Dear Blog Readers,
We have become the kind of blogger we never wanted to be — the kind who has a "read our blog" button on our website but the newest post is months old. We blame Facebook for this — it's so much easier to write something there and we seem to have more followers there than we did here on the blog. Still, we can't quite bring ourselves to give it up altogether yet — so instead, we're posting this little note to explain our lack of current entries. Please do check out our facebook page, we think it's fun, if not quite as long form.
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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Um . .. this is kind of . . . . hard !

I was going through some old files this afternoon, cleaning out my desk, trying to make room for the new year's paperwork and found a letter I wrote sometime last year to the Royal Langnickel paint by number company. I had bought some of their small paint kits, remembering how much I loved them when I was young, and when the order arrived, we opened up a few - thinking we would paint one and use it for display. It proved, to put it mildly, difficult. The picture above will give you an idea of the scale - the canvas is about the size of a typical greeting card. The picture below will give you an idea of how ridiculously over detailed it was. As I said in my letter - it kind of made my head hurt to look at that cat, let alone imagine trying to paint it. Never heard back from them either, so eventually I called. They were completely nonchalant, and claimed they had never had a complaint like ours. It seemed pointless to argue. But - would you give it to a six year old? A twelve year old? Rembrandt??

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