Artists in Our Midst, Round Two

This was really successful the last time we tried it, with a lot of people linking up and finding reliable vendors with whom they could establish good relationships, so I thought we would do it again.

If you are an artist and selling your craftwork, link your wares and a description of what you do, and hopefully folks will find their way to your site. And don’t be shy. If you participated the last time, throw your info up again.

Also, if you need something, specify what it is and maybe someone can help you. Personally, I need a new night stand and would be thrilled to pick up a nice piece of handcrafted work. Here was one of my favorites from the last time.

Also, I would be remiss if I did not mention the work frequent commenter Laura W. does, as she is also one of our advertisers through Project Wonderful, an ad site I have really started to appreciate because of the niche it fills.






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    Kk says:

    I’m looking for something made out of natural materials (dried flowers, stems, etc) that has something to do with bees. This is for my daughter’s nursery. I’m flexible.

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    tim says:

    EYE POPPING POP PORTRAITS!

    Fun, colorful portraits of famous folks from Bill and Hillary Clinton to Frank Sinatra to Ella Fitzgerald to Cher, and lots in between. Style somewhere between Al Hirschfeld and Andy Warhol.

    http://WWW.TIMOTTE.COM

    Commissions welcome! :)

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    I write and publish novels and novellas, all of which are available for free download from my site http://www.wetmachine.com (and for sale in printed form, of course).

    “Acts of the Apostles”, which won the National Self Published Book Award from Writer’s Digest magazine, is about nanomachines, neurobiology, Gulf War Syndrome, and a Silicon Valley messiah.

    “Cheap Complex Devices” is a metafictiony meditation on the nature of the self and a lampoon of academic artificial intelligence disguised as the official report on the inaugural Hofstadter Prize for Machine-Written Narrative. (Sort of the idiot bastard child of “Goedel, Escher, Bach” and “Pale Fire”.)

    “The Pains” is an illustrated novella that sort of re-imagines the story of Job in a universe that is part Reagan, part Orwell, and part a weird place I visited long ago after accidentally ingesting some opiated hashish. One reviewer called it “‘A Canticle for Leibowitz’ meets ‘Snow Crash’ in 1984.”

    Google & Amazon can tell you more. My books are available through Amazon, but I make more $$ if you buy through my website.
    And of course, you can read them for free online.

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    mcc says:

    Hm… well okay. Possibly stretching the intent of this thread and/or the definition of “art”, but I made a little video game which you can download free for Mac and PC here:

    RUN HELLO

    I’ve got an iPhone version I’ll be releasing in the next few months if you want to keep an eye out for that.

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    feebog says:

    I am not an artist, but my wife is. She is a glass bead artist, and a jeweler. She does custom orders, you can contact her via email which is on the website:
    /blue-jean-beads.com
    If you are in the Southern California area we will be at the Montrose Street Fair this weekend. Montrose is at the intersection of the 210 and the 2 Freeways, part of Glendale.

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    I run the website for my friend, who makes beautiful, classy greeting cards for gay weddings, commitment ceremonies, anniversaries and holidays. She never could find anything in the store for her son and his husband, so she made them herself.
    They’re lovely cards, and I hope you’ll consider us!

    Great gay greeting cards @ alittletotheleft.com

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    Scott says:

    Well, I’m not an artist, but my sister is. She is a glass artist, with a couple of Etsy sites. She works mainly in fused and slumped glass.

    This is her main site: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5388525 and it features plates, bowls, and other dishware, some ornamental, some that you can actually serve food in.

    And she also has this one: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6018967 which features art created from recycled glass and melted bottles.

    She also does jewelry and commissions.

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    rob! says:

    I’m a freelance illustrator who specializes in graphic-yet-realistic portraiture. I mostly do work for magazines (Time Out New York, Popular Science, etc.) and ad agencies, but I love doing all kinds of stuff:

    http://www.namtab.com

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    Death By Mosquito Truck says:

    I’m blushing on behalf of Laura since she is not here to do it herself.

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    Notorious P.A.T. says:

    Does anyone know a literary agent who is looking for a previously unpublished author?

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    Theresa says:

    I have a sister whose handmade soaps are a work of art. She lives on a mountaintop in Upstate NY and she sells them at local festivals and on her website if you’re interested.

    http://www.naplescreeksoaps.com

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    Llelldorin says:

    Continuing the “not me but…” theme—my wife has a fair amount of stuff in her Zazzle store. She has T-shirts, coffee mugs, and the like.

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    Also, I would be remiss if I did not mention the work frequent commenter Laura W. does

    Yeah you would. I’ve been trying to think of an excuse to buy some of her stuff even though it is 110% not me and the SO would sneer.

    But it is sooo shineeee.

    Hmmm. Maybe it’s time for the old “I bought this for my mom, I’m just leaving it on the bookshelf until I see her,” trick.

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    mr. whipple says:

    Mr. Whipple invites you to take a look at some super-duper bamboo fly fishing rods, made right here in Merka by real Merkins. Check out their Presentation rods!

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    rts says:

    I’m looking for a folding luggage rack (like one you might have in a hotel room) for our guest bedroom. Would like something made from american walnut perhaps with fabric that would support the bags that go on it. OUr preferred style would be mid-century modern design. Anyone out there who does this type of work?

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    Laura W says:

    @Death By Mosquito Truck: Christ. Ya get up, make another drink, do some dishes, empty your bladder, let the cats in/out, and come back to find you’ve been pimped yet again in the front page post.
    I am so gonna get blamed and punished for this. Again. Somehow.

    Edit: KRV: Ask me about my steamy BJ discount! Just for you!

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    mr. whipple says:

    Mr. Whipple invites you to take a look at some fantastic bamboo fly fishing rods, made right here in Merka by real merkins. Check out the Presentation Rods for some knock-your-socks-off craftsmanship!

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    mr. whipple says:

    @Scott:

    nice stuff!

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    I run a website for my friend who makes beautiful, classy greeting cards for gay weddings, commitment ceremonies, anniversaries and holidays. She never could find anything in the stores for her son and his husband, so she made her own.
    They’re lovely cards, and I hope you’ll consider us!

    Great gay greeting cards @ alittletotheleft.com

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    mr. whipple says:

    Hmmm…my previous posts keep getting eaten, but i’ll try again.

    Mr. Whipple invites you to check out some fine bamboo fly fishing rods, made in Merka by real Merkins. Check out the craftsmanship of the Presentation and Limited edition rods:

    http://www.wagnerrods.com

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    mr. whipple says:

    Hmmm…my previous posts keep getting eaten, but i’ll try again…and again.

    Mr. Whipple invites you to check out some fine bamboo fly fishing rods, made in Merka by real Merkins. Check out the craftsmanship of the Presentation and Limited edition rods:

    http://www.wagnerrods.com

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    If you enjoy political opinion and humor mixed in with some high end political illustrations, check out MarioPiperniDotCom.

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    mr. whipple says:

    working now?

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    r€nato says:

    I have some nice photos, chiefly of Italy, here.

    and also here and here.

    I am still working on putting together an online store… all of these images are available as archival quality prints. Prices start at $20.

    Email me here if interested. DougJ, you might be interested in my panoramic image of Florence rooftops.

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    Jackmormon says:

    Last time John put up an “Artists in Our Midst” post, I sold this painting to a lovely, lovely commenter here. I endorse this occasional blog-practice wholeheartedly.

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    r€nato says:

    christ, why can I not edit this above comment? argh.

    The panoramic of Florence I mentioned is here.

    I just discovered that Panoramio allows you to view scenes from a panoramic image as thumbnails. Try the ‘look around’ link at the above-linked page. Neat!

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    mr. whipple says:

    If you are into flyfishing, or know someone who is, check out the fine bamboo flyrods by these folks: http://www.wagnerrods.com .

    Be sure to check out the craftsmanship of the Presentation and Limited edition rods!

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    mr. whipple says:

    christ, why can I not edit this above comment? argh.

    man, this thing is strange tonight.

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    slag says:

    I design (mostly political and geeky) t-shirts and other stuff: http://nothingtees.com/ and http://www.cafepress.com/someofnothing.

    But I don’t exactly consider myself an artist.

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    ilsita says:

    Idunno if I qualify, but I design sex toy cases… or case, actually. I only have one so far — but working on other designs. It lights up when you open it, just like a refrigerator, except with vibrators.

    http://www.tuntienterprises.com

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    Laura W says:

    @ilsita: Not only do you qualify, I’ll go out on a limb right now and predict you will win this thread.

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    Brick Oven Bill says:

    In exchange for twenty dollars and travel expenses, I will travel to your residence and read a custom poem just for you. All you have to do is give me some basics about you and what you like. I will throw in a Jimmy Buffet song of your choice on my guitar for no extra money. If you are nice, we can also sing together Grateful Dead’s Uncle John’s Band, and perhaps Truckin’.

    The cost for LauraW is only three dollars and I will cover one-half of the travel expenses. I will now give an example of my work as to establish its value.

    There once was a lady named Laura;
    Whose art rivaled the beauty of flora;
    And when our reading was done;
    We had lots of fun;
    And the Bankers released the Columbia records.

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    filkertom says:

    I’m a singer/songwriter. Mostly comedy, mostly folk-rock. I’ve got a bunch of albums, and a page full o’ freebies. I also take commissions for personalized gift songs, perform at house concerts, and do a pretty good Kermit The Frog.

    http://www.tomsmithonline.com

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    mr. whipple says:

    I’ll try this for the umpteenth time:

    If you are into flyfishing, or know someone who is, check out the bamboo rods made by these folks: http://www.wagnerrods.com .

    The Presentation and Limited Edition rods are really cool, and they are made in Merka by real Merkins. Tons of cool, finely-crafted accessories, also.

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    Death By Mosquito Truck says:

    Swing and a miss, BOB.

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    Mark says:

    Since you asked:

    Obama shirts and gear with original art work right here.

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    Laura W says:

    @Brick Oven Bill: Let’s see what we can work out here Bill, since I find much value in your work, and am, of course, honored to once again serve as muse.
    I’ll pay you $3 to stay where you are, but I will make a custom piece for you, at half price.

    I was hoping JenJen would show up tonight because just today she received this piece. A custom birthday gift for her mom. JenJen wanted something Obama campaign related, but they were all gone, so I did a custom piece. Instead of YES WE CAN I put YES WE DID. Catchy, huh?
    If you like, Bill, maybe I could do a custom Glenn Beck frame or mirror for you?
    No need to travel. I can ship it to you easily.

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    ilsita says:

    @Laura W:

    Oh thanks! I think maybe we could bring on the apolcalypse of this thread if we collaborated.

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    Laura W says:

    @ilsita: I think BOB may have beaten us both to the punch.

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    mr. whipple says:

    I’ll try this one last time…for some reason it won’t seem to post.

    If you are into flyfishing, or know someone who is, check out the fine bamboo flyrods made by these folks: http://www.wagnerrods.com .

    These rods are made in Merka by real Merkins. Especially note the fine craftsmanship of the Presentation and Limited Edition rods, as well as the fine accessories for flyfisherpeople-types.

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    BDeevDad says:

    Continuing the not me, but a relative’s Jewish scrapbook paper and die cuts

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    mr. whipple says:

    I’ll try this one last time…for some reason it won’t seem to post.

    If you are into flyfishing, or know someone who is, check out the fine bamboo flyrods made by these folks: http://www.wagnerrods.com .

    These rods are made in Merka by real Merkins. Especially note the fine craftsmanship of the Presentation and Limited Edition rods, as well as the fine accessories for flyfisherpeople-types…

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    slag says:

    @Laura W:

    I was hoping JenJen would show up tonight because just today she received this piece. A custom birthday gift for her mom. JenJen wanted something Obama campaign related, but they were all gone, so I did a custom piece. Instead of YES WE CAN I put YES WE DID. Catchy, huh?

    Very fun! I likes.

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    @ilsita:

    Idunno if I qualify, but I design sex toy cases… or case, actually. I only have one so far—but working on other designs. It lights up when you open it, just like a refrigerator, except with vibrators.

    I like. Could you do one for toys and camera gear, separated in the middle somehow?

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    mr. whipple says:

    @r€nato:

    you have a sale!

    I’ll try this one last time…for some reason it won’t seem to post.

    If you are into flyfishing, or know someone who is, check out the fine bamboo flyrods made by these folks: http://www.wagnerrods.com .

    These rods are made in Merka by real Merkins. Especially note the fine craftsmanship of the Presentation and Limited Edition rods, as well as the fine accessories for flyfisherpeople-types.

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    CD says:

    John: The folks at Sadly, No are trying to reprise your great quote about the difficulty of “compromising” with Conservatives–the metaphor of differing dinner orders–but cannot find the exact wording. I thought I could supply it, but I couldn’t track it down either.

    Here’s their thread. Hope somebody here can enlighten them and me:

    http://www.sadlyno.com/archive.....l#comments

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    mr. whipple says:

    @r€nato:

    you have a sale!

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    Joshua James, writer at large

    author of plays, screenplays and fiction … a lot of plays, so I’m always on the lookout for a hungry young theatre director, looking for something raw and fresh.

    my site: writerjoshuajames.com

    thanks,

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    Mimi says:

    Lurker here, checking in to say that this is a wonderful idea: so many talented people, and such beautiful things!

    (I’d join the party — I design, dye, and sew silk clothing — but I don’t have pictures online. The universe is telling me I have to stop procrastinating and put a website up, isn’t it?)

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    I will now give an example of my work as to establish its value.

    Well, I think your best shot is to give your work away, lose money on each sale, but to make it up in volume, volume, volume.

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    @Brick Oven Bill:

    In exchange for twenty dollars and travel expenses, I will travel to your residence and read a custom poem just for you.

    I tease you BOB, but I hope you know that, whether you are a real person or the literary creation of a truly bizarre mind, I think you’re wonderful.

    I saw the Red Wiggle the other day. He was leaving his house. I did not see any signs of digging for shale oil in his front yard.

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    peaches says:

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/?.....nt-1257585

    yes.

    I also have a kitten that looks much like Tunch. She’s a girl with big ears, but is a Turkish Van, like Tunch.

    She needs a home.

    I’ve spent easily several thousands of dollars taking care of four pups and now four kittens in the last two years.

    It would be nice if John would take in fosters and pay for all of their vet bills, but if he at least adopts one, then all the accollades would be deserved.

    There are those of us who take care of the dumped and damaged ones, and then there are those who shop.

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    mr. whipple says:

    I’ll try this one last time…for some reason it won’t seem to post.

    If you are into flyfishing, or know someone who is, check out the fine bamboo flyrods made by these folks.

    These rods are made in Merka by real Merkins. Especially note the fine craftsmanship of the Presentation and Limited Edition rods, as well as the fine accessories for flyfisherpeople-types.

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    ilsita says:

    @Tattoosydney:
    I think it will all fit in there — it’s pretty roomy. That’s a good idea! I should take some more pictures of the case filled up with all kinds of stuff: sex toys, camera equipment, a burrito…

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    r€nato says:

    @mr. whipple:

    you’re awesome. You have mail.

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    @Laura W:

    If you like, Bill, maybe I could do a custom Glenn Beck frame or mirror for you?

    Little teardrops with starbursts mixed in? No… wait, that second one was the other guy.

    Mmmmm. The Rich Lowry frame.

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    OriGuy says:

    For anyone near Mountain View, California, a friend of mine is showing in a juried show in Pioneer Park on Saturday.
    The closest I come to art is origami, though I’ve yet to come up with my own designs. My favorite medium is dollar bills.

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    mr. whipple says:

    @r€nato: love the campo!

    Any fly fishers here? Check out the bamboo rods at http://www.wagnerrods.com .

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    @ilsita:

    sex toys, camera equipment, a burrito…

    Kinky.

    I suspect you probably have a sale, provided that you can ship overseas. How big is the case?

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    mr. whipple says:

    Is it just me, or is this thing acting strange tonight? I can’t seem to post a link to a craftsman.

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    CD says:

    @Laura W:

    That’s it! Thanks, Laura…

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    Hob says:

    I haven’t done anything new lately except more sketchbook stuff here, but I did a 10-page comic for a nifty anthology more than a year ago and the book has finally appeared, inasmuch as small-press stuff can be said to “appear”.

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    WereBear says:

    This is cool stuff, all. I have bookmarked many of them.

    I have created a custom cat toy.

    It’s called Konfuse-A-Kat, and yes, you know why.

    But it really works. I have (two year old, Maine Coon cat) RJ coming to see guests just by making the gestures I use for one of the games.

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    Brick Oven Bill says:

    That is very nice of you to say TattooSydney. Although you kind of caught me off-guard with the whole gender thing, regards from the American high desert. I have been without Murray Wiggle and female companionship for far too long. There isn’t even TV here. Beautiful sunsets though.

    Tonight I met a neighbor (1/2 mile distant) at the bar and asked if he was offended by my sporting underwear on the porch. He said he hoped I was not offended by him walking around his house naked (straight, 60 years old). This is a very good neck of the sagebrush. If you see him, give Murray Wiggle my regards, he does a very good job in a crazy world.

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    ilsita says:

    @Tattoosydney:

    The inside dimensions are 10″x12″x5″. Email me if you want to, and we can figger it out.

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    @WereBear:

    That is very nice of you to say TattooSydney. Although you kind of caught me off-guard with the whole gender thing, regards from the American high desert.

    I ain’t never pretended to be a girl, Bob.

    Tonight I met a neighbor (1/2 mile distant) at the bar and asked if he was offended by my sporting underwear on the porch. He said he hoped I was not offended by him walking around his house naked (straight, 60 years old). This is a very good neck of the sagebrush.

    Annie Proulx would be jealous of that paragraph.

    If you see him, give Murray Wiggle my regards, he does a very good job in a crazy world.

    Any coded messages you want me to pass?

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    @ilsita:

    Email me if you want to, and we can figger it out.

    Email sent.

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    @John Cole

    Also, if you need something, specify what it is and maybe someone can help you. Personally, I need a new night stand and would be thrilled to pick up a nice piece of handcrafted work.

    I read that as “Personally, I need a new one-night stand and would be thrilled to pick up a nice piece of handcrafted work.” and said “Whuh?” Then I went back and re-read it. It must be the progressive lenses in my new pair of pseudo BCGs that caused me to read it this way. Oh well, at least they make me look authoritative.

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    @ilsita

    I think it will all fit in there—it’s pretty roomy. That’s a good idea! I should take some more pictures of the case filled up with all kinds of stuff: sex toys, camera equipment, a burrito…

    < Slim Pickens >
    Sex toys, camera equipment and a burrito. Shoot, a fella could have a pretty good weekend in Dallas Vegas with all that stuff.
    < /Slim Pickens >

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    mr. whipple says:

    I’ll try one last time.

    Handcrafted bamboo flyrods and assorted handcrafted accessories:www.wagnerrods.com

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    @ilsita

    It lights up when you open it, just like a refrigerator, except with vibrators.

    FTW!

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    Laura W says:

    @Wile E. Quixote: And now I can go to bed, having predicted up at #21 that this very thing would happen.
    Being right so often is exhausting.

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    I just gotta say, we got some mighty, fucking talented people at BJ. I’m bookmarking this thread.

    Hey, B.O.B., we should come up with an act together. We can do dueling poems.

    There once was a sweet loony named Brick Oven Bill
    Who spotted conspiracies over every hill
    Each day he would maunder
    As his words they did wander
    But the love of a good woman could really make him chill.

    Laura W., you go on to bed. The night-shift is now taking over!

    P.S. If anyone can get me Alan Rickman, I would truly appreciate it.

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    Brick Oven Bill says:

    If you love me, I will change, asiangrrlMN.

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    Brick Oven Bill says:

    That and four dollars.

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    @Brick Oven Bill: Aw, B.O.B., I am fond of you when you are not tilting at the windmills.

    Ok, the second bit just cracked me the hell up even more. Heh.

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    I got new parts for my leg today. I was also reminded of why I see the prosthetist I do, he rode in today on the electric motorcycle that he built. Look, if you’re in a position where you have to have someone build body parts for you you want a guy who’s a problem solver, a hacker and tinkerer at heart.

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    Chasm says:

    Kk — my girlfriend is an artist who specializes in layered paper and dried flower designs… I’ve sent her this link so hopefully she’ll contact you.

    I’m a film editor, so an ‘artist’ but not an artist. Unfortunately this didn’t post last night or I could have pimped “Royal Pains,” the series pilot I cut that aired last night on USA Channel. A fluffy summer comedy.

    I think a lot of you will be interested in the show I’m currently working on. It’s a sci-fi/action/epic for NBC next year (March) called “Day One.” If you think the remake of ‘V’ is going to be must watch TV, ‘DO’ is going to blow your mind.

    My editblog is http://greenboxcar.blogspot.com/

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    Michael D. says:

    @Laura W:

    Ask me about my steamy BJ discount!

    Must. Not. Comment. On. This.

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    @Michael D.: Oh, come on. You know you want to….

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    John Cole says:

    @CD: “I really don’t understand how bipartisanship is ever going to work when one of the parties is insane. Imagine trying to negotiate an agreement on dinner plans with your date, and you suggest Italian and she states her preference would be a meal of tire rims and anthrax. If you can figure out a way to split the difference there and find a meal you will both enjoy, you can probably figure out how bipartisanship is going to work the next few years.”

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/?p=16770

    And no, I can not sleep. I’m really, really excited about the decision I made earlier today. It just seems so right, now.

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    @Michael D.

    @Laura W:
    Ask me about my steamy BJ discount!

    Must. Not. Comment. On. This.

    I can’t believe that I overlooked this, especially since I never matured beyond the age of 13 when it comes to that sort of thing. I think now that whenever Laura W. posts something I’m going to have to reply with “Yes Laura, that’s very interesting, but could you tell us more about your steamy BJ discount.”

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    aka The Hammer says:

    I make furniture and cabinets – if anyone has a need for stuff a cut or two above Ikea.

    go to clintholeman dott com. All of my stuff is custom designed and built – by me.

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    @John Cole: You’re a softy at heart, John. That’s also like me. I knew there was a reason I liked you despite your rough beginnings. You’re doing a good thing.

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    slag says:

    @John Cole:

    And no, I can not sleep. I’m really, really excited about the decision I made earlier today. It just seems so right, now.

    Just make sure to get the doggie cam charged. And try to avoid making Tunch jealous, because I have little doubt that he could take you (or anyone, for that matter).

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    John Cole says:

    BTW- I’m totally ordering two prints from Renato.

    I’m getting this to hang on my wall at the foot of my bed so it is the first thing I see in the morning.

    And I’m getting this to hang in my home office next to the window.

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    John Cole says:

    @slag: Tunch is soft. Lily/Missy could take him. Plus, as I was telling Laura W. before, Tunch is a lover. I bet it will be no time before I am posting pictures of them spooning, and one of you jackasses will just quip that Lily/Missy got tired of fighting it and was sucked into Tunch’s gravitational force.

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    Bill E Pilgrim says:

    @John Cole:

    Mmmmm, tire rims and anthrax.

    You can really taste the anthrax!

    I do remember that passage also, I think it’s why I started reading this blog regularly in fact. The other really memorable one around the same time was the great Matt Taibbi’s:

    Following the Republican Party of late has been a movingly depressing experience, sort of like watching Old Yeller die — if Old Yeller were a worm-infested feral bitch who spent the past eight years biting children at bus stops and shitting in neighborhood swimming pools.

    He went on to say that this was “just the latest bummer in the spiraling American-decline story. Not only don’t we make good cars or airplanes anymore — now our Republicans have apparently lost their touch for evil politics.”

    http://www.rollingstone.com/po.....ass_clowns

    (partial only, the print version has the whole thing)

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    @John Cole: Tunch is a lover? You could have fooled me. Then again, maybe it’s only YOU he wants to eat.

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    John Cole says:

    @asiangrrlMN: Surrounded by haters!

    Yes, Tunch is the sweetest, softest cat since my cat as child, Mr. Purr Puff. He just sometimes puts off a gruff exterior, but he is a softy.

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    AhabTRuler says:

    @asiangrrlMN: It’s not Tunch’s girth that has been overestimated (indeed, as I believe someone has already said “That’s no moon!”), rather it his appetite, I think, that has been overstated. I think that Tunch, resourceful as he is, makes the most out of the food provided by engaging in a concerted effort to move as little as possible.

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    @John Cole: Kinda like you, eh?

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    @AhabTRuler: Yup. I agree with this. I have one cat that eats quite a bit and is very lean. The other cat, his brother, eats roughly the same amount and is a pound and a half heavier. I call him my fatty, but he’s still only 10.7 pounds. The skinny cat is 9.1

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    John Cole says:

    @asiangrrlMN: Tunch is only 15 or 16 pounds. I really think you all make too much of his weight.

    Plus, you have no idea how soft he is. I will take Tunch over three of your underfed cat wannabees.

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    AhabTRuler says:

    @asiangrrlMN: Momo is still only about 6 or 7 pds, but is a very dense little kitty. She is a good eater, although it was only recently that I found a brand and formula of wet food that she has reliably liked.

    Earlier she was climbing on the bookshelf like a ninja kitty.

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    bago says:

    @Wile E. Quixote: As I understand it you are a Seattle-ite. (I hate changing proper nouns, dammit!) Ever go to the Artificial Limb Company?

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    ninerdave says:

    sure why not.

    My band: The Mojo Apostles. We’re in remission at the moment but have a couple of gigs soon and a new record:

    MySpace

    More on facebook:

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    TenguPhule says:

    Tunch is only 15 or 16 pounds. I really think you all make too much of his weight.

    That’s not a cat, that’s a badger!

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    Um. Hi. Longtime listener, first time caller. I didn’t post anything last time because I was worried it might be rude to de-lurk purely for the purposes of gratuitous self-promotion. But what the hell.

    I’m into landscape painting. There are a few pictures on my website http://www.mazdixon.com, but they’re just placeholders until I get the site properly done in the next 2 weeks. The most recent post on my blog explains a little where my interest in landscape comes from.

    *Re-lurks*

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    slag says:

    @John Cole:

    and one of you jackasses will just quip that Lily/Missy got tired of fighting it and was sucked into Tunch’s gravitational force.

    Excellent preemptive strike! Nonetheless, I’m pretty sure all the Newtonian physics jokes about Tunch’s size have already been told. Probably time to go quantum.

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    @John Cole: John, I am not one of the dissers of his weight. He doesn’t look fat to me at all. He looks well-fed, but not fat at all. I think he’s a doll.

    Hey, my boys are worth double their weights in gold!

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    @Flocking101: Hey, that’s nice work. However, you cannot re-lurk once you’ve stopped lurking. God knows, I’ve tried!

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    TenguPhule says:

    and one of you jackasses will just quip that Lily/Missy got tired of fighting it and was sucked into Tunch’s gravitational force.

    I was gonna go with tractor beams myself.

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    Dulcie says:

    @Chasm: My nephew is a film major at UNLV, and wants to be a film editor. I sent him the link to your website. Any advice you can share for a struggling potential film editor?

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    Anne Laurie says:

    And no, I can not sleep. I’m really, really excited about the decision I made earlier today. It just seems so right, now.

    One of the coolest things about being a grown-up is that we get to pick our own Xmases. Good luck tomorrow!

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    AhabTRuler says:

    I will take Tunch over three of your underfed cat wannabees.

    Tunch is three other underfed cat wannabees (what do wannabees pollinate?)!

    However, more tiresome cute photos of an underfed cat wannabe.

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    @AhabTRuler: Never tiresome. Your Momo is a beauty. Check out my boys in my link!

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    JGabriel says:

    Wile E. Quixote:

    “Personally, I need a new one-night stand … “

    Sigh. Don’t we all.

    I mean, it’s Friday night and we’re posting on a blog.

    .

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    @JGabriel: Yeah, I’m with you on this one.

    Maybe we should have a BJ hook-up spin-off site. I mean, come on. BJ–the nickname practically begs for a hook-up site, doesn’t it?

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    AhabTRuler says:

    @asiangrrlMN:

    Check out my boys in my link!

    Ah, if I only had a nickel for every time I’ve heard that!

    I saw yer boys, but I was saving reading the blog til tomorrow, as I am about to go to sleep. Very handsome gentlemen, too.

    ETA: Oy, I wanna!

    @slag: Awesome happy kitty!

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    @AhabTRuler: Oh, you don’t need to read the blog. I was just posting for teh kittehs!

    Although, I am not dissuading you nor anyone from reading my blog. Just had to add that.

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    slag says:

    @asiangrrlMN @AhabTRuler: Too much cuteness! I almost fear adding to it.

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    @slag: Awwwww, look at that fluffy sweetness!

    “Oh, hai. I iz in yur lap, steelin’ yur will to resist.”

    They are soooo cute!

    /gushing over teh kittehs.

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    I do comics. They are free, but you do get what you pay for.
    The shameless whoring is also free.

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    @mapaghimagsik: Man, I snorted over the blue dog one. That’s some funny shit.

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    Justin says:

    I paint in oil, no web site, just my blog. I went into my archives and tried to apply the art label so they can be grouped.
    Here is the link

    The older stuff is awful, but I’ll say the same about my recent pieces in another 2 years.

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    @Justin:

    that is some really good looking stuff!

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    slag says:

    @asiangrrlMN: You’re too kind!

    Yeah. They love playing innocent.

    @mapaghimagsik: I didn’t see the blue dog one. But the reverse racism comic was quite funny.

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    r€nato says:

    big, huge grazie mille to all of you who have responded to my post, especially to John Cole for his thumbs up. So far four orders including two from John (he gets one free for being so awesome and tolerant of us islamofascist moonbat douchebags).

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    @Tattoosydney: Yo! You were here, and then you weren’t. Don’t tell me you have a life!

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    @Justin: Yo, do you sell? I like your work. I especially like Martyrs.

    @slag: The blue dog is early on. It’s really funny.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    TattooSydney, I left you a note at the end of the DOGGIE! ! ! thread. Now I must retire for the night (early morning) here…

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    slag says:

    @asiangrrlMN: Found it, thanks! And yes…truly hilarious!

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    ninerdave says:

    @ all the animal lovers. I have to pimp my girl once again…well because I love her.

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/?p=11723

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    ninerdave says:

    Alright I’ve pimped my cat and my band. I think I’m done tonight. haha

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    @ninerdave: You have a poly? I love ’em. Your girl is gorgeous–no wonder you love her.

    Night!

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    ninerdave says:

    @asiangrrlMN:
    yup she is. Tortie, poly…she’s a walking genetic defect. haha.

    I went to the spca to look for a friend. Looked at a lot of cats, she reached out and “chose me”. Anyone that adopts will know what that means.

    When I took her to the vet he says to me, wow, she’s a tortie and a poly, she’s either going to be lovey (poly trait) or rambunctious (tortie trait). Well he was wrong, she’s all at once.

    I’ve had torties all my life and they are completely insane kitties. She is the best of the best of both worlds.

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    @ninerdave: I definitely know what you mean about being chosen. I think it’s awesome that you got a rambunctious lover of a cat. Night.

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    ninerdave says:

    @asiangrrlMN:

    night! I’ll dazzle you with the adoption story of my first tortie another night…

    remind me haha

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    @asiangrrlMN:

    Yo! You were here, and then you weren’t. Don’t tell me you have a life!

    I do… I was off gardening and writing…

    @Anne Laurie:

    Thanks for the note – I would have missed your other post otherwise…

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    @Tattoosydney: What do you write?

    ninerdave, I’m holding you to it.

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    And now, dear hubby, I’m turning the night-shift over to you. Yeah, I know it’s your daytime, but not in Amurrka! Night.

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    Donna says:

    http://www.afineartmadness.com/

    I paint the nude human form. I suppose I more or less fall into the Fauvist category.

    Also work in terra cotta making deeply carved tiles and sculptures out of slab, coil and thrown pieces.

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    jTh says:

    Soulful portrayals of “girls next door” at works.justThorne.com. Still working on the website’s front end, but that gallery/shopping area is up and running.

    Note that I consider the work “fine art photography” (and the prints are BIG), but that art-educated people probably wouldn’t. I got no problem with that. And I don’t expect many sales (for various reasons), but hope some of you Juicers may enjoy a look, anyway.

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    donnah says:

    Rats! I missed the party!

    But I have a good excuse. I was at a gallery opening for a show which featured my hooked rugs. :-) It was a big deal for me and I had a wonderful time.

    My website is http://www.blueribbonrugs.com and you can see a variety of them here:

    http://s32.photobucket.com/alb...../?start=20

    Thanks for opening up the board to the artisans again, John!

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    jTh says:

    @ anna missed

    Amnesia is gorgeous. How big is that?

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    Jeannette says:

    I make traditional cloth dolls and I design patterns for dolls and quilts. They’re sold in museum shops, but I would love to sell to BJ commenters as well!

    http://www.ragtimedolls.com

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    Anne says:

    Thanks, John. Realized I should have done this last time…. I’m not the artist in the family however my husband paints historical miniature figures. http://battleorder.net (sorry, I’m an idiot and can’t figure out how to link)

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    Jeannette says:

    I make traditional cloth dolls (playworthy — they’re meant to be toys) and I design patterns to make dolls and quilts. They’re sold in museum shops, and I would love to sell to BJ commenters!

    They can be seen here:

    http://ragtimedolls.com/ (click on Finished Dolls):

    Thanks!

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    cleek says:

    Tunch is only 15 or 16 pounds.

    Tricksey is only 8 pounds.

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    Phooey, I missed this too. Still, better late than never.

    My fine art, portrait and event photography is here:
    http://www.aleph-naught.com/

    My newest stuff is usually at my Flickr account. (Currently it’s local Glasgow landmarks, but tomorrow, it’ll be club photography from an event I’m doing tonight.)
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/alephnaught/

    I have a number of prints which I am currently selling at art shows, and I can also commision prints to order. If you wish to order a print, then you can contact me through the contact from in http://www.aleph-naught.com/.

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    Mari says:

    Hopefully not too late to this thread…

    I’m not an artist, but my friend Rosa does customized jewelry design and has just started selling her stuff here:

    http://CelticMantaDesigns.etsy.com

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    Daryl says:

    I do photography that focuses on Southern California; surfers, plants, animals, ocean, sunrise, sunsets, etc.

    Any on the photos at my site can be purchased; send me an email for more info.

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    Svensker says:

    @aka The Hammer:

    Beautiful stuff. And you’re pretty cute yourself!

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    John O says:

    For those of you of the highbrow nature, take a gander at some of the woodwork here. I’ve seen it in person, and it is truly crafted and built with love, and is far more beautiful than the pictures, which I suggest you take a good look at, do justice.

    BURGEONWOOD.COM

    Seaside Jewelry Chest, in the gallery under One Client’s Collection, is a masterpiece. But it’s all fabulous.

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    Svensker says:

    My cousin is a comic artist who does very strange stuff:

    And there are T-shirts, books and mugs on his site, too!

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    andy says:

    My wife sells hand-knitted goods at her shop Lil Brit Knits. She also takes custom orders.

    Thanks to the CPSIA, she’s had to back out of most of the kids’ stuff (because you may remember how those leaded toys all came from domestic home knitters), but she’s still in business for other items.

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    REN says:

    I make walking sticks,canes and candle holders from diamond willow. I do not have a website as it is actually more of a hobby. I have found that the time involved to make anything beautiful from diamond willow [ to my perfectionist satisfaction] eliminates the profit motive. Lately I have been making canes for some veteran friends of mine. I do have a few walking sticks and one cane to sell at this time.

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    PaulW says:

    I am a self-published writer, if that counts.

    Here’s a link to Amazon’s listing of my book, Last of the Grapefruit Wars. It’s temporarily out of stock, so you might want to go to the direct publisher Xlibris via this link

    All proceeds go directly to my two cats and their endless demand for catnip.

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    Parole Officer Burke says:

    Anyone interested in stunningly beautiful customizable stationary?

    PrintablePress.com “An affordable alternative to custom stationary without sacrificing lovely design.”

    Choose a style, customize it, get a high quality .pdf, and either print it yourself or use a print shop.

    Truly fantastic, magical, extraordinary design at, like, a tenth of the price you’d pay one of the major design houses.

    (disclosure: not my site, but a family member’s, so I’m biased but srsly! The designer’s a genius).

    Independently run online art businesses, ftw.

    [posted under assumed identity, to preserve pseudo-anonymity]

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    My wife is a crafter who makes crocheted rugs, glass mosaic picture frames and other items out of recycled material — she has a store on Etsy.

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    Eric says:

    Hello! Long time reader, first time commenter. I was meaning to post a link the last time this thread went up. I am a ceramic artist (somewhat potter, somewhat trinket maker) and my shop is located here.

    Hopefully I’m not too late in posting this.

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    john b says:

    I’m not an artist but one of my best friends is. he makes stunning posters for the local music venues (cat’s cradle, local 506, etc) in the trianlge area of NC. he does them (almost) entirely by hand. he also makes t-shirts and other screen-printed items. anyway, here’s his site:
    plastic flame

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    tb says:

    I’m a long-time reader and very occasional commenter…

    …aaand I’m a jazz drummer and bandleader. My current project is 69 Année Érotique, a CD of the music of French pop icon Serge Gainsbourg. The album features some incredible musicians (notably of Bill Frisell’s, Dr. John’s and Wayne Horvitz’ bands, and the latest Jim Jarmusch soundtrack) playing Gainsbourg favorites including:

    – Je t’aime… moi non plus
    – Initials BB
    – Bonnie & Clyde
    – Ballade de Melody Nelson

    You can buy the CD at just about any record store or online source, or through the popart4.com link below. We also have t-shirts for sale with the groovy “soixante-neuf” design.

    We’re currently booking a France tour, so if you happen to be a booking agent who handles jazz acts in western Europe, we’d love to hear from you!

    Todd Bishop’s Pop Art 4 – http://www.popart4.com | http://www.myspace.com/69anneeerotique | Origin Records

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    I’m a writer with a book for sale at FarrFeed. There are also a couple of free ebooks at the site.

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    In addition to being an independent contractor of graphic design and advertising services I am also a fine artist. I invited you to take a look at my commercial and fine art works.

    Enjoy,
    – Brian Burchfield

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    South of I-10 says:

    Very late to the game, but here are some of Mr. South’s photos

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    AnneW says:

    @Jackmormon:
    The fabulous painting I bought comes home from the framing shop this week.

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    The Very Reverend Crimson Fire of Compassion says:

    I’m always, always late to these things. For what it’s worth, I do customized woodburning, usually instruments & stuff, but I can do anything wood, bone, or leather. Check it out here: http://picasaweb.google.com/tonguesofflame.

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    Still drawing daily kitty titties at http://www.tallyroad.com :D

    The weird thing is I’ve played music for way longer yet I have infinitely more insecurity about it and impossibly high goals that get in the way of me ever playing anything… my guess is, I know my art is crap (have only been drawing for a year) so it doesn’t frighten me.

    eventually it will all make sense…

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    Joe says:

    My partner is an artist, does that count? :-) She likes getting feedback, so please check it out.

    http://www.mariannesexton.com

    Hey, John! I am glad that Tunch allows you to have this blog. My five cats (don’t ask) say Hello. BTW, one of my cats makes Tunch look like a ballerina.

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    @asiangrrlMN: Thank you! And I think you’re right about not being able to re-lurk. I love the animals, and your wingnuts are much, much crazier than the ones we have down here…and @Joe, that is some very nice work by your partner.

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    darms says:

    My friend Janne Aubrey is an amazing photographer, primarily Western landscapes & nature.

    http://jannehoganaubreyphoto.com/home.html

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    JoyousMN says:

    Hi all,
    I make homemade soap. All natural, no animal products.

    You can visit my website at fallssoap.com.

    An excerpt:

    I began making soap in an attempt to look back to a slower, more relaxed era. I quickly became hooked on the sensual smells and textures that occur when natural ingredients are blended together in just the right proportions.

    I love using pure skin products that bring back a time when the items we use were made locally, more naturally, and with care for the environment around us. Falls Soap is made using the cold process method.

    All natural plant ingredients are used in Falls Soap. Essential oils and fragrances are added to the bars to give them a lovely aroma. This soap contains no preservatives.

    Custom printing is available for special occasions, such as unique, personalized wedding favors. Additionally I can do special pours with your own favorite scent or co-branding options with your B&B. All bars are also available in personal sizes for guest soap.

    If you want custom soap, know that after I make it, the curing process takes 6-8 weeks, so I need orders at least that far ahead.

    Thanks for the opportunity John!

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    michilines says:

    My best friend has a book of poetry coming out soon. It’s called Sueno(s) for Alejandra. It’s going to be published by these guys.

    Here’s a taste:

    Dulcamara

    In the out-of-doors puppet show
    a monstrous sans-culotte butchers
    a Swiss guardsman, making great sport
    of sawing, snik, snik. through the paper
    neck, the resilince of wire tingling the
    wooden teeth as the strings tighten and shiver.
    The guardsman’s blue wig falls off
    but bounces on the dangle of a single thread
    and the curtin comes down on a gasp
    that turns into laughter and applause
    as two pretty girls step out smiling
    from behind the stage.

    If you are into poetry or other alternative writing, look into ahadada.

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    bvac says:

    A little late on this as we were at a fair this weekend, but we make handmade housewares including candles, handpainted mugs, pillows, baskets – you name it. We’ve also used project wonderful on this site, and will do so again soon.. http://berdandbee.etsy.com

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