The postcards finally arrived from Syracuse … and …

So six postcards arrived in my mailbox Saturday evening.  Three from the photo discipline, three from arts and crafts. Let’s check the arts and crafts section first, shall we? The first card I checked was my Saratoga Vichy Table, a piece of furniture that was crafted from two Saratoga Vichy crates. And the piece was…

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Dude … I got a Dremel!

I participate in Reddit’s gift exchanges – you know, the “Secret Santa” where you send a package to person A, while person B sends you a package.  The gifts are supposed to be thoughtful and reflective of a person’s needs, wants, concerns and desires – in other words, if you’re a Firefly fan, sending someone…

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The Fort Orange Dairy and Feeds burlap project is DONE

Look at that sweet project.  Two months of stitching and trimming and re-stitching and counting and updating and the like.  Done. My third – and final – burlap stitching project is complete.  This burlap project, featuring the Fort Orange Dairy and Feeds logo from an old feed store on Arch Street in downtown Albany, was…

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Those Sesame Street psychedelic videos…

Ah, Sesame Street.  That classic preschool show that everybody at one time or another watched as a kid.  Well, way back in the day, before Sesame Street was essentially the Elmo show, they had a ton of very surreal and psychedelic video and animated clips that featured counting and letters and other pre-school learning tricks.…

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A “Fort Orange Dairy” artsack in time for BUILT

This ought to be fun. I recently acquired a 100-pound burlap sack from Fort Orange Dairy in Albany, New York.  Fort Orange Dairy was a brand of farm and poultry feeds and seeds, produced by Barber & Bennett, who had their offices at the corner of Arch and Church Streets in Albany. Here’s an old…

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A horse with a big brass set of stones…

I swear, this never gets old.  Someone tries to submit a horse name for registration.  In order to register a horse name, the name must be submitted with an organization called The Jockey Club.  The name must be no longer than 18 letters (with spaces), and must not contain profanity, slander, or something that would…

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The GLF Quality Project – completion!

Yesterday, I resolved to finish the final stitchings for the GLF Quality burlap art project.  Here’s what things looked like in the morning. Do you see those thick white strips of yarn?  Those strips join other strips that are sewn into the burlap fabric with thinner black yarn.  This gives the project nice raised edges,…

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The GLF Quality Burlap Project – almost done…

All I can say is that it’s been a very dedicated and therapeutic run. And I’m almost done. As you can see from the picture at right, I am almost finished with my GLF Quality burlap sack stitching project.  What was originally an old burlap gunny sack was rethreaded with yards and yards of yarn,…

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