My distraction in 2016 was curiosities & magical specimens and putting creepy thiings in crates & jars.
Mandrakes & mummified haus gnomes.................
Mermaids & sea serpents.......
Oh...and two headed monstrosities & conjoined creatures and demons......
Odd skulls & horns............
Dangerous dark & vampiric entities & almost cute wee ghosts all live captured .....
My shelves filled up quickly
And then I obsessed on potion bottles for a while, and learned to bottle fire....
In the mean time I have amassed a hoard of little bottles & domes, and stocked up on simulated/resin water products and either made or collected all sorts of odd to stuff to put in them, and made hundreds of readable labels.....
Uncle Rooster's is our neighborhood tobacconist, head shop and all around place to get social with the counter culture.
Unc's had always been a promoter & supporter of the local music scene. They used to have music lessons upstairs until the popularity of hookah lounges demanded the space.
There is still always something fun to do upstairs, and cool people to hang out with. The hookah bar is busy, and there are special snacks available- herbal teas, sugary treats and of course, brownies. There are usually even plenty of half burnt or burning roaches lying around for the cheapskates & moochers!
Unc's stocks a great collection of back issues of important but hard to find counter culture magazines & comics like High Times, Rolling Stone, Mad Magazine & The Fabulous Freak Brothers ,so it functions as a relaxed reading room as well.
Downstairs is more business-like, with colorful displays of incenses & other burnables in every flavor
The display case is overflowing with a great variety of glass bongs, and metal, glass and bone pipes.
Unc also carries a huge variety of rolling papers- from modern classics like Zig Zags, to colorful vintage Persian, French & Europan papers & cigars. Yes, lava lamps abound here too!
New shipments of glassware are always tested for quality!
Unc sells cigarettes, cigars & mary jane and all the paraphernalia associated- matches, ash trays, stash jars, snuff & snuffers!
The doorkeeper's chamber is slowly paper-clay'ed & painted, with more secret doors added.
Here the wall sections are not fixed in place yet, and I have had many tries at arranging them with the help of blue tape. Part of the issue was the view available from my proposed doorway, which required me moving the bookcase panel to the other side, else no books could've been seen.
Various Greenman molds provided embellishments for the room, as well as a couple impromptu wall reliefs. I realize I should have made the bookcase shelves twice as deep but I'm not going back now.
For some reason I had made quite a serious bend in the panel that houses the fireplace. There was logic there once, but as I don't take notes well and I sometimes have weeks or months between chances to work on things, so often I forget what I was thinking.
Matching stone colors in different sessions isn't working out very well, but I'm no stickler.
Once the interior was done, I worked on egg carton stones for the outside. There wasn't as much useful egg carton as I'd expected, but I did make a nice mess of trimmings on my floor.
I treated it like a jigsaw puzzle & didn't concern myself with laws of physics or masonry.
I won't bore you with the nightmare of grouting...I had a nice syringe and I colored & watered down two kinds of grout, but the stuff kept drying in the tip and..let's just say it was weeks of sessions & I'm truly amazed I didn't quit.
Painting the fireplace panel & nothing worked. Garish bricks, yellow stone.....it will wait for another day when I feel optimistic.
Here are a couple shots of the room with the removable door panel & all the other panels propped up. My round tower is certainly off to a wonky start!
So, to ease my frustration & renew the pleasures, a day of my life spent rolling scrolls, making books and creating stacks of documents & relics. My only struggle with this project was that I kept thinking every scrap of paper I had was 'the good one' and so I jealousy hoarded all the good ones to use in the more prominent & visible spots and soon had nothing for the 'supporting roles'