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So the art they selected for the billboard competition is really good! As are the honorable mentions. Clearly I need to step up my game. I'm kind of in between projects right now. I've got some weekend trips coming up, which limits the time I have to dig in and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2015 at Awesome Joolie
Each time it's offered, my friend Dan and I enter the Austin Art Boards competition, which is run by Reagan Outdoor Advertising and promotes local artists by putting their work up on billboards. Each year, we don't win. I got two honorable mentions in years past, and Dan got honorable... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2015 at Awesome Joolie
One of the first things they teach you in mosaic class is how much of a difference grout color makes.* It's almost freaky. I mean, look at this! I used the exact same pattern and the same tiles on these two mirrors. The grout color makes a huge difference in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2015 at Awesome Joolie
I made this little pendant out of tile scraps from the mirror frame I did last week. I see some spots where I could have fit the glass together better, but I still really like it and would like to make more. Unfortunately, the pendant blank I used is silver... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2015 at Awesome Joolie
Northwest Pool is my all-time favorite. For me, a former suburban kid who logged countless summer hours racing in deep ends and lounging in plastic chairs drinking cans of grape soda, it's my ideal big public pool. One of my favorite things in life is to go here in the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2015 at Awesome Joolie
Here's the firewheel mosaic I did a few months ago. I finished the other side yesterday. I thought using red grout in the flower part would look fantastic, but I think it just washes the tiles out. I was so convinced two colors of grout would look cool that I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at Awesome Joolie
Lest you think all I do is go to pools--although I did that too; look for pool review number five soon--I'd like to show you a few things I'm working on. I made my sister a mirror like this last year. Then I made another, similar mirror. Now that's done... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at Awesome Joolie
Dick Nichols Pool in Southwest Austin is far from my daily rounds, but it's close to my friend Angela's house. She agreed to meet me there so I could review it and we could hang out. I like swimming with friends. We'll usually futz around at the end of the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at Awesome Joolie
Shipe Pool was where I discovered my love of lap swimming. I went there every single day for a whole summer about 10 years ago. The legislature had been called into overtime, so I was working the evening shift all summer. I would wake at 11 each day, ride my... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2015 at Awesome Joolie
Dottie Jordan Pool is a short walk from my house, so even though it's not terribly exciting as far as pools go, it's one of my all-time favorites. It's pretty great to be able to wander down for a quick dip on a hot afternoon, walk home, and get on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2015 at Awesome Joolie
I love to swim, both in the form of lap swimming and splashing around in the deep end pretending I am a sparkly mermaid and not a 40-year-old state worker. I get in the water at least a couple times a week in the summer and once a month in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2015 at Awesome Joolie
It's hot, which is no surprise, given that it's August in Texas, but we've reached the part of summer where the heat seems to have mass. It presses on you and makes even the most fun activities seem burdensome. So aside from swimming and walking the dogs in the dead... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2015 at Awesome Joolie
GoPro + kiddie pool + tennis balls + dogs. (plus seasonally appropriate free music clip) Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2015 at Awesome Joolie
I've been trying to cook more and different vegetables for all the reasons you're supposed to, but I'm also discovering that vegetables are annoying. You have to buy them, keep them fresh, use them up in time, and then chop, pit, peel, seed, roast, or grill them. I took a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at Awesome Joolie
Eric and I have occasionally talked about keeping some animals, maybe goats, in our backyard. Not very seriously, just enough to read some websites about it, pick the spot where we'd do it, and talk idly about how nice it would be to have fresh food right there in the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at Awesome Joolie
Have you ever signed yourself up for something far in advance because you knew it would be a good thing to do, then pretty much forgot about it until the day of? When it's too late to back out, even though there are a good many things you'd rather be... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2015 at Awesome Joolie
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Jul 9, 2015
(Warning: This is all pretty gross.) My morning was rolling along pleasantly yesterday when I stepped out back to water the tomato plants. While I was out there I stooped to pull up a weed that was growing next to our giant agave plant and poink! I jammed my eye... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2015 at Awesome Joolie
Kristy--my hope is that the city will be choked with them, making travel impossible. Tonya and Nimble--thanks! They are sometimes also called Indian blanket, but I think "firewheel" sounds more badass. They might grow in Kansas but probably not Washington!
Toggle Commented Jun 29, 2015 on Firewheel weekend at Awesome Joolie
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Not a lot going on this weekend, which was nice. I decided to finish a project I'd set aside when I got busy with work in the spring: tiling a firewheel, my favorite wildflower, on the side of a crappy old cinder block. We'd been using this block to light... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2015 at Awesome Joolie
I like Twitter, I love Instagram. But I miss writing--and therefore thinking--a little more deeply about things. I miss telling stories and sharing more than one picture at a time. So I think I'm going to do it here. At first I thought it would be better if I waited... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at Awesome Joolie
Thanks! And thanks for donating!
Toggle Commented Mar 3, 2015 on New dog and a request at Oh, my stars and garters!
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How cool would that be if you showed up? Someday you will be settled and ready to make stuff in your new home, and it will be awesome!
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Thank ye, thank ye!
Toggle Commented Oct 24, 2014 on antes y después at Oh, my stars and garters!
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She is so cute! That tongue is cracking me up.
Toggle Commented Nov 12, 2013 on GOOD NEWS!!! at Kingfisher Cove