 26, 2015

Day 26:Fiend Club Box

Somehow Blogger didn't accept my post and I didn't notice till just now that Day 26 had been missing this whole time! Shenanigans!

I decorated my nephew's gift transit parcel for it's long journey to Pennsylvania.  Turns out, you can't overdecorate a box so that the post office refuses to send it.  I've tried, I'm always trying, and they always mail my ridiculous stuff!  Maybe I like them after all.  

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Day 24: Abe Would Say, "Skate, Or Don't"

I'm never one to advocate for consumerism, I think everybody does quite enough of it even when trying to avoid it. 
However, I wanted to make a skateboard and this site allowed me to do it and open a little shop, you can check it out HERE.

This is the skateboard of my skate, or don't. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Day 22: Someday He Will #TBT

It's my favorite day of the week!  Throwback Thursday time! This is how I started the 2014 version of Abe A Day. It was a different time.  Here is an edited version of what I posted that day, and an explanation for why I do the crazy things I do. (This is for you, Ms. Makaila!)

It's that time of the year again! Abe A Day, the 2014 edition. To those of you who might be new to this crazy ass project of mine I'll catch you up really quick.  I grew up in a family where Abraham Lincoln was our shaman, hero, go-to man for advice, he was our jam.  I didn't come up with this obsession, it's just the way I was raised.  This blog is dedicated to reminding all you other fools out there who didn't have the same upbringing with Lincoln, everyday in 2014 I will bring a little bit of him to you!  Sometimes it might be something I've made, books about him, clips from movies and TV, other cool Lincoln blogs, you name it and it will probably show up here sometime this year.  
From January 1, 2014

The first Abe A Day of 2014 is dedicated to my partner in crime, Larissa, who bought me this amazing sweater for my birthday. I can just see in my mind Abe stumbling home drunk with his friends one night and totally saying, "You know  what man? You know what? Someday I will be President."...or maybe that's just my own version of Abe fan fiction.  

If you feel the need, here is a link to The OG Post in 2014.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Day 18: It Was All a Dream

My friend Tabitha, who now resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, wrote to me today saying, 

"I had this weird dream the other night. I don't remember exactly what it was about. But you were definitely in it and you were definitely posting Lincoln-y things all over the pacific northwest. Does that count as another abe-a-day post? If you're infiltrating dreams, I feel it should..."

Illustration by the illustrious James Lee

I think it definitely counts now that my Abe powers have grown to visiting friends in their dreams...hahaha! Thank you, Tabitha! I miss you!

I solemnly swear I am up to no good.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Day 17: Read A Book

I wish I could remember how I got this print, but sadly, I don't.  One of my favorite things about Mr. Lincoln was that he was an avid reader.  I definitely identify with that form of escapism.  I don't know where I would be without some of the books in my life.  Thank you Camus, Murakami, Egan, Alsaid, Sedaris, Silverstein, and the list goes on, for shaping me into the functional dysfunctional human I've become. 


Friday, January 16, 2015

Day 16: Abes Be Everywhere

I am always late when it comes to gifts.  My only nephew first birthday was two days ago! Bah! To be fair, I've been working on this little onesie for about a week. I used freezer paper to make a stencil, ironed that sucker on and I'm trying these Sharpie pens that are supposed to be good on fabric...once it has been baby tested I will know the true integrity of these fabric pens.  

Even babes need Abes

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Day 15: The Civil War on Drugs (Throwback Thursday Edition)

I can't believe that the entire movie "The Civil War on Drugs" is on YouTube, but sure enough it is!  It's a little over an hour and every moment is worth it. So kill an hour with me and check this out.

 If you just want to watch the Lincoln part, you can fast forward to the 1:10:00 mark in the film. Keep in mind, the two guys talking to the President think they've been fighting the Civil War to keep marijuana legal. That's what makes their journey and story hilarious. Lincoln, it turns out, is a big supporter of personal freedoms and that includes the option of smoking the weed stuff.

I originally posted this back on January 19, 2013...but I think you'll agree this needs to be seen again.  Throwback Thursday OG Post

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Day 14: The Abe at the Bottom of the Glass

 Yesterday was my good friend and old neighbor, Metal Tony's birthday.  I, in true fashion gave him his birthday gift a day late....only because it took so long to dry!  

Abe don't judge nobody

Made this with an oil based Sharpie I've had forever...
I'm not sure if it will stay permanently.  

Hanging Tough with Metal Tony

Tried to write Tony's name as Metal as possible. 

Today, though, is my first and only nephew's birthday! Little baby Levi is one years old today! 
 My how time flies...

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Day 13: They'll Let Anyone Print Their Crazy

I must thank for letting me print these cards for free. Now I can advertise to complete strangers just how truly crazy I am. 

I can't wait to spread the good word

Follow me on all these various forms of social media and help me make The Fiend Club, Lincoln Division a reality!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Day 12: Frenchin' With Lincoln

I had to send out a package today with a French book in it, so I took that opportunity to spread the Lincoln knowledge around.  Turns out the lady in line with me at the the post office is fluent in French as well!  

Mary Todd Lincoln, the Francophile

After Lincoln died, Mary actually went to live in Paris for a time. Even though I don't think Abe loved Mary, he took very good care of her.  Scholars speculate that she was had manic depression.  When Lincoln died in April of 1865 though, she completely lost all that remained of her sanity.  Her son, Robert Lincoln even had her institutionalized for a time.  

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Day 11: You Filthy Animal

I ran out of soap the other day and found a cool tutorial on how to make your own from a few household ingredients.  I'll throw the link up here as soon as I can find it again.  

While I was doing that I thought to myself, "Self, there isn't any Abe presence in this bathroom at all.  Whatever will you do about it?"

Abraham Lincoln reminds us all about the importance of bathroom hygiene.   

 I'm never one to disappoint my Self, so I painted that old bottle and customized that should upcycle your used hand soap containers as well.  Make them fun, make them original!  Why settle for store bought boringness? 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Day 10: The Biggest Book I've Ever Had

This is easily the biggest book I've ever owned. I picked this little gem up for less than $5 at a local used bookstore. Stellar investment on my part! 

Friday, January 9, 2015

Day 9: And the War Came

Today's post came to me quite by accident.  While I'm working on projects I usually listen to podcasts, music, or better yet podcasts of music.  It was while listening to NPR's The World Cafe that the group Shakey Graves played.  His newest album is called "And the War Came" which is a line from Lincoln's second Inaugural Address.  I really liked this particular song, "Dearly Departed."  It's a song about haunted houses, it was even written on Halloween.  Check it out. I really dig this chick singer, Esme Patterson.

And here is the transcript from Abraham's second inaugural delivered on March 4, 1865.  


  AT this second appearing to take the oath of the Presidential office there is less occasion for an extended address than there was at the first. Then a statement somewhat in detail of a course to be pursued seemed fitting and proper. Now, at the expiration of four years, during which public declarations have been constantly called forth on every point and phase of the great contest which still absorbs the attention and engrosses the energies of the nation, little that is new could be presented. The progress of our arms, upon which all else chiefly depends, is as well known to the public as to myself, and it is, I trust, reasonably satisfactory and encouraging to all. With high hope for the future, no prediction in regard to it is ventured.
  On the occasion corresponding to this four years ago all thoughts were anxiously directed to an impending civil war. All dreaded it, all sought to avert it. While the inaugural address was being delivered from this place, devoted altogether to saving the Union without war, insurgent agents were in the city seeking to destroy it without war—seeking to dissolve the Union and divide effects by negotiation. Both parties deprecated war, but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive, and the other would accept war rather than let it perish,
              and the war came.

 One-eighth of the whole population were colored slaves, not distributed generally over the Union, but localized in the southern part of it. These slaves constituted a peculiar and powerful interest. All knew that this interest was somehow the cause of the war. To strengthen, perpetuate, and extend this interest was the object for which the insurgents would rend the Union even by war, while the Government claimed no right to do more than to restrict the territorial enlargement of it. Neither party expected for the war the magnitude or the duration which it has already attained. Neither anticipated that the cause of the conflict might cease with or even before the conflict itself should cease. Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and astounding. Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God's assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men's faces, but let us judge not, that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered. That of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes. "Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh." If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South this terrible war as the woe due to those by whom the offense came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to Him? Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said "the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether."
  With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Day 8: Where it All Began

A little throwback Thursday action for all y'all, to where this whole crazy project started. It was a cold January 1st of 2011...

 This is the very first Abe A Day I ever did.  It seems like a lifetime ago now.  Everything about my life has changed. 

I couldn't tell you what kind of demon possessed me to start this project...but I'm done with it this year whether or not I finish. And I'm going to effing finish it.  

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Day 6: Lincoln Rocks

 What a wonderful day!  I was able to catch up with a friend that I haven't seen in years...I'm thinking at least three?  We grabbed some coffee and tried to fit all that lost time in before the drinks ran up.  I don't think we were very successful though...might need extra sessions.  

What would I wear out for a coffee rendezvous? First, all black everything cuz that's how I do.  After that though, my Abe Lincoln Rocks shirt of course!  Yes, that is the Lincoln Memorial with a guitar.  So very badass.  

Monday, January 5, 2015

Day 5: Welcome Mat Abe

I just figured if somebody wants to burgle me, they should have a heads up on what they're getting themselves into. Who better to tell the potential intruders the truth than good ol' Honest Abe?  

I doubt my neighbors will find my project as funny as I do though....ohhhh well.  

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Day 4: Incorrigible Tennis Ball Helper Abe

This little guy...he's no good.  He does help me out sometimes by holding my keys so I don't lose them in the house for the upteenth time, but most of the time he's just checking out chicks.

Seriously though, I had been eyeballing this craft from Pinterest for a long time.  I could never think of a way for tennis balls to live again.  Check out the link here: Clever Upcycled Gifts to Make with Kiddos

And here's my Pinterest page if you wanna get extra crazy: My Pinterest

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Day 3: Abe Lincoln Selfie Contest by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum has created a great contest that encourages all Lincoln fanatics to post a selfie of themselves and the 16th president.  In the rules they don't say how many times you can enter....but I've already entered a couple.  
My favorite of course, is my Facebook profile picture:

You can enter the Lincoln Selfie Contest at this link! Also, here are the official rules as they were posted by the ALPLM:
    Lincoln selfies should include one or more of the following components:
  • Contestants dressed as Lincoln.
  • Contestants at their favorite Lincoln site, monument, or museum.
  • Contestants with their favorite Lincoln statue, doll, reenactor, photo or artwork.
  • Submitted photos may be from previous selfie shots or can be taken throughout the duration of the contest.
Only photos posted on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter will be accepted.  Be sure to use the following handles when posting so they can be easily tracked: tagging the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum on Facebook, @ALPLM on Twitter, @lincolnmuseum on Instagram, and #LincolnSelfie.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Day 2: Abe in 3D by Austin

I definitely get by with a little help from my friends.

This awesome 3D rendering of my boy Lincoln was done by the super talented Austin Lee. It was like Christmas redux to open my inbox expecting junk and bills, but alas!  A letter from a friend!  And not just that, a badass one, with this fantastic Abe. He really captures his face, and I know it well...I've only been staring at it for the past 4 years.  

I remember having epic, all night ping pong matches with this fellow. If you are ever (un)lucky enough to decide to challenge him, bring your A-Game and still prepare to lose. Now he's off somewhere in the midwest with a beautiful wife, so far away from our death matches.  I miss you, Austin! And next time I see you, bring some paddles.
Thank you, Austin!    You truly are a gentleman & a scholar. 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Day 1: New Abe Logo

Abe A Day is Back in Business!

What is the Fiend Club?  I'm so glad you asked!

For those who don't know, and I'm sure many diehard fans of Lincoln are in the dark on this one, the Fiend Club is a song by a band The Misfits.  It's their anthem and one of my all time favorite songs of theirs.  

I know it's not cool to admit that you prefer Michael Graves as the lead singer of the Misfits, but I'm not cool and I LOVE HIM. Here he is doing an acoustic rendition of the classic song: