Saturday, August 15, 2015

Flight Of The Flamingo Cane

I was looking through my billions of unpublished Epbot drafts today (it's a problem) and found something fun: do you guys remember the flamingo cane John and I made for his steampunk Cheshire Cat cosplay?

 (Looking back on that post, I desperately want to revisit this costume and make him a new/better mask. Focus, Jen, focus...)

Ahem. So, a while later (and a million years ago) we got a super sweet e-mail from reader Rebecca H. We'd already had several inquiries about the cane, but this one in particular really grabbed John.

Next thing I knew, he was packing it up to send to her as a surprise.

John's like that. Since he's in charge of e-mail he sees all your stories first, and even talks to quite a few of you*. One time John ordered a certain wedding cake topper for a CW reader, because the company didn't ship to their country. He had the topper sent to us, and then re-shipped it internationally. Another time he gave away our DSLR to a fan who was coming to Disney, but couldn't afford a nice camera. And that's just the stuff I know about. ;) He's a good egg.

[*I'll never forget this one time when we were having load issues over on CW. John asked the reader who'd alerted us to the problem if he could call her to test a fix. I was in the room when he made the call, and the squealing on the other end when he said, "Hi, this is John from Cake Wrecks," was adorable.]

Anyway, I was surprised John was willing to part with his cane, since he'd been so proud of his carving on it.

In the end, though, I think it was a wise decision:

LOVE.
Thanks for giving the flamingo cane its proper home, Rebecca - your Alice completely rocks it!

30 comments:

  1. I love your husband. Hope you don't mind...

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  2. Amazing people like you two help keep me from becoming misanthropic.

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  3. Dare I say it???

    Birds of a feather.................

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  4. *blushes*

    I may have done the squealing thing when I opened the box with the cane in it. :-) The cane gets so many compliments when I wear that costume. I've even had a couple of people (jokingly) attempt to walk away with it.

    (BTW, it makes a decent croquet mallet for my stuffed hedgehog ball.)

    You and John are so wonderfully generous. Thank you again!

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    1. [Scene: my living room, just now]
      "Sam, come here and look at this--I think I just found a picture of your cousin being awesome on Epbot."

      Thanks for upping my "Six Degrees of Jen and John" score so drastically, and we'll see you at New Year's/D&J's wedding!

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    2. Ha! Yes, we just got the invitation in the mail. Looking forward to seeing you there.

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    3. Ohmigosh, that's SUCH an AWESOME cosplay!!! :D Amazing job. And Jen & John are right, the cane looks very much at home. :)

      Oh, and . . . stuffed hedgehog ball?!?!?!? :D :D :D :D Absolutely perfect. :D

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  5. Why do your stories about John always make me cry?!! You two are the best couple ever.

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  6. John seems like the best kind of guy--gives me hope that I can find someone like him!

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  7. Alice really is rocking that cane!
    Jen I'd say your husband is the best in the world, but my husband already holds that title. But John (thoj) is really, really close.
    Maureen S

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  8. This is why I absolutely love your blog. You two are some of the nicest, most genuine people I have never met!

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  9. Can you please please please post the tutorial of that bag you made for John on the OG post about the costume? I'd really like to know how to make something like this for my own future (hopefully!) steampunk costumes.

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    1. I should add, this post made me a bit teary-eyed at how sweet and generous you both are!

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  10. Aww, John is so generous, that's amazing. You both seem like very kind people, thanks for sharing more about how awesome your husband is! You've got a keeper for sure!

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  11. See, Internet. Sometimes we can have nice things!

    Seriously, this blog just makes me happy some days. It inspires me and it helps me too. Thank you for that. I don't comment a lot, but I do read most of the posts and I check it every weekday morning (to help keep the work blues from getting me down too much :) ). So thanks to both of you.

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  12. I love this community. When I get sad or upset I pick a random Epbot entry and then read the comments. It always helps me to feel better knowing that there are so many good friendly people out there. Thanks Jen & John for bringing us all together. <3<3<3<3

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  13. You two are such wonderful people, it brings a tear to my eye. xoxo

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  14. You guys are such awesome people! And I have to say, I had not seen the cane before, so it was very cool to read the original post. That cane is AWESOME! Fantastic carving and fantastic painting. But what blew me away was the belt pouch with the key closure! LOVE IT! WANT IT! Will drool over it.

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  15. There is nothing about this post that I don't love :D

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  16. John has brothers, right? Hundreds and hundreds of bachelor brothers?

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  17. What a wonderful story, Jen! You and John are all-around awesome people. How do I "Like" this post and all the comments?

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  18. I can totally vouch for this. I got a really kind and supportive response to a question I asked a couple years ago, and was SUPER excited and so grateful.

    Also, really great cane.

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