Adventures in Chain Link

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I have a strange affection for chain link fences. Cyclone fences, as some folks call them. Some of my west-coast friends think they are horribly outdated, but they are still a mainstay here in the backyards of middle America. They are old. They are charming. They are sturdy-as-all-get-out. They are are also an interesting canvas for […]

Art vs. Pretty: Anne Ten Donkelaar

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Gut is a weird concept. It’s a biological location, but it’s also an abstract word for something nobody knows how to describe, we just know that it’s important. We are supposed to follow our guts. Listen to our guts. I get annoyed when people use phrases like “I love your guts out” or “I’m going to […]

Extreme Plastic Bottle Art

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You know that cartoon where Donald Duck is walking down the street eating an ice cream cone and he’s happy and feeling pretty good then Goofy or some dumbass walks down the street eating a 30 scoop hot fudge sundae out of a silver chalice and suddenly Donald Duck turns red with rage about his […]

Remix to Ignition: Big Blue

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Bloggers like me frequently run into a problem. It’s called space. Or, lack of space. There are only so many times you can make over bedspreads when you only have one bed. This is when I start asking friends, “Didn’t you say you needed a new bedspread?” and they are like, “I never said anything of the sort. […]

Marble Painting the Easy Way

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The marble trend has been growing stronger and I am loving every bit of it. People are dipping and swirling everything but their shoes (okay, their shoes too!). I think we are drawn to stuff like this where we get to influence the process but still get the joy of surprise at the moment of […]

10 Minute Bead Mosaic

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With Fat Tuesday less than 2 weeks away, now is just about time of year I like to round up a really good excuse to hoard Mardi Gras beads. This year, to celebrate, I put together a decorative tray that doubles as year-round wall art if you play your colors right. It’s fast, cheap, and […]

Lolabelle: The Portrait

Number 68 on my life list: “Get Lola’s portrait painted.” I had a feeling it would be the last straw in my magnificent spiral toward crazy cat lady, but, so be it. I was ready to take the plunge! Fortunately for me, about a month ago I was in an online conversation with some blogging […]