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Third Eye Comics has been around for a few years. The store had simply moved to larger quarters just around the corner from its former location. The store decided to have a grand opening event to celebrate this. Here’s a look at the entrance to the new facilities.

Third Eye Comics Grand Opening, July 8, 2017

This is a really cool example of trompe l’oeil.

Third Eye Comics Grand Opening, July 8, 2017

As you can see in the next few photos this event was well attended.

Third Eye Comics Grand Opening, July 8, 2017

Third Eye Comics Grand Opening, July 8, 2017

Third Eye Comics Grand Opening, July 8, 2017

There were all kinds of items available for sale, such as this Weeping Angel tote bag from the Doctor Who TV show.

Third Eye Comics Grand Opening, July 8, 2017

There were comic books, graphic novels, vinyl toys, coffee mugs, and other kinds of related merchandise available for sale.

Third Eye Comics Grand Opening, July 8, 2017

Third Eye Comics Grand Opening, July 8, 2017

Third Eye Comics Grand Opening, July 8, 2017

Third Eye Comics Grand Opening, July 8, 2017

Third Eye Comics Grand Opening, July 8, 2017

Third Eye Comics Grand Opening, July 8, 2017

Third Eye Comics Grand Opening, July 8, 2017

Third Eye Comics Grand Opening, July 8, 2017

Third Eye Comics Grand Opening, July 8, 2017

Third Eye Comics Grand Opening, July 8, 2017

Third Eye Comics also has a games store, known as Third Eye Games, whose entrance is located next to Third Eye Comics’ space.

Third Eye Comics Grand Opening, July 8, 2017

As you can guess from the name, Third Eye Games have all kinds of card games and board games available for sale, such as this Ghostbusters game.

Third Eye Comics Grand Opening, July 8, 2017

There were plenty of people playing games when I was there.

Third Eye Comics Grand Opening, July 8, 2017

Third Eye Comics Grand Opening, July 8, 2017

Third Eye Comics Grand Opening, July 8, 2017

I took advantage of the store’s special 20% discount on graphic novels to make my one and only purchase from that store. As you can guess by the cover, Deadpool the Duck is a mash-up between Howard the Duck and Deadpool. Having read it, I can tell you that it’s definitely hilarious. I would recommend picking it up if you have the chance.

Third Eye Comics Grand Opening, July 8, 2017

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On the Saturday during the Fourth of July holiday weekend, I decided to check out this toy show that was being held at the Maryland State Fairgrounds.

It was such a feast for the eyes as the toys and various other vintage items were displayed at various vendor tables. The whole show took on the air of a flea market with an emphasis on vintage stuff dating anywhere from the 1900s to the 1990s.

Toy Show, July 1, 2017

Someone had a jukebox for sale, which reminded me of my childhood when many of the local restaurants had them and people could choose songs to play for about a quarter each.

Toy Show, July 1, 2017

The jukebox played music during the entire event. (Which proved that it definitely still worked.) I couldn’t help taking pictures of the songs that were available on the jukebox. The majority of them were hits when I was a kid.

Toy Show, July 1, 2017

Toy Show, July 1, 2017

And speaking of music players, here’s a vintage 8-track player with an Elvis Presley 8-track tape. I once had a stereo system that included an 8-track player but I never owned one like that. But I could’ve sworn that one of my friends or maybe one of my cousins had a player just like that but I don’t know for sure. (Memory is one of those funny things where you remember something but you don’t remember when, where, or how you remember it.)

Toy Show, July 1, 2017

Late last year I did a series of blog posts with accompanying photos known as A Tabletop Christmas (so-named because I limit my Christmas decorating to just a single tabletop in my living room). Among the items I showed off was a small plastic Santa Claus puppet that I’ve had since I was a child. I didn’t know anything about the origins of this puppet. It wasn’t until I went to the toy show when I saw a tiny plastic Santa puppet on sale that’s identical to mine.

Toy Show, July 1, 2017

The only difference between the two is that this Santa still had its label at the base while mine doesn’t have any labels at all. (I suspect that whatever label it had must’ve fallen off a long time ago.) My Santa puppet is currently stored in a box with the other Christmas decorations in the attic but here’s a picture of my Santa puppet that I took last December.

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At first I thought the animal in the next picture was a stuffed animal until I saw the dog move his eyes around. He laid there the entire time I was at that show.

Toy Show, July 1, 2017

This show also had examples of how the mighty had fallen. I found this book by disgraced former Fox News talk show host Bill O’Reilly on sale for only $1 at one of the tables. (LOL!)

Toy Show, July 1, 2017

There was one token of something new that I found. Someone was selling glow-in-the-dark versions of the hottest toy of 2017: Fidget Spinners.

Toy Show, July 1, 2017

By the way, you can check out a video I shot recently where I unboxed and played with one of those Fidget Spinners for the first time (and, no, the one I bought didn’t glow in the dark).

Everywhere there were visual treats, many of which harkened back to my own youth.

Toy Show, July 1, 2017

Toy Show, July 1, 2017

Toy Show, July 1, 2017

Toy Show, July 1, 2017

Toy Show, July 1, 2017

Toy Show, July 1, 2017

Toy Show, July 1, 2017

Toy Show, July 1, 2017

Toy Show, July 1, 2017

Toy Show, July 1, 2017

Toy Show, July 1, 2017

Toy Show, July 1, 2017

Toy Show, July 1, 2017

Toy Show, July 1, 2017

Toy Show, July 1, 2017

Toy Show, July 1, 2017

Toy Show, July 1, 2017

Toy Show, July 1, 2017

As I was walking back to the light rail stop I shot this photo of The Cow Palace building because it had a nice small garden.

Toy Show, July 1, 2017

I didn’t buy a lot of stuff at that toy show due mainly to tight finances. But I managed to snag a couple of things at bargain rates. I found the second season of The Simpsons DVD set for only $6.

Toy Show, July 1, 2017

I bought a Monster High doll for only $5. I was attracted to her pretty winter-themed clothes. At first I thought I may have purchased a relative of The Snow Queen until I did an online search and I was able to make a definite identification. Based on this web page, her name is Abbey Bominable and she’s described as the 16-year-old daughter of the Yeti.

Toy Show, July 1, 2017

Here’s a closeup of her hair, which looks like it has glittery plastic pellets weaved throughout the strands. It gives a really cool ice/snow effect, especially when the light reflects off of her hair.

Toy Show, July 1, 2017

Ramadan

During the recent Memorial Day holiday weekend I was invited to a party that was held at the home of a woman I know from my support group for people who are separated or divorced. Since the party was held in Crownsville, I decided to head to Third Eye Comics, which is located on the outskirts of nearby Annapolis since I was going to be in the area anyway. I took a couple of quick pictures of some of the items they have in their store besides comic books.

This is the fourth year that a maker event took place in Greenbelt, Maryland. (It used to be known as the Greenbelt Mini-Maker Faire until this year, when the organizers decided against renewing the license with Make magazine, which holds the rights to the name “Maker Faire”. One of the reasons I heard is that the organizers of this event has always insisted on it being a non-commercial, non-profit community event which is the opposite of most Maker Faire events, which tend to have all kinds of corporate sponsorships.) After sitting out last year, I decided to return as a participating vendor with my own table.

Makerspace 125 is the main spearheader of this event. This is what it looked like on that day all decked out in balloons and hoops wrapped with yarn.

Greenbelt #Maker Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, April 15, 2017.

Greenbelt #Maker Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, April 15, 2017.

Greenbelt #Maker Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, April 15, 2017.

Greenbelt #Maker Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, April 15, 2017.

Greenbelt #Maker Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, April 15, 2017.

Greenbelt #Maker Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, April 15, 2017.

Someone draped the nearby Mother and Child statue with long strings of beads.

Greenbelt Maker Festival 2017

Here is my vending area at this year’s event.

Greenbelt Maker Festival 2017

A few days earlier I created a video slideshow of my sketchbook drawings I made over the years (I only admitted the ones that depicted partial or full nudity because this festival is an all-ages family-friendly event). I made a little brochure explaining about myself. I also offered free Oreo cookies.

Greenbelt Maker Festival 2017

This section shows the comic book coasters I made by cutting up the comic book collection that my ex-husband left behind. (I attempted to sell them but comic books are worth squat these days, especially if they were published after 1985.) I first debuted them at the 2015 Greenbelt Mini-Maker Faire and I still had a few left mainly because I haven’t worked as many art shows and craft fairs in recent years as before the economic meltdown of 2008.

Greenbelt Maker Festival 2017

Greenbelt Maker Festival 2017

Last, but not least, here is my Barbie doll section.

Greenbelt Maker Festival 2017

The one in the front is the Barbie that I customized into the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (which I also documented in my four-part DIY video series).

Greenbelt Maker Festival 2017

The three other dolls in the back are ones I originally found in thrift stores and I converted them into fairy dolls.

Greenbelt Maker Festival 2017

Since this event took place the day before Easter Sunday, there were plenty of eggs on display this year.

Greenbelt #Maker Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, April 15, 2017.

Greenbelt #Maker Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, April 15, 2017.

Greenbelt #Maker Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, April 15, 2017.

Here are my photos of the rest of the festival. The day started off cloudy and cool but then the sun came out and it got progressively hotter until I took off my hooded sweatshirt and just walked around in a t-shirt instead. The cream in the middle of the Oreo cookies I was giving away started to ooze from the middle of each cookie. (I ultimately had to put the entire pack in the refrigerator when I returned home.)

Greenbelt Maker Festival 2017

Greenbelt Maker Festival 2017

Greenbelt #Maker Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, April 15, 2017.

Greenbelt #Maker Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, April 15, 2017.

Greenbelt Maker Festival 2017

Greenbelt Maker Festival 2017

Greenbelt Maker Festival 2017

Greenbelt Maker Festival 2017

Greenbelt Maker Festival 2017

Greenbelt Maker Festival 2017

Greenbelt Maker Festival 2017

Greenbelt #Maker Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, April 15, 2017.

Greenbelt #Maker Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, April 15, 2017.

Greenbelt #Maker Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, April 15, 2017.

Greenbelt Maker Festival 2017

Greenbelt Maker Festival 2017

Greenbelt Maker Festival 2017

Greenbelt Maker Festival 2017

Greenbelt Maker Festival 2017

Greenbelt Maker Festival 2017

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

Even though the weather was ideal, the event drew a smaller crowd this year than in previous years. I have a feeling that the fact that this event was scheduled on the day before Easter had something to do with it. I only made a total of $25 in sales throughout the entire six-hour event. I was sort of disappointed because I really wanted to get rid of some excess crafts that have been stored in my home for the past few years while earning extra money. Oh well. At least I got to see a lot of my friends at this event so that’s something.

I also shot a short video of some parts of the festival, which you can view below.

A few weeks ago I mentioned that there was A Day Without Women strike that took place on International Women’s Day (which was March 8). Women were encouraged not to work (either at their jobs or doing housework in their homes) or shop. If someone needed to buy something on that day, that person was encouraged to buy it at a local woman or minority-owned business.

I learned on Facebook that Tanglewood Works was sponsoring a craft-in on that day for any striker to drop in and do a quick craft project for $5. So I headed there and I found that I was the only one who arrived at the store. (I was told that a family stopped by a few hours earlier.)

The basic set up went like this. First you picked which decal you like the best.

Then you take a tile (all of which came from Community Forklift, a hardware store specializing in selling appliances and home improvement items that have been recycled from construction projects) and you apply the decal to the tile.

Next you take alcohol-based inks and just apply them on the tile surface. It’s okay if you cover the decal.

When the ink dries, remove the decal then spray the fixative on it. Here’s the result.

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Santa Claus

Ever since my husband walked out on me I’ve gotten involved with a support group for people who are separated or divorced. Each year this group hosts a post-Christmas party that’s usually held between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. It’s a pot luck party so everyone who plans to attend is asked to bring one dish to share. The high point is the White Elephant Gift Exchange. The idea is that if you received a Christmas gift that you didn’t want, you can wrap that present and bring it to the party. If you basically liked all of the gifts you received this year, then you can go to the store and buy something new that’s just for the gift exchange but the rule is to spend no more than $20.

I’ve been going to this party for the last few years and I find them to be such fun. This year I went to Five Below, where I purchased this gift item.

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It’s a wine glass that’s large enough to hold an entire bottle of wine. I thought it was so hysterical when I saw it on sale that I couldn’t resist buying it for that party. The woman who ended up with it thought it was funny.

There are rules that we all had to follow regarding the White Elephant Gift Exchange and we all laughed as various people opened their chosen presents then other people stole various opened presents. Here is what I ended up with.

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It’s a welcome mat. Except the writing on it is anything but welcoming to anyone.

See you later alligator…After while crocodile…In an hour, sunflower…Maybe two, kangaroo…Gotta go, buffalo…Adios, hippos…Ciao ciao, brown cow…See you soon, baboon…Adieu, cockatoo…Better swish, jellyfish…Chop chop, lollipop…Gotta run, skeleton…Bye-bye, butterfly…Better shake, rattlesnake!

I can remember the entire party cracking up as I read what was written on that mat. Right now I have it on the floor in the foyer of my home.

Valentine's Day

The last few days it has been bitter cold. Right now, as I’m typing this, it’s 20 degrees Fahrenheit. And there’s snow and ice in the forecast that could start sometime after 8:30 p.m. I looked over a few Valentine entries from the last few years and this is the third Valentine’s Day in a row where the weather has either been very cold, provided lots of snow and ice, or both.

I spent the bulk of Valentine’s Day weekend at church mainly because the holiday fell on a Sunday this year. I was at church yesterday for a Valentine’s dance party where I danced and socialized with fellow church members. This morning I went to Sunday service then I stayed a little while longer because someone from the church’s community English instruction program (where members of the congregation teach English to recent immigrants who live in the local community) were short one teacher (who called in sick) and I stepped in to help the other teacher.

Now I’m just relaxing. I have a few Valentine-related pictures to show here for today.

One of my Facebook friends is a burlesque performer known as Reverend Valentine. She runs the DC chapter of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School and I even drew her as a model once when she posed for the Baltimore Dr. Sketchy’s chapter a year ago. A few days ago I learned via Facebook about the origin of her name when it was on a list of friends with upcoming birthdays and it happens to be today. It has also been a few days since I last drew anything in what’s supposed to be my daily sketchbook (although it’s more like a few times a week sketchbook mainly because I get diverted by other creative projects that I’m currently working on so I can only squeeze in daily sketches something like once every few days). I remember she has a thing for dinosaurs so I drew this crazy scenario in my sketch book on what if Reverend Valentine had been born (or should I say hatched?) as a dinosaur in the Jurassic Era. Here’s the result.

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I’m basically enjoying a quite Valentine’s Day tonight in my home, which is frigid despite having all the heaters going because the temperature has dipped to the low 20’s. (My home was originally built during the Great Depression back when the winters were mild and there was no such thing as climate change.) This afternoon I purchased this cute Valentine’s item from CVS.

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It’s a ceramic goblet shaped like C-3PO from the Star Wars movies that’s filled with a bag of Valentine conversation hearts candy. It looked off-beat yet cute and it only cost $12 so I went for it. I’ll eventually eat the candy over time. This is so reminiscent of last year when I purchased these two romantic Valentine-themed plushies that consisted of Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper and they both held tiny felt roses and a small bag of conversation hearts candy (the latter was for human consumption).

A few weeks ago I purchased this chocolate bar on impulse but I put it away in the freezer until after dinner tonight. It’s a Diva bar and it’s really cute (plus the chocolate tasted pretty good).

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Mardi Gras

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