Sunday, April 20, 2008


Reptiles is the theme for this month's Nibblefest on ebay. I make this folk art bottlecap snake with 139 beer bottlecaps, wire, felt, paint, glue and two beads. He is about 41 inches long and is a very low maintenance but hip herp.

Nibblefest takes place between the 20th and the 27th of each month on ebay. Search NFAC for all the creative entries beginning at just 99 cents each.

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Saturday, April 12, 2008

And speaking of craft shows....

You have got to see the new vendor aprons Michelle of Yooper Boutique sews up for all you artists and crafters selling your wares all over the country. Don't settle for that nail apron from the hardware store. Treat yourself to one of Michelle's and look smart and stylish at your next show.

By the way...see those pretty-pretty paper roses at the right? She makes them too.

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When life gives you lemons...

My sister Peggy creates these darling and useful memo boards. They come in all shapes and sizes and themes. She makes each one entirely by hand with the highest regard for quality and has been successfully selling them at craft shows and in magazines since 1990. Recently Peg has expanded her business through the web. You will find a great selection of her bulletin boards and extra pins at and also in her ETSY shop here.

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Friday, April 11, 2008

Murder in the Village

I love the look of a watercolor painting that is not overdone like this one by Mary Jill Lemieur. Her color choices and use of negative space is awesome. Of course her subject matter is pretty cool too. Just look at the little guy below her signature.
You will find this fun piece along with a hundred others in her ETSY shop here.

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

prime numbers primary colors...sort of

I am trying to envision the reaction of the original maker of this quilt upon seeing what I have done to it. Well not all of it, but a good piece of it. You will find more information and photos of this art quilt here. Perhaps someone can tell me why the numbers 67 & 107 appear fuzzy in the photo only. Must have something to do with black on bright red?

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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Backyard Chickens

I would love to sit down with Barack Obama's grandmother from Kenya and swap chicken stories. All backyard chicken-keepers have tales to tell. Some of them are heartwarming, some sad, but all are just amazing to me. I have found that chickens are smart, funny, brave and can be extremely loyal to their flock mates. The flock I have right now are the result of a miracle the way I see it. I have told their story here in my blog in the archived posts, so I won't re-tell it here.

Out of the nine that hatched last May, five are pullets and started laying eggs in November at six months old. The young pullets and cockerels will officially become hens and roosters around the middle of next month.
My chickens are mutts with mainly Silver Sebright blood, so they are quite small, but they lay a good sized egg which can be compared to grocery store small. To me the eggs are just gorgeous, almost too pretty to eat. Various shades of cream and beige, some more pointed, some more round. When cracked into a bowl, the yokes are bright orange and stand at attention, no faded lazy yokes here. I have to admit, I don't notice a whole lot of difference in taste from store bought eggs, but then I put catsup on my scrambled eggs and pickles on my egg sandwiches.

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