Saturday, June 28, 2014

A Little Early

Since my lease is almost up on my Infiniti Coupe, I thought about getting a more practical car, a crossover SUV. One that wouldn't require people to bend over in half to get to the back seat and could carry more than 2 bags of groceries in the trunk. I had good intentions. But I've had 2 door coupes for pretty much my entire driving life and the closer I came to making a decision, the more I hemmed and hawed.

Until finally, the boy did this.

About a month early for my 43rd and I. Love. It!!

Early birthday present!

Although nothing can beat the most amazing present ever: Teddy.

Monday, May 26, 2014

The Genius of Chris McVeigh

One of the things I love about the Adult Lego community is the camaraderie and generosity. I've mentioned and posted photos of Chris McVeigh's designs in the past but I wanted to devote some more time to one of my favorite Lego builders.

Chris has put together a number of instructions which he's made freely available on his website. And if you don't happen to have all of the parts on hand, you can buy the kits from his store. For someone like me, who can only build square buildings, instructions are absolutely necessary.

The following photos are from Chris' Flickr stream - not only are his designs impeccable, he's a gifted photographer!

One of my favorite lines is his series on retro technology. It appeals on so many levels: childhood memories, great design and the sheer "ohmygod, how cuuuute!!" factor. You had me at hello.



Remember these cameras?! Waiting for the image to appear right before your eyes - it was magic at the time.



This is part of his Brick Sketch series. Little portraits of Superheroes, Sci-fi characters, Holiday favorites etc. R2D2 is my favorite.



See what I mean about his photography skills? Eerie and beautiful! The lights in the window are outstanding.



Hilarious and adorable. You just can't go wrong with Star Wars Lego.



Take a minute to browse though his Flickr stream - guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

My Poor Thumb

This brings back so many wonderful, fun memories. And also flashbacks of a very sore thumb. It's not completely finished and I'm waiting on a Bricklink order (600lbs of Lego at my disposal and I'm always missing that critical piece or two).... anyways, I couldn't resist posting this photo.

Design by one of my favorite Lego builders, Chris McVeigh. You can buy kits of his sets at his store, Powerpig. Now I just need to build his vintage TV set to go with this!


Sunday, March 30, 2014

3 Months?!

Since my last update? Really?

I've been busy with work and a new cat (the third and last one) and a little overwhelmed with the amount of Lego that needs to be sorted and organized. I've been avoiding the Lego room.

But today I took some small steps and cleared out one corner in the chaos.
 


X-Wings

 

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Twas The Night Before Christmas

The stockings were hung by the Tower of Orthanc with care,
In hopes that Sauron soon would be there;
The orcs were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of hobbits danced in their heads.

A LOTR Christmas

Sunday, November 10, 2013

The Evolution

Lego Room 2011: Mostly for display purposes. It wasn't as functional as I would have liked but our collection was fairly small back then. Full write up here.

LEGO Room

Lego Room 2012 (May): Lots more space and I loved those floating shelves. Full write up here.

Lego Room Updated

Lego Room 2012 (Nov): Had to say goodbye to the floating shelves (and the green velvet chair) because I needed the wall space. Sadly, function over form.

Lego Room 11/4/12

Lego Room 2013: Switched to the larger Artbin containers to reduce the amount of wasted space on the bookshelves.

There is probably an additional 200lbs of Lego on these shelves since the previous photo.

Lego Room 2013

Lego Room 2013

The Minifigure Display wall. I've put together instructions on how to build your own cases.

Lego Minifigure Display Wall: 99% full

And what's a Lego room without a Dark Lord of the Sith?

Lego Room Mascot

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Worth A 1000 Words

My mother and I were talking a while back and I asked in passing about some old photos. A week later, a package arrived and out spilled a flood of memories. Elementary school, my first real birthday party, graduation... moments I hadn't thought about in decades. It all came rushing back, complete with sounds and smells.

Waaaaay before the advent of camera phones (or cell phones for that matter!), taking photos wasn't as easy or spontaneous since it meant lugging around a large camera. And film - what a racket!

So, I cherish these pictures while regretting my childish impatience with my mother who always, always wanted us to stop whatever we were doing to smile for the camera. But my favorite photos are the ones I don't remember. I see these and wish that my memory stretched back further.

So that I can remember standing in a field with my mother.

My mother and me

Or playing on a beach with my parents and some boy who seems to have lost his pants.

Beach

This is worthy of a close up because 1) how beautiful was my mother and 2) my dad's hat.

My parents