Tuesday, November 30, 2010

So... Owls are cool

Scarf I made for my friend Joy in Canada. It's cold there, I hear.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

History is a Hoot

Alphonse "Owl" Capone: Gangster and "Modern Robin hood"
Born January 17, 1899(1899-01-17)
Best known for the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre

Lesser Known Facts

Capone was one of nine children. His father was a barber and his mother was a seamstress.

Alphonse "Al" or "Scarface"
James Capone "Richard Two-Gun Hart"
Raphael Capone "Bottles"
Salvador Capone "Frank"
John Capone
Albert Capone
Matthew Capone
Rose Capone
Mafalda Capone (later Mrs. John J. Maritote)

He made various charitable endeavors using the money he made from his illicit activities.

He pulled the strings in the 1924 Chicago Mayer election, hiring thugs to harass voters at the poles.

He lost popularity with the public after he killed seven of his rival gang members in plain sight at the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre. No one was ever brought to trial for these murders.

Capone was imprisoned for tax evasion, not mobster activities.

Capone died of a heart attack at 42. He also had syphilis. At his death, he had the metal capability of a 12 year old child.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Working designs for Sarah's business cards

The first two images are the front and back of the card and the third is a design for a price tag.

Friday, November 5, 2010

History is a Hoot

Paul Owlear: Patriot and Silversmith
Born in December of 1734
Best known for his "Midnight Ride" from Boston to Lexington
Listen, my children, and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere!
Lesser Known Facts
Paul was a member of the Freemasons.

Paul was one of several people who alerted the colonial minutemen. The other main rider was named William Dawes. Paul arrived to talk to John Hancock and Samuel Adams 30 minutes before William, so I guess that's why he is more famous.

Most believe he shouted, "The British are coming!" When in all likely hood he actually said, "The (King's) Regulars are coming out!" And he probably whispered it because the whole thing was super secret.

No one really knew about Paul until 4o some years after he died when Henry Wadsworth Longfellow made him famous in the children's poem, "Paul Revere's Ride."

Paul lived to be 83 years old.