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Monday
Feb102014

then and now: stainless ball installations

To see how we created this 2010 installation, shown right, go here.

For more inspiration, check out the pops of color in LMNOQ’s SuperPOX installation by artist Laz Ojalde.

Saturday
Jan042014

animal rescue: leffe

Nicknames: Lef, Little Brew, Lil Bud

Before he was famous: Leffe was found running as a stray in Estill County, Kentucky where he was brought to the county’s high-kill animal control facility. From there he was transported up to Second City Canine Rescue in Medinah Illinois—where he was rescued and got a fresh start in a new home.

Talent Show: Playing “fetch!” and sniffing out anything you try to hide from him.

Favorite Snack: Anything peanut butter-y.

With a Winning Lottery Ticket: He’d buy a lifetime supply of his favorite squeaky ball—and rescue a playmate to fight with over them.

Cat and dog adoption fast facts:
…approximately 4 million pet dogs and cats are euthanized each year due to overpopulation.
…25% of pet dogs euthanized in animal shelters are purebred.
…adopting a dog or cat from the Humane Society, ASPCA—any rescue group—can save their life.
…and, being a pet owner can add years to your life too.
To find your next pet, check out adoptapet.com

Thursday
Jan022014

how to: paint glass vases

Supplies:
clear glass vases
glass paint, paint-thinner
disposable bowls—paper, ceramic, foil
paintbrush
plastic utensils
drop cloth or kraft paper










Directions:
1. Prepare a work area by spreading the drop cloth or kraft paper over a work surface/area.

2. Select a color palette—we found that the darker colors were more successful, more opaque since there is more pigment in the liquid.

3. Pour glass paint into bowls and mix well with a plastic spoon—we also added glass-paint-thinner to make the quantity go farther.

4. Hold the glass vase by the rim and dip it into the bowl of paint.

5. Slowly rotate the vase around the bowl in a fluid movement until it has covered the vase as preferred.

6. Lift the vase and let excess paint drip into the bowl—it make take 5-10 minutes for the paint to stop dripping.

4-6 Alternate process: apply the paint using a paintbrush for a slightly different effect.




7. Carefully hold the vase at an angle equal to the dip-line and blow dry until the paint is semi-dry—about 10 minutes. Hold the hairdryer per the paint instructions—about 8” from the vase. Hint: we found a lower heat setting worked well.

8. Place the vase on a drop cloth or kraft paper so that it dries completely—we used upside down paper bowls.

9. To seal the paint, allow the vases to dry overnight or place them in the oven—follow the instructions on the paint bottle label as they will vary with each manufacturer.

Tuesday
Jul022013

animal rescue: cowgirl

Nicknames: She goes by Cow, Cowie, Cowbell and of course Cowgirl!

Before she was famous: Cowgirl was rescued from a local kennel in Chicago—which also had her mom, dad and 6 other pups! Her brother came home with us first but sadly he passed away from pneumonia at just 2 months. Cow already had moved into a new home but, when they found a stray on the beach and decided to keep it, she had to go back—bittersweet, but it seems we were meant to be together.

Since then, she had to have her back knees rebuilt when she was 2, and on May 11 she celebrated her 8th birthday so she’s going strong—like a Six Million Dollar Dog!

Talent Show: She loves destroying stuffed animals while enjoying a life of leisure. She loves to go to grandma and grandpa’s house in the country to visit—and to chase the local bunnies!

Favorite Snack: Her favorite snack is meat… any kind, does not matter.

Monday
Mar042013

animal rescue: ally

Before she was Famous: Ally was rescued as a puppy by Blackdog All Breed Dog Rescue after she was left at the city pound with two broken back legs. She was rehabilitated, adopted, and now lives in Uptown with her parents and an older sister, Miley, who is also a rescue.

Nicknames: Ally’s nickname is Ally-gator because of her big smile and her propensity for chewing up anything she can get her paws on.

Favorite Snack: A big rawhide bone.

Talent Show: Ally loves running at the Montrose dog beach, playing in the laundry hamper, wrestling with her older sister, and patrolling the neighborhood for squirrels and pigeons. But her best trick is tugging off people’s socks for them—whether they want them on or not!