Since my nail gun was kicking up such a fuss delaying my beloved window moulding project today, I did what anyone else that didn’t know a thing about tools would do. Go visit someone that did.
Lucky chosen Dan lives about 2 minutes drive from me. But when you get out of your vehicle, you transport a million miles away to some foreign fun land.
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It just so happens a large mini golf project (see Dan’s journal on that HERE) is in the works in the area, so the driveway had seemingly sprouted up all things cartoon.
I had forgotten what it felt like being around these tall and wonderful creations. I hitched a ride with Dan awhile back, but it was no regular ride. In the back of the pickup was some tall, cartoon apparatus. I think it was an airplane. Anyway, the turning heads, pointing fingers and happy feelings these creations spread around the highway really caught me off guard! People forgot about road rage and became instant kids again.
I turned to Dan and asked, “Do you EVER get use to all this attention?!”
He just smiled and said, “This is normal.”
Funny how one’s normal is completely different from another’s.
For the newbies here, Sawatzky’s Imagination Corporation specializes in themed environments and off the wall signs. What you’re seeing here is fibreglass reinforced sculpted concrete. The signs are created from routed precision board. Then everything is hand painted with many layers of paint and glazes to achieve the realistic effects. It’s some of the same materials my fireplace mantel was created from by Dan and crew.
… with a most recently built dream house to match. If curious, you can see the entire house being built in Dan’s journal on his website HERE. It’s quite a portfolio!
Dan got my gun working fine, so my excuses for an unfinished window are no more. Yay! But we accomplished a little more today as well. Not only did the driveway cheer me up, I got some good, sound advice from a friend that saw what I couldn’t see myself.
I know many of you, just like me, get busy with family and work and probably don’t get out much. Is that why we go online so much I wonder? But it’s rather amazing how an outsider looking in sees things much differently than we see ourselves.
My wish for you is to seek out a friendship like that. Someone that cares enough about you to push you hard in the right direction even though you dig in your heels all the way.
If things go as planned, 2014 could be one big, brave, big girl year for Funky Junk! More soon as things develop.
And if all else fails? I can always park myself on Dan’s driveway and just be happy.