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The Superhappy mosaic is finished! I think this is the best thing I've ever made. Tomorrow I will take some high-quality photos of the thing for my personal records and send it off to the person who commissioned it. If you want to read about the rest of the process,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at Awesome Joolie
See? I told you the mouths would go faster. One week. Boom! I have to tweak a few things and then it's fill-in-all-the-faces time. Then grouting. Then confronting the cavernous void that is at the center of every adult life. Or maybe I'll start another project; I haven't decided yet. Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2016 at Awesome Joolie
Hey, I am working on a pretty involved project this summer! The design might look familiar to some of you. I used transfer paper to get the design onto the board. Then I outlined the faces with little black tiles. Then I started to fill in the eyes. This took... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at Awesome Joolie
Thanks, Hannah. I hadn't heard. Very sorry to hear this--he was something special.
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According to our resident green thumb guy, Bryan, the office redbuds were finally big enough to be transplanted into bigger pots a couple of weeks ago. The only thing was, though lush and luxuriant, they were also pitiably weak and floppy from spending their whole lives indoors, protected from wind... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2016 at Awesome Joolie
It's summer again, and time to go swimming! Deep Eddy is a good pool to restart this series with, so let's dive (hawhawhawsnort) right in! The pool: Deep Eddy is big, cool, and fed by unchlorinated well water. The water is a little chilly but not as cold as Barton... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at Awesome Joolie
I was really into the idea of doing a big, beautiful cactus mosaic, but the design wasn't coming together and then I decided I wanted to do an ocotillo instead, but then that was looking like it was really going to suck too. So I scrapped the whole thing. Then... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at Awesome Joolie
I finished another project last night, although I'm not really sure what you'd use it for. A pretty tray to, uh, hold things? Like keys, and...treasures? Yes, treasures. I will definitely put my treasures in there. Hell, I don't know. I'm happy with how it turned out, though. These tiles... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2016 at Awesome Joolie
I know! It's so exciting! We now have a total of six redbud plants growing in the front office. Since the last update, several more seeds sprouted, grew a little, and then failed to thrive, but these dudes seem pretty stable. I have several growing in little pots at home,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2016 at Awesome Joolie
Bluebonnets! Last year there was a huge smashed-down dent right in the middle of our display where someone presumably plopped their kid down for pictures, the cornballs. So far, though, this season our patch has remained unmolested. The firewheels are starting to poke their orange heads up and will gradually... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2016 at Awesome Joolie
After almost a whole week of rain, the sun came out and the world is blooming. I have a lot of really beautiful flowering plants around the yard I'd like to show you, but first, let's visit some of the, uh, less conventionally attractive ones. The arugula flower is almost... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2016 at Awesome Joolie
We adopted this guy a year ago, on Super Bowl Sunday. I remember because we didn't watch the game but we did make chili, and he just sat and watched us with his big, heartbreaking brown eyes. Things were a little rocky at first, and sometimes still are. Willa, it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at Awesome Joolie
So far two of the 18 redbud seeds I planted have sprouted. More may sprout yet. So not a spectacular success rate, no, but it's not nothing. Update! 1/29/16: Two more have begun to poke out. So that's 22 percent so far. Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at Awesome Joolie
The other day I was walking home from the track when a man and his little dog approached. The dog wasn't on a leash but was sticking to the man like glue. The dog was on the man's left and so would have passed next to me, except the man... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at Awesome Joolie
I was puttering around the front yard this afternoon when I noticed the profusion of seed pods hanging from the leafless redbud tree. I'd had moderate luck in getting mountain laurel* seeds to grow and stunning success in planting the red yucca**, *** seeds my coworker Sarah gave me. So... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2016 at Awesome Joolie
Hi, Molly, I hope so too! Glad to read about the remission but sorry about your car. xo
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2016 on Happy New at Molly Goatwax
A friend recently made an offhand comment that when she adopted her dog she made her a promise to never dress her in silly clothes. I cringed a little when she said that, because I used to think that way. But now I have become the kind of person who... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2015 at Awesome Joolie
I forgot to tell you about a nice thing! I have a piece for sale in the window of Kruger's Jewelers at 8th and Congress downtown. Stop by and see it if you're down there, and be sure to check out the company it's keeping, like this fantastic mosaic cactus.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2015 at Awesome Joolie
It's the 27th anniversary of my mom's death. When you live with grief for a long time you know you're going to feel all kinds of ways about your loss depending on the season or the day--sadness, acceptance, the sensation of being punched repeatedly in the solar plexus--and sometimes, for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2015 at Awesome Joolie
Beautiful table, and I bet your kitchen is great to cook in!
Toggle Commented Dec 3, 2015 on Thankful! at Kingfisher Cove
This month went fast. And now I am no longer under a self-imposed obligation to post every day. Which I did do, mostly, although the writing was thinner than I'd hoped. I guess it takes more practice than just a few weeks. Still, on a personal level, it was a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2015 at Awesome Joolie
That's really all I've done all weekend: cook and eat. This morning I transformed the stock into turkey noodle soup. We had that for breakfast. Later Eric and I went to the grocery store and I decided we needed to make a pan of turkey mole enchiladas. So we had... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2015 at Awesome Joolie
Slept in, strained the turkey stock, crafted/drank beer/ate pizza with friends, petted the dogs. Now I'm on the couch under a blanket with a fleece-clad Üter curled up on my feet. It's cold and very damp this weekend; what else could I do? Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2015 at Awesome Joolie
I love this story about Michael Dukakis soliciting turkey carcasses from his friends and neighbors. I am not quite as hardcore as he is, but I do think one of the nicest things about hosting Thanksgiving is being able to make stock out of the bones the next day. I'll... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2015 at Awesome Joolie
10:24 p.m.: Aw, man, it's over. Now it's time to take off my bra and help with the dishes. We had a great time. Hope yours was good too. 4:50 p.m.: I think it's beautiful. Eric makes a roux for you. And Lei-Leen reorganizes the fridge so we will have... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2015 at Awesome Joolie