Monday, November 30, 2015

Christmas Decorating

I'm hoping to find time and decorate the front yard tree by turning it into a toy making Elf's cottage.

Monday, November 23, 2015

DIY Google Glasses

Because I try to remain on the cutting edge of technology, I made my own pair of Google Glasses this week.

It's still in the prototype phase.

50 Years Ago

50 years ago yesterday, Walter Cronkite reported one of the most tragic events in our nation's history. 

My mom was there, working in the CBS newsroom. She was even caught on camera in the background amid the chaos that afternoon checking the news wires for information.

Thursday, November 19, 2015


So I decided it was time to replace my old cell phone from 2006 with this new fangeled device called the IPhone. Have you heard of it? It's pretty neat.

One of the first apps I downloaded was Instagram. I was curious to try it seeing so many friends using on Facebook. My Halloween lawn zombies were fun first photo subjects.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

A Well Organized Prop Department

Light saber, check. Dust broom, check. Fencing sword, check. Sledge hammer, check. Dust pan, check. Audio cable, check. Electric cord, check.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Halloween 2015- Haunted Hosts

Haunted portraits I created for the Home & Family Halloween show set of hosts Mark Steines and Paige Davis.

And here's how they looked on the wall (photo courtesy of prep chef Hayley)

Friday, November 6, 2015

New Beginning

Here's the first page of a brand new sketchbook. My 52nd.

I get a fresh start feeling whenever I break the spine on a new one. They're visual journals for me, so each one represents a chunk of my life. 

The last one took a almost a year to fill up. Those months, despite many great and wonderful moments that did happen, generally, have not been ones I'll look back on with happy memories.

Hoping this new sketchbook inspires putting the past behind and a new beginning.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The 2015 Halloween Yard Portfolio

Although this year's display had no new props, and far less time spent on it than any other season before, it turned out better than I expected.

One change that worked out great, and will definitely do again next year, was the longer path winding through the front yard for Trick or Treaters. Not only did it make the display more interactive, but gave it a sense of depth it never had.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Halloween 2015: The Awful Blogger

My apologies to all for being an awful blogger this October. The month went by in a blur of orange and black spending countless 12 -16 hour days at work. I do have many good stories to tell though, and will share in a post I'm working on recapping all the Halloween highlights.

Until then, in brief, Halloween night was scaretastic. We had somewhere around 300 trick or treaters meet Dr. Frankenstein and his monster. This doesn't count the many who where afraid to walk up, and ones scared off by Jason lurking around the yard and sidewalk.

The fiancee put together a video of a few scares she managed to capture on her camera this year. It's dark, but that's my fault, I hate bright lights. Kudos and thanks to my brother Ted for another outstanding performance as Dr. Frankenstein entertaining kids and parents all night long.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

The 24th Hour of Halloween - The Creepy Walk

Earlier today, I shared what niece Devin's costume was tonight, a creepy undead doll.

For my final Halloween eve post, I share with you her creepy undead doll walk.

Have I mentioned how much I love this kid? And how much she makes me laugh?

Hope all had a great day and night.