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Check it out… maybe you already know about TurningArt, but I really like their business model. It seems like a great new and modern way to discover new artists, and you’re even able to hang prints of those artists in your home with a monthly subscription. If you find that you like the print, you’re even able to buy the original from the artist.
If you’re an artist, its a good way to help find a larger audience. I’ve been a member and have posted my work for a few months now, and I’ve found everyone involved to be very supportive and helpful. They’ve gone out of their way to help get as many people looking at my work as possible, and the way they do it is very new and unique.
Take a look at what I have available in my TurningArt gallery, try it out, and hang it in your home
So tonight, as we reflect upon the leadership of this fine country, its important we all remember:
No Independent Thought
Money Is Your God
Submit and Conform
Stay Asleep and Watch TV
Buy and Consume
Some flowers I did a few years ago that I thought I’d post today. Enjoy!
Megan Moore from Moore Hair Design gave us a primer on how to keep our hair from getting the winter blahs. So get out of your rut with these looks.
First up, we have a retro 1970’s wave. Megan used a 1 inch curling iron and center part to get this fun look for model, Venice. She let each curl cool before teasing it gently with a comb and then setting it with hair spray.
Pony tails are great, practical, professional and. . . well, boring. That’s why Megan’s style team took the pony tail up a notch for this fun look on Karlie. Karlie’s cute bangs add a nice touch, and a braid, three elastics concealed by teasing the hair and a cascade down the side make this a pony that doesn’t look like you just rolled out of bed.
According to Megan, braids were big in 2011, but they aren’t going anywhere for 2012. She did this style in Emily’s chin length bob by doing two French braids on each side and then securing with safety pins. Letting the ends fly free keeps this look loose and casual, great for a day at the office or a date after work.
To get these looks or learn more, visit http://www.moorehairdesign.com
Happy holidays! Todd’s 2011/2012 design celebrates that God blessed us with an additional terrier this year. God loves terriers, and a matched set of terriers brings extra blessings- like half eaten kleenexes, fights over toys and extra poop.
Have a great Christmas and may you meet all your goals in the New Year, as well as have a fantastic time.
Love, Anna, Todd, and too many pets to list
Alchemy is an old science, a forerunner of chemistry, best known as a quest to turn any metal into gold. It didn’t start out that way, but it is now known as an occult science.
To be honest, I’ve spent quite a lot of time reading about alchemy, and I don’t know much about it other than that it kind of makes my skin crawl and bores me at the same time. I think they speak in a code language, kind of like Slytherin, but they don’t say it’s a code language. You only know it is one because you immediately start thinking about what’s for lunch or where did you put your yellow socks, while feeling a little dirtier than you normally would while thinking of lunch or socks.
In the 1930s to the 1960s, Salt Lake City was home to a great school of alchemy. According to researcher Richelle Hawks, the Paracelsus Research Society, was a fully functioning school, with classes lasting from a few weeks to up to seven years. The school was advertised via pamphlets, and looked a lot like a bail bondsman’s office.
The building is still here in the heart of the homeland today. I don’t have the exact address, but it was somewhere near 3300 S and 700 E. It is utterly, boringly ordinary and brownish.
Do you ever find yourself MORE curious and confused by things that just blend in? When walking past your neighbors homes, do you think about everything that happens within those walls that goes unspoken in the outside world? Dreams born and dashed within its walls? Blood spilled? Religious awakenings? Birth? Old souls slipping away in the night?
I do. I sometimes think every home and every building is a temple of alchemy, or worship or rebirth or – worst - a home to agonizingly, slow suicide. The Paracelsus Research Institute is a great example. I bet you’ve seen it a million times without seeing it. Within these walls, a significant part of the U.S. occult practices of the 20th century spattered forth out of a magik practitioner’s body in that home – and it died inside a manure oven despite being painstakingly fed human blood with great science and care.
This post goes out to Carrie de Azevedo Poulsen for introducing us to the Paracelsus Research Society. Happy Halloween!
There are many systems of magick (gratuitous “k” included) that I find very interesting. The idea of bending the rules of the world to your personal will. The truth is, many modern scientific accomplishments have their origin and beginnings with magick and occult wisdom. A lot of what we’d consider to be modern science actually evolved from magickal thought and practice. Doesn’t science try bend and change the physical world to our collective will? It is easy to find the origins of chemistry in the ancient practices of alchemy, for example. With science, we just tend to understand the rules of the game a little bit better.
Don’t get me wrong, there are many strange practices and dead ends in magick and alchemy. Take the homunculus. I’d heard of the homunculus before, but about a year or so ago a friend was telling Anna and I about a group here in Salt Lake that was trying to create their own. It is one thing to know about a legend, but to hear that modern people are actually spending their life and time trying to do something so… bizarre. Since that conversation, the homonculus has kind of taken over our imagination, and we seem to come across these strange little people everywhere. In art, jewelry, literature, all over!
The homonculus is a man-made artificial human being, similar to the unthinking and dumb Jewish golem, except the homonculus has it’s own will, personality and is usually thought to be about the size of your thumb. There are many different legendary ways to make a homonculis, but the local SLC alchemists buried a mixture of semen and blood under a pile of dung during the full moon. A fully formed miniature human was supposed to emerge from that pile of dung to do their creator’s bidding, as long as the creator fed it blood. From what I understand, after extracting their experiment from the poop our local alchemist’s thought they might have seen some sort of cell division, but even that is in doubt. Wasn’t successful. How strange is that? I just don’t understand why they’d go through all that trouble. If they wanted to create human life, why not just do it the old fashioned way? Seems like it’d be a lot more enjoyable.
I’ve got the cutest little surprise up my sleeve for a handful of my lady friends. Vintage heart brooches – I bought a couple of collections on etsy- paired with an old-timey Valentine greeting card. I chose cards from the 1940s and 1950s.
I’ll packaged them in pretty cellophane or fabric bags with Hershey’s kisses or Cliff Bars. Super cute and inexpensive. I delivered them early so that the gals can enjoy wearing them before cupid’s arrows start to fly. I may do something similar to sell at Craft Sabbath for Mother’s Day.
What’s your cute crafty Valentine gift idea?
Todd and I have found a way to make neighborhood convenience store owners very, very uncomfortable. Go into their stores and snap pictures of their products to post on a blog. I guess they haven’t heard of the term “free publicity,” because they acted like we were robbing them blind. Do they think a photo can steal the soul of a bag of chips?
Anyway, I wanted to do a post to make Christmas very, very easy, especially if you haven’t started yet. Simply stop in at the convenience store near your home (or near ours) and check off everyone on your list. Done and done!!!
I originally thought this post would be called “Christmas Shopping, Man-Style,” but I decided it was a little close-minded to think that lovely ladies couldn’t stock up at the convenience store, too. So here you have it, the easiest Christmas shopping you will EVER do!
We tried to shoot at 3 different stores. Our neighbors at the E-Z Mart on 600 N and 200 W in SLC were very nice and welcoming. However, folks at the Chevron on 300 W and 600 N were a little more skittish, they insisted on calling a manager for permission and only allowed us to shoot the side of the store with the porn, bongs and knives. Wonder why the Mountain Dew, Corn Nutz and Zingers were off limits? Kinda makes you think something illegal is afoot. And then we got full-force kicked out of the ABC Market on 1st Ave and around 200 E.
We’ve divided the items into several gift baskets. Everything you need to please your kids, mom, lover, friends and maybe even your boss.
How ‘But Some Sugar, Sweety?
Meat & Potato Lover’s
Music Soothes the Savage Beast
For Your Lovely Lady
Romantic Lover’s Basket
Another good gift option is the automotive pieces and parts at the Chevron. Who couldn’t use a little washer fluid or a tire gauge? I’ll tell ya, if Santa gets me windshield wiper blades and a gas gift card, I’m a happy camper. Keep in mind that our E-Z Mart is open most holidays if you need a B-Double-E-Double-R-U-N. Happy holidays!