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About yourorgangrinder

Maker of stuff, friend to birds, thrifty lady, organisation obsessed from Brisbane, Australia.

365 Days, 206 Bones, 1 Skeleton

This year I was looking for a 365 day project to challenge myself.  I almost chose 365 days of horror movies but though I might be a wreck after just a month, not to mention that some days I just couldn’t fit in a horror movie or find one to watch.  Horror movies isn’t much of a project either.  My partner always has good ideas and suggested I make a skeleton from felt. He didn’t think horror was a good idea as he doesn’t enjoy the genre.

I began the Skeleton around the start of the year with some sketches.  It’s already been a struggle getting the sizes right and finding references for parts.  Felt is a huge challenge with really tiny details as it is hard to cut small and make matching parts so small. I started with the hands and had to get creative with the scissors when my patterns were just too small to cut around. The bulk of the hands were done across about 4 hours but about another 2 or 3 hours needs to be added on top of that just sewing bits here and there and re-doing bits that went awry.

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The Good Hand.  The second one worked out way better than the first.

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Both hands.  One is very floppy (right) the other very stiff (left).

As I was making the phalanges I realised that making individual carpals was going to be bloody challenging as I would never get the sizes right so I decided to go with a solid piece under with details on top.  Artistic licence has come into play here as some parts were so tiny and the felt was not cooperating and I’ve heard that sometimes done is better that perfect.

All up I’m pretty happy with how they turned out but I think the stiff hand might need a re-sew. I plan to do the arms next.  Radius and Ulna.

Maybe I should try the horror thing out. Watch a month worth of Horror movies?  Maybe I could do a month of horror movies and TV shows (American Horror Story is in my Netflix list) and see how I go.

Teeth

I’ve been making felt teeth for about 5 years.  They are a pretty popular item being snapped up by dentists, dental nurses and anyone with something going on with their teeth.  I’ve even made myself a tooth with a crack it when I found out I had a crack in my tooth and needed a crown.

I still make the felt teeth but these days I also enjoy making teeth from other materials as well as working with acrylic teeth-they are a little bit freaky!  I also have a plaster version of my teeth that is used to make my mouth guard (I’m a terrible tooth grinder in my sleep).

My partner and I visited Reverse Garbage over the weekend and I spotted a lot of plaster teeth, below.

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This made me think of all of my favourite teeth I’ve made. Below are some of my favourite teeth creations.

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Laser Cut Tooth Earrings

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Acrylic teeth into some Plasticine. This is something I’m playing with while trying to learn stop motion.

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Carving a tooth stamp.

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The tooth that started it all.  Mr Felty.

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Wooden Tooth Brooch

Week in Pictures

January 28-February 3

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Teddy.  I picked up this bear from a second hand shop and added some anatomy (stomach, brain and Kidneys in the back).  He had a tag on this leg that had his name in pen.  I think he was a much loved teddy.

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Six Legs.  Spider friend on the back veranda.  I didn’t see her boyfriend until I uploaded the photograph. She’s been protecting our veranda for a few months.

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Hookworms!  Love these little guys. They’re looking for their forever home, will it be your intestine?

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Collection of Gall Bladders, Jar and two options for the brooch.  These guys are so popular at the moment.  Love making them! 

Just some pictures and captions

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I bought some acrylic teeth from ebay.  They were only about $7.  I use them in teratomas but I was also playing with them in some sculpey.

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The laser cut wood brain.  The first “printing” sucked.  Pleased I kept on with it.  These also come in earrings which are very cute, so tiny!

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The Boy, AKA Charles.  He always acts cute for the camera.  

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I’m trying to learn stop motion animation.  The photos I can do (well, I need to do a lot of practicing on them but I can do them) but the video editing.  NFI!  I read the details and just go WTF?  Makes no sense to me. Hopefully I can score some help from my partner soon to sit down and figure it all out.

Murder Tree

There is a tree in our front yard that is a home to crows, the crows fly in and out of the tree all day.  During the school term the crows steal food from the grounds, they steal yogurt containers, muesli bars, and tuck shop paper bags.  All of the rubbish from the food ends up under the tree.  But then something started to happen, there were dead animals under the tree every day for 5 days.  A rat, another rat, a top knot pigeon, a lorikeet, another rat.  I started to expect a corpse under the tree after a few days.

I buried all of the animals under the tree in among all of the litter under the tree.  It’s a huge pine so there are heaps of needles and dirt underneath to bury the animals.

After that first 5 days we’ve only seen a few more dead animals under the tree.  Mostly old ones, like half mummified rats and bird parts. Today I was reminded of all of the animals the showed up under the tree over that week after my partner mowed under the tree uncovering the poorly buried bodies (it’s super dry under the tree and hard to dig up).

As I have a bit of a collections of bones and body bits the corpses under the tree don’t bother me and  I can easily bury them when they do show up.  We don’t think the crows were actually killing the the animals but that the rats were poisoned (there were heaps of dead rats in the area at the time) and that a cat originally killed the birds and the crows stole the bodies.

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Bird wing from the top knot dove

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Rat skull

Oh, hello 2017, when did you get here?

I read something a little while ago that suggested different reasons why we feel time pass faster as we get older.  The one that stuck with me (well, the one I remember) was that the percentage of your life that passes in a year becomes smaller and smaller. Therefore when you are between the ages 4 and 5 that year is 20% of your life so far, making it seem like such a long time, whereas when you are 35, like me, it’s only 2.85% of your life so it goes much faster.  I think it’s probably more so that when you are an adult you are always so busy doing all of the things, all at once sometimes, that time flies.  When you’re a kid you’re looking forward to and counting down to everything; birthday, christmas, school holidays, moving house.  I’m sure adults agree that when they are counting down to something they really want (or something they really want to be over) that time moves much slower.

And now it’s 2017, oh my! And the 12th January already, how did that happen?! I already feel like I’m wasting my time.

I’ve been doing some planning with the aid of a mind map.  The mind map is a great tool to clarify your goals and I’ve got it on my clip board that is filled with paper of sketches and notes to keep looking at it.  In this house any paper that is printed on one side goes into a drawer or a folder to reuse.  Most of my anatomy patterns have something printed on the other side, whether we printed it or it’s junk mail. But let’s not get side tracked.

Search mind map on pinterest (there I already did it for you) to find more info on the technique.

It’s pretty weird for me to think about having goals as even 5 years ago I was like goals, fuck off, that kinda thing is for losers (like me, actually) but in the last few years and particularly the last year I’ve really found that using techniques like goal setting are helpful to keep propelling me forward.  Oh, and I have motivational quotes on my wall, can you believe that!?  As an adult I think it is so easy to just get lost in the motions of everyday that you forget to pursue the things you want to do and are passionate about. You forget to stand up or be present for the things that matter to you.  Goals, motivational posters, all that kinda annoying stuff that other people do that used to annoy me – I’m now that person and it’s bloody working, so I’ll just keep being a goal setting, motivational poster put’er upper.

One of my favourite motivational quotes at the moment is this one “If you commit to nothing you’ll be distracted by everything.”  It comes from here.  I think this is the most completely solid piece of truth I’ve ever read so to try not be distracted by everything this year I chose 3 words to repeat to myself..  Those words are Focus, Learn, Do.  I wanted something a bit more fancy that “do” but it’ll do (ha ha).  Focus has really become something of a mantra for me already. It’s a great little word to get yourself into the zone.

But anyways, here we are in 2017.  So, tell me about your focus for this year?

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Here is a Uterus, just because.

 

$70 Challenge, Update 4.

We’re wayyyy over in the last week!  Current spending today ( Tuesday; the 4 weeks finishes up this Sunday) is -$12.80.  We think we’ve got all of this weeks groceries other than bread so should only spend another $5 max. this week, unless we decide to do a fruit shop visit.

Why are we so over?  Specials!  And stocking up.  We’ve always bought groceries from the big supermarkets when they are on significant specials, e.g half price. We’ve got yogurt sachets and Salmon within the last week.   The Salmon was $15.50 at Coles for a bag of 6 frozen pieces (half price).  As we enjoy Salmon occasionally we snapped up a bag. I mentioned the yogurt sachets in the last post.

Today we bought lots of meat at Aldi.  1 kg Beef Mince, approx 1 kg rump, about 800g of Casserole Beef and Beef Sausages.  This is 12 meals for 2! This meat cost us approx $41 making it approx $3.40 per meal of meat ($1.70 per person).  This is over 2 weeks of beef for us, so the spending today takes us well into the next week.

As I said, we’ve always stocked up on groceries when we see specials.  I know for many this is simply not possible as their budget is so rigid.  We also have a lot of shops close to us (most within walking distance) so we can also easily go out whenever we want something rather than having to pay more to avoid going out more (which can be costly if you are using public transport).

Where could I do better?

Planning!  This is a great time of year to not spend additional money (I hate when not spending money is referred to as saving money) but a shocking time to try and implement new organisation.  In fact my current organisation is a bit out the window with getting orders out and trying to wrap up work (it’s impossible!) Ideally I should be sitting down Sunday afternoon and planning the weeks meals around my schedule as well as making sure my week is nutritionally balanced.

Incorporating more beans, lentils and chickpeas etc into my meals.  Nutritionally I should be doing this but I’m only really just starting to eat these foods and I’m still learning how and where I can use them.  I don’t love beans so figuring out how to disguise them is what I’m working on 😉

I can’t say we buy much junk food at all.  I was gifted chocolate for my Birthday which is still in the cupboard and we don’t often buy biscuits or chips.  When we do it’s a good special or a special occasion.  I sometimes pick up shortbread from Aldi (they’re $1.70) but as I go in to shops with a clear shopping list I don’t often vary from it and when I do it’ll be cheese or chocolate (headache makers!)

Knowing I’m doing this food challenge has really stopped me buying impulse items and I think it has really impacted both of us in so far as we’ve made changes to the quality of food we eat-FOR THE BETTER! We make sure we’re eating nutritious food as there is no point spending money on rubbish foods!

I’m keen to continue with the $70 challenge again after this 4 weeks is up but not straight away-first thing in the new year. Let’s get that pesky Xmas out of the way first.