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Carla’s Bowl is Finished!

I glued the felt on the bottom of the bowl this morning so it won’t scratch furniture.


I also did the final clean up of the glass.


Carla gave me the prettiest gift at Christmas. It’s a glass bowl, turned over on its top, in a base. You open it up, put some wonderful fragrance oil drops in it. and plug it in. The bowl itself is white on white, with white mosaic type shapes above the background. As it heats up, the whole bowl changes colors as you watch. The fragrance makes the whole room smell good. I put it on my buffet, so the wonderful smell spreads into the dining area, kitchen, hallway, pantry, and utility room. She said she ‘thought of me when she saw it.’

This one doesn’t change colors, or do any tricks, but it’s made with love and  I hope she likes it.


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Mosaic Bowl is Almost Finished!

Yesterday morning I grouted the bowl. It’s a bit like making mud pies, in that you put a huge glop of grout on the side, then try to mash it in-between the tiles. Then you add another glop. There’s some water involved, vinyl gloves, sponges, cloths, etc. You cover the bowl generously, then start using the sponge to remove the excess. You want to end up with the space covered as evenly as possible with none left on the actual tiles.


I did this as much as possible yesterday. I’ll do a bit more clean up today, then paint on the sealer, and see if I can add just a bit of glitter. I’ll also cut a round piece of felt to glue on the bottom so that it won’t scratch furniture.  I’ll take pics again when it’s finished.

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St Patrick’s Day Mailbox Decoration

We put this up this morning to be ready for St. Patrick’s Day. We used to have just a bare shamrock piece cut out, but I like this one better This is the back of the piece. You can see where I tried to blend in the mounting bar into the painting.


And this is the front of the piece.

“St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time – a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic.”  ~Adrienne Cook


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Current Mosaic Piece in Progress

I’m making this for a friend. What I’m picturing is that it will be a nice place to put a tea light and that it will glow through the pieces of glass.

All of the pieces of tile are now glued onto the glass. (This is the bowl upside-down. I’m planning to spread grout on the bottom so I can ‘sign’ it, using a baby trowel type tool.)

The next step is fun, labor-intensive, and quite messy – like playing in the mud or messing with play dough or finger painting.

I put grout all over the piece, making sure I get it all around all the pieces of glass tiles as evenly as possible. When that is done, I use warm water and a sponge, or cloth, or both, to wipe the piece to get all of the excess grout off the glass. This takes a lot of time, effort, and lots of warm, clean water. I have to get it completely cleaned up before the grout dries or it will be like trying to scrape cement off.

I’ll take pics when the grout is on and the piece cleaned up.


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Pepe Le Pew and Penelope


I loved the Pepe Le Pew cartoons, and particularly when his ‘girlfriend cat – Penelope’ was included. I still smile when I see them. This is the back of the mailbox decoration. I tried to blend the horizontal support bar into the figures.



Here is the front of the piece. I hope people smile as they pass our driveway.


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“Mr. Natural” Mailbox Decoration

“Mr. Natural is a comic book character created and drawn by 1960s counterculture and underground comix artist Robert Crumb” ~ Wikipedia.


This is the back of the piece.



And the front.

Mr. Natural was a “white-bearded, diminutive sage-cum-charlatan, ranging from charming, free-wheeling early ’70s stories to the disturbing, controversial stories of the 90s”. He’s one of my husband’s favorite characters due to his controversial nature, fitting my husband’s sense of humor to a “T.”


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Stupid Cupid?

“Stupid Cupid”  – Song by Connie Francis
“Stupid Cupid you’re a real mean guy
I’d like to clip your wings so you can’t fly
I’m in love and it’s a crying shame
And I know that you’re the one to blame
Hey hey, set me free
Stupid Cupid stop picking on me
I can’t do my homework and I can’t think straight
I meet her every morning ’bout half past eight
I’m acting like a lovesick fool
You’ve even got me carrying your books to school
Hey hey, set me free
Stupid Cupid stop picking on me
You mixed me up for good right from the very start
Hey now, go play Robin Hood with somebody else’s heart
You got me jumping like a crazy clown
And I don’t feature what you’re putting down
Well since I kissed her loving lips of wine
The thing that bothers me is that I like it fine
Hey hey,
You got me jumping like a crazy clown
And I don’t feature what you’re putting down
Well since I kissed his loving lips of wine
The thing that bothers me is that I like it fine
Hey hey, set me free
Stupid Cupid stop picking on me
Hey hey, set me free
Stupid Cupid stop picking on me”
Songwriters: Howard Greenfield / Neil Sedaka
Stupid Cupid lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Here is the back of the “Cupid” mailbox decoration for the 1st half of February.  I tried to blend in the mounting bar as much as possible with the painting.
Here’s the front of the decoration. We used to just have a large heart, but did this design to replace it.
Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Sunday Afternoon Fun

I’ve decided that this afternoon is a perfect time for me to have some fun.

I thought of some ideas for new Christmas cards and Christmas ornaments. The ideas have been driving me nuts, rattling around in my head, particularly when I’m trying to get some sleep.

I’m going to take this nice Sunday afternoon to go up to my art room and play – to at least get a start on seeing if I can bring my ideas to paper and wood.

I hope that YOU have some fun ideas on how you’ll spend this glorious day. Have some fun!

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Snow Goon Mailbox Decoration


Calvin & Hobbes by Bill Watterson is one of our all-time favorite cartoon strips. We created this Snow Goon to honor a terrific part of the strip. (A Snow Goon is a hostile, living snowman).

This is the back of the piece. I tried to blend in the horizontal bar attachment piece.






This is the front of the piece. It shows up nicely from fairly far away from our mailbox. We hope passers-by enjoy the decoration as much as we do.



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Decoration Changes & Refurbishment


This is the ‘old style’ attachment method we used when we started making metal decorations for our mailbox. We simply cut a flat piece of metal and welded it onto the side of the piece after drilling a bunch of holes in it.

Since then, my husband designed a much stronger method of attachment – a square metal rod with L-shaped attachment piece welded onto it, and then attached to the decoration. He was upset that some of the decorations we put up this past year still had the ‘old style’ attachment and wanted to change them.

We had gone through the decorations, figuring out which ones we wanted to keep, replacements we wanted to make, and new pieces in the works. The turkey for Thanksgiving and the Rabbit and Egg for Easter needed the new style attachments.

My husband cut off the old style and then made new attachments and welded them onto the two pieces. The process of welding did a number on the paint of the decorations, so I’ve been trying to blend in the new attachment bar into the design on one side and refurbish the pieces as a whole.



This is the front of the refurbished Thanksgiving turkey. You have to look carefully to see the black rod sticking out to the left.




This is the back, where you can see the rod going all the way across the piece. I blended it in as best I could.  I also added googly eyes to both sides this time, rather than just having the hole in a white circle.

Here’s a pic of the old piece to compare.



The second piece was the Rabbit and the Egg for Easter.




My husband had a hard time welding the attachment rod to this piece. There was a LOT to try to blend in. I had fun adding Snow-Tex to his cotton tail this time.



Here’s the back of the piece, with the rod blended in as well as I was able. I didn’t put Snow-Tex on this side.


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Calvin and Hobbes – Happy New Year!


We hung up our new Calvin & Hobbes Happy New Year mailbox decoration!  This is the front of the piece. It doesn’t show here, but when the sun is shining on the piece, the “Happy New Year” glitters. :0)



This is the back of the piece. We had more problems than usual with this one, in that we put the overhead projector in one spot to do Hobbes’ face, had to move it to do Calvin’s, then flip the transparency over and reposition again to do the “Happy New Year.”

We’re hoping that folks passing our driveway will get a laugh from this one.



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Happy New Year Mailbox Decoration Progress Report

Yesterday I finished painting the back side of the Calvin & Hobbes Happy New Year mailbox decoration.




Today I flipped the piece and started painting on the front of the piece.  I’ll show more pics when the front is finished. We plan to put the piece on the mailbox after Christmas, so I’m really having to hurry to finish it in time. :0)

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Mailbox Decoration for New Years


My husband got the bug to make a mailbox decoration for New Year’s. He found this cute Calvin & Hobbes design on the net. We had to modify the one he found, moving the wording from the gray square on the left of this picture down to across the bottom, larger, and with a different font. We also needed to add an elbow to Hobbes.

My husband translated the picture to the code needed by the computer attached to our CNC setup (computer guided plasma torch) so that we could cut the design out of sheet metal. We made a mounting  pipe and welded it to the cut out design. We then painted everything with gray primer paint to keep the metal from rusting.

I then marked both sides of the piece with the design. For some unknown reason, it was really difficult to get the design to match up with the transparency on the overhead projector on the back side. We ended up marking Hobbes’ head, then moved the transparency and lined things up so that I could do Calvin’s head, then moved it again for the words. I then had to free hand all the things that came between the 3 moves to complete the design.

I painted the first coat on the back yesterday. It went pretty well, considering all the guessing I had to do to get the design to come together. I’ll try to finish the back today, except for the accents.

We trying to have it ready to put up on the mailbox right after Christmas.

I’ll post pics when it’s up.

Have a great day!



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New Santa Mailbox Decoration is UP!







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Christmas Mailbox Decorations – Part 1


We just put this Christmas mailbox decoration up. It’s one of the first decorations we did using the new CNC equipment with the plasma torch. If you look carefully, you can see the old style black metal we used to attach it to the mailbox post.



This is the back of the piece. If you look carefully at this side, you can see where the black mounting piece goes across the Christmas tree design. I tried to paint it so that it wasn’t too noticeable.

We decided to use the old decoration through the 14th, and then put up the new decoration from the 15th through the end of the month/year.

We talked about enlarging this design and doing it again with a new mount, but then found another design that included a tree with a boy and girl that we liked better. We’ll do that one for next year!


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Santa Mailbox Decoration is Finished!


This is the mailbox decoration before I had fun using my new Snow-Tex and glitter glue.



I had trouble getting pictures today, but the left mitten gives you an idea of what the glitter glue does, and you get an idea of the Snow-tex on Santa’s eyebrows, etc.



This is a close up of the Snow-Tex. As my husband says, when you’re driving past the house at 45 mph, you probably won’t be able to appreciate the texture. I think my husband would have preferred I left Santa as he was before the new experiments, but I had so much fun doing it, I’ll just let his opinion slide. HE can paint the next one… :0)


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I don’t have pics to show you yet, but I had SUCH fun playing with the new (to me) Snow-Tex stuff. It comes in a jar kind of like grout. You can use almost anything to put it on whatever surface you want. I used a brush, but was dabbing heavily on the hat fur, his mitten fur, his eyebrows, mustache, beard, etc. My husband wasn’t impressed with the texture, but I loved it. I also used the glitter glue on the sign frame, his mittens and the red part of his hat. Gaudy and Christmas-y! :0)

Will turn the piece over tomorrow, paint the special effects, and take some pics to post.

Such a fun day!!!!


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Hopelessly Spoiled


This showed up this morning!  We weren’t up yet when it was delivered, but whoever it was pushed the package through the cat door in the garage, making lots of noise with our driveway detector.  As you can see, the company personalizes the art box. :0)



I was dazzled by the wonderful array of art media when I opened the suitcase type box! Here there are watercolors on the left with nice places to put water under each group of watercolors. There is a beautiful group of oil pastels. I’ve used ‘regular’ pastels, but never oil, so my mouth is watering. You can also see there are two brushes.



On the other side is a nice group of colored pencils, a pencil sharpener, and two nice erasers. There is also a group of colored pens.

My husband said he found this offer on Brad’s Deals, a favorite free-subscription-to-nice-deals-on-all-kinds-of-things place.

I’m really looking forward to using this. I can take it anywhere, bringing a bottle of water and some paper, and be all set up for some serious playing!

What a happy gift!



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The Merry Christmas Santa is Coming to Life!


Yesterday I finished the second coat on the front of the mailbox decoration. Today I’ll flip it over and do the 2nd coat on the back of the piece.

I checked on my order of Sno-Tex, the textured white paint I want to experiment with on this. It had not been shipped! I cancelled that order and ordered from another source, so it should be delivered tomorrow. HOORAAAY!

When the 2nd coat is on the back and is dry, then I get to play.

Clipart Kid

Clipart Kid

I already have my glitter glue to make some things sparkly. THEN the Sno-Tex is supposed to make things like Santa’s hair, mustache, bear, and fur on his mittens and hat 3-dimensional. I’ve never used these before, so I’m like a kid at Christmas.

I’ll show you some progress on these two things as I can.

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Mailbox Santa Progress


This is the front side with the first coat on. This will need a second coat, and then the glitter glue and Snow-Tex before it’s finished.



This is the back side of the piece, with the progress I made yesterday. I’m about to go out and start working on all the black on the piece.

I received my glitter glue, but I haven’t received the Sno-Tex yet. I’m excited to see what interest I can add with those new media for me.



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Progress Report – Christmas Mailbox Decoration


This is the Christmas decoration after the billious yellow-green primer and my using the overhead projector to mark it. This is the back of the piece, with the mounting bar going horizontally at the bottom of the sign.

The next step is what I call ‘color blocking,’ where I just get a quick coat of paint on everything showing where the colors are.



This shows where the white paint will go on the front.



Today I added the dark green of the sign, Santa’s skin, and his hat and mittens.

Tomorrow I’ll concentrate on the black and see if there is any correction needed. Then I’ll turn the piece over and do the same thing on the back.

I received my clear glitter glue today. I’m excited to see what that will add to the piece, but I’ll have to wait until the main painting on both sides is done.

The final touches will be the glitter glue and the Sno-Tex, a white paint that is supposed to add a bunch of texture to the white of his hat, mitten cuffs, hair, and beard.

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New Mailbox Decoration for Christmas in the Works!


I found this picture on the net a month or so ago. My husband said he didn’t like the Christmas tree we’ve displayed for a couple of years now, and wanted something different. I saved a bunch of possible images and finally got him to look at them a few days ago. We decided on this one.

My husband got onto his computer and ‘did his magic’, transforming an image to a code that the computer can recognize and recreate using the plasma torch, cutting the outline out of a sheet of metal. I will never cease to be amazed that he can do this. I love watching the torch cut the piece out of metal, untouched by human hands!

After we cut the outline, my husband chipped the slag off the back of the piece with a power tool, and then built and added the metal support that attaches the piece to our mailbox.

He then hung up the decoration outside and sprayed it with primer spray – a billious yellow we had plenty of – that will keep the piece from rusting.

We hung it up on a stand in the shop. We had printed a transparency of the design and put that on our overhead projector, turning off the lights in the shop so that I could use a magic marker and mark the design on the metal, front and back. (This one was more complicated because we had to do the Santa and the lettering separately so that it could be read on both sides.)

I’m now painting the decoration in the shop. I’m first just making sure the right color is where it should be on the front side.  I did the white yesterday on the front. After I get the color blocked on the front, I’ll turn it over and paint it on the back.

I’ve ordered some clear glitter glue to paint over the red and green to make it sparkle. I’ve also ordered a special paint called, “Sno-Tex” that will give the white a lot more texture. I’ve never used either of these, so it’ll be fun to see if the results will come close to the picture in my mind’s eye.

I’ll take pics as progress is made and post them.


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Thanksgiving Lewis Mailbox Decoration


Today before we went to town we put up our Thanksgiving mailbox decoration.  People stopped as we put him up, saying they enjoy driving past our driveway to see what we’ve put up lately. Can you think of a nicer compliment?




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Lewis November Mailbox Decoration

Since November 11th is Veterans Day, we put up our boots, helmet and rifle mailbox decoration to honor those men and women who have given their lives for our country.



This is the front of the decoration. It’s one of our smaller decorations these days, but it was one of the hardest for me to paint. My husband was a Marine, so this decoration was even more personally important to do the very best I was able to do.



This is the back of the piece. You need to drive pretty close to it to see what it is, but I hope it says what we want to say.

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Refurb of Taylor’s Shovel Bird Complete


This poor shovel bird was desperately in need of some attention after standing out in the Taylor’s yard for several years. I wish we could figure out a way to combat the effects of sun and weather better, but so far, we haven’t.

His refurbishment started with pulling off the remaining google eye. I wiped him down to get excess debris off and then gave him a scrubby bath – first with Simple Green, then with soap and water, and finally with “Pre” a spray-on degreaser that makes paint adhere to metal better. I put fresh primer paint on the spots that had rusted, then repainted the mail colors.



I used a metallic pen to do his ‘feathers.’  When the painting was dry, I sprayed him with polyurethane to protect the new paint as much as possible.



The last step was gluing on new googly eyes. I used Liquid Nails as a glue, then held them tight with clothes pins and heavy rubber bands until completely dry.

We’ll take him to the Taylors this Monday evening, when we pick them up to go bowling!


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This may be the simplest mailbox decorations we’ve ever done; yet, it’s one of the most effective as far as showing up long before you get to our driveway.

We love the HAPPY ghost, and we hope he makes people smile.

(By the way, we had a delivery from Fedex a couple of days ago. The man had a huge grin on his face as he handed us our package. He said, “I LOVE your watermelon!”)


It really makes our day when someone enjoys something we’ve done. :0)



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Scarecrow – Lewis Mailbox Decoration





I love getting to put up this decoration because it means we’ve finally started the fall!

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Fun Friday

Hollis J. Works

Hollis J. Works

We just returned from Lunch Bunch, where we had a nice catch-up with our good friends, plus errands. Now I’m heading out to the shop where I have two projects –

  • repainting the words on the Catbert mailbox decoration so they’ll be better seen from farther away
  • painting some ceiling fan blades with polyurethane. (We have a ceiling fan on the deck where the blades were drooping, curling down. I straightened them by hosing them down on the sidewalk and putting bricks on top, then turning them over to do the same. They now look pretty flat. We’re hoping that several thick coats of polyurethane will help them live through getting wet from blowing rain.)

Rain clouds are moving in as I type, and we’re due for some heavy rain this afternoon and evening.

I hope that things are good where you are, and that you have a fun Friday, too. :0)

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Lewis Mailbox Decoration f9/15/2016


We put up another of our mailbox decorations this morning. This is Wile E Coyote paying Sonic the Hedgehog for capturing The Roadrunner for him. I wish we could take credit for the cute design, but we found it on the net, loved it, and made it out of metal using our CNC setup plus my husband’s good welding.



This is the front as it looks on the mailbox.



And this is the back of the piece, if you’re passing our driveway from the other direction. We love the rebar legs on the Roadrunner, giving the piece a good 3-D appearance.

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Catbert is Up!

Dilbert by Scott Adams

Dilbert by Scott Adams

We changed out our mailbox decoration yesterday. Catbert, the HR Director from the Dilbert cartoon by Scott Adams, will be up until the middle of the month.  This is the back of the piece which is about 2 feet tall and a little more across. You can see where I tried to blend in the support piece.



My husband thinks that I need to redo the lettering on the sign so that it shows up from farther away. I’ll work on that when we take him down again.



This is what he looks like as we sit at the bottom of the driveway. (You can also see the welcome robot, and one of the two owls.)

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Lewis Metal Yard Critters – Take 6


This sun face is HUGE and HEAVY. I was afraid my husband would hurt himself trying to lift it onto the humongous hanger we put on the tree. We made some templates and cut out each ‘flame’ separately and then welded each to the round sun face. The eyebrows, nose, mustache, lips and beard + sunglasses are all separate pieces, as well. After all the pieces were welded, I began the painting. The final part was making and attaching the sunglasses. The tree is toward the top of our driveway. He greets all comers. :0)



This is my husband’s design for a butterfly. (No light, delicate, ‘sissy’ butterflies for HIM!) This is made totally from scrap metal pieces welded together, plus old satellite dish arms. The eyes were made by cutting a rubber ball that had ‘studs’ on it in half. I painted the ball halves black, then dabbed paint on all the studs in iridescent green, then sprinkled glitter into the wet paint.



This dragonfly clown hangs from the ceiling in the shop. He’s made from scrap metal, some round glass for his eyes, and welding rod for feelers.



We bought this wonderful turtle from a shop in Van Buren, Arkansas. He was totally concrete colored – much too tame for our tastes. I mixed up several shades of green and painted his shell, plus gave him an eye, a mouth, some toenails, and a bit of webbing on his legs.


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