Artists In Our Midst Open Thread

First things first- just furminated the boss, and let me tell you what- Steve loves being furminated so much that he is actually hard to brush because he keeps head-butting the brush and doing circles instead of holding still (which was never an issue with Tunch- holding still was a lifelong goal that he marvelously achieved). But he just loves it. Furminated him, then brushed him with a regular brush, and it is amazing how quickly his coat is getting better. Even the bald areas, where I had to delicately cut out mats so he would stop being Boss Marley with dreadlocks everywhere, is growing back and feels silky and soft to the touch.

Back to the thrust of the post, it’s been forever since we have one of these, and I know how many creative people we have commenting and lurking, so let’s do one tonight. If you are an artist/crafter/musician/carpenter/whatever, and you have some wares to share with the rest of us (of if your spouse or friends or basically anything cool you want to share), throw it in the comments so we can decide if maybe you have something that would make our days a little brighter and happier.

Some of my most prized possessions are things you all have made, whether it be my GD portrait, the picture of the beautiful sunflower fields I bought, etc.

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    Pogonip says:

    Do you have any left-over Tunch fur? Perhaps it could become a sweater, or at least gloves, so you can always have him with you.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Jewish Steel: Prog-punk? That’s a new category.

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    Ted & Hellen says:

    New commissioned portrait of Truman Capote.

    Also too: In honor of Mick Jagger’s 70th birthday two days ago. Based on the iconic Warhol photograph.

    And a fairly recent Any Winehouse portrait.

    All are 20×16 inches, acrylic and mixed media on canvas board. The Jagger and the Winehouse are available for purchase.

    And Assidy: Call me!

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    Mnemosyne (iPhone) says:

    I’m working on a Retro Redux shrug to wear at my day’s memorial, but I’m almost certainly not going to finish it in time. 😰 The yarn I chose is lovely for summer — Canyon by Classic Elite Yarns, mostly cotton with a touch of alpaca.

    http://www.ravelry.com/pattern.....edux-shrug

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    Mnemosyne (iPhone) says:

    Also, too, why is bra sizing so frickin’ weird? The bra they sold me for my memorial dress is, like, a 34FF when I normally wear a 36D. I don’t get it.

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    Jewish Steel says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: We’re genre-busters, baby! The second track on that album The Smoker modulates through three keys in every verse. Plus, it’s punk as fuck! (not really, it’s quietly restrained. I just want to say that)

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    Sharknado is on! Sharknado is on! Sharknado is on! Sharknado is on!

    @Jewish Steel:

    I am widely feared and admired
    But right now I am slightly tired

    Awesome.

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    Matt Smith says:

    Not an artist – just wanted to offer condolences on Tunch. I missed that while I was in Cuba with shitty-to-no net access, just caught on now. So sorry to hear it.

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    Jewish Steel says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: bows deeply

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    I makes lolz and I has a blog. I has lolz on my blog.

    Lolz that has made the first page on ICHC.

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    Keith says:

    I also have problems furminating one of my cats. He would rather rub his gums on the blade than let me comb his fur. Sometimes I’ll even wedge the furminator between two cushions so he can do it as much as he wants.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    After a previous artist thread I bought a ring from Ostara Moon. I’m very pleased with it. (I should get matching earrings.)

    A few weeks ago I took a workshop on how to spin your own art yarn, i.e., combine 3 or more yarns into one strand by spinning it. And this time I actually understood how to spin using a drop spindle. I really should scan it so I have a picture of what I made. I have an extensive yarn stash and much of it could be used in an art yarn.

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    @Mnemosyne (iPhone): The right bra makes all the difference in how a dress looks, trust the professionals.

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    John Cole says:

    @Mnemosyne (iPhone):

    Also, too, why is bra sizing so frickin’ weird? The bra they sold me for my memorial dress is, like, a 34FF when I normally wear a 36D. I don’t get it.

    Now you’re just trying to get our attention.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @John Cole: Got yours, didn’t it?

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    Jane2 says:

    @Ted & Hellen: Those are really, really good.

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    John Cole says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: She had me at 36D.

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    Cassidy says:

    @John Cole: I admit nothing.

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    John Cole says:

    Now I’m going to be called a sexist asshole all night and may even make a Jezebel front page post.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @John Cole: BTW is a furminator anything like a flowbee?

    @John Cole: Have you considered becoming a leg man? That preference seems to draw fewer objections.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @Mnemosyne (iPhone): A blog I used to read was bitchphd. The blog writer did a series of posts on bra sizing and getting the right fit. I tried to access the archives but they are invitation-only now.

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    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    @Mnemosyne (iPhone): Cup sizes are figured by the difference between the band measurement and the full bust. And your correct size can vary pretty dramatically between different bra styles.

    That said, I have never, ever been measured properly at a store. The most recent time, the girl was still doing the “measure the upper bust and add five” routine.

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    pika says:

    Here is a slideshow (with music from The Dirty Dozen Brass Band!) of linocuts from an artist whose work more should know. Steve Prince, from New Orleans: http://www.eyekons.com/New-Lin.....#038;num=0 Well worth investigating before he blows up big.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    Sharknado is even worse than advertised.

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    hitchhiker says:

    Yes, I had a kickstarter project, and yes, it got funded last January, and YES I DELIVERED.

    My book, available now at amazon in paperback and kindle . . . it’s aimed at a very specialized audience. I’m massively proud of it & massively glad that the people who most want/need it now have it.

    Best book evah.

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    Hungry Joe says:

    My middle-grade (ages 9-12) novel ANYWAY* (Simon & Schuster, 2012) came out in paperback in May. I know I’ve posted this before, but you asked, dammit.

    http://bit.ly/LK1MAH

    That’s a link to my Simon & Schuster site, from which you can order from indie bookstores, if you feel so inclined.

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    Suzanne says:

    @Mnemosyne (iPhone): Because having boobs sucks. I wear a 34DDD and can’t find shit that fits anywhere without spending at least a hundred bucks apiece.

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    Felonius Monk says:

    Holy cow. I think I just walked into the ladies fitting room. Pardon me (he says as he oogles his way to the door.)

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    I’m a musician when I have time. If you like electronic music, check me out at http://www.avianwaves.com

    I have an album at CD Baby and also too downloadable iTunes and Amazon and all that for the kidz.

    I make the most money out of CD Baby if that is a thing you care about. Despite the name, they also sell DRM free mp3s.

    http://www.cdbaby.com/m/cd/avianwaves

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    debbie says:

    @PurpleGirl:

    I remember reading some NYT fashion reporter going on about purchasing a custom-fit bra in Paris. I think there were three fittings and it cost more than $500 (and this was back in the 1990s). Had I won the lottery, I planned on getting myself one.

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    ArchTeryx says:

    Here’s an unusual one: an educational game I (a molecular virologist) designed in my spare time:

    https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/dr.-arch-s-mutations

    I’ve wanted to get a Kickstarter going on it, but I lack some really crucial tools:

    1) No videographer. (And being unemployed, I ain’t hiring one any time soon)
    2) My game artist is permanently incapacitated, so even things like signed prints aren’t possible as rewards.

    Any suggestions, I’d be all ears!

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    Baud says:

    This thread needs a generic “pics or it didn’t happen” comment.

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    PaulW says:

    I mentioned on an open thread earlier, but would like to mention again that I’ve gotten a short story included in a humor horror anthology titled Strangely Funny. Amazon is allowing for pre-order of the print version and already has the ebook version available for Kindle download! P.S. award-winning mystery writer Catriona McPherson has a story in it too, if there are any fans of hers here.

    I still have my own short story anthology Last of the Grapefruit Wars available as book and ebook too.

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    NotMax says:

    Open thread?

    This is a biggie.

    A former CIA officer has broken the U.S. silence around the 2003 abduction of a radical Islamist cleric in Italy, charging that the agency inflated the threat the preacher posed and that the United States then allowed Italy to prosecute her and other Americans to shield President George W. Bush and other U.S. officials from responsibility for approving the operation.

    Confirming for the first time that she worked undercover for the CIA in Milan when the operation took place, Sabrina De Sousa provided new details about the “extraordinary rendition” that led to the only criminal prosecution stemming from the secret Bush administration rendition and detention program launched after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
    [snip]
    The CIA declined to comment, but a former senior U.S. intelligence official called De Sousa’s narrative “fairly consistent” with the recollections of other former CIA officials with knowledge of the operation. He asked not to be further identified because the matter remains classified.
    [snip]
    The Bush administration remained silent on the Italian charges and ignored De Sousa’s pleas to invoke diplomatic immunity on her behalf. The CIA barred her from contacting her Italian state-appointed public defender, she said, and refused to pay for a private lawyer. The CIA also ordered her not to leave the country, an order she says she disobeyed to fly to India to see her father for the last time as he lay dying from cancer.

    De Sousa later learned that Rice, after becoming secretary of state, wanted to give her immunity, but that the CIA “told Rice not to” because doing so would have “been admitting that the rendition took place,” De Sousa said.  Source

    And yes, she is a disgruntled former employee, but the multiple confirming or assenting statements, evidence and documents thus far belie that as any reason to discount her laying bare a major unlawful operation.

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    gbear says:

    @NotMax: I blame Obama.

    So does congress and the village media.

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    Hungry Joe says:

    My parents owned a small chain of women’s clothing stores, so I spent A LOT of time there, doing things like changing the window displays (yes, dressing and undressing mannequins), putting price tags on bras and boxes of stockings, etc. The long-term effect is that I actually enjoy walking through lingerie section of department stores and seeing (most) other men squirm and blush and generally want to get the hell out of there. For me it’s like being in the furniture or luggage department — just stuff, what’s the big deal?

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    Ted & Hellen says:

    @Jane2:

    Thank you, Jane. I appreciate that. Just by clicking on the images you can click thru an entire album of other portraits too. :D

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    PaulW says:

    @Hungry Joe:

    why spaghetti?

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    PaulW says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    Ed Wood would have approved. Or at least edited in more stampeding buffalo. :)

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    Baud says:

    @PaulW:

    Mnemosyne is exactly how I pictured her.

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    gbear says:

    @Hungry Joe: Perhaps the other men have seen Ed Wood’s ‘Glen Or Glenda’.

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    Hungry Joe says:

    @PaulW: Why spaghetti? Gosh, I forget. I guess you’ll have to read the book.

    Well, okay: The 12-year-old narrator lets us know that he accidentally sat on a plate of spaghetti, then spends the rest of the book getting around to telling us how that happened.

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    raven says:

    Just watched Orange is the New Black, the Netflix series about a woman in the joint for dope money muling. Funny and well done but the lead was the “‘star” of Atlas Shrugged!

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    Josie says:

    My youngest son, a musician/producer, wrote and played the lead guitar accompaniment in this recent rap music video. He is straying somewhat from the blues music that I wanted him to play, but I am still mighty proud of him.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPLaL-cpGc4

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    Jane2 says:

    @raven: I had to binge-watch it….great series.

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    MomSense says:

    I just knit this for a friend to wear at her niece’s wedding. Lace with beads. It was a quick knit!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/m...../lightbox/

    I’m designing some hand knit patterns based on characters from a novel–it is hush hush now but when it is closer to being released I will share.

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    Dave Latchaw says:

    I’m a creative lurker. I don’t have anything to sell, but I have a nice music video you can watch for free. It’s my cover of a very pretty ballad originally performed by Gloria Estefan, “I Want You So Bad.” With a visual counterpoint from Mabel Normand and Charles Chaplin.

    I Want You So Bad

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    John says:

    @PurpleGirl:Here is one of BitchpHD posts on the subject, I can’t get to link but she wrote it December 8/9, 2005.

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    MomSense says:

    @Josie:

    Wow!!! That is awesome! My son is a blues guitarist but hasn’t recorded anything yet. He is just starting out.

    You absolutely can claim bragging rights!!

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    Suzanne says:

    @PurpleGirl: BitchPhD was awesome.

    Bras piss me off. I hate spending money on underwear, and the fact that they are so expensive makes me frustrated. Plus I still have a scar from where an underwire came out and gouged my shit. I buy from Soma when I catch a sale, but they wear out. An Intimacy store opened here and I am going to get a pro fitting when I am done with Weight Watchers. I am hoping to drop a couple of sizes. Otherwise, I may consider reduction surgery.

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    Josie says:

    @MomSense: Thanks. He has been working with a number of different people long distance for a couple of years and things are finally starting to come together for him. Tell your son to have patience and don’t give up.

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    NotMax says:

    @raven

    Re-watching “Wild Boys.”

    Set in the wilds of mid-19th century Australia. Meticulous attention to period detail, and lush, beautiful cinematography.

    Plus a very good cast and engaging story. Shame it wasn’t picked up for a second season after 13 episodes.

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    Cassidy says:

    @Josie: Wow! Chamillionaire isn’t a small time artist. Nice.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @Baud: That’s why I said I have to scan stuff so I have pictures to show people.

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    Moe Gamble says:

    Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, who did studies of the !Kung as well as elephants and other animals, wrote great books on her studies of domestic cats and dogs. In her study of cats, she wrote that grooming tells a cat you’ve adopted it, it’s permanently your kid.

    Steve, having been abandoned, probably felt physical and emotional ecstasy.

    What a great gift, John.

    You’ll probably see Tunch out of the corner of your eye forever. I still see all my departed ones years later in all their old haunts.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    Why bra sizing is so frickin’ weird

    @raven: Did you watch the whole season? You have to watch the whole season. BINGE!

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    jacy says:

    In addition to being an author (Amazon Author Page), I also do graphic design for independent authors and small press at Alchemy Book Covers and Design.

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    RSA says:

    My wife used to be a craftsperson in several different media, though she only rarely showed or sold her work. Here’s an example of a decorated gourd.

    (Me, I have no artistic ability at all. My brother has talent, though.)

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    MomSense says:

    @PurpleGirl:

    Would love to see your yarn as I’m always looking for new things.

    @Josie:

    He starts music school in September and he is really excited about it. The professor who runs the studio portion of the program has asked to record him so he is busy getting some things ready for that.

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    Scotty says:

    Damn fine music. Americana/Rock n’ Roll. Downloadable 1st album. 2nd album on the way by autumn:

    http://www.woodshedprophets.com/

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    HinTN says:

    Just a wage slave engineer who occasionally buys art. My stepson is an extraordinary chef, if that counts. Headed to NYC to see Loves Labors Lost in the Park next weekend. T&H – that is REALLY good!

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    Dteller says:

    i’m a children’s author and professional storyteller who absolutely loves this blog.

    http://dlwstoryteller.com

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @MomSense: Oh that is beautiful. I like where you placed the beads — being on a “thicker” section of yarn they shouldn’t pull it out of shape. I’ve seen beads placed along the edge later pull the item out of shape.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism:
    Am reminded of the Seinfeld episode with George getting caught changing after swimming by his girlfriend and he keeps saying shrinkage. At the end Elaine makes the comment, “I don’t know how you guys live with those things.”
    I have to ask the same unanswerable question.

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    Felonius Monk says:

    @efgoldman: oogle = super ogle = ogle + ogle :)

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    Citizen_X says:

    maybe you have something that would make our days a little brighter and happier.

    Hold up, I’m trying to make your days darker and angrier here.

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    Pimping my latest post:
    Larry Summers do not want.

    ETA: Nothing to do with bras I am afraid, although Prof. Summers may need a bro (Seinfeld reference)

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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    @hitchhiker: I will get this book. Congrtulations on your kickstarter and delivery!

    @Hungry Joe: This is a great book. I have an autographed copy and recommend it highly. I look forward to meeting Hungry Joe (whose email I’ve yet to answer) when he comes to SW OH/N KY on his book tour. Perhaps a Balloon Juice meetup could be arranged?

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    MomSense says:

    @PurpleGirl:

    I really would love to see your yarn. I need some inspiration. Right now I’m knitting a sweater for myself on size 2 US needles but I’m thinking about cables and texture.

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    Felonius Monk says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:

    Prof. Summers may need a bro (Seinfeld reference)

    IIRC, that would be a “manssiere”. Kramer and Jerry Stiller at their best.

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    Jane2 says:

    @MomSense: That’s lovely!! Do you have a pattern available?

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    I have never had much of a problem finding the right bra or bra size, may be because I am not busty. Pants on the other hand are a nightmare since I am at the cusp of petite and regular sizes.

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    Princess Leia says:

    @RSA: That is so cool!

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    Ruckus says:

    @Suzanne:
    A friend had reduction surgery and said it was the best thing she had ever done. Don’t know sizes but she was, as they used to say, overly well endowed and just always looked uncomfortable. Looks great now and said she felt like she lost 40-50 lbs.

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    The prophet Nostradumbass says:

    I’m not a pro by any stretch, just enjoy it, so here are some of my photos.

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    MomSense says:

    @Jane2:

    It’s a free pattern from knitty–not mine. Once you cast on, it is a quick knit– you can finish in a couple of evenings. I was in a big hurry because she found the dress on Wednesday and the wedding is tomorrow and I needed to give it to her on Friday!

    http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEss10/PATTannis.php

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    Jane2 says:

    @MomSense: Quick knit….ayiee!! There’s a great passage in “Anne of Green Gables” about her trying to sew a dress and ending up with shreds of cloth from ripping it out so often…that is as often as not my knitting experience. However, that has never stopped me!

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    Jane2 says:

    @The prophet Nostradumbass: Those are great….the orange tree is now my desktop background. And just who is that adorable killer dog?

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    Joey Maloney says:

    I do kilnforming with glass. I have an etsy store.

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    something fabulous says:

    @Mnemosyne (iPhone): There’s an awesomely low-glam shop in Monrovia called the Wizard of Bras. I have an, um, unusual size, and they have never steered me wrong!

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    dr. luba says:

    I write (and photograph) pysanky, traditional Ukrainian Easter eggs. They are created using a wax resist (batik) method. Had an exhibit at the Detroit Historical museum, with about 700 of my eggs on display.

    This is a photo from 2011; haven’t gotten this year’s up on my site yet.

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    ruemara says:

    Hmm, I have a massive backlog of jewelry but the only thing I’m ready to sell right now are online prints. So this is a link to images for sale and remember, all sales go to helping me take the kittens to the vet for checkups.

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    hamletta says:

    Bra sizing is weird because boobs are weird. I swear by my local bra-fitters, because the shop was started by a woman whose sister was a nun with really large boobs, and she couldn’t find any that would fit her.

    I hear Nordstrom’s bra-fitting ladies are fantastic, but I recommend avoiding Victoria’s Secret to any woman over 30 years or B-cup.

    As to Art, I’m addicted to image transfer. When my church office moved down the hall, I needed something to put up on the walls, so I asked for ~$50 to buy pre-stretched canvases and medium so I could use some of the great photos in our archive on the walls.

    I have this one image of the framework of a stained-glass window under construction that is so amazing. I made a shitty transfer with giant globs of gesso, but people are like, “I want that in my home!”

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    Just finished my fifth book today. Technically, I just finished the story level edits for my fifth book, which is like finishing it the second time. My brain hurts.

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    Elias says:

    I play in a new wave-influenced band called French Reform. You can stream our new EP at http://frenchreform.bandcamp.com/

    Pretty sure we’re the only band in the area that covers Frank Ocean, INXS, Daft Punk, and Sonic Youth.

    We’re working on going deeper into synth pop with our new writing.

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    zAmboni says:

    How bout some random astrophotos? Weather has sucked up in Michigan for gazing at the stars, but I have been able to get out and get something every once in a while.

    How bout the Full Moon? (make sure to take a look at the original size also)
    Here are some Sunspots
    The ISS flying across the face of the Sun
    Saturn
    The Crescent Moon
    And finally, a widefield shot around the star Sadr

    Enjoy!

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    hitchhiker says:

    @a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q):

    :) !!! thank you. I hope to do a 2013 version this fall.

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    hamletta says:

    @dr. luba: Those are amazing!

    I’ve thought of taking up pysanky to occupy me during my Lenten discipline, but I guess I better stick to Peeps dioramas.

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    The prophet Nostradumbass says:

    @Jane2: Thanks! The dog is one of my brother’s Yorkies, named Anastasia.

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    RSA says:

    I first tried to write a piece of fiction when I was maybe ten years old. I remember pulling an old manual typewriter down from a shelf in my parents’ storage room, setting it up with paper, and then slowly typing a few lines about a football game, the opening of my story. (I was big on boys’ adventure books at the time.) I’d written a paragraph before I realized that I knew nothing about football. As an adult I find that pretty funny, picturing my younger self with this grand plan but lacking even the basic sense to write about what I knew. Not that that would have helped a ten-year-old, of course.

    I’ve tried off and on in the years since, without much success (or effort, to be honest). I don’t know how you novelists do it.

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    PhoenixRising says:

    I finished my book.

    It’s called Third Time Charmed, and it’s memoir (true story). As some of you know, the now-Mrs & I adopted a kid 13 years ago, who we were told was an orphan who needed a family. The book is about our journey to untangle the truth about her past and understand what really happened.

    Spoiler: One of the learning experiences of the journey was that ‘what really happened’ is all relative, and we have a lot of relatives.

    It’s in pre-launch, and I’m allowed to roll it out to friends and family. While y’all are like the neglected cousins I never write to anymore, this year, it’s because I was finishing my book.

    In bookstores this fall, but for now, on Amazon only.

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    PhoenixRising says:

    @Frankensteinbeck: You did this 4 more times? Are you…okay? Inside?

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    Mayim says:

    @Suzanne: Even 38 DD/DDD (depending on the manufacturer….) can be a pain to find ~ and most clothes aren’t designed with such a large cup size in mind :-(

    Victoria’s Secret bras stink for my size. On the other hand, Lane Bryant clothes are so, so ugly, but several of their Cacique bra styles actually work for me. I wait until they are one sale ~ once or twice a year (one of which is usually late June/early July), they are buy 2, get 2 additional free, so the price is reasonable.

    On the post topic: current project ~ a Mezair shawl from some beautiful dark green Madeline Tosh yarn. Yeah, I’d rather get sturdy, serviceable bras on sale and buy squishy soft fancy yarn.

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    Mayim says:

    @MomSense: Beautiful shawl In my Ravelry queue ~ but what isn’t? Yeah, queue is over 400 items these days. So many ideas, so little time :-(

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    Hungry Joe says:

    @a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q): I love that hip hop artist from Idaho. Can’t wait to meet her.

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    hitchhiker says:

    @PhoenixRising:

    Just got the kindle version. Congratulations!

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @Joey Maloney: The roller derby earrings are cute.

    Does BEM stand for Bug Eyed Monster?

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    PhoenixRising says:

    @hitchhiker: Wow! Thanks so much. At this stage I still feel like I could write a handwritten card to every reader, which I hope will change.

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    Jane2 says:

    @PhoenixRising: Got the Kindle edition….sounds like a great read.

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    eric says:

    I never share my playing cause i $uck, but what the heck

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IID4aQYehQo

    if the link works it is just me playing over a drum groove and the picture is my daughter..

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @Mayim:

    …buy squishy soft fancy yarn.

    Absolutely reasonable. Who wouldn’t want to buy fancy yarn. All that planning, pattern reading/designing, sample gauge making and you’re going to use the cheapest Orlon… I don’t think so.

    (I do use some Orlon in crochet; it’s good for things like hyperbolic coral reef.)

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    eric says:

    my post is in moderation heck somewhere…so as i tried to say, i never share my music because i am not very good, but here is a sample of my over a drum groove.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfRWpEcHtVU

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @John Cole:

    FWIW, it made me laugh. I’ll just say, I showed the dress-and-undergarment combo to my husband and he was a very happy man.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Suzanne:

    If you’re pear-shaped or hourglass-shaped, you may be able to drop a few sizes from weight loss. If you’re an upside-down triangle like me, you may have to start looking into reduction, because you will naturally have extra fat in that area so it will be the last area you lose from.

    (Yes, fellas, boobs are basically sacs full of fat and milk ducts. Try not to think about it too much.)

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @something fabulous:

    That is exactly where I got this new bra from! They really are a great store. They don’t tell you sizes, they just measure you and start handing bras over for you to try on — I think a lot of women get freaked out by “too big” sizes even though some manufacturers just run big or small.

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    Suzanne says:

    @Mayim: Nothing at Lane Bryant is a 34. They start at 36 and up. I have a small rib cage and big boobs and a narrow waist and a giant ass. When I bought my wedding dress, I bought it in the size of my butt, had it taken in two sizes in the waist, and let out a size in the boob area and still had to have a minimizer bra put in it because a regular bra wouldn’t fit. Buying regular clothes is a giant PITA.

    I have been considering reduction for a while, but I want to be 100% sure I’m done having kids first, since it reduces or eliminates milk production. I hate my boobs. I was a D cup when I was 11, FFS. I was always totally uncomfortable with creepy dudes staring at me (even in junior high), or miserable in gym class because I didn’t have a sports bra that fit, or in some degree of back pain. They never looked cute and perky. Fuck the things.

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    hitchhiker says:

    @PhoenixRising:

    I feel ya. Looking forward to reading it.

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    Suzanne says:

    On the topic that isn’t boobs, I am an architect, well, ALMOST. I am technically an intern architect, because I don’t yet have my license. I designed a new hospital unit this year, and it is under construction right now. Should open in October.

    I am close to getting my license. I have to take seven exams, I I found out earlier this week that I passed my fourth one. I have to retake one that I failed. I am hoping to get my license in the spring of next year. As a result, all my other passions are on hold until I finish this. I love to make wheel-thrown pottery, and am trying to learn to knit, and want to learn calculus, and run a marathon. All of those are teasing me….. GOD, I want to be DONE.

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    Badtux says:

    Well, since you’re asking for stuff your commentariate has written/performed/done themselves, I suppose I’ll post a link to one of my songs. Word of warning: I do *not* do “happy” and clicking on that link will not make your day brighter or happier. In fact, I don’t suggest going to that link if you have any depressive traits or triggers…

    Now off to cuddle with my kitties…

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    Fort Geek says:

    I’m working on CAD drawings of several US forts built in the 1800’s. Instead of doing things the easy–and expensive–way (buying prints of the plans via the National Archives), I went to each fort and explored, using a measuring tape, sketching and taking detail photos. Much more fun. Besides, you don’t get the view if you don’t go.

    So far, I’ve got:
    –Fort Pickens, Pensacola FL
    –Fort McRee, Pensacola FL
    –Advanced Redoubt, Pensacola FL
    –Fort Point, San Francisco CA
    –Fort Gaines, Dauphin Island AL (duplicated by Ft. Clinch, Fernandina Beach FL)
    –Fort Pike, New Orleans LA (duplicated by Fort Macomb, nearby)
    –Fort Jefferson, in the Dry Tortugas, FL

    So far, they’re all in the “floor plan” stage; once I get the other views done I’m hoping to start producing papercraft models.

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    Kac90b says:

    @John Cole: Intent or not, it seems to be working. 🍸

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    something fabulous says:

    @Mnemosyne: How funny is that!? My size is [redacted] and they just refuse to be swayed or freaked out by it– just keep handing over more options over the door, until there is the one that fits! And then they go; here it is in some other colors– how many do you want? Completely unique experience. So glad you dug them, too!

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    Mister Papercut says:

    Very late to the party, but here’s one service that it seems people never think about until they cross paths with a practitioner of it: book repair. Enter my mom, stage left. She’s been doing bookbinding/book repair for a few years now at the bookstore she works for, but has recently started her own book repair business. She’s on the web and also on Facebook.

    If you have a minute, do check out her handiwork; some of her repairs are amazing/borderline miraculous.

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    Applejinx says:

    I’m still writing outrageous pony books: I’ve turned ‘begin with clopfiction, build drama and plot around the conflicts among the characters, and drive romance plots off what the characters do in their intimate scenes’ into something of an art form at this point. Finished the fourth novel, ‘Derpy Desires’, not long ago, and I’m heading to Bronycon soon to give some writing panels including a solo panel on writing compelling novels. Wish me luck!

    Applejinx on FIMfiction

    While I’m doing that, I’m also doing something that’s weirder. I’m playing the characters from the book (mostly Dash, Applejack and Rarity) in a Minecraft lets-play series in which I am building a city on a mountain, to be used as a stage set for a non-pony webcomic (I did more than 400 episodes but I’ll reboot it from scratch, put the old stuff up for download somewhere). This lets-play uses a pitch shifter to let me approximate the pony voices, and I’m putting up an hour of it a day, all in character, and just put up episode 70 this morning.

    Trixieverse Builds A City

    So this is why I don’t post as much as I used to. I wrote four books :)

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    black onion says:

    I mostly lurk here and read at least three times a day. I also take photos, not professional, just stuff I like. I’m late to this party, but anyway I figure why not.

    I update this once a day:

    http://black-onion.tumblr.com/

    Here is my much neglected Flickr:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/black_onion/

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    Janet says:

    Ok. So, lurking is my thing (been doing it on various blogs since the “Where is Raed” hooked me on blogs for info and better insight) and I’ve only ever posted on one a couple of times because the conversation was about a local event I felt I could add insight to. Anyway, I almost delurked to give my sympathies on the loss of Tunch, which I’m absolutely extending now… my long gone furry friends are still with me in my thoughts when I call them and sometimes when I don’t. Yeah, sappy drivel is all I had to add to that conversation. I know it doesn’t really help (especially from strangers), but I am very sorry you lost your little buddy. Anyway, using my hubby as an excuse to accept the invite to delurk, here’s a great glass blower if anyone is in need of some awesome blown glass:

    http://masglass.com

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    donnah says:

    I design and make hooked wool rugs and dye my own wool, too. This piece is called The Mermaiden.

    http://i32.photobucket.com/alb.....24FFD1.jpg

    I make art rugs and also teach how to make them. I even published a book last fall, called Rug Hooker’s Companion. (let the jokes commence!)

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    Joey Maloney says:

    @PurpleGirl: Does BEM stand for Bug Eyed Monster?

    BadExampleMan, actually. When the nieblings were in their teens that was decreed to be my super power, after a couple of incidents where they came by the house when I was somewhat the worse for the wear.

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    carlweese says:

    OK, very late to the party, and generally a lurker who mostly reads front page, but here’s a link to a gallery of pictures from my American Drive-in Theater project:

    http://www.carlweese.com/107%2.....index.html

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    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    I see my hubby hasn’t been by, so I’ll do it for him.

    Woodworking

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    Ferdzy says:

    Greetings; I mostly lurk but am trying to comment more often. It’s just that, as usual, I am late to the party. Most of my creative energy goes into my blog, which is about, well, seasonal food. In Ontario.

    http://seasonalontariofood.blogspot.ca/

    My mother, on the other hand is an artist and does crochet.

    http://carolinerouth.com/

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    TerryC says:

    I didn’t write them, but in my day job I’ve just published these two books. Believe me, it takes some creativity to bring these from ideas to products on a minimal budget :)

    Planning and Resource Strategy for Higher Education: A Guide for Universities in Africa – here; and

    Transforming [Higher Education] in an Age of Disruptive Change – here.

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    Marcelo says:

    I teach filmmaking to kids. Here are some of our films. I think they’re really fun.

    A silly elementary school project shot on real Super 8 film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zONaTFasCAY
    A cute summer project about rival bakery trailers: https://vimeo.com/69380094
    A fun Woody Allen tribute: https://vimeo.com/70229870
    A beautiful drama by my middle schoolers featuring the single best young actor I’ve ever had: https://vimeo.com/66164803

    The rest of them are available at http://www.vimeo.com/creativeactionchannel – our organization, Creative Action, is the largest non-school provider of arts education in Austin, TX. We’re a wonderful nonprofit that uses the arts to teach children social skills and to help them raise their voices for social change. :)

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    ChesterS says:

    My partner does beautiful oil paintings. Cape Cod/coastal scenes…

    http://www.daveparish.com

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    TerryC says:

    Also, too, I design disc golf courses. This image is Hole 2 on my private course, The BRATS. All of the obstacles on this hole, including the willow at left, have been planted and tended by me. This was early spring, the left side of the fairway is tremendously thick and tall now, especially the giant grass clumps. The dogs are Cooper (our left) and Ozzy (our right).

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    knittingbull says:

    Lurked for years, second comment. I just moved to Washington from
    Alaska and will be doing a two hour commute each way by bus, train and light rail. I knit (my husband gave me the nickname, yarn and bullshit, that’s me) and I now have LOTS of time to do what I love. Here are some of my finished projects, I still need to get the rest of my physical photos loaded onto picasa.
    https://picasaweb.google.com/knittingbull/Projects?authkey=Gv1sRgCP6697_HsPmhqAE#

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    Uncle Ebeneezer says:

    Another musician here. Nothing tangible to sell, but if you are in the LA area and feel like seeing an 8-piece band that takes rock/pop songs and turns them into funk tunes ala James Brown, The Meters & Tower of Power, check us out. We play pretty regularly in bars/clubs but are looking to get more into the private/corporate events/weddings etc., scene. Our largely socialist attitudes have not completely knee-capped a desire to make some $.

    Or if jazz is more your thing I also have a trio that is always looking for work. And can add vocals, horns, or whatever else a client wants.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @ChesterS: You might ask the artist there to consider some other anti-spam block system. I was locked out from the site after clicking on 4 things and I just tried again after almost 4 hours and received the same notice:
    “Your access to this service has been temporarily limited. Please try again in a few minutes. (HTTP response code 503)”

    Now I’ll never know what works were collected in the “In the Woods” series.

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    Corner Stone says:

    Something I see very little of offered is actual sculpture work. I like pottery and ceramics but I don’t believe I’ve seen any art like carved wood, stone or other items as a layman I would consider classic sculpture work.
    Too much investment in materials? No space to store finished work? Just no desire to work in the medium?

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    something fabulous says:

    @Uncle Ebeneezer: Hey! I saw you guys at a fund raiser for my friend doing the Mongolian Horse Race just a few weeks back! Hire these guys; they are AWESOME AND FUN!!

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    daverave says:

    My hobby is straight-ahead landscape photography, mostly in California but I do get around the rest of the world, too. I’ve never sold one nor tried to sell or market but you’re welcome to look here:

    http://photo.net/photodb/membe.....id=1329620

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    urlhix says:

    Also late to the party, but my wife makes amazing goat’s milk soap and lotion from our own goat’s milk:

    Etsy

    I’ll also have some holiday stuff up there in a bit, okra santa’s, homemade guitar pics in vintage sheet music boxes, etc.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @something fabulous:

    Oh, duh, I just remembered who you are and that we met at Golden Road — of course you’ve been to the Wizard of Bras! I think every woman within a 25-mile radius of Monrovia has been there at least once.

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    Aaron Evan Baker says:

    I did appreciate the kind words (from Sarah Proud and Tall, I think) about a previously published poem of mine. Here is my latest effort to be published (together with URL):

    SUNT ALIQUID MANES

    The dead are something, I have heard; but I
    Could never make them speak. One day, I walked
    Out to the park near my apartment. There,
    A black path through the stripped and sodden trees
    Somehow compelled a thought of her, and I
    Almost believed that she and not her absence
    Walked with me.

    I have returned to say
    It was not so—though I walked all that day.

    http://journalformalpoetry.com.....g%2013.pdf

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    I’m an illustrator/graphic designer

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    Susan K of the tech support says:

    Happy to see the discussion about The Wizard of Bras; after losing weight & inches, I was gonna go there and get fitted for new bras, but then I used their online measurement guide and found out I was back to my old early-adult size, available most every store yes ma’am; didn’t need the extra custom stuff.

    This discussion of SGV-based places makes me bummed I didn’t show up for that Meetup. Wackadoo Ultra-Introvert State of Mind. It’s been a weird year that way. Hoping that there’s another one before too many years pass.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @The Very Reverend Crimson Fire of Compassion: Beautiful work. Could see some professional musicians with this quality art on their guitasrs. Hope you sell alot.

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    PonB says:

    Lurker and occasional commenter here in California…My project Audiot Savant just released our second CD called “The Cage” – available at CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon, etc. Progressive rock made by two idiots in a spare room…Please check it out!

    http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/AudiotSavant

    It’s great to see so much creativity amongst our little tribe…

    – PonB

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    Erin says:

    Thanks for this post, John!

    I make and sell jewelry! My favorite pieces are the ones I paint and sand and buff – I love to play with color.
    https://www.etsy.com/shop/OstaraMoonJewelry

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    I have a children’s story that I’m looking for an illustrator for…..I do draw and paint myself but not in a style suitable to children. Anyone interested in helping me out? If so, go to my blog and contact me on the About page….Thx!

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    KDUN says:

    Very occasional commenter (OK, fine I’m a lurker) here – if any Juicers in the Philadelphia area are Shakespeare fans, I’m directing a production of “the Scottish play” (do curses work via the Intertoobz?) opening August 8th.

    Details are here:

    http://www.commonwealthclassictheatre.org

    And you can buy (very affordably priced) tickets here:

    http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/401931

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