One of the ways I try to stay creative is through woodworking. My dad was into woodworking as a hobby when I was younger and I have quite a few memories of the projects he built for the house outside. I’m not as good or as interested in it as he is but I’ve amassed a decent collection of power tools and inherited a few from my dad when downsized to a condo in the city. If there’s something I don’t have, I’m fortunate to have a few friends with nice collections of their own.
I’m not the greatest and my projects have their flaws but I like building things for my daughters rather than buying them if possible. The amount of effort I put into them doesn’t really offset the savings but I like the idea that they’re playing with something their dad built for them. So far I’ve made a grocery store playset, a swing set, and a bed and I’ve got my eye on a couple other projects for this summer.
Note the little version of her bed to the left. While we were waiting for some of the wood putty to dry, she and I built a mini version for her dolls using some of the kids tools we bought from Lowes. I eyeballed the grocery store and the swing set but I used plans from Ana White for the bed and for some of the future projects I’m working on. It’s a great resource for people who are just starting to get into woodworking with usually simple to follow instructions. Each plan comes with a materials and tools list and images to help you along in the process.
Filed under Creativity, Dad
Just got back from C2E2 with my 6 year old daughter Grace. It was her first comic book convention and we had a great time together. Some highlights…
- The 12 and under costume contest. Grace had a few favorites but in the end, all the kids were declared winners. There was a really good Arietty costume from The Secret World of Arietty that we really liked.
- The sketch contest with Art and Franco. Grace didn’t know most of the references, but Art and Franco are always funny and they showed the kids a good time. I think she’ll want to go back again next year.
- I created a sketch monster. Once she got her first convention sketch (Krypto and Streaky from Art Baltazar) that’s all she wanted to do. We got two more from Katie Cook who’s table will be a regular stop on my convention schedule each year from now on.
- After a scheduling mishap on Friday, I managed to get my copy of Tale of Sand signed by Ramon Perez.
- After 10 years of trying, I finally got a sketch from George Perez. Time to find a new holy grail I suppose.
- The Nerdist panel was a lot more fun than I thought it would be and I’m a fan of the show. I even skipped the Silver Age Trivia challenge to see the end of it.
C2E2 is a great con and I look forward to going each year. I missed the West hall we were located in last year but I’ve read that they’ll be moving back next year for the foreseeable future. I was also a little disappointed in the Archaia booth this year. For the last two years, they’ve been selling everything as buy 1 get 1 free but this year they limited that deal to older titles only. While they are certainly within their rights to do that and I should really not expect to be offered that kind of deal, their hardcover only policy and pricing make buying some of their titles pretty risky for those of us unfamiliar with the talent involved. Saturday night was a bit of a let down as well. I couldn’t have made it anyway because of family obligations but 2 years ago they had Neil Gaiman and last year Patton Oswalt. This year, it was one of the guys from The League and his name wasn’t Nick Kroll.
Can’t wait to go again next year when Grace will probably have a costume to wear in the costume contest.
I read something to this effect on Bleeding Cool a few weeks ago but it didn’t really register with me until today for some reason. I’m not the type of parent to force my interests down on my kids. I think it’s one of the worst qualities of many geek parents and I’ve got more to write on it in the future. I’d love if my girls were into comic books so I could share my hobby with them but so far, my oldest (now 6) has shown little interest. She loves to read and that’s all I really need to make me happy but it would be nice to read comics to or with her from time to time.
I think part of the problem is that there aren’t enough good comics for kids out there. If the titles that exist, most of them are geared towards boys. Meanwhile, my daughter is mildly obsessed with the new My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic tv series. As far as that stuff goes, it’s not too bad and has even developed an older, male following (called Bronies). Seems to me like a perfect fit for a comic book tie in and something I could read with my daughter that might get her interested in other comic books. There’s not much more I can say that the original article didn’t except that you can add my voice to those interested in seeing something like this happen.
What better way to start out a new blog than by singing the praises of my oldest daughter? Because we both had the day off of school today, I took her out to see The Secret World of Arrietty which is also being called The Borrowers as it is based on the popular children’s book. I’m a movie buff so it’s always fun when I get to go with my daughter and experience film through her eyes and it’s even better when that movie is something I want to see and actually good. We’re Hayao Miyazaki fans in our house so a chance to see his take on this book was particularly intriguing.
As we’re waiting for the movie to begin, a promo telling people to be quiet and turn off their cell phones comes on. It features the characters from The Lorax which comes out this year. At the end of it, Danny DeVito (as The Lorax) comes on the screen and says something like, “and don’t forget to see The Lorax, only in theaters” and my daughter whispers back, “and in books.”