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Incredible 3D Pavement Drawings

Incredible 3D Pavement Drawings

If you've never seen the work of artist Julian Beever, you owe it to yourself to at least check out his pavement drawings, many of which are based on trompe l'oeil effects giving remarkable 3D views when seen from the proper distance.

Heliotrope 4

Heliotrope 4

My pal Ritch is part of creating Heliotrope 4, a music festival in Minneapolis featuring Psych music in the form of a ton of acts and "the ancient mixer" between acts! there should also be beautiful projections abounding. May 17, 18 and 19 at the Ritz Theater in Minneapolis.

Tip - Keeping your laundry safe

Tip - Keeping your laundry safe

Generally in my house, I do the laundry. But every once in awhile my husband will "help" and my favorite new shirt will come out of the dryer small enough to fit my 5 year old. After the most recent laundry tragedy, I decided to start writing explicit instructions on the washer like "don't dry my grey shirt dress" or "this load needs to be run again on hot, with bleach". (BTW, if you rinse your whites first in cold and then wash in hot with soap and bleach, they stay really white!)

All you need is a dry erase marker and the smooth top of your washer and you have an instant message board. Just make sure to test it first in an inconspicuous spot.

Crocheted penises by Jack Davis

Crocheted penises by Jack Davis

The artist is showing his work from May 13 through June 10, 2007 at Mark I. Chester Studio in San Francisco. Susie Bright has an interview with Jack here. He's been making crocheted penises a looong time!

strange memories of dorodango

strange memories of dorodango

In the recent issue of Craft magazine (#3), there is an article about dorodango, or "shiny mudballs," an ancient Japanese craft of making mud into shiny decorative spheres.

When I saw this, a flood of memories came rushing back! When I was a little kid, my sister and I used to make "mud babies." We would take mud and form it into a ball, using the ash in our Washington soil (from the Mt. Saint Helens eruption years before) to vary the color and consistency. The "babies" would then go through an involved process of being buried in the ground for several nights, and each day we would powder them with more ash and work them into more and more perfect spheres. Then (strangely) we would carry them around like small, delicate infants.

When I think back, it was one of the most satisfying projects I've ever done. We never thought to make them shiny; but who knew we were tapping into some ancient Japanese craftiness!

Photobooth Friday

Photobooth Friday

I just posted a "What's Your Project?" entry from the wonderful Andrea Jenkins about her Photobooth Friday project at 52projects.com. Worth a read, as it will most definitely inspire you to get to the nearest photobooth (or dig up those old strips).

Bjork's Crochet Rebirth

Bjork's Crochet Rebirth

I have never been a huge Bjork fan, but with the launch of her new album 'Volta' on May 7, I am rather enamored with this Icelander, now a wife and a mom, showing her true colors in some radical crochet.

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