Saturday, October 31, 2009

A Saturday Morning Cartoon

I got this idea from my friends over at the d'ArteBoard. No it's not wire wrapped around objects, but this is my blog, so there. In the U.S., as long as I can remember, Saturday morning cartoons are something kids look forward to watching while they eat their sugary cereals.

Milton was a classic cartoon that I'd watch after I got home from school in the 70's. It's Halloween today, so it's a good fit. At least watch the opening song. It's awesome.

Our 12 year old and I both have gmail accounts, and she gets upset when she goes to check her email on our laptop, and I haven't signed out. The other day I received this email from her gmail address, but it wasn't from her, it was from Ted from gmail, or so he said.

(One more thing, I'm always telling her to delete some of her old messages, which are many, but she refuses.)

Dear G-mail participant,

Every once and a while we check on our G-mail users to

make sure everything is going smoothly. We have only one

complaint, you have not been signing out. We have no other

complaints and we believe that we are lucky to have

you using our sight. It may seem as if you are getting this

form someone else but, we are sending this to you from

the person who first filed the complaint that you were not

signing out. We can not say this person because it is being

sent to all the others who don't sign out. We will still let

you use G-mail, we just like to make G-mail a better

experience for everyone. Please enjoy using G-mail

and please sign out.


Ted Lamasso

Remember- There is no need to delete because G-mail is big.

Thank you again, Ted.

Have a wonderful day.


One more thing- The art of Kevin Van Aelst

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Leaves and Leaving

Some music to go with it- Miles plays some "Autumn Leaves"...

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Doodling books while I look for leaves...

Searching for some good leaves for the next Bent Objects image.
Only the best leaf will do for my Bent Objects visitors.

Meanwhile, while I'm coming up with an idea involving leaves, several people have asked about signed copies of the book. I'll tell you the truth, trying to arrange appearances (speaking/book signing) is not something I have enjoyed. My talk/signing at The Indiana Historical Society December 5th will be it for now.
But I have another possibility for you-
I'm offering autographed copies that I'll gladly personalize,
with doodles (I don't draw, I doodle)
of all sorts for $40 + shipping.

U.S. shipping is $4, Canada and Mexico- $7, and everywhere else is $15.

I'm also still offering personalized, signed book plates for just $2 each total.

Use the "Donate" button on the sidebar to pay the $40 plus appropriate shipping.
You can email me, (Go ahead, don't be scared, I'm a fairly nice fella).

Wish me luck with the leaves!
I'm drinking lots of caffeine and thinking about Autumn! Such hard work.
Bitchin Lifestyle has an interview of me here. Very cool site.

Monday, October 19, 2009

So the winner is autumn leaves

Autumn Leaves? Sounds like the name of a heart-breaking starlet. It's also the object of my next Bent Objects image thanks to your votes. I'm going out to see what I can rake up now.

While I try to figure out what to do with leaves, read this review of my book and think of all the many people that you know who would love it as a gift. Kathy over at The Junk Drawer, was also nice enough to talk about it.

Friday, October 16, 2009

What should the next object be?

Hey, time to tell me what to use as an object in a Bent Objects photo. Leave an idea in the comment section. Sometime early Saturday morning (eastern standard time, U.S.), I'll pick my favorite 5 items for you to vote on.

What are you waiting for? You have about 12 hours.

Edit- Times up! No more comments. 31 comments are pretty good for a late Friday night. Thanks!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Fruit with life experience.

I made this fella up quite a while ago to show the people of American Greetings Card Company. He's definitely one of my smallest Bent Objects "people" yet, and he's lasted a long time off to the side of my photo table.

American Greetings is producing several cards with Bent Objects on them, to be sold exclusively by Target. I've seen a couple of them in the stores already, with some more to come next year. Pretty surreal seeing my stuff in there.

I'm really thankful for the reviews that I've gotten on the book so far. Feel free to tell all your friends. Of course, maybe you don't want to tell them, because you're planning on buying a copy to give them as a present? Yes, that sounds like a fantastic idea! Good thinking on your part! You are so awesome!

I'm giving a presentation, a bit like the one here, December 5th at the Indiana Historical Society, with loads of other authors. I'll be signing books for several hours, and I hope anyone in the area will stop by and say hi (it's free). I'm also on the lookout for other bookstores and such who would like me to do the same thing in their super cool establishments. Keep in mind, I'll be driving my old clunker, so distance can be an issue!

Monday, October 05, 2009

Today, Bent Objects, The Secret Life of Everyday Things" is in stores.

Well, here we are, very nearly 400 posts after this blog first appeared September 10, 2006. Today, I'll stop by a couple of bookstores to try and find copies of my book (and then put them on a table near the front door). Yes, today is the first day that it's officially in stores. Hard for me to believe. It's been a long process.

This photo of this pencil bug and paintbrush fly was part of my first post, long before the thought of a book crossed my mind, and even before I thought of using my kinda strange sense of humor.

If you have enjoyed my many attempts here over the last three years to add wire to objects, and end up with something interesting, I hope you'll take a look at the book. I'm very, very relieved to say that the early reviews from people who have already received the book in the mail have been very good.

So, I'll keep making things for you to enjoy here on the blog,
but I hope you all will help me out by visiting a bookstore and taking a look,
or ordering the book from one of the many links on my sidebar on the right.
And if you have an uncle or cousin with a good sense of humor?
Well, the holidays are just around the corner! (Yes. I said it!)

Terry Border

Jon, over at Five Rules For Life, reposted my five rules. They work really well for me (when I can manage to follow them myself).