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A brief history of me and LEGOs…

I have always been a LEGO lover. Some of my earliest memories involve waking up in the morning eager to see what Dad had built with my Lego bricks overnight. He didn’t make something every night, but when he did, it was usually a house, using those red slopes for the roof. Whenever I tried to reproduce the effect (at the ripe age of 5) it didn’t work as well.

Another memory, (this time a sad one), was the first Christmas I didn’t get any new Lego sets. It occurred to me that my parents believed me to have “grown up” at that point. I let them know otherwise. 🙂

And as I continued to “grow up” and we got rid of toys (yes, I still can’t believe I donated my Star Wars figures to our school’s annual fund-raiser yard sale 🙁 ), I never got rid of my barrel of Lego. Through college and grad school I would still buy a small set from time to time.

Even after I got married, I’d pull out my Lego barrel from time to time and build something. I’ve always continued to want to do something a little more, though.

Fast forward a few more years. I’ve been married for nine years. We have four kids. Our oldest is almost 6 and started getting Lego (no longer the bigger, Duplo type) sets this past Christmas. Actually, he inherited, from my cousin, a couple big boxes of sets with some of my favorite types … the pirate sets, ones that started coming out right about the time my folks quit buying them for me. 🙁

I did a little stint a year ago where I was buying Lego lots on eBay, rebuilding some of the more popular sets (Star Wars, Harry Potter, etc.) and reselling them for about a 500% profit. On the cash value, that is. When I compared it with the amount of time I was spending sorting, checking piece inventories, building, taking pictures, posting on eBay, etc., I was really only just playing. That fact *really* sunk in when I picked up a 55 pound lot. I still haven’t finished sorting through it. And at this point I’ve just been cannibalizing parts there for other projects.

So, what am I up to now? Well, I’ve been inspired by the online community of AFOLs. Also, there are a number of adults out there that make a living (or at least as a part-time job) creating and selling LEGO art, particularly sculptures and LEGO mosaics done by converting a photograph into a LEGO representation of the image. Now this, I thought, is exactly the sort of thing I’d love to do. So, combine my love for LEGOS, my savvy with computers (making use of various open-source and otherwise software packages that allow you to design with LEGOs), and my growing work in web design, and voila! Out came the start of a new website.

As I finish up various mosaics, and other MOCs, I’ll post and blog. I’d also like to start cataloging various building techniques.

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