Black Friday ‘Artists Among Us’

There are any number of gifted artists and crafters among the Balloon Juice readership. If you are one of them, this is the place to add a comment linking to your jewelry, paintings, needlearts, ceramics, sculpture, photography, music, cooking, house-building, graphic novel/comix, or ebooks website or contacts.

If your highest art form is shopping, here’s your chance to browse for gifts without having to put your shoes on… and you can buy stuff for other people, too!

I’m planning to run another ‘Artists Among Us’ post next week (for the people who are away from their PCs this weekend), so the first half-dozen artists who send me a .jpg or .gif will get their work on the front page…

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    WereBear says:

    Thank you for the chance to remind those with kitties, or need gifts for kitties, that the:

    Way of Cats Shop

    features Mr WereBear’s unique approach to cat toys and litterbox odor.

    His herbal creations keep the cats happy and contented, and you can be confident of some nice video footage as a bonus.

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    Greg Koos says:

    I fix fountain pens. In a world of throw away, it is good to buy ink in a bottle and use a real pen. I sell them at a Fountain pen Board,Here:

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    Llelldorin says:

    Here is a link to my stuff

    If anyone wants some of this stuff I can get my act together and put some things on my Zazzle store.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Llelldorin: Those are quite lovely!

    @cdmarine: Someone alert McMegan STAT!!

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    cdmarine says:

    Hi, all. I have a little corner of Etsy for jewelry:

    Coupon code CHESTNUTS gets 20% off through Dec. 31.

    (You may remember me from such user names as “hyperbolic pants explosion” over on dkos).

    Also, I thought you all might find this hilarious (this is not my shop, but I saw it, and it made me think of balloon juicers):

    Himalayan Pink Salt Soap

    Anybody want to be a Secret Santa to McArgleBargle?

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    Richard says:

    My wife has a little Etsy shop for the crochet patterns that she has developed. Sometimes she is even willing to make the scarf or hat if contacted: Love Sundae Handmade

    Happy holidays everyone!

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Llelldorin: Yes please! I want the Logarithmic Spiral Shell. Those are stunning designs.

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    Ducktape says:

    Hi All,

    I have an online casual games site that is ad-free (and politics and religion free as well), that’s particularly popular with seniors. I create the games with intellectual stimulation and brain plasticity in mind, but never overt. We have members up of all ages, all the way into their upper 90s. It’s $5 a month, but there always are 3 free-to-play games on the top of the front page and they change weekly.

    If you like casual games, or are looking for a safe place to send Mom or Dad where they’ll be treated like valuable people and never hustled or sold anything, check it out. The games work on everything, including tablets and even MSNTV2 and WebTV.

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    Citizen_X says:

    @cdmarine: Oh, marketing!

    Himalayan pink salt…is rich in 84 different minerals and trace elements and is widely considered the most pure salt available.

    Um, “rich in 84 different minerals and trace elements” and “pure” are kind of at odds with each other. Should our salt be pure NaCl, or should it have lots of other stuff in it?

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    feebog says:

    My wife is a bead artist and jewlery maker. You can check out her designs at:

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    WereBear says:

    @Citizen_X: Look, I don’t blame anyone for thinking the pink salt thing is overhyped and ridiculous… because McArdle!

    But since I got into cooking I’ve indulged in it, and it DOES taste better. I bought five pounds for $19, and I figure I’m set for a few decades.

    That’s a cheap indulgence!

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    Ed or Edna Dane Defender of Donuts says:

    That “Pink” Soap reminds me that my cousin makes soap on etsy too. She’s a Pittburghian so can relate to a lot of you.

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    Spaghetti Lee says:

    I’m only a hobbyist, but hell, as long as there’s a thread up…

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    Amir Khalid says:

    I am not a cook, but I can’t see how trace impurities would have any significant effect on the taste of a dish. I’ve certainly never heard of a chef recommending that people go to a laboratory supply house and buy reagent-grade sodium chloride, which is the purest salt you can buy anywhere.

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    Jasonconga says:

    One of my novels I published last year, for sale on itunes. It’s an epic North American roadtrip book and you get to inadvertantly learn some shit about Quebec separatism along the way.

    Using Toonies by Jason Brown
    cheers from the Black Forest!

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    Jon O. says:

    Well, I never think to join into these threads, but what the hey – it’s the consumerist season.

    I’m in a band.

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    👽 Martin says:

    I’ll enter the house-building category.

    I’ll try and dig up some more photos. The interior trim project is ongoing. Redoing the entire first floor.

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    Brian says:

    I have some lovely nature photography here:

    I’m working on setting up a store, but until then, send me an email if you would like a print, framed or unframed. $20 for an 8×10, $50 for a 16×20.

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    comrade scott's agenda of rage says:

    Another band person here:

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    khead says:

    Not an artist, but I am pimping these folks today….

    The Goathouse Refuge.

    Don’t let the name fool you. No-kill cat shelter.

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    jacy says:

    I’m a writer, editor, and graphic designer.

    Here’s a link to my mystery/horror/crime fiction.

    I do cover design here.

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    Totally OT you guys, but you will understand my glee.

    Meet Flossie

    I finally have a dog in my home again (albeit a little one right now), if you don’t squee at that post there is something wrong with you.

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    Valdivia says:

    wonderful links!

    Here you can buy my pictures (either framed or on phone cases) if any of you are interested :)

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    JoyceH says:

    Oh, hey. I’m a writer. I’ve written two mysteries. They’re the Passatonnack Winery mysteries, the genre is ‘cozy’, meaning amateur sleuth and a good dollop of humor. They’re available in ebook pretty much wherever ebooks are sold, but here’s the Amazon link to my author page:

    Joyce’s Amazon page

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    C.King says:

    My wife’s graphic novel about old-time baseball would be a great Winter Solstice gift for the deadball enthusiast in your life!

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    WereBear says:

    @jacy: I got your first and when I get a REAL vacation day during the Christmas Holidays that is one of my treats…

    @Litlebritdifrnt: Squeelicious! Congrats on all the presents.

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    hitchhiker says:

    What a nice thing, BJ. Seriously.

    So, my thing is writing. I wrote a book that had to be print-on-demand because the market is small but intense — it’s about my family in the first year after my 45 yr old husband broke his neck skiing.

    You can buy new copies at lulu, or used ones at amazon.

    People who need to read it are generally NOT people with injuries, eh? Their families are, especially their extended families and friends who CAN’T imagine the detailed effed-uppedness of the whole scene. It’s like getting sent to another planet, except you’re still in your neighborhood. It’s like suddenly and permanently becoming “other,” except you’re still right there with your main peeps.

    People like it a lot, once they get past the oh this is too sad for anything moment.

    I’m told it’s a page turner; I only know that I wanted to display my morbid sense of humor along with my community’s extravagant love.


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    The Golux says:

    Might as well…

    If you’re in Connecticut and hankering for some three-part harmony (CSNY, Dire Straits, Jackson Browne, Dwight Yoakam, Tom Petty, Bonnie Raitt, etc. etc.) check us out:

    Our lead guitarist is a helluva player.

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    Robert Sneddon says:

    @Citizen_X: A quick Google returns elemental assays of Himalayan pink salt from a few sources.

    Surprise! The two most common elements in it are sodium and chlorine (98% NaCl). The other substantial trace elements include sulfur (more than 1% by weight apparently), magnesium, potassium and calcium with a dash of lithium. The rest of the trace elements are in the parts per million region which will be totally ineffective in the human system unless you’re eating a kilo of this stuff every day. One element missing from the assay which could actually be healthful in very small doses is iodine. You can get that from iodised salt though.

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    PaulW says:

    …is this a moderated thread? I tried to post a blurb for my published works – twice – but nothing showed up…

    do we send the .gifs of our book covers via email, or post them here on the thread?

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    jacy says:


    Thanks! Hope you enjoy it!

    That’s one of the things I’d like for the holidays – time to actually read…

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    Ted & Hellen says:

    Fabulous, amazing, affordable entertainer and celebrity portraits, sold as originals and prints.



    Recommended by one of my most valued clients, JOHN COLE himself, who commissioned and owns this Grateful Dead painting.

    Also too:

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    Ted & Hellen says:

    Fabulous, fun, affordable, original portraits of celebrities and entertainers.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Valdivia: WOW!! Want! The hardest thing is going to be deciding which of them, but I am definitely going to buy more than one. Just magnificent, V!

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    Ted & Hellen says:

    JOHN COLE himself is a client and owner of a Grateful Dead portrait he commissioned himself.

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    Joey Maloney says:

    Some of my digital photography is at

    I don’t have any warm glass stuff for sale right now, but I just ordered a new kiln last week. I’m excited.

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    Redshift says:

    @PaulW: I’d guess the problem is that the blurb contains some text that FYWP’s spam filter doesn’t like. Like how we can’t include the word “soc1ialism” with the normal spelling, because it contains the name of a certain drug. Does the blurb exist anywhere else that you could post a link to?

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt: They are all cute and squeeable. Flossie is beautiful — I love her eyes.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt: Flossie is adorable. So are the kittens. Congratulations on all the new acquisitions!

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    Ted & Hellen says:

    More fabulous, affordable portraits!

    Or commission one of yourself or a loved one.

    Here’s an entire album of portraits commissioned by clients of themselves or family/friends.

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    Antoine says:

    hand made jewelry… titanium, gold,platinum

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    Liberal Mole says:

    Beautiful handmade beads, jewelry, and art at my etsy shop, a Studio by the Sea.

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    khead says:

    Still not an artist…. or a photographer really….

    …but I wanted to pimp my own KITTEHS since I haven’t posted them in a while.

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    PaulW says:

    Lemme try this again. Hi! I have a couple of published titles for sale, if you would just visit my Authors Den website and follow the links from there. You can also search my name – Paul Wartenberg – in the online book retailers (Amazon, B&N, Apple, Sony) and see what comes up. Please and thanks.

    …now lessee if THIS works…

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    J. Michael Neal says:

    I’ve been throwing a hissy fit over the last couple of days as I try to edit my novel, as my editor can attest. I hope some ideas I’ve had this afternoon can get this process started.

    In the meantime, “The Spots of al Fahad”. Note that no leopards were harmed in the writing of this story.

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    gogol's wife says:


    There’s nothing wrong with me. Squee!

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    Hungry Joe says:

    If you’re looking for something to give a 9-12-year-old, my first book, the middle-grade novel “Anyway*: A Story About Me with 138 Footnotes, 27 Exaggerations, and 1 Plate of Spaghetti” was published in May by Simon & Schuster:

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    J. Michael Neal says:

    @jacy: Which is the first Maddie Pryce story? If I can figure out how to give a Kindle book as a Christmas gift I have someone that may get that.

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    PaulW says:


    I’d guess the problem is that the blurb contains some text that FYWP’s spam filter doesn’t like. Like how we can’t include the word “soc1ialism” with the normal spelling, because it contains the name of a certain drug. Does the blurb exist anywhere else that you could post a link to?

    I figured it was a bad html address. So I went to update my Authors Den webpage and that did the trick. In the meantime, Google meh and find out about my twisted X-Files fanfiction era alongside my published works…!

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    Hungry Joe says:

    Link failure for “Anyway*. Try again:

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    LT says:

    @hitchhiker: A friend of mine did something similar for her boy – my young friend – around his, well, shit. I’ve tried to finish that sentence a few times. Around his dying of cancer at 18, and the three years since diagnosis leading up to that. Hard, sad, funny, tedious at times – a gift to the world, I think.

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    jacy says:

    @J. Michael Neal:

    The first one is Darker By Degree. The second is Director’s Cut. Scene Stealer was supposed to be out for Christmas, but I have too many damned kids who do too many damned things.

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    Hungry Joe says:

    Link failure. I’ll try again for “Anyway*” :

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    LT says:

    @C.King: What a great idea for a book. Love it.

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    jenn says:

    @Brian: Wow, those are gorgeous!
    @Litlebritdifrnt: Flossie’s adorable! Dweebe so reminds me of one of my dearly departed pups. They don’t look at all alike, but there’s something! My favorite pic there tho was Ellie Wyatt winding himself among all the stuff on your shelf!

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    J. Michael Neal says:

    @jacy: Christmas gift to be delivered on Christmas.

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    LT says:

    The Tofu Guru used one of my songs in one of her episodes (give it some seconds; it starts rough but she really is quite good at what she does), and this fantastic Podcast, now deceased, unfortunately, used the same as their theme song. Even made a ringtone you can download from it. Weird.

    Links at my site to iTunes, Rhapsody, CDBaby, many more…

    Thank you Anne Laurie, John and all!

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    nastybrutishntall says:

    future funk and chillwave by yrs trly.


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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @JoyceH: These look like fun. They are both now on my Kindle. Looking forward to reading them.

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    LT says:

    @nastybrutishntall: OUt of sight, Out of Sight. (Love the breaths hidden in the first section.)

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    Erin says:

    I make jewelry! I love working with brass, paints/patinas/enamels, and Swarovski crystal:

    I also sell beads and jewelry supplies for those who’d like to DIY:

    Thanks, Anne Laurie!

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    Brett Wilson says:

    Artist, not really, but I did write this book: A Race of Female Patriots, which is about 18th century theater and depictions of women acting to benefit the public.

    And now, back to the pseudonym…

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    lahru says:

    I would suggest

    Grace Potter mother’s legacy. and you might want to look here about what her father did.

    OH, they were DFH’s

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    nastybrutishntall says:

    @LT: ‘preciate it!

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Just to let you know I’ve read the first four chapters of Dead on the Vine already :-)
    Wonderful writing, and very much my cup of tea glass of merlot.

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    patrick says:

    Sweet! Thanks!

    I have photographs and cards available…

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    Taiko says:

    My daughter sells handmade collars for critters at her etsy store The White Schnauser Boutique
    (Can’t seem to get the link button to work for me on this phone)

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    Nikolita says:

    My friend and I have a blogshop we run, but to see our most recent creations, contacting us via our Facebook page would be best.

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    John M. Burt says:

    My novel, The Christmas Mutiny, is available for download at Amazon and Googlebooks:
    What if the soldiers who observed a Christmas Truce in 1914 had decided not to go back to fighting? I have come up with at least one possible answer.

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    LT says:

    @John M. Burt: Mr. Burt is anti-internet link, as you all saw. I’m not: The Christmas Mutiny.

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    PLH ~ NYC says:

    I had the pleasure of helping a benefit record for the Occupy movement get released and in the process got one of my songs recorded for the record.

    Check out
    My song is Police State.

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    General Stuck says:

    What I really like about these artista threads, are all the shy artists that delurk to show us their talent. Which is amazing.

    Wingnuts put up an “Artist in our Midst”, and all you’d likely get are endless fart jokes and a collage of beer bottle labels.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @General Stuck: General Stuck, do you still sell your photoprints?

    (The photos you sold me of Charlie make me smile, even though they’re nicer than any photos I’ve taken of my own dogs!)

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    RSA says:

    I’ve pitched my popular science book about computing in a past thread (and I may again :-), but given what Anne has written I’ll instead just mention a couple of self-published books in the same area by friends/colleagues, targeted at kids.

    Lauren Ipsum, by Carlos Bueno: Laurie is lost in Userland. She knows where she is, or where she’s going, but maybe not at the same time. The only way out is through Jargon-infested swamps, gates guarded by perfect logic, and the perils of breakfast time at the Philosopher’s Diner. It’s a combination of Alice in Wonderland and The Phantom Tollbooth, clever and funny.

    Computational Fairy Tales, by Jeremy Kubica, has the great tag line, Have you ever thought that computer science should include more dragons and wizards? It’s computer science concepts as told through fairy tales.

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    Ruckus says:

    Not sure if you’d call it art but I fabricate things in steel. Gates, barbeques of all types but mostly built in, fireplace screens, even trailers are some of the things. Everything is custom made but my prices are reasonable. I’ll try and get some pics up this weekend. Anyone interested, contact me through my blog by clicking on my name.

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    General Stuck says:

    @Anne Laurie:

    General Stuck, do you still sell your photoprints?

    Just so happens I been printing and mat framing a bunch of Hummingbird photos for sale. Mostly on Ebay and a website I been building for it. Am not quite ready to display them. Maybe by the end of next week.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Okay, I hope you’re still around because I just finished Dead on the Vine, and it is wonderful!! Good characters, nice plot, and appealing animals. Am eager to start reading Bidding on Death.

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    JoyceH says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: So glad you liked it! I’m trying to get my current opus unstuck – I got Election Monomania for about a month and am still recuperating from that.

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    My book The 7 Secrets of the Prolific is a great gift for all writers and students. $24.95 for autographed paperback + ebook; $3.95 for ebook.

    Sample chapters here.

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    Mister Papercut says:

    This isn’t mine, but my mother has just started her own book repair business (a proper web presence will be coming later, or sooner, since I was laid off from my web job last week). She’s yet to post her full gallery of pictures on her Facebook, but I’ve seen some really amazing repairs she’s done with books that looked like lost causes. She’s even offered to teach me, and I’ll probably take her up on it.

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    donnah says:

    Well, I’m late to the game, but I make hooked wool rugs. Here’s a link to one I hooked this year. It just won a ribbon at the Shelburne Rug Hooking show last week. I make commissioned pieces and also teach.

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    Valdivia says:


    so blushing! but for you, my twin from a different mother I can totally send you the picture files if you want! :)

    thank you.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Valdivia: Well, what I will probably do is get one or two of the framed images and then order a bunch of different images in the notecard size and play with them and eventually frame several in a group. I really love the geometric patterns and am eager to see how they work with each other. You have an astonishing eye. The angles of some of the shots, I think, must expose things about the buildings that even the architects themselves never saw.

    That is such a generous offer, to send the picture files. Thank you so much. It might help me choose — or it might just make me want them all :-)

    I realize I’ve seen only a fraction of your work. Am very much looking forward to a leisurely browse. Just knocked out by your talent.

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    Valdivia says:


    thank you so so much, again. and if you want any specific images just email me at the flickr address *just click on my nym and it will take you to my flickr page where most of the images are as well). I really am happy to send them.

    It was quite by accident that I started doing this kind of photography about a year ago and was so surprised to realize I had a knack for looking up and seeing this wondrous geometric world around me. It makes every city I visit a lot of fun (and also annoying to walk behind!)

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    ruemara says:

    Ah well. I begged for it and I missed it. blah. Here is my Etsy shop, where I sell beaded jewelry. This is a link to my Flickr site where I sell prints of photography and some artwork.

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    KS in MA says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt: Awwww!

    And I loved your chicken story.

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    Munira says:

    I am also a writer and I have a new book called The Cabin. It’s a memoir and, among other things, it’s about the time I moved to Quebec from Bellingham, WA, and built my cabin in the woods. There are scenes in Montreal, Seattle, Oakland, Vermont and the Eastern Townships of Quebec. It can be ordered on my website – – will eventually be available on amazon and from any book store – that’s all in process now.

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    Ramalama says:

    My partner has an illustrated kids book on science on sale. It’s on amazon, but as a kindle book only for now. If you buy the book this weekend you can also get free download of the videos made for MIT too.

    The details for the book/video are on the blog:

    Direct Amazon link:

    Support the scientists by encouraging kids to become them!

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    Robert says:

    As I look around me and see some of the artists creations…I feel like a real hack….anyway here is my contribution to the world…

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    Ajabu says:

    As one of the last remaining jazz vibraphonists in captivity I offer up to you my website on which you will find (in addition to more info about me than anyone would want to know)a plethora – more or less – of unique CDs and a couple of DVDs.
    I look forward to all BJers so inclined to refer two or three hundred of their closest friends to my site so I can afford a decent Xmas gift for my long suffering wife who has had to endure life with a working jazz musician these past two decades.
    Thanks for your interest.

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    Ramalama says:

    @Munira: I’m an American also living in the Québec province. My sister-in-law is in one of the Eastern townships along Rt 133 which looks like nothing from the little highway (actually drab) but then you veer off and go through the towns and realize Wow. Charming.

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    LT says:

    @Ajabu: Don – really nice, what I’ve heard so far.

    Bluntly put: Auto-play on a website – especially without a warning – is a real turnoff.

    Now I’m going to listen some more.

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    kahroo says:

    @Ed or Edna Dane Defender of Donuts:

    Thanks for the shout-out, and hooray for family! I had a lot of hits from this website today, and I wanted to check out balloon-juice :D Everyone is so talented – I’m really enjoying reading through all of your comments.

    As far as my soap making is concerned, I make cold process soap and have been for about 16 years now. My Etsy shop has more details about the soaps (and myself) if anyone is interested in great soap! The shop also has about half of my stock, with the other half to be coming out within the next few days (adding cherry/tangerine/lemon/lime/orange candy, killer bee honey, almond vanilla, sleepytime, cinnamon tangerine, eucalyptus sweet-pea, and pomegranate/grapefruit/orange soaps). Feel free to send me a message on Etsy if you have any questions :D

    Happy holidays!

    <3 kahroo

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