3D Showcase

I wanted to showcase the stuff Lady Ronn made in her 3D Design class. They used a bunch of different materials, and as with most of these school projects, they had some specific guidelines to follow. Which can often lead to some frustration, but I’m pretty impressed with each of these things my lovely wife has created.

A life-size clay bust sculpted from a photograph. A wire and plaster sculpture. A bird made out of cardstock. A chair made out of cardboard that could have no glue, staples, tape, or any other additional fasteners… all cardboard and nothing but cardboard. A sculpture made out of various bits and bobs of miscellania. And lastly, a two piece bit of carving that had to incorporate the excess plaster from the earlier sculpture. Each piece took a lot of effort and each is very nicely done.

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Friday Film Day

The lovely and talented Lady Ronn is taking a video class this semester and has given me permission to share with you, her first two projects from class. Now, I will simply preface this presentation by saying that outside of capturing some home movies on our Super8 camcorder back in the day and some phone video of concerts and family, she has no background or experience with making films. So these are quite literally the first two things she has done in the medium. I may be biased, but I think they’re pretty impressive for a couple of early attempts.

Project #1 “Explore Grand Rapids” is a minute long walk around the city and stars our middle son, Zack. And since this is the first project, we’ll start with it. Enjoy.

Project #1

This second piece I’ve mentioned a few times here on the blog, because, well, I’m the star of this one. This is her take on a 5-minute documentary. It runs a bit long of the 5-minute mark, but that’s to be expected when you’re dealing with me. Here’s Project #2 Ronn McCarrick: Creative Investigator.

Project #2

The music gets a little loud in places and the logo montage I made for this is a mess, but I wouldn’t let her edit any more than she did for school. I’m a big ‘ol jerk like that. Besides, it’d be another 3-weeks before I could share it. Because, of course, she’s still in school and still working on other projects and reediting a thing she’s not getting regraded on would not be at the top of her priority list. So you’re getting to see the same thing her classmates did.

I think she did a great job with both of these and I am both proud to put them up here at arohen.com and happy that she’s willing to let me do that. Besides, if it were up to her this stuff would just sit on her harddrive and no one would ever see it. Which is unacceptable.

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I'm Working On It

something from pinterest

I spent a good part of yesterday working with the lovely Lady Ronn on her video documentary. We did shot a bit of B-roll, bounced ideas around, and did more than a few takes of the interview. As I write this, I can hear her editing video in the kitchen. I’m very curious to see what she comes up with and anticipating the final product. Hopefully, she’ll be happy enough with the final cut to let me share it with you.

I’ve got to be honest with you, and I know this is a timing issue, we did not shoot all the shots I wanted to do. It’s due next week and at some point you’ve just got to work with the footage you have. Maybe she’ll let me have the raw video and audio footage, because I’d love to take a shot at editing it together and see what I come up with. Not that I think mine would be better, but it would probably be very different. We have dissimilar opinions on what this Ronn McCarrick: Creative Investigator documentary should be. Also, she’s far more serious than I am.

Today, I cleaned up the backyard a bit, but mostly I fought with this damn website. FTP isn’t working the way I expect it to, the graphics are still wonky in the header, my media library is a mess, and a thousand other little things. It is the very definition of a chore that can never be completed. But rather than breaking things more than they already are I did laundry and took the trash to the curb.

I’ve been stewing around a mess of thoughts on the November novel and I haven’t been able to pick a good idea out of the pot. Right now, my inclination is to just pants it, but I have a very ugly history with doing that. Inevitably I get 10,000 words into an unoutlined project and it just dies on the page. I don’t need a hard-and-fast, set-in-stone outline, but I do need some road signs and distance markers to keep me going through to the 50k mark. So I will continue to stir this pot until I come up with something. I mean, I’ve got, like, 11-days. No worries.

found on pinterest
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Do You Like Pictures?

Hey, if you like pictures of cats. Or more specifically, if you like pictures of my cat, you should check out Lady Ronn’s Instagram gallery dedicated to said animal, MyCatKillian. She’s a cute cat and the wife does a great job of capturing her personality. Plus, I’ve made you aware of a thing Lady Ronn does with her photography, which should keep you satisfied until she gets around to building her webpage.

MyCatKillian – Instagram

You know what, you’re probably not satisfied. I know you’re not. I can feel it in my bones. You want more. More from that lovely Lady Ronn. So much more. Well, okay. Did you know that she’s also doing an instagram page of her other photography? I bet you didn’t. But you do now, so no more excuses. Check it out at photosbymccarrick, or just click the image below to be taken right there.

PhotosByMcCarrick on Instagram

She also does most of the posts for Ball Park Floral on instagram and facebook. You know, incase you just can’t get enough.

So there you go. I’ve hooked you up with some awesome photography sites. Later

***I changed the links from HeidiMcCarrick to PhotosByMcCarrick to reflect the change in Heidi’s Instagram page***

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Flooring, Part II

lets try this again

The new floor has arrived. I picked it up on Wednesday and it’s had most of three days to acclimate itself to the temperature in the basement. Just from what I can tell from rolling a bit of it out, this was a good decision. I like the look of it and it has a stiffness and strength to it that I didn’t expect… of course that could just be because it’s cool in the basement.
It is definitely a different style of flooring than the stuff I used in the laundry and bath rooms, which was good but had a very vinyl feel to it and to the way it bent. This stuff has a harder ‘shell’ and the bulk of the under-layer seems to be made up of distinct layers of different materials. These two features made it a little tricky to install.
What I should have done: remove the baseboard trim, layout the flooring in the garage and cut to fit, then lay it in the basement.
But of course that’s not what I did. I rolled out my 12-ft x 15-ft piece of flooring in my not quite 11-ft x 14-ft room and started shifting it around until it seemed close. Then I  began cutting it and tucking it beneath the trim. This flooring is not good at that kind of tight bend and tuck handling. But with a lot of work, and one cut finger, I manged to get it all in place. I think it looks pretty good right now, and I still need to add the additional base trim to close up the gap and hide some of the rough edges.
it’s getting there, a little at a time

I know it’s early, but the flooring was just a part of the Christmas/Birthday gifts for Lady Ronn. I also got her a stainless steel work table to do her clay/ceramics/whatever on. So even though I still need to put some trim down around the floor, put up the new lights, and put up the grid for the ceiling, I thought I should put that table together for her. This way she can start thinking about what she wants to bring back into this room and what she wants to leave out. And of course, she needs to figure out how she’s going to layout the  whole room.
going to need some stainless steel cleaner for that

Sunday, I’ll make a trip to the homecenter and get the rest of the stuff to get this room put together properly. That’s it for today.

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Flooring Update

I just wanted to let everyone know that they can rest soundly tonight. I’m sure that you’ve had a couple of sleepless nights worrying about the floor in Lady Ronn’s craft/office space, but it’s all good. Tonight, we went to both Home Depot and Lowes, we looked at flooring options, and we ordered a 12-ft x 15-ft piece of vinyl flooring to put down. I know. I know. But you don’t need to worry it’s the good stuff; it’s not junk. This will work out nicely. It’ll take a week to come in, but waiting isn’t a big deal. We’ll use that time to get something else started. So rest peacefully knowing that the matter has been addressed, the solution has been plotted, and we are just a week away from a nice new floor. Disaster averted.


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Collection: Playtime
Color: Tree House
SKU: 88015

Playtime lets you play with abandon, laugh and step into life. Take advantage of the happiness that surrounds you as you enjoy the wide colorations and rustic woods.

Pattern Size: Random x 48″

Style: Wood
Wearlayer: Urethane Scotchgard
Installation: Your Choice Plus™: Fully Adhere
Warranty: Lifetime

And just to show you that everything is back to normal and that no one is panicking around here, I’ve got a macrome for you.

One of the biggest mistakes we make is assuming that other people think the way we think.
so very many mistakes
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