The Squarish Thingy With The Figure On Top

…(cheers for the title Frag’)….

…the squarish thingy with the figure on top is bro’ in-law Steve’s (significant) birthday gift and his “cake” decoration….

…twine wound in two directions around a custom made cardboard box, over a plain brown paper wrapping….glued on all edges and across centre of flat surfaces to frustrate any attempt at cutting….pinned at corners whilst drying to keep edge twine in place….

…hand written instructions added….

…two or so hours to “wrap”….

…some beer may have been involved….

….”brown paper parcels all tied up with string…(er…”twine”)….these are a few of my favourite things” – Mary Poppins….

…but possibly not Steve-o’s….(any more)….

…(note sticking-plaster over twine-cut)….

…at least twenty minutes of family entertainment….

…and the present?…

…800 Twinings Earl Grey teabags….

…(Twinings…twine…get it?)….

…and a giant Belgium biscuit instead of a cake….

…tea…check…biscuit…check…golfing reference….check….

…successful first project from the new work bench.

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What Is A Boy To Do

…..that’s it….less than a crate of stock left…three items still to be collected….the large radio station record unit (that’s still in the pictures) has gone to it’s new forever home….

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…the record shop is finally closed….(apart for some tax stuff)…

…now I can have my hallway back….

…and my free time?….

…I’ll be dealing with these….IMG_0449IMG_0450IMG_0451

…75 or so “donor” paintings, just waiting to be “Otcopied”, that have amassed whilst I’ve been busy….

…(has anyone seen my paint brushes?)….

…(and why does there seem to be rather of a lot of wooden items accumulating ’round the house?…are they possibly associated with “Toneware”)….

….(hmmm, I’m going to be busy, aren’t I?).

I Wasn’t Going To Say Anything Until A Few More Pieces Were Finished

…but….

…I had these wooden plates/platters just lying around and time on my hands…

…and…

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…pencil, paint, pokerwork the skull & bones…

…repeat for the patterny bits…

…polyurethane….

…I’m calling it “Toneware”.

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….or “Bali Hai 2” if you will….another that has taken ages to finish….but I’m home with my leg up after twisting my knee at work….the perfect easel….or lap top lap….

…aaand I’ve finished selling the record shop on-line….just a few loose ends to tidy up, a couple or three parcels to send, then I can sort my studio space…..(ooooooo, studio space)…put picture rails in my hall way and get these damn “Octopieds” off the floor & out of storage & hanging!!!….

….soon.

More Humming

…more humming…IMG_5598…more humming….IMG_5599…more humming….IMG_5602…more humming….IMG_5603…more humming….IMG_5605…more humming….IMG_5606…more humming….IMG_5921…more humming….

…art piece found at beginning of Easter holiday…finished whilst on holiday…just figured out I hadn’t shared this one yet….

…more humming.

 

2017

…last sunset for the weather tree……things were built……shit got real……Tiny Pieces of Eight played under a bridge… …well, next to a bridge, but still my gig of the year….

…then Dee bought me a kitty…

…so I gave kitty an octopus…

…and wrapped it up…

…and gave it back to Dee….

…happy new year….

…soon.

And When Im Not Stressing Out About Closing The Shop

…and re-decorating…

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…and gardening…

…and Trade-me…

…and remembering to keep up the personal hygiene…

…and wondering where Dee is with my car…

…and….