Saturday, January 1, 2011

Fairy Hoax, Craft Ideas, and Unsolved Mysteries

When I was really little, I loved to read "unsolved mystery" books. We had a bunch of them with tons of stories and I could read them over and over. To this day, I still say that if I didn't go into art education, I would want to be a detective! Recently, I had coffee with a blast from the past- my best friend from elementary school. It was fun to see how much we were still very similar, even though we hadn't seen each other or spoken in 13 years. What's she up to? Studying to do detective work, after deciding not to do art.

Back to unsolved mysteries. The Cottingley fairies is one of my favorite mysteries of all time. Here's the scoop: In 1917, two girls (one 10, one 16) took some photographs...

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote an article about the fairies, saying that they were proof of the paranormal, but some people thought that they were fakes. Many, many years later the girls admitted that they were fake; illustrations cut from books and planted in the photographs. Even though the "mystery" is solved, it's still one of my all-time favorite stories!

Another notable "mystery" is one that I heard on NPR's Radio Lab the other day while working on the puzzle with Albert...

One day in 2001, a 9 year old girl let go of a balloon that said, "Please return to Laura Buxton" and had her address on it. It went against the wind, ending up in the English countryside over 125 miles away... and it found it's way onto a bush in the front yard of a farmhouse. A neighbor saw it and, scared of having it eaten by the cows, picks it up and throws it away. Then he realizes what it says and he tells the family whose property he finds it on... a 10 year old girl, whose name is also Laura Buxton. So they end up meeting, and bringing both of their guinea pigs, and they find out that they not only look alike (brown hair, etc), but their guinea pigs look exactly alike.

Isn't it strange that they were destined to meet? What is the chance that they would meet otherwise? Why hadn't the balloon landed in the ocean or on someone else's property? I think about stories like this a lot. I don't believe in coincidence. Things happen for a reason.

However, they had a David Blaine marathon on tv on New Year's Eve. Albert and I were plastered to the couch, wide eyed, watching 3 hours consecutively. Okay, so things happen for a reason, but I still can't for the life of me figure out how he does those crazy levitations and insane card tricks!

These are some notable crafts I dug up today:

-Hobby Lobby's handout about things you can do with dollhouse pieces...

-Readymade had a project to make a jewelry box made of old board games

-Craft magazine had these quick craft button rings

This is my last week living in Atlanta!
Better make it count! :)

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