What you need: a couple of drawer knobs with removable, decorative, metal accents, or a wooden knob with a lamp-like profile and a flat face. Some hollow metal tubing, a tube cutter, the caps from some medicine bottles, a couple of screws, a screw driver, some scrapbook paper, glue, a T-pin (optional), clothespins (optional), wooden checkers (optional), drill (optional), acrylic paint (optional), craft knife (optional), thin cord (optional).
You should be able to click through any of the images for larger versions on flickr.
The black lamp on the left is made of a scalloped ceramic knob with the base from a metal knob, a piece of metal tubing, the liner from a medicine bottle cap, the cap from some other bottle (slightly larger than the medicine bottle), a screw, and scrapbook paper for the shade. See the other pictures for how they were assembled. I used the T-pin to start the hole for the screw. I found a tube the right length in a bag of odds and ends, but you could buy a longer one and cut it to size. This lamp just sort of rests in place, it is not really held together. The tube fits over a short screw that extends through the base and the ceramic knob. There's enough clearance in the hole through the knob for the tube to go all the way down. The hardest part is getting a good friction fit on the bottle cap for the shade to stay in place. Use the clothespins to hold the edges of the shade together while the glued, overlapping edges set.
The blue lamp in the middle is a scalloped ceramic knob with a wooden checker base. Drill a hole through the center of the checker large enough for the screw that came with the knob to pass through, you may have to trim with a craft knife the grooves inside the checker to give the screw enough clearance for the lamp to sit flush. You can't see it, but I also drilled a hole in the side of the checker that a piece of wire or string can go through to simulate a cord. I then painted the checker with a base coat of gold metalic acrylic paint and a top coat of a brownish paint to simulate the metal on the knob's metal base. You don't absolutely need the checker, but I think it gives a better proportion to the base than using the metal piece by itself. There is a washer on top of the length of tube over the screw to help keep the medicine cap liner lying flat because I ended up slicing the cap instead of just drilling a hole through it. This lamp is actually all held together by the washer and nut above the clear cap and is pretty solid. Paper shade made as with the black lamp.
The third lamp is just a plain wooden knob set on its end with its embedded screw covered by a metal tube cut to length. Once again, a screw goes through the clear cap liner and into the tube to provide a support for the paper shade. This lamp, like the first, is not really held together, but if you liked a shorter lamp, you could use the same washer-nut sandwich set-up as with the blue lamp.
There are many other suitable knobs that you can use or mix and match, including the smaller scalloped ceramic ones, if you wanted a little desk lamp, and this could also be modified with longer tubes and different knobs for floor lamps.
Then, after several long days, my internet (and cable) is back today, after a lengthy install process with an installer who really was fussy about not having a clue how to set anything up through a Mac. But it is all done, and I am back to the internet, and I have a list of things to write about in the coming days!
Disclaimer – Influenster is a pretty awesome program, where you sign up, pick passions of your life, and for each of those passions you will out person survey’s, links, and reviews (either write or recommending).
The end result of which is getting sent a complimentary (read free) VoxBox of samples from Influenster, which you are then asked to review (through another set of surveys, twitters, facebook, istagram photos, vine/youtube videos and blog posts – whatever your review schtick is and however much you decide to be involved with reviewing).
Just so you don’t sign up expecting a big sudden bang of getting boxes, I signed up about two months before I got picked for my first box. So my best advice is sign-up and do all the things on the website you can, and you’ll end up there in a few months.
Boots Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask
I love face stuff, so I’m really excited about this actually. I used to love using Villianess’s mud’s all the time, but it’s been a while. Definitely something I’m looking forward to the testing round of.
Review/Brand Badge Opening
Okay, so this one should go in order. It was very thick and good going on, I was really impressed with the feeling of the mud/clay mixture. It had to stay on ten minutes drying, which got a little itchy, but I made it without bothering it too much. It was even amusing that it went on brown/grey and dried this lovely light green shade.
The problem came when I took it off. My special "snowflake" skin turned the color of a sunburned tomato, and started peeling everywhere. So lots of moisturizer later, it's not a bad product, it's just not one I can use with my sensitive skin.
Hershey’s Kisses Milk Chocolate
Not very excited about this myself as a self admitted dark chocolate addict, who really only likes milk chocolate when it’s insanely well made and usually mixed with good things, or in truffles. But I have some best friends who are massive milk chocolate fans, and my first inclination is to make surprises for them of it.
Review/Brand Badge Opening
I ate a kiss, because I’m supposed to try all the things in my box, but it was as expected. Pretty middle of the run generic milk chocolate to me, but it’s on its way to being a surprise for someone who absolutely loves it and will have a plethora to have of it soon.
Frizz Ease 3-Day Straight Flat Iron Spray
I’m not really a flat iron girl, and even more so I’m a girl with quite wavy hair that’s long and closer to the straight side of the spectrum than it will ever be close to curly alas. So I’ll be testing this, but I doubt it will need anything like three days to figure out if it can make my hair straight.
Review/Brand Badge Opening
This one isn't going to be a glamorous review. I have long wavy hair, but given that it is long, it's very heavy so it's always closer to straight than curly unless it's been braided for a long time or curled and covered in two cans of hairspray (and even that only last five or six hours, because it is just that heavy). It works well, but it hasn't really changed my hair all that much.
KISS Looks So Natural Lashes
I’m very ho-hum about this one. Looks quite pretty, and you can definitely not the tapered ends very easily, but I’m not a big fan of the whole fake lashes thing, really?
Review/Brand Badge Opening
This was my plain jane failure of not working. I could always get the middle to place right, but the inner corner never did. Not once. Not twice. Not three times. I kept trying. I gave it a while. I’m actually thinking this problem was with the adhesive, as it never wanted to stay in the corner, and a lot of the other reviewers who loved theirs talk about loving them but having used their own adhesive.
Red Rose Simply Indulgent Teas
TEA. It’s my first box and they sent me FREE TEA. It’s tea. How can I be anything other than excitedly ready to try anyone’s tea anywhere. I’m so ready and excited and bouncy about getting to be asked to sample, review and talk about Tea, Tea, Tea. And it’s caramel and lemon, which happen to be favorite flavors in my life. Eeeeee.
Review/Brand Badge Opening
LOVE. But are you even a little surprised really? The caramel one was brilliant, and brilliantly sweet, even without the addition of sugar or honey. The lemon is delightful, too! All gorgeously lemon-y, citrus-y, perfection. Oh, tea, you guys are so very amazing.
I haven't met Xena yet, but she's obviously a valued member of the team.
So, last year, when the Kickstarter campaign got announced, I was both intrigued and wary -- what a cool idea! But erk, what if Hollywood decides "get the fans to pay to make the movie, then pay to watch it, woo" is a great business model? But I figured there's no way this movie had a chance in hell of happening otherwise, and I'd loved first season VM, so... sure. I kicked in. Then watched in awe as the numbers climbed and climbed and CLIMBED.
From the get-go, I thought Rob Thomas was being pretty damn decent about everything. The rewards were spread out nicely, and a digital download came at a lower level than the DVD, instead of being added as an extra perk for a higher level, so more people had a shot at it. The original idea was to get people the digital download a few days after the theater premiere, which is more than reasonable.
I've been on the backers update mailings ever since, and I gotta say: the VM team is working its ass off to make this movie available to as many people as possible, as fast as possible, with as few hurdles as possible. The first few months were obviously focused on making the movie, but the last few months have all been about distribution as far and wide as possible.
At this point:
- They got the entire series streaming on Amazon Prime in time for people to watch one ep per day leading up to the movie release.
- The movie's being released widely across the US. And there are advanced screenings the night before in 17 US cities. For a fan-funded movie.
- The movie will premiere in theaters in Canada, the UK, Ireland, and Germany on the same day. No staggered releases. (... wait, I take that back. Germany's premiering it on the 13th, a day earlier than the US.)
- Some countries that aren't officially getting it in theaters are getting "fan screenings" set up by Warner Bros: Sweden, Mexico, Australia.
- Can't get a theater or fan event? Check your cable/satellite, or digital retailers (like Amazon or iTunes). This is being released digitally across the world on premiere day. All backers who contributed at least $35 will be sent instructions on how to stream/download their copies on the same day as well. No waiting.
- They've set up a line of tie-in novels. Because fan-funded film. The first book is co-written by Rob Thomas and will be available on March 25 (I haven't read the blurb or anything else, and would rather not hear spoilers, if this is canonical to post-VM-movie, tyk!). He's already said that the first novel is canonical to both show and movie, and will remain so; if there's another movie, it will either be an adaptation of that book or will be set after it. (Which totally counts as a gift to the fans because look at all the arguments about "yeah but is the book *canon*?" he just stopped!)
- At the same time Rob Thomas is working on his own tie-in novels, he's added the VM universe to Kindle Worlds and announced that now people can write fanfic! Which, okay, I pat them on their little heads at the idea that fans need an official sandbox to play in, but still: it's a solid tip of the hat to the idea that this universe is about more than just them, and it gives fans who want to go that route a chance to make some money for their fanfic, just like him (at least in theory). (Also, sort of adorably, he carefully explains that Kindle Worlds novels won't be canon, they'll be fanon. Although tsk, he links to Wikipedia instead of Fanlore for both definitions. Someone needs to put him in touch with Orlando Jones, he'll steer him right.)
- They set up a Cafepress fan portal as the gateway to all VM merchandise on Cafepress -- from official merch to fan-created stuff, all mixed in together. Fan-created stuff has limitations like no images from the source, and needs to be approved before it's added, but anyone can make it, and again can make some cash on sales of stuff relating to this universe, with official blessing.
- For US folks only, Apple has a few Countdown to Veronica Mars offers, including a free download of the extended pilot (not the aired version), a behind-the-scenes featurette, and ways to order or pre-order VM stuff (soundtrack, novel, movie).
This is all just sort of unreal, in terms of how Hollywood usually treats fans. They're going way out of their way to make this as inclusive a deal as possible. Warner Bros is doing a lot of the heavy lifting there; they told him they'd do distribution if he raised the money to make it. But this is just staggering. Free screenings, international distribution deals (whatever they set up with Germany set back the DVD release, so there's some real negotiation going on here), merch and fic that fans can get a cut of, simultaneous global digital release across both broadcast/on-demand and download services, not to mention on the same day as the global theater release... holy cow. If this is the lesson Hollywood takes away from this Kickstarter, everyone wins, man.
I can't believe all of this has only taken a single year. This is amazing stuff.
ETA: I will probably end up taking a piece of brass stock to the local Ace Hardware and asking the guys there. (I miss my Dad.)
Just learned that Miley Cyrus tried to stick her tongue down "I Kissed A Girl" Katy Perry's throat but rather than smugly brag via new, follow-up pop song that she's kissed another girl, Katy sternly self-reports to the media that she "screamed" and "ran away" (if Miley tried to kiss me I'd scream and run away, too, but then I've kissed girls and not liked it). In talking more in-depth about it, Katy said something that got me terribly confused (emphasis mine):
"I just walked up to her to give her like a friendly girly kiss, you know, as girls do, and then she like tried to move her head and go deeper and I pulled away."
So what the heck is "a friendly girly kiss", anyway? Inquiring minds (assuming I have more than one, of course) want to know. Have I engaged in this kiss? (Dear God, I hope not. This whole topic is turning my stomach and I haven't even gotten into specifics.) Here are possible girly-kiss-engagement symptoms I have, as they stand so far. Please help me crowd-source an answer to the question, "Have I really girly-kissed a girl, like, ever?"
- I'm a girl (more precisely, a woman, but why let proper terminology get in the way of a good story?)
- I've kissed other girls (and/or "women")
- I've only ever kissed two women on the mouth as a form of greeting - my mom and my sister, because they wanted to kiss me that way first (I think it's revolting but I never said so, I simply complied, getting it over with as fast as possible - kissing-on-the-mouth-greetings must be a kissing gene mutation that passed me over)
- Otherwise I've kissed women on the cheek and vice versa, or engaged in the theatrical air kisses some women are fond of, or else done the one where you kiss your hand and blow the kiss at them
Do the above signs mean I have any of the symptoms of having engaged in "a friendly girly kiss"? I find this topic about as easy to talk about as the possible working title of the next eHow post you'll see, you know, "500 Delicious Ways To Prepare Your Own Snot For Breakfast" so bear with me; my stomach's turning so bad I may puke once in a while in lieu of replying to any comments.
tl;dr: So what the heck is "a friendly girly kiss", anyway? Have I ever unknowingly engaged in one?