Tuesday, December 22, 2009

a little Neil mailbox, some Gaga & la Cher

things have been moving at top speed, but don't they always...

Neil got more than a few holiday wishes,
look at this beautiful pile-up from an elementary school in Pico Rivera, California.

a mini-styling kit came from Ying Jin in Brooklyn, for our favorite on-the-go author,
with the most delicate of cards:

Neil gets all manner of books sent to him, on widely varying subjects, from all points on the globe.
He can't read them all, nor can he promise to. The old adage springs to mind, "you can't judge a book by its cover"--
however in this case, this new book by Rhys Thomas, sure looks interesting, holiday red & made to look old & beat-up, I plan on reading it before sending it on. Hope that's ok, Boss!

and not only did the folks at The Onion send over a coffee-table beauty, they attached a 50 cent coupon for Neil's use at Joe's Cold Beverages.
(I tell you, I hunted for the cents symbol on my MacBook, nope, don't see one):

I made many trips to my local postoffice, sending out the little shiny green envelopes of love. I forgot how much I loved to make jewelry, thanks to all of you who ordered! And the Bengals thank you too. Many of you forgot to use your five dollar off code, it is still good until December 31st, just enter: happy_kitty when you go to check out.

Look at this great photo Neil took while holding the Jim Lee 100 Words print:

we had a couple shipping misshaps, but they seem to mostly be reaching destinations, everything has been shipped out now, and after the 20th, I can't positively guarantee arrival for Christmas. I do try to keep the shipping charge low, while finding pretty packing material to perk up my postal carriers...Let me know how your experience goes. There is a review section, which I have noticed Neil reads with interest from time to time. I post all reviews, good and bad, because he does like to know how things are going.

We got a spectacular letter yesterday from one Rick Woolford, and our Fabulous Lorraine blogs it in her hilarious styleHERE

speaking of FabLo, I can reveal her holiday gift (not any sort of dustbin or calculator!!) to be tickets for her and Maddy to see the ever-surprising Lady Gaga. They have to travel for the show, but I feel they will have some sort of tea-fueled adventure in January.... a G-rated Thelma & Louise adventure without the the car scene, ok, maybe scrap that analogy...

At any rate, I went to Vegas to visit Drew, who is working on Gaga's tour. I am doing some of the dates, working the VIP fan club ticketing, which is an event onto itself. Her fans, or "monsters" are amazingly creative, look at this necklace:

her show does not disappoint:

here is a picture of a very-tired looking boyfriend, the crew is working triple-time to keep up with the daily changes:

Miss AFP did a fantastic little ukelele song about herself, Gaga & Madonna, in response to what sounds like many conversations with Neil, but it seems to have been removed, hmmmm I wonder why?
edited to note, that I got word from BOTH Neil and Amanda, to the tune of yes, Virginia there IS a video link:

@neilhimself: @neverwear Wow. The @amandapalmer Youtube Gaga thing is still definitely up: HERE

I have to wind this up, but I must say, I went to the Cher show at the Colosseum in Caesar's Palace, she dropped my jaw, it was one of the best shows, and I have seen many shows. My friend Steve runs her lighting deck, and Cher, in her unmistakeable style told him, he could light a toilet and make it look glamorous. He got me a great seat, thank you Steve!
no cameras allowed, and I am glad, it meant I gave her my full attention, which she deserved.

last thing I will say, Vegas is a funny place, not my favorite, but it grows on a girl. I rarely gamble, but I saw this Alien slotmachine at the airport as I was flying home, I bet my one dollar and won 8.98. The payout lady said, who wants pennies, and gave me the full nine dollars...I believe 2010 will be one lucky year!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

post offices & glittering jewels...

The Jim Lee/Neil prints are on their way to you! My apologies for the miscalculation on timing, my printer was closed for a long stretch over Thanksgiving and that threw my shipping schedule off.

To thank you, I posted a $5.00 off coupon code (just enter: happy_kitty) that is good until Dec. 31, 2009.
I appreciate your support and patience, you lovely people.

The prints turned out beautifully, printed on 100% recycled paper, I thought the 100 Words death theme would be best on something recycled. The little flecks and fibers turn up in unexpected spots. Jim's pencil strokes are simply stunning. I am also so pleased with Todd Klein's lettering, now that I can see it at appropriate size.

my post office loves me, but the other customers, maybe not so much...

I shipped all over the world today. (Marjorie, that's yours with the orange dot!)

Some of you know that I am also a jewelry maker... have made jewelry for princesses (Tori Amos) and for queens (Madonna). My glittery beaded gemstone jewelry put me through college, in fact. Now I shall bring a few pieces here to Neverwear.

Aventurine, the stone of contentment and clarity...these delicate earrings are sure to calm the nerves and soothe any beast...
for those who need motivation!!!

this beautiful oake green, jade-like stone will get you right off your couch and having you dancing through your days.

Tibetans used to polish this translucent gemstone into eyeglasses.

I bought these glass leaves while I was making the Tori Amos jewelry on the Beekeeper tour, they were carved in Czech Republic. The crystals are Swarvoski from Austria. The earwires are hypo-allergenic gold-filled.

$22.95 includes a glossy black jewelry box and free shipping to anywhere in the US. contact me about overseas shipping. neverwear@gaiman.net

click on photo to see details:

There are legends that tell of Leopards and stories behind this spotted chalcedony....
They say to carry this stone is to walk with the perception and awareness of the Leopard. They say if the spirit of the Leopard walks with you, you will travel safely.

I don't know who they are. I only know they tell these tales. When you need to see clearly, keep the Leopard close to your skin.

This gemstone looks like a tiny bit of Leopard. Strung on super-strong tigertail cord with gold-fill beads, Japanese seed beads and the finest cut Swarovski crystals, I guarantee them for life...

50% of the profits from this design will go to Great Lakes Bengal Rescue.

Bengal Cats descend from the Asian Leopard Cat and it seems fitting that the Leopardskin Agate will help these cats to find their way to new homes. My heartfelt gratitude to the FabulousLorraine for her service to these amazing majestic cats.

$18.95 includes free shipping in the US, and you can contact me on a good price for any overseas shipping....neverwear@gaiman.net

click on photo for a better view, these jewels are shipped in a glossy black box.

malachite choker (to banish nightmares & induce calm sleep):

pyrite bracelet (the money drawing stone):

tigerseye is the stone of friendship:

glittery jewelry HERE
(ideal time to use your five dollar off coupon!)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

the flames burnt blue & green...

the evening ran according to plan, almost scarily so. I guess no one disobeys the Fabulous Lorraine...

Betsy mulled the wine:

we had hot chocolate with whipped cream:

and chocolate sushi:

downstairs, KB & Caitlin shoot the Boss in (one of) his library:

NBBill started the bonfire:

and Birdchick Sharon fans the flames:

The Guy is pitched on the bonfire:

our most gracious host:


and lo, the fireworks...my sober camera got mulled wine spilled on it (thanks Bill!) before the really big firebooms but here is a taste of the smaller bursts:

look here for fireworks

Merry Housekeeper's mister concocted the color-flame mix, resulting in some hypnotizing shades, while Quiche & Adam serenaded us fireside:

sparklers came out:

and then the smores (Bill forages off the ground):

this morning, breaky is a big hit:

now we are off to see MAddy's recital...
back home tomorrow, i will miss the evil Princess:

Saturday, November 21, 2009

pre-bonfires and fireworks

it's been a week of preparation here at the Addams Family Mansion, as up to fifty people will be coming to the house tonight for a belated Guy Fawkes party...

we filled two shopping carts with makings for chili, vegetarian and vegan (not that you would know that by this photo)

we made soup from tomatoes from their garden, this city kitty was very impressed.

Q's spider ring!!

Neil has professional quality chef knives, makes cooking such a pleasure:

The chili was white hot and then simmered down to perfection...As I understand it, Quiche does the ground work and Neil comes in to season the chili pots as he sees fit:

wild dog!

here are some of the honeycombs from the last harvest, all piled up ready for eating:

I got to share the bed of the Princess:

more awards arrived in the mail while I was here:

Zoe (is not) in a swimming pool:

mirror in the bathroom! me in way back, behind Maddy & Quiche:

in the front yard, a Twilight pumpkin competition (Edward Cullen is the clear winner!):

Quiche in her new "deadly nightshade" hair color:

NonBirding Bill and Cabal guard the bonfire pile:

Bill and Hans took me to the GIANT fireworks store, where I got my own fireworks permit, but I still don't know how to get these home, i bought some for my brothers and now I am finding out, can't transport legally---thoughts?

at Quiche's we fed the beautiful Royal Bengals:

@Birdchick continues her search for the Golden Eagle, no photos yet, but I believe in her..

Neil wrapped in the 20' Doctor Who scarf, made by Ally :

young David on the trampoline:

and now the party is starting, NBB is rarin' to go burn things so i best get out there, will show more...

as for the 100 WORDS TO TALK OF DEATH print, Neil's haunting poem as drawn by Jim Lee--

(click on image to make it bigger)

I am going to leave the $10 off sale for the weekend, to order it go HERE