Sometime around Halloween I noticed a cool road sign on my morning commute. Someone had added some sort of graffiti or decal to a sign that seemed to have made it into an eerie haunted mansion sitting atop a hill. I found it to be quite fantastic! I wondered how long it would remain, since it was certainly illegal and would surely be reported to the Department of Transportation. It probably wouldn’t last more than a few days.
Well, weeks went by, and I continued my daily drive-by of the haunted mansion on the hill, always trying to glean a closer look through the darkness of early morning. Christmas is almost here now, and yet the haunted mansion road sign still remains!
I just drove by the sign in actual daylight for the first time, and to my horror, it became evident that it was actually a “yield ahead” sign that had been oddly boarded up. The whole thing was an optical illusion! I felt cheated. I thought that darn haunted mansion sign was so cool, but it was really just my dumb imagination all along.
You know what, though? I can’t be the only person that saw something that wasn’t really there – something better than what was actually there. Having an open mind and being imaginative is a good thing. It’s something I hope to see in my own children. So promise not to tell my kids, because if we should ever drive by this particular road sign at night, they will be warned about how the scariest haunted mansion in the entire world is right around the bend.
Wow! This real life Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle party wagon is sooo cool, and I bet the owner would have totally dug my recent Playing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Like a Boss post! It’s too bad I didn’t leave a note for him or her. It could have been my first interview!
Bam Bam really gives it his all, but in the end, the fries win.
Watch Must. Eat. Fries…
My mother-in-law wasted no time hanging the Twinkie Trilogy in her home. Can’t blame her….
For the record, I believe 66° to be an ideal temperature for storing Twinkies.
The Triple Twinkie Trilogy – We Have a Buyer
Triple Twinkie Art
The Twinkie Trilogy paintings have been sold to…..(drum roll, please) my mother-in-law, who will be hanging them in her home! Honest. I made her promise to send a picture for proof. I woke up the morning after posting it to find the confirmation of sale in my inbox. She claims to love them and did not buy them just to support me, and I’m choosing to believe her (love you, and Happy Birthday!). How cool is that?
I’m still sort of interested to see, however, if there are any Twinkie fans out in the general public other than my loving, supportive, and quirky family, who would actually purchase and hang Twinkie paintings in their home. Therefore, I am relisting them on Etsy as made-to-order items. The cool thing about listing it this way is that I can customize the work for the customer.
I’m glad that the Twinkie Trilogy has a home and that this project is one that actually achieves closure. Otherwise, who knows how long they would sit on the shelves at Etsy. Now it’s time to focus on my knitting project again.
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Last night was art night at the Secret Dad household. While the kids tried their hands at finger painting, I rummaged through the old paint box and pulled out some acrylic paints and some blank canvas boards. I wound up turning an ordinary finger painting session with the kids into a nightlong affair. My inspiration actually goes back a few weeks, when I had first learned that Hostess Brands was going bankrupt. I checked at every local gas station and grocery store to see if any Twinkies remained. Alas, it turned out that I was too late, because no matter where I looked, there were no more Twinkies to be had. I actually hadn’t eaten any Twinkies myself in years, but I felt that I owed it to my children, so they could someday recount to children of their own how they tasted the most famous and coveted pastry item in history. All of this is, for some reason, the first thing that came to mind as I stared at my blank canvases. By the time my work was done, the kids had been asleep for a few hours, and would awake bright-eyed and bushy-tailed the next morning to examine the finished pieces. When my wife asked what I would be doing with them (basically implying that they would NOT be hanging in our home), I explained that I was going to entrust them with a deserving friend. I just had yet to figure out who the lucky friend would be. My daughter suggested that I sell them at a yard sale, but because December yard sales in the northeast are about as popular as calls from telemarketers, I instead opted to open an Etsy store and try my luck there. The ultimate Twinkie mega-fan is bound to be out there somewhere, tirelessly searching for an acrylic Twinkie trilogy, and I know that somehow, some way, fate will bring us together. Our proceeds will go towards purchasing more craft supplies, of course. Although, if we were really business savvy, we could assuredly fetch much more for my son’s abstract art… Or perhaps even my daughter’s horse and froggy, lost, in an enchanted forest of cloud-hands…
…COULD put Buzz Lightyear together again.
Previously: Man Down!!!