I know we're about over the Christmas season hump and we're all ready to move on so we need to show you some highlights of present giving quickly before you're all distracted by making Valentines.
Some highlights from our artsy gifty exchanging:
Ryan commissioned our friend Tripper Dungan, 3D artist extraordinaire, to make me one Otis Redding special. I couldn't believe mine eyes when I unwrapped it. I couldn't ask for anything better. Thank you Tripper!
Ryan has been wanting some type of nerd hero vomiting from Legendary Tiger Hero for a while so I was finally able to make all his dreams come through. Ding! Splat.
Ryan got me an Oregon Gentleman, goes by the name Robin, sculpted by a man who goes by the name Scrappers. I'd been wanting one of these guys forever too. Ryan was good at keeping mental notes this year!
Here is the trio of animal prints I procured for Ryan. Looking at them now, I realize I didn't intend to get so many animals but it worked out well. I got the top two (Polar Bears by Hisss and Deer by Groundwork/Danna Ray) intending to have them framed over our bed while Ryan was away. I was pretty happy to find two sets of animals headed towards each other and thought it was, you know, sweet and stuff.
Well, in case you didn't hear, Portland got hit with mad-crazy blizzard stuff and I wasn't able to get out to get frames and Ryan wasn't able to leave town ahead of me so I never had a chance to execute the plan.
Actually, I planned to have the Red-Winged Blackbirds hung at the top of our stairs too [Ryan and I consider the red-winged blackbird "our bird". Is that a little too annoying?]. So, it wasn't the dramatic presentation I had hoped for, but we did get to throw snowballs so I guess it all evens out.
Then, as if all that wasn't enough, Ryan went and got me this hand-painted birdhouse from Ryan O'Rourke whose work I had coveted on Etsy before it sold out. Ryan (my Ryan) was able to commission a new house from the other Ryan in time for the holidays. It's amazing what kind of business can happen when two Ryan's are on the case.
I might be getting a "thing" for hand painted birdhouses. I just saw this one a couple days ago by Lisa Congdon:
but it already sold. Sad face. I thought they could have been good house friends. I'm not much of a collector but I think I could enjoy a little community of artist birdhouses. I think the top one would be the playhouse and this one would have been some sort of mail sorting center. I have no idea why.
Lastly, in an eerie coincidence considering the print I had already purchase Ryan above, Ryan's sweetie mom bought us these handmade porcelain wrestling/hugging (depending on their mood) bear by kg + ab:
I think the bottom one looks like their telling secrets. I'm going to try to listen quietly to them tonight and I'll let you know what I hear.