Archive for October, 2010

Handstand Kitty

Posted in funny with tags , , , , , on October 25, 2010 by Yarn Over New York

Tree of Life

Posted in Arts and Crafts, Life in Macau, Painting with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 21, 2010 by Yarn Over New York

A few years ago in NYC, I painted a mural on my door inspiring by Gustav Klimt‘s Tree of Life.


Klimt's Tree of Life

Skoopy's Tree of Life- 2008

Recently, a friend of mine started to do murals on the walls in his living room.  He asked me to do a portion for him.  I chose the corner between his kitchen and his front door.  After some thought, I decided to do another tree of life.

I started this project about a month ago now and am really excited to show its progress over the last few weeks.


In the beginning, there was a tree

And in the end . . .


See more murals I’ve painted in Macau here.

Amigurumi Update

Posted in Arts and Crafts, Crochet and Knit with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 19, 2010 by Yarn Over New York

Here are some photos of my most recent amigurumi crocheted creations.


A Hippo for Joseph
A Stripper Sock Monkey for Shaz and Rich
Another photo of the Stripper Monkey

A Stripey Giraffe

A Close Up of the Giraffe's Face

See more of my amigurumi here.

P.S. To answer the obvious question, the hippo and the monkey have assholes.  The giraffe does not.

La Femme Cactus Makes Her Mark

Posted in Arts and Crafts, Life in Macau, Painting with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 19, 2010 by Yarn Over New York

I am writing this post to demonstrate why it is good to have friends that are as crazy as you are (I am).  I will present this tale to you in the form of a script.

Scene: Apartment in Old Taipa (Macau), nighttime, two 30-something expat chicks chilling on the balcony


Shaz: I bought some fairy lights today.  Wanna help me figure out where to hang them?


Shaz shows LFC two set of Christmas lights, one with dragon flies and one with random shapes made of straw.

LFC: These are awesome.  [La Femme Cactus look around the room thoughtfully] You know what you should do?  You should hang them on this wall above your couch.

Shaz: That could be cool.  How would you do it?

LFC: Well first I would paint the wall so it’s not such a boring brown color.  I have an awesome green leftover from when I painted my apartment.


****I interrupt this story to tell you that, YES, I will write a post and show photos of my own apartment soon.  I promise.  Now, back to your regularly scheduled broadcast.****

Shaz:  That’s a good idea.

LFC: Do you want to do it right now?  I can go get the paint and the supplies.

Shaz: Sure.  Let’s do it!

Shaz and La Femme Cactus go over to LFC’s apartment, which is conveniently located in the same building, but is inconveniently accessed by going DOWN one set of stairs and then UP another set a stairs.  They collect the paint, brushes and other supplies and then head back DOWN and UP the stairs back to Shaz’s apartment.


The two ladies begin to rearrange the furniture and set up the painting supplies.  Meanwhile, Rich (Shaz’s husband) comes into the apartment . . .


Rich: Hey ladies, what’s going on?

LFC: We are going to paint your wall green and then hang some fairy lights.

Rich: [pointing at paint can] That lime green right there?

Shaz: Yeah, we can make a cool design.

Rich: I don’t know how I feel about this.

LFC: What if we just paint PART of the wall green and leave mostly the brown?

Shaz: Yeah, we could do shapes!

Rich: I’m still not sure about this.

LFC: It’ll be great.  Just wait and see. [ponders] Ok, if we don’t paint the whole wall, we should find a fun design.  What do you think?  Palm trees?

Shaz: I don’t know.

LFC: I KNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [EXCITED] A cactus!

Shaz: Perfect.

La Femme Cactus then starts painting the outline of two cacti.  Soon, the cat, Butters, decides that he should help.  Soon, Butters face and tail both match the wall.  Mostly brown, with a lovely green design.

LFC: I think I can finish the basic shapes tonight, but I’ll need to come back tomorrow and bring more paint for the rest.  If you give me your keys, I can do it while you are both at work.

Shaz and Rich give LFC a set of keys to their apartment and she heads home for the night.

End of Day One

The next day, she returns with several more colors of paint and resumes her work on the wall.

Painting the spines takes FOREVER!  Shaz and Rich come home.  Shaz’s friend Brandy comes over to watch.  LFC slaves away for HOURS to paint all the little spines on the two cacti.

Flowers too!

Finally the paint is done and the lights can get hung.  Shaz pulls out some sticky hooks and gets to work on her contribution to the mural.

Ready for lights

LFC: I think we have done a good job.

Rich: It’s not what I would have imagined for my living room, but it’s pretty cool.

Brandy: I want one in my house!



See more photos of this and other murals here.



This Song is Stuck in my Head

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , on October 13, 2010 by Yarn Over New York

Animal Collective- My Girls

Sorry for the Convenience

Posted in funny, Travel Asia with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2010 by Yarn Over New York

A while back, I saw a video from the late Mitch Hedberg‘s stand-up routine.

Then I saw the following sign in Hong Kong.

Seriously.  🙂